Where The Surf Meets The Turf…Del Mar’s Summer Racing Season is here!

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Opening Day at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club kicks off on Wednesday, July 19th, and as always, it promises to be one of the most fun, if not the most fashionable events in San Diego County. With over 40,000 race enthusiasts expected to attend, there is no doubt that Del Mar is the place to be. The tradition goes back 80 years  when one of the track’s founders, legendary actor and crooner Bing Crosby, greeted the first guests at the gate on the very first opening day.  Today, Del Mar offers the second largest horse racing venue in the Western United States and includes special events such as free Friday Night Concerts throughout the summer.  

For Opening Day however, it  isn’t just about the horse racing, though some might disagree.  Instead, the day also includes the traditional “Hat Contest” where people vie in the following categories: Most Glamorous, Best Racing Theme, Most Outrageous, Best Fascinator and Flowers/All Other.  “The Party” on Opening Day includes DJ, dance floor, BBQ, private wagering and other perks for a cost of $35.  For additional information, contact the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club.

What makes the Del Mar Race Track a sought after event?  It is the social and horse event of the summer for not just San Diego, but for all Southern California.  The track offers an ambience like no other with wonderful beach and lagoon views all surrounded by unique shopping, renowned restaurants, a collection of charming and luxury hotels, and championship golf courses nestled along the beautiful San Diego coastline.  

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Nearby Rancho Santa Fe is also celebrating the ponies with an Official Opening Day After Party held at the Inn at Rancho Santa Fe. From 5:00 until midnight, guests can meet jockeys and others in the horsing industry while enjoying music, cocktails, and a one of a kind culinary exhibition from celebrity chef Casey Thompson. The word of mouth buzz is that even actress Bo Derek will be in attendance. Tickets are $150.

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Roblee Valentine, Executive Director of Pacific Sotheby’s Realty’s Equestrian Division which is dedicated to clients who desire horse properties, commercial ranches, farms and luxury estates, loves sharing our Equestrian Mecca with other horse aficionados, as well as the action and the vitality it all brings to our special brand of paradise in Del Mar and Rancho Santa Fe and the surrounding equestrian communities.  

“The Del Mar Races grow more and more popular each year and visitors can’t help but notice what an ideal location San Diego is for those who want to follow their equestrian pursuits due to our access to top trainers, veterinarians, shows, and endless riding trails,” says Roblee.  “Pacific Sotheby’s Equestrian Division is the most qualified when it comes to understanding  the intricacies of equestrian, ranch and farm properties and we have some of the finest horse properties in the country.”

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One such property is a stunning 5 bedroom, 10 bath newly remodeled estate that just went on the market.  Located at 18880 Old Coach Way in Rancho Santa Fe, this home offers panoramic views, beautiful interiors that flow seamlessly to the outdoor living spaces that includes a covered loggia, dining area, fire pit, vanishing edge pool and spa. With four developed and 37 acres of open space including  trails this private setting of two parcels offers detached guest house, full spa and gym, theatre, barn, pastures, riding ring, batting cage and flat usable pad to add your dream amenity.  For additional information on this one of a kind property, contact Cathy Gilchrist-Colmar at 858-775-6511.

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Commanding ocean views and front row seats to the hottest ticket in town- the world famous Del Mar Racetrack. Whether year-round or vacation home, find comfort in this meticulous, turn-key, low maintenance, private, gated enclave of Boca Del Mar. This custom Alan Caro contemporary design boasts a gourmet kitchen, soaring ceilings and a stunning master suite with private deck. An entertainer’s delight flooded with light from walls of windows and white water views! Located at 121 Via De La Valle, in the heart of Del Mar, the home offers access to the beach, hiking, shopping, dining and the Race Track; leave your car behind an look no further! For more information contact Lindsay Dunlap, 760.533.2326 or Brian Pasco, 619.850.5240.

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Rancho Santa Fe’s esteemed Covenant enclave creates the ideal canvas on which to display this refined and unparalleled masterpiece located at 6605 La Valle Plateada. Nestled on 5+ stunning acres where a lily pond, rolling lawn, gorgeous orchard, flowering vines and towering trees provide an idyllic backdrop for gracious living, the sprawling estate reveals a warm and inviting single-level main home with 5 ensuite bedrooms, a 1,600-square-foot 1-bedroom guest house, with an attached multi-purpose room with bath. Equestrian enthusiasts will appreciate world-class facilities that include an 8-stall barn with center breezeway, large pasture areas, a tack room, full bath and hot walker. Outdoor enrichments are strategically placed in such a way as to complement and enhance the main residence while offering the perfect amenities for year-round outdoor living that is so popular in the San Diego climate. For more information contact K. Ann Brizolis at 858.756.4328.

