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    Open House!! Sunday (7/27/14) 1-4 p.m. 1620 Edilee Dr. Cardiff, CA

    Open House!! Sunday (7/27/14) 1-4 p.m.
    1620 Edilee Dr. Cardiff, CA

    Here’s a delightful, single level, turnkey home with 1,650 square feet and a great floor plan.  Natural lighting and ocean breezes complement the  large living room, generously sized kitchen, 3 bedrooms and 2 completely remodeled, full baths.  The western direction, has a peek-a-boo ocean view, from a low maintenance back yard, for easy living and entertaining.  It’s location is on a quite street with no through traffic, yet a short bike ride away, from great schools, parks, shops and world renowned beaches.  Don’t miss the opportunity to call this family, friendly home, in Cardiff-by-the-Sea, yours.

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    Open House!! Sunday (7/27/14) 1-4 p.m. 1377 Beringer Lane, Vista, CA

    Open House!! Sunday (7/27/14) 1-4 p.m.
    1377 Beringer Lane, Vista, CA

    Situated on one of the bigger lots in Brock Manor this 4 bedroom 3 bath house gets kissed by the sun daily! This home has it all, an open floor plan, vaulted ceilings, upgraded flooring throughout, a gourmet kitchen, and granite counter tops. The upstairs has 3 bedrooms with panoramic views to the south off the master suite. Enjoy entertaining in your oversized private yard all summer long

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    Open House! Sunday (7/27/14) 1 – 4 p.m. 475 Pacific Ave, Solana Beach, CA

    Open House! Sunday (7/27/14) 1 – 4 p.m.
    475 Pacific Ave, Solana Beach, CA

    Commanding spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and overlooking Table Tops Reef, this refined, warm and relaxed gated oceanfront paradise features travertine floors, granite kitchen countertops, five fireplaces, four master suites, two bedrooms on the ground floor and over 2,000 sq.ft. of oceanfront patio will provide a lifetime of memories. With 6 bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms and nearly 5,000 sq.ft. of living space with a great flow, one can accommodate friends and family plus there are stairs to the beach directly north of the property for easy access to the sand. “Sitting on Top of the World” will truly be your mantra with this incredible oceanfront paradise.

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    Open House! Sunday (7/27/14) 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. 7340 Corte Hortensia, Carlsbad, CA

    Open House! Sunday (7/27/14) 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
    7340 Corte Hortensia, Carlsbad, CA

    Tropical paradise on quiet cul de sac in the heart of South Carlsbad. Immaculate property with new carpet, new paint, custom travertine inlays, one BR/BA on main floor, two 2 car garages, master retreat, plantation shutters, custom outdoor fireplace and palapa with built in bbq, outdoor refrig. The outdoor space on this oversized lot is perfect for our Southern California lifestyle (and there is plenty of room for a pool/spa if one desires). Built by ColRich (Pulte’s finest). Backyard features an entertaining courtyard with outdoor custom fireplace and palapa with BBQ and refrig., all accented with gorgeous tropical landscaping. Entrance features a custom fountain. Interior has custom paneled game room (can also be a living room), gorgeous archways, travertine flooring with custom tile inlays and crown moldings. Private office with its own entrance, one bedroom and bath plus FR, kitchen, DR on main floor. Complex features BBQ,biking/hiking trails, Clubhouse/Rec room, Exercise room, pool/spa.

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    Open House! Sunday (7/27/14) 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. 700 Neptune Ave, Encinitas, CA

    Open House! Sunday (7/27/14) 12:30 – 3:30 p.m.
    700 Neptune Ave, Encinitas, CA

    Spectacular Contemporary Oceanfront Home situated on one of the most westerly lots on Neptune Avenue with unparalleled ocean views. No expense was spared in this newly-built custom dream home. Fortified by a $1.1 million state-of-the-art seawall, you will enjoy expansive open spaces with vaulted ceilings and wall-to-wall disappearing glass doors. All bathrooms boast rare imported Italian tile by Petra Antiqua, Alfredo Salvatori, Artistic Tile and Provenza. Featuring Dornbracht fixtures throughout and Infinity disappearing drains. Two kitchens showcase Siematic cabinets and Miele appliances with laundry facilities on both floors. Enjoy the peaceful tranquility with Fleetwood ¼” double-pane windows. This home is meticulously wired to control all systems:audio/visual, lighting and security (including nine HD cameras). Rinse the sand off your longboard with the outdoor Dornbracht shower. With a three car garage and room for five additional vehicles, this home has everything you could ask for in an Oceanfront Paradise. This is truly the Most Pristine Contemporary Home that exists on the bluff.

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    Open House! Sunday (7/20/14) 1 – 4 p.m. 475 Pacific Ave, Solana Beach, CA

    Open House! Sunday (7/20/14) 1 – 4 p.m.
    475 Pacific Ave, Solana Beach, CA

    Commanding spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and overlooking Table Tops Reef, this refined, warm and relaxed gated oceanfront paradise features travertine floors, granite kitchen countertops, five fireplaces, four master suites, two bedrooms on the ground floor and over 2,000 sq.ft. of oceanfront patio will provide a lifetime of memories. With 6 bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms and nearly 5,000 sq.ft. of living space with a great flow, one can accommodate friends and family plus there are stairs to the beach directly north of the property for easy access to the sand. “Sitting on Top of the World” will truly be your mantra with this incredible oceanfront paradise

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    New Listing! 7340 Corte Hortensia, Carlsbad, CA 92009

    New Listing! 7340 Corte Hortensia, Carlsbad, CA 92009

    Tropical paradise on quiet cul de sac in the heart of South Carlsbad. Immaculate property with new carpet, new paint, custom travertine inlays, one BR/BA on main floor, two 2 car garages, master retreat, plantation shutters, custom outdoor fireplace and palapa with built in bbq, outdoor refrig. The outdoor space on this oversized lot is perfect for our Southern California lifestyle (and there is plenty of room for a pool/spa if one desires). Built by ColRich (Pulte’s finest). Backyard features an entertaining courtyard with outdoor custom fireplace and palapa with BBQ and refrig., all accented with gorgeous tropical landscaping. Entrance features a custom fountain. Interior has custom paneled game room (can also be a living room), gorgeous archways, travertine flooring with custom tile inlays and crown moldings. Private office with its own entrance, one bedroom and bath plus FR, kitchen, DR on main floor. Complex features BBQ,biking/hiking trails, Clubhouse/Rec room, Exercise room, pool/spa.

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    Bibbi’s July Blog!

    Have you ever visited a place that you loved so much…you wanted to take it home with you?  Well, Corinne Griffith did just that!  Does her name sound familiar?  Corinne Griffith was one of the most popular silent film actresses of the 1920s and widely considered the most beautiful actress of the silent screen era and was nominated for an Academy Award in 1929 for her film entitled “The Garden Of Eden.” Many silent films were shot in the desert and it was during shoots in New Mexico that Corinne Griffith fell in love with two of her sets. They were actual Missions belonging to the Las Cruces Indians! Did I mention that Griffith was arguably the most successful Silent Film Star of her day?   Corinne Griffith did what many of us have always dreamed of doing.  She purchased these two missions and had them dismanteled and transported,  log by log, on Santa Fe Railroad flatbed cars (of course!) to her newly purchased property in Rancho Santa Fe.  You have driven by this authentic mission a million times and I bet you didn’t even know it was there!   Replete with the original mission bell that hangs above the entryway gate, this uniquely luxurious, original home sits on our “high road”, Linea Del Cielo, just East of Calzada De Bosque and on your way into town.  Perched high above the sweeping view of the valley below, this 5 bedroom estate boasts a grotto pool and spa as well as original door handles, handcrafted arrowhead-shaped shutters, hand-laid wood floors, genuine latillas and vigas ceilings. (It is also currently for sale, so call me for more information!)

    Filled with a plethora of replica chimneas , it’s no wonder this incredible historical home was included in our Historical Society’s Home Tour a few years ago, of which I was proud to be the Docent assigned to guide its tours.

    Corinne Griffith was not just known for her beauty.  She was considered the most astute business woman of the silent films, this side of Mary Pickford.  In fact, her vast investments in Real Estate included buying an entire downtown block of Rancho Santa Fe and converting it to commercial use.  It is not only the block of which the original school house sat (now the RSF Bistro), but also the home of where my Real Estate office currently sits — which was formerly the library and the Post Office. I love that. But Ms. Griffith was not just known for her film skills, beauty and buisiness savvy.  She had a reputation for being genuine and was praised for her equisite manners and hospitality.  This was attributed to her Southern heritage and upbringing.  So, perhaps it’s no surprise that my dear friend — a born and raised Southern Louisiana Belle — Barrie Wenzell and her husband Dr. Fern Wenzell, are now the proud owners of this one-of-a-kind property.  The essence of the old South, with its ideals, its sentiments and its romance, cerainly fill the walls of this home and are especially evident in the 3-story guest house that Barrie designed and built. Keeping the integrity of the rustic missions, it showcases the twinking stars shining through its glass ceilings. Barrie Wentzell did exactly the same thing as Corinne Griffith did, which is taking old architectural pieces and making something out of them.  This is arguably one of the most romantic guest houses you will ever see in your lifetime.

