New Look and New Art at Coldwell Banker on W. Lewis St.

New look and new art at 
Coldwell Banker Mission Hills, 
1621 W. Lewis St. in Mission Hills 92103.
 I snapped these pics as they were getting ready to paint. Newer furniture and desks, carpet cleaned, an artist in residence… looks really nice. This is a great neighborhood resource. Stop by and check out the changes. Enjoy!

Owen Burke was born in Detroit Michigan where he attended parochial school as well as the Cranbrook Academy of Art. His parents moved to La Jolla California while he was in High School. He has remained in the San Diego area since.

Fashionista Vera Wang Lists Stunning 740 Park Avenue Co-op for $25 Mil (PHOTOS) |® Blogs

Vera Wang finally lists fab NYC Co-op ready to move west into Beverly Hills Mid-Century Glass and Steel.

Take a moment and click over to the slideshows. Wow, this is luxury! Enjoy.


Vera Wang Buys Glass and Steel Mid-Century Modern in Beverly Hills (PHOTOS) |® Blogs


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The Upham Group and Paradise Village will present a FREE interesting and informative event to help seniors understand how to evaluate their assets and plan for successful senior living. The event will be held at the beautiful Humphrey’s Half Moon Inn and Suites on Shelter Island. Appetizers, hosted beverages and there will be valuable door prizes!

• Real Estate – Selling vs Renting in Today’s Market

Presenter: Valerie Upham, Pacific Sotheby’s Int’l Realty

Goldie & Kurt list $14+mil Balinese style home in Malibu

Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell are trying to sell their Balinese 4BR/4.5BA property in Malibu for $14,479,000, again. What an amazing piece of property. I posted some of my fav links to photos below.

Click here to see a an online slideshow from the REALTOR that takes a few sec. to load
Click here to view a slideshow on another site where you can click through the pics. Enjoy

“Unexpected elegance on the dunes of Broad Beach. Open living spaces beautifully appointed w/ media room, designer kitchen and 3 spacious suites. Guest house w/ guest rm, living area + full bath.Expansive exterior entertainment areas w/fp, bbq & grass yard
Simply Beachfront Perfection!

A rare & extraordinary offering that transcends time, this beautiful and exotic residence was extensively redesigned & renovated in 2005. Enter through the gated courtyard, to calming fountains & lush landscaping. The open living spaces overlook an expansive oceanfront patio w/an intimate covered outdoor living room/ fireplace, a grass covered fenced yard, and a path across the sandy dunes. A luxurious oceanfront master bedroom suite has awe-inspiring views, Chinese Onyx spa-inspired bath area, and large closet. The main residence also feat. a substantial ocean view designer kitchen, 2 large add’l guest suites, Creston media room, & fab office. A detached GH that features a meditation/guest room, exercise room, completes this exceptional property.”

Photo Source:
0 Broad Beach Rd, Malibu, CA 90265

One Historic Plaque Thief in Custody – Mission Hills Heritage/SDUptown News Update

The perpetrator said the plaques had been cut into pieces and melted down before being taken to a recycling location that he named.

At least 23 historic plaques like the one above have been 
stolen in Mission Hills since July 25.

One Plaque Thief in Custody! At a special Community Meeting tonight hosted by Mission Hills Town Council at Francis Parker Elementary School, Capt. Walt Vasquez of the Western Division San Diego Police Department made a welcome announcement: One man, on parole for a previous theft conviction, is in custody and has confessed to stealing some of the plaques. He actually showed police how he had done so with a screwdriver, and then actually took the police to several locations for which he is responsible. He was apprehended with the cooperation of National City Police on a tip from an alert citizen, as yet anonymous to the public. The perpetrator said the plaques had been cut into pieces and melted down before being taken to a recycling location that he named.

SDUptown News-Plaques stolen include:
• The Pioneer Park (children’s playground) plaque
• Six Inspiration Heights neighborhood markers (Sunset Boulevard and Alameda Drive), which are all original markers from 1909.
• Three Private Way markers, one from Sunset Boulevard and Witherby, and two from the top of Juan Street.
• At least nine individual designation plaques from Fort Stockton Drive
• Two from Washington Street (Griswold and Florence Apt. Buildings)
• A Temple Beth Israel plaque
• First Christian Science Church at the corner of Laurel Street and Second Avenue

That recycling center is outside of San Diego and the police in that jurisdiction have been notified. They already had an ongoing investigation of that recycle center for alleged illegal activity. This complaint will be added to their suspicious activities. It was reported that the criminals received between $20 and $22 for each plaque.

This criminal was working with two other men. The second man has been identified and police are searching for him to arrest. The identity of the third is still uncertain. Detail descriptions of the suspects were not released because the investigation is ongoing. The police have requested that the public remain on the alert for all suspicious presence and activity and to report such to the Western Division Police Department non-emergency number (911 only for a crime in progress): 531-2000. Detective Brenner is in charge of this investigation.

One plaque was recovered, but it is not from the Mission Hills Community. The charge against these men will be either Petty or Grand Theft, depending on the valuation of the stolen property that can be attributed to them.

