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Real Estate Purchases are Slowing Down

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

It is usually typical for the real estate market to slow as summer winds down, but many people ask me if I think the market will continue on it’s current path – rising prices and lack of inventory. This subject is discussed on a daily basis in the media by real estate agents, economists and buyers and sellers. I read a lot of it – from those claiming that the market will continue on it’s path, others predicting a bubble, and all sorts or in-between predictions. So how is one to know where the market it really heading?

First of all, no two markets are the same. So while right now in Los Angeles there are still bidding wars going on in some neighborhoods, here in San Diego it really varies as to price, neighborhood and type of property. Investors are still out there trying to pick up good deals, especially in the attached market under $600,000 and with 2-4 unit properties. Many 2-4 unit properties that were sitting for a long time are suddenly entertaining multiple offers.

Attached homes – Townhomes and condos are still “hot” here in San Diego County, especially those in nice areas close to highways, beaches and shopping/dining/transportation. Those priced under $600,000 still seem to be going fast. For example, in Carlsbad (North Coastal San Diego), in the month of July the average market time for sold condos and townhomes was 32 days, with  39 of these properties in escrow now. There are currently 48 active condos/townhomes listed on the market in Carlsbad that are priced under $600,000. 9 condos/townhomes sold in July with an average market time of 32 days. The average sold price was $428,533.

Detached Homes – There are currently 78 detached homes for sale in Carlsbad that are priced under $1 million. 57 homes went pending in July with an average market time of 22 days and an average list price of $842,000. Only 5 homes under $1 million sold in Carlsbad in July, with an average market time of 16 days and an average sales price of $802,000. Of the active listings, average market time so far is 37 days, with 19 of those properties having been on the market less than 10 days. Of course, this “detached homes” field includes all 4 zip codes in Carlsbad and multiple types of detached homes – varying with location, age and upgrades/amenities.

Homes located in certain neighborhoods seem to sell much faster. For example, the Mar Brisa neighborhood of Southwest Carlsbad (with the exception of one listing that has not sold for over 60 days and has dropped price several times) tends to sell very quickly, oftentimes in days or even before hitting the MLS. So location is a big factor, and many buyers are willing to pay over asking price to get into neighborhoods with little to no active listings.

As I always say, if you are in the market to purchase or sell residential or 2-4 unit income property, it is important to contact a skilled area agent who can provide you with a complete, detailed analysis of the specific area on which you are focused.

Crystal Ball Predictions – The question I am asked the most is “what will happen in the real estate market in the next year?” I usually chuckle and say that if I had a crystal ball I would be a very rich person! But I do believe that while prices will not shoot down drastically, that we are entering a “correction” period. I think we will see prices stabilize and the market very slowly start to revert to a buyer’s market. That means that prices will not likely rise much more, but of course there may be some highly desirable areas that do still see rises for a short time.

Many buyers are getting frustrated with the high prices and low inventory and are thus deciding to put property searches on hold, opting to rent until the market changes. While interest rates will likely rise that does not seem to be enough of an incentive for buyers to jump in when facing high prices and multiple offer situations. So in my opinion I believe we will see prices drop slightly, maybe more for properties that are not selling. Higher inventory levels would help keep demand filled and prices a bit more stable, so hopefully we will see that happen as we head into the later part of this year and the year to come.

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Trending San Diego Real Estate News

Monday, January 2nd, 2017

San Diego is definitely a desirable place to live, and as one of the most visited places in the United States it’s no wonder why – we have the best weather, beautiful  beaches, great food and nightlife, culture, incredible places to walk and hike, and so much more. There is nowhere else I’d rather live! sandiego

As we head into the new year here are some of the happening stories highlighting San Diego and the local real estate market.

San Diego Ranked 5th “Hottest” Real Estate Market in U.S. – ranked San Diego as the 5th “hottest” real estate market in the country. This is great news for the local market. The story pointed out that demand has especially grown since the election, likely due to increasing mortgage interest rates, and that the low supply levels heading into the new year will keep prices high – great news for sellers. Median sales time is 53 days in San Diego county, compared to 88 days nationwide.

San Diego Remains Top Destination for Foreign Buyers – We still rank as one of the top places for foreign buyers, especially those from China and Canada. San Diego is up there with Los Angeles, Orange County and San Francisco as the top places to purchase property in California. Speculation that this trend will continue in 2017 as many feel the US economy and the dollar will strengthen.

