San Diego and La Jolla Weekend Events: August 24th & 25th

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The weather is perfect, this weekend is packed with events. So what are you waiting for? Make your plans now! There’s something for everyone!


Saturday, Aug. 24

Yoga in the Courtyard
9 a.m. to 10 a.m., The Headquarters at Seaport
How can you say no to a free yoga session in the courtyard at The Headquarters? You can’t. So bring your yoga mat and water, and let the tranquility begin. Miss this one? Not to worry. These yoga classes are held here every Saturday morning this month and return weekly in December.

Country Beer Jam
12 p.m., Seaside Concert Area at Del Mar Racetrack
Giddy up and head over to the Del Mar Racetrack for a seaside concert. This event will have craft beer and country music, with live performances by Nancarrow, Kimmi Bitter, and more. Not to mention, line dancing and a stein-holding contest. To sweeten the pot, the event is free with paid admission to the racetrack; 21+ beer tasting wristbands are available for purchase separately for $12.50, which gets you five 5-ounce beer tastings.

Sunday, August 25th:

Gaslamp Artisan Market
10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Fifth Avenue
Go check out the new Gaslamp Quarter’s Fifth Avenue between Market Street and Island Avenue and let us know what you think! Pop through different restaurants and shops, and explore the new exciting area!

Guided Nature Walk
9:30 a.m., Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center
It’s going to be a beautiful weekend to get outside! Take a free guided 1.5 hour nature walk from Mission Trails Regional Park. Along the way you’ll learn about animals, plants, and history of this park in San Diego.

La Jolla Weekend Open Houses: August 24th and 25th

Move into your dream home with our La Jolla Open House weekend guide. Happy house hunting!


Corrigan | Cohen Group | Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices California Properties

Dona Aumann
858-752-7531
MLS#190001042
220 Coast Blvd. #1BLa Jolla
$1,345,000
2BR/2BA
Open house – Saturday, 8/24 12:00-4:00 p.m. & Sunday, 8/25 12:00-4:00 p.m.

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Patty Cohen
858-414-4555
MLS#190011843
5502 Calumet Avenue, La Jolla
$4,775,000
3BR/2.5BA
Open House on Sunday, 8/25 12:00 – 3:00 p.m.

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Daniel Albrecht
858-926-8779
MLS#190038462
7405 Hillside Drive, La Jolla
$3,450,000
3BR/3.5BA
Open House – Saturday, 8/24 12:00-3:00 p.m.

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Team Chodorow

Sunday ONLY 1-4PM

– 838 Forward St   $3,295,000
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Saturday and Sunday 1-4PM
– 5631 Bloch $945,000

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– 8555 Nottingham Place  $1,799,000
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An Interview with Dennis Wills of D.G. Wills Books

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A veritable one-of-a-kind, it’s easy to see why D.G. Wills Books is a true charm in La Jolla. What is more, in our contemporary, progressively and increasingly impersonal, digital society, the attention paid to personalization and the sheer aesthetics of text is simply inspirational and stimulating.

Dennis began advertising with the La Jolla Blue Book back in 1979 when La Jolla was yet the budding seaside beauty of a community it has grown into. Wills has a complete understanding of what it means to construct a business from the ground up, which is precisely what he set out to do and achieve on La Jolla Boulevard the same year he began advertising. Moreover, his community roots in La Jolla complement the little store’s enduring allure and charisma

The diminutive edifice began on a shoestring budget and with an idea born of love. With a couple of borrowed hammers, a rusty old saw, a few friends that believed in his vision, and a smattering of lumber, work began in 1979. Wills began to craft bookshelves from scratch with painstaking dedication and attention to detail. And with his visualization entrenched in his mind for the La Jolla community, he began to stock the store with various books he located and or stumbled upon at area garage, yard and estate sales.

The dream grew quickly and the bookstore came to be a serene haven for lovers of books, intelligentsias and academics, and rankly, right down to the local who was merely seeking an unobtrusive place to sit and peruse a tome or novel away from the noise pollution life often brings.

