Laguna Niguel, CA Real Estate News

A very warm congratulations to this year's winners! Marie Sykes, 2nd grade teacher at Chaparral Elementary School in Ladera Ranch Kati Bennett, Aliso Niguel High School English Teacher in Aliso Viejo Laurie Cummings, 7th and 8th grade teacher at Las Flores Middle School in Las Flores       Thank you for making me Your Orange County Real Estate Connection. Best regards. Michael Caruso, Broker ABR ABRM CRB CRS GRI 2007 President, Orange County Association of Realtors
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By Michael A. Caruso
(Surterre Properties)
Homes sold in Laguna Niguel in February:                                                                      2009                                           2008  $0-500k                                                             25                                              16 $500k-$1 million                                                 29                                              13 $1 million and above                                             1                                                8                                                                                                                                                                         TOTAL                                                                                       55                    ...
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By Michael A. Caruso
(Surterre Properties)
The words "topless" and "small town" do not usually go hand in hand, but in Vassalboro, Maine they've come together in the form of a coffee shop. While times are tough, and many people taking on doom and gloom attitudes, employees at the coffee shop have great personalities, stating that they are "happy to be working."  Due to the popularity and uniqueness of the shop, servers make $30 on average per table, with an occasional $100 tip here and there. The owner, Paul Crabtree, made a point to hire men and women of various sizes for his staff, which has gone over well with the 4,500 residents of the town and visitors. What are your thoughts about businesses taking on a more risqué theme in order to keep profitable? Thank you for making me Your Orange County Real Estate Connection. Best r...
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By Michael A. Caruso
(Surterre Properties)
Many of us become more body-conscious this time of year with Spring right around the corner. While some may choose to begin crash diets, why not change the way you eat overall to ensure not only a more in-shape body, but a healthier you overall? I recently read an article that provided the 10 best foods to help you slim down and wanted to share with my fellow Active Rain members:   Apples Eggs Cauliflower Lowfat Yogurt Oatmeal Peanuts Soup Fish Bulgar Salad Have a GREAT Sunday! Thank you for making me Your Orange County Real Estate Connection. Best regards. Michael Caruso Broker ABR ABRM CRB CRS GRI 2007 President, Orange County Association of Realtors
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By Michael A. Caruso
(Surterre Properties)
Trails have to be shared...Hikers, Mountain Bikers and Equestrians all have access to trails that must be shared.  It can easily be done. You may want to think about some trail etiquette... Hikers: You have the right of way over bikers, but please yield to equestrians. Mountain Bikers: Here is the 411...you have the right of way over no one. End of story. Equestrians: You have the right of way over hikers and mountain bikers. Overall etiquette tips...be friendly, say hi to people, keep dogs on a leash, don't block a trail, pass on the left. Spring isn't far away so brush up on trail etiquette soon. Thank you for making me Your Orange County Real Estate Connection. Best regards. Michael Caruso, Broker ABR ABRM CRB CRS GRI 2007 President, Orange County Association of Realtors
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By Michael A. Caruso
(Surterre Properties)
The Santa Ana Zoo is celebrating this week after the birth of twin red-handed tamarin monkeys.  After the zoo's monkey count slipped below the state-required count of fifty last year, the zoo's major donors began contacting the zoo, concerned.  Luckily, two sets of twins have been born in the last month, most recently the red-handed tamarins last week. The twins are happy, healthy, and are on display, just in time to celebrate the zoo's 57th Anniversary this weekend!     Thank you for making me Your Orange County Real Estate Connection. Best regards. Michael Caruso, Broker ABR ABRM CRB CRS GRI 2007 President, Orange County Association of Realtors
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By Michael A. Caruso
(Surterre Properties)
  The results are in!! Congratulations to the following schools who shined during the 2009 Orange County Decathlon, held earlier this month at Orange Coast College: Division 1 First Place: Valencia High School Second Place: Trabuco Hills High School Third Place: Westminster High School Fourth Place: Woodbridge High School Fifth Place: Mission Viejo High School   Division 2 First Place: Aliso Niguel High School Second Place: Sunny Hills High School (Team 1) Third Place: San Clemente High School and Sunny Hills High School (Team 2) Fourth Place: Fairmont Prep Academy Fifth Place: Bolsa Grande High School    Division 3 First Place: Fountain Valley High School Second Place: Corona Del Mar High School Third Place: Anaheim High School Fourth Place: Savanna High School Fifth Place: Saddleback ...
