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  • Monthly Newsletter and Community Site Going Away
    Posted on: 2015-07-08
    Hello Surfside Residents, as you know I have maintained this website for almost 9 years and the company that has been providing the service has decided to quit. I am in the process of finding another company that can help to get a new site up and running. Please check back from time to time at www.surfsidehomesbythesea.com.

    If anyone knows a company that might be able to help, have them contact me. 
    As always, I am here to help with all your Real Estate Needs. Referrals Appreciated. Robin 714-404-7081


  • Surfside Resident Nicky Almost at Goal
    Posted on: 2015-05-12
    Hello residents and neighbors of Nicky, he is almost at his goal of $10,000 they are currently at $9,250.00. Please check out the link below and help him reach the final goal of $10,000.00. Nicky suffered a brain injury earlier this year and is still undergoing rehab. Follow the link below to donate.
  • North (Front) Pool
    Posted on: 2015-05-12
    As many of you are aware the south pool has been turned on and is ready for the summer months. The north pool is in the process of being updated and I have seen the tiles and colors they are using for the remodeled shower, bathrooms and pool. It will be beautiful. Keeping the same depth is a win win for the entire community. The north pool when completed will also have a handicap lift similar to the south pool.
  • Second Harvest Food Drive Need Your Help!
    Posted on: 2015-05-12
    After visiting Second Harvest Food Bank last fall, I discovered that many kids and seniors go hungry during the summer as well, not just at Holiday time. It inspired me to do a food drive for the people of Orange County. Since summer is such a vulnerable time for food banks due to many children being out of school and have no access to school lunches it is the perfect time to donate. With the help of Second Harvest Food Bank, we have set up an online virtual shopping to provide donations, no heavy lifting, no shopping, from the comfort of your own chair and home. This food drive will go until September 1st.
    Thanks in advance. Please click on the following link.
  • Nicky Macchiavello Update
    Posted on: 2015-04-08
    Nicky was to have surgery the other day and it has been postponed. Please keep him and his family in your prayers.
  • Garage Sale this Saturday April 11, 2015 7:00 A.M to 1:00 P.M.
    Posted on: 2015-04-08
    Call Robin 714-404-7081 to have your street flagged for the Garage Sale and to get doughnuts! Come on out and meet your neighbors and make a little money. Trade treasures from your house to your neighbors.
  • Go Fund Me Page for Nicky Macchiavello Surfside Resident
    Posted on: 2015-02-10
    Hello Everyone, I am sure you all would know Nicky and his brother that have grown up here in Surfside off Whitestone. Please check out the previous article and check out the go fund me link at the end of this article.
  • Surfside Community Resident Injured
    Posted on: 2015-02-10
    Many of you would know this unfortunate young man Nicky Macchiavello who has grown up in Surfside. His parents are keeping a vigil by his side. Check out the article in the Huntington Beach Independent. It provides up coming fund raisers this month to help with Nicky and family expenses.
  • Garage Sale Time April 11, 2015
    Posted on: 2015-02-10
    It's that time of the year coming up. Spring Cleaning, clean out those garages, attics and spare bedrooms and see how much money you can earn. 
    To have your street flagged and or get on the doughnut list, contact Robin at
  • Your New Board
    Posted on: 2014-12-09
    Congratulate your fellow homeowners,4 new members chose to run for the board and 3 won. Please welcome Jonah Bierlein(Jonah is currently the architectural chairperson), Marne Grove and Jeff Reardon(Jeff has served in the past). Jim Korona was reelected again to the board and will continue on as Treasurer. Gina Stubbert was chosen as the President and Jonah will be the Vice President. Marne and Jeff will serve with Ross Seller as members at large. Lastly Beth Shafer was not reelected and Dianne Gillespie will replace her as a secretary.
    Remember the board meets the third Tuesday of the month at the South Clubhouse.
  • Free Turkey $100.00 Gift Card Giveaway
    Posted on: 2014-12-09
    I would like to thank everyone that entered my Turkey Giveaway Contest. Congratulations go out to Vicky Bassham of Surfside who was the lucky winner and chose Stater Brothers for her gift card.
    Trust everyone's Thanksgiving was blessed!
  • Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and Happy New Year!
    Posted on: 2014-12-09
    This Christmas, Hanukkah and New Year think of those less fortunate in our community and county that could benefit from the Second Harvest Food Bank. I recently participated in the food drive from the Orange County Association of Realtors and made the trip to the food bank to deliver what we had collected. It was quite a humbling experience and made me ever so grateful to have a roof over my head and food in my cabinets and refrigerator. They told us that many people in the county are still under employed and that since the crash of 2008 there numbers are up over 200,000 a month that they feed and it has never really gone down. 
    They are located at:
    Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County
    8014 Marine Way, Irvine, CA 92618
    T: 949-653-2900 F: 949-653-0700
    Check out their website.
    Website:feedoc.org/
  • Don't Forget to Vote for Your Board!
    Posted on: 2014-11-11
    The election is just 2 weeks away, make sure you mail your ballot in or are at the meeting early to have your vote counted. 

