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Sept. 26, 2012

KENSINGTON, A Quiet Neighborhood in San Diego

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Kensington is a well-established upscale neighborhood located in the middle of San Diego.  Kensington is named for a borough in London, England, and in fact, many of the street names in this neighborhood are of English origin.  This community is known for its beautiful Spanish-tiled cottage style homes, quiet winding streets and immaculate lawns and landscaping.  

Communities surrounding Kensington are Normal Heights to the West, Talmadge to the East and City Heights to the South.  This community is located close Interstate 15 to the West and Interstate 8 to the North, which makes it very convenient for commuters.  Kensington is situated less than 15 miles from Downtown San Diego and is considered one of the most central neighborhoods in San Diego County. You can simply hop on any freeway and make your way easily not only to Downtown San Diego, but to the Gaslamp District and Little Italy as well. Here you will find hundreds of restaurants, bars, lounges, theatres and shopping for everyone’s tastes and styles, and all within a short distance.

Kensington is one of the three mid-city urban neighborhoods whose main thoroughfare is Adams Ave.  Like its fellow neighborhoods, it is distinguished by the classic neon sign which reads "Kensington" and spans Adams Avenue.  Along this main street, you will find restaurants, neighborhood banks, dry cleaners and coffee houses, basically all the essentials you look for in any neighborhood.  There is also a Kensington/Normal Heights Branch Library.

The regionally famous Landmark Ken Theatre is located on Adams Avenue as well.  This popular “Art Theatre” is not where you’d find the mainstream films; instead, you’ll enjoy  documentaries and foreign films with very limited Independent films.  Then there is the Ken Club, a respected, old-school neighborhood bar which always comes to life with “live bands” and DJ’s playing your favorite music at night.

If you enjoy walking around your neighborhood, you’ll see others leisuring walking or riding their bikes in this safe, comfortable environment.  Residents and visitors alike find themselves meandering through the winding roads of Adams, given the peacefulness of this community and the beauty of the older established neighborhoods.

Living in Kensington will allow you to maintain an active lifestyle because there is so much to do.  There is nearby Balboa Park with all of it’s many fantastic museums along with the world-famous San Diego Zoo and Seaworld.  And let’s not forget about the San Diego beaches, all of which are only a few minutes away (Point Loma, Ocean Beach, Mission Beach, Pacific Beach and La Jolla).

With homes resonably priced for any size family, why not lay down your roots in a quiet, upscale community like Kensington? 

Posted in Kensington
Sept. 21, 2012

Del Cerro, an affluent San Diego Community

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Del Cerro is an upscale bedroom community located just 15 minutes east of Downtown San Diego, Mission Valley and Fashion Valley.  Its neighboring communities are Allied Gardens, La Mesa, San Carlos and the College area near San Diego State University.  Situated just north of Interstate 8 Freeway, Del Cerro has easy access to all of San Diego since Interstate 8 transitions to all freeways within short travel distances.  

Located west of Del Cerro about 15 minutes away are the local beaches which include Ocean Beach, Mission Beach and Pacific Beach.  From there it’s easy to travel south to Downtown San Diego, the Gaslamp District, Little Italy, the San Diego International Airport, PetCo Park, Seaport Village, Balboa Park and the world famous San Diego Zoo.
Del Cerro is in close proximity to La Mesa’s Lake Murray, a major attraction for the outdoor person and sports enthusiast.  This lake is extremely popular for fishing and boating due to its maximum water depth of 95 feet.  And since there’s a paved 3.2 mile path along the shoreline that circles the lake, it’s a perfect spot for families to take advantage of bike riding, running, walking or rollerblading.

Another attraction near Del Cerro is Cowles Mountain in the community of San Carlos.  This very popular hiking mountain is the most popular in all of San Diego County.  With its spectacular views of Lake Murray and the surrounding communities, hikers enjoy this trail up to the top of the peak.  The round trip hike is only three miles and it’s populated with the die-hard hiking enthusiasts day and night, 365 days a year!

Being close to downtown La Mesa, it’s easy for the residents of Del Cerro to take advantage of this quaint neighborhood.  With a number of restaurants, specialty shops and activities throughout the year, it’s a fun place to eat, walk or shop.