San Diego Home Sales Could be Protected by State Supreme Court Ruling – I have blogged about “dual agency” many times, and my position has always been that real estate agents should not be able to represent both the buyer and seller in a real estate transaction. The reason for this is that I feel it is virtually impossible to exercise a fiduciary duty to both parties – it can create too many conflicts of interest. The California Supreme Court seems to be coming closer to agreeing with this sentiment.

In November the court ruled that “a listing broker has a fiduciary responsibility to the buyer and the seller when his brokerage firm is representing both, setting a significant precedent for obtaining and sharing information in residential and commercial transactions.” While there are currently disclosures required which allow such situations, this ruling could be paving the way to no longer discontinuing them in the future…stay tuned for more.

If you need any information about property in the San Diego county area please feel free to contact me. Happy New Year!

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New Listing: Upgraded Seaport Home with Large Yard

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

Welcome to 7205 Mimosa Drive in Carlsbad, offered at $839,000.

If you never thought you could fall in love with a home, wait until you see this one. This spectacularly upgraded home is where memories will be made, friends and families will gather, and long lazy days will be spent in the impeccably landscaped pool-sized backyard with ocean breezes and peek views of the stunning Batiquitos Lagoon. Lovingly updated with top of the line materials, gorgeous kitchen and fabulous loft with view balcony. 45_8337111_76698_bpo-76698-145

Enjoy distressed wood plank flooring, custom paint, new windows and doors, incredible chef kitchen with granite counters, custom cabinetry and stainless appliances. Updated bathrooms with extended Italian porcelain shower in the master bath, upgraded fixtures throughout, crown molding in bedrooms, cedar plank master closet, enormous rectangular yard with room for large pool, raised patio, putting green, vegetable garden and lagoon views from deck. RV parking, storage shed and large patio off the kitchen for entertaining. Huge bright and open loft upstairs with ocean and lagoon peek from electronic Sunsetter covered balcony, room off of loft – playroom, office, den, or add closet for another bedroom. Newer roof, garage storage and workbench, ceiling fans, and whole house wiring. Adjacent to Batiquitos Lagoon trails, and short stroll to shopping, dining, grocery store, library, movies and more. Carlsbad schools – blocks to Aviara Oaks Elementary and Aviara Middle School. Great neighborhood with NO HOAs or mello roos. Moment to beaches…come live the Carlsbad lifestyle.

8_8337072_76698_bpo-76698-108Features include:

– 3 bedrooms plus 1 optional, 2 baths, 1653 square feet

– Distressed wide plank wood flooring

– New windows and doors throughout

– Gorgeous kitchen with granite, stainless appliances, custom cabinetry, raised ceiling,

movable island counter, added window and updated fixtures

– Crown molding in bedrooms, plantation shutters

– Lovely master suite with French doors to the yard, cedar plank built-in closet

– Italian porcelain extended shower in master bathroom

– Upgraded fixtures and custom paint throughout 25_8337089_76698_bpo-76698-125

– Pool-sized yard: raised deck with lagoon views, putting green, vegetable garden,

storage shed and large patio off kitchen

– RV parking

– Big, bright, open loft upstairs with ocean peek view balcony, Sunsetter electronic shade

and recently redone deck

– Room off loft – office, playroom, den, or add closet for another bedroom

– Newer roof (8 years old)

19_8337083_76698_bpo-76698-119– Garage laundry area, storage and workbench

– Fans

– No HOA or mello roos

– Adjacent to Batiquitos Lagoon and trails

– Carlsbad schools – Aviara Oaks Elementary and Middle Schools are blocks away

– Stroll to shopping, dining, movies, coffee, grocery store, library and more

– Moments to beaches, transportation and everything Carlsbad has to offer

For more information and photos click here. Call Broker Rachel LaMar with questions or to schedule a showing at 760-310-9466. MLS# 160042727. OPEN SUNDAY, 8/7 1-4:00 PM


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Home Sellers, List Agents Beware: Lockbox and Home Break-ins on Rise

Friday, June 17th, 2016

There seem to be a a slurry of lockbox break-ins and subsequent home break-ins or attempts lately in the San Diego County area, so if you have a home for sale or are a listing agent, please read on so you can be informed and safe. th

Several agents – including myself – have reported lockbox break-ins or attempted break-ins within the last few months. One agent group to which I belong had multiple agents telling stories of lockbox thefts, with subsequent break-ins or attempts. It seems there is a pattern: the thieves come in the middle of the night and use power tools to break the lockbox off doors or pipes. They then take it and return with the key the following day to attempt home robbery.

