Immaculate Home at Terraces at Cantebria

Located in the gorgeous community of Terraces at Cantebria, this impeccable home has some serious curb appeal. From the striking terracotta roof to the stunning white exterior, 358 Via Andalusia in Encinitas, California is unlike any other.

Currently listed at $1,049,000 to $1,099,000, this highly upgraded turnkey home has crisp, modern finishes throughout. Featuring 4 generously sized bedrooms, and 2.5 remodeled baths, there’s plenty of room for families. There is an attached 3 car garage and paved driveway. This immaculate Cantebria home has 2,767 square feet and is entirely flooded with natural light.

The remodeled kitchen is surrounded by windows overlooking the beautiful backyard. The spacious kitchen also opens to the family room, breakfast nook, and the dining flex. This listing also features high ceilings, both hardwood and tile floors, recessed lighting, and 2 fireplaces for those chilly nights.

The backyard is beautifully designed with drought-tolerant landscaping and is completely enclosed with large walls for privacy. Relax and enjoy the sun out on the patio or grill some delicious barbecue.

This Cantebria home is close to shopping, restaurants, and beaches. For growing families, there are great schools nearby and plenty of parks. The community of Terraces at Cantebria offers homeowners access to tennis courts, a large pool, spa, and hot tub.

Don’t miss out on this immaculate dream home. For more information on this listing click here.

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Gorgeous Modern Home in Summerfield

This striking single level home is unlike any other. With a gorgeous terracotta tile roof, 1609 Juniperhill Drive is an inviting home nestled in the popular neighborhood of Summerfield in South Encinitas.

Completely remodeled with crisp, modern finishes, this dream home has all the amenities one could want. Currently listed at $1,375,000, a unique home like this can’t be found anywhere else.

Featuring 4 bedrooms, 3 full baths, and 1 half bath, this spacious home has a total of 2,792 square feet. There is a modern front entry door, giving this house immense curb appeal. There are built-in closets, 4 fireplaces, and sleek ceramic plank floors.

This airy house has an enormous kitchen that opens into the family room. Featuring antique finish White River granite countertops, a Miele steam oven, wine and beverage fridge, KraftMaid cabinets, Bosch dishwasher, and GE Monogram appliances, this kitchen was made with chefs in mind. Go ahead and let culinary inspiration take over you!

The house has an owned solar system, central air, and surround sound both inside and out. The backyard is an entertainer’s paradise. Exercise in the salt water PebbleTech pool complete with swim jets. Or relax in the soothing spa. Let guests hang out in the detached pergola or by the firepit as you cook on the BBQ island.

This modern marvel is located near the Manchester Preserve, great schools, and easy freeway access to go North or South. And best of all, there are no HOA fees. For more details on this unbeatable listing, click here.

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How to Start Your Own Herb Garden Indoors

Herbs are used in practically every dish, as they add flavor and delicious aromas. Grow your very own herb garden indoors to save money and ensure you always have access to the freshest culinary ingredients.

Deicide Which Herbs to Grow

To start, choose which herbs you would like to start growing in your house. Think of which herbs you tend to use most often, or if you lack a green thumb, consider which are the easiest to grow.  The following plants are easy beginner herbs:

• Lemon Balm          • Parsley              • Basil                   • Bay laurel

• Chives                   • Cilantro             • Thyme               • Lemongrass

• Mint                       • Oregano           • Rosemary          • Sage

Herb Garden Location

Before you buy the herb seeds or seedlings you need, make sure you know where you would like your indoor herb garden to be. Make sure there is plenty of sunlight available. Herbs need constant, bright sunlight to thrive so make sure your plants are kept near a window. If you don’t have a free space with adequate lighting, that’s ok! Use a lamp with a plant grow lightbulb.

Herbs thrive in environments that are between 60 and 70 degrees. The average home is typically kept at 75 degrees during the summer, and 68 degrees during the winter. But if you live in an environment that gets extremely cold, move your herbs away from anywhere drafty.

Decide on a Planter

Decide how you would like to display your herb garden, as there are dozens of ideas. You could plant them all in one big pot, use vertical planters, hang them upside down, and more.

The material of the planter is also important. If you live in a dry environment, use a ceramic pot to hold in more water. If you live in a humid environment, use a clay pot like terracotta because they are porous, and soil dries quicker than with plastic planters.

The type of soil to use is another important factor. Make sure the potting mix you use has good drainage and that the packaging states it is suitable for indoor plants. Adding vermiculite to soil can help plants retain more water, which is perfect for dry climates.

Use Accessories

Make sure your herb garden thrives by using draining holders with saucers. Plants tend to die quicker when the roots sit in water, and this is especially true with herbs. Make sure the drain hole is big enough to allow a moderate amount of water to be released. Use saucers to catch the water that is being drained and avoid wet, muddy floors.

Growing Tips

Herbs should be watered at least twice a week, maybe less. Make sure the soil has time to dry before adding more water. Less is better than more when it comes to gardening.

If you see any dry or brown leaves, make sure to cut them in order to promote new growth. When you use an herb leaf or branch, make sure to cut from the top not the bottom.

