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Walkable Neighborhoods in North County San Diego

Dec. 17, 2008
Categorized in: House Hunting

Read about walkable real estateI have had a good number of buyers who are relocating here and want to be within walking distance of amenities such as shopping, restaurants, services, and the public library, among other things.

While this is not an easy thing to find, there are real estate opportunities in a number of North County San Diego communities where I work that will allow for this - Carlsbad, Cardiff, Encinitas, Solana Beach and Del Mar for example.

Walkability, of course, is in the eyes of the beholder, or should we say the feet of the walker?

Some people consider 15 - 20 minutes a very reasonable walk and others want to be closer, say 10 minutes or so. So as I am sharing information about these communities, bear in mind that if walking distance is important you will need to check it out for yourself to be sure.

There is a neat web tool that allows you to gain an idea of walkability. I talk about it in the first of my walkable neighborhood series articles - it's called a WALKSCORE. You simply enter an address and it will calculate a score based on proximity to a variety of amenities (plus you get the distances to those amenities so you can sort of judge for yourself). Being close to one store will not get you a high walkability score - what is more important is general walkability to a range of amenities and services.

READ MORE: Finding a Place to Live With Great Walkability (Walkable Neighborhood Series)

I am continuing to add communities to my walkable neighborhood series, but here are the first few. And if I can provide more information, please let me know. Or stop by the search page on my website and search for homes in the MLS (the link is BELOW). Grab a few and enter the addresses into Walkscore to see how it works. Or use your own address. have fun, and happy searching.

Carlsbad Village Real Estate in Carlsbad, California



Downtown Encinitas



Cardiff Real Estate in The Walking District in Cardiff-by-the-Sea



Carlsbad Homes for Sale in La Costa, Carlsbad



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Wow - Busy Market, at Least for Me

Apr. 16, 2008
Categorized in: My Personal Experience
Tagged with: airports, relocation, san diego
Whew, it has really gotten busy. That's good news, which is why I bring it up.

I have been talking with friends of mine in the business, as well as home inspectors, mortgage folks, and escrow companies, and they all say the same thing. It HAS gotten busier. Not sure that is true everywhere but here in Southern California there is a noticeable difference.

And I have to apologize that I have not been able to keep up the same pace with blogging here about relocation. I just have not been able to keep up with it all. Ironically most of the business that has kept me so busy with working with folks who are relocating here, or investigating the possibilities.

I am working on a few other articles to be posted soon that should be of interest. So stay tuned.

If you are coming to San Diego (due to relocation, or just a pleasure trip), check out my blog on the San Diego Airport - Lindberg Field.

Another Relocation Resource

Jul. 17, 2007
Categorized in: Research

For those buyers and sellers who are relocating and planning to come to Carlsbad, California or another coastal community (and why wouldn't you, we have terrific weather - most of the time), I came across another great resource on-line for gathering information about the area that I wanted to share with you - I think  it is a pretty good source of information that buyers typically want.

The guide will give you a broad brush overview of Carlsbad and other communities in the San Diego area, the good and the bad, the schools, population, crime, and much more.

Check out McCormack's Guides.

Start YOUR CARLSBAD HOMES SEARCH HERE (and other San Diego communities too)

More News on the Housing Market in San Diego

Apr. 14, 2007
Categorized in: Housing Market

The Union Tribune reported some negative AND postive news on the housing market yesterday. The "bad" news is that the number of sales declined again, the 34th month in a row. No real surprise there.

However, the good news (well, more so if you are a seller) is that housing prices rose across all three categories of housing - resale homes, resale condos, new condos and homes.

Here's a link to the full article. I suspect we will continue to see more buyers coming into the market as has been happening for the last couple of months. Stay tuned for more updates.

Year End Housing Market Stats for San Diego

Jan. 29, 2007
Categorized in: Housing Market

The headlines have blasted us with negative information about the housing market in San Diego throughout 2006

Be careful when reading the headlines, and don't draw your conclusions from them. Rather, read the entire article, as you will often find the news to be more positive than the headlines would lead you to believe. After all, negative news tends to sell papers.

If you want the lowdown on the housing market, read my post on the year-end housing market stats for San Diego. The news is pretty positive (although house prices are still high), and encouraging for the year ahead.


Neighborhood Series - Aviara, in Carlsbad

Jan. 29, 2007
Categorized in: Neighborhoods

I wrote another post in my neighborhood series on Aviara, in Carlsbad, that may appeal to you if you are searching for a home in the area.

Aviara has a very different look and feel than other areas of Carlsbad, such as La Costa (my previous post). Anchored by the Four Seasons Aviara Resort, it offers a resort-like feel and is almost exclusively residential.

Visit my post on ActiveRain for more details and some great photos and a virtual tour of Carlsbad.

Neighborhood Series - La Costa, Carlsbad

Jan. 28, 2007
Categorized in: Neighborhoods

I am starting to create a series on some of the neighborhoods in the area where I live and work. These will include information about the housing, things to do, some area photos, and other bits if information. I will also include a short virtual tour.

I hope you will enjoy these posts on the wonderful neighborhoods here along the coast.

Here a link to my first neighborhood post on La Costa - the area of Carlsbad (in the south) where I live. If I can provide more information, just let me know.


Surfing in San Diego

Jan. 9, 2007
Categorized in: Things to do in San Diego
Tagged with: relocation, san diego, surfing

Are you a surfing enthusiast - and relocating to San Diego? (photo, below right, taken from the stair access above Grandview Beach in Leucadia (Encinitas

Or simply curious about this very apparent cultural influence in Southern California?

