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LPGA in Carlsbad


Check out the Kia Classic this week, and see Lydia Ko! The pro-am is tomorrow, and the tournament runs Thursday-Sunday.

The Kia Classic is next on the LPGA tournament schedule.  Anna Nordqvist will defend her 2014 championship on the Park Hyatt Aviara Golf Club in Carlsbad, California against an exceptionally strong field of challengers.

Designed by Arnold Palmer, the Aviara is ranked among the top 100 resort golf courses in the country by Golf Digest.  The par-72 7,007 yard coastal California track is a favorite among Tour players.  The course is a visual delight, overlooking the Batiquitos Lagoon nature preserve and sculpted around rolling hillsides and with plenty of bunker and water challenges the track will also provide tests of players’ course management and shot placement skills.

LKLydia Ko is starting her 8th week at the top of the Rolex Rankings in a record-breaking ascent that has left all of us — her competitors, commentators and golf fans alike — astonished and in awe of her athletic talent and mental poise.  The 17-year old is coming into the Kia Classic with two 2015 victories to her credit.  There’s no doubt in my mind that there will be more before the season ends next November.

The Kia Classic is the final Tour event before the season’s first Major, the ANA Inspiration, and will be a dress rehearsal for a fierce battle that’s certain to unfold in the desert.  Ko will play her steady game of precision and control as will 2nd ranked Inbee Park.

Posted by on Mar 24, 2015 in Local Flavor | 0 comments

Super Pantry

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Read two articles – an excerpt from the first:

Fournier’s new home is about 3,840 square feet. Her superpantry is a perk that her previous home, also in Carlsbad, didn’t have.

In the old home, she didn’t even have a basic walk-in pantry. She kept her bulky Costco items and second refrigerator in the garage. As a result, most of the time, she could only fit one car instead of two in the garage.

“This way, we keep the garage neat and can fit two cars,” she said. The superpantry is a place for the family “to keep our mess organized.”

An excerpt from the second article:

The pantry is super-sizing.

No longer just for storing potato chips and soup cans, the traditional kitchen closet is becoming bigger, more luxe and more multifunctional. Architects, contractors and real-estate agents say upscale homeowners are asking for walk-in rooms that serve as workspaces for everything from food prep to gift wrapping to bill-paying.

These new “super pantries” are becoming more common as American kitchens have become more open, merging with living rooms and family rooms—with kitchen islands serving as the entertainment hub of the home. Now, some homeowners are moving the clutter and clatter of kitchen activities behind the scenes, where they are less visible to guests.

“An open floor plan is great. But not all aspects of the kitchen are great to look at all the time,” says Peter Pfeiffer of Austin-based Barley & Pfeiffer Architects.

A report by the National Association of Home Builders last year showed 85% of respondents put a walk-in kitchen pantry on their “most wanted list,” with 31% saying it was an essential/must have” and 54% said it was “desirable.”

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Posted by on Mar 1, 2015 in Ideas/Solutions, Local Flavor | 4 comments

One Paseo Approved


The opposition has to be in shock:

In front of a packed house, the San Diego City Council approved a controversial mixed-use project in Carmel Valley after hours of public comments.

The One Paseo Project includes the construction of stores and eateries, the expansion of a movie theater and the addition of more than 600 family apartments and a parking structure in Carmel Valley.

The San Diego Planning Commission approved the proposal for the $750 million, 1.4 million square-foot, mixed-use village slated for the corner of Del Mar Heights Road and El Camino Real. The panel agreed to the plan on the condition that developer Kilroy Realty agreed to make 11 changes to the master plan.

On Monday night, the San Diego City Council approved the plan 7-2, though they did say Kilroy must add 60 affordable housing units and a sychronized traffic system. Council President Sherri Lightner and Council President Pro Tem Marti Emerald were the dissenting votes.

Hundreds showed up Monday to hear the debate at council chambers — so many that Golden Hall had to be used as an overflow area. About 600 people signed up to speak on the issue, many wearing red shirts to show their opposition to One Paseo.

The Carmel Valley Planning Board voted against the current proposal but its members have said they support a smaller version of the plan.

Posted by on Feb 23, 2015 in Carmel Valley, Local Flavor, Local Government | 22 comments

San Diego Housing Indicators

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Read the full article on San Diego housing here:

An excerpt:

Before end users can provide sufficient support for the housing recovery, they will need to acquire income; and that means jobs and wage increases. San Diego continues to outpace the state’s jobs recovery, which is good news for San Diego’s housing industry.

The number of individuals employed in San Diego County in 2014 saw a rapid increase of 3.3% (44,500) from one year earlier. Unlike much of the state, San Diego has far surpassed the level of jobs held prior to the 2008 recession. However, with the working-aged population increase of roughly 250,000 individuals in San Diego County since 2007, the real jobs recovery which will bring on mass wage increases isn’t expected until around 2019.

Posted by on Feb 6, 2015 in Local Flavor, Market Conditions | 2 comments

San Diego is #1

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While San Diego may not be the most expensive city to own a home, it is considered the least affordable.

According to a study conducted by, San Diego ranks as the most unaffordable city in terms of real estate in relation to income.

“In more than 90 percent of the zip codes, less than half of the people can afford to buy homes. That’s the worst in any metropolitan area in the U.S.,” said University of San Diego economics professor Alan Gin.

Posted by on Feb 4, 2015 in Local Flavor, Sales and Price Check | 9 comments

Romney On the Move


From the Globe:

Romney, whose last presidential bid was hampered by his image of excessive privilege and insensitivity, may recognize the trouble his real estate holdings could cause in another campaign.

He is taking steps to shed some of his property, including retaining a broker who is currently showing the La Jolla home to potential buyers, according to a Romney aide. The aide would not disclose the asking price or explain why the former Massachusetts governor and his wife, Ann, want to sell the home after more than four years of city permitting, hearings, and construction.

Posted by on Jan 28, 2015 in Interesting Houses, Local Flavor | 6 comments