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New community of luxury beach condos makes grand debut CARLSBAD — Zephyr’s new 35-unit community of luxury beach condos that boast exclusive concierge services, direct beach access, sweeping views of the ocean and Buena Vista Lagoon — debuted to rave reviews at its grand opening that hosted 250 people on Aug. 15. Two homes have already been sold, eight are in escrow and one is reserved. “Buyers fall in love with SummerHouse,” said Sales Manager Claudia Barbour. “The design of the homes, amenities and proximity to the Carlsbad Village — which offers a variety of dining, shopping and entertainment options — is unmatched.” Featuring California Coastal architecture, each of the 35 floor plans varies from building to building, with eight different styles. The spacious, single-story condominiums range from 1,787 to 2,702 square feet with two bedrooms, two bedrooms with a den, or three bedrooms. Other fine touches include disappearing La Cantina doors which open on to large lanais, spacious kitchen islands, top of the line appliances, designer selected cabinets and detailed interior finishes. Each features a water view from a large private balcony, and two gated, underground parking spaces are provided for each home. Prices range from $1.3 mil-

more than 70 award-winning restaurants, and explore antiques, shop for books, apparel and jewelry at the multiple retail shops. The Carlsbad Village Theatre offers live shows, and owners can take part in annual events held throughout the year, including State Street Farmers’ Market, Friday Night Live — offering live music in the summer — and Art in the Village, featuring over 150 local and regional artists’ exhibits. “Everything residents could want is right at their Buyers are already claiming their spot in the sand at Zephyr’s new 35- fingertips,” said Termini. “The beach, dining, enterunit community of luxury condos in Carlsbad. Courtesy photo tainment and services — it’s upon request. lion to $2.4 million. “Residents at SummerLife at the beach is taken to the next level with House will be able to take SummerHouse’s luxuri- full-advantage of life at the ous concierge service that beach,” said Brad Termini, brings a hospitality model Zephyr’s co-CEO. “The onto residential living. Sum- site concierge will be readmerHouse Beach Club stew- ily available to handle ownards will be able to perform ers’ day-to-day details and a range of tasks, such as hassles, so they can spend providing kayaks, stand-up more time enjoying life paddleboards, surf boards, at the coast and building beach chairs, bicycles, memories with family and tents and any other equip- friends.” Residents can also enment beach-living residents might need for their daily joy luxurious on-site ameexcursions in the surf and nities including a pool, fire sand. The steward can also pits and cabanas, and a fithandle dry cleaning and ness center. Carlsbad Village, locatlaundry, food and beverage delivery, and pet services, ed to the south and within including dog walking and walking distance, provides a wide range of dining, pet sitting. Transportation can be shopping and entertainarranged, along with mail ment options. Residents can services, and additional choose from sushi, Mexican, offerings can be provided Italian, French and more at

all right there.” A full range of recreational options are also nearby, including the ocean for fishing, swimming, paddle boarding and water skiing. And the 21-acre Calaveras Park is perfect for hiking, sightseeing and mountain biking — plus, the park offers an active community center that has preschool programs, youth day camps, classes for all ages and an open gymnasium for basketball, volleyball, badminton and more. The community is a half-mile from the Coaster Station and a short ride to downtown San Diego

and the world-famous Zoo, home to over 3,700 rare and endangered animals representing more than 650 species and subspecies. It is also in close proximity to Palomar Airport, which offers private and commercial flights. Prospective buyers can visit the Sales Center — located at 2303 Ocean St., Carlsbad, CA 92008 — seven days a week, Monday, noon to 5 p.m., and Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information and to join the interest list, visit: summerhousecarlsbad.com.

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San Diego a hotspot for orchid admirers By Laurie Sutton

SAN DIEGO — Even the most enthusiastic orchid cionado find the

a f i wou ld task of naming all of the varieties of the plant impossible. With more than 35,000 species, orchids are the largest group of flowering plants on earth. Luckily for local orchid lovers, we have one of the largest orchid societies in the country right here in San Diego. “The San Diego County Orchid Society was established in 1947,” President Scott Labouff said. What exactly does an orchid society do? “Our purpose is to promote interest in orchids and their cultivation, to educate by exchanging information and experiences related to successful orchid culture, and to support the conservation of orchids in the wild,” Labouff said. The San Diego Orchid Society Conversation Committee supports projects that contribute to the conservation of orchids and orchid habitat. “Since 1991, the San Diego Orchid Society has awarded over $160,000 to projects in 21 different countries,” Labouff said. The good work of the committee has not gone unnoticed. “In 2004, the society’s accomplishments in support of

orchid conservation were recognized with the prestigious Conservation Award from the American Orchid Society,” he said.

