Homes & Garden

Summer’s top 10 garden flowers

Posted: June 17th, 2016 | Featured, Homes & Garden, Lifestyle | No Comments

Exciting new versions of old stalwarts By Gary Jones In just a few weeks, summer’s hot days will be upon us. But it is not too late to fill pots and borders with hot weather flowers that will pump out color all summer. The key to success will be to keep these plants well-watered while they root in. While they become established, they should never be allowed to become completely dry.

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Growing tasty tomatoes at home is easy

Posted: May 20th, 2016 | Featured, Homes & Garden, Lifestyle | No Comments

By Gary Jones Tomatoes are, by far, the most popular home-grown “vegetable.” (It’s really a fruit.) Their ubiquity is not surprising for obvious reasons. They are very easy to grow and the flavor of a backyard tomato is sensationally better than store-bought. Whether you are a tomato newbie or a hardcore tomato-maniac, there is always a new variety to try or a new tomato trick. (Remember the “upside-down” tomato craze a couple of years ago)?

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Chassé-ing your dreams

Posted: May 20th, 2016 | Columns, Featured, Homes & Garden | 2 Comments

A dancer honors her mother — and the past — by restoring a piece of architectural history By Michael Good Today’s new homeowners tend to rush into things. And you can hardly blame them. First, they rush into making an offer on a house — because they’ve learned from experience that in this overheated market those who wait get outbid. Then they rush into closing, because the sellers and the real estate agents and the […]

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Coffee, beer and crimes against history

Posted: April 22nd, 2016 | Columns, Featured, Homes & Garden, Lifestyle | No Comments

By Michael Good | House Calls Steve at the Qwik Stop — always ready with a savvy recommendation for a new microbrew — is a changed man. He told me the other day as I was — uncharacteristically — buying water and trash-can liners that he’d quit drinking. He seemed as baffled as I was. “You know,” he said, “I never even drank that much! Just a couple beers a night!” I didn’t know what to […]

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Buying vintage

Posted: March 25th, 2016 | Columns, Homes & Garden, Top Story | No Comments

What to look for in an old house

By Michael Good | HouseCalls

No one wants to say the housing market is hot, because that might lead to talk of it being overheated, which could lead to use of the word “bubble.”

As the Los Angeles Times put it last weekend, “If we had to pick a single word other than ‘hot’ to describe the Southern California housing market, we’d have to go with ‘active.’ Sellers and buyers are in a hurry-up mode, homes are moving quickly and the urgency in the real estate marketplace is fueling full-price offers and overbidding.” (Prices in the above-$500,000 range are up 15 percent over a year ago.)

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A dream of a house

Posted: January 29th, 2016 | Columns, Homes & Garden, Lifestyle, Top Story | No Comments

Colonial Revival represents American values of persistence and respectability

By Michael Good | House Calls

As 20th-century house styles go, Colonial Revival is as American as apple pie. Colonial is America’s first house style — the chosen abode of George Washington and the founding fathers. It’s the go-to style whenever the country is in doubt, under threat, or just feeling patriotic.

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Buy small, build big, hold for the return

Posted: January 15th, 2016 | Featured, Homes & Garden, Lifestyle | 3 Comments

By Eric Domeier There is a class of real estate investor who, with relatively modest financial leverage, seeks to capitalize on San Diego’s perpetual growth. Not a mass-scale developer, these individuals may want to consider a one- or two-parcel project with a 10-year vision. While not an easy course, small-project real estate development can still be a source of sustainable family wealth. And in our area, City Heights has the greatest potential.

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