Both our current and future City Council Representatives for Mission Hills were in attendance: Kevin Faulconer and Todd Gloria. They announced a request they have made that will come before the City Council to pay for the replacement of the plaques stolen from public locations. The Councilmen and the other attendees, thanked Officer Vasquez and the four other officers he brought with him: Lt. Kevin Mayer, Lt Mark Hanten, Act. Det. Mark Brenner and Officer David Whitfield. They were congratulated for their efforts on our behalf, and encouraged to keep up the good work.

REMINDER: Stay vigilant and report suspicious people or behavior. And always stay safe.

SDUptown News orig posted 8/19/11: Three homeowners have reported an “orange truck or SUV” on Tuesday between 3-4:30 a.m.along the 2100 and 2200 block of Ft. Stockton with three men inside it who appeared to be hiding something large. SDPD is asking Uptown residents to provide any other information they may have in order to help find the thieves.

Community Meeting 9/14 at Francis Parker School RE: Plaque Thefts

Dear Resident,

BACKGROUND: Since late July, there have been at least 24 stolen plaques in Mission Hills; including nine historic plaques (six Inspiration Heights 1909 plaques); community plaques (Grant Elementary School & Pioneer Playground); two individual designation plaques (Griswold and Florence Apt. Buildings along Washington Street) and at least ten individual historic designation plaques from private homes.

Mission Hills Community Websites:
Mission Hills Town Council: Mission Hills Heritage: Mission Hills Garden Club:

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325 W. Washington Street, Suite 2, #221

 San Diego, California 92103

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Community Meeting RE: Plaque Theft

Hillcrest DMV Office Targeted for Urban Renewal

Imagine a government office building that features loft apartments, shops and restaurants

Far-fetched? Not to the state of California. Officials are looking to apply that groundbreaking concept in San Diego.

Their approach? A ‘mixed use’ redevelopment project housing government, residential, and retail/commercial functions, to replace the Department of Motor Vehicles office on its Normal Street site in Hillcrest, built in 1960.

“It’s a way to leverage the equity in the property,” says Eric Lamoreaux, spokesman for the state Dept. of General Services.
Lamoreaux explained that under a public/private partnership agreement, the developers — San Diego-based Lankford & Associates — will take the economic risks, and share their profits with the taxpayers.
He said the state has developed other facilities under similar “build to lease” economic arrangements, but never one involving mixed uses.
The agreement stems from legislation sponsored by State Sen. Christine Kehoe (D-39th/San Diego) in 2008.

Assuming there are no deal-breaking devils in the details, those wearisome waits at the Hillcrest DMV office figure to get more tolerable once a brand-new, 50 percent bigger building takes its place.

The taxpayers would get the new office for free, essentially, along with a cut of the proceeds from the apartments, retail and commercial tenants that’ll be included in the 5-story midrise.
Plans also call for underground parking, and continued access to the Hillcrest Farmers Market.
So far, neither the state nor developer is offering specifics as to the project’s cost, or number and of residential and retail/commercial units, saying those projections will be developed by way of public input and official review processes.
If the project is approved, Lankford & Associate would have a 65-year-lease, plus extensions for up to 30 more.
Community leaders hope it’ll be synergistic with the nearby Uptown District shopping mall, a thriving economic anchor for two decades now.
“I’ve heard of these projects being thought of in other communities, but this is the first that’s coming to fruition,” says Leo Wilson, chairman of Uptown Planners, the city of San Diego’s official planning group for Hillcrest, Mission Hills, Bankers Hill, Middletown, the UCSD Medical Complex, Park West and University Heights neighborhoods.
While Wilson praises the concept, his group faces a long process of ‘due diligence’ to make sure it’ll be executed to the standards of the Uptown community plan.

“We want a very nice, walkable urban community with very attractive buildings, with ‘commercial’ that’s inviting to people,” Wilson said in an interview Thursday.  “If, to put a project together ‘public/private’, the worst scenario would be, ‘Is this going to be a tenement?  Are there shortcuts going to be taken because of issues involving the finances?'”

But at this early stage, with the concept being unveiled to the public at an Uptown Planners community meeting Thursday evening, there seems to be cautious optimism.
“I think it’ll succeed,” says Barbara Machado, a stylist at an Uptown District salon.  “I like coming to one place, doing all my shopping in one spot.  So if I can go to the DMV, my little apartment up there, and all the stores, yeah, I’d go for that.  Yeah.”
The DMV portion of the project will take about 14 months to complete; the residential and commercial phases, a total of 18.
During the construction, the staff from the Hillcrest DMV office will be farmed out to other department field offices throughout San Diego County, to help handle the overload of Hillcrest customers who’ll be referred elsewhere in the meantime.
“That’s just one of the things we’ll have to put up with, with the change,” said Old Town Dolas Jackson, as he waited for his noon-hour license renewal appointment Thursday in the Hillcrest DMV office.
“If you’re going to work, you’re going to work,” Jackson said of the DMV staffers who’ll have to commute to far-flung locations for the duration.  “If you want to get your license or whatever ID you need, you’ve got to be willing to travel.  
That’s what it’s going to take.”