Country Ranch Paradise on Crest Drive

Surrounded by captivating fields and serene coastal views, this private paradise captures the essence of rural Rancho Santa Fe. 1691 Crest Drive is a beautifully built ranch style home that is both aesthetic and functional for all kinds of families.

This beautiful home features breathtaking views of the mountains and the city of Encinitas. Close to practically everything, this scenic residence is near the beaches, towns, award-winning schools, and shopping districts. Enjoy the tranquility of a 1.27 acre private property, with the convenience of a nearby metropolis.

This enchanting home has 2 bedrooms, one full-bath, and two half-baths. Featuring 1,419 square feet with a conveniently detached guest house that is approximately 315 square feet. The entire property is fully enclosed by walls for complete privacy, with side entry gates for easy access.

Currently priced at $1,675,000, this absolute dreamy residence is perfect for anyone looking for an idyllic country experience within a convenient city expanse. Enjoy a cup of coffee on the wooden deck overlooking stunning panoramic views of Encinitas, or talk a walk and explore the neighborhood on a cool evening.

For a closer look at this home, check out the listing here.

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Instagram Worthy Food in and Around Encinitas

Whether or not you enjoy sharing pictures of beautifully presented culinary indulgences on social media, it cannot be denied that food simply tastes better when it looks aesthetically pleasing. Whether it’s a colorful frozen treat or a beautifully designed box of donuts, Instagram worthy food is definitely worth a try. Check out some of these popular Instagram food locations in and around Encinitas and treat yourself to a picture worthy experience!

  • The Baked Bear

This sweet ice cream shop serves up colorful and inventive desserts. Originally founded by two childhood friends, The Baked Bear offers customers over a dozen original ice cream flavors and cookies. Mix and match toppings and choose whether to hold your ice cream together with cookies, donuts, or brownies. There are several locations throughout California.

  • Soda and Swine

This lovely restaurant serves up beautiful presentations of food on a tray. There’s something for everyone here, but they serve a lot of delicious comfort food. Order fried pizza knots or a Beyondce burger and dig in! There are two locations in San Diego, Liberty Station and North Park.

  • Donut Bar

This award-winning donut restaurant features some of the most beautiful and mouth-watering treats! Over 30 donut creations are created every single day so there is always something new to try.  They even offer pop culture themed donuts, like the Homer’s donut and the Butter Beer donut inspired by Harry Potter. There is a location in San Diego.

  • Pokirrito

The award-winning chef and owner of this establishment is Junya Watanabe, creator of the RakiRaki Ramen and J/Wata Temaki Bar. Customers can order fresh and delicious poke bowls, sushi burritos, or tamago-sando, a unique creation. One of their newest creations is not for the mild, a sushi burrito rolled in flaming hot Cheetos!

  • Square Bar Café

This restaurant features beautifully colored desserts and funky drinks. Customers may order macaron ice cream sandwiches, cute animal desserts, rainbow drinks, inventive drinks served in a lightbulb, and much more.  Located in San Diego.

  • Pop Pie Co.

This locally owned specialty pie and coffee shop can be found in San Diego. Whether you’re in the mood for a dessert pie or a full meal, this restaurant sells every kind of pie imaginable. From a hearty steak and ale pie to a Mexican chocolate and dulce de leche pie, the choice is yours!

  • Crème and Sugar

This dessert shop serves nothing but gorgeous and colorful treats. Everything on the menu is fit for a princess. Known for their pastel colored and candy-coated unicorn themed cake, milkshakes, and hot chocolate. This sweet shop in San Diego also designs beautifully aesthetic cakes that simply must be admired.

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Fabulous Garden Paradise in Crestview

This gorgeous house is located in the beautiful city of South Encinitas. 568 Crest Drive can be found near the end of a cul-de-sac located in the neighborhood of Crestview Estates. This house has a plethora of desirable features perfect for families looking for a home akin to paradise.

This spacious home located on 0.25 acres contains a 4 bedroom floorplan, and 3 bathrooms. For comfort and warmth, there are 2 stunning brick fireplaces. One located in the master bedroom, and the other in the family room. There is a 3 car attached garage. One of the cool features of this house is that it has its very own renewable energy source, a solar system! This home comes complete with a new furnace, A/C, and water heater.

