Posts Tagged ‘Oceanside’

Oceanside Hero Saves Ducks

Sunday, April 9th, 2017

Today I witnessed complete selflessness and kindness by an unknown man in Oceanside. I was driving home from work on westbound Highway 76 and traffic was moving fast. All of a sudden I saw a man starting to cross in front of oncoming traffic – it was very scary and I was luckily able to stop in time.

The man held his hand up while he moved across the street to try and stop traffic…in order to help a mother duck and her ducklings cross the highway. Several drivers did not stop and some ducklings were run over. The mother duck was frantic and was literally dodging traffic with her ducklings scrambling after her – they were almost hit multiple times. But with this man’s help they made it across the road and I believe 4 ducklings survived.

I don’t know where the man came from – he could have been on the other side of the road at the light or he could have stopped his car in the eastbound lanes to save the ducks, but I do know that he truly risked his own life to safe these creatures, and I wish I knew who he was so I could thank him. There was nowhere for me to pull over and by the time I could have turned around I probably would not have reached him in time. There are not many people who would have done what he did, and it is proof that people care about others, about nature, about doing things larger than just living life for themselves alone.

THANK YOU to the man who saved the ducks. It brought tears to my eyes to watch your daring act of love. You are a hero and an inspiration.

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New Listing: Upgraded Oceanside Townhome Close to Beach/Downtown

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

Gorgeous upgraded end unit Windward townhome – largest model in complex with cathedral ceilings, patio, balcony, mountain views. Stunning kitchen with granite counters, stainless steel appliances including beverage fridge and refrigerator, custom paint, crown molding and 5″ baseboards throughout. Optional 4th bedroom/den/office downstairs, wood flooring on stairs, master bath with oversized spa tub – clean and gorgeous! Gated complex, ample storage, attached 2 car garage, blocks from downtown Oceanside and beach.

Features Include:

– 3 bedrooms plus optional 4th downstairs bedroom, 1776 square feet

– Largest model in complex

– Granite kitchen with stainless appliances, refrigerator and wine fridge, upgraded
cabinetry and fixtures
– Designer tile flooring downstairs, wood floors on staircase and upper hallway
– Large living room with fireplace and hidden storage area
– Gorgeous master bathroom with oversized jacuzzi tub and towel dryer
– Walk in closets in all bedrooms

– Custom paint throughout

– Crown molding, 5″ baseboards, high ceilings

– Tons of storage

– Views out to hills, mountains and canyons

– Downstairs patio and upstairs balcony

– Attached 2 car garage

– Gated, quiet  complex with pool, spa and clubhouse

– Low HOAs and no mello roos
– Washer, dryer, towel dryer and refrigerators convey
– Only a few blocks to downtown Oceanside and the beach
Please call Broker Rachel LaMar with questions or to schedule a showing at 760-310-9466. This is s short sale subject to lender approval. To view more photos and see a virtual tour please 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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Two Fabulous New North County Coastal Listings!

Friday, October 18th, 2013

839 Mistletoe Lane, Carslbad, CA 92011 – This is an absolutely turn-key townhome!

Offered at $459,000

•  2 bedrooms, 2 baths, 1263 SF, 2 stories but all living space is on top floor image001_mls

• Beautifully appointed master suite with hand-scraped walnut flooring,

built in storage in closets, vaulted ceiling and lots of natural light

• Fully remodeled master bathroom with walk-in shower/steam and sunken tub

with glass mosaic tile, cork flooring and skylights

• Custom paint and new fixtures throughout

• Attached single car garage with direct access to home, plus plenty of storageimage011_mls

• Oversized outdoor private deck off kitchen

• Indoor laundry closet with washer and dryer included

• New dual pane windows throughout

• Vaulted ceilings in master bedroom and living room

• Plantation shutters in dining room

image015_mls• End unit offers privacy and tree-lined views, plus beautiful sunset views

• Complex offers 2 pools/spas, and many grassy areas

• Low HOAs ($231/mo), no mello roos

• Carlsbad Unified School District

• Beach-close and convenient access to highways, schools, shopping and restaurants

To see virtual tour and more photos click here. MLS#130055852. Call me for more information! 760-310-9466



4700 Ventana Way, Oceanside, CA 92057 – Terrific detached home in the wonderful community of Belamar

Offered at $489,000

•  4 bedrooms, 3 baths, loft, 1881 square feetimage001_mls

•  Corner lot

•  Open floorplan

•  New laminate flooring in living room, family room, stairway, loft and bedrooms

•  New tile flooring in bathrooms and kitchen

•  Newly painted inside

image003_mls•  Fireplace in family room

•  Lovely mountain and tree views from master bedroom

•  Nice sized backyard – ready for your creativity

•  Light and bright throughout

•  Upstairs laundry room

•  2 car garage

•  Centrally located close to shopping, dining, highways and the beachimage006_mls

•  Low HOAs – only $$105/month

•  Nice sized backyard – ready for your creativity

To see virtual tour and more photographs, click here. MLS# 130055859. Call me for more information at 760-310-9466.



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