southern california relocation dude: The Terramar Neighborhood – The Ultimate Beach Life in Carlsbad - 01/28/18 04:46 PM
The Terramar Community in Carlsbad
Live the Beach Life
 
The community of Terramar is a pretty special neighborhood in Carlsbad, where Cannon Road meets the Coast Highway/Route 101 and south of the Encinas Power Plant.
 
If you want to live at the beach in Carlsbad, and especially to have an ocean-front home, this may be the place for you, provided you have the budget.
 
Ocean-front living is not inexpensive, and true beach front homes are limited (you will find other ocean-view homes in Carlsbad but a number of them are on the east of the Coast Road and not true beach-front although the … (10 comments)

southern california relocation dude: Carlsbad Village Neighborhood – Homes, Shopping, Dining and the Beach - 01/24/18 09:03 PM
The Carlsbad Village Neighborhood
Housing, Shopping, Dining and the Beach Lifestyle
 
The Carlsbad Village neighborhood is certainly one of the more diverse in Carlsbad in terms of the amenities, and the wide range of housing opportunities.
 
Living in or near the Village has a strong appeal for many who want the beach life but also easy access to all the Village has to offer – restaurants, abundant shopping, wine bars, spas, galleries, the New Village Arts Theater, and so much more.
 
The train station offers Amtrak trains north to LA and beyond and south to San Diego, as well as the Coaster commuter … (7 comments)

southern california relocation dude: Throwback Thursday: Selfie Spot at Ventura Harbor - 01/18/18 06:07 PM
Selfie Spot at Ventura Harbor
 
 
For some reason today I found myself thnking about a wonderful weekend we spend at a resort at Ventura Harbor with our daughter, her husband and our 2 year-old granddaughter last August. We had a great time exploring the area around the harbor - to the delight of the little one - as well as other areas of this seaside community.
 
Social media has invaded our lives in many ways, and there were several Selfie Spots painted in the walkway which, not surprisingly, attracted a number of takers. We did not partake - I'm not a selfie fan … (11 comments)

southern california relocation dude: All About the Carlsbad Farmers Market in Carlsbad Village - 01/17/18 05:03 PM
The Carlsbad Farmers Market
 
The Carlsbad Farmers Market, also known as the State Street Farmers Market, is a regular event in Carlsbad, happening every week on WEDNESDAY in downtown Carlsbad Village along State Street.
 
The market is set up in the street between Carlsbad Village Drive and Grand Avenue, with rows of vendors on each site of the street.
 
And of course all the retailers and eateries on the street are open too, so it becomes quite a shopping expedition. The Italian Market sometimes has freebies to try!
 
In the winter months, with shorter days, the Carlsbad Farmers Market is open from 3 … (10 comments)

southern california relocation dude: New Year’s Eve Celebration 2018 at Legoland Carlsbad - 12/27/17 09:10 AM
Celebrate New Year’s Eve 2018 at Legoland Carlsbad
Fun for All
 
Not everyone can, or wants to, stay up to midnight to celebrate New Year’s Eve, especially if you are a kid.
 
Why not celebrate at San Diego’s largest kids’ New Year’s Eve celebration at Carlsbad’s Legoland on Sunday December 31st?
 
 
Come see a re-creation of the Times Square ball drop with a Giant LEGO brick falling about 22 feet in the air. Legoland’s New Year’s Eve celebration is really all about fun for kids and their families without missing bedtime, with party hats and special glasses to enjoy the New Year’s Eve fireworks.
 
Legoland … (13 comments)

southern california relocation dude: The Meditation Gardens in Encinitas – The Last Day of Fall 2017 - 12/22/17 10:15 AM
The Meditation Gardens in Encinitas
The Last Day of Fall 2017
 
I was out running some errands, including upgrading my Supra Key needed for a new listing in Temecula (a different county) in a couple of weeks, and stopped by the Meditation Gardens at the Self-Realization Fellowship in Encinitas in my way home. The Gardens are beautiful, and being perched on the bluff above the ocean also offer spectacular views of the ocean far below.
 
Steps leading to the Meditation Gardens
 
It was a gorgeous day, the last day of Fall, and the gardens were pretty quiet, with only a few visitors. I don’t get … (20 comments)

southern california relocation dude: The Cardiff Kook Celebrates Christmas for 2017 - 12/21/17 08:36 PM
The Cardiff Kook Celebrates Christmas 2017
 
The Cardiff Kook has gained some notoriety in the area since the surfing statue was first installed in Cardiff 10 years ago. The notoriety comes from the fact that it is often decorated to fit with the current holiday or in other ways – a treat for many, but something that often irritates others, including those who don’t like the statue to begin with! Or the name it's been unofficially given.
 
