Juxtaposed against the jagged, ancient edges of the sandstone cliffs of Torrey Pines Reserve in La Jolla is a residence that is an unparalleled masterpiece of shadow, light and angles.
The San Diego Food Funders, a funding collaborative of San Diego Grantmakers, provided grants of $356,000 to in-school and out-of-school youth meals programs in San Diego County to improve access to nutritious food for youth of all ages in low- to middle-income communities.
Home Start Inc., a nonprofit child abuse prevention and treatment agency that has strengthened and developed San Diego’s families and communities since 1972, netted more than $120,000 at its 46th Annual Blue Ribbon Gala recently at the Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa.
The gated entry to the Spanish Revival-style home on the northwestern edge of Rancho Santa Fe winds past elegantly landscaped gardens to a circular parking area with a welcoming gated portico.
The Cushman Foundation announced that it launched an initiative this year, “Making a Difference for San Diego,” to impact worthy organizations throughout San Diego County.
McAlister Institute’s 6th Annual 5K Walk for Sobriety raised more than $93,000 to bring help and hope to thousands of individuals and families impacted by addiction.
West of Interstate 5 and a couple of blocks from the ocean is a stately Spanish home with a storied past.
Only the terracotta-tiled roofline of a Spanish Colonial estate near the heart of downtown Rancho Santa Fe is visible from the street.
The San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy was awarded $7,500 from San Diego Gas & Electric to support SDRVC’s climate-science curriculum, “Microclimates on a Macro Scale,” which is a part of the conservancy’s Watershed Explorers Program.
At the easternmost edge of Encinitas, Lone Jack Road, the main road through the community of Olivenhain, hits a dead end. On the right, a tree-lined drive leads to an impressive iron gate with keypad access. Once the gate swings open, the road continues up the hill past large estate homes that were part of a development completed in 2001, to more custom estates on larger parcels at higher elevations.
San Ysidro Health held its annual gala, “Monte Carlo: A Night to Remember” recently at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront. The event hosted 600 guests and raised $400,000.
VetCTAP of JBS Transition Experts has reached an historic milestone. It recently conducted its 55th job search workshop series for transitioning military, veterans and spouses.
The drive along Lone Jack Road in Encinitas on the way to “One Oak,” a new home development by Shea Homes San Diego, has the feel of a pleasant Sunday drive in the country. The gently winding road is lined white split-rail fencing, towering trees and horses grazing in corrals among outstanding custom estate homes on large tracts of land.
Meals on Wheels San Diego County recently held its “Over the Rainbow” Ball & 9th Annual Chef Appetizer Challenge at the Sheraton Harbor Island.
The San Diego Workforce Partnership recently launched OpportunitySD, a movement to dramatically reduce the number of opportunity youth — young adults ages 16-24 who are neither in school nor working — in the region.
The Scripps 7th Annual M.O.S.T. Mariachi Festival was held recently at Humphreys Concerts by the Bay.
The seaside village of La Jolla has many charms, among them a diversity of eclectic neighborhoods, each with their own personality. One of those neighborhoods is the exclusive Country Club Estates, with sea view homes that rise dramatically, stacked street by street, from Torrey Pines Road.
The San Diego Women’s Foundation held its 18th Annual Grants Celebration Building Bridges: Connecting Women, Creating Change recently. More than 200 people gathered at the Cygnet Theatre to celebrate the power of women in united philanthropy.
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This home in the 14-story Park Laurel condominium tower is directly across the street from San Diego’s cherished Balboa Park and minutes from downtown. It is firmly in the center of a dynamic urban setting, yet, at the same time, a world away.
At the entrance to a lovely family home on Lago Lindo in Rancho Santa Fe is a low slung, white stucco wall framed with mature bougainvillea and towering eucalyptus trees.
Harrah’s Resort Southern California announced that it hosted its fourth annual “All-in 4 Change” awards luncheon, awarding $150,000 in grants to 15 of Southern California’s most deserving nonprofit organizations.
Serving Seniors announced that it raised $477,000 at its 5th annual Experience of a Lifetime Gala held recently at the Del Mar Country Club. With more than 350 people in attendance at the sold-out event, the funds raised will go toward nearly 200,000 meals for those in need.
Chula Vista Charitable Foundation, an affiliate of The San Diego Foundation, announced that. at the 9th Annual CVCF Grants Celebration, $55,000 in grants are going to benefit Chula Vista residents of all ages and backgrounds for job training and workforce development resources. The grants were announced at the Reminiscence Therapy facility in the Glenner Town Square.
It’s apparent this home in Solana Beach is not your standard issue Spanish Colonial from the moment you pull into the driveway.
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The distinctive character of this new home overlooking the 13th hole of the world-renowned Rancho Santa Fe golf course is deserving of its “summer house” name. The sprawling estate is clad in crisp white siding and painted white brick.
The La Costa 35 Athletic Club, a local nonprofit organization, announced that it raised more than $250,000 for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad through its annual charity poker tournament.
C.W. Driver Cos., a California-based builder since 1919 with seven offices in California — including San Diego and Carlsbad, announced that it hosted its third annual charity golf tournament benefiting San Diego-based nonprofit Solutions for Change.
United Way of San Diego County received a $100,000 grant from the David C. Copley Foundation and will use it to grow its early grade attendance and literacy pilot initiatives in City Heights and Lemon Grove. The grant will also help United Way share best practices with regional partners for greater reach.
St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center, an El Cajon-based nonprofit, announced that it received a $35,000 Project Innovation grant from NBCUniversal Foundation.
