Brand New Listing in Cardiff

I have a new listing in Park Place Neighborhood at 1142 Woodlake Drive. This two-bedroom, two-bath home is in a complex with community trails, picnic areas, a pool, a spa, and a sauna. It is a cozy 922 square foot single level home. Some of its best features include a newly remodeled kitchen, warm wood accents and finishes, and new carpeting. The living area opens up to a spacious, sunny South facing flagstone patio. The updates to this home include a new furnace with central heat, new double pane windows and slider, and new carpeting in the guest bedroom. The starting price for this home is $499,500.

Check out the listing site here for more pictures of the home:

http://paragonmls.sandicor.com/publink/default.aspx?GUID=e62a4712-abe6-4942-aeb4-363aa7c4d074&Report=Yes

 

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Stovetop Scents Make Your Whole Home Smell Like the Holidays

You can make your home smell like Christmas through these amazing stovetop scents from HGTV. These scents are the best way to welcome guests if you are having a holiday party or just to get your whole family into the holiday spirit. With any of the following recipes, all you need to do is add all the chosen ingredients to 2-3 cups of water and bring it to a boil then set it to simmer and every single room will smell amazing. Try out some of these:

Cinnamon Apple Crumble

  • 2 sliced apples
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • Lemon rind
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3 whole cloves

Pumpkin Pie

  • 1 tbsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 cinnamon sticks

Spiced Orange

  • 1/3 cup fresh cranberries
  • 2 oranges
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 whole nutmegs
  • 1 tbsp. whole cloves
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 bay leaves

Cranberry and Cinnamon Spice Cobbler

  • ½ orange sliced
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 cups cranberries
  • 2 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla extract

Gingerbread Cookie

  • 10 slices of fresh ginger
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 orange rind

Candy Cane

  • 2 vanilla beans sliced
  • 5-10 drops of peppermint essential oil

Christmas Tree

  • Handful of fresh pine twigs
  • 1 lemon rind
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp. nutmeg

 

Check out the recipes here:

http://www.hgtv.com/design-blog/design/11-sweet-spicy-super-easy-stove-top-scents-that-make-your-home-h

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Encinitas Might Limit Alcohol Sales on Coastal Highway

The city planning commissioners for Encinitas are considering placing limits on future permits for establishments selling alcohol along the 6-mile stretch of Coast Highway 101 that lies within Encinitas’ city limits. Some of the commissioners believe it is a cause for concern that more and more places that sell alcohol are popping up along the highway. There are currently 83 businesses that sell alcohol on that particular corridor of the highway. The panel wants to study whether it has enough bars, restaurants, and liquor shops and should start setting limits or not.

In the Union-Tribune article, one commissioner expressed not wanting to become Pacific Beach whose neighbors have long complained of late-night loud and rowdy behavior, drunk driving, and littering. The city has been trying to prevent this and their efforts have appeared to be successful. However, many of the crimes in Encinitas over the last four years have happened along Coast Highway 101.

One of the commissioners is encouraging the panel to think beyond what the residents desire and to also consider that Encinitas is a tourist destination. Although another commissioner responded “we’re a tourist destination for the daytime, (but) do we want to be a tourist destination for the night life?” No one has decided anything yet but the topic will be debated over the next few weeks to determine any future limits that might be placed on this historic roadway.

 

Check out the article from the San Diego Union-Tribune here:

http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/communities/north-county/sd-no-alcohol-rules-20161130-story.html

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Couple Turned Their Basement into an Irish Pub

A couple in Charlotte, North Carolina loved Irish pubs so much that they turned their own basement into one. They meticulously planned out their Irish pub for one and a half years by reading books on Irish pubs, consulting with pub owners, and collecting antiques from across the entire world. The end result is extremely impressive. The first piece they acquired was the 150-year-old bar. Behind the bar, there is a wine refrigerator, beverage refrigerator, dishwasher, and a kitchen in the back.

