Spring 2020 Home and Garden

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Real Estate, Furniture, Garden, Flooring, Accessory Dwelling Units, Cabinets, Backyard Bee Keeping, New Homes


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250 registered beekeepers in San Diego County. People get into it both for the benefits on local plants ow do you cultivate a and the honey. There are county healthier, more colorful home garden? For Encin- and city rules regulating beekeeping, so it’s important to check itas resident Wes Leffingwell, the local laws before getting started. answer is simple — beekeeping. In Encinitas, backyard beekeeping “In the last six years I started got easier in 2015 when the City keeping bees primarily for the Council allowed hives to be kept plants and flowers that are in the in densely populated neighboryard, plus anyone else’s who can hoods. A former beekeeper himself, benefit,” Leffingwell said. The retired dentist went from Councilman Tony Kranz got those extracting teeth to extracting honey changes in motion. “As somebody that was on the from his two backyard beehives. He checks them every one-to-two council, I thought it was important weeks, investigating the habitat to that if I wanted to keep bees, we make sure the bees are healthy. It’s should make that legal,” Kranz explained. “It is now legal to have two a lot of work, but Leffingwell is hives in Encinitas in this zone.” invested. TOP: James McDonald, right, owner of Encinitas Bee Company, Although rewarding for “Sometimes it’s a pain, but if helps Encinitas resident Wes Leffingwell inspect his frame of you make a commitment to do this, many, tending to bees is no easy then you've made a commitment to task. Starting a colony can cost up bees kept outside his home. Backyard beekeeping has become more common in San Diego County thanks to local regulations aldo it,” Leffingwell said. Currently, there are around TURN TO BEEKEEPING ON 6 lowing it in residential neighborhoods. Photos courtesy of Sean Buffini




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CARLSBAD — For the 25 years Julie Garrido has known her husband Frank, he has always been inventing things. But over the last six months, his latest invention has really taken off. Things moved quickly with the Cabinet Hero, beginning with its inception. “I’ve been a cabinet finisher for over 25 years,” Frank said. “I noticed that the sink area and trash pullout doors get the most use and the finish starts to wear away. I had an idea for a product that could protect those cabinets effectively and affordably.” “He told me he had an idea for a mass market product,” Julie said. “And by the time I woke up the next morning, he had a prototype. He created out of a need for something he saw. And that’s how it came to be.” The Cabinet Hero is a simple device that slips over the top edge of cabinet doors and drawer fronts to protect

them from damage of everyday use. “It comes in three different sizes to fit the most common size doors,” Julie said. “It’s a basic product that solves a problem. It’s made of flexible material, it’s safe and it’s FDA approved.” After patenting the product the Carlsbad residents say the last six months since they launched the product have been a whirlwind and the customer response has been affirming. “We hear people say that they’ve been searching for a product like this and people can’t believe it took so long,” Frank said. “We are the only one on the market.” For the Garridos, not only is it important that they are providing a product that is useful and accessible to all homeowners, but they also want to support their local economy. “We are making 100% of our product here in the U.S.,” Julie said. “I’m a military Air Force Vet,”

Julie Garrido & her husband Frank Frank added. “We have strong roots here and we want to keep jobs here. We are having a local factory make a whole new batch of products.” The Cabinet Hero was created with homeowners, remodeling companies, landlords and cabinet manufacturers in mind. “This product

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oden at Olivenhain is drawing homebuyers as diverse as the opportunities builder Woodbridge Pacific Group offers at this secluded enclave, and they are drawn by the fusion of estate home design and a unique town and country lifestyle. “Some buyers grew up in Encinitas and are returning to raise their families in the place they love most,” said Chad Ross, Senior Sales Counselor for Loden builder Woodbridge Pacific Group (WPG). “Couples looking to downsize from Rancho Santa Fe, and multi-gen households love Loden,” added Ross. “The level of choice we offer in designs, home sites and personalizing opportunities makes it possible to craft your new home to your specific preferences, and that’s very enticing!” Loden at Olivenhain includes just 16 residences, on homesites of 9,000 to more than 26,000 square feet. In 7 unique configurations, one and two-story designs provide approximately 3,100 to 4,500 square feet of living space and up to 6 bedrooms and 6.5 baths. Pricing is from the $1.4 millions, and WPG offers a 3% referral fee to cooperating brokers. Adjacent to Rancho Santa Fe, Loden offers views oriented to a spectacular natural setting of rolling hills and majestic stands of mature eucalyptus. Richly detailed architecture includes Monterey, Tuscan, Spanish, Italianate, Farmhouse, Traditional, Santa Barbara and Modern styles. Formal dining rooms and expansive great rooms with showcase kitchens highlight every design. Each

