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La Jolla Historic Hotel - The Grande Colonial - 08/29/10 10:20 PM
Overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the Grande Colonial La Jolla was built in 1913 on Prospect Street in the heart of the village of La Jolla. The Grande Colonial is La Jolla's oldest original hotel and is on the registry of Historic Hotels of America. The original white and wood framed hotel was first named "The Colonial Apartments and Hotel" and soon became a popular spot for out of town visitors, celebrities and locals. In 1926, the nearby La Jolla Drug Store was purchased by the owner of the Colonial and moved inside the Colonial, who then added an ice cream parlor (7 comments)
Take a Hike at Torrey Pines State Reserve in La Jolla, CA - 08/29/10 07:26 PM
Looking to take a hike? There is no better place than our La Jolla Torrey Pines State Reserve! Sitting high on a hilltop plateau overlooking Torrey Pines State Beach, the historic park has long been a favorite with hikers looking for an easy to challenging walk, depending on the trails you take, and beautiful scenery. A day-use pass costs $10 and the park is open from 8 a.m. until sunset daily. The park also features a museum at the Visitor Center (lodge) with exhibits of the Reserve's natural and cultural history which is open daily at 9 a.m. Guided nature walks (2 comments)
September 2010 Theater Events in San Diego - 08/29/10 06:46 PM
Two great San Diego theater events are taking place in September. The first at the La Jolla Playhouse is "Limelight: The Story of Charlie Chaplin" scheduled to open September 7th and run through October 17th. This world premiere musical looks into the life of the comic genius who became a Hollywood icon. For tickets call (858) 550-1010 The second theater event is at the Old Globe Theater in Balboa Park. "Brighton Beach Memoirs" is scheduled from September 14th through November 7th. This is Neil Simon's classic "coming of age" about a young boy trying to figure out where he fits in (0 comments)
"Shake, Rattle & Roll" at the Birch Aquarium in La Jolla, CA - 08/29/10 06:26 PM
Birch Aquarium is featuring their 2010 Fall Evening Lecture Series beginning on September 13th. Earthquakes and Earth's magnetic field will be explored during the first of this three-part series from the researchers at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UCSD. Each program runs from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the aquarium, 2300 Expedition Way and below is the September 13th program: Sept. 13: "Shake, Rattle and Roll: The Physics of Earthquakes."Scripps physical oceanographer Kevin Brown will describe the phenomena that we experience as earthquakes and relate what scientists understand about the physics of the events. He'll talk about techniques that he and (0 comments)
"Green Flash" Concerts at Birch Aquarium in La Jolla - 08/29/10 06:16 PM
The Birch Aquarium continues the "Green Flash" Concert Series with the September 11th show with Peter Yarrow and Noel Paul Stookey of Peter, Paul & Mary. This is a special concert and for tickets contact the Birch Aquarium at 858-534-4109. The last concert will be held on September 15th and Bay area blues-man, Tommy Castro with his band will be performing. Tommy Castro is the winner of several awards, including the B.B. King Blues Entertainer of the Year. Both concerts are on the outdoor Tile Pool Plaza overlooking the La Jolla coast and open to ages 21+ only. While the music is (0 comments)
Thieves Burglarize La Jolla Home Being Fumigated - 08/28/10 05:33 PM
This is a local news story, but one I think can happen anywhere. Recently a home in my La Jolla neighborhood was burglarized while it was being tented for fumigation. Of course, as homeowners, we are told to vacate the premises and find alternate housing when our property is being tented for termites. The homeowners followed the instructions and when they returned they found their home had been ransacked. The thieves went to so far as to not only taking the valuables, but also stealing the owner's gardening equipment. If you are having your home tented, be sure to get a (4 comments)
La Jolla Concerts by the Sea - August 29th - 08/28/10 04:51 PM
This Sunday's free concert at the La Jolla Cove is featuring Allegato with Allison Adams Tucker and her East/West Jazz Vocals. Bring the family & friends, a blanket, beach chairs and enjoy the music on Sunday, August 29th from 2 pm to 4 pm. There will be hot dogs, ice cream, popcorn and drinks for sale. Come join the fun as our summer season of the La Jolla Concerts by the Sea winds down to only one more concert on September 5th!
