Coronado’s 42nd Annual Holiday Parade

Friday December 1, 2017

gallery_property_3.jpegCoronado’s Annual Holiday Parade is a true family tradition for this popular coastal community. Despite the thousands that line the street every year, this anticipated celebration truly exudes a small hometown flair with Santa arriving via the ferry at the Coronado Ferry Landing at 3:20, and later followed by a  festive parade down Orange Avenue. At 7:00, Santa leads the lighting of the Christmas Tree in Rotary Plaza.  Discover carolers, snow fun at snow mountain, ice skating at Hotel Del Coronado, and enjoy treats before or after the parade compliments inside stores along the parade route to make shopping a holiday experience like no other.  

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Focus on San Diego Bay Wine and Food Festival & Downtown San Diego Homes for Sale

One of the most anticipated events in downtown San Diego happens every November –The San Diego Bay Wine and Food Festival.  Recognized as one of the largest wine and food festivals in the nation, this culinary extravaganza features over 150 wineries, breweries and spirit purveyors, 60 of San Diego’s best restaurants and over 10,000 wine and food aficionados from across the nation.  

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Open House Showcase Reinforces the Importance of Open Houses with a Splash of Creativity

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On November 4th and 5th, 2017 Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty held their bi-annual Open House Showcase. Nearly 200 properties, from Coronado to Carlsbad, La Jolla to La Mesa and just about every neighborhood in between and all around participated in the weekend event. The Showcase was heavily promoted through print and online advertising as well as social media, which served to further increase awareness and drive a high volume of traffic to the open listings.

 

Open houses are a valuable part of an agent’s overall marketing program, while some are straightforward, for others it’s necessary to think outside of the box. Take for example, the exquisite estate listed by Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty agent Gary Wildeson.  Wildson

This stunning, one level property located at 7030 Caminito De Conejos in Rancho Santa Fe, is the ideal home for equestrians. Gary understood that it was important to showcase the wonderful amenities such as the 4 stall barn, fully finished with Douglas Fir T&G siding on the inside and cedar lap siding on the outside, comfort stalls, Loddon wall enclosure, Tack room, Storage Room, Feed Room as well as laundry and bath, covered hay area, automatic waterier and fly spray system, not to mention its ideal location within the Rancho Santa Fe Covenant and its’ extensive trail system.

“I’m always looking for ways to enhance a home’s exposure to the market and get as many agents and potential buyers to see it as possible,” says Gary.   “Since this was an equestrian property, I wanted to highlight its unique features.”

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To accomplish this Wildeson, along with the team at Pacific Sotheby’s  Sotheby’s Realty’s Equestrian Division, hosted an open house featuring Equestrian expert Marie Medosi, who gave two Dressage Exhibitions at the property’s 168 foot fenced riding arena.  Marie, has worked extensively with Olympians Christine Traurig and Sue Blinks and her mentor and coach is Olympian Guenter Seidel who has represented the US in three Olympics.  Visitors were invited to watch her as well as ask questions and gather more information about this beautiful display.  A catered lunch was also offered.

“All of our marketing efforts, including open houses, are constantly being redefined to stay fresh and ahead of the market. Having Marie there to showcase her talents, and all this property offers, turned out to be a fun way to spend the afternoon,” added Wildeson.

The open house was a not only well attended, but created generous word of mouth in the real estate market. The good news?  This stunning estate is currently under contract.  Not a bad way to spend an afternoon at all!

Neighborhood Spotlight: Oceanside, California

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Oceanside is located along the beautiful Southern California coastline and considered the gateway city between metropolitan San Diego and Los Angeles. A classic Southern California beach town, Oceanside enjoys a rich history as an ideal place to stay and experience California’s casual spirit. The city, which boasts a number of important historical and cultural attractions such as Mission San Luis Rey, California’s longest wooden pier, 1920’s era Robert’s Cottages, California Surf Museum and the Oceanside Museum of Art, has experienced a resurgence as a destination for upscale dining, entertainment and shopping. With its’ accessibility and walkability, Oceanside offers a wide-variety of housing options for every type of homebuyer.

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130 South Pacific Street, Oceanside, CA 92054   2BD/2BA      Offered at $1,100,000
Unobstructed white water views! Only the park and beach across the street separate you from the ocean. Very unique architecturally designed units with just four in complex. A dramatic spiral staircase will take you from the formal entry up to the rooftop entertainment deck where you will be amazed & inspired by the panoramic views! There are three stories plus the roof-top. Enjoy the sit-down views from the living room and bedroom. Granite in both kitchen and baths, breakfast bar, laundry room plus a 2 car garage!

 

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519 S Myers Street, Oceanside, CA 92054 12BD/12BA Offered at $2,625,000- $2,750,000
Great opportunity for builders and developers located just one block to the beach with ocean views. Currently there are 3 units on this property generating $5,500-$6,500/mo as vacation rentals. Purchase this land with nearly approved plans to build 4 new units with a two car attached garage per unit. Planned units will be will be 2,306 sq.ft., 3 bedroom/3.5 bathroom, and will have a 62 sq. ft. patio, a 74 sq. ft. deck, and a 186 sq. ft. rooftop view deck.