The masterful reincarnation of Prospect Place, the iconic California Modernist office building at the foot of Girard Avenue in La Jolla, into a collection of world-class, luxury residences is without equal. Now known as Muse La Jolla, it sits high above the sea that cradles the sandstone cliffs of the picturesque La Jolla Cove. The meticulous design of each unit’s airy open flow showcases the finest interior materials and finishes. The result is a serene, indoor/outdoor living environment with a transcendent view. Step outside and an upscale village lifestyle — with art, culture, shopping, dining or a soul-soothing stroll along the cliffs — beckons.
The Grossmont Healthcare District recently announced $90,000 in scholarships to 40 high school seniors who have expressed interest in a career as a health-care professional.
The Elizabeth Hospice announced a $10,660 grant from Las Patronas to fund the construction of an innovative activity room where children experiencing loss can express powerful emotions as they process their grief.
During a three-day period last month, Shoal Creek Elementary students in Poway collected $1,000 in donations for San Diego’s Ronald McDonald House as part of the charity’s Red Shoe Crew program. To foster a sense of kindness and charity among school-aged children, students participating in the Red Shoe Crew program help educate their peers on the Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego’s mission.
It was a passion for preservation and a sense of place that created Heritage Place in La Jolla — a charming collection of three historic cottages in La Jolla’s Barber Tract neighborhood.
Scripps Mercy Hospital celebrated the institution’s three decades of lifesaving trauma care at the annual Mercy Ball recently at the The Pendry hotel in downtown San Diego. Nearly 500 supporters attended the sold-out event that raised $700,000 to benefit the Scripps Mercy San Diego Trauma Center patients on both campuses, including the purchase of cutting-edge technology for head and spine trauma surgery in Hillcrest and the remodel fund for Chula Vista’s Triage Center.
This modern beach house on the sand in Del Mar defines the California beach lifestyle. The entire facade of the two-story home is large panels of glass that frame the priceless view. No opportunity to revel in the broad expanse of white sand and the vastness of the sea was wasted on architectural features that might obscure the view. The warmth of the sun pours in by day; the moon glimmers on the water by night. Designed by local award-winning architects, Batter Kay Associates, the home is the consummate example of the creative use of space to enhance an environment.
The David C. Copley Foundation, formerly known as the Helen K. and James S. Copley Foundation, has awarded $12,000 to the San Diego Center for Children. The funding will allow the center to cover any expenses related to the Intensive Reading Improvement Program, including staff, materials and curriculum.
Just two miles from downtown Rancho Santa Fe and six miles from the beach is Buena Vista Farms, an exclusive 15-and-a-half-acre equestrian estate atop a peaceful oasis of exquisite Covenant land. Mature groves of lemon and olive trees, along with native California pepper trees, obscure the home from the road.
The San Diego American Indian Health Center held a ribbon cutting recently to celebrate the acquisition of the buildings that house its current location plus an additional building immediately north of the clinic that is designated for expansion of the organization. The ribbon cutting kicked off the capital campaign to raise an estimated $11 million for the renovation and expansion that will double SDAIHC’s capacity.
Two years ago, three La Jolla High School students formed Clean for a Cause, a nonprofit to recycle plastic, aluminum, and glass at CRV redemption centers and donates funds raised from those recyclables. During this time, Cause has recycled approximately two tons of material. Led by Mason Matalon, a senior at LJHS, Clean for a Cause announced that it has made its first donation to San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy.
The original developers of the master-planned community of Santaluz were ahead of their time when they began development in the late 1990s with environmental stewardship as its fundamental principle.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad announced that it has offered its gym free of charge to Ethan Hope, an enterprising young man with a big heart.
At the southernmost tip of Del Mar a secluded home sits atop an ancient sandstone cliff 100 feet above the sea. Insulated from all other residences nearby, it overlooks the coastline southward to Torrey Pines State Beach and the tip of La Jolla. In the distance hang gliders drift in the wind, pods of whales journey by and dolphins frolic in the surf as the mesmerizing seasons of the sea progress. Cocooned into a cove of sandstone cliffs, the home is a singular masterpiece that weaves luxury, architecture and seclusion into one transcendent tapestry.
Helen Woodward Animal Center announced it put on its Sixth Annual Doggie Gras Parade that showcases its “orphaned” pets by marching into the farmers market in Rancho Santa Fe. The event invited participants to support animal rescue “Mardi Gras-style” by creating colorful costumes and parade floats for the participating animals.
San Diego County has an extraordinary mix of distinctive residential environments; the choices of how and where to live are diverse. Among the choices are beaches, mountains, valleys, farmland and desert communities.
San Ysidro Health Center, a local nonprofit organization providing high quality, compassionate, accessible and affordable health care services for all, has announced a new name and brand identity and is now San Ysidro Health.
The San Diego Workforce Partnership announced that it received the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Trailblazer Award from the National Association of Workforce Boards, the membership organization and advocate for more than 550 workforce development boards nationwide and their network of American Job Centers.
Arhaus LLC, a nationwide home furnishings company, donated $16,921 to Promises2Kids. Arhaus selected Promises2Kids as its charity of choice to receive 10 percent of sales during its recent grand opening event at Westfield UTC.
When Richard Henry Dana Jr. landed in San Diego in the mid-1830s, he wrote about his experience as a merchant seaman in his classic memoir “Two Years Before the Mast.” Upon arriving at the harbor mouth in Point Loma, Dana wrote: “...we had a large and well-wooded headland directly before us, behind which lay the little harbor of San Diego.”
Las Patronas, a La Jolla-based nonprofit, announced it awarded a $16,657 grant to the San Diego Center for Children Academy’s expansion project.