home includes a covered outdoor living space, and courtyards, porches or decks further enrich selected plans. Opulent master suites are situated on ground or second level, depending on plan. Secondary bedrooms feature en suite or Jack and Jill bath design, and one home includes a self-contained casita. Home offices, game rooms, media rooms and lofts are among per plan highlights. “These homes will look and live very much like custom designs,” said Ross. “Add the beautiful setting and town and country living, and it’s easy to see why Loden shoppers make the decision to be Loden buyers.” Location advantages include highly ranked elementary, middle and high schools, and easy access to upscale shopping, dining and entertainment at La Jolla Village Square, Del Mar Shopping Center, Del Mar Plaza and Carlsbad Premium Outlets. Residents are also just 5 miles from the Pacific, with parks and preserves close at hand. Among them: Torrey Pines State Reserve, Torrey Hills Park and Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve. Located at Dove Song Way and Desert Rose Way in Encinitas, Loden’s sales gallery is open Saturday through Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please call 858882-7881 to speak with Senior Counselor Chad Ross. “To get the latest on our upcoming model opening and available homes, we suggest becoming part of our priority list,” Ross said. “You can sign up at the gallery, or register online at LodenOlivenhain.com.”


to $1,000 for materials like the wooden frames, protective suit and tools. It takes ample time and research to do it properly, plus, as the Africanization of bees makes some more aggressive, beekeepers must learn how to handle and mitigate those encounters. Conor Kelly of Encinitas Bee Company, a bee removal service, says this causes many people to give up early. “They just want to put the box there, and they want to come collect honey when it's time,” Kelly said. “It's just not how it works.” Yet many people like Leffingwell stick with it, enjoying time spent with their bees. According to James McDonald, owner of Encinitas Bee Company, the best way to start beekeeping is by reading introductory books, attending San Diego Beekeeping Society meetings and shadowing an experienced beekeeper. “No one wants to bee keep on their own,” McDonald said. “Find another beekeeper. Post online and say, ‘I want to be a tagalong.’” There are also services that will start and maintain your colony for a fee, if you don’t have the time. However, if you’re just getting into it for the honey, McDonald advises against it. “When people just want to get into beekeeping for the honey, just stop,” McDonald said. “You're not going to be happy about this. You should do it for the joy of the bees.”

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Local Real Estate Specialist Makes Buying and Selling Easy for Clients Luxury real estate specialist Ryan Stafford comes from a family with strong ties to local real estate. His father and grandfather built custom homes throughout the greater San Diego area, while his mother and grandmother served the community as agents. Stafford himself worked in construction and as a commercial property manager to put himself through college. After college he worked as an estimator and project manager, honing his skills with material and construction costs. He bought his first property in Encinitas at the age of 22 and has been growing his real estate portfolio ever since. He now heads the Stafford Real Estate Group | Compass, a full-service boutique real estate brokerage dedicated to providing the local community with all their real estate selling, buying, property management, and consulting needs. “Our overarching strategy is simple: we listen to identify individual goals, then leverage our


local knowledge and experience, with our elite marketing, negotiating dexterity and exclusive programs such as fronting zero interest home improvement expenses for our sellers and bridge loans to help clients transition to their next home,” Stafford said.

track to find it,” said Solana Beach client Ron Gordines. “He was very patient and always available whenever we asked for a showing or a drive by. He knew just how to present an offer and how to negotiate it in our favor.” Gordines added, “We did a 30day escrow and never worried about a thing. He kept us informed and We were blown away made sure everyone was doing their job, including the sellers’ agent. We by how efficient, would highly recommend Stafford knowledgeable and and use him again.” Another client, Ben Verdugo, thorough Ryan was. who utilized Stafford’s services when Ben Verdugo he and his wife sold their home, said Client Stafford helped get a deal on the table – above market value – after Stafford partners with industry only two days on the market. “We were blown away by elite and uses deeply rooted conhow efficient, knowledgeable and nections to uncover opportunities for his clients. He knows the North thorough Ryan was,” Verdugo said. “Throughout the entire process, County Real Estate Market inside and out and has a stellar reputation. Ryan was always available, extremely “Ryan knows the North Coun- responsive, followed through on everything and we couldn’t have asked ty market and after knowing what for a smoother transaction. If you we were looking for he kept us on


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want a real estate professional with integrity then Ryan is your guy.” Stafford said helping people to buy and sell homes and invest in a community that he absolutely loves and believes in is a true gift. “We are proud to be the leading Luxury Brokerage throughout North County Coastal communities and the Ranch,” Stafford said. “We invite you to partner with a team whose passions and strategies extend well beyond the typical marketing and methods of the past to achieve your goals of the future.” For more info call Ryan Stafford at 760.807.1514 or visit staffordREgroup.com

ABOVE: From left to right, Tony Kranz, James McDonald, Wes Leffingwell and Conor Kelly are active members of North County’s beekeeping community. Photos courtesy of Sean Buffini



