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Earth Day Events in San Diego, California!

Earth day marks the anniversary of what many consider to be the birth of the environmental movement of 1970. It capitalizes on the emerging consciousness of our environment, channeling energy of the 1970 anti-war protest movement and puts environmental concerns front and center. It’s day is honored around the world on April 22. Many communities observe Earth week or Earth Month, and organizes a series of environmental activities throughout the month of April.

Here are some Earth Day events in San Diego!

Earth Day Fair 2015
When: April 19th, 2015 from 10:00am – 5:00pm.
Where: 1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
Price: FREE!
Call for more information at 619-239-0512!
San Diego hosts the largest free annual environmental fair on the planet! With over 80,000 visitors each year, Balboa Park celebrates living and environmental friendly pursuits. There are over 300 exhibitor boots, including alternative health care products, organic gardening, wildlife conservation, ecotourism, pet adoption, and much more! With an art gallery, vegan cuisine, and a childrens Earth Parade, there is so much to do!

Flower Fields of San Diego
Where: Carlsbad Flower Fields
Price: $12 for adults and $6 for kids
What’s better in San Diego than enjoying the beautiful flower fields of Carlsbad? Enjoy 50 acres of many different Tecolote Ranunculus flowers, with tractor rides and a walk-through of an orchid greenhouse.

Spring Garden Festival
Where: Cuyamaca College
When: April 25th, 2015 from 9:00am – 4:00pm
Price: FREE!
Cuyamaca College is hosting their annual Spring Garden Festival, showing us ways to conserve and recycle in order to preserve our beautiful city! There are also classes on how to be a better gardener, with plants being sold at the event!

Happy Earth Day! Leave a comment and let us know how you celebrated this day helping the environment!

Your Local San Diego Real Estate Expert,

Stephen Nisssou
Nissou Realty Group   |   Keller Williams El Cajon
619-250-4541 Direct   |   Office 619-873-2772
Stephen@StephenNissou.com

CalBRE # 01443193

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2015 Tax Day Freebies in San Diego, California!

While we all dread filing our taxes today, there’s nothing sweeter than getting something in return! Check out these Tax Day freebies!

McDonalds

All Big Macs and Quarter Pounders are BOBO – for a PENNY!

Pizza Hut
Sign a P-2 form on their website, PizzaReturn.com and send it in to win a coupon!

Great American Cookies
Stop by Great American Cookies for a free sugar cookie!

Boston Market
Buy one meal, get one free! *Valid with any individual meal, whole sandwich, whole sandwich combo, salad bowl, or Market Bowl. Limit 3 BOGOs per person.*

KFC
Free red velvet cake with a purchase of a 10-piece family meal!

Hard Rock Cafe
Guests who visit the restaurant on 4th avenue and sign a song on the big stage will receive a free burger. This offer runs from 5pm-7pm!

Kona Ice
Free shaved ice and Hawaiian lei’s (post offices and tax prep services). 

K’s Discount Fashion (Lakeside)
10/40 sale! Buy one item at 10% off, and get the second item for 40% off!

Schlotzsky’s
Free “The Original” small sandwich with a purchase of chips and a drink.

RA Sushi
All Day Happy Hour!

Papa Murphy’s
Two pizzas for $10.40!

Sonic (Santee)
All day half-price cheese burgers!

Staples

Get up to 5 pounds of documents shredded for free from April 15 – May 2!

Know of any more great deals on Tax Day? Share your tips with us in the comment section below! Happy filing!

Your Local San Diego Real Estate Expert,


Stephen Nissou

Nissou Realty Group   |   Keller Williams Realty
619-250-4541 Direct  |   619-873-2772 Office

Stephen@StephenNissou.com
CALBRE # 01441393

Suburban, Urban, or Rural: What is Right For You?

If you’re unfettered by a particular job in a particular locale, deciding where to live isn’t as easy as it may seem. Often, a batthel ensues between our heads and our hearts. And the real estate mantr of “location, location, location” does nothing to help us decide which location we might prefer – the city, the suburbs, or a rural setting.

