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Park Laurel, Hillcrest, San Diego, CA
Chris Spade (Keller Williams San Diego Metro)

Park Laurel, San Diego, CA Park Laurel, Hillcrest, San Diego, CA 

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Park Laurel is one of the most prestigious addresses in all of 92103. Built in 2003, this luxury high rise sits across from Historic Balboa Park and offers all high end amenities a luxury buyer would be looking for. 

Each unit is crafted with perfection

When the building was built in 2003 the builder's used the highest upgrades possible.  High end cabinetry, stainless appliances, subzero refrigerators, beautiful flooring--marble, Brazilian cherry hardwoods. Many residents have even gone so far as to rip and remodel entire units.  

What is the average price range? On the low end units start at about $800,000.  The most expensive unit was a little over $6,500,000.  

Live in Luxury.  World Class amenities

Homeowners fees are quite high in Park Laurel, average price about $800.  However, with that you get all that you would expect from a luxury condo.  Amenities include, 24 hour security, concierge, entertainment room, pool, spa, sundeck, library and a gym.  

Walk to everything or Freeway close to all. 

Park Laurel sits directly across from the World Famous Balboa Park.  The park, established in 1915 for the World's Fair, will once again host the 100th anniversary in 2015.  Balboa Park includes multiple museums, three theaters and the World Famous San Diego Zoo.  Park Laurel is just a short walk into Hillcrest where you can dine on fine cuisine from all over the world.  It's also a short drive into Downtown San Diego and conveniently located near San Diego International Airport.  

Park Laurel, Hillcrest, San Diego, CA are a great place to call home. You will not be disappointed if you end up living here. You can find condos for sale in Park Laurel as well as all available Hillcrest Condos for sale on my website.

Call today for a tour of these beautiful luxury homes

Call today to see all the luxury proprieties available in San Diego.  Most luxury homes must be seen by appointment only. 


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Cliffbridge Estates, Hillcrest, San Diego, CA
Chris Spade (Keller Williams San Diego Metro)

Cliffbridge Estates Condos, San Diego, CA Cliffbridge Estates, Hillcrest, San Diego, CA 

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Cliffbridge estates matches it's name.  The complex sits on the corner of 8th and Washington in Hillcrest perched above the cliff above the 163 running into downtown San Diego.  Cliffbrdge Estates is located at 3980 8th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103.  It's close to everything with a walk score of 89.  A lot of the residents in Cliffbridge Estates work in the medical community, it's just blocks from Scripps Mercy Hopsital and UCSD Medical Center. 

Condo Conversion, Fully Upgraded

Cliffbridge Estates, formally an apartment complex, was converted into condos in 2004 during the real estate boom.  The complex, very tastefully upgraded features units with hardwood floors, upgraded kitchens with granite countertops, upgraded bathrooms and lots of storage space. Each unit comes with a fireplace. The building has a retro feel.  The designers made very tasteful upgrades keeping in pace with the building's articeture. To help ease the residents worry about any sort of flooding the building designer chose to have a community laundry room rather than have laundry in each individual unit. 

What is the average price range?

A Pool and Gym right on the grounds.

Seeing the complex from the front you wouldn't think it was big enough to have a pool or a a gym.  It does.  Living here is one stop shopping.  Views are visable from the upper units and the back of the buidilg faces west, it gets amazing sunsets and always stays toasty even in the winter.  The HOA fees on the proeprty are managed by S.H.E. Management.  The fees are just over $200 a month.  A deal for all you get in the complex. 

Hillcrest is Happening

If you're not familiar with Hillcrest, you should be.  This is one of the most avant guarde neighborhoods and there is the most going on in terms of events.  Not only does Hillcrest have hundreds of restaurants, coffee shops and vintage clothing stores but it also is host to one of the largest Gay Pride Parades in the country. Nearly 250,000 people join in the fun.  

Hillcrest is also one of those awesome dog friendly neighborhoods.  Reisents in the neighborhood are always walking around their four legged family members and there are three dog parks in the neighborhood. 

The Cliffbridge Estates, Hillcrest, San Diego, CA are a great place to call home. You will not be disappointed if you end up living here. You can find condos for sale in Cliffbridge Estates, there is one today,  as well as all available Hillcrest Condos on my website.