Labouff ’s involvement with the society began serendipitously. “I happened upon a meeting in progress while enjoying Balboa Park,” he said. “I had just purchased a Miltonia orchid a week earlier so I stayed to learn more about orchids.” The sheer number of orchids he saw that day grabbed Labouff’s attention. “Seeing the huge variety of orchids that members had brought in for the show, I was hooked,” he said. “I learned a great deal and departed with more confidence in how to grow an orchid.” While the beauty of an orchid is obvious, Labouff also finds allure in the flower’s less immediate attributes. “It’s fantastic to see the growth of an orchid through many years, and new flowers every year,” he said. He added that once you know an orchid’s requirements, it is easy to know which ones will thrive depending on where you are in the


Spe cies of orchids that are popular locally include Reedstem Epidendrum and Cymbidium orchids. “These will grow easily outdoors with minimal care,” Labouff said. He also touted Cattleya, popularly knows as the corsage orchid, as another species that would flourish in San Diego. Beyond our county, and even our country, orchids can be found on each continent but Antarctica. “Here in the Western hemisphere orchid habitats range from the tundra of the far north, the temperate rain forests of the Northwest, the woods of the Northeast, the prairies of the Midwest, the deserts and mountains in the Southwest, the tropics of the Southeast, the Caribbean and throughout Central and South America,” Labouff said. “Likewise, orchids can be found growing in similar climates all over the world. Orchids grow as


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epiphytes (in trees), lithophytes (on rocks), and terrestrially (in soil).” Perhaps more surprising than the number of species and how widely they grow is how long they’ve been in existence. “Orchids have been on this earth since the time of the

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Labouff said. “One out of seven flowering plants on earth is an orchid.” He added that the plants are highly adaptable to their local environment and pollinators. “They are amazing plants of immense diversity,” Labouff said. Fans of the flower who live in San Diego are especially lucky. “We are blessed with an excellent year around climate, perfect for a large variety of orchids,” Labouff said. The San Diego Orchid Society hosts three seasonal Orchids

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Longtime local business puts the fun back in family time SAN MARCOS — As families, we just aren’t connecting like we used to. Even when we’re all in the same room together, everyone is using their smartphones, tablets and laptops. We might be connected online, but we’ve moved farther and farther away from connecting in person with the most important people in our lives — our families. Darrell Meddings, owner of Billiards & Barstools, knows how to fix this problem. “The family that plays together, stays together, I always say,” he said. Located in San Marcos, Billiards & Barstools carries a full line of high-end products aimed at bringing the fun and interaction back to family time. “We carry foosball tables, air hockey tables, shuffle board tables, ping pong tables, and of course, pool tables,” Meddings said. “Kids these days are into their devices,” he said. “They aren’t talking to each other, they aren’t communicating.” Things are a little

different in the Meddings family. “When my grandkids come over, they’re playing pool and ping pong, and they’re talking,” he said. Rather than trying to force family time onto kids who would much rather be hooked up to their electronics, Meddings suggests any one or combination of the top-quality products at his store will make spending time with family more enjoyable for everyone. A recent customer came in with his wife to purchase a pool table, and his wife told Meddings, “Oh I won’t be playing pool.” The man came back later and told Meddings that not only was she playing pool, she was playing it all the time with her son and loving it. These are the types of stories the staff at Billiards & Barstools hear time and time again. Anyone concerned with the commitment involved with buying a pool table will be pleased to learn that it can also be converted into a dining table or a ping pong table. Additionally, there are outdoor game tables available that work well

in our Southern California climate since we’re outside for much of the year. Billiards & Barstools offers Internet price matching for their top-quality merchandise, and they also have professionals to help you maintain your pool tables. “I’ve been in business since 1989,” Meddings said. “We offer high-end products and professional service work. But what we really offer is quality family time.” When you stop by, don’t be surprised to meet Meddings on the sales floor. He takes pride in his business and being accessible. “I’m not one of those hidein-the-back owners,” he said with a laugh. Billiards & Barstools is located at 330 Rancheros Drive in San Marcos. They are open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information about the game tables, furniture and accessories available, call (760) 471-9208 or visit billiardsand barstools.com.