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or over 35 years, Relax The Back has provided a unique, holistic approach to the six categories of health: sleep, recliners, massage, fitness, travel, and office products. Over that timeframe, Relax The Back, located at 1403 Encinitas Blvd, Suite C in Encinitas, has evolved to include products that promote total body wellness. The company’s mission: to improve its client's quality of life through best-in-class ergonomic and wellness products and spinal-health education. Proud to offer products for those that suffer from any level of neck and back pain, Relax The Back was founded in 1984 by an osteopath who wanted to make this type of suffering easier on his patients. The company began franchising in 1989 with the support of the medical community behind it. It is this relationship with the medical community that put Relax The Back in a unique position—that of specialty healthcare retailer. Whether you suffer from osteoporosis, spinal stenosis, multiple sclero-

sis, arthritis, fibromyalgia, or any other physical ailment that affects the way you live your life, Relax the Back has the solutions so you can address your pain and find relief. Today, Relax The Back has evolved to include products that promote total body wellness, with more than 90 successful stores throughout North America and Canada. Store owners and consultants are trained in the common spinal health disorders and strategies to increase wellness. Clients enjoy a personalized experience with education and product solutions that address their unique needs. Many medical pro-

fessionals rely on Relax The Back as a resource for prevention and continued care of their patients. As it has since the beginning, it considers its success a reflection of the American consumer's insistence on quality, service, and integrity. It is dedicated to helping its clients live healthier, happier lives through best in class ergonomic

and wellness products. “We are happy to offer some of the most relaxing and pain-alleviating products around,” said Chuck Voelker, store manager. “We truly feel that our inventory can help anyone suffering from various levels of neck and back pain, and we are

thrilled to connect with members of our community in doing so.” Relax the Back offers products that can accommodate any lifestyle, whether you spend the majority of your time on the go, or at a desk. Whether you like a soft or firm massage or need full-body or targeted relief, it has the expertise to explain each massage chair’s benefits to you. With a curated collection of the best massage chairs on the market, Relax the Back puts you in a position to buy with confidence. It offers the best warranty and 48 months financing on its most popular chairs, and it typically matches prices from all authorized retailers, including Amazon for identical products. If back pain brings you down, let Relax The Back help you get back up with products to help you live a life without pain. Pain relief is possible, and staff experts can show exactly where to attain it. Visit Relax the Back in Encinitas for your FREE 30-minute massage chair experience. You can reach them by phone at (760) 633-2225.


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ou’ve just learned your mother-in-law needs to move in and you’re already panicking about space. Or maybe you’ve been wanting to find a way to generate additional income through a rental unit? Look no further, consider adding an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) built by Encinitas-based Cross Construction Inc. These granny flats, or guest houses, are attached or detached residential dwelling units on the same lot as an existing single-family dwelling unit. Now is the time to consider an ADU as CA state law has changed to encourage the building of more affordable housing. For example, different cities in North County have adopted and updated their own ordinances to make building ADUs simple, so it’s a slam dunk. Many homeowners in Encinitas,

Solana Beach, Carlsbad, and Oceanside are building ADUs since the state now says they can be built concurrently with a single-family home. Additionally, they’ve opened areas were ADUs can be built, reduced fees and parking requirements, and amended building setbacks from property lines. It is now easier than ever to build an ADU. Encinitas for instance is at the forefront of the ADU trend with eight pre-designed plans, ranging from a small 224 SF studio to 1,200 SF three full bedrooms, designed by two talented local architects. These plans are part of the City’s PRADU, or permit ready ADU, program that also includes reduced fees and expedited permitting timeframes. This allows homeowners to quickly add an ADU to their property with minimal costs. “Besides adding increased prop-

erty value, generating additional income, ADU’s offer multigenerational living and an overall great lifestyle,” said Cross Construction Inc.’s Chief Operating Officer Cailin Drakos. Locally owned Cross Construction Inc. is a leading commercial and residential general contractor and has been serving the community of San Diego County since 1991. Cross specializes in ADUs, custom homes, extensive remodels, landscaping, and commercial projects. Cross has several experienced teams who self-perform all landscape and hardscape to ensure your project is delivered with the highest quality. Once you decide on adding an ADU to your property, Cross Construction Inc. can help with all phases from financing and design to permitting and construction. In order to streamline the process and make it even easier for you, Cross worked with

an interior designer to create standardized interior finish packages. Simply select what works for your budget and Cross will handle the rest. Or you can work directly with the Cross designer to customize the look and feel of your new ADU. Whether it is the expertise of the Cross team, the depth of its planning, the quality of its craftsmanship or its attention to your specific construction needs and desires, Cross is committed to bringing your construction project to life. We invite you to consider building your ADU now and start living your dream lifestyle! For more information about Cross Construction Inc. visit their website at crossconstruction.com and follow them on social media @crossconstructioninc. For more info call 760.758.3639 or email build@crossconstruction.com