Paradise can be found right in the backyard. Luscious greenery throughout, where kids can play and pets can roam free. There is an attached patio pergola where you can relax in the cool shade. A calming spa and sparking waterfall feature can be found among the palm trees and adorning rocks. The backyard truly is a garden utopia.

Homeowners don’t have to travel far to find what they need. This gorgeous house is located near Sprouts Farmers Market and Trader Joes, restaurants, shopping stores, LA Fitness, award winning schools, as well as several parks, nature preserves, and scenic beaches.

This garden paradise could be yours! Currently listed at a reduced price of $1,095,000, this house is perfect for families of all sizes. Check out the listing for yourself, and envision yourself living in the fabulous coastal neighborhood of Crestview Estates.

Visit this listing on Saturday 10/20 from 1-4PM! Hope to see you there!

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Create a Backyard Paradise

Turn your ordinary backyard into an outdoor oasis, impress your guests with an entertainment space reminiscent of a beach paradise, or create your own private retreat right in your backyard and escape after a long day. Take a look at how you can improve your outdoor space and make your home the go-to destination for events.

  • Create Entertainment Spaces—Create designated sections for entertaining and dining right in the backyard. These spaces can be created using pergolas covered in luscious ivy or a chic gazebo.
  • Add an Outdoor Kitchen—Entertaining outdoors is made even more enjoyable when friends and family can gather around the table and talk while preparing the meal. Outdoor kitchens make cooking easier because hot dishes and silverware don’t have to be carried through the house to the backyard. Having an outdoor kitchen means having everything you need at your disposal.
  • Create Shade—Provide yourself, and your guests, a cool retreat from the blazing sun. Rather than using a single large umbrella, use a pergola or arbor adorned with flowering plants and blooming vines.
  • Create Privacy—True relaxation cannot be achieved if there isn’t a sense of privacy. If your home doesn’t have a fully enclosed backyard, there are still ways to achieve a feeling of enclosure. Use tall hedges or leafy bamboo if a fence is too restricting. Garden walls are easy to have installed, and offer both privacy and picturesque design.
  • Install a Spa—For a cool way to relax, install a spa in the backyard. A spa is roughly half the size of most swimming pools, so they don’t take up a lot of backyard space. Spas are a luxurious addition to any home, and increase a home’s value. Add a waterfall to your spa and your backyard will be paradise!
  • Add Water Elements—When trying to recreate the feeling of paradise, one cannot forego the sound of running water. Add a bubbling fountain to your backyard or a waterfall feature and calm the senses. Water is a soothing sound, and the sound of it will put any homeowner at ease.
  • Outdoor Lighting—Entertainment spaces must have adequate lighting, so be sure to invest in weather resistant outdoor lights. Fireplaces offer warmth in the evening and a beautiful picture. Fire pits can be moved around a backyard space frequently, making them low commitment.
  • Add More Green—Paradise is evocative of lush greenery, so plant a variety of plants, flowers, and shrubs to create a beautiful mix of color, texture, and height. Even in California, where droughts are common, you may still create and maintain a garden paradise. For a list of drought friendly plants, visit this website.

Creating an outdoor oasis may involve a little design flair, but the payoff is immense. A home is a cozy retreat from the struggles and hard work of the everyday, so why not make the backyard a vacation? You’ll have a space to calm the senses and your stress will simply melt away!

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Coastal Country Beach Home on Noma Lane

Charming coastal country home near the beach towns of Leucadia and Encinitas. Nearby is Capri Elementary School which offers the popular  Spanish immersion program.   This gorgeous home located at 1675 Noma Lane, Encinitas, in the beach community of Leucadia.

Currently listed at $1,295,000, this home has been completely renovated from top to bottom, and is located on 10,000+ square foot flat, usable lot. With over 2,00 square feet, this country beach home has 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, and a re-built, oversized 2-car garage.