Del Cerro houses Temple Emanu-El, a reformed Jewish Synagogue, which sits on the corner of College Avenue and Del Cerro Blvd.  Across the street on Del Cerro Blvd. is Windmill Farms, a popular specialty market.  

Have you heard the saying that “location” is the most important part of buying a home?  So if you want to feel good about driving in and out of your neighborhood, knowing you are located close to good schools, shopping centers, movie theatres, restaurants, the arts and most important, good neighbors, then Del Cerro may be the site of your next home.  

Posted in Del Cerro
Sept. 19, 2012

Coronado, still a main attraction!


Coronado is located in San Diego, CA and is not only a great place to visit, but it’s one of the nicest places to live in all the United Sates.   It’s unlike any other location in San Diego County.   My favorite way to get to Coronado is by boat or ferry.   If you live here in San Diego or plan on visiting, you need to drive over the bridge on a sunny day to see some of the most spectacular views San Diego has to offer.  Not only can you see all of Coronado Island, but you can see all of Downtown San Diego as well.

Coronado is a little island just west of Downtown San Diego and has some of the best beaches and most luxurious homes California has to offer.

If you are looking to buy a home in Coronado, here are some housing numbers you need to know.  Condo/Townhomes range from $800,000 to $4,500,000.  At any one time there are approximately 75-100 condo/townhomes on the market for sale.  The average sales price over the last six months for a condo/townhome was $780,000 for a 2 bedroom 2 baths, with 1600 sq. ft.

If you are interested in a single family detached house with incredible views, great weather and only minutes from the beach, Coronado is a must stop.  The homes range in price from $1,500,000 to $18,000,000 million depending on location, size and proximity to the water.  There are approximately 60 to 130 Coronado houses for sale at any one time.  The average sales price over the last six months was $1,800,000.

Most of these homes are like cottages located in clean, tree lined family friendly neighborhoods.  From morning until night you will find people walking their dogs, riding their bikes and skakteboard's and walking the streets enjoying the weather and scenery.  City code requires that no two houses can be the same on any one street, so the diversity of architecture gives each street its own personality.

Some neighborhoods include…

1.    The Village – Includes most of South Island and includes the downtown area.
2.    Country Club Estates - Located on the north side of the island adjacent to Naval Air Station North Island.  It’s is Coronado’s only large area of homes all built by a single developer.
3.    The Shores is located just south of Silver Strand.
4.    The Cays is comprised of smaller villages that wind around inland waterways, each with its own pool and clubhouse.
5.    Bay Front faces Downtown San Diego.
6.    Glorietta is full of custom homes located across the street from the Coronado Golf Course all along beautiful tree-lined streets.

If going to the beach is at the top of your list, Coronado has some of the finest beaches around.

Beaches in Coronado include the following….

1.    North Beach - starts at Sunset Park and extends down to about where G Street meets Ocean Blvd.
2.    South Beach – is in front of the Hotel Del Coronado (rated one of the best beaches I the world).  This is my favorite beach and is the one I take my family to 5-6 times a year.
3.    Central Beach
4.    Shores Beach
5.    Silver Strand State Beach
6.    Glorietta Bay Park
7.    Tidelands Park
8.    The Landing

Because Coronado is a very affluent community, the restaurants are plentiful, high end and offer something for everyone.  Some of the top rated places to eat are….

1.    Primavera Ristorante
2.    Crown Room at Hotel Del Coronado
3.    Burger Lounge
4.    Miguelitos
5.    Clayton's Coffee Shop
6.    Miguel's Cocina
7.    Vigilucci's Ristorante Coronado
8.    Crown City Inn & Bistro
9.    Il Fornaio
10.  Brigantine Seafood Restaurant

One of the questions most asked of me are how are the schools in Coronado?  And the simple answer is yes – they are very good!   Coronado Unified School District includes Coronado Middle School (CMS), Coronado High School, Silver Strand Elementary,  and Village Elementary.   Coronado School of the Arts,  a public school-within-a-school on the campus of Coronado High School,  is also present on the island.  Among the private schools are Sacred Heart Parish School and Christ Church Day School.

