Vista, CA Real Estate News

By John DL Arendsen, Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & RE Developer
(CREST "BACKYARD' HOMES, ON THE LEVEL General & Manufactured Home Contractor, TAG Real Estate Sales & Investments)
Wow!! We Were Bombed On Our First Night In New York I know it's not unusual to go out and get bombed in New York after a long flight from the Cali. But this type of BOMB was a little more than we bargained for.    This was the scene that greeted us literally steps from our hotel entrance. Indeed a very exciting reception wouldn't you say. After this what else is there? We had just arrived from California and were Ubering our way into Manhattan when we heard what seemed to be dozens of sirens closing in all around and coming in behind us. They just kept coming and coming. There must have been dozens of them and it seemed like they were literally escorting us right to the doorstep of our hotel which is the New York Edition at 5 Madison in the Chelsea district. Our Uber ride had to drop us...
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By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California, Inc.)
Mega Squash As has become a regular habit, we stopped at the Vista Farmers Market for breakfast and then stocking up with fruits and vegetables for the week. There is always a wide selection of offerings but you do have to watch since prices can vary widely for the same product.  There was a hill of green beans on display, at $4/lb., but 2 other nearby displays, one at $3/lb. and one at $2.50. We came past the hill of beans (it was easily 18" high) and it looked the same. Wonder why?!  One stand was offering these mega squash. Some of these were truly monsters - at least 18' long, and by the pound. I was tempted to lift the biggest - to see if I could.  It sort of felt like shopping at Costco where you seem to have to buy massive quanitities of everything. The largest of the yellow squa...
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By Dusty Brazil, Realtor specializing in North County & Coastal SD
(Pacific Sotheby's International Realty- Serving all of San Diego County & South Orange County)
Explore Shadowridge Homes For Sale & Solds in LIDO SubdivisionLido is a great subdivision part of the Shadowridge 92081 Real Estate market in Vista CA. Lido is the perfect Shadowridge neighborhood which has a little bit of everything that life in Shadowridge has to offer. First off, Lido Homes in Shadowridge are built around the Shadowridge Golf Course, offering lovely Shadowridge Golf Homes For Sale. Lido is a clean and nicely manacured neighborhood that has spanish tile roofs, both single level and two story homes in Shadowridge. There is also a nice community pool, and PRICES are going to be one of the more attractive things about the Lido subdivision, which is typical of most Shadowridge Homes For Sale.   Search Lido Homes For Sale & Lido Shadowridge Recent Home SalesIf you click on...
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By John DL Arendsen, Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & RE Developer
(CREST "BACKYARD' HOMES, ON THE LEVEL General & Manufactured Home Contractor, TAG Real Estate Sales & Investments)
Remember Where You Were & What You Were Doing 15 Yrs Ago Today? I know we'll be getting a lot of questions like this throughout the day on various media platforms and especially right here on AR. and with good cause. There are certain things that happen in our life that stop us dead in our tracks and possibly even change or influence the way we look at life from that moment forward. I had just turned on the local morning weather as I do every morning to check the surf condition. At the exact moment the screen illuminated I saw what  I thought had to be an action movie........................or so I thought.  Much to my surprise and dismay and very sadly I realized within a few moments it was no movie and that America was under attack and from that day forward the World I grew up in, lov...
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By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California, Inc.)
We were at the Vista Farmers' Market early this morning, one of our favorites, with our daughter, son-in-law, and 15-month-old granddaughter. Such fun to enjoy a farmers' market and everything there is to see through a toddler's eyes, and hands!  There is always a wonderful select of fruits and vegetables, and it seems like I always see somethings new, like these dinosaur egg pluots (a hybrid of apricot and plum).  Round really does come in all sorts of size, colors, textures and tastes at the market!  
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By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California, Inc.)
Contrasts at the Farmers Market The Vista Farmers market, held every Saturday morning at the Courthouse Complex parking lot, is one of the best in my area, and a feast for the eyes and stomach. We often go Saturday mornings after having coffee to enjoy breakfast and do the shopping for fresh produce, plants, flowers or whatever else appeals to us. The contrasts in colors, shapes and size are always intriguing as are the names of some of the fruits and veggies. Today we bought a mix of microgreens for salads (the spicy blend, with arugula and radish plus other stuff I can't recall, from Pacific Microfarms in Encinitas). While we passed on the plums the Elephant Heart plums WERE rather large and beautiful to look at.  
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By John DL Arendsen, Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & RE Developer
(CREST "BACKYARD' HOMES, ON THE LEVEL General & Manufactured Home Contractor, TAG Real Estate Sales & Investments)
OK Cali We Know We're In A Drought & Have To Cut Back.  But Now What?  In my post earlier today, "Some Neighborhoods Being Inundated With Over Crowded Rental Tenancy", I was blaming a lot of San Diego County's blighted areas with over occupied dwellings and greedy landlords/property owners. This I still stand firmly behind. In the photo below are at least 5 autos parked all over this property. This was mid day and a about half of them were off to work or something. In the evenings, mornings and weekends you won't see much of that dirt in the foreground. Go figure a 1000sf 2+2 in totally run down condition. Doesn't take a whole lot of horse sense to figure out what's going on here.  When you look beyond the ugliness and gaze at the beautiful green lush topography in the background overal...