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Pardee Homes expanding building area with exquisite new homes in Bonsall An array of coastal-close choices still available in Pacific Highlands Ranch SAN DIEGO — Pardee Homes is excited to offer an exciting new choice for home shoppers, with the de-

but of Olive Hill in Bonsall. This exquisite neighborhood of 37 luxury single-story homes is slated to open in early October bringing four spacious floorplans to the rural, rolling hills of north San Diego County. “This is an excellent

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the high $900,000s. Casabella features four floorplans with great room living and up to four bedrooms, two and threebay garages, approximately 2,134 to 2,824 square feet and a unique chef’s kitchen or prep kitchen option available in Plans 3 and 4. Pricing is from the low $900,000s. Canterra offers timeless, easy maintenance living in three bright floorplans with great rooms and private courtyards, ideal for the casual So-Cal lifestyle. Priced from the mid $800,000s, the homes at Canterra have four bedrooms and approximately 2,077 to 2,588 square feet. Also available is Watermark, Pacific Highlands Ranch’s most spacious expression of luxurious coastal-close living with three two-story floorplans spanning approximately 3,636 to 4,351 square feet. Priced from $1.2 million, these sophisticated, five bedroom floorplans blend traditional craftsmanship with contemporary flair. Offering an exceptional lifestyle, above and apart from all else, Alta Del Mar is located on a spectacular plateau in Del Mar Mesa. This enclave of both Estate Homes and a limited number of Custom Homesites features spacious, open floorplans spanning approximately 4,151 to 6,235 square feet including single- and two-story homes. Pricing is from $1.8 million. Established in 1921, Pardee Homes is recognized for superior master-planning concepts, quality construction, energy-efficient building practices, responsive customer service and dedication to the educational and civic goals of the communities in which it builds, Pardee Homes was one of the first builders in San Diego to embrace sustainable building practices and continues to build consideration for the planet into every home and community. Pardee Homes is a member of TRI Pointe Group, a family of premium regional homebuilders supported by the significant resources, economies of scale and thought leadership of a national foundation. For more information please visit pardeehomes.com.




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By Melinda Myers

on’t pack away that shovel and trowel. Fall is a great time to plant a few new additions in the landscape. Here are just a few ideas for adding immediate and long-term beauty to your garden. Add cool season annuals like pansies, snapdragons, ornamental kale and stocks to brighten the fall garden. Those in milder regions will enjoy them throughout the winter. Consider adding cold hardy pansies. They provide color in the fall garden, survive most winters, and are back blooming in the spring just as the snow melts. Fall is also a good time to plant perennials, trees and shrubs. The soil is warm and the air cooler, so the plants are less stressed and establish more quickly. Select plants suited to the growing conditions and be sure to give them plenty of room to reach their mature size. Plant trees so the root flare, the place where the roots curve away from the trunk, is even with the soil surface. Dig a hole, the same depth as the rootball, and two to five times wid-

er. Roughen the sides of the hole and backfill with the existing soil. Water thoroughly and spread a two to three inch layer of mulch over the soil surface, keeping the mulch away from the tree trunk. Follow a similar planting procedure for shrubs. Plant these so the crown, the place where the stems meet the roots, is even with the soil surface. And be sure to keep the mulch away from the stems. Plant daffodils, tulips, hyacinths and other bulbs in fall for extra color next spring. Set the bulbs at a depth of two to three times their height deep. Then cover them with soil and sprinkle on a low nitrogen slow release fertilizer, like Milorganite (milorganite.com). This organic nitrogen fertilizer promotes rooting without stimulating fall growth subject to winter kill. Start planting spring flowering bulbs after the nighttime temperatures hover between 40 and 50 degrees. Be patient – waiting until the soil cools reduces the risk of early sprouting that often occurs during a warm fall. Those gardening in the far south and along the gulf coast can purchase

pre-cooled bulbs to compensate for the warm winters. Or the chilling can be done at home by storing the bulbs in a 35 to 45 degree location for at least 14 weeks before planting. Those tired of battling the animals may want to plant resistant bulbs such as daffodils, hyacinths, Fritillaria, alliums, Camassia, glory-of-the snow, snow drops, squills, and grape hyacinths. You may find it is easier to avoid the problem than battle the animals with repellents and scare tactics. Plant a few short season vegetables in your garden for fresh-from-the garden flavor this fall. Simply count the days from planting to the average first fall frost to determine how many growing days are left in your area. Select vegetables that will mature and can be harvested in that amount of time. Leaf lettuce, spinach, mustard greens, radishes and carrots are fast growing, cool weather tolerant vegetables that make great additions to the fall garden and your dinner plate. Get these vegetables off to a good start with a side dressing of low nitrogen fertilizer. Incorporate it into the soil prior to planting or sprinkle a narrow band