No matter if you are looking to buy and upscale beach front home or just visiting, Coronado is a must destination.

Posted in Coronado
Sept. 13, 2012

MISSION HILLS "An Ideal Neighborhood”

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Mission Hills is one of San Diego’s oldest and most desirable neighborhoods.  It sits a top a series of hills overlooking Old Town, Mission Valley, Downtown San Diego and the San Diego Bay.  Mission Hills is north of Downtown San Diego and is near Interstate 5, Interstate 8 and State Route 163 Freeways, providing quick access to all its surroundings.

Mission Hills is centrally located and provides residents the convenience of enjoying  all of America’s Finest City’s attractions.  With Downtown San Diego, the Gaslamp District, Little Italy, Seaport Village, Balboa Park, Sea World, Fashion Valley, and the San Diego Zoo less than five miles away, Mission Hills has become an ideal neighborhood to live in.   

Development of the area began in the early 1900’s.  During the 1950’s and 1960’s, homes were built along the series of steep, greenery-filled canyons that break the neighborhoods up into distinct segments.  If you’re driving through the Mission Hills area or strolling through the neighborhoods, you’ll get the feeling that this is what a quaint community should look like.  Old stately homes, picturesque craftsman bungalows and large mansions line the quiet tree lined streets that give Mission Hills its unique appeal.

Mission Hills houses range in price from $500,000 (2 bedroom 1 bath 850 sq. ft detached single family home) to $4,500,000 (5 bedroom 4 bath 4,900 sq. ft detached single family home).  Believe it or not, because of it’s location, reputation and re-sale values, Mission Hills is considered one of the best places to buy a home in San Diego County.

Any time of day you will find people riding their bikes or walking the streets of this community.  With its safe environment, it affords the residents the luxury of being outdoors and enjoying the beautiful San Diego weather any time of the year.

Most of the local businesses are situated along West Washington and Goldfinch Street.  This is where you’ll find restaurants, shops, pubs and other services that make this area so complete.  On its eastern border is a broad selection of shops and restaurants as well, but if you continue to move towards Hillcrest, you’ll find a larger selection of stores in that neighboring community.

One of the most well-known attractions in Mission Hills in none other than the Nursery located on Fort Stockton Drive.  Since 1910, this nursery has been a place for all to come to simply stroll and enjoy their beautiful grounds and experience gardening at its finest. They have a huge selection of roses, shrubs, annuals and perennials.  This is where the unusual is the usual.

In the center of this city is Pioneer Park, a family-friendly venue filled with trees and grass along with a children’s playground.  This park dates back to the late 19th Century and was home to one of the earliest cemeteries in all of San Diego.  In fact, some of the original tombstones still stand in the far corner of the park, which makes one think of the area’s rich and fascinating history.  Pioneer Park hosts several community activities each year including their annual 4th of July celebration and the summertime Concerts in the Park on Friday evenings.
So whether it’s a peaceful, architecturally impressive neighborhood you are looking for, or being easily accessible to Downtown San Diego, Mission Valley or Old Town, you won’t go wrong living or visiting Mission Hills. Who knows? You might end up staying…………forever.

Posted in Mission Hills
Sept. 11, 2012

Otay Ranch "A Pedestrian-Friendly Community"