    I have known this family for decades, but the highlight came when I arrived early to host their RSF Historical Society home tour and a surprise guest arrived and introduced herself to us as Corinne Griffith’s Granddaughter. Unbelievable!  Upon her Mother’s death, she had stumbled upon –”in the last room, in the last drawer, in the last pile” — letters and photo albums belonging to her Grandmother.  Complete with sometimes comical handwritten narratives, they contained pictures of the Rancho Santa Fe home as it was being built…log by log!  This Grandaughter happened to be visiting a friend in San Diego that weekend and stumbled upon the Historical Tour ad promoting her Grandmother’s Home.  What are the chances?  The house was especially sentimental to her because her Mother was raised there.  The Wenzells were thrilled to see photos of their home being built from its inception.  The Granddaughter never met her famous Grandmother, but it it was fun for her to feel the connection and make that bittersweet link.  I was priveldged to be a witness.  Our town is filled with these treasures…some known…and many unknown.  I am honored to be able to bring these locals jewels to the spotlight and remind us that we truly live in our very own “Garden Of Eden“.

     

    bibbi ~ Bibbi Herrmann Conner

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    Open House! Sunday (7/13/14) 1 – 4 p.m. 475 Pacific Ave, Solana Beach, CA

    Open House! Sunday (7/13/14) 1 – 4 p.m.
    475 Pacific Ave, Solana Beach, CA

    Commanding spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and overlooking Table Tops Reef, this refined, warm and relaxed gated oceanfront paradise features travertine floors, granite kitchen countertops, five fireplaces, four master suites, two bedrooms on the ground floor and over 2,000 sq.ft. of oceanfront patio will provide a lifetime of memories. With 6 bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms and nearly 5,000 sq.ft. of living space with a great flow, one can accommodate friends and family plus there are stairs to the beach directly north of the property for easy access to the sand. “Sitting on Top of the World” will truly be your mantra with this incredible oceanfront paradise.

     

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    Open House!! Sunday (7/13/14) 1-4 p.m. 1377 Beringer Lane, Vista, CA

    Open House!! Sunday (7/14/14) 1-4 p.m.
    1377 Beringer Lane, Vista, CA

    Situated on one of the bigger lots in Brock Manor this 4 bedroom 3 bath house gets kissed by the sun daily! This home has it all, an open floor plan, vaulted ceilings, upgraded flooring throughout, a gourmet kitchen, and granite counter tops. The upstairs has 3 bedrooms with panoramic views to the south off the master suite. Enjoy entertaining in your oversized private yard all summer long

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    New Listing! 4021 Layang Layang Circle Unit A Carlsbad, CA 92008

    New Listing!
    4021 Layang Layang Circle Unit A
    Carlsbad, CA 92008

    BEST MODEL IN AQUA HEDIONDA. This 1,463 sq.ft. 2 BR+ Loft 2.5 Bath townhome is located in the gated community west of I-5 & walking distance to Tamarack Beach. The attached garage leads to an ideal floor plan with classic glossy terracotta tiled floors that complement the newly renovated gourmet kitchen featuring stainless steel appliances, high end cabinetry, and matching granite counters. Including well thought of upgrades such as dual paned windows & door. This unit offers a large and lush outdoor patio that benefits from views over the green common area, however remaining exceptionally private while being tucked away in the corner. Walk along the lagoon to Terramar or Tamarak for a surf or sunset! Lagoon offers Sking, Kayaking, paddle boarding, fishing and hiking trail with a quick link to the Carlsbad Bike path to the Village. Live the Carefree Vacation Lifestyle Carlsbad has to Offer!

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    Open House! Sunday (7/6/14) 1 – 5 p.m. 475 Pacific Ave, Solana Beach, CA

    Open House! Sunday (7/6/14) 1 – 5 p.m.
    475 Pacific Ave, Solana Beach, CA

    Commanding spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and overlooking Table Tops Reef, this refined, warm and relaxed gated oceanfront paradise features travertine floors, granite kitchen countertops, five fireplaces, four master suites, two bedrooms on the ground floor and over 2,000 sq.ft. of oceanfront patio will provide a lifetime of memories. With 6 bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms and nearly 5,000 sq.ft. of living space with a great flow, one can accommodate friends and family plus there are stairs to the beach directly north of the property for easy access to the sand. “Sitting on Top of the World” will truly be your mantra with this incredible oceanfront paradise.

     

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    Open House! Saturday (6/14/14) & Sunday (6/15/14) 1 – 4 p.m. 6247 Mimulus, Rancho Santa Fe, CA

    Open House! Saturday (6/14/14) & Sunday (6/15/14) 1 – 4 p.m.
    6247 Mimulus, Rancho Santa Fe, CA

    182 lineal feet of RSF golf course frontage makes this ranch style home ideal for serious golfers especially those who like quiet. Love pickle ball, swimming, spa, sitting by your fire pit under the stars, BBQing for family and friends–this property has all of the aforementioned and more. Golf course views from the living room, family room and kitchen. Comfortable, relaxed spaces. This magical property is your end and your beginning.

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    Open House! Sunday (6/15/14) 1 – 4 p.m. 475 Pacific Ave, Solana Beach, CA

    Open House! Sunday (6/15/14) 1 – 4 p.m.
    475 Pacific Ave, Solana Beach, CA

    Commanding spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and overlooking Table Tops Reef, this refined, warm and relaxed gated oceanfront paradise features travertine floors, granite kitchen countertops, five fireplaces, four master suites, two bedrooms on the ground floor and over 2,000 sq.ft. of oceanfront patio will provide a lifetime of memories. With 6 bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms and nearly 5,000 sq.ft. of living space with a great flow, one can accommodate friends and family plus there are stairs to the beach directly north of the property for easy access to the sand. “Sitting on Top of the World” will truly be your mantra with this incredible oceanfront paradise.

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    Bibbi’s June Blog!

    A FEW THOUGHTS TO PONDER

    Once upon a time there was a lovely RSF lady who didn’t complain much but instead spent the majority of her life trying to get things organized. Involved in many San Diego philanthropic and civic organizations, you’d be hard pressed to find a dearer, kinder, more thoughtful person. Margie’s cup was ALWAYS half full, family was at the heart of all that she considered and she was a vivid example of unconditional love. Now and at long last…she is finally organized.
    Margie Benter Reeves recently lost her gallant battle with cancer. But she left behind these pearls of wisdom, which her son, Brad Benter, shared with us at her beautiful memorial…

    An attitude of gratitude makes your path easy.

    If you gulp life too fast – it upsets your stomach.

    Children are a loan.

    No one loves a martyr.

    Friends want your affirmation, not your opinion.

    Life is not fair, don’t expect it to be.

    Pay attention now to a problem.

    Put out the little fires in a family quickly.

    Never tell a child he is bad, or mean, or stupid.

    No matter what happens, remember, this too shall pass.

    You don’t have to lead all your lives at once!

    Worrying over money sends love flying out the window.
    If you tell the truth you don’t have to remember what you said.

    You aren’t wasting time when you just sit and chatter with children or old people.

    Learn to forgive quickly.

    Don’t be stingy with compliments.

    Keep your possessions in balance – you don’t need it all.

    You may live to be very old – I suggest you start taking care of yourself now.

    The hard love always strengthens, never weakens a person.

    When you are faced with a decision, make that decision as wisely as possible – then forget it. The moment of absolute certainty never arrives.

    And my personal favorite:
    Act as if everything depended upon you, and pray as if everything depended upon God.

    In this current climate of conflicting views regarding community decisions and progress, I felt moved to share some of Margie’s gentle yet poignant thoughts which, I believe, is the common thread that weaves our Rancho Santa Fe hearts together.

    ~ Bibbi Herrmann Conner

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    Open House! Saturday (6/07/14) & Sunday (6/08/14) 12- 4 p.m. 716 S. Cedros Ave, Solana Beach, CA

    Open House! Saturday (6/07/14) & Sunday (6/08/14) 12- 4 p.m. 716 S. Cedros Ave, Solana Beach, CA

    CHARMING BEACH HOUSE IN THE HEART OF SOLANA BEACH! Two blocks from the beach or the race track. One block from Cedros Design district and the best Farmer’s Market in the region! Newly Remodeled Cape Cod style with an open kitchen and great flexible floor plan. Great attention to detail, new master bathroom, wainscot, crown molding and hardwood Teak flooring. Also new surround sound system,lighting throughout..There is a permitted addition which can serve as an office, or additional living space.A GEM!

