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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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.

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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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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!

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Fall Activities in Southern California

Autumn is almost upon us! This means there will be so many festivals to go to, and so many enjoyable fall activities to try with your family. So go ahead and embrace the seasonal spirit! Take a look at some of the upcoming fall events in and around Encinitas this season:

1. Visit A Pumpkin Patch

There are no shortage of pumpkin patches to visit in North County San Diego. Aside from just the fun of picking out harvest vegetables, pumpkin patches are chock full of entertaining family activities. There are amusement rides, petting zoos, fun inflatables, and games. For a list of pumpkin patches and what activities they offer, visit the Your North County website.

2. Channel Your Inner Viking!

The Norway Hall Foundation is hosting their 16th annual Vista Viking Festival Sept. 22nd -23rd. The festival will feature a Viking village and marketplace, a weapons area, and various forms of entertainment. Sip some traditional mead or try your hand at axe throwing. This festival is a step back in time, so check it out!

3. Run a Marathon and Drink Some Craft Beer

The Craft Classic Half Marathon and 5k is a course taking place October 21st. If you are active, sign up! You’ll receive a delicious craft beer upon completion, and other amazing perks. As an extra incentive, the top male and female half marathon finishers will receive their weight in beer! If you’ve never participated in a 5k or a marathon of any kind, there is still plenty of time to train. Check out this helpful training guide for beginners. But of course, always check with your physician before attempting any rigorous exercise.

4. Celebrate German Food and Drink

Encinitas is hosting their 23rd Annual Oktoberfest on September 30th on Mountain Vista Drive and El Camino Real. This event is completely free! Entertainment will consist of authentic German music, Gemütlichkeit Alpine Dancers, a craft fair, carnival rides, family fun zone, and a craft beer garden. The ceremonial parade will take place at 12PM but the event will run until 6PM.

5. Lego and Have Fun!

Starting September 29th, Legoland California Resort will host their Brick or Treat Party Nights. The park will have all kinds of Halloween themed activities, entertainment events, and more. So get the whole family dressed up, and have some spooky fun! For tickets and times, visit the Legoland website.

6. Apple Picking

Picking apples is a classic American pastime. So go ahead and pick some delicious apples with your family, drink some homemade orchard cider, and learn about the agriculture process.  For a list of orchards in and around San Diego, visit this website.

There are so many fall themed activities to try this year. So if you’re on a hunt to try some delicious food, join a marathon, or simply spend the day with your family, there’s a fun event for you.

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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!

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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 $2,395,00 – $2,595,000, 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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Homes for Dogs Project: National Pet Adoption Event!

Have you or anyone you know recently considered adopting a dog? Or are you simply a fan of four legged friends? If so, get ready to mark your calendar and fill that heart with love!

This year, in support of Coldwell Banker’s Home’s For Dog’s Project, we’re taking part in the National Pet Adoption event being held on October 6th, 2018.

The event will be held at the Rancho Coastal Humane Society located at 389 Requeza St., Encinitas, CA 92024. The event will run from 11AM to 1PM.

Back in 2015, Coldwell Banker launched the “Homes for Dogs Project” in collaboration with The national campaign aims to help adoptable dogs get matched to loving owners, and find their forever homes!

So if you are looking for a sweet, loveable new addition to your family, come by and see the dogs that are up for adoption! You may just fall in love with your new best friend!

There are many health and social benefits to being a dog owner. Aside from the boundless love you receive from a furry angel, you may also acquire better heart health! For more information on the benefits of owning a dog, check out my blog post.

Owning a dog is a lot of work, and though you may feel you are ready, there are a lot of things to consider. For example, the average lifespan of a dog is 10 to 13 years. That’s a whole decade! Are you prepared to commit that much time to a pet?

Adopting a dog is similar to raising a child, they’re a lot of work, and require a lot of maintenance. The American Kennel Club has a quiz to determine how ready you are for a dog.

Owning a dog can impact your lifestyle in more ways than one, but they are a wonderful addition to any family. So if your heart is set on owning a dog, then make sure you are fully aware of what a dog will need, and what the cost of owning a dog entails.

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Make a Statement with These Bold Paint Ideas

When it comes to painting, most of us choose a pretty color and simply cover the entire walls in one monochromatic finish. But there are plenty of ways to artfully decorate your home and create visual interest with paint. To get the look you desire, with a little effort and no more than one paint color, you can really change the feeling in your room! Whether you’d like a simple accent wall, or a statement making room, you can create awe-inspiring designs with these simple paint ideas.

