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February 1, 2012 Live in Julian. Sho=) in Julian Business Spotlight: FOL Book Store the Secret Shopper The Library Bookstore is located inside the library in a little room to the left before you enter the actual library. The bookstore is open Tuesday through Saturday - 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.ml The store is run by the Friends of the Library volunteers, currently 30 people volunteer their time to help out. Friends of the Julian Library opened in September 2004, when the new library was first opened. The book variety ranges from fiction to cookbooks to self- help and include paperback and hardback books. There are some books on CD and tape and some DVD's. Children's books sell for as little as 50 up to $1.50. All other books generally range in price from $2.00 to $10.00 depending on quality, Some collectible and coffee table books are slightly higher in price. Well worth the price if you ask me, I recently bought a great Iow-carb cookbook. The books for sale come from donations from community members, so if you have any decent books to donate, drop them off at the library. All donations are tax deductible. The money raised from the sale of the books goes directly back to the Julian Library to pay for things such as paper goods, library materials, new books and DVD's. The money has also been used to pay for the sound system, laptop and projector used in the library. Another benefit to supporting to the Library bookstore is "Music on the Mountain". The money made from book sales pays for the live music and refreshments and the bookstore is where the event is held. Next time you're at the library or in the area, stop in and check it. Shopping here is a great way to support our local community library. PROFLAM E Serving The Community We Live/n For Over 60 Years Commercial ooo Residential oo 24 Hour Emergency Service 760 765-0130 I Ben Sulser, District Manager HARD CIDER COUNTRY CELLARS BEER TASTING PAIRING EVENTS '$ DALLY Friends Of-the Julian Library- Annual Meeting 2012 Our first big event on the calendar for this year is the Friends of the Julian Library's Arnual Meeting, scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 11. The event will begin at 12:00 noon with a brief business meeting, followed by lunch, and culminating with a presentation by our featured speaker, local author Don Winslow, at 1:00 pm. We are so thrilled to be able to bring Don to the library to discuss his very popular fiction series, his writing process, and his current experiences in having one of his books being made into a movie! This should prove to be a fascinating program. All are welcome, and remember ~ as well as entertainment that day, we will feed you[ There are four Board members up for re-election. During the business meeting at noon, members will be asked to vote for this slate of officers. As always, any member of the Friends can request a seat on the Board, and an election will be held immediately. Please plan to join us on Saturday, Feb. 11, at noon for the business meeting, and stay for lunch and a wonderful program, No RSVP is needed. If you have any questions about any part of the day's events, please call the library.at 760-765-0370. ,Filing Taxes For Free Can Offer Savings (NAPSA)-There's good news for Americans looking for ways to save money. Surprising as it may sound, there is a way to file your taxes that can be less taxing- and can help you save time and money. Made possible through the Free File Alliance, a public- private partnership between the Ins and nearly 20 of the leading tax software companies, the program is called Free File, and it's available exclusively from the Ins. 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What if You Can't Meet the April 17, 2012 Filing Deadline? continued on page 9 The Julian News 7 Unique and Old Fashioned Collectibles Gifts Local Music Wall Art Candles" in Wynola Farms Marketplace 4470 Highway 78 STAT, How Weather Affects Julian Real Estate When shopping for a home in the backcountry it is important to think about weather and exposure and how it will affect a home. Weather extremes are a fact in Julian. In the summer temperatures can get occasionally over 100 degrees and in the winter it can be blowing rain and snow. On a cold winter morning it can be in the 20s with ice on everything. A wise person shopping for a house needs to think about how and when they will be using the house. Is it a summer or weekend home? Is it a full time residence? Does being too hot bother you more than being too cold? Do you like homes to be dark and cozy or do you like light and airy. Really think about the answers to these questions before you start to look. The answers will help you find a home that has an exposure well suited to your use and comfort zone. Here are some common issues to take into consideration. Great Views: Many houses with panoramic views are built on ridge lines. These areas are typically very windy and exposed to driving rain and snow and summer sun. If you like the wind- great but be prepared to really seal your windows and to do more frequent maintenance to paint, siding, and doors on the exposed side of the house. For many the view is worth the extra work. It is a personal choice. Sunshine: In our climate with the extremes we have it is important to consider window placement especially, in the living room, dining room and kitchens of a house. Many folks think that watching a sunset through their big picture window would be especially pleasant and romantic. However if the picture window faces west or a bit northwest it is far from pleasant in the summer. Long before the pretty sunset the blinds have been pulled to stop blistering heat and blinding sun. The best exposure for a picture window is usually to the south. In the summer the sun is high in the sky and is setting farthest to the north. Your south facing windows will not have direct summer sunlight however they will have the low winter sunlight to help warm your house. If the windows face due north there will not be any direc t winter sun in the house. If you are interested in using solar panels for electricity or for heating water it is important to pick a home with a southern exposure. Water: Julian is basically an arid area. Our rainfall is not real high and water can be in short supply. If the intended use for your property is a farm or large garden make sure you know all about the water district you are located in. Some of the water districts have policies enacted to encourage water conservation. Water becomes progressively more expensive as your consumption increases. Not too good for avid gardeners. If you are not in a water district you need to find out as much as you can about the well on the property and the water availability in the general area of the property. Some areas have better well production than others. Large water storage tanks can help mitigate a well with lower production. Cold: If you plan on only using your home in the summer or on weekends it is important to insulate your pipes and to have a shut off valve and a way to drain the water lines. When it freezes and pipes burst houses are ruined. If yoLfre thinking about buying property in Julian trust a local agent to know more about these issues than an agent from out of town. Local agents know about the weather, exposures, schools, neighborhoods, septic systems, water districts, and ground water issues to name just a few items involved in back country real estate, An agent from out of town simply does not have that level of knowledge concerning Julian. It is well worth your time to find a local expert who you feel comfortable with. There are about 15 to choose from. You won't regret it. When listing your property interview several local, professional', real estate agents. You'll be pleasantly surprised. Most Julian agents use virtually all of the same advertising techniques as out of town agents, and they're better because they are readily available to show your property, they know how to sell back country properties and will do a better job for you than an agent with a business concentrated elsewhere. Here are the December sales statistics for the Julian and Santa Ysabel Zip codes: For December 2011 five transactions closed. December of 2010 had exactly the same number. One month's statistics do not make a trend. So for December let's just say we're holding steady. The overall trend for the entire year of 2011 indicates a great upswing. In 2011 there were 74 properties sold compared to 52 in 2010. That is a whopping 142% increase! So if you're thinking of buying or selling property in Julian now may be the time to get ready. Julian is not in the real estate doldrums anymore. March and May are traditionally some of our best months for property sales. Be prepared and get your house in order. The most notable sale for December was brokered by Mountain Farms of Julian. The sale was a 37 acre parcel on Volcan with a modest house that sold for $425,000. The buyer was the Volcan Mountain Foundation. Juli Zerbe is an associate broker with Julian Properties. She was raised in Julian from birth and has a broad knowledge of the area. Her first job at 14 years old was at the soda fountain in the Old Julian Drug Store (currently the Miner's Diner.) She earned a B.A. at Point Loma College, lived in the Napa Valley and Bay area for a bit and traveled extensively in Europe. At the age of 24 she returned to her roots to marry, raise two wonderful daughters and eventually launch a career in real estate. Juli was licensed in 1998 and became a broker in 2003 and has worked diligently to learn the complexities of real estate. "Professional real estate and old fashioned integrity" describe her practice. Her interests include: community involvement, hiking, historic preservation, oil painting and gardening. P 3 t