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Santa Claus is coming to Torrey Highlands


SANTA IS COMING! SANTA IS COMING!! Skip the lines at the Mall and Join us at our office at Merge 56 to get your Pictures with Santa (Yes the REAL Santa) RSVP HERE FOR A PICTURE WITH SANTA Don’t need your Picture taken? Stop by for some free Coffee & Donuts. Date: Sunday December 10th…

3rd Annual Movie Night in the Park


Event Information 🎬 Join us for an evening of excitement at our 3rd Annual Movie Night in the Park — hosted by yours truly, the Off the 56 Home Team! 🎉 DATE: SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14TH TIME: 4:30 PM (Movie Starts at 6:45 PM) PLACE: Torrey Meadows Park (Located behind Westview High School) This event promises tons of great…

Fall Activities in San Diego

San Diego

As summer fades away and the crisp air of fall descends upon San Diego, the city transforms into a wonderland of autumnal delights. From wine tasting to spooky haunts, the season offers a plethora of activities that cater to a variety of interests. Whether you’re a wine enthusiast, a pumpkin lover, or someone who embraces…

What are the Best Places to Live in San Diego in 2023?

Outsiders Tips

San Diego is a beautiful city, but it’s also a big city. That means you’ve got a lot of options if you’re relocating to the area. Fortunately, you’re not alone to sort through those options – as a longtime resident and San Diego Real Estate Agent, I’m here to guide you along the way.  As…

Your Ultimate Guide to Moving to San Diego

Outsiders Tips

With an abundance of sunshine and perhaps the most laid-back vibe in California, San Diego continues to attract folks from everywhere. As both a long-time transplant, and realtor in San Diego, I took my hard-earned knowledge and turned it into the (hopefully definitive) guide on how to move to San Diego. If you’re relocating to…

A Wild Overnight Adventure at the San Diego Safari Park

Amusement Parks

If you’re looking to take your love for wildlife to the next level, then look no further than the San Diego Safari Park’s incredible “Roar & Snore” overnight experience. Imagine spending a night surrounded by the sights and sounds of the animal kingdom, deep within the heart of the Safari Park. Come along with me…

Exploring San Diego’s Top 4 Beaches

San Diego

When it comes to picturesque beaches, San Diego is a true gem, offering locals and tourists alike a diverse range of coastal wonders. From breathtaking views to exciting activities, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. In this blog post, we’ll be delving into the top four must-visit beaches in San Diego: Silver Strand State Beach,…

Living in San Diego vs Los Angeles: Which City is Best For You?

North County San Diego

Today we’re going to talk about the reasons why I moved to San Diego from LA about 9 years ago. Now I’m a realtor here, so I’m especially qualified to answer your questions about the differences between living in San Diego and Los Angeles. My Backstory With that said, I’ll give you a little backstory…

What’s Living in San Diego REALLY Like?

San Diego

We created this article to be the only guide you ever need to discover what it’s really like living in San Diego. Everything gets covered, including pros/cons, lifestyle, local insider tips, activities, schools, beaches, quality of life, safety, family life, and so much more.   The best place to start is this video below, where we…

The Most Affordable Things to Do in San Diego

Amusement Parks

San Diego is one of the most beautiful cities in the United States, and it’s a great place to live, but it can also be a bit pricey. In this video, we discuss the top things you can do in San Diego for under $25. Whether you’re a local or a tourist, you don’t have…

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I pride myself on not being your typical real estate agent. That’s why I focus my business on being your guide through the complex San Diego Real Estate market rather than just a “salesperson’. I take each transaction personally and take a vested interest in what my clients really want when buying or selling a home.

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The Neighborhoods of San Diego

South Park

Central S.D.

South Park is the quieter, but no less vibrant sister neighborhood to San Diego’s North Park community. Living in South Park truly gives you the best of both worlds: outstanding food, culture, and access to some of San Diego’s best entertainment, along with a bit more peace and tranquility. Nestled along Balboa Park’s southwest corner and north of the 94 freeway, this is an ideal location for those who work downtown or in Mission Valley. If you’re looking to buy a home in the heart of San Diego, see what South Park has to offer.


N. County Coastal

Looking for the perfect San Diego beach town to call home? Look no further than Oceanside, California! Formerly a military town, Oceanside has undergone a revitalization that has attracted both military personnel and civilians alike. And it’s easy to see why so many people love living in Oceanside. With its stunning beaches, vibrant community, and affordable housing prices, Oceanside offers the perfect blend of relaxation and convenience. Plus, as the northernmost beach town in San Diego County, it’s just a stone’s throw away from Camp Pendleton.


N. County Inland

The city of Vista is nestled just seven miles inland from the Pacific Ocean in North San Diego County. Vista lies on the 78 freeway between San Marcos and Oceanside, forming part of the Tri-City Area. Recently revitalized with new businesses and homes, people enjoy living in Vista for its peaceful atmosphere, ideal location close to the back gate of Camp Pendleton, and affordable real estate options. 

