Selling Or Buying In Encinitas CA? WATCH THIS.

How is the real estate market in Encinitas, CA? Have sales plateaued? 

If you are thinking about selling a house in the beautiful beachside town of Encinitas, CA or buying a house in Encinitas, CA, here is the information you need to know to make the best decisions. 

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CHRIS WHITTAKER, CEO
Licensed Full Time Since 2000
Certified Real Estate Negotiator
Cal BRE: 01895376

DANA WHITTAKER, COO
Licensed Full Time Since 2000
Director, North San Diego County Association of Realtors
Broker Associate
Cal BRE: 1926595 

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NEW VIDEO! Tour San Elijo Hills Shops, Restaurants, Neighborhoods

Join us for a relaxing drive through San Elijo Hills

Tour the Village Square with dining, grocery, shopping and activities. The park with the large fountain hosts community events like a Women’s Fair, Tree Lighting, Octoberfest, student performances and picnics.

In this video we drive through the neighborhoods of Promontory Ridge and Sagewood, 2 of over 30 different subdivisions offering different architectural styles and home sizes from executive apartments to estates. With some of the highest elevations in North County, San Elijo Hills has incredible views of the surrounding mountains, canyons and the gorgeous Pacific Ocean. SEH is about a 45 minute commute into downtown San Diego and about an hour to Laguna Beach in Orange County. Easy access to freeways and public transit make getting around a breeze.

If you’re thinking about moving, consider San Elijo Hills in North San Diego County–the hub for bio-tech, open space, award winning schools and family friendly communities.

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CHRIS WHITTAKER, CEO

Licensed Full Time Since 2000

Certified Real Estate Negotiator

Cal BRE: 01895376

DANA WHITTAKER, COO

Licensed Full Time Since 2000

2016-2018 Director, North San Diego County Association of Realtors

Broker Associate Cal BRE: 1926595

HOUSING MARKET UPDATE VIDEO: WHAT’S GOING ON IN NORTH SAN DIEGO

Hello! 

What is going on with North San Diego Real Estate? Inventory is in high demand and days on the market are fewer so sellers are asking for more. The rush to get moved by Summer is upon us.

We dive deeper into the Carlsbad, San Marcos and Encinitas markets in this video after going over the latest stats from North San Diego County. If you are thinking about moving in the next year, be sure to subscribe to stay on top of market trends.

Buyers: we’d like to help you navigate this competitive terrain and find you a great home to love. We have a plan to get you the best deal possible. Did you know that it’s cheaper to own in North San Diego than rent in many cases? Let’s strategize saving for your down payment or talk about possible loan programs and get you into your first home. 

Sellers: let’s talk strategy to maximize your profits from your equity. We will show you how we negotiate for more on our listings over the average agent. Local economic experts are predicting 4-6% appreciation this year. If you are thinking about selling we need to get together so we can prep your house to take advantage of the most competitive months of the year. 

This is also a fantastic time to refinance! Don’t miss your opportunity to lower your house payment with one of our preferred lenders. We can consult on upgrades that will get the best return on your investment or about picking up a rental property. We can show you deals that are cash flowing. 

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-Dana & Chris 

The Whittaker Team

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Serving North San Diego County from Del Mar to Oceanside…where we live, work and play. 

*Information courtesy of Showing Time 10K, NSDCAR and Altos Research deemed reliable but not guaranteed. 

“We do what it takes for our clients. We trained in the hardest markets and learned to serve our clients better. We would like to apply for the job to negotiate for your real estate transactions. More importantly, we’d like to earn a relationship to be your trusted real estate investment advisors for the next few decades. There is no charge for a consultation. Message us anytime, 760.618.1490.” –Chris & Dana Whittaker

NEW: Our Sunday Drive Series featuring BRESSI RANCH in Carlsbad, CA

Join us for a nice and relaxing drive through the beautiful Bressi Ranch community in Carlsbad, CA. We take you through a few of our favorite neighborhoods: Wisteria Place, Heather Court and Magnolia Estates.

Sit back and relax while we drive you through Wisteria Place, Heather Court & Magnolia Estates in the Bressi Ranch community of Carlsbad, CA. About 5 miles from the beach, this highly desirable neighborhood has something to offer everyone from condos to mansions. Known for award winning schools, a resort style community pool, shopping, walking trails and a warm neighborly feel, Bressi Ranch just may be the perfect place for you to call home. Bressi Ranch is close to shopping, restaurants, golf and McClellan-Palomar Airport, a small public airport.

