10395 Eagle Lake Drive

Spacious, custom home, on a gated one acre lot, with panoramic views in Lake Hodges Estates.

10395 Eagle Lake Drive

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This 4 bedroom, 4 bath homes has over 5000 esf and is priced in a value range from $825,000 to $925,000.  There is lots of extra parking and also a paddle tennis court.

Contact Gary Harmon for your personalized tour.

Five Star Award

Gary Harmon - Top 5%

Five Star Winner 4 Straight Years

Selected Four Years Running.

Gary Harmon has just be selected for the fifth straight time to receive the “Five Star Award.”  Five Star Professionals conducted research to determine which San Diego North County Realtors rated highest in overall consumer satisfaction. Clients, peers and industry experts participated in extensive research that resulted in Gary Harmon’s selection as a Five Star Real Estate Agent.

How was Gary Harmon selected?

Our research team contacted consumers in the San Diego area and asked if they had experience working with a real estate agent. Consumers who agreed to participate in the survey provided the name of the Realtors and rated that individual agent according to key criteria such as integrity, negotiation and closing preparation.
Surveys were sent to San Diego area residents who recently purchased a home over $150,000 (more than 40,000 households) within a 12-month period (April 2013 to April 2014) and 1,000 subscribers of San Diego Magazine. An additional 250 surveys were sent to mortgage and title companies.
The survey data was collected and scored, resulting in the list of 2015 San Diego Five Star Real Estate Agents.
These results place Gary Harmon in the top 5% of all Realtors in San Diego County.
As a Five Star award winner, Gary Harmon will be listed in the special advertising section of March 2015 San Diego Magazine and on the Five Star Professional website.
You can get the same personal service that made Gary Harmon a Five Star Award Winner.  Contact Gary Harmon, for your best move ever.

New Carlsbad Sign

Carlsbad Sign

Today at 5:30 the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce will dedicate and lite the new Carlsbad archway sign.  The design of this sign has been modeled after a sign that was built near the site in the 1930s.   The sign and supporting arch truss system is over 82 feet long and crosses Carlsbad Boulevard at the intersection of Carlsbad Village Drive.  The actual sign area is 31 feet long and 5 feet and 5 inches tall.  It features the “Carlsbad” name on both sides in bold, white letters on a dark blue background.  It is stunning.  The sign should be enjoyed by current and future residence as well as thousands of visitors.

The Carlsbad sign was made possible by hard work by the Chamber and a large contribution by TaylorMade Golf Company.

My real estate office is also in the Village Fair Shopping Center behind Ocean House.  It is great to be able to work in Carlsbad.  Need info on Carlsbad homes for sale, contact Gary Harmon.

 

Carrington Real Estate Services

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Carrington Real Estate Services is the new kid on the block in San Diego North County. Carrington took over the physical locations of many of the Real Living Lifestyle offices in San Diego North County including Carlsbad and Escondido.

Nationwide, Carrington Real Estate is a full service brokerage in 22 states with over 1500 sales associates. “Born in the midst of the real estate downturn, we started out as a company focused on the distressed market, but quickly maximized that experience to become one of the most successful institutional and retail real estate brokerages in the nation.”

Carrington Real Estate Services is one of the 18 companies under the Carrington Holding Company, LLC. Together, these businesses cover virtually every aspect of the single family residential real estate transaction. Gary Harmon is now proud to be part of the Carrington family.

 

 

 

Carrington Real Estate Services

Who is Carrington Real Estate Services?  Carrington Real Estate is the new kid on the block in San Diego North County. Carrington took over the physical locations of many of the Real Living Lifestyle offices in San Diego North County including Carlsbad and Escondido.

Nationwide, Carrington Real Estate is a full service brokerage in 22 states with over 1500 sales associates. “Born in the midst of the real estate downturn, we started out as a company focused on the distressed market, but quickly maximized that experience to become one of the most successful institutional and retail real estate brokerages in the nation.”

Carrington Real Estate Services is one of the 18 companies under the Carrington Holding Company, LLC. Together, these businesses cover virtually every aspect of the single family residential real estate transaction. Gary Harmon is now proud to be part of the Carrington family.

