The scale of development that is happening just a few miles west of Interstate 15 out Rancho Bernardo Road is stunning. Once past the fully developed 4S Ranch community, there is a proliferation of new housing development — some sold out, some in process. In addition, there’s new shopping centers, schools and community centers nearly all the way to the borders of Rancho Santa Fe and Fairbanks Ranch.
Feeding San Diego announced that through the Fuel for Summer campaign it raised $251,638, or the equivalent of more than one million meals, to provide critical support throughout the summer to ensure that kids and families received the nutrition they need to live healthy and productive lives.
More than 200 swimmers took to the UCSD Canyonview Aquatic Complex for 24 hours of swimming during the fourth annual Swim 24Challenge, a fundraiser for the Drowning Prevention Foundation of San Diego aka San Diego Junior Lifeguard Foundation.
One of the most beautiful beaches and prestigious residential areas in the county is the Del Mar Beach Colony. It’s that stretch of beach along the far northern end of Del Mar up to the border of Solana Beach. Home to movie stars, moguls and those prescient enough to have bought property there 20 years ago; it’s quintessential beach living.
Nearly 350 guests gathered to celebrate Home of Guiding Hands’ 43rd Annual Gala recently at the US Grant hotel to raise roughly $175,000 for more than 2,000 infants, adolescents, and adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities throughout San Diego and Imperial counties.
Woven harmoniously into an amber sandstone hillside is a quintessential Herb Turner masterpiece in southern Del Mar. Turner — architect, artist and former Del Mar resident — built 18 single-family homes in Del Mar employing his overarching design philosophy known as “terramonics,” which is the harmonious integration of a house and its dwellers with the natural environment.
As part of its Maritime Month celebration, General Dynamics NASSCO invited local K-8 students residing or attending school in the Greater Logan Heights community to name the company’s newest tugboat.
Far removed from the main road, up a long driveway that weaves through acres of fragrant orange trees on one side and a brook on the other, the home known as Del Dios Ranch comes into view. Immediately, the sense that this home is unlike any other in the county is palpable.
The Elizabeth Hospice announced that it received the Disabled American Veterans Outstanding Midsize Employer of the Year during the 96th DAV National Convention in New Orleans.
The Scripps Mercy Outreach Surgical Team, or M.O.S.T., celebrated its 30th anniversary in style with a Mariachi Festival at Humphreys by the Bay.
Standing at the end of Daley Flat Road in Julian is an otherworldly experience. The serene, untamed landscape overlooks mountain ranges and valleys, stands of majestic old oaks and fields of wildflowers. Just more than an hour from the heart of downtown San Diego, there is no din from a distant city, no other structures are within view — nothing but silence and vast open spaces.
Friends of Balboa Park announced that the organization has acquired the historic Balboa Park carousel. The sale closed escrow on June 30, 2017, and will allow the nonprofit to maintain uninterrupted operation of the carousel. The purchase price was $1.6 million; fair market value was estimated at $2.6 million.
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Built with painstaking attention to the details of a quintessential Santa Barbara-style estate, this sea-bluff home is a serene enclave of stillness and expansive ocean views.
Oggi’s Sports Brewhouse|Pizza and Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee LaDainian Tomlinson raised $30,000 at the 2nd Annual Oggi’s LaDainian Tomlinson Celebrity Golf Tournament held at Sycuan Golf Resort. Proceeds from the event benefit Tomlinson’s Touching Lives Foundation and its programs in Southern California, including the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego and the Angelman Syndrome Foundation.
The family home is more than just a street address, the right floor plan or the perfect yard. It’s a place where lifelong memories are created one day at a time, where triumphs are celebrated and challenges faced. But, most importantly, it’s a welcome refuge for friends and family from the frenetic pace of life.
The San Diego Police Foundation 2017 Friends of the Badge raised $137,000 at a luncheon held recently at the San Diego Convention Center.
Chula Vista Charitable Foundation, an affiliate of The San Diego Foundation, awarded a record $50,232 to three nonprofits at its 7th Annual Grants Celebration at the Barnhart Cancer Center.
High on a mountaintop above the congestion and chaos of San Diego County is a Zen-inspired masterpiece on Wild Willow Hollow Road in Escondido.
