A beautiful Spanish home built in the 1920’s is currently for sale in the Golden Hill neighborhood, just east of Downtown San Diego. This featured home has 3 bedrooms (plus an optional detached bedroom,) 2 bathrooms; a formal dining room, laundry room and plenty of outdoor space in the back for entertaining. The historical charm of the home is apparent throughout and when you step out your front door the options are endless. Turn right for a quick trip to Starbucks, or the Saturday Golden Hill Farmer’s Market. Turn left, and hit the Golden Hill Park, local coffee shop Krakatoa, San Diego relic, Turf Club, or hip cocktail spot, Counterpoint. And if getting into the fun of the Gaslamp District, your an Uber ride away that will only cost you a couple of dollars. To find out more on this charming home for sale, or to learn more about the sought after neighborhood of Golden Hill, contact me at: Carmen@GreenMeansGrow.com. –Carmen Harris, Real Estate Consultant
I want to let you in on a little secret….one of the oldest areas in San Diego with one of the best locations is about to get the credit it deserves…. ! For years now, people have either not heard of Logan Heights or found it less than desirable in terms of real estate. And in my opinion, all of that is about to change. Situated in a prime location near downtown and close to the Coronado Bridge, the area of Logan Heights and Barrio Logan is finding itself morphing into the cool, underground area to grab a bite to eat and experience some of San Diego’s most vibrant culture. With places like Border X Brewing and Salud to grab local craft beer and some of the best tacos in town, this is definitely an area you should check out. And while home prices are steadily on the uptick, it’s still one of the more affordable areas, although it’s my bet, it won’t last long. There are a few homes currently for sale in the hopper, and if you are curious to know more about them, email me at: Carmen@GreenMeansGrow.com. Enjoy the area while it’s still relatively unknown! -Carmen Harris, Real Estate Consultant
Today I want to let you in on a little secret called, “Golden Hill.” While most of you out there have heard of South Park by now, you may not know that that neighborhood plus the surrounding area all used to be known as “Golden Hill.” By now though, little pockets have began to identify themselves and Golden Hill has now become more established on it’s own. If walkability is important to you, than look no further. From the Starbucks on the corner of Broadway and 28th, which also hosts a Saturday Farmer’s Market, to your local coffee house, Krakatoa which sits right next door to one of San Diego’s landmarks, “Turf Club.” Or maybe strolling the park with views of downtown at Golden Hill Park and grabbing a slide of New York style pizza from Luigi’s is more your thing, you have all the options! To find out my top two picks of homes currently for sale in Golden Hill, email me at: Carmen@GreenMeansGrow.com. -Carmen Harris, Real Estate Consultant & Neighborhood Expert!
The Festival of Beers, now in it’s 9th year, is the perfect marriage of two of San Diego’s best known exports — music and craft beer. San Diego is one of the most dynamic beer cities in the United States, arguably the world, with a diversity of style and technique that is unmatched. With the participation of the El Cajon Boulevard Business Improvement Association, community business owners and local brewers and performances from local bands who match the brewers in diversity and dynamism, this event has grown into the Foundation’s largest single event fundraiser and helps keep participatory music programs active in our communities. The mission of the San Diego Music Foundation is to enrich San Diego’s diverse and creative music community through music education for youth, professional development for current and emerging industry professionals, live performances for the San Diego public, and recognition for San Diego artists of exceptional merit or service. Chartered in 1991, the San Diego Music Foundation was created to make music performance accessible to children of need in San Diego County by providing them with a hands-on vehicle, the guitar, to express themselves creatively. Over its 20+ year history, the organization has served over 60,000 K-12 students county-wide from San Onofre to San Ysidro. In subsequent years the organization has broadened its focus and service areas, providing forums to increase local musicians’ understanding of the music business,
The San Diego Taco Fest is a food, music, and cultural celebration of all that makes San Diego America’s Finest City. The festival will take place on May 21, 2016 at Waterfront Park which boasts stunning views of the bay. Twenty of the region’s best taco-centric restaurants will offer a wide range of mouth watering taco creations. The day will be packed with incredible local and national musical performances including: Sir Mix-A-Lot, Metalachi, 40oz to Freedom, El Vez and Todo Mundo. In between the musical performances, make your way to the south end of the festival to catch live Lucha Libre wrestling matches from Tijuana’s own Baja Stars! There is something for everyone at the San Diego Taco Fest and we hope to see you there! Mark your calendars now to attend the most epic taco and music festival ever! San Diego Taco Fest – May 21st at Waterfront Park 21+ welcome – General admission tickets do not include food and beverage. All food and beverage may be purchased for cash throughout the festival grounds. ATM’s will be available for your convenience. WHEN Saturday, May 21, 2016 from 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM (PDT) – Add to Calendar WHERE Waterfront Park – 1600 Pacific Highway, San Diego, CA 92101 – View Map HOW Tickets $22.09 – $80.12 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/san-diego-taco-fest-tickets-21792904163 For more info on fun events happening around the city, contact me at: Carmen@GreenMeansGrow.com –Carmen Harris, Real
