A group of residents who have expressed frustration with the pace of development in San Marcos said the City Council’s recent approval a 220-home development on Twin Oaks Valley Road is the final straw.The group of residents plans to pursue a referendum to reverse the council’s 4-1 approval of Brookfield Residential Properties’ proposal, which would re-zone about 23 acres near the southwest corner of Twin Oaks Valley Road and Village Drive — just south of Cal State San Marcos — from commercial to residential to pave the way for the new homes. Residents packed council chambers on Jan. 23 to urge the council to vote against the second reading of the ordinance approving the project. The council had voted two weeks earlier to approve the first reading.They said that the city is approving residential development at a much faster pace than the infrastructure needed to support it, pointing to overcrowding at San Marcos’ schools and congestion on key roads and State Highway 78 as evidence.“It’s the next development on the docket and we are fed up,” said Kelly Shipley, one of the chief organizers of the opposition. “What we want to see is development with infrastructure to support it.”Their message to the council was clear: slow down.
San Elijo Hills Real Estate Market year in review:
224 homes sold with an average time on market of 21 days. Selling price ranged from $1,699,000 – $405,000 or an average price $749,343.
North County San Diego Detached Homes Market Report
Median Sale Price $580,500 +12.7%
Average Market Time 36 Days -14%
Inventory 2.2 Months -24%
Active Listing 860 -22.5%
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Only 28 Active homes and condos currently for sale in San Elijo Hills averaging 31 days on the market priced from to $439,000-$1,502,990. Some homes are selling quickly before they hit the market. Not a lot of homes for buyers to choose from and a great time to sell your San Elijo Hills home.
In September – 4 homes sold in San Elijo Hills with an average sale price of $601,750. Since August 1st 19 homes have sold.
North County San Diego Detached Homes Market Report
Average Sale Price $613,654 +9.8%
Average Market Time 41 Days -10.9%
Inventory 2.3 Months -32.4%
Active Listing 919 -28.3%
If you’re thinking of selling, whether it’s this fall or next year, let me know! With so little inventory on the market, many buyers are still looking for homes so if it’s the right time for you to make a move now, I’m here to help! If you’re planning to move in the new year, it’s never too early to get started preparing your home for sale.
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Only 9 Active homes and condos currently for sale in San Elijo Hills averaging 36 days on the market priced from $1,195,000 to $524,700. Not a lot of homes for buyers to choose from and great time to sell your San Elijo Hills home.
In July – 8 homes sold with an average market time of 17 days. The Median sales price was $779,250.
The 92078 zip code currently has a 1.7 month supply of inventory on the market back in August of 2007 we had a 10.2 month supply of inventory.
Some homeowners may be hesitant to list their San Elijo Hills homes for sale because they are worried that they will also have a problem finding a home to buy and move in to. This is a legitimate concern; no one wants to sell their home quickly and not have anywhere to live.
If you are thinking of moving up to a luxury or premium North County home, there tends to be more inventory available in these markets in North County and you may even get a great deal on a home that has been on the market for a while.
Homeowners are building contingency plans into their contracts. This means that the homeowner builds in extra time before they close in order to find their dream home and they are upfront about the contingency with any buyers who come to see the house.
Your home is an oasis to buyers who are searching for homes in today’s San Elijo Hills Market. The right buyers will sympathize and wait for you and your family to find your next home.
If you are even thinking of listing your home and moving up to a luxury home, let’s get together to evaluate your ability to do so. Homeowners are upgrading their homes, why can’t you?
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Defensible space inspections help keep homeowners safe in San Marcos
San Marcos, CA –In the last year, the San Marcos Fire Department (SMFD) conducted nearly 830 defensible space inspections of properties located in the city’s highest wildfire risk areas, as determined by the Community Wildfire Protection Plan.
Photo caption: San Marcos Fire Inspector Randy Hill conducts a defensible space audit on a home in a high fire risk area.
Since January, the San Marcos Fire Department has sent notices to 250 properties asking owners to remove dead and overgrown vegetation and maintain the required 150 feet around a home to help reduce or slow the spread of wildfire.
“San Marcos is no stranger to wildfire and it is up to all of us to help keep ourselves, our property and the community safe,” said Fire Chief Brett VanWey.
During the defensible space audits, recommendations on how to improve or maintain defensible space are provided to the homeowner using a checklist and photos based on an inspection of the property. If a homeowner is not home or cannot participate in the inspection while fire department personnel are on site, a copy of the report will be mailed to the owner.
Free of charge, homeowners do not need to be present as inspectors are able to assess defensible space requirements from the street or an adjacent property. Inspections are conducted only by uniformed fire department personnel to help educate homeowners on opportunities to minimize risk of wildfire.
“Creating defensible space is critical for a home’s chance of surviving a wildfire and reduces risk to our firefighters responding,” continued VanWey.
Photo Caption: Defensible space saved this home during the May 2014 Cocos Fire.
In addition to local inspections, CALFIRE will coordinate inspections with SMFD for residents living in the State Responsibility Area. CALFIRE’s main goal will be to educate homeowners and evaluate properties to ensure owners maintain the required defensible space – 100 feet for homes built prior to 2005 and 150 feet for homes built after 2005.
Homeowners can use the following tips to help homes survive a wildfire:
Maintain 150-feet of defensible space around all structures (100 feet for homes built prior to 2005).
Clear all needles and leaves from roofs, eaves and rain gutters.
Trim tree branches 6 feet from the ground.
Use trimming, mowing and power equipment before 10 a.m.
Landscape with fire resistant and drought tolerant plants that require little water.
Remove branches away from roofs and 10 feet from the chimney.
Keep wood piles and flammable materials at least 30 feet from the home.
Use fire ignition resistant building material.
For more emergency preparedness information, visit www.san-marcos.net/beprepared or call the San Marcos Fire Department at (760) 744-1050, ext. 3410.
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