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decks. PLANS A, B, C, E feature 3 bedrooms, 3 baths in floor plans ranging from 1,599 to 1,664 square feet of living space. Private decks lead from the Master Suite and Great Room. Plans A, B, E are private end units. PLAN D features 2 bedrooms, 2 baths in a 1,313 square foot floor plan with Great Room deck. Beachwalk home interiors are impressive and thoughtfully designed with refined, decorator-style finishes throughout: 3 ½” baseboards and 2 ¼” door casings, ceramic tile flooring in entry, kitchen and all baths; Shaker-style cabinetry, quartz countertops with backsplash, modern decorator-selected light fixtures, two-panel interior doors with satin nickel-finished hardware, multimedia wiring for state-of-the-art entertainment. Gourmet kitchens are equipped with all the features of style and culinary requirements to fulfill the needs of any home chef. Beautiful Shaker-style cabinetry, quartz countertops

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The townhomes are selling fast, so visit and discover what your Beachwalk at Roosevelt lifestyle can offer. Visit for more information: beachwalklife.com Carlsbad is a vibrant and scenic coastal community where numerous recreational opportunities inspire outdoor adventures; voted as one of the top family destinations in the country. Discover the world-famous 18-hole golf courses, 31 parks, scenic walking trails along rolling hills, sparkling lagoons, and 7 miles of state beaches. A diverse selection of shops and restaurants are in large supply. Carlsbad is home to the popular LEGOLAND Resort with exciting family activities to enjoy. To learn more or schedule a private hard hat tour during construction, call Clint McKinnon at 619-838-0660 or visit them online at Beachwalklife. com to learn more. New homes priced for the $900,000s.

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ou probably drive by at least once a week, but if you’ve never stopped in, you’re in for a surprise. “ People are always blown away” says Judy Swain owner of Bamboo 2U & Beach House Too in Leucadia who is celebrating their 20th anniversary with a slight change in name, look, and array of new merchandise. While she still carries plenty of Hawaiian décor, Swain welcomes the change. The store is best identified by the colorful locally made redwood lifeguard chairs lining the front walk. To many it’s still a secret, but behind those chairs is 3500 sq ft. of coastal home furnishings and accessories as well as gifts galore! This is a great time to stop in and take advantage of the up to 70% off sale on selected merchandise for your personal home, or perhaps even your beach rental. “By adding some coastal décor, you may bring more vacationers wanting the beach lifestyle experience and in turn you can earn more income,” says Judy’s long-time friend and in-home decorator Tami Kennedy. “We’re having the clearance sale to make room for new merchandise that is now arriving weekly and most importantly items that are locally crafted.” Both Judy and Tami are available should you need help with personal shopping or pulling your décor together. Along with the iconic redwood lifeguard chairs available are both Adirondack and Cottage-style garden furniture. If pieces

are not in stock during your visit, they will be ordered and customized to fit your needs, including taller chairs to capture that ocean view from your balcony. Wander through the ever-changing collection of vintage to new bamboo, natural wood and up-cycled furniture, wall art including ocean scenes and carved masked for your tiki bar, accessories for every room including sea-life plates for dining to oceanthemed bedding. “We have seashells for specimens to display or hundreds of smaller shells and sea glass for your craft projects. Mermaids, seahorses, turtles and dolphins for kids ‘rooms to collectors. Carved Hawaiian masks and poles for your tiki bar, jewelry and more to fit your home or luggage for the memory or souvenir of your beach vacation.” Judy and Tami invite you to come by and visit and suggest you plan to spend some time meandering the store. They love the people they meet, and over the last few decades Judy and her shop have become part of the local landscape. For anyone who hasn’t visited the store before, be prepared to have a penny in hand to drop in the “first-timers’ jar. The money is collected and given to San Diego Challenged Athletes Foundation. “I can’t tell you how many people say they’ve been meaning to come in for years ,” Swain said with a laugh. Bamboo 2U and Beach House Too is located at 1240 N. Coast Hwy 101 in Leucadia and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call (760) 943-6284 for more information.