This home has been completely renovated from the inside and out with modern finishes. In the living area, there are amazing vaulted ceiling, there’s an updated kitchen, a fireplace in the living room, and hardwood floors. You’ll have a home with charm and character!

The backyard pool was recently remodeled with a modern pebble tech finish, along with new landscape and hardscape from the front and back. There is even new drainage, irrigation, and an electronic gated entry and fencing. Check out the listing for yourself!

There will be an OPEN HOUSE this Saturday Oct. 20th from 1-4PM! Hope to see you there!

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Charming Highland Homes in Encinitas

Located in a destination neighborhood, 1010 Arden Drive in Encinitas features not one, but two charming homes on one spacious lot! In the midst of gorgeous Highlands, these head-turning homes could be yours for $1,595,000. These two beautifully detailed homes are newly remodeled, and move-in ready!

The front home features 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, with approximately 1,100 square feet. The home located in the back has 2+ bedrooms, and 2 baths, and approximately 1,500 square feet.

Surrounded by luscious green flora and blooming trees, both homes have their own personal grassy yard areas. The spacious lot is measured at 9,147 square feet. Homeowners will have a lovely space to play with their pets, set up an outdoor sitting area, or even start a garden.

These stunning homes are located in the coveted Highlands neighborhood of Encinitas. These homes are also located near several beaches, shopping districts, parks, and high rated restaurants.

This property would make a great investment property, a primary home, or even a vacation home! For a closer look at this unique and stunning listing, click here.

Visit this listing on Saturday 10/13 from 12-4PM and Sunday 10/14 from 1-4PM!

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Stunning Luxury Home Located in Hilltop

This luxury home is located in the Hilltop area, within the Terraces at Cantebria. 367 Via Andalusia is located near numerous restaurants and shops. This impressive home also features a spectacular panoramic view of the hillsides and mountains.

This spacious home is 2,767 square feet with a 3 door garage. There are 4 bedrooms and 2 baths. The master bedroom has a fireplace, and the master bathroom has a beautifully designed tile bathtub. The kitchen is equipped with plenty of storage, vast counter space, and even a breakfast counter. Families will fit right into this stunningly designed home.

The backyard is truly awe-inspiring. Complete with a stamped concrete patio, a modern Pebble Tech pool and spa with River Rock accents, this home’s backyard is an oasis of tranquility. The community of Terraces at Canterbria also hosts a community pool, spa, and tennis courts for you to perfect your shots!

Currently listed at $1,099,500 – $1,149,500, this beautiful luxury home features hardwood floors, dual pane windows, gorgeous shutters, recessed lighting, two stunning fireplaces located in the front room and master bedroom, central air, and designer paint colors.

This home is a luxurious take on a modern family home. Take a look at this listing for yourself!

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Paper Shredding Event

The fall season is upon us, and it’s time to declutter your home of those old tax returns and documents. But you can’t simply throw out those stacks of paper, they contain valuable private information.

Stop by my office on Saturday, November 10th and shred those confidential documents into indiscernible pieces!

This free paper shredding event will be held at 740 Garden View Court, Encinitas, CA 92024. A professional shredding company will take care of those tax returns at no cost to you! Simply stop by anytime from 10am to 1pm.

Please refrain from bringing any other paper products such as magazines or newspapers. This event is solely for destroying private tax information.

Look forward to seeing you there!

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Homemade Dog Treat Recipes

This year, I’m a proud supporter of the Coldwell Banker’s Homes for Dogs Project. I’m taking part in the National Pet Adoption event occurring this Saturday October 6th, 2018 from 11AM to 1PM.

In honor of the adoption event, I’ve created a list of delicious homemade dog treat recipes to delight your new pet on the ride to their forever home. If you don’t plan on adopting this weekend, feel free to visit the adoption event anyway and see some adorable pups!

The event will take place at the Rancho Coastal Humane Society located at 389 Requeza St., Encinitas CA 92024. Adoption can be exciting, but there’s a lot to be done before bringing Fido home. To ensure your family is prepared for a new dog, check out this article on bringing a new dog home for the first time.