along the row of plants. This organic nitrogen will provide needed nutrients without damaging the tender seedlings. Extend the harvest season with the help of floating row covers. These fabrics allow air, light and water through while trapping the heat around the plants. No construction is needed; just loosely cover the plants with the fabric, secure the edges with pipes, boards or landscape staples and let the plants provide the support. So be sure to get a jump on next spring’s garden season with a bit of fall planting now. Gardening expert, TV/radio host, author & columnist Melinda Myers has more than 30 years of horticulture experience and has written over 20 gardening books, including Can’t Miss Small Space Gardening and the Midwest Gardener’s Handbook. She hosts The Great Courses “How to Grow Anything: Food Gardening For Everyone” DVD series and the nationally syndicated Melinda’s Garden Moment segments. Myers is also a columnist and contributing editor for Birds & Blooms magazine. Myers’ melindamyers. com, offers gardening videos and tips.

Lifestyles the focus for two new North County developments REGION — Though the priorities of North County homebuyers may vary, Taylor Morrison has built two brand new developments that each have some of the most sought-after qualities for a wide range of residents. If you live an active outdoor lifestyle, and you’re looking to be within walking distance to the beach, dining and the arts, Seagrove in the heart of downtown Carlsbad fits the bill. “Seagrove has everything you could want within walking distance,” Patrick Higgins, vice president of sales and marketing for Taylor Morrison, said. “It’s perfect for active people of all ages who want to enjoy the freedom and flexibility to lock and leave. The beach lifestyle is very appealing.” Although in the heart of a downtown beach community rife with cultural diversity, artists and yoga studios, Seagrove’s internal features are ideal for an entrepreneur with its live/work layout. “You’re going to get the great sunsets, be able to walk to dinner or to have a cocktail or visit the farmers market, or take a run along Pacific Coast highway,” Higgins said. “And when you’re home, you’ve got a great office space and a open living area and sleek designer kitchen.” One of the highlights of the majority of the units are the rooftop decks. “The rooftop decks are incredible,” Higgins said. “You are three floors up and you can look in all directions and have a completely different canvas in front of you depending on where you’re looking. You can see down PCH into Oceanside to the north, phenomenal sunsets to the west, downtown onto State Street to the east, and Agua Hedionda lagoon to the south.” Though obviously the area is a surfer, swimmer,

runner or biker’s paradise, Higgins points out another health benefit to Seagrove living. “On these rooftop decks, your blood pressure goes down about 20 points just being here,” he said with a smile. Young professionals and empty nesters alike can appreciate the low-maintenance living and freedom that you just can’t find in suburbia. Units in Seagrove are two to three bedrooms with two full and two half baths and two-car garages. A few minutes away in Carmel Valley are two brand new neighborhoods, Elms and Ivy. These single-family detached home developments are ideal for buyers in another stage of their life, one that centers around their families. “These homes are close to everything, including some of the highest-ranking schools in the county,” Higgins said. “Elms homes are a bit larger with four bedrooms and are on traditional lots while Ivy homes are three to four bedrooms and are paseo style and have less square footage.” Homes in both neighborhoods feature two-car garages.

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“We’re finding that homebuyers in these neighborhoods are looking for a quality of life,” Higgins said. “The schools, the shopping, the access to the freeways — these are all what make this area so desirable. Some of the best schools in the county, like Canyon Crest Academy, are within walking distance.” Also convenient for residents is the all-new Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch shopping center. “This is right around the corner from our homes,” Higgins said. “The Village is a first-class shopping center, that offers a

Crunch Fitness, a Starbucks, a Panera, a Wells Fargo bank and a Trader Joe’s. And that’s just the beginning as more in-demand tenants are still moving in.” For more information about Seagrove, visit taylormorrison.com/new-homes/ california/southern-california/carlsbad/seagrove-community. To learn more about Elms visit taylormorrison. com/new-homes/california/ southern-california/san-diego/elms-community and for Ivy go to taylormorrison.com/ new-homes/california/southern-california /san-diego / ivy-community.