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    Open House! Sunday (5/25/14) 1- 4 p.m. 311 Pacific, Solana Beach, CA

    Open House! Sunday (5/25/14) 1-4 p.m.
    311 Pacific, Solana Beach, CA

    Perched high on the hill and serenaded by the soothing sound of the waves, this extraordinary oceanfront home offers glorious, 180 degree eagle’s eye views of the mighty Pacific, all the way from Oceanside to La Jolla.The home’s western view entertainment is 24-7,from wind surfers to dolphins, from Table Tops reef to tide pools, and each day ending with a spectacular sunset! The floor plan of this single level beach bungalow is very smart, with the kitchen, living areas and master bedroom all enjoying the fabulous ocean views, and for those with a desire or need for a fourth bedroom, the homeowner has already had architectural plans drawn for a beautiful, additional upper level master suite. Fully sea-walled and protected for decades to come, this bluff-top home with large back patio is great for entertaining friends, or simply enjoying a serene and intimate personal retreat. Take an easy walk to great restaurants, the beach, or the Cedros Design Center, or hop on the Coaster downtown to enjoy all the excitement that San Diego has to offer! Don’t miss this rare opportunity!

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    Open House Sunday! (5/25/14) 1- 4 p.m. 17431 Los Morros, Rancho Santa Fe, CA

    Open House Sunday! (5/25/14) 1-4 p.m.
    17431 Los Morros, Rancho Santa Fe, CA

    Secluded behind a long picturesque gated drive, this Tuscan treasure has soaring ceilings, elegant European accents, French doors to multiple private patios and gardens, bright open spaces, and impressive detailing through out. Be the Contessa of the Cucina in the gourmet kitchen with commercial grade appliances, granite countertops, and custom detailed cabinetry along with a butler’s pantry and oversized walk-in pantry. The fabulous family room boasts an impressive wet bar, surround sound with Crestron remote for the large flat screen TV and a custom built fireplace. The family room overflows to a protected outdoor living space with fireplace, barbeque area and a flat screen TV for relaxing on those perfect Southern California evenings.

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    Open House Saturday (5/24/14) 12-3 p.m. Sunday (5/25/14) 1-4 p.m 1377 Beringer Lane, Vista, CA

    Open House Saturday (5/24/14) 12-3 p.m. Sunday (5/25/14) 1-4 p.m
    1377 Beringer Lane, Vista, CA
    Situated on one of the bigger lots in Brock Manor this 4 bedroom 3 bath house gets kissed by the sun daily! This home has it all, an open floor plan, vaulted ceilings, upgraded flooring throughout, a gourmet kitchen, and granite counter tops. The upstairs has 3 bedrooms with panoramic views to the south off the master suite. Enjoy entertaining in your oversized private yard all summer long

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    Open House! Saturday (5/24/14) & Sunday (5/25/14) 1 – 4 p.m. 202 Gibson Point, Solana Beach, CA.

    Open House! Saturday (5/24/14) & Sunday (5/25/14) 1 – 4 p.m.
    202 Gibson Point, Solana Beach, CA.

    Located in a custom crafted waterfront enclave of just nine homes above the coastal lagoon with sweeping views from the surf to the mountains, this elegant Hampton’s style home provides all the charm of a beach house with a large dose of functionality. This artful mix of Vintage, Whimsical and Modern appointments provides the perfect setting for entertainment in elegant style or just relaxing in the casual coastal style Solana Beach is famous for. This near new home with over 4,800 sq.ft and five bedrooms on a oversized lot provides for every need. The gourmet quality kitchen and spacious family room create a comfortable space which flows seamlessly out to a pool and spa with an outdoor fireplace for the sunset glass of wine. Finish your day viewing the sun setting over the lagoon and ocean from your sumptuous master retreat.

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    Open House! Saturday (5/17/14) 1- 4 p.m. & Sunday (5/18/14) 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m 10434 Eagle Canyon Rd, San Diego, CA

    Open House! Saturday (5/17/14) 1- 4 p.m. & Sunday (5/18/14)
    10 a.m.-12:30 p.m
    10434 Eagle Canyon Rd, San Diego, CA

    Gorgeous home in 4S Ranch. Many upgrades, including: crown molding, window casings, custom baseboards, travertine marble inside and out! The kitchen offers granite counter tops and custom cabinetry. Speaker system integrated throughout the home, backyard AND garage. This home is a must see!

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    Open House! Sunday (5/18/14) 1- 4 p.m. 202 Gibson Point, Solana Beach, CA.

    Open House! Sunday (5/18/14) 1 – 4 p.m.
    202 Gibson Point, Solana Beach, CA.

    Located in a custom crafted waterfront enclave of just nine homes above the coastal lagoon with sweeping views from the surf to the mountains, this elegant Hampton’s style home provides all the charm of a beach house with a large dose of functionality. This artful mix of Vintage, Whimsical and Modern appointments provides the perfect setting for entertainment in elegant style or just relaxing in the casual coastal style Solana Beach is famous for. This near new home with over 4,800 sq.ft and five bedrooms on a oversized lot provides for every need. The gourmet quality kitchen and spacious family room create a comfortable space which flows seamlessly out to a pool and spa with an outdoor fireplace for the sunset glass of wine. Finish your day viewing the sun setting over the lagoon and ocean from your sumptuous master retreat.

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    Open House! Saturday (5/10/14) & Sunday (5/11/14) 1- 4 p.m. 10434 Eagle Canyon Rd, San Diego, CA

    Open House! Saturday (5/10/14) & Sunday (5/11/14) 1- 4 p.m.
    10434 Eagle Canyon Rd, San Diego, CA

    Gorgeous home in 4S Ranch. Many upgrades, including: crown molding, window casings, custom baseboards, travertine marble inside and out! The kitchen offers granite counter tops and custom cabinetry. Speaker system integrated throughout the home, backyard AND garage. This home is a must see!

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    Open House! Saturday (5/10/14) & Sunday (5/11/14) 12- 4 p.m. 716 S. Cedros Ave, Solana Beach, CA

    Open House! Saturday (5/10/14) & Sunday (5/11/14) 12- 4 p.m. 716 S. Cedros Ave, Solana Beach, CA

    CHARMING BEACH HOUSE IN THE HEART OF SOLANA BEACH! Two blocks from the beach or the race track. One block from Cedros Design district and the best Farmer’s Market in the region! Newly Remodeled Cape Cod style with an open kitchen and great flexible floor plan. Great attention to detail, new master bathroom, wainscot, crown molding and hardwood Teak flooring. Also new surround sound system,lighting throughout..There is a permitted addition which can serve as an office, or additional living space.A GEM!

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    Open House! Sunday (05/04/14) 10434 Eagle Canyon Rd, San Diego, CA

    Open House! Sunday (05/04/14) 1-4 p.m.
    10434 Eagle Canyon Rd, San Diego, CA

    Gorgeous home in 4S Ranch. Many upgrades, including: crown molding, window casings, custom baseboards, travertine marble inside and out! The kitchen offers granite counter tops and custom cabinetry. Speaker system integrated throughout the home, backyard AND garage. This home is a must see!

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    Open House! Sunday (4/27/14) 716 S. Cedros Ave, Solana Beach, CA

    Open House! Sunday (4/27/14) 11- 4 p.m.
    716 S. Cedros Ave, Solana Beach ,CA

    CHARMING BEACH HOUSE IN THE HEART OF SOLANA BEACH! Two blocks from the beach or the race track. One block from Cedros Design district and the best Farmer’s Market in the region! Newly Remodeled Cape Cod style with an open kitchen and great flexible floor plan. Great attention to detail, new master bathroom, wainscot, crown molding and hardwood Teak flooring. Also new surround sound system,lighting throughout..There is a permitted addition which can serve as an office, or additional living space.A GEM!

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    Open House! Saturday and Sunday (4/26/14)-(4/27/14) 202 Gibson Point, Solana Beach, CA.

    Open House! Saturday and Sunday (4/26/14) – (4/27/14) 12- 3 p.m
    202 Gibson Point, Solana Beach, CA.

    Located in a custom crafted waterfront enclave of just nine homes above the coastal lagoon with sweeping views from the surf to the mountains, this elegant Hampton’s style home provides all the charm of a beach house with a large dose of functionality. This artful mix of Vintage, Whimsical and Modern appointments provides the perfect setting for entertainment in elegant style or just relaxing in the casual coastal style Solana Beach is famous for. This near new home with over 4,800 sq.ft and five bedrooms on a oversized lot provides for every need. The gourmet quality kitchen and spacious family room create a comfortable space which flows seamlessly out to a pool and spa with an outdoor fireplace for the sunset glass of wine. Finish your day viewing the sun setting over the lagoon and ocean from your sumptuous master retreat.

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    New Listing! 6310 La Valle Plateada, Rancho Santa Fe, CA

    With magnificent verdant views of the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Course across your 330 feet of frontage,
    this property will dance away with your heart the moment you step inside. With two outdoor fireplaces,
    you will be celebrating both sunrises and sunsets. Watch horses gallop by on the RSF trail while you sip
    your morning coffee and enjoy hot air balloons floating overhead with your evening cocktails. This is a
    golfer’s paradise—just drive your golf cart directly down your personal golf cart path to the course.
    Ranch single story 5Br, new pool and spa.

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    New Listing! 3330 Fortuna Ranch, Encinitias, CA

    New Listing! 3330 Fortuna Ranch, Encinitias, CA

    Exquisitely decorated with hickory flooring in the public spaces, custom hand painted faux finish wallpapers, custom wooden blinds Paloma Picasso draperies and designer lighting, and paver driveway, this California indoor/outdoor Country Rose home is the picture of perfection. You will be on vacation year round on this fully usable two acres near a trail system with such fun features as a pool, spa and waterfall. The easy living floor plan with 4 bedrooms, 5 baths in 4351 square feet has all of the living on the main floor with a pool room and master alcove on the second level. This is Indoor-outdoor living in Southern California at its finest just waiting for your family to enjoy.

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    New Listing! 7706 St. Andrews, Rancho Santa Fe, CA

    New Listing! 7706 St. Andrews, Rancho Santa Fe, CA

    Looking for the pinnacle of location, views, quality and style? This exquisite property sits above the 15th hole of the Pete Dye designed Rancho Santa Fe Farms golf course and offers stunning views of the lake and 11 fairways. Besides the incredible views all the way to the Pacific Ocean, this home features a gourmet kitchen with a restaurant grade Wolf range, an inviting great room with beam ceilings and sunken bar, a mahogany paneled library, a sumptuous master bedroom and master bath with oversized spa tub, steam shower and his/her walk in closets, tumbled travertine and ultra-plush carpeting throughout, an expansive sandstone patio with outdoor fireplace, built in BBQ and pebble tec pool and spa, perfect for entertaining in grand scale, and much more. This four bedroom, 4.5 bath, over 6,000 sq. ft. property is located in the 24 hour guard gated community of Ranch Santa Fe Farms and in walking distance of Rancho Valencia’s fabulous tennis facility, luxurious spa and world class restaurant.

     

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    Open House Sunday (4/13/14) 1-3 p.m 5658 Meredith Ave, San Diego, CA

    Open House Sunday (4/13/14) 1-3 p.m
    5658 Meredith Ave, San Diego, CA

    Fantastic location and street in Del Cerro. This home has recently been painted inside, new tile flooring in kitchen, new floors in both bathrooms, newer windows. Really nice backyard with pool. Great access to schools, community pool, parks, tennis and shopping.

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    Open House Saturday and Sunday (4/12/14) – (4/13/14) 1- 4 p.m 202 Gibson Point, Solana Beach, CA.

    Open House Saturday and Sunday (4/12/14) – (4/13/14) 1- 4 p.m
    202 Gibson Point, Solana Beach, CA.

    Located in a custom crafted waterfront enclave of just nine homes above the coastal lagoon with sweeping views from the surf to the mountains, this elegant Hampton’s style home provides all the charm of a beach house with a large dose of functionality. This artful mix of Vintage, Whimsical and Modern appointments provides the perfect setting for entertainment in elegant style or just relaxing in the casual coastal style Solana Beach is famous for. This near new home with over 4,800 sq.ft and five bedrooms on a oversized lot provides for every need. The gourmet quality kitchen and spacious family room create a comfortable space which flows seamlessly out to a pool and spa with an outdoor fireplace for the sunset glass of wine. Finish your day viewing the sun setting over the lagoon and ocean from your sumptuous master retreat.

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    Bibbi’s Blog “TREE STORIES”

    TREE STORIES

     

    “For me, trees have always been the most penetrating preachers. I revere them when they live in tribes and families, in forests and groves. And even more I revere them when they stand alone.” ~ Hermann Hesse

    Did you know that there are nearly 30 varieties of Eucalyptus Trees growing in Rancho Santa Fe?  Until a Eucalyptus has blossomed and borne seedpods, no one can foretell its proper classification.  When the Santa Fe Railroad bought the seeds from Australia they thought they were planting only a dozen varieties.  Fortunately, all 3,000,000 trees provided a beauty that blended naturally with the native chaparral and provides us with one of Rancho Santa Fe’s most charming assets.  But immediately after the realization that these trees were too brittle to be used for the purpose they were intended (railroad ties), another mass planting started to sweep our land…CITRUS GROVES.  This was no coincidence!  The railroad company made lots of money in “tonnage” and agricultural freight, so they formed the Santa Fe Fruit Association.  Clever.  This agricultural cooperative collected, packaged and transported citrus fruit grown on The Ranch.  It shared the profits with the growers, making it a win-win for all.    Concurrently, Santa Fe was busy masterminding the first planned community with the rest of the land by selling off large parcels advertised as future “Gentlemen Estates”. They required all new property owners to put at least a third of their acreage into orchards if they didn’t build their home on the site within the first year.  Hence, the abundance of beautiful groves still blanketing nearly every one of our streets .

    In the late 1930s, one RSF land owner boasted that he had the largest privately owned citrus orchard in California…and he probably did! It was Douglas Fairbanks who, with his wife Mary Pickford, purchased the over 3,000 acres which is now called, “Fairbanks Ranch”,  but originally named “Rancho Zorro”. Valencia Oranges were mass planted throughout Rancho Zorro, completely encircling the lake and dam.  This famous screen actor had promised to send “Rancho Zorro Valencia Oranges” to all his European friends, but didn’t realize it took several years for his orchards to produce edible fruit.  But Fairbanks fulfilled his promise anyway — sort of.  He secretly purchased oranges from his RSF neighbors!   How’s that for a perfect blend of Zorro meets Robin Hood?

    But my favorite RSF tree story goes back to 1769.  When the Spaniards arrived, they brought with them precious cargo, including Egyptian date palms and a beloved Franciscan Friar, Junipero Serra, the Padre responsible for erecting a string of  California missions, the first being the Mission San Diego de Alcala.  He planted a couple of these special palms, re-named “Serra Palms”, at the beginning of our state’s most famous trail, the El Camino Real, which runs right through Rancho Santa Fe. The Serra Palm represents what is most likely the  very first palm tree to be planted in California, as well as a reminder of our Spanish past.  As the missionaries marched northward on the El Camino Real, these special Serra Palms were planted near each Mission site — used as markers while providing palm fronds for religious rituals on Palm Sunday.  RSF’s own Juan Maria Osuna was not only San Diego’s first Mayor back then, but also the “officer-in-charge” of these missions.  In the 1840s, Osuna obtained one of these blessed Serra Palms from the Mission San Juan Capistrano and brought it back to his home in Rancho Santa Fe, planting it with his own hands.

    So, the next time you are driving through our tree lined village, remember this:  Be conscious of our roots, as they are our silent story tellers.

    bibbi  ~ Bibbi Herrmann Conner

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    Cello Player Performing During an Open House at 532 Neptune, Encinitas, CA

    Cello Player Performing During an Open House at 532 Neptune, Encinitas, CA

    Video:  https://www.dropbox.com/s/2q4gbw1vg5dw1d0/2014-03-14%2012.24.16.m4v

     

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    New Listing! 475 Pacific, Solana Beach, CA

    New Listing! 475 Pacific, Solana Beach, CA

    Commanding spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and overlooking Table Tops Reef, this refined, warm and relaxed gated oceanfront paradise features travertine floors, granite kitchen countertops, five fireplaces, four master suites, two bedrooms on the ground floor and over 2,000 sq.ft. of oceanfront patio for a lifetime of memories. With 6 bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms and nearly 5,000 sq.ft. of living space with a great flow,one can accommodate friends and family and, there are stairs to the beach directly north of the property for easy access to the sand. “Sitting on Top of the World” will truly be your mantra with this incredible oceanfront paradise.

