San Diego's Restaurant Week is Almost Gone!

San Diego’s Restaurant Week is Almost Gone!

Every year, twice a year, San Diego spotlights some of our best restaurants by offering Restaurant Week.

Restaurant week offers:

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Don’t Miss Out on a San Diego Tradition…Opening Day at the Del Mar Races!

The event San Diegans wait for all year is finally here.  Opening day at the races is July 21st.  Don’t miss out on the annual “Fabulous Hat’s” contest.  The Del Mar races offer’s food, fun and great concerts for all.  Concerts this year include Common Sense, the B52’s, ZZ Top and more.

Don’t miss out this year!  For all the info you need go here.

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San Diego’s 241st Birthday is on July 16th

Come celebrate the birthday of the city of San Diego’s founding with SOHO.   The event is on July 16th and will be at the Whaley House in Old Town.  Event is from noon to 2pm with free birthday cake and ice cream plus music, dancing and much more.

Check out all the info at SOHO’s website.

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What Determines if a Home is Historic?

A property’s age, integrity and significance are the 3 broad criteria for determining if a property is historic, according to the National Register of Historic Places.

 • Age- Generally the property has to be at least 50 years old

Integrity- The property should look similar to how it did when it was built

Significance-

  •  The property must be associated with events, activities, people or developments that were important in the past, or
  • It must be associated with significant architectural and landscape history, or important engineering achievements, or
  •  It must have the potential for archeological study that would lead to us knowing more about our past.

It is important to note that being on National Register list does not mean an automatic historic designation at the local level. One must still go to the city of San Diego and apply and go through the process before being given local designation.   In fact, in order to qualify for the tax benefits of the Mills Act your home or property must be designated by the City of San Diego as Historic, not just by the National Register.

Even though the Mills Act is available for qualifying properties across California only local designation will allow one to apply for the Mills Act. Information in this post was derived from the National Register of Historic Places website and can be found Here.

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What is the Mills Act?

The Mills Act is a statewide preservation law that allows a historically designated home to have a tax reduction between 20-70%.  The Act is a contract between the property owner and the city.  In exchange for the reduction in property taxes the property owner is expected to rehabilitate the property if necessary, as well as maintain the property’s historical and architectural character for a minimum of 10 years. 

The city will also perform periodic inspections of the property to ensure the property owner is complying with the contract.  The Mills Act contract stays with the property so that upon sale the subsequent owner will have both the benefits and responsibilities listed above. 

In essence it is generally assumed that the money saved in tax benefits will be utilized to maintain the historic and architectural character of the home.

The Mills Act status also has another benefit for the home owner.  Homes under the Mills Act generally sell for more money than homes with historic designation status only.

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What is the National Register of Historic Places?

The National Register of Historic Places is a list of places in the United States that are worthy of preservation.  The list is maintained by the government and administered through the National Park Service.  This preservation effort by the U.S. government was the result of the successful passing of the 1966 National Historic Preservation Act.  The Acts intent was to “help preserve districts, sites, buildings, structures and objects” that were and are considered significant in American history.  The passage of this act was in response to the wide spread demolition across the United States of old structures and neighborhoods.  

It is important to note that the list contains places worthy of preservation, but preservation of such places is not mandated.  Listing by the National Registry imposes no restrictions on the owner’s right to do anything to the property that is permitted by law.  It is only when government money is used to help restore, or tax benefits are afforded to the owner, that restrictions come into play.

The National Register of Historic Places is administered at the state level by the Office of Historic Preservation.   This office is the overseer of preservation for the state of California.  It mission is to enhance and protect California’s historic heritage.  You can go Here to learn more about the California Office of Historic Preservation

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