Want to browse homes for sale in Bressi Ranch? CLICK HERE.

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CHRIS WHITTAKER, CEO

Licensed Full Time Since 2000

Certified Real Estate Negotiator 

Cal BRE: 01895376

DANA WHITTAKER, COO

Licensed Full Time Since 2000

2016-2018 Director, North San Diego County Association of Realtors 

Broker Associate Cal BRE: 1926595 

Spring Festivals & Egg Hunts in CARLSBAD, SAN MARCOS, & ENCINITAS

With Spring upon us and Easter this weekend, here are 3 wonderful events happening in our favorite parts of North San Diego County. The Egg Hunt activities are put on by the cities ofCarlsbad, San Marcos and Encinitas. How lucky are we?

Happy kids bouncing in Carlsbad CA

Carlsbad EGGstravaganza Spring Festival

Saturday, 3/26/2016, 10am-1pm

$6 for Hunt, $6 Wristband for Carnival Activities

Poinsettia Park

6600 Hidden Valley Road

Carlsbad, CA 92011

Visit CarlsbadCA.gov or call 760-434-2843.

We hope you have a really fun Spring Break!

San Marcos Peter Cottontail Breakfast, 8-10am and Holiday Egg Hunt, 10:15am

Saturday, 3/26/2016, 8-10am

$5/adult, $4 age 10 & under for breakfast, $5 recommended donation per family for the hunt

Walnut Grove Park

1950 Sycamore Dr.

San Marcos, CA 92069

Visit SanMarcos.net for details or call 760-744-9000.

Ready for the Egg Hunt in North San Diego County!

City of Encinitas Spring Egg Hunt

Saturday, 3/26/2016, 10-1pm

FREE for the Kids

Encinitas Community Park

425 Santa Fe Drive

Encinitas, CA 92024

Call Encinitas Parks & Recreation for details, 760-633-2740.

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HAPPY EASTER FROM OUR FAMILY TO YOURS!

Happy Easter from the Whittaker Team

Thanks for Reading,

-Chris & Dana

Text or Call 760.618.1490

CHRIS WHITTAKER, CEO
Licensed Full Time Since 2000
Certified Real Estate Negotiator 
Cal BRE: 01895376
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DANA WHITTAKER, COO
Licensed Full Time Since 2000
Director, North San Diego County Association of Realtors
Broker Associate
Cal BRE: 01926595 
Experience/References on LinkedIn

Be sure to check out our San Marcos, Carlsbad and Encinitas VIDEO market reports and more on Youtube
Specializing in San Marcos, Carlsbad and Encinitas…where we live, work and play. 

“We do what it takes for our clients. We trained in the hardest markets so we could serve our clients better. We would like to apply for the job to negotiate for your real estate transactions. More importantly, we’d like to earn a relationship to be your trusted real estate investment advisors for the next few decades. There is no charge for a consultation. Message us anytime, 760.618.1490.” –Chris & Dana Whittaker

Best Places For St Patricks Day In Carlsbad Encinitas San Marcos North County San Diego

St. Patrick’s Day is March 17th, it’s time to start planning for some green beer and Irish festivities. This time of year always reminds me of my college days in Burlington Vermont where the Irish pubs opened at the crack of dawn and served up green bagels, green eggs, and green beer. By noon, we were walking to the next party as the day went on and the parties resembled Animal House. Those days are decades behind me now and fun is defined way differently with “Leprechauns” leaving chocolate coins and four leaf clover necklaces around the house for the kids–I’m sure I’ll still have a Guinness though.:)

If you find yourself in North County San Diego this St. Patrick’s Day, here are our top choices for a great party spot as chosen by the locals:

Carlsbad

O’Sullivan’s Irish Pub and Restaurant 

Click for O'Sullivan's St Patty's Day Event Info

Our first stop is Carlsbad where the famous O’Sullivan’s Irish Pub is a landmark in the village. They have a location in Carlsbad as well as one in Escondido. Check out the website by clicking the photo below so you can see the line up for this St. Patty’s Day as it goes the entire weekend. The outdoor area is our favorite. Expect a huge crowd and have a blast. People at the beach are happy so there is a great vibe, live music and yummy comfort food.

 

 

Encinitas

Encinitas Ale House

Click for more St Patrick's Day info at Encinitas Ale House

Next up on the list is another local favorite, the Encinitas Ale House. This place is known for it’s beer selection, 80 Beers in 80 Days contest, special rare tap days and exotics as well as their St. Patrick’s Day weekend festival. Check out their website for the beer list by clicking below. Encinitas will be hoppin’ with a fun, artsy surfer crowd. There are several spots celebrating the holiday so doing a little bar hopping will be brilliant in the crisp March air on foot.