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    New Listing! 754 Neptune Ave, Encinitas, CA

    New Listing! 754 Neptune Ave, Encinitas, CA

    Living on the Oceanfront is the Elixir of Life with the liquid blue enchantress, the Pacific Ocean, as your westerly canvas. Cavort in the sand and waves, surf the break at Beacons until sunset, then relax to the melody of the breaking surf on your gorgeous travertine tiled oceanfront patio. This home provides a warm and charming feeling with a generous open floor plan and ocean views at every turn. Your guests will never want to leave. Some of the many features you will love about this home are the elegant front entry with carved mahogany door, Thermador professional appliances, house water filtration system, granite counters, Koa and Rosewood staircase, home theater in living with 12 foot screen, and the fossil stone fireplace in family room. The dream lifestyle starts here!

    Virtual Tour:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fN6E5jxNHkU

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    Bibbi’s Blog!

    REDHEADS IN THE RANCH

     

    It’s a funny thing about us “gingers.”  While walking together people always assume we’re related.  But that’s not such a bad thing in Rancho Santa Fe, as there are some incredible redheads living in our small town who have left their indelible mark and I am always proud to be mistaken as their relative!  (My head is also mistaken as an orange flower by pollinating bees, but I’ll save that topic for another Blog)

    The very first art gallery in town belonged to a lovely redheaded woman.  For 18 years the Dori Starkey Studio Gallery showcased her fabulous paintings, many inspired by the beautiful surroundings that we all enjoy.  In addition to being a favorite stop for international visitors, Dori’s studio also welcomed many frustrated local artists needing a gentle stroke of her inspiration and wisdom.  Her landlord was the late Tom Clotfelter, who told her that her front door used to be his family’s back kitchen door!   But right after being part of Mr. Clotfelter’s childhood home, and before becoming Dori’s studio, the space served as a dressing room for our beloved Two Goats clothing store, which flourished in our Village from 1959-1995.  Now, enter another popular redhead who took a job at the iconic Two Goats in 1971 – three years after graduating college.  Raised in The Ranch, this smart and youthful girl ended up purchasing the store from the original owners.  With her keen business savvy and passion for her hometown, who else would go on to become the successful Executive Director of our Rancho Santa Fe Foundation, overseeing assets that rose from $1M to $60Million during her tenure?  Christy (Pharr) Wilson, of course!

    Certainly my accomplishments nowhere rival those of my fellow RSF gingers. When I was a young child, I was on the TV Show, “Romper Room”. We filmed it at KABC Studios in Hollywood.  Many classic shows were shot on those sound stages, including one called, “Queen For A Day”.  There was a glamorous, red-head on that show that modeled the prizes and crowned “The Queen”.  I never met her until our paths crossed here in The Ranch less than 10 years ago.  RSF Resident, Claudia Kapan, is still as beautiful – inside and out!   As I’m getting ready to celebrate my 50th Birthday this month, I may feel like a Queen For A Day, but in reality this red-head is just a mere 2% of the U.S. population — yet proud to bask in the orange glow of the wonderful ones who have made the Ranch all things nice and gingerful!

     

    bibbi ~ Bibbi Herrmann Conner

     

     

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    566 Neptune, Encinitas

    566 Neptune, Encinitas, CA

    Hawaiian Style Paradise at the North Coast Peak. This newly constructed (2007) residence features an oceanfront living area that flows to a 2000 sq. ft. Pacific Ocean patio for indoor/outdoor living at its best. Lush tropical landscaping enhances the Hawaiian experience from the moment you enter the private front gate. This Jewel of the Pacific features superb details, finishes and workmanship. Ho’I Hou Ke Aloha (Fall in Love all Over Again)

    Virtual Tour: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZGeFdrzF6ss

     

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    New Listing! 77 Saint Malo, Oceanside, CA

    New Listing! 77 Saint Malo, Oceanside, CA

    Allow yourself to escape to a different world beyond the historic gates of the Saint Malo Beach where oceanfront and waterfront living is the ultimate destination. Built under the guidance of a noted interior designer, Anjum Razvi, this 4 bedroom, 5 bathroom home was built in 2007 at the end of a cul-de-sac which provides the panoramic ocean and lagoon views. Boasting exquisite design embellishments, every room embodies an abundance of style, design,and understated elegance.

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    New Listing! 1202 Via Zamia, Encinitas, CA

    New Listing! 1202 Via Zamia, Encinitas, CA

    Experience Esperanza Resort living at this gorgeous Spanish Colonial style home in the Sidonia development of Encinitas Ranch. Sited on a spectacular half acre lot fronting on the 6th fairway of ncinitas Ranch Golf course with almost 225 feet of golf course frontage and located in an 8 home cul de sac, this Spanish beauty offers true paradise. Downstairs master with its own retreat and an upstairs dedicated to an ideal children’s retreat with 2 BR en-suites plus huge playroom.

    Virtual Tour:http://www.real-estate-video-tours.com/video/1402-1202viazamia/video.php

     

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    Open House! Saturday (02/22/14) 1-4 p.m. 10434 Eagle Canyon Rd, San Diego, CA

    Open House! Saturday (02/22/14) 1-4 p.m.
    10434 Eagle Canyon Rd, San Diego, CA

    Gorgeous home in 4S Ranch. Many upgrades, including: crown molding, window casings, custom baseboards, travertine marble inside and out! The kitchen offers granite counter tops and custom cabinetry. Speaker system integrated throughout the home, backyard AND garage. This home is a must see!

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    Open House! (2/9/14) 1 – 4 p.m 7852 Corte De Luz, San Diego, CA

    Open House! (2/9/14) 1 – 4 p.m 7852 Corte De Luz,  San Diego, CA

    Southern California Beautiful with all of the accoutrements for the Southern California lifestyle–outrageous ocean and golf views with incredible sunsets, infinity edge pool, outdoor covered living area with fireplace and flat screen TV, outdoor BBQ area, and a phenomenal single story home to enjoy.

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    New Listing! 532 Neptune, Encinitas, CA

    New Listing! 532 Neptune, Encinitas, CA

    The “Crescent” is a world famous Wally Cunningham design that combines the symphonic resonance of the sea by curvilinear architectural elements. The 6,500 square foot masterpiece sprawls over a double oceanfront lot, capturing the energy, essence, movement and calmness of the Pacific in every living space. Outdoor spaces meld into the interior seamlessly, allowing peaceful travel to another world.

    More info at: www.532neptune.com

    Virtual Tour: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_GJgnDT4FLQ&feature=youtu.be

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    Events in Encinitas in January!

    Here are some events going on in Encinitas for the month  of  Janury ,2013

    Click on the link below.

    http://www.encinitasca.gov/index.aspx?page=30&recordid=242&returnURL=%2findex.aspx%3fpage%3d1

     

     

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    Bibbi’s January Blog!

    “Everything Old Is New Again”

    No one likes change….especially in our small, historical town.  But sometimes it’s hard to beat advancement.  The brand new commercial building (in its final stages) on the corner of Avenida   Acacias and El Tordo, is one of the boldest additions we’ve had on our village landscape in the last couple decades.  Did you know that this former “bank parking lot” used to be the site of one of our community hitching posts?  Those vital hitching posts were there when I moved here with my family in 1976…and remained for many years afterward!  Like a neighborhood bike rack, it was a place for us to tie up our horses after riding on those backyard trails that led straight to the heart of a village, which welcomed us with a toy store, an ice cream shoppe and an old fashioned country mart.  No doubt, Ashley’s Market, replete with its swing screen door, scent of fresh roasting beef and hard wood floors, was a timeless favorite.  Now it’s the home office of Coldwell Banker RSF…and one of the reasons I accepted the offer to hang my hat there as a Realtor. It was beyond magical to work in the same historical room that gave me lasting childhood memories of buying candies by the pound, hastily wrapped and sold in large wooden barrels.

