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July 10, 2020

Donating 50% Commission To Local Businesses!

Skyzone and other local businesses need our HELP!

I'm donating 50% of my real estate commission to Skyzone and other local business in Carlsbad and North County, San Diego! We can't let hard working, successful local businesses go under! They need our support!

Skyzone and other local businesses have been shut down again and many of them will not be able to open. Please check out my latest video with Josh from Skyzone. In this video he explains the issues that local businesses like himself are going through.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=03dejZHq3KU

If you are thinking of moving in the next few months then please do let us know as we would love to help you and by doing so help local businesses stay afloat. Also please do get in contact if you are a local business and you are in need of help.


Together we need pull together and save our local community and local business owners and families need our help.

Details:

We obviously urgently need to help these businesses. So I will be giving 50% of my personal commission on any real estate transactions that close before September 30th 2020.*

Any local businesses need to prove they are in financial hardship and they have exhausted all government funding. We want to make sure that funds go to the businesses that need it the most.

James George
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*This is for brand new real estate deals where The British Real Estate Team have not had any previous communication with the client before 7th July 2020.

Posted in Community News
July 8, 2020

Carlsbad Neighborhood Guide

Considering a move to Carlsbad? Carlsbad, California is a wonderful place to live with beautiful beaches, year-round sunshine, restaurants, shops, parks, and highly rated public schools. Carlsbad is a large city in North County, San Diego and is comprised of many smaller neighborhoods. Below we've rounded up some of the best neighborhoods to live in Carlsbad. Which one would you like to move to?

 

Carlsbad Village

Carlsbad Village is the historic downtown of Carlsbad. Homes in Carlsbad Village are within walking distance of the beautiful beaches, shops, bars, restaurants and other services that the village has to offer. The past few years have brought a lot of new development to the village, an increased demand has led to more housing and a boom in trendy bars and restaurants. Campfire, Jeune et Jolie, and Paon are just a few of the buzzworthy eateries making Carlsbad a destination for dining experiences. But Carlsbad Village is not all about shops and dining, the stunning beaches are a draw for locals and visitors alike. Frazee Beach is located at the end of Carlsbad Village Drive and there is a cement boardwalk atop the bluff and down below offering views north to Camp Pendleton and south as far as La Jolla. It must be said that Carlsbad Village is a tourist hot spot in the summer, so be prepared for increased crowds and limited parking.

Click here to see homes for sale in Carlsbad Village

 

Aviara

Carlsbad's Aviara neighborhood is a master-planned community offering upscale, resort-style living just two miles from the beach. Residents enjoy ocean, lagoon, and golf course views as they experience a quality of life available in just a few of North County’s most exclusive residential neighborhoods. Nearby shopping and dining opportunities include the upscale shops at The Forum at Carlsbad. Other nearby attractions include Agua Hedionda Lagoon, the Museum of Making Music, Legoland and SEA LIFE Carlsbad Aquarium.

Click here to see all the homes for sale in Aviara

 

La Costa

Kelly Elementary School is a highly rated, public school located in Carlsbad, CA. It has 443 students in grades K-5 with a student-teacher ratio of 25 to 1. According to state test scores, 77% of students are at least proficient in math and 82% in reading.

 

Bressi Ranch

Magnolia Elementary School is a highly rated, public school located in Carlsbad, CA. It has 477 students in grades K-5 with a student-teacher ratio of 25 to 1. According to state test scores, 74% of students are at least proficient in math and 82% in reading.

 

Calavera Hills

Poinsettia Elementary School is a highly rated, public school located in Carlsbad, CA. It has 529 students in grades K-5 with a student-teacher ratio of 25 to 1. According to state test scores, 69% of students are at least proficient in math and 76% in reading.

 

Robertson Ranch

Poinsettia Elementary School is a highly rated, public school located in Carlsbad, CA. It has 529 students in grades K-5 with a student-teacher ratio of 25 to 1. According to state test scores, 69% of students are at least proficient in math and 76% in reading.