San Marcos

Churchills Pub and Grille

Click for more info about Churchills in San Marcos, CA

Our last stop on the St. Patrick’s Day weekend of festivities is Churchills Pub and Grille on San Marcos Blvd. Voted Best Bar of North County San Diego, this is the locals hangout as well as the beer lover’s dream. Great atmosphere, decadent dishes and a killer beer list are what make this Pub a favorite tucked behind San Elijo Hills in San Marcos.

Dana’s Designated Driver Tip:

Order Kaliber non-alcoholic beer by Guinness

Please drink responsibly. There will be tons of people out and about. Have fun, take your time and choose a designated driver or order Uber. Guinness makes one of the best tasting non-alcoholic beers that I’ve tried. It’s called Kaliber and you can order it by clicking on the picture if you are over the age of 21.

ERIN GO BRAGH!

Thanks for reading. We hope you enjoyed this lifestyle blog including fun events around North San Diego County. We appreciate your trust and referrals and if you are thinking about making a move, we’d like to meet for a consultation. This is the time to start thinking about putting your house on the market if you need to sell, to take advantage of the busy Summer months. To shop homes for sale in Carlsbad, homes for sale in San Marcos or homes for sale in Encinitas, click on the cities. Click here for a preliminary home value instantly.

–Chris and Dana

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CHRIS WHITTAKER, CEO

Licensed Full Time Since 2000

Certified Real Estate Negotiator

Cal BRE: 01895376

DANA WHITTAKER, COO

Licensed Full Time Since 2000

Director, North San Diego County Association of Realtors 2016-2018

Associate Broker

Cal BRE: 1926595

 

“We do what it takes for our clients. We trained in the hardest markets so we could serve our clients better. We would like to apply for the job to negotiate for your real estate transactions. More importantly, we’d like to earn a relationship to be your trusted real estate investment advisors for the next few decades. There is no charge for a consultation. Message us anytime, 760.618.1490.” –Chris & Dana Whittaker

MILITARY HOME BUYER IN VISTA CA USES CHRIS WHITTAKER & HEROES HOME ADVANTAGE FOR FIRST HOME

Vista CA Press Release–For Immediate Release

 Military Family Closes on Home in VistaMeet Jonathan and Tristin  and their 2 beautiful daughters and one beagle missing from this photo.

Jonathan is an Air Force veteran who served from 1999 – 2003 in Germany and in Tuscon, AZ.  His rank was Senior Airman. His favorite part about being in the military was the comraderie with the other soldiers. He recommends that everyone should do it. The benefits of being in the military were numerous including the GI Bill, college tuition, being away from family makes you grow up faster, and being able to start a career right away.

Jonathan and Tristin, bought a beautiful home in Vista, CA with almost 1800 sq.ft., 3 bedrooms, a play room off the family room, a modern upgraded kitchen with stainless steel appliances, private yard with a play-set and no one living behind them. They used a VA loan to buy the home and got a rate less than 4% as well as all their earnest money back so they literally bought this home with no money down. Because they took advantage of the Heroes Home Advantage program that Chris Whittaker with Solutions Real Estate offers, they were able to receive a little more than $2800 towards the purchase of the home.

Heroes Home Advantage™ is a real estate rebate program for those that protect, serve educate and care for our country and community: military, law enforcement, firefighters, health care, emergency personnel and teachers.

If you’re a Hero (past or current US military, teacher, nurse or medical professional, firefighter, police officer or first responder) and you’d like to participate in Heroes Home Advantage in San Diego County, give Chris and his team a call at 760-618-1490 or you can visit us on our website to find out more about the program and get started by finding a home for sale right now.

We believe our Heroes deserve the best. We want to find you the best house to call home and negotiate the best deal with the best terms and rates. We would love to put our experience to work for you. 

One of the reasons we believe in this program so much is because our parents are heroes too. We are so thankful for all the lessons and values they have given us and this is our way of paying all of that forward. 

*Chris’s dad was in the Navy in the ’60’s

*Dana’s grandfather earned the Purple Heart in WWII

*Dana’s mom is an Oncology Nurse

*Dana’s bonus dad was a Navy SEAL for 20 years

Thank You for Your Service,

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Cal BRE: 01895376
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Licensed Full Time Since 2000
Director, North San Diego County Association of Realtors 2016-2018
Associate Broker
Cal BRE: 1926595 
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Be sure to check out their San Marcos, Carlsbad and Encinitas VIDEO market reports and more on Youtube 

What is Going on with North San Diego Real Estate?