    So, enter this NEW commercial building with an OLD look.  Yes, it has the handprint of Rancho Santa Fe with our beloved Lillian Rice, Spanish pueblo style.  Quite lovely to look at now, but it made one 94 year-old, long time Ranch Resident nervous as they broke ground.  My sweet, soft spoken friend had one serious concern.  Original plans called for an underground parking garage and she said if they shake up that earth below, many of the original buildings on that historical block would crack or crumble!  She knew what she was talking about. Her name was Francis Hunter, the matriarch of Hunter Industries, which includes Hunter Irrigation (go look at your sprinkler system).  Fortunately, the newest developer ultimately decided against the subterranean dig.   But ironically, something “old” has just resurfaced right across the street. A brand “new” hitching post!  It’s located at The Inn where, once again, locals can follow the trails to town and enjoy the beautiful life we all cherish. You see?  Everything old is new again…at least in Rancho Santa Fe!

    bibbi   ~ Bibbi  Herrmann Conner

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    Bibbi’s December Blog

    “Do You Hear What I Hear?”
    Beautiful young voices resonating with song and spirit — heard across the Village, and touching every heart of those who came to listen and celebrate the season. Do you remember our town’s annual “CHRISTMAS SING”? It has always been one of the highlights of our holiday time here in Rancho Santa Fe. Grade by grade, our local school children took their place on those bold front steps of The Inn and proudly sang out the Holiday song that was assigned to their class just the month before. This was the official beginning of the Holiday Season and a rite of passage for the youngest RSF Residents. It reaffirmed the heart and soul of Rancho Santa Fe…Family. Friends. Faith. In the 1950s and 1960s, the RSF Christmas Sing took place at different locations around our town. Each grade was assigned to sing in front of a cherished landmark: Ashley’s Market, The Toy Store, The Book Store, Two Goats, etc. Proud parents and the community would wander throughout the decorated Village, sipping hot libations and listening to the different classes fill the air with their chosen song at the various locations. In the 1970s, it moved to The Inn – our home away from home.

    To this day, we all remember exactly which song was assigned to us. How funny is that? We can hardly recall the courses we took in college but we never forgot which song was assigned to us for The Christmas Sing! In my 8th grade year we were assigned the song “Do You Hear What I Hear?” Wow! A complicated song that only “grown up kids” could tackle, with its overlapping verses and harmony. Proudly we — including our football star, class president and shy, spectacled science fair winner — performed this challenging finale to the delight of our local audience. I rejoiced in the day that I was able to watch MY children follow in these same spiritual, uplifting footsteps when they attended the RSF School. But sadly, we say goodbye to the tradition this year. Partially due to the changing relationship between The Inn and RSF School, as well as the growing apathy of today’s kids, including my own, who cringe at the idea of getting up there and singing old-fashioned Christmas Carols. Their reality may be more technical and impersonal, but perhaps it’s time to restore our children’s (and grandchildren’s) sense of belonging and purpose. “Do You Hear What I Hear?”

    bibbi    ~ Bibbi Herrmann Conner

     

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    Open House! Sunday (10/27/13) 205 S. Helix Ave #64, Solana Beach, CA 92075

    Open House!  Sunday (10/27/13)  1 – 4 p.m 205 S. Helix Ave #64, Solana Beach, CA 92075

    Completely renovated  oceanfront condo nails urban style and sophistication. With attention to high-end details and finishes this unit has it all! It has been remodeled to perfection.  Distressed hardwood floors, stone counter tops, reclammed bricks, radiant floors, all new electrical and plumbing, whole house speakers system, luxurious bathrooms, oceanfront pool and spa, tennis court.

     

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    Open House~ Saturday & Sunday (10/19/13 – 10/20/13) 7011 El Vuelo Del Este, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067

    Open House~ Saturday & Sunday (10/19/13 – 10/20/13) 1-4 p.m 7011 El Vuelo Del Este, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067

    This single story Covenant property sits on 3.1 acres, has just been renovated with new carpet, wood floors in the kitchen, dinette and family room, painted throughout, new cabinets in the laundry room, and a new garage door. The location is ultra quiet on a cul de sac. With over 3 acres of land, the possibilities are endless. The fabulous Roger Rowe school is K-8th, there are over 30 miles of groomed trails, the RSF tennis and/or golf course will only add to your enjoyment

    Click for virtual tour http://www.real-estate-video-tours.com/video/1307-7011elvuelodeleste/video.php

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    Open House~Sunday (10/20/13) 14431 Caminito Lazanja, San Diego, CA 92127

    Open House~Sunday (10/20/13) 1-4 p.m  14431 Caminito Lazanja, San Diego, CA 92127

    Stupendous value for a single level built in 2003 home in Santaluz.  New carpet & buffed out landscaping.  Fabulous floor plan featuring a kitchen with granite countertops and generous island opening to large family room, an Interior courtyard, butler’s pantry, gleaming wood floors, his/her closets in MBR,epoxied garage floors (3 car garage with one tandem).  Each bedroom has its own bath.  Santaluz has so much to offer–44 miles of hiking trails and biking trails, 24 hour guards, golf, ocean and rolling hill views, 2 fabulous clubhouses, a resort spa and The Santaluz Clubs’ private 18 hole Rees Jones Championship golf course, tennis courts, large family or lap pool and incredible community.

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    Open House~Sunday (10/20/13) 141 S. Granados Ave., Solana Beach, CA 92075

    Open House~Sunday (10/20/13) 1-4 p.m   141 S. Granados Ave., Solana Beach, CA 92075

    Cool contemporary designed by well-known architect Wayne Buss with fabulous ocean views in Olde Solana Beach.  Main residence is a two bedroom & features a fabulous 360 foot west facing terrace for Pacific Ocean sunsets.  There is a rental unit underneath with LR, kitchen, Br &Ba The home was designed with a large top floor master bedroom with ocean views, fireplace and spa tub, plus his and her bathrooms.

    Click for Virtual Tour http://www.real-estate-video-tours.com/video/1309-141sgranadosave/video.php

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    Open House~Sunday (10/20/13) 311 Pacific, Solana Beach, CA 92075

    Open House~Sunday (10/20/13) 1-4 p.m   311 Pacific, Solana Beach, CA 92075

    Perched high on the hill and serenaded by the soothing sound of the waves, this extraordinary oceanfront home offers glorious, 180 degree eagle’s eye views of the mighty Pacific, all the way from Oceanside to La Jolla.  The home’s western view entertainment is 24-7, from wind surfers to dolphins, from Table Tops reef to tide pools, and each day ending with a spectacular sunset!  The floor plan of this single level beach bungalow is very smart, with the kitchen, living areas and master bedroom all enjoying the fabulous ocean views, and for those with a desire or need for a fourth bedroom, the homeowner has already had architectural plans drawn for a beautiful, additional upper level master suite.  Fully sea-walled and protected for decades to come, this bluff-top home with large back patio is great for entertaining friends, or simply enjoying a serene and intimate personal retreat.  Take an easy walk to great restaurants, the beach, or the Cedros Design Center, or hop on the Coaster downtown to enjoy all the excitement that San Diego has to offer!  Don’t miss this rare opportunity!

    Click  for virtual tour http://www.warmfocus.com/video/1202-311pacificave/slideshow.php

     

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    History connects us all…

    Don Juan Osuna, San Diego’s first mayor, desired a large piece of land where his wife Maria and he could ranch and raise their family.  Our local verdant landscape to the north caught his eye and he built 2 adobe homes, Osuna 1 and Osuna 2.  Osuna 1 was very small (hidden off Via de Santa Fe) and housed his oldest son, Leandro.  Osuna 2 is the grand historical home on Via De La Valle usually referred to as the Bing Crosby Estate. It was here where Juan Osuna would live…and die. With such rich history, I asked the current owner if there had been any ghost sightings. Bing? No. Osuna? YES!  Apparently, Juan Osuna’s ghost has been seen on many occasions riding a black stallion across the sprawling backyard. Brandishing a sword high above his head, the sword comes slicing downward with a single swoop as the horse stops and rears up.  Then Juan Osuna’s ghost disappears. POOF! Despite its pastoral setting, his son’s small Osuna 1 across the way was no stranger to conflict. During the Mexican American War in 1846, Leandro’s adobe was used to shelter the “Californios” after the Battle of San Pasqual. The first American casualty of the conflict was Capt. Abraham Johnston.  And guess who killed him?  Leandro Osuna! Juan Osuna’s son was reputedly one of the fiercest fighters around. His fiery disposition was evident on and off the battlefield and ultimately,  he took his own life at his little adobe. Recently, I was honored to receive a private tour of Leandro’s lil’ house by our top RSF Historian who told me that one mystery remain.  All the Osuna graves were found in the Old Town cemetery except one, that of Leandro.  She suspected that he wasn’t buried in a cemetery because committing suicide was considered a sin.  “Then where do you think he is?” I asked. She stated, “Back then it would be customary to bury him somewhere on his property, but I can’t find him anywhere.”  “I KNOW WHERE HE IS!” I blurted out with excitement, pointing in the direction of the big Osuna 2 property to the West.  “He’s buried at the main house! That ghost on the horse must be Leandro…not Juan Osuna.”  She confirmed the fact that Leandro was known for slicing off enemy’s heads while on horseback. MYSTERY SOLVED!  It was fun to play a tiny roll in the great RSF history that connects us all…

    bibbi    ~ Bibbi Herrmann Conner

     

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    Open House~ Saturday & Sunday (10/12/13 – 10/13/13) 7011 El Vuelo Del Este, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067