 
I like this Christmas offering, but I have to say my favorite, which garnered a LOT of attention, was when the Cardiff Kook celebrated the Royal … (15 comments)

southern california relocation dude: A Holiday Tree by the Beach in Carlsbad - 12/19/17 05:42 PM
Holiday Tree at the Beach
 
 
I was out running errands, and being such a beautiful day, and having a few moments of spare time, I decided to enjoy a walk on the beach at Terramar and then a short drive down the Coast Road/Carlsbad Boulevard.
 
I was going to make a u-turn to head back to the Village when I spied this Holiday Tree by the Beach and couldn't resist stopping. So cool that someone, perhaps multiple people, took a few moments to decorate this gnarly tree on the bluff overlooking the beach and the Coast Road.
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southern california relocation dude: Holiday Events at the Carlsbad Village Faire in December 2017 - 12/13/17 03:56 PM
Carlsbad Village Faire Holiday Events
  Carlsbad Village December 2017
 
The Carlsbad Village Faire, in the heart of the Village a couple of blocks from the beach, is a popular shopping and dining destination in the heart of Carlsbad Village, with over 35 retailers, eateries, and service providers. With all this available to you, after a walk by or on the beach you can shop and dine to your heart’s content. And parking is free, although it gets especially busy on weekends and at holiday time.
 
At this time of year the Carlsbad Village Faire is festively decorated and a pleasure to see, as … (7 comments)

southern california relocation dude: The Annual Holiday Tree in Carlsbad Village - 12/11/17 06:15 PM
Carlsbad Village 33rd Annual Holiday Tree
 
I previously wrote about the annual Holiday Tree Lighting which took place in Carlsbad Village on December 3. We were visiting family in LA and sadly did not make it back in time to see the lighting, an annual occurence for 33 years now.
 
 
Here's this year's tree in all its splendor. It was a gorgeous day today when I was out running errands and a perfect time to grab a photo. I hope to get by soon some evening to get the full effect!
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southern california relocation dude: What’s my San Marcos Home Worth? San Marcos Home Sales November 2017 - 12/10/17 01:36 PM
What’s the Value of my San Marcos Home?
San Marcos Real Estate Market Report for November 2017
 
The San Marcos real estate market continues to shift. These data do not include private sales or manufactured housing; the numbers are derived from the MLS and are believed to be accurate at the time this report was published, but are not guaranteed.
 
Having details about local market conditions benefits you as a buyer or seller so you can make informed decisions about buying and selling San Marcos homes for sale.
 
READ MORE:
San Marcos - A Thriving Inland Residential Community
San Elijo Hills – Award-Winning Master Planned Community … (0 comments)

southern california relocation dude: What’s My Cardiff-by-the-Sea Home Worth? Market Report November 2017 - 12/07/17 12:12 PM
What’s the Value of My Cardiff-by-the-Sea Home?  Cardiff Home Sales for November 2017
 
Buyers and sellers in the Cardiff real estate market need accurate and up to date information about local and current market conditions so they can make informed decisions about Cardiff homes for sale.
 
 
 
 
Here’s More Information about Cardiff-by-the-Sea:
 Cardiff by the Sea – Quintessential Beach Community 
A Visual Tour of Cardiff-by-the-Sea
Like to Walk? Live in the Walking District in Cardiff CA
Want to Live in a Musical Community? Try the Composer District in Cardiff, CA
 
Here is a summary of the Cardiff real estate market for November 2017 based on information provided by the MLS … (0 comments)

southern california relocation dude: What’s My Carlsbad Home Worth? Carlsbad Home Sales for November 2017 - 12/06/17 08:52 PM
What’s the Value of My Carlsbad Home?
Carlsbad Market Report for November 2017
 
The Carlsbad real estate market continues to change, and the statistics for November show several shifts from last month and from 1 year ago. These data do not include private sales or manufactured/mobile/multi-family housing; the numbers are derived from the MLS and are believed to be accurate at the time they are reported but are not guaranteed.
 
Media reports speak in general terms, and not about the local Carlsbad housing market. Current data, and knowledge, about the local market conditions benefits you as a buyer or seller so you can make … (4 comments)

southern california relocation dude: Coffee with a Cop in Carlsbad - 12/05/17 07:28 AM
Carlsbad Coffee with a Cop
 
The National Coffee with a Cop Program has become popular in many communities around the country. Read more about Coffee with a Cop here.
 