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By John DL Arendsen, Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & RE Developer
(CREST "BACKYARD' HOMES, ON THE LEVEL General & Manufactured Home Contractor, TAG Real Estate Sales & Investments)
Some Neighborhoods Being Inundated With Over Crowded Rental Tenancy How are things going in your neighborhood today? Have you been noticing anything peculiar or different going on lately?  Like a half a dozen cars crammed into one driveway for months even years on end? Or old clunkers being abandoned on the roadside? Or worse yet old pieces of furniture, TVs, even dirty old used mattresses being dumped on the roadside? Poorly maintained landscapes? Or homes in a state of disrepair and poor or no maintenance (slum lording or just plain indifference or maybe even greed)? Trash accumulation around the property? Congregations of people loitering around outside of a home doing nothing but drinking beer and smoking cigarettes and even POT for weeks on end? Garage and yard sales taking place a...
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By John DL Arendsen, Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & RE Developer
(CREST "BACKYARD' HOMES, ON THE LEVEL General & Manufactured Home Contractor, TAG Real Estate Sales & Investments)
Can Anyone Guess Why GrassIs Growing On These Rooftops? OK, You're on your honor not to Google or research the answer. You either know or you don't. Just want gut feelings, guesses or truthful and actual answers if you know.         
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By John DL Arendsen, Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & RE Developer
(CREST "BACKYARD' HOMES, ON THE LEVEL General & Manufactured Home Contractor, TAG Real Estate Sales & Investments)
Traveling Is A Very Personal  and Inspiring opportunity.   We all owe it to our selves to take time out of our busy lives to see those things outside of our World that make life so worth living. I start out each day with a special message to my 5 children in hopes they will pass it along to my 14 Grand kids which they usually do.   TIVOLI, the oldest amusement park in the World. It inspired many of Walt Disney's creations. I thought it only appropriete to share this photo inasmuch as we'll be taking a Disney Cruise up the Fjords of Norway tomorrow. Spelled backwards TIVOLI reads I LOV IT! But there are those special words that I sometimes like passing along to so many other  wonderful folks I care about. Have a wonderful day and remember to take time for those special moments. Life is t...
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By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California, Inc.)
Vista Farmers Market Donut Peaches and Other Finds We went to the Vista Farmers Market this morning for breakfast and for some fresh fruits and vegetables.  I noticed these donut peaches, which, in doing some research, I learned are a natural genetic mutation which causes them to be flat and resemble donuts. No, they don't taste like that at all.   As always there was a wide array of fruits, vegetables (we bought some wonderfil heirloom tomatoes for salads), flowers and a host of foods and places to eat (Mexican, Polish perogi, French, Italian, Brazilian, West African), rather a mini mall which included all sorts of retailers.   
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By John DL Arendsen, Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & RE Developer
(CREST "BACKYARD' HOMES, ON THE LEVEL General & Manufactured Home Contractor, TAG Real Estate Sales & Investments)
 Need I Say More?  Have a Happy and Blessed  Memorial Day.
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By John DL Arendsen, Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & RE Developer
(CREST "BACKYARD' HOMES, ON THE LEVEL General & Manufactured Home Contractor, TAG Real Estate Sales & Investments)
Have A Wonderful  Memorial Day  & Remember What This Day Means. Thanks for your service as a Chief Radio Gunman on those B-29 bombers in WWII Dad. Had it not been for men like you I probably would not be sitting here in the comforts and confines of myhumble abode on this day ofremembrance sharing you with the World. I love you and miss you very much. You are my hero. Mom, you're the Greatest Mother, "Genie Grandma" and Great Grandmother anyone could ever ask for.  You made me what I am today and I thank God for allowing you to bring me into this World and and pay it forward with 5 wonderful Children and 14 beautiful Grandchildren that all love you very very much. Mom and Dad I'm especially proud to know that my parents were part of the team that helped put the first men in history on th...
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By John DL Arendsen, Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & RE Developer
(CREST "BACKYARD' HOMES, ON THE LEVEL General & Manufactured Home Contractor, TAG Real Estate Sales & Investments)
Do You Ever Ask Your Kids & Grandkids To Explain What Memorial Day Is?               I ask this question because I happened to  be watching Water's World on the O'Rielly Factor this past week whence he was asking students, with some of America's greatest higher learning institutions in the background, not only about Memorial Day but about Independence Day (4th of July for those who may not know), Labor Day and even Thanksgiving.   I was shocked at how many young minds in America today don't have a clue about what these holidays really mean to Americans. Some of the answers were so off the mark, unrealistic and rediculous I couldn't beleive they were real.   When I was taking a walk with one of my 7 year old Grandaughters yesterday I asked her what she thought Memorial Day stood for. Giv...
