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.

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

 

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.

Lake San Marcos Boardwalk

If you go down by the Lake San Marcos marina, you can see that the new boardwalk is coming along nicely.

Lake San Marcos Boardwalk

Photo by Gary Harmon.

It appears that the boardwalk will have several seating areas and lighted steps.  It is my understanding that the boardwalk will go from the marina area through the new Quail’s restaurant and down to St Mark Golf Club.  The pathway north of the hotel has already been completed and is in constant use by the hotel guest.

The picnic grounds structure is also starting to take shape.  The road leading to the picnic grounds has been expanded to two lanes at the request of the fire department.  Construction and design at the picnic grounds appears to be first class.  Glamping is still on hold.

Dead Fish Everywhere

If you have been at Lake San Marcos this week, especially towards the dam, you have seen dead fish everywhere.

Lake San Marcos Fall Turnover

Most of these fish are bluegill, but there are a few bass, crappie, and catfish.

I was on the lake Monday morning and there were fish at the top sucking for air everywhere.  Very sad to witness.  I new many of them were doomed.  The water looked dirty, a little milky, and had a slight rotten egg smell.  When I returned Tuesday night, there were many dead fish along the shoreline mostly past the glamping sites towards the dam.

For every dead fish you see on the top floating, there are probably hundreds dead on the bottom.  (DEAD FISH, for the most part, DON’T FLOAT!)  Don’t be alarmed.  This process is just the “fall lake turnover.”  This goes on all over America in freshwater lakes.  As the warmer water on the top cools because of the cooler fall nights, it becomes denser that the water at the bottom.  The bottom water comes to the top and the top water goes to the bottom.  The bottom water that has just surfaced has very little oxygen.  Therefore, the fish use to living near the top, have a lot of trouble breathing.  Thus, many of them dye.

Lake San Marcos has an abundance of bluegill.  Bluegill eat the eggs of bass and crappie and are actually a nuisance fish.   It is good that nature thins them out.

Nothing can be done about lakes turning over.  You must just endure the smell and the poor fishing while the process in continuing.  Depending on the weather it can take several weeks.

Paddle Boarding at Lake San Marcos

Paddle boarding is now allowed on Lake San Marcos.

Paddle boarding is now allowed at Lake San Marcos.

 

Pino Vitti, owner of CDC, now the Lodge at Lake San Marcos, announced last week at a community meeting that paddle boarding was now allowed in Lake San Marcos.  In fact, it is being encouraged.  Resident and members of Lake San Marcos may register their paddle boards at the office at 1105 Bonita Drive, right next to the Pavilion.  There is no cost to get a sticker for your boat.

The Lakehouse Hotel and Resort will rent paddle boats to guest for $15 an hour.  Many folks are starting to take advantage.

Lake security will check to make sure all paddle boards have the proper stickers.