Carlsbad Homes and Things-to-Do December 2010

December Carlsbad Activities and Things-to-Do

The following Carlsbad homes things-to-do for December 2010 were courtesy of www.ClickonCarlsbad.com. See a full listing of Carlsbad activities under this great Kyle Cannon photo of a Carlsbad surfer.

calendar of events

 
 
 
 DECEMBER 2010
 

1st Wednesday

Animanga Hour
Georgina Cole Library • 760.434.2987 • www.carlsbadca.gov

Carlsbad Newcomers Meeting
Heritage Hall, Magee Park • 760.845.6339 • www.carlsbadnewcomers.org

First Wednesday Book Club
Dove Library • 760.602.2044 • www.carlsbadca.gov

Varsity Boys Basketball
La Costa Canyon vs. Calexico in the Titan/Cougar Tip-Off

2nd Thursday

First Thursday Book Club
Dove Library • 760.602.2041 • www.carlsbadca.gov

Holly Jolly Holidays (through Dec. 31)
LEGOLAND California • 760.918.LEGO • www.legoland.com

“The Santaland Diaries” (through Dec. 24)
New Village Arts Theatre • 760.433.3245 • www.newvillagearts.org

Varsity Boys Basketball
Carlsbad vs. Mira Mesa

Varsity Girls Soccer
Carlsbad vs. San Marcos

3rd Friday

Local Flavor Concert: The Smart Brothers
Museum of Making Music • 760.438.5996 • www.museumofmakingmusic.org

4th Saturday

Music & Wellness Family Workshop
Museum of Making Music • 760.438.5996 • www.museumofmakingmusic.org

Varsity Boys Basketball
La Costa Canyon vs. Mira Mesa in the Titan/Cougar Tip-Off

Varsity Wrestling
Carlsbad hosts the Carlsbad Invitational

5th Sunday

Warren Miller Entertainment Presents “Wintervention”
Carlsbad Village Theatre • 760.720.2460 • www.carlsbadvillagetheatre.com

7th Tuesday

First Tuesday Book Club
Georgina Cole Library • 760.434.2866 • www.carlsbadca.gov

Varsity Boys Soccer
Carlsbad vs. San Marcos

8th Wednesday

Varsity Girls Soccer
Carlsbad vs. Vista

9th Thursday

Varsity Boys Basketball
Carlsbad vs. Calexico

Varsity Boys Soccer
Carlsbad vs. Mt. Carmel

11th Saturday

Varsity Wrestling
La Costa Canyon hosts the Hamada Tournament

12th Sunday

Reception for “Small Images,” Mary Ann May Exhibit
COAL Gallery • 760.434.8497 • www.coalartgallery.com

14th Tuesday

Varsity Boys Soccer
Carlsbad vs. San Pasqual

16th Thursday

Varsity Boys Soccer
Carlsbad vs. Eastlake

Varsity Boys Soccer
La Costa Canyon vs. Cathedral Catholic

Varsity Boys Water Polo
La Costa Canyon vs. Santa Fe Christian

Varsity Girls Water Polo
Carlsbad vs. Vista

30th Thursday

Thursdays on the Coast
Carlsbad Village • 760.434.2553 • www.thursdaysonthecoast.com

31st Friday

Kids’ New Year’s Eve
LEGOLAND California • 760.918.LEGO • www.legoland.com

See listings of Carlsbad homes for sale and other Carlsbad homes. Learn more about these homes, contact Gary Harmon, your Carlsbad Realtor. Gary also specializes in Carlsbad Ocean View Homes. Continue to watch this blog for monthly Carlsbad activities & things-to-do.

Distance and Commute Times to Downtown San Diego

San Diego North County Real Estate

If you are considering buying a home in San Diego North County or South County, you will want to understand the commute times to downtown San Diego.  Even if you don’t work downtown, chances are you will be going there often as downtown San Diego has much to offer, such as, San Diego International Airport, Sea World, Charger & Padre games, and many other great things to do.   Need information about traveling from east to west in North County,  see Sprinter Schedule and Map of Stations.

If you would like to buy or sell San Diego North County homes,  contact Gary Harmon, your North County real estate specialist.

