Encinitas, CA Real Estate News

By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California, Inc.)
As a dedicated foodie, finding new restaurants, and visiting the favorites, is a passion of mine.That’s not to say I am out eating at some eatery daily or even multiple times a week – after all, the food at home is some of the best, IMO. But now and then the opportunity arises to check out a new place.I was in Leucadia yesterday visiting Sanctum, a relatively new gallery along the Coast Highway, and since it was lunch time my wife and I decided to check out a new Leucadia restaurant - Auggie’s House of Crab founded by Agostino Scalercio (Auggie)...owner, cook, you name it.Auggie’s House of Crab is on the coast road at the northern end of Leucadia (Encinitas) and well worth a visit, especially if you are a seafood lover. Leucadia is a funky beach town and Auggie’s fits right in.  No pret...
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By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California, Inc.)
Leucadia is the funky part of Encinitas, California, at the north end of town, just a short hop from where I live in Carlsbad. You’ll know as soon as you drive through – it has the feel of a surfing community, without the glitz, boutiques, and fancy dining eateries you encounter in other beach towns. And folks who live in or frequent Leucadia like it that way. Witness the bumper stickers you see regularly to “Keep Leucadia Funky.” But Leucadia will surprise you with the neat little shops and cool restaurants to enjoy mixed in among the vacation rental properties, surfing shops, liquor stores, the Leucadia Donut Shop, and a myriad of other small businesses and services. And you may find a new sanctum here at an 8-month old shop appropriately called Sanctum Gallery. Located just behind my...
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By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California, Inc.)
Summertime in Encinitas presents us with lots of things to do. Of course the year-round fabulous weather allows folks to be outside almost all the time. The summer months bring a host of outdoor festivals and concerts to the Encinitas area, and the Sunday Summer Concerts by the Sea at Moonlight Beach is worth a visit. Read about Moonlight Beach On 4 Sundays in July and August (July 6, July 20, August 3 and August 17) you can enjoy a terrific beach, great weather, and music and dancing from 3 - 5 PM. Musical styles vary, and with the gorgeous beach, a comfortable chair and the beautiful Pacific in distance, what could be a better way to spend Sunday afternoon. Here's the schedule: July 6 - Ione Angeles and the Island Vibes - reggae July 20 - The Bigfellas - rock/pop August 3 - Lee Coulte...
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By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California, Inc.)
Encinitas, California, in North County San Diego, offers a lot to love for residents and visitors. Located about 25 miles from San Diego and about 100 miles south of Los Angeles, there are many things to like about living in this seaside community. Here’s the top 10 list (in no particular order): Terrific weather – well, that can be said about America’s Finest City in general, but it really is true about the area. It never gets too hot or too cold (average temperature is around 72 degrees) in Encinitas. Surfing – you may not be a surfer, but surfing here is a big deal. Famous beaches like Swami’s area known to surfers far and wide as a terrific place to ride the waves. And you can learn to surf, too – check out Surf eCo where you can learn to Hang 10 AND help save the rainforest in Cost...
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By Mike and Dawn Lewis, The Lewis Team at Keller Williams in San Diego CA
(The Lewis Team at Keller Williams)
Encinitas Foreclosures San Diego Encinitas has foreclosures for sale in 2008 and in 2009 will also have many bank owned homes on the market. Bank owned properties or REO's in Encinitas are filling the San Diego MLS with reduced priced homes. Home and condo buyers wanting to buy a home or condo in the Encinitas area can take their pick. There are many Encinitas homes and condos already foreclosed on by the bank or mortgage holder and many more foreclosures are on the way. We have helped many San Diego home buyers buy a foreclosure and most have saved thousands and even tens of thousands buying a foreclosed home or condo. I just did a BPO "Broker Price Opinion" on a home in Encinitas that sold for about $2.3 Million in 2007 and the BPO came out at $1.3 Million. Buying foreclosures in Enci...
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By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California, Inc.)
Moonlight BeachSomething for Everyone in Encinitas CA Moonlight Beach is an attractive activity-oriented beach located just a few blocks from the down town Encinitas area. Plus there is lots of stuff to do nearby depending on your mood and what you enjoy doing.  You can learn more about the Moonlight Beach area by checking out the links below: Read: Encinitas Dining and Shopping Extravaganza for a tour of the downtown area and information on shopping and dining (restaurants and other information may have changed since this was written!) Encinitas Things to Do - Visit the Meditation Gardens at the Self-Realization Fellowship Retreat  The Moonlight Beach video below will give you a good idea of why this beach is so popular with locals and visitors.  With shopping nearby, plenty of restaur...
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By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California, Inc.)
It's now official - escrow has closed, and the $1.53 million dollar Boat Houses in Encinitas are now preserved as part of the eclectic history of this seaside town. After more than a year, the Boat Houses are now owned by the Encinitas Preservation Association and are preserved for posterity. There are plans for making them open to the public. Read my previous article on the Boat Houses. This was not only a tremendous endeavor in terms of dealing with bureaucracy and process around preservation, but also in terms of raising the necessary funds to acquire the properties. What a tribute to area residents, the Downtown Encinitas Mainstreet Association (DEMA), the Encinitas Historical Society and other civic leaders and community groups who provided funding (The Lofts at Moonlight Beach, an...