 

 

 

Click here to see all the homes for sale in Carlsbad!

 

Thinking about moving to Carlsbad? 

Check out our other posts!

Top 5 Things To Do In Carlsbad

Carlsbad's Best Italian restaurants

Best Bakeries in North County, San Diego

Family Fun: Sky Zone Carlsbad 

Are you or someone you know looking to move to San Diego? Let us help you find the perfect home! 

James George “The British Real Estate Agent”

T. 760-978-5725

team@homeissandiego.com

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July 7, 2020

Best Golf Courses In San Diego

 

1. Torrey Pines Golf Course

Located in La Jolla, California, Torrey Pines Golf Course sits on the coastal cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean and is recognized as the premier municipal golf course owned and operated by a city. It is named after the Torrey Pine, a rare tree that grows in the wild only along this local stretch of the coastline in San Diego County and on Santa Rosa Island. 

 

2. Maderas Golf Club

Maderas Golf Club offers beauty and challenge as it winds through the cliffs, rock outcroppings, creeks, and forests of the inland hill country of north San Diego. Golf in San Diego has never been better, step onto the first tee and enjoy the courses three lakes, five waterfalls, and over forty acres of native wildflowers. Maderas Golf Club is the number one golf course in San Diego for a reason, experience it for yourself.

 

3. Omni La Costa Resort and Spa

Located just north of San Diego in Carlsbad, Omni La Costa Resort & Spa offers 36 spectacular holes of golf at our Champions Course and Legends Course. Stunningly beautiful yet equally challenging to conquer, each course offers distinct experiences and settings. Follow in the footsteps of the PGA’s finest players and come see what all the talk is about during your stay in the San Diego area.

 

4. The Grand Del Mar

From the 50,000-square-foot Clubhouse perched just beyond the 18th hole’s cascading waterfall finish to traditional forecaddie service, and nearly seven full acres of practice areas, The Grand Golf Club’s amenities provide the ultimate golf experience — both on and off San Diego’s premier golf course.

 

5. Aviara Golf Club & Resort

Named by Golf Digest and Golf Magazine as one of the best resort golf courses in America, Aviara Golf Club overlooks the Batiquitos Lagoon nature preserve in beautiful Carlsbad, California. The only coastal California course designed by Arnold Palmer, Aviara Golf Club features a memorable layout: par 72 over 18 holes and 7,007 yards uniquely sculpted around rolling hillsides, native wildflowers, and plenty of bunker and water challenges.

There are many more stunning golf courses in San Diego! Do you agree with our list? What is your favorite golf course in San Diego?

 

 

Click here to see all the homes for sale in San Diego!

 

Check out our other posts!

Top 5 Things To Do In Carlsbad

Carlsbad's Best Italian restaurants

Best Bakeries in North County, San Diego

Family Fun: Sky Zone Carlsbad 

Are you or someone you know looking to move to San Diego? Let us help you find the perfect home! 

James George “The British Real Estate Agent”

T. 760-978-5725

team@homeissandiego.com

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DRE: 02053117

July 2, 2020

Best Schools In Carlsbad

Carlsbad is a wonderful place to raise a family and is currently ranked #4 on Niche's list of cities with the best public schools in America. The Carlsbad Unified School District is recognized as one of the highest achieving school districts in the county. Many of Carlsbad's schools have been identified as Distinguished Schools at the federal and state levels. A major factor for families, as well as businesses planning to relocate to Carlsbad is this excellence in education that has earned their schools and staff numerous awards and recognition. Read on to learn more about the top schools in Carlsbad!

 

Top Elementary Schools

 

1. Aviara Oaks Elementary School

Aviara Oaks Elementary School is a highly rated, public school located in Carlsbad, CA. It has 650 students in grades K-5 with a student-teacher ratio of 27 to 1. According to state test scores, 85% of students are at least proficient in math and 88% in reading.

