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Your Carriage is Ready..........Are You? - 10/30/08 06:28 PM
I will be making a visit to your house on this, the Eve of All Hallows. So please be ready and dressed in your darkest finest as you will embark on a one way journey that will be sure to e-n-l-i-v-e-n you. You will rest in sheer comfort as you visit with your most favorite creatures friends on this most ghoulish festive night. So please be ready, as your carriage awaits, festooned in the dead and dried beautiful garlands taken away from the magical and mystical anomalies of dreaded your many spirited friends forces beyond. For on this Eve, like no other, you will encounter the souls of (92 comments)
Re-living the Past, Doves and Desperadoes - 10/27/08 11:59 PM
The Doves & Desperadoes of Julian can usually be seen out roaming the streets of the historic downtown area, especially during the Apple Days Festival during October. I caught up with a few of them yesterday and they were only too happy to "pose for the camera". As you can see they are all authentically dressed in early western attire dating from the late 1800s. Those were the years that gold was actually discovered and mined from Julian's local mountains. The old mine is long since closed except for the tourists but I wondered if they got it all. The gold that is. What (18 comments)
First "Sea Life "Aquarium built in the USA Opens in Southern California - 10/24/08 06:42 PM
With a number of aquariums already existing in Southern California, this is the first Sea Life aquarium in the United States and it is unlike the others in that it has some very unique features. "What really sets this aquarium apart from any other is the fact that it's entirely geared towards children ages two to 12 and has more Lego elements throughout than any other aquarium in the world" says Legoland California resort president and general manager John Jakobson . One of the very cool features of the aquarium are the pop-up bubbles right in the middle of the displays (29 comments)
Casa de Estudillo In Old Town San Diego Reflects Life As It Was In the 1800's - 10/20/08 04:59 PM
During the Californian Mexican period (1821-1846 ) in the heart of the social and political center in San Diego, an important Casa would be built by a prominent Mexican family that remains today in Old Town , San Diego. On a parcel of land, then granted by the Governor in charge of the area, the restored home remains today that reflects both the architecture of that era, but also of life stylings of that time. With a long history of ownership by the Estudillo family, from its initial construction by Jose Maria Estudillo and then enlarged by his Son, Jose Antonio (14 comments)
"Let Me Take You There" to The Oldest Winery in Southern California, Rancho Bernardo Winery - 10/18/08 08:45 PM
The oldest winery in Southern California was built right here in Rancho Bernardo in 1889 and it was the host today of a local Arts and Crafts Festival. The winery is still producing wine here but most all the grapes are brought in from other parts of California. I was impressed with the amount of antique machinery and the old wine presses used at the turn of the century. The extensive grounds are much like a graveyard for rusted out old farm equipment and tools that is so very interesting. Everywhere you look are old antiquities. There are even a (28 comments)
Interview with Buyer Yeilds New Home Profile Form - 10/18/08 10:54 AM
I met with the new buyer client ( a single senior widow ) yesterday to discuss strategies for the buyer to sell his out of area home and to procure a new coastal home in North County San Diego and he brought me a two-page home profile of what his specific interests were. After we discussed strategy for timing and financing , he pulled out a form he said he would like to go over with me. He had taken the time to narrow down the location based on his own research and what kind of features he must have and what (22 comments)
New Digs for Carlsbad Learning Center - 10/17/08 01:43 PM
The literacy programs directed by the Carlsbad City Library has some new specialized digs in its new space recently opened as part of the Carlsbad City Library System.. Previously, the literacy program was operated out of rented quarters that limited its offerings as well as the number of students and adults it could serve. Now with the new space that the city spent over $6.1 million on, is a testament of the commitment of not only the city of Carlsbad but of its citizens and especially the remarkable library system. The adult literacy program was founded in 1984 and was coupled (10 comments)
A Really Strange Thing Happened Yesterday ! - 10/15/08 04:06 PM
As is my morning custom, I arise around 5:30 AM and begin each day by reading the paper and having my high octane coffee. Yesterday morning, I went out the front door to get the paper and there were two papers. Thinking they must have thrown a neighbors at my driveway, I looked around to see who didn't get one. A paper in each driveway, so I took them both in. They were two different papers. I thought that odd but maybe it was a special addition in light of what was going on economically. As I undid the papers from their plastic (38 comments)
Are San Diego Homes now " Undervalued" ? - 10/14/08 12:44 PM
"A recent survey by Global Insights/National City Corp survey of 330 metro areas across the US, found that overall, homes in San Diego County were in actually " undervalued" in the second quarter of this year. The estimation of under valuation was 17.2%" as quoted recently by the Union Tribune. The rankings were based on price to income ratios. the current mortgage rates and the historic trend. Back in the fall of 2005, San Diego acquired the reputation as an over valued area. In fact, San Diego was credited with being the most over valued area in the US. Since then we have (25 comments)
Attention San Diego Homeowners: Santa Ana Winds Creating A Potential For Wildfires Expected this Week in San Diego -It's Wildfire Season Again! - 10/13/08 12:07 PM
Having endured two major wildfires that struck San Diego in 2003 and last year, it is essential that you as a San Diego homeowner are prepared for wildfires. San Diego Office of Emergency Services mailed out at great expense a booklet recently with suggestions on how to prepare for these potential lethal wildfires. If you didn't get one or discarded it, I will give you the website information at the bottom of this post to obtain another one by going online and retrieving a copy. Thousands of acres of land were burned in the last fires and it struck many homes (28 comments)
10 Ways to Recognise That Our Real Estate Market Needs to Improve- My Own Original Humor - 10/05/08 01:51 PM
1. When Pre-Approved Buyers ask to be shown homes with Formica Kitchens and Baths. 2. When you ask about Financing and the husband drags a mattress full of cash into your office. 3. When you volunteer to show a house as long as the Buyers will drive and the buyers say " that won't be necessary- the pictures are fine. 4. When you are writing up the offer and the Buyer asks if it is OK to ask for the electricity and water. 5. When you list the house , the Seller asks how many years you expect it might take to (53 comments)
Final Approval of the "Wow" Idea By The City of Berkley - 10/05/08 12:20 PM
A month ago I wrote a post about a solar energy idea that was proposed by the city of Berkeley to pioneer an affordable solar energy program to it's citizens. I had first read about this as an editorial in the newspaper and the consumer that brought it forth was suggesting the idea specifically for San Diego homeowners with an interest in going green and helping to conserve on energy. The idea actually goes a lot further and provides a way to make solar energy not only affordable but actually defers the cost over a 20 year period and with the (8 comments)
When the air turns cool and with Autumn just around the corner and the foliage begins to turn to bright orange, red and yellow, we have a place in San Diego where we can celebrate the fall harvest of Apples. There's nothing that says Autumn like the beautiful and crisp fall foliage and the local sweet and succulent apples. Bring the family and come on over to another one of the treasures of San Diego County to the scenic mining town of Julian and experience their annual apple harvest festival. This wonderful and quaint town specializes in homemade apple pies, cider, art shows (75 comments)
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