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April 9, 2012

Eastlake April 2012 Housing Update

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The great family friendly community of Eastlake is located in the eastern portion of Chula Vista is located about 16 southeast of Downtown San Diego.  Eastlake zip code is 91915 and the communities include Eastlake Trails, Eastlake Greens, Eastlake Vistas, Eastlake Shores, and Eastlake Woods.  Most of these homes were built from 1995 to 2008 and are close to schools, parks, trails, community pools and local shopping.  All are Master Planned Communities designed with families in mind.  Other close cities/communities include the upscale city of Bonita, Spring Valley, Jamul, Otay Mesa and Imperial Beach.

For the last 12 years running, the San Diego Union-Tribune newspaper's annual reader's poll has named the master-planned development of Eastlake as the area's Best New Home Community.  Today, the development is comprised of 3,200 acres and more than 1,100 acres of parks, athletic fields, a golf course, hiking trails and a 21.5-acre lake.

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April 5, 2012

Fiesta Island San Diego

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Fiesta Island is a large, man-made island located in Mission Bay.  Located only a few minutes from Mission Valley, Mission Beach, Pacific Beach, La Jolla, Point Loma and Ocean Beach.  This island is uninhabited except for camping activities at the Fiesta Island Youth Aquatic Center, which happens to be the only development on the island.  Every year, this Island is host to the ever-popular Over the Line tournament, walks, runs, bicycle races, time trials and other special events.

Surrounded by beautiful sandy beaches, this island is very popular with water enthusiasts during the summer months.  However, any time of the year you will see bicyclists riding around the 5.2 mile one-way, narrow paved street that circles the island.

When visiting the beaches, you would typically park your RV, camper, cars or bikes on the sand near the road itself.  The beaches on Fiesta Island are much wider along the eastern shore.  There are bonfire rings around the shoreline which makes it convenient for the families who wish to spend a day at the Island.

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April 5, 2012

Shelter Island, San Diego

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Experience a Hawaiian Isle without ever leaving San Diego.  Shelter Island is one of the most beautiful destination spots in America’s Finest City.   It’s a neighborhood of Point Loma and is actually not really a true island, but is connected to the mainland by a narrow strip of land.
 
Making up the Shelter Island “Village” are a host of fine restaurants, four unique hotels and hundreds of beautiful yachts and marinas running as far as your eye can see.  Whether you are a resident of San Diego, or a visitor to our fine city, you’ll find something to do in the “Village”.

The four member hotels of the “Village” include the following:  Humphreys Half Moon Inn & Suites, which is famous for it’s outdoor “Concerts by the Bay”, the well-appointed Kona Kai Resort Spa and Marina, the very beautiful Island Palms Hotel & Marina and the quaint Bay Club Hotel & Marina.  

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April 5, 2012

San Diego Dog Beaches for Home Owners

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 San Diego Dog Beaches for Home Owners

“Fetch!”  “Go get ‘em boy!”  “Atta girl”  “Good Dog!”  These are just a few of the things you will hear when you take your “best friend” to one of San Diego’s dog beaches.  If you want to spend some time having fun with your pet, below are great dog-friendly beaches.

But first……………a few tips:

•    Make sure your dog is wearing a current license and has all the up-to-date vaccinations.
•    Keep your dog “on-leash” until you’ve reached the designated “off-leash” area.
•    Please…. Always clean up after your pet.

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April 4, 2012

How to find the right licensed contractor in the San Diego area.....

How to find the right licensed contractor in the San Diego area....

One of the most common questions I get from my buyers and sellers is "Do you know a good contractor?"  One of the upsides to this lousy economy is the abundance of good contractors begging for work.  Finding them has suddenly become a lot easier.   Check it out - they actually call you back now!   A couple of years ago, it seemed like you had to be an A-list celebrity to get one to so much as call you back.

So how do you find a good contractor?  Referrals are always the best way to go.  But let's pretend you cannot find a good referral from friends or family, or me (which is pretty difficulty to do because I have good resources for almost every trade you would want), for the type of work you need to be done.  This is what you need to do...

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April 3, 2012

Chula Vista Housing Update for April 2012

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Chula Vista is located about 12 miles south of Downtown San Diego and is the 2nd largest city in San Diego County.  Zip codes include 91910, 91911, 91913, 91914, and 91915. The east side of Chula Vista is the most popular with the home buyers.  This area includes communities such as Eastlake Trails, Eastlake Greens, Eastlake Vistas, Eastlake Shores, Eastlake Woods, Rolling Hills Ranch, San Miguel Ranch, Otay Ranch, and Rancho Del Rey to name a few (zip codes are 91913, 91914, and 91915).  Most of these homes were built from 1995 to 2008 and are close to schools, parks, trails, community pools and local shopping.  All are Master Planned Communities designed with families in mind.