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Otay Ranch is a newer 5,300 acre master planned community in the city of Chula Vista.  Since its opening in 1999, it has been one of San Diego's top selling communities year after year.
Otay Ranch is located next to Eastlake, Rancho Del Rey and the 805 freeway.  Looking at a map, you'll notice it is situated directly south of Telegraph Canyon Road/Otay Lakes Road and north of Olympic Parkway.  Downtown San Diego is just a short 20 minute drive which gives residents easy access to Little Italy and the Gaslamp District.
Otay Ranch has convenient access to the South Bay Expressway, a toll-road extension of California State Route 125.  Since its opening in November 2007 it has been connecting freeways 805 and 905 with State Route 54.
Otay Ranch is sometimes referred to as a "Pedestrian-Friendly Community" due to its parks, shopping, walking/biking trails and community involvement.  After the initial planning process it took a few short years for Otay Ranch to grow into an active community.  With the latest in architectural home design in their numerous housing developments, Otay Ranch has just the right home for everyone.  Home prices range from $300,000-$450,000 for a condo/townhome and $400,000-$800,000 for a detached single family house.  This community has many developments which offer granny flats, casitas and downstairs master bedrooms, all of which are in very high demand.
Here are a few Otay Ranch developments.....
Terraza - 2 & 3 story single family detached homes - 2 car garages, 1,966 - 2,833 sq. ft.  3-6 bedrooms.
Santa Barbara - Pacific Coast Communities with 2 story single family detached homes with 2 car garages 2,825 - 3,232 sq. ft.  5-6 bedrooms with guest residence.
Santa Rita - Heritage Building & Development.  2-3 story single family homes, 3 car garages, 2,440 - 2,843 sq. ft. 2-3 bedrooms.
Villas De Avila - Pacific Coast Communities, 2-3 story duplex homes with 2 car garages.  1,556 - 2,250 sq. ft. with 3-6 bedrooms.
Casitas De Avila - Heritage Building & Development.  2-3 story single family cottage homes with 2 car garages, 1,648 - 2,198 sq. ft.  3-7 bedrooms.
Avalon - Sunrise Company.  1 & 2 level townhomes, 1 & 2 car garages with 1,163 - 1,493 sq. ft. with 2 bedrooms.
There are three pedestrian parks positioned throughout the village, giving residents easy to walk to places for recreation and relaxation.
There are five elementary schools in the Chula Vista Elementary School District that serve the Otay Ranch area; they are Heritage Elementary, McMillin Elementary, Hedenkamp Elementary, Veterans Elementary and Wolf Canyon Elementary.  Most of the home owners live within walking distance of these award winning schools.
Older students attend Rancho del Rey Middle School, Olympian High School and Otay Ranch High School.   An interesting fact about Otay Ranch High is that their 197,000 square foot campus features an Administration of Justice Academy that works in conjunction with the Chula Vista Police Department.

If you live in Otay Ranch or any one of the many Eastlake communities, you'll love the shopping experience at the Otay Ranch Town Center.  This unique shopping mall is not your typical mall.  This mall is known as a "lifestyle center" with store fronts actually facing a main street.  This gives you the feel of an actual mini downtown shopping district.  Otay Ranch Town Center is located at Eastlake Parkway and Olympic Parkway in Chula Vista.  The center is anchored by giant department stores with a plethora of specialty shops and restaurants.  It has a family-orientated, dog-friendly atmosphere and boasts a 10,000 square foot Dog Park for owners who wish to bring their dogs along while shopping.

If you're considering a change of scenery or looking to buy a house or an investment property, Otay Ranch is a must stop - you won't be disappointed!

Posted in Otay Ranch
Sept. 2, 2012

La Mesa CA, A great East County Community!