Hello!

We’ve switched up our reporting format. What do you think? Do you like hearing about North San Diego all together or would you rather us continue to report specifically about Carlsbad, San Marcos and Encinitas?

What is going on with North San Diego Real Estate? Local economic experts are predicting 4-6% appreciation this year and 3-4% in the next couple of years following. If you are thinking about selling it’s time to talk so we can prep your house to take advantage of the most competitive months of the year. Did you know that it’s cheaper to own in North San Diego than rent in many cases? Let’s strategize saving for your down payment or talk about possible loan programs and get you into your first home. This is also a fantastic time to refinance. Don’t miss your opportunity to lower your house payment. Let’s talk about upgrades that will get the best return on your investment if it’s time or about picking up a rental property. We can show you deals that are cash flowing. 

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*Information courtesy of Showing Time 10K and NSDCAR deemed reliable but not guaranteed.

Thanks again. 

-Dana & Chris Whittaker
Cal BRE: 01926595 and 01895376

Specializing in San Marcos, Carlsbad and Encinitas…where we live, work and play.

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Carlsbad CA Real Estate Agents

“We do what it takes for our clients. We trained in the hardest markets so we could serve our clients better. We would like to apply for the job to negotiate for your real estate transactions. More importantly, we’d like to earn a relationship to be your trusted real estate investment advisors for the next few decades. There is no charge for a consultation. Message us anytime, 760.618.1490.” –Chris & Dana Whittaker

Narrowing The Search For Homes In North San Diego CA

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The day has come! Hallelujah, you’ve made the decision to buy a home in Carlsbad, Encinitas, San Marcos or another gorgeous North San Diego city. Whether it’s your first time or last time, there’s a lot that goes into a decision like that and one of the key factors is narrowing the search for the perfect home for you.

So what’s the first step? Well, the real first step is making the decision. Once you decide you cut off any other choices. You must be determined to make home-ownership happen.

Who are you and what are your needs? Sometimes our buyers are a couple with a baby on the way and they need to go from a 2 bedroom condo to a home with a yard and 3 bedrooms near a great school. Maybe it’s a couple with kids in college and they want to drop the hint so they sell the 4 bedroom in the ‘burbs and move to a high rise downtown to be close to the local jazz bands and sushi bars. Maybe the buyer is a single elderly widow and she needs to move closer to family so her kids can keep an eye on her and give her some company, so she sells the home she spent the last 30 years building with her husband and all those memories of families and loved ones and holidays come rushing in and there’s grief, and there’s relief, and there’s uncertainty and there’s so much more than just a sale. The relationships we encounter and build and consult and advise on are wonderful jewels in our business.

Now you begin gathering some mental data on yourself, your spouse or loved ones, whoever is involved in this type of move. What’s important in your next place? I don’t mean paint color or carpet weave, I mean what’s the really important stuff? The non-negotiables. How are the schools? How’s the neighborhood? Is it close to work? Does it cut your commute time in half? Is it close to the shops you love to frequent or the hiking trails you run already? Is it closer to your family and convenient to the freeway? Whatever your needs are. Next would be bedroom count. Can you live with 3 bedrooms and a den or does it have to be 4? Do you really need 3 or would 2 work just fine? Start there.

Now that you’ve made some preliminary agreement with any other decision makers, and you have an idea of what you need in a new home, get loan approval right away. Can you afford what you want? You may have to be flexible on a few things. Most often you’ll have to choose between size and location. Don’t delay, get a referral for a lender from your agent or ask the people that you trust that own homes or are in the business to give you some names. Get on the phone or email and start asking questions. Feel free to interview a couple lenders including someone from your bank or credit union. You want a lender who’s experienced, not a fast talker, clear and concise and pleasant to speak with. Ask about rates, etc. Once you make a decision on the lender you are going to use then you’ve got to get them the paperwork they’ve requested right away. They’ll ask for pay stubs, tax returns, bank statements, your social security number, they’ll run your credit and see if you fit into one of their programs. If you do this, good job, you’re on your way! If you don’t the lender may have other options but the underwriting is tougher so more will be required of you and the rates may not be as good, so how bad do you want it? Your lender may even offer to help clean up credit issues or blemishes. By the way, there should be no extra charge for this and be wary of people that say they can clean up your credit for a fee. Very few get results by doing the things that you can do yourself. A trustworthy lender will tell you exactly what you need to do, who you need to call or email, etc. Also, did you know that you can get an FHA loan 2 years from the date of your bankruptcy discharge but you can’t request the loan and get into the system until after that date  (2 years to the month). Lenders can help and they’re, for the most part, hardworking and honest.