 

2. Pacific Rim Elementary School

Pacific Rim Elementary School is a highly rated, public school located in Carlsbad, CA. It has 824 students in grades K-5 with a student-teacher ratio of 29 to 1. According to state test scores, 93% of students are at least proficient in math and 95% in reading.

 

3. Kelly Elementary School

Kelly Elementary School is a highly rated, public school located in Carlsbad, CA. It has 443 students in grades K-5 with a student-teacher ratio of 25 to 1. According to state test scores, 77% of students are at least proficient in math and 82% in reading.

 

4. Magnolia Elementary School

Magnolia Elementary School is a highly rated, public school located in Carlsbad, CA. It has 477 students in grades K-5 with a student-teacher ratio of 25 to 1. According to state test scores, 74% of students are at least proficient in math and 82% in reading.

 

5. Poinsettia Elementary School

Poinsettia Elementary School is a highly rated, public school located in Carlsbad, CA. It has 529 students in grades K-5 with a student-teacher ratio of 25 to 1. According to state test scores, 69% of students are at least proficient in math and 76% in reading.

 

Top Middle Schools

 

1. Aviara Oaks Middle School

Aviara Oaks Middle School is a highly rated, public school located in Carlsbad, CA. It has 1,106 students in grades 6-8 with a student-teacher ratio of 26 to 1. According to state test scores, 74% of students are at least proficient in math and 80% in reading.

 

2. Valley Middle School

Valley Middle School is a highly rated, public school located in Carlsbad, CA. It has 1,045 students in grades 6-8 with a student-teacher ratio of 25 to 1. According to state test scores, 61% of students are at least proficient in math and 68% in reading.

 

3. Calavera Hills Middle School

Calavera Hills Middle School is a highly rated, public school located in Carlsbad, CA. It has 574 students in grades 6-8 with a student-teacher ratio of 24 to 1. According to state test scores, 52% of students are at least proficient in math and 67% in reading.

 

Top High Schools

 

1. Sage Creek High School

Sage Creek High School is a top rated, public school located in Carlsbad, CA. It has 1,257 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 26 to 1. According to state test scores, 62% of students are at least proficient in math and 78% in reading.

 

2. Carlsbad High School

Carlsbad High School is a highly rated, public school located in Carlsbad, CA. It has 2,337 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 26 to 1. According to state test scores, 50% of students are at least proficient in math and 60% in reading.

 

 

Click here to see all the homes for sale in Carlsbad!

 

Thinking about moving to Carlsbad? 

Check out our other posts!

Top 5 Things To Do In Carlsbad

Carlsbad's Best Italian restaurants

Best Bakeries in North County, San Diego

Family Fun: Sky Zone Carlsbad 

Are you or someone you know looking to move to San Diego? Let us help you find the perfect home! 

James George “The British Real Estate Agent”

T. 760-978-5725

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July 1, 2020

Top 5 Things To Do In Carlsbad, California

Carlsbad is a city in North County, San Diego known for its beautiful beaches, historic Carlsbad Village, Legoland CA and SEA LIFE Aquarium, The Flower Fields, and so much more! It is currently ranked #4 on Niche's list of cities with the best public schools in America, #14 healthiest city in America, and #14 healthiest place to live in America. It's hard not to be happy in a city that averages 263 days of sun a year!

 

Top 5 Things To Do In Carlsbad

 

1. Visit Carlsbad Village

The downtown village area of Carlsbad is just steps from the beach and is a destination for locals and tourists alike. It is a great area to walk around and enjoy a variety of shops, restaurants, and other services.Take a culinary and history tour of the village of Carlsbad with Carlsbad Food Tours. Facilitated by gourmand tour guides with a love and passion for Carlsbad and its best eateries, tours wind their way through Carlsbad’s most scenic and historic neighborhoods where you will learn about the history of the village and get to taste some of the best food on offer. Also be sure to stop by the Carlsbad Mineral Spa on Carlsbad Boulevard, the Alt Karlsbad Hanse House is a famous landmark in the village and the site of the first mineral water spa, dating back to the 1880s.

