downtown san diego feb. 10

Downtown San Diego Feb. 10
Downtown San Diego Feb. 10
Downtown San Diego Feb. 10
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    February 2010

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

    If your home is currently listed, this is not a solicitation for that listing. Produced by Desert Lifestyle Publishing 480.460.0996





    Park Place Unit TH113 Bed | 3.5 Bath | 1,776 SF $699,000Ultra sophisticated Urban Townhome exuding hip elegance boasts three generous bedrooms and 3.5 baths all graced with a

    custom designer touch. Enjoy six patios/terraces for privacy or soaking in the captivating views of the Harbor. Custom finishes abound in this Chic Downtown Residence. Gleaming Brazilian cherry hardwood floors, granite counters, upgraded lighting throughout, huge private rooftop patio, guest suite with private full bath and two prime location s/s parking spaces. Terrific opportunity!

    HORIZONS Bed / Bath Est. SF List Price CURRENTLY AVAILABLE2 / 2 1,245 $495,000 2 / 2 1,245 $648,000 2 / 2 1,245 $649,000 2 / 2 1,301 $689,999 2 / 2 1,263 $699,500 2 / 2 1,215 $749,999 2 / 2 2,007 $1,195,000 3 / 4 2,516 $1,295,000 3 / 3 2,260 $1,395,000 3 / 4 2,752 $1,550,000 - $1,750,000SALE PENDING2 / 2 1,770 $679,000SOLD SOLD PRICE1 / 2 1,036 $460,000

    PARK PLACE Bed / Bath Est. SF List Price CURRENTLY AVAILABLE2 / 2 1,374 $639,000 3 / 3.5 1,776 $699,0002 / 2 1,353 $739,0001 / 2 1,268 $755,0002 / 2 1,545 $789,0002 / 2 1,374 $1,120,000SALE PENDING2 / 2 1,545 $699,900


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

    CAROLYN BOWHAYBroker Associate, CRS, GRI


  • Super Run 2010Mission Bay Park, Feb. 6th619.298.7400 or kathyloperevents.comGet outdoors for some great exercise, all for a good cause! This 10K & 5K run is in support of many great foundations such as Water for Children in Africa, Compassion for African Villages and Giving Back Athletics Organization. Bring the whole family for fun and a day in the sun. Trophies are awarded to the first three winners in each age division.

    Family DayMaritime Museum, Feb. 7th619.234.9153 or sdmaritime.orgGet ready for some sea-bound fun at the Maritime Museum and on this day, children 12 and under will be admitted free. Many activities and crafts will be set up to get the whole family involved. For an additional fee, hop aboard the Historic Bay Cruise as it takes you around the beautiful San Diego Bay.

    Valentines Day at the PopsCopley Symphony Hall, Feb. 14th619.235.0800 or sandiegosymphony.orgBring your sweetie to the symphony on this day of love as Conductor Matthew Garbutt brings to life a special tribute of music for lovers. The featured artist for the evening is Crystal Jarrell, an American mezzo-soprano and a two-time regional finalist of the Metropolitan Opera National Council. Jarrell has performed in many operas such as Romeo and Juliet and Madame Butterfly. Let the romance begin!

    Mardi Gras in the GaslampGaslamp District, Feb. 16th619.233.5227 or Also know as Carnivale, Mardi Gras is a day for great food, fantastic drinks and fun, fun, fun! Head down to the Gaslamp District and celebrate the festivities like only San Diego can. There will be two spectacular parades on Fifth Avenue and a fabulous block party featuring many great musical acts and plenty to eat and drink.

    Share Your Heart Celebration and ConcertAnthology, Feb. 20th858.541.2277 or burninstitute.orgJoin with friends for the 18th annual Share Your Heart event with proceeds benefitting the Burn Institute. Held at the premier supper club Anthology, this classy evening promises live music, great food and amazing auction items you dont want to miss.

    Vintage: Rare Wine TastingPrivate Home, Feb. 20th619.238.7559 or mopavintage.orgWhether you are a true wine connoisseur or just love a good glass of vino, this fabulous event is for you. This wine tasting takes place at a quintessentially California home and will feature the worlds highest-rated wines along with a selection of French, Spanish, Italian and American wines curated from some of San Diegos most exclusive and private cellars.