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Learn to drought-proof your yard and garden ENCINITAS — Learn how to turn your property into an eco-friendly, low-water oasis through the Solana Center’s Green Living Workshop Series on drought-tolerant landscape design, greywater and rainwater harvesting this fall. These workshops will show participants how to reduce their water use, save money on their water bill and be more water-wise during the drought. Homeowners, landscape professionals and members of the community are all encouraged to attend. Creative and Colorful Succulent Landscapes from 10 to 11 a.m. Sept. 20 will teach participants how to replace their water-intensive lawn with a water-wise succulent landscape that is lush and colorful. Melissa Teisl and Jon Hawley of Chicweed Landscape Design will teach the workshop. County Supervisor Dave Roberts is scheduled to give opening remarks and a representative from SDG&E will hand out free water-saving kits. Greywater Demystified from 10 to 11 a.m. Oct. 10 will show participants how to tap into wastewater, which offers a stable water source for irrigating plants during drought and is taught by RainThanks & Greywater Founder/CEO Candace Vanderhoff. Watershed Gardens: Retain Rainwater and Reduce Runoff Pollution from 10 to 11 a.m. Nov. 8 will be led by Morgan Vondrak of Argia Designs. This workshop will include how to capture rainwater in the ground via permeable surfaces, mulch basins and swales instead of letting it run off. Solana Center’s Green Living Workshop Series provides practical, innovative and engaging workshops, led by industry professionals, to empower individuals to incorporate environmentally friendly practices into their lives and homes. As part of a partnership with the San Diego Botanic Garden, these workshops will be held at the San Diego Botanic Garden and participants are welcome to stay and explore the Garden. “The San Diego Botanic Garden is a perfect fit,” said Jessica Toth, Solana Center’s executive director. “Attend a workshop to learn how to live more sustainably and then enjoy the garden. What a wonderful way to spend a day!” Past Green Living Workshops have helped people reduce their energy usage, reduce exposure to toxic chemicals, make more sustainable food choices and more. Solana Center has provided waste diversion and environmental education in San Diego County for more than 30 years. Although they left the recycling collection business in 1996 to focus their energies on community outreach, public education and creating new

The Solana Center and San Diego Botanic Garden team up to offer a series of Green Living Workshops, including a workshop Creative and Colorful Succulent Landscapes Sept. 20. For more information, visit solanacenter.org/green-living-workshops. Courtesy photo

markets for recycled products, the word “Solana” has remained and is symbolic of their work in the broader community. In Spanish, Solana means, “place where the light shines.” Solana Center educational programs inspire and empower individuals to live

sustainably, to reduce and rethink waste and to become change makers in the communities where they live. For more information about these workshops visit solanacenter.org/green-living-workshops or call (760) 436-7986. To register for a

workshop visit sdbgarden. org/classes.htm. The workshops will be held at the San Diego Botanic Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Drive in Encinitas. For more information about Solana Center’s Green Living Workshops visit, solanacenter. org/green-living-workshops.




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CLAIM YOUR SPOT IN THE SAND STEPS FROM THE OCEAN BUT MILES FROM ORDINARY If you’re seeking a seaside living experience with endless possibilities, you’ve come to the right place. SummerHouse, a n e w 3 5 - u n i t o c e a n v i e w c o m m u n i t y , o ff e r s i t s r e s i d e n t s unparalleled opportunities to soak in the sun-drenched coastal views from the comfort of home. Stunning views and direct beach access starting at $1.3 million.

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Beneficial and beautiful landscaping ENCINITAS — Plush, green lawns no longer color the landscape of our neighborhoods. Although this is undoubtedly symbolic of the water crisis in Southern California, the drought-tolerant style gardens that have replaced them are blooming with benefits beyond the obvious. “There are so many advantages to planting a water-wise garden, not just as a reaction to the drought,” said Mariah Smith, co-owner of Anderson’s La Costa Nursery. “Drought-tolerant and native plants, trees and shrubs, whether native to California or to similar global climates, are already well-adapted to not only survive, but thrive in our dry, arid coastline,” Smith said. “They are often hearty, require less water once established, and are part of the ecological system that supports birds, butterflies, bees and other beneficial insects.” With a fire season that seems to be nearly year-round, Smith noted that some succulents and ground covers are excellent fire retardants. “They can aid in ‘fire-proofing’ your surrounding area,” she said. All of these benefits of having a water-wise landscape are not at the sacrifice of aesthetics. “A well-planted water-wise garden can be seen as a symphony of colors, textures and creatures performing a beautiful piece to be enjoyed as much as it’s being utilized,” Smith said. One of Smith’s current favorites is the California native narrow-leaf milkweed (Asclepias fascicularis), which supports Monarch butterflies in all stages of development. She also cited wild lilac, or Ceanothus, as an excellent native plant choice. “‘Ray Hartman’ is a beautiful, tall-growing lilac with large dark leaves and impressive sky blue flowers,” Smith said. Regardless of which plants you decide to go with, Smith stresses the importance of knowing that drought-resistant

