Walking Trail: Salt Creek Beach


If you live in Monarch Beach (formally Dana Point) you know this local trail from Camino Del Avion to Salt Creek Beach and Strands Beach. As the weather is heating up, this is a perfect opportunity to grab your friend, family, dog, or bike and hit the trail. You will see the Monarch Coast Apartments community and various estates on the right and the Monarch Beach Golf Links on the left as you head to the beach. Wildlife surrounds this trail- you can spot lizards, birds and squirrels. Safe and beautiful, this trail is perfect for a weekend morning power walk or a sunset stroll.

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Check Sprinkler and Irrigation Systems


With the days lengthening and weather warming, spring is a good time to get outdoors and tackle some larger home projects, like your sprinkler and irrigation systems. Checking these systems in the spring can save water—and save your plants. Here are some tips for checking your watering system:

  • Run the system through all the zones manually and walk the property.

 

  • Make sure none of the heads are broken or damaged.

 

  • Adjust any heads that are spraying the house, especially windows, as this can cause moisture problems.

 

  • Adjust heads that are spraying the street, sidewalk or porches to avoid wasting water.

 

  • If you don’t know how to maintain your sprinkler system, call a professional to do it. You’ll save money on your water bill and protect one of our most valuable natural resources.

 

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Your March Home Checklist


March can be unpredictable when it comes to the weather, but no matter what Mother Nature is doing outside your window, it’s natural to crave a fresh start this time of year.

  1. Plant a tree. Spring and fall are the best times to plant trees because wet weather and cooler temperatures make it easier for root systems to get established. Be sure to check with your local nursery to determine which species will do best in your microclimate.
  2. Inspect your home’s exterior. Once winter storms have passed, carefully inspect the exterior of your home for damage.
  3. Simplify the table. Cupboards feeling overstuffed? Simplify your life by paring back on dishes and glassware, letting go of mismatched and chipped pieces and sets you no longer love or use often.
  4. Spring-clean the kitchen. Clean small appliances; wipe grease and grime from the range hood, backsplash and light fixtures; clean grout; and vacuum hard-to-reach places (like under the stove) using an attachment.
  5. Clean slipcovers and soft furnishings. Smaller slipcovers and washable rugs can be laundered at home; drop off larger pieces with professionals.
  6. Get ready for tax time. Getting your ducks in a row this month will make things a lot less stressful. Sort through paperwork, update your files and gather all important documents in one place so you’re ready to go.
  7. Treat yourself to spring blooms. Spring flowers such as daffodils are plentiful and inexpensive this month, so keep an eye out for bargains.
  8. Make a garden plan. There’s still time to get your garden growing! Sketch out a plan and jot down ideas for this year’s plantings, as well as any ideas you have for changes to the hardscape, like putting in a new path or fence. Start some seeds indoors, or pick up seedlings at your local nursery.
  9. Clean up patio furniture. Outdoor furniture can get really grimy over the winter, so be sure to give everything a good scrubbing before you start using it for the season. Launder washable outdoor cushion covers, and replace worn-out pieces if needed.
  10. Tune up lawn and garden tools. Sharp tools get the job done. Take your lawn mower and clippers in for a sharpening and tune up before you begin work in your garden.

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Stunning Ocean Ranch Property: Open House Schedule


Stunning views & outdoor entertaining! 4 BR/4.5 BA Nearly 4,200 sqft. Ocean View & Pool.

$2,188,000

Neighborhood: Ocean Ranch in Laguna Niguel

Address: 36 Newcastle, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

  • Thursday (March 2): 10 A.M.- 1 P.M.
  • Saturday (March 4): 1 P.M. – 4 P.M.
  • Sunday (March 5): 1 P.M. – 4 P.M.

Check out photos prior to the open house below! See you there.

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Modernism Week in Palm Springs


A member of the Caruso team attended Modernism Week last Wednesday, February 22nd in Palm Springs. The fun, bright atmosphere of the lobby set the tone for the laid-back, mid-day start of the tour. From the lobby, guests were pointed towards a large white tent where architect Lance O’Donnell was presenting. While sipping on chilled blackberry & sage iced tea, the audience listened to Lance’s reasoning for elements in 4 different homes; placing an artist’s studio in specific area to catch natural lighting, environmental aspects that came into play, adding a car port next to a kitchen so the owners could unload groceries, etc.

After the lecture, the guests were shuttled to the nearby neighborhood where these unique, midcentury modern homes resided in. All of the homes were mostly white with sharp angels and slanted wood ceilings for warmth. They all had pools with views of the surrounding mountains. The final home hosted a bread, cheese and wine reception- the huge glass doors were tucked in allowing for flawless indoor-outdoor entertaining. Check out the images below to see snippets of Lance O’Donnell’s modern home collection.

 

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Trending First Time Home Buyers….WHO ARE THEY?


While the overall number of first-time homebuyers continues to decline, one segment of the population is bucking the trend. Young people ranging in age from their late teens to mid-30s, known as millennials, are the largest and fastest growing group of homebuyers, according to the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR). Instead of converted industrial spaces and hip coffee shops in city centers, these young people are opting instead for older single-family homes with manicured lawns and soccer leagues in the suburbs.

The median age of millennials, 30, is the driving force behind this trend. “This is typically the time in life where one settles down to marry and raise a family,” says Lawrence Yun, NAR’s chief economist. And these buyers are choosing the suburbs over the city, he adds, because of a shortage of condos in urban centers fitting their entry-level price range. “Affordability pressures make buying in the city extremely difficult for most young households,” he says. “Even if an urban setting is where they’d like to buy their first home, the need for more space at an affordable price is for the most part pushing their search further out.”

Source: Council of Residential Specialists

Michael Caruso is a long time member of the Council of Residential Specialists, designation CRS

mcaruso@surterreproperties.com

www.CarusoRealEstate.com

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