For the most part, Oprah Winfrey’s list of favorite things is ever-changing. But if there’s one thing that stays constant, it’s the media mogul’s penchant for seriously enviable real estate.

The talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist has reportedly owned homes across country, from a mansion in Montecito and an estate in Florida to a farmhouse in Maui. Her latest get is another island home—but don’t expect to see palm trees and warm white-sand beaches here. Instead, Oprah’s opted to cozy up in the quiet, lush, and impossibly picturesque San Juan Islands.

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he Rancho Santa Fe Association board reached an important milestone for its Rancho Santa Fe Connect project at a special board meeting held July 30, selecting a contractor to build its fiber-optic network and planning to break ground in August.

At the meeting, the board also finalized the budget and financing, approving a $15 million contract with contractor HP Communications, bringing the total cost of the project to $19 million. The cost is $5 million more than the preliminary estimate of $14 million that was voted on in last year’s advisory vote.

The Association will pay for the construction and own the fiber-optic backbone while individual homeowners will be responsible for connecting their homes to the network. The internet service provider, Race Communications, will own and operate the electronics in the central office located on the RSF Golf Club property, install modems and provide service for customers.

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After years of planning, false starts and community debate, the Solana Beach City Council approved a mixed-use development at Highway 101 and Dahlia Drive, on the site of a former mobile home park that neighbors described as an “eyesore.”

The action to approve the Solana 101 project came on a unanimous vote of the council following more than three hours of discussion and testimony at a meeting on Tuesday, July 10.

More than two dozen Solana Beach residents filled out speaker slips to address the council, and all of the speakers were in favor of the project to be built by Zephyr Partners. The 1.95-acre parcel is the last large open lot along the city’s coastal corridor. In 2013, the city spent some $7 million on renovating the Highway 101 corridor, in part to stimulate private development in the area.

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April 17, 2017

Dear Del Mar, Rancho Santa Fe and Solana Beach Residents/Business Owners,

We would like to invite you to a community event to talk about the land overlooking North Beach in Del Mar at the corner of Camino Del Mar/Highway 101 and Border anytime from 10 AM- 2 PM on Sat., May 6, or Sat., May 13.

This site has been closed off to the public for over 100 years. As longtime North County coastal residents, we, like you, have walked and driven by this site many times and wondered what was beyond the gates and if we’d ever be able to enjoy it.

When we first learned of it, there was a proposal on the table to build five gated, private estates. We thought it was a shame to keep the land closed off to the public for another 100 years and would like the opportunity to create something that everyone can access and enjoy.

Over the course of the last year, we have been working with the land owners to assemble the site. While a resort that fits into the landscape of Del Mar is the centerpiece of the project, our goal is to create something that Del Mar, Rancho Santa Fe and Solana Beach residents will think of as their own seaside gathering spot – a cornerstone of the community where we can come to celebrate special events, entertain and enjoy, with no barriers, for the first time.

As we begin this process, we want your input on the project’s design and are here to collaborate with you on ideas. We feel a tremendous sense of responsibility to the community as stewards of this project and are grateful for the opportunity to bring a shared vision on such a truly, one-of-a-kind location to life.

Both of us, along with key team members and staff, will be available during the event to hear your ideas, and talk about the community impacts and public amenities we are considering – including walking trails, a park, improved access to North Beach and public parking. Exhibits showcasing different architectural styles that might fit into our community will be on display for your feedback.
Onsite parking will be provided for the event; handicapped access is not available but parking is close by. Please wear appropriate footwear and pull into the gates to be directed by our parking monitors. We look forward to meeting you!

Robert Green, President & CEO Brad Termini, CEO
The Robert Green Company Zephyr

P.S. The exact address for the site is 929 Border Avenue;

Does STAGING your home make it more sellable?

By: Catherine Barry

You bet it does – walking into a dark cluttered home with aroma of last night’s dinner is not that appealing to most potential buyers.  Rather a neutral citrus or Cinnamon scent will make your buyers want to stay.  Here are some helpful tips:

1.  Light is very important:  If your house is dark, dark walls, dark furniture, overgrown vegetation,  then you may need to think about painting your home a new neutral light color, also you may want to think about removing any big dark heavy furniture, especially dark draperies.

2.  Furniture placement – don’t walk into the furniture, place your heavy furniture to the side or place it in another room or in the garage and place two side chairs on either side of the fireplace – this will neutralize the weight and balance your scene.

3.  Try to erase the old Tuscan look and focus on neutral colors and eliminate a lot of furniture as “less is more”.

4.  If you have already reduced your asking price, and still no showings, then you may wish to consider “staging” for sure.

5.  Neutral colors will have the biggest impact to make homes more inviting and feel more spacious.  Neutral colors like beige, off white, light gray, etc., will make your home become more desirable.

6.  Once the rooms are arranged to capture the most light possible and a neutral color is chosen for painting, and the aroma of citrus or Cinnamon is present, then you need to look at the most popular style today and try to incorporate these ideas into each room too.

7.  Adding house plants brings in color as well a good source of Oxygen. Setting the dining room table for 4 or 6 with glamourous dishes, helps showoff your home.   Also music will keep people lingering longer.

8.  The outside is just as important as the inside and lawns should be trimmed and alive with green grass, colorful plants and freshly painted trim, front doors, and mail box, if needed.

This is just a start – Tips from the Top Agents.

By Connor Barry. The Los Angeles Rams have had a whole series of news since leaving St. Louis. New fan base, new Quarterback, new expectations, and now to go with that, a new Head Coach. The Rams have fired Jeff Fisher weeks after they extended his contract. There is a lot of speculations about who their next coach will be . Names that have been tied to the job are Jon Gruden and Jim Harbaugh. These two coaches have the ability to take the Rams far. It would make sense that Hollywood’s team would have a big name head coach. I doubt that either will take the job, though. Jon Gruden is currently making a salary equivalent to what someone like Bill Belichick makes. He’s the highest paid employee for ESPN by calling sixteen NFL games a year along with his show with incoming Rookie Quarterbacks. Jim Harbaugh on the other hand is not. He’s done a terrific job at Michigan and could come back and thrive in the NFL. The problem is is that Harbaugh is a Michigan guy. He played there under Bo Schembechler in college. There is no way that the opportunity to beat up the 49ers twice a year would lure Harbaugh from Michigan. My choice for the next Rams Head Coach is Falcons Offensive Coordinator, Kyle Shanahan. Son of Mike Shanahan, Kyle has led the Falcons to be one of the top passing attacks in the league this season, which the Rams are far from. Shanahan in my opinion would be the perfect coach for LA given that he can put Goff in a position to succeed, along with the offense as a whole and also to change the culture. The Rams have been a 9 loss team year after year. With a winning mindset under new leadership, the Rams can join the elite level of NFL teams.

Ever since the presidential election in November, the broader equity markets have been very bullish with the Dow hitting nearly 20,000.  Donald Trump is not in sync with the Fed’s “easy money” policies, and this philosophical difference, combined with recent positive domestic economic data, have led the Federal Reserve to increase the Federal Funds rate for the first time in a year (and only the second time since the financial crisis).

For those looking to purchase a home, the cost of mortgage financing has definitely been going up – with general mortgage rates increasing by over .5% in the past few weeks alone.  For the super-jumbo buyers, rates have also gone up, but First Republic’s relationship rate discounts still enables new and existing clients to reduce the rate well below the market.  For instance, today we locked in a $2M loan on a 10/1 I/O ARM at 3.25% with 0 points – which is well below all other lenders we checked with.

If you have any questions on possible mortgage options for a new home you might be considering, please contact Sean A. Barry, at (858) 720-6919.