varieties do need extra watering during planting. “A common mistake is thinking a native, drought-tolerant plant will not require much water during planting,” Smith said. “The opposite is true; natives need extra water to become established — on the same day of planting and up to several weeks after planting.” Another tip is that when planting natives, you should dig a hole slightly more shallow than the root ball so the root is showing just above ground level. “This will allow for good drainage,” Smith said. Once established, natives will thrive for years with little to no watering. “You will have a delightful plant or garden grown in about six to 12 months,” Smith said. She added that natives shouldn’t be mixed into a garden with pre-existing plants that require more water, but a garden can be designed with different sections to accommodate varying watering needs. Anderson’s La Costa offers professional garden design services, ideal for customers looking to overhaul their landscape to become more water-wise. “Whether you’re a gardener or not, it is an inexpensive way to explore your options of creating your own customized outdoor space,” Smith said. “A garden completes the look and feel of a home, makes a home inviting and welcoming, and says a lot about the owner.” Anderson’s La Costa is an independent, family-owned nursery and has always been since it first opened its “gates” in 1954. “Our customers are all amazing people, many who live and work in North County,” Smith said. “They are our neighbors and fellow business owners. This is without a doubt the best place on earth!” Anderson’s La Costa Nursery is located at 400 La Costa Ave. They are open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call (760) 753-3153 or visit andersonslacostanursery.com.


COME HOME TO SEAGROVE Seagrove - in the heart of Carlsbad Village Taylor Morrison’s newest Carlsbad community is now open with new, three story townhomes with rooftop decks. Seagrove is within walking distance to Carlsbad Village and to the beach!

FEATURES 2 to 3 bedrooms + den

Up to 2-car garage

Open concept kitchen and

815 to 2,364 sq. ft.

2 full baths & 2 half baths

living room

Private rooftop deck

Second level balcony

( Per Plan )

NEW MODELS NOW OPEN Seagrove 2503 State Street | Carlsbad, CA 92008 Priced from the mid $900’s

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We spend a lot of time thinking about you.

It’s true. We wonder about where you want to live. How you want to live. What kind of floorplan you’ll like. The way you’ll use each room. The amount of storage you’ll need. How technology can make your life easier — and save you money every month. What kind of styles, materials and colors you’re drawn to. And how your needs might grow or change over time. It’s as important to us as it is to you. Because we want our home to feel like your home the moment you see it. Check out any of our neighborhoods in San Diego, and see where smart thinking leads. Because, at the end of the day, what we create, we create for you. To join our interest list and to learn more, call our New Home Specialist at 858-342-8797 or visit PardeeHomes.com. Olive Hill


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4 to 5 bedrooms, 3 to 4.5 baths 2,962 to 3,846 sf (approx.) From the $700,000s

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4 to 5 bedrooms, 3 to 4 baths 2,645 to 3,518 sf (approx.) From the high $900,000s

4 to 5 bedrooms, 3 to 4.5 baths 2,134 to 2,824 sf (approx.) From the low $900,000s

4 bedrooms, 3 to 3.5 baths 2,077 to 2,588 sf (approx.) From the mid $800,000s

*All square footage is approximate; pricing subject to change. Information is accurate as of the date of the publication. Models do not reflect racial preference. Landscaping, trees, and shrubs not included in the purchase price. Subject to change without notice. See Sales Associate for details. CA Contractor’s License #251810.


Property owners come first for local contractor REGION — When it comes to any type of construction or project, clients often find the phrases “on time” and “on budget” are all too rare. Clint Miller, president of Horizon Carpentry and Paint, Inc. (DBA Horizon Construction), prides himself on being able to use those phrases with each of his clients. This type of customer service is just one of the reasons Horizon Construction has become a North County staple for home and business owners, property management companies, hotel and facility managers and HOAs. “We offer a range of services from termite damage repair and dry rot repair to painting, stucco and siding repair,” Miller said. Additionally, Horizon Construction projects include patio covers and awnings and stair and railing repair. No matter the size of the job, Miller and his team have a goal to ensure all of their cli-