Pacific Beach

Central S.D.

Pacific Beach, or PB as locals call it, is a vibrant beachside community in San Diego that attracts beachgoers, surfers, and sun-lovers alike. Residents living in Pacific Beach enjoy access to boutique shops, hotels, bars, clubs, restaurants, and cafes, with many businesses backing to the beautiful boardwalk and sandy beaches. While Pacific Beach has a reputation as a party haven for young adults, PB is a popular choice for home buyers of all ages – anyone seeking leisure, entertainment, and relaxation. Just south of La Jolla and Mount Soledad, this eclectic neighborhood offers three miles of boardwalk and an endless beach vacation vibe. Despite its spring-break-like atmosphere during weekends and holidays, PB is relatively mellow on weekdays and during cooler weather. A walk along the boardwalk is a great way to get a feel for the area, where you can see a mix of tourists and locals enjoying the sand and surf.


N. County Inland

Affectionately known as the “City in the Country,” Poway is a popular chance for prospective San Diego homeowners. Located east of I-15, between the sprawling communities of Scripps Ranch and Rancho Bernardo, Poway offers a range of housing options along with easy access to both freeways and beautiful hiking trails.

Rancho Santa Fe

N. County Inland

For ultra-luxury living in San Diego County, look no further than the exclusive and sprawling community of Rancho Santa Fe. Located in North County, just east of Solana Beach and Encinitas, Rancho Santa Fe boasts some of the most expensive and gorgeous properties in Southern California. From beautiful Italian-style villas to Spanish abodes and luxury equestrian properties, Rancho Santa Fe homes offer an unmatched level of craftsmanship and luxury.

San Marcos

N. County Inland

Ideally located along the 78 freeway between the coast and the mountains, San Marcos is one the most desirable communities in North County San Diego, boasting excellent public schools, beautiful homes, and outstanding community amenities. Notable local landmarks include Lake San Marcos, Discovery Lake, Double Peak Mountain, the picturesque San Elijo Hills Town Center, and the sprawling campus of California State University-San Marcos.

Solana Beach

N. County Coastal

Solana Beach is one of the smallest beach towns in North County San Diego. Encompassing just 3.5 square miles, it is tucked between Del Mar and Encinitas. Known for its close proximity to the surf and sand, Solana Beach is also home to some of San Diego’s most luxurious properties. Solana Beach got its start in 1922 when Colonel Ed Fletcher purchased 201 acres and established the new town. His improvements to the area included establishing several essential businesses, a train station, and carving out a path down to the beach through the coastal bluffs (present day Fletcher Cove site). This last was a real feat of engineering and patience. A firehose was used to loosen the sand which was them moved by steam shovel and washed away down at the surf line. The project took several months, but current Solana Beach residents have Colonel Ed Fletcher to thank for their access to the ocean!

Rancho Bernardo

N. County Inland

Rancho Bernardo is a residential community located in North San Diego County, along the I-15 corridor. ranks it the 11th Best Neighborhood to Live in San Diego, with an overall A+ rating. Many people chose to buy a home in Rancho Bernardo because of the schools, close proximity to some larger office parks and tech hubs, and easy access to Downtown San Diego. Notable employers with offices in Rancho Bernardo include Amazon, Hewlett-Packard, Petco, Northrop Grumman, Sony, General Atomics, ATK Aerospace, Cymer, and more.

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Coming Soon to San Diego

1000 · September 3, 2022

We are starting a new segment on the channel – Trending in San Diego. This is where we will talk about what’s new in San Diego each month. From New Developments to things to do in our fair city!

Secret Costs of Living in San Diego

2500 · August 1, 2022

It’s no secret, Living in San Diego can be expensive. In this video, we dive into the Hidden Costs of Living in San Diego. These are the not-so-obvious costs that you may not think of when you are deciding if San Diego is right for you. From Airfare to Childcare and everything in between.

6 LIES You Didn’t Know About San Diego!

12956 · June 9, 2022

There are definitely some misconceptions about San Diego that Courtney and I feel like we had to share with all of you. Some of them are even flat-out LIES! In this video, we break them down for you as not everything is all rainbows and butterflies in San Diego!

A Tour of Liberty Station

12956 · June 9, 2022

Liberty Station is one of our very favorite places to hang out in San Diego – it’s amazing to me that it’s only been open to the public since 2012 – as it was a retired naval training base prior to that. It has many great restaurants and shops – and the Public Market is the best in the City! It’s also very kid-friendly with its outdoor seating, mini-golf course, and the ever-popular Corvette Diner. There’s definitely something for everyone!

A Tour of Mission beach

1300 · June 9, 2022

Mission Beach & Mission Bay have so much to offer – Whether you are here visiting San Diego or you’ve been here for years – Mission beach has a little bit of everything. If you want to grab a quiet Coffee on the Bay at Super bloom or you want to up some aquatic sports like stand-up paddleboards or rent a boat for the day, Mission Beach has it all!

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