Coastal Country Beach Home Listing!

If you or someone you know has been looking for a coastal country home located in Encinitas, my newest listing could be the house for them. Located at 1675 Noma Lane in Encinitas, this gorgeous home is located in the Leucadia community near award winning schools, beaches, and restaurants.

Listed at $1,465,000, this country beach home has been completely renovated from top to bottom and sits on a 10,100 square foot lot. With over 2,000 square feet and a re-built, oversized 2-car garage, this home comes with 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths, and 1 half bath.

Built in 1978, this beautiful home has been completely renovated from the inside to the backyard. With amazing vaulted ceilings in the living area, updated kitchen, fireplace in the living room, and hardwood floors, you’ll have a home with charm and character.

The backyard pool has been remodeled with pebble tech finish, and the backyard has new landscape and hardscape. There is even new drainage, irrigation, and electronic gated entry and fencing. You can check out the listing and even take the virtual tour!

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6 Tips to Organize Your Tupperware

blur, candies, chocolatesTupperware and other food storage containers tend to take up entire cabinets. No matter how you try to stack the different sizes with the lids, they are always falling out or moving out of place. To keep your cabinets organized and to make more room, here are some tips on organizing your Tupperware!

1. Use a Plate Rack

By stacking your lids vertically in a plate rack, you could create a lot more space to organize the actual containers and keep the lids separate. Divide them by size and it can make them easier to find instead of testing the lids to make sure they are a match to your container.

2. Book Bins as Dividers

Keep containers and lids of variance neat by using book bins in your cabinets and drawers. By turning them on their sides, they act as dividers and holders to separate the lids and containers from other sizes.

3. Tension Rods for Lids

Small tension rods work great for keeping your lids in line. Instead of them slipping and sliding around the drawer, keep them all lined upright with the tension rods.

4. Drawer Dividers

Keep it simple and use drawer dividers to separate the containers and lids. This allows for smart stacking with your containers while keep the lids organized by size.

5. Magazine Rack

Add a magazine rack to the inside of your cabinet door for a hidden but easy-to-reach storage. Whenever you need to find your lids, they’ll all be stacked nicely inside the rack right on the door.

6. Invest in an Entire Storage System

You could purchase an entire storage system to convert your drawer into a massive Tupperware organizer. Online shops like Wayfair and Overstock both have multiple options with measurements, so you can make sure everything will fit. You can install them yourself, or you could be inspired to build your own system.

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New Farmhouse Style Listing & Open House in Encinitas!

This weekend, I’ll be having an open house at one of listings – 1285 Crest Drive, Encinitas! The open house will be from 1-4 PM on Saturday 4/28 and Sunday 4/29. You’ll want to see the views this beautiful house has to offer.

Currently priced at $2,350,000, this coastal country, farmhouse style home is located in the canyon rim with breathtaking mountain views. It sits on 1.53 acres of land nearby the beach, town, schools, and shopping. With almost 3,000 square feet of space, 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 1 half bath and a lot of multipurpose space, this home is 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.

You can view the listing or come visit me this weekend and experience the views in real life.

1285 Crest Drive
Encinitas, CA 92024

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6 Castles for Sale!

Interior of BuildingIf you ever dreamed of being a prince or princess as a child, you may have a chance to fulfill your dreams. Across the world, there are hundreds of castles for sale that anyone can purchase – as long as they can afford it! These are currently the most popular on Castles for Sale.

1. Rieti, Italy – $13,640,00

Floor: 46,230 sqft
Plot: 4 acres
BR: 19

This castle was a former Cistercian abbey built around the 8th century. Even though it still has the architecture from its time period, it has a completely updated, contemporary property with modern luxuries. There is a church with a bell tower, monastery, basement parking, and condos with various size apartments.

2. Poitiers, France – $2,356,000

Plot: 51 acres
BR: 5
BA: 5

With a completely renovated “Logis”, guest lodge, office, stables, and outbuilding, this 13th century castle comes with many unique qualities. Built to be used as a fortified defense against any invasions, it has a dungeon, tower, dining hall, and draw bridge. The previous owners renovated the castle to have more of a sympathetic home-feel rather than a defensive castle.

3. Noetzie Beach, Knysna, South Africa – $6,000,000

BR: 5
BA: 6
3 Separate Castles

The Main Castle has a garden with private access to the beach, a heated rim flow pool, thatched gazebo against the cliff, gym, and huge terrace. The Honeymoon is the perfect romantic getaway with a private, secluded heated plunge pool. The Cliff Castle is beside the Main Castle against the cliff face, but also with a lot of privacy. Not to mention the castle comes with an executive butler!

