Spectacular Custom Home in Cardiff!

This spectacular custom home is loaded with top notch finishes and is just 2 doors down from Rosini Canyon. This absolutely beautiful home is located at 425 Warwick Ave in Cardiff in the composer district adjacent to the Rosini Canyon and trails that lead to Cardiff Elementary and the Seaside Market Village area.

Currently listed at $2,695,00, this home has everything you’d ever need: 4 bedrooms each with on-suite full paths and a powder guest bath, a 4.5-car garage with storage, and over 3,700 in square feet! Enjoy ocean views and the ocean breeze from the backyard or upstairs deck.

The home has been completely finished with cherry hardwood floors and cabinetry, not to mention the two fireplaces in the living room and family room. This home also has an owned solar system, high end kitchen appliances, and home automation that includes the pool in the backyard and the security system, outdoor lighting, and HVAC.

If you’re an entertainer, this backyard will call to you! The previous owner invested about $250,000 in a brand new backyard with the lovely seating and wonderful pool and spa with waterfalls! It also has a fire pit and BBQ area for cooking.

Check out this listing for yourself!

425 Warwick Ave

Cardiff, CA 92007

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Botanical Paradise in Encinitas!

One of my newest listings – 309 Cerro St, Encinitas - is nothing short of gorgeous! You’ll want to see this botanical paradise and all the fruit trees located on this large lot.

Currently priced at $1,195,000, this amazing home is bursting with color and texture, surrounded by fruit trees, garden beds, and other foliage. With almost 2,000 square feet, this home comes with 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and a bonus room with tons of natural light.

Built in 1974, this home is newly remodeled with modern finishes, new kitchen and bathrooms, modern carpet, whole house solar (paid), whole house fan, new paint inside and out, and a re-tiled roof. There is a fireplace in the living room, as well as high ceilings and skylights that allow so much natural light to come in.

The backyard is a tropical paradise! There are all the plants on this large lot as well as an underground pool with a spa. On top of all the plants, there are multiple fruit trees:

 

  • 3 peach
  • 3 loquat
  • 2 fig
  • Apricot
  • Mandarin orange
  • Guava
  • Mexican lime
  • Tangelo
  • Grape vines
  • Passion fruit
  • Kumquat
  • Pomegranate
  • Macadamia nut

 

With no HOA fees, this house really brings a lot of amazing qualities! You can view the listing or come visit me this weekend and experience this gorgeous home for yourself.

309 Cerro Street
Encinitas, CA 92024

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Spectacular Home at Terraces of Cantebria

Located in the beautiful community of Terraces at Cantebria, this former model home is my newest listing – 311 Via Andalusia in Encinitas! This spectacular home offers high ceilings, tons of natural light, and a backyard view that you won’t want to miss.

Currently priced at $1,195,000, this gorgeous home is a prime location sitting on the hilltop. With a backing open space, this home comes with panoramic mountain views. With over 2,700 square feet, this home has 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, and a stunning and large backyard area.

When entering this home, you’ll be welcomed by its grand, open foyer that has natural sunlight sneaking in through the skylights above the staircase. The newly remodeled kitchen comes with stainless steel appliances and beautiful countertops. On top of the additional newly remodeled bathrooms, the house as tasteful, laminate flooring. In the new master bath, you’ll be able to indulge in the soaking time, travertine, and walk-in closet.

Not only are there amazing panoramic views of the mountains, this backyard is incredibly HUGE and grassy. It comes with an outdoor BBQ, fireplace, fire pit, and lush landscape. The house also has a finished, 3-car garage.

The backyard is a tropical paradise! There are all the plants on this large lot as well as an underground pool with a spa. On top of all the plants, there are multiple fruit trees:

This home is absolutely spectacular and a great, prime location. Check out this listing ad view even more pictures on the virtual tour!

311 Via Andalusia

Encinitas, CA 92024

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Coastal Country Beach Home on Noma Lane

A coastal country home near the Gateway to Encinitas and the Capri Elementary School, this listing is not so far from the beach and Grandview surf beach. This gorgeous home located at 1675 Noma Lane in Encinitas in the Leucadia community also offers a nearby locations to restaurants and stores.

Currently listed at $1,397,00, this home has been completely renovated from top to bottom, sitting on a 10,100 square foot lot. With over 2,00 square feet, this country beach home has 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, and a re-built, oversized 2-car garage.

While this beautiful home was built in 1978, it has been completely renovated from the inside all the way to the backyard. 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 also has a pool that’s been remodeled with 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!

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Luxury Listing in Cardiff-By-The-Sea

One of my current listings is a luxury home, located in Cardiff in the heart of the Composer District. Built in 2001, this custom, contemporary home located on a .8-acre gated estate. A private, serene detached house with an expansive ocean and westerly views.

There are many unique features that come with this gorgeous home. On top of the wine cellar, there is a rear loggia with an outdoor fireplace, BBQ area, 2 large upper decks, and a relaxing pool. Just imagine the ocean breeze slipping through the landscaped trees while relaxing in the pool with the smell of BBQ.