Gary specializes in San Diego North County homes including:  Carlsbad homes, Oceanside homes for sale, Encinitas homes, Vista, San Marcos, and Escondido real estate.  Gary Harmon also specializes in San Diego North County homes for over 55 seniors.  North County Homes for Over 55 (55+) covered on this blog include , Oceana homes, and Emerald Lake Village (all in Oceanside). Other homes included are Rancho Carlsbad homes(Carlsbad), Oaks North homes and Seven Oaks homes (both in Rancho Bernardo).Ocean Hills Country Club homes

 

La Costa Home – Listing of the Day

One of be best ways to serch for La Costa homes for sale is to use Gary’s Listingbook. You can learn to “Search like an agent.” Set up your own searches and be notified when new listings hit the San Diego North County real estate market. View the Gary Harmon Listingbook instructonal video and click on the Listingbook logo to set up you personalized account today.

See all Prudential Residential listings in my office.

Listing of the Day – 6537 Basalto – La Costa Home

A home like this becomes available once in a very long while! Welcome to this stunning custom Tudor-style home w/ ocean views in La Costa. This PRIVATE, meticulously maintained home has the features & floor plan you won’t find in today’s homes. Featuring a fabulous Master Suite w/ balcony to enjoy the sweeping ocean views, 3 other HUGE upstairs bedrooms, a downstairs bedroom/bathroom (great for an office as well), plus a HUGE bonus/game room PLUS a large loft! Best of all, NO HOA OR MELLO ROOS! This home is truly in a class by itself. Some of the special features include wood-trimmed archways, elegant wood floors throughout downstairs, plush carpet in the living room & upstairs, ceiling fans throughout, & much more. Step through the dramatic double-door entry & you immediately see the wide staircase & soaring ceilings. There you will find the double-door entry to the downstairs bedroom which adjoins the full bathroom. Near the front door is also the step-down living room. What a sight – wood beams, elegant fireplace, & room for a piano. Step into the dining room which features a dramatic couferred ceiling & double French doors to the backyard. Step through the dining room to the gourmet kitchen, complete w/ stainless steel appliances (double ovens – top oven is also a microwave, refrigerator, & 6-burner gas cooktop), wet bar, & tons of storage. Next to the kitchen is the large family room w/ a beautiful brick fireplace & French doors to the backyard. Also downstairs is the large laundry room & adjoining mud room – great for storage! The garage, although 2-car, is oversized and has plenty of room for all the toys. Upstairs features your gorgous Master Suite, complete w/ fireplace, balcony where you will enjoy panoramic “forever” views, & bathroom w/ His & Hers marble-covered sinks, separate make-up sink, & spa tub w/ views to the ocean! Also upstairs are 3 HUGE secondary bedrooms, the oversized loft, & the bonus room – the piece de resistance. Imagine this unbelievable room (with full bar) as a game room, playroom, office/gym, you name it! You will enjoy countless hours entertaining or relaxing in your backyard. You have two brick patios, an outdoor kitchen complete w/ 4 burners, refrigerator, & large BBQ, & of course the custom-designed pool (solar heated & specially constructed self-cleaning design!). Welcome home!

View all photos of this La Costa home.

Get a private tour of this La Costa home, contact Gary Harmon, your La Costa real estate agent.

Gary Harmon also specializes in other San Diego Ocean View homes.

Above La Costa listing of the day was provided by Gary Harmon – DRE #01007062.
Information courtesy of Prudential California Realty is subject to verification and is not guaranteed.

Listing of the Day – Vista Home

One of be best ways to serch for Vista CA homes for sale  is to use Gary’s Listingbook. You can learn to “Search like an agent.” Set up your own searches and be notified when new listings hit the San Diego North County real estate market. View the Gary Harmon Listingbook instructonal video and click on the Listingbook logo to set up you personalized account today.

See all Prudential Residential listings in my office.

