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 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.


San Diego’s Farmers Markets Are The Perfect Way To Spend The Day


Little Italy’s Famed Farmers Market

When you think of San Diego, what comes to mind?  Probably the gorgeous beaches, a vibrant downtown, an enviable climate, not to mention the postcard worthy scenery.

But did you know San Diego county, according to, has more small farms than any other county in the entire United States?  As the top producer of avocados, and in the top ten in honey productions, lemons, strawberries and egg laying hens, not to mention a large supplier of pomegranates, limes, guavas, macadamias and more, it’s no wonder that San Diego is host to countless of farmers markets throughout the county.  On any given day you can discover local farmers selling seasonal goods, and of course, artisans offering anything from art to jewelry and other fine crafts.  


Fresh fish on display await customers at Dockside Market on San Diego Bay.

Unlike the vast majority of farmers markets that are held weekly throughout the United States, San Diego is lucky to celebrate these popular community events throughout the year.  With so many markets to choose from, chances are you will find something unique  at every one. Here are just a couple of our favorites, and if you are in the market for your next dream home, the amazing properties listed below are all within close proximity to their neighborhood farmers market!

Downtown San Diego:

Did you know there are several farmers markets in downtown San Diego?  Some operate on different days, but here are a few you may want to visit.

  • Gaslamp Quarter – Third Avenue Certified Farmer’s Market – Sundays 9:00-1:00 in the 400 block of Third Avenue between Island Ave and J Street.
  • Little Italy Mercato – Saturday from 8:00-2:00 on B Street between 27th and 28th.
  • Dockside Fish Market – In the mood for the freshest of fish? Sat: 8:00-1:00 at Fish Harbor Pier between the USS Midway and Seaport Village

Hillcrest and Uptown Neighborhoods:

  • Hillcrest Certified Farmers Market and Open Air Bazaar – Sundays 9:00-2:00 at 3960 Normal Street at Lincoln
  • North Park Thursday Market – Thursday 3:00-7:30 on North Park Way from 30th St. to Utah St.


  • Coronado Certified Farmers Market – Tuesdays from 2:30-6:00 at the Ferry Landing 1st and B.

East County San Diego

  • El Cajon Certified Farmers Market – Thursday 3:00-7:30 from April to October, 3:00-6:00 from November to March.  190 E. Main Street at Rea Ave.
  • La Mesa Village Certified Farmers Market – Friday 2:00-6:00 from March to October, and 1:00 to 5:00 from November to February at Date Avenue and University Avenue.

North County

  • Carmel Valley Certified Farmers Market – Thursday from 2:30-7:00 Canyon Crest Academy
  • Carlsbad State Street Certified Farmers Market – Wednesday 3:00-7:00 State Street between Carlsbad Village Drive and Grand Avenue
  • Solana Beach Certified Farmers Market – Sunday 1:00-5:00, 410 South Cedros Avenue at Rosa Street
  • Escondido Certified Farmers Market – Tuesday, 2:30-6:00pm October to May and 2:30-7:00 from June to September, 262 Grand and Juniper
  • Scripps Ranch Certified Farmers Market – Saturday 9:00-1:30 at Innovations Academy

These are only a small sampling of farmers markets located throughout San Diego county.  For additional information, and a list of all farmers markets, contact San Diego County Farm Bureau website.

Thinking about how great it would be to walk out your front door and grab food fresh from your local farmers market? Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty offers these beautiful homes for sale,  close to some of San Diego’s finest Farmers Markets.


1225 Pacific Highway, #108, San Diego, CA 92101
2 BED/2 BATH,1,890SF
Offered at $1,150,000

Walk to the Little Italy Farmer’s Market from this expansive town home that features two bedrooms with third optional bedroom, living and dining area as well as a beautiful kitchen with stainless steel appliances and granite countertops. With amenities galore, including lap pool, club room, fitness center, concierge service and 24 hour security, this is the ideal place for sophisticated living in downtown San Diego.