For those colder, rainy nights in this Southern California, you can huddle inside in any of the rooms with a fireplace like either living room or the master bedrooms. Enjoy the updated and custom furnishings that will make this place your home.

Overall, this home comes with 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, and 5,600 square feet. It is also split into an East and West wing which allows for 2 separate living spaces all with their bedrooms, kitchens, bathrooms, and living rooms. Going for $3,999,000, you won’t only get this wonderful home but the advantages of the surrounding Composer District.

The Composer District is a neighborhood of homes developed in the early 1900s by Victor Kremer, a music publisher and land developer. He was very fond of music, so all the streets in the area are all named after composers like Anton Rubenstein, Gershwin, Bach, Mozart, Liszt, Verdi, Chopin, Vivaldi, Haydn, Schubert, Rossini, and Brahms.

Conveniently located near the Cardiff downtown, it may be small, but it has a good number of restaurants and shopping all in walking distances of one another, as well as beaches nearby. The George Berkich Park offers a place to relax and play ball. For those with children, those K to 3rd will attend on the Cardiff Elementary School, grades 3 to 6 will attend the Ada Harris Elementary School, and beyond grade 6 will go to Encinitas schools.

For more information on the Rubenstein listing or to see more pictures, visit 1366rubensteinave.com!

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Stone Canyon Location in San Diego!

Looking for the perfect location in San Diego with a home in an amazing community? Located in the Stone Canyon Community on the park and sunny end location, this lovely home is at 4757 Caminito Diablo in San Diego!

This home is currently priced between $1,049,000-$1,079,000 and it has the greatest location in San Diego. With a park and sunny end view, this home is in the award-winning Carmel Valley school district. This home has 4 bedrooms, 2.5 remodeled bathrooms, and over 2,000 square feet of space. You’ll find hardwood downstairs and laminate flooring upstairs, as well as a freshly painted interior. Conveniently, the laundry room is located on the second floor.

Built in 1989, this home has been completely updated and the kitchen has been gorgeously remodeled. The exotic granite countertops and stainless-steel appliances really make this kitchen look amazing! From the kitchen, you can also go straight into the family room where there is a fireplace.

The backyard is just as beautiful at the home with a brick patio that has fruit trees, garden beds, and a firepit. It is perfect for entertaining. On top of the location by the park, the Stone Canyon community also has a pool, the park, and a spa for residents. You can visit this listing online.

4757 Caminito Diablo
San Diego, CA 92130

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Coastal Country Serenity in Encinitas

If you’re looking for a home in Encinitas that offers the rural feel of Rancho Santa Fe while you can still enjoy the coastal climate, this charming farmhouse style home could be for you! Located on Crest Drive, this custom home is nestled on a 1.53-acre lot with proximity to the beach, town, schools, and shopping. What more could you want from such a spectacular home?

Originally priced at $2,350,000, this home has now dropped down and the seller is entertaining offers from $1,999,000 to $2,199,000. This home is located in the canyon rim with breathtaking panoramic mountain views. With almost 3,000 square feet of space, it has 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, and a lot of multipurpose space – perfect for the family!

Built in 1970, everything about this home is modern and updated. Hardwood flooring and a modern fireplace in the living room are just some of the qualities this Encinitas home has to offer. Not only is there a multipurpose room, but you also have a sunroom that looks out into the backyard and gives you a great view of the mountains.

The backyard has gorgeous landscaping, a picnic area, and a BBQ grill right in the center of it all. With a three-car garage and long, massive driveway, this home is perfect for anyone who loves entertaining or throwing big family festivities.

Check out the listing with even more pictures!

1285 Crest Drive
Encinitas, CA 92024

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10 Tips for Painting Your Home’s Exterior

apartment, architecture, blue skyIf you know your home needs an update on paint but you would rather tackle the job yourself, here are some great tips to follow when painting your home’s exterior.

1. Think about the weather

It’s crucial when painting the exterior of your home to plan ahead for the weather. You want to pick a dry time of the year because just a little rain or low humidity can affect the drying of your paint. It needs time and won’t adhere to non-dry surfaces.

2. Quality and prices

When it comes to this project, you’ll want to spend the money on a better paint quality. It can help with fewer painting and updates over the years, as well as offer a better coverage. Paint technology has improved over the years and has been made to last longer. Don’t skimp out on the money for a better quality paint.

3. Sand and wash your home

Paint won’t adhere to dirty or rough surfaces. It’s important to clean the siding and trim thoroughly, allow it to dry, then sand and scrape any peeling paint before you start with your new coat.

4. Take care of rotting siding

Paint won’t stick to rotting siding, and it will only to continue to deteriorate if you try to cover it up. There are a few options when tackling rotting siding:

  • Replace siding/wood trim with new components
  • Use wood hardener and match with an exterior filler product (for small areas)

5. Use primer

Typically, you would apply a good coat of paint, sand it, then apply your choice of color. While this is still a good method, a lot of paints come with primer already mixed in, so it saves you the previous step.

