Creating Your San Diego North County Dream Home

Today at our Prudential California Realty office meeting in La Costa, we had a speaker, Jennifer Bonasia, President of Pacific Shoreline Construction Consulting Design.  She shared a lot of good information that I think North County home buyers and sellers can all use. 

North County Buyers

When looking for a home many potential buyers love a home, but there are just a few things they would change.  Somtimes these things are stumbling blocks to finding that dream home.  Many times buyers over estimate the cost of what desired changes might cost.  A solution would be to schedule an appointment with Pacific Shoreline at the home being considered.  Pacific Shoreline will then come up with an free estimate of what it would cost to change things about the North County property.  The buyer, having all the facts, can mak e an informed decision as to whether to buy the home in question.

North County Sellers

Many times there are just a few things that a home needs to make a listing more sellable.  Again, the sellers may over estimate what it would cost.  A home that looks good sells for more money.  Why not get someone like Pacific Shoreline to give you a free quote on what needed changes would cost.  Then you, the seller, can make an informed decision.

Pacific Shoreline Slide Show of Completed Work 

About Pacific Shoreline

Pacific Shoreline is a licensed CA General Contractor providing superior construction management and interior design services for residential and commercial projects.  From residential re-models to complete new home community development, Pacific Shoreline has the breadth of experience and professional management to make the difference in the success of your project and your budget.  Pacific Shoreline offers a comprehensive system of services that include Interior Design and Green Building and Design practices creating a superior, sustainable and healthier environment for our clients.  (Information and photos furnished by Pacific Shorline, See

 Gary Harmon, your North County Realtor, specializes in helping buyers or sellers of  Carlsbad homes, Encinitas homes, Escondido real estate, or Oceanside homes for sale.  This includes  Carlsbad Ocean View Homes , and Encinitas Ocean View homes.Oceanside Ocean View Homes.  Gary also specializes in helping San Diego Seniors (over55) with  Ocean Hills Country Club homes, Emerald Lake Village, Rancho Carlsbad homes, Oceana homes or Seven Oaks and Oaks North homes

Solana Beach Ocean View Homes

836 S Cedros, Solana Beach, CA 92075 is one of the great San Diego Ocean View Homes.

Solana Beach Ocean View Homes

Offered at $1,375,000.  Can’t beat this deal. Run the comps and bring an offer!!! Location, location, location … 3 blocks to Cedros Design District, 1 block to dog beach and one block to The Del Mar Race Track. This home has a rare 3 car garage. Solana Beach Ocean Views from master bedroom.   View the Virtual Tour Photos.

This home is one of only five in a small gated enclave known as The Sanctuary. Featuring 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, over 2,600 square feet and a RARE 3 car garage. There is a beautiful ocean view from the Master Bedroom which includes a sitting area with fireplace. This home offers a clean, timeless craftsman design. Location, location, location … 3 blocks to Cedros Design District, 2 blocks to Dog Beach and one block to the popular Brigantine Restaurant. Come home today!  Listing courtesy of Greg Schwaderer of Prudential California Realty.  See full details of 836 S Cedros listing, plus lots more photos. 

To see Solana Beach ocean view homes, Carlsbad ocean view homes, Encinitas ocean view homes, or Oceanside ocean view homes contact Gary Harmon, your Ocean View Realtor.

View Map of  Location – 836 S Cedros

Ocean View Homes

Carlsbad Ocean View HomesEncinitas Ocean View HomesOceanside Ocean View Homes 

Ocean View Homes

San Diego Ocean View Homes

With more than 70 miles of continuous Pacific shoreline, reliable sunshine, and near optimum climate, San Diego North County homes are easily one of the best and most luxurious places to live in the world.

San Diego’s North County Coast

Due to the rolling hills and cliffs of the beach towns along San Diego’s North County coast, many single family residential homes and condos boast of spectacular oceanfront views and whitewater views.  This magnificant location has created the perfect place for spectacular Encinitas ocean view homes, Carlsbad ocean view homes, and Oceanside ocean view homes.  San Diego North offers an impressive selection of ocean view properties 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.

Encinitas Ocean View Estate Homes

Encinitas is 25 miles north of San Diego and is located along six miles of Pacific Ocean coastline.  There are sweeping panoramic ocean views, scenic views to the eastern back country, and great views of San Elijo Lagoon. This long coastline allows pleanty of room for some incredible Encinitas oceanfront, white water view and Encinitas ocean view homes

Carlsbad Ocean View Estate Homes

 Carlsbad homes are in an area covering about 43 square miles and Carlsbad ocean view homes are along 6.5 miles of beautiful beaches, great surfing, and miles of rolling hills, canyons, and lush valleys.  Zip code 92011 boast some great Carlsbad ocean view homes, Carlsbad whitewater homes, and Carlsbad oceanfront view homes. 

