Where The Surf Meets The Turf…Del Mar’s Summer Racing Season is here!

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Opening Day at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club kicks off on Wednesday, July 19th, and as always, it promises to be one of the most fun, if not the most fashionable events in San Diego County. With over 40,000 race enthusiasts expected to attend, there is no doubt that Del Mar is the place to be. The tradition goes back 80 years  when one of the track’s founders, legendary actor and crooner Bing Crosby, greeted the first guests at the gate on the very first opening day.  Today, Del Mar offers the second largest horse racing venue in the Western United States and includes special events such as free Friday Night Concerts throughout the summer.  

For Opening Day however, it  isn’t just about the horse racing, though some might disagree.  Instead, the day also includes the traditional “Hat Contest” where people vie in the following categories: Most Glamorous, Best Racing Theme, Most Outrageous, Best Fascinator and Flowers/All Other.  “The Party” on Opening Day includes DJ, dance floor, BBQ, private wagering and other perks for a cost of $35.  For additional information, contact the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club.

What makes the Del Mar Race Track a sought after event?  It is the social and horse event of the summer for not just San Diego, but for all Southern California.  The track offers an ambience like no other with wonderful beach and lagoon views all surrounded by unique shopping, renowned restaurants, a collection of charming and luxury hotels, and championship golf courses nestled along the beautiful San Diego coastline.  

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Nearby Rancho Santa Fe is also celebrating the ponies with an Official Opening Day After Party held at the Inn at Rancho Santa Fe. From 5:00 until midnight, guests can meet jockeys and others in the horsing industry while enjoying music, cocktails, and a one of a kind culinary exhibition from celebrity chef Casey Thompson. The word of mouth buzz is that even actress Bo Derek will be in attendance. Tickets are $150.

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Roblee Valentine, Executive Director of Pacific Sotheby’s Realty’s Equestrian Division which is dedicated to clients who desire horse properties, commercial ranches, farms and luxury estates, loves sharing our Equestrian Mecca with other horse aficionados, as well as the action and the vitality it all brings to our special brand of paradise in Del Mar and Rancho Santa Fe and the surrounding equestrian communities.  

“The Del Mar Races grow more and more popular each year and visitors can’t help but notice what an ideal location San Diego is for those who want to follow their equestrian pursuits due to our access to top trainers, veterinarians, shows, and endless riding trails,” says Roblee.  “Pacific Sotheby’s Equestrian Division is the most qualified when it comes to understanding  the intricacies of equestrian, ranch and farm properties and we have some of the finest horse properties in the country.”

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One such property is a stunning 5 bedroom, 10 bath newly remodeled estate that just went on the market.  Located at 18880 Old Coach Way in Rancho Santa Fe, this home offers panoramic views, beautiful interiors that flow seamlessly to the outdoor living spaces that includes a covered loggia, dining area, fire pit, vanishing edge pool and spa. With four developed and 37 acres of open space including  trails this private setting of two parcels offers detached guest house, full spa and gym, theatre, barn, pastures, riding ring, batting cage and flat usable pad to add your dream amenity.  For additional information on this one of a kind property, contact Cathy Gilchrist-Colmar at 858-775-6511.

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Commanding ocean views and front row seats to the hottest ticket in town- the world famous Del Mar Racetrack. Whether year-round or vacation home, find comfort in this meticulous, turn-key, low maintenance, private, gated enclave of Boca Del Mar. This custom Alan Caro contemporary design boasts a gourmet kitchen, soaring ceilings and a stunning master suite with private deck. An entertainer’s delight flooded with light from walls of windows and white water views! Located at 121 Via De La Valle, in the heart of Del Mar, the home offers access to the beach, hiking, shopping, dining and the Race Track; leave your car behind an look no further! For more information contact Lindsay Dunlap, 760.533.2326 or Brian Pasco, 619.850.5240.

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Rancho Santa Fe’s esteemed Covenant enclave creates the ideal canvas on which to display this refined and unparalleled masterpiece located at 6605 La Valle Plateada. Nestled on 5+ stunning acres where a lily pond, rolling lawn, gorgeous orchard, flowering vines and towering trees provide an idyllic backdrop for gracious living, the sprawling estate reveals a warm and inviting single-level main home with 5 ensuite bedrooms, a 1,600-square-foot 1-bedroom guest house, with an attached multi-purpose room with bath. Equestrian enthusiasts will appreciate world-class facilities that include an 8-stall barn with center breezeway, large pasture areas, a tack room, full bath and hot walker. Outdoor enrichments are strategically placed in such a way as to complement and enhance the main residence while offering the perfect amenities for year-round outdoor living that is so popular in the San Diego climate. For more information contact K. Ann Brizolis at 858.756.4328.