ents’ needs are met on time and on budget. “We do not leave until our customer is fully satisfied,” Miller said of his experienced crew. “Our managers each have more than 20 years of experience in the construction industry. With a long history of experience in painting and general contracting, we know what it takes to get your job done.” When it comes to construction, tales are often traded about contractors being hard to reach or even skipping out on clients never to be heard from again. In contrast, Horizon Construction wants their clients to know they are always reachable. “We are responsive to customer needs and are always available on the phone or on site,” Miller said. “From the time that you receive our detailed estimate, usually one to two days from our site visit, to the scheduling, production to final walk-through

and touch ups, you will receive ongoing updates and clear communication from our team.” For nearly a decade, Horizon Construction has been helping commercial and residential clients increase their property values. “We have a background in construction, and we add value to your property with top-quality finishes and coatings,” Miller said. “We combine a history of expert wood repair, construction and painting to provide our customers with the best results possible.” A resident of North County, Miller said he enjoys having and running his business here because it is where he lives, and adds that Horizon Construction does extend their services to San Diego, Riverside and Orange counties. For a complete list of carpentry, wood repair and painting services offered, visit horizon-carpentry.com or call (760) 458-7500.

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Resort-style living at the Estates at Del Sur Discover richly designed interiors, captivating architecture and grand indoor-outdoor living spaces amidst natural open space above Rancho Santa Fe. Welcome to The Estates at Del Sur, a new community intelligently designed by Standard Pacific Homes to allow for the best of al fresco living. Spacious Designs These homes have all the hallmarks of grand estates — gracious entryways, breathtaking views,

throughout the year. The community is also located near accomplished Poway Unified schools.

impeccable craftsmanship, all in a neighborhood set behind private gates. The homes exude grandeur. With soaring ceilings and open-concept great rooms, the homes are indeed sizeable, ranging between 4,396 to 7,384 square feet, and offering up to six bedrooms, sixand-one-half baths, and four-car garages. “Each residence feels like a custom home,” says Laurie Massas, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Standard Pacific

Sur Room.” For families and pet owners, there are convenient add-ons like a dedicated craft room, pet suite, and super laundry room. The thoughtful exterior design allows homeowners to enjoy a multitude of outdoor activities — dining, lounging, or relaxing in a secluded spa. At one quarter- to oneacre in size, many home sites provide space for a large swimming pool, outdoor kitchen, and even a micro-vineyard. Optional panoramic-style doors extend one’s field of view and blur the line between interior and

exterior living spaces. “The large yet manageable home sites have been well received by Rancho Santa Fe homeowners seeking a luxurious lifestyle without the upkeep of a multi-acre property,” adds Massas. “For others, acquiring up to one acre of land is an exciting opportunity to create an indoor-outdoor oasis.” Homeowners at The Estates can also take advantage of Del Sur’s community amenities including more than 18 miles of shared trails, 13 parks, 10 solar-heated pools, and community events

Award Winning The Estates recently earned the leading honor of 2015 Residential Community of the Year at the Gold Nugget Awards — a regional homebuilding award. In addition, The Estates was named Best Single Family Detached Home for its Residence 2 design, and received an Award of Merit for its Residence 1X design. The Estates is also a finalist for the Building Industry Association’s Icon Awards and SoCal Awards, which recognize builders, architects, and designers who demonstrate excellence in home and landscape design. The Estates’ executive-style residences reflective of Spanish, Italian and Tuscan styles are priced from the mid $1,600,000s. Home tours take place Mondays from 1 to 5:30 p.m., and Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Visit the community at 14914 Rivawill Court in San Diego. For more information and driving directions, visit standardpacifichomes.com or call (858) 618-4942.

incredible to walk into the showroom to be greeted with the sight of so many orchids of different colors, sizes, shapes and aromas.” Becoming a member of the San Diego Orchid Society is simple, and anyone is welcome. “You may join in person at a meeting or show, as well as online,” Labouff said. “Our members are from all walks of life, both

hobbyists and orchid nursery professionals.” Benefits of membership include a monthly meeting Labouff described as an “evening filled with a culture talk, followed by our featured speaker, plant forum showcasing, orchids in bloom, as well as an opportunity to add to your own orchid collection.” The society also features occasional workshops

and outings such as tours and hikes. Meetings are generally free and open to the public and held the first Tuesday of every month in Room 101 of the Casa del Prado building in Balboa Park. For more information about the San Diego Orchid Society, to become a member or to learn about upcoming events, visit sdorchids.com.