Photo source: Houzz and New Old, LLC

The hanging glass window came from a church in Dublin and the pendant lights originally came from a monastery in Italy. The stools may be brand new but they were custom-made for the couple in Ireland. In the midst of the process, the couple was told about Irish snugs in pubs which are small private rooms that allow people to eat or drink away from the crowd. They then recreated their own snug near the bar area.

The flooring was pulled out of several old mills and lain in a gorgeous pattern that the couple grew to love in their favorite Irish pubs. The designers worked hard to make the new stair runners look “well-trodden” as if many customers had walked over them again and again for years. They named their pub after their beloved dog Chloe.

 

Check out the original article for pictures of Chloe’s Irish Pub:

http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/75477989/list/basement-of-the-week-an-irish-pub-in-north-carolina

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45 Experts Name Improvements to Increase Your Home’s Value

As anyone who works in real estate or has sold/bought a home can attest, there is no one size fits all answer for which improvements make the best impression on home buyers. The answers all depend on various factors such as the location of the home, the current preferences of the local market, state of the economy, the interest rates at the moment, along with countless other changeable factors. However, one of my new favorite blogs Kayu Connection gathered the home improvements that are most generally regarded as the ones to add the most value to your home according to 45 interior design and real estate experts. According to several studies, most home buyers would be prepared to pay an average of 16% extra if it has the improvement that they want most and 73% of home buyers would prefer a home where all improvements have already been made for them. Check out the great info-graphic that Kayu Connection made to show the results of their findings:


Courtesy of: Kayu Connection

Check out the original article here:

http://www.kayuconnection.com/best-home-improvements/

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Decorating a Home Office

HOUSE LISTING UPDATE: There will be another open house this weekend for my 737 Nardo listing on Saturday and Sunday from 1-4 pm.

Your home office shouldn’t be like your work office. It needs to be comfortable without losing any functionality so that you can still work. It isn’t a nap room, after all; no matter how much we wish it could be. Try using one of these decorating ideas as a starting point to work from:

(1)    Try embracing the minimalist style with some monochromatism. Intersperse some black and white accent pieces to make the space more cohesive.

(2)   Try a more neutral aesthetic with a lot of simplicity and random spurts of color.

(3)   Create a mood board on the wall in front of your desk, cover it in inspirational imagery and use multiple textures in the imagery.

(4)   Go with pastel and subdued shades along with vibrant wall art to give your home office a light-hearted feel.

 

Check out the original article here for some photographs to inspire you:

https://www.homepolish.com/mag/home-office-ideas-on-a-budget

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DIY Christmas Decorations from Good Housekeeping

Many families have gathered Christmas decorations over many years and sometimes over generations. However, if your family weren’t hoarders or you are just starting out away from your family then you might not have ten boxes filled with Christmas decorations just sitting in your garage. If this is your situation, then you might need to spend some time on DIY decorations instead of spending your entire Christmas gift budget on fancy and pricey decorations. Here is an article with 60 DIY ideas from Good Housekeeping:

http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/holidays/christmas-ideas/how-to/g2203/christmas-decoration-ideas/

Some of them are as follows:

  • Put an untrimmed spruce next to your front door on the outside porch
  • You can adorn the windows with mini wreaths
  • String up stars made of metal or paper or wood to the ceiling
  • Put garland everywhere
  • Make your own advent calendar
  • Hand ornaments from the stairway banister
  • Make a candy filled centerpiece or an ornament filled one
  • Make stockings out of second-hand sweaters
  • Decorate the mantel of your fireplace
  • Dangle candy canes around the house
  • Put little bells on the corners of your tablecloth
  • Display the Christmas cards you’ve received
  • Cut out simple paper snowflakes and hang them up

You’d be surprised what you can do on a tight budget.