Growing an herb garden should be a form of therapy. Don’t feel stressed if you find your plants turning brown. Simply trim them, and adjust the light, water, or temperature. Herbs are great for beginner gardeners and are pretty resilient.

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Beach Bungalow with Panoramic Ocean Views in Cardiff

Stunning panoramic views of the ocean can be seen from the balcony of 2153 Oxford Avenue in Cardiff. This striking almost new custom Craftsman Beach Bungalow is located in the gorgeous community of Cardiff-by-the-Sea.

This home has everything a beach lover could possibly want. With unobstructed jaw-dropping views of the white water ocean, this dream home is currently listed at $1,995,000.

Featuring 3 bedrooms, 3 full baths, and 1 half bath, this spacious home has 2,184 square feet. The attached 2 car garage has both easy access and driveway parking. This location even has underground power lines! There are high end custom finishes throughout the home, modern wide plank flooring, and central air.

The living room features a gorgeous fireplace for those cool nights. Enjoy the breathtaking morning sun through the floor to ceiling windows that double as doors. Step out onto one of the two view decks and be swept away by the panoramic views of the coastline and Cardiff. At night, experience the evening lights of the city and hear the lulling waves of the ocean.

Enjoy wandering through the Cardiff Walking District. With fabulous beaches, shops, cafes, and the famous Seaside Market, this city has everything and more!

For more information about this one of a kind home, view the listing by clicking here.

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Immaculate Home in Carlsbad!

Are you looking for an immaculate modern home? Look no further than 1671 Plover Court in Carlsbad, California! This model perfect home has a tucked away end unit location in Sanderling at Aviara, a beautiful gated community with two community pools, spas, a volleyball court, and walking trails.

This home has Sanderling’s most popular floor plan with a master bedroom downstairs. There are 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths, 1 partial bath, and an attached 2 car garage. With 1,707 square feet, this spacious home has more than enough room for your family. There are upgraded kitchen cabinets, and stunning granite counter tops in the kitchen, baths, and the linen closet.

This house is filled with natural light, and Plantation shutters adorn the windows. Homeowners can look forward to recessed lighting, a new A/C unit, a fireplace, and tasteful hard surface flooring throughout.

There is a bright and sunny South facing back patio area. This oversized space is perfect for relaxing or entertaining. Host a barbecue party and enjoy some delicious food in the company of friends or relax in the sun with a good book. The decision is yours!

This luxurious home is currently listed at $719,000. View this listing by clicking here!

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Valentine’s Day Events Occurring Today

It’s not too late to make Valentine’s Day plans. There are plenty of events occurring around Encinitas today and this weekend. Show your loved one how much they mean to you today, and treat them to a new, exciting experience.

  • Rose Champagne Dinner

If your significant other enjoys wine, treat them to a 4-course dinner complete with 5 delicious rose champagnes to try. Each couple will also receive a special gift to take home. For a closer look at the menu and the selected wines, click here.

  • Sunset Hot Air Balloon Ride

Hot air balloon rides are exhilarating and a bucket-list activity for many. Soar high above Encinitas and San Diego with a 3.5 hour ride overlooking the gorgeous coastline and rolling hills of California. This is an experience your beloved won’t soon forget!

  • Valentine’s Day Cooking Class

Trying something new is always more enjoyable with your significant other. Try your hand at making a deliciously fresh salad, searing the perfect steak, and making chocolate pot de crème to share. For tickets, check out this website.

  • Fall in Love with French Flavors

When thinking of romance, the mind may conjure up images of Paris and French cuisine. Enjoy a night of decadent food with Chef Isabelle as you learn how to make several French courses at The Moonlight Room Cooking Classroom. Vegetarian diets will be accommodated.

  • Valentine’s Day Cruise

Enjoy a serene night of music and dancing on a luxury cruise. Watch the San Diego city skyline and coastal views as you eat a delicious gourmet meal. This unexpected Valentine’s Day plan will sweep them right off their feet. For tickets, visit the Flagship website.

  • Song of the Angels Orchestra

Hear awe-inspiring music by the Angels Flute Orchestra on Sunday, February 17th at the Encinitas Library. If you or your significant other is a flutist, feel free to join in their closing number “Polar Express.” Enjoy a delectable dessert buffet as you listen to romantic music.

  • Brews and Bouquet

Learn how to create a beautiful flower arrangement for your beloved while you drink Culture beer!  This romantic workshop takes place Saturday, February 16th at Culture Brewing Co. This is a popup event, so don’t miss out!

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Coastal Country Beach Home on Noma Lane

Located on a quiet dead-end street, this immaculate turnkey, highly upgraded beach home has an idyllic peaceful country feel. This charming home is located at 1675 Noma Lane, Encinitas, in the beach community of Leucadia.

Currently listed at $1,249,000, this home has been completely renovated from top to bottom with approximately $250k in upgrades! This newly renovated home has the charm you’re looking for! 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 inside and out with modern finishes. In the living area, there is an 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.

Close proximity to several beaches, great schools, neighboring beach towns Leucadia and Encinitas, and EZ freeway access.  Check out the listing for yourself!

