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Three Central Coast Towns Receive Honors

We’ve always known that our little slice of the Central Coast was a special place, but now three of our local areas have been raised up on a public platform, and we couldn’t be more proud to call the Central Coast our home!

Pismo Beach – Ranked in the Top 22 Best Small Town Family Weekend Destinations pismo_beach_L

First up on the list of honors is Pismo Beach. This Central Coast haven is renowned for its beautiful beaches, classic California surf culture, and plethora of outdoor activities.

Recently ranked in the top 22 Best Small Town Family Weekend Destinations by VacationIdeas.com, Pismo Beach has secured its reputation as a coveted destination for the ocean-minded sportsman, those seeking a relaxing day on the beach, and active families of all varieties.

Paso Robles – No. 2 on the List of 11 Unexpectedly Romantic Cities Paso-Robles-The-Washington-Lobbyist-1024x645

When considering romantic cities, a few usual suspects are sure to jump to the front of the mind – Paris, Venice and…Paso Robles? That’s right. Our very own Paso Robles, CA has made the cut for one of the most unexpectedly romantic cities. Home to rolling hills, beautiful oak trees and vineyards as far as the eye can see, it’s no wonder the place evokes charm. It’s the perfect spot to grab a picnic basket in one hand, your sweetie in the other and enjoy the serenity of the vineyards and an easy stroll through town.

Cambria – Ranked in the Top 25 Best Small Town Honeymoon Destinations cambria-california-unplugged

Cambria has long been appreciated for its small town charms and relaxed coastal vibes, but with its recent ranking as one of the top 25 Small Town Honeymoon Destinations there’s sure to be an influx of newlyweds seeking out the enchantment that only a place like Cambria can provide.

Honeymooners looking for a mix of history, adventure and relaxation won’t be disappointed in the Central Coast town, where good food is abundant, the scenery breath-taking and the romance everywhere.

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Spring Into the Season

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Spring is in the air in San Luis Obispo and Northern Santa Barbara counties! With the promise of warm weather, outdoor activities and beach season on the horizon, Californians are ripe with anticipation. The only question is, which springtime happenings will you jump into first? Here is your complete guide to a season of fun!

Fun with Fido

Get out and about with your four-legged friend at any of these fabulous pet-friendly places:

Just for the Kids

Embarking on a family adventure? These child-friendly activities are sure to be fun for the whole crew!

Food, Festivals and More

Whether you’re hanging out with the adults only crowd or looking for some family-friendly activities, our little slice of the California coast has it all!

Did we miss a springtime event you’re excited about? Share it with us in the comments!


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Shop Small in Santa Barbara and SLO County

This Saturday, November 29th, represents Small Business Saturday. A time when the holiday shopping season turns its focus away from the mega malls and super stores to your local mom n’ pop shops. If you’re new to the area, you may not have discovered the best of our local flare, so here’s your Small Business Guide to getting local in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo County this weekend!

SHOP                                                                                                              Central Coast Craft Fair

Central Coast Craft Fair & Boutique – The Fair is a San Luis Obispo staple. Every Thanksgiving weekend for the past 34 years, the Fair opens for a two day extravaganza. This year, catch the crafters and artisans in downtown San Luis Obispo beginning at 10 am on Friday, November 28th. Admission is free and complimentary refreshments and cookies will be on hand.

Downtown Santa Barbara – The whole of downtown Santa Barbara will be a shopper’s delight, as many of the city’s best local shops open their doors and head outside for a giant sidewalk sale. The sale officially kicks off at 10 am on Saturday morning. For a peek at some of the great shops, restaurants, and more that will be joining in on SBS fun, click here.

Ruby Rose – Ruby Rose is a well-kept secret by SLO locals. The vintage consignment shop is eclectic and full of surprises. It’s a great spot to find gifts for the distinctive home decorator or pick up unique clothing and handbags. Once you check it out for the first time, we’re sure you’ll see why this little gem is a local favorite.

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Luna Red – Want a true grassroots dining experience? Head to Luna Red off of Chorro Street in SLO. The ambiance is warm, the menu artfully crafted, and best of all, the food is always in season. Executive Chef, Shaun Behrens, believes in the importance of locally sourced ingredients and sustainable farming and fishing practices, so not only will you leave feeling full and satisfied, but also feeling good about  where and how your meal was sourced.