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Shea Homes selling four new communities


hea Homes San Diego invites you to visit four new home communities in coastal North County: two single family neighborhoods nestled in the popular beach town of Encinitas; contemporary brownstone townhomes in Carlsbad’s Bressi Ranch; and an exclusive enclave of large luxury homes on oversized view homesites in the serene equestrian country of Olivenhain. Alcove and Alia are Shea’s two new communities located in established neighborhoods not far from the coast in Encinitas. Now selling its final four homes, Alcove is located south of Leucadia Blvd. at 718 Adelaide Circle. Floor

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plans range from 2,392 to 2,940 square feet, with four to five bedrooms, twocar garages and loaded with high-end options. For more information, call 760-547-8772. Shea’s newest Encinitas community is Alia, where a just-opened model home is now available for viewing daily until 6 p.m. at 920 Moonstone Ct. Alia features eight floorplans showcasing coastal plantation architecture, ranging in size from approximately 2,430 to 3,842 square feet. Homes at Alia offer three to five bedrooms and oversized two-car garages in both single- and two-story floorplans. Call 760-547-8774 for more information. Alia is Shea’s first San Diego community to introduce the DARWIN™

Home Wellness Intelligence System from Delos, created to bring the benefits of the outdoors (pure air and water, and natural lighting) into the home. Further up the coast is Shea’s most striking contemporary townhome community, nestled in Carlsbad’s popular Bressi Ranch. Floorplans at Kensington range from 1,670 to 2,081 square feet with two to three bedrooms, three to 3.5 bathrooms, and an enclosed two-car garage. Common areas include a lounge-style barbecue area, tot lot, swimming pool, bocce ball court and shuffle board. Prices now range from $723,560. Located at 6002 Colt Pl., more information is available at 760-547-8771.

Located further north in Olivenhain, Shea’s One Oak is an enclave of luxury homes especially popular with homebuyers seeking a single-story home. Located at 3560 James Court, homes at One Oak range from 4,666 to 5,875 square feet and offer up to five bedrooms, 5.5 baths and threeto four-car garages, with sprawling indoor-outdoor spaces and abundant opportunities for a multi-generational lifestyle. Prices now start in the $1.8 millions. Several homes are currently available for quick move-in. For information, call 760-547-8770. For more information on all Shea communities in San Diego, visit www.sheahomes.com.

Fed by Bowman the Tree Doctor

Not Fed by Bowman

‘TREE DOCTOR’ Voted Best of North County

Since 1985, Russell Bowman has been delighting residents of San Diego County with his plant expertise. So, it’s no wonder Bowman Plant and Tree Care Specialists have been named the San Diego Union-Tribune Community Press’ “Best of North County” for tree and plant care for a 2nd year in a row. Lovingly referred to as the “tree doctor extraordinaire” by his clients, Bowman is known for transforming sickly trees and gardens into Disneyesque wonderlands. Using his own proprietary blend of organic biological nutrition, Bowman feeds plants at night—a trick he picked up during his time as a horticulturist at Disneyland. “When you feed plants at night, they have enough time to absorb the nutrition, before it is degraded by the sun’s rays.” He said. “That’s why, when most people are winding down their days, eating dinner, and going to bed, we are out feeding plants and trees.” He’s done more than just care for sick plants, he’s revolutionized both residential and commercial properties. “When you give your body proper nutrition, it affects your overall health and boosts your immunity

so you don’t get sick. The same is true for plants and trees.” Bowman feeds complete “nutrition delivery biology” derived from earthworm castings to replenish the missing healthy soil biology. This works with a client’s current irrigation system so that each time the landscaping is watered, the needed soil biology is replenished. “This is the secret to keeping your property looking like a five-star resort.” Russell is quick to point out that healthy plants are also environmentally friendly. A healthy plant will be more efficient at photosynthesizing sunlight into oxygen and the healthy soil uses far less water. Bowman has had clients report a thirty percent reduction in their water bills after getting their soil healthy, while their gardens remain lush and vibrant. A favorite example of the efficacy of replenishing the soil biology is a pair of neighboring Jacaranda trees and lawns. The owners of the property on the above left used Bowman (The Tree Doctor), which not only made their lawn greener but also caused their tree to continue to bloom abundantly for four (4) months longer, after the tree on the above right had lost its last purple flower.

Bowman’s dedication to plants is unwavering. He often finishes at 11 PM at night after feeding the trees and gardens for customers around the county. He donates his time to teach the children how to care for trees and gardens at El Refugio Orphanage in Mexico. He donates his time and expertise for the trees and gardens at the Rock Church in Point Loma, Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, the YMCA, Stone Brewery in Escondido, and San Diego Botanic Garden. He also served with the San Diego Rose Society in Balboa Park for 12 years. “My calling is to beautify the earth, making trees and plants healthy,” The Master Gardner taught me everything I know. I’ve learned that when you love something, it’s not something you have to do; it’s something you want to do.” To learn more about Bowman and his services, please contact Russell 858-499-9417 for a complimentary consultation. He provides tree and plant nutritional care as well as ongoing routine garden maintenance. Russel Bowman abides by all applicable state laws and requirements and does not perform any services that require a licensed contractor. Business License B2017006153.

