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By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California, Inc.)
What’s the Value of My Carlsbad Home? Carlsbad Market Report for June 2024 The Carlsbad real estate market continues to change, with changes from May and 1 year ago. Private sales, mobile homes and multi-family housing are not included (the numbers are taken from the MLS and believed to be accurate as reported but are not guaranteed). Media market reports are very generalized. As a result they do not reflect local Carlsbad housing market conditions (read more - How Local IS Local?). Current information, and analysis, about local market conditions benefits you when you need to make important buying and/or selling decisions about Carlsbad homes for sale. READ MORE ABOUT CARLSBADCarlsbad Village by the Sea 91 homes sold in Carlsbad in June (92008, 92009, 92010 and 92011), 24% fewer sales t...
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By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California, Inc.)
Pasta del Giorno di Due Chef~ Pasta of the Day by 2 Chefs ~ My wife and I often take turns cooking dinner. More often than not, I am the sous chef (except I do all our grilling), but last night was one of those collaborations, which is actually more fun, and interesting when coordinating ideas and timing of the preparation…true of any cucina.  Tonight’s Pasta del Giorno was dinner in a dish, designed to be simple, using freshly chopped basil, spinach (about 2 cups once chopped), cilantro, and zucchini from the Farmers Market, diced sun-dried tomatoes (from Trader Joe’s), sliced smoked salmon, and Ferrara Penne Rigate from Italy (also Trader Joe’s). You could certainly substitute other pastas such as rigatoni or bow-ties depending on what you have or prefer. We sauteed the chopped herbs,...
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By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California, Inc.)
Our Monarch Caterpillar Nursery on our back patio continues to prosper.We had another chrysalis hatch today and enjoyed seeing yet another butterfly - that makes 5 so far that we have seen.And we counted 11 caterpillars of various sizes on the milkweed plants yesterday. They are hungry and leaves are disappearing rapidly.I went to Armstrong Garden Center to buy a couple more plants  - the caterpillars are eating leaves faster than the plants we have can sprout new ones.I went to pay for the 2 plants and the cashier pointed out that I had a stowaway (I missed it), and a good sized one (about 1.5") that will be ready for the next stage soon.What a surprise bonus! 
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By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California, Inc.)
Carlsbad Art Wall is No More  I am in shock.I just saw a live video by #CarlsbadArtWall Founder and Curator Bryan Snyder about what appears to be the end of the Carlsbad Art Wall. While Bryan mentions he needs to confirm some information, there is now a fence blocking access to the Wall on the lot of the adjacent vacant commercially-zoned property that has been for sale for quite some time.Bryan says it sounds like the building is scheduled to be demolished and the lot to be developed. So, for now, access to the wall is blocked.Sadly, and ironically, the most recent artist, Zuzu, who hails from Austin, was just starting to paint her mural today.You can read more and see Bryan’s live video announcing the news today on his Instagram page at @SnyderArt.What may be the final Carlsbad Art Wa...
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By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California, Inc.)
Red, White and BOOM 4th of July Fireworks and More in Carlsbad in 2024The July 4th holiday is just around the corner - next Thursday. Of course there will be celebrations and fireworks in and around Carlsbad, along with private festivities, cookouts, and picnics. And of course that means some beach time too! Let’s hope our warm, sunny weather continues! The summer crowds have picked up, restaurants are busy, and public parking at the beaches, and in the Village, is harder to find. And that will certainly be true for the holiday weekend. Red, White and BOOM at Legoland This popular annual celebration with fireworks takes place at Legoland California in Carlsbad on July 4th.  There is fun for all ages, with rides, live DJ performances, lawn activities, a scavenger hunt, and so much more! ...
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By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California, Inc.)
Monarch Caterpillar Nursery Round 2 While we haven't actually seen one recently there has clearly been a Monarch Butterfly around laying eggs, since we spied 3 caterpillars on our milkweed plants the other day. This is the second batch this yea,r with more to come as we can see more eggs on the milkweed plants. Anticipating a number of hungry Monarch Caterpillars, we ventured out to Armstrong Nursery this morning for several more milkweed plants with lots of leaves. Hopefully it will be enough as the caterpillars are voracious eaters.  We also noticed a number of small critters on the plants we had that look like tiny spiders (mites?) so we also bought a box of ladybugs to hopefully take care of the problem without using any kind of spray, especially with the caterpillars around.    Hop...
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By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California, Inc.)
The Aloha Plunge 2024 is July 20 in Carlsbad Come celebrate the 2024 summer season with the Aloha Plunge on Saturday July 20th, from 5 to 8 PM. The Aloha Plunge is held at the Alga Norte Community Park Aquatics Center. Alga Norte Community Park is at 6565 Alicante Road, at the corner of Poinsettia Lane, in the La Costa area of Carlsbad. The Aloha Plunge is limited to 500 attendees and registrations tend to fill up quickly. The cost is $10 per person, with children ages 3 and under FREE (must be identified at check-out online). Register online, and get your wrist bands now so you don't miss out. Tickets go on sale 3 weeks before the event and end July 19 at 5 pm. You can pick up wrist bands at the Aquatics Center during normal business hours during the week preceding the event. Tickets w...