San Diego recently welcomed a new STEM Education facility, called the Center of Innovation, at the Ron Roberts Family Boys & Girls Club at 2230 E. Jewett. U.S. Rep. Scott Peters delivered the opening remarks. The new Center of Innovation is a partnership between Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Raytheon Co. and will provide young military dependents access to advanced technologies to stimulate creative approaches to STEM exploration. The new center will be one of 22 worldwide funded by Raytheon,
More than 300 people attended the fifth annual Serving Seniors’ “Experience of a Lifetime: Uncork Your Support” held recently at the Del Mar Country Club in Rancho Santa Fe.
The sea has its own landscape of sorts, different from the land in its shifting scenes of sky, clouds, wind and waves. Sometimes still, sometimes violent, it’s an ever-changing theater of light and shadow that speaks to the soul.
The 5th annual Drives for Rides golf tournament benefitting the Emilio Nares Foundation, a nonprofit that helps families navigate their child’s journey through cancer, was hosted by gap intelligence at the Encinitas Ranch Golf Course. The event included a golf tournament with raffles and a silent auction, followed by a dinner banquet, during which guests heard from a family helped by the Emilio Nares Foundation.
United Way of San Diego County’s first “Changing the Odds Community Breakfast” was held recently at the San Diego Convention Center.
The family-friendly town of Ramona in the heart of San Diego County is well-known for its miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trails. But in the past decade or so, Ramona has also established itself as a destination for wine lovers.
Carlsbad Charitable Foundation, an affiliate of The San Diego Foundation, marked its 10th year of giving at its Annual Grants Awards Celebration recently at the Carlsbad Flower Fields. Since 2008, the organization has granted more than $700,000 to 44 programs, improving the quality of life in Carlsbad. This year, CCF awarded $60,000 to Interfaith Community Services to support the new Interfaith Recovery and Wellness Center in Carlsbad.
If a house were to have a soul, the Canfield-Wright House in Del Mar, known locally as the “The Pink Lady,” would certainly be a candidate.
RighTime Home Services San Diego and ARS/Rescue Rooter San Diego have donated and performed free home comfort work to a veteran in need.
The Center for Community Solutions recently held its 18th Annual Tea and Tonic event at the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines. The sold-out crowd of more than 550 guests included local businesses, community leaders and philanthropists. The organization reported that preliminary event proceeds of more than $250,000 were raised to support its full range of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking intervention and prevention programs.
The National Conflict Resolution Center raised more than $500,000 at its 29th Annual Peacemaker Awards Dinner held at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine.
On the extreme eastern edge of Chula Vista is The Gates at the Woods, a distinctive and exclusive custom home community.
Organics Unlimited, a San Diego-based grower and importer of organic fruit, announced a grant of $170,000 to Project Amigo to assist with 2017 operations and projects. Through its GROW fund, Organics Unlimited donates a percentage of every organic banana sale back to the communities in rural Mexico and Ecuador where the fruit is grown.
Solutions for Change announced that it held a ceremony at the Vista Civic Center recently to recognize formerly homeless families who were able to regain control of their lives through the nonprofit’s programs.
Up a lovely tree-lined boulevard in Chula Vista on the eastern side of Interstate 805 is the upscale gated community of Rancho Del Rey Estates. One of two gated communities in the larger Rancho Del Rey area, the development sits high on a ridge with sweeping views of the surrounding mountains, city lights and the ocean.
More than 500 supporters of Scripps Mercy Hospital recently celebrated the 45th annual Mercy Ball at the San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina. The event raised more than $465,000 for cancer care at Scripps Mercy Hospital, which has campuses in San Diego and Chula Vista.
Overlooking the San Diego skyline, harbor and ocean to the south, this classic Santa Barbara coastal home beckons from beyond its heavy wooden gate. A large circular drive leads to the entry of the red-tiled roof and white stucco walls of the newly built estate. The arched doorways in the interior lead through expansive, light-filled rooms of dark wood flooring, wood-beamed ceilings adorned with wrought-iron chandeliers, stair risers with multihued painted tiles and the priceless sense of peace and serenity from a bygone era.
The Jewish Family Service of San Diego was awarded more than $19,600 by the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program from the San Diego County Board of Supervisors to create a special training room that will allow the agency’s Employment and Career Services department to provide job preparation and training services. The training room will be a resource for low-income San Diegans and will include new computer equipment, training materials and supplies.
The Rancho Encantada area in San Diego is a 2,658-acre community east of Interstate 15 out Pomerado Road and east of Scripps Ranch. The area is notable for its distinctive weathered ridges and deep canyons that range in elevation from 600 feet in the west to 1,777 feet in the northeast.