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By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California, Inc.)
There is burgeoning interest in work-live lofts in North San Diego County – a concept that has moved from the major cities to smaller communities – and Encinitas real estate is now no exception. Carlsbad has BluWater Crossing, work-live lofts under construction just a hop, skip and jump from the ocean and the Coaster station, and now the Encinitas real estate has The Lofts at Moonlight Beach. Read about The Lofts at Moonlight Beach – Residential for details on the 18 Encinitas residential homes currently under construction. The Lofts at Moonlight Beach also offer 18 commercial units for purchase, located on the bottom floor of the 3-story complex on the edge of downtown Encinitas and just 3 blocks to the beach. Units may be acquired for personal business use, or you can buy one for inve...
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By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California, Inc.)
There’s a new loft in town, and it’s going up mighty fast. If you are seeking a new town house at the beach in Encinitas, these new homes could be just the ticket. Walk to Moonlight Beach – perhaps the best all-around beach in the North San Diego County area (just 3 blocks…you can hear and smell the ocean) Walk to downtown Encinitas for shopping, galleries and dozens of restaurants Work and live in the same complex (stay tuned for post on the commercial units to be offered just below these residential units – need an office? Want a commercial income property?) The Lofts at Moonlight Beach are located at the edge of downtown Encinitas at the corner of Encinitas Boulevard and the Coastal Road/Route 101. These town homes are located on floors 2 and 3 of the complex (the commercial units ar...
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By Roberta Murphy, Carlsbad Real Estate and Homes
(San Diego Previews Real Estate)
A Zillow questioner asks if he or she should wait to buy a home in San Diego--or until the market levels out. It is a question that seemed to beg an answer from me, if only because we are personally struggling with that very issue as I write this post. We have an opportunity to buy an Oceanside property that should yield a mildly positive cash flow with a 20 percent down payment. It is new construction, close to Oceanside beaches, and the only hurdle is finding financing that is reasonably acceptable for our circumstances. (But that is another story.) This Zillow questioner is asking about the advisability of buying San Diego real estate as his or her home in today’s market. So much depends on location and local market conditions. My advice? You may want to explore home financing option...
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By Margaret Hokkanen, → Carlsbad Real Estate
(SurfTheTurf.com, Inc.)
(Note on 7/19/08: I've also posted some images that were extremely difficult to create on my new post at http://activerain.com/blogsview/600282/HDR-Interiors-on-the which you may also want to review.) I apologize for our absence of late.  I thought I would share some our newest marketing images because they show how we've changed our photographic work.  In the past, we took multiple exposures of a room and John blended those images in photoshop to achieve a blended image.  We have now moved to an approach where we combine non-HDR/strobe photography with high dynamic range photography.  We like this a lot for a few reasons: Our experience with HDR processing (maybe just OUR HDR processing) is that it can lead to a number of issues: 1) A case of the "flats."  The exposure value range is a...
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By Roberta Murphy, Carlsbad Real Estate and Homes
(San Diego Previews Real Estate)
It was group hug time Friday afternoon when we received confirmation that our 10-month short sale ordeal in Encinitas Ranch had successfully recorded and closed. Kudos to the patient buyers of this Encinitas home, because they truly got a terrific deal ($890,000). Welcome relief is also due the out of area young seller, who had been unwittingly pulled into a raunchy real estate transaction by a couple of sleazy mortgage brokers (one of whom was the seller) , a credit “packager” –and escrow, title and appraisal personnel who surely knew better than to facilitate such a sham. Our first time home buyer-turned-seller from Los Angeles, with excellent FICO score (and no savings), was lured by the promise of buying an “undervalued” $1.2 million home (100 percent financing) in San Diego that he...
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By Roberta Murphy, Carlsbad Real Estate and Homes
(San Diego Previews Real Estate)
If I can tear myself away from Oceanside Terraces real estate this weekend, you will probably find me wandering around in comfortable shoes, eating fun food and shopping for funky jewelry at one of the 450 vendor booths on Highway 101( between D and J Streets) in wonderful downtown Encinitas. Hopefully, though, I will be an early visitor (they open at 9 am) because over 100,000 shoppers are expected at the 25th Annual Encinitas Street Fair and parking will be tight. If I didn’t need to have a car for the Oceanside trip, I would consider taking the NCTD Coaster to this fun Southern California beach town event. For the Coaster schedule, go to: http://www.gonctd.com/coaster_schedules.htm Entertainment will be available on both Saturday and Sunday, and will be staged at both the Karl Straus...