CalPERS ~ Down Payment Assistance - 08/28/10 04:32 PM
Affiliated with CalPERS? Stephanie Reynold, a real estate agent in Santee, California provides some important information about your benefits! ~ Susan Via Stephanie Reynolds (AgentsOfPossibility.com, REALTOR, GRI, ePro at CMI, Inc. ): CalPERS ~ Down Payment Assistance Are you a California State Employee? County Employee? School or University Employee? California Legislature? Municipal Employee? Any one of these employers may or currently utilizes the CalPERS retirement system. What is CalPERS? CalPERS provides retirement and health benefits to more than 1.6 million public employees, retirees, and their families and more than 2,500 employers. In lieu of Social Security, many agencies participate in the CalPERS program as a benefit to (0 comments)
Liza Minnelli Performing at 2010 Symphony at Salk in La Jolla, CA - 08/28/10 04:26 PM
The Salk Institute in La Jolla invites you to join them this evening, August 28th for an evening of music featuring Broadway legend and 4-time Tony Award winner, Liza Minnelli. Liza will be performing with the San Diego symphony and all proceeds from the event will benefit the continued research at the Salk Institute and its community programs. Jonas Salk and his wife Francoise Gilot were long time residents of La Jolla and the Salk Institute carries on Dr. Salk's tradition of researching and finding cures for international diseases. Tonight's performance begins with a 5:30 pm champagne reception and supper and (2 comments)
One of our favorite La Jolla events is the annual "Taste at the Cove" which is being held this year on Wednesday, September 1st at Scripps Park from 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm. Every year more than 30 local restaurants will present sample cuisine from their gourmet kitchens, along with the latest collections from La Jolla shops and stylists. The San Diego Sports Medicine Foundation is sponsoring this year's event which hopes to raise funds to treat and rehabilitate injured youths who lack the funds to obtain alternate medical care and therapy. Along with the food event, there will be (4 comments)
You Don't Have To Solve All Your Problems Today - 08/28/10 02:30 PM
Another eloquent and thought-provoking post from Gary Woltal. We should all have a "Trouble Tree" outside our homes... ~ Susan Via Gary Woltal - Assoc. Broker REALTOR® SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty): I think with our sound bite, microwave cooking, instant now everything pace of life, we feel at the end of the work day, if there is even something defined as a work day that we have to take our problems and frustrations home past 6 p.m. and KEEP WORKING on solving them into the night. Whatever happened to at least a LITTLE SEMBLANCE of being done or enough is enough with (1 comments)
Does Size Matter? - 08/28/10 02:13 PM
Finding the right real estate agent is considered to be the most important part of the home buying process. Is the agent a buyer's agent, do they have a track record, are they a full time agent, were they referred to you by someone you trust? There are many factors to consider when choosing someone to facilitate one of the largest financial commitment of your life. But does size matter? Are you looking to work with a large company's agent because the company is known around the world or has "name recognition"? Real estate agencies come in all shapes and sizes. (5 comments)
10 Tips to Inexpensively Update your Kitchen - 08/27/10 10:40 PM
Looking to remodel and update your kitchen? Birgit Anich has some great ideas to consider! ~ Susan Via Birgit Anich (Redesign Your Space, Fairfield county, CT): As a professional Home Stager in Fairfield County, CT I see too often kitchens that look outdated. When consulting our clients, we often recommend inexpensive upgrades that will help you sell your house. Kitchen and bathrooms are the two most important rooms in a house and can make or break a deal with potential buyers walking through your house. Here are our Top 10 Tips for simple and inexpensive updates: 1. Replace old hardware with up-to-date hardware (1 comments)
I don't need an agent because I'm buying a new home from a builder - 08/27/10 10:38 PM