 

2. Legoland California Resort

Come play your part at LEGOLAND® California Resort, located just 30 minutes north of San Diego and one hour south of Anaheim. With more than 60 rides, shows and attractions, it's an interactive, hands-on theme park experience for families with children 2 - 12. The Resort is also home to SEA LIFE® Aquarium and the world's first LEGOLAND® Water Park. And if you've ever dreamed of spending the night at LEGOLAND, LEGOLAND Hotel and LEGOLAND Castle Hotel at the Resort are open and less than 2 miles from the nearest beach!

 

3. The Flower Fields

For over sixty years, Mother Nature has transformed the rolling hills of North San Diego County into one of the most spectacular and coordinated displays of natural color and beauty anywhere in the world. The nearly fifty acres of Giant Tecolote Ranunculus flowers that make up The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch® in Carlsbad, California, are in bloom for approximately six to eight weeks each year – from early March through early May – literally bringing the famous fields back to life. This annual burst of color, which has become part of the area’s local heritage, also is one of nature’s official ways of announcing the arrival of spring here in Southern California.

 

4. South Carlsbad State Beach

South Carlsbad State Beach is a beautiful stretch of protected coastline that offers an array of outdoor activities to enjoy. White sand, coastal bluffs, and warm water make it a great spot to enjoy swimming, surfing, scuba diving and snorkeling, fishing, and picnicking. The bluffs above the beach offer excellent camping, and the 220-site South Carlsbad State Beach Campground is very popular with easy access to the beach and amenities such as bathrooms with showers, electricity, and water, Wi-Fi, and a camp store.

 

5. The Crossings at Carlsbad

Come enjoy the views…and experience the golf at The Crossings at Carlsbad! With beautiful Pacific Ocean to the West and foothills rising to the East, this 18-hole championship municipal golf course and event facility offers visitors a magnificent setting in a relaxed California Coastal environment. Located in North San Diego County this course is named for the five bridges - or crossings - that were designed into the layout to meet existing environmental and topographic conditions. The Crossings at Carlsbad is nestled among the natural habitat and wildlife on more than 400 acres of Carlsbad's coastal terrain. The Crossings also offers a 28,000-square-foot clubhouse complete with a golf shop, banquet facilities, a spacious fireplace-lit dining room, full-service kitchen and an outdoor deck with ocean views. The Canyons restaurant, located in the clubhouse, will serve breakfast and lunch daily.

 

 

Click here to see all the homes for sale in Carlsbad!

 

Thinking about visiting Carlsbad? 

Check out our other posts!

Carlsbad's Best Italian restaurants

Best Bakeries in North County, San Diego

Family Fun: Sky Zone Carlsbad 

Are you or someone you know looking to move to San Diego? Let us help you find the perfect home! 

James George “The British Real Estate Agent”

T. 760-978-5725

team@homeissandiego.com

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June 30, 2020

Family Fun: Sky Zone Carlsbad

 

Carlsbad is a wonderful city for families in North County, San Diego. Ranked #4 on Niche's list of cities with the best public schools in in America, Carlsbad has many activities for kids and families to enjoy like Legoland, SEA LIFE Aquarium, beautiful beaches, and Sky Zone Carlsbad

Sky Zone Carlsbad is the second Sky Zone location for owners Josh & Michelle, following the success of their San Marcos location. Sky Zone Carlsbad has 33,000 Sq.Ft. of excitement and includes many new attractions like a giant Ultimate Warrior Course, Indoor Soccer, Indoor Volleyball, Indoor Basketball, Parkour Course, Ultimate Dodgeball, Free Video Game Arcade, Private Parent Lounge, and much more!

Unfortunately Sky Zone Carlsbad had to shut its doors to the public soon after their grand opening due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but we are pleased to announce that as of June 12th 2020 they are back open, with some new safety modifications. We are so pleased to see Sky Zone back open and we are looking many more fun times there with the whole family!