Listing of the Day – 970 Thomas

Remarks: Dream home in exquisite Edgehill Ranch Estates. Very private and elegant with a Mediterranean charm. Shows like a model with upgrades galore. Gourmet kitchen with granite counters, GE Monogram appliances, oversize bonus room or optional 5th bedroom. First Level includes Master bedroom suite and second bedroom. Very large covered loggia, ideal for entertaining. Lush custom landscaping /garden, gas fire pit, solar energy system, spa and more. See virtual tour and supplement. This is a Regular Sale Edgehill Ranch Estates is a gated community of 17 custom homes. Elegant upgrades with designer touches throughout compliments this stunning move in ready home. Gourmet kitchen with walk in pantry, Stainless Steel G.E. Monogram appliances, including 42 inch side by side refrigerator, double oven conventional/convection, compactor,and warming drawer. Granite kitchen counter tops with tile back splashes, upgraded fixtures, and more. Huge master suite includes a retreat which could be an office, reading room, or exercise room, opening to lanai with large private spa and spectacular garden. Staircase leads to two bedrooms and a oversize bonus room that could be converted to 5th bedroom, second family room, game room or office. Elegant courtyard with fountain off the dining area. Home includes security and fire sprinkler system, cat 5 wiring, dual zoned air conditioning and heat, retractable screens on 3 French doors, built in wine cooler and gas logs in both fireplaces, ceiling fans, two water heaters, Therma True entry door, high ceilings and crown molding. Floors are Travertine and Carpet. 4 car garage has epoxy coated flooring and ample storage. Attractively landscaped throughout with over 200 rose plants, various fruit trees, fountains, evening lights, and automatic sprinkler system. Designed to easily change, landscape/garden area could be reconfigured to meet your needs, including the addition of a pool. Large garden shed with tile roof and windows. Outdoor entertainment area includes over 1000 sq ft loggia with natural gas grill island, build in refrigerator and storage. This large private outdoor room overlooks a stunning backyard with lush landscape/garden and is ideal for entertaining. Drapes in kitchen, Family Room, Bedrooms and do not convey. Wooden fire surround in living room fireplace is not attached. Annual sewer fee of 533.00.

View all photos of this Vista home.

Get a private tour of this Vista listing, contact Gary Harmon, your Vista real estate agent.

See 970 Thomas Place, Edgehill Ranch Estates.

Above Vista listing of the day was provided by Gary Harmon – DRE #01007062.
Information courtesy of Prudential California Realty is subject to verification and is not guaranteed.

Listing of the Day – Oceanside Home

One of be best ways to serch for Oceanside homes for sale is to use Gary’s Listingbook. You can learn to “Search like an agent.” Set up your own searches and be notified when new listings hit the San Diego North County real estate market. View the Gary Harmon Listingbook instructonal video and click on the Listingbook logo to set up you personalized account today.

See all Prudential Residential listings in my office.

Listing of the Day – 999 Pacific #C101

Remarks: Seller will pay up to $5000 in buyer’s closing costs!Fully furnished unit in the tropical resort style community on the sand, North Coast Village. Slight ocean view from balcony. Fully gated w/onsite guard + lavish landscaping including meandering koi ponds & waterfalls. Walk to restaurants & pier. One of the best unit locations for proximity to private parking space and all amenities which include pool, spa, sauna, gym, putting green, rec room and billiards room. Every day is a vacation here! Hard to believe that you can get this close to the ocean with this many amenities for this price. Lowest priced unit in the entire village. Interior tropical location, your balcony overlooks lush landscaping and a meandering koi pond and has a slight ocean view. Quiet but close to everything, especially your own private, gated parking space. No stairs or steps to get from your parking space to your private residence. Unit has been renovated with pride. Upgraded corinthian countertops in the kitchen, newer appliances, cultured marble countertop in the bathroom, designer rugs, 2 tone paint and quality furnishings. Floors are tile with the look of rich mexican pavers tile. Brand new bed and flat screen TV. Brand new windows and slider. Residence comes fully furnished which includes all beach accessories. A short walk south to the Oceanside Pierand and north to Harbor restaurants and shopping. And you can feel completely safe with a 24 hour security guard. Come live the dream with your own little coastal retreat. With interest rates at 50 year lows and prices which have declined and now plateaued, now is the time to invest. Also perfect for a seasonal rental. 

View all photos of this Oceanside home.

Get a private tour of this Oceanside listing, contact Gary Harmon, your Oceanside real estate agent.

Above Oceanside listing of the day was provided by Gary Harmon – DRE #01007062.
Information courtesy of Prudential California Realty is subject to verification and is not guaranteed.

Oceanside Listing of the Day

One of be best ways to serch for Oceanside  homes for sale is to use Gary’s Listingbook. You can learn to “Search like an agent.” Set up your own searches and be notified when new listing hit the San Diego North County real estate market. View the Gary Harmon Listingbook instructonal video and click on the Listingbook logo to set up you personalized account today.