Let's take a tour of Hillcrest

Property values in Hillcrest are going up.  People buying in this neighborhood are beginning to find immediate equity.  Call me for into on this or any other building in 92103. You can also sign up for our FREE Market Insider

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Uptown Condos, Hillcrest, San Diego, CA
Chris Spade (Keller Williams San Diego Metro)

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Other than the Hillcrest sign above 5th and University, the Uptown Condos are the landmark of Hillcrest.  This complex, on the site of the old Montgomery Wards, is home to a sprawling community where almost everyone knows your name.  Residents can take advantage of the secure building, large swimming pool, spa and newly remodeled gym.  You can walk to Trader Joe's, Ralphs, get your hair and nails done, drop off your dry cleaning and get a bagel. With a walk score of 89, this complex is close to everything. 

Complex Features, lofts, one and two bedroom units. 

The complex, like the colors of the newly painted building are truly unique.  They feature loft style units with spiral staircases, one bedroom units and two bedroom units.  There are even eighteen 2 story townhome units that circle Cleveland and Richmond Streets. The units, built in 1991 are are various stages of upgrades.  There are some units in their vintage 90's condition and others are fully upgraded.

Price range for these condos are between $300,000-$500,000 depending on the unit. 

The building just got a fresh coat of paint

The Uptown Home Owners Association really do take pride in their building.  In October 2012 they painted the entire complex at a cost of just over a million dollars.  They had the cash to pay the painters and still left their HOA reserves fully funded.  However, fees for each unit increased by $8.  The reason of the increase is to sock away for a rainy day.  The last thing the association wants to do is hit the residents for an assessment.  They are truly responsible.  

Hillcrest is Hip and Happening

Hillcrest is one of the most hip and happening neighborhoods in all of San Diego.  Hillcrest has hundreds of restaurants, bars and coffee shops.  If shopping is your thing, look no further, Hillcrest is home to some of the best vintage shopping in the entire city.  It has stores up and down 5th avenue and University unique to the neighborhood. Museums containing priceless pieces of artwork can be found in Balboa Park, also home to the Old Globe Theater

If you're looking for something to do with your four legged friend, look no further.  There is a huge fenced off dog park right in the heart of Balboa Park.  

Uptown Condos, Hillcrest, San Diego, CA  are a great place to call home. You will not be disappointed if you end up living here. You can find condos for sale in Uptown Condos there are 4 available for sale  as well as all available Hillcrest condos for sale on my website.

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2714 4th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103
Chris Spade (Keller Williams San Diego Metro)

2714 4th Avenue, San Diego, CA 921032714 4th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103 is one of those rare opportunites not to be missed.  This spacious 1376 square foot condo comes with two bedrooms and two baths.  It's highly desirable location, on the corner of 4th and Nutmeg means it's close to everything. 

Walk to Balboa Park, all the restaurants, coffee shops and bars in Hillcrest.  2714 4th Avenue, San Diego CA 92103 MLS #130052633 is offered at $538,000.  The suite offers an open concept floor plan, a chefs kitchen with a 5 burner stove, two parkings spaces and so much more.  Built in 2004, it is one of the newest communites in all of 92103. 

Currently in 92103 there are 132 active listings with an average market time of 48 days.  The meadin price for homes is $762,500 with 5.3% of the homes on the market being distressed.  

During the economic down turn 92103 was hit hard with distressed homes but that has done a 180.  The market is back and 92103 is the place to be. 

Our 92103 Market Insider report is a great way to keep up with trends and what's going on in Hillcrest.  

This suite sits on the edge of Hillcrest and on the outskirts of Banker's Hill. It's just a mile from Downtown San Diego. Downtown offers so much excitement and nightlife.  It's just a quick cab ride away. 

Schools in the area top notch.  San Diego Unified School district operates multiple elementary and secondary schools in the area, there are also a number of private schools as well.  It's a great place to raise kids.  It's in an urban enviornment but still has the cozy feel of the suburbs.  

Is this your first time buying a home? Not to worry, we've created a quick list of 8 things you need to know when buying a home.  

2714 4th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103 can be shown privately.  If you would like to check it out, just give us a call.  We'd be happy to accomodate you. 



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1270 Cleveland Avenue #123, San Diego, CA 92103
Chris Spade (Keller Williams San Diego Metro)

1270 Cleveland Avenue #123, San Diego, CA 92103We just pre-listed a new property at 1270 Cleveland Avenue #123, San Diego, CA 92103.  This one bedroom one bathroom is a ground floor unit that opens up into the court yard.  Your guests won't have to be buzzed in.  It's pretty sweet.  

The seller is making some minor repairs to the unit prior to getting it on the market.  Therefore, he's asked that we hold off from putting it on the market until October 24th.  That's when it will go MLS wide. You are seeing it here for the first time.  We've priced the home at $312,000.  A fantastic price for the complex. 

