App Folio Contest Winner

Added by melissa on Jan 25 3:42PM

Congrats to Brad Tuck! You are the winner of our App Folio Contest!!

Don’t feel left out! We decided that it was so much fun we are doing it again!! If you are leasing one of the properties we manage and pay your rent through App Folio for the month of February, you will be entered into our next drawing! And if you didn’t win this time but were entered last time your name will still be in the running this time! Good luck everyone!

Choose the Right Paint Finish

Added by laura on Dec 02 8:47AM

My husband has been a Licensed Painting Contractor for over 30 Years. Even residential painting is an art form!   It can be intimidating to stand in front of the paint swatches at the paint or hardware store and try to make a decision. Picking a color can be difficult enough—and then you have to choose the finish. Choosing the color is up to you, but here’s a simple guide to choosing the correct finish for your project.

High Gloss
High gloss paint has the most sheen, and will be the most durable. That durability is best suited for the kitchen, on surfaces like cabinets, door frames, and window trim. It’s best to avoid using high gloss on walls, because it will be too reflective.

Semi-Gloss
It’s not as shiny as high gloss, but it’s still great for kitchens and bathrooms, because the sheen protects from drips, splatters, and other moisture.

Satin
Satin has a velvet-like look, but is still a durable finish, and works best in high-traffic areas. Be careful when applying, because satin paint will reveal sloppy brush strokes.

Eggshell and flat
These finishes have the least amount of sheen, and are the least durable. They’re great for hiding imperfections in your walls, but the low durability means they should be avoided if the room is subject to wear and tear from kids or pets. Use these paints in dining rooms, bedrooms, and other low-traffic rooms.

Ceiling Stains

If you had a leak and the stain is showing up on a room’s ceiling, you need to use an oil-based stain-blocker primer first before applying the paint in order to cover the stain.  Otherwise, you can paint and paint and often times the stain comes right back through.

If you are planning on selling or buying a home, I am here to help and offer room painting as a courtesy to my clients.  Call me for details.

Laura Ochoa 619-920-2823

Pacific Gate – Luxury Living Downtown

Added by melissa on Nov 24 6:24PM

It feels like just yesterday we were all excited about the new condo development downtown that was just announced. Bosa’s Pacific Gate is closer to being a reality as each day goes by. Our team at Welcome to San Diego Real Estate has been in contact and fully updated on all the new information being given. Here is a snapshot of all the most current details for Pacific Gate:

Address -

  • 888 West E Street, San Diego, CA 92101
  • Columbia District
Building -

Floor Plans -

  • 2 bedroom floor plans range from approx. 1,240 to 1,948 sq ft
  • 3 bedroom floor plans range from approx. 2,034 to 2,608 sq ft
Price -
  • Starting at $1.4Ms with sales programs starting in early 2016
  • Estimated completion Fall 2017
Amenities -
  • 24 hr Lobby Attendant
  • Porter
  • Garage Attendant
  • Chef Concierge
  • Fitness Center
  • Sauna & Steam
  • 4th Floor Pool Deck
  • Dog Run
  • Screening Room
  • Business Center
  • Luxury Car Fleet
  • Private Boat Share
Retail Space -
  • 16,000 sq ft planned at the base
Pacific Gate is already gathering momentum to be the top place to live. This prestigious high rise is the definition of luxury living. To be on a priority pre-sale list you must be registered – contact us now at 619-356-3099 or email melissa@welcometosandiego.com to get started on registering. Bosa will be sending out floor plans and exclusive information in the coming weeks and we don’t want any of you missing out!
Check out our Facebook or YouTube account for pictures from our Rethink San Diego event with Bosa Development.

 

 

 

How do HOAs work?

Added by laura on Nov 02 12:54PM

When you purchase a home, there’s a good chance you’ll have to pay a homeowners association fee, especially in gated communities, townhouses, condominiums, and other similar planned neighborhoods. The idea is to keep common areas clean and maintained, and there’s usually an HOA board that is responsible for setting the rules and regulations.

Each HOA is different, but most have the same core elements. You’ll typically pay your HOA fees either monthly or annually. So what is typically included in your HOA fees?

First, the fun stuff
Amenities are typically the big perk of living in a community with an HOA. While you lose out on some of the freedom of living without an HOA, you instead get community amenities like a maintained pool, gym, clubhouse, tennis courts, BBQs, and other amenities. The HOA fees pay for cleaning and maintenance, so—in theory—you’ll always have a clean pool whenever you want to use it.