1. Frozen Blueberry Coconut Treats

A lot of dogs go crazy for coconut oil! Which is great because besides being delicious, coconut oil has been shown to be amazing for a dogs coat and skin. This recipe is easy to make, and only requires 2 ingredients.

2. No Bake Hypoallergenic Coconut Treats

This recipe is perfect for dogs with allergies, and there’s no need to turn on the oven! These peanut butter balls contain rolled oats and are covered in coconut flakes. These treats should be given as an occasional reward.

3. Peanut Butter Banana Flax Seed Biscuits

These baked dog biscuits are tasty and nutritious! The total prep time and cooking time for these treats is 30 minutes. Makes about 24 biscuits, but serving size varies depending on the cookie cutter used.

4. Bacon Sprinkled Dog Donuts

Is there anything dogs love more than bacon or peanut butter? How about a treat that contains both! These baked donut treats are sure to drive your four legged friend wild. Top them off with Greek yogurt or bacon bits.

5. Spinach, Carrot, and Zucchini Treats

Dogs need healthy and nutritious treats too! But don’t worry, it won’t be hard trying to get your dog to gobble these up. Packed with peanut butter, pumpkin, and colorful veggies, these treats will have your pet begging for more.

6. Frozen Watermelon Treats

This delicious frozen treats could not be any easier or quicker to make. Plus, you can enjoy one right alongside your pup! Using only seedless watermelon and coconut milk, these pupsicles will leave your dog salivating.

7. Fresh Breath Treats

Your dog’s breath may not always smell the best, so why not give them an enjoyable treat that will also freshen their breath. These treats are baked and contain healthier ingredients than those found in stores.

Dogs offer us so much, so why not treat them to some homemade indulgences!

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Pet Stations and Storage Ideas

If you own a pet, then you know just how much space their toys, food, and everyday items can take. If you’ve been thinking about adopting a pet, it can be beneficial to set up their feeding station or play area before their arrival. With just a few organizational tricks, you can stash those toys away and have a proper place to store their food.

  • Build a Pet Closet

Armoires can be transformed into designated pet stations. Hang their leashes with hooks on the doors. Even store one of your raincoats inside for quick access when a potty break is requested on a rainy day. Store their food, bathing items, and cleaning supplies on the shelves. Personalize it with photos of your pet or painted paw prints. Instead of having their items scattered throughout the house, create a one-stop shop for everything!

  • Store Food and Keep It Fresh

Instead of having bags of kibble or dry food lying around, buy some air tight containers and store their food in a pantry. This way food will be out of the way, and you won’t have bags or boxes taking up space. Store treats in mason jars so they remain fresh and easy to find.

  • Store Those Toys Away

Your pet may love that sentimental stuffed toy he’s had since he was a baby, but leaving toys lying around when unused can create a messy appearance. And rather than having their toys scattered around the room, have a storage bin or designated drawer to place them in. You can even organize toys into subcategories such as ropes, stuffed animals, wands, or balls.

  • Create a Designated Play Area

Set up an unused room, or use a stylish room divider to block off a corner of the room, to create a play area for your loving pet. This will give them a private space to hang out or take a nap. If training a pet, this room will keep them safe when you are unable to watch them and ensure they don’t escape and steal your shoes. You can also store their belongings in the play area using shelves, hooks, or a feeder station.

  • Bathing Station

Make bath time less of a chore with a designated station. Rather than using a tub or shower, consider investing in a booster bath. Booster Baths are self-contained tubs that make it easier to bathe your pet. They include a convenient elevated height, safety harness, shampoo caddy, and slip-proof flooring. These tubs can be purchased in differing sizes depending on weight.

  • Wall Mounted Food Dispenser

If you would rather have your pet’s food ready to serve, consider acquiring a wall mounted food dispenser. These easy to serve food bins make feeding time a breeze and take up less storage space. They can hold a lot of dried food and their controlled dispensing handle allows you to easily start and stop pouring.

Creating a pet station can bring order to your house and keep any pet items at arm’s length. Keeping your pet’s items grouped together can make it easy to grab what you need, when you need it. Plus, your pets will appreciate having a designated space just for them. So create, decorate, and enjoy the peace of mind that comes with organization.

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