Rancho Santa Fe Association

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The Rancho Santa Fe Association has set a date to review the Associations Governing Documents for April 27th, 2016 at 4pm and will take place at 17022 Avenida de Acacias, Rancho Santa Fe.

Topics of discussion are the following proposed changes to the Articles and Bylaws:

  • Create equity and fairness in voting
  • Simplify and make consistent both documents
  • Comport with the 2014 Davis-Stirling Act and the California Corporations Code

Members are encouraged to review the proposed changes and bring their thoughts and comments on paper this April 27th.

You can review the proposed changes by picking up copies at their office or visiting the Association’s website www.rsfassociation.org for information.

Looking for the perfect destination for this summer’s family vacation? How about a tropical island?

We’ve compiled a list of the top tropical islands that are available for rent. Yes that’s right, an entire island to yourself.  Which one would you rent?

Brother Island, El Nido – $460/night

El Nido, Philippines

Brother Island for Rent


Kakula – $1,500/night


Kakula Vanuatu


Turtle Island – $35,000/night


Turtle Island Fiji


Tagomago Island – $110,000/week


Tagomago Island Spain, For Rent


Laucala Island – $170,000/night


Laucala Island Fiji For Rent



You could always just live in our Rancho Santa Fe paradise in San Diego.  If this is more your speed, contact our real estate team at Rancho Santa Fe Real Estate Team of Catherine and Jason Barry at (858) 756-4024.

2016 London Travel Destination

2016 London Travel Destination Looking for a place to visit this summer? Here are the top 10 World Destinations presented by TripAdvisor. The list is a result of a years worth of millions of user reviews.

“The Travelers’ Choice Destination awards recognize the world’s most beloved travel spots, based on feedback and booking interest from the TripAdvisor community.


For those planning a summer vacation, now is a great time to plan a trip to one of these popular destinations where hotels are bookable on TripAdvisor for an average of $200 per night from June through August.”

The 2016 destination list is as follows:

1. London
2. Istanbul
3. Marrakech, Morocco
4. Paris
5. Siem Reap, Cambodia
6. Prague, Czech Republic
7. Rome
8. Hanoi, Vietnam
9. New York
10. Ubud, Indonesia


What’s your top 10 list? Let your top Rancho Santa Fe Real Estate agents know!

La Jolla CA Homes for Sale

It’s no secret, San Diego is one of the greatest places to live and San Francisco tech firms are taking notice.  Bizness Apps is one of those firms taking notice and on the move to San Diego from San Francisco.  In a recent interview with San Diego Magazine, Andrew Gazdecki, founder of Bizness Apps, states why he is setting up show in La Jolla in the near future.  See below.

Why San Diego, and not L.A. or Seattle? What was it about this city that sold you on relocating here?

We chose San Diego because of the talent we saw from the city. Yes, talent is everywhere, but combined with the quality of living near the ocean—we felt we could do a few things. One, we could recruit entry-level talent from the great universities in San Diego. Two, we could recruit more experienced executive talent from some of the larger technology companies that have been in San Diego for a while (Qualcomm, for example). And three, San Diego is actually one of the most desirable places to relocate (according to Hired.com) for software engineers. So with that combination, we felt it was a perfect fit for us.

Why do you think San Diego is the next tech hub?

San Diego is a town that people want to live in, and I think with the universities having strong computer science programs, over time, we will see startups like ours continue to start and grow in San Diego. It’s hard to argue that San Diego will ever be a bigger technology hub than San Francisco, but the city has all the ingredients that are needed to help start ups thrive.

Your Tech Crunch post got a lot of attention. Do you think it will inspire other startups to consider leaving San Francisco for San Diego?

I would hope so! There are many benefits to moving down here. From talent, to lower cost of living, to a much higher quality of life (in my opinion). Plus, the amount of support the city of San Diego has shown us already is absolutely incredible and we couldn’t be more excited to call San Diego home.

Are you hiring for the La Jolla location?

Yes we are! Right now, we’re mostly working on helping our team relocate and on top of that, we’re actively hiring roles for sales, customer service, marketing, software, and even executive leadership positions. So far we’ve made two (local) hires, one entry level and one at the executive VP level. We plan to really start hiring when we officially open our office in the middle of May.

Tech companies, especially in Silicon Valley, are known for offering their employees generous perks. What kind of perks and benefits might employees find at Bizness Apps’ new office?

Here is our official list of perks, but we also have an arcade and ping pong table already in the office:

Fully paid health benefits; 401K and 12 vacation days; commuter benefits; a laid-back work environment; endless snacks and drinks; company stock options; fun company outings once a quarter; a comfortable working space; frequent Friday happy hours; and the opportunity to grow professionally in the tech industry.

Do you plan on learning to surf? We had to ask!

I do surf, actually! I grew up in San Clemente, and surfed most of my years up through high school. So this is one hobby I’m really looking forward to adding back into my life. I am hoping to trade my morning run with a morning surf everyday. I’m a big advocate of personal health, and I can’t think of a better way to start your day than surfing.

