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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty is pleased to announce that Brian Westre has joined the company’s management team as Branch Manager for the Inland Corridor office.
Brian Westre began his real estate career in Rancho Bernardo in 2001. After earning numerous sales and service awards including, Rookie of the Year in 2002 and REALTOR of the Year in 2011, he brought his knowledge and experience to the management side of the business. Serving as Branch Manager for a prominent San Diego real estate company from 2012-2016, Westre was able to provide guidance and support to his agents resulting in increased sales and market share for his office.
“Brian’s reputation in the industry is exceptional,” says Mark Marquez, Managing Partner for Pacific Sotheby’s Realty’s Inland Corridor Office. “He brings a high-level of sales and management experience and will be a tremendous asset to our agents and to our company.”
Westre’s success as an agent was built on his commitment to service, knowledge of the San Diego real estate market and the desire to see his client’s succeed. This is the same philosophy he applies to management. “My agents and their clients are my first priority and I’m committed to providing them with every possible resource to ensure their success,” says Westre. “I am excited to be back home in the Inland Corridor, and join the #1 office in the area. There is tremendous talent in this office, and at Pacific Sotheby’s Realty, and I look forward to being a part of the continued growth and success happening here.”
Westre holds the designation of Certified Residential Specialist (CRS), Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDP-E), Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES), e-PRO for real estate technology, Real Estate Collaborative Specialist Divorce (RCS-D) and Certified Negotiation Specialist (CNS). He is a member of the National Association of Realtors (NAR), California Association of Realtors (CAR), and San Diego Association of Realtors (SDAR), and served as past Director on the board of the Poway Real Estate Professionals.
Pacific Sotheby’s Realty’s Inland Corridor office is located at 16710 Bernardo Center Drive, San Diego, CA 92128. For more information, visit www.pacificsothebysrealty.com.
Making a Difference in the Community, Pacific Sotheby’s Realty volunteers Trevor Valenzuela, David Johnson, Jane Jones (with San Diego Funding), Diana Fields, Michelle Sargent, Samantha Goldenhersh, Dana Whittaker, Afshan Rahmati and Ilana Huff
Members of Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty’s Carlsbad, Encinitas, Del Mar and Inland Corridor offices recently participated in a community service project in support of Solutions For Change and Solutions Farms, a nonprofit organization dedicated to solving the problem of family homelessness within the communities of San Diego.
The Pacific Sotheby’s Realty team worked at Solutions Farms in Vista. Solutions Farms is an innovative aquaponics farm that serves as a learning platform to provide real-world experience, and help residents of the program acquire and refine skills, ultimately leading to greater career success. Profits from the farm are re-invested into its programs, so each generation of residents helps the next.
“This is one of the most incredible non-profit organizations that I have ever come across,” says Dana Whitaker, Sales Manager, Pacific Sotheby’s Realty. “They use a multi-tiered approach to finding sustainable solutions for homelessness and have helped hundreds of families in San Diego completely and permanently transform their lives.”
Pacific Sotheby’s Realty’s Dana Whittaker with Solutions For Change’s Chico Goff, Alejandra Olmos and Kevin Gorham
For more information and to find out how you can get involved visit solutionsforchange.org
On Thursday, July 21, 2016, Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty celebrated the much-anticipated grand opening of the firm’s new Global Headquarters in the heart of downtown La Jolla, California. Located at 1111 Prospect Street, the flagship office sits directly across the street from the historic La Valencia Hotel and was designed to showcase the best of San Diego Real Estate to the global audience that visits La Jolla each year.
The “blue” carpet was rolled out to welcome the estimated 250 guests to the 6,600 sq. ft. venue. Guests were greeted by photographers, stilt-walking street performers and live music and enjoyed a globally inspired cuisine and wine pairings. Additionally, party-goers were treated to a TESLA automobile demonstration and test-drives along with the opportunity to view a classic 1913 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost and a vintage Lionel model train collection which were displayed in the office’s public exhibit hall.