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By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California, Inc.)
What’s the Value of My Carlsbad Home? Carlsbad Market Report for May 2024 The Carlsbad real estate market continues to change, with shifts from April and 1 year ago. Private sales, mobile homes and multi-family housing are not included (the numbers are taken from the MLS and believed to be accurate as reported but are not guaranteed). Media market reports are very generalized. As a result they do not reflect local Carlsbad housing market conditions (read more - How Local IS Local?). Up-to-date information, and analysis, about local market conditions benefits you when you want to make important buying and/or selling decisions about  Carlsbad homes for sale. READ MORE ABOUT CARLSBADCarlsbad Village by the Sea 119 homes sold in Carlsbad in May (92008, 92009, 92010 and 92011), 10% more sale...
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By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California, Inc.)
California Wine Festival in Carlsbad June 28 and 29, 2024 The 1st day of summer is June 20, and the California Wine Festival in Carlsbad will follow soon after. If you are a wine lover and foodie it’s a great opportunity to taste some fine wines and enjoy some special appetizers. The California Wine Festival will take place Friday and Saturday, June 28 and 29, at the Park Hyatt Aviara Resort in Carlsbad. The California Wine Festival is a series, with similar events held in Dana Point (this past April 19 and 20), Santa Barbara (July 19 and 20), and Huntington Beach (November 8 and 9).  The Wine Festival features rare and reserve vintages, as well as wines from some of California’s most popular wineries. We attended a food and wine event at the Park Hyatt Aviara Resort a number of years a...
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By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California, Inc.)
Make Music Day is June 21 Come celebrate Make Music Day on June 21 at the Museum of Making Music in Carlsbad from 10 am until 5 pm. Fête de la Musique originated in France in 1982 and is now celebrated in more than 1000 cities in over 120 countries on June 21 each year. The original vision of the founders was a day of music for everyone to enjoy, whether they make the music or just listen, everywhere in each city. That dream came true and Make Music Day has spread throughout the world, coming to New York around 15 years ago. On June 21, 2023 there were 4791 free concerts in 117 US cities (per Wikipedia). And who knows what other music you’ll find in parks and other public spaces…or make your own! Make Music Day is also known as World Music Day and Music Day. No doubt there are other nam...
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By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California, Inc.)
Carlsbad Art Wall April 2024 The 3rd Carlsbad Art Wall mural for 2024 was completed the last weekend in April. I apologize for being so late sharing this. Carlsbad artist and graphic designer Molly Alexander transformed the wall with these beautiful and vibrant orange blossoms, an influence from having grown up in Southern California. You’ll find her on Instagram at @MollyAlex_art. You can learn more on her website, MollyAlex.com. This is the 41st mural since the founding of the Carlsbad Art Wall in 2015.  The Carlsbad Art Wall was created, and is curated, by Carlsbad artist, Bryan Snyder, in cooperation with the owner of Senor Grubby’s Mexican Restaurant in Carlsbad Village The Carlsbad Art Wall provides residents and visitors the opportunity to appreciate temporary public art by local...
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By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California, Inc.)
2024 Carlsbad Village Flicks at the Fountain  Summer is only a few weeks away. That means several popular events in Carlsbad are coming soon. One long-time favorite (since 2013) is the annual Flicks at the Fountain. This popular outdoor movie series is hosted by the Carlsbad Village Association.  The Flicks at the Fountain take place on 5 consecutive Thursday nights. The series starts July 11th and ends August 8th.  Movies (rated G and PG) were decided by popular vote from residents. Here’s the 2024 list of movies – dates for each movie will be announced soon: Barbie (PG-13)Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (G)Trolls (PG)The Little Mermaid )G) Carlsbad residents can still vote for the 5th movie here (either one of the 5 choices or email a write-in).Flicks at the Fountain are held on...
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By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California, Inc.)
2024 Carlsbad TGIF Concerts in the Parks Series The first day of summer is June 20, and the annual TGIF Concerts in the Parks series starts the next day. There’s little question that the free TGIF Concerts in the Parks are a highlight of summertime in Carlsbad. This free outdoor concert series may be the best entertainment option around North San Diego County! Indeed, the series was voted the 4th best outdoor concert series in the US in the 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards by USA Today for 2023. You can’t go wrong with a combination of live music, in a beautiful Carlsbad park, on a Friday summer evening? It doesn’t get much better for free summer entertainment!  2024 is the 37th season of Carlsbad’s popular TGIF Concerts in the Parks series, presented by the City of Carlsbad’s Cultural Art...
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By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California, Inc.)