    4 seats are open and for the first time in years homeowners with less than 5 years in the community are looking to throw their hat in the ring.

    The candidates are:
    Jonah Bierlein
    Marni Grove
    Jim Korona*
    Jeff Reardon
    Mark Sprague
    Elizabeth Shafer*

    Serving on the Board of Directors is a time consuming job that requires dedication. Prospective homeowners that have children and are interested in protecting their assets and raising their families in Surfside are looking to make that commitment. 

    Get out and Vote, your vote is so important!

    If you have misplaced your ballot, please contact the management company.
    * Incumbent
  • Updated Roofing Information
    Posted on: 2014-08-12
    Please see the August Newsletter for the point of contact information regarding the roofing project that is underway in our complex.
  • Community Manager
    Posted on: 2014-08-12
    In case you haven't read the monthly newsletter David Rainer has come back to manage Surfside for First Service Residential he is replacing Jessica Pena-Nguyen. Many of you may remember David he was the community manager for Surfside when Merit first took over the contract quite a few years ago. Please welcome him back when you see him at the meeting.
    First Service Residential ............1-800-428-5588
    15241 Laguna Canyon Road, Irvine, CA 92618
    Community Manager
    David Rainer.........................949.448.6103 

    After-hours emergencies.........1-800-428-5588
  • Roof Project
    Posted on: 2014-07-09
    Please be sure you read the August Newsletter that tells you about the roofing project and who to contact. The following link will take you to the newsletter and the article on the roofing project.
  • Watch Out for a New Craigslist Scam
    Posted on: 2014-06-17
    Here's how to avoid becoming a victim of the latest con targeting bargain hunters who use this classifieds site.
    By Cameron Huddleston, Kiplinger.com

    Craigslist.org, the online classifieds listing for communities across the country, can be a great way to find a good deal on a variety of items, ranging from clothing to furniture to cars. However, the Better Business Bureau is warning bargain hunters that use the site to watch out for a new, elaborate scam.

    The scam typically involves listings for big-ticket items, such as a car or boat, at lower-than-average prices. Potential buyers who e-mail the seller are asked to make purchases through a company called Easy Yard Sale. The company has a Web site that looks legitimate, and the seller claims that he is using the company to help quickly sell items he inherited from his deceased father, according to the BBB.

    To complete the purchase, buyers are asked to wire money to Easy Yard Sale, which will ship the item. But items are never delivered, and the seller and Easy Yard Sale aren't responding to e-mails, according to the BBB. At last check the Easy Yard Sale Web site was no longer reachable.

    To avoid scams on Craigslist, BBB recommends that you follow these tips:

    Meet the seller and see the item. Whenever possible, and especially when you're buying locally, don't purchase anything before you actually see it so you know it exists and is in good condition.

    Buy directly from sellers, not escrow or shipping services. According to the BBB, there are other scams involving fraudulent services and companies such as Easy Yard Sale that con artists use to make it difficult for bilked consumers to track payments and get their money back. So if a seller asks you to use a third party, request to make the purchase directly from the seller. If he or she balks, it could be a red flag.

    Never wire funds or use a pre-paid debit card. Once you send money using these methods of payment, it's nearly impossible to reverse the transaction or trace the money.