With its prominent location, high visibility, digital displays and public interest component, Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty’s Global Headquarters will engage visitors from around the world and let them explore all that San Diego has to offer through a dynamic multi-media gallery experience. “It was important to us to design a dynamic headquarters to showcase the global reach of the Sotheby’s International Realty brand and promote not only our listings and listings from our affiliate offices all over the world, but to also promote the benefits of living in San Diego, to the 50,000 plus annual visitors that flock to La Jolla each year,” says Brian Arrington, CEO, Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty.
Even before stepping into the office, the view from the street is commanding and inviting. The entryway features a 40-foot wide front door that opens onto a multimedia gallery for tourists and locals alike to explore real estate options in all of San Diego County via touch-screen interactive displays. The giant 13-foot wide “jumbotron” and numerous full motion video monitors highlight properties for sale from all of our 29 locations in San Diego county as well as properties across the world.
The flagship office features a unique interactive public venue that will be used to feature a wide array of exhibits to residents and visitors alike. Whether it’s model trains, a classic or exotic car display or exclusive artwork on loan from Sotheby’s Auction House, Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty’s Global Headquarters Exhibit Hall will offer the public an opportunity to interact within the office. Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty’s new International Relations Division, which is headed by Lupe L. Soto and was created to further expand the firm’s global footprint, is also based at the Global Headquarters.
“One of the most important features of our new headquarters is that it’s designed to be accessible to each and every one of our agents,” says Nyda Jones-Church, President, Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty. “Whether the agent is based in the Carlsbad, Del Mar, or La Mesa office – they will have the ability to not only have their listings showcased in this prominent location, but to physically utilize the space to meet with their clients.”
Designed with the help of San Diego based designers, San Diego Office Design under the guidance of Tamara Romero and her talented team. The office combines clean contemporary office spaces with an open kitchen concept typically found in Sillicon Valley technology companies and better reflects the mobile nature of the modern real estate agent. “This new office is the physical space where our global online marketing capabilities are made tactile to the public,” says Chris Crocker, Chief Operating Officer, Pacific Sotheby’s Realty. “We are showcasing the extensive digital advertising capabilities we currently provide to our clients in a somatic setting so that the true depth of our digital marketing capabilities can be experienced in person. We are not just on the forefront of digital marketing, we are setting a new standard for others to follow.”
Among the many guests who attended the Grand Opening event were the top brokers in the San Diego Real Estate Industry, members of the media, prominent community and company leaders as well senior executives from Sotheby’s International Realty® affiliates and affiliates from other Sotheby’s International Realty offices. “The new La Jolla office is ideally located in one of the world’s premier markets, the jewel of the San Diego coastline,” said Philip White, president and chief executive officer, Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC. “This office is a culmination of the dedicated leadership of Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty combined with star brokers committed to providing exceptional service of the highest caliber. We could not be more proud of the accomplishment of this fine company which represents the Sotheby’s International Realty brand so professionally in this important luxury real estate market.”
Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty will be hosting several upcoming events for brokers, clients and the public. In the meantime, they invite the community to come by for a tour.
Since it’s opening in 2010, Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty has grown to be San Diego’s largest locally-owned and operated real estate firm. The company which is comprised of approximately 500 agents in 29 office locations throughout San Diego County, was recently recognized by the San Diego Business Journal as one of San Diego’s Fastest Growing Private Companies as well as one of San Diego’s Largest Private Companies and was named San Diego’s Best Real Estate Company in 2015 by San Diego’s Best Union Tribune’s Readers Poll.
This Spanish Colonial Estate is an architectural masterpiece built in 1920 and designed by John and Donald Parkinson, who are especially known for their significant projects in LA: Union Station, the Coliseum, Los Angeles City Hall and several buildings on USC’s campus.
The estate is located in the heart of San Diego’s Mission Hills community and is designated a Historic Landmark. Sitting on nearly an acre of secluded grounds with views of San Diego Bay, the home is nearly 9,200SF and features 5 bedrooms, 5 full and 2 partial bathrooms.
Enjoy morning coffee in the exquisite entry courtyard and linger over dinner at sunset on the idyllic terrace with frescoed ceiling. Several pairs of French doors in the living and dining rooms frame the tranquil back yard and pool, enhancing indoor/outdoor living.
2121 Sunset Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92103 is offered at $5,495,000. To schedule a private showing, please contact the Hernholm Group at 619.985.4126 or visit www.pacificsothebysrealty.com