Nevin Williams says it best.... ~ Susan Via Nevin Williams, Conventional,jumbo & FHA (First Priority Financial,specialize in jumbo & conventional): Get real! Why would I want to have an agent act as a middleman when I can deal with the builder? I can get the house for less because there will be no commission to pay. Why should I lose thousands of dollars just to have you walk in with me? If you are a home buyer how often have you thought this? If you're a Realtor how often have you heard this? When the cat is away the mice will play. There (1 comments)
Is Your Home Overdressed? Maybe it needs a "Make Under" - 08/24/10 02:38 PM
Thinking of selling your home? Here are some tips to help you maximize and expedite your sale! ~ Susan Via Tessa Skeens - Hampton Redesign (Hampton ReDesign, Home Staging and Redesign in Fort Worth TX): Happened to be home when Oprah was on this afternoon. The topic was Makeunders. Women who needed less not more. But this also applies to homes. Nate Berkus did a room Makeunder and it inspired me!Every home that goes on sale needs a makeunder. The less of you, the quicker your home will sell. The bigger and more spacious your home looks the higher it's perceived value. This (3 comments)
What's In The Water At La Jolla Shores? - 08/22/10 07:58 PM
La Jolla is a beautiful place to live and our beaches are incredible... but this summer, well... read below.... :-) ~ Susan Via Stephanie Reynolds (AgentsOfPossibility.com, REALTOR, GRI, ePro at CMI, Inc. ): What's In The Water At La Jolla Shores? La Jolla Shores is one of the best beaches in San Diego County. You will find that the warm water and beautiful summer days bring more surfers, swimmers, kayaks and snorkelers to the sparkling water. What else will you find in the water at La Jolla Shores? You are likely to find an occasional jellyfish, sea lions playing in the surf, a few (3 comments)
"Tikul" Restaurant in La Jolla & The Puerto Vallarta Connection - 08/22/10 07:38 PM
Puerto Vallarta is a special place to me and I have lived, owned boutiques and sold oceanfront real estate there. Over the years, I have made many, many friends who own homes and businesses in Vallarta. Today, while in the Village of La Jolla, I saw that Alberto and Renee Perez from Vallarta have now opened a new restaurant on Prospect Street. One of my favorite places to eat in Vallarta is their "sister restaurant" to the new one. La Palapa in Puerto Vallarta is a place that my daughter and I could get our hair braided, shop for jewelry and clothing and eat (4 comments)
Views of La Jolla - North & South - 08/22/10 07:21 PM
La Jolla is truly the "jewel" of San Diego. This morning we took a drive south to visit Pacific Beach and when coming back into La Jolla went up the hill. The first photo below is of the view to the south of La Jolla. Then we headed to the village and had lunch at Alfonso's Restaurant on Prospect and while there we walked over and took some pictures of the view to the north of La Jolla, which is the second photo below. What an incredibly beautiful place we live in and what a beautiful day today!
The Plunge at Belmont Park - 08/22/10 06:30 PM
The Plunge at Belmont Park in Pacific Beach is 85 years old. My husband learned to swim there when he was a youngster, along with most of the population of Pacific Beach over the years. The Plunge is now considered to be the largest heated indoor swimming pools in Southern California measuring in at 12,000 square feet. Built in 1925, it was the centerpiece of the Mission Beach Amusement Center, now known as Belmont Park. The Plunge was originally a salt water pool and was converted in 1940 to a fresh water pool. Today, the Plunge is part of the Wave House Athletic (0 comments)
Belmont Park in Pacific Beach, California - 08/22/10 06:02 PM
Belmont Park in Pacific Beach is one of my favorite places to visit! Not only does it have one of the few wooden roller coasters left in the United States, but it has rides, bumper cars, glow in the dark mini golf, a carousel and cotton candy... all along the ocean boardwalk of Mission Beach in Pacific Beach. There is something for everyone and once you are done with the rides, have a drink or lunch/dinner at one of the open air restaurants that line the boardwalk. Fun in the sun in Pacific Beach!