Oceanside Listing of the Day

Remarks: Immaculate Furnished Beach Home, located just walking distance from Shopping, Restaurants and 2 blocks from the Beach. Perfect family home or weekend get-a-way. Spacious rooms, Living room with 14′ ceiling, Gourmet Kitchen. Quality upgrades throughout the home. Private 354sq ft sun deck. Gorgeous tropical landscaping. Rare 4 car parking. No H.O.A and no Mello Roos. Pride of ownership!! In perfect condition!  Featured in the Wall Street Journal. 
   

View all 19 photos of this Oceanside home.

 See all Prudential La Costa office Residential listings. To get a private tour of this Oceanside home for sale, contact Gary Harmon, your Oceanside real estate agent.

Above Oceanside listing of the day was provided by Gary Harmon – DRE #01007062.
Information courtesy of Prudential California Realty is subject to verification and is not guaranteed.

Rich Tuscan – Carlsbad Home

One of be best ways to serch for Carlsbad homes for sale is to use Gary’s Listingbook.  You can learn to “Search like an agent.”  Set up your own searches and be notified when new listing hit the San Diego North County real estate market.  View the Gary Harmon Listingbook instructonal video and click on the Listingbook logo to set up you personalized account today.

Remarks: Rich Tuscan Jewel! Built in 2007, this custom estate comes with the finest materials. Floors of hand carved wood,travertine & Karastan carpets.All bdrm suites have private baths w/onyx counters, travertine tub/showers & Grohe faucets. Kitchen w/60″ Wolf range, 2-36″ Sub Zeros + wine fridge & granite counters.8″ baseboards + crown molding thru out. Rich casement windows + french doors thru out, security system, 2 tankless water heaters, water softener, full bd & bath downstairs & custom closets. See Suppl. Ever dream of building an authentic Tuscan Estate? Dreams do come true! Nothing has been spared in this home inside or out. Custom concrete driveway, pavers to the solid wood front door, smooth stucco, stunning light fixtures & double wood gates giving you access to the rear yard. Enter this custom home to rich hand carved wood floors and a stone wall in the formal dining room with a 23′ ceiling and stunning chandelier. The family room, kit & dnstrs bedroom feature tumbled travertine floors with a chiseled edge laid in the classic Versailles pattern. The family room has a limestone fireplace and french doors leading to the rear garden. The kitchen will blow you away…Huge island w/one of 2 kitchen sinks, 36″ Sub Zero Refrigerator + Freezer, 60″ Wolf range w/6 burners, a griddle + infrared charbroiler plus double convection ovens with cobalt blue porcelain interiors & a potfiller, 2 dishwashers, microwave, a trash compacter & WI pantry. There is also a computer desk in the breakfast area & all countertops are imported Brazilian granite. Move upstairs on our extra wide staircase with beautiful wrought iron and you will notice that the crown molding in the very center of the home has been doubled. Master suite provides a retreat area with french doors to a wrought iron balcony. Every single bedroom has a private bath with stone tub/shower surrounds to the ceiling, Grohe faucets, Kohler toilets & sinks, espresso cabinets w/onyx countertops, customizied walk in closets & bedtime reading sconces above each bed, each with its own control tucked behind the nightstands. Architectual arches thru out and deep, rich paint hues that are as beautiful in person as they are in the photos. Don’t miss this home, it may be a long time before something this rich and architectually stunning comes along again. True Tuscan at its finest!

View All 25 Photos  of this Carlsbad home.   See all Prudential La Costa office Residential listings.  To get a private tour of this Carlsbad home for sale, contact Gary Harmon, your Carlsbad real estate agent.

Kyle Cannon Photography – San Diego

Give Credit Where Credit is Due

The header photograph on this blog was courtesy of Kyle Cannon Photography.  I ran across Kyle’s work a couple of years when I was developing my main website: www.HomeInfoSanDiego.com.  I appreciate Kyle’s willingness to allow me to use some of his great photos.  I would also like to introduce him to you. 

Kyle Cannon was born and raised San Diego North County in Valley Center, just north of Escondido.  He migrated toward the coast after high school.  Kyle now lives in Carlsbad and attends Cal State San Marcos where he is working on earning a degree in Mass Media.  Kyle Cannon loves to work with video and photography.  He has a strong background in action sports and loves to capture the priceless moments they have to offer. He took one film photography class in high school, and has been hooked ever since. 