7364 Orien Avenue, La Mesa, CA 91941
4 BED/ 3 BATH, 2,530SF
Offered at $749,000

Less than a ten minute drive to La Mesa’s weekly, year round Farmer’s Market is this move in ready mountain view residence in the Mesa Del Sol community.  A former model home, here you will enjoy many features that set this property apart from the rest including large kitchen with stainless steel appliances, hardwood flooring, designer lighting, marble counter tops in the master bath and a private rear yard with mature trees for shade.  Family perfect home!


7773 Chadamy Way, San Diego, CA 92130
Offered at $1,588,000

Only a short five minute drive to Canyon Crest Academy, the location for the popular Carmel Ranch Farmers Market is this exceptional home by award winning builder Davison Communities.  Situated in a gated enclave, this home offers a seamless layout designed to enjoy indoor and outdoor living.  Equipped with all the luxury features, you can lay by the pool and veranda to enjoy the amazing canyon views.  


20877 Wild Willow Hollow Road, Escondido, CA 92029
8 BEDS/6 BATHS,5,323SF
Offered at $3,500,000

While this home may be a bit of a longer drive to the Escondido Farmers Market, here is a home worth seeing if you are in the market for a luxurious estate in a tranquil setting. With too many features to mention, this home offers top of the world, panoramic mountain and ocean views, saltwater infinity pool and jacuzzi, all new Viking kitchen, a master wing with heated bathroom and shower floor, yoga room and so much more.  


Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty Mentor Program Creates Successful Agents


When Sharon McDonald joined Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty Mentor Program in the Del Mar office several years ago, led by Realtor and Luxury Fine Homes Specialist Jason Fogelman,  she knew immediately that her real estate career had reached a whole new potential.

“Anyone starting in real estate knows that it’s not all roses,” says McDonald, “It’s hard work, but participating in Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty’s Mentor Program, has given me all the tools, big and small, not to mention the support, so that I am beyond prepared to assist my clients throughout the entire transaction process.”

Fogelman agrees.  “Our goal is to create successful agents who will have a long, prosperous career.”  In 2015, according to Fogelman, he and his mentor team sold $48.2 million dollars in residential sales, $58 million in 2016 and are aiming for over $70 million in sales for 2017.  “We are not the only real estate agency to offer a Mentor Program, “ says Fogelman, “but I have no doubt we’re one of the most successful.”

Why is the Pacific Sotheby’s Realty Mentor Program so successful?  Research, repetition and accountability.  

“I’m constantly researching the local areas, from zip codes to neighborhoods, to floor plans, to type of homes,” says Fogelman.  “I’ve been able to define what has the fastest/highest turnover and point the new agents in that direction as well as teaching them to be open and direct with their sphere of influence.”  He adds that the Mentor Program creates a formal, structured path to find new clients.  “This is the hardest part of this job for a new agent, not to mentioned seasoned agents, finding clients.”

Of course, once a new client is found, the work only just begins.  Unlike many professions, real estate is ever changing from contracts, industry rules, regulations and local and state laws and governances.  McDonald says this is where the Mentor Program was especially helpful.  “This program was good at giving us a list and skill set to understand a process and sequence of events, even the emotional experiences that often happen throughout a transaction.  We are so prepared, we have memorized dates, have a clear and precise checklist, even down to simple etiquette that makes a difference to every client and the people we work with.”

According to an article in the June issue of The Atlantic magazine, mentorship programs often are unsuccessful because  many companies use old ideas of how jobs and careers work.  Fogelman says if he can start an agent on the right path from the start, doing what needs to be done that other agents are uncomfortable with, such as simply asking for business, they have a much stronger chance of sustaining a long career in real estate.  But Fogelman isn’t just one to talk to his agents, he also participates.  

“During the program,” says McDonald, “ Jason sat in all of our listing meetings, going  over sales materials, and made sure that we knew the property, neighborhoods, community, comparative  sales, and every piece of information so that we knew more about the home than the owner.”  Fogelman added, “I ride shotgun on every transaction in the mentor program.  If there is a problem, or a negotiation going sideways, I’m able to step in as the new agent’s seasoned partner, and problem solve to keep the transaction together or help with negotiations.”  

Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty offers several Mentor Programs throughout their offices, each led by successful and experienced agents and managers. For more information on the Mentor Program and joining the team at Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty, contact us at

Destination Spotlight | Oahu

yard-crossroadsGot the mid-week blues? Take a mental break and travel with us to a place where the clear blue waters of Kailua Beach meet the metropolitan cityscapes of Honolulu. The historic architecture of Iolani Palace meets the timeless memorials of Pearl Harbor. The big city of Waikiki meets the small town of Haleiwa on the North Shore.

Sometimes called “The Gathering Place,” Oahu certainly lives up to its name. The third largest Hawaiian island is home to the majority of Hawaii’s diverse population, a fusion of east and west cultures rooted in the values and traditions of the Native Hawaiian people. Oahu offers balance between world-class beaches and oceanfront living where you can get away from it all, to a bustling metropolitan area with a thriving high-rise condominium market and all the amenities of a world-class city.


“You can fish, dive and surf, and the towns have great dining and nightlife,” says Scott Carvill, Principal Broker/Owner of Carvill Sotheby’s International Realty in Kailua. “You get a little bit of all of Hawaii on Oahu.”



3005 Hoaloha PlaceHonoluluHawaii, 5 BED/5.5 BATH, 6,694SF, Offered at $$2,750,000       

Elegant Nuuanu Dowsett estate privately adjoining preservation land with panoramic ocean to mountain views. Covered walkways lead to the various living areas and showcase the park like landscaping and views. The newer home features koa floors, a modern new kitchen and spa like baths. With a legal Ohana, a separate living area, plus a guest quarters a buyer is afforded many options.


1118 Ala Moana Blvd #2300HonoluluHawaii96814, 3 BED/3.5 BATH, 2,814SF                     Offered at $7,988,000  

Spectacular Diamond Head corner unit completely upgraded! Upgraded wall coverings, built in custom cabinetry and tv shelving with Quartzite natural stone countertop, a 75″ flat screen TV, incredible and beautiful travertine floors throughout. Views are amazingly beautiful and from the perfect floor level. You see it all, Diamond Head, fireworks, beach activity, harbor boats, sunrises and sunsets.



926 Kealaolu Ave.HonoluluHawaii,96816, 5 BED/5Full/2Partial BATH, 7,398 SF                    Offered at $6,395,000 

In the illustrious Kahala neighborhood, within short distance from the historic Waialae Country Club and beaches, this privately-gated, 5-bed, 5.2-bath home affords comfort and style. Exquisite detail is seen throughout, from tropical hardwood entryways, built-in cabinetry and flooring to custom Balinese woodworking adorning ceiling areas and wall hangings. An expansive floor plan is enhanced by wood-framed glass egresses, inviting the tropical outdoors into most living areas, including dining area with wet bar. Pool and grill amenities, and the 1-bedroom cottage surrounded by meticulously landscaped property provides a resort-like feeling. Grand Award Winner by the Building Industry Association of Hawaii Renaissance, rarely does a home of this quality come to market.


Listings provided by Carvill Sotheby’s International Realty.

Carvill Sotheby’s International Realty is the premier Luxury Full Service Real Estate provider of Oahu. Our dedicated agents, with their experience, have the ability to place your home on a higher level with more exposure than any other firm on Oahu. From the roots of this company, built on a foundation of family and community, we have become the brokerage of choice for buying or selling properties on Oahu.

Combining local Oahu Real Estate expertise and our global reach and exposure, Carvill Sotheby’s International Realty provides an ability to deliver the most successful strategy to market your home. For those who value an extraordinary brand, commitment to building relationships, and an unparalleled ability to connect buyers and sellers globally, we deliver. 

Serving the real estate communities of Kailua, Honolulu, Hawaii Kai, Kahala, Haleiwa, Lanikai, Manoa, Kaneohe, and beyond, Carvill Sotheby’s is proud to showcase our beautiful region and all of the amazing lifestyles and opportunities our island has to offer. Regardless of your price point, we are experienced in luxury oceanfront homes to mountain retreats and everything in between. This is why our clients trust us and know us to be the most knowledgeable and dedicated brokerage on the island of Oahu.

From remarkable Oahu homes to exceptional services, Carvill Sotheby’s International Realty is the boutique real estate firm that delivers exceptional results.