What’s Happening In San Diego? | September 25 – October 1, 2017


It’s the last full week of September! The days are getting noticeably shorter and the temperatures are cooling just a bit now that Fall is officially here!  Yet it’s a busy week ahead especially if you are a food aficionado!  See what activities we have gathered to keep you entertained this week!  Continue reading

What’s Happening in San Diego? September 18-24, 2017

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There’s plenty to do in San Diego as Fall makes its official debut this Friday!  Take a look at what we have found is happening throughout the city and North County.  Be sure to keep checking every Monday as we update our calendar.  And be ready for lots of fun in October with Halloween activities, Oktoberfests, apple picking and more. Continue reading

Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty’s Agents of Change Complete Second Home in Tijuana

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Juan, Jessica, Juan Alexis and Jessica Velez Contreras in front of their new home, along with Pacific Sotheby’s Realty office champions Cabrie FradellaIlana HuffKeith CastiglioneCatherine Black and Jim Sagona.

Equipped with hammers, drills and hearts of gold, a group of Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty agents headed down to Tijuana build a home for a family in dire need of shelter.

The build is part of the company’s Agents of Change initiative, a partnership between Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty, World Housing and New Story Charity to fund the building of homes in Salvatierra community in West Tijuana, Mexico. Continue reading

Community Event Pays Tribute to San Diego County’s First Responders on the 16th Anniversary of the 9/11 Terror Attacks


Monday, September 11, is the 16th anniversary of the 2001 terror attacks, where we will respectfully remember, reflect and honor those victims and responders who tragically lost their lives on this horrific day and pay our respects to our local first responders.

With several local events and memorials scheduled throughout San Diego to pay tribute to our first responders, Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty broker, Wendy Moldow, has joined with the Escondido Police and Fire Department to remember 9/11 by inviting Senior Citizens from the area to view a unique work of art commemorating this date and encouraging them to share their memories of that fateful day. 

Several years ago, Wendy purchased the painting at a Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty event to raise money for Wounded Warriors and Canine Companions charities.  It had been painted by a Realtor and brought to Ground Zero in New York to raise money for the fallen firefighter families.  A restauranteur paid over $26,000 for this and when hanging it in his restaurant it made his customers too sad, so he returned it to the Carlsbad Realtor who then donated the painting to the charity event.

“I really didn’t feel the artwork belonged in my home but instead to our first responders,” says Moldow.  Thus began the Journey of The Traveling 911 Memorial Painting and for the past two years it has traveled from Fire Station to Fire Station throughout our County. “It’s such an emotional piece of art, and should be shared recognizing an event never to be forgotten. We can never show enough appreciation to our First Responders who are always there for us.




Reception for Senior Citizens and community members to pay tribute to local First Responders and view the 9/11 memorial painting on display at the Escondido Police Department


Those expected to attend the event are several police and fire officials including Fire Chief Rick Vogt, Police Chief Craig Carter, Police Captains Mike Loare, Greg Kogler, Eric Skaja, Council and City Staff Members, First Responders and residents from half a dozen care home as well as other senior citizens.  Public welcome to attend. 


September 11, 2017  1:00pm


Escondido Police Station
1163 N. Centre City Parkway
Escondido, CA  92026

For additional information, contact Wendy Moldow at 619-339-3339


Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty Voted San Diego’s 2017 Best Real Estate Broker




Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty has been voted BEST Real Estate Brokerage and BEST Commercial Real Estate company  in the 2017 San Diego Union-Tribune Readers Poll.

The San Diego Union-Tribune San Diego Readers Poll compiles the opinions of The San Diego Union-Tribune readers regarding the overall BEST in class for a variety of business service categories. The poll is conducted annually on sdbestpoll.com in late spring with results released in late summer.

This year, The San Diego Union-Tribune added a new component by recognizing not only the top vote-getters or “Best” in each category but also recognizing those that are considered “Favorites,” having received votes and, thus, recognition in each category.

Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty agents, Dan Conway from the Carmel Valley office, Vivian Lee Ford from the Rancho Santa Fe office, and T. Brooks Stewart from the La Jolla office were all voted one of San Diego’s Favorite Real Estate Agents.

“We are honored to be named San Diego’s Best Real Estate Brokerage and we would like to thank those who voted for our company and our agents,” says Brian Arrington, Chairman, Pacific Sotheby’s Realty. “We will continue to work tirelessly to provide our clients with superior service and our agents with access to every marketing advantage to ensure their success.”

What’s Happening In San Diego: September 5 – 10, 2017


Summer is winding down, the days are growing shorter, and the kids are back in school! For all those happy parents out there, perhaps it’s time to find a babysitter and schedule a date night. This week you will find plenty to do in San Diego and the surrounding communities.  Here is a sampling of some fun events for the first full week of September.



