Panoramic Views – Carlsbad Ocean View Home

3537 Ridgecrest, Carlsbad, CA 92008

3537 Ridgecrest, Carlsbad, CA 92008

Remarks: Stately French Provincial custom Carlsbad home in exclusive Seacrest Estates of Old Carlsbad. 180 degree panoramic Carlsbad ocean view home. Views from entryway, living room, master bath and master suite and deck. Ocean views from every room. Large Chef’s kitchen with two breakfast bars and plenty of room for all to gather. Four beautiful fireplaces in this Carlsbad home.  Large pebble-tec pool with slide. Corner lot, room for RV, close to award winning Carlsbad schools. No HOA or Mello Roos. Qualified buyers only. See Supplemental!!! Located on Ridgecrest Drive in a quiet enclave of custom luxury homes. The stone paver circular driveway sets the tone for this 2 story elegant home. Arched 8′ solid wood double hung windows provide views from La Jolla to Catalina Island. Enter the home through the double 9′ doors with leaded glass sidelights and step into the elegant foyer with grand staircase, 30′ ceiling and dramatic chandelier. Interior features: 9′ and 10′ ceilings throughout. Solid wood, 6 panel double doors to each bedroom. Polished travertine throughout much of the first floor. Near the Butler’s pantry is a formal dining room with black marble fireplace. The step-down formal living room features 10 foot ceilings, a black marble fireplace and custom wood mantel. The family room features custom shutters, built in cabinetry and shelves, large wet bar with travertine counters and a fireplace with matching travertine surround. The breakfast nook looks out onto the pool area through a custom 8′ door and sidelights. The large Chef’s kitchen includes double sinks plus a separate vegetable sink in the large island; granite counters, island and backsplash; stainless steel 5-burner Jenn Air range, Jenn Air M/W oven combination; quiet Bosch dishwasher; trash compactor; built in 36″ refrigerator with matching cabinet panels. The large master suite has a sitting area, fireplace and custom walk-in closet. Ocean views from every window in master suite. French sliding door opens to the 180 sq. foot custom deck that provides 180 degree ocean panoramas. The custom deck includes built-in speakers and subdued lighting to provide a relaxing backdrop. The master bath features ocean views, separate his and her cherry wood vanities, travertine and granite throughout with a soaking tub and a private custom travertine shower. Elegance and class embody this wonderful Carlsbad  home. $250,000 IN UPGRADES.

Due to the hilly terrain of the beach towns along San Diego’s North County coast, many residential Carlsbad homes and condos boast of spectacular Ocean views and whitewater views. This location and geography has created the perfect place for spectacular Carlsbad ocean view homes. Much of  San Diego North County is ideally located to offer an impressive selection of ocean view homes for sale. Ocean view real estate ranges from small condos and townhomes with seaside views, to estate-sized properties boasting sweeping vistas of the Pacific Ocean.  The searches on this site are for homes above $1,000,000.  If you would like to see 3537 Ridgecrest, Carlsbad, CA 92008 or  a list of ocean view homes or condos at “ANY” price, just call 760-745-1220 or shoot me an email to and tell me what you are looking for.  You will get an immediate response.

Gary Harmon blogs on individual neighborhoods:

Poinsettia Cove Homes – Carlsbad Ocean View Homes

Carlsbad Whitewater View Homes

Listing of the Day – My Favorite Carlsbad Ocean View Home

San Pacifico – Carlsbad Ocean View Homes

Carlsbad Ocean View Homes Video

See other Prudential California Realty Listings.  See  Hadley Home Team Listings.

San Marcos Estate Home – Listing of the Day

This San Marcos Estate Home is located in the prestigious gated community of Stone Canyon and offers some of the best views in San Marcos.

Offered at $549,000.    919 Bridgeport Court, San Marcos 92078

San Marcos Estate HOmeLocated in a desireable gated area of San Marcos homes on a cul-de-sac street, this estate home features sweeping views of the hillsides, mountains and valleys which can be enjoyed by relaxing in the backyard gazebo. Lots of living space here with 5 bedrooms 4 baths, approx. 2,994 sf. new carpet, new paint, professionally cleaned and windows washed to make it move-in ready. Kitchen features granite counters, center island and is open to the family room. There is one bedroom and a full bath on the entry level ideal for extended family living or an office.  Stone Canyon  features lots of walking trails.

For more information on this great estate home at 919 Bridgeport Court, San Marcos 92078 contact Gary Harmon of the Hadley Home Team.

