california: You Might be From Southern California IF - 04/29/15 01:33 PM
You Might be From Southern California IF
 
OK. Ignore the slight bit of sarcasm here, and a bit of exaggeration. But if you are from Southern California, or have lived here for some time, I doubt you will disagree, at least by much. And I don’t care if you do. Whatever.
 
 
You might be from Southern California if:
 
You know that our major roads are freeways…not highways, turnpikes, thruways, or other nonsensical names
 
A 6-lane road, 3 in each direction, is really only a country road. No HOV lane...REALLY!!??
 
65 mph is ONLY a suggestion, as are the stop signs
 
Your commute is only an hour, without … (55 comments)

california: The Fallbrook Library in Fallbrook, California - 03/01/14 05:04 AM
The Fallbrook Library in Fallbrook, California
 
The Fallbrook Library (or more officially, the San Diego County Branch Library in Fallbrook) is a very cool piece of architecture, as the photos below will show.

 
I drove by it in the rain yesterday when showing property in Fallbrook, and it was too good a photo opportunity, especially the garden on the roof (see below), to not stop and snap a few photos.
 
The 19,000 SF Fallbrook Library opened in January 2011 and won a San Diego Architectural Foundation’s “Orchid” award (better than the “Onion” award!!). Next trip out there … (3 comments)

california: What’s so Special About California? - 10/27/13 12:46 AM
What’s so Special About California?
 
I really like living in California. It’s been a huge change from many years in New England, but I have no regrets, other than leaving some wonderful friends behind. Boston  is a wonderful city and I will always have a fondness for Boston, and New England in general, despite the winters that I grew to despise.
 
One of the things I really enjoy about living in California is the diversity – of people, food, topography and views, things to do, weather, and more. I even wrote a post about it with a slide show, … (6 comments)

california: Visit the Marin Headlands in San Francisco California - 10/05/13 09:21 AM
Visit the Marin Headlands in San Francisco California
 
The Marin Headlands are a hilly peninsula immediately across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.
 
The Marin Headlands offer amazing views of the city, San Francisco Bay, the ocean, and bridge, with hiking trails, a challenging road for cyclists and vistas to suit any photographer.
 
The Marin Headlands are a favorite place of mine to visit outside SF, in addition to Muir Woods, Mt. Tamalpais (fondly known as Mt. Tam), Rodeo Beach, Point Reyes, and Sausalito.
 
I never cease to enjoy the … (2 comments)

california: Homestead Restaurant in Oakland California on Piedmont Avenue - 09/28/13 12:36 PM
Homestead Restaurant in Oakland California on Piedmont Avenue I have a new fave restaurant on Piedmont Avenue in Oakland California.

The San Francisco area has a phenomenal dining scene, which I enjoy testing out whenever I am in town. Across the bay from this west coast dining capital, the Oakland area does itself proud as well in terms of a vibrant restaurant scene. My favorite, to date, is Encuentro at Jack London Square.
Homestead, on Piedmont Avenue, is my new fave.
Opening just recently, August 2013 in fact, Homestead is attracting a loyal following and getting reservations for a table … (6 comments)

california: The California ShakeOut 2012 on October 18, Perhaps the Biggest Earthquake Drill in History - 10/17/12 02:25 PM
The California ShakeOut 2012, Perhaps the Biggest Earthquake Drill in History  
This Thursday Californians are set to participate in what may be the largest earthquake drill in history. The California ShakeOut is set to occur on 10/18 and 10:18 am (easy to remember), an event that has occurred in our earthquake-ridden state for 5 years now, and has now become a popular preparedness event in other states as well.
 
Over 9 million have signed up on the website saying they would participate, which beats the 2011 record of 8.6 million.
 
The purpose of the California ShakeOut is for … (17 comments)

california: Carlsbad Coastal Cleanup Day at Tamarack State Beach September 15, 2012 - 09/11/12 01:16 PM
Carlsbad Coastal Cleanup Day at Tamarack State Beach September 15, 2012  
Carlsbad will join numerous other San Diego communities on September 15, 2012 to support California Coastal Cleanup Day, an annual environmental event over the last 28 years.
 
