SLO County Artists hold Open Studios this Weekend

Fall is Open Studios time every October throughout San Luis Obispo County.  For the visual arts lovers, it is a chance to seek out the work of artists from Paso to Nipomo and along the Coast, North to Cambria.  Artists open their homes or studios and most are on site to display and discuss their work. All mediums of painting seem to be represented plus metal work, pottery, jewelry, woodworking/turning, sculpture, glasswork, weaving/wearable art… name it……….even surfboard art!  This FREE event is open to all again this coming weekend 10/18 and 10/19 from 10 am to 5 pm.  For more information and a full schedule go to

Limoncello in Paso!

Red Soles - Randy and CherylRed Soles Winery out off Highway 46 West on Oakdale Road is a beautiful little winery with warm and inviting owners and staff. Maybe it is because their motto is ‘living the dream’ but the atmosphere brings out the best in everyone as it always feels more like visiting a home than a business.  Love their wines for sure… favorite summer white is ‘Heart and Sole’ and I LOVE that they are always cleverly thinking up fun names for their wines.  Now they have started some yummy (potent!) distilled beverages like California Hooch and soon to arrive Temptation Limoncello – sipping this one will really going bring memories of a trip to Tuscany!

Equine and Canine – a local resource.

I am constantly amazed at local ingenuity but when a client…..who is a very savvy horse-woman…… notably excited as she spotted my friend’s paper in my car, I knew it was time to further spread the word. Viewing her reaction, it became apparent that Equine and Canine News has really fulfilled a need in the community to showcase resources and events about these two SLO County favorites.  The paper is a gorgeous, well put together and definitely informative compilation billed as ‘your local connection to everything equine and canine’.  The success of this paper is evident in its rapid growth to other nearby counties such as Santa BarbaraIMG_0516.  If you can’t put your hands on one at one of the local Patterson Realty offices call Nola 805 439-1771 or Jessica at 805 451-1684 or go to

What’s your Style?

Realtor magazine has compiled one of the best architecture references that I’ve come accross. It covers both residental styles and individual structural elements. As you likely know, San Luis Obispo-and the County at large-has an ecclectic range of architectrual appeal. Diversity is seen not only block to block or street to street, but more commonly, house to house!

Here’s the Link: Achitecture Guide

Enjoy clicking on each home icon for definitions of the style and era along with further details and history. You may find that your home’s style is a combination of two or more.

In my experience working with buyers, the homes with the most architectural consistency, regardless of the style, have the most appeal.



San Luis Obispo County Department of Public Works has issued a Water Will-Serve Policy for County Service Area 10A, (CSA 10A), which consists of the southern portion  of Cayucos on the east side of Highway 101.

A bit of history- In March of 1993, the County Board of Supervisors declared a water shortage emergency in CSA 10A to limit the issuance of water service-will serve letters, due to the perceived water shortage for future customers.  In October of 2006, CSA 10A contracted for 25-acre feet of Nacimiento Water.  In May of 2012, the Board of Supervisors voted to remove the water shortage emergency.

Current CSA 10A water use is 145-150 acre-feet per year.   CSA 10A has 190 acre-feet from Whale Rock Reservoir;  CSA 10A has 25-acre feet from Nacimiento (with an option to increase to 80 acre feet);  Typically 1 acre-foot will serve 4 properties in CSA 10A; There are approximately 170 vacant lots in CSA 10A;  CSA 10A’s water supply is sufficient for full build out within CSA 10A.

Water for the  northern areas of Cayucos are supplied by Morro Rock Mutual Water and Paso Robles Beach Water.

CSA 10A can now issue water service will-serve letters on request.  The water service will serve letters are a commitment by CSA 10A to provide water to a property.  Will-Serves are specific to a property and can not be transferred to another property. Will  serve  letters will transfer to the new owner when a property is sold.

Costs of Water Service for CSA 10A:

Application filing fee:  $100; Water Connection Fee: $8,100; Meter Fee ( If service line is installed): $325; Service Line Installation- (varies): $1,500-$2,000.

This information is from the San Luis Obispo County Department of Public Works, Douglas Bird, Hydraulic Operations Administrator.




Market Update- The Coast




You are hearing and reading it everywhere you turn-

Here is an overview of the market  for you to see this on our local level with a snapshot look at Cambria, Cayucos and Morro Bay.  This trend is being seen throughout the county- the state- and… much of the nation.  Something has surely shifted!


……………………..#Active   # Pending  # Contingent (REO & SS) # Sold Year-to-Date………………

Morro Bay              47                   22                               6                             45

Cambria                 73                   29                               7                             58

Cayucos                 35                   13                              1                              17

Inventory is low…. so low in fact that with the number of properties now Pending (in escrow) we have a 2-3 month supply of homes on the market.  6-months is considered a balanced market.

Current activity-as seen by the number of Pendings- totals nearly half or more of  the Year- To- Date Total Sales.  Buyers are buying!   Now we need more Sellers.




The Ongoing Dredging Project….  The Army Corp of Engineers dredging boat- The Yoquina- is back for a bit more work.  For the moment- it is docked at our pier-

The mouth of the Morro Bay harbor requires periodic dredging to maintain a seafloor deep enough for semi- large vessels to be able to safely enter our harbor.   In late 2009-2010, we had the full dredging project underway for numerous months.  Sand and silt from the mouth of the harbor was dredged up and piped onto the beaches just north of Morro Rock. The beaches were re-built while clearing the mouth of the harbor. Prior to the 2010 dredging project, the last major dredging project was in 2001.



Community of Giving

One of the things I appreciate most about this community is its ability to foster and support so many worthy non-profit organizations; the Family Care Network is among them.

Tomorrow, May 12th they are hosting the annual Miracle Mile for Kids. It’s a 10k walk/run from Morro Rock to Cayucos Pier – one of the most beautiful streteches of our coastline.

Miracle Miles for Kids helps Family Care Network make a difference in the lives of those it serves with funds earned through registration and pledging going to meet the needs of the over 1,000 children, youth and families served by FCNI annually. These funds meet needs like housing, clothing, mentoring, life skills development, supporting extra-curricular activities and therapeutic services. I encourage you to come out and show your support. No child should be without a home.

For more information on how to participate or contribute go to:


                             One of my favorite walks, is up the path to the rock, then over to the ocean.  This was my view this past Saturday!

                                                                                                  The annual Morro Bay Kite Festival!


BIRDS, Birds, birds….

Morro Bay is on the Pacific Flyway, meaning we have an incredible amount of species of birds that stop by on their way to their winter or summer homes.  Some stay year round.  

So- what better reason to have an annual event?

The 15th Annual Morro Bay Winter Bird Festival of 2011 will be January 14-17th.  Over 200 species of birds are seen and identified during this week-end.  The festival includes events, field trips, workshops, and newly added this year- “Fun for the Family Day”- offering workshops and field trips geared toward children’s participation.  For more info on this festival week-end: