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.
The Grossmont Healthcare District has awarded a $10,000 grant to License to Freedom, an El Cajon-based nonprofit that assists Middle Eastern refugees and immigrants with cultural assimilation and health education.
SuperFood Drive, a San Diego-based nonprofit, announced a partnership with Sharp HealthCare to emphasize the importance of giving nutritious, sustaining foods to the county’s food insecure. Sharp HealthCare has supported the San Diego Food Bank through holiday food drives for many years. This year, Sharp decided to take it a step further by encouraging nonperishable food donations which are not just filling but also highly nutritious.
There are many appealing aspects to living in the community of Rancho Santa Fe, chief among them is the Village of Rancho Santa Fe. Right in the center of the 10-mile square community, the commercial district is filled with shops, restaurants, schools and other conveniences for its residents. Far from the hustle and bustle of the nearby beach communities, the Village is a charming and inviting place.
Feeding San Diego announced that it raised more $700,371, equating to 2,801,000 meals, in partnership with ABC10, sister station Azteca San Diego 15 and Live Well San Diego during the fourth annual Month of a Million Meals campaign. Exceeding the original goal by more than 1,800,000 meals, the 2016 holiday push included a live telethon and support from several local celebrities. San Diegans donated food, time and funds to support the 1 in 8 San Diegans, including 1 in 5 children, struggling with hunger.
Designed by San Diego architect Wallace Cunningham, this sculptural, three-dimensional home sits atop an earthen pedestal overlooking the lush valleys and hillsides beyond. A series of structural fin walls are separated by seamless glass, skylights and clerestories that create a serene pattern of light and shadow in the interior. Designed to optimize the views and create complete privacy, this home is an incomparable masterpiece of light and space.
Walden Family Services honored longtime champions Harley and Maryanne Sefton with the inaugural Fostering Hearts Legacy Award recently during the group’s Wine D’Vine, which drew 350 business and community leaders and raised more than $675,000 for the nonprofit’s foster care, adoption and parent training programs.
The luxury real estate market in San Diego County for single-family homes of more than $1 million ended the year with slightly more homes sold in 2016 compared with 2015, according to a year-end report by the San Diego Association of Realtors. Eleven cities had a median price of more than $1 million in 2016, and combined, sold 2,473 homes versus 2,412 in 2015 or 61 more homes.
The La Costa 35 Athletic Club, a local nonprofit, hosted its 6th Annual Texas Hold ‘Em Poker Tournament recently to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad.
Employees from General Dynamics NASSCO delivered nearly 8,000 diapers to the San Diego Food Bank’s newly created “Diaper Bank.” The Diaper Bank was created in partnership with Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, who recently collected more than 65,000 diapers to assist families in need. Gonzalez was at the Food Bank to assist with the delivery of more than 40 boxes of diapers.
High along a ridge overlooking the San Dieguito River Valley, the ocean and the rolling hills to the north is Vista Bella II, a small community of four new homes with an innovative, fresh design.
Childhood cancer patients at Rady Children’s Hospital received an inspirational opportunity to announce a victory milestone in their battles against cancer.
On the far northern edge of Olde Del Mar is a magnificent seaside villa with awe-inspiring views of the Pacific Ocean and the Del Mar racetrack. Once inside the gated entry, the home is a sanctuary of secluded privacy. The elegantly appointed estate was built with meticulous attention to detail and quality of craftsmanship throughout. The oversized parcel features a large grassy area, flagstone patios and a vanishing edge pool and spa that seem to blend into the sea beyond.
Organizers of a sock drive for area homeless youth blew through their goal of 5,000 and raised 23,245 pairs of socks — enough for virtually every homeless child in San Diego County.
The Upper Hermosa is a curious horseshoe-shaped community on the southern edge of La Jolla just north of Birdrock and to the east of La Jolla Boulevard. The area features a variety of architectural styles, some dating back to the late 1920s.
Wells Fargo & Co. announced a total of $500,000 in donations for six local nonprofits that will help revitalize San Diego neighborhoods through the Wells Fargo NeighborhoodLIFT program.