Protecting the community
HOA fees often contribute to insurance for the community amenities, as well as a fund for unexpected repairs to damaged community property—think damage from weather or accidents.

General maintenance
Your HOA fees will go toward maintaining the general safety and upkeep of the community. This means things like elevator maintenance for condominiums and trash/recycling services.  Included in the monthly HOA fees, many high-rise HOAs also pay for all resident’s trash, water, and gas.

Be active in the association
There may be a board of directors, but homeowners associations exist for the betterment of the entire community, and every voice matters. HOA meetings—and the amenities they support—provide great opportunities to meet your neighbors and make your community a better place. Join a committee or get on the Board of Directors and you can make a difference.

When you are buying a home that is part of an HOA, you and your agent should carefully review all of the rules and regulations, CC&Rs, etc. to make sure they are agreeable to you and to your lifestyle.  I would be happy to help.  Laura Ochoa 619-920-2823

The IDEA District in San Diego’s East Village is starting to take shape

Added by jason on Oct 30 4:32PM

7:05 am. There is a beeping that wakes me, but it’s not my alarm. It sounds like beeping from something in reverse. I step out of my room and peer out the windows across the street. One lone bulldozer, driving back and forth pushing dirt around. They have broken ground on IDEA1.

If you aren’t familiar with IDEA1, it “is the first step to establishing the District’s vision of becoming San Diego’s design + technology innovation hub.” Located in the block bounded by E, F, Park & 13th Streets, IDEA1 is the first building in the larger I.D.E.A. District of the East Village in San Diego. I.D.E.A. stands for Innovation, Design, Education, and Arts, their vision is to transform the 35 city blocks of the District over the next 8-12 years and create 13,000+ design and tech jobs.

IDEA1 is the start of that vision. It will be a six-story multi-use building. 292 units of housing (studios, 1, and 2 bedrooms), 5000+ sf of retail and restaurant space, and 8000+ sf of office space. The designers sat down with some of San Diego’s young, highly educated, creative people to see what they would want in a community and incorporated their thoughts into the design of IDEA1. From an open courtyard in the middle of the building to cabanas, BBQs, and a fitness area on the rooftop, this building is sure to be highly sought after by the residents and companies they are trying to attract.

The official groundbreaking is this Tuesday, November 3rd from 4-6pm with celebration at Quartyard after that from 6-10pm. The East Village continues to grow up before our eyes and I’m going to have a window seat to watch this innovative building being built.

IDEA 1 from BREADTRUCK FILMS on Vimeo.

San Diego November 2015 Events Calendar

Added by melissa on Oct 30 3:37PM

10/31 – 11/2 – Old Town San Diego’s Dia de los Muertos | Old Town | 1:00 – 9:00 p.m. Fri & Sun 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m Sat | The premier Day of the Dead event in San Diego County, Old Town San Diego’s Día de los Muertos, is designed to celebrate the history, culture, and heritage of the region.

11/1 – Annual Komen San Diego Race for the Cure 5k Run/Walk | 6th Avenue & Palm St, Balboa Park | 8:00 a.m. | Proceeds go to fund breast cancer education, screenings and treatment in San Diego County

11/1 – Carlsbad Village Street Faire| Village of Carlsbad, Carlsbad | 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. | Largest 1-day street fair in California with over 900 vendors, international food, live entertainment, pancake breakfast, children’s rides, beer garden and more | More information 760-945-9288

11/6– 11/15 – San Diego Beer Week | See website for dates, times and locations | Ten-day festival celebrating Craft Beer in San Diego

11/7 – Curie’s Annual Holiday Craft Fair | Marie Curie Elementary School, 4080 Governor Dr | 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. | One of the largest holiday craft fairs in San Diego with over 100 booths | Free Parking

11/7 – 11/16 – 14th Annual San Diego Asian Film Festival | Refer to website for schedule & locations | Festival showcasing Asian and Asian American cinema.

11/7 – 11/8 – Christmas on the Farm Arts n Crafts Fair | Bates Nut Farm, 15954 Woods Valley Rd, Valley Center | 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. | Over 80 artisans will be selling a variety of handmade crafts and fine art. Enjoy live entertainment, Kids’ Zone and food while you shop.