Why is San Diego one of the greatest cities to live? See here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cKvtcPzF8gk

For more information visit http://www.sandiegomagazine.com/Blogs/Hot-Blocks/Spring-2016/Tech-CEO-Shares-Why-Hes-Leaving-SF-for-SD/

By: Karen Billing // http://www.ranchosantafereview.com/news/2016/apr/07/palma-de-la-reina/

Progress continues on Palma de la Reina, the new mixed-use retail and residential project on Via de la Valle, at the entrance to the Whispering Palms community. The 31,410-square-foot complex’s first tenants are expected to open this summer, a “big upgrade” from the long-vacant empty lot with community-serving retail, according to Richard Cavanaugh, president and CEO of Newport Pacific, who developed the Whispering Palms community in the 1960s.

Construction on the retail element is expected to be complete in May, the end of a very long process for Cavanaugh. Although there have been several plans over the years for the 4.3-acre parcel, Cavanaugh has been working on this latest iteration since 2000.

“After working for years with Rancho Santa Fe residents and stakeholders, we created a plan to provide the best possible services and residential opportunities for the community,” said Cavanaugh. “I think residents are going to be happy with what they’re going to have here.”

Robert Colbourn, of Colbourn Currier Noll Architecture, designed the three-building Palma de la Reina with Klang & Associates responsible for interior design. W. E. O’Neil Construction is the general contractor.

“It will be a beautiful job,” Cavanaugh said, noting that the landscaping in the front of the project will include 32 new palm trees along Cancha de Golf.

There will be lots of architectural details in the buildings, including archways, stone wainscoting and stucco in a mix of lighter and darker colors. The tile roof is anticipated to go on in the next week or so.


The buildings feature a unique open area at the top, opening up to sunlight, sky and palms, intended to help break up the massing and preserve the view for surrounding properties.

The retail element is about 50 percent leased at this time and Cavanaugh said tenants are anxious to get in and open their doors.

Leases signed include a fitness studio, dry cleaners and a beauty salon. One of the more unique tenants will be My Brighter Side, a store that carries products for women with cancer.

Office leasing at Palma de la Reina also continues with a signed commitment from a local dental practice, as well as interest from other users in the medical and professional services fields.

Cavanaugh said they are most excited to be close to a deal with a deli/coffee shop.

The residential units sit behind the retail and will be two-bedroom, two-bathroom “luxury” apartments. The 54 units are expected to be done by the end of the year, offering some of the only upscale rental opportunities in Rancho Santa Fe.

One of the biggest upgrades will be for the developer himself, whose company has run out of portable offices on the site for years. The portables will finally come down in the next 30 days and they will move into offices in the brand new building.

For leasing information on Palma de la Reina, contact Scott Danshaw or Steve Willmore of Lee & Associates at (858)713-0309.

We may only be a few months into 2016, but 2017 trends for your home are already arising! Trend forecasters and designers are rolling in with the newest and hottest trends for your luxury home. So if you’re thinking about or already renovating or building your own luxury home, here are some trends to look out for.

Terracotta Floors Luxury Real Estate

One of the newest old trends coming in 2017 is going to be none other than terra cotta tiles, but these are not your momma’s tiles. Instead of using them as borders they could have a natural matte finish that would be used as feature walls or cladding fireplaces. The trend is meant to add a warmth that makes your home all your own.

Natural cork wallcovering

Cork is making a comeback! Cork adds warmth and texture to any home, its also a great way to absorb noise in luxurious open plan homes. Imagine having an entire cork wall that you could rearrange with pictures, posters and even reminders whenever you please.

Dark Green Walls Luxury Real Estate

2017 is the year we wave goodbye to navy blues and midnights, because dark shades of green are one of the hottest new trends to come. Dark greens add depth when used as accent pieces, especially among tan leather, brass and natural linens.

Luxury Upholstered Headboard

One of the easiest ways to add glamour to any bedroom is already upholstered bed heads, but the trend is said to completely explode in 2017. Bed heads are a staple in luxury hotel bedrooms and celebrity homes, they are so versatile and can fit and flare to any bedroom.

Jewel Tone Luxury Home

Another great way to add sparkle and glamour into your home is with space inspired jewel tones. Beautiful flowing silks, transparent fabrics, Lucite, and opal bring a soft romantic element into the home.

Finger Tile Design Kitchen

Another fabulous trend coming 2017 is going to be what is called a “finger” or “kit-kat” tile, which is a long thin tile that is a sleek and fun way to brighten up any kitchen or bathroom.

If you’re selling your home or are looking to buy, these are some great trends to look for or dress up your luxury estate. For additional information regarding luxury real estate, contact your Rancho Santa Fe Real Estate team of Catherine and Jason Barry at 858-756-4024.

On Feb. 22 the Rancho Santa Fe Association Covenant Club Design Subcommittee unveiled the first updated numbers about the proposed pool and fitness facility. The estimated cost for the club is $15.8 million, higher than the $10.9 million estimated by a 2014 community-wide vote.