Dennis’ undying devotion and commitment to knowledge has drawn various scholars, literary critics, myriad students, and professors from universities from around the contiguous United States. With authors such as Plato, Shakespeare, Darwin, and the Bronte sisters, Wills’ rests assured that he stocks a most inimitable selection of books in the literary world. Indeed, the old, antique and difficult to locate books one may find in his store are certainly not carried by the impersonal chain and corporate stores that pander to frivolity. Perhaps best of all is the place he maintains in the hearts of his clientele, those thousands upon thousands who have found this La Jolla niche and veritable treasure trove, and who have had occasion to interact with him on a personal and intellectual level.

We had the pleasure of speaking to Mr. Wills about his remarkable bookshop.

The genesis of D.G. Wills Books is really interesting. Did you ever imagine it would become what it is today?

Well, one is never sure when opening a business how long or to what extent it might last; but that said, I chose La Jolla specifically to be near UCSD and the Salk Institute on the premise that the educated community’s interest in scholarly books would make it more likely that we would survive for thirty-six years now;  and that good libraries from retired professors would emerge. We were lucky and honored, for example, to have acquired Nobel Laureate Francis Crick’s library.

Out of all of the literary celebrities who have spoken at D.G. Wills Books, do you have any personal favorites?

Gore Vidal, Norman Mailer and Christopher Hitchens were clearly the most entertaining and witty. Francis Crick and Freeman Dyson were the most brilliant scientists here. Former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins was the most entertaining poet, although Allen Ginsberg drew the largest and most chaotic crowd, and Lawrence Ferlinghetti was the funniest. Playwright Edward Albee’s appearance was like attending a graduate seminar on theater. Pulitzer Prize journalist Maureen Dowd and Jill Abramson, then Managing Editor of the “New York Times,” were a brilliant team when they appeared here together.

Some may argue that the printed word is dying due to all of these technology advancements. What keeps your passion alive for what you do?

While Kindle and other e-book options have their use, many also continue to prefer to handle the printed page. The passion ever remains as we continue to discover the wonders of knowledge and mystery contained within books.

For people who have never been to your store, what should people know before going to D.G. Wills Books?

We carry new, used and antiquarian books, mainly within academic categories, and “backlist titles” that have passed the test of time, like Shakespeare, Darwin or Isaac Newton.

Is there anything special coming up at D.G. Wills Books that you’d like to mention?

Our Thirty-Eighth Annual St. Patrick’s Day Open Reading of Irish Poetry and Prose is coming up, on 17 March 2017, from 7 P.M. until it ends.

What is one piece of advice you would give to aspiring writers today?

My advice to aspiring writers is to read, read, and read; then practice, practice and practice with your revisions, constantly fine tuning.

D.G. Wills is open from Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Be sure to drop in at D.G. Wills, give Dennis a whispered holler, and see for yourself why indeed you’ll want to come back time and again seeking those hard to find gems, as well as enjoy the tranquil atmosphere.

For more information on D.G. Wills Books, Click HERE

San Diego and La Jolla Weekend Events: August 17th & 18th

The weather is perfect, this weekend is packed with events. So what are you waiting for? Make your plans now! There’s something for everyone!


Saturday, August 17th:

Yoga in the Courtyard
9 a.m. to 10 a.m., The Headquarters at Seaport
How can you say no to a free yoga session in the courtyard at The Headquarters? You can’t. So bring your yoga mat and water, and let the tranquility begin. Miss this one? Not to worry. These yoga classes are held here every Saturday morning this month and return weekly in December.

Pints & Plants
2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Alpine Beer Co.
Nothing like a libation to help you out with your green thumb. Learn how to  plant a succulent while enjoying a pint at this 2-hour workshop at Alpine Beer Co. This event is hosted by Stemtations San Diego. $52 will get you a decorative pedestal planter, all planting materials, and your first brew.

Sunday, August 11th:

Gaslamp Artisan Market
10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Fifth Avenue
Go check out the new Gaslamp Quarter’s Fifth Avenue between Market Street and Island Avenue and let us know what you think! Pop through different restaurants and shops, and explore the new exciting area!

Guided Nature Walk
9:30 a.m., Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center
It’s going to be a beautiful weekend to get outside! Take a free guided 1.5 hour nature walk from Mission Trails Regional Park. Along the way you’ll learn about animals, plants, and history of this park in San Diego.