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65 Tips to Make Your Home Sell Fast

How was everyone’s Thanksgiving? Did you take my advice and do #SelfCareSunday yesterday? I hope you did! Over the weekend a new blog, KayuConnection, came to my attention because of a particular article posted entitled “65 Killer Tips for Selling Your Home Fast”. This article basically encompasses all the previous blog posts I have written about selling your home quickly into ONE SIMPLE ARTICLE. This is a great reference point to go back if you need some help strategizing.

The writer Tim divides the 65 tips into three separate sections of Finding a Buyer, Making the Most Out of Your Viewings, and Closing the Deal. Here are some of the great things he advises to speed up your home-selling process:

 

(1)   Finding a Buyer [some more unconventional ways of displaying your property]

  • Create your own website for the house featuring great photographs
  • Produce a video and put it online
  • Facebook or Pinterest your listing
  • Find real estate investors to contact through LinkedIn

 

(2)   Making the Most Out of Your Viewings

  • Provide a complete information sheet
  • Stage the interior and exterior
  • Depersonalize and declutter your home
  • Make the home smell nice by cleaning thoroughly, lighting candles, or baking cookies

 

(3)   Closing the Deal

  • Weed out the unqualified buyers before you get too far along
  • Make sure the pricing is realistic
  • Leave some good things behind to sweeten the deal like certain kitchen appliances or a big screen television

 

Check out the original article here to read all 65 tips: http://www.kayuconnection.com/tips-for-selling-your-home/

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#SelfCareSunday

Everyone can agree that Mondays are hard. To prepare for Monday, a lot of folks try to get a bunch done on Sunday thinking that Monday will then be a little bit easier to cope with. But sometimes self-care is the proper way to make Mondays easier. If you can rejuvenate on Sunday, then you will likely feel more energized on Monday. I found a great article that compiles some of the things you can do on Sunday to take care of yourself before the week starts up again.

This list is not just about retail therapy or binging on junk food but actually doing things that will improve your physical and mental well-being. Self-care is about sensing what you really need in that moment and then doing that exact thing for yourself. If you can decompress and relax on Sunday, then your week will probably be more productive and less stressful. Pick a few of the items below and do them this Sunday and let me know how you feel on Monday. I bet it will make a difference.

  • Take a long bath with a few drops of lavender essential oil in the tub
  • Do a digital detox and read a book or a magazine instead
  • Practice yoga or meditation
  • Color in one of those popular adult color books to destress
  • Go for a walk outside or a long bike ride
  • Journal your thoughts and feelings
  • Do some gardening
  • Make an at-home spa night complete with candles, your favorite record, and a face mask
  • Go to bed early

 

I really am serious about this challenge. Try it this Sunday and get back to me.

Here is the original article: http://www.hgtv.com/design-blog/how-to/selfcaresunday-ideas

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Charts to Make Thanksgiving Prep Easier

Thanksgiving is an amazing holiday but it can be extremely stressful for those who are preparing the meal. I am here to come to your rescue; actually, Elle Décor is here to come to your rescue. They have collected 15 charts into one GENIUS article to help you navigate everything that comes with Thanksgiving preparation.

There is a shopping chart that explains how much to buy of which item depending on how many people you will be serving. It gives you a more precise timeline of what you can prep beforehand to save time. There are charts explaining how to prep the turkey, how to roast the turkey, and how to carve the turkey. It includes a chart with several recipes to upgrade your mashed potatoes to make them more flavorful and a chart on how to avoid lumpy gravy which is a Thanksgiving host’s worst nightmare. You can learn all the spices that are necessary to make your own pumpkin spice in case the grocery store is out. (I know this need from experience) It even explains something I always seem to forget: how to properly set a table. I always get mixed up on what goes on which side of the plate. And, finally, my favorite: what to do with the LEFTOVERS!! Thanksgiving leftovers might even be better than the meal itself.

Download and print all these charts right now so that this will be the least stressful Thanksgiving yet: http://www.elledecor.com/life-culture/entertaining/how-to/g3318/thanksgiving-charts/

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