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/

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.

 

 

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

 

Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty’s Open House Showcase Reinforces the Importance of Open Houses in Today’s Market

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In these days of modern technology and virtual reality, Realtors are often asked if Open Houses are still a valuable marketing tool for sellers. The answer is…YES!

“Our Realtors develop a comprehensive marketing plan for their clients and open houses are one of the pieces of the overall marketing strategy that help to increase exposure for their listings,” according to Brian Arrington, CEO, Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty.  

Open houses bring traffic to the home with the general premise that more traffic leads to better exposure, which in turn leads to a quicker sale. By removing one of the marketing strategies, you can still sell the house, but may be limiting your buyer pool.

On May 6th and 7th, 2017 Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty held their bi-annual Open House Showcase. Over 170 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. 

“In the past, open houses were a way for buyers to explore neighborhoods and have questions answered about the community and schools,” adds Arrington. “Now with the information that is available online, buyers are coming ready to see specific homes, many are already pre-qualified by their lender and ready to make that offer.”

Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty’s Open House Showcase proved to be a great success for several agents over the weekend. Many of those who participated said that they developed a substantial number of new clients and several offers were submitted. One of those offers was made between the clients of Pacific Sotheby’s Realty agents, Kathleen Connor and Barbara Maquire, representing the seller and Katie Hawkes, representing the buyer, all Realtors with the Rancho Santa Fe office.  According to Connor “Katie’s clients were driving around and getting familiar with the neighborhood and stopped to tour our open house. Katie joined and after a warm visit with them, we received an offer and were under contract within three hours of the open house ending on Sunday.  We also received a firm backup offer from the Open House.  Our sellers are thrilled at the traffic and energy created by the Open House Showcase for their property.

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While the next Open House Showcase will take place in the Fall of 2017, Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty agents understand the importance of holding their listings open as often as possible.  Each Friday the company publishes an Open House Magazine with a directory for the weekends’ open houses. The Open House Magazine can be found by visiting www.facebook.com/PacificSIR/ or the Pacific Sotheby’s Realty Extraordinary Living Blog at www.pacificsothebysrealty.com . 

 

 

 

May Is “National Moving Month” Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty Offers Stress Free Tips When Moving With Children

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Spring is here, and May has been declared “National Moving Month.”  The National Census reports over 40 million people move during the summer months, which makes May a designated time for planning, organizing and of course, packing.  According to Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty, this can be an exciting adventure, but also stressful, especially for children.

Pepper Coffey, Executive Director for Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty Relocation and Referral Division, says there are strategies parents can use when preparing for a move, whether it be down the street, or across the country.  “Relocating can be hectic, and while each child and experience is different, there are ways to make it as stress free as possible.”  It is especially critical, according to parents who have moved frequently, to keep communication open and immediately address whatever concerns your children may have.  

Here are five tips to consider if you are preparing to move this summer:

  • Unpack Bedrooms First – On moving days, focus on bedrooms first.  At the very least, have children’s mattresses, special toys, sheets, pillows and blankets ready for them that first night.  Prior to moving, pack and color code what your child will need for that first evening.  Load this box last, along with a box of a few of their favorite toys and books, to ease the confusion.  Another idea that works well, is to have an “emergency box” filled with snacks, and perhaps a new toy.  Wrap in special duct tape so it’s easily identifiable.  

  • Plan Meals In Advance – It’s a scenario that is all too familiar:  You are in the middle of unpacking and you realize it’s well past dinner time and children are clamouring for food.  To avoid this, schedule what you will be eating during the first week as you settle into your new home.  Have you or your older children do a google search for restaurants or take out options in the area.  There will be no confusion or cries of “What’s for dinner?” and it’s a fun way to experience the popular spots in town.

  • Get To Know The Community –  Moving to a new neighborhood is hard. Take a break from unpacking and meet the neighbors. If your child is involved in extracurricular activities, check out what opportunities are around town as this is a great way to meet other children and parents.  Explore your new community together to find the best parks, playgrounds, restaurants, shopping and ice cream shops!  

  • Visit The New School –   Attending a new school is perhaps the most difficult experience for children when moving.  Chances are, they will ask a variety of questions to settle their nerves.  To ease the transfer, take a tour so they know their way around the school before their first day.  Children are stressed enough about trying to fit in, so they shouldn’t need to worry  where the cafeteria or bathrooms are  located.
  • Get Back On Schedule – Children function better when they follow a schedule.  While moving can be unpredictable at times, it’s important to get into your normal routine by having meals, naps, bedtime and all its rituals, as soon as possible.

When relocating, Pepper also advises, “It’s incredibly important for children of all ages to say goodbye to the home they are leaving.  As part of the letting go process, it’s good to provide children with an opportunity to close this chapter by throwing a goodbye party, making a going away gift, or spending time with favorite people before the move.  Finally, remind them that the most familiar thing will be right alongside them during this new adventure: their family!”

Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty’s Relocation and Referral Division provides comprehensive resources for expediting a smooth transition. As members of the Worldwide ERC® and as registered partners with multiple relocation management companies, the experienced professionals at Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty’s Relocation and Referral Division understands the critical role an agent plays in managing the relocation experience. Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty is locally owned and operated with over 500 agents and 22 offices throughout San Diego County and provides unrivaled representation for customers in San Diego and beyond. 

Pepper Coffey and the Pacific Sotheby’s Relocation and Referral Services Division can be reached at Relocation@PacificSIR.com or via phone at 619.325.3130