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Bungalow Haven

by lesliedinaberg on February 13, 2013

What started out as a simple opportunity to socialize with neighbors and get to know a little more about American bungalow style architecture and restoration has quickly morphed the Bungalow Haven Neighborhood Association into a vibrant, politically active neighborhood watchdog group. Bungalow Haven was formed about two years ago by neighbors Dee Duncan and her […]

Make Mother’s Day Special

by lesliedinaberg on February 13, 2013

Give mom what she really deserves this year, a weekend of rest and relaxation at one of the Central Coast’s unforgettable resorts, bed and breakfasts or hotels. Villa Toscana Bed & Breakfast Fulfilling owner David Weyrich’s vision for a “quintessential wine country retreat,” this Tuscan-style village sits smack in the middle of the Martin & […]

Java Joys

by lesliedinaberg on February 13, 2013

Ah, that rich, strong aroma of coffee. For some of us it’s the only thing that makes getting out of bed worthwhile. Even if you’re more interested in soaking up the atmosphere than the caffeine, it’s fun to know the 411 on local coffee houses. Here’s my two cents. I’m sure others will disagree, and […]

Engineered for Success

by lesliedinaberg on February 13, 2013

“What do you want to be when you grow up?” is one of the first questions Ed Ware asks his computer engineering students at Dos Pueblos High. A software engineering department manager at Raytheon for 23 years, Ware offers students a view of engineering from the workplace, rather than the classroom. With the support of […]

Handmade cards help to say you care

by lesliedinaberg on February 13, 2013

Looking for that perfect card to tell your Valentine how much you care? Local artist Emily Chan’s handmade cards, Twinkle Toes Greetings, could score you big points in the romantic thoughtfulness category. Shy and introverted as a child, Chan said she started making handmade cards to express gratitude and appreciation to people who did nice […]

It’s all about hue!

by lesliedinaberg on February 13, 2013

Gone are the days of a one-color-fits-all approach to decorating. Now homeowners are choosing colors to illicit a mood and perk up a room’s decor. Wall color is one of the easiest and least expensive ways to add some color to your home, said Pat Musarra, owner of Affordable One-Day Design. Ralph Lauren even offers […]

First Time Home Buyers: Adventures in Home Buying

by lesliedinaberg on February 13, 2013

Sometimes the first house you have your heart set on isn’t the one that you’re meant to have. That was the lesson Gloria Herrera and Martin Ibarra learned during their recent home-buying adventure. After losing bids on several homes, the couple, who share a home with their daughter and Ibarra’s mother, was ready to compromise […]

First Time Home Buyers: Going Condo

by lesliedinaberg on February 13, 2013

The quest to buy a condominium on the South Coast can be grueling on the nerves. “It was crazy. You’d go out and at every open house … you’d see all the same people all the time,” said Cari Thomas, who recently purchased a San Roque condo with her husband Sam. “They started looking like […]

First Time Home Buyers: Lowered Expectations

by lesliedinaberg on February 13, 2013

Like many first time homebuyers, Jennifer Cartwright and Bob Freed had to lower their expectations a bit when they set out to buy something on the South Coast. When they originally saw their condominium at 235 Aspen Way in Santa Barbara, they didn’t like it. “After seeing what was out there and the locations and […]

First Time Home Buyers: There’s Nothing Like the First Time

by lesliedinaberg on February 13, 2013

Here on the South Coast — where multiple bidders compete to buy $1 million generic tract houses that “need work” — first time homebuyers are definitely in the minority. But a surprising number of working professionals are getting into the market via some very creative configurations, both in terms of financing and sometimes even living […]