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La Mesa, CA lies approximately 12 miles east of the Pacific Ocean and is one of the most popular inland communities in San Diego County.  It was founded in 1869 and has been officially incorporated as a city since February 16, 1912.  This city sits on the edge of East County with El Cajon to the East, San Carlos to the North and Lemon Grove to the South.  La Mesa has easy access to Downtown San Diego, Balboa Park, the World-Famous San Diego Zoo, Seaport Village, Mission Valley, SeaWorld and the San Diego International Airport (also known as "Lindberg Field").
The homes in La Mesa are in well-established neighborhoods with affordable prices.  Condo/townhomes range in price from $125,000 to $350,000.  Single family detached houses range in price from $300,000 to $2,000,000.  The more expensive homes in this city are located in Mt. Helix.  There you will find upscale custom homes, many with spectacular panoramic views of San Diego and the surrounding cities.  Mt. Helix offers all the beauty of living in the mountains while providing the convenience of the city.
The warmer temperatures La Mesa typically experiences attract new residents to this inland community and keeps the long-time residents happy.  In the Downtown La Mesa area you always feel welcome among the diversity of quaint shops and a variety of restaurants.
There are so many things to do in La Mesa; for instance, the residents find themselves enjoying a multitude of hiking opportunities with the ever-popular Cowles Mountain in the neighboring community of San Carlos.  This highly-visited mountain is well-maintained with a trail that climbs to an elevation of 1591 feet.  On a clear day, you can see 360 degrees around you with views of the Pacific Ocean to the west, Mexico to the south and La Mesa's own Lake Murray Reservoir in view on your entire hike up.
Lake Murray Reservoir (simply known as "Lake Murray") is located at 5540 Kiowa Drive in La Mesa and lies within the boundaries of Mission Trails Regional Park, San Carlos and Santee.  This attraction is definitely for the outdoor person and sports enthusiast.  The lake itself is extremely popular for fishing and boating and the 3.2 mile shoreline's paved path is great for walking, biking, running and rollerblading.  Lake Murray's hours remain the same every day: open from sunrise to sunset, with the exception of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's when the lake is closed.
Grossmont Center Shopping Mall is situated in La Mesa on Fletcher Parkway just off the Interstate 8 Freeway; this well-trafficked outdoor mall provides residents and visitors alike with many restaurant choices such as Claim Jumper, the ever-popular Casa de Pico Mexican Restaurant and B.J's Restaurant and Brewhouse.  Along with Macy's Department Store, there are many specialty shops.  Anchoring both ends of this center are Wal-Mart and Target.  There is even a Reading Multi-Cinema Movie Theatre which shows all the latest movie releases in their stadium seat auditoriums.
So if you like the weather on the warmer side and a small town family atmosphere, then travel inland from the shore and you'll run into La Mesa.  In La Mesa you will find safety for your family and an abundance of community spirit.   
La Mesa . . . it's a great place to live! 

Posted in La Mesa, CA
Aug. 29, 2012

La Jolla CA, A great place to live!

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Why do so many people want to live in La Jolla California?  Why are the houses for sale in La Jolla in such demand and one of the most popular destinations in all of San Diego County?  It's probably because of the beaches, restaurants, shopping, weather and people.
If you are looking to buy a house in this great city, you have many different choices - all of which are spectacular.  Condo/townhome prices range from around $250,000 to $3,500,000 depending on size, location and condition.  Most of the condos and townhomes can be found within a few miles of the ocean.  For those buyers who are looking for luxurious beachfront homes, there are plenty to choose from.  Prices for these houses range from $2,000,000 to over $10,000,000.  I've been through several of these homes over the past 10 years and they are spectacular.  Most have ocean views and are located close enough to the beach that you can either walk or ride a bike.
Some great neighborhoods/subdivisions in the area include....
1.              La Jolla Farms
2.              La Jolla Shores
3.              La Jolla Heights
4.              La Jolla North
5.              La Jolla Village
6.              Soledad South
7.              Muirlands
8.              Bird Rock
If you are lucky enough to purchase a house in La Jolla, you will also get to enjoy, aside from the year round beaches, the fine dining and upscale shopping.
La Jolla favorites...
1.              George's at the Cove
2.              La Dolce Vita Ristorante
3.              Royal Thai Cuisine
4.              The Marine Room
5.              The Shores Restaurant
6.              Trattoria Aqua (been here several times-great place and atmosphere)
At its northernmost point, fortified by 300-foot sea cliffs, is Blacks Beach.  Blacks Beach is very isolated and is a favorite of those who prefer not to wear bathing suits.
The Shore is a mile long beach that attracts all types of beach goers.  La Jolla Shores Beach is a long, wide beach with soft sand, clean water and gentle waves.  It is an ideal spot for families, sunbathers and beginner surfers.  By day, the main beach is a busy swimming area popular among all types of families who set up elaborate base camps on the grassy park, while the children play in the shallow water.  At night it's alive with the glow of beach fires and the city lights.
The Cove, with its Mediterranean backdrop, is among San Diego's most sheltered and desirable swimming, snorkeling and diving spots.  The water is calm and protected and is home to home for colorful garibaldi, yellowtail, rays and even leopard sharks.  
The reefs southward around Windansea and Birdrock are among its most exposed. Here you will enjoy underwater reefs and nice size waves.  
At the Children's Pool you can always find a few harbor seals lying on the beach.
The south part of the coast is largely shielded by the bay, and is used as training grounds by scores of scuba diving students.  Small boats can be launched directly into the sea from the end of Avenida De La Playa, and a block or two up the same road are shops that you can rent you a kayak or fill your scuba tank.
The Tennis Club comprises the southernmost end of La Jolla Shores Beach.  The club is private property but the beach itself is public.
If you are looking for some of the most luxurious ocean view homes in the world, luxurious shops, great beaches and fine dining, look no further - La Jolla is your destination.

