Spring Is Here! Coronado Flower Show April 8 – 9

 

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While San Diego enjoys enviable weather all year long, there is something truly magical about this time of the year.  With Spring at our doorstep, the abundance of wildflowers now blooming on our local hills, and days of increasing sunshine, perhaps there is no better place to be than right here in America’s Finest City. To kick off  spring fling, we are happy to announce the arrival of the annual Coronado Flower Show.

Since 1922, this highly anticipated event is now the largest tented flower show in the nation. Located at Spreckels Park, the two day affair from April 8-9 includes lots of floral competitions, landscape displays, educational lectures and demonstrations, live music, entertainment, food, beer and wine garden with locally handcrafted beers, and of course, plenty of shopping opportunities.  Hosted by the Coronado Flower Association with support from the City of Coronado, this popular show highlights what a truly remarkable community this island town is.  With its small town hospitality, peaceful neighborhoods with charming homes, wonderful shops and boutiques, culinary attractions, not to mention some of the best beaches in San Diego county, there is something here for everyone.

And who can resist a home with a garden this time of year? Below is  just a small sampling of Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty’s listings in Coronado that boast the ultimate in beach living, yet also have exquisite gardens, courtyards or room to create your own private oasis.

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1043 Ocean Avenue, Coronado Known as the Spreckels Beach House, this oceanfront estate covers three lots totalling 19,000 square feet.  Designed by famed architect Harrison Albright in 1907, this property has been completely restored and boasts seamless indoor/outdoor living with enclosed courtyard, swimming pool and spa.  This piece of Coronado history set in  a beautiful and scenic ocean front location, is a masterpiece.

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921 G Avenue, Coronado Brand new construction scheduled to be completed in May 2017, here is an opportunity to design your own landscaping on this beautiful property located near the Village. With covered front and back patios as well as roof deck, this is an ideal family home or vacation getaway!

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624 1st Street,  Coronado –  White picket fence and all, this is the quintessential beach bungalow.  Restored to perfection, this craftsman’s cottage has 3 bedrooms, 2 ½ baths and sits on a large 8750 square foot corner lot with one of the most beautiful park like backyards on the Island. And the curb appeal? It’s straight out of Mayberry. With views of the bay and San Diego skyline, this home also offers room to expand.  Truly one of the most charming homes in the area.

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4 Spinnaker Way, Coronado –  Endless panoramic views from all levels of this custom 4 bed / 4.5 bath remodeled home completed in 2016. Sitting on 100+ ft. of direct water frontage with a one hundred foot private boat dock, the home is features brand new designer kitchen, quartzite counters, SS appliances, custom cabinets, designer prime-stock reclaimed teak flooring in the entire main level, and halls. Crows-nest loft/deck with 360 deg. views. The location, views, new rebuild, and privacy, make this home is a 10!

If you are interested in any of the above homes  in Coronado, or desire additional information about properties in Coronado, please contact Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty for your own private showing.  We specialize in the listing and marketing of  an outstanding portfolio of one of a kind homes for those looking beyond the ordinary.

 

Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty and World Housing partner to build homes in Tijuana, Mexico

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Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty has partnered with World Housing and New Story Charities, a 501c3 non-profit organization, to fund the building of 28 homes in one of the poorest communities in Tijuana, Mexico. Through Pacific Sotheby’s Realty’s ‘Agents of Change’ initiative, the company’s real estate agents will donate a portion of the commission from each closing with the goal of raising $300,000 in the next twelve months.

Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty chose to align with the World Housing organization and New Story Charities because of their commitment to providing homes to families living in slums in the developing world, fostering communities where families can thrive with safety, security, and access to the resources that change lives.

“The real estate industry is built on the belief that homeownership is the foundation that gives people the chance for a better life – it’s always been part of the American Dream,” according to Steve Games, Chairman, Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty. “We are very fortunate to have the opportunities that we do in our society and it is our responsibility to ensure that everyone, no matter where they are from, has access to the very basic need of shelter and security.”

Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty’s ‘Agents of Change’ was officially announced at the company’s annual meeting and was met with an overwhelming response from the agents who proudly opened their hearts agreeing to donate a portion of their commission on each home sale, matched by the company, directly to the campaign. “We asked our agents for a commitment of $10 per closing, hands went up and then we heard, “I’ll donate $25,” “I’m in for $50,” “Put me down for $100,” and it went on and on,” says Games. “By the end of the meeting our agents committed to raising enough money to completely fund the entire project.”

The World Housing business model operates with completely separate overhead so there are no administrative costs, allowing 100% of the money raised to go directly to construction and materials costs. The organization is 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. “We see a greater impact for our donation where it really matters,” says Brian Arrington, CEO, Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty. “Each home costs under $6,000 and is given to families previously living on the streets. Once someone has a home, their life and the lives of those around them change exponentially… a roof provides stability and security. It’s a place to store things without fear of them being stolen and a place to sleep without fear of being mugged, raped, or killed. These homes are the first step in building the sense of self-worth and pride, and we are honored to be a part of this outreach.”

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

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PACIFIC SOTHEBY’S INTERNATIONAL REALTY ANNOUNCED AS TITLE SPONSOR OF OH! SAN DIEGO, A CITYWIDE ARCHITECTURE FESTIVAL SATURDAY-SUNDAY, MARCH 25TH AND 26TH 2017

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Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty is proud to announce that the company is the Title Sponsor for the 2017 Open House San Diego event (OH! San Diego.) Presented by the San Diego Architectural Foundation, OH! San Diego provides free behind-the-scenes access to over 40 of San Diego’s iconic buildings throughout Downtown, Bankers Hill and Barrio Logan. 

According to Maxine Ward, Director of San Diego Architectural Foundation (SDAF) this year’s event will attract record participation and feature architecture and design studios, museums, schools, hotels, high­-rises, and many SDAF Orchid award winners. Many of which boast innovative use of materials, repurposing of space, environmental sustainability and energy efficiency.

 The event will bring design aficionados from Southern California and nearby Mexico a rare — and free — opportunity for behind-the-scenes access to the city’s most iconic buildings and sites. “San Diego was chosen, along with New York and Chicago, to be one of the three official U.S. Open House Worldwide Cities and this an excellent opportunity to showcase the diverse commercial architecture our city affords,”says Brian Arrington, CEO, Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty.

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Every building has a story.

  • Want to learn how amazing buildings are designed? More than a dozen architecture studios will share their design process.
  • Are you a fan of historic architecture? Some of San Diego’s most iconic buildings will reveal their rich histories.
  • Interested in the newest buildings on the San Diego skyline? We have tours of recently completed projects and hard-hat tours.
  • Want to experience an Orchid winner in person? Visit during Open House and learn why these site won SDAF’s coveted award.

The details.

The participating sites are located in Downtown San Diego, Barrio Logan and new for 2017 – Bankers Hill. Most sites are open from 10am – 4pm, but some have limited hours. Most sites offer open access or self-guided tours. Some offer regularly scheduled guided tours on a first come, first served basis. Others require advance reservations. All are FREE!

Review the 47 sites along with their descriptions, images, addresses and opening hours. A souvenir printed event guide with a map and site descriptions is available at city library branches and at various other locations around town. The event guide is also available for pdf download. Sites requiring advance reservations are accepted NOW!

 

OH! Talks

Broaden your OH! San Diego experience by attending talks given by architects, designers, planners and other experts during the weekend. No reservations required.

When | Saturday March 25
Where | The Auditorium at San Diego Central Library | 330 Park Blvd.

10:30 AM        VICTORIA THORNTON | Open House Worldwide Founder

11:00 AM        JAN HORN | Executive Director, Architectural Division, Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty
San Diego Residential Architecture, Then and Now.