    Open House~ Saturday & Sunday (10/12/13 – 10/13/13) 12-3 p.m 7011 El Vuelo Del Este, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067

    This single story Covenant property sits on 3.1 acres, has just been renovated with new carpet, wood floors in the kitchen, dinette and family room, painted throughout, new cabinets in the laundry room, and a new garage door. The location is ultra quiet on a cul de sac. With over 3 acres of land, the possibilities are endless. The fabulous Roger Rowe school is K-8th, there are over 30 miles of groomed trails, the RSF tennis and/or golf course will only add to your enjoyment

    Click for virtual tour http://www.real-estate-video-tours.com/video/1307-7011elvuelodeleste/video.php

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    Open House~ Saturday & Sunday (9/28/13 – 9/29/13) 7011 El Veulo Del Este, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067

    Open House~ Saturday & Sunday (9/28/13 – 9/29/13) 12-3 p.m 7011 El Veulo Del Este, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067

    This single story Covenant property sits on 3.1 acres, has just been renovated with new carpet, wood floors in the kitchen, dinette and family room, painted throughout, new cabinets in the laundry room, and a new garage door. The location is ultra quiet on a cul de sac. With over 3 acres of land, the possibilities are endless. The fabulous Roger Rowe school is K-8th, there are over 30 miles of groomed trails, the RSF tennis and/or golf course will only add to your enjoyment

     

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    Open House! Sunday (9/22/13) 17014 Saint Andrews Dr, Poway, CA 92064

    Open House! Sunday (9/22/13) 1-4 p.m 17014 Saint Andrews Dr, Poway, CA 92064

    Custom built French style home with tranquil countryside landscape. Custom everywhere! Dramatic ceilings, elegant crystal chandeliers, luxury moldings, craftsman hand designed/distressed french cabinetry, granite, deco tile accents, tin style ceiling, dutch double doors, built-in sound, antique powder room vanity and antique fixtures everywhere. Brazilian cherry stairway, dormers & hundreds of feet bonus storage. Plus 340 sqft craft/play room not incl. in the square footage!

    Click for virtual tour http://www.real-estate-video-tours.com/video/1308-17014saintandrewsdr/video.php

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    Open House! Sunday (9/22/13) 1750 Ocean Front #C Del Mar, CA 92014

    Open House! Sunday (9/22/13) 1-4 p.m. 1750 Ocean Front #C Del Mar, CA 92014

    Chest Thumping Ocean Front condo–south corner with views to La Jolla. It does not get any better than this for a summer retreat from the sweltering heat. LR,DR and kitchen with incredible views. Walk straight out from the first floor onto the sandy beach. Located in the Batter Kay building on the south corner of 18th and Ocean Front. 5 condos in the building. Freshly painted, new tile throughout, new refrig and M/W. One garage space and tandom parking for 2 addtional cars.

    Click for Virtual Tour http://www.warmfocus.com/video/1306-1750oceanfront/video.php

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    Open House! Sunday (9/22/13) 535 Sheffield, Cardiff, CA 92007

    Open House! Sunday (9/22/13)  1-4 p.m 535 Sheffield, Cardiff, CA 92007

    Quintessential seaside beach house in the Composer District of hipster Cardiff by the Sea.  This beautifully landscaped three bedroom home west of I-5 rocks Ocean Views, nearly a Half-Acre lot that is ALL Usable and possibly Splittable, one attached plus a two car detached garage, circular drive, and easy living with its fabulous location.  Walk to Cardiff’s premier beaches, Seaside Market, Cardiff and Ada Harris schools, Rossini Creek Trails and library.

    Click for Virtual Tour http://www.warmfocus.com/video/1309-535sheffield/video.php

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    Open House!! Sunday (9/8/13) 1062 Neptune Ave, Encinitas CA 92024

    Open House!! Sunday (9/8/13) 1 – 4 p.m 1062 Neptune Ave, Encinitas CA 92024

    Over 2,500 sq. ft. on Neptune with floor to ceiling views from every level! Nestled in the bluffs on Neptune, enjoy a slice of heaven on a street named after the God of the Sea! This beautiful hacienda inspired home with Saltillo tile flooring, open floor plan, multiple ocean view patios, tons of light, gorgeous master suite with glass windows surrounding the bathtub. Romance yourself with the wonderful lush rolling landscape as you descend the stairs to the sand at the ‘North Peak’ of Beacons.

    Click for virtual tour http://www.warmfocus.com/video/1306-1062neptuneave/video.php

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    Open House~ Sunday (9/8/13) 1377 Beringer Ln, Vista, CA 92081

    Open House~ Sunday (9/8/13)   1-4 p.m 1377 Beringer Ln, Vista, CA 92081

    Light and bright upgraded 4 bedroom and 3 bath home located on a quiet street in Shadowridge. This home features an open floor plan, vaulted ceilings, upgraded flooring throughout, a gourmet kitchen, and granite counter tops. The upstairs has three bedrooms with panaromic views off the master suite. The master bath will not disappoint and is immaculate. Situated on a 7075 square foot lot which is perfect for outdoor entertaining with plenty of privacy.

    Click for Virtual Tour http://www.warmfocus.com/video/1306-1377beringerln/video.php

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    Open House! Sunday (9/18/13) 2348 Manchester Ave, Cardiff, CA 92007

    Open House! Sunday (9/8/13) 1-4  p.m  2348 Manchester Ave, Cardiff, CA 92007

    What a great opportunity to immerse yourself in the desired community of Cardiff by the Sea!  Just a few blocks from Seaside Market and Cardiff State Beach, this 2br/1ba beach bungalow features many upgrades throughout.  Nestled on Manchester Avenue on a 5,000 sq ft lot, this property has the ability to build a 2 story twinhome to maximize the value and obtain expansive ocean views. Plans to build the twinhome will be conveyed and were fully approved by the City in 2007.

    Click for virtual tour http://www.real-estate-video-tours.com/video/1308-2348manchesterave/video.php

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    Open House~ Sunday (9/8/13) 13018 Via Grimaldi, Del Mar, CA 92014

    Open House~ Sunday (9/8/13)  2- 4 p.m 13018 Via Grimaldi, Del Mar, CA 92014

    Top of the Terrace — Impeccably appointed Batter Kay designed home with exceptional white water surf, lagoon and park views from every level. Tranquil, private setting with incredible natural light. Original owner, well maintained with exquisite remodel in 2004. Gourmet kitchen with high end custom cabinetry and Miele appliances. Entertainer’s dream. Don’t miss your chance to call Via Grimaldi home!

    Click for virtual tour http://www.real-estate-video-tours.com/video/1204-13018viagrimaldi/video.php

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    Open House! Sunday (8/25/13) 1750 Ocean Front #C Del Mar, CA 92014

    Open House! Sunday (8/25/13) 1-4 p.m. 1750 Ocean Front #C Del Mar, CA 92014 Chest Thumping Ocean Front condo–south corner with views to La Jolla. It does not get any better than this for a summer retreat from the sweltering heat. LR,DR and kitchen with incredible views. Walk straight out from the first floor onto the sandy beach. Located in the Batter Kay building on the south corner of 18th and Ocean Front. 5 condos in the building. Freshly painted, new tile throughout, new refrig and M/W. One garage space and tandom parking for 2 addtional cars.

    Click for Virtual Tour http://www.warmfocus.com/video/1306-1750oceanfront/video.php

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    Open House~ Sunday (6/25/13) 1377 Beringer Ln, Vista, CA 92081

    Open House~ Sunday (6/25/13)   1-4 p.m 1377 Beringer Ln, Vista, CA 92081

    Light and bright upgraded 4 bedroom and 3 bath home located on a quiet street in Shadowridge. This home features an open floor plan, vaulted ceilings, upgraded flooring throughout, a gourmet kitchen, and granite counter tops. The upstairs has three bedrooms with panaromic views off the master suite. The master bath will not disappoint and is immaculate. Situated on a 7075 square foot lot which is perfect for outdoor entertaining with plenty of privacy.

    Click for Virtual Tour http://www.warmfocus.com/video/1306-1377beringerln/video.php

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    Open House!! Sunday (6/25/13) 7596 Vista Rancho Ct, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067

    Open House! Sunday (6/25/13) 1-4 p.m 7596 Vista Rancho Ct, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067

    The fabulous blend of modern Italian and eclectic Spanish styling accented with knockout views of the Crosby Golf Course and beyond makes this a once in a lifetime opportunity.  The floor plan invites family gatherings and the 8 bedrooms plus bonus room allows everyone to have a space to call his own.  The many features include great drive up appeal, beautiful grand marble entry, pool, fountain and relaxing steam shower in the master bath.  Located in the gated enclave of The Summit.