Lake San Marcos

 

Swan Lake

Lake San Marcos Trumpeter Swans

Four new swans arrived at Lake San Marcos on Friday afternoon. Their arrival was bitter sweet. These swans were purchased as a living memorial to long time resident Ken Beall. Ken was a well loved man around Lake San Marcos and was the editor of our community newsletter, Quail Call.

These trumpeter swans, largest waterfowl in America, join the many other beautiful swans that call Lake San Marcos home.  These new swans, two pair, are easily distinguished from the other white swans on the lake by their black bills.

Last year one pair of the Lake’s black swans had 4 babies which quickly and amazingly grew to adult size.  We now have 8 beautiful black swans.  By the way, the black swans have red bills.

If you decide to feed the swans, please do not use bread.  There is a vending machine where you can buy food for 25 cents right near the marina.  This is not to raise money, but to protect the health of these magnificent animals.

 

Lake San Marcos Water Level Update

After the 1/2 inch rain that we received this weekend, thought I would measure the water level in Lake San Marcos again.  The lake was only down 9 inches at the most.  With the large run off basin feeding the lake, a .5 inch rain added almost a foot of water.

Water level in increasing with the last rain.

Bad new is that the first rain of the season is the worst for polluting the lake.  As it cleans the streets, trees, etc., it sends all this filth straight into the lake.  That is why the lake use to be 48 foot deep at the dam and is now only 26 foot deep.  Will be nice to get more rain soon and get some cleaner water into the lake.  When the lake actually starts flowing over the dam, it starts cleaning the debris off the surface and sending it on downstream.

See Lake San Marcos water level photo before the rain.

How Low is the Water Level in Lake San Marcos?

Blue Heron Lake San Marcos

Blue Heron sitting atop the dam at Lake San Marcos.

I took a picture of this blue heron today, Sunday, October 26, 2014, sitting on the dam of Lake San Marcos to put things in prospective. I also measured how low the water level was with a ruler. Answer, 20 inches. I just had to do this post since someone last week posted it was 5 feet down.

Lake San Marcos from the bridge south to Sunrise Point is only about 7 foot deep when totally full. It could never be down 5 foot. The mall coves are about 6 foot deep also. The aforementioned part of the lake is graded pretty much like a pie pan. “Very boring if you are a fisherman.” Going south from Sunrise Point to the picnic grounds, the depth increases gradually to about 14 feet. From the picnic grounds to the dam, it increases to about 26 feet. The original lake was about 48 feet before it became burdened with sediment.

Good news is that it will not take 20″ of rain to fill the lake. Because of the very large water shed area that runs into San Marcos Creek and then into the lake, just a few inches will send our lake over the spillway again as it does every winter.

Picnic Grounds Update

Picnic grounds pavilion should be ready by years end.

If you haven’t had a chance to walk down to the picnic grounds lately, I thought I would share my photo and what little info I have. As you come down the hill from Panorama you will see that the old narrow dirt road has been replaced with a much wider road. Large boulders have been added along the shoreline and a good looking stone retaining wall lines the west side of the road. This road has been widened at the County’s request to accommodate emergency vehicles. Residents and guest using the picnic grounds are still suppose to get to the picnic grounds by boat.

The new pavilion structure is very large and spacious. It is being built in a first class manner with lots of nice upgrades.  Originally, it was to have a tent canvas type of roof. That roof plan has been upgraded. If you remember the old picnic ground structure was cheap and in disrepair (see photo below).  The new picnic grounds structure is going to be special. The new structure is being wired for electricity and also has a large gas fireplace on the back wall. There has not been a decision made as to charcoal grills or gas grills.  I am told this new area should be ready about the end of the year. LLSM leases the picnic ground area from Varadero on a long term lease.

See more about the picnic grounds.

LLSM is doing many improvement projects at the same time.   See Lake San Marcos Boardwalk.  For the moment, glamping has been put on hold.

See photo of old picnic grounds below.

Photo by Gary Harmon

Photo by Gary Harmon

Public Dock Gone?

You may be wondering what happened to the public dock on the east side of the lake off La Plaza park.

Photo by Gary Harmon

Boat Ramp at La Plaza Park.

 

The public dock has been moved over a bit to the north to make way for a boat ramp.  This is a ramp for the use of LLSM (CDC). There will be a fence installed to control access.  The main boat ramp on the west side of the lake is being closed while a section of the new Boardwalk is being completed across the ramp area.