"Nakation" at Black's Beach in La Jolla - 08/22/10 10:52 AM
A "Nakation" is a naked vacation and is considered one of the latest trends to help Americans break out of the nation's economic slump and national malaise. Not sure how "getting naked" and romping on the beach will help my finances, but one of the TripAdvisor's top ten nude beaches in the nation is Black's Beach in San Diego County. La Jolla is home to the two mile Black's Beach and portions of the beach are governed under the city and other parts are in a state park zone where nudity was legal until 2009. Citations for nudity are a possibility, but (8 comments)
La Jolla's Sunday Open Aire Market - 08/21/10 10:20 PM
La Jolla Elementary School's Open Aire Market celebrated its 10th Anniversary last year and continues going strong! October 2010 will feature a Art & Wine Festival and a Harvest Festival. La Jolla Elementary School hosts this weekly event every Sunday from 9 am to 1 pm. The market was founded and continues to be a way for our La Jolla community to get-together with our neighbors; along with helping support the elementary school's programs to enrich the students' education with diverse activities and fund the learning programs. The market features over 75 vendors offering fresh fruits, colorful vegetables, a wide assortment of beautiful flowers, gourmet (3 comments)
Art Venues in La Jolla - 08/21/10 10:07 PM
Museum of Contemporary Art in La Jolla is located at 700 Prospect Street and in the heart of the Village of La Jolla. The Museum is open from 11 am - 5 pm Friday through Tuesday and 11 am to 7 pm on Thursdays. It is closed on Wednesdays. The general admission is $10, military and seniors pay $5 and 25 years old and under are free. Located overlooking the ocean and with its distinctive architectural design, the Museum of Contemporary Art is a popular place for locals and visitors from around the world. In addition to the Museum, La Jolla has its (0 comments)
OMD! (Oh My Dog!) Is Yours on Facebook? - 08/21/10 07:52 PM
I am passionate about the pets I have had in my life. I can recall my first dog (Tammy, Scottish Terrier), her tricks, her favorite foods and toys and how she looked at me when I came home from elementary school every day. In my lifetime, I have had three Scottish Terriers, one Silky Terrier, four Springer Spaniels and two Cocker Spaniels and I remember everything about them. My latest love is a Cocker Spaniel that we rescued in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and brought home to the States 10 years ago. Unless you are a pet lover though, I would probably (5 comments)
An Independent La Jolla? San Diego's Jewel - 08/21/10 06:44 PM
Over the past 30 years that I have lived in La Jolla, there has always been talk about La Jolla seceding from the City of San Diego and becoming its own municipality. There is precedent with another community in San Diego, that of Coronado; however Coronado seceded in 1890 and the political and financial climate of today is very different. Today La Jolla's preservation, enhancement and protection are subject to the laws and actions of the City of San Diego, which as most of us know, is having financial difficulties. Today there is an organization entitled, "Independent La Jolla" which is (0 comments)
Are Women or Men More Decisive When Buying a Home? - 08/21/10 03:00 PM
If you believe that "Men are from Mars and Women are from Venus" applies to real estate, then this theory would apply everyday to millions of home buyers looking to make a decision on buying a home. For most of us home buying is the largest purchase we will make in our lifetimes and buying a home with another person makes it even more challenging. Studies by third party research firms, such as International Communications Research (ICR) have indicated that women may be inclined to make up their minds faster than men as indicated below or have different criteria when looking to (45 comments)
Get To Know Your Air Flow - 08/21/10 11:23 AM
Now may be the time to change out your filters around your home! If so, here is a good installation tip for you so you can breathe easier! ~ Susan Via Jay Markanich (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC): It is probably true that on half the home inspections I do the filter is installed backwards. It is important that the filter be installed the right way! Why? Because one side is stronger and meant to handle the air flow's pressure. There is an arrow drawn on every filter to tell you the air flow direction. Put in backwards, and as it gets loaded (2 comments)
Kitchen Remodeling Do's And Dont's - 08/21/10 11:06 AM
Thinking about remodeling your kitchen? Here are some "no nonsense" ideas for making the most of your budget from Scott Hayes in Austin. ~ Susan Via Scott Hayes (Austin Real Estate Agency): Even the most cursory viewing of home improvement shows, has reinforced the mantra; kitchens and bathrooms sell homes. What the shows don't tell you, is how to get the most bang for your buck. Too often, the homes featured, showcase budget busting kitchen improvements. Sure, the kitchen is arguably the most important room in the home. But most people don't have seventy five thousand dollars to spend on hand made cabinets, (3 comments)
Temecula, California Map and Information - 08/14/10 01:22 PM
San Diegans! Looking to buy in Temecula where there are affordable homes, wine country properties, avocado groves and more? Contact Jane Grant at Southwest Realty and tell her that Susan Laxson from Laxson Realty in La Jolla sent you! ~ Susan Via Jane Grant - Southwest Real Estate - Riverside County, CA: Temecula is on the map now and has grown up FAST! Temecula, California; Located in beautiful Southwest Riverside County has so many attributes! Not to mention, great prices on Temecula Homes For Sale, and it made Relocate America's list for top 100 places to live in America.
