HotelDel DownTown Sunset

Greetings from Jennifer Ross -  Realtor
My Favorite Beach Restaurant
Pacific Beach SunsetFor those of you who are staying in San Diego for Memorial weekend and want to feel like you are vacationing, try one of my favorite beach restaurants, World Famous. Located at the end of Pacific Beach Drive right on the boardwalk-711 Pacific Beach Dr San Diego,CA 92109 . Very casual, happy hour serves great 1/2 price fish, shrimp and lobster tacos depending on the night (wine selection not so great). Spinach salad with scallops and fresh ahi are fantastic!  Arrive before 5 because the line could be out the door.  The ambiance is great and sunsets over the ocean are beautiful!  Public parking structure right next door and World Famous validates.
News and Views Money 
The California Association of Realtors found that 58 percent of prospective homebuyers could afford to purchase an entry-level resold home in San Diego County in the first quarter.
The minimum annual household income needed to purchase an entry-level home in San Diego was $54,330.
That bought a $322,120 home on March 31 and required a $1,810 monthly payment including taxes and insurance.
"First-time buyers typically purchase a home equal to 85 percent of the prevailing median price," the CAR stated.
As recently as June 2005, only 10 percent of area households could afford a median-priced home here, according to the CAR.
At that time average home prices were headed above the $600,000 level in many San Diego submarkets. By comparison, the San Diego Association of Realtors reports the median price of a resold detached home has ranged between $360,000 and $400,000 since last June.
People bid up the prices when they are below the $400,000 level and VA and FHA buying activity is particularly strong right now.
Your Home Can Make You Happier - Part 2   
Interior homeThe burgeoning field of evidence-based design -- backed by science that studies the effect of built spaces on our brains and bodies -- indicates that neither tons of space nor high-end furnishings are key to your home satisfaction. Much more important are things that may seem minor but that pack a big emotional wallop.  Here are specific suggestions you can use to apply design research to make key rooms work harder for you
Living room: Put your sofa in the right spot - When you face away from activity, your brain is more likely to produce cortisol and adrenaline, hormones associated with stress and anxiety. So the sofa (or the spot where you sit most) should let you see the door to the room and give you a good view through a window. Scenes of nature light up pathways in the brain that are rich in endorphins.
Cost: Zero
Living room: Add shelves -
Messy rooms can cause anxiety, but a minimalist environment isn't optimal either. A bit of clutter -- books you're reading, family photos -- makes a place feel like home. Shelves keep it all visible yet under control.
Cost: $1,000 and up for a carpenter to build seven-foot shelves along one wall
Living room: Hide the TV -
The more TV you watch, found researchers at Rutgers and the University of Illinois, the more you overestimate the affluence of other people -- with the result that you become less happy. Conceal the screen in a cabinet (or mount it on the wall behind a sliding panel) and you'll be less likely to turn it on.
Cost: About $500 for a pro to build a sliding panel
Living room: Let the sun in -
Sunlight boosts mood.
Cost: Zero
Living room: Lose the dropped ceiling -
In 2007 researchers at the Universities of Minnesota and British Columbia found that people think more freely and creatively in rooms with 10-foot ceilings than in those with eight-foot ones.
Cost: About $1,200 for a pro to do the work
Kitchen: Install a center island
...with a built-in cooktop that lets you face the room when you're prepping meals. That puts you in the 'driving position' -- where you're most in control and won't feel the primitive sense of threat you get when people approach you from the back.  Pull stools up to the other side of the island so your family can sit with you as you cook; your brain will release more oxytocin, a hormone associated with bonding.
Cost: At least $4,000 for a pro installation
Kitchen: Position the sink under a window -
You need a window to look through when you're washing up, or you feel trapped. No window? Put in a mirrored backsplash.
Cost: $300 to $500 for a pro to install such a backsplash.
Kitchen: Use different light sources -
When people are in rooms with uniform illumination, they find it harder to connect with others. Go for undercabinet task lighting, more diffuse ceiling lighting, and a hanging fixture over the island. Cost: About $600 for recommendations from a lighting designer
Dining room: Focus light on the table...
using, say, a central chandelier plus recessed accent lighting.  And put lighting on dimmers - bright lights encourage you to eat faster, but in too little light people underestimate how much they eat.
Cost: About $10 for an install-it-yourself dimmer.
Dining room: Have a round or oval table...
which makes it easier for a large group to make eye contact (and therefore produce oxytocin).
Cost: $1,695 for the Portman round extension table, which seats up to eight.
Famous Quotes
Keep away from small people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.
Mark Twain
Hilarious Video 
Toyota goes 'gangsta' with their hilarious music video which promotes the Sienna and takes a page out of SNL's Lonely Planet vids. The video has 'gone viral' with more than 1 million internet views.
Featured Listings 
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Interior boasts gas fireplace, end unit with lots of windows, large master bedroom with walk-in closet, interior laundry closet, secluded & fenced patio, beautiful fountain just outside front door..
As always, feel free to give me a call 800-913-7677 with your real estate needs.  I appreciate your referrals.  

Acedemic Earth 

Jennifer Ross

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