Posted in La Jolla
Aug. 21, 2012

Rancho Santa Fe

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With mountain and ocean views and rolling hills filled with citrus and eucalyptus trees, Rancho Santa Fe boasts the most expensive real estate in all of California.  Some residents refer to this community as “Rancho”, while others simply call it “The Ranch."   Either way, this neighborhood is an upscale, luxurious bedroom community located four miles inland from the Pacific Ocean in Northern San Diego County.  Rancho Santa Fe lies east of Solana Beach with Downtown San Diego only twenty miles south.

Rancho Santa Fe is comprised of office buildings, shopping malls, restaurants and so much more.  One of the well-trafficked shopping centers is the beautiful Rancho Santa Fe Plaza, a quaint “European Shopping Village” located at 160-162 South Rancho Santa Fe Road.  At the Plaza you will enjoy fine specialty shops and a number of services amongst Spanish tiles, a bubbling fountain and tree-lined courtyards.

For your dining pleasure, Rancho Santa Fe Plaza houses the North County’s newest steak house, Bentley's Steak and Chop House, along with the Firenze Trattoria, an Authentic Italian Cuisine restaurant.  Also open daily is The Original Pancake House where “breakfast is at its best.”

Located in the heart of the village of Rancho Santa Fe is a very exclusive golf course called the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club, which opened its course on June 5, 1929.  This spectacularly “natural” golf course was carved from the rolling terrain of a eucalyptus forest and is surrounded by horseback riding trails and beautiful estates.

The downtown area of Rancho Santa Fe is centered at the intersection of Linea del Cielo/Paseo Delicias and La Granada/Via de Santa Fe.  There you will find financial firms, restaurants, small stores as well as a branch of the San Diego County Library system.

With its neighboring community of Del Mar, traveling the 15 minutes to the beautiful shores and sandy beaches of the Pacific Ocean is so easy.  Del Mar, “Where the Turf meets the Surf,” is home to the famous Del Mar Race Track, which is situated on the Del Mar Fairgrounds.
There are numerous exclusive gated communities with estate homes, custom homes, and ranch style houses that boast spectacular views, huge lots, horse property, everything you could imagine in one the most execlusive area's in all California.  These homes range from $1,000,000 to $40,000,000 with 2,500 square feet to over 15,000 square feet.  Some of these communities are:

•    The Covenant - the original planned community of Rancho Santa Fe.
•    Stonebridge – a gated community on the West boundary of the Covenant.
•    Morgan Run – a  golf course community surrounded by the Morgan Run Golf Course.
•    Cielo – a residential development located atop the highest coastal peaks in all of North San Diego County.
•    Del Ray Estates – large beautiful estates with fabulous views.
•    Rancho Santa Fe Farms – built around the Rancho Santa Fe Farms Golf Course.

So if you’re looking to buy a luxurious house in an upscale North County community where you are surrounded by the natural beauty of the land, then Rancho Santa Fe is probably for you.

Posted in Rancho Santa Fe
Aug. 17, 2012

Bonita - A great place to live!


Bonita is an unincorporated area in the county of San Diego nestled between the cities of Chula Vista, National City, Paradise Hills and Spring Valley.  Bonita is a short 20-minute drive to Downtown San Diego, the Gaslamp District, Balboa Park and Mission Valley.  It’s one of the most private upsacle communities in all of San Diego County.

This upscale community is the home to many residents who love living on the outskirts of a big city.  Most of the homes are ranch style estates ranging in price from $400,000 to several million depending on lot size.  Horseback riding is a huge part of the Bonita community with many trails located in and around the nieghborhoods. Also, there are many homes with stables, so if you want a place to board your horse year around, Bonita is the neighborhood for you.