4. Siena, Italy – $3,100,000

Floor: 6,459 sqft
BR: 6
BA: 7

Located in the heart of the countryside, this castle comes with all the authentic historical features you’d need spread across 5 levels. A reception hall and ancient cellar are just a few of the exciting qualities this castle brings, not to mention the original cotto floors that date back to the year 1000. It also has a separate guest house with 753 sqft of space between two levels, as well as equestrian facilities.

5. Passignano sul Trasimeno, Perugia, Umbria – $ 4,900,00

Floor: 5,747 sqft
Plot: 1.6 acres
BR: 7
BA: 8

While the origins of this castle ae uncertain, the largest part of it dates back to the 11th – 12th C., and they know for sure the walls were restored in 1313. The watch tower has 6 levels while the main castle has 2. The castle is currently under restoration for a project that will make it more livable and homey.

6. Alessandria, Italy

Floor: 25,564 sqft
Plot: 9.8 acres
Terrace: 8,761 sqft
BR: 10

Circa 900 AD and completed around 1200, this Italian castle is full of rich architecture, paintings and history with a C-shape courtyard in the 1700s Baroque style. It comes with 3 main levels – a basement, main level, and attic – as well as a terrace below garden level and at basement level. It’s completely livable, restored, and secured.

All pictures acquired from https://www.prestigeproperty.co.uk/castles-for-sale-138/p-Castle/s-p/
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5 Ways to Teach Your Kids About the Importance of Earth

daylight, environment, forestThis Sunday, April 22nd, humans will celebrate Earth Day all across the world. With all the information we have about our Earth and how we affect it, it’s important to teach the next generation of children why we need to save our planet in any little way we can. Here are 5 ways you can educate your children – and maybe even yourself!

1. Instilling a Green Thumb

One way to teach your kids the importance of the Earth is to teach them the magic of plants and how such small leaves or flowers can make the food chain go ‘round. Take them to your nearest hardware or gardening store and let them choose a few flowers or edible plants to grow.

Create interest with all the special tools that come with gardening and let them play in the dirt. If you’re just as interested in planting, plan a tulip tree or lemon tree to get just as involved as they are!

2. Adopt an Endangered Animal

Depending on your child’s age, they may already be aware of what an endangered animal is and how many there are in the world. If not, this is the perfect opportunity to educate them. Your child will especially love this if they’re an animal lover.

You can donate to the World Wildlife Fund to help protect endangered species and their habitats. Allow your child to choose which animal to help and you’ll receive a plush version in the mail.

3. The Circle of Life

What better way to teach children about life and the Earth than butterflies? Using this butterfly kit, you’ll have all you’ll need to raise and care for a larva. Once it has turned into a butterfly, you can release it to enjoy your yard.

In order to create an environment for a butterfly and to collect any larva, you can purchase and plant buddleia to attract butterflies to your yard (and possibly hummingbirds). You could also plant bee friendly flowers to educate them on the workings of a bee – as long as you or your family isn’t allergic to their stings.

4. Educate

There are many other ways you can educate your kids while entertaining them. There are plenty of books out there that engage your kids with colors, pictures, and interaction that help teach them about plants, compost, recycling, and more.

You can also get crafty with them and create recycled material art projects. If they prefer coloring over large projects, you can purchase them a recycled paper notebook.

5. Spend Time Outdoors

Detach the family from phones, TV, and tablets and just play outside! Go to the park, climb trees, play sports, or visit your local forest preserve and take a nature walk. If you’re feeling adventurous, take a camping trip to the local campground and enjoy the fresh air and nature around you.

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Top 8 Family Vacations for Summer 2018

car, children, dad

In about a month, the kids will be out of school and free for the summer. If you’re a family that likes to take advantage of their days off during the summer, then you’ll need to know where the hottest vacation destinations will be this summer! Here are the top 10 for 2018:

1. Ocean City, MD

Ocean City, Maryland is an affordable, kid-friendly, and classic American beach. You’ll find the amusement park rides, stretches of sand, and carnival lights the perfect entertainment for your family.

Popular Attractions:

  • Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum
  • Assateague Island National Seashore
  • Ocean City Beach & Boardwalk
  • Trimper’s Rides & Amusements
  • Jolly Roger Amusement Park

2. Puerto Rico

With all the resorts and clubs, Puerto Rico makes a great destination that is like a home away from home. Large waves for surfers and clear waters are just some of the amazing attractions Puerto Rico has to offer.

Popular Attractions:

  • Bioluminescent Mosquito Bay
  • El Morro (Fuerte San Felipe del Morro)
  • Flamenco Beach
  • Sun Bay
  • El Yunque National Rain Forest

3. Niagara Falls, Canada/NY

This summer, visit one of the top natural wonders of the world. Niagara Falls is a mouth dropping attraction that will have the entire family amazed.

