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January 1, 2014 POPE TREE SERVICE All Your Tree Service Needs Commercial &amp; Residential Oak and Pine our Specialty CA. State License #7o4192 Fully Insured for Your Protection Workers Comp. ;ates Open 7 Days 7a.m, to Dark Office- M-F 9 to 4 close<i Sat & Su by Juli, Julian Real Estate In Retrospect for 2013 The beginning of a new year is a great time to look back to assess what has been and then use those facts to adjust for the future. We do this in our personal lives but it is also a good idea for our businesses and investments as well. The Real Estate Realities column this time will look back at the facts emerging out of 2013 to glean from them what 2014 may hold for real estate in Julian. Is our market improving or remaining flat? Is Julian following the trends being reported in the San Diego market? Are prices rising like they are in San Diego? In 2013 the Julian Sales looked like this." Price Quantity Percentage of total sales 0 - $99,000 7 7.6% 32.6% 100,000- 199,000 200,000-299,000 30 24 26% 300,000-399,000 15 16.3% 400,000-499,000 7 7.6% 500,000-599,000 2 2.1% 600,000-699,000 2 2.1% , 700,000= 799,000 3 3.2% 800,000-2,050,000 2 2.1% Total 92 What about the inventory? We're " hearing and reading that the inventory in San Diego is low. Is & it low in Julian as well? To answer g these questions let's take a look R r:'YC I VsH, (,i at the market for 2013 compared -. to years past. Below is a graph {/;  showing closed sales in Julian .. and Santa Ysabel from 2003 through 2013. 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 Number of Average Sold Houses Sales Price 90 $345,0OO 107 $385,000 88 $463,000 64 $490,000 65 $443,000 49 $335,000 66 $220,000 52 $276,000 74 $265,000 ioo $266,000 92 $295,000 Historic Sales Statistics for Julian and Santa Ysabel The ten year graph above shows that our average sales price is still well below what it was 10 years ago but up 11% over 2012. San Diego is currently up 11% as well. It is interesting to note that the increase is identical for the two areas. San Diego, however, has a median price in the $400,000 and ours in still under $300,000. Prices in Julian have risen for the last three years. The very low priced inventory is selling out and very few foreclosures and short sales are coming on the market. In general our market is much continued on page 9 Thoughts by Michele Harvey 2014 And Then Some 2013 has wound down and 2014 is revving up. Lots of people make New Year's resolutions, but I avoid them because I don't ever want to break a promise in my whole life. Instead of resolutions; I have hopes. I hope to dust my furniture and d6cor more often. Right now I get to that job about once a year, when we are planning to invite family to join us for Christmas breakfast. Inviting people to our house gives me a terrific incentive to actually pull down cobwebs and to find our dining room table beneath mail, boxes not sent yet for Christmas and magazines that I hope and plan to read sometime soon. I hope to finish enough of my sewing projects to begin a new one without guilt. I have partially finished sewing projects stacked high in my work room. Some I found in my work room closet that I designed and began decades ago when I sold my home sewn pillows at the town hall craft shows. My work room tables are tall with incomplete projects. When I sew items for my store, I sew a few to see if they sell. If they are popular and they sell well, I stop other projects to build my supply and that means sewing the one type of item over and over, night after night. That's when other possible worthy sewing projects get put aside and that's how my work tables get tall. Since I own Julian Yesteryears, a gift shop, and since I sew many things to sell in my shop; this is the year that I hope to make and sell lots of pillows. I was pretty good at making good looking quality pillows in the past and I plan to make them again and add them to my line of unique homemade items that I sell in my shop. With my imagination at full throttle, I hope to sew other new projects that will make my piles of fabric smaller. If I do that, then I hope to make jewelry again. My jewelry making supplies now sit under much of my unfinished fabric projects. In 2014 I hope I can continue to volunteer for Feeding America and for the other local organizations where I gladly share my time and efforts. I hope I can continue to write columns that people like to read. I hope that my writings inspire other people to believe they can write too. Writing in a journal is a good place to begin. Through the past 9 years that Mike and I have owned and published The Julian News, I have written over 475 columns and the more I write, rd like to think that the more confident I get. At least I can say that I get more comfortable and relaxed as I write each week. This past year I've been giving things away that I don't