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 Here Is The Current Neighborhood Housing Market News
 And Community Happenings For Late February, 2007.

Hello Friends And Neighbors,

Currently There Are 6 Active Listings In Our

 The First Listing Is At 6281 Fallingwater Drive In
 The Dutch Haven Marina's. This Is The 4 Bedroom,
 2 Bathroom Model With Approximately 1,300 Square
 Feet Of Nice Living Space. Amenities Include: A
 Newer Roof, Formica Counter Tops, A Disposal,
 A Stainless Sink And Some Pergo Flooring. The Asking
 Price Is Around $697,900. To See Photos Of This
 Property, Click On The Link And It'll Take You To
 Where It Is On My Website:

 The Second Listing Is At 6311 Vatcher Drive In
 The Dutch Haven Marinas. This Is An Expanded 3
 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom Model With Approximately 1,662 
 Square Feet Of Living Space. Amenities Include:
 New Sprinklers, New Windows, A Spacious Family Room,
 A Nice Living Room And Much More. The Asking Price
 Is Around $740,000.

 The Third Listing Is In The California Classics At
 17651 Collins Circle. This Is A Two Story Home With
 3 Bedrooms Downstairs And A Large Bonus Room Which
 Could Be A 4th Bedroom, Upstairs. There Are 2
 Bathrooms And Approximately 1,875 Square Feet Of
 Gracious Living Space. Wonderful Amenities Include:
 Newer Kitchen Appliances, New Kitchen And Bathroom
 Flooring, A Huge Backyard And It Backs To A
 Neighborhood Park. There's Even A 2-Car Attached
 Garage. The Asking Price Was Around $748,900. If You
 Would Like To See Photos Of This Property, Just
 Click On This Link And It'll Take You To Where It Is
 On My Website:

 The Fourth Active Listing Is At 17751 Lewis Lane In
 The Dutch Haven Marinas. This Is A Wonderfully
 Remodeled 3 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom Single Story House
 With Approximately 1,230 Square Feet Of Living Space.
 Amenities Include: Surround Sound, Crown Molding, 6
 Inch Baseboards And New Double Paned Windows
 Throughout. Enjoy A Newly Remodeled Kitchen With
 Stainless Appliances In Addition To Granite Counter
 Tops And An Island Breakfast Bar. The Backyard
 Features A Large Patio, A Koi Pond, A Raised Gas
 Fire Pit, A Built-In Barbecue And A Large Area For
 The Kids To Play In. There Is A Custom Laundry Area
 In The 2 Car Attached Garage. Your Bonus Is A Curved
 Driveway Which Is Perfect For Recreational Vehicle
 Parking. Yhe Asking Price Is Around $749,000. To See
 Photos And Learn More About This Property, Just Click
 On This Link And It'll Take You To Where It Is In
 My Website:

 The Fifth Listing Is At 6141 Nutwood Circle
 In The Dutch Haven Marinas. This Is An Expanded Two
 Story 4 Bedroom, 3 Bathroom Home With Approximately
 2,650 Square Feet Of Living Space. It Sits On A
 Quiet Interior Tract Cul-De-Sac Location. Amenities
 Include: A Large Master Suite With A Separate Master
 Bathroom, A Formal Dining Room, A Huge Bonus Room
 With A Fireplace And French Doors Leading To The
 Balcony. There Are Newer Windows And A Roof. Your
 Bonus Is A 3 Car Attached Garage. The Asking Price
 Has Been Reduced To Around $849,900.

 The Sixth Listing Is At 17761 Still Harbor
 Lane In The Dutch Haven Marinas. This Is A Completely
 Renovated 3 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom Home With
 Approximately 1,156 Square Feet Of Living Space.
 There Is A Gorgeous New Swimming Pool In The Back
 Yard. The Asking Price Is Around $1,100,000. It
 Should Be Available To See Within The Next Couple Of
 Weeks As The Final Touches Are Being Completed Now.

 Currently There Are No Sales Pending Or Homes In
 Escrow For The Entire Neighborhood.

 There Are No Recent Sales Either.

