Safety Center Opening Celebration

The Del Mar Beach Safety Center will hold its grand opening at 1700 Coast Boulevard on Wednesday, June 17th at 3pm. Guests can enjoy refreshments and RSVP’s are not required.

The event is hosted by the City of Del Mar along with the Friends of the Powerhouse. This new structure replaces the old structure which will ensure effective lifeguard protection as well as better access for residents and visitors to visit the beaches in Del Mar.

The Friends of the Powerhouse would like to thank everyone for their support that helped to fund, design and complete this community project. For those interested tiles and planks are still available.

Along with the above grand opening another celebration is schedule for August 1 at En Fuego restaurant located at 1342 Camino in Del Mar at 6pm.

For those looking for their new home in Del Mar contact our real estate agents today at (888) 865-5055.

Coronado Beach Best in US

It is hard to believe but there is a beach in the United States that actually sparkles like the nighttime sky and that beach is the 1 ½ mile long Coronado Beach due to the mineral mica that glistens in the sand.

Dr. Beach, professor Stephen P. Leatherman of Florida International University listed the beach in the 2012 survey as the #1 beach in the United States for not only the sparkling sand but also due to its proximity to the hotel that was features in "Some Like It Hot", a 1958 film starring Marilyn Monroe.

Dr. Beach has been ranking United States beaches for more than 20 years and this is the first time he has put one of California beaches in the top position. His ranking is determined by the safety provided to swimmers as well the environmental quality.

Coronado Beach is home across the bay from San Diego on a peninsula with weather similar to Mediterranean and often used for the background of postcards.

Leatherman, director of FIU’s Laboratory for Coastal Research, stated "I think it’s one of the most super beaches around."

The other beaches in the top ten include

2. Kahanamoku Beach in Waikiki, Honolulu, Hawaii
3. Main Beach, East Hampton, New York
4. St. George Island State Park, Florida Panhandle
5. Hamoa Beach, Maui, Hawaii
6. Coast Guard Beach, Cape Cod, Massachusetts
7. Waimanalo Bay Beach Park, Oahu, Hawaii
8. Cape Florida State Park close to Miami
9. Beachwalker Park, Kiawah Island, South Carolina
10. Cape Hatteras in North Carolina

Leatherman uses a criterion of 50 different factors to rank beaches which includes the weather, look and feel of the sand, the quality of the water, facilities offered, and the visitors. The highest score given is 250. Coronado beach ranked in the 230’s, only losing points due to the temperature of the water that stays in the 60’s.

Most of the beautiful beaches in California lose points to Hawaii and Florida due to the chilly waters that only allow for a short dip. Last year, Coronado Beach came in second with Siesta Beach in Florida. After a beach has made it on the top beaches it is no longer able to be considered for future rankings.

With a top spot on the list, it usually increases the percentage of visitors 15 to 20%.

Leatherman stated that Coronado beach is great for walking and skim boarding. The flat wide beach is lined with beautiful mansions and Hotel Del Coronado referred to as "Hotel Del," which is a National Historic Landmark, built in 1888 and being the last of California’s Victorian seaside resorts.

Coronado is also the name of the community that is home to some of the wealthiest families in California along with Navy officers. To reach the community, you can take a ferry boat from downtown San Diego.

Leatherman explained that parking is free at the beach however; it is on the street which can be a bit difficult.

Nellie Landeros, lifelong San Diego county resident stated, "It’s gorgeous," and went on to say, "Just the setting alone feels like we’re in another world."

Billy Pavlacka known as Sand Castle Man, has been a regular visitor to Coronado Beach for the last 30 years. He stated, "If you look at the sand you can see it sparkling," and went on to say, "People ask me all the time if it’s gold."

Leatherman explained beaches do not pay to be included in this top 10 list.

If Coronado Beach sounds like the perfect place to call home, contact our Realtor today Toll Free at (888) 865-5055.

More Foreclosures on the Way

Recently, in the U-T business section, there was a featured story that stated homes sales surge and home prices rise in San Diego in April.

Just from that alone, the sign is that the housing market is now going in the right direction. However, this may not be true. The truth is there are many different stories all centered on the housing market. One day you will read foreclosures are down, the next short sales are down, and then home prices are slightly up. Everyone reads this as good news and the housing market is on the road to healing.

Before you start believing all this, you really need to learn more about the root of the problem and what it does to the housing market in San Diego. The current standings in San Diego are as follows.