use. I hoPe to continue to find good homes for the things we don't cherish enough. I hope that 2014 will be a year of enthusiastic gardening for me. Each winter I have high hopes of creating a visual panorama that will bring smiles to my face each day as I walk around my yard, as I work in my yard and as I discover new plant treasures that spring up because of the nourishing sunshine, rain and the time I give to caring for my yard. What has happened each year that rve lived on this land is that rve found new types of weeds whose seeds have been carried here by the nearly constant winds. The ash on our property left by the Cedar Fire has been very nourishing to all the varieties of weeds that we seem to foster. I have garden beds that we weeded just a few months ago that now have a thick crop of weeds that leave no space for any plant that I would want to grow on purpose. Add deer, gophers, rabbits and ground squirrels to the equation and I get very discouraged. I hope this year I get a lot more encouraged that discouraged when I go to work in my yard. . J, tty not to set too many new goals for myself at one time. lthink it's better to g.t reaUy good at one thing, knowing rye done" a good job before ! se out to accomplish more than I can handle. Mostly I hope that I get better at the things I like to do and that I can hold a good attitude when I have to do things I don't want to do. Some people are good at making resolutions and sticking to them. I'm not one of those people mainly because I don't have a good memory for things like resolutions. I could write them down, but then rd have to remember where I kept my list, and rm not good at that either. So instead I have hopes. The word Hope sounds encouraging to me, so maybe that's why I think Hope is a good place for me to begin. 2014 can be a good year for many of us. 2013 felt like it was getting better than 2012, so I can say that I have my hopes up for 2014 to continue the positive climb and then some. These are my thoughts. This year l really do hope that the elves that clean houses during the time I'm asleep come to my house, often. If I know they are coming; I'll put out some milk and cookies on the dining room table so they can eat and drink, refreshing themselves before they leave. USED OIL OIL FILTER IS LOCAL DROP AND FREE CURBSlDE Thanks keep by recycling,yoUiP a/id The Julian News 5 HOME SERVICES cABINETRY. FRAMING ROOFING HOME REPAIRS SIGNS ARTWORK ROBERT GEORGE 765 1445 II II I Bruce Strachota Grading, Demolition, Underground Utilities, Dump Truck, Excavation, Loader, Bobcat Rental, Rock & Base cell: 619.972.0152 If [I TOOL AND 213ZP00 1 J II II / II 7ao-7as-4m II CHIMNEY SWEEI PELLET, GAS,& WOOD DRYERS EXHAUSTS & VENTS P COOLERS DONNA LORD )) 484-3294 Thank You For NINE Years Of Allowing Me To Serve You ! "Serving the Community of Julian" GATED, SECURE STORAGE SITES- FULLY ENCLOSED YARD INDUSTRIAL/BUSINESS SITE FOR MACHINERY & EQUIPMENT STORAGE Outside Storage - Trailers, Boats, Cars, RV's Unit Sizes - 5x10, 10x10, 10x15, 10x2.0, 10x30 +M!M! |I06'1 ] 3582 Highway 78 at Newman Way (7+o00765.2601 Fax 765-2797 I Resolve New Year's is upon us and with it that scourge of humankind, New Year's Resolutions. Around here the standard tends to be something like "eat less, exercise more and lose weight." Implementation usually starts late (it's a holiday, after all, and taking down the Christmas tree is hard work and...) It also ends early. Like within a week. Some time ago, bored with this futile round, we changed New Year's Resolutions to something that seemed more useful. Like "Grow Younger Instead of Older". Surprisingly, in spite of our best and real efforts, it didn't work. So we then tried "Learn How to be in Two Places At Once." That didn't work either. This year, still bored by "eat less, exercise more and lose weight" but resolving to do same, we will also add some more do-able New Year's Resolutions. To wit: Organize the linen closet. Finish cleaning the horse tack and various leather items that have been sitting on the dryer for the last six months. Fortunately, it's a front loading dryer. Wash washed) the house windows. Or, more accurately, find someone else who will wash the house windows. Pick up the pile of wood in front of the barn door. Figure out where various pieces should go which perhaps should come first, since that's why the pile is still there as we write. Plant another tree but REFRAIN from planting too many more. We need an additional almond and another persimmon and probably another pomegranate to be sure they cross fertilize (nurseries lie about some things such as self-fertilizing) and then Cousin Bob is bringing over three baby apricots he started...scratch that one. Go to church more regularly, not just when we like the music the choir is singing, preferably pre-1820. Things went downhill musically after that. Rehome eight to ten cats. Would anyone like a cat?