Villa Creek Restaurant – If you’re cruising around Paso Robles this weekend, call Villa Creek for a reservation. The organic, sustainably focused restaurant is ripe with delicious food offerings and great wines from their vineyard, Villa Creek Cellars. Oh, and don’t feel too bad if you can’t polish off your plate. The restaurant makes the most of everything, leftovers included, by transforming vegetable scrapes into feed for the owners’ pigs and meat scrapes into pet food. Now, those are some lucky farm animals!

Lucky Penny – For something a little more casual, grab an out-of-this-world pizza at Lucky Penny in the heart of Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone. Take a seat on the picnic patio for a great breakfast and a famed cup of coffee or swing by for wood-fired pizza takeout. Just be sure you don’t stare at that penny wall when the sun is shining bright.Lucky Penny


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6 Great Reasons to Buy a House in 2013

Prudential California Realty is Central Coast’s Real Estate experts. Our first priority is you – always. It is our goal to provide you with the most innovative real estate services on the Central Coast.

Have you been considering buying a home? Well the last quarter of 2013 could an excellent time for you to pounce on the opportunity.

Rates on fixed-rate loans are still tempting, and many experts say it’s still cheaper to buy than rent.

If you are still trying to decide if buying a home now is worth it, here are 6 reasons why buying a home in 2013 is a great idea.

1.   Mortgage rates are still dropping. 

The average rate for a 30-year fixed rate loan is currently 4.49%. While this is a 1.15% increase from the historic low of 3.34% at the end of 2012, it’s still a very appealing rate for potential homebuyers.

2.   Home prices are relatively low. 

Housing price trends vary by city and county in San Luis Obispo and Northern Santa Barbara County – even by neighborhood – but home prices in our area are still encouraging to even the most hesitant of homebuyers, especially when we take into consideration the beautiful, attractive location of the Central Coast.

3.   It may be easier to get a mortgage. 

Credit unions and banks may make a smoother process for some potential buyers to qualify for a mortgage. Less stringent requirements and qualifying criteria may help some people actually get their home loan.

If you have good credit and some savings available for a down payment, you may be able to get a loan for that home you’re currently eyeing.

4.   Less competition from home flippers. 

Investors seeking to buy and flip houses aren’t as easily able to do this as easily as they have been in recent years. Housing prices in some markets are increasing, making house flipping less attractive.

This gives other homebuyers more stock to choose from and it gives them the benefit of having less pressure to close a deal because of another pending offer. What does that mean? You can shop around for a home much more easily.

5.   Avoid the cost of rising rent. 

Tired of renting? A buyer’s market means you can finally lay renting to rest. If you’re exhausted by rent increases where you’re currently a tenant and want to move then buying a home should be what wakes you from your renting slumber.

You may be able to receive a great rate with a good credit history and end up paying the equivalent or less in monthly payments as you build equity in a home. Renting can be a more affordable option for the short term, but renting means facing increasing rental costs.

6.   Invest in your future. 

Buying a home gives you a chance to start building equity, which is a great investment in your future. If you sell your home in 5 or 10 years, you may profit from the sale and you can use that money to invest elsewhere.

Like our last point, investing in your future with leave you without the worry of monthly housing expenses changing significantly. Plus, you will be paying for something that has more value than a rental property.

There we have it. 6 excellent points for buying in the last quarter of 2013. Make your dream reality.

Are you looking to buy a house in the near future? Contact us today!


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Fun Fall 2013 Events in San Luis Obispo and Northern Santa Barbara County

Prudential California Realty is Central Coast’s Real Estate experts. Our first priority is you – always. It is our goal to provide you with the most innovative real estate services on the Central Coast.

If you’ve been following our blog for some time now, then you know we love to do seasonal posts where we update all of you with exciting fall events you can start planning for today.

We are a month away from Sunday, September 22nd – the first day of fall – and we can tell you right now that there are a lot of thrilling events going on in this beautiful season. Whether you are married with children or just looking to get out of the house by yourself, we have a list of things we think you’ll love.

The Savor Run 10K, 5K, & Fastest Mile

Sunday, Sept. 29 7:00am

Stay healthy while supporting a great cause!

The Savor Run is presented by the City of San Luis Obispo, and produced by the Central Coast Cancer Challenge. Races start and finish at the historic Mission San Luis Obispo de Toloso, winding through downtown. After the races you’re rewarded with a gourmet pancake breakfast. A portion of Reg. fees will benefit Cancer Well Fit, which promotes continued healing for cancer patients and survivors.

Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast

Thursday, Sept. 26 7:00pm

Winner of Fame Awards’ Best Regional Magazine Event, Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast offers four days of delicious events!

  • Learn best-kept secrets from food and wine celebrities.
  • Experience hands-on culinary adventure tours and extraordinary events i.e. rare evening at Hearst Castle (with wines from the 2013 Sunset International Wine Competition) and evenings on the beach and vineyard.
  • Discover the latest trends in food and wine, gardening and travel from the experts at Sunset magazine.

Kids’ Coastweek

Saturday, Sept. 28 1:00p to 3:00p

Get your kids involved in an activity that will benefit them and the earth!

Join the SLO Botanical Garden in enjoying and protecting their creek- Dairy Creek- at the San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden’s Children’s Garden. Activity is $5 donation per family. A $3 fee is charged for parking by SLO County Parks April through September on weekends. San Luis Obispo Garden blooms with an abundance of low-cost outdoor children’s activities this winter.

First Saturdays: Wine & the Arts

Saturday, Oct. 5 5:00pm to 8:00pm

A year-round event, First Saturdays: Wine & the Arts is held every month in downtown Paso Robles. Tasting rooms, galleries and other venues display the work of local artists, feature performances and offer regional wine in this fun, free, self-guided tour—an unbeatable combination! First Saturdays: Wine & the Arts is a program of ARTS Obispo.

Creative Writing From Your Right Brain — Evelyn Cole

Thursday, Oct. 17 10:00am

Feeling artistic?

Working from your right brain produces writing that paints pictures. Following a set of inspiring suggestions from the instructor, your brain will enter a state of relaxation. As your brain flows in Alpha waves, the inhibitions that held you back from writing will melt away. Your feelings and thoughts will flow effortlessly from pen to paper: your words will create pictures that touch the heart. This class leads you into Alpha and then lets you play.

Audubon Bird Walk

Saturday, Oct. 19 10:00am

Looking for some peace and quiet in nature? Try the Audubon Society!

Birding at the Garden with the Morro Coast Audubon Society with MCAS member Kaaren Perry. San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden is pleased to welcome Kaarren Perry of the Morro Coast Audubon Society for a birding walk through the San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden and the surrounding environs including El Chorro Regional Park, Dairy Creek, the Bluebird Trail, and the grassy hillsides. You will look for returning wintering birds and fall migrants including sparrows, warblers, raptors, and others. October is prime time for rare migrants when nearly anything can show up. Walk will begin near the Oak Glen Pavilion and second parking lot. Walk is $5 for Garden members/$10 non-members. For more information contact Lindsey Collinsworth at 805.541.1400_304, or email education@slobg.org.
David Sedaris

Thursday, Nov. 14 7:30pm

The great skill with which he slices through cultural euphemisms and political correctness proves that Sedaris is a master of satire, ever clever and observant. Join the celebrated author and famed NPR personality for another Cohan Center evening of irreverent musings, laugh-out-loud monologues and readings from his new and unpublished work. (Adult language/content; ages 13 ) “Sedaris’ droll assessment of the mundane and the eccentrics who inhabit the world’s crevices make him one of the greatest humorists writing today.” – Chicago Tribune

Run time: approx. 90 minutes, no intermission


Learn to Fish at the Lopez Lake Kids Free Fishing Clinic

Saturday, Nov. 16 9:00am

Bring the Kids (under 16) to the lake for a Free Fishing Clinic. The clinic is held at the Nature Center near the Marina. Come before 11a.m. to allow time to fish. Kids will be given lessons with an experienced fishermen on fishing ethics and conservation, knot tying, fish types and ecology as well as how to cast your line. All equipment needed is provided and everyone gets a chance to fish. Rain cancels event.

A Christmas Carol

Tuesday, Dec. 17 7:30pm

This celebrated adaptation of Charles Dickens’ enduring tale is rich with thrilling ensemble music and alive with color and movement. Woven throughout are beautiful new arrangements and moving renditions of “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” “Away in a Manger,” “What Child Is This” and many more. Featuring a cast of 24 performers, live musicians, and Broadway-style scenery and costumes, this sumptuous holiday classic has been cherished by audiences for more than 35 years.

Run time: approx. 2 hours, one intermission

Just remember, more events are sure to open that aren’t available to discover online yet.

What are your fall plans? Please share them with us in a comment below.