Carlsbad has held a number of Coffee with a Cop meetings in various locations with much success. The next Coffee with a Cop is scheduled for Wednesday December 30 at the Starbucks located at 2708 Loker Avenue near Bressi Ranch, off Palomar Airport Road.
 
The program will run from 8 - 10 am with an opportunity for area residents to meet their local police officers, ask questions, and voice any concerns they might have.
 
 
 
 
Coffee with … (23 comments)

southern california relocation dude: 2017 Carlsbad Village Holiday Window Decorating Contest - 12/03/17 01:39 PM
Carlsbad Village Holiday Window
Decorating Contest for 2017
 
 
The holiday, and shopping, season is in full swing, and the Carlsbad Village Association is sponsoring another Holiday Window Decorating contest.
 
 
I’ve already spent a little time walking around the Village on some errands and there are some pretty good store windows decorated for the holidays! No doubt others have appeared. Why not take some time to stroll the Village, do a little shopping, and enjoy what retailers, eateries
 
 
According to the list for voting on the Carlsbad Village website there are 26 official participants. Voting takes place from December 2nd through the 18th .  Three … (12 comments)

southern california relocation dude: Not Throwback Thursday but Real Thursday: Carlsbad Sunset - 11/30/17 06:26 PM
Carlsbad Sunset
 
 
 
I was in Carlsbad Village tonight to buy some fresh swordfish for the grill for my dinner, and a couple of pints of gelato from my favorite gelato store, Gaia Gelato. The sky was simply stunning as sunset approached and I took a few minutes to go over to the beach to enjoy a stunning display.
 
 
It was truly amazing, with constantly changing colors over the 15 minutes I stood there. There were lots of people standing along the boardwalk and on the beach, as well as surfers, taking in nature's beauty. I'm so glad I took a few minutes to … (12 comments)

southern california relocation dude: Pets on Parade at the Carlsbad Village Faire in Carlsbad December 2017 - 11/30/17 09:46 AM
Pets on Parade at the Carlsbad Village Faire
Carlsbad Village December 10, 2017
 
 
Carlsbad Village Faire, in the heart of Carlsbad Village, is a popular shopping and dining destination, and just a short distance from the beach. Abundant shopping (including one favorite gelato store, Gaia Gelato) and dining options plus free parking (true in all Carlsbad Village) make it a desirable place for residents and tourists, especially in the summer and during the holidays when there a number of fun events.
 
 
The holiday season is in full swing in Carlsbad, and this weekend you can enjoy the Carlsbad Night of Lights on Saturday … (9 comments)

southern california relocation dude: ActiveRain Fall 2017 Meetup Today in Carlsbad - 11/29/17 08:50 PM
ActiveRain Fall 2017 Meetup Today in Carlsbad
 
 
It was time again today for a power lunch with the ActiveRainers in the San Diego area! Our small but mighty group gathered today at Chandlers at the Cape Rey Resort on the Coast Highway/Route 101 in South Carlsbad? While not a perfect day the temperature was great and we got to enjoy the ocean views on the dining terrace in addition to some fun times and good food together.
 
 
Unfortunately my co-host for the last few years, John DL Arendsen , had some last minute issues come up and couldn’t make it. We had a great … (24 comments)

southern california relocation dude: The 10th Annual Cardiff Kringle Mingle is December 3, 2017 - 11/27/17 08:42 AM
The 10th Annual Cardiff Kringle Mingle is December 3, 2017
 
 
There are lots of holiday events in the Carlsbad area (e.g., The Carlsbad Village Night of Lights on December 2nd, the Annual Tree Lighting in Carlsbad Village December 3rd).
 
 
Bbut if you are interested in something else for Sunday afternoon on December 3rd , another holiday favorite is the annual Cardiff Kringle Mingle. You have to love that name!
 
 
The Annual Cardiff Kringle Mingle is this coming Sunday, December 3, from 1 – 5 pm at the North Courtyard of the Cardiff Town Center at 2087 San Elijo Avenue in Cardiff by the Sea.
 
 
Now … (9 comments)

southern california relocation dude: Ice Skating by the Sea at the Hotel Del Coronado 2017 - 11/26/17 11:26 AM
Go Ice Skating by the Sea
at the Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego
 
 
Once again it’s time to enjoy the very popular Skating by the Sea at the Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego, the 13th consecutive year. And it’s the only beachfront ice skating in San Diego!
 
 
For those of you in colder climates, imagine ice skating under a bright blue sky with the sun shining, palm trees waving, and the beautiful beach and ocean just steps away!? While you may need a sweater, especially with ocean breezes, typically at this time of year you can expect temps in high 50s … (16 comments)

 
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