If you’ve been even curious about buying a home, you may have notice there has not been much inventory in San Diego the last few months. This is typically for the winter season, as the holidays and New Years tend to cause a slow down in the market. However, things are creeping up now that we are heading into Spring. The good news is inventory is up, the bad news is that more buyer’s will be flooding the market as well. And the more buyer’s out there, the more competition which can drive home prices up. As the trend tends to go, once we hit summer, it’s a frenzy for the available homes out there. So what does that mean for you today? Now is the time to buy! If you can get yourself into a home before summer, you’ll be in a great position to find the right home for the right price. Need help? Contact me at: Carmen@GreenMeansGrow.com Happy House Hunting! Carmen Harris, ABR, Realtor, Green
For those folks out there that are looking to spice up the exterior of their home, I came across a great site to give you some simples ideas that are do-it-yourself projects and can be done on a budget! While the website provides 39 great ideas, I’ve picked my top 10 but if you want to see the entire list, visit: http://www.buzzfeed.com/jessicaprobus/a-facelift-for-your-house?utm_term=.om6AWMR7O&sub=3748525_5644583#.ptlZ7Ey9K Paint your front door. Spray paint your existing door hardware. Give your house numbers an upgrade. Painting the trim and adding matching moulding can make any door frame look tons better. Put in some new porch lights, or upgrade the ones you already have. Add tile to a plain concrete entryway. Add some hanging planters. Cover an exposed foundation with ready-made panels. Revamp your welcome mat. Hide your a/c unit. For more home design tips or information pertaining to home ownership, email me at Carmen@GreenMeansGrow.com -Carmen Harris
Sarah got what she deserved. And it could happen to you next! Sarah's Celebration & Testimonial of The GreenHouse Group. Volume 15 www..GreenMeansGrowcom 1(858) 863-0261 591 Camino De La Reina #103 San Diego, CA 92108 Sarah's Story of How She Got to "Home." How Could This Have Happened? Once upon a time there was a very smart young women who decided to get a home of her own. Every day she wondered if the timing was ever going to be perfect to start the process and if she'd find what she needed. One day, she decided to reach out to someone who could help, which landed Sarah in an Initial Consultation w/ Jesse & Carm to come up with the plan. Because of that, we determined what the optimal home would look like, and why. Because of that, she got pre-approved and we got the show on the road! Which just happened to have coincided with one of the most aggressive real estate markets in history, with thousands of buyers flocking to the quickly ascending prices while the interest rates remained historically low. —> CLICK ON IMAGE TO VIEW VIDEO Until finally, she got the keys to a great starter home in a great community for setting down roots of her own. And that's what we do: we follow a proven, systematic 6-step process helping move great people with great purpose. We'd love to help you write your story of "home."
Even if it’s your first time buying a home, you probably know a thing or two about the process and timelines and like most folks, you would expect about a 30 days escrow, correct? While that was typically the case not long ago, a few things have changed recently that will affect the length of escrow. There are new TRID guidelines that have just taken place in the lending world. Part of these are new waiting periods that occur, extending escrow by approximately a week or so. It’s the holidays! If you haven’t noticed, there is less inventory in San Diego County this time of year. And while that makes it difficult as a buyer in finding the home of your dreams, there is a positive to it as well. That positive, is the fact that there are also less buyers in the market during this time of year. So once you find yourself with an accepted offer, you’ll want to account for the fact that escrow offices, banks, etc. are not open on holidays…which means you’ll want a longer escrow period to cover yourself and not be forced to close late. For other helpful real estate tips, email me at: Carmen@GreenMeansGrow.com & Happy Holidays! –Carmen Harris, ABR, GREEN,
I can hardly believe the holidays are upon us. Thanksgiving is this week and instead of focusing solely on the copious amounts of food I’m going to take in, I sat back and thought about what this holiday is really all about. Being Thankful. This year is a particularily special holiday as we have family flying in from all over the country to spend it with us here in San Diego. So first, I want to acknowledge everyone coming to this year’s feast. I can’t wait to spend time with everyone! Next, I want to thank my friends. You are all like family to me and I couldn’t be as happy as I am in life without you. And to my fellow GreenHouse Greenies, you’ve all played an instrumental role in my growth as a consultant. We share ideas, laugh together, and even cry together, so it truly means the world to me to have all of you. And finally, to those clients of mine…..it’s because all of YOU that I am in a position to say, and really mean, I love my job! It feels so good to see others filled with joy and know that I played a role in that. Thank you for your trust, your honesty, and your willingness to go about buying a home just a little differently from the rest of the world. We