Whether you think that life on a farm is right for you or a penthouse view may be more to your liking, let’s take a look at suburban, urban, and rural enviornments to see if we can shake loose a decision.

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iStock_000007466198XSmallAh, the ‘burbs. Although Circero referred to the hillside homes of Rome’s wealthy residents as “suburbani,” the suburban boom exploded in the U.S. during the 1950s, a by-product of both World War II and the baby boomer generation.

Returning soldiers, waving their G.I Bill authorizations (now known as the VA loan), were met by more-than accommodating land developers, such as William Levitt, creator of the so-called Levittowns on the East Coast. Since these developments were located just outside the city, they were typically less expensive for veterans than renting a home inside city limits – thus their popularity.

By the 1960s, uburbanites made up one-third of the nation’s population, according to the history channel. Today, the trend is reversed, or so says Time’s Leigh Gallagher. She cites the “endless sprawl” of subrbia as one of the reasons “more and more American’s don’t want to live there anymore.”

The most significant characteristics of the suburbs are:
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A greater population dentisyt and fewer agricultural acres than rural areas.

Examples of suburbs include Canoga Park in Los Angeles, Bayside in New York and Oak Park in Illinois. Smaller cities have suburbs as well, such as the many outlying areas of the Twin Cities in Minnesota.

The suburbs are ideal for those who want a small-town vibe with big-city amenities, a quick commute to work in the nearby city, and a yard of their own.

Urban

downloadUrban is a word that connotes different things to different people. It can mean grunge, crime and congestion, or it can bring up images of energy, camaraderie and anonymity.

Urban areas are crowded. In fact, that’s part of the definition of a city: An increased density of humans and their structures make up the urban jungle. The 2010 census tells us that 82 percent of the country’s population lives in urban areas.

A study published in the journal, Proceedings of the Royal Society B, suggests that all this congestion plays havoc on a city dweller’s internal clock. “The researchers say these changes to their biological rhythms could lead to more health problems and shorter lives. The study also found that city living makes us active for longer and less rested,” according to The Independent. Weigh that problem, however, against the stress of a long commute from the suburbs and it may all work out in the wash.

Examples of major urban areas include New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. Medium-sized cities include Fort Wayne, Ind.; Cape Coral, Fla. and El Paso, Texas.

Urban areas are generally more expensive than rural areas, with higher food, housing and transportation costs. Cities are ideal for people who crave convenience, proximity to other people and instant gratification.

Rural
rural-livingIf it’s not a city and it’s not a suburb, and there are plenty of wide-open spaces, you are in a rural community. In fact, 98 percent of the United States is considered rural, yet only 25 percent of our population lives there.

Experts break down rural areas into villages, with a population between 200 and 800; hamlets, with populations less than 200 and isolated dwellings with just one or two buildings for a family – such as a farm.

Rural areas offer solitude and less crime than you’ll find in both urban and suburban settings. Agriculture is the primary industry here, so if you fancy yourself a rancher or farmer, this might be the ideal location for you.

Although most Americans live in cities, most of the world’s population lives in rural areas, according to National Geographic. Rural areas tend to be less expensive compared to urban and suburban areas.

Examples of our nation’s rural areas include Alpine County, Calif.; Lincoln County, Mont. and Addieville, Ill.

Deciding where to live has to do with your budget, your job and the type of lifestyle you’re seeking.

Downtown, the lights are bright and the hustle and hum may be soothing to some. Others crave dark, starry nights and the sounds of wildlife. Still others want the best of both of those worlds and choose the spot in between.

Life is full of compromises and the debate over which offers more – suburban, urban or rural – will continue. In the end, it all comes down to individual preference.

So, which is right for you? Comment on the blog and let us know! When you’re ready to look to buy a home in the area that’s right for you, do not hesitate to contact me!

