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April 24, 2014

Mission Beach - A great place for all types of buyers!

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Mission Beach – A great place for all types of buyers! 

As a buyer you have a wide variety of homes to choose from – condo’s, town homes, duplexes, beach front property (only feet from the sand and boardwalk), rental property and single family homes. 

In the first 3 months of 2014 there have been 13 detached and attached homes sold with an average purchase price of $1,400,000 in Mission Beach.  In 2013 there were a total of 103 properties sold with an average sales price of $1,200,000.  Many of the these homes have ocean and bay views, views of downtown San Diego and are only blocks away from the beach.

At any given time there will be approximately 35-60 homes available for sale in this area.  The average house for sale is a 3 bedroom 2 bath 1,400 sq. ft home priced at $1,500,000 with an average market time of 75 days.

So why buy a home in Mission Beach?   This great beach community is located within the city limits of San Diego and is bound by the Pacific Ocean to the West; Mission Bay to the East; and Pacific Beach to the North.  The North side is more of the resort - hotel part of the community with newer upgraded single family homes, condominiums and town homes.  If you are interested in a long term rental, the North part of Mission Beach is where you will find the perfect house. 

The South end of Mission Beach is locals and vacationers enjoy the night life and all the beach has to offer.  This is where you will find all of the beach rentals. Investors like this area and continue to generate “positive cash flow.” 

On any given day you can do the following. 

1.        Go to Belmont Park.  Belmont Park is the hub of Mission Beach.  You must ride the wooden roller coaster – The Giant Dipper, which is the 2nd oldest wooden coaster in the USA.  The park has an arcade with tons of games, rides for kids, a Merry-Go-Round, the very cool Wavehouse surf ride (which creates a simulated wave for people to surf on) and of course great food and places to eat.

2.       Walk the beach!  One of the best things about Mission Beach and Pacific Beach is that they encompass about 4 miles of beach area including the ocean and bay.

3.       Rent a beach cruiser and cruise the boardwalk!

4.       Visit Sea World San Diego.

5.       Eat at the hundreds of restaurants available to you within a mile of your new home.

Mission Beach continues to be a location where investors and long term home owners want to live and buy. 

Posted in Mission Beach
April 22, 2014

Eastlake Housing Update 2016

Is this a buyers or sellers market?

As a local Realtor, I get asked all the time, “is this a buyers or sellers market?”  What do you think?  It's actually both.  Let me explain. 

If you are a buyer, homes are still selling at a discount from their highs a few years back.  In the first quarter of 2016 (91915) there were 57 homes sold for an average price of $502,000.  Inventory is continuing to increase, which is great for buyers.  Last year there were only a handful of homes to choose from.  I have had as many as 60 offers on a house when home inventory was extremely low.  The average house sold in 58 days, which allows buyers a chance to see all the homes for sale.  Currently there are 36 homes for sale ranging in price from $375,000 to $750,000.

Sellers are still receiving multiple offers (not as many as in the past, but enough to allow sellers to get 97% of their asking price).  Many of my clients are beginning to trade up.  They are selling their condo/town homes and buying larger homes to accommodate their growing families.

Eastlake is a master planned community.  Most of the houses are close to lakes, parks, schools, walking trails, biking trails, multiple clubhouse community pools, shopping and restaurants.  There are homes for all types of buyers.  Housing prices range from $300,000 for a condo to $900,000 for a single family detached home.  The schools in this area are excellent.  The elementary, middle and high schools are all within walking distance or a few minutes in the car.

The real estate market in Eastlake is always in high demand, which is always good for home owners.   I can’t emphasize this enough.  It is a very family oriented tight-knit community.  Everyone seems to know everyone.   For those of you with kids, 4th of July and Halloween are something to experience here in Eastlake.  Each Halloween you will see the adults on their driveways handing out the candy and thousands of kids walking from house to house having a good time.  On the 4th of July 4th, Eastlake puts on it’s own private fireworks display just for the community.

So, if you are looking for a home in the South Bay, be sure to look at Eastlake. I promise you won’t be disappointed.