The Carlsbad Coastal Cleanup Day is sponsored by I Love a Clean San Diego and the City of Carlsbad.
 
Coastal cleanup events are being held at Tamarack State Beach, as well as South Carlsbad State Beach, Frazee Beach, and North Ponto State Beach, among other North San Diego county locations.
 
The Carlsbad Coastal Cleanup Day will take place from … (7 comments)

california: Only in California on the Freeway? Perhaps Not - 01/05/12 02:41 PM
Only in California on the Freeway? Perhaps Not  
I saw this vehicle the other day on the 805 freeway and felt it warranted a photo (yes someone else took the photo).
 
Look carefully – what do you think?
 
First, my impression is that this is pretty savvy marketing. Tons of people will see a car with advertising, especially on the road, so it could be a great way to get your message out.
 
Of course you have to be a careful and courteous driver or you might find it working against you. Cutting people off, speeding, … (18 comments)

california: A Visit to Kilauea Lighthouse in Kaua’i, Hawaii - 01/03/12 02:31 AM
A Visit to Kilauea Lighthouse in Kaua’i, Hawaii 
We spent an amazing 5 days in Kaua’i for my birthday in early November – I am still enjoying looking at the photos.
 
Coming from New England, I am a big lighthouse fan. After all they are all over the place there, particularly in Maine and on Cape Cod.
 
Lighthouses are not so common here on the Left Coast, but we enjoyed a visit to Point Reyes north of San Francisco a couple of years ago to see that lighthouse (photo to the right).
 
It is amazing terrain with incredible views in all directions, and … (12 comments)

california: The California ShakeOut 2011– Biggest Earthquake Drill in History - 10/19/11 03:27 AM
The California ShakeOut 2011– Biggest Earthquake Drill in History  
This Thursday Californians are set to participate in the largest earthquake drill in history. The California ShakeOut is set to occur on 10/20 and 10:20 am (easy to remember).
 
Over 8 million (almost 700,000 in San Diego County) have signed up on the website saying they would participate, which beats the 2010 record of 7.9 million. The California ShakeOut is designed to educate people about coping with a major earthquake and how to protect themselves in the event one occurs. [photo courtesy of Hey Paul on Flickr] 
 

 
With … (7 comments)

california: A Tour Through the Piedmont Area of Oakland, CA - 04/17/11 06:05 AM
A Photographic Tour Through the Piedmont Area of Oakland, CA Taking a stroll with a camera without any sort of agenda, especially in an unfamiliar but very cool area, is great fun, at least for me. You never know what you might find, and somehow having a camera makes discovery that much more intriguing.
Somehow you notice more that way where otherwise you simply might have walked on without a second thought.
This tour is a random collection of architecture, street scenes, signage, store fronts and interiors and a bunch of other stuff I simply found interesting. You gain a perspective … (9 comments)

california: A Visit to Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa | San Luis Obispo, CA - 08/07/10 03:42 PM
Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa in San Luis Obispo, CA  
Much of California's history begins with the founding of the Spanish missions, a total of 21 from north to south along the El Camino Real ("King's Highway). 
These missions had a significant impact on the area and the people already living there, with the growth of Christianity, but also brought many agricultural (livestock, fruits, vegetables) and cultural contributions that survive today, more than 200 years after being established in some cases. 
A visit to one of the local California missions is a fascinating glimpse into the past history of … (18 comments)

california: Nature's Beauty Enhanced by Humankind | A Visit to Artesa Winery in Napa CA - 08/01/10 03:06 PM
Nature's Beauty Enhanced by Humankind - A Visit to Artesa Winery in Napa CA  