Kyle has spent the past 4 years teaching himself the techniques of digital photography and how to use Adobe Photoshop CS3.  He hopes to work in the commercial photography world some day.  Kyle’s goal is also to be involved with designing different types of print and film advertisements.  In his spare time, he loves to to surf and to hit the water at least once a day.  Kyle Cannon loves taking a quick drive to downtown San Diego with his camera and tripod so he can capture a beautiful sunset or the night lights of the city. He considers himself to be very fortunate to live in beautiful place like the San Diego North County real estate area.  His future plans are to build a career here and to live in fantastic San Diego.

Need some great photography, give Kyle a call.  Need some great San Diego North County real estate work, contact Gary Harmon, your North County Realtor.

Below is what Kyle Cannon says about himself.

Home Maintenance Tips

Fall is, for many San Diego North County home owners, the most enjoyable of all the seasons. One reason for this time of year’s popularity is we usually have great weather here in San Diego County.  Many times it is warm, and some of our clearest days are this time of year.  (On my morning walk this morning, I could see San Clemente and Santa Catalinia Island, and I live in San Marcos.  Now that is clear.)   We also get to enjoy Charger football.

While you are out enjoying the fall colors, the nice weather, Bates Nut Farm, and Fall activities, take some time to prep your San Diego North County home – both indoor and outdoor – for winter with the below the photo fall home maintenance tips!

Outdoor Maintenance Tips

  • Make sure the weather stripping on your windows and doors fit and is in good condition.
  • Clear debris out of you window wells, gutters, downspouts, and storm drains. 
  • Look for cracked glass and damaged screens or storm windows. Check for loose putty around glass panes.
  • Clean your windows. Sparkling clean windows let in lots of sunlight that will help chase away winter’s doldrums.
  • Use a good winter fertalizer with weed killer to keep you lawn healthy.

Indoor Maintenance Tips

  • Change the batteries in the smoke detectors.
  • Change the filters in the furnace.
  • Get your heating system checked by a professional.
  • Make sure you have proper insulation in both your attic. 
  • Check your duct work to make sure there are no air leaks.  It is a very common problem for ducts to come apart in the attic.
  • Clean out any dust that has accumulated in vents to reduce exposure to indoor pollutants and cut down on winter colds.
  • Remove hair from drains in sinks, tubs, and showers. 

To help you get ready for the next big holiday, see Thanksgiving in San Diego 2010.

If you are considering buying or selling a San Diego North County home this fall, contact Gary Harmon, Prudential California Realty, North County Realtor.   Gary specializes in San Diego North County homes including:  Carlsbad homes, Oceanside homes for sale, Encinitas homes, Vista, San Marcos, and Escondido real estate.  Gary Harmon also specializes in San Diego North County homes for over 55 seniors.  North County Homes for Over 55 (55+) covered on this blog include Ocean Hills Country Club homes, Oceana homes, and Emerald Lake Village (all in Oceanside). Other homes included are Rancho Carlsbad homes(Carlsbad), Oaks North homes and Seven Oaks homes (both in Rancho Bernardo).

Escondido Real Estate Market Statistics

Median List Price of Escondido Homes

The median list price of Escondido real estate,  CA this week is $375,000.  The 694 Escondido properties have been on the market for an average of 127 days. With Escondido housing inventory and days-on-market basically unchanged and the Market Action Index increasing, the market is not sending strong directional signal for the near-term outlook.

Supply and Demand of Escondido Inventory

The Escondido real estate market has shown some evidence of slowing recently. Both prices and Escondido inventory levels are relatively unchanged in recent weeks. Watch the Market Action Index for changes as it can be a leading indicator for price changes.
 
 

 

Market Action Index for Escondido Homes

The Market Action Index answers the question “How’s the Market?” by measuring
the current rate of sale versus the amount of the inventory. Index above 30
implies a seller’s advantage. Below 30, conditions give the advantage to the
buyer. The current Escondido housing Market Action Index is 17.1. That is a strong Escondido home buyers’ market. Therefore, it is a good time to be buying Escondido homes. Click here to see current listings of Escondido homes for sale. For more information about Escondido properties,  contact Gary Harmon, your top Escondido Realtor.

Carlsbad homes market statistics for November 2010 were furnished courtesy of Pickford Escrow, one of Gary’s winning team members. Statistics were compliled by Altos Research. For full Altos Research report, click here.