March 6, 2013

Eastlake Houses are in High Demand

Eastlake houses for sale are in high demand.  As a Realtor in this area, I receive at least 5 calls a day from potential buyers looking for homes to buy in Eastlake.  Why is there such a high demand? Well, for homes like this.  I recently listed a house at 2829 Rambling Vista, Rd. Chula Vista, CA 91915 for $549,900.  In four days I have received 38 calls from agents and buyers with interest in this home. It is a 5 bedroom 4.5 bath 3,700 sq. ft. house that has everything a buyer desires.  It has an open floor plan with a very large family and living room.  The kitchen opens up to the family room and is large enough for those buyers whose most important aspect of their house is the kitchen.  The bedrooms are large and the master bedroom has a view for miles.  It also comes with a three car attached garage allowing for those family with lots of cars or a need for that all important storage space.  Houses such as the one on Rambling Vista, if priced at market, usually stay on the market for an average of only two weeks (short sales will take longer due to the banks, not the buyers interest).

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 Another fantastic aspect of this master planned community is how it was designed.  Most of the houses were built close to lakes, parks, schools, walking trials, biking trails, multiple clubhouse community pools, little league fields, shopping centers and restaurants.  Besides it being well designed for all types of families, there are homes for all types of buyers.  Housing prices range from $200,000 for a condo to $700,000 for a single family detached home. The schools in this area are excellent as well.  The elementary, middle and high schools are all within walking distance or a few minutes in the car.

When you become a resident of Eastlake (depending on where you live in the community) you will have access to a number of recreational amenities. In Eastlake Greens there is Dolphin Beach, which includes a swimming lagoon and beach volleyball area. In Eastlake Trails there is the Creekside Park and Clubhouse.  The Eastlake Trails clubhouse has an outdoor entertaining area, two pools, a 2-acre lake surrounded by walking trails; 13-acre Chula Vista Community Park, with little league baseball fields, soccer fields, a playground and picnicking grounds, and a small skate park.  In Eastlake Woods there is a clubhouse and pool which looks like something you would see in a 5 star resort.

Located in Eastlake Greens is a 18-hole professionally designed golf course. Located on the grounds are tennis courts, clubhouse and a pool.

Over the last 10 years, numerous Restaurants and retail stores have been built to accommodate the growing demand giving the residents no reason to leave.

Jan. 16, 2013

San Carlos - Our new home

san carlos 3 bedroom houseWhen we decided to move to San Carlos from AZ, we wanted to live in an area where we were 20 minutes from all the great attractions in San Diego and was safe for my family.  Whether San Carlos is considered an inland community or simply a community of San Diego, it appears to be in the middle of everything.  And as they say, “location” is everything when buying a home. 

If you are living in San Carlos and want to drive to The Gaslamp District or visit any one of the beautiful San Diego beaches, it will only take you 15-20 minutes to do so!  In fact, traveling to La Jolla, Chula Vista, Mission Valley, Alpine or any of the San Diego attractions such as the world-famous San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park, SeaWorld or even PETCO Park, is still only a 15-20 minute drive time.  

San Carlos is an older, well-established neighborhood (home prices range from $300,000 to $700,000) where residents take pride in their homes.  It has a feeling of safety and peacefulness where you’ll find people walking in their neighborhoods most hours of the day.  We ejnoy walking around the neighborhood every weekend as a family, it’s safe, fun and our neighbors are extremely nice.  

One of our favorite places to hike is Cowles Mountain.  We found out it’s the number one hiking attraction in all of San Diego County.  On any given day, hundreds of hikers take the uphill 1.5 mile climb to the top of this 1,591 feet peak.  On a clear day, you can actually see the Pacific Ocean and south into Mexico.  It’s so popular that not only will you find spring and summer hikers, but you will also find those die-hard enthusiasts who love to hike year round – even in the winter, in the rain and at night!

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In close proximity to our home is the Grossmont Center Shopping Center, located on Fletcher Parkway in nearby La Mesa.  This great mall has Target at one end, Wal-Mart at the other with Macy’s Department Store in the middle.  Grossmont Center also has the Reading Cinemas with 10 stadium seating auditoriums.  At this center, there are many specialty shops and restaurants, including Claim Jumper, B.J.’s Restaurant & Brewhouse, Casa de Pico (our favorite restaurant) and Panera Bread.