 
I have a special fondness for Artesa wine.
We discovered it at what is probably our favorite local restaurant back in our old stomping grounds of Cambridge and Somerville, MA.
EVOO (extra virgin olive oil) offers a wonderful dining experience - a rare combination of creative, flavorful food using the best of fresh ingredients, an upscale ambiance, and a comfortable neighborhood feel arising from the owners, Peter and Colleen McCarthy, and their staff (who got to be friends over the many visits we had).
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california: A Day at the Wineries in Napa Valley - Day 3 of the Trip to Wine Country - Clos Pegase, Rutherford, Milat - 08/01/10 06:19 AM
Day 3 of our trip was spent exploring several wineries in the Napa region.
It had occurred to me as we were driving in the evening of our arrival that it would be impossible to decide where to go - I don't know how many there are along the main road but it has to be 50 or so.
Having never visited, we wanted to see the area as well as check out a few wineries. We had some recommendations but also had a few favorites and hoped to see perhaps 3 for the day.
Rutherford Hill is a favorite wine … (5 comments)

california: The Stunning California Coastline - A Journey Along the Monterey County Coastline to Big Sur - 07/25/10 04:34 PM
I am getting ready for a mini-vacation (an anniversary trip) by car heading up the California coast through Big Sur, Monterey, on to Calistoga and Napa, and back through San Francisco/Oakland and LA to Carlsbad.  We've taken parts of the trip before along the stunning California coastline south of Big Sur, and I have been "reliving" our journey along this route back in 2007 before we take off in a few days.
These are just a few of my favorite photos that capture some of the variety of the beautiful California coastline (just a few hours worth, mind you, from San … (26 comments)

california: California Home Buyers – More Tax Credits Coming Your Way - 03/26/10 01:44 AM
California Home Buyers - More Tax Credits Coming Your Way
The California Association of REALTORS announced yesterday that a new tax credit bill, AB183, was signed yesterday by Governor Schwarzenegger. As a result, homebuyers in California may receive up to $10,000, or 5% of the purchase price of a new home in state tax credits. $200 million has been allocated. 
This bill is different than the last California tax credit bill which afforded buyers of new homes (never unoccupied) up to $10,000 in tax credit and which was wildly successful - the state used up the $100 million allocated for that … (8 comments)

california: Update on the California and Southern California Real Estate Market (as of January 2010) - 03/20/10 01:34 PM
Update on the Southern California Real Estate Market from the California Association of REALTORS, Courtesy of the Southern California CRS  
The Southern California Chapter of CRS had the first Real Estate Leaders Meeting for 2010 yesterday in La Quinta. Our speaker was Sara Sutachan, Senior Research Analyst for the California Association of REALTORS (C.A.R.), who provided an economic update on the California real estate market along with some predictions for the future. 
Here are a few slides from her presentation with some interesting information. The complete presentation is available to C.A.R. members (log in and password required) on the C.A.R. website … (12 comments)

california: California - Land of Superfoods - 01/22/10 07:53 AM
California is a land of many things - fruit and nuts, as folks say jokingly, beaches, celebrities and celebrity wannabees, and agriculture. 
We've all heard "you are what you eat," and with the increasing health awareness and the focus on diet this seems to be truer than many believe. And California, with the wealth of agricultural produce, is a great place to be for year-round fresh fruit, vegetables and more. 
I read an interesting article recently in California Country magazine about Superfoods, foods which "have health benefits that go beyond basic nutrition," according to food expert and international superfood authority Clare … (11 comments)

california: Drop Cover Hold On - The Great California ShakeOut 2009 is October 15th - 10/13/09 11:35 AM
Earthquake preparedness is a serious matter, and California is once again demonstrating a commitment to making sure residents are prepared in the event of an earthquake. 
The Great California ShakeOut 2009 is set for this Thursday, October 15th, at 10:15 am, with over 6.5 million already registered to participate in the largest earthquake drill ever (last year's event, the first, had almost 5.5 million taking part in drills at home, at work, in schools and a wide range of communities establishments). 
Register to participate in the earthquake drill statewide, and be counted in the total of participants.   
To make it … (12 comments)

california: Is the Government Bailout Affecting Your Real Estate Business? You Bet It Is - 04/26/09 03:48 AM
Our Southern California Chapter of CRS (Council of Residential Specialists) educational and networking meeting was held last Friday in the desert community of La Quinta. Our speaker was Gov Hutchinson, an attorney, who is a member of the California Association of REALTORS (C.A.R.) Legal hotline; he is also Staff Vice President and Assistant General Counsel for C.A.R.

Hutchison shared his thoughts on how the government bailout is affecting our real estate business; he also provided some specific updates relative to California laws and changes in some of our real estate forms (I'll share these later). Here are some learnings from his talk: 
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