1. Meet the Room Halfway

Painting half of the walls can create a beautiful color accent. A traditional half-painted wall will have a neat, clean line through the middle on either the top or bottom half. But to add a little flair, don’t make the line as neat. The edge of the paint line can be scalloped, triangle shaped, or even artfully uneven. For clever half-painted ideas, check out these decorating ideas.

2. Color Blocking

Instead of hanging wall décor, turn your wall into the décor! Color blocking provides beautiful geometric design to your house. You can try painting each wall of a room a different color. Or if you prefer a bolder design, use painters tape to create a dozen or more shapes and paint each one a different color or a differing shade.

3. Wall Stenciling

Wall stenciling is one of the easier painting methods, but still striking. There are hundreds of stencils to choose from, and all you have to do is use a roller or flat brush to paint. So whether you want Moroccan tiles, or peonies on the wall, check out Cutting Edge Stencils. They have dozens of stencils to choose from, and helpful stenciling videos.

4. Add Texture

If you like the idea of creating visually interesting walls, but only want to use one paint color, try adding texture! Texture creates dimension to otherwise boring walls. From stippling, to patterned rollers, there are various painting tools for differing painting effects. For a more in-depth look at texturing, check out this helpful video.

5. Stripe It Up

Adding stripes can be geometrically pleasing and statement making. They can be vertical, horizontal, asymmetrical, thin, or wide. The possibilities are endless. Click here for some ideas on color scheme and stripe placement.

6. Faux Molding

Molding is a beautifully classic addition to a room. But rather than installing molding yourself, create some faux eyelet borders or crown molding with paint. This technique isn’t simple and requires precision and planning, but is definitely worth the final result.

There are numerous ways to add color, dimension, or texture to your walls. From complex paint styles, to easy afternoon paint projects, there is no limit to how you can custom paint your rooms. So no matter your design taste, or artistic skill, you can add some beautiful color to your home.

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How to Improve Air Quality in Your Home

Not everyone is aware that the air quality inside homes can sometimes be much worse than the air found outside. When we think of air pollutants, we may not always be conscious of the fact that the air trapped inside our homes can be hazardous. But dust, chemical odors, mold, and even heating can have a damaging effect on one’s health. Allergies, headaches, fatigue, and heart disease can all be attributed to poor air quality. But don’t worry, improving the air inside our homes can be easily done.

  • Keep the Floors Clean—By sweeping, vacuuming, and mopping, a person’s home can become free of dust mites, pet dander, and pollen. Vacuuming is great to pick up most of the dust that has accumulated, but to really get all of it, mop afterward to pick up any dust residue left behind. Aside from just the floors, carpets, rugs, and upholstered furniture should also be vacuumed.
  • Remove Your Shoes—Shoes track in all kinds of debris, dirt, and pollen into your home. Remove your shoes at the door to eliminate extra pollutants from entering. Or if you prefer to keep your shoes on, make sure to get a door mat. This way people can wipe their shoes before entering.
  • Track the Level of Humidity—Humidity can lead to mold and dust mites. Homes should have a 30% to 50% humidity level. Maintaining a healthy level of moisture inside the home can help keep allergens under control, and prevent mold from building up.  To reduce excess moisture, use a dehumidifier, fix leaky plumbing, and don’t overwater house plants.
  • Ventilation—The easiest and quickest way to improve the air quality in your home is to let air circulate throughout. During the warmer months, open your windows and let the outside air circulate throughout your home. By doing this, you can get rid of excess moisture, odors, and indoor pollutants. When it comes to interior ventilation, make sure any and all exhaust units are functioning correctly. For more tips on properly ventilating your home, check out this helpful guide.
  • Houseplants—Plants are not only a wonderful decoration for the home, but they serve as natural air purifiers. Plants absorb carbon dioxide, and in turn produce oxygen. It has been proven that having indoor potted plants can reduce the amount of air particles found inside homes. But if the idea of live plants turns you off, check out this list of houseplants that are “almost impossible to kill.”
  • Reduce Aerosols—Air freshening aerosols are nice because they eliminate unpleasant odors. However, they also harmful. Inhaling chemicals can be hazardous to one’s health by contributing to air pollution. They can aggravate allergies, and they’re terrible for the environment. Aerosols can contain formaldehyde and xylene, known carcinogens and neurotoxins. So instead of buying aerosols, use a natural air refresher instead.
  • Test for Radon—Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. Radon is a natural gas caused by the decay of uranium in soil. It can travel up through the soil and enter homes. Radon is odorless, as well as invisible, but it can be detected using a radon kit. If radon is found, there are easy ways to reduce levels.

Improving the air quality in a house can improve a person’s well-being and boost energy levels. If your family suffers from allergies, these helpful tips can reduce nasal aggravations. Air quality is often overlooked but definitely an important factor in health and safety. Protect your home, inside and out.

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