If you’re not a shopper, but fishing or boating peaks your interest, you’ll be pleased to know that Lake Murray Park, with its beautiful lake, is open year round.  With the ability to either walk, run or ride bikes around the paved path which circles the lake, this makes for a perfect outing for my family and friends.  We fish there once a month and our kids love it!

So if you’re new to the area and looking for a great place to raise your family, be sure to check out the San Carlos houses for sale, you just may call it home!

Posted in San Carlos
Jan. 9, 2013

Living in Eastlake - My Buyers Point of View


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It certainly seems to be the perfect place to live.  It boasts quiet, safe neighborhoods, shopping centers, restaurants all around and is located only 20 minutes south of Mission Valley.  Given the convenient access to the 805 and the South Bay Expressway 125 Toll Road, we find it easy to venture north, not only Downtown San Diego, but to the Gaslamp District, Mission Valley and all the popular attractions within and around San Diego County.

Since 1986, the community of Eastlake has been a place I wanted to raise my family.  It has a number of different housing developments including Eastlake Trails, Eastlake Greens, Eastlake Hills, Eastlake Shores, Eastlake Vistas and Eastlake Woods.

One of the main reasons we moved to Eastlake were the schools.  There are six public schools which have consistently scored in the top in their districts on all standardized tests. They all operate on a single-track year round schedule and are part of the Chula Vista Elementary and Sweetwater Union High School districts.  They include Eastlake Elementary, Olympic View Elementary, Arroyo Vista Elementary, Salt Creek Elementary, Eastlake Middle, and Eastlake High School.  There’s even a public library on the campus of Eastlake High School as well as a professional Performing Arts Center.

Located in the heart of Eastlake on Clubhouse Drive is the Eastlake Country Club (this is great because my husband is an avid golfer).  He plays at least once a week and is always running into neighbors and friends he knows in the community.  This beautiful Eastlake attraction is a challenging 18-hole, par 72 course professionally designed and maintained.  It has six lakes, three waterfalls, 72 sand traps and scores of rolling fairways

There are many parks throughout the entire community, but one of the most popular is the Salt Creek Community Park in Eastlake Trails, located on Otay Lakes Road.  This is where I meet most of the new mothers and families for play dates and birthday parties.  This 24-acre community park features two multi-purpose fields, a skating area, a speed soccer rink, tennis courts, basketball courts and plenty of playgrounds and picnic areas.

Another park which is actually designated for the residents of the Vistas is a three acre park called Mountain Hawk Park.  It has the best views I’ve ever seen at any park in the San Diego County area.  

One of the many great advantages of living in any Eastlake community is that you don’t have to travel far to reach a large shopping center.  The Otay Ranch Town Center is located at Eastlake Parkway and Olympic Parkway in Chula Vista.  It’s anchored by giant department stores and has been labeled a “lifestyle center” with storefronts facing a main street, which gives you the feel of an actual mini-downtown shopping district.  From specialty shops to restaurants to a 12-Screen AMC Theatre, this is a perfect place to find all your shopping needs for you and your family.

One other interesting site in Eastlake is the Olympic Training Center, a facility which is open year round to assist current and future Olympic athletes in archery, rowing, kayaking, soccer, softball, field hockey, tennis, track and field and cycling.

So if you’re looking for a community where homes are affordable for any size family, or a safe, peaceful place to retire away from the hustle and bustle of a metropolitan city, come to Eastlake.  It’s a country-like environment like no other.  My familiy and I love it!

Nov. 12, 2012

Chula Vista Short Sale Real Estate Agent

Would you like to finally work with a Professional Chula Vista Short Sale Agent who is available Monday through Sunday?  Would you like to purchase the house of your dreams at a great price?

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 Choosing the right Chula Vista Short Sale Agent and buying the right short sale is a critical investment.  You often only get one chance to successfully negotiate a Short Sale.  Do your research and choose a Professional who has successfully negotiated Short Sales for other homeowners and knows how to deal with lenders.

Call/email/text me 7 days a week and I will explain how we successfully negotiate all our Short Sales.