One agent reported that her seller noticed in the morning as he was leaving for work that that lockbox had been cut. He stayed home and had a locksmith come immediately to change the locks – the thief/thieves returned later that day and attempted to access the home, but luckily were unable to do so – they decided not to use another lockbox.

Another agent said her lockbox had been cut and the thieves returned and stole an oven from the home.

Last month my sellers heard someone tampering with their lockbox between 2-3 AM (Mrs. Seller happened to be up nursing the baby); when Mr. Seller ran to the door and opened it the thief jumped in his waiting car and sped away. We removed the lockbox.

I spoke with the Carlsbad Police Department and they have not had any reports of this from agents or homeowners. I encouraged my clients to report their incident when it happened, but they did not get a description of the man, nor could they tell the make or model of the vehicle or license plate number – it all happened so fast – so they did not report it. The police department recommended not using lockboxes.

After reading the other agent stories a few days ago I removed a lockbox from a listing of mine and made showings by appointment only. Obviously this is an inconvenience for buyer agents, because they and I have to find mutually available times to meet, but it is better that my sellers are protected.

Keep in mind that real estate lockboxes are very well-made and are supposed to be break-in proof, according to the local Realtor association, but with battery operated power tools it is obvious that this is not the case. Never use contractor lockboxes, as these are much more flimsy and easier to break open. Either way, if you are a listing agent or seller you may want to consider this information and decide how to proceed.

If you are an agent please let me know if you have a similar story to share – and please report it to your local police department. This effects our business and our clients…hopefully there will be a way to stop it from happening that will not inconvenience home sellers and agents.


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North San Diego’s Best Coffee Houses

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

Many people use big chains to grab their favorite brew each day, but I have always been a fan of small, local coffee houses – and it makes me feel good too to support local businesses. Here in North San Diego we are lucky to have some fantastic places to grab your tea or coffee, sit and do some work, have a business meeting or visit with a friend or spouse. Here are my favorites from Carlsbad to La Jolla:

LCCRLa Costa Coffee Roasting: This place has been a staple in the Aviara community of Southwest Carlsbad for as long as I can remember (at least over 20 years). The coffees and teas are great, they feature daily specials, and there are a variety of pastries. They sell coffee in bulk, which is roasted on the premises, and whole leaf teas as well (no boxed tea bags here!). On Friday nights there is live music, and once a month they host open mic nights. The outdoor seating area is wonderful, with comfortable sofas and big umbrellas. 6965 El Camino Real, Ste 208 Carlsbad, CA 92009 (off El Camino between Aviara Pkwy and Dove Lane). 760-438-8160.

Vinaka Cafe, Carlsbad Village: This quaint coffee house serves wonderful coffee and tea drinks, and sits in the heart of the IMG_4939Village. There are many local regulars and the food is fresh and delicious and not overpriced. There is a very relaxed feel here and you will always be welcomed. 300 Carlsbad Village Dr, Ste 211, Carlsbad, CA 92008. 760-720-7890.


oBetter Buzz, Encinitas: The newest coffee house in the ‘hood of downtown Encinitas is creating a buzz. The atmosphere is wonderful, with high ceilings and a funky, hip vibe. Coffee and tea drinks are tasty, and they also offer yummy smoothies and a selection of eats, including the famed avocado toast and fresh acai bowls. Located in the heart of downtown Encinitas, this is a new favorite hang out, whether relaxing or on the way to and from shopping, dining or a trip to Whole Foods. 578 S Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas, CA 92024. 760-487-5562.


Pannikin, Encinitas: Pannikin is a landmark on Coast Highway in Encinitas, and the big yellow Victorian house has been a thfavorite among locals and visitors since 1968. The atmosphere and coffee/tea drinks are fantastic (serving whole leaf teas, with loose tea for sale), and the food can’t be beat. Enjoy a full breakfast and lunch menu, from healthy breakfasts to scrumptious sandwiches and soups, and a delicious selection of baked goods. If you’ve never visited you are missing out on a iconic Encinitas spot that is great for people watching. Sit inside or out. 510 N. Highway 101, Encinitas CA 92024. 760-436-5824.



