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.

 

 

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.
 

 

Update: Patriot Rally Event Brings Awareness and Raises Funds to Support Veterans Issues

PACIFIC SOTHEBY’S REALTY SPONSORS FILM SCREENING AND RALLY BRINGING AWARENESS TO THE STRUGGLES FACING VETERANS

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If you passed through downtown San Diego on Wednesday, March 31, 2017 just after 6pm, you may have witnessed a parade of individuals, sporting patriotic colors and holding flags of every size, marching through the streets toward San Diego Bay. The group was heading to a fundraising event aboard that USS Midway with the goal of increasing public awareness and support for several local San Diego Veterans organizations.

If you looked closer, you may have also seen a sea of Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty blue name badges worn by many of the marching flag holders. As a company Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty was the Premier Sponsor of the Patriot Rally and No Greater Love film screening, but it was as a family of co-workers that so many came together to show their support (and open their wallets) for the cause.

 

 

According to Dana Anderson, Carlsbad Office Manager, Pacific Sotheby’s Realty, “the march to the USS Midway, with everyone donning their red, white and blue and holding flags of every size, started the emotions. We are so polarized right now. This is not about politics. 22 soldiers and veterans commit suicide everyday. These are our brothers, sisters, kids, parents, family and friends. It’s not ok. This film seeks to start a conversation outside of the military sector and they need our help.”

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The Patriot Rally featured a special screening of the international award-winning military documentary No Greater Love aboard the flight deck of the USS Midway. The film explores combat deployment through the eyes of an Army chaplain who carried a camera in Afghanistan, capturing the gritty reality of war as well as the bond that is made among troops. The film shows the experience of war, but more importantly, helps viewers understand the personal struggles of soldiers.

The event also included the presentation of Colors provided by the JROTC Color Guard of Chaparral High School in Temecula, California, a special performance of the United States National Anthem by country singer Amy Scruggs and guided tours of the USS Midway.

All proceeds from the event benefited Angels of America’s Fallen, American Legion Post 416, USO San Diego and Operation Engage America, all local organizations that strive to help the families of the men and women of the U.S. Military, Veterans, and Gold Star families.

 

 “The heart of our community is our military, so many of us are Veterans or have family members, friends and co-workers who have served or are currently serving,” says Steve Games, CEO, Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty. “It is our responsibility as a community to connect with the members of our military and show our support and gratitude for their service and to reach out to the many who continue to face a hard battle upon returning to civilian life.”

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From Left to Right: Steve Games, CEO Pacific Sotheby’s Realty, Brian Arrington, Chairman Pacific Sotheby’s Realty, Nyda Jones-Church, President Pacific Sotheby’s Realty, Matthew Shillingburg, Event Co-Chair, MLB VIP Jim Leyritz, Trisha Marshall
Event Co-Chair, Justin Roberts, Producer No Greater Love

 Prior to the main event and film screening on the USS Midway, Pacific Sotheby’s Realty hosted a private VIP reception at the sales office of Savina by Bosa. The reception featured a talk from Chaplain Justin Roberts, Producer of the documentary No Greater Love and a silent auction that raised over $10,000 for the event.

San Diego is the first city to host this event. Similar rallies are planned across the nation, culminating board the USS Intrepid in New York harbor on September 11, 2017. To donate and for more information about the documentary “No Greater Love” visit visit http://www.nglfilm.org

To view all photos from the event click here: http://bit.ly/2sEu3kz

 

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 to Sponsor the Patriot Rally Aboard the USS Midway

 

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Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty is proud to be the presenting sponsor of the Patriot Rally, a fundraising event that will be held aboard the USS Midway in San Diego Bay on Wednesday, May 31, 2017. The Patriot Rally is an event to raise funds and increase public awareness and support for several Veterans organizations that strive to help the families of the men and women of the U.S. Military, Veterans and those who have died in the service to our nation.

“There wasn’t even a second of hesitancy when we were approached to sponsor this event,” says Steve Games, Chairman, Pacific Sotheby’s Realty, as well as a Navy Veteran who served during the Vietnam War. “The heart of San Diego is our military community and this event is an incredible opportunity to salute these young people and the families of the fallen soldiers who have fought so that we may continue to enjoy the freedoms we have as Americans.”

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The Patriot Rally will feature a special screening of the international award-winning military documentary “No Greater Love” aboard the flight deck of the USS Midway. The film explores combat deployment through the eyes of an Army chaplain who carried a camera in Afghanistan, capturing the gritty reality of war as well as the bond that is made among troops. The film shows the experience of war, but more importantly, helps viewers understand the personal struggles of soldiers.

The event will also include the presentation of Colors provided by the JROTC Color Guard of Chaparral High School in Temecula, California, a special performance of the United States National Anthem by country singer Amy Scruggs, guided tours of the USS Midway and no host food and drink. Tickets for the event are $25 and can be purchased at https://nogreaterlovecampaign.ticketspice.com/ngl-film

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All proceeds from the event will benefit Angels of America’s Fallen, American Legion Post 416, USO San Diego and Operation Engage America. Each one of these organizations works tirelessly to ensure that Active Military, Veterans and family members of fallen service men and women receive the support they need.

The Patriot Rally was the brainchild of Chaplain Justin Roberts, Producer of the documentary “No Greater Love” who enlisted event Co-Chairs Trisha Marshall and Matthew Schillingburg. Marshall and Schillingburg quickly jumped on “Board” and presented the opportunity Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty for sponsorship.

“We both care deeply for our Veterans and the Gold Star Families and wanted to create an impactful way to help raise awareness as well as funds to support the needs of those who have given so much in service to their country,” says Marshall.   “Veterans needs are many, those who do return home from combat often suffer tremendous PTS and the suicide rates among our Vets are staggering. For those who sadly do not return, families are left behind often with very little means of support.”

San Diego is the first city to host this event. Similar rallies are planned across the nation, culminating aboard the USS. Intrepid in New York harbor on 9/11

“Our goal was to help communities connect with Military, Veterans and the families who have lost a service member,” says Shillingburg. “These are our neighbors, our co-workers and our friends who often keep their struggles hidden from those around them. This event is designed to bring us together in support of one another.”

For more information about the and to find out how you can get involved contact Trisha Marshall, 949-233-9007 or Matthew Shillingburg, 858-997-6632.

To purchase tickets to the event visit https://nogreaterlovecampaign.ticketspice.com/ngl-film and to learn more about the documentary “No Greater Love” visit http://www.nglfilm.org.

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 .