    FEBRUARY 2010

    As the saying goes, you get one chance to make a first impression and it better be good. Just ask your Realtor they know that the homes that are selling today are those that stand out from the competition. Because your Realtor is well-versed on whats on the market, whats selling, whos buying and what properties YOUR home is competing with, they are your best resource to determine if and how you should stage your home. Some homeowners are reluctant to spend the additional money it costs to stage. Who can blame them? However, factor in the cost of having your home sit on the market longer; and figure the higher price you may earn by staging and it is usually a worthwhile investment. Statistics show that a staged home far outsells one that is not. Your Realtor can give you seasoned advice on home staging and can recommend a professional home stager that will understand what appeals to a buyer looking in your specific neighborhood and price range.

    TO STAGE OR NOT TO STAGE Why is staging so effective? According to Dorothy Lubey with Parker Rose Design, a

    professional staging firm in San Diego, properly furnished homes appeal to the buyers emotions and eliminate any doubt in space planning. Staged homes sell faster and for more money by creating that impactful first impression, she says. If your home is already furnished, it needs to have the wow factor. If your property is vacant, giving potential buyers a sense of possibility with furnished and decorated spaces is critical to your success. A staged home makes it easier to imagine living there and adds value to the sale. Some luxury home buyers want to purchase a turn-key property furnishings and all. If you can offer them the total package up front, youve met the needs of many potential buyers. In todays market, any advantage your property has over its competition can mean the difference between languishing on the market or a successful sale!

    MODEL LIKE A MODEL Fashion designers dress models to sell their clothes, so dress your home to sell the house. Tour model homes and youll always notice well-clothed rooms. Since model homes are strategically designed to sell, you can find

    great hints for staging. Most model homes have a dream kitchen. Experts know that its the kitchens that sell homes. Resurfaced cabinets, modernized knobs and those little designer model home touches work wonders. Pay attention to countertops. You rarely see appliances sitting around in a model. If you do, they are high-end and shiny. Mirrors sparkle, closets are organized, tattered paperbacks are hidden, flowers are fresh and no toys or dirty laundry are visible. Making your home appeal to a buyer isnt easy. Most of us have too much stuff. Parting with belongings and prepping your home to appeal to strangers can be daunting, so its best to hire a home staging professional. To save on costs, many home stagers recommend staging only the high impact areas such as the living space, kitchen and dining area, and master bedroom.

    The lifestyle of a Downtown San Diego home is as important as the property itself. Buyers are often from other parts of the country and choose to buy here because of the great weather and ability to spend time outdoors. Coupled with the terrific amenities theyre able to enjoy, potential buyers are tuned in to that lifestyle component. Pay special attention to entertaining areas and take care to stage your property to highlight such amenities. Creating that often-illusive emotional connection for the homebuyer is a key to selling these types of units.

    Intellectually we know what Gandhi means by this, but not many of us have his discipline. He was a man who practiced a simple existence but was far from a simple man. He accomplished more than most and managed to exhibit calm and peace even when facing the biggest challenges. We may not come close to the Gandhi-like persona, but we can certainly aim for a more calm and peaceful approach to life. The key is to reduce stress from our lives, find inner joy and practice relaxing behaviors.

    GOOD/BAD STRESS Stress is your bodys reaction to any real or imagined threat. Some stress is unavoidable and some is actually helpful, especially in emergencies. The right amount of stress is a good thing but too much isnt good for anyone. When working properly, the bodys response to stress enables it to perform well under pressure. When a persons stress response overreacts or doesnt allow the body to return to its normal state, serious physical problems can occur.

    STRESS BE-GONE You cant eliminate stress completely but you can learn to deal with it. The well-known activities proven to reduce stress include exercise, meditation, massage, yoga and adequate sleep. But there are even more tactics to helping your body overcome stress and its harmful effects some that take effort and some that are quite simple. Healthy eating is critical to dealing with stress. We often overeat or eat poorly under stress. When our bodies are stressed, the digestion system begins working lethargically and doesnt allow you to burn calories effectively or absorb nutrients properly. Keep a positive attitude. Reducing stress isnt easy but is necessary to a happ