Gentle Dental, a dental provider with 11 locations in San Diego County, participated in the 2016 Halloween candy give-back program with Operation Gratitude.
The seaside resort town of Del Mar is just 1.8 square miles, but within its boundaries are some of the most architecturally significant and interesting homes in San Diego County.
More than 150 Outreach Impacting Lives volunteers distributed 900 Thanksgiving meals to enlisted military families in San Diego County through a collaboration with the Military Outreach Ministry or MOM San Diego. Each meal consisted of a 15-pound turkey and 10 side dishes.
San Diego’s Ronald McDonald House Charities announced that its seventh annual Romp Gala and Hoehn Motors Porsche raffle raised $556,698 to benefit the organization.
More than 600 tour-goers attended the La Mesa Historical Society’s midcentury modern home tour on an unseasonably warm day in early November. It was like stepping back in time, made all the more real when several San Diego trolleys turned up to carry the aficionados around the rural roads of Mount Helix.
The American Society of Landscape Architects, San Diego Chapter, held its 37th annual golf tournament recently at the Loma Santa Fe Country Club. The annual fundraising event’s proceeds are primarily earmarked for the chapter’s community grant program. Some of the funds raised will allow an “Emerging Professional” or a “Student Member” to attend an ASLA SD or ASLA national event.
The Clearity Foundation’s fitness fundraiser, “All Out for Her,” raised awareness of ovarian cancer and exceeded the nonprofit’s $10,000 goal to raise more than $15,000 for the cause.
Janice Kay and Michael Batter of Batter Kay Associates have been building single-family, multifamily and commercial projects for the past 40 years, primarily in the San Diego area. Specializing in modern architecture, the award-winning couple has nearly 400 projects in their portfolio.
K9 Crimefighters were celebrated in style at the San Diego Police Foundation’s 5th Annual Gold Shield Gala, which attracted 300 community leaders to the US Grant hotel. Net proceeds were more than $280,000, including a $50,000 donation from the D.W. Hearst Jr. Foundation.
Casa Piena is a spectacular country estate with stunning panoramic views of the backcountry in Poway’s Heritage Estates. A collaboration of old-world spirit and modern luxury, the home features lavish spaces of ancient stone, historical relics and materials from around the world. Seventeenth-century doors open to dramatic double spiral staircases that offer an inviting refuge from the outside world.
Our Lady’s School in Barrio Logan, a Jesuit educational institute, received a special delivery from San Diego’s shipbuilding and ship repair organizations recently.
EY’s annual EY Connect Day is Sept. 30 each year, per a proclamation by San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer.
On the most southwestern edge of Rancho Santa Fe off San Dieguito Road is the Del Mar Country Club, one of the county’s finest golf courses and communities.
Traveling Stories and title sponsor Humble Bundle Inc. hosted the inaugural Red Balloon Awards dinner and gala in conjunction with National Literacy Month held recently at the San Diego Woman’s Club.
The 48th annual Scripps Clinic Golf Invitational and Special Celebration honoring local philanthropists Eileen and John “Jack” Anderson IV raised more than $1.2 million.
WalletHub, a financial services company owned by Washington, D.C.-based Evolution Finance Inc., just released the results of a 2016 research project to determine the best places to raise a family in California. Of the 240 California cities surveyed, Poway came in at No. 17, the highest in San Diego County.
San Diego-based USE Credit Union executives Jim Harris, Ken Kramer, Matt Adams and Josh Lawrence came in second at the Richard Myles Johnson Foundation/CUNA Mutual Golf Tournament held recently in Newport Beach.
Designed by acclaimed San Diego-based master architect Jonathan Segal, this stunning oceanfront home sits atop a 20-foot-high bluff in Bird Rock. Built 13 feet deep into the ground, the four-story home is constructed of solid steel and walnut — ultra-modern, yet warm and light-filled. The four-story home’s floor-to-ceiling windows and multiple decks draw the dweller toward dramatic views of the Pacific Ocean. Four years in the making, the home is life in a one-of-a-kind modern sculpture.
