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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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Ways to Enjoy the Central Coast on a Rainy Day

Way to Enjoy a Rainy Day on the Central CoastRain in California? Impossible! Or so the rumors would have you believe. If you’re new to the West Coast you may have fallen prey to this common misconception. The truth is it does in fact rain, approximately 19 inches of it annually to be precise. What’s more important to know is that even in the rain there are still plenty of ways to enjoy the Central Coast! Despite our recent drought, we’ve been told that the rainy season is still coming and we’re anxiously awaiting it! When it does arrive, here are some thoughts to brighten a rainy day!

Play Inside

  • Test your bowling skills at the Paso Bowl, Mustang Lanes or Pismo Beach Bowl.
  • Get your heart pumping at SLO Op, a 4,500 sq. ft. warehouse of climbing wall space.
  • Bust out the board and dice games during TOT Night at Mother’s Tavern. Bonus, it’s exactly what it sounds like – a night chock full of $2.00 tater tots!

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Play in the Rain

  • Strap on your rain boots and head out to Morro Bay for some kayaking.
  • Cruise damp Cambria beaches in search of Moonstones.
  • Explore your wild side on a hike through Harmony Headlands.

Get Artsy

  • Find your inner Picasso at Art Bar in San Luis Obispo. Cocktails, paint brushes, and friends. What could be better on an otherwise bleak and rainy day?

Taste Some Grapes

  • Every day is a great day for wine tasting! Leave the driving to someone else and safely enjoy a day of sipping with Break-Away Tours!

 

Have another rainy day favorite? Share it with us in the comments!


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You Can’t See it But it’s Everywhere: How Lighting Can Change a Room

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 truly enlightened to the effects that lighting can have on a room?

Whether you have just moved into your new home or simply want to see your “old” home in a new light, it’s important to consider how we see the things that, well, help us see.

The types of lights used and the ways those lights are used can have drastic effects on a room affecting the tone, mood, and personality of not just the space, but the people inhabiting that space.

Determining the right type of lighting for a room is a matter of finding the balance between functionality and personality.

The first step however is to make a few determinations: assess the amount of natural daylight the room receives and which cardinal direction the room faces to figure out how much light the room receives during the different seasons and thus affect the type of light the room needs.

For example, a north facing room will only receive the minimum amount of light even in summer. During winter months however, it could be practically dark after mid-day so more lighting fixtures with a higher luminescence will be needed.

With this said, it is probably apparent that lighting a guestroom will be vastly different than lighting a kitchen or living room. Some place like a bedroom should be calm, relaxing, tranquilizing, and inviting, and perimeter lighting accomplishes just that. Consider dim lamps or uplighting in the corners of your room or indirect lighting that illuminates your ceiling.

More bedroom lighting tips are as follows:

Bedroom lighting must be able to go from a subdued ambience to bright task lighting for dressing, reading, and other activities. Use a combination of general and task lighting that matches your needs. Dimming controls give you the flexibility to vary the light to their immediate needs.

Lighting should give the illumination needed to dress and see into drawers and closets easily. Lighting for closets is best done with recessed or close-to-the-ceiling fixtures that won’t get in the way in a tight space.

Next-to-bed lighting is often done with table lamps and recessed lights which can provide the light needed while leaving end tables open. Dimmer controls on next to bed lighting can change the ambience to suit your mood or make the room light low for TV viewing.

Here are some additional general tips to shed some light on your endeavors:

  • Most rooms need three light sources.
  • Overhead lighting, with the exception of chandeliers, is usually too harsh. Instead, try table lamps, floor lamps, uplighting, and spots.
  • If the room is for reading try a good reading light in all the places where that might happen.
  • If the room is for romance, put your lights on dimmers.
  • If the room is made for partying, uplights are fun and a little dramatic.
  • If the room is for showcasing art, spotlights put the focus on it.
  • Use CFL’s wherever possible.

Do you have any home lighting tips you think we should have discussed? Please share them in a comment below.


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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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Bringing Brunch Back Home

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.

Brunch: it’s not just the combination of breakfast and lunch – it’s the combination of friends and family, typically on a Sunday, but happily enjoyed nonetheless.

Lots of people and restaurants feature different items, options, and traditions for how brunch should be done, but everyone can find a relaxing atmosphere in their own home to share delicious food with friendly faces.

It’s also a great way to introduce your new home to friends and family – especially this time of year as the weather cools down and we open up our windows for some fresh air.

So, what do we know about the actual history of brunch?

For one, the details on the origin of this tradition are unclear. Some food historians believe that the meal is rooted in 19th century Britain when hunting groups would have extravagant mid-morning meals. Another historical mention comes from an 1895 “Hunter’s Weekly” article:

“Brunch is cheerful, sociable and inciting,” Guy Beringer wrote in “Brunch: A Plea:” He continues, “Instead of England’s early Sunday dinner, a post-church ordeal of heavy meats and savory pies, why not a new meal, served around noon, that starts with tea or coffee . . . By eliminating the need to get up early on Sunday, brunch would make life brighter for Saturday night carousers.”

So why not bring back the brunch tradition (and the staying up late on Saturday tradition)?

No matter how you prefer your brunch, bring it back for a weekly tradition!

Brunch is one of the best meals to host, since there is a lot more flexibility than at a Friday or Saturday night dinner.

For one, brunches can last as long or as short as you like. Most of the time, friends will probably have plans for later and won’t overstay, but sometimes they’ll have nothing to do, which can be great too because this can provide for hours of entertainment.

Secondly, if you have plans for later on, everyone will understand.

Here are a few ideas:

Cook one item on the stove. Sautéing hash browns and scrambling eggs while entertaining the first few arrivals can get a bit stressful.

Consider using foods that:

  • Requires immediate attention (scrambling eggs, cooking sausage, etc.)
  • You can make the night before (breads, coffee cake, etc.)
  • Require assembly (salads, sandwiches, etc.)
  • Require just a little washing like fruits and vegetables

Also, don’t forget about having coffee and consider using water flavored with lemon, lime, cucumber, or any other fruit you think will impress guests.

And last but not least, don’t forget the mimosas!

Do you have a great brunch tip? Please share it with us in a comment below.