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Posted in Chula Vista, CA
Nov. 1, 2012

Thinking about moving to Rancho Del Rey in Chula Vista?

Rancho Del Rey is a suburb of Chula Vista whick is located in San Dieog South County.   This suburb is located along East H Street (both north and south sides).

Rancho Del Rey is one of San Diego South County’s premier master-planned communities having been built in 1989.  This quiet community has affordable homes and condos that will fit any budget for any size family.  Home prices range from $200,000 to $1,000,000 depending on size, location and condition.  It also boasts quite a few gated communities with custom homes and huge lots.  Because of all the surrounding rolling hills, it offers beautiful views for many homes.  

Rancho Del Rey has 114 acres of parks, playgrounds and ball fields. It is also has a Costco and Home Depot which makes it convenient for the residents.  Close by these stores is the Regal Stadium 16 Theatres, located at 1025 Tierra del Rey in Rancho Del Rey where the latest releases show in all auditoriums. rancho del rey homes for sale

With its proximity to Downtown San Diego, the Gaslamp District, Little Italy, Balboa Park, including the World famous San Diego Zoo, Rancho Del Rey is an ideal place to live and raise a family.  Students who live in Rancho Del Rey are under the jurisdiction of The Sweetwater Union High School District; this district serves the communities of Chula Vista, Imperial Beach, National City and the San Ysidro portion of San Diego. Rancho Del Rey Middle School is one of eleven middle schools in this district, and opened its doors in July, 1997.

Located in the heart of this community is the South Bay YMCA at 1201 Paseo Magda. This well-maintained, clean facility offers a variety of activities for youngsters to seniors.  From summer day camps, fitness classes to swimming lessons, there’s surely an activity for you and your family.

Surrounding this community are many attractions for the enjoyment of both residents and tourists.  For instance, the Living Coast Discovery Center (formerly the Chula Vista Nature Center) is a fun, hands-on wildlife and nature experience for the whole family.  It’s located on the San Diego Bay and the Sweetwater Marsh wildlife refuge.

For all the concert goers, the Cricket Wireless Amphiteatre is located in Chula Vista. This outdoor venue features approximately 10,000 chair back seats with a landscaped lawn that can comfortably seat another 10,000 spectators.  Sharing the same parking lot as Cricket is Knotts Soak City USA, a huge family-orientated water park that spans over 32 acres. This facility is open from May through September.

One unique attraction in Chula Vista is the Olympic Training Center. They are open year round and assist current and future Olympic athletes in archery, rowing, kayaking, soccer, softball, field hockey, tennis, track and field and cycling.

And of course there’s always shopping!  Rancho Del Rey is also close to the Otay Ranch Town Center, located inland in Eastlake.This upscale shopping mall has everything from specialty shops, restaurants and even a 12-Screen AMC Theatre.

With so much to do in and around Rancho Del Rey, this quiet upscale community in the city of Chula Vista is a great place to call home.

Posted in Chula Vista, CA
Oct. 23, 2012

Your Chula Vista Realtor

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Have you ever driven through a community and felt like you belonged there?  That’s what happened to me 12 years ago when I first drove through Eastlake.  Eastlake, in the Eastern portion of Chula Vista, has been one of the most popular neighborhoodsfor new home purchases in San Diego County for the past 15 years  (as voted by readers of the San Diego Union-Tribune)…especially for families with kids!Eastlake has everything you could ask for in a community.

Being a Chula Vista (Eastlake) Realtor is a 24-hour a day, 7 day a week job.   But it's not just a job for me…it's my career and what I love to do.  There is no better feeling than helping a buyer find their dream house in a neighborhood they love or a seller selling their home for top dollar.

I know what it takes to be a great Realtor.   I work as hard as I can for each client I have.   When I am with a client, that client is the focus of my attention.  I do not take incoming calls or text other clients--100% of my attention is on the task at hand with the clients I am with.

There are several things I do for my buyers that make me one of the top agents in Chula Vista.  Firstly, I answer my phone 7 days a week.   If I am with aclient I will let the call go to voice mail, but after I’m finished with my appt. I will return all of my calls right away.  I know this seems simple, but you would be amazed at how many Realtors never call their clients or potential clients back.  Most real estate agents don't even answer their phone.  How can a Realtor provide great customer service if they can’t be reached? 

