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  • Selling Your Home in Todays Market

    Price it Right for Success

    Downtown San Diego Neighborhoods

    Spotlight On: Convention Center

    Impress Your Out-of-Town Guests

    Maria Marias Celebrated Guacamole

    Downtown San Diegos Real Estate Report

    FEATURED PROPERTY

    December 2010

    If your home is currently listed, this is not a solicitation for that listing. Produced by UpscaleRealEstateMarketing.com 877.660.0996

    800.588.7382 www.DowntownSanDiegoProperties.com

    HORIZONS CURRENTLY AVAILABLEBed / Bath Est. SF Floor List Price 2 / 3 1,640 TH $715,0002 / 3 1,770 TH $749,0002 / 2 1,263 23rd $775,8762 / 2 1,497 19th $892,0004 / 4 2,516 TH $1,395,0003 / 4 2,752 22nd $1,949,0003 / 3 2,436 TH $1,995,000

    SALE PENDING2 / 2 2007 25th $1,125,000

    SOLD UNIT SOLD PRICE1 / 1 897 202 $350,0001 / 2 1,249 207 $369,9002 / 2 1,301 302 $430,0002 / 2 1,263 2001 $575,0002 / 2 1,544 1604 $800,000

    PARK PLACE CURRENTLY AVAILABLEBed / Bath Est. SF Floor List Price 1 / 2 1,113 TH $460,0002 / 2 1,545 3rd $599,0002 / 2 1,338 5th $650,0002 / 2 1,252 5th $715,0002 / 2 1,374 13th $1,045,000

    CONTINGENT2 / 2 1,575 4th $640,000

    SALE PENDING2 / 2 1,375 TH $485,0001 / 2 1,268 25th $500,0002 / 2 1,455 NA $519,9002 / 2 1,545 5th $595,0003 / 4 1,776 TH $699,000

    SOLD UNIT SOLD PRICE1 / 2 1,113 408 $410,000

    CURRENT REAL ESTATE ACTIVITY IN HORIZONS & PARK PLACE

    ARG-Abbott Realty Group435 4th Ave. San Diego, CA 92101

    All information is deemed reliable but not guaranteed. The properties on this list have been listed/sold by various participants in the MLS.

    SANDRA MELVILLERealtor, CRS, GRISandra@ MelvilleAndAssociates.com

    619.454.5464

    85026PERMIT 1441

    The Mark | Unit 4011 Bed | 1 Bath919 Sq. Ft.$299,000Live the luxury life at The Mark!

    This fabulous 1/1 NW corner unit is 919 sq. ft. with gorgeous gourmet kitchen, granite counters, floor-to-ceiling windows throughout, view balcony, large closet, secure parking, storage unit, and amenities galore including pool, spa & fitness center. Plus, all that this fantastic downtown location has to offer! This Short Sale opportunity is hard-to-beat grab it while its still available!

  • The Color PurpleCivic Theatre, December 3rd 5th 619.570.1100 | SanDiegoTheatres.orgThis inspirational tale has been capturing audiences and readers alike for 25 years. The unforgettable story follows the life of Celie, a strong woman who finds her unique voice in this crazy world. Not only is The Color Purple a Pulitzer Prize winner, but once transformed into a musical was also nominated for eleven Tony Awards and a Grammy!

    Parade of Lights: Dinner Celebration on the BerkleyMaritime Museum, December 12th619.234.9153 | SDMaritime.orgGet a great view of the Parade of Lights aboard one of the Maritime Museum ships. This annual event features a festive Holiday Buffet, live performance by the Earthwalkers and of course admission to the Maritime Museum. Make sure to bring along a toy with you to donate for Toys for Tots. Get your tickets now as this popular event sells out every year.

    San Diego Jogging TourDowntown San Diego, Daily619.365.5641 | SanDiegoJoggingTours.comWhat a great way to soak up some culture and history about our great city while getting a little exercise in as well. San Diego Jogging Tours has four options for your tour destinations including Downtown San Diego. The entire tour consists of an 8.4-mile jog through some of the great landmarks in Downtown, including Seaport Village, Hortons Plaza and the Santa Fe Train Station.

    Orchid OdysseySan Diego Zoo, December 17th619.231.1515 | SanDiegoZoo.orgVisit the San Diego Zoo for this rare opportunity to see the zoos orchid greenhouse, home to 3,000 orchid plants. Orchid experts will be there to answer any questions you may have about these beautiful flowers, such as how the tricky orchid gets wasps and bees to pollinate. This greenhouse is only open to the public once a month, so dont miss out!

    Last Minute Gift Tasting Bacchus Wine Market and Tasting Room, December 24th619.236.0005 | BacchusWineMarket.comStressing over last-minute shopping or struggling to find the perfect gift for the friend who has everything? Take the anxiety out of the holidays by shopping and sipping wine at the same time! Sit back and relax as you sample a variety of six wines, and maybe pair it with a selection of cheeses at the market. Surely you will be able to cross a few names off the list after this.