Here's some other great information about Temecula and why it made (4 comments)
Time For a YARD SALE! - 08/13/10 07:21 PM
Looking to make some extra money from your "stuff"? How about having a neighborhood garage sale? Stephanie has some great ideas... read more below! ~ Susan Via Stephanie Reynolds (AgentsOfPossibility.com, REALTOR, GRI, ePro at CMI, Inc. ): Time For a YARD SALE! House in escrow? Need to move? Want some extra cash? Too much JUNK? Or maybe you are bored and just need something to do on a Saturday morning! Whatever your reason, you have decided it is Time for a YARD SALE! As one who loves to frequent YARD SALES, I have experienced some great sales and some really bad sales. (2 comments)
Torrey Pines Elementary School - Back to School 2010 - 08/12/10 12:06 AM
Torrey Pines Elementary Schoolis a 2008 California Distinguished School and is located at 8350 Cliffridge Avenue in the La Jolla Heights community of La Jolla. The school serves the educational needs of kindergarten students through 5th grade. The students at Torrey Pines Elementary School then can go on to Muirlands Middle School and later to La Jolla High School. The school is strong in academics and actively encourages parent volunteers. With an annual statewide ranking of at least 9 out of a possible 10, this makes Torrey Pines a high level achieving elementary school. To view Torrey Pines Elementary School's Report (0 comments)
La Jolla Elementary School - Back to School 2010 - 08/11/10 11:23 PM
La Jolla Elementary School is a California Distinguished School located at 1111 Marine Street in La Jolla. The school serves the educational needs of kindergarten students through 5th grade. The students at La Jolla Elementary then can go on to Muirlands Middle School and later to La Jolla High School. The school is strong in academics and actively encourages parent volunteers. To view La Jolla Elementary's Report Card - Click Here. My friend Ben Foroozan & his Rendezvous Science Center sponsor the popular after school science program at La Jolla Elementary which is offered every school year on Tuesday afternoons for (0 comments)
Bird Rock Elementary School in La Jolla - Back to School 2010 - 08/11/10 10:33 PM
Bird Rock Elementary School is a California Distinguished School located at 5371 La Jolla Hermosa Avenue in La Jolla. The school serves the educational needs of kindergarten students through 5th grade. The students at Bird Rock Elementary then can go on to Muirlands Middle School and later to La Jolla High School. The school is strong in academics and actively encourages parent volunteers. There are approximately 475 students and serves the La Jolla community of Bird Rock. Bird Rock opened in 1954 and has a 4 ½ acre campus with an additional ½ acre of San Diego Parks & Recreation area. Important (0 comments)
Muirlands Middle School in La Jolla - Back to School 2010 - 08/11/10 09:30 PM
Muirlands Middle School is in La Jolla and located at 1056 Nautilus Street and serves students from the 6th grade to 8th grade. Muirlands Middle School is the only public middle school in La Jolla and the children who attend Muirlands go on to attend La Jolla High School. Muirlands Middle School is known for its solid learning environment, supportive staff and strong Muirlands Middle School Parent's Foundation. Important Back to School Dates: August 24th - School Office Opens August 30th - Math Placement Test for New Students Only September 1st - Foundation Back to School Activities - from 10 a.m. (2 comments)
La Jolla High School - Back to School 2010 - 08/11/10 09:29 PM
La Jolla High School is a California Distinguished School serving 9th thru 12th grades and the only public high school in La Jolla. La Jolla High's students come from the Muirlands Middle School and new students who move into the community. There are approximately 1,500 students from diverse backgrounds and those students are offered, based on the school's criteria, Advanced Placement classes in 21 curricular areas, in addition to a comprehensive GATE (Gifted and Talented Education) program, ESL (English as a Second Language) program and a Special Education program. View La Jolla High Schools Report Card Here. La Jolla High School (0 comments)
Stormy Afternoon in Lake Tahoe - 08/11/10 10:23 AM
Sometimes the best photos are the ones that are taken on days that are not perfect and sunny. These photos of Lake Tahoe were taken during an afternoon when the storm clouds appeared and turned the perfect sunny summer day into a windy and rainy afternoon. The lightning was flashing and the sound of thunder was impressive! Just another gift from Mother Nature and the beauty of our surroundings.