New Model Home Open Daily


at Blue Crest in Encinitas

ne of San Diego’s premier private homebuilders, California West, recently celebrated its model home grand opening at Blue Crest, a new coastal community of expansive single-family homes in Encinitas. Now open daily, visit the Blue Crest Sales Center, open Mondays from 1 to 5 p.m. and Tuesdays to Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., to tour the designer-furnished model home, meet with the sales team, and learn about available residences. Call (760) 452-6797 or visit LiveBlueCrest.com for driving directions. Boasting expansive homesites with select Pacific Ocean vistas, Blue Crest’s 13 residences are within one

mile of downtown Encinitas and beautiful beaches. Tucked away on a private cul-de-sac, these custom-inspired homes range from 2,543 to 4,900 sq. ft. of living space with up to 5 bedrooms and 4.5 baths. The one- and twostory residences are now selling from $1.7 to $2.9 million. Three distinct elevations— Classic Farmhouse, Traditional Farmhouse, and American Traditional—and six varying floorplans allow homeowners to select a home as unique as themselves. Inviting front porches create a welcoming ambiance

that transitions seamlessly into open floorplan designs with oversized great rooms and gourmet kitchens. Two-story residences are highlighted by cozy dens and spacious lofts or bonus rooms while certain single-story floorplans embrace courtyards and private guest suites. Blue Crest residents can thrive in their indoor/ outdoor living spaces by barbecuing in the back yard, huddling around the fireplace, or enjoying ocean breezes. Interested homebuyers are encouraged to begin the pre-qualification to purchase process. To be considered

eligible to buy a Blue Crest home, interest registrants must have completed their pre-qualification with California West’s preferred lender, Pacific Sun Mortgage. The sooner a Pre-Qualification Loan Application is completed, the higher the home shopper will be in the priority order to purchase a home. The idyllic beach town of Encinitas offers a rare mix of eclectic old-world charm with new-world culture. The picturesque beach cottages, locally-owned cafes and eateries, and pristine coastline blend flawlessly with its trendy, suburban lifestyle. The residences at Blue Crest present a unique opportunity to experience the best of both worlds: small town living and city conveniences.

ADU specialists come together offering prefab solutions


s of March 1, two titans of the local accessory dwelling unit (ADU) industry have joined forces. John Arendsen, CEO of CREST HOMES and Tim Hipps, CEO of HIPPS HOMES, have formed an alliance bringing to the community a combined 100 years of experience in prefab factory-built I are happy to be working together to offer the largest and most diversified lineup of prefab “offsite" solutions to San Diego County,” Arendsen said. The CREST and HIPPS duo combined are licensed dealers for Silvercrest Homes, Cavco, Durango and Fleetwood ADUs in the HUD manufactured ADU arena. For modular ADUs they are representing Irontown Modular Homes. “This partnership means we have a much broader base of inventory selections and architectural styles,” Arendsen said. “As off-site specialists we offer a wide array of HUD, modular, panelized and container solutions.” CREST HOMES has always been a family run business. Arend-

find the right solution to fit their needs,” he said. One of the main reasons people become interested in ADUs tends to be income. “ADUs can provide an additional revenue stream for homeowners,” he said. “But I caution people to do the math and make sure you are able to recoup your costs and generate enough income off of it to be profitable after you’ve added it to your property and debt service.” Some families wish to have an ADU for a full-time caregiver or a family member to reside on the property. And those with large estates may want a private dwelling for a full-time groundskeeper or onsite NOW WITH MORE customizable features and models to choose from, housekeeper. Also popular are pool ADU’s can provide additional revenue streams for home owners. cabanas, also known as guest cottages or casitas. one another. “I am blessed to be able sen’s wife and partner of 45 years, “Whatever the reason, we are Janis, runs her own division. “She to rely on their expertise,” he added. the one-stop, turn-key solution for has always been my partner,” he Arendsen says working with any ADU requirement a person said. And four of his five children Hipps is just an expansion of his might have,” Arendsen said. are also involved in the design and family business. “Tim and I have To learn more about CREST building industry, two of them with known each other for 35 years and HOMES and HIPPS HOMES, or CREST HOMES. The other two have always been friendly comto see furnished ADU models, conown their own companies but on petitors and now together we are tact johnarendsen@crestbackyardmany projects they all interface with committed to helping homeowners homes.com for an appointment.

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This elegant enclave of luxury residences is situated amongst secluded rolling hills and nature trails and has been thoughtfully planned with resplendent architectural detailing. Located in the historic district of Encinitas and only 5 miles from the Pacific and adjacent to Rancho Santa Fe. Relaxed yet sophisticated, authentic yet thoroughly modern, Loden offers the best in town & country living.

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ART in the

GARDEN MOSAIC ARTIST, Marsha Rafter, creates large sculptures for her clients in San Diego.