For the last 12 years running, the San Diego Union-Tribune newspaper's annual reader's poll has named the master-planned development of Eastlake as the area's Best New Home Community.  Today, the development is comprised of 3,200 acres and more than 1,100 acres of parks, athletic fields, a golf course, hiking trails and a 21.5-acre lake.
 
The west side (91910 and 91911) homes were built from 1940-1970 and are traditionally single family one story homes.

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Posted in Chula Vista, CA
March 29, 2012

Improving your credit score so you can buy a house in San Diego!

Improving your Credit Score so you can buy a house in San Diego

Buying a home today is not as easy as it once was.  Just a few years ago virtually any credit score was good enough to qualify for a home loan.  Not today.  Your credit score is very important when it comes to qualifying for a home loan.

If you have a decent credit score but are looking to obtain that elusive 800 score, what steps do you need to take to improve your score?  Below are just a few tips suggested to me by experts in the business.

1.         Make sure the information that each of the three credit reporting bureaus has on you isconsistent and up to date.  There are many different sites where you can order your credit report for free.

2.         Get a credit card if you don't have one.  Having and using a credit card or two can really build your scores.  Make sure you make an "on time" monthly payment.

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Posted in Buyer Information
March 8, 2012

Downtown San Diego

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  Downtown San Diego has become known as one of the most active metropolitan areas in the country, attracting visitors and residents alike.  Framed by a gorgeous skyline of the most beautiful natural harbors in the world, Downtown San Diego’s spectacular cityscape is a testament to the years of redevelopment.  

If you are thinking about buying a condo in Downtown San Diego, there are eight distinct neighborhoods that encompass what is called “Downtown”.  They consist of Columbia, the Core, Cortez Hill, East Village, Gaslamp Quarter, Horton Plaza, Little Italy and the Marina.  Home prices range from $200,000 to millions depending on location, condition and view.

If great dining is what you are looking for when you venture downtown, you can never go wrong with the Gaslamp Quarter.   In this area alone, you will find hundreds of restaurants and café’s to choose from, and most with outside dining.   What’s in the Gaslamp Quarter??  There are Nightclubs, bars, entertainment, retail stores, pubs, Horton Plaza and more.  Venture into this popular scene any day or night of the week and you will see thousands of people walking around and enjoying the restaurants and the atmosphere of one of San Diego's most popular hot spots.


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Posted in San Diego
March 8, 2012

Serra Mesa in San Diego, CA

Serra Mesa is a booming community in the heart of San Diego.  It’s bounded to the north by Aero Drive and Montgomery Field Airport, to the west by State Route 163, to the east by Interstate 15 and to the south by Friars Road and Mission Valley.  

Serra Mesa includes the neighborhoods of Mission Village, Birdland, Abbots Hill, as well as The Village at Serra Mesa in Lincoln Military Housing’s Naval Complex San Diego.  Adjacent neighborhoods include Kearny Mesa and Tierrasanta.

More than 24,000 residents live in a variety of single-family homes, condominiums and apartments in Serra Mesa.  Home prices range from $275,000 to $600,000 depending on location and condition.  For the families with school-age children, the Serra Mesa schools include Harry M. Wegeforth Elementary School, John Paul Jones Elementary School, and William Howard Taft Middle School. Students in Serra Mesa usually attend Kearny High School.

Serra Mesa is proud to be the home of the Rady Children’s Hospital, Ronald McDonald House of San Diego, Sharp Memorial Hospital and Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women & Newborns.   Serra Mesa has always been a strong supporter of local businesses, ranging from retail stores, restaurants, grocery stores, medical/dental services and a variety of other services.


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Posted in San Diego
March 1, 2012

Chula Vista, CA

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Chula Vista, CA used to be known as just the city near Tijuana, but now it’s become a popular destination for many tourists and home buyers. Chula Vista, which means “Beautiful View” in Spanish, is the second largest city in the San Diego Metropolitan area with a population of over 250,000.   

One of the reasons Chula Vista has become so popular in the last 15 years are all the new Master Planned Communities that are located east of the 805 freeway.  You can buy more house (price per square foot) in a safe family environment, than almost anywhere else in all of San Diego County.  These Master Planned Communities include Otay Ranch, Eastlake, Rolling Hills Ranch, San Miguel Ranch and Rancho Del Rey just to name a few.  All of these communities are designed for the outdoor enthusiast.  Most of the homes are close and have easy access to walking and hiking trails, community pools, parks, schools, shopping and the freeways.


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Posted in Chula Vista, CA