11/8 – 11th Annual East County Cruisers Car Show & Toy Drive | Bates Nut Farm, 15954 Woods Valley Rd, Valley Center | 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. | New & Classic Cars, Hot Rods, Muscle Cars, games, music & more

11/8 – Annual Gaslamp Fall Back Festival | Gaslamp Quarter, Island Avenue and 4th, Downtown San Diego| 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. | Entertainment, food and demonstrations

11/11 – Annual San Diego Veteran’s Day Parade | Harbor Drive between Cedar & G St, Downtown | Parade begins at 11:00 a.m. | A salute to our Veterans and military men and women

11/20 – 11/22 – Del Mar Antique Show & Sale | O’Brien Hall, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar | 11:00 am – 7:00 pm Fri & Sat, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm Sun | Exhibitors will be showcasing and selling antiques, vintage collectibles and decorator items.

11/21 – 1/3 – Seaworld’s Christmas Celebration | 500 Sea World Drive | Available during park hours | A winter wonderland of snowmen, snowballs and family fun at SeaWorld’s Arctic Plaza

11/21 – 1/3 – Legoland Holiday Snow Days | One LEGOLAND Dr, Carlsbad | Available during park hours | Play in real snow, build snowmen and throw snowballs. See the world’s largest LEGO Christmas Tree and watch the nightly tree lighting ceremony

11/23 – Annual Mother Goose Parade | Main St & Ballantyne, El Cajon | 10:00 a.m – 3:00 p.m. | Largest, single-day event in San Diego County & one of the biggest parades of its kind in the US

11/25 – 11/29 – 36th Annual San Diego Thanksgiving Dixieland Jazz Festival | Town & Country Hotel and Convention Center, 500 Hotel Circle North, Mission Valley | Wed & Thurs 7:00 – 11:00 p.m., Fri 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m., Sat 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m., Sun 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. | Bands from throughout the US bring the sounds of traditional jazz, Dixieland and swing

11/26 – Father Joe’s Thanksgiving Day 5k | Spreckels Pavilion, Balboa Park| 7:00 a.m. | Proceeds from this 5k event go to help underprivileged persons through the St. Vincent De Paul Village

11/26 – San Diego Run for the Hungry 5k & 10k | Downtown – Horton Plaza Mall | 7:00 a.m. for 10k & 8:15 a.m. for 5k | Proceeds from the San Diego Run for the Hungry event will benefit HandUp Youth Food Pantry and the JFS Food Mobile run by the Jewish Family Service of San Diego along with hunger-relief programs at the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank.

11/28 – Surfin’ Santa at Seaport Village | Seaport Village, 849 Harbor Dr, Downtown | 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. | Santa will arrive via watercraft; live entertainment, treats, face painting and more

 

Rethink Downtown San Diego Client Event

Added by Chad on Oct 22 11:21AM

Our Rethink Downtown San Diego event was a huge success! We wanted to thank you all for joining us on this fun filled night. We put a video together to remember this great event including a special message! Check it out!

 

Stunning South-Facing 2 Bd 2 Ba in Little Italy

Added by laura on Sep 01 3:03PM

Open Views of the City Skyline and San Diego Bay Frame this Highly-Desired 17th Floor 2 Bedroom 2 Bath Home.

Ideal Split Master Floor Plan with Upgraded Appliances, Carpet, and Custom Paint.

La Vita is Little Italy’s Most Sought-After High Rise

Featuring a Pool and Hot Tub, Well-Appointed Gym, Pool Table, Generous BBQ Gathering Areas, and Lush Tropical Courtyard with Fountain.  GREAT 4th of July Fireworks Viewing from this home!

2 Parking Spaces.  Prime Location Just Steps Away From Dining, Shopping, and Entertainment!  La Vita Borders The World Famous Little Italy Saturday Farmer’s Market.

Call Laura Ochoa for your Private Tour @ 619-920-2823

Click here for a video tour

TIME TO BUY!

Added by laura on Aug 17 6:29PM

 Quick San Diego Downtown Condo Market Update….

-It is still a seller’s market with limited inventory- especially with 1 bedroom condos.
-Rents Climbed 9% Year Over Year from this time in 2014!
-Check out this article about San Diego real estate from the SD Union Tribune dated 8/15/15
http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/2015/aug/15/real-estate-housing-corelogic-zillow-midyear/-Interest is predicted to increase by 1% in the next year.

-The cost of waiting to buy is $18,672 in one year and
$54,879 in 3 years assuming projected increases in mortgage rates and continuing price appreciation.
There’s no better sense of Accomplishment, Way to Build Home Equity or Attain Your Slice of the American Dream than to Own Your Own Home!
I would be happy to help you target your home search and find something GREAT!

