March 2015

Found 9 blog entries for March 2015.

Join us at this weekend's open houses to see this North San Clemente home!  

This stylishly upgraded San Clemente home offers a light, bright, spacious design, with 3 bedrooms, 2.5 remodeled baths, 3 fireplaces, pub-style wet bar, soaring ceilings, skylights, newer windows, and more in approx. 2,575 s.f.

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Join us at this weekend's open houses to see this Talega home in the exclusive Lucia enclave!  

Luxurious Talega home offers regal proportions, sweeping grounds and custom upgrades in the exclusive Lucia enclave. Enjoy sunrise views, 5 bedrooms, 5.5 baths, graceful architecture, and a private pool-sized backyard with boundless potential to be unearthed in approx. 6,070 s.f. 

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Keep Calm its Wine Down Wednesday

Good news!  We have made it half way through another wonderful week.  No matter what you choose to do to enjoy your Wednesday, join us in celebrating the beautiful place that we live in!  And, why not feel good while doing it?  To us, it’s always a great day in South Orange County, whether you are in San Clemente, Dana Point, or San Juan Capistrano!  Let’s look at the headlines linked to this week’s Wine Wednesday.

Glass Half Empty

As you may have heard, a lawsuit surfaced claiming that many popular wines made and distributed in California contain dangerous levels of arsenic.  The lawsuit claims that 28 wineries produced wines with high levels of the toxin, across three separate, specialized testing

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Curb appeal can be the most important aspect when trying to attract buyers. As temperatures rise and spring begins to waltz in, take advantage of the warmth and set yourself and your family to work in the yard to improve your home's curb appeal. Some ideas:

1. Create an immaculate space – During the winter, things can get out of hand in your yard. Plants and trees can look overgrown or decrepit, so cut them back and prune them to perfection. This will allow your plants and trees to grow beautifully during the warm spring season. Rake up or blow away dead leaves throughout your lawn and flowerbeds, since they can create a cluttered look. Be diligent about general upkeep in your yard. Mow the lawn and put down some fresh pine straw or mulch to clearly mark

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It’s a Scorcher in South Orange County

Things are heating up in the OC!  And, it’s not just the weather.  As we prepare for a record-breaking heat wave with the potential for temperatures as high as 20 degrees above normal, according to the National Weather Service, the Echelberger Group wants to broadcast the latest hot topics in the OC to our fellow community members.  Remember, if you can’t avoid the heat, then please consider wearing light clothing and staying hydrated.  If you are up for taking on the heat, then read on to stay on top of local happenings!

Hot Topics

Learn about 3 hot topics that may affect you as a South County resident.

1.       UC Irvine Debate over Banning American Flags

Not only has last week’s vote by the student

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'They say it's your birthday
We're gonna have a good time
I'm glad it's your birthday
Happy birthday to you'


Storm Watch Storm

A major storm has hit our Village by the Sea on our birthday and what a way to celebrate with needed rain and unneeded power outages! We have set up a Storm Watch bulletin on the City's web page so check that for any local storm developments. Link is

2014 Long Term Financial Plan

On February 25, the City Council conducted a 5 hour workshop to review the City's 2014 Long Term Financial Plan (LTFP) and Strategic Priorities. This plan represents the 22nd annual financial plan for the

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If you're itching to remodel but the budget just won’t allow it, these inexpensive fixes from Better Homes & Gardens Magazine may help give you the look and efficiency you want with price tagsof under $150:

Shelving for extra storage – Take advantage of small, unclaimed wall or corner space in your kitchen and add open shelving to hold dishes, cookware and spices within easy reach. Embellish plain shelves with decorative brackets, and if you entertain often, add a wine rack.

Upgrade cabinets with molding 
– Plain, personality-less kitchen cabinets take on new sophistication with the simple addition of molding at the edges. You can do it yourself with a little guidance from home store designers.

Restore the floor – The warmth and versatility of wood is

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I am regularly talking about organizing and de-cluttering, so it was with great delight being clued in to the financial benefits awaiting potential home sellers for taking the time to organize and de-clutter.

The Texas Association of REALTORS® recently shared the news—according to Consumer Reports—that basic cleaning and de-cluttering, simple kitchen and bathroom upgrades, painting the right spaces, and sprucing up your curb appeal are all low-cost investments that can land you hundreds of dollars in return.

That survey puts increased sales potential as high as 3 to 5 percent—so over the next few months, we'll spend some time drilling into this huge ROI / DIY news, and how to make the most of small projects that can pay big when you go to sell your

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Giving Back in March

The Echelberger Group, as a part of Surterre Properties, believes in giving back to the community and the home that supports both our lives and business.  Join us in celebrating the beautiful place that we live in!  And, why not feel good while doing it?  To us, it’s always a great day in South Orange County, whether you are in San Clemente, Dana Point, or San Juan Capistrano!

The Line Up

In our opinion, you can’t miss these 5 upcoming, community events.  We hope to see you there!

1.       Truman Benedict’s PTA Mixed Bag Fundraiser – March 2nd-March 13th

Support your local schools through the Truman Benedict PTA.  It is as easy as selecting your favorite functional, yet stylish, bag.  Mixed Bag Designs boasts new

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