Back to School Choices in La Jolla

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It’s that time of year. Summer is winding down, and it’s time to start thinking about getting the kiddos to school. 

While your children might not be thinking about it, good parents are ever seeking to provide what is paramount for their kids, and this is undoubtedly spot-on when it comes to the education that they obtain. Inhabitants of the La Jolla vicinity will be content to know that there are a number of superb La Jolla Schools for all grade levels. Consequently, in the event you have a tot who is just beginning preschool, or you have an older teen in high school or even headed to university, you can surely find great choices in and around the greater La Jolla area.

Parents will discover some outstanding public schools in La Jolla for elementary, middle, and high school. In fact, the public schools in La Jolla have consistently high scores and rankings, so you can be ensured that your kid is getting a quality education with highly effective teachers and administrative staff. Furthermore, as a parent, you possess the opportunity to choose from among some of the finest private schools in the contiguous United States in the La Jolla vicinity should you have a preference for your youngster attending a private school. And, for those moms and dads who desire to look more into some of the private school choices, what follows are some of the preeminent that you should take the time to consider.

All Hallows Academy offers education for K through the 8th grade. This Catholic school provides a robust focus on education as well as the principles of the Holy Bible. In addition, Evans School is yet another remarkable choice as generations of La Jolla residents can attest to. Located on Mount Soledad in an appealing setting, Evans features an exclusive curriculum that challenges all aspects of a youngster’s mind. Since Evans is an elementary school, you’ll need to plan ahead with respect to where to send your child(ren) for middle school.

For mom’s and dad’s seeking for K-12 opportunities, you might want to think about the Francis Parker School. This is a non denominational school that provides students with distinguished academic programs for college prep as well as a strong athletics program. Now 104 years old, and with lower, middle, and upper school classes, your kid(s) will be able to enter Francis parker from their first years of school till graduation. The school offers two locations, one for your child’s early years in nearby Mission Hills, and another for middle school and high school close to the University of San Diego. Moreover, Francis Parker is truly among the elite college prep schools but is nevertheless exceptional what with their emphasis on bringing into being well-versed students who can participate in athletics, arts, music and much more during their attendance.

Bishop’s School is yet another of the more popular private schools in La Jolla. They provide excellent schooling for kids from the 6th grade through their senior year. In addition, they offer a great academics program along with a hugely successful sports and arts programs. While Bishop is comparable in status and stature to Francis Parker the former is an Episcopal School. With a 9 to 1 student-teacher ratio, strong academics, an immensely efficacious and spirited athletics program, as well as a distinctive focus on arts, Bishop’s is a vibrant prospect for kids and parents alike.

Furthermore, there are more than a few Montessori schools in La Jolla that have stellar reputations. For example, Montessori Institute of San Diego is located over the YMCA, La Jolla Village Montessori is situated in the village on Fay Avenue, and Montessori School of La Jolla sits atop Mount Soledad. All three quality schools start taking students as young as 18 months of age, and since each one possesses an exceptional status, one way to choose from these schools is to consider which location is most convenient for you and your kids.

The above-mentioned institutions of learning are only some of the fantastic schools in the La Jolla area. And don’t discount the quality public schools to choose from as well. When you are searching for a school for your kids, it’s always a good idea to pop in and visit their location so you can learn as much as you can about the different programs that they each offer. In this manner, you, the concerned parent, will be able to make an educated judgment and consequently send your youngster(s) to the school that will suit him/her the best.