    The NutcrackerCopley Symphony Hall, December 20th619.235.0804 | Nutcracker.comThe great Moscow Ballet Company brings to life this classic tale of a young girls travels through an enchanted land with her Nutcracker Prince at her side. You will be amazed at the beautiful sets and costumes designed by award-winning designer Olga Dumova.

    DECEMBER 2010

    SEAFOOD GUACAMOLE

    Featuring Maria Maria La Cantina1370 Frazee Rd.

    619.574.6800 | MariaMariaRestaurants.com

    Guacamole:3 Large Hass Avocados6 oz Guacamole Seasoning Paste3 Tablespoons Chopped Onion 3 Tablespoons Chopped Cilantro3 Teaspoons Diced Jalapeno6 Tablespoons Seeded and Diced TomatoLarge Pinch Salt

    Cut the avocado in half around the pit. Separate the halves and discard the pit. Make 3 lengthwise cuts down to the skin of the avocado, then 4 cross wise cuts. Scoop the avocado cubes into a bowl. Repeat with the remaining avocados. Add the seasoning paste, chilies, onions and cilantro to the bowl over the avocado. Mix, breaking up the cubes a little. Add the tomatoes and salt and mix just until blended into the guacamole. Transfer to a bowl, top with Seafood Salpicon and serve with corn chips and warm tortillas. Serve immediately.

    Guacamole Seasoning Paste:1 Chopped White Onion3 Large Jalapenos, Coarsely Chopped2 Serranos, Coarsely Chopped1 Tablespoon Dried Oregano1/2 Teaspoon Ground Cloves1/2 Teaspoon Ground Cumin1 Tablespoon Sugar1/2 Cup Olive Oil2 Tablespoons Kosher Salt2 Cups Firmly Packed Cilantro, Stems and All1/2 Cup Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice2 Cloves Garlic

    Put all ingredients in a blender and blend at high speed until everything is very smooth. Chill immediately and use within 2 days.

    Seafood Salpicon: 1/2 Cup Salpicon mix5 oz Crab5 oz Shrimp

    Heat salpicon mix in a pan, add shrimp and cook for 1 minute. Add crab and heat through. Top the guacamole with seafood and finish with a sprinkle of cilantro.

    Salpicon:1/2 Cup Roasted and Peeled Poblanos, Diced (1/4 Inch) 1/2 Cup Finely Chopped Celery1/8 Cup Finely Chopped Red Onion1 Lemon, Juiced1 Lime, Juiced1 Teaspoon Dried Oregano, Crumbled1/2 Teaspoon Chile De Arbol Powder1/2 Cup Chopped Fresh Cilantro1 Tablespoon Kosher Salt1/4 Cup Olive Oil

    Combine all ingredients. Cover and refrigerate immediately.

    Serves Four

    485 C - Bright Red484 C - Dark Red469 C - Brown4525 C - Light TanBlack

    Location, location, location! San Diegos 2.6-million-square-foot Convention Center is located in the bustling downtown area and sits next to sparkling San Diego Bay. Its in such a fabulous spot that most people who come for business end up wanting to stay on for vacation. Not surprising, the San Diego Convention Center (SDCC) is a top choice for conventions, trade shows, meetings, and special events. And its been a boon to the citys economy. Since it opened in 1989, the SDCC has generated $359.3 million in sales and hotel room tax revenues, hosted more than 4,000 events, and provided more than 12,000 jobs in the county, according to the SDCC. Pretty impressive! And there are plans for even more improvements. A Phase III expansion is currently under discussion. Proposed plans include additional exhibition and meeting space, as well as improved access to the Convention Center neighborhood via a completed Park-to-Bay Link. Another possible highlight: development of a nonindustrial activity area, where hotels, green space, the Convention Center, and the Park-to-Bay Link would meet at the waterfront. One of the standout features of the SDCC is its green policies. In fact, its possible to host green meetings. Recycling diverts approximately 40 percent of the Centers total waste; energy-efficient heating and cooling systems and energy-saving appliances are used; solar panels are to be completed by the end of 2010; water conservation efforts save some 81,026 gallons of

    water annually; a food composting program diverts 150 tons of food waste annually; and purchased productsfrom copy paper to cleaning supplies are made from recycled or environmentally friendly materials. And of course the food served is organic and sustainably grown and surplus food and supplies are donated to local charities. And, because some 11,000 hotel rooms, numerous restaurants, and attractions are all within walking distance of the Convention Center, transportation to and from the Center is virtually unnecessary, which cuts down on car and bus emissions. All this foresight and work has been recognized. In 2010 alone, the Center has won numerous awards, including a Clean Air Circle Honoree, from the American Lung Association; Large Service Provider of the Year, from the California Restaurant Association, San Diego Chapter; Recycler of the Year, from the City of San Diego; Prime Site Award, from Facilities

    & Destinations; and the Best Convention Center, from Southern California Meetings and Events. Some highlights in weeks and months to come: the San Diego International Auto Show (12/30/2010-1/2/2011), the San Diego Home Show (1/7/2011-1/9/2011), and the Bridal Bazaar (1/30/2011). Kudos to you, green San Diego!

    So its time to sell your home and work with a Realtor to set a listing price for your abode. Of course, you want top dollar. And, of course, you love your home and have worked hard to make it