There's two large events going on this weekend in Dana Point, and here's your reminder, don't miss them as they have many activities for the entire family! Dana Point BBQ: The city of Dana Point is ready to host the 2nd Annual Dana Point BBQ Championship which will bring world class barbeque chefs from all over the country, and as part of the event, the public can sample various BBQ meats prepared by the competitors in the People's Choice Tasting.
When?: September 28th and 29th Where?: Sea Terrace Park in Monarch Beach of Dana Point. Parking?: Salt Creek Beach Parking Lot, Strands Vista Park, Stonehill Road and Dana Hills High School, with a free shuttle running from Strands Vista and Dana High to the BBQ Championship.
Here's an interesting article from the OCRegister on September 18th, 2012. It summarizes what we have been experiencing as agents this year in the Orange County Real Estate Market. Home prices increases, low inventory and a high demand on homes.
Orange County’s median price for existing, single-family homes took a dramatic leap in August, up by nearly 12% from August a year ago, the California Association of Realtors says. Local home prices also increased 3 percent over July. Sales rose 23 percent over last August in Orange County but were just short of a 2 percent hike over last month. Statewide, prices also went up, with the median reaching a 4-year-high. Sales hit 5 consecutive months of year-over-year gains, CAR said in its monthly report. .
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Fall is definitely here. School is back and in Orange County, with the beginning of the Fall, comes another factor: those heat waves that come and go at the begginning of the season. Here's some tips for your home to help you stay cool despite the heat!
1. Close your blinds. People don't think of this easy solution often, but shutting your blinds and curtains during the day will help block the sun's heat and will keep that heating effect inside the home from happening. As soon as the sun hits your home in the morning, do a round and close all windows and keep exterior doors and windows closed throughout the hottest part of the day.
2.Open the windows at night. Open selective windows so that cooler night air is blowing in throughout the evening.
This beautiful fall event held every year for the past 24 years in a row will be coming once again to the Pier area in San Clemente, with a traditional chowder cook-off, Fisherman's Lobster, surfing contests and art and business expos.
The San Clemente SeaFest is famous for its Chowder Cook-Off Competition held on the historic San Clemente Pier. Area citizens, restaurants, and businesses contend for the best tasting chowder this side of New England. Visitors arrive from all over the county to sample the many unique variations of Chowder.
Want to sample some great seafood? Fisherman’s Restaurant and Bar will be serving a variety of their culinary delights right on the beach - fresh seafood such as lobster, Oysters on the Half Shell, crab, steamed
Did you know that there's many communities in Orange County that back to a habitat reserve or have them as neighbors? Here in South Orange County, the cities of San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano, Ladera Ranch and the future Rancho Mission Viejo enjoy the nature reserve known as 'The Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo'. This area is also known as the Richard and Donna O'Neill Conservancy (RDOC), a growing habitat reserve in the coastal foothills of Orange County, California,which is home to the famous 'Mother Oak', as well as many native plants, grasslands and coastal sage scrub.
Here's some facts about the Conservancy:
1,200 acres of preserved open space located on The Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo, part of the historic Rancho Mission Viejo in
This next Saturday September 15th, is California Coastal Cleanup Day, which is a great initiative and an annual campaign to remove trash and debris from beaches and inland waterways, and our South OC cities are prepared with events at many locations between 8 a.m. and noon. Here's the details on Dana Point and San Clemente but there's many others included, so please visit the link above for more information.
If you would like to participate in the initiative, there's five places to choose from in Dana Point:
Doheny State Beach,the Marine Protected Area behind the Ocean Institute, Salt Creek Beach and two locations at the harbor, including underwater.
DOHENY STATE BEACH: Meet at the lifeguard headquarters. Bring your own bags, bucket,
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It's never too early to start planning out when and where to take the family this fall. With Halloween 'month' approaching, we wanted to share some of our favorite Pumpkin Patch spots to do some Pumpkin Picking this year. Of course there's many smaller ones or you can just go to your local grocery store for one, but these places will have some fun for the whole family and will be open through Halloween:
1. Tanaka Farms. I think this place tops everyone's list. It's called ' U-Pick Pumpkin Patch' . There's No Admission Charge and Parking is Free. What's really cool here, is that they have a large farm wagon available for rides ($5 per person, under 2y is free), a large petting zoo ($3 per person, under 2y is free), corn maze (free) and u-pick vegetables
September marks the back to school time, the beginning of the Fall and beginning of football season as many others. For us, lucky ones living in the beautiful coastal cities of Orange County, marks and end: the end of the crowds.
The crowds come from everywhere: whether is inland, other states or other countries, many local residents enjoy the fall much more than the summer due to that 'liberation' feeling. A nice and empty parking spot. Not waiting in line in front of San Onofre. Not looking endlessly for a an empty spot at the beach.
Summer is always a reminder of something we take for granted too: the beautiful uncrowded beaches. Yet some places seem to always have crowds regardless of the time of the year, there's many beaches in Orange County