Popular Attractions:

  • Maid of the Mist
  • Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens & Butterfly Conservatory
  • Old Fort Niagara
  • Niagara Glen Nature Reserve
  • Journey Behind the Falls

4. Myrtle Beach, SC

Myrtle Beach has been a top family vacation spot for many, many years. It boasts amusement parks, outlet malls, golf, and pirate-inspired revues.

Popular Attractions:

  • Myrtle Beach
  • Mt. Atlanticus Miniature Golf
  • The Carolina Opry
  • Ripley’s Aquarium Myrtle Beach
  • Family Kingdom Amusement Park

5. Bahamas, Caribbean

There are approximately 700 islands that make up the Bahamas! They are a hot destination all year round, luring visitors with their white-washed shores, scuba-diving, and luxurious accommodations.

Popular Attractions:

  • Atlantis Bahamas (Paradise Island)
  • Lucayan National Park (Grand Bahama Island)
  • Queen’s Staircase (New Providence Island)
  • The Glass Window Bridge (Eluethera)
  • John Watling’s Distillery (New Providence Island)

6. Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN

The artistic, architectural, and theatrical renaissance of Minneapolis and St. Paul has made this region of the Midwest culturally abundant. This make Minneapolis and St. Paul a fun and educational journey for the whole family.

Popular Attractions:

  • Chain of Lakes
  • Stone Arch Bridge
  • Guthrie Theater
  • Mill City Museum
  • Mall of America

7. Virginia Beach, VA

Split between a party spot for local college kids, a haven for families, and a renaissance beach town, Virginia Beach lures people from Ocean City, Outer Banks, and Myrtle Beach.

Popular Attractions:

  • Virginia Beach Boardwalk & Beachfront
  • First Landing State Park
  • Sandbridge Beach
  • Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center
  • Cape Henry Lighthouse

8. Hamburg, Germany

If you’re looking for a destination to take the family out of the country this summer, look no further than the bubbly, northern Germany city of Hamburg. You’ll enjoy its historical beauty and cosmopolitan vibes.

Popular Attractions:

  • Alter Elbtunnel
  • Planten un Blomen
  • Fish Auction Hall & Market
  • Town Hall (Rathaus)
  • Miniatur Wunderland
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What to Do in San Diego This Weekend!

Group of People Enjoying Music ConcertIf you won’t be participating in Coachella 2018 in Indio this weekend but still want to enjoy the wonderful weather, there are many other fun events going on that you can enjoy in San Diego!

Taste of Hillcrest

When: Saturday, 4/14
Where:
Throughout Hillcrest

With cuisines from more than 3 dozen restaurants of Hillcrest, the 17th Annual Taste of Hillcrest allows you to sample pad Thai, sashimi, Italian antipasto, and classic American comfort food. To take a break from all the eating, there will also be beer tasting and a refreshment stop at Rich’s Nightclub at 1051 University Ave.

Pre-sale tickets are $30, and they’ll be $35 the day of the event. Free shuttle service will be available, running every 15 minutes.

San Diego Beach & Bay Half Marathon, 5K, and 8K

When: Saturday, 4/14
Where: Throughout Mission Bay

Enjoy this sea-level course with views of the beaches, bays, and resorts of Mission Bay. At the finish line, you’ll be able to end the marathon with live music, a beer garden, and snacks! To participate, it costs:

  • $50 for the 5K, $25 for ages 3-17
  • $55 for the 8K, $35 for ages 3-17
  • $110 for the Half Marathon

Silent Disco at Uptown Tavern

When: Saturday, 4/14
Where:
1236 University Ave., Hillcrest

You don’t need to be a professional to dance at this disco. Hosted every second Saturday, the Silent Disco means you get to wear wireless headphones and dance in what onlookers would take as “silence”. Check out the Uptown Tavern for deals, prices, and times.

32nd Annual Fallbrook Avocado Festival

When: Sunday, 4/15
Where:
Main Street, Fallbrook

If you like avocados and guacamole, this festival is the place for you to be this weekend. Between the guacamole contests, inflatable avocados, and a race featuring vehicles made from SoCal’s signature fruit. Admission is free!

San Diego Padres

Enjoy one of America’s favorite past times by attending the San Diego Padres’ home games this weekend against the San Francisco Giants! Games are today, Friday, until Sunday this weekend!

