May 2016

There are 9 blog entries for May 2016.

Oceanfront homes in Del Mar 

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In recent weeks, a number of news stories have been published that highlight some of Del Mar’s newest initiatives. Other stories been printed that showcase one of Del Mar’s standout restaurants and the 136-year-old San Diego County Fair, which boasts a novel theme this year. Five of these intriguing stories are listed below:

1. The River Path Del Mar offers quite a view

During the Lagoon Day celebration on May 21, attendees celebrated the completion of the River Path Del Mar extension with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and live music. According to the Seaside Courier, more than 200 people took to the trail to enjoy impressive views of the San Dieguito Lagoon, river and estuary. Per the article, the River Path is a joint

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Rocky La Jolla Shoreline


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La Jolla and San Diego’s real estate markets have both had news stories published about them recently. From top restaurants, to the best summer vacation spots, to record numbers of pending sales across the nation, the month of May held some pretty exciting headlines and five of them are listed below:

1. La Jolla is home to a new art gallery

A painter named Shane Bowden opened a brand new 5,000-square-foot art gallery in La Jolla this month. According to La Jolla Light, Bowden paints rather large paintings, some of which are 16 feet by 8 feet in size. Moreover, he produced 8,000 original works of art last year that depict his pop culture and neo-expressionism styles. “Shane Bowden – The Gallery” holds more than 100

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La Jolla mountain view

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The real estate market stats for April are in and they are showing increases in both median home prices and sales. The Greater San Diego Association of Realtors noted that although low inventory continues to be a market factor, home sales did increase in April. Last month, single-family homes sales were up 3 percent from March’s numbers. In April, condo and townhome sales were more than 2 percent higher than they were in March of this year. In addition, median prices are experiencing a gradual rise.

Homes sales increased

During the month of April, 2,064 homes were sold, which led to a month-over-month increase in sold listings. The condo and townhome market saw increased sales as well and ended the month with 1,073

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Apple on top of books in front of chalk board

Last month, U.S. News & World Report released its annual list of “Best High Schools,” which names the top 500 schools in America, and La Jolla High School ranked in this high-performing group. The U.S. News “Best High Schools” list ranks the top schools in our nation based on their performance in core areas, such as college readiness preparation and state assessment scores. In addition to placement on the list, U.S. News awards high achieving schools with gold, silver and bronze medals. La Jolla High School earned a gold medal for its science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education program.

La Jolla High School is one of the best in the nation

U.S. News' 2016 “Best High Schools” list ranked La Jolla High School as #355 out of the

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Books on table

The University of California, San Diego earned national recognition and some headlines when it was recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a top-performing center for higher education in the news publication’s annual “Best Colleges” guidebook.

UC San Diego is one of the nation's best

Late last year, U.S. News released its “2016 Best Colleges” guidebook and UC San Diego was ranked among the best in the nation. UC San Diego was ranked the 9th best public university in America and two of its programs were also recognized for their excellence. UC San Diego has claimed one of the top ten spots on U.S. News' list every year for more than a decade.

UC San Diego also tied with the University of California for the #39 spot on U.S. News' "Best

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Upper Hermosa is known for refined homes with interior and exterior features that mirror each other’s excellence and are seated on ardently manicured properties. A number of homes in Upper Hermosa offer Pacific Ocean views and hold serene gardens that further the appeal of the beautiful residential community, which dates back to the 1920s. In addition, the lovely neighborhood just north of Bird Rock was originally designed to be commuter friendly and still boasts curving tree-lined streets, paths and trails that invite regular biking, jogging and walking excursions.

Some homes in Upper Hermosa date back to the 1920s and were the first to grace the development. These historic homes are seated next to newer upscale homes along winding streets that

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Purple flowers on beach overlooking Pacific Ocean

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From smallish gardens to sprawling civic centers, there are lots of new, heartwarming and exciting things going on in Del Mar, and a few of them made headlines.

1. The Del Mar Civic Center project received financing

On April 26, the California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank approved financing for the majority of the planned Del Mar Civic Center. The Del Mar Times reported that the new civic center will be located at 1050 Camino del Mar, where the current structures are seated, but will feature an 8,722 square foot city hall, a 3,172 square foot town hall and a 15,000 square foot public plaza. Per the article, demolition of the city hall should begin this summer and construction of the new buildings is expected

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Surfer riding a wave

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La Jolla’s surf culture has a long and celebrated history. Some of the most talented and influential surfers and board shapers to ever ride a wave or design a board called La Jolla home or visited its sandy beaches at some point during their careers. Many of them gravitated to Windansea Beach, which is known for its popular surf breaks.

Windansea Beach's early surf history

According to an article on the Surfing Heritage and Culture Center’s site, some of the earliest surf moments at Windansea Beach occurred in 1937. Sporting a homemade, hollow surfboard, glider pilot Woody Brown and some of his friends took to the salty waves, and the rest is history.

Over the years, Windansea Beach became an integral part of surf culture

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 Wave cresting

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In February of this year, TripAdvisor users ranked La Jolla Shores the 8th best beach in the U.S., according to a story by Fox 5. While beachgoers often admire La Jolla’s shoreline, and enjoy a number of sun-drenched activities along its sandy beaches, noteworthy surf breaks are the prime reason surfers are attracted to the Jewel.

Excellent surf is just one of the reasons why many people gravitate to La Jolla’s beaches, which are consistently named as some of the best in San Diego. In fact, Discover San Diego listed La Jolla Shores as the third best beach in the county and called it the “perfect destination for families.” Moreover, The San Diego Union-Tribune ranked La Jolla Shores one of the “5 Best Beaches for

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