To view all of Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty’s Equestrian properties visit www.pacificsothebysrealty.com

La Valencia: La Jolla’s Beloved Landmark Celebrates Summer Nights

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What would Paris be without the Eiffel Tower, Rome without the Coliseum or even New York minus the Statue of Liberty?  The same might very well be said for the La Valencia Hotel and La Jolla.  This iconic landmark is truly the anchor of this beachside community.  With summer underway, the La Valencia is introducing its “Summer Nights” where guests can enjoy different themed menu combinations every week throughout the summer.  The new Executive Chef, Alex Emery has announced the following menu to be celebrated through August.

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  • Monday – Paella Night – Spain meets La Jolla
  • Tuesday – Baja Night – New rendition of local cuisine
  • Wednesday – Schucks and Champs ( $1, $2 and $3 dollar oysters with champagne)
  • Thursday: Throwback to the Supper Club, a three course meal with classic drinks.

This popular evening series at La Valencia is a sought after event for not only guests at the hotel, but for anyone who appreciates the hotels stunning ocean views and vintage coastal luxury.  Commonly referred to as “The Pink Lady” due to its Mediterranean style architecture and beautiful rose hue, Amber Anderson, of Anderson, White & Associates from Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty, works closely with La Valencia management on various projects, thanks in part to the location of Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty’s global headquarters at 1111 Prospect Street, just across the street from the hotel.

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“The La Valencia is the crown jewel of La Jolla.  We are so fortunate to have a very close relationship with the hotel management and often pair with them for exclusive partnerships and sponsorships,” says Anderson.  “Because we are neighbors, many of their guests often find their way into our showroom to check out the Vintage 1900 Rolls Royce or the 1967 GT and Lionel Train set on display.”  Anderson also adds that they  go the extra mile for her clients that stay at their hotel.

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One exciting addition that is scheduled to open in December is the new $1 million dollar day spa in a three story home built at the turn of the century that is attached to the hotel.  Because of its historical significance, careful and thoughtful renovations  have been designed and received the support of the La Jolla Historical Society.  The spa will feature six treatment rooms as well as additional space on the upper deck for massages.  A drink and food menu will also be featured.

Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty has long practiced community outreach to nurture and enhance positive and cooperative relationships between its neighboring businesses and organizations throughout San Diego County.   

 

 

Pacific Sotheby’s Realty’s Agents of Change Initiative: Selling Homes to Give Homes

First Home in Tijuana, Mexico Completed as Part of Pacific Sotheby’s Realty’s Agents of Change Initiative

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Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty announces the completion of construction on the first home in Tijuana, Mexico as part of the company’s Agents of Change initiative. The initiative which was announced earlier this year is a partnership between Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty, World Housing and New Story Charity, a 501c3 non-profit organization, to fund the building of homes in Salvatierra community in West Tijuana, Mexico.

Through the Agents of Change initiative, Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty’s agents committed to donating a portion of the commission from each closing with the goal of raising the funds needed to provide housing for 30 families living in one of the poorest communities in Tijuana.

The first home has just been completed and the dream of homeownership is now a reality for the Real family, Marybel (47), Armando (46), Karen (18) and Adrian (11). Marybel is a polio survivor, and she and her husband were also in a serious car accident four years ago that set the family back with additional heath complications and medical debt. The family applied to receive a home to help them improve their wellbeing and provide for a better life for their family.

Both World Housing and New Story Charity operate with completely separate overhead so there are no administrative costs, allowing 100% of the money raised to go directly to construction and materials costs. They are dedicated to working with local partners to train workers and buy locally sourced construction materials, to help stimulate local economies and teach skills in the process.

In order to qualify for a home, families apply and are selected by a vetting committee. Families chosen are required to volunteer for at least 6 months prior to receiving a home, assisting the local partner with their housing projects, youth development and community programs. The family is not required to pay rent for the home. This “pay it forward” method provides for community engagement far beyond the benefits of homeownership.

