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The beach community of Encinitas is known for its legendary surf spots, funky boutiques and eclectic culture, and the neighborhood of Encinitas Highlands is really one of the most sought after locations along the coast. Homeowners are literally within about a 2-minute walk to famous Swami’s, great shops and restaurants along Highway 101 and Scripps Hospital. The community located west of I-5 is quiet, private and offers a walk-able lifestyle that so many covet in San Diego.
The property for sale at 922 Arden is ideally situated in the heart of Encinitas Highlands. From all the remodeled properties that we have been involved with, this home has probably been one of the most rewarding ones to watch the transformation from start to finish. What started out as a run-down, old, dark and cluttered house is now a bright, open, luxurious beach cottage.
From the moment you walk into the front door you immediately notice the great sight lines through the living room, into the kitchen, out the patio door to the back patio which overlooks the beautiful backyard. The layout of this home was redesigned to give it a very functional flow – from a beautiful huge great room off the kitchen/dining area to the two secondary bedrooms and a gorgeous master suite with its separate door out to the back patio – and is ideally suited for young families or empty nesters looking to entertain guests.
During the remodel phase, one of the pleasant surprises that was uncovered was that above the low ceilings there was quite a bit of open space in the attic, so the contractor was able to raise up the ceilings above the kitchen and the master bedroom and create a great vaulted look that also added a lot of valuable natural light into the home. Also, the way the property was originally laid out, there was a 2-car garage directly behind the main structure that was absolutely cutting off the yard. So the decision was made to demolish the old garage and to build in the south corner a brand new garage (with an adjoining art studio or future pool room) that allowed the huge backyard to be opened up and made usable as a great outdoor entertaining area.
It’s not often you get the chance to find a hidden gem of a property in a great beach community and when you do the project of making it a dream home is rewarding for the owner and the lucky buyer who decides to call it their next home!
View more of our remodeled properties HERE.
Jim and his wife Jo, have lived in Carmel Valley since 1987 and first got into the real estate business in 1992 after a successful career in the construction industry in South Africa. Kevin Dalzell joined the Dalzell Group Real Estate team in 2002 after playing professional rugby in Europe (represented the U.S. in two Rugby World Cups) and is now living with his wife, Nina, in Solana Beach. Ryan Dalzell coordinates the team’s marketing program, and he joined the group in 2004 after working as a flight instructor. Ryan lives in Carmel Valley with his wife Julie and their 3 children. Amber Worsham recently joined the team as the new Marketing Manager & Transaction Coordinator. With over five years of experience in marketing real estate in Coastal North County, Amber provides us with extensive expertise in the print, internet and direct marketing aspects of the business.