By Jano Nightingale

Claude Monet created his garden in Giverny, France simply so he could walk outdoors and paint. His famous “Water Lilies” were painted on the grounds of his French home, while standing on the pastel

pink bridge overlooking his pond. He was obsessed with a color palette so exact that he pulled hundreds of yellow lilies out of his French garden and replaced them with red tulips because the yellow did not fit into the composition of

the “Water Lilies.”

It’s not EPOXY, it’s BETTER

or nearly 40 years, southern California homeowners have used Epoxy for garage and industrial floor coating projects despite its tendency to yellow, it’s soft and easy to scratch surface and its tendency to be permanently damaged by the hot, high performance tires found on most cars in the San Diego area. Today California homeowners don’t have to settle for Epoxy and all of its flaws anymore. SpartaFlex is an advanced, next generation 100% solids polyaspartic floor coating that gives your garage a beautiful finish that is 3x harder than epoxy, resists yellowing while also resisting permanent damage

from hot tires. Perhaps best of all, SpartaFlex the best residential warranty in the market! Perkins Custom Coatings has been installing SpartaFlex on California garage floors for over 12 years and has completed over 8,000 floors during that period of time. Its CEO and owner, Paul Frankel is considered by many to be the most knowledgeable contractor in the local market. “Unlike many of our competitors, we strive to do an onsite assessment including a moisture test for every floor coating project we install and instead of using the ‘one size fits all’ approach, we develop a coating solution that we believe will last for decades not just for a few years.”


CREATE YOUR OWN BACKYARD LANDSCAPE Some artists paint in their gardens, whereas Rebecca Parker’s entire life is centered on creating art

in her garden shop and beyond. “I am always creating something,” she told me in her lovely, crowded outdoor shop located at 3087 State Street in Carlsbad. She had just returned TURN TO GARDEN ON 23

Perkins uses only the most advanced surface preparation methods available and will either diamond grind or shot blast every floor that he installs. Old, failing, yellowed epoxy coatings can also be removed during this same process. “Many of my competitors will install their coatings right over raw or pressure washed concrete just to save a few bucks – I will never do that. We always do it the right way, not the easiest way” says Paul. For more information or to see for yourself the advantages of SpartaFlex over Epoxy, you can call Perkins Custom Coatings, at 866-330-1DAY (1329) or visit their informative website at www.perkinscustomcoatings.com.



Bliss 101: L

ocated along the 101 in Encinitas, Bliss 101 offers up coastal living-style furnishings in a classy and sophisticated environment. Specializing in responsibly-sourced, repurposed, and fair-trade furniture as well as unique art by local artists, Bliss 101 is quite often described as “the happiest place on earth” due to its convivial and knowledgeable staff—a collective of personalities and professionals that strive to take fair trade and green economics to the next level. In doing its part locally, Bliss 101 supports artists, photographers and jewelry makers from down the street and around the corner. What’s more, there is always something new every time you visit. These novel experiences—mustsee events such as artist pop-ups, meet and greets, workshops, book signings and more—foster a community that is engaging, eye-opening and insightful. Current owner Maila Bolen has sought to build on former owner Helen Zelde’s family-oriented community. Bliss 101’s walls are adorned with local art from popular artists, and the

showroom is always changing with the seasons. Perfect for anyone who has done a recent remodel or may be considering refurnishing a home with his/her tax return, Bliss 101 searches far and wide to bring in furniture and home goods made with reclaimed materials.

furniture, locally-made jewelry, and organic bath and body lines.” Amongst many other items, retired telephone poles from Brazil are transformed into coffee tables, bed frames and benches. Bliss 101, located at 553 S. Coast

“We believe that the way we spend our money affects the world, so we are striving to be a socially-conscious gallery with accessible art and handicrafts, handmade with love straight from the artisan to you,” said Bolen. “We feature eco-friendly materials, reclaimed-wood

Hwy 101 in Encinitas, hopes that doing its small part will carry on into the lives of others. “We are thrilled to have such a tight-knit relationship with local artists and other members of our community,” noted Bolen. “We are truly hopeful

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that our company mission serves the public well and continues to move our community forward in such a positive and creative way.” Ultimately, the community extends its hearts to your home and then back out into the lives of others, helping everyone reach BLISS. Bliss 101 is offering Coast News readers a special 20% off any special orders of its new furniture lines during the months of March and April. Readers are encouraged to stop by for a sneak peek new offerings for Spring/Summer. “I am so excited about our new Spring outdoor line,” stated Bolen. “It is perfect for Southern California and all of us who are constantly expanding our living space into our yards. I know our customers are going to love it as much as we do.” Bliss 101 has in-house design expertise and offers customized advice for clients at no charge. Don’t forget to take Bliss 101 up on their FREE 30-minute design consultation . You can reach them via email at info@bliss101.com or by phone at (760) 487-1900.