6. Combine cans of paint

A good tip to follow is mixing multiple cans of the same color paint into one larger 5-gallon bucket, for example. It will help ensure a uniform color is applied to your home’s exterior. This is a general rule that professionals follow.

7. Start at the top and work down

When painting, work your way down from the top. It will help control streaking since you’ll be working with gravity. Drips will be inevitable, but at least this lets you feather out any mishaps.

8. Seal off the paint

When you’ve finished painting for the day, properly close your paint bucket to make sure it doesn’t dry out. The best method is by using a rubber mallet to lightly hammer the lid, and you can add plastic wrap film over the opening to really seal it.

9. Add grit

If you’re painting any porches, stairs or other flooring, add fine sand or other manufacturer additives to add traction to keep people from slipping.

10. Prepare your landscape

Paint can splatter and get messy, and we don’t want to start painting the shrubs. Cover the ground, bushes, and vegetation, and move/cover any furniture, hoses, grill, etc. to keep from getting paint splatter. You can use drop cloths and secure the furniture by wrapping or using weights.

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How to Turn a Profit from Spring Cleaning

blur, bookcase, booksSpring cleaning can be a stress-reliever if you decide to get rid of a lot of old tings you don’t use anymore, or you have grown out of. Instead of throwing it all away, you could make a profit from your old items.

Consignment Stores

If you have unwanted clothes and fashion accessories that are still in good shape, you can head over to a nearby consignment store and the will resell them for you. You will get a cut of the profits without having to worry about trying to sell it. If you aren’t near a consignment store, you can use services like thredUP to sell your clothes. Depending on the brand and value of the item, they’ll give you anywhere from 5% to 90% of the resale price (on average: 20%).

Pawn Shops

At pawn shops, they’ll take just about anything in exchange for a “loan”: jewelry, electronics, musical instruments, and more. You can either reclaim your items by paying back the loan within a certain time frame, or you can just walk away and let the pawn shop claim it. Note that with pawn shops, the “loan” will be a fraction of the item’s real value.

Electronic Recyclers

Instead of throwing out old phones, TVs, computers, and other electronics, you can sell them to stores who recycle the electronics. Best Buy and Target will give you store credit, while online shops like Gazelle and BuyBackWorld will offer you cash. You’ll be helping the environment and earning money.

Garage Sales

The age-old tradition, you can catch some bargain hunters by selling your items at your garage sale. You can sign up for the community garage sale or pick a weekend to do it on your own. Sort your clothes into categories and assign each item a fair price.

Charitable Donations

Whatever you don’t sell, you can donate. You can donate old clothes, furniture, and other items to local charities or organizations. Collect a receipt for the items you’ve donated, and you can use these receipts to tally up your itemized donations. During tax season, you can use these receipts to reduce your taxable income and get a bigger refund.

Online Listings

Using sites like eBay and Craigslist, you can sell bigger ticket items online. Old collector’s items, furniture, or even under-used items can get you a decent amount of money.

Trade-Ins

Different stores offer trade-ins for clothing, books, video games, phones, and more, and they will resell them at discounted prices. You may be offered store credit, or you could be offered cash. For example, many phone carriers will offer store credit towards a new phone for your old one.

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Open House on Cerro St!

This botanical paradise is the perfect home for those who like tropical and shopping! This home is 4 miles to the beach, 2.8 miles to Hwy 5, and 2 minute drive to the grocery store, shopping, and local restaurants. You should come visit me this weekend on Sunday, May 20th for an open house from 1-4PM. You’ll want to see this gorgeous home and all the fruit trees on this large lot at 309 Cerro St in Encinitas!

This home is a stunning, single story, 4 bedroom with 1 converted into a den. It is the largest plan in the development with 320 square feet of fully permitted add-on. Landscaped with a variety of colorful, California drought-resistant plants, succulents, fruit trees, and raised gardens, it comes with automatic sprinklers and drains. Another perk – there’s no grass to mow!

This home is newly remodeled from top to bottom with crisp, clean, and modern finishes. The new kitchen has new cabinets with easy to close drawers, granite countertops, a large granite-topped center island, and stainless steel appliances. The bathroom has also been remodeled with 36″ inch granite cabinets and under-mount sinks. New modern texture carpet is in both the living room and bedrooms with porcelain tile entry in the kitchen and family room, all set off by new high baseboards.

Another unique quality about this home is the fully paid-off solar! The current owner has not paid an electric bill since the installation in September of 2015! All the windows and doors are double pane vinyl, not to mention it’s freshly painted inside and out. The newly finished garage also features epoxy floor. The large lot includes a gazebo, pool, spa, and new variable speed pump and energy saving gas heater.

With no HOA and Mello-Roos financing, this house brings so many amazing qualities! View this listing or come visit me this weekend and experience this beautiful, open home for yourself!

309 Cerro Street
Encinitas, CA 92024

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