 However, A House In The Dutch Haven Marinas At
 17711 Steiner Circle Was Just Leased. This Is A
 4 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom Single Story Home On A
 Cul-De-Sac Location. It Comes With Approximately
 1,300 Square Feet Of Living Space With New Carpet
 And Paint. There's Even A 2-Car Attached Garage.
 The Lease Price Was Around $2,100 A Month And It
 Leased For Around $2,100 A Month.

 The Housing Market Has Become A Buyer's Market
 Lately But If A House Is Priced Well In The Current
 Market, Then It Sells Quickly. With The Interest
 Rates Being Comparatively Low To Other Dates And 
 Lots Of Home Buyers Looking To Purchase Houses In
 Our Neighborhood, It Makes This A Great Time To
 Sell. If You Would Like To Receive A Complimentary
 Market Evaluation, Please Let Me Know And I'll 
 Recommend 3 Of My Associates And You Can Get
 An Idea On What Your Property Would Sell For In The
 Current Real Estate Market.

 If You Want To Keep Your House But Want To Move, I
 Know Of A Property Manager Who Could Rent Your
 House. Current Rent Values Are Ranging Anywhere
 Between Around $2,000 A Month To Around $2,800 A
 Month. Please E-Mail Me If You Would Like That
 Property Manager's Contact Information.

 If You're Looking For A Wonderful Notary, a
 Handyman who does Many Household Things, Such as
 Electrical Work, Fixing Heaters and Air
 Conditioners, Plumbing, Painting, Rain Gutters, a
 General Contractor who Specializes in Room Additions
 plus Kitchen and Bathroom Remodels, a Custom Window
 Installer, a Neighborhood Picture Framing Service, a
 Gardener, a Landscaper, a Tree Trimming Service, a
 Palm Tree Specialist, a Longaberger Gift and Home
 Decor Consultant, a Mary Kay Cosmetic Neighborhood
 Representative, an Artist who Paints Great Pictures,
 a Custom Made Craft Cactus's Specialist, a Custom
 Made Hand Painted Ceramic Pottery Specialist, a
 Clothing Designer that Makes Custom T-Shirt Designs,
 a Termite Company, a Cookie Lee Jewelry  Sales
 Representative, Public Relations Consultant, a
 Writer, a Marketing Specialist, a Roofer who Repairs
 and Installs New Roofs and Fixes Skylights, a
 Computer Technician who Specializes in Installing,
 Repairing, Networking and Trouble Shooting Computers,
 a Title Representative, a Lender or a Carpet Cleaning
 Service, Please Let Me Know, I Have a Handy List of
 People that I Highly Recommend To Help You In These
 Fields Of Specialty.

 In This Newsletter I Would Like To Recognize
 Kathleen Arch With Coastal Impressions. She Owns A
 Small Business With An Emphasis On Coastal Interior
 Designs, Home Decor, Photography And Etc. She
 Currently Does The Photography For A Local
 Huntington Beach/Sunset Beach Monthly Newsletter. 
 Her Photography And Shell Encrusted Creations Can Be
 Seen Currently In Stores Like Gary's Island At
 Fashion Island In Newport Beach, Cottage
 Furnishings In Laguna Beach, The Cottage In Laguna
 Beach And Most Recently, The Royal Hawaiian Hotel In
 Oahu, Hawaii And Travule Island At The Fiji Islands.

 For More Information, Please Call Kathleen At
 (714)309-0755 Or Take A Look At Her Website Which
 Is: .

 I Would Also Like To Recognize Susan Jung And So Nam
 Jung Who Own VIP Cleaners In Huntington Beach In The
 Stater Brothers Shopping Center At 7011 Warner Avenue
 Suite #F. They Are Open Monday Through Friday From
 7:00AM To 7:00PM And Saturdays From 7:00AM To 6:00PM.
 They Have A Plant On Premise Which Offers Quality
 Cleaning And Expert Alterations. Some Specials
 Include: Comforter Cleaning For Around $9.95 (Down
 Queen And King Are Extra) And They Have A New Dry
 Cleaning Machine Which Is All Natural.

 If You Have Any Questions, Come See Them Or Please
 Call: (714)847-1222.

 If Your Children Are In Kindergarten Through Sixth
 Grade And They Need Tutoring, Please Call
 Matt Brinkley At (714)841-1487. He Charges $20
 Dollars An Hour And Does Excellent Work.