 

Community Spotlight Feature: La Jolla Kayak

Screen Shot 2018-08-18 at 2.07.17 PMMichael Luscomb, owner of La Jolla Kayak is a true La Jolla native. In fact, he was one of the last to be born at the old Scripps Hospital. The San Diego area is certainly no stranger to the Luscombs, either. If you’ve ever heard of Luscomb Point (the surf break), it’s named after Michael’s father, a surfer and lifeguard from Point Loma. So, you could say (in a very Ron Burgundy-esque way) they’re kind of a big deal.
So, what was the Genesis of La Jolla Kayak you ask? Well, it was a trip to Napoli that gave Michel the idea. After exploring Italy’s kayaking adventures, Michael came back to the states, bought six kayaks, and started piecing together the plans for his business out of his garage. With paper flyers and a pager in hand, Michael started marketing. In 1996, he opened the space that he’s still at today. Cut to 2018, we’re La Jolla Kayak and Hike Bike Kayak are moving about 50,000 tourists annually through their shops alone.
If you haven’t been yet, you should know that La Jolla Kayak is known as San Diego’s premier ocean kayaking and snorkeling destination. Located just a few blocks from the world famous La Jolla Shores beach, it’s no wonder why La Jolla Kayak is a favorite among locals and visitors alike. Operating from the Shores since 1996, La Jolla Kayak provides tours of breathtaking cliffs, caves, and natural landscapes. Guests have the opportunity to venture out into La Jolla‘s 6,000 acre underwater reserve. This protected ecological site is renowned for its deep trenches, expansive marine life, and stunning reefs. “It’s like SeaWorld in the raw. You get to have an interactive experience with these animals, and you’re not in a confined place. You’re in the water, you’re with the water, and you’re with nature” says Luscomb.
Michael runs the business with his wife Sharon, who handles all of the background work and event coordination. He has over 90 employees, all of whom are like family. “The gratifying thing to me is to see the kids who I’ve hired grow up. They’ve gone on to be doctors, lawyers, engineers, some are in nuclear submarines. I have 6 marriages that people have met through my company. 4 out of those 6 couples have children. I’m like a dating service” Michael jokes.
There are two convenient ways of exploring this local gem. Guests can either rent individual or double kayaks and explore the sea caves on their own, or join a guided tour with a certified instructor. “It’s amazing to have people come up to me who are 60 years old and say ‘you know, that was the best thing I’ve ever done in my life.’ It’s just a very rewarding experience” says Luscomb. You can also rent snorkeling gear and observe the marine life and reefs native to Southern California. “The conditions are epic right now. The leopard sharks that have not been seen yet this summer are now starting to come back.”
So what are you waiting for? Take adventure a step further in the beautiful city of La Jolla. La Jolla Kayak gives tourists and locals the opportunity for an experience of a lifetime. All kayaks are waiting for guests at the only public kayak launch on the beach. The only thing you need to worry about is getting yourself there. Experience some of the finest scenery in La Jolla with a company that is the premiere kayak and snorkeling exploration outfit in San Diego. Make a reservation to rent a kayak or snorkeling gear and get out on or in the water. Locals come in for a local rate. Give them a call at (858) 459-1114 or visit Lajollakayak.com to make a reservation.

La Jolla Weekend Open Houses: August 17th & 18th

Move into your dream home with our La Jolla Open House weekend guide. Happy house hunting!


Corrigan | Cohen Group | Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices California Properties

Dona Aumann
858-752-7531
MLS#190001042
220 Coast Blvd. #1B, La Jolla
$1,345,000
2BR/2BA
Open house – Sunday, 8/18 12:00-4:00 p.m.

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Team Chodorow – Open House Schedule:

Saturday ONLY 1-4PM
– 6643 Aranda Avenue  $2,575,000

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Saturday and Sunday 1-4PM

– 5631 Bloch $969,000 0-2

– 8555 Nottingham Place  $1,799,000
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An Interview with Design Studio West

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Established in 1982, Design Studio West creates impeccable settings for every room in your home, including award-winning designs for kitchens and baths. With a seamlessly-integrated, comprehensive suite of services at your disposal, Design Studio West is proud to serve as Southern California’s “one-stop-shop” for the finest in cabinetry, flooring, countertops and world-class appliance brands.

Staffed by a highly-respected and accomplished corps of long-time industry professionals, Design Studio West’s entire team collectively possesses a rare and remarkable talent: to unite their inner artist with their inner pragmatist, resulting in kitchens, baths and outdoor settings that are as exhilarating to look at as they are to live in.

We had the pleasure of talking with owner Karl Utzman about this wonderful business.

Can you tell us a little about the background and history of Design Studio West?