To date Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty agents have raised over $55,000 in donations and are scheduled to build a new home every other weekend throughout the year. The homes, which are each approximately 320 sq. ft, cost under $6,000 each to build. They are made of wood with a concrete foundation. Each home features a bathroom (septic), three windows, two doors and a loft space.

Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty believes that homeownership is the foundation that gives people the chance for a better life and that each of us has a responsibility to do what we can and give what we are able, to ensure that everyone, no matter where they are from, has access to the very basic need of shelter and security.

To learn more about Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty’s Agents of Change program and see how you can get involved visit http://worldhousing.org/agentsofchange/

LUXURY IS AN EXPERIENCE, NOT A PRICE POINT

Cassandra Altmann and Luisa Ayala Join Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty with a Vision for Community Growth in Barrio Logan

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The Sotheby’s International Realty brand is known across the globe as a leader in the luxury real estate industry, however, the REALTORS® at Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty understand that luxury means much more than just the price of a home. As a company, Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty’s vision is to provide their clients with luxury representation and service, at every price point, in every stage of life, and in every area in the market.

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REALTORS® Cassandra Altmann and Luisa Ayala share this vision and it is one of the main reasons they chose to align their business with Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty. Altmann and Ayala are on a mission to bring the same type of luxury representation seen in San Diego’s most exclusive areas, to the diverse and up-and-coming neighborhoods of San Diego traditionally overlooked by San Diego’s luxury real estate firms. In order to be successful, Altmann and Ayala knew they needed to align with a luxury real estate company that understood the opportunities for homeownership provided in all areas of the San Diego market. “We chose Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty because they understand that San Diego is diverse,” says Altmann. “Our communities host such a wide spectrum of lifestyles and we want to work with a brokerage that celebrates this diversity and can provide us with the tools and support to make a difference in our clients’ lives and the communities in which they live.

One such community in San Diego, and the focus of Altmann and Ayala’s business, is Barrio Logan. Barrio Logan is a strong community filled with everything that makes San Diego one of America’s greatest cities. For years, this neighborhood has been an epicenter of the city’s Mexican-American culture and more recently it has become a hotspot for dining, cutting-edge art and authentic local culture. There are several grassroots organizations in the community that connect residents with local resources, schedule community events, and encourage arts, culture and business. Homes in the area offer beautiful downtown views and a simple, but vibrant lifestyle that gives residents an opportunity to be part of a community.

Altmann and Ayala both have strong personal ties to the communities they represent and understand the tremendous responsibility to help preserve the authenticity of their neighborhoods. Altmann is a resident of Stockton, an up-and-coming neighborhood bordering Logan Heights and Grant Hill, and she is active in several philanthropic organizations that serve her community. Ayala’s husband is part of four generations of family that call Barrio Logan home. From a grandfather to a nephew and almost everyone in between, there remains a deep connection and dedication to the community. Ayala is also a former military spouse who understands the needs of the military population that neighbors Barrio Logan.

“Cassandra and Luisa are truly invested in supporting homeownership in San Diego’s diverse and up-and-coming neighborhoods, ensuring that every client receives extraordinary service and the benefits afforded by Pacific Sotheby’s Realty’s extensive marketing programs,” says Steve Games, CEO, Pacific Sotheby’s Realty. “They truly understand our company’s vision and we are excited to provide them with the resources they need to grow their business.

The Altmann | Ayala Team is based in Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty’s Mission Hills office located at 810 West Washington Street, San Diego, CA 92106. They can be reached at 858.449.6966  and via email at cassandra.altmann@sothebysrealty.com • luisa.ayala@sothebysrealty.com.

Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty is San Diego’s largest, locally owned residential real estate company. Comprised of over 600 agents in 22 offices located throughout San Diego County, the firm’s brokers and clients benefit from an association with the Sotheby’s auction house and worldwide Sotheby’s International Realty marketing programs. The Sotheby’s International Realty network currently has more than 20,000 affiliated independent sales associates located in approximately 880 offices in 69 countries and territories worldwide. Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty listings are marketed on pacificsothebysrealty.com and the sothebysrealty.com global website. 

Dana Whittaker Elected to Second Term as NSDCAR Director

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Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty would like to congratulate Dana Anderson Whittaker, Manager for the company’s Carlsbad office, on her election to serve for the second term as an NSDCAR Director for the Central Coast.