 I Just Met Television Actor Don Rand From
 "The Thorn Birds" And "The Young And The Restless".
 He's The Owner Of Classy Collectibles At Old World
 Village In Huntington Beach And Author Of A Great New
 Cartoon Book On Fire Safety, "Rigby And Gem". Ask Him
 To Autograph A Copy For You.

 News Flash: "Water Infrastructure Upgrade"
 If You're Wondering What's Happening, A Contractor
 Told Me That They Are Upgrading The Infrastructure By
 Putting A 30-Inch Water Transmission Line Inside The
 Older Pipe. This Is Taking Place From Edwards And
 Varsity To Varsity And Hallcroft. The Sidewalks
 Should Be Reopened For Your Use In 4 Weeks.

 Recently, I Talked With A Nice City Public Works
 Employee Taking Samples Of Our Ground Water Near
 Central Park. He Said They Take Samples Weekly From
 Numerous Sites And Send The Drinking Water To A Lab
 For Analysis. Our Drinking Water, Thanks In Part To
 A Number Of Wells That We Have In Huntington Beach,
 Is Very Good And Among The Best In Orange County,
 According To The Sampler.

 The Goldenwest Name Debate Settled! It's One Word.
 An HB Independent Article On April 17, 1997 Talks
 About A Copy Of The 1966 City Council Resolution
 Officially Naming The Street "Goldenwest." That Ends
 The Spirited Debate On How To Spell It.
 Thank You So Much To Terry Tintle In Public Works
 For Providing Me With That Information.

 Now, Here's Some Community Happenings.

 On Thursday, February 15th, 2007 The Coastal
 Commission Held A Hearing In San Diego About
 Parkside, LCPA (Local Program Coastal Amendment).
 Here Is A Message From The President Of The Bolsa
 Chica Land Trust About The Hearing:
 Dear Bolsa Chica Supporters:

 As The President Of The Bolsa Chica Land Trust, I
 Would Like To Thank Each Of You Who Helped With The
 Preparation For The Coastal Commission Meeting Or
 Who Attended The Meeting. You May Think That The
 Withdrawal Of The Parkside Application By The
 Developer Was Not A Victory. I Want To Assure Each
 Of You That It Certainly Was. As Of Wednesday, The
 Land Trust Was Told That The Developer Had The Votes
 To Get The Project Approved.

 With Your Hard Work And Attendance At The Meeting,
 The Developer Was Forced To Withdraw His Application
 And Refile It With The Hope That It Will Come Before
 The Commission Again In May. This Will Give Us Even
 More Time To Either Defeat Or Reshape This Project
 Into Something That We Can Support.

 With Your Continued Support, We Will Prevail.

 Thank You Again And Remember That We Have Just Begun
 The Fight.

 Gerald Chapnman, President Of The Bolsa Chica Land

 This Previous Saturday, February 17th, 2007 At
 Huntington Beach City Hall, The First Disaster And
 Preparedness Class Took Place. People Learned What
 Threats Huntington Beach Faces, How The City Is
 Going To Respond In A Disaster And How You Can Get
 Your Home, Family, Neighborhood, School And Or
 Business Prepared To Respond To The Emergencies
 And Special Presentations & Lessons Learned From
 Hurricane Katrina And Terrorism Preparedness. About
 165 People Attended. I Want To Thank Glorria
 Morrison Who Is The Direct Of CERT (Community
 Emergency Response Team) For Putting On This Very
 Important Event.

 This Saturday, February 24 And Sunday, February
 25th From 11:00AM To Dusk Come To The Fifth Annual
 Huntington Beach Kite Party At The Pier. This
 Event Is Being Sponsored By Dave Shenkman Who Is The
 Owner Of The Kite Connection. People From Germany,
 Japan, Canada And All Around The United States Are
 Going To Be There Flying Their Kites. This Event Was
 Voted The Best Kiting Event In The United States
 During Its Third Year.