Secondly, buying or selling a house can be a long process.  I dedicate as much time as it takes to help my clients find a home or sell their house.  I do notstop until the job is done.   Whether it takes 60 days or 6 months for escrow to close, I put the time in to make sure the transaction goes as smoothly and stress-free as it can for my clients.  I want them to be completely satisfied with the transaction and recommend me to friends and family and hopefully use my services again! 

In order to truly help a buyer or seller it is necessary to know the community or city you're working in.  One of thearea's I specialize in is, you guessed, Chula Vista and Eastlake (which is a subdivision/community of Chula Vista).  Chula Vista is the 2nd largest city in San Diego County and is located about 15 miles south of Downtown San Diego.  Chula Vista has 5 zip codes—91910, 91911, 91913, 91914 and 91915. 

The zip code 91910 is located west of the 805 Freeway.  (A small portion of 91910 does stretch east of the 805 and includes communities such as Rancho Del Rey.)  Most homes in 91910 were built in the 1950's and 1960's.  The average sales price for the past six months for a 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 1800 sq. ft. detached single-family house was $522,000.  The average sales price for the past six months for a 2 bedroom, 2 bath, 1200 sq. ft.condo was $320,000.

Zip code 91911 is located in the southwest area of Chula Vista and iswhere you will find the least expensive homes in this area.    The average sales price over the past six months for a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom, 1600 sq. ft. detached single-family house was $322,000.  The average sales price for a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom, 1200 sq. ft. condo over the past six months was $312,000.

91913 is the main zip code for Otay Ranch.  It is located just south of Telegraph Canyon Road and Otay Lakes Road. The average sales price over the past six months for a 4 bedroom, 3 bath, 2100 sq. ft. detached single family house was $387,000.The average sales price for a 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom, 1300 sq. ft. condo over the past six months was $225,000.

91914 is home to Rolling Hill Ranch and San Miguel Ranch (as well as a portion of Eastlake Woods).  One of the main attractions of Rolling Hills Ranch is that it is a portion of the community where there is no Mello-Roos.  Because the east side of Chula Vista is relatively new, most of the area's have Home Owners Association fees and Mello-Roos, which can last 15-25 years and can range from $100 to $500 a month.  The price range for homes in 91914 is from $250,000 to a few million dollars.  The average sales price over the past six months for a 4 bedroom, 4 bath, 3100 sq. ft. detached single-family house was  $569,000.   The average sales price for a 3 bedroom, 3 bath, 1350 sq. ft.  condo over the past six months was $221,900.

The 91915 zip code is one of my favorite zip codes in all of Chula Vista.  It includes Eastlake Trails, Eastlake Green, Eastlake Vistas and parts of Otay Ranch.  Homes in Eastlake Trails and Eastlake Greens range in price from $244,000 to $764,000.  The average sales price over the past six months for a 4 bedroom, 4 bath, 3100 sq. ft.detached single-family house was $569,000.The average sales price for a 3 bedroom, 3 bath, 1300 sq. ft. condo over the past six months was $225,000.

No matter where you are looking for or buying a house, Chula Vista, Eastlake, Bonita, Mission Valley or Coronado--the most important thing you can do as a buyer or seller is choosing the right Real Estate Agent!

Posted in Chula Vista, CA
Oct. 11, 2012

North Park is a great place to live.

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North Park is considered one of San Diego’s most up-and-coming urban communities.  Some residents of this community even seem to believe that North Park is the heart of San Diego, because of it’s central location.  North Park’s neighboring communities include University Heights, Hillcrest, Normal Heights and Mission Hills.

There are a variety of Craftsman cottages, bungalows and homes that transform this area into a peaceful place that welcomes singles or a family of any size.  The average price of a House for Sale in North Park is about $700,000 with about 1,700 sq. ft.  The average price of a condo for sale is $365,000 with about 1,000 sq. ft.