Your Local San Diego Real Estate Expert,

Stephen Nissou
Nissou Realty Group   |   Keller Williams Realty – El Cajon
Direct: 619-250-4541   |   Office: 619-873-2772
Stephen@StephenNissou.com

CalBRE# 01443193

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Condo For Sale in El Cajon

3259 Dehesa, #61, El Cajon, CA 92019
2 bedroom, 3 bath, 1,699 sf
Listing Price: $400,000

Love golf? This is the place for you! Wake up every morning with a view of the greens. This elegant condo has many beautiful upgrades to offer. Formal entry with travertine flooring, wood stairs with travertine and granite accents lead you to the main living area. Travertine floors with granite mosaics and inlays. Granite slab counters – custom tile with mosaic granite inlay backsplash, stainless steel appliances, recessed lighting, cathedral ceilings, perfect for entertaining!

With the great room feel with the living room – dining room and kitchen all connected. Built in custom bookcases to match the mantle on your fireplace that burns both gas and wood. Custom lighting in fireplace and bookshelves. Balcony off of living room with shade awning and views of the course. The master is located on the second floor and boasts crown molding, coffered ceilings with accent lighting, his and hers bed lamps with dimmers, separate bathroom/ shower area. His and hers sinks, granite counters, mirrored walk in closet with organizer, oversized tub. On the third level is the loft it has been enclosed with commercial type glass for an office, family or spare bedroom, bedroom 2 has golf course views mirrored closet and organizer, bathroom has granite counters and travertine floors, laundry room and multiple storage, fits a full size washer and dryer and also has travertine floors with granite inlays. Community is gated and offers a pool area for those warm days. Become a member of the golf course for just $75 a year for the gold card!

For more information, and to schedule a private vieiwng, please contact

Stephen Nissou today!

Direct: 619-250-4541   |   Office: 619-873-2772
E-mail: Stephen@StephenNissou.com
http://www.StephenNissou.com
CalBRE# 01443193

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Family Mudroom Designs

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The family mudroom is, without question, one of the highest traffic areas in the home. It battles all sorts of external elements, from rain and snow to dirt and mud. It houses countless miscellaneous essentials, including shoes and boots, jackets, umbrellas, scarves and more. It is home to pet necessities and sporting equipment. It’s where kids drop their backpacks and parents discard car keys or unload shopping bags.

For all these reasons, when planning the family mudroom design, it’s important to select interior finishes wisely, maintaining organization while also personalizing the space for the entire family.
Select Smart Interior Finishes

Choose a satin or semi-gloss paint as opposed to a flat finish. These options make cleaning a much easier task. Also, if you’ve got pets and younger children in the home, consider selecting a darker wall color instead of a lighter one that will show even the slightest bit of dirt or discoloration

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Flooring will probably be the most critical decision you make regarding interior finishes for your family mudroom. Choose a weather-resistant surface that is also easy to maintain and keep clean. Ceramic tile, wood, or natural stone varieties such as slate make great durable options. Add an area rug at the entry for taking off soiled shoes and to help absorb moisture.

Organization Through Design

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Individual lockers or cubbies for each family member are a great way to keep personal items separate and tidy. Large wall hooks are an inexpensive option for organizing jackets and handbags, and custom cabinetry or closets are fantastic if the budget permits.

A bench of some sort is a must for putting on shoes, and don’t forget to utilize the space beneath for added storage. Wicker or cloth baskets come in a variety of sizes and colors and are a great way to keep scarves, hats or even pet toys organized in a stylish manner.

Consider wire baskets or even galvanized tubs to capture a rustic, vintage look. Don’t forget to use your vertical wall space for added shelving and additional orderly storage opportunities.

Key hooks ensure house keys and car keys are accounted for at all times and a central docking location is a great way to guarantee cell phones and tablets are charged up as family members rush out the door to begin their busy days.

Go Ahead, Personalize It

Organization doesn’t have to be dull! Mudroom design for a family should take into account each family member and their individual needs and interests. If you decide to utilize personal cubbies or lockers, choose fun paint colors that complement each personality. Instead of labeling wicker or fabric baskets in a traditional manner, consider inserting photos of Dad, Sis or even Fido to define ownership in a fun way and further inspire tidiness.