Dana is a strong advocate for NSDCAR and strongly believes that the Association is committed to helping brokers and agents build, expand and protect their business. “I love being able to serve our industry and our community,” says Whittaker. “Getting involved and giving back to your profession by helping others will lift you up, inspire you and open doors to meet the right people who can help you.” 

Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty’s Carlsbad office is located at 5825 Avenida Encinas, Suite 101/102, Carlsbad, California 92008. Office telephone 858.777.9817.

 

Where Are You Celebrating the 4th of July?

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It’s official!  Summer has arrived.  As the notorious June Gloom weather winds down and with the 4th of July holiday just around the corner, it’s time to fire up the grill, grab the potato salad, turn up the tunes and gather friends and family to celebrate our country’s Independence Day.  

Whether your plans include spending the day at the beach, taking in a baseball game, or hanging around the pool, there are no shortage of celebrations scheduled throughout San Diego and North County.  Of course, to cap off the day, fireworks are a must.  For those who want to see the best of what our city offers, here is where you can watch some of the best parades and fireworks in America’s Finest City.

    • San Diego County Fair – July 4th, 10:00am – 11:00pm Here is the last day for this legendary fair where people from all over attend. Enjoy fireworks, concerts, entertainment, amazing rides and animal exhibits on the Del Mar fairgrounds.  For additional information, check out sdfair.com.
    • Annual Big Bay Boom 4th of July Fireworks Show – The largest display in the county, fireworks are launched from four barges placed around North San Diego Bay.  Watch from Shelter Island, Harbor Island, the Embarcadero and Seaport Village/Coronado Landing for one of a kind fireworks.  Simulcast live on THE MIGHTY 1090AM and MAX FM 105.7, find a seat any place along the bay and you will experience a heartwarming and memorable 4th of July.
    • City of Coronado – Celebrate the 4th of July with a parade down Orange Avenue at 10:00am followed by a concert in Spreckels Park at 4:00pm and stunning fireworks over Glorietta Bay at 9:00pm.
    • Red, White and Boom! – Legoland, Carlsbad. With over 60 rides, shows and attractions, Legoland promises a 4th of July celebration your family will never forget.  Fireworks start at 8:30pm and are set to patriotic music.  
    • Rancho Santa Fe Annual 4th of July Parade and Picnic located at 16948 Avenida de Acacias, enjoy live music, parade and picnic from 1:00-3:00pm.  All you need are a few chairs, a blanket and food to enjoy a nostalgic hometown event.
    • Independence Day Festival and Fireworks – Escondido.  Gather at 340 N. Escondido Blvd for this festive 54th annual holiday event.  Over 20,000 attendees are expected to attend and  indulge in food vendors, children activities, games, music, and of course, fireworks, for this hometown celebration.  Starts at  4:00 with fireworks at 9:00pm.
    • El Cajon Picnic and Fireworks – Kennedy Park from 1:00-9:30pm.  Enjoy games, prizes, kiddie train rides and more including live musical entertainment starting at 3:00.  Don’t miss the fireworks at 9:00pm.
    • Julian 4th of July ParadeFor those looking for a homegrown, historic event that celebrates a town’s heritage, this is where you want to be.  This year, Julian is presenting a celebration of the town’s gold rush era history, with a dedication to Veterans and local residents who cherish the town of Julian. 

 

If you are staying close to home, and celebrating the 4th of July in your own backyard, perhaps you might find some of these amazing properties, currently on the market, as a great spot to enjoy the holiday next year.  These stunning homes, with exceptional backyards and entertaining areas, afford everything you desire.

 

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555 San Antonio Avenue, Point Loma, CA 92106 
Offered at $7,200,000
4 BEDS/4 BATHS
​​​​​​​MLS ID: 170032248

There is no better view to watch next year’s fireworks than from this incredible backyard.  This gorgeous waterfront home in La Playa offers dramatic views and the sound of the yachts and sailboats on the bay.  An entertainer’s dream this home boasts panoramic views and seamless outdoor/indoor living.  Truly designed for a lifetime of memories.

 

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1043 Ocean Boulevard, Coronado, CA 92117
Offered at $13,900,000
10 BEDS/8 BATHS
​​​​​​​MLS ID: 170000472

This 19,000 square foot home that includes a three bedroom guest house, and an enclosed courtyard with rectangular swimming pool and spa, this historic home has been carefully restored and updated for modern living.  Imagine watching next years 4th of July celebration from the privacy of this immaculate estate!

