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.

0-6Tell us a little about this new showroom – that sounds exciting!

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

La Jolla Weekend Open Houses: August 10th & 11th

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 – Saturday, 8/10 12:00-4:00 p.m. & Sunday, 8/11 12:00-4:00 p.m.

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Daniel Albrecht
858-926-8779
MLS#190011846
7161 Country Club Drive
$4,500,000
5BR/5.5BA

Open House on Sunday, 8/11 10:30-1:00 p.m.

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Maxine and Marti Gellens | Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties:

When: Saturday 1-4PM
Where: 6565 Norman Lane

Details: $1,695,000. 5BR + Bonus/4.5BA. Beautifully remodeled 5 bedroom home in Del Cerro with sweeping panoramic views!!!
Contact: Maxine and Marti Gellens 858.551.6630, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties
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When: Saturday and Sunday 1-4PM
Where: 5662 Dolphin Place
Details: $3,930,000. 2BR/3BA. Oceanfront sanctuary showcasing panoramic views of the ocean, night lights, city & coastline!
Contact: Maxine and Marti Gellens 858.551.6630, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties

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When: Saturday and Sunday1-4PM
Where: 1428 Stratford Court
Details: $2,695,000. 3BR/3.5BA. Privacy and tranquility abound from this Modern Beauty boasting a prime location in the heart of Olde Del Mar’s Village!!!
Contact: Maxine and Marti Gellens 858.551.6630, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties

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When: Saturday and Sunday 1-4PM
Where: 3503 Ray Street 
Details: $948,000. 3BR/2BA. Privacy and tranquility abound from this Modern Beauty boasting a prime location in the heart of Olde Del Mar’s Village!!!
Contact: Maxine and Marti Gellens 858.551.6630, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties
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When: Saturday and Sunday 1-4PM
Where: 644 Westbourne Street
Details: $1,595,000. 3BR/2.5BA. Location is everything…stroll to Windansea Beach, the Village, & La Jolla Schools!
Contact: Maxine and Marti Gellens 858.551.6630, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties
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Team Chodorow – Open House Schedule:

Saturday and Sunday (8/10 – 8/11) 1-4PM

– 5631 Bloch $969,000 0-2

– 8555 Nottingham Place  $1,799,000
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Sunday ONLY (8/11) 1-4PM

– 838 Forward  $3,295,000
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– 615 Westbourne  $1,695,000

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San Diego and La Jolla Weekend Events: August 10th & 11th

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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, August 10th:

Yoga in the Rotunda
8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., San Diego Museum of Man
The San Diego Museum of Man hosts another session of “Yoga in the Rotunda,” an instructor-led, all-levels flow class in the museum’s historic rotunda. Tickets to this event for non-museum members cost $10, and you must complete “E-Club Member” enrollment on the museum’s website while buying your ticket. This unique yoga class is held the second and fourth Saturday of every month, so if you can’t make it this weekend, look ahead to your calendar and pencil it in for next time.

Gourmet Food Truck Festival
12 p.m. to 6 p.m., Seaside Concert Area
The 10th Annual Gourmet Food Truck Festival rolls into the Del Mar Racetrack Saturday featuring dozens of Southern California-based food trucks serving their best bites. Entry to the Food Truck Festival is free with paid admission to the track ($6 for Stretch Run) but bring money to buy snacks. This year, the food vendors will be dishing out everything from Korean-inspired eats and Peruvian plates, to lobster rolls, kebabs, and tacos.

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.

Fun La Jolla Activities For the Best Summer Ever

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With summertime here, you’re going to want to be getting outside- and San Diego is indeed the picture-perfect city for people who have an affinity for outdoor activities. Scenic La Jolla, situated along San Diego’s central coastline, is idyllically located for people of all ages to access the areas myriad activities. This summertime you’ll find exceedingly more than enough to soak up your sunshiny San Diego days. Whether you’re a first-time visitor or a lifelong resident, or whether you prefer to participate by air, land, or water, lovely La Jolla is your getaway locale for fun and adventure.

If you love to soar, consider an activity that will take you up in the air among our fair-feathered friends. With either hang gliding or hot air ballooning, people can revel in a breathtaking, bird’s-eye view of San Diego’s unique terrain and coastline permeated with gorgeous canyons, lagoons, and bays. At the Torrey Pines Gliderport, you can take private lessons, fly your own glider or paraglider, or opt to fly tandem with an experienced pilot. Individuals can also hop aboard a hot air balloon and soar over the coastline in the second best area next to Oz itself. One local company offers special fantastic tours at the end of the day so you can glimpse the glorious sunset from high above the Pacific Ocean.

For those individuals who prefer to keep their feet on the turf, you won’t run out of places to explore or sports to enjoy in La Jolla. There are walking, jogging and hiking trails scattered throughout the village and greater San Diego area, from the world famous beaches and bays to canyons and parks. Some of the canyon hiking trails stretch for miles, and as you meander across various creeks and waterfalls, you won’t believe you’re in the middle of the city. For those who have a preference for guided walking tours, there are several to choose from in San Diego, from urban safaris and food and drink tours, to tours for bird watchers and nature lovers. Well-appreciated and highly popular areas such as expansive Balboa Park and Old Town also extend regular walking tours, where visitors and residents alike can be educated about San Diego’s rich history and unique geography. You’ll also find many free volleyball courts on San Diego beaches and some of the better golf courses in the entire country. Individuals of all ages can also cycle safely on many bicycle routes or opt to ride horses on the beach or inland trails.

If you have a penchant for water activities, there are at minimum 15 major beaches dotting the San Diego coastline. From Torrey Pines in the north to Ocean Beach in the south, there are considerably more inviting beaches and parks surrounding Mission Bay. Visitors may choose to swim, surf, snorkel, scuba dive, explore tide pools, fish, launch a kayak, a sailboat, or a motorboat, or kick back and enjoy a picnic and an outstanding sunset. Several of San Diego’s beaches also include year-round lifeguards, restrooms, bar-b-cues, picnic tables, playgrounds for the kiddo’s, nearby eating locales, as well as various equipment rentals such as body boards, snorkels, fins, and bicycles. If you’ve always dreamed of learning how to surf or paddle a canoe or kayak, or perhaps scuba dive, you’ll discover many schools offering lessons throughout San Diego. Furthermore, if you enjoy being on the water, but fancy somebody else to take the helm, you can take a look into San Diego’s many water bound tours, including fishing, exploring coastal caves, whale watching, or touring San Diego harbor. Check out what we recommend for snorkeling and surfing! 

With all these wonderful outdoor adventures calling to you here in scenic and inviting La Jolla, what are you waiting for? Whether you seek to delight in San Diego’s many activities in the air, on the ground, or in the water, it’s high time to grab your favorite sunscreen and get out and enjoy life!


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