Phil’s BBQ Inc. and Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County raised more than $80,000 with 2,652 attendees at the eighth annual Phil’s Big BBQ at the Ballpark. More than 100 Phil’s BBQ employees donated their time to set up and run the event at Petco Park.
ings in life that are truly priceless — one’s health and family, certainly. But running a solid third would be the view of the San Diego skyline from First Street in Coronado.
More than 30 children recently toured the San Diego Police Department’s Mid-City Division as part of United Way of San Diego County and City Heights Partnership for Children’s “Readers in the Heights” summer pilot program.
Sycuan Casino presented a $50,000 donation to Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County before a John Ondrasik charity concert. Ondrasik is the front man for the band Five for Fighting and performed a solo acoustic set. The funds will benefit the charity’s Operation Bigs program which joins children who are military dependents to volunteer “Bigs” who are in the military, retired or civilian.
The San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy announced a $25,000 grant from The San Diego Foundation to expand the conservancy’s Watershed Explorers Program.
Referred to as the “Downton Abbey of Coronado,” this historic property is one of Coronado’s most palatial estates.
Guardians of San Diego’s 25th Annual Golf & Tennis Tournament was held at the Del Mar Country Club and presented by the William Gumpert Foundation.
The North County Athletic Association announced that Vigilucci’s Beach Bocce World Championship XXXVI attracted more than 1,000 people to Del Mar’s Dog Beach. Raising more than $100,000 this year and more than $1 million since its inception, the tournament sold out in under an hour when tickets were made available in the spring.
Downtown Rancho Santa Fe is just a few blocks long and is the busy epicenter of this exclusive enclave.
The Center for Compassionate Care of The Elizabeth Hospice hosted Camp Erin San Diego in partnership with The Moyer Foundation. This annual weekend summer camp is open to children and teens who are grieving the death of someone close to them. This camp experience is free of charge and combines traditional, high-energy camp activities with grief support and education.
The San Diego Police Foundation’s 16th annual “Friends of the Badge” luncheon was held recently at the San Diego Convention Center. Net proceeds of more than $145,000 were raised by 451 attendees who gathered to support public safety and the mission of the Police Foundation.
Windansea Beach at the end of Nautilus Street in La Jolla is one of San Diego County’s most iconic landmarks. The smooth sandstone tables jutting out over the crashing waves, underwater reefs and, of course, the historic “surf shack” are popular backdrops for weddings and photographs of fiery sunsets.
The Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego announced that the annual Summer Games that were hosted at Miramar College recently featured 761 members competing in an Olympic-style competition.
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This serene and secluded home in Rancho Santa Fe is as intriguing from the air as it is from the ground. Designed by renowned local architect Ken Ronchetti, the modern — yet comfortable, livable home — hugs an expansive indoor/outdoor living oasis. The curvilinear masterpiece is on park-like, manicured acreage studded with statuary and artistically placed plantings. Reminiscent of a tropical lagoon, the distinctive pool is in view from nearly every room, for a seamless blend of the interior world to nature.
The San Diego-based Challenged Athletes Foundation celebrated its 10th anniversary of A Celebration of Heroes, Heart and Hope Gala. More than 900 people attended the event at the Waldorf Astoria New York. During the last nine years, the New York gala has raised more than $11.2 million to help fulfill the organization’s mission. Funds raised at events have allowed CAF to raise more than $73 million in its 23-year history and satisfy more than 13,000 grant requests from physically challenged athletes in all 50 states and more than 32 countries.
Named after the great crooner and Academy Award winner Bing Crosby, “The Crosby” is a private, golf-course community about five miles east of downtown Rancho Santa Fe. The streets, such as Irish Eyes Lane, White Christmas Court and Danny Boy Road, are a daily reminder to residents of Crosby’s legacy in the area. Crosby was a founding partner of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club and former owner of the historic Osuna Ranch in Rancho Santa Fe among other real estate holdings.