Swell Cafe, Del Mar: Located in the redesigned Flower Hill Promenade, this former Pannikin is a great place to relax, meet or work/study. The coffee and food is good, and the outdoor seating is plentiful – plus it a great shopping center and there is a Whole Foods downstairs. 2670 Via De La Valle, Del Mar, CA 92014.


The Living Room, La Jolla Village: I love stopping in here when I am in the Village, and have been visiting for many years. It is a comfy and eclectic coffee house with a vibe that truly lives up to its name, complete with antique furniture and a velvet cushioned love seat. Sit in the back and enjoy ocean peeks. Great coffee drinks and smoothies, delicious desserts and and a full lunch and breakfast menu. A great place to stop when out walking the beach, shopping the Village or after visiting the seals/sea lions at the Children’s Pool. 1010 Prospect St, La Jolla, CA 92037.


Next time you are in the mood for coffee or tea, support local small businesses and try one of our local coffee houses – you’ll be happy you did. If you have a North County favorite coffee/tea spot that I did not mention, or make a new discovery, please comment with name and location…I love trying new places!



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Just Listed – Ocean Views! 7323 Linden Terrace, Carlsbad

Friday, October 9th, 2015

Enjoy spectacular panoramic ocean views and sunsets from this beautiful, bright Cape Cod style home in Carlsbad’s desirable Sea Cliff community.  01_image_01_mlsStunning remodeled and expanded chef’s kitchen with tons of cabinets and large center island, spacious ocean view patio, new paint inside and out, newer doors and windows, clean and move-in ready! Enjoy resort living in this serene gated community with pools, spas, ponds, tennis courts, clubhouse and walking paths, and only 1 mile from the beach.

Features include:

• 1876 square feet – largest home in the neighborhood

• 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths

08_image_08_mls•Ocean/sunset views from kitchen, living room and master suite

• Large outdoor patio with ocean views and raised planter beds

• Enormous remodeled kitchen with lots of cabinetry, center island, and views

• Huge living room with fireplace

• Built-in entertainment system in family room

• New paint inside and out

• 2 car garage with built-in storage and new garage door

• Solatubes upstairs and in garage

• Upgraded custom tile in entryway and kitchen

• New doors and windows throughout 04_image_04_mls

• Plantation shutters in master and third bedroom

• New bath/shower in master bathroom

For more information or to schedule a showing, please contact broker Rachel LaMar at 760-310-9466. Click here to view property website.  MLS # 150054904.  CA BRE lic #01399682

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Just Listed: Carlsbad Cul de Sac Corner Home

Friday, September 4th, 2015

Welcome to 1415 Coral Way! Offered at $789,000 02_image_002_mls

Enjoy the great Carlsbad lifestyle in this corner cul de sac lot. This clean and bright home lives like a single story with a downstairs master, plus  2 bedrooms and a spacious loft upstairs.

Living room/dining room combo with hardwood flooring and high ceilings, functional family room with built in surround sound system and adjoining open kitchen with island and walk in pantry.  Water-wise low maintenance yard with room for entertaining, built in BBQ and French drain system, and picturesque
05_image_005_mlsside yard, A/C, central alarm system, low HOAs, no mello roos, gated community with pool, spa, parks, RV lot, and ocean breezes.

Features include:
• 3 bedrooms plus loft, 2.5 bathrooms
• Cul de sac corner lot
• Former model home
• Downstairs master suite
• Living room/dining room combo with wood flooring and high ceiling
• Open kitchen with large center island and walk in pantry
• Water-­conscious backyard with spacious patio, built in BBQ an picturesque side yard 13_image_013_mls
• Beautiful landscaping
• Central AC
• Central alarm system
• Built in stereo speaker system in family room and master bedroom
• Great loft upstairs for den, office, playroom, or convert to a 4th bedroom
• Second story computer desk
• 2 car garage with additional work area
• Gated hilltop community with ocean breezes, pool, parks, spas, RV lot
• Low HOA fees and no mello roos

• 2 miles to the beach, close to shopping, dining, and the Batiquitos lagoon
• Carlsbad schools

28_image_028_mlsFor more information please click here. MLS# 150048630. Call or text broker Rachel LaMar to schedule showings at 760-310-9466. CA DRE lic # 01399682.