This open-concept Residence 2 design effortlessly connects living, dining, and luxurious outdoor spaces at The Estates at Del Sur by Standard Pacific Homes. Courtesy photo

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Homes San Diego. “Owners have shared that they are pleased with the use of fine building materials as well as architectural details like clay roof tile, vaulted ceilings, wall-to-wall granite and marble showers. Every detail counts.” Options for Customization There are copious options for customization at The Estates. For entertaining, options include a caterer’s kitchen, wine room, and a detached cabana for out of town visitors. Cozy fireplaces are options on the master bedroom sleeping porch or in the open air “Del



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spring, the society’s annual Orchids in Paradise show will take place March 10 through March 13 at the Scottish Rite Event Center in Mission Valley. “This is one of the largest shows in the country with an extensive variety of orchid plants on display and for sale,” Labouff said. “It’s

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Single level ranch-style homes available now at San Elijo Hills SAN MARCOS — If you thought that expansive single-story ranch-style homes were architectural treasures from a bygone era, you haven’t seen Sanctuary by Richmond American Homes in San Elijo Hills. Richmond American is showcasing two single-level floorplans on cul-de-sacs in an idyllic area of eastern San Elijo Hills that’s adjacent to open space and trails. The result is a neighborhood with a unique feeling of spaciousness and connection to the natural world. The Joanna plan encompasses approximately 3,229 square feet with three bedrooms, 3.5 baths, and a two-car garage. From its covered front porch to the massive great room to a luxurious kitchen with walk-in pantry, central island and breakfast nook, this beautiful new home was designed with flexibility and livability in mind. It also offers a formal dining room, a spacious den that can be optioned as an extra bedroom and a relaxing master suite with two walk-in closets. The ranch-style Janine plan, featuring approximately 2,864 square feet, with three bedrooms, 2.5 baths and a two-car garage, greets guests with a covered entry that leads to an attractive courtyard. The spacious kitchen offers an oversized island, walk-in pantry and nook, and the adjacent great room is perfect for entertaining. Other highlights of this plan include a covered outdoor room, a home office that can be optioned as an extra bedroom and a lavish master suite. Sanctuary homes are

pharmacy, Chase Bank and a Chevron gas station, as well as a variety of small shops, including a yoga studio, an art gallery, nail spa, pottery/art studio, dry cleaners, a boutique realty office and a postal store. Additionally, there are several eateries, including a wine bar, pizza pub, a yogurt shop and a health-focused café. Framing the traditional town square is the 30-acre middle and elementary school campus, urban-style residences, and San Elijo Hills Park, a 19-acre park with a community center, lighted ball fields, playgrounds, The single-level floor plans at Sanctuary by Richmond American Homes in San Elijo Hills offer gracious picnic areas and a “sprayground.” indoor-outdoor living. The community is also priced from the $800,000s. Select homesites feature panoramic views of city lights and open space. The beautiful architecture at Sanctuary is matched by the neighborhood’s outstanding customer service. Richmond American Homes’ Southern California Division recently won one of the most prestigious awards in the homebuilding industry, the 2015 Avid Cup. This coveted award recognizes the builder with the highest customer ratings throughout North America, across all surveys, from contract signing through the first year of home ownership. Sanctuary homes also come with the builtin amenities of San Elijo Hills, a complete community where schools, shopping, parks, open space, and recreational opportunities abound. The towncenter is designed as the heart of the community and features an Albertson’s grocery with an in-store Sav-On

home to Double Peak Regional Park, which sits atop the 1,644-foot Cerro de las Posas and offers 360-degree views of Dana Point, the Catalina Islands, Big Bear and Point Loma. Eighteen miles of trails crisscross the community’s 1,100 acres of open space, giving bicyclists, walkers and runners stunning views of the ocean and backcountry. The San Elijo Hills Visitor Center, which is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., is located at 1277 San Elijo Rd., San Marcos. For more information on San Elijo Hills, visit sanelijohills.com or call toll-free 888-SANELIJO (726-3545).








Put yourself in the heart of it all. 18 miles of Trails • 1100 Acres of Open Space 19-Acre Community park • Regional park Award-Winning Schools • Charming Towncenter

Established 2000. All grown up.



3–7 Bedrooms, 2.5–7 Baths 2,863–4,223 Sq. Ft. From the $800,000s

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Directions: From the 5 Freeway exit La Costa Ave. heading east past El Camino Real. Turn left on Rancho Santa Fe, then right on San Elijo Road. The builders reserve the right to change prices, plans, features or amenities without prior notice or obligation. All residents automatically become members of the San Elijo Hills Master Association. Square footages are approximate.

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