When designing a mudroom for your family, remember to make wise decisions and remain organized. Be sure to have some fun in your selections as you create a personal yet functional space.

For more tips and tricks, and all things design, check out our Pinterest page!

Your Local Real Estate Expert in San Diego,

Stephen NIssou

Nissou Realty Group   |   Keller Williams Realty
619-250-4541   |   619-873-2772 Office
Stephen@StephenNissou.com
http://www.NissouRealtyGroup.com
CalBRE #01443193

Creative Design Ideas For Themed Children’s Bedrooms

2f06863dc93aabf002539cf9320b6471There are many exciting ideas you can play around with when planning a themed design for your child’s bedroom. When picking out décor and choosing a theme, be sure to have fun, be creative and, most importantly, let the child’s individual personality and interests be your inspiration.

Be mindful of what is age-appropriate and also choose décor that your child won’t outgrow quickly, or that could go out of style in a year’s time. Rather than following fleeting trends, lean towards a design with an originality that matches your child. Boundless options exist and, with a bit of effort and imagination, can accommodate any style or budget.

DIY Decoration Ideas

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One way to easily and affordably establish a theme for your kid’s bedroom is by adding some statement wall art. Consider painting themed murals or utilizing stencils to paint your child’s name, the alphabet or words of inspiration in oversized letters. Stencil and paint farm animal or jungle themes, floral or garden scenes, sports themes, underwater, or even outer space scenes.

Wall decals are another great option. Like stencils, an extensive variety of designs exists for you to choose from and they are easy to apply and remove, which makes updating décor to accommodate age or changing tastes a breeze.

Paint the walls in school colors or those of a favorite sports team for another inexpensive and easy theme. A few key pieces, such as team pennants, ball caps or jerseys are all it would take to finalize this simple theme.

Start Simply With Bedding

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If you’re looking to devise a more subtle theme in your child’s bedroom than bold wall art provides, consider starting with the bedding, and then accenting the space with complimentary colors and simple décor.

You can purchase themed or patterned comforter sets that include everything from sheets and shams to bed skirts and accent pillows. This effortlessly establishes an overall design theme, and how far you decide to go with the rest of the room is entirely up to your personal preference. Adding complimentary or matching area rugs, window treatments and table lamps is a great way to subtly tie your style together and finalize the look.

Add Accent Pieces

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Once you have established the overall theme and color scheme for your child’s bedroom, let the fine tuning begin. Be mindful of adding age-appropriate furniture, either new or refurbished. Consider painting the pieces or including some stenciling to match your chosen theme. Add decorative drawer pulls to establish a unique, yet simpler, statement.

For the walls, add framed art to compliment the theme, or consider framing your child’s own artwork in colored frames that match the room. Add crafty shelving to help maintain organization by storing books, toys and other miscellaneous child essentials. If you choose to add statement wall décor, such as decals or stencils, keep the remaining wall decoration to a minimum to avoid making the room look too busy or even cluttered.

Add a matching rug to compliment the theme, and also protect flooring. Remember to embrace your young child’s imagination and creativity by establishing an area dedicated to play. Add theme-related tents or a small set of a complimentary table and chairs to promote play and assist in the child’s social and emotional development.

The options are endless for inspiration! When settling on the theme for your child’s bedroom, be imaginative, and of course, be sure to keep their interests in mind. Use creativity to guide you, and have fun as you craft this magical space for your very special little someone.

For more creative design ideas, please visit our Pinterest Page!

Stephen


Your Local San Diego Real Estate Expert,

Stephen Nissou

Nissou Realty Group   |   Keller Williams Realty

Direct: 619-250-4541   |   Office: 619-873-2772

Stephen@StephenNissou.com

http://www.StephenNissou.com

CalBRE # 01443193

What Will $450,000 Buy You In San Diego County?

Recently, the San Diego Union Tribune ran an article showing what the median home prices are in the county. Although you will and can buy in various parts of San Diego for around $450,000, you will also find lower and higher sale prices based on what areas you are looking for.