Valley Center Estate Home – Listing of the Day

29045 Fruitvale Lane, Valley Center, CA 92082

Valley Center Estate Home - San Diego North CountyLike owning your own resort with this fabulous fully fenced and electronic gated home featuring pebble tech pool with swim up bar, 2.18 acres lushly landscaped with well water for irrigation and municipal water for inside the home, built-in BBQ center, spacious patio area, views of the mountains and hillsides, storage building matching the home for yard equipment and covered RV shelter which can house 6 or more cars. Home features 4 bedrooms, 4 baths, gourmet kitchen with granite counters, great room, luxurious master suite & an attached 4 car garage. 

View virtual tour and see all other photos.

For more information on this great estate home at 29045 Fruitvale Lane, Valley Center, CA 92082, contact Gary Harmon of the Hadley Home Team.

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Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Safety Tips from San Diego North County Home Inspections

Read the following safety tips and put them in practice.  They may save your life or the life of someone you love.

  • Have your gas water heaters and gas furnaces serviced and inspected annually, a poor running appliance will not burn efficiently and as a byproduct – produce unsafe levels of carbon monoxide.
  • When using your fireplace, follow the manufacturers safety instructions for safe operation.
  • Use the internet to obtain operating manuals or write to the manufacturer for your appliances.
  • Have flue vents repaired if disconnected or damaged on water heaters and furnaces.
  • Do make sure the “firedoor” installed between the garage and house has a working self closing device and the door is properly weather-stripped.
  • Do make sure no doors enter a sleeping room from a garage.
  • Do make sure that no one is sleeping in a garage conversion (illegal room) where the gas appliances are still in the garage.
  • Homes in California must now have carbon monoxide (CO) detectors installed by July 2011 under a new bill signed into law by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on May 7, 2010.
  • Up to 40 California residents die each year from carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • This was reported as one of the compelling reasons for this Senate Bill to be introduced.
  • New & remodel construction will also include CO detectors.
  • A carbon monoxide detector is required if your San Diego North County home has a fossil fuel burning device; this would be:
     A gas water heater
     A gas furnace
     A fireplace (gas fired or not)
     A gas stove or wood burning stove
     An attached garage

Through the years we have seen other mandatory items to be installed when completing a real estate transaction. These include: smoke detectors, seismic strapping water heaters and now carbon monoxide detectors.

  • The cost of the Carbon Monoxide (CO) detector will be somewhere between $30-$50.
  • For simplicity, a combo smoke detector/ CO detector is available.
  • Fines may be levied for noncompliant properties.
  • Prior to installing the CO detector: READ THE INSTRUCTIONS FOR PROPER PLACEMENT.
  • Also, note the life expectancy of the product as it will have to be replaced at the manufacturer recommended intervals, approximately every 5-6 years.


Larger homes where the bedrooms are separated by floors and large square footages may very well need more than one carbon monoxide detector, therefore it is recommended you read the installation instructions and request clarification from your local code enforcement divisions in the city or county where you live.

If you are thinking of buying or selling a San Diego North County home, contact Gary Harmon, your North County Realtor.

More Mass Transit or More Freeway Lanes?

Do you think the following article by the National Association of Realtors reflects opinions here of San Diego North County home owners?  I think not, but read it for yourself and let me know what you think North County home owners want when buying a home.   Do you think San Diego North County home owners would prefer most of our taxes going for mass transit like the Sprinter or Coaster or would we all like some more freeway lanes?

Americans favor walkable, mixed-use neighborhoods, with 56 percent of respondents preferring smart-growth communities over ones that require more driving between home, work, and recreation. That’s according to a recent study, the Community Preference Survey, from the National Association of REALTORS®.
“REALTORS® care about improving communities through smart-growth initiatives,” said NAR President Ron Phipps. “Our members don’t just sell homes, they sell neighborhoods. REALTORS® understand that different home buyers are looking for all kinds of neighborhood settings and that many home buyers want walkable, transit-accessible communities.”
Walkable communities are defined as those where shops, restaurants, and local businesses are within walking distance from homes. According to the survey, when considering a home purchase, 77 percent of respondents said they would look for neighborhoods with abundant sidewalks and other pedestrian-friendly features, and 50 percent would like to see improvements to existing public transportation rather than initiatives to build new roads and developments.
The survey also revealed that while space is important to home buyers, many are willing to sacrifice square footage for less driving. Eighty percent of those surveyed would prefer to live in a single-family, detached home as long as it didn’t require a longer commute, but nearly three out of five of those surveyed — 59 percent — would choose a smaller home if it meant a commute time of 20 minutes or less.
The survey also found community characteristics are very important to most people. When considering a home purchase, 88 percent of respondents placed more value on the quality of the neighborhood than the size of the home, and 77 percent of those surveyed want communities with high-quality schools.   Sourse is NAR, the National Association of Realtors.