 

 

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6638 Morro Heights Road, Oceanside, CA 92057 4BD/3BA Offered at $1,550,000-1,750,000

Private, custom estate perfectly situated on 2.4 acres with 145 avocado trees and panoramic views to the ocean. Experience a great sense of arrival with the gated entry, circular driveway, charming courtyard and custom leaded glass inlay double doors. Original owners custom built the home in 2007 using high-end finishes throughout and the finest attention to detail. European inspired kitchen features SubZero refrigerator/freezer, Dacor double oven, warming drawer, electric cooktop and upward draft exhaust system, built-in Miele espresso machine, European-designed kitchen cabinets, island with prep sink, reverse osmosis water system and sweeping views from your kitchen window. Main level master suite offers stunning views from the balcony, generous walk-in closet w/ built-ins, and impressive bathroom with soaking tub, shower and his & her vanities. Perfect for entertaining with its open floor plan, large balcony with outdoor seating areas and unparalleled views.

 

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400 S. Strand, Oceanside, CA 92054  2BD/3BA Offered at $1,995,000

This oceanfront home embodies the finest attributes of waterfront living. Superb craftsmanship using the finest materials including natural stone, exotic hardwoods and imported cabinets, and 8 Ft glass sliding pocket door opening to the expansive outdoor patio overlooking the ocean. This stunning 1,932 SF residence features a gourmet kitchen with Miele appliances, 2 masters & spa like bathrooms, an office/den, underground parking and elevators, and security system. Fully gated building with access to The Strand and Pacific St. Private garage with 2 car spaces, large storage unit and elevator access.

 

To view more available homes for sale in Oceanside, CA visit www.pacificsothebysrealty.com

 

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.

 

Video of the Week: Holcomb designed Spanish Colonial Revival Estate in Rancho Santa Fe, CA

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$9,200,000 USD | 6855 La Valle Plateada, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067 

This Holcomb designed estate is set on grounds designed by famed landscape architect, Kate Sessions, in the 1930’s. Masterfully built with 10 foot wood beamed and corbelled ceilings, antique mesquite doors, 14 fireplaces, double framed archways,  and smooth plastered walls. The 5 bedroom, 8 bath main house plus detached 2 bedroom, 1 bath guest house features a Chef’s kitchen with Carrera marble counters and center island, wood burning pizza oven, butler’s pantry and attached office alcove. Nearly all rooms open to outdoor spaces, including an expansive outdoor living room. Luxurious master suite with gas fireplace, his-and-hers bathrooms, and an oversized sitting room opening to an outdoor patio. Two additional bedroom suites are connected by a glass-roofed conservatory. Two-story library with built-in shelving and 18’ corbeled ceiling. Lower level features a full sized gym, billiard room, dance studio, and climate controlled wine cellar. In addition, there are two bedroom suites including a full guest wing with separate kitchen and living area. Outdoor kitchen with built in BBQ and dining area overlooks the sparkling pool and spa. Charming pool house features an outdoor living room, full bath and bocce ball court. 

Listed by Deborah Greenspan+1 619.972.5060, deborah.greenspan@sothebysrealty.com

Oscar Party Open House Showcases Glamorous La Jolla Property

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While the celebrity’s walked the red carpet in Los Angeles, Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty’s Patricia Kramer & Associates hosted their own pre-Oscar open house event to showcase a classic mid-century home in La Jolla. Guests enjoyed music, champagne and dessert, and even left with their very own Oscar “Swag Bag” provided by Dr. Mani of La Jolla Laser Clinic.

 “This property evokes classic Beverly Hills glamour and we thought throwing an Oscar party would be the perfect way to showcase the home to neighbors and potential buyers,” says Patricia Kramer, Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty.

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With views of the stunning Pacific Ocean, this family beach compound is perfectly situated, just steps from the renowned La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club and famed beaches at La Jolla Shores. The property, located at 7956 Avenida Alamar, features five en-suite bedrooms, a great room, formal living and dining rooms, a custom kitchen, wine closet, pool/spa, private patios and lush gardens.

“Holding event-style open houses helps buyers see homes in a different light compared to traditional open houses,” according to Cathleen Shera, Realtor with Patricia Kramer & Associates at Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty. “Buyers have the opportunity to see a real home brimming with life and energy, and it helps them picture living in the home themselves.”

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Pictured, from left to right: Danielle Ferris, Cathleen Shera, PSIR Chairman Steve Games, Patricia Kramer, Barbara Maguire, Yirui Chen.

Patricia Kramer & Associates consists of Patricia Kramer, Cathleen Shera, Barbara Maguire, Rebecca Wood, Kathleen Connor and Danielle Ferris. For more information about 7956 Avenida Alamar, please call 858.945.4595 or patricia.kramer@sothebysrealty.com