Oceanside Ocean View Estates Home

The Oceanside homes area has about 4 miles of shoreline and great beaches.  This long shoreline allows for some great Oceanside ocean view homes , Oceanside oceanfront, and some Oceanside whitewater view homes.  Oceanside is the classic California beach community with its warm sandy beaches, Oceanside Pier and Cape Cod style harbor village.

Gary Harmon – Your Ocean View Realtor

Gary Harmon, your ocean view Realtor, provides extensive knowledge and experience in assisting home buyers with ocean view homes for sale. Feel free to browse the current inventory of single family homes by clicking on the links above the ocean view photo.  If you are looking for condos or townhomes, contact Gary Harmon, and he will do a custom search for you.

Moonlight Beach – Encinitas Ocean View Homes

Moonlight Beach

Moonlight Beach Ammenities

At the bottom of a gently sloping hill, right below some special Encinitas ocean view homes, is the spectacular Moonlight Beach and all it has to offer.  It is located near the foot of Encinitas Boulevard, at the west end of “B” Street and 4th. Its sandy beach is great for volleyball.  Facilities there include picnic tables, fire pits,benches, recreational equipment rentals, a snack bar, showers, rest rooms and volleyball courts.  The parking lot for Moonlight Beach sits high above the beach on the bluff.  In addition to parking, it is used for popular car shows such as the annual gathering of Woodies.

Moonlight Beach Concession Stand

One of the changes you will soon see is the Moonlight Beach concession stand will get a total makeover.  Since June and Treggon Owens took over the Moonlight Beach Concession Stand last year good things have been happening.    Treggon said, “We worked with the city to replace everything from the sewer to ceiling fans,” he said. “We bought all new restaurant equipment. We wanted a clean start. I didn’t want to worry about equipment that might break.”  The concession stand is also getting a new menu featuring great items form some of the finest food purveyors in the area: Foster Farms corn dogs, Sadie Rose Artisan Breads, Garden State Bagels,  Block and Barrel Specialty Cheese,  and Tillamook Cheese.  You can get more information on the menu or view the full menu by visiting, www.  For the kids, snow cones have been added.  The Moonlight Beach Concesson Stand is open a minimum of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day of the year.

Enjoy your next visit to Moonlight Beach with the family, and to see Encinitas Ocean View homes, contact Gary Harmon.  Gary also specializes in Oceanside ocean view estates, and Carlsbad oceanfront homes.

Carlsbad Ocean View Homes – Whitewater View Homes

Listings of Carlsbad Ocean View Homes

See 6 Carlsbad Ocean View Homes for Sale – South

See 21 Carlsbad Ocean View Homes for Sale -North

Carlsbad oceanview homes - Carlsbad homes

For Carlsbad homes are in an area covering about 43 square miles and offering 6.5 miles of beautiful beaches, great surfing, and miles of rolling hills, canyons, and lush valleys.  Zip code 92011 boast some great Carlsbad ocean view homes, Carlsbad oceanfront homes, and Carlsbad whitewater view homes.  

For more information information on Carlsbad ocean view homes, Carlsbad whitewater view homes, or Carlsbad oceanfront properties, contact Gary Harmon, your Carlsbad ocean view Realtor.

The listings on this website do not include Carlsbad ocean view homes for rent or Carlsbad ocean view vacation homes for rent or lease.

Escondido Homes for Sale Market Conditions & Statistics

For the first week of July, this is how the market looked in the Escondido homes area.  See the bottom of the page and below the table for details on Escondido homes for sale and Escondido home inventory.

Escondido Homes Market StatisticsThis Week in Escondido Real Estate

The median list price of Escondido real estate this week is $425,000.  There are 668 Escondido homes for sale and the Escondido properties have been on the market for an average of 110 days.  Inventory of Escondido homes and days on the market are both climbing.  These trends imply a weakening in the market of Escondido homes for sale.

Supply and Demand of Escondido Homes

In terms of demand and supply, the Escondido homes market is getting cooler.  There is more homes coming on the market relative to the sales demand for Escondido homes.  In recent weeks, however, prices have been moving up somewhat.  This trend  may be a result of improved quality of the homes being listed.  That is, the Escondido homes being listed may be larger and newer.

These Escondido homes for sale market conditions are brought to you by Altos Research and Pickford Escrow, one of Gary Harmon’s winning team members.  For more information on Escondido homes for sale, contact Gary Harmon, your top Escondido Realtor.

Oceanside Homes for Sale Market Conditions & Statistics

Going into July, this is how the market looked in the Oceanside homes area.  See the bottom of the page and below the table for details on Oceanside homes for sale and Oceanside home  inventory. 