Uptown Condos has some amazing features.  The community just upgraded the gym and the pool. The Homeowners Association just spent a million dollars painting the building giving it a fabulous fresh feeling.

Residents of Uptown enjoy 24 hour security and gated parking.  This unit comes with one parking space. Right now there are only two bedroom units on the market.  This will be the only one bedroom available.

132 homes are available right now in 92103.  Condos this type of size sell for about $330,000.  So you can see our list price is spot on. 

Hillcrest is a walking neighborhood.  In fact, it has a walk score of 89, a transit score of 59 and a bike score of 68.  Trader Joes, Ralph's and Starbucks are attached to the complex.  It doesn't get any more convenient than that.  1270 Cleveland Avenue #123, San Diego, CA 92103 MLS#130056722 is close to everything.  If you're a foodie there are hundreds of restaurants right outside your door. If it's night life you crave there are countless bars and restaurants to have a romantic evening at.  

Until October 24th, 1270 Cleveland Avenue #123 San Diego, CA 92103 can be shown privately only.  Please either call myself or have your agent contact me for a viewing.  There might be a little dust though until we're ready to push the button. 

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You're under contract, now what?
Chris Spade (Keller Williams San Diego Metro)

San Diego Home Inspection

You're under contract, so now what? 

That's a great question.  My guess is you're not only freaking out right about now but you're also excited about the thought of owning a home.  So, you're under contract.... here's what you can expect. 

The first thing we're going to do is notify your lender.  Now, we already know you're pre-approved, however, the lender is going to require just a few more pieces of paperwork from you.  Actually, they'll probably require a lot of paperwork from you.  That's OK, I promise they won't ask for a blood sample... although it may seem like they will.  

The lender is going to require a copy of the executed contract and escrow and title information.  They need this so they can put together your esctimated fee sheet.  You're lender can explain more about that.  

So, you're under contract... the next critical thing you need to do is get a physical inspection.  I work with two inspectors closley.  The inspection is imporant because they will tell you everything that could present a challenge with the house.  Now remember, every house is going to have it's issues, even new construction.  The goal here is to find out if there are any hidden health or safety issues that we may want the seller to address. 

After the inspection is done, if there are any health and safety issues, we will ask the seller to repleace, repair or credit you for those fixes.  It's always better to get a credit.  A credit allows you to get the work done to your specifications. 

If the inspector recommends we get any further inspections, for example, roof or foundation we will certainly do that.  Just remember, all inspections are at a cost of the buyer. 

So you're under contract... the seller is going to have to prepare a list of required disclosures.  I will be reading all the disclousres prior to you signing them.  I will advise you of any red flags that I see and notify you immediately.  You will have to sign all the documents.  This is about the time you'll start receiving a ton of paperwork from the escrow company.  I will read the escrow instrctions to make sure they are accurate, but any questions you have on the paperwork should be directed to the escrow company.  If you're buying a condo, you'll get the HOA documents too.  

Stay tuned... next blog, contingency removal to close.  


If you're interested in buying a home in San Diego, check us out on the web @ www.lovelivinginsd.com



Spice up Your Life at Penzeys Spices in Hillcrest (San Diego) California
Jeff Dowler CRS, Carlsbad CA Homes for Sale (760) 840-1360 (Solutions Real Estate )

Spice up Your Life at Penzeys Spices in Hillcrest (San Diego) California


Penzeys Spices in Hillcrest (San Diego) CaliforniaWe ventured out last weekend to the Hillcrest area of San Diego with a specific mission – to visit Penzeys Spices and take in the Farmer’s Market.


Penzeys Spices was first on our morning agenda.


Hillcrest is a very cool and upscale area of San Diego, and worth spending time to explore the multitude of shopping and dining options.


If you have any interest at all in spices and herbs you may have heard of Penzeys. They have a great reputation for a wide range of spices and herbs from their online store and catalogue, and we’ve been the lucky recipients of bottles and bags of Penzeys spices and herbs for years at holiday time.


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The Penzeys Store in Hillcrest was a huge delight. It’s fun to shop online, but bricks and mortar sometimes, and for certain items, just has a huge advantage over the Internet, especially for things you want to touch, taste or smell before buying. It’s a completely different experience!


The Hillcrest Penzeys Store has just about every spice or herb you could want in a range of quantities, as well as spice rubs and other mixtures for cooking. And of course you can sniff them all before you buy. We did some modest damage to the wallet.


Penzeys Spices has stores around the country in case you want to visit in person – find the Penzeys Store near you!


Penzeys Spices

Hillcrest Colonnade

1274 University Ave
(619) 297-2777

Hillcrest (San Diego), CA


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