2024 Carlsbad Art in the Village  Carlsbad art lovers will be pleased the 26th Annual Art in the Village Fair will be here soon, a few days after the 1st day of summer. This popular fine art event will showcase around 130 local and regional artists, and takes place Sunday June 23rd.  The fair runs from 9 am until 5 pm and attendance is free. You’ll find Art in the Village along State Street and Grand Avenue in the heart of downtown. Art in the Village is sponsored by the Carlsbad Village Association, and there will be new and returning artists. Artist selection is juried so you can expect high quality. All artwork is handcrafted and unique. Plus you can chat with the artists at their booths about their creations and what inspired them. Carlsbad has a reputation for its 1-day art fairs (...
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By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California, Inc.)
Our Monarch Butterfly Hatched Today I wrote about our Monarch Butterfly nursery recently and today was the big day. The first chrysalis opened and the new butterfly emerged. We didn’t get to see the butterfly coming out but saw it only moments after the big event. As you can see in this photo the wings are still rather wrinkled.  The butterfly fell down on the patio but fortunately I was able to hold out a small stick and it latched on. I moved it onto a pot of purple flowers so it could finish drying its wings. What a relief – I’m glad we were there to rescue it! Here's the vacant chrysalis.  It started moving around on the flowers and was clearly sipping some nectar. It took about 2 hours total from when it emerged from the chrysalis, but we were able to enjoy seeing the Monarch fly o...
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By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California, Inc.)
What’s the Value of My Carlsbad Home? Carlsbad Market Report for April 2024 The Carlsbad real estate market continues to change, with shifts from March and 1 year ago. Private sales, mobile homes and multi-family housing are not included (the numbers are taken from the MLS and believed to be accurate as reported but are not guaranteed). Media market reports speak in general terms. As a result they do not reflect local Carlsbad housing market conditions (read more - How Local IS Local?). Current information, and analysis, about local market conditions benefits you when you want to make important buying and/or selling decisions about Carlsbad homes for sale. READ MORE ABOUT CARLSBADCarlsbad Village by the Sea 108 homes sold in Carlsbad in April (92008, 92009, 92010 and 92011), 13% more sa...
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By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California, Inc.)
I previously wrote about the Monarch Butterfly nursery on our back patio on April 12. At that time we were able to see 11 caterpillars of various sizes.In the last few days the caterpillars started leaving the milkweed plants and crawling onto the table, the patio window, and the edge of one of the flowerpots. Within a day or so we could only find 3 of the 11 caterpillars. Hopefully the others found safe places to hang for the next stage, the chrysalis (pupa). We have looked around but haven't been able to find them so they are either well hidden or perhaps became some bird's dinner.One caterpillar is on the edge of a flowerpot and is not looking very healthy, but there are 2 that have now formed the chrysalis - one on window frame (above) and the other on the edge of the another flower...
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By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California, Inc.)
2024 Carlsbad Village Street Faire is May 5 One of our more popular arts and craft fairs returns to Carlsbad Village on Sunday May 5, 2024. The Carlsbad Village Street Faire is reportedly the largest outdoor 1-day fair in the US, other than its counter-part, the Carlsbad Village Faire in November. This is the 50th year for this fair! The Carlsbad Village Street Faire takes place from 8 am until 5 pm, so there is ample time to enjoy over 900 vendors and shop all you want. The Carlsbad Village Faire takes place in the heart of the Village, along Grand Avenue from Carlsbad Boulevard to Jefferson. The Faire spills over onto side streets, too. (photo is from another art fair in the Village in the same area).  Given the number of vendor booths much of the public parking will not be available ...
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By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California, Inc.)
Carlsbad Flower Fields Up Close I attended a CRS Networking Event with 25 other Southern California Realtors this past Thursday for a couple of hours at the Carlsbad Flower Fields.  It was fun to see my CRS friends as well as to meet other agents I didn’t know. There was time to talk with each other before taking a tour. After the group photo we split up into small groups to leisurely walk through the gardens, and of course take lots of photos.  While I have often driven by the Flower Fields on Armada Drive on the hill above to the east which offers great panoramic views of the flowers and the ocean, I haven’t seen the flowers and the venue itself up close for years.   It was a sunny day with a cool ocean breeze, although the marine layer moved in before the event was over so it was pre...
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By Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude
(eXp Realty of California, Inc.)
Our Monarch Caterpillar Nursery The nursery is doing well and so are the 10 Monarch Caterpillars, doing what caterpillars do. The Monarch Butterfly visited our back patio several weeks ago and spent quite a bit of time landing on the milkweed plants repeatedly. We didn't see any eggs left behind but that may simply have been our vision as Monarch eggs are supposedly quite small. A couple weeks ago my wife saw a couple of very small caterpillars on one of the milkweed plants and now there are 10 (there were a couple others but they didn't make it for long). They have grown pretty substantially which we hope will help at least some of them survive and move into the next phase (chrysalis), and not become a tasty meal for one of the many birds in our yard. I suspect the mortality rate for c...
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