 Then On Saturday, March 17, 2007 At 7:00AM, The
 7th Huntington Beach Beach Cruiser Meet Is Taking
 Place At Pier Plaza. The Meet Is Open To All Beach
 Cruising Vehicles Manufactured Through 1970. All
 Station Wagons, Deliveries, Convertibles, VW
 Transporters, Nomads, Woodies, Chevelles, Pick-Ups
 And Other Stock Or Modified Beachcruisers Of The ERA
 Are Welcome. The Registration Cost Is $25 Dollars In
 Advance Or $30 Dollars After March 9th, 2007.
 There Will Be Hourly Raffles With The Opportunity To
 Win A Specially Made Dick Brewer Longboard.
 More Information Please Call Tom At: (760)468-2115.

 On Saturday, March 17, 2007 From 7:45AM To Noon At
 Huntington Beach City Hall, 2000 Main Street
 (@Yorktown) The Second Class Titled "Medical
 Operations 1 And 2" Is Taking Place. You'll Learn
 How To Use Basic First Aid, Bandaging And Splinting,
 Start Triage, How To Asses The Injured And How To
 Put Together A First Aid Kit. This Event Is Being
 Sponsored By The Huntington Beach Fire Department,
 Emergency Management And Homeland Security Office As
 Well As CERT. For Further Information Or To
 Register, Please Call (714)536-5974.

 The Conference On Bolsa Chica, Sponsored By The
 Western Alliance For Nature, The Amigos De Bolsa
 Chica And The Bolsa Chica Land Trust Is Taking Place
 On Saturday, March 24th And Sunday, March 25th, At
 The Waterfront Hilton Hotel In Huntington Beach.
 The Day One Conference Speakers Include:  Lieutenant
 Governor John Garamendi,  State Senator Tom Harman,
 Doctor Joy Zedler, Peter Douglas, Sam Schuchat,
 Terri Stewars, Sara Wan, Huntington Beach City
 Council Woman Debbie Cook, Former Huntington Beach
 Mayor Shirley Dettloff, The President Of The
 Huntington Beach Conference And Visitors Bureau Doug
 Traub, Former Huntington Beach Mayor And Ecologist
 Doctor Vic Leipzig, Steve Bone, Bob Hoffman, Jim
 Trout And Amy Hooper. On Day Two There Are Going To
 Be Specialized Tours Of The Bolsa Chica Wetlands
 Featuring Birds, Fish, Native Plants, History,
 Photography And The Ecology Of Coastal Saltwater
 Wetlands. Pre-Registration Tickets Before
 March 24th, 2007. Cost: $150 Dollars, Includes
 Breakfast, Lunch And Dinner. A Special Dawn Guided
 Bird Tour Costs $25 Dollars With A Tour Limit Of
 20 Participants. Pre-Registration For March 25th
 Tours Are $25 Dollars Per Tours. The Tours Are
 Limited To 2O Participants Each. To Register On-Line
 Go To:
 If You Have Any Additional Questions Please Call:
 (714)840-1575 Or (714)846-1001.

 The Shipley Nature Center At Central Park Native
 Plant Sale continues throughout the planting season
 (Oct-Mar). Come see the natives in action and share
 your experiences in native gardening. 

 Shipley Restoration Day – Join us the first Saturday
 of every month from 9:00am to noon when volunteers
 come together to weed, water, plant, clear brush,
 tend the compost and vermiculture bins, perform
 building maintenance and do anything else needed to
 keep Shipley Nature Center open to the public.

 Mark your calendar for the Second Annual Spring
 Festival on Saturday, April 28, 2007 from 09:00am
 to 2:00pm. The day’s activities will begin at 9am
 with a Continental Breakfast, a California Native
 Plant Sale and the opening of the nature friendly
 Information Fair. A wide variety of community
 groups and businesses will be on hand to share
 useful and informative materials.

 At 10:30am Shipley volunteers will lead guided
 tours through our California Native Plant Gardens
 and describe the various plants that are located
 there. Visitors can use the gardens to determine
 what type of “drought tolerant” plants they can use
 in their own yards to attract butterflies and

 Entertainment will begin at 11:30am and will
 continue until 1:30pm. At 11:30am Rainbow
 Disposal will conduct a Recycling Program and
 provide information of interest to all homeowners.

 The day will wind up with a guided Habitat Tour
 Through the nature center at 12:30pm. Visitors are
 invited to explore Shipley’s Interpretive Center,
 Nursery and the Compost/Vermiculture Center.