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Just Listed: Exquisite Carlsbad Estate Home

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

Welcome to 7057 Heron Circle, Carlsbad, an exquisite luxury home with a premier Bay Collection address just minutes from the beach, shopping, dining and highways. Filled with high-end tasteful upgrades throughout, this home leaves nothing to the imagination: 5 bedrooms plus office/library, 4 ½ bathrooms, 3 fireplaces, granite and travertine, custom cabinetry, stainless appliances, crown molding, French doors, designer paint and window treatments, view balcony…the list goes on. Entertainers’ paradise backyard with pool, spa, fireplace, built-in BBQ, raised dining area with canopy, outdoor speakers, and beautiful easterly views.   Offered at $1,449,000 image001_mls

Features Include:

• 5 bedrooms, office, 4 ½ bathrooms, 4203 square feet

• Resort-like yard with sparkling pool, spa, waterfalls, fireplace, built-in barbeque, raised dining area with canopy, beautiful landscape and serene tree-lined views out to the hills/mountains

• Dual staircases – grand wrought iron spiral staircase in the front foyer and convenient back staircase by kitchen and garage

image039_mls• Travertine tile floors downstairs and upgraded carpeting upstairs

• Beautiful granite and travertine chef’s kitchen with oversized center island, stainless appliances, 6-burner stove, custom hood, corner desk area, trash compactor and walk-in pantry

• Custom paint throughout with crown molding and decorative hand-painted designs in dining room and wine room/den, plantation shutters and custom drapery

• Downstairs bedroom with attached bathroom

• 3 fireplaces – family room, den/wine room and living room image011_mls

• Elegant and spacious master suite with view balcony – enjoy lovely tree-line views out to the hills

• Stunning spa-like master bathroom with his and hers sinks, huge soaking tub, walk-in travertine shower, large walk-in closet, and coffee counter

• Upstairs office with dark wood and built-in shelving

• Upstairs laundry room

• Wine room/den/second living room with wine closet

image021_mls• Speaker system throughout home – living room, den, family room, master suite and backyard

• 3 car garage with Epoxy flooring and storage

• Central alarm system and central vacuum system

• Low HOA fees and mello roos

• Carlsbad Unified School District

• Close to beaches, shopping, dining and highways

Contact listing agent Rachel LaMar for a private showing at 760-310-9466. California BRE license number 01399682. Proudly offered by LaMar Real Estate, To visit the property website and view the virtual tour click here.


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Where Can You Buy a House in North San Diego for Under $500,000?

Monday, July 7th, 2014

The North San Diego housing market is pricey, and for that reason many people move outside of the county in order to find affordable homes. Of course they have to deal with long commutes to work in San Diego, not to mention being away from our ideal weather, but it makes sense for many.

If you just can’t fathom not living the San Diego lifestyle and don’t want to live outside the county, there are some areas where you can afford a detached home for under $500,000. Let’s focus on three areas in North County that will allow you to afford San Diego real estate on a budget under $500,000.SanMarcos

San Marcos. San Marcos is a great area that has changed dramatically in the last decade. Located only 8-10 miles from the ocean and right off the 78 freeway (close to the 15 and  less than 10 miles from the 5), this community offers several different neighborhoods where your dollar can stretch a lot farther than in coastal neighborhoods. There are many restaurants, shopping and entertainment throughout the community, as well as Cal State University San Marcos.

There are currently 45 active homes under $500,000 in San Marcos, in neighborhoods like Discovery Hills, Twin Oaks and Santa Fe Hills. Each neighborhoods offers different amenities – some are gated communities. There are also retirement communities in the Lake San Marcos area that will fit into this budget. If you have a townhome or condo in mind you will have even more choices, such as the well-known walkable community of San Elijo Hills.

VistaVista. Vista has been touted as one of the best weather cities in North San Diego. With constant ocean breezes (Vista is located 7 miles from the ocean) and a central location to all of north county, Vista has a lot to offer, whether you are looking to live in the middle of or away from it all. According to Wikipedia “Vista was listed as the seventh-best place in the United States for family life, based on factors such as jobs and business opportunities, education, climate, and cost-of-living in a 2008 review.

Right now there are 86 active detached homes under $500,000 in Vista. These properties lie in different areas of the city, from the popular Shadowridge area (which sits right next to Carlsbad and has a nice golf course and close proximity to the ocean), to rural and city neighborhoods.