This Week in Oceanside

The median list price in Oceanside homes for sale this week is $363,000.  The Oceanside homes inventory and the days on the market are both increasing.  The improving Market Action Index (see graph) implies some increased sales demand may temper the negative trends.

Supply and Demand of Oceanside Homes

Oceanside home sales have been exceeding the new Oceanside homes inventory for the last few weeks.  Because of excess Oceanside home inventory, the prices have not yet stopped going down.  Should the sales trend continue, expect prices to level off soon and potentially to resume their climb from there.  Watch Oceanside home prices as the market transitions from a North County buyer’s market to a North County Seller’s market.

Oceanside Homes for Sale Prices

This week prices of Oceanside homes for sale bumped up a bit but the trend of recent weeks was generally in a downward direction.  An increase in demand will be reflected in the Market Action Index.  Watch the chart in future post to try to identify a change in the market.

These Oceanside homes for sale market conditions are brought to you by Altos Research and Pickford Escrow, one of Gary Harmon’s winning team members.  For more Oceanside homes for sale information, contact Gary Harmon, your Oceanside Realtor.

Carlsbad Resale Homes – Market Conditions & Statistics

Going into July, this is how the market looked in the Carlsbad homes area.  See the bottom of the page and below the table for details on Carlsbad homes for sale and Carlsbad home  inventory. 

Carlsbad homes for sale

Carlsbad Homes Prices

Going into July, the median list price of Carlsbad homes for sale was $779,000.  There were 492 Carlsbad homes on the market with an average market time of 96 days.

Carlsbad Homes for Sale Inventory

Carlsbad homes inventory and days on the market are both trending higher.  There has been an improvement in the Market Action Index (see graph) which implies some increased in demand for Carlsbad homes.

Supply and Demand

The Market Action Index has been trending lower for the last several weeks.  Carlsbad homes for sale prices have remained relatively stable.  If the Carlsbad home inventoory continues to grow relative to sales demand, it is likely that we will see a downward pressure on the prices of Carlsbad homes for sale.

To find out more about Carlsbad, Carlsbad homes, etc. contact Gary Harmon, your Carlsbad Realtor and North County real estate expert

San Diego County Homes Foreclosure Comparison 2009 vs 2010

San Diego County Homes Notice of Defaults

The following table shows how many notices of default were sent out in San Diego County by month, 2009 vs 2010.  A notice of default is the official notice the lender gives the San Diego home owner letting them know they may be taking the home back.  After the notice of default, it is 120 days until the bank can officially foreclose.  Looking at the table below you can see that the number of notices of default are down considerably in 2010. 

San Diego County Homes Foreclosures 

San Diego County home foreclosures are the actual number of homes the bank took back through the foreclosure process.  These numbers have increased considerably since 2009.  This basically indicates that the banks have been slow to approve the short sales and have just chosen to take more and more homes back through the foreclosure process.  

 To find San Diego North County foreclosures see Gary’s Free Foreclosure Search.  This also shows homes that have notices of default filed.  Information is provided by Foreclosure Radar.   For more information about San Diego North County real estate or to buy or sell a San Diego North County home, contact Gary Harmon, your North County Realtor.

CA 2010 New Home Tax Credit

The State of California has passed a new home credit for a qualified new principal residence.  San Diego North County buyers must buy from May 1, 2010 through the end of the year. This would apply to almost all new San Diego North County homes for sale. Escondido homes or Encinitas homes constructed by the taxpayer would not qualify since they are not considered purchased.

The new Escondido home, Oceanside home, Encinitas home, or other North County home must be new, but can be attached or detached.  They can also be condos or manufactured homes.  New means it has never been occupied. North County sellers must certify that the San Diego home has never been occupied in order for a taxpayer to receive an allocation of the credit.

You are not eligible if you used the 2009 new home tax credit or if you are under 18.

New home tax credits are limited to the lesser of 5% of the purchase price or $10,000.

The State has set aside $100,000,000 for this new home program, but when the money runs out, so does the program. When buying  North County homes, buyers who qualify for the new home credit may reserve a tax credit pri0r to close of escrow.  To reserve a new North County home tax credit, the buyer must fill out and fax to the state a reservation request which certifies that they have entered into a qualified new home purchase under the credit’s guidelines.  A copy of your signed North County home must be included with the purchase contract.  This credit  is strictly, first come, first serve. If you want to get in on this great opportunity you had better get started.

You should always take your Realtor with you on you first visit to new model homes.   Contact Gary Harmon, your top North County Realtor today.  For other types of credits see California 2010 Tax Credit First Time Buyer.