As reported by zillow.com, 36% of homeowners are underwater in San Diego County.

Foreclosures are truly down in the San Diego County; however, this only means that the defaults are finally clearing out.

Wave of Foreclosures Coming

It is estimated that another wave of foreclosures is coming. These foreclosures are going to affect borrowers that took out Option-Arm and Alt-A mortgages. These loans gave home buyers low interest rates and low monthly payments. What is going to bring on more foreclosures is that the low interest rates on these loans are going to be reset this year and again in 2013. This can increase the mortgage payment around 50%. The home values are now at a 10 year low and due to the increase in the mortgage payments, many homeowners will decide on defaults or short sales as they will not be able to afford the higher payments.

It is estimated that Carmel Valley is going to be the hardest hit in the foreclosures upcoming. The main reason is that during the construction boom from 2000 to 2008, many homes were purchased with no down payment or small down payment, which means homeowners do not have a lot of equity in the home. The median income in Carmel Valley is $90,000 with higher end salary families have been able to stand firm, things are on the swing to change.

The news may not be great; however, San Diego County has a way to go before the housing market will be back on track. There are going to be more foreclosures, more short sales, more strategic defaults and possibly a flat line or decline in property values. Once all this occurs, San Diego will then begin to see some healing in the housing market. Just pay attention to the news in the housing market. If you notice several months of good news, then you can rest assured the worst is over and healing is on the way. A few good stories once in awhile are a false euphoria and may not last.

Now is the time to purchase a home in San Diego at wonderful prices. Contact one of our local Realtors today at (888) 865-5055 to find your new dream home.

Escondido Chamber of Commerce Award Winners

Escondido Chamber of Commerce recently announced the award winners that will be recognized on June 8th at the 102nd annual installation and awards held at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.

The honorees include:

  • Chuck Aeling, Aelott Air Conditioning – Business Leader of the Year
  • Al Owens – Jim Felix Award, Community Volunteer of the Year
  • NK Towing & Road Service – Small Business of the Year
  • Westfield North County – Medium Business of the Year
  • Palomar Pomerado Health – Large Business of the Year
  • Kevin Svetich, CLU, Kevin S. Svetich Insurance & Investments – Board Member of the Year
  • Angel’s Depot – Community Organization of the Year
  • Nancy Murphy, CDC Commercial Real Estate, and Suzanne Southwell, Waddell & Reed Inc. – Ambassador of the Year
  • Angelo Damante – Jack Raymond Civic Engagement Leadership Award

Soroptimist International of Vista named Kaye Van Nevel the 2012 Soroptimist of the Year. Club president, Cherie Wilson, stated the award honors a member "who has gone above and beyond the club’s obligations, providing outstanding service throughout the year."

Administrator of the Year award was given to Julie Johnson, MiraCosta College’s director of GEAR UP, from the Association of California School Administrators Region 18 and the San Diego County School Boards Association. The honor was bestowed at the annual "Honoring Our Own" Awards Dinner. She was nominated by co-workers for her "outstanding work with students and staff as assistant principal at El Camino High School".

Ron Perez was appointed to the Palomar College Governing Board on May 8 as the vice president of finance and administrative. He will begin his role on June 18th at Palomar College. Perez previously had been the vice president of administrative services at San Diego Mesa College.

The nonprofit Cancer Angels of San Diego named Marjorie Holmstrom executive director. The Carlsbad-based group provides help to stage IV cancer patients who are facing financial difficulties.

The 2012 recipient of the James O. Page EMS Achievement Award by the International Association of Fire Chiefs is Fire Chief William R. Metcalf of North County Fire Protection District in Fallbrook. This award is presented yearly to a leader that has promoted and created a national scale non-clinical achievement in fire service emergency medical services.

Dr. Rebecca Samuels, osteopathic physician has joined Palomar Medical Group in Escondido.

The 1st place winner in the printmaking/sculpture category at the Carlsbad-Oceanside Art League was Marta Hotel, Carlsbad resident and business owner. Her metal sculpture is named "Inspiration Breaks Free."

Director of Nursing of the Year for Life Care Centers of America’s Southwest Division is Gloria Arado, director of nursing at Life Care Center of Escondido. She was honored at the annual directors of nursing meeting in Cleveland, Tennessee. This award is presented to the director of nursing in every division of Life Care’s eight divisions that demonstrates qualities in various areas such as staff development and customer service ratings.

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