If you would like to know more about buying a San Diego North County home, contact Gary Harmon, your top North County Realtor.

Optimistic about the San Diego Real Estate Market

As you may already know, we commissioned Prudential’s Global Market Research Group to survey consumers between the ages of 25-64 who are in the market to buy a home.
Our Prudential 2011 survey found that Americans are significantly more optimistic about real estate today than a year ago and, despite economic volatility, their belief in real estate as a good investment is unshaken. In fact, most feel that the real estate market and property values will see recovery in the next year or two, and they highlighted the importance of real estate agents in the home-buying and selling process.

Prudential launched a media blitz in the early-morning hours of March 10 starting with 21 live television and radio interviews and two taped sessions. Survey coverage was picked up by 174 TV stations and national radio programs representing more than 25 million viewers and listeners. (Prudential agents can watch a sampling of these interviews linked from the PREA Center “Top Story” section and on the NextWork community site.)
We also blanketed the national and regional press as well as real estate trade publications with our press release, “Americans Confident in Recovery of Real Estate Market.” The Wall Street Journal was among the first to file stories. When the dust finally settled our press release generated 19,503 headline impressions on the Internet.
A simple Google search returned 23 pages of results including postings on media and trade association sites, affiliate websites, agent blogs and even the sites of other real estate companies. Our press release was viewed and posted on media sites in Sweden, Canada, France, Germany, United Kingdom, India and the Republic of Korea, which is great as America continues as a highly desirable market for international investors.

We at Prudential California Realty are optimistic about the San Diego Real Estate Market.  For more information about San Diego North County real estate, contact Gary Harmon, your San Diego North County Realtor.

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Search Like a Pro

Make sure you don’t miss the advanced search tools available for free on my main website,   For instance, you can search for properties by Area, Map, Zip Code, or MLS Number. If you see a property that you like, click on its thumbnail picture or hit the View Details button to see additional photographs and a detailed description of the North County homes.

Buying a San Diego North County home can be overwhelming if you don’t have a clear idea of what you’re looking for. Do you want to live near the beach or inland?  Are you looking for a detached property or perhaps a condominium? How many bedrooms and bathrooms will you need? Once you’ve come up with a list of requirements, you can save time by saving your preferred search parameters.

On the Property Search page, make your selections for your preferred area, number of bedrooms, and other details, and select Save Search. At this point, you can choose a name for your search, such as “2 bedroom Rural Houses” or “Homes in the Downtown Area.” Once you’ve named and saved your search, you can quickly access this search from the Saved Searches folder in your account, 24 hours a day. Every time you select a saved search, your pre-selected search criteria will be applied to the listings, and you’ll see all the properties that match your criteria. This feature can be a real time saver, as you don’t have to enter the information every time you want to look for homes.

Did you know that you can bookmark your favorite North County properties for quick viewing later? When you’re looking at a property’s Details page, you’ll see a button that says Add to Favorites. Click the button, and that property will be instantly saved to your own hidden Favorites folder on the site.

If you’d also like to share listings with friends and family, just click Send to a Friend, and the listing details will be sent to their email inbox. If a paper version of the listing is more convenient, simply hit Print, and you’ll be taken to a printer-friendly version of the listing details. On your browser, go to File and Print. Voila!

Are you looking for more information than just current property listings? Would you like to learn about North County neighborhoods in the San Diego North County market? has tons of great information about market conditions, nearby amenities, local schools, and much more.  Just click on the blue community button of your choice at the top ot  Simply select the community or neighborhood you’d like to read more about.

Have you spotted any San Diego North county listings you like? If so, you can easily arrange to view it in person by clicking Request a Showing from a property’s Details page. You’ll be taken to a brief form where you can post your preferred dates and times, or ask questions about the property. I’ll be in contact with you as soon as possible to schedule your tour!

See Current Listings of ALL San Diego North County homes now!  For more information, contact Gary Harmon, your top San Diego North County Realtor.

Pickford Escrow – Gary's Winning Team

An escrow company acts as a neutral third party in the North County real estate transaction.  As such, they are bound by law to notify both buyer and seller if the instructions given to them are not mutually consistant or if they cannot be carried out.  Pickford Escrow holds legal documentation and funds on behalf of the North County buyer and San Diego seller.   The escrow holder works closly with Gary Harmon, your North County Realtor, the buyer, the seller, and the lender to assure the sale’s conditions are complied within the time period call for the the purchase contract.

Pickford Escrow is one of the largest full service escrow companies in the state, with 13 offices in Southern California. Pickford Escrow has a distinguished reputation for experience, stability, and dedicated customer service. I have been proudly recommending Pickford Escrow since its inception.