 

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824 Neptune Avenue, Encinitas, CA 92024
Offered at $9,495,000
5 BEDS/5 BATHS
​​​​​​​MLS ID: 170000299

Overlooking the Pacific Ocean in this sought after North County town, here you will find a home that offers eight different locations for stunning water views including a 300 sq. ft. foot terrace and beautiful backyard with fire pit and water feature. The centerpiece of the limestone residence is a 3 story circular stairwell with a 20 foot chandelier and under lighting under the stairs. A glass elevator services all three floors with custom mosaics done by Rick Skalak, which are also featured in the Wynn, Bellagio and Peninsula Hotels.

 

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4904 San Elijo,Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067
Offered at $3,950,000
6 BEDS/5 BATHS
​​​​​​​MLS ID: 170001743

This charming single level adobe masterpiece is an entertainer’s dream.  The home features two salons, both ideal for expansive entertaining or relaxed family gatherings. The pool patio offers rich views in a private setting. This romantic hacienda also features a charming guest casita with fireplace.

 

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200 Harbor Drive, 3601, San Diego, CA 92101
Offered at $2,085,000
2 BEDS/2 BATHS
​​​​​​​MLS ID: 170032309

Just imagine the fireworks you can view from this rarely available half-floor penthouse in one of downtown’s most exclusive towers.  Soaring above the city and bay with unstoppable and unobstructed panoramic views, this residence features gracefully curved windows revealing the never-ending city scenes and water views from every room. Located in the heart of the Marina District, stroll in any direction to enjoy the best of downtown – shopping, restaurants, waterfront esplanade, Petco Park and more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty Recognized on 2017 Real Trends/Wall Street Journal “The Thousand” as the Sotheby’s International Realty® Brand Tops Individual Sales Volume Category for Second Year in a Row

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Real Trends, in conjunction with The Wall Street Journal, just released its 2017  The Thousand list, a summary of America’s top 1,000 residential real estate agents and teams based on 2016 annual sales volume and transaction sides, and the top 50 agents and top 50 teams on average sales price—making it a ranking of the top 1,100 nationwide.

Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty is proud to announce that Realtors K. Ann Brizolis, of Pacific Sotheby’s Realty’s Rancho Santa Fe Office and Eric Iantorno of Pacific Sotheby’s Realty’s Del Mar office were both recognized for individual transaction volume.

“We are proud of the dedication that both Ann and Eric have for their profession, San Diego’s real estate market and above all, their clients,” says Brian Arrington, Chairman, Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty. “They continually utilize the local advertising and global media opportunities offered by our company and our brand and we have seen their business grow year over year.”

According to Steve Murray, president of Real Trends and publisher of The Thousand, the average U.S. real estate professional sold 8.6 homes in 2016 however the average agent ranked in The Thousand sold 192 homes.

Overall, the Sotheby’s International Realty® brand was the No. 1 real estate brand represented in two of the six categories that comprise the “The Thousand” for the second year in a row, claiming 46 of the top 250 sales associates in the REAL Trends Individual Sales Volume category, more than any other real estate brand. The brand also had the highest combined individual sales volume from sales associates in the same category. In addition, the Sotheby’s International Realty brand had the most individuals represented in the Individual Average Sales Price category.

“Having a leading number of sales associates represented in two categories of the REAL Trends/The Wall Street Journal rankings is a testament to the strength of the Sotheby’s International Realty brand,” said Philip White, president and chief executive officer of Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC. “In 2016, the average sales price accomplished by Sotheby’s International Realty was among the highest of any national real estate brand as evidenced by its achievement of $95 billion in global sales volume. This accomplishment is made possible by having top sales professionals affiliated with Sotheby’s International Realty and I am so proud of the companies and sales associates represented on this list and their contribution to the power of this brand.”

Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty is San Diego’s number one residential real estate firm comprised of over 500 agents in 22 office locations throughout San Diego County. Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty offers comprehensive real estate services supported by decades of experience, personalized service and local ownership and management in the San Diego real estate market. www.pacificsothebysrealty.com

The Sotheby’s International Realty network currently has more than 20,000 affiliated independent sales associates located in approximately 880 offices in 69 countries and territories worldwide. Each office is independently owned and operated.