To view all of Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty’s Equestrian properties visit www.pacificsothebysrealty.com

K. ANN BRIZOLIS REPRESENTS SAN DIEGO LUXURY REAL ESTATE MARKET AT SANTA BARBARA MARKET LEADERS’ FORUM

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K. Ann Brizolis, principal of Rancho Santa Fe-based K. Ann Brizolis & Associates, Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty, was invited to attend Sotheby’s International Realty’s recent Market Leaders’ Forum as a representative of San Diego’s vibrant luxury real estate market. The two-day event welcomed 45 of the top Sotheby’s International Realty agents from across the U.S. and focused on the best practices, collaboration and strategic growth within the ever-expanding realm of global real estate.
 
The intensive meetings and networking events were co-hosted by Montecito’s Suzanne Perkins and Bill Fandel of Telluride Sotheby’s International Realty. Those in attendance represented luxury markets throughout California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, Nevada, New York, Texas, Washington and Washington, D.C. The dynamic symposium was moderated by Liz Bentley, a nationally recognized performance consultant and coach, and president of Liz Bentley Associates.
 
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The forum’s final day concluded with a private estate tour of the historic Villa Santa Barbara, owned by beloved television host, best-selling author and Emmy-winning actress, Ellen DeGeneres and her wife, actress Portia de Rossi. The exquisite estate is listed by Telluride Sotheby’s International Realty for $45 million.
 
Nationally recognized by her clients and peers as an ethical, highly accomplished and dedicated luxury real estate agent, K. Ann Brizolis has consistently ranked in the top percent of luxury real estate agents in the U.S. An expert in the purchase and sale of luxury homes in Rancho Santa Fe and the surrounding coastal communities of La Jolla and Del Mar, Ann is deeply committed to representing her clients’ best interests while providing valuable real estate advice. For more information, visit http://www.kabrizolis.com or call 858.756.4328.
 

 

PACIFIC SOTHEBY’S REALTY ANNOUNCES RECORD SALE IN RANCHO SANTA FE, CA

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April 7, 2017 (Rancho Santa Fe, CA) The Dalzell Group, of Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty, announces a sale in the highly coveted community of Rancho Santa Fe that represents one of the highest priced transactions since 2008.

Remarkably this transitional contemporary estate was on the market for just 32 days.  “While it’s a term that is often overused in real estate, this truly is a one of a kind home that luxury buyers are searching for in Rancho Santa Fe,” says Ryan Dalzell, of The Dalzell Group.  “There clearly is strong demand in the area for new construction that has this element of design and striking architecture.”

Set in a premier location, just a short walk from the historic Rancho Santa Fe Village and offering unobstructed views, this stunning Spanish designed property is loaded with contemporary features, and boasts the ultimate in indoor and outdoor living.  Pocketing lift and slide doors running the length of the Great Room showcase an outdoor oasis with vanishing edge pool and panoramic southern vistas allowing for entertaining on a grand scale.  From the front stone clad entry with honed limestone flooring and decorative water feature, to the clear storied windows that bathe the living space with an abundance of natural light showcasing the solid timber ceiling beams, no detail was overlooked in creating a luxurious, warm and open home that is remarkable in every way. Other high end amenities include rich distressed white oak floors, a dramatic floating fireplace, and state of the art chef’s kitchen with professional appliances and ample wine storage space.

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Rancho Santa Fe is well known for its pristine lifestyle, magnificent homes, upscale equestrian properties, the renowned Inn at Rancho Santa Fe, top dining and shopping, nationally recognized private schools as well as its prized Max Behr designed golf course at the exclusive Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club.“Of late, Rancho Santa Fe has experienced a resurgence of high-end buyers,” says Ryan Dalzell.  “It’s a community that offers a rich history, picturesque scenery, lots of space and privacy”.  Ryan adds that the buyers were originally looking for homes in the La Jolla area, but were immediately taken with this new luxury estate with 180-degree views and close proximity to the Village.

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The Dalzell Group is a family real estate team that has been representing San Diego buyers and sellers since 1992.  Jim Dalzell, a perennial Top 1% Producer among San Diego realtors throughout his career, partnered with his sons, Kevin, who was the listing agent, and Ryan, who heads the Luxury Marketing Program for the group.

According to Steve Games, Chairman of the Board, Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty, “It’s this kind of insight by our top teams at Pacific Sotheby’s Realty, who understand the shift in the luxury market and the desires of the modern buyer, that have propelled our company to achieve the number one market share in a community like Rancho Santa Fe.”

Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty has quickly become the market leader in the sale of luxury homes in San Diego County. With 22 offices in San Diego and North County, Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty offers exceptional service with years of experience and in-depth market knowledge combined with the resources and international reach of the Sotheby’s International Realty brand. For more information 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

Significant Sale: Landmark Estate in Rancho Santa Fe, California

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One of the most iconic homes in Rancho Santa Fe, California, is officially off the market. 16270 Via De La Valle, also known as “Hacienda de las Palmas,“ was sold a short time after it was listed with Seth O’Byrne of Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty. K. Ann Brizolis and Jennifer J. Janzen-Botts, also of Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty, represented the buyer. The sale, which is the highest sales price in Rancho Santa Fe in 2016, further reinforces Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty’s position as the leading local force in San Diego luxury real estate.

“It is an incredible honor to have played a role in this historic sale,” says O’Byrne. “Being part of an internationally recognized and respected brand with such a strong local marketing presence has enabled me to provide my clients with unmatched opportunities for success.”

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The majestic estate, which spans over 16,000 square feet of living space, offering nearly six private acres of understated Southern California luxury, has long been recognized as one of the most historically and geographically significant properties in San Diego.

“I have been intimately familiar with the property for many years and it was truly wonderful to have represented the buyer, in collaboration with my associate, Jennifer Janzen-Botts,” said Brizolis. The Hacienda is one of the most iconic homes in The Ranch and we are delighted to welcome the new family who love the home and have a true appreciation for the beauty of the landscape and the amenities the property offers. We appreciate the opportunity to have assisted them in fulfilling their lifelong real estate dream.”

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According to Steve Games, Chairman of the Board, Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty, to achieve the most significant sale this year in the Rancho Santa Fe market required an innovative and all-encompassing approach. “Our marketing team encouraged the owners to incorporate the sophisticated resources of Sotheby’s International Realty in partnership with Concierge Auctions, the world’s most recognized luxury auction company.”

Recently, Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty launched its in-house Auction Division, led by Brittany Hahn and Anna Houssels, providing additional marketing avenues to benefit sellers who have unique properties or situations that may not fit the mold of the traditional real estate model.

Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty Launches Equestrian Division

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Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty, one of San Diego’s largest, privately owned luxury real estate companies, is pleased to announce the formation of the company’s new Equestrian Division. Headed by Equestrian Real Estate expert Roblee Valentine, the division will focus on the representation of Equestrian Properties, Horse Properties, Commercial Ranches and Farms, and Luxury Estates. Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty’s Equestrian Division will provide its clients with the professional and experienced direction and specialized marketing strategies needed to effectively represent Equestrian and Ranch properties.

“San Diego is one of the most desirable Equestrian locations in the world and there is a tremendous opportunity to provide our clients with extraordinary representation for these properties,” says Steve Games, Chairman, Pacific Sotheby’s Realty. “Roblee has the proven leadership and experience in the equestrian real estate market to successfully lead this division.”

 

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Roblee Valentine, Executive Director, Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty Equestrian Division

 

Roblee Valentine brings over 25 years of real estate experience and a true passion for the Equestrian lifestyle to her new role as Executive Director of Pacific Sotheby’s Realty’s Equestrian Division. She has a solid reputation as a well-respected leader and expert in her industry and has represented numerous clients in the successful sale of equestrian and ranch properties as well as luxury estates. Prior to joining Pacific Sotheby’s Realty, Valentine was the Founder and CEO of The Ranch EQ, a top-ranked real estate firm specializing in Equestrian Real Estate throughout Southern California, the Covenant of Rancho Santa Fe and Greater San Diego.

“Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty’s new Equestrian Division will offer the perfect strategic partnership,” says Valentine. “By combining qualified experts who understand the intricacies of equestrian, farm and ranch properties, with access to uniquely qualified buyers and the unprecedented global representation of the Sotheby’s International Realty brand, we will be able to provide our clients and our agents with unrivaled marketing advantages to meet the growing needs of one of the world’s finest Equestrian communities.”

Valentine remains extremely active in Southern California’s English and Western Equestrian community. In 2014, Valentine created the Equestrian Almanac, bi-annual Equestrian lifestyle publication that has grown to be one of the industry’s most valued resources, offering coverage of all aspects of equestrian life in Southern California. Additionally, her Equestrian column Horsing Around is featured in Ranch and Coast Magazine, Pacific Coast Journal, Horseman’s News, West Coast Horsemen, and California Riding Magazine.  She served as Chairperson for Teens, Dreams and Jeans Team Penning Event, which raises funds to support the San Pasqual Academy and looks forward to serving the Rancho Santa Fe Trail Committee in 2017.

For more information about Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty’s Equestrian Division contact Roblee Valentine, 858.437.4778, roblee.valentine@sothebysrealty.com or visit www.pacificsothebysrealty.com

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