Best Real Estate Agency:
With their impeccable reputation for ethics and integrity — not to mention their intimate knowledge of North County — it’s no wonder so many readers turn to Barry Estates to buy or sell a home. “Our clients come first in every sense of the word,” says Catherine Barry. “We try to anticipate their every need,
and many of our clients remain friends long after they’re settled in their new house.” Long-time residents of Rancho Santa Fe, Barry and her husband Daniel opened the agency in 1990, and they’ve specialized in the 92067 area ever since.
Working closely with children Jason and Laura, both of whom are top agents in their own right, this is one family-owned business that definitely understands the importance of home. (858)756-4024, www.barryestates.com) — Lois Alter Mark
Best Home Accessories:
Reflecting California’s ocean-side leisure, Seaside Home envelopes you in a relaxed elegance the moment you walk in the door. Two locations in La Jolla and Coronado offer everything from candles to lamps, chinaware to mirrors, tables, art, pillows, rugs, and more. Owner Sheryll Jackman, ASID carefully chooses all the furniture and accessories to ensure your home looks its best. If charm and comfort are your thing, it’s a good bet Seaside Home can help. (619)435-8232, (858)454-0866, www.seasidehomecoronado.com) — Alicia Garcia
There’s no need to fantasize about taking a time out in a lush oasis. Underwater Environments in Encinitas can help even the most desert-like backyards become dreamlike destinations through creative aquascaping. “We do water landscapes from the size of bathtubs to the size of a lake and they last for years to come,” says Melinda Tidball, manager of Underwater Environments. Once the design team has arranged your tropical water lilies and leathers and filled your pond with Koi, they’ll also help to maintain them. All you have to do is sit back and enjoy. (760)634-1404, www.uekoi.com) — Tanja Kern
Leave a Reply