Once you know what you’re qualified for and you know where and what you want, you just have to find it. Easy right??? Yeah, right…  Here’s what I recommend with inventory as low as it is. Be as open as possible at the very beginning and narrow your focus as you go. Consider a whole bunch of areas and have your agent do searches for those areas up to your price point. Nowadays, you can even do this online. Our website allows buyers to put the entire county of San Diego on their search list, or up to 3 different cities or areas per search. Then you select your max price and number of bedrooms preferred and anything else that’s important to you like one story, 55+ communities, No HOA,Pets allowed,short-sale, fixer upper,water views, whatever it is you’re looking for. Our software actually searches the MLS frequently and refreshes our website so all the listings are currently active or they won’t appear on the site. Now if you use Zillow, Trulia or Realtor dot com, the same can’t be said. Sure there’s a bunch of information on those sites, but if you want true search ability with actual listings that are available for purchase, not rental scams and fake listings, then you need to check out our website which is www.NorthSanDiegoAgent.com

When you start looking at specific homes in specific communities and you’re driving by and checking things out, you’ll be able to see which neighborhoods you really really like and you start narrowing those online. Then as you walk through listings and see what 3 bedrooms and a den feels like compared to 4 bedrooms, for example, you can narrow that way. Maybe square footage discussions come up and you decide you just can’t live in a home under 1500 square feet, you narrow your search that way. Pretty soon, you’ll maybe have 4 high quality choices and you go see those listings and you fall in love, which happens because buying a home is an emotional decision (unless you’re one of our investors). 9 times out of 10, buyers get a feeling about a house, they fall in love with possibility and visions of their happy future self. It’s amazing to watch happen in real time and one of the most rewarding aspects of our job. Seeing buyers tear up when they walk through the front door and visually fall in love with something, maybe the dining room and the vision of hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year; or maybe it’s the bay window with the ocean view and the vision of reading to your yet unborn daughter with the sun shining on your faces. Maybe it’s the 4 car garage and the dream of restoring classic muscle cars because that’s what Dad did and the tools are still around. Whatever the story is, there is one and it’s so important and personal and such an honor for us to hear.

Does it feel right? Once you’ve fallen in love then it’s time to press pen to paper–just kidding, you’ll be clicking away through our paperless system–and get that house. Also easier said than done. What if 10 people think the same way? What if your house fits a lot of needs for a lot of people? What do you do then? San Diego is one of the most competitive markets in the country. You’ll have to wait for the next blog we do about getting your offer accepted. Yes there are strategies, yes some may seem aggressive, but did you read what I wrote about emotions which had the words important and personal?

Thanks for reading, 

–Chris

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CHRIS WHITTAKER, CEO
Licensed Full Time Since 2000
Certified Real Estate Negotiator 
Cal BRE: 01895376
Experience/References on LinkedIn
Text or Call 760.618.1490 
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DANA WHITTAKER, COO
Licensed Full Time Since 2000
Director, North San Diego County Association of Realtors 
Associate Broker 
Cal BRE: 01926595 
Experience/References on LinkedIn
Be sure to check out our San Marcos, Carlsbad and Encinitas VIDEO market reports and more on Youtube
Specializing in San Marcos, Carlsbad and Encinitas…where we live, work and play. 
Chris and Dana Whittaker have been in the real estate industry for a combined 30 years and have helped hundreds and hundreds of buyers and sellers get what they wanted by creating win-win scenarios. “We consider ourselves professional problem solvers and negotiators. We protect your investment like a pit bull. Whether you’re relocating to the San Diego area or thinking about selling your home, give us a call and discover the difference today, 760-618-1490.”
TESTIMONIALS
“Chris was extremely helpful, very responsive, and very knowledgeable. Not only did Chris help me find the right property, he also helped me immensely throughout the process and even after the closing. I would strongly recommend Chris to anyone looking for a great real estate agent. I have worked with many agents over time and Chris is by far the best agent I have worked with.”
-Rohit P. Vice President, AI Engineers
“He was always there and has since then been there to answer questions and provide advice. I have referred many others to Chris also. Good, hard-working, and honest, what you need in a real estate agent.”
-Edward B. Hotel Manager at Hyatt Hotels Corporation

Best Places to Play in the Snow in San Diego CA

You wouldn’t think that San Diego County, known for it’s Mediterranean climate with perfect balmy temperatures which average 72 degrees year round, would also have a few options for playing in the snow, but it does. We have access to all the seasons almost year round even though we’re in Southern California. When we feel the need for a little change, we just hop in the car and drive to our climate of choice, arriving usually within 2 hours. We currently live in San Elijo Hills in San Marcos, CA which is in the north part of San Diego County to give you some basis for how long it takes to drive to these spots.