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Home Improvements Under $500

Most people know that home improvements can increase the value of your property, but it’s always hard to figure out which projects are worth the money to add up in equity. Luckily, you don’t have to spend thousands of dollars or weeks of hard labor to keep the value in your home. Here are relatively simple projects under $500 that will make your home brighter and potentially spark interest in future buyers.

Updating the Bathroom

Updating the bathrooms doesn’t mean you need to completely gut it and reconfigure the entire plumbing. Simple touch-ups like re-grouting and re-caulking can make the bathroom look cleaner and newer.

Swapping out any inefficient or outdated toilets, faucets, or shower heads can add the updated bathroom effect you’re looking for. Just make sure you’re consistent with the finish of the faucets or shower heads throughout the bathroom.

Updating the Flooring

Installing new flooring might sound like a daunting and expensive project, but it doesn’t have to be! If your carpet is old and shaggy, it could be time to pull it up and see what is underneath. If you have concrete flooring, there is special concrete paint that creates a marbled flooring effect. One gallon of it is just $30-$50!

Tiling is another budget-friendly update for any kitchen or bathroom. Porcelain tiles are both inexpensive and strong. They can also mimic the look of stone and wood flooring.

Updating the Cabinets

Another inexpensive bathroom or kitchen update could be fixing the cabinets. If they are still in good shape, all you’ll need to do is clean, sand, and paint them. It gives you the chance to add a pop of color to your bathroom! If you’d rather play it safe, white and black are both popular cabinet colors.

Another way to make your cabinets look fresher is by updating the hardware like the knobs, handles, and pulls. You never realize how much of a difference a simple knob change could make.

Adding Some Color

Sometimes, the easiest and cheapest way to transform your home is to add a new coat of paint. I’m not just talking about the walls, either. The best part about paint is you can update almost anything. You can paint the interior or exterior of your home, the walls, cabinets, and other types of furniture.

You can also add color spray painting fixtures, painting the door, or staining your deck or wooden fence.

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The Life Span of Kitchen Appliances

chef, cooker, cookingYou may have learned how to cook, clean, and wash dishes before you moved into your own place, but did know kitchen appliances need their own maintenance? Kitchen appliances have their own lifespan ranging anywhere from 5-30 years. Is it really cost-effective to keep appliances until they breakdown? Learn more about their average life spans and when you should be replacing your appliances.

Durability of Kitchen Appliances

There are many factors to consider when it comes to the life span of your kitchen appliances:

  • How often you use them
  • The brand
  • How often you maintain them

On average, a fridge can last anywhere from 14 to 27 years, while a freezer lasts about 12 to 20 years.

Ovens and ranges both tend to give out around the same time, after 12 to 15 years for your oven and 15 to 17 years for the range.

Microwaves last the least amount of time, only 7 to 9 years. You can expect your dishwasher to last about 9 to 11 years.

When to Keep Older Appliances

Most of these life spans have quite a few years between their life spans, so when is it inefficient to keep your old appliances?

If you have an older fridge, you should look into replacing it because it can consume a little more energy than a newer one. Newer fridges have energy labels on them that tell you on average, how many resources they consume. Older fridges tend to use Freon and use 75% more energy than more modern fridges. With older fridges, you also need to recharge the Freon which can be costly. Upgrading your fridge can be worth it in the end with all the extra energy and maintenance costs.

On the other hand, replacing old dishwashers, ovens, ranges, and microwaves makes no differences on your energy bill if they still function properly.

Other appliances use the same heating component as newer appliances, so the energy usage winds up being the same. In the end, you could save about $30 to $100 per year on your energy bill.

Make Appliances Last Longer

To make your appliances last as long as possible, make sure you do your homework on different brands and models. You’ll want to know what brands or models have had recalls or are always defective before you invest in an appliance you’ll have for a while.

1. Fridge/Freezer

  • Check the door gasket to ensure no leakage. Make sure the rubber isn’t moldy, brittle, or there isn’t excess condensation.
  • Keep the freezer full. It’s easier to keep cool with items to help maintain the temperature.
  • Don’t block the airflow.

2. Oven

  • Avoid using self-cleaner option. It’s hard to sell the oven without one, but ovens can’t withstand the high heat of the self-cleaner.
  • Look up steam cleaning methods for stuck on foods

3. Stove

  • Keep it clean with non-abrasive cleaner.
  • Use a sponge to avoid scratching the surface

4. Dishwasher

  • Use it daily or once every other day. Keeps components from failing due to lack of use.
  • Clean up food build-up ASAP.

5. Microwave

  • Don’t rely for daily meals.
  • Not designed for long-term cooking so it’s best to keep it under 3 minutes or less as often as possible.
  • Use microwave-safe dishes.
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7 Emotions Only Homeowners Understand

aerial view, architecture, autumnPlan on becoming a homeowner, or living in a home for years? Whichever describes you best, and whether you want to know what you’ll be facing as a homeowner or you want to know you’re not alone in your feelings, these are the 7 common emotions only homeowners will understand.