11:30 AM        DIANE KANE, PhD | Architectural Historian and Preservation Planner

1:30 PM        JIM DAWE | Chair of Californians for Literacy and Community Libraries

1:45 PM        ROB WELLINGTON QUIGLEY, FAIA | Architect of San Diego Central Library
How the Design of the Library Represents San Diego’s Past, Present and Future.

2:30 PM        HOWARD BLACKSON | Urban Designer
Cultivating a San Diego Vernacular.

When | Saturday March 25 & Sunday March 26
Where | Carrier Johnson + CULTURE | 1301 Third Ave.

12:30 PM    CASEY MAHON | Designer
The Impacts of Technology on Architecture.

Printed event guide with a map and site descriptions will be available at city library branches and various other locations around town. For complete details visit:  www.sdarchitecture.org/program/openhouse  and visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pacificsir for continued updates!

 

REALTOR Profile: The Lotzof Group

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As brothers growing up in South Africa, Marc and Craig Lotzof could not have imagined that one day they would create a multi-million dollar real estate team, assist over 900 buyers and sellers totaling over one billion dollars in sales (and counting) while working with one of a kind luxury properties and high end commercial developments in San Diego and the surrounding area. Yet for over 30 years, The Lotzof Group has been a powerful partnership in the Southern California real estate industry and in 2016, they took one step further in their already remarkable career by joining Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty, where they set a record with over $74 million dollars in sales last year alone.

With many successes in the last 12 months, perhaps the highlight in 2016 for The Lotzof Group was serving as the Buyer’s Agent on the highest priced sold home in La Jolla for 2016 at $15,000,000 dollars. The stunning oceanfront property had been off and on the market for several years until the Lotzof’s presented the right buyer for this Mediterranean style mansion. Other notable achievements for the year included:

* The highest home sale in downtown San Diego in nine years at $6,275,000.

* Highest priced for an unfinished home in Dana Point (fourth largest home sale in Orange County) at $11,200,000.

* 7th highest priced condo sale in La Jolla at $3,500,000.

However, not one to rest on their laurels, both Marc and Craig are looking forward to 2017.

“As excited as we are about what The Lotzof Group has achieved, we are firmly focused on continuing our hard work to make 2017 even better for our clients.” says Marc Lotzof.

Craig Lotzof agrees, “We are blessed to be working with homebuyers and sellers while showing some of the most significant properties in San Diego. From condos to castles, for every lifestyle, there is a home just waiting, and we find it for our clients.”

Moving to the United States in 1978, Marc graduated from the University of Houston with a degree in Psychology and Business and started his real estate career in 1985 before moving to San Diego three years later where he started The Lotzof Group. Craig joined his brother after earning an International Business degree from San Diego State University. Together they both graduated from the Real Estate Institute and hold several designations as well as serving as active members of the National Association of Realtors, the California Association of Realtors, the San Diego Association of Realtors and the La Jolla Brokers Association.

The brothers’ decision to join the internationally recognized Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty in January of last year has allowed them to expand their marketing and branding resources while still offering top caliber service that is personalized and tailored for their clients’ individual needs. Their expertise in research, attention to detail as well as their extensive knowledge of the San Diego market, has largely attributed to their success. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that Marc and Craig both love what they do, and their enthusiasm is contagious.

“While we take our jobs very seriously, it’s important to make the real estate experience as enjoyable and less stressful as possible,” says Marc. “We love coming to work every day and are proud of the team we have created. This is not just a job for us, it’s a passion.”

“We recognize that buying or selling a home is a big decision,” adds Craig, “We feel honored that our clients have trusted us which is why they remain loyal and refer business to us. That’s really what our company is all about.”

As real estate innovators earning the respect of their peers and clients alike, The Lotzof Group is a natural resource for anyone ready to call America’s Finest City home.