Design Studio West has been around for over 35 years as a kitchen and bath design showroom. In 2001 as a result of a merger between two complementary businesses – a highly-respected construction firm and an award-winning design studio – Design Studio West began offering a full suite of integrated services that run the construction and design industries’ gamut, from initial concept to ultimate completion.

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How would you describe your clientele?

We have projects as far south as Coronado to as far north as Carlsbad. Our clientele ranges from empty-nesters, young families, part time residents, long term homeowners to  new home buyers. We offer a diverse line of cabinetry product that can accommodate various project budgets. We also work directly with interior designers and contractors to provide quality design and cabinetry product to their customers.

Is there an area in design and remodeling that Design Studio West specializes in?

We are dealers of custom build to order cabinetry product so are projects typically revolve around area of the home that would call for use of those items: kitchens, bathrooms, office spaces, laundry rooms, mudrooms, entertainment centers, fireplaces, master bedroom suites etc. In addition, we can  help with general design detailing, space planning, furnishings, accessories as well as  complete home additions.

Could you describe a little bit of your design process for our readers? If I’m a new client, what should I expect?

Our design process is very fluid and we break each project down into 4 steps.

Step 1 – Research and information gathering: To start the process, we will ask the client detailed questions to understand their needs, desires, style and priorities. The answers to this initial interview provide us with direction and guidance. We will talk about options, timeframes, costs and take “before” measurements and photos.

Step 2 – Concepts and layouts: We create new layout/floorplan concepts to review with our client ranging from minimal changes to more creative options along with projected costs for each option. Once the  client has chosen  a specific layout or combination of layouts, then we proceed with design detailing and refinement, creating elevation drawings for the space or 3D Renderings.

Step 3 – Design Refinement & Material Selections: The materials options we assemble to review with a client may include: Cabinetry, countertops, fixtures, tile, flooring, appliances, etc. During this step we review budget considerations for materials and products selected and see how these items fit with the overall scope and budget for the project.

Step 4 – Contracts and Remodel Agreement: Upon your approval of the designs, materials & pricing, we will present a client with Design Studio West’s  Home & Lifestyle Remodeling Agreement package. Upon acceptance of these agreements, materials will be ordered and a start and completion dates will be scheduled.

What do you love the most about your new location?

After being located on Girard Avenue for 35 years, Design Studio West relocated to the Upper Morena Design District in 2018. Our new design showroom/studio is located at 4250 Morena Blvd. Suite C. We are just south of the Costco Wholesale Club on Morena Blvd and love our new location. We have been visited by many of our La Jolla clients and colleagues on their way to a shopping trip to Costco. The ease of parking makes our new location much more accessible. We love  the fact that we are so close to La Jolla and can access our clients easily. We still shop for product in La Jolla and work with many  homeowners, design firms and showrooms in the village. We are excited to continue to provide La Jolla with our design and construction services and are happy that we can showcase our products and services in a showroom that is convenient to the community.

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Our new showroom is about 2400 Square feet  and is located in the Upper Morena Design District just south of the Costco. The new space was a blank slate when we moved here so we had free range to design and create what we wanted. Our new space is light and airy and very open. We showcase 4 different cabinetry product lines  and show them in  various kitchen vignette installations. We have hundreds of cabinet finish samples and countertop materials that are available. We also show  appliance products, cabinet hardware, faucets and fixtures as well as a vast array of interior cabinetry accessories. We view our showroom as a working studio. Our vignettes and installations allow us to illustrate design details and installation applications to our clients and homeowners giving them clear illustrations of how their new cabinetry product will look and function.

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Aside from the new showroom, is there anything else new and exciting about Design Studio West that you’d like to share? 

We recently became a dealer of an amazing outdoor cabinetry product line called Naturekast. They manufacture a weather proof cabinet that can stand up to the elements.  We are excited to be carrying their product because it allows us to be more creative when designing and working on outdoor spaces. Gone are the days where our outdoor patios and BBQ’s would have to have stainless steel doors or masonry kitchens. We can now create custom wood look kitchen and cabinetry storage spaces that feel more integrated to the home. The product is well suited for the indoor/outdoor lifestyle we all enjoy in southern California.

To learn more about Design Studio West, click HERE