Mexican Talavera pottery creates a grouping for the yard. GARDEN CONTINUED FROM


from a buying trip to Scottsdale, Arizona and had painted the interior of a friend’s house with a desert mural. Located on State Street in a tiny alley way is one the most hidden treasures in Carlsbad. Rebecca Parker, of Rebecca’s Garden, has a treasure trove of collectibles that could fit into any style of gardening. Her prices are reasonable, so you can easily pick up a few pieces and create your own sculptural garden. She scours estate sales and auctions, with trips to Mexico. If you have a favorite color or style, you could probably find it there. Above all, her shop exemplifies the three principles of landscape design: Color, form and texture. Color in her shop comes from Talavera pottery, English blue porcelain and hand made ceramics. Form is present in every sculpture, a sitting Buddha and stone troughs. And texture abounds in cylindrical fire sticks, spikey cacti and pearly jade plants. Rebecca has noticed, in 30 years of collecting and landscaping client’s yards that “most people are just afraid to get started. I had a student in my

succulent wreath class who spent an hour trying to find two succulents that were identical. Just chose what you like, and go from there!” Her shop is open every day, and photos can be found at www.rebeccasgardencarlsbad.com The trick it seems to low-cost decorative gardening is to use a small amount of plant material, such as succulents, cacti, perennial cuttings or vegetables, which can be set off by a beautiful piece of pottery or found object. According to Scott Calhoun, in his book, “Hot Pot,” (Rio Nuevo Publishers, Tucson) when planting single specimen plants such as agave, cacti and succulents, it is important to “remember that the plant is the number-one element. You want to select containers that show off the plant’s best characteristics. When placing pots in your yard, create a grouping near the entryway, on a narrow walkway or a stairway. In contemporary staging, plants are used in a rhythmic and sculptural way to create a kind of living potted work of art.” Homeowners or apartment dwellers can create their own artistic backyard landscape, or can go in search of artists who create garden sculpture.

MOSAIC ARTIST For the homeowner or businessperson who would like to create a dramatic statement in their garden, local artist, Marsha Rafter, designs strikingly beautiful mosaic sculpture for each specific client and location. Marsha began her artistic career as a ceramist in North Carolina and moved to California to further her artistic studies. In 2004 she attended the Society of American Mosaics conference, and since that time has worked in mosaics, often incorporating ceramics into her work. Her large-scale outdoor works have recently been shown in the San Diego Botanic Sculpture Show for three years. She lives and teaches weekly classes in her studio in Escondido, and conducts workshops nationally and internationally. As she describes her work, “the juxtaposition of the handmade tiles and embellishments with stained glass, smalti or found objects creates a particularly interesting and wonderful contrast in mosaics.” Her website https://marsharafter.com includes information BLUE AND WHITE pottery set off about her artwork, classes and upcom- a simple fern for an elegant look in the yard. ing events. THE COAST NEWS | SPRING HOME & GARDEN 2020



North County


From the hills of Olivenhain and the beach town elegance of Encinitas to the close to everything vibe of Carlsbad, Shea Homes has outstanding new home choices throughout North County. We invite you to explore your favorite style and setting and discover the Shea Difference™ wherever you envision your future. ONE OAK - Olivenhain 1 & 2–Story Homes Approx. 4,666 to 5,875 Sq. Ft. 4 to 5 Beds | 4 to 5.5 Baths From $1.8 Million

ALCOVE - Encinitas Single-Family Homes Approx. 2,392 to 2,940 Sq. Ft. 4 to 5 Beds | 3 to 4 Baths From $1.2 Million

ALIA - Encinitas 1 & 2–Story Homes Approx. 2,430 to 3,842 Sq. Ft. 3 to 5 Beds | 2.5 to 4.5 Baths From $1.5 Million

KENSINGTON - Carlsbad Townhomes Approx. 1,670 to 2,081 Sq. Ft. 2 to 3 Beds | 3 to 3.5 Baths From the $700s

For More Information, Visit SheaHomes.com Or Call 866.886.3961 Sales: Shea Homes Marketing Company (DRE #01378646), Construction: SHSC GC, Inc. (CSLB #1012096) and Shea Homes Limited Partnership (CSLB #855368). This is not an offer for real estate for sale, nor solicitation of an offer to buy to residents of any state or province in which registration and other legal requirements have not been fulfilled. Buyers of Shea homes are not required to use Shea Mortgage as their lender. Buyers may select any lending institution for the purpose of securing mortgage financing and are not limited to Shea Mortgage. NMLS ID #40397, DRE #01197403. Features and plans subject to change without notice. Pricing does not include options, elevation, or lot premiums, effective date of publication and subject to change without notice. All square footages and measurements are approximate and subject to change without notice. Windows and doors may vary per elevation. Models are not an indication of racial preference. Trademarks are property of their respective owners. Equal Housing Opportunity. 3/2020

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