 

We were lucky enough to get a sneak peek of Sky Zone Carlsbad ahead of its grand opening in February 2020. Check out the video below!

 

 

Have you been to Sky Zone in Carlsbad? What is you favorite activity? Let us know in the comments below!

 

Are you or someone you know looking to move to San Diego? Let us help you find the perfect home! 

James George “The British Real Estate Agent”

T. 760-978-5725

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June 29, 2020

Best Bakeries in North County, San Diego

If you're craving something sweet in San Diego, head up the coast to North County to find some of the best bakeries and donuts in the city! 

 

VG Donut & Bakery

V.G. Donut & Bakery is a full service bakery located in Coastal North County specializing in the old fashion style of baking. Owned and operated by the Mettee family since 1969, V.G.’s is now a thriving third generation business. V.G., or Very Good for those who were wondering, is the locals’ choice for a fresh cup of coffee and favorite bakery item – guaranteed to satisfy your sweet tooth.

https://www.vgbakery.com/

 

The Goods

The goods opened in August 2017 it is a brainchild of the Barille Family. Located in the heart of North County San Diego featuring fresh artisan doughnuts made from scratch every hour. Locally sourced goods and with the decor to match our building from 1920 we are proud to deliver you some goods. Gluten free & vegan options every day.

https://www.thegoodsdoughnuts.com/

 

Betty's Pie Whole

All of their pies are served whole, no slices! This allows them to have better portion control and it’s fun having your own individual pie. They use real fruit that they prepare themselves! That means they never use canned or pre-made pie fillings! They use pure butter, premium chocolate, real cream, and local eggs! You can taste the difference!

http://www.bettyspiewhole.com/

 

 

Prager Brothers Artisan Breads

Prager Brothers is a craft bakery specializing in high quality breads. Their mission is to restore the time-honored tradition of artisan bread making. Founded by Carlsbad brothers, Clinton and Louie Prager, they serve up a variety of fresh breads, sweets, snacks, and sandwiches from their Carlsbad and new Encinitas locations.

http://www.pragerbrothers.com/

 

Elizabethan Desserts

Elizabethan Desserts is nostalgic, American comfort food with an elegant touch. While presentation is important, in this kitchen IT’S ALL ABOUT TASTE! They only use the finest ingredients like real butter, heavy cream, premium chocolate, and local eggs. You won’t find shortening based frostings; synthetic dairy based whipped topping or commercial mixes in their food.

http://elizabethandesserts.com/

 

 

What do you think of this list? Do you have any favorite bakeries in North County that we missed? Let us know in the comments below!

 

Are you or someone you know looking to move to San Diego? Let us help you find the perfect home! 

James George “The British Real Estate Agent”

T. 760-978-5725

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June 26, 2020

Best Brunch Restaurants in Oceanside

Oceanside is a picturesque beach town in North County San Diego known for it's gorgeous beaches, historic wooden pier, quaint New England-style harbor, and charming bungalow neighborhoods. It has a thriving brunch scene, making it a Sunday morning essential destination for locals and visitors alike!

 

Beach Break Cafe

People taking a break from the beach or those who want a pre-ocean meal flock here for the moist, cinnamon-laced coffee cake drizzled with frosting and the giant and inventive four-egg omelets and scrambles. While dining they can check out the colorful surfboards, surfboard-inspired ceiling fan and surf photos that decorate this breakfast-and-lunch-only spot. The Banana Crunch French Toast is a favorite, dipped in honey bunches of oats for the crunch and then topped with bananas and a healthy dose of whipped cream. The wait can be long on weekends, so get there early!

https://beachbreakcafe.net/

 

Dija Mara

At Dija Mara, they mix Southeast Asian flavors with Western flair and Japanese cooking techniques to create their unique, Balinese-Inspired menu. Their Sunday brunch features beautifully presented, unique options like Thai Sausage Hash, Short Rib Rendang, and the Dija Hangover, a roti wrap with scrambled egg, confit chicken, hot sauce, potato, curry, and tiger beer!