So, what will $450,000 buy you in San Diego county?

When you’re ready to buy a home, please do not hesitate to contact me! Find out what homes are on sale NOW 
Your Local San Diego Real Estate Expert,
Stephen Nissou
Nissou Realty Group  |  Keller Williams Realty
Direct: 619-250-4541  |  Office: 619-873-2772
Stephen@StephenNissou.com
CalBRE# 01443193

Upholstery Made Simple!

Confession: we LOVE upholstery! There’s nothing like a new coat of fabric to reinvent a room! Check out some of our favorite upholstery designs that can really spruce up a room! Let us know what your fav’s are and what just doesn’t do it for you!
And while you’re at it- check out our Pinterest page! We’re sure you’ll love it!

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Remodeled Home For Sale in Granite Hills, El Cajon, San Diego!

1596 Richandave Avenue, El Cajon, CA 92019
$385,000 – $410,000
5 BED, 2 BATH, 1475 Sqft.
Price reduced! Seller is ready to move. This is a newly remodeled 5 bedroom home in the granite hills area is a real gem! It has been completely updated with a gourmet kitchen with wood cabinets, granite and newer appliances. The home is freshly painted on the inside and outside with new windows and nice concrete patios. Beautiful hardwood floors and carpet throughout the home. The backyard is ready for bbq and is fully fenced w/ dog run. Perfect for a large family or great rental property.
For more information, and to schedule a private showing of this property, please contact Stephen Nissou today!
Direct: 619-250-4541
Office: 619-873-2772
Email: Stephen@StephenNissou.com
To view this home on the MLS, please click here. 
Your Local San Diego Real Estate Expert,
Stephen Nissou
Nissou Realty Group   |   Keller Williams Realty El Cajon
680 Fletcher Pkwy. #100
El Cajon, CA 92020
619-250-4541
Office 619-873-2772
Email Stephen@StephenNissou.com

How To Decorate A Home Office

Whether you work from home or are simply interested in a dedicated space to manage the monthly bills, respond to emails, or work with your children on schoolwork, crafting an environment based on personal needs can be accomplished regardless of the space available. Create a home office with your specific design needs in mind.

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Keep it Bright and Vivid

You need to be alert and attentive while in your home office. Consider a bright color scheme utilizing white as a backdrop and vivid shades of orange, pink or yellow that support energy and optimism.

If you have a demanding job, shades of blue, green or even purple may be a better option as they create a more calming environment.

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Furnishings and Décor for Your Home Office

There are a few obvious needs when planning for a home office, with a desk and chair topping the list. Carefully select these items based on allotted space and your personal needs. If you work from home, you may require a larger desk to house items such as reference books, files, a printer, or fax machine. If you simply desire a space to respond to emails on your laptop, then a smaller desk should suit you just fine. Choose an ergonomically-designed chair to promote better posture and efficiency if your home office is your sole place of work.

If you’re fortunate to be provided natural light and a view of the outdoors, position your desk to take advantage of this. Add adequate task lighting to create a comfortable workspace.

Keep your home office tidy and organized in order to maintain efficiency. Consider cabinetry or shelving, and add labeled baskets for increased organization.

Keeping décor to a minimum also helps maintain organization. Add items such as houseplants or a small water feature to encourage a sense of calmness and increased well-being. A few framed photos of your favorite loved ones also inspire a less stressful environment, and displaying some personal achievements or awards inspire a positive work attitude and sense of pride.

Be Creative with the Space You’ve Got

If square footage is at a premium and you aren’t afforded the benefit of dedicating an entire room to your home office, get creative. Utilize an oversized closet or carve out a nook in the corner of a room, adding built-ins or floating shelves. Space under stairways is often wasted. Consider utilizing this space, which is also out of the way of foot traffic.

Whatever your personal demands for a home office may be, regardless of square-footage restrictions, enjoy creating a custom home office space that suits your individual demands.

For more home office design insipiration, check out our Pinterest page!

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