Oceanside. If you want to live closer to the beach Oceanside, San Diego’s northernmost community, is a great option. Formerly known as solely a military town, Oceansideit has developed and changed substantially in the last decade, with a variety of neighborhoods along and off the 76 corridor. Many homes here can be purchased for under $500,000 – whether you are looking for older or newer homes, tract neighborhoods or custom homes. There really is something for everyone in Oceanside.

Currently there are 171 detached homes on the market in Oceanside, including many different neighborhood types and locations. Oceanside is known for its wonderful weather, nice beaches and the pier, its many bike and hiking trails, and Mission San Luis Rey.

There are coastal finds for under $500,000 in other cities as well. For more information, detailed market reports and/or home listings in any of these or other north San Diego areas, please feel free to contact me at, or visit my website.

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San Diego November 2013 Calendar of Events

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

Happy November!


November 1 – December 31
Papermaking Studio
Repurpose junk mail and magazines to create handmade paper in a new Papermaking Studio! Test out the custom mold and deckles, pulp station and paper drying machine! Free with museum admission.
Time: Daily, 10:00 am until 4:00 pm
Location: New Children’s Museum, 200 West Island Ave. San Diego
November 1-2 
Queen Bee Market Comes to Oceanside
Local San Diego artists come together for a unique, on-trend shopping experience! Handmade meets modern as The Queen Bee Market comes to San Diego for their 13th consecutive show. With over 70+ vendors, the 2013 Queen Bee Market is proud to have its largest show to date.
Time: Fri. 4:00 pm until 9:00 pm / Sat. 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Location: QLN Conference Center, 1938 Avenida Del Oro, Oceanside
November 1-2
Old Town Dia de los Muertos
The premier Day of the Dead event in San Diego County, Old Town San Diego’s Dia de los Muertos, is designed to celebrate the history, culture and heritage of the region.  Included in this event will be a candlelight procession that will begin at 7 pm on November 2nd at Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, and proceed from the plaza down San Diego Ave to El Campo Santo cemetery where guests will pay their respects, view the public altar and add to it if desired, and musicians will be playing.
Time:  1:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location:  Old Town – 2475 San Diego Ave.
November 1-2
Del Mar Racetrack Breeders Cup Celebration
Come to the Del Mar Race Track to the sports bar known as Surfside Race Place and be part of the fun without having to leave San Diego–The Breeders Cup is taking place this year at Santa Anita. Surfside is over 90,000 sq. ft., with 7 rooms 2 floors and 1000 televisions. Put on your sharpest outfit and be part of the action. Admission is $5 -$15.
Time: 9:00 am until 11:30 pm
Location: Surfside Race Place, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar

November 1-10
San Diego Beer Week 2013
This is a celebration inspiring people to drink local, craft beer and promoting San Diego’s thriving brewing culture with events happening across the country.
Time:  Refer to website
Location:  Refer to website
November 3
Fall Back Festival
Join the Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation as they present the 13th Annual Fall Back Festival in front of the Gaslamp Museum. Each year, as we set our clocks back an hour to end Daylight Savings, the Gaslamp Quarter falls back in time to the 1880s. Three blocks of the Gaslamp Quarter are transformed into a western town of yesteryear with 1880’s storefronts, a Sarsaparilla Saloon and the town Jail. Ladies and gentlemen stroll the streets dressed in Victorian garb, the Alpine Outlaws have a
high-noon shootout, and there are activities galore for the kids.
Time: 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Location:  Gaslamp Museum at 4th and Island Avenues, San Diego
November 8 – January 10
Kettner Nights in Little Italy
On the second Friday of the month, Kettner Nights will serve as an art and design “open house” event that will give visitors a chance to meet with shop owners, enjoy the area venues and enjoy viewing and purchasing of the latest available finds. Participants will stay open late until 9 p.m. and entertainment venues will be open even later based on their Friday night hours.
Time: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location:  Little Italy, San Diego
November 6 – 27, 
The Pearl Hotel proudly presents “Dive-In Theatre”
A FREE weekly “cinema social” combining eclectic film selections, food and drink, and light conversation. Showing on November 6 is the 80s classic Weird Science, and the rest of the month features blockbusters The Big Lebowski, Planes Trains and Automobiles, along with one night of the Viewer’s Choice. Showtime is 8:00 pm; Food served until 10:00 pm; and bar open until 11:00 pm. Takes place at the poolside lounge and theater.
Time: Occurs Wednesdays starting at 8:00 pm
Location: The Pearl Hotel, 1410 Rosecrans Street, Point Loma
November 7-15
14th Annual San Diego Asian Film Festival
The largest exhibition of Asian-American and Asian cinema in North America presents films, videos and workshops that celebrate the work of Asian artists from around the world. Screenings are held at the UltraStar Mission Valley Cinema in Hazard Center and showcase feature films, shorts and animation.
Time: Various-refer to website
Location: Various-refer to website
November 8 – December 31 
The Adopt-A-Beach program gives people of all ages the opportunity to learn about and actively participate in conserving coastal resources and inland areas. The Adopt-A-Beach program is I Love A Clean San Diego’s most popular volunteer program. Anyone can participate in the AAB program, as long as they agree to perform 3 cleanups during the course of one year– a very flexible volunteer program.
Time: Varies
Location: Varies
November 11
2013 Veterans Day Parade
As Veterans Day is observed nationwide, the San Diego Veterans Day Parade recognizes the contributions of all of our Veterans from every branch of Armed Forces in all eras of service. During the USA 50th Year Commemorative of the Vietnam War 1962 – 1975 , the 2013 Parade includes
“A Tribute To Vietnam Veterans”.
Time: 11:00 am until 1:30 pm
Location: Downtown: N Harbor Drive to G Street
November 14
A Night in Baja
Leave your passport at home and head to Ortega’s, A Mexican Bistro in Hillcrest for “A Night in Baja.” Join Ortega’s and other local sponsors in supporting the efforts of the Corazon de Vida Foundation to end the cycle of child homelessness in Baja. Enjoy live music, bidding for silent auction items and Ortega’s Baja-inspired buffet, drinks and desserts for the cause.
Time: 6:30 pm until 9:30 pm
Location: Ortega’s, a Mexican Bistro, 141 University Ave.
November 17
Silver Strand Half Marathon
Run along the Strand from Coronado to Imperial Beach! The 5K Run/Walk starts and finishes at the Imperial Beach Pier Plaza. Run the 5K and then enjoy the post race festivities while watching the half marathoners cross the finish line. The half marathon course is open to runners, walkers, skaters, hand cycles, and wheelchairs (helmets are mandatory for all skaters.)
Time: Starts at 7:00 am
Location: Imperial Beach Pier Plaza
November 20 – January 15
SD DrinkAbout
An informal bus ride taken by members of the communities of Normal Heights, North Park, South Park and beyond, for the purpose of drinking without driving, sampling the wares at multiple local establishments, and being seen by the public. Busses loop for 4 hours, stopping at 8 craft-beer bars. Hop on and off FOR FREE at Blind Lady, Small Bar, Live Wire, Toronado, Ritual Tavern, Sea Rocket, The Station & Hamilton’s. This event occurs monthly, on the third Wednesday of the month.
Time: Refer to website
Location: See website for specific bus stop locations
November 21
Mother Goose Parade
The Mother Goose Parade is the largest parade in San Diego County and the largest of its type west of the Mississippi. Each year, the parade attracts thousands of spectators to the streets of El Cajon,
to view the parade for free on the “Sunday before Thanksgiving”.
Time: 9:00 am until 3:00 pm
Location: The streets of El Cajon, 1130 Broadway
November 24
Encinitas Fall Festival
This festival is a ready-made bazaar for holiday shoppers and weekend fun seekers. This year, fair-goers will enjoy a day where coastal breezes meet people gathering to shop, eat, be entertained and enjoy the community’s historical district.The festival features over 450 vendor booths showcasing various arts, crafts, gifts, food and more. The 200 shops and 40 restaurants and eateries along the Coast Highway from D to J Streets will be open and ready for business.
Time: 9:00 am until 4:00 pm
Location: Encinitas, Coast Highway 101: D Street to J Street
November 27 – December 1
San Diego Jazz Fest
Discerning jazz fans call the San Diego Jazz Festival “the crown jewel of jazz festivals.” The event is held during the Thanksgiving weekend. The SD Jazz Fest is a favorite of festival-goers from around the globe. All venues are conveniently located in the Town & Country Convention Center. The Festival bands represent a wide variety of traditional jazz, dixieland, ragtime, swing, and rockabilly styles. The festival offers something for every taste in classic jazz.
Time: Refer to website
Location: Town & Country Hotel and Convention Center, 500 Hotel Circle North
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