"Floatopia" on the Truckee River - 08/11/10 10:07 AM
For years we have brought our children to Squaw Valley every summer for a vacation. When they were young we took them on the Truckee River to "whitewater raft" down the river. The speed of the river seems to depend on the snowfall the winter before and how high the river is. This year the locals do not call it "whitewater rafting", they call it "lazy river floating". I agree and would encourage anyone doing this to bring along a cooler and lunch basket because you can stop along the way on small beaches and enjoy a lazy summer day!
One Incredible Week - 08/08/10 02:18 PM
This has been one incredible week! Granted we are on vacation and haven't had to deal with too many glitches in our transactions. We have some excellent associates we work with who make going on vacation easy, because they are experienced and competent and can handle everything, just as if we were there. Thank you! The week started out in Mammoth Lakes with a post about how your personality should shine through the way you express yourself. I am glad that it resonated with many of you and thank you for the comments and suggesting it for a feature! Here is the (6 comments)
Culture Shock in Lake Tahoe - 08/08/10 11:35 AM
While on our family vacation to Lake Tahoe, my daughter had her 20th birthday. We celebrated by having a delicious dinner at the Chart House with a beautiful view of the lake, followed by a special cake decorated with a San Diego Charger theme because she loves football. She is a great daughter and we admittedly spoiled her for her birthday by getting her new golf clubs and an airline ticket to visit her BFF (best friend forever) at college in Oregon. She also found out that Nelly was playing in South Lake Tahoe at a casino and asked if we (9 comments)
We Love Mustangs! - 08/07/10 05:00 PM
"Hot August Nights" in Reno is an annual car show with participants from all over the country and all types of cars. Our favorites are the Mustangs, because we are a family of Mustang owners. My first car was a 1973 Mustang, my daughter's first car is a 2008 Mustang and my brother and sister-in-law both own Mustangs. "Hot August Nights" has something for everyone... but this video was made especially for those of you who love Mustangs, like we do. Enjoy!
"Hot August Nights" in Reno - 08/07/10 04:33 PM
"Hot August Nights" in Reno has been an annual summer event for many years. The city of Reno and Sparks, Nevada host this annual car show that is attended by participants from around the United States. It's called "Hot August Nights" because the summer nights are hot and the cars are even hotter! Here is where the car owners have their cars viewed, judged and get to cruise Virginia Street in Reno! If you are a Trace Adkins fan, then turn up your music because his song, "Chrome" is a perfect fit for this fun event! > (2 comments)
2 Ways to Speed up your Blogging - 08/06/10 06:57 PM
Blogs today can help you become successful in any business! Not enough time in the day to blog? Here are two tips to help you speed the process along and save time. ~ Susan Via Jackie - MortgageVirtualAssistant.com (770.469.7385): Mortgage Marketing Tip - 2 Ways to Speed up your Blogging By JC Kiadii, Internet Marketing for Mortgage Professionals Maintaining a blog is tough. Brainstorming topics, creating articles, editing posts, etc., all take time. Here are 2 tips which may help you speed up the process. Have a place for your topic ideas. Have somewhere to put your topic ideas. It can be a (8 comments)
5 Reasons Why You Should NOT Try to Sell Your Home By Yourself - 08/06/10 06:53 PM
Thinking of selling your home yourself? Please read this valuable information written by Erica Ramus, an agent from Pennsylvania, before you make that decision. Via Erica Ramus - Realty Executives / Pottsville PA Real Estate: Are you thinking of selling your Schuylkill County Home FSBO -- by yourself? Marketing a home in 2010 is NOT the same as marketing it 10 years ago. Even if you did this before, you have to do so much more than plant a sign on the yard and place a classified ad. 5. Advertising is more complicated. When is the last time you read the newspaper or (1 comments)
