Chula Vista Rebirth

If all goes well, during the meeting of the California Coastal Commission, San Diego Unified Port District and Chula Vista will get the okay to being on a project that some have been waiting to start for close to 40 years – the rebirth of the Chula Vista bayfront area. The project will turn the industrial area which is nothing more than a dead power plant to a wonderful waterfront paradise.

The Chula Vista Bayfront Master plan will be presented at the commission in Santa Cruz which describes the refurbishing of the waterfront in various phases spread out over the next thirty years with a resort conference center, public parks, homes, hotels, and commercial shopping.

The plan will cover 556 acres making it the largest new coastal project in California. The plan by port staff and Chula Visa has been on paper for ten years and is backed by an environmental impact report that is 12,000 pages. The plan has the support of several chamber of commerce members, organization, as well as other business groups such as the San Diego Coastkeeper, San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council, the Surfrider Foundation, and the San Diego Audubon Society.

The way the commission will vote cannot be speculated, but the reality is that the reasons for approval are enticing.

Within the 556 acres, 88 acres would be dedicated to public parks, 70 to wildlife preserve, and 75 acres for open space. The project will be centered on the resort conference center. In order to help pay for the project the plan proposes 15,000 square feet of retail space, 1,500 residential units, and 3,100 hotel rooms.

The plan estimates that the project would provide 2,200 permanent jobs and 7,000 construction jobs.

Chula Vista Mayor Cheryl Cox, who supports the master plan explains that this project would help boost the city east of bayfront; "This is such an extraordinary opportunity to be a catalyst for helping build the western side of Chula Vista."

Former Chula Vista city attorney, Ann Moore now representative of the city on the port district board, stated, "This is the time for the South Bay region to actually have its day in the sun."

If all goes as planned, the development will begin in about two years. The power plant on the other hand, will be removed between the end of the bird nesting season in September and before it begins again in March. The demolition will be one to see with a dramatic implosion which will symbolize the rebirth of the area.

With plans like these in the works, home buyers will be flocking here to find great deals on homes. If you are looking for a home in Chula Vista contact a real estate agent at 888-865-5055.

San Diego Leading Real Estate Recovery

The coastal homes in San Diego are leading the real estate recovery. As reported by CBS News homes along the coast in San Diego are the major force behind the real estate prices found in the state.

The median price of a home in California increased to close to $250,000 in the spring of 2012. Along with this, the median Southern California home price rose to $290,000, which is the first increase seen in the area since December of 2010. Along with Orange, Ventura, and Los Angeles counties, San Diego saw the biggest boost in home prices. The coastal counties were 71.5 percent of the local sales in April of 2012 which is mainly due to the improvement in the luxury market.

As reported by the First Republic Prestige Home Index the home values in the San Diego area rose 0.4 percent from the 4th quarter, which put the average luxury home price around $1.65 million. Predictions by industry professionals is that the prices of high end homes will continue to rise throughout the San Diego area, however, this is only for the time being as inventory is still higher than demand. What this means to those looking to buy in southern California, is that now is the time to buy as the prices will begin to increase as the inventory depletes.

Looking for that beach bungalow or mansion overlooking the ocean? Then you need an expert in San Diego real estate. Contact one of our professionals today to see the homes available in the area by calling 888-865-5055.

Hotel La Jolla Debuts

Hotel La Jolla has been officially launched again by Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants which will bring a coastal chic design to the shores of La Jolla. This is the 3rd Kimpton hotel in the San Diego area with the other two being the Palomar San Diego and Hotel Solamar.

The investment of $4 transformed the property with new spaces like a lounge, pool deck, lobby, fitness center, and meeting space all involving light and space. The landscape received alterations as well as the guest rooms. The hotel will feature a new coastal Mediterranean restaurant.

