Montevina and Ruffino set to welcome new home plans

Montevina and Ruffino set to welcome new home plans

Montevina and Ruffino, two executive-caliber neighborhoods within the master-planned community of Morgan Hill in Temecula, will welcome new floor plans in the coming months, with models expected to open to the public in August, announced Donna Alessandra, sales manager for McMillin Homes, the builder. The additional plans will offer both flexibility and style to home […]

Avoiding home improvement scams

May is National Home Improvement Month. During times of a softer economy paired with the approach of warmer weather, the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) wants to remind homeowners to beware of unscrupulous people posing as remodelers. One common issue exploited homeowners have run into is having to pay both the contractor and […]

Calling all chefs!

The 22nd Annual Avocado Festival will again feature avocado culinary contests. There will be separate Best Tasting Guacamole and Most Creative Avocado Dish categories for professional and amateur cooks. The culinary contests will be held at 330 South Main Avenue in downtown Fallbrook at 9 a.m. on Sunday, April 20. Entry forms for both professional […]

Garden Club tour this weekend

The Fallbrook Garden Club will present their Fourth Annual Garden Tour this Saturday, April 5, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tour begins at the Fallbrook Historical Society, 260 Rockycrest Road, where tickets (and maps) are available for purchase. A wide variety of garden types will be available for viewing and coffee, donuts, plants and […]

Local charity seeks family recipes

What I remember most about growing up in New York is family gatherings and the relatives who were there. I often find myself thinking about a certain relative when I cook a family recipe. For example, my maternal grandmother made this killer New York cheesecake that was as light as a soufflé, had a zwieback […]

Home show comes to Chaparral High with green theme

Chaparral High School welcomes the fourth annual Home and Living Expo Friday, March 27, through Sunday, March 30. “This is a phenomenal location,” says A.J. Eliason, expo producer. “We look forward to this expo and enjoy supporting the Chaparral High School Education Foundation.” Due to overwhelming interest from local homeowners the expo has proved a […]

FHA mortgage change likely to bolster market

It is expected that the new economic stimulus bill signed into effect March 6 by President Bush will bring the beginning spark of positive momentum to real estate recovery for property owners in Southern Riverside County. The bill allows homebuyers to purchase or refinance with a Federal Housing Administration (FHA) loan up to $500,000 in […]

Murrieta deals with foreclosure ‘crisis’ : Creation of abandoned home registry first step

Murrieta has taken the first step toward fixing what officials are calling a foreclosure “crisis.” Feb. 19, the Murrieta City Council passed an ordinance requiring the registration of abandoned residential properties. The new ordinance will require lenders to register a property with the city when they foreclose on a home. The foreclosure rate in the […]

Rose care FUNdamentals for February

Location, location, location! Every winter many people ask me when they should do their first rose pruning of the year. Here in the Temecula Valley, the answer depends on the microclimate in which you live. You can do your first major pruning anytime between Jan. 1 and mid-February, but do it late enough to avoid […]

Gerlach’s stained glass art can be found locally, globally

Gerlach’s stained glass art can be found locally, globally

Buck Gerlach has been putting his artistic talent into custom stained glass creations for the last 30 years. “Creating original artwork and seeing it materialize into completion is a gratifying process,” he said. A 28-year resident of Fallbrook, Gerlach now works out of his home-based studio in Valley Center, where he moved a year and […]

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