Laura Ochoa

619-920-2823

laura@welcometosandiego.com

Things to do in Coronado: Summer 2015 Edition

Added by suzannah on Apr 23 4:13PM

Measuring hundreds of yards wide, Coronado’s famed beach has been ranked #1 in the country for a number of reasons, including its undeniably sparkly sand, Mediterranean climate and gorgeous surroundings.  Whether on a romantic getaway or your annual family vacation – or if you’re lucky enough to call yourself a local San Diegan, Coronado is your ideal spot for fun in the sun year-round, but especially in the summer months.  Offering a plethora of outdoor activities, shopping, dining and site-seeing, nothing beats the Coronado Village in the summertime.

Arguably one of the most popular draws to Coronado every year is its famous Fourth of July celebration.  Festivities start early in the morning and the crowd comes even earlier!   Family and friends begin to stake their territory Orange Avenue as early as five AM in effort to get the best views of the parade that is like none other in San Diego County. It is truly a slice of Americana and a hallmark exhibit of Coronado’s small town pride.  Following the parade, take a leisurely stroll over to Spreckles Park in the center of town for a free concert and complete the day’s festivities by taking in an incredible fireworks display over Glorietta Bay.  Watch from the Coronado Golf Course for a great view!  For a lineup of the day’s festivities, visit www.ecoronado.com/4th.  (Tip: if you are coming from Downtown, take the ferry, as parking is essentially non-existent the day of.  Click here for the ferry schedule: null)

Additionally, you can enjoy music in the park every Sunday evening throughout the summer, as Coronado Summer Concert Series kicks off at the end of May and runs through the start of September.  See below for this summer’s lineup!

Coronado Concerts in the Park 2015

Aside from Coronado’s famous Fourth celebration, the island is home to countless activities for adults and children year-round.  Many families from out of state (and from all over the world) come to Coronado to spend their entire summer, as the island is one of the most beautiful and family-friendly locales in Southern California.

The below list is simply a handful of fun ideas to try this summer or next time you are in Coronado:

The Hotel Del Coronado is likely one of the most popular attractions in Coronado, regardless of whether you are a guest or not.  This historic hotel was built in 1888 and has since played host for countless Hollywood A-listers, Presidents and other notable public figures. Simply walk through the grounds along the private beach to experience the history and magic that makes the Del one of the most special resorts in Southern California. Contact the hotel’s “Experience Planners” to secure a private bonfire for you and your family and friends, where staff will provide all you need for a custom S’mores roast in the evening.  For another unforgettable experience, visit during the holiday season when the hotel hosts an outdoor ice skating rink located right on the beach!

Located along the stunning Glorietta Bay, the Coronado Golf Course is rated one of the top public golf courses in the nation, and with 18 holes starting at just $35, this is a true steal and a great way to take in the incredible sights of Coronado Island.

The Coronado Recreation Center offers numerous kids camps and classes for residents, local San Diegans and visitors alike, including:  cooking, art, aquatics, stand-up paddle boarding, surfing, golf, tennis and more.  Additionally, the Rec Center offers many classes and sports for adults and also has a gym on-site that overlooks the Glorietta Bay.  Classes do fill up early, so check out the website to sign up as soon as possible:  www.coronado.ca.us.

A most unique way to take in the sights of Coronado is by taking a gondola ride through the Coronado Cays.  Bring a bottle of wine and soak up the views of the Downtown San Diego skyline and the gorgeous custom homes as you ride along the water lanes of the Cays. Note: chocolate covered strawberries and serenades are complimentary, but you’ll need to bring your own favorite beverage of choice.

The Ferry Landing is not only where you hop the ferry to Downtown San Diego. The area is a bit of a tourist hotspot, but the location offers breathtaking views of the skyline, a beach area where kids can play, numerous restaurants, boutiques and a local coffee shop.  (The photo ops alone are worth a visit.)  The Farmer’s Market takes place every Tuesday from 2:30pm-6pm, where you can pick up everything from locally-produced cheese to organic fruits and vegetables straight from the farm.

Last, but not least, take a stroll along Orange Avenue to check out the boutiques, restaurants, wine bars, art galleries and more. Check out what’s showing at Lambs Players Theater, located in the historic Spreckles building.  The theater presents an annual five-play season and offers great views from virtually every seat in the house.

For more ideas and information on Coronado, check out the below sites and find me on Facebook: www.facebook.com/suzannahhauterrealestate 

www.ecoronado.com

www.coronadovisitorcenter.com

www.hoteldel.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

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