    Click for Virtual Tour http://tours.previewfirst.com/virtual_tours/15297/motion_picture

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    Open House!! Sunday (8/25/13) 1062 Neptune Ave, Encinitas CA 92024

    Open House!! Sunday (8/25/13) 2 – 5 p.m 1062 Neptune Ave, Encinitas CA 92024

    Over 2,200 sq. ft. on Neptune with floor to ceiling views from every level! Nestled in the bluffs on Neptune, enjoy a slice of heaven on a street named after the God of the Sea! This beautiful hacienda inspired home with Saltillo tile flooring, open floor plan, multiple ocean view patios, tons of light, gorgeous master suite with glass windows surrounding the bathtub. Romance yourself with the wonderful lush rolling landscape as you descend the stairs to the sand at the ‘North Peak’ of Beacons.

    Click for virtual tour http://www.warmfocus.com/video/1306-1062neptuneave/video.php

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    Doug Harwood on UT-TV

    Click on the link to see Doug Harwood on UT-TV.

    As he talks about:

    The dream of oceanfront living

    Range of values on the oceanfron on the North Coast/Detached attached

    Three of my oceanfront listing in Encinitas as examples

    Is now a good time to buy oceanfront

    The use of price per square foot as a valuation tool

    It is no longer “Location”….. now its “Location, Location, Timing”.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=89i00m_t0E8&feature=youtu.be

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    To serve our clients better we color cordinate

    To serve our clients better we color coordinate

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    Open House! Sunday (8/11/13) 17014 Saint Andrews Dr, Poway, CA 92064

    Open House! Sunday (8/11/13) 1-4 p.m 17014 Saint Andrews Dr, Poway, CA 92064

    Custom built French style home with tranquil countryside landscape. Custom everywhere! Dramatic ceilings, elegant crystal chandeliers, luxury moldings, craftsman hand designed/distressed french cabinetry, granite, deco tile accents, tin style ceiling, dutch double doors, built-in sound, antique powder room vanity and antique fixtures everywhere. Brazilian cherry stairway, dormers & hundreds of feet bonus storage. Plus 340sqft craft/play room not incl. in the square footage!

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    Open House! Saturday (8/10/13) 1750 Ocean Front #C Del Mar, CA 92014

    Open House! Saturday (8/10/13) 1-4 p.m. 1750 Ocean Front #C Del Mar, CA 92014

    Chest Thumping Ocean Front condo–south corner with views to La Jolla. It does not get any better than this for a summer retreat from the sweltering heat. LR,DR and kitchen with incredible views. Walk straight out from the first floor onto the sandy beach. Located in the Batter Kay building on the south corner of 18th and Ocean Front. 5 condos in the building. Freshly painted, new tile throughout, new refrig and M/W. One garage space and tandom parking for 2 addtional cars.

    Click for Virtual Tour http://www.warmfocus.com/video/1306-1750oceanfront/video.php

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    Open House~Sunday (8/11/13) 311 Pacific, Solana Beach, CA 92075

    Open House~Sunday (8/11/13) 1-4 p.m   311 Pacific, Solana Beach, CA 92075

    Perched high on the hill and serenaded by the soothing sound of the waves, this extraordinary oceanfront home offers glorious, 180 degree eagle’s eye views of the mighty Pacific, all the way from Oceanside to La Jolla.  The home’s western view entertainment is 24-7, from wind surfers to dolphins, from Table Tops reef to tide pools, and each day ending with a spectacular sunset!  The floor plan of this single level beach bungalow is very smart, with the kitchen, living areas and master bedroom all enjoying the fabulous ocean views, and for those with a desire or need for a fourth bedroom, the homeowner has already had architectural plans drawn for a beautiful, additional upper level master suite.  Fully sea-walled and protected for decades to come, this bluff-top home with large back patio is great for entertaining friends, or simply enjoying a serene and intimate personal retreat.  Take an easy walk to great restaurants, the beach, or the Cedros Design Center, or hop on the Coaster downtown to enjoy all the excitement that San Diego has to offer!  Don’t miss this rare opportunity!

    Click  for virtual tour http://www.warmfocus.com/video/1202-311pacificave/slideshow.php

     

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    Open House!!Sunday (8/11/13) 7596 Vista Rancho Ct, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067

    Sunday (8/11/13) 1-4 p.m 7596 Vista Rancho Ct, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067

    The fabulous blend of modern Italian and eclectic Spanish styling accented with knockout views of the Crosby Golf Course and beyond makes this a once in a lifetime opportunity.  The floor plan invites family gatherings and the 8 bedrooms plus bonus room allows everyone to have a space to call his own.  The many features include great drive up appeal, beautiful grand marble entry, pool, fountain and relaxing steam shower in the master bath.  Located in the gated enclave of The Summit.

    Click for Virtual Tour http://tours.previewfirst.com/virtual_tours/15297/motion_picture

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    Price Reduced~ 2070 Caleta Ct, Carlsbad, CA

    Price Reduced~ 2070 Caleta Ct, Carlsbad, CA

    This single story estate home located on the legendary 2nd hole of La Costa’s Championship golf course imparts an uplifting feeling with a flow of Light, Air and Space throughout.  This home is set on one of the most tropical and private settings in all of La Costa with beautiful golf course views. The 5354 sq. ft. masterpiece has 4BR/4.5BAs, was remodeled in 2008, and offers seclusion and the pure joy of natural sunlight. NO MELLO ROOS AND NO HOA!!Located on a cul de sac this contemporary boasts floor to ceiling commercial grade Arcadia windows with 90% UV tinting, a gourmet kitchen with attractive stone and tile, wood floors and high end professional appliances, soaring ceilings and fabulous family friendly layout with many built-ins in the family room and child’s play room adjacent.  A must see!

    Offered at $1,595,000

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    Price Reduced! 6955 Corte Spagna, Rancho Santa Fe, CA

    Price Reduced! 6955 Corte Spagna, Rancho Santa Fe, CA

    EXCLUSIVE PLAN 2 VILLAS,AT THE BRIDGES…SINGLE STORY,2 MASTER SUITES ,EACH BEDROOM WITH OWN PATIO,EXTENDED DINING ROOM,GUEST CASITAS ,VERY PRIVATE SPA, BREEZY HIGHTEST POINT OF THE STREET. Offered at $1,799,000 – $1,899,000

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    Doug Harwood live on uttv.com Friday, August 8, 2013

    Dont miss Doug Harwood live Friday at 3:15 pm on the U-T TV. Watch Michelle Serafini of Coldwell Banker La Jolla & Doug Harwood of Coldwell Banker Rancho Santa Fe at www.uttv.com

     

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    Open House!! Sunday (8/04/13) 311 Pacific, Solana Beach, CA 92075

    Sunday (8/04/13)  1-4 p.m 311 Pacific, Solana Beach, CA 92075

    Perched high on the hill and serenaded by the soothing sound of the waves, this extraordinary oceanfront home offers glorious, 180 degree eagle’s eye views of the mighty Pacific, all the way from Oceanside to La Jolla.  The home’s western view entertainment is 24-7, from wind surfers to dolphins, from Table Tops reef to tide pools, and each day ending with a spectacular sunset!  The floor plan of this single level beach bungalow is very smart, with the kitchen, living areas and master bedroom all enjoying the fabulous ocean views, and for those with a desire or need for a fourth bedroom, the homeowner has already had architectural plans drawn for a beautiful, additional upper level master suite.  Fully sea-walled and protected for decades to come, this bluff-top home with large back patio is great for entertaining friends, or simply enjoying a serene and intimate personal retreat.  Take an easy walk to great restaurants, the beach, or the Cedros Design Center, or hop on the Coaster downtown to enjoy all the excitement that San Diego has to offer!  Don’t miss this rare opportunity!

    Click  for virtual tour http://www.warmfocus.com/video/1202-311pacificave/slideshow.php

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    Open House!! Sunday (7/28/13) 1062 Neptune Ave, Encinitas CA 92024

    Open House!! Sunday (7/28/13) 1 – 4 p.m 1062 Neptune Ave, Encinitas CA 92024

    Over 2,500 sq. ft. on Neptune with floor to ceiling views from every level! Nestled in the bluffs on Neptune, enjoy a slice of heaven on a street named after the God of the Sea! This beautiful hacienda inspired home with Saltillo tile flooring, open floor plan, multiple ocean view patios, tons of light, gorgeous master suite with glass windows surrounding the bathtub. Romance yourself with the wonderful lush rolling landscape as you descend the stairs to the sand at the ‘North Peak’ of Beacons.

    Click for virtual tour http://www.warmfocus.com/video/1306-1062neptuneave/video.php

     

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