Our Favorite Spot–> Palomar Mountain is about a 1 hour drive east from San Marcos in North San Diego County. Head east on the 78 and keep going through Escondido towards the mountains. Surprisingly, as you go up the long winding road to the top, with about 20 switchbacks–be careful and watch for motorcyclists as this is a popular ride–the elevation change brings cooler temperatures and sure enough you’ll start to see snow on the side of the road after a good storm in the Winter months and sometimes even in the Fall and Spring. As you get to the top there’s a little general store. If you take the left before the general store you’ll head towards the local park. There are a bunch of trails, gorgeous for hiking throughout the year with oak, pine, fir and cedar trees, leading to some serious sledding fun. There are signs for Mountain Lions but don’t let that keep you away, just be aware of your surroundings and make sure you bring a buddy. Until 1992 the Hale Telescope at the Palomar Observatory was the largest in the world. Parts of the Observatory are open daily from 9am – 3pm, except during snow storms and on Dec 24 & 25th. With four distinct seasons and views of the glistening Pacific Ocean, Palomar Mountain has long been a nice getaway for locals and it’s our favorite place to play in the snow and go sledding in San Diego.

Idyllwild is worth the almost two hour drive. And yes, technically it’s in Riverside County, however it’s still a short distance so we’re including it. (Another benefit of living in North San Diego! We can be in LA, the OC, downtown, Palm Springs or Mexico in a snap. Talk about a playground!) On the way to Big Bear is this quaint mountain town that has all sorts of shops, restaurants and bars with a wonderful culture of art, music and theater. Idyllwild has won distinctions as a top small art town and as a mountain get-away. Try Humber Park for some sledding. There’s also hiking and a tram. When we are up for a nice desert drive, some art and shopping, we head to Idyllwild to build a snowman in the winter.

Mount Laguna is another favorite snow spot where you can sled or go cross country skiing. Mount Laguna is part of the Cleveland National Forest in the eastern part of San Diego County. There is a general store and restaurant and some great little cabins. After we’ve worn ourselves out playing in the snow, we look forward to the scenic drive up Sunrise Highway to Julian. Julian is an old mining town, historic area and is famous for it’s amazing apple pie. Our kids love apple picking and digging for treasure at the Mining Company. Mount Laguna is a tiny town and can get extremely crowded on the weekends with everyone heading east for snow and a steamy cup of hot apple cider in the Winter. We try to sneak away after a storm on a week day during school vacations to avoid the traffic.

If you are looking for something more extreme, we recommend the best place in the country to go snowboarding, Big Bear. The best of the best tear it up at Snow Summit and Bear Mountain. Who knows, you may even run into Shaun White! For skiing, make the trip to Mammoth Mountain. It’s huge with the highest trails in California.

We hope you enjoy our video above showcasing some of the highlights of our favorite places to play in the snow from San Diego, California. We love living in an area with such an immense and varied natural playground. For any of the above, be sure to check the California Department of Transportation website before you go. During Winter storms, chains are usually required.

Last Tips: bring a real sled! We got our sled from Big 5 years ago for around $20. It’s lasted forever and gives the kids better control than a disc. We usually buy snow gear from local kids’ second hand stores since they only wear items a few times per season too.  

Leave us a comment or shoot us a message of your favorite places to play in San Diego or with any of your North San Diego lifestyle or real estate questions. We look forward to serving you!

 Thanks for watching! 

-Dana & Chris 

Specializing in San Marcos, Carlsbad and Encinitas…where we live, work and play. 

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Chris and Dana Whittaker have been in the real estate industry for over a combined 30 years and have helped hundreds and hundreds of buyers and sellers get what they wanted by creating win-win scenarios. “We consider ourselves professional problem solvers and negotiators. We protect your investment like a pit bull. Whether you’re relocating to the San Diego area or thinking about selling your home, give us a call and discover the difference today, 760-618-1490.”

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