Living in Bonita has quite a few of advantages for the active family.  First, there is the trail which loops around the Chula Vista Municipal Golf Course.  You will see hundreds of people walking, running or riding horseback all year long.  It’s become a very popular “way of life.”

If walking, running or riding around the golf course doesn’t excite you, you can always play the links at the Chula Vista Municipal Golf Course.  This 18-hole course was designed by local PGA legend Billy Casper and is professionally managed by the American Golf Corp.  Beautiful lakes and the Sweetwater River wind and twist through the course which makes playing this golf course so much fun.  

Located with the city is the Westfield Plaza Bonita Shopping Center which is located off Sweetwater Road and Bonita Road.  At this center, they have numerous specialty stores along with clothing stores, electronics, health & beauty, jewelry stores, GameStop and even a Gymboree.  The four department stores located at this center include J.C. Penney’s, Macy’s, Target and Nordstrom Rack. There are also a variety of restaurants which include Outback Steakhouse, El Torito, Applebee’s and Johnny Rockets, just to name a few.  The center also boasts an AMC Movie Complex with 14 different theatres showing movies in their stadium seating auditoriums. AMC also has an IMAX for all the latest in 3-D films.

Just south of Bonita in Chula Vista are two popular attractions:  the family-friendly water park called Knott’s Soak City San Diego and the Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre which showcases a variety of musical acts all year long.  They are located next door to each other off the 805 Freeway and Main Street.

So if you love the “country” feel, but would like to stay close to the city, Bonita is one of the best places to call home in all of San Diego County.

Posted in Bonita
Aug. 10, 2012

Poway - A city in the country!


Poway officially became a city on December 1, 1980 and is known as “The City in the Country”.  With a population of over 50,000 people, Poway has grown into a very unique community.  This city is located in North County Inland, just east of Interstate 15 about 20 minutes north of Downtown San Diego.  From affordable housing to spacious multi-million dollar homes, Poway has a diverse range of housing options.

The city of Poway is a great place to live, work, play or visit.  This community has so much to offer residents or visitors with a broad range of dining and shopping opportunities, an active business park, excellent schools (rated number 1 school district in San Diego County), and a plethora of community events throughout the year.  From parks, miles of open space, and over 80 miles of trails, this community has something to all to enjoy.

With its proximity and easy commute to Downtown San Diego, this quick trip is traveled quite frequently by residents.  When you want the atmosphere of a metropolitan city, or the variety of hundreds of restaurants in the Gaslamp District, it won’t take you long to travel from the country of Poway to the big city of San Diego.

One of the most popular attractions in Poway is Iron Mountain.  This six-mile round trip hike, with varying degrees of ups and downs, has scenery that’s ever changing at every turn.  Sometimes you’ll see the occasional jogger or runner but you’ll always see people hiking . . . with their friends, their families or even their dogs.

Besides Iron Mountain, Poway has over 65 miles of hiking trails.  These trails vary in length and difficulty and some even provide incredible lake views.  Take for instance the Lake Poway Loop Trail, a 2.75 mile trail around Lake Poway.  The Sumac Trail and the Lake Poway to Blue Sky Trail are both only 1.5 miles of hiking trails and good for all skill levels.  There’s also the Mount Woodson Trail, a very steep trail, which is not recommended for beginners.

If hiking isn’t your forte, but you still enjoy the outdoors, you’ll be pleased to find the Maderas Golf Club.  This Johnny Miller masterpiece has been rated the top Golf Course in San Diego County for seven consecutive years by Zagat Survey.  It’s beautifully designed with cliffs that wind through the course, creeks, and forests all around.  

If you have a family who interested in sports, or simply love being a spectator, then don’t miss Poway Sportsplex USA.  From baseball, soccer to softball, and even four slow-pitch softball batting cages, this family-friendly state of the art Sports and Recreational Facility has something for everyone.  

There are homes for all types of buyers.  Single family detached, ranch style, condominiums, townhomes and luxury estates.  Prices range from $250,000 to several million dollars.  Most of the homes in Poway are located close to restaurants, shopping, schools, sporting activities, lakes and trails.

Come check it out, you won’t be dissapointed!

Posted in Poway