February 2015

San Diego Fence Rules

SAMSUNG CSCSomething homeowners ask me, even when shopping for a home: “Can I build a fence around my yard?”

In San Diego that’s a big question. Generally the answer revolves around city permits which generate city fees.

You CAN add a fence to your San Diego property. Typically the rule is that a 1) chain link, 2) a wood or 3) a masonry fence up to 6 feet tall does not need a permit.

But there are parts of San Diego and in La Jolla (which is part of San Diego) that have exceptions to this rule. Please call the city permit desk to share your address and get the answer that is best for you. It will be based on your address. That number is (619) 446-5000. More than likely you will not need a permit up to 6′, but you will always need a permit, plans and full city approval for anything over 6′.

Once I had a San Diego client who had to get a permit and draw up formal plans for a 4′ fence because at six feet it would have blocked his neighbor’s view to the street from the neighbor’s driveway. Sections of his fence had to be mere inches high so the neighbor could exit his own driveway with a full view. And the city wanted to sign off on it so it was definitely more complicated but still only four feet high at the most. And sometimes the building materials themselves are more complicated regardless of height, and a permit is needed.

Below is the BEST article about San Diego fencing that I have read in a long time.

Click here for the San Diego Union Tribune recent story on fencing. Hint: before you sell your home, let’s look at your fence. It makes a great first impression if it looks good and a rocky first impression if it needs work. Any investments in fence repair or full replacement are usually going to come right back to you in your sales price.

The recent number one objection on an otherwise great listing of mine? Lack of fencing. Every single buyer complained and it was a great house on a corner lot.

Enjoy the week!

-Kimberly Dotseth, broker/owner

Blend Real Estate

(858) 452-2599

Today’s photo: An open gate at a radio station on Buddy Holly Boulevard in Lubbock, Texas. It caught my eye for many reasons.


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1950s Pink Kitchen – Pristine! Perfect Real Estate

cooker-295135_1280The people at Bored Panda keep me very busy online. They have some interesting stories but not typically about real estate, and never about the real estate I love and cherish: mid century properties. Except today.

This 1956 ranch home was {for some unknown reason} completely sealed up after it was built in 1956. Sealed and never used; never lived it. But it was tricked out, 1950s style! It was recently purchased and “unsealed” and in the link below is the kitchen the new owner got.

In San Diego we have so many mid century kitchens untouched, but they are lived in. So they’re a bit thread-bare, so to speak, but THIS unused kitchen is perfection. Oh, to have been able to see it.

New appliances and decor, new surfaces and flooring. There are no words. I thought you might enjoy a peak into my mind as to what’s perfect in this world.

It’s this pink kitchen.



Blend Real Estate

(858) 452-2599

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Social Media Image Size Cheat Sheet for 2015


If you socialize in the public eye, imagery is a huge part of it. And every site that you and I post to has different requirements for the optimal image size to communicate effectively with your audience.

Here, the 2015 “cheat sheet” on images sizes across the social media spectrum, from the pros at The American Genius.

Look out, Twitter and Facebook! And absolutely all the others.

(This random snap shot of mine, taken of Paul McCartney in concert, was originally 4370 x 2930 and 5.2MB. Uploading into this WordPress blog, the site automatically resized the image to 300 x 201 and made it a lot smaller.)


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San Diego Home Sellers: How We Sell Your Listings

Macys Blend Real EstateSellers, we do everything possible to sell your San Diego listing. Including our $50 weekly gift card giveaway to agents who show our listings. There is no obligation to that agent — if they show a listing, they are in the drawing. Here’s another gift card being mailed to a happy winner! This week it was from Macy’s. This gesture builds good relationships with our fellow brokers and agents, it people want to work with us…and it makes them want to bring you an offer.

When was the last time you got a $50 gift card in the mail for doing your job? Exactly – never. They go a LONG way! We do all this for you, because we know it helps sell our listings faster and for the most money possible. And it makes for a smooth transaction when and if we work with the winner. We are some of San Diego’s most successful listing agents.

We thought you should know.

-Kimberly Dotseth, broker/owner

Blend Real Estate

858 452-2599


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