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By Roberta Murphy, Carlsbad Real Estate and Homes
(San Diego Previews Real Estate)
As a North County San Diego real estate broker, I often carry a laptop when when showing San Diego homes to clients. And so do many of our real estate clients. These days, we avoid Starbucks because they charge for their wifi service–and instead head to the closest Panera Bread, almost any public library, or other resting points where we can easily hop online. I believe that someday this will be a useless list, because wifi will be ubiquitous. But until that day, here’s a starter list of free San Diego hot spots. Some may require that you ask for a password, but won’t require a swipe of your credit card. (Don’t forget, though, that wireless networks are not secure, and be careful of the information you transmit.) Some local wifi spots in North San Diego County would include: E Street Ca...
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By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California, Inc.)
Yet another marvelous outdoor event is yours to enjoy this coming weekend. The 25th Annual Encinitas Street Fair sponsored by the Downtown Encinitas Mainstreet Association, will be held in the heart of Encinitas on Saturday and Sunday from 9 AM until 5 PM each day. The fair is held along the coast road (Route 101) from D to J Streets. Estimated attendance is around 100,000 so it should be a great event (with weather expected to be in the 70s). This is an amazing outdoor festival, with 450 vendors offering a wide range of arts, crafts, clothing, food and much more. There will be entertainment on 4 different stages consisting of music, dancing and singing – A Beer Garden (at Karl Strauss), a Community Stage (Hansen Surfboards), a Court Yard Stage (at the Lumberyard Shops and Restaurants)...
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By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California, Inc.)
No, we’re not talking about how surfing in and of itself will save the environment. Of course if you could commute to work that way and save the gas… But this is such a cool idea I wanted to share it. Encinitas, California is known for many things, in particular poinsettias and surfing. Surf shops are everywhere, as are surfers and their boards. There are a number of prime surf beaches, with Swami’s being the most famous. Being as popular as it is, one can readily find a surfing school to teach you how to ride the waves. I have written a bit about surfing in my area, and some folks even say I look like a surfer dude at times. I am not a surfer…yet. Why not learn to surf in a way that will help the environment? A new surfing school founded by Torrey Trust, Surf eCo, will teach you how t...
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By Dusty Brazil- Encinitas Realtor Your Encinitas Real Estate & Homes Guy
(Encinitas, Cardiff, Del Mar Bank Owned Homes Team)
Ever Golfed in Encinitas Ranch? If you have ever driven off Leucadia Blvd, then you have seen all the golfers out at Encinitas Ranch having the time of their lives. Ever wondered how it would be to own your own piece of real estate in Encinitas Ranch? Right now  there are some great Encinitas Ranch Homes for Sale  if you are considering investing in an upscale golf community in North County. Encinitas Ranch is a very desired area to live in and purchase real estate. SEE ALL ENCINITAS RANCH REAL ESTATE LISTINGS HERE            Take a look at recently sold homes in Encinitas Ranch below. Please feel free to visit http://www.dustybrazil.com/ for any of your real estate needs in North County. Comparative Market Analysis                                             
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By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California, Inc.)
Carlsbad and Encinitas home owners now have a place to find the best buys…at the NEW Best Buy (760-479-0114) in Encinitas just off El Camino Real at the Encinitas Town Center. Home owners in Carlsbad, Encinitas and Cardiff now have a new mega-store for shopping in their backyard, as opposed to having to head to San Marcos or Oceanside. Located in the former CompUSA facility (which closed last year), the new Best Buy, while smaller than the mega-stores in San Marcos and Oceanside, provides area residents with the wide selection of appliances, electronics, music, computers and other techie stuff they are used to at the Best Buy stores Best Buy in Encinitas joins a broad range of other large-store opportunities for Carlsbad, Encinitas and Cardiff residents, which include: Bed, Bath and Bey...
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By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California, Inc.)
The Encinitas Civic Center is a hub of many activities that support the management and operations of the town. City Council Chambers are there, as are a number of building departments, just up the hill from the downtown area near the train station. A charming feature of the civic center is the Art Gallery, in the Encinitas City Hall. I had the pleasure of viewing this gallery for the first time the other day where artist/glassblower Lea de Wit was featured. Lea’s handcrafted glass art is magnificent, and a true testimony to her talent and creativity as an artist, and a reflection of her excellent training in Italy under glassblowing masters, Elio Quarisa and Davide Salvadore, as well as with renowned glass sculpture artist Karen Willenbrink-Johnsen. It is no surprise that the juried se...
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By Jeff Cole, Homes For Sale 360-316-1177
(Realogics Sotheby's International Realty)
Encinitas has long been one of North County San Diego's favorite beach communities with some of the most prime real estate and view properties in California. Encinitas is well known for its quaint villages, seaside plazas, flower farms, plant nurseries, beautiful cliffs and over 6 miles of rugged Pacific coastline, steep mesa bluffs and a loyal surfing culture. The surfing here is a draw for all ages and is enjoyed all year long.The community is mainly residential with a wonderful array of shops, restaurants and galleries and a charming business corridor along the 101. Encinitas has an approximate population of 60,000 and with temperatures between 40 and 85 degrees year-round make Encinitas a spectacular place to visit or call home.The City of Encinitas was founded over 100 years ago an...
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