Check out my post on Surfing in San Diego


On the Hunt for a Luxury Property (Part 1 of 3)

Dec. 14, 2006
Categorized in: House Hunting

Are you in the market for a luxury home? There are lots of them out them, depending on where you want to live and what you wish to spend. There are also a number of ways to go about finding this sort of property. This first post is about types of properties and reasons you may have for seeking a new luxury home. Later on I'll cover amenities of these properties, and finally the search process itself.

First, what type of property are we talking about? In many areas the luxury home category starts at about $1 million, but with the direction prices have gone in the last few years, and in certain higher-end markets, you aren't really into the luxury home category until you are spending $2 million and up (e.g., Southern California, San Francisco, New York CIty, Palm Beach, Malibu and many more). And prices for these properties can easily rise to 8 digits (Del Mar, CA has an oceanfront home priced st $50M; the is an oceanfront home in Laguna Beach for $75M and another for $24M; the median price of a home in Rancho Santa Fe and La Jolla, both in Southern California, is $2.7M and $1.7M respectively, but you don't get alot for that).

This type of property is characterized not only by price, but also by the amenities that are included...and in recent years these have become as varied and expensive as you want (more on those in a later post). But there is also a certain lifestyle (or perhaps different lifestyles) that goes along with this type of home - often it is not just a primary home (there may be 2, 3 or 4 others), and may only be used periodically during the year, or for specific purposes (a corporate property, for retreats, family gatherings, etc.).  Another aspect of the luxury home lifestyle is privacy, security and being in a gated community or on an island. So the luxury property must fit in with the particular desired lifestyle of the new owner.

You might be seeking a property to use as a get-a-way, or while traveling extensively  on business or for pleasure rather than using a hotel. Some like a home that will be a sanctuary, an escape from the rat race; others need it as a base for their corporate lives (e.g., a pied-a-terre in New York City or London). Interest in certain sports and outdoor activities also prompts the purchase of a particular type of luxury property - a waterfront home with substantial dockage for a yacht or a collection of sailboats; a ranch of several thousand acres for hunting, fishing, and raising cattle; a large equestrian property or for racehorses; a large oceanfront property for family and friends to vist and enjoy the beach; a gated estate with large orchards. Collectors also buy homes to meet their particular needs: room for a fabulous art collection; large garage (or more) for an antique car collection). Or how about owning a winery? And certainly putting substantial funds into the investment of luxury property can be a prudent way to increase wealth.

So what are YOUR reasons for seeking a luxury home? More space? A certain lifestyle? Investment? Making a statement?  I'll touch on amenities and related issues in my next post. Thanks for stopping by!

House Hunting for an EQUESTRIAN PROPERTY?

Dec. 13, 2006
Categorized in: House Hunting

Some readers may be in the market for an equestrian property as part of their relocation. If you have not researched this type of property, here are some things you may want to consider (issues may vary from state to state, of course).

Obviously budget is probably first on the list - assuming you are either pre-approved or are a cash buyer - and you should have a good idea of what you are willing to spend. This type of specialty property can vary widely in price, based on region of the country, number of acres, the house and any  outbuildings, among other factors (horse properties in my area of San Diego can run as high as $20 million or so, and rarely below $1,000,000)

Decide on how much acreage you want - 2-5, 10, 20 or more? Availability of these properties will vary and may depend on proximity to larger cities. You are more likely to find more land at a better price much further away from the suburbs and urban areas.

What are the details of the property you are seeking? In addition to a main house (size, bedrooms, baths), what other facilities do you want - guest house; house for staff; one or more barns (holding how many horses, including one or more tack rooms); fenced in paddocks or pastures (number, size, type of fencing, ability to add more); storage for feed/grain/hay/straw/etc. either in a barn or a separate building; outdoor riding ring; indoor arena (or room to build one); equipment included in the sale (tractor, jump equipment, etc.); a track (if interest is in racing); room for parking horse trailers and/or vans; access to trails and other equestrian facilities in the area. You may also have an interest in having a well and if so, what is the size, capacity, etc.

What is the zoning - you may run across areas that place a limit on the number of horses you can maintain on the property, whether you can run a business or not and what type (e.g., show horses, race horses, riding lessons) and so on.

What communities are most likely to have these kinds of properties (here in North County San Diego Olivenhain, which is part of Encinitas, and Rancho Santa Fe are well known towns offering a range of horse properties; further out you will find them in Bonsall, Valley Center and Fallbrook, among other areas)?

Is there a way to find out about properties not currently on the market but whose owners might be willing to sell?

First Time Home Buyers and Loans

Sep. 12, 2006
Categorized in: First Time Buyers
I recently posted an article on my other blog, Fans of Coastal San Diego, about zero down loan programs for first time buyers (or buyers who have not owned a home for 3 years or more). I also talk a bit about secondary loans for downpayment assistance (up to 3% of the purchase price) and assistance with closing costs. Check it out. If you need more information, let me know. I have a great loan person in the San Diego area - can help throughout Cali and other states as well) who would be happy to answer all your questions and help you get approved. These programs are for California, and there are income and other guidelines. But income guidelines are pretty generous for individuals and families. Hope you find this helpful.

Carlsbad Relocation A to Z

Blog by Jeff Dowler
Carlsbad, California

An informational source for people who are relocating, with a particular focus on moving to the Carlsbad area of North County San Diego (and nearby coastal communities), with advice, guidance and true stories to help you on your way and make it a great journey, from a REALTOR´┐Ż with plenty of personal (4 major moves, most recently from Boston to Carlsbad, California) and professional relocation experience. Are you running into problems selling your home? Need to find a new one quickly? Never moved before and haven't a clue? You'll find some great tips on how to solve your relocation issues here. Or ask me a question any time and I'll share some solutions or tell you where to get more information. CA BRE Lic. #01490977


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