Hotel La Jolla is owned by Westport Capital Partners and Cove Equity Group, LLC and designed by Gulla Jonsdottir and Claude-Anthony Marengo. The hotel features 110 guestrooms with their own balcony or patio offering wonderful views of the sunset. The choices include a deluxe king or queen room or a 900-square-foot apartment luxury suites featuring flat panel TVs, Bigelow bath products, Frette linens, and Kimpton’s signature animal-print robes.

The new lobby has an elegant but comfortable atmosphere with a ground floor venue, Hiatus offering 2,000 square feet of open air space complete with chaise lounges, bar, and fire pits.

The renovations include the Cusp Dining & Drinks restaurant on the 11th floor as well as a fully equipped event space on the 11th floor.

"We are thrilled that the time is finally here for us to share this magnificent new hotel and all of its exceptional amenities with our guests and the local community," stated Caroline Dyal, general manager for Hotel La Jolla. "Our goal is to make our guests’ experience special and I know we have just the place and the team to make that happen."

Along with the renovations and upgrades, the hotel has a new fitness center offering a business center, yoga mats, hula hoops, and workout equipment. The landscaping features a motif combining tropical and exotic vegetation with sculptural elements.

"The hotel is poised to provide the ideal setting for both the business and leisure traveler to experience La Jolla in wholly new way," stated Sean Armstrong, principal, Westport Capital Partners LLC. "We are very proud of the result of efforts by so many talented people who made this happen."

The new management will bring the promise of Kimpton to provide an atmosphere where guests feel pampered with programs such as wellness offerings, customer care, and daily hosted wine hour.

To ensure the guests can live "Like a Local" as well as support the community, the hotel has partnered with various La Jolla based organization which include OEX Dive & Kayak, La Jolla Playhouse, and Birch Aquarium to offers packages along with creating awareness for the organizations and to enhance the community. To encourage outdoor activities in the community running maps and beach cruisers are complimentary.

As a celebration for their grand opening, the hotel is offering their "Hang Ten" opening package, which includes deluxe accommodations at $10 off Best Available Rate, $10 off parking, $10 credit to Cusp Dining & Drinks, $10 credit to Hiatus Lounge and 10 percent off any service at OEX Dive & Kayak.

La Jolla is growing and is perfect place to call home in Southern California. If you are looking for the perfect place to call home, contact a La Jolla Realtor today at 888-865-5055.

Oceanside International Film Festival

The Oceanside International Film Festival will host a military themed preview party on August 11 for the upcoming film festival. The party will be a three hour event beginning at 1:00pm at the Oceanside Library located at 330 North Coast Highway.

Two feature length documentaries will be screened intended at honoring military veterans – Flat Daddy & Voices of a Never Ending Dawn.

Flat Daddy

Flat Daddy is a documentary by Nara Garber & Betsy Nagler. The story is of four families that use cardboard cutouts that are life sized to symbolize their husbands, wives, parents, and children serving overseas.

Dmitriy Demidov, organizer of the festival, stated that this documentary qualifies as an "outreach program, because as troops return home in growing numbers to a stagnant economy and grapple with the physical and psychological tolls of their service, their families need our support more than ever."

This is a Brooklyn made documentary that has not been released to home video at this time. The film will also be shown again during the festival with the hopes of receiving the Audience Choice Award.

Voices of a Never Ending Dawn

Pamela Peak’s Voices of a Never Ending Dawn has had quite a bit of exposure due to its airing on PBS. As stated by OIFF, "The film tells an emotional story of men, officially designated the American North Russian Expeditionary Force and also known as ‘Detroit’s Own’ and ‘Polar Bears’, who were sent by President Wilson to North Russia where they fought the Bolshevik Red Army from September 1918 through June 1919."

This event is completely free of charge to veterans, military and families as long as they provide military and register in advance. Civilians can receive admission for only $5 when they register in advance. Walks in will be available according to the availability of seating. The OIFF will be held from August 16 to 19.

Oceanside offers a wide array of family events throughout the year. If this sounds like a community you would like to call home, contact a real estate professional at 888-865-5055.