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By Michael A. Caruso
(Surterre Properties)
Image courtesy of wikipedia.org Last Tuesday, a ribbon cutting ceremony took place in the city of Laguna Niguel, which symbolized the completion of a ten year study/project which helped stabilize the Aliso Creek Stream bank.  The United States Army Corps of Engineers teamed up with the Orange County Wastewater Authority to enhance the infrastructure surrounding South Orange County Water Authority's Coastal Treatment Plant. Based on studies conducted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the native habitat and water quality will now be protected within the watershed. Environmental progress in my own "backyard!" This is great news!!   Thank you for making me Your Orange County Real Estate Connection. Best regards. Michael Caruso, Broker ABR ABRM CRB CRS GRI 2007 President, Orange County A...
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By Michael A. Caruso
(Surterre Properties)
The following classes will be offered this Spring at Mission Hospital:   Mended Hearts-Cardiac Rehab/Heart Healthy group for patients and their families Child/Adult Asthma Classes Stress Management: The Art of Coping Totsaver First Aid CPR  Women's Heart Health Program  Tai Chi Stretch Yoga Stroke Screening Preparation for Birth Baby Steps   Additional classes are also offered...Please visit www.mission4health.com   Thank you for making me Your Orange County Real Estate Connection. Best regards. Michael Caruso, Broker ABR ABRM CRB CRS GRI 2007 President, Orange County Association of Realtors
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By Nancy & Heather Cloward
(Surterre Properties)
  Laguna Niguel, CA Local Events   Wednesday, February 25th Beginning Computer Class when:Feb 25, 2009 at 8:30am where:Laguna Niguel, CA from:Orange County Public Library - Laguna Niguel category:Schools and Libraries Toddler Story Time when:Feb 25, 2009 at 10:00am where:Laguna Niguel, CA from:Orange County Public Library - Laguna Niguel category:Schools and Libraries Preschool Story Time when:Feb 25, 2009 at 11:00am where:Laguna Niguel, CA from:Orange County Public Library - Laguna Niguel category:Schools and Libraries Traffic And Transportation Commission Meeting when:Feb 25, 2009 at 7:00pm where:Laguna Niguel, CA from:City of Laguna Niguel category:Government and Politics Wednesday Bible Study when:Feb 25, 2009 at 7:00pm where:Laguna Niguel, CA from:Laguna Niguel Presbyterian Church ...
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By Nancy & Heather Cloward
(Surterre Properties)
      Mardi Gras may literally mean Fat Tuesday, but that doesn't mean you need to pack on pounds celebrating.         Ava's Healthy HurricaneServes: 2 Ingredients: 2 ounces light rum 2 ounces dark rum 2 ounces triple sec 2 cups lemon-lime flavored seltzer water 1 on-the-go packet Crystal Light Sunrise 1 on-the-go packet Crystal Light Fruit Punch Instructions: Pour Crystal Light packs into seltzer and mix to dissolve. Add alcohol and stir well. Serve over crushed ice, and garnish with a slice of orange or pineapple. Nutrition contentPer serving (11 ounces): 185 calories, 0 g fat, 12 g carbohydrate, 10 g protein     Please contact us for any further questions   www.TheClowardTeam.com   Nancy & Heather ClowardPrudential Clalifornia RealtyDirect: 949-495-2819 or 949-228-4523Nancy@NancyClo...
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By Michael A. Caruso
(Surterre Properties)
The Michael Caruso Real Estate Group will be hosting an Open House between the hours of 1-4pm on Saturday March 1st.  4 Leicester Court, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677 Ocean Ranch at Bear Brand ~ Stunning 4BR "Executive Edition" floor plan 3,227 sqft w/verifiable $400K in remodeling & upgrades. Becerra Limestone, Venetian Plaster, Garrison Hardwood...Loggia Style yard w/Fireplace, Spa, Bistro BBQ Area  $1,599,000  Cross streets are Bear Brand and Brownsbury, Thomas Guide: 971H2 Come meet Michael Caruso!   
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By Michael A. Caruso
(Surterre Properties)
One of my clients was preparing for his move out 2 weeks ago.   As we headed toward the close of escrow, he ordered a "dumpster" to be put in front of his home so he could give the 'heave ho' to a lot of stuff... Among the stuff was an old computer monitor and tower that was too slow and no longer useful.  When the trash company came to pick up the dumpster, they neatly placed the monitor and computer at the driveway and took off with the trash.  They didn't do that that because they thought he might have mistakenly put the computer in the trash.  They did it because a computer and monitor are hazardous materials.  Computers contain lead, cadmium and mercury and they pose serious health and environmental risks.  Some states have passed laws against trashing the machines.  There are alt...