The Academy of Our Lady of Peace hosted its Third Annual Women’s Symposium recently at its historic campus on Oregon Street in San Diego. More than 250 community guests joined the entire student body at OLP to experience this day of women’s empowerment. Funds raised will support the OLP Alumnae Scholarship Fund for students.
The Moonlight Angels Auxiliary presented a check to the Moonlight Cultural Foundation for $41,597.42 as a result of the auxiliary’s fundraising efforts in 2016. The Moonlight Angels 2016 co-presidents, Barbara Meech and Becky Kwock, presented the check to Moonlight Cultural Foundation CEO Toria Watson, and 2017 Co-President Jeff Pashby, who is managing shareholder at The Lund Team Inc. The funds directly benefit Moonlight Cultural Foundation’s arts programs, including the City of Vista’s award-winning Moonlight Stage Productions and Moonlight Youth Theatre with the mission to keep theater arts thriving in Southern California.
There are only a few spots in San Diego County where there are unobstructed views of the southern coastline, downtown San Diego, Mission Bay and beyond. On the southernmost edge of La Jolla, sandwiched between La Jolla Alta to the east and Muirlands to the west, is La Jolla Mesa, where many of the homes have heart-stopping views. The winding, steep drive up La Jolla Mesa Boulevard showcases some of La Jolla’s most distinctive properties.
Susan G. Komen San Diego announced that its “Screens, Genes & the Choices We Make” symposium held recently at the San Diego Marriott Del Mar hotel raised $210,000.
Private gates open to a sweeping, split driveway that curves around a riding arena to reveal an elegant equestrian estate overlooking the San Dieguito Reservoir. Set on 4.5 level acres, the Weir Bros. custom home is the model of the finest in European elegance paired with the casual sophistication of Southern California living. A lush outdoor oasis merges the luxury of land with peaceful privacy. A well-appointed, five-stall horse barn and a car enthusiast’s nine-car dream garage complete the ultimate portrait of Rancho Santa Fe living.
The San Diego Police Foundation gathered San Diego business and community leaders to celebrate and honor female law enforcement leaders at the 2017 Women in Blue Luncheon presented by ESET.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego kicked off its 75th Anniversary celebration with a book release event and the premiere of the club’s new anniversary website at SDYouth75.org recently at the William J. Oakes Branch in Logan Heights. Author Marilyn Campbell, prominent alumni featured in the book, current club members, and current BGCGSD staff and board members attended the event.
Helen Woodward Animal Center held its Fifth Annual Doggie Gras Parade to support its mission of promoting the rescue of abandoned animals from shelters. The event was held at the Rancho Santa Fe Farmers Market in the Del Rayo Village Shopping Center in Rancho Santa Fe.
Off of Del Dios Highway on the far northeastern edge of the Rancho Santa Fe Covenant is Cielo, a 1,740-acre private community. The terrain is some of the most dramatic in San Diego County. The community is set among ancient arroyos and soaring peaks of more than 1,400 feet with sweeping views to the Pacific Ocean, including the Coronado Islands, San Clemente Island, Lake Hodges and Palomar Mountain.
The MUFG Union Bank Foundation announced that it donated $50,000 to nonprofit Defy Ventures to bring its successful “CEO of Your New Life” program to San Diego County’s Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility.
Built more than a century ago by John D. Spreckels, San Diego’s richest man at the time, this iconic Coronado beachfront family compound remained in the Spreckels family until 1970. Newly remodeled, the Italian Renaissance-style, concrete and steel-reinforced home is on three contiguous beachfront lots with three separate living quarters and 180-degree views of the ocean. It is a matchless San Diego property representing the best of the past and the indomitable spirit of the future.
Padres Pedal the Cause presented a check for $2,031,989 to researchers from Moores Cancer Center at UC San Diego Health, Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute, the Salk Institute for Biological Studies and Rady Children’s Hospital–San Diego. Padres Pedal the Cause Executive Director Anne Marbarger presented the check during a gathering of more than 100 beneficiary representatives, San Diego business leaders, as well as top donors and fundraisers. The award represents the total amount raised by the organization’s 2016 cycling event.
Imagine if hidden among the crowded freeways and hustle and bustle of San Diego County there was a place to come home to that was a secluded, quiet compound overlooking a serene lake.