New Listing! 256 Puffin Way, Templeton


White split railed fencing and tree lined streets give this West Templeton neighborhood the feel of a gracious country manor. That gracious country feel combined with easy freeway access, a nearby park, close medical services and city utilities make Peacock Ranch a great place to call home. The beautifully landscaped acre lot is the perfect setting for this lightly lived in, 2400 sq ft, single level home. Newly upgraded kitchen, high ceilings, neutral colors, wood and tile floors and lots of light are the perfect compliment to make this home your own. Fourth bedroom or office has library built-ins and separate front courtyard entry making it the ideal room for a home business. Large pergola covered patio, fish pond and waterfall will convince you to sit and enjoy the private and scenic backyard and sunsets. The family orchard and raised garden beds are ready to entertain the gardener in the family.

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

Music in the Vineyards

This is a beautiful time of year here on the Central Coast.  Wineries are spoiling us and booking great local musicians for casual as well as large events.  Sculpterra Winery, for instance, has music every Sunday. Stillwaters Winery has music in their 100 year old olive grove once a month.  Castoro Cellars hosts it’s annual ‘Beaverstock’ this coming sculpterraweekend.  Good music, beautiful scenery and a little vino……..what better way to spend a restorative day off!


Patience My Dear!

Red Soles Winery on Oakdale off of 46 West has been doing more than just making great wine.  They have done some pretty fun things with their beautiful new still, affectionately named ‘Patience My Dear’.  They started with a wonderful brandy (made from grapes) concoction called California Hooch.  This led to the creation of the yummy Limoncello which is infused with Meyers Lemons for 40 days and – of course – 40 nights.  These clever and fun loving Red Soles folks have evenred soles glass vineyards still with hooch created some cocktails from their brews so stop by and be entertained!  PS – the wines are fab also!

Try a New Winery – if only for the Gardens and the Views

I think that often a taste of wine isn’t really my objective when I visit a new winery.  I simply love the beauty and setting of a well thought out winery and our little county has plenty of them to sample .  There is a special, pampered feeling I get when I take a part of my day just to sit and sip and converse with friends.  It’s a splurge, I admit but each new found winery has it’s own personality, views and garden……ah yes, the gardens!  Restored and pampered is what I feel……ok, maybe the wine helps but what better way to take in the beauty of our natural setting.gardens

A closer look at the 3 cities with decreasing median home prices

Only three cities in San Luis Obispo county have seen a decrease in median home price since 2013. Those cities are Avila Beach, Nipomo, and Templeton.
Avila Beach has had no foreclosures or short sales in 2014. The median home price has decreased from $889,000 in 2013 to $810,000 in 2014.
The total number of sales in the first 6 months of 2014 was 9, 2013 only had 6 sales in the same time period. Stick Built homes in Avila Beach are selling in fewer days than in 2013. The average days on market in 2013 was 115, and that has dropped to only 71 days in 2014.

Avila Beach Median Home Price

Nipomo’s decrease in median home price is very minor at .6%. When comparing the median home prices during only the first 6 months, not the entire 2013 year in Nipomo, the median home price of non-foreclosures has actually increased from $490,000 to $497,000. That might indicate that the next few months will see Nipomo’s median home price increase!

Nipomo Median Home Price

Templeton’s decrease in median home price is also very small, at 1.6%. There have been more sold more homes in the first 6 months of 2014 than in the first 6 months of 2013. Of the 54 Stick Built homes sold so far this year, only 2 have been foreclosures, and only 1 was a short sale.

Templeton Median Home Price

Music Makes North County Summers the Best!

Nothing better for those soft and special North County summer evenings than great music.  Local talent can be found Wednesday evenings in Templeton Park, Fridays in Paso Park and Saturdays Atascadero is the place….all free!  The Mid State Fair has a fabulous line up this year, as does Vina Robles Amphitheater if you are in the mood for bigger named groups.  Wineries put together some great daytime, early evening entertainment.  Most event details can be found at or listed on individual websites. But spoil yourself and get out for some fabulous summer entertainment!!!paso park 4th

New Winery on Vineyard……for a good Central Coast day outside!

Wine tasting is fun but I hesitate to squander our beautiful Central Coast days inside. Happy to report that my recent oh-so-pleasant Sunday happened at Brecon Estate Winery.  Our hosts Damian from Wales and Amanda from Australia make excellent wine plus they are impressively both ‘cavers’ and park rangers in their home countries.  Absolutely loved their chic indoor/outdoor tasting area! “Aussies love to drink outside” Amanda reminds, so the setting is perfect Central Coast. We will definitely go back for the wine but also the lively conversation and soothing views of our ancient oaks and vines.breconbrecon 2


Fun New Eatery and Bar in Paso

fish gaucho 1 Love having more outdoor dining choices for our great summer evenings!  Owners of Pappy McGregor’s just opened a new ‘Baja style’ Mexican food at the corner of 13th and Pine.  They are focusing on fresh fish and vegetables much like you would see in Cabo or San Diego.  That bar looks like it will be quite a lively place as well…..Tequila flights with over 85 to sample! I am going to try the ceviche but I bet my son’s is better! gaucho 2

ARTSFEST in Paso Robles, Memorial Weekend

Historic Paso Robles Park hosts local artists and their amazing work over Memorial Weekend every year. This year, the Main Event is held on Saturday, May 24th with artists onsite, producing their work live and for sale.  Also on display is an Invitational Exhibition where 20 artists will display their work. Something for everyone, there are Stilt Walkers – a amazing sort of living art display, sand castle making to participate in, hands on art projects and a petting zoo for kids, music plus food, beer and wine.  Its a lively event where Paso shows off a bit and guests get to indulge in the visual out-of-doors in addition to ‘Studios on the Park’, our fun and engaging permanent artists gallery.  There is also the Hearst Castle Art Tour and more. For more info go to