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By John DL Arendsen, Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & RE Developer
(CREST "BACKYARD' HOMES, ON THE LEVEL General & Manufactured Home Contractor, TAG Real Estate Sales & Investments)
A Moment To Reflect On Why We Are All Here To Celebrate  Memorial Day. THOMAS JEFFERSON, SOMETHING WE SHOULD ALL KNOW!   How many people even have a clue about this man in today's world? Not just the personal information but what he did for this country, and most of all what he foresaw in the future for this country. You may ask yourself; How could he foresee what would happen in the future? Very basic answer; he knew history and had experienced history, and he understood mankind!     Thomas Jefferson was a very remarkable man who started learning very early in life and never stopped.   At 5, he began studying under his cousin's tutor.   At 9, he studied Latin, Greek and French.   At 14, he studied classical literature and several languages.   At 16, he entered the College of William an...
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By John DL Arendsen, Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & RE Developer
(CREST "BACKYARD' HOMES, ON THE LEVEL General & Manufactured Home Contractor, TAG Real Estate Sales & Investments)
 Californian? Republican or Democrat Have You Registered To Vote?          If you're a Californian have you registered to vote for the June 6th primary as a Republican or Democrat?                   Today is the DROP DEAD DAY                                            DEADLINE.     For the benefit of those who don't know, and I've spoken with many over the past several weeks that don't and were shocked when I told them, if you're not a "REGISTERED REPUBLICAN" or "DEMOCRAT"  you will not be able to vote for a candidate in those parties until you register as such . Not an Independent or Libertarian.    You have to be registered as a REPUBLICAN or DEMOCRAT in order to vote and the deadline is today.  You can go directly to the Registrar of voters in San Diego in person or sign up online o...
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By John DL Arendsen, Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & RE Developer
(CREST "BACKYARD' HOMES, ON THE LEVEL General & Manufactured Home Contractor, TAG Real Estate Sales & Investments)
May The Members of active rain Have A Happy, Healthy & Prosperous 2016 My New Year's resolution to my lovely wife of 41 years is to finally allow her to make all the decisions regarding everything on the inside of our home while hers is to allow me to make all the decisions on the outside as long as she approves. Ah!.......................Life Is Good!! May all you Husbands have  as fortunate a year as I!   
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By John DL Arendsen, Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & RE Developer
(CREST "BACKYARD' HOMES, ON THE LEVEL General & Manufactured Home Contractor, TAG Real Estate Sales & Investments)
SoCal Turf Removal Rebate Program Has Come To An End As of Last Thur. On July 8th I submitted a post Titled  "SoCal Turf Removal Program Rebate Could Earn You Thousands of Dollars". As of this past Thursday the Southern California Water District has halted this program has come to an end I felt that inasmuch as I posted this on the AR platform that I should inform anyone who may have read it and perhaps shared it with others that it has indeed ended. Sorry for any inconvenience.  I will still follow up next wee with the AFTER photos I promised just to show anyone who might be interested what can be done to conserve water by removing grass/turf and replacing it with a nice drought tolerant landscape with drip and rotary irrigation.
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By John DL Arendsen, Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & RE Developer
(CREST "BACKYARD' HOMES, ON THE LEVEL General & Manufactured Home Contractor, TAG Real Estate Sales & Investments)
SoCal Turf Removal Program RebateCould Earn You Thousands of Dollars I recently found out about this program downloaded the free enrollment package, submitted it and voila...................I'm now qualified to receive in excess of a $10,000  rebate for removing my existing turf/grass and replacing it with drought tolerant landscape that frankly I find much more attractive than a mundane plot of land with a glob of grass that you get to water, mow, weed and watch grow. Whoopee!!! Here's how it works. Please take a few moments to peruse the information below and if you think you qualify by all means take some more time and fill out the application and submit it while the funds are still available. It's a win win for you your neighborhood and your environment. The photos show the property...
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By John DL Arendsen, Crest Backyard Homes "ADU" dealer & RE Developer
(CREST "BACKYARD' HOMES, ON THE LEVEL General & Manufactured Home Contractor, TAG Real Estate Sales & Investments)
Inspired By A Post I Just Read This Morning by Steven Hawrylak. Steven Hawrylak What is your idea of a "Dream Home"?  Indeed I have always wanted to live in my dream home so in 1980 I decided to do something about it. I wanted a large home with an ideal climate on a flat hilltop with an ocean view not far from the ocean as I have a family of surfers and we've always lived close to the beach. So I started my search in the beautiful North San Diego County area. It took me about 3 years but that was OK because by that time we were reeling from the Carter years and our first Savings and Loan debacle whence interest rates had sky rocketed from 18-21% causing home values to plummet by 50% or more depending on the area. But I kept looking and one day in the beautiful town of Vista, CA I found ...
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