Since its establishment in 1991, the firm has focused on a single mission: to deliver the highest level of professional service to its clients. As part of a comprehensive, collaborative real estate team (Realtor®, lender, title officer, escrow officer, transaction coordinator), the company acts as a neutral party to facilitate a variety of real estate transactions for a diverse range of clients.

Pickford Escrow is fully licensed by the Department of Corporations which holds it to a higher standard in both experience and trust accounting practices. Pickford Escrow is part of HomeServices of America Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate. This powerful alliance reinforces the strength, excellence and integrity of its service to you.

There are many great escrow officers at Pickford, but Gary has found Karyn Dillon to be especially professional and caring.  Karyn, with over 12 years of escrow experience, has become a valuable member of Gary’s winning team.  You too will find Karyn and her staff a customer service driven team of professionals always focused on consistently providing the highest level of quality escrow service.  For more escrow information see the main Pickford Escrow site.

Make Gary Harmon, your North County Realtor, and Pickford Escrow your winning real estate team.   Other members of the Gary Harmon team include Prudential California Realty, California Title, Home Services Lending, and Prudential Relocation.

Home Warranty – Who Does it Benefit?

Home Buyers Protection

By covering major home systems and appliances, a Home Protection Plan can help make buying or selling a San Diego North County home a more rewarding experience.   See reasons below photo.

Home Warranty - San Diego North County Home

San Diego Home buyers benefit:

  • Coverage for unexpected repair or replacement costs of many of your North County home’s major systems and appliances.
  • Convenience with access to our network of local certified contractors through our service representatives available 24 hours a day, 365 days per year.
  • Budget protection by only paying a nominal service fee per trade call in most situations.

San Diego Home sellers benefit:

  • Competitive edge for a faster sale.
  • Potential additional negotiating power to sell your San Diego home at a higher price.
  • Reduce after-sale liability.

When representing you as your North County Realtor I work with First American Home Warranty, one of my Winning Team Members.  When you buy a San Diego North County home, I suggest you also purchase a home warranty on your new home.  First American Home Warranty has been on the my winning team for many years.  First American has provided over 1,000,000 homeowners with high quality service since 1984.  It has an “A” rating by A.M. Best which stands for excellent.  I carry a home warranty on my own personal residence provided by First American Home Warranty.  For more information on home warranties, contact Gary Harmon, your North County Realtor.

  To find your San Diego North County home, contact Gary Harmon.

Lake San Marcos Home and Golf Memberships

Lake San Marcos Country Club Membership Opportunities

Full Golf Membership: provides full access to the entire Club’s facilities and amenities to include unlimited golf at the North and South golf courses, tennis, swimming, spa, dining, clubhouse and all social related events and activities. Members receive a 15% discount in the golfshop and a 10% discount at Gordon’s on the Greens. Family privileges will be extended to the Member, Member’s spouse and dependent children as prescribed by the Club. Individual privileges will be extended to the Member only.  Owning a Lake San Marcos home certainly has its benefits.

Lake San Marcos Golf Course

Initiation Fee was $2,500.00, now $0.
Family Monthly Dues $475.00 25% off the fi rst year.
Individual Monthly Dues $375.00
Young professional Golf Membership: is available to persons age thirty-nine (39) and under and provides full access to all the Club’s facilities and amenities to include unlimited golf at the North and South golf courses, tennis, swimming. spa, dining, clubhouse and all social related events and activities. Members receive a 15% discount in the golf shop and a 10% discount at Gordon’s on the Greens. Family privileges will be extended to the Member, Member’s spouse and dependent children as prescribed by the Club. Individual privileges will be extended to the Member only.

Initiation Fee was $1,500.00, now $0

Family Monthly Dues $405.00 25% off the fi rst year. 

Individual Monthly Dues $310.00

Social/Tennis Membership: Provides access to all the Club’s facilities and amenities to include tennis, swimming, sap, dinning, clubhouse and all social related events and activities. Privileges will be extended to the Member, Member’s spouse and dependent children as prescribed by the Club. 

Initiation Fee was$500.00, now $0.

Family Monthly Dues $99.99 25% off the fi rst year.
Individual Monthly Dues $79.00

The following fees will apply to Golf Memberships:
A quarterly food & beverage minimum is applied to all memberships as follows:
Individual: $100.00 ~ Family: $150.00
Range Program: $200.00/year/Individual  $275.00/year/Family
Locker Fee: $150.00/year  Cart Fee: $15.00/person/18-holes

Want to look for your Lake San Marcos home, contact Gary Harmon, Lake San Marcos resident.

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