The Lotzof Group is based at Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty’s Global Headquarters located at 1111 Prospect Street, La Jolla and can be reached at 619.994.7653

Why Master Bedrooms Are Important To Today’s Home Buyers

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Home buyers today want a master bedroom that serves as a sanctuary and peaceful getaway from their non stop, often overwhelming  schedules.  Because we spend up to one third of our lives sleeping, it’s really no surprise that master bedrooms are given special attention from buyers who desire a spacious and elegant retreat, a place where they can see themselves spending restful time at the end of a long day.

While desired features vary from buyer to buyer, the overwhelming majority would like a master bedroom with his and her walk in closets as well as spa like master baths. Location is also important.  First floor master suites have gained in popularity over the years for a variety of reasons, particularly for those that desire more privacy, are parents of older children, or simply weary of navigating stairs throughout the day.  In fact, most home builders today say it’s more and more common to see plans with a master bedroom  on the main level, at every price point,  especially with the trend toward multigenerational living..

 

Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty has a large portfolio of one of a kind homes, with stunning master suites that go from warm and cozy, to luxurious and spacious.  Here are just a few of the hundreds of properties offered for sale today.

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1020 Prospect Street, Suite 302  A great way to greet the day! Just sixteen exclusive residences and four limited edition penthouses, make up Muse La Jolla . The renovation of this iconic building preserves the integrity of the architects’ original modernist vision while elevating the property to a whole new level that meets the expectations of modern luxury.

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7943 Sitio Vaquero, CarlsbadThis amazing home, complete with spectacular grounds and close proximity to top rated schools, offers wonderful open floor plan including master suite with built-ins as well as sitting area with fireplace and television. The attached master bathroom has large shower, spa tub and two oversized walk in closets.

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13940 Umbria Way, Poway – Architecture masterpiece with clean minimalist lines, not to mention a first floor master suite that could be featured in any magazine. With floor to ceiling windows boasting incredible views and leading to outdoor pool with water features and lounge areas, this breathtaking living space is truly a must see.

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5292 Avenida Maravillas, Rancho Santa Fe  Beautiful main level master suite with fireplace and sitting area that leads to tranquil patio in this stunning custom Provencal Farmhouse by Island Architects.  Ensuite spa like bath overlooks infinity salt water pool.

The Sotheby’s International Realty® Brand Achieved $95 Billion in Global Sales Volume for 2016

CNBC broke the news this morning that for 2016, the Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC affiliated brokers and sales professionals achieved approximately $95 billion in global sales volume, the highest annual sales volume performance in the history of the brand, driven largely by a brand record of over 127,000 transactions. 

“During a year when the words “slowdown” and “slump” were used to describe the luxury housing market, 2016 turned out to be a banner year for Sotheby’s International Realty.” – CNBC                                                                                                   

Global Growth

The Sotheby’s International Realty® brand also reported growth across its global network, which now encompasses nearly 70 countries and territories worldwide. At year-end, the network totaled 880 offices and more than 20,000 sales associates.

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Outside the United States, the Sotheby’s International Realty brand achieved $10 billion in sales volume in 2016 and continued to expand into key markets. The brand saw continued growth in Europe, entering the countries of Austria, Croatia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Montenegro. The brand also expanded in the Asia-Pacific region through affiliations in Fiji and Shanghai and continued to grow in Hong Kong and greater Thailand. Finally, the brand expanded its presence in the Caribbean with the addition of affiliates in Roatan and St. Vincent & the Grenadines.

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In the United States, the Sotheby’s International Realty brand achieved $85 billion in sales volume in 2016 and also added seven independently owned and operated residential real estate firms as well as 45 new offices to its network across the country.  This past year witnessed continued significant growth by existing affiliate companies through talent attraction and mergers and acquisitions, most notably increasing the brand’s market presence in Lexington and Concord, Massachusetts, throughout southern Rhode Island and on the island of Kauai, Hawaii. The brand also entered several key new markets last year, namely: Gulf Shores, Alabama; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and Virginia Beach, Virginia.