 Shipley Nature Center is open for walking, birding
 and enjoying the seasonal changes of nature. Become
 a member of the Friends of Shipley Nature Center or
 sign up to be a volunteer and help keep this
 wonderful little corner of Huntington Beach
 available to all.

 The Impressive New Amphitheatre Has Been Completed
 In Front Of The Interpretive Center. Thank You To
 All Who Created It.
 Open Monday through Saturday, 9:00 am to 1:00pm. 
 Free parking at the Shipley parking lot, 17829
 Goldenwest near Talbert. Follow the path from the
 parking lot into the park to the green Shipley
 Nature Center gates. For further information go to or call the center at (714)

 Thank You To Carol Williams Who Is The Office
 Coordinator At Shipley Nature Center For Providing Me
 With This Information.

 The Huntington Beach Police Department Is Going To
 Be Holding A Public Open House At City Hall, 2000
 Main Street (@ Yorktown) On May 12th, 2007 Between
 10:00AM And 2:00PM.

 If You Need A Passport Or A Passport Photo, Come To
 The City Clerk's Office On The Second Level Of 
 Huntington Beach City Hall At 2000 Main Street Near
 Yorktown. Friendly and talented people will help you
 get these tasks done in a convenient manner. So Far
 Since July 2006 There Have Been 810 Passports Issued
 In The Office. If You Have Any Questions Or Would
 Like Further Information, Please Contact City Clerk
 Joan Flynn At (714)536-5227 Or E-Mail Her At: Thanks To Joan Flynn, Robin
 Lugar, Patricia Albers, Patty Esparza, Kelly Mandic,
 Renee Van Arsdale, Rebecca Ross And The Entire Staff
 At The Clerk's Department For Making This Possible.

 If You Would Like To Purchase A 2007 Beach Parking
 Permit, They Are Now Available At Huntington Beach
 City Hall, 2000 Main Street On The Fifth Floor At
 The Community Services Desk From 8:00AM To 5:00PM,
 Monday Through Friday, Except On Holidays Or At The
 Beach Headquarters - 103 Pacific Coast Highway In
 Huntington Beach. The Hours Are: Daily From 8:00AM
 To 5:00PM, Except On Holidays. The Fees Go Down On A
 Quarterly Basis. For Further Information, Please
 Call: (714)536-5486.

 Thank You To Jim Engle At The Community Services
 Department For Providing That Information.
 To Be A Sponsor In This Year's Huntington Beach 4th
 Of July Parade Please Call Erik Gomez At:
 (562)212-6907. There Are Several Exciting
 Promotional Opportunities At The Largest Parade West
 Of The Mississippi That Attracts More Than 200,000
 People Yearly.

 Two New Stores Are Coming To Five Points Plaza At
 Main Street And Beach Boulevard This Summer:
 Aeropostle And Nine West. For More Information, Call
 Maureen Sloan-James Who Is The Mall Manager At
 (714) 841-0036 Or Log On To Her Website At
 Help The Environment, Recycle Your Water Bottles And
 Soda Cans By Taking Them To RE Planet Located At
 Most Of The Huntington Beach Ralph's Grocery Stores.
 You Can Earn 5 Cents For Stuff Smaller Than 24
 Ounces And 10 Cents For Stuff Larger Than 24 Ounces.
 What's Your Favorite Huntington Beach Restaurant?
 Debbie Stock Has Created A Website:
 Let Me Know And We Might Feature Your Choice On That
 Wonderful Website.

 You Can Book Your Hotel Rooms Online Anywhere In Our
 Golden State.

 Do You Know Of Anyone That Is Looking To Buy, Sell
 Or Rent A Property In Huntington Beach, Sunset Beach,
 Surfside, Seal Beach, Rossmoor, Long Beach, Signal
 Hill, Lakewood And Portions Of Central California,
 Please Let Me Know.

 If You Want To See What Other Local Properties Are On
 The Market, Please Visit My Website At:

 Thank You and Remember When You Think Of Real Estate
 Please Think Chris MacDonald. I Have Grown Up And
 Live In Our Neighborhood And I Have A Vested Interest
 In The Property Values.

 Chris MacDonald - (Your Friend and Neighbor)