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Scrumptious Valentine’s Day Dessert Recipes

Valentine’s Day is the perfect time of the year to show friends and family how much they mean to you. If you’re not quite sure what to gift them, consider making them a homemade dessert. Here are 6 scrumptious recipes to entice every kind of palate. Pour your heart and soul into these stunning dessert presentations that take little to no time to make.

  • Heart Shaped Pies Pops

These adorable pie pops will melt anyone’s heart! And they only require three ingredients! Using Pillsbury dough, red filling (strawberry, cherry, or raspberry), and one egg white. The result is a lovely heart shaped pie that can be served as a lollipop or a cookie.

  • Cherry Walnut Fudge

For chocolate lovers, make some homemade semisweet chocolate fudge complete with dried cherries and walnuts. This super easy recipe can be made using the microwave and only takes 5 minutes!

  • Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies

Red velvet is the perfect Valentine’s day dessert, and you’ll wow everyone with these heavenly cookies. These red velvet crinkle cookies are quick to make and take minimal effort. Don’t forget to add a sprinkle of powdered sugar on top for a gorgeous presentation.

  • Cherry Bread

This sweet dessert is perfectly made for anyone with a sweet tooth. With maraschino cherries in every bite, this delicious bread loaf is topped off with almond cherry glaze on top. Be sure to save a slice for yourself, as this cherry bread dessert will be gone in no time.

  • Red Wine Brownies

Chocolate and wine pair very well together, so why not combine the two into a sinfully sweet dessert! These red wine brownies are extra decadent and they’ll leave you salivating for more. Top off with raspberries and powdered sugar for an extra sweet touch.

  • Heart Shaped Sugar Cookie Twists

Sugar cookies are the perfect dessert for your sweetheart, and these heart twists will leave anyone feeling extra loved. Simple yet elegant, these cookies are a no-fuss dessert. Simply create two dough ropes, one with red food coloring, and twist them together into a heart. That’s it!

These simple yet delicious desserts won’t leave your kitchen in ruins, so go ahead and get started! Use Valentine’s Day as an excuse to pamper your loved ones with scrumptious goodies and lots of love.

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All About the Encinitas Chamber of Commerce

I recently sat down and talked with Amy Scruggs, a host on the national cable talk show The American Dream, and Bob Gatinella, the President and CEO of the Encinitas Chamber of Commerce.

Gatinella and I met as realtor and client over 20 years, and have stayed connected ever since. We discussed the thriving small businesses of Encinitas, what the Chamber of Commerce is, and how the Chamber influences both the city and the community.

The Chamber of Commerce is not affiliated with the city, as Gatinella explained, but it does independently help the community prosper by supporting and promoting business. The Chamber helps people connect with one another by providing resources about the numerous local businesses in Encinitas.

The Chamber hosts events throughout the year such as the Senior Expo, Business Expo, and the world-famous Oktoberfest. The Chamber also lists many more local events occurring throughout Encinitas on the Chamber of Commerce website.

Members of the Chamber of Commerce can attend monthly events to network with other business owners and members, have ribbon cutting events for their new businesses or support new business owners opening shop in Encinitas.

Encinitas residents can support new and existing small businesses and their local community by attending local events throughout the year, volunteering, and shopping small. Let’s all continue to help Encinitas thrive and help one another!

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Coastal Home Decorating Ideas

Many coastal homeowners wish to bring the essence of the beach into their home. The beach is inspiring, tranquil, and renewing. Recreate the feeling and look of the bright, sunny beach in your home.

Coastal décor is full of varying hues of blue, green, white, and grey—no dark colors. Add some light décor touches to your home and transform your living space into an easygoing retreat that clears the mind and relaxes the soul.

  • Choose Light Colored Wood

The beach evokes the feeling of lightness. For furniture, stick to light wood tones such as maple, ash, or pine. If you would like to transform dark stained wood, check out this helpful article.

  • Paint it White

Maximize your space with gorgeous white walls. White transforms spaces and heightens the natural light in a room. The lack of color allows your décor to take center stage, especially if you use lots of bright colors like blues and greens around the home. For family rooms, use a satin finish—it’s the easiest to clean.

  • Change Window Curtains

Keep the sunlight, but don’t lose your sense of privacy. Use sheer drapes that cover your windows, but still allow the natural light to shine through. Use wood blinds to add texture and color. Or if you want, add some solar shades to your windows to block harmful UV light but maintain the sunshine. Check out these window curtain ideas.

  • Don’t be Afraid of Colored Furniture

Most people stick to neutral colored furniture, but don’t be afraid to add some gorgeous colored pieces of furniture. A light blue couch or a lime green lounge chair will add some dimension to your home.

  • Use Ocean Elements

Bring bits of the ocean into your home. Incorporate water and air elements. Create these easy, stunning knotted hanging lanterns, hang some starfish sconces, or even a starburst driftwood mirror. Use design elements that speak to you, whether that’s marine life, seashells, or palm trees.

  • Bring in Some Plants

Add some color and texture to your home with some coastal plants. Add a palm tree, white bird of paradise, banana tree, vipers bowstring hemp, rubber fig, or any other tropical indoor plant.

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