 Innovative Technology

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The Sotheby’s International Realty brand was at the forefront of interactive technology in 2016 with the introduction of 3D Tours with Virtual Reality capability on sothebysrealty.com. Additionally, the site saw the most traffic in its history with nearly 22 million visits, a 54% increase year-over-year.Capture2

The brand also launched the first luxury real estate app for Apple TV, featuring professionally curated high-resolution photography and high-definition video giving consumers the opportunity to explore homes on a screen larger than ever before. An alliance with Juwai.com was launched in 2016 that gives the Sotheby’s International Realty network an edge to generate Chinese homebuyer interest on one of the world’s most prominent real estate websites with over two million monthly visitors. As a truly international brand, Sotheby’s International Realty has the most global representation on Juwai.com, displaying luxury listings from 66 countries and territories.

“CEO Philip White told CNBC in a recent interview that Sotheby’s makes “the consumer the real focus, and that’s important when you do business in the luxury space. We made a decision early on to provide the consumer a high level of exceptional service and true global exposure.”‘- CNBC

The Sotheby’s International Realty brand was the No. 1 real estate company represented in two of the six categories that comprise the annual REAL Trends/The Wall Street JournalTop Thousand” report. The Sotheby’s International Realty brand claimed 45 of the top 250 sales associates in the Individual Sales Volume category, more than any other real estate company. 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, holding 17 of the top 50 spots (34%), further establishing the strength of the Sotheby’s International Realty brand as a leader in luxury real estate sales.

Sotheby’s International Realty listings are marketed on the sothebysrealty.com global website.  In addition to the referral opportunities and widened exposure generated from this source, each brokerage firm and its clients benefit from an association with the Sotheby’s auction house and worldwide Sotheby’s International Realty marketing programs.  Each office is independently owned and operated.

Posted on February 27, 2017 via The Sotheby’s International Realty® Brand Achieved $95 Billion in Global Sales Volume for 2016 — Sotheby’s International Realty | Blog

Home Buyers Cozy Up To Fireplaces

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1904 Estrada Way, La Jolla, Italian Renaissance estate home tucked away on a private cul-de-sac with spectacular ocean views and a two story great room featuring a grand fireplace.

 

While San Diego enjoys some of the most mild and enviable winters in the country,  home buyers still cozy up to properties that offer fireplaces despite our warmer temperatures. In fact, many still consider a working fireplace a worthwhile investment, and while San Diegans may not care much about this feature as a heat source, it adds ambiance, comfort and luxury to a room like no other amenity.  

Fireplaces have changed dramatically through the years, especially with the revolution in home building and design.  Classic wood burning fireplaces are still extremely popular and used primarily for its rustic charm, while more modern design uses other materials such as concrete and stone veneer.  Also in demand are long, linear fireplaces that boasts a clean, contemporary look.

According to the Census Bureau latest data, almost half of new homes in the United States include a fireplace. The majority of buyers who opt to purchase a home without one, have been willing to pay on average $1,400 extra according to the National Association of Realtors, which is more than they would pay for a kitchen island or walk in closet.  In the past several years, outdoor fireplaces have continued to grow  in  popularity and are an added focal point to the yard making dining alfresco or sitting outside on a cool evening, all the more attractive.

If you are in the market this year for real estate, Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty offers a variety of properties at all price points.  Here are just a few with incredible fireplaces designed to bring warmth and style to your home.

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6885 La Valle Plateada, Rancho Santa Fe – This stunning Spanish Colonial Revival In sought after Rancho Santa Fe, offers not one, but 14 fireplaces, including an outdoor fireplace for year round comfort. Truly spectacular.

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1019 Oldham Way, Encinitas – Beautiful home on cul de sac with ocean views has multiple fireplaces throughout the home including a two way fireplace in the dining and living area as well as outdoor.

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16568 La Gracia, Rancho Santa Fe – This stunning contemporary Spanish estate sets a new standard for custom new construction and design. The modern fireplace is large enough for friends and family to enjoy.