This community is certainly developing into one of San Diego’s newest cultural and artistic neighborhoods.  An intersection that is often considered to be the heart of the neighborhood is 30th Street and University Avenue where the North Park Sign is proudly displayed.

There is a lot to do in this community with a variety of restaurants, nightclubs, arts, entertainment and of course shopping.  Being self-sufficient, it houses grocery stores, banks, drugstores and specialty shops.  The newly renovated Birch North Park Theater is home to the San Diego Lyric Opera, which is a great venue to see a musical or light opera.

Due to its proximity to North Park, Balboa Park is a huge attraction for not only residents of this community but for anyone living or visiting San Diego as well.  Balboa Park boasts the World Famous San Diego Zoo along with 15 different museums, “live” theaters, and much more.  

Just around the corner from Balboa Park is Downtown San Diego, which includes the popular Westfield Horton Plaza Little Italy, The Gaslamp District, the San Diego Civic Theatre, Petco Park (where the Padres play), Seaport Village, and the San Diego Convention Center.

Because of its great location, it allows you to get to a number of locations in only a few minutes.  They include Mission Valley, Fashion Valley, Qualcomm Stadium (home of the San Diego Chargers), Pacific Beach, Mission Beach, Ocean Beach, and Point Loma.

Almost every city within the San Diego County has a Farmers Market and North Park doesn’t let you down.  Their Farmers Market is located at the parking lot on the corner of University and 32nd streets.  It’s open every Thursday afternoon until sunset and features over 35 independent vendors, including gourmet/ethic foods, arts and crafts, books and locally grown flowers.  Sometimes there’s even live music to entertain you as you browse around.

So if you are already living in the San Diego area or are thinking about moving to the area, be sure to visit North Park, you won’t be disappointed.

Posted in North Park
Sept. 26, 2012

KENSINGTON, A Quiet Neighborhood in San Diego

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Kensington is a well-established upscale neighborhood located in the middle of San Diego.  Kensington is named for a borough in London, England, and in fact, many of the street names in this neighborhood are of English origin.  This community is known for its beautiful Spanish-tiled cottage style homes, quiet winding streets and immaculate lawns and landscaping.  

Communities surrounding Kensington are Normal Heights to the West, Talmadge to the East and City Heights to the South.  This community is located close Interstate 15 to the West and Interstate 8 to the North, which makes it very convenient for commuters.  Kensington is situated less than 15 miles from Downtown San Diego and is considered one of the most central neighborhoods in San Diego County. You can simply hop on any freeway and make your way easily not only to Downtown San Diego, but to the Gaslamp District and Little Italy as well. Here you will find hundreds of restaurants, bars, lounges, theatres and shopping for everyone’s tastes and styles, and all within a short distance.

Kensington is one of the three mid-city urban neighborhoods whose main thoroughfare is Adams Ave.  Like its fellow neighborhoods, it is distinguished by the classic neon sign which reads "Kensington" and spans Adams Avenue.  Along this main street, you will find restaurants, neighborhood banks, dry cleaners and coffee houses, basically all the essentials you look for in any neighborhood.  There is also a Kensington/Normal Heights Branch Library.

The regionally famous Landmark Ken Theatre is located on Adams Avenue as well.  This popular “Art Theatre” is not where you’d find the mainstream films; instead, you’ll enjoy  documentaries and foreign films with very limited Independent films.  Then there is the Ken Club, a respected, old-school neighborhood bar which always comes to life with “live bands” and DJ’s playing your favorite music at night.

If you enjoy walking around your neighborhood, you’ll see others leisuring walking or riding their bikes in this safe, comfortable environment.  Residents and visitors alike find themselves meandering through the winding roads of Adams, given the peacefulness of this community and the beauty of the older established neighborhoods.

Living in Kensington will allow you to maintain an active lifestyle because there is so much to do.  There is nearby Balboa Park with all of it’s many fantastic museums along with the world-famous San Diego Zoo and Seaworld.  And let’s not forget about the San Diego beaches, all of which are only a few minutes away (Point Loma, Ocean Beach, Mission Beach, Pacific Beach and La Jolla).

With homes resonably priced for any size family, why not lay down your roots in a quiet, upscale community like Kensington? 

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