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By Michael A. Caruso
(Surterre Properties)
No doubt today, kids use language that makes us think for a second or two.  They have some sayings to get across certain ideas that are far from what adults use to communicate.  But have you ever thought about the origins of language? Well, scientists think about it and are coming closer to understanding the genetic origins of language.  They are working to identify the genes that allow humans to talk and understand each other.  While linguists have looked for clues since long ago of how language works, scientists take a different approach.  Scientists have studied the language-impairing disorders like autism and dyslexia looking for common genetic aberrations.  This work has shown there is a gene called FOXP2 which ensures the brain's asymmetrical layout also seems to be important for...
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By Michael A. Caruso
(Surterre Properties)
For as long back as this country was formed, people had developed a habit of 'throwing things away'.  What's wrong with that?  Nothing I suppose, because of careful planning there are landfills everywhere where all our trash goes to when we 'throw things away'... We did the best we could with our planning but at some point in time we'll have to come to grip with the factors facing our children and theirs.  Those challenges are more than just fuel and water.  They include waste and recycling... We are running out of landfill and so I wonder what happens in 10 or 20 years when that place called "Away" is full everywhere? Comments are welcome... And thank you for making me Your Orange County Real Estate Connection. Best regards, Michael Caruso
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By Michael A. Caruso
(Surterre Properties)
COSTA MESA Costa Mesa resident Raven Sherwood will be competing at the 2009 Orange County Marketplace in the competition SongBurst 2009 on March 21st.  For more information, please visit www.kareokescene.com FOUNTAIN VALLEY Fountain Valley Police Officer Don Farmer was recently presented the Deuce Award by Mother's Against Drunk Drivers (MADD).  Farmer made 27 driving under the influence arrests. HUNTINGTON BEACH An exhibit entitled Ebb & Flow features photos, documentary films and historical artifacts created as a tribute to the city's centennial celebration is on display through today at the Huntington Beach Art Museum. IRVINE Nothing to report. LOS ALAMITOS Focus on the Heart is the new month-long campaign launched by the Los Alamitos Medical Center.  For more information, please vi...
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By Michael A. Caruso
(Surterre Properties)
ALISO VIEJO An open house at Azaian Gymnastics will take place at 1pm on Saturday, February 28th. Children 18months to 5 years are invited to participate.  For more information, please call Albina Azarian at 949-455-1020. COTO DE CAZA & THE CANYONS Nothing to report. DANA POINT Monday February 23rd, a seminar entitled "25 Rah-Rah Schools that You Want to Attend" at 6:30pm.  The seminar will be presented by Dana Hills High School PTSA.  To RSVP, please email dhhsptsa@cox.net LADERA RANCH The City's Community Services Department is in the process of planning a day filled with egg hunts, carnival games and bounce house fun from 11am-2pm on April 4th. More information to come... LAGUNA BEACH On February 28th, the Laguna Art Museum will host a fundraiser from 6-10pm which will auction work ...
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By Michael A. Caruso
(Surterre Properties)
ANAHEIM On March 4th, the North Orange County Community College District will be holding a Transition Night and Job Fair at 1830 W. Romenya Drive. The event is free. For more information, please call 714-484-7057. BREA Performances will take place at 5 and 8pm today at the Curtis Theatre during their Oscar-themed "And the Winner Is." For more information, please visit www.curtistheatre.com BUENA PARK Giving Children Hope, a nonprofit organization based in Orange County is currently seeking local artists to participate in the "My Hands Have a Voice" art show which will be held on April 18th.  For more information, please call 714-523-4454. CYPRESS Girls ages 12-18 are invited to participate in "Girls Night Out" at "The Lounge" at 7pm on February 27th.  For more information, please call ...
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By Nancy & Heather Cloward
(Surterre Properties)
    Please contact us for any further questions   www.TheClowardTeam.com   Nancy & Heather ClowardPrudential Clalifornia RealtyDirect: 949-495-2819 or 949-228-4523Nancy@NancyCloward.com or Heather@HeatherCloward.com      
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By Michael A. Caruso
(Surterre Properties)
  (Photo courtesey of eyelevel.si.edu) It may seem crazy to write another blog regarding cupcakes, but I assure you that I did not...I only READ a blog today regarding cupcakes after it was suggested to me by a reader of my previous post. On February 13th and 14th, an artist named Zilly Rosen created a work of art with an Abraham Lincoln/Barack Obama theme by using over five thousand cupcakes! For the entire story, click on the link below: http://eyelevel.si.edu/2009/02/too-sweet-to-pass-up.html    Thank you for making me Your Orange County Real Estate Connection. Best regards. Michael Caruso, Broker ABR ABRM CRB CRS GRI 2007 President, Orange County Association of Realtors
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