HomeSmart Realty West, Mission Valley, San Diego, California
I'm a Realtor with the HomeSmart Realty West office in Mission Valley and also hold the Certified Distressed Property Expert designation.
After spending about 30 years in customer service with Waldenbooks and Borders Books and Music, I decided several years ago that I could help more people with something more significant in their lives than a CD purchase here and a book purchase there. So I made the full-time jump from books and music into real estate. Althought it's always difficult getting started in a new business, especially after being in the same business for 30 years, I successfully made the transition. I attribute that success to the marketing prowess of my partner; my attention to my Client's needs, wants, and goals; and my 30 years in customer service. I figured that if I could work with customers who bought a book, went home and spent two weeks reading it, and then brought it back—without the receipt but with dog-eared pages and 15 spine creases—and requested their money back because they didn't like the book, well, I could probably work with anyone. After all, if one can listen while someone else is talking, one can be successful in just about anything.
I am a native Californian, having been born in Riverside in San Bernardino County. I attended the University of Redlands in Redlands, not far from my home, where I earned both a Bachelor of Piano Performance and a Master of Piano Performance. However, I didn't think I wanted to be a Starving Artist, and that's how I wound up with Waldenbooks and Borders.
I still practice the piano daily and play in chamber music groups in the San Diego area. My partner is a home inspector working throughout Southern California's eleven counties, and we have been together since May 26, 1994. We have an indoor cat named Zoey, a domestic short hair ginger tabby. We adopted her from the El Cajon Animal Shelter on September 20, 2007, after our outdoor black cat, Sophie, was hit and killed by a car.
Needs, wants, and goals
Life is about needs, wants, and goals, some more important than others. If you need to sell, give me a call. If you want to sell or buy, I'm here for you too. If you goal is to someday add real estate to your American dream, let's start now. I can help show you the way. I'm available by phone at 619-729-5701 or email at JLFPianist@aol.com. I look forward to hearing from you, meeting you, and helping you.
I'm usually available from early in the morning to late in the evening, including weekends and holidays. Since some of San Diego County still doesn't have good cell phone coverage, the best way to reach me is by email since I'm often out previewing properties or showing properties. If you do call and get voice mail, it probably means that I'm in an area that does not have cell phone coverage or that I'm with a Client. Please understand that if I'm with a Client, I won't answer the phone, but I should be able to return your call within just a couple of hours at the most. I will extend the same courtesy to you when I'm working with you.
Mission Valley, San Diego, California
Providing Real Estate solutions for buyers and sellers.
I specialize in fast-paced living in Mission Valley, specifically the Interstate 8 corridor between Interstate 5 and Interstate 805. I particularly love helping people buy and sell condominiums and townhouses because of the amenities that the complexes have and the very active day and nightlife in Mission Valley.
There are five major freeways connecting Mission Valley to other parts of the County — Interstates 5, 8, 15, and 805, and State Highway 163 — so it's easy to get up and go at any time of the day to participate in a variety of activities throughout the year. For example, a short drive west takes you to San Diego's world-class beaches and Sea World; a 15-60 minute drive north takes you to La Jolla, Quail Botanical Gardens, and the Wild Animal Park; a drive south takes you to Balboa Park, the world-famous San Diego Zoo, downtown San Diego and Petco Park (home of the Padres), San Diego Bay, the airport (Lindbergh Field), Old Town, Coronado Island, and Mexico; and a drive east takes you to Alpine, Julian, and, occasionally during the winter, snow in the mountains. If you can't find something to do in or near Mission Valley, you're working too much!
Mission Valley has experienced significant growth during the last decade, and sometimes the apartments and condominiums seem to have taken over. Many of the newer condominium communities are gated and have fitness facilities; swimming pools; tennis courts; park-like grounds with tropical landscaping, streams, waterfalls, and fountains; and shuttle services. There are many biking, walking, and jogging paths along the San Diego River which runs through the center of Mission Valley.
If you do want to spend your days in Mission Valley, there is plenty to do: sports and other unique events at Qualcomm Stadium (home of the San Diego Chargers and the host for two major college bowl games, the Poinsettia Bowl and the Holiday Bowl) and major shopping and dining at Fashion Valley, Mission Valley East, Mission Valley West, Hazard Center, Rio Vista, and Fenton Marketplace. With an abundance of free parking and several San Diego Trolley stations, events throughout Mission Valley are diverse and convenient. Fenton Marketplace also boasts a branch of the San Diego library. With its study and meeting areas, open architecture emphasizing natural light, and multiple computers equipped with high-speed Internet access, residents throughout Mission Valley, and even those visiting from other areas of the County, stop to take advantage of the branch library's great facilities.
Family with teenagers? The pools, spas, fitness facilities, and tennis courts in condominium communities are great for them and their friends.
New graduate with that first job, new wife, and no children? Condominium communities make a great starter home, and, again, those amenities can come in handy with your new business associates.
Single and just want to hang out and have fun? Mission Valley in San Diego is the place to be. Walk to work, walk to lunch, walk to the gym, walk to the night life, or just take a leisurely walk along the San Diego River.
Whatever you want, it's in Mission Valley, and when your family and friends come to visit from elsewhere, there's plenty of hotels, and you're centrally located. Mission Valley real estate is a rare and desirable location. If you're wanting to move to Mission Valley, call me for all the help you'll need in finding the right place for you and your family. And if you've got a residence for sell, I can help you get the best price in the shortest time. Just give me a call at 619-729-5701.
Check out my web site at http://www.missionvalleycondos.info for more detailed information on about 40 condominium complexes in Mission Valley, and if you need a personal introduction to any of them, just give me a call. I'm happy to help.
Also take time to read through my blog here at ActiveRain. You'll find a lot of interesting information and get to know me a little better.
I've lived in or on the nearby outskirts of Mission Valley since 1988. You can often find me shopping and eating at the various malls and restaurants in Mission Valley, and you might also find me taking a walk along one of the many walkways on both sides of the San Diego River. I know the area and the area knows me, so if you're looking to buy or sell in Mission Vally, I cam help you.
Following are the 39 major condominium communities in Mission Valley. The numbers correspond to the Mission Valley map on my web site.
Presidio Place The Courtyards Mission Greens Mission Bellwood Friars Hollow Woodspring Rio Vista Park Place Estates Friars Village The Abbey The Bluffs Presidio Mirage The Franciscan Mission Valley Terraces City Scene Fashion Hills The Vistas at Fashion Heights Hye Park Missions at Rio Vista The Lido Mission Walk Creekwood at River Run Escala - Bridges, Brungalows, Courtyards, Terraces, Verandas, and Villas Rancho Mission Villas Mission Playmor Mission Plaza Mission Ridge Friars Pointe Friars Mission Mission Heights Mission Verde Kensington Park Park Villas - North and South Union Square River Colony Mission Gate Rio Del Oro River Scene Mission Village
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I specialize in condos and townhouses in Mission Valley, including areas surrounding Mission Valley. If you are looking for a place to call home where both the days and nights are happening, call me.