1. The freedom of home modifications

Unlike renting, you don’t have a landlord to approve your new paint in the bedroom or the replacement of any outdated appliances. Since you’re the landlord of your own home, you get to make any modifications whenever you want!

2. The pain of home improvement

Homes are a little more “high maintenance” than renting. You might have to make a few social sacrifices in order to take care of something around the house. While you could hire a handyman, you might not want to spend a ton of money on a simple task. Another thing to consider is that you still might need to be present while they’re there. While changing a lightbulb or an air filter is something you can learn to do yourself, there are those repairs that require a professional.

3. The irritation of waiting for repairmen and contractors

If you have to hire a contractor for any repairs or improvements, you’ll have to understand they might show up late. Plumbers, electricians, exterminators, etc. all get held up by any number of reasons, usually any customers before your appointment. You’ll also have to wait for them to finish the job before you go about your day, so you might need to clear your schedule if you plan on having a repairman stop by.

4. The stress of bills

When renting, you only have a few bills to take care of by yourself and the landlord handles the rest. With a home, all the bills are yours to handle: monthly mortgage, trash/snow removal, condo/HOA dues, electric, gas, and even property taxes are due. Those are also all the bills before any repairs or replacements are made.

5. The relief with tax breaks

Owning a home can save you some money during tax season. You can get breaks for mortgage interest, energy-efficient upgrades, and home improvement that adds value to your property. If you are a first time home owner, you can even apply for the first time homeowner tax credit

6. The scary realization of commitment

Renters have the flexibility of relocating when the lease is up. For homeowners, it’s not as easy to just pick up and leave. You don’t have to stay in your home for the full 15- to 30-year mortgage, but you will probably be staying longer than a year. Typically, Realtor.com says you should stay at least 5 years before moving again.

7. The pride of ownership

 

Stress, work, and money are all things that come with homeownership, but nothing will beat the pride of how you cared for something so important. Your home is where you build your life with a family, and where you make years of memories. You have the opportunity to get involved in the community, and to build friendships that will last some time.

Plan on becoming a homeowner, or living in a home for years? Whichever describes you best, and whether you want to know what you’ll be facing as a homeowner or you want to know you’re not alone in your feelings, these are the 7 common emotions only homeowners will understand.

1. The freedom of home modifications

Unlike renting, you don’t have a landlord to approve your new paint in the bedroom or the replacement of any outdated appliances. Since you’re the landlord of your own home, you get to make any modifications whenever you want!

2. The pain of home tasksimprovement

Homes are a little more “high maintenance” than renting. You might have to make a few social sacrifices in order to take care of something around the house. While you could hire a prohandyman, you might not wantone to spend a ton of money on a simple task. andAnother thing to consider is that you still might need to be present while they’re there. While changing a lightbulb or an air filter is something you can learn to do yourself, there are those repairs that require a professional.

3. The irritation of waiting for the prosrepairmen and contractors

If you have to hire a contractorpro for any repairs or improvements, you’ll have to understand they might show up late. Plumbers, electricians, exterminators, etc. all get held up by any number of reasons, usually any customers before your appointment. You’ll also have to wait for them to finish the job before you go about your day, so you might miss out on a few fun things.need to clear your schedule if you plan on having a repairman stop by.

4. The stress of bills

When renting, you only have a few bills to take care of by yourself and the landlord handles the rest. With a home, all the bills are yours to handle: monthly mortgage, trash/snow removal, condo/HOA dues, electric, gas, and even property taxes are due. Those are also all the bills before any repairs or replacements are made.

5. The relief with tax breaks

Owning a home can save you some money during tax season. You can get breaks for mortgage interest, property tax, energy-efficient upgrades, home offices, and home improvement that adds value to your property. If you are a first time home owner, you can even apply for the first time homeowner tax credit

6. The scary realization of commitment

Renters have the flexibility of relocating when the lease is up. For homeowners, it’s not as easy to just pick up and leave. You don’t have to stay in your home for the full 15- to 30-year mortgage, but you will probably be staying longer than a year. Typically, Realtor.com says you should stay at least 5 years before moving again. Worse case, you can always rent out your home if you decide you want to live elsewhere.

7. The pride of ownership

Stress, work, and money are all things that come with homeownership, but nothing will beat the pride of how you cared for something so important. Your home is where you build your life with a family, and where you make years of memories. You have the opportunity to get involved in the community, and to build friendships that will last some time.

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