Downtown Historical Truckee - 08/06/10 06:24 PM
Truckee, California is a charming historical mountain town surrounded by peaceful mountains and pristine lakes. It is not hard to imagine what it was like in the 1800s because most of the buildings in Truckee still retain the architecture character of that era. Truckee is located in the Sierra Nevada mountain range and just 12 miles north of Lake Tahoe at an elevation almost 6,000 feet. Our vacation to Lake Tahoe would not be complete without visiting Truckee and shopping at their unique art galleries, upscale boutiques, or having an ice cold beer in one of the local saloons or taverns. (11 comments)
Emerald Bay in Lake Tahoe - 08/06/10 06:03 PM
Emerald Bay in Lake Tahoe is one of the most beautiful places in the world. The natural beauty of the lake, the glacier carved granite and the island with its' Scandinavian, "Vikingsholm" is one of the highlights of our summer vacation to Lake Tahoe. Fannette Island is the only island in Lake Tahoe and is located in the bay on the west shore of Lake Tahoe. Fannette Island is a granite island, sparcely vegetated and home to the "Tea House". The Tea House is a miniature castle where the owners of Vikingsholm would invite their guests to board a motorboat and (4 comments)
Mammoth Lakes Sights - 08/04/10 10:18 AM
Our stay in Mammoth Lakes is coming to an end today and we are headed to Reno to experience "Hot August Nights". We have seen so many beautiful sights, including Mono Lake, June Lake, Mammoth Mountain and many other places and encourage anyone who has not been here to come for a visit, anytime of the year. You won't be disappointed because with the seasons the images change... so don't forget to bring your camera! Below is why Mammoth is called "Mammoth"!
Below is June Lake in August - see the snow patches in the mountains!
Hauntingly beautiful Mono Lake (9 comments)
Are you part of the "Coolest Generation"? - 08/03/10 12:48 PM
Now this is a post that I can relate to! Are you a member of the "Coolest Generation"? Read the post to find out! Via Lifestyle Realty Group: It is the rite of passage for anyone who has crossed the age barrier of 50. Suddenly the mailbox is full of offers for "seniors", and if those aren't enough, could the dreaded AARP card be far behind? Nevertheless, the fact is the baby boomers generation promises to be the largest, and coolest group of Americans ever to hit retirement age. The median age of all homebuyers is close to 50. Many industries, including (6 comments)
Mono Lake in California - 08/03/10 01:34 AM
Mono Lake is one of the most unusual lakes in North America and considered to be one of the oldest in the western hemisphere. It is believed that the lake was formed over 750,000 years ago and sediments located below the ash layer suggest that Mono Lake could be a remnant of a larger and older lake that once covered a large part of Nevada and Utah. The hyper salinity and high alkalinity of the lake, means that no fish are native to the lake. The lake is famous for a tiny species of brine shrimp that are found nowhere else (10 comments)
Sights of Summer - 08/02/10 09:17 AM
Our country is beautiful and arguably, there are parts that are more beautiful than others, but yet each has their own special features. We are on vacation and currently in Mammoth and while I am still conducting business, I am definitely taking time out to enjoy being with my family and seeing sights like the one below... Hope you are all enjoying your summer! ~ Susan
Time to Yank it Off? - 08/01/10 09:37 AM
If your home hasn't sold this summer are you thinking of waiting until next year to put it back on the market? If so, maybe you should read this first. Thanks to Leslie Ebersole for this post! ~ Susan Via Leslie Ebersole (Baird&Warner Real Estate): "We think maybe we should pull the house off the market and wait until next year...?" Many of our sellers are opening their weekly reports and wondering if waiting until next year would get them a higher price. Showing activity has dropped off and the number of price changes on hotsheets far outnumbers any new sales. Sellers are (3 comments)
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