http://dijamara.com/

 

Stratford at the Harbor

At Stratford, they pride themselves on creating a family atmosphere where everyone feels like an Oceanside local. Come on in and be inspired by the views, the food, and the hospitality. And when you're belly is full, you can walk the entire harbor by foot.

https://www.stratfordattheharbor.com/

 

 

Local Tap House & Kitchen

Using only the freshest produce and seafood, Chef Daniel Pundik combines key ingredients to create a unique and evolving menu. The menu at Local Tap House & Kitchen captures the authentic and laid back culture that Oceanside embodies with options for everyone.

https://www.localtaphouse.com/

 

Breakfast Club Diner

Serving up breakfast all day, The Breakfast Club Diner California in Oceanside is home to many local favorites. Try their Athenian Skillet, or Crunchy Munchie French Toast. 

https://www.bcdc-oceanside.com/

 

 

What do you think of this list? Do you have any favorite brunch restaurants in Oceanside that we missed? Let us know in the comments below!

 

Are you or someone you know looking to move to San Diego? Let us help you find the perfect home! 

James George “The British Real Estate Agent”

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June 24, 2020

La Jolla's Best Seafood Restaurants

La Jolla is home to some of the most stunning ocean views and finest seafood restaurants in San Diego County. Whether you like a casual fish taco, or a full lobster dinner, La Jolla is serving up fresh seafood for everyone to enjoy while they gaze at the stunning shoreline.

 

Duke's La Jolla

Overlooking the La Jolla Cove, Duke’s serves genuine, friendly hospitality with contemporary interpretations of traditional island plates. As a tribute to Hawaii and Southern California beach lifestyles, Duke’s celebrates family, views and the spirit of aloha.

https://www.dukeslajolla.com/

 

Truluck's Seafood, Steak and Crab House

Truluck's practices "TRU" Sustainability, by maintaining an unwavering commitment to serving the highest-quality sustainable seafood. They will never serve endangered, overfished species, and they always follow Ocean Conservancy guidelines. The origin of their fish is always specified on the menu. Their Florida Stone Crab is captured by their team of professional crabbers, and their produce is sourced from local growers whenever possible.

https://trulucks.com/

 

Ocean Terrace at George’s at the Cove

One of the best things about being in San Diego is that you can be outside year-round. It’s a part of our lifestyle. And when you want to eat outdoors, there’s no better place than the Ocean Terrace, acclaimed as the region’s best rooftop dining.

https://www.georgesatthecove.com/ocean-terrace

 

 

Eddie V's Prime Seafood and Steaks

Eddie V’s charismatic vibe draws you in and holds you close, invites you to be seen, or sit back and just savor. The finest seafood and steaks. World-class wine and service. And live jazz in the V lounge.

https://www.eddiev.com/

 

The Marine Room

For more than 75 years, The Marine Room has welcomed residents, travelers, celebrities, and world figures to its surfside establishment for unparalleled seaside views and inspired coastal cuisine. From fresh seafood to innovative seasonal dishes, The Marine Room is one of San Diego's best restaurants and one of the region's most iconic dining destinations.

https://www.marineroom.com/

 

 

What do you think of this list? Do you have any favorite seafood restaurants in La Jolla that we missed? Let us know in the comments below!

 

Are you or someone you know looking to move to San Diego? Let us help you find the perfect home! 

James George “The British Real Estate Agent”

T. 760-978-5725

team@homeissandiego.com

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June 24, 2020

How To Do Open Houses! Real Estate Advice

Learn how I closed 4 deals from my first every open house and why open houses have become a big part of my real estate business! 

 

Looking to sell? We would love to chat with you! Wherever you live we would be happy to give you advice or help sell your home. If you are local in San Diego, California we can sell your home. Or if you live anywhere else in the USA, Canada, UK or even Australia we can put you in touch with an amazing realtor who will get you a great price for your home.

 

James George

760-978-5725

team@homeissandiego.com

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