September 8-10, 2017:  The 2017 Horrible Imaginings Film Festival at the Museum of Photographic Arts.  This year’s festival kicks off with a focus on local filmmakers with the San Diego Creator Spotlight, then continues through the weekend with nearly 70 short features, films and events.  This event promises some “out of there content.”  



September 9, 2017:  South Bay Pride Art & Music Festival at Chula Vista’s Bayside Park.  This one day event offers is a celebration of creative works, diverse tunes and the LGBT community featuring eclectic bands & DJs, arts and craft exhibitors, flame-grilled fare, and LGBT informational booths. Until  8:00pm, there will be dancing, food vendors, wine garden and live music.



September 9, 2017: San Diego Blues Fest at the Embarcadero Marina Park North. From 12 noon to 8:00pm, provides great blues music at an affordable price.  This year, Blues legend, Mavis Staples will be headlining.



SipandStroll-36.jpgSeptember 7, 2017:  Taste of Del Mar.  From 5:00 – 8:00  walk around the quaint Del Mar Village and indulge in  food from 26 local restaurants and enjoy a sample of selections from 16 of California’s finest breweries and wineries.  Tickets range from $30-$40 dollars for this popular event.  



download-2.pngSeptember 9, 2017:  Carlsbad Brewfest at Holiday Park. From 5:00-8:00 here is another spectacular event in popular Carlsbad to sample some of the best beers and food the area offers.  With over 64 varieties of beer, cider and Kombucha not to mention live music, food trucks and more, you will discover why this in one of North County’s most sought after events.  $50 entrance fee includes it all.

What’s Happening In San Diego Over Labor Day



It’s considered the unofficial end of summer, yet Labor Day weekend in San Diego promises endless activities whether you want to hit the beaches, a concert, or even catch some cooler temperatures in Julian. With gorgeous weather predicted for the holiday, the upcoming three day weekend offers everything from grape stomping, to fireworks to bacon, yes, bacon.  We can’t think of a more perfect way to cap off the summer than with any one of these attractions.  


Festival of Sail:  September 1-4, 2017: Here is the largest Tall Ship parade along the west coast.  Watch cannon battles, tour ships, visit with crew members, enjoy the beer garden, entertainment and more.  Located along North Embarcadero, it’s a spectacular sight to see.


US Sand Sculpting Challenge: September 1-4, 2017: Head two  blocks south from the Festival of Sail and see world class sand sculptors create stunning 3- dimensional works of art.  Truly breathtaking, this is a popular event that attracts San Diegans and visitors alike.  


Padres Game:  September 1 – 4: Grab your hot dog, peanuts and enjoy your favorite beverage while watching the Padres play the LA Dodgers Friday thru Sunday  (with a doubleheader on Saturday), and the Saint Louis Cardinals on Monday.  


Bayside Summer Nights: September 1-3, 2017: What can be more patriotic this holiday weekend than watching fireworks dance in the sky to the tune of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture and listening to the San Diego Symphony celebrate the end of summer.


Nightime at the Zoo:  Thru September 4, 2017: The San Diego Zoo has a reputation for being one of the best in the world, and through Labor Day weekend, guests are asked to stay after dark to celebrate the end of summer with lots of fun activities including special shows, music and lots of surprises.  It’s also a wonderful time to see the animals come out and enjoy the cooler nighttime temperatures.

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Sea World Electric Ocean: Thru September 4, 2017: Electric Ocean is Sea World’s latest attraction that turns the park into a ocean sea of color.  Spectacular special effects make this an evening everyone in the family will remember.

7-28-2011-3-26-05-PM-7552087.08.jpg September 2, 2017: Tradition calls for the Blessing of the Grapes when harvest begins  in wine countries throughout the world. Head to Julian for this annual event that includes wine stomping, food, wine tasting and a Jumbo Jump for the children.  Beautifully set along the vineyards and apple orchards, it’s the perfect place to visit for some old fashioned fun.


Bacon Fest: September 2, 2017: Are you obsessed with bacon?  If so, then you must head out to San Diego’s Bacon Fest which is an all inclusive event at Liberty Station.  Enjoy unlimited supplies of bacon in ways you probably never imagined.  


Little Italy Stickball Tournament: September 2-3, 2017: Chances are, if you asked your children how to play stickball, they might look up from their electronic devices and give you a quizzical look.  Now’s the time to head over to Little Italy to revisit childhood memories.  The event takes over the neighborhood streets where you can also find some of the best restaurants and ice cream in San Diego.