Association board member and chair of the subcommittee, Jerry Yahr stated that the numbers came in higher than projected in soft costs for items such as county processing and construction management. Yahr and committee were up against a crowd of many vocal adversaries of the project. They were worried about the project’s size, cost and the entire process.

RSF Association Manager Bill Overton stated that a notice of the meeting was sent via email to 1,700 email addresses and was posted on the bulletin board as well as the website. “Theres no intent to hide anything, these are the largest attended meetings we have other than the occasional board meeting or town hall meeting on a controversial topic… We’re doing everything we can to get the word out to the most number of people possible,” Overton said.

One adversary questioned why the vote was for a pool and workout facility when the plan has grown into a city of buildings, a kids’ club, a steam room, a restaurant, and a grand staircase.
“You’re building what people haven’t asked for. You’re moving along like we’re going to outdo The Bridges. We’re not The Bridges,” stated the adversary.

Overton assured the public there will be story polls and the community will be involved in every step, through future meetings, as well as the final vote on the project.

“From the beginning the hope was this project would be self sustaining. We on the board and on the committee are anxious to get the vote done and get a resolution but given this larger-than-expected number we all have a lot of work to do,” said RSF Association President Ann Boon.

Boon is looking for an opportunity to thank Yahr for his unbelievable amount of hours as a volunteer leading the committee. “Its been a long process to now and I think it’s going to be a bigger process ahead of us.”

Jeff Skoll Luxury Home

We all know Silicon Valley has been booming for years and will continue to do so, but what does their real estate market look like?  Well, here is a small glimpse into the Silicon Valley real estate world.

Jeff Skoll, a former eBay executive and current producer of movies like “The Help,” and “Lincoln,” recently put his custom estate back on the market. This 14,855-square-foot home Located in Los Altos Hills, California, comes equipped with 8 bedrooms, 10 bathrooms, 7 fireplaces, a game room, and an eight-car garage. The home is just minutes from Palo Alto and Mountain View, where anybody interested in the luxury home would be able to enjoy the beautifully landscaped lawns and rose gardens. Some other of the home’s features include an indoor pool, tennis courts, and an indoor basketball court and climbing wall fit for any fitness fiend.

For your chance to find a luxury home like this don’t hesitate to get in touch with our real estate team at Rancho Santa Fe Real Estate Team of Catherine and Jason Barry at (858) 756-4024.

For more information visit: http://www.amlu.com/2016/02/11/billionaire-jeff-skoll-lists-silicon-valley-mansion-for-20m/


Jeff Skoll Luxury Home Front

Jeff Skoll Luxury Home Kitchen

Jeff Skoll Luxury Home Bar

Jeff Skoll Luxury Home Aerial

Spring Decor Ideas for 2016

Thinking about springing into the new season with fabulous new decor around your home? Heres some great ideas to lighten up your home this spring!

Spring Decor, Rancho Santa Fe Real Estate

Add a pop of color to any room with bright greens and yellows to really open up your home this season.

Spring Decor, Rancho Santa Fe Real Estate

Statement mirrors add personality to any room.

Spring Decor, Rancho Santa Fe Real Estate

Keep it simple, you can never go wrong with that. Cream and white furniture is timeless and stylish.

Spring Decor, Rancho Santa Fe Real Estate

Timber floors make every home feel that much homier, forget that dated carpet and tile.

Spring Decor, Rancho Santa Fe Real Estate

Copper accessories are great in any rustic home and are great metallics for even the most glamorous home owners.

Spring Decor, Rancho Santa Fe Real Estate

A very green spring.

Spring Decor, Rancho Santa Fe Real Estate

Everything fresh

Spring is all about growth and new life, pieces like vases, fresh flowers, and even brightly painted accent walls will go a long way this season! If you’re interested in buying a luxury home this season, contact our Rancho Santa Fe Real Estate team of Catherine and Jason Barry at (858) 756-4024.


“That was a crazy game.” Said A.J. Manalo, coach of the St. Augustine’s freshman boys basketball team, the day after a 45-43 win over La Jolla for the league title. “That was a crazy game,” he repeated, shaking his head.

Manalo did an incredible job teaching these fine athletes the game of basketball and they obviously listened.

Jake Cavanaugh was the undisputed leader wowing the crowds throughout the year with his Steph Curry like moves to the basket and explosive vertical power rejecting many opponents daring a lay up in his presence.

In the final game against La Jolla, Saints players took many liberties in the lane. Jake Armenta, for one, ventured into the lane on a drive to score more than once at critical times. Teammate Will Simon likewise, muscled his way to the hoop on multiple occasions. We can’t forget the centers, Jared Stearns and Moses Mercado both of whom made their presence known claiming their baskets with multiple La Jolla defenders all over them. Cole Barry also had a powerful drive to the basket which was nice to see from an athletic kid who typically just enjoyed shutting down opponents throughout the season.

What was most enjoyable to watch was how well all the boys played as a team. The moving of the ball around the court was at times reminiscent of the Globbtrotters. Of course the Saints had great support from the parents with Bill Simon, Albert Armenta and Rudy Mercado leading many encouraging chants. What a great season for these talented group of athletes and coaches.