    For more on avoiding fraud and identity theft, see our Scams Special Report.

    Reprinted with permission. All Contents �2014
    The Kiplinger Washington Editors. Kiplinger.com.
  • Purina Dog Challenge
    Posted on: 2014-06-10
    Purina Pet Foods hosted the Purina Dog Challenge last weekend at Beach and Pacific Coast Highway, check out the pictures at the link provided.
  • Retail Therapy: Time for an outdoor open house
    Posted on: 2014-05-13
    With the heat getting to many of us, here are some fun things to do around the OC.
  • Garage Sale Was A Success
    Posted on: 2014-05-13
    Thank you to everyone that participated this year in the Community Garage Sale that helped make it a huge success.
    Many people told me they accomplished what they set out to do, which was sell their possessions. 

    The donuts were a big hit and I picked them up at the corner of Atlanta and Magnolia Sweet O Donuts.

    Remember you can ask me to borrow the Garage Sale signs anytime you want to have a garage sale, just give me a call and I will drop them off.
  • Gamers hoping creation will aid with pet adoptions
    Posted on: 2014-05-13
    Check this out they are hoping new creation will help with Pet Adoptions.
  • U.S. Open will be Calmer this Year
    Posted on: 2014-04-08
    The U.S. Open has been scaled back this year. No live bands. Check it out.
  • Community Garage Sale This Saturday April 12th, 2014
    Posted on: 2014-04-08
    Ad will out in the Pennysaver on Wednesday t he 9th and signs will go up the morning of the 12th and donuts will be delivered. 

    See you all Saturday Morning. Thank you for making the community garage sale a wonderful community event!
  • Solar Power
    Posted on: 2014-04-07
    Attention Home Owners:

    Did you know? � that adding a Solar Energy Home Improvement adds tremendous appraisal value immediately to your home?.......this can help you refinance, or get more loans approved for potential buyers. What's more, this added appraisal value is Not subject to an additional tax assessment.

    Did you know? � That RGS Energy - as part of a special promotion to qualified homeowners in �Surfside Homes By The Sea� - will install state of the art solar home improvements for zero out of your pocket? Better yet, RGS will:

    � finance the improvement using our unsecured, 12 year financing at 2.99% fixed with no pre-payment penalty! 
    � Most of the time, the payment is about the same or LESS than you�re currently paying Edison!
    � Lock Down a Much Cheaper Rate that NEVER GOES UP and in 12 years, you get FREE POWER!
    � Instead of paying Edison, pay your own Power bill with the same money!

    Home owners without solar can waste $20, $50, $80 or well over $100,000 on electricity over time! Take control and keep that money for yourself!

    � Remember, it's not extra money to spend, its money you are already spending! It's like switching from cable to satellite TV.

    Let�s time this with your New Roofing project starting Soon!

    For more Info; Contact Energy Broker Tony Rankin at: 714.605.2011
  • 18th Community Garage Sale
    Posted on: 2014-03-11
    Plans have been made by Robin Taylor, who has sponsored this annual event the last 14 years, for the community garage sale to take place on Saturday, April 12, from 7:00am to 1pm. We are asking
    that you keep your items confined to your own garage and not the greenbelts, or the streets. To avoid congestion, keep the alleyways clear and ask visitors to park on city streets only.

    Arrangements have not been made to pick-up left over items, so you will have to dispose of your unsold items which cannot be left in the alleyway. If you have refuse for the trash, remember that Rainbow Disposal only
    removes large items if you arrange it in advance. Phone Rainbow at 714 847-3581 for details. 

    After Tuesday, addresses where items have been left in the alleyways will be fined.

    To attract buyers, an ad will be placed in the PennySaver, so make plans to join us, and be sure to let your friends and family know.

    Helpful Tips: Don�t allow strangers into your home, have plenty of change available and out of sight, have items priced and clearly marked, never leave your items or garage unguarded , and be prepared to lower the price. Over these past years, many homes have participated
    in this annual event, and with community involvement this garage sale will surely be successful. 

    Questions? Call Robin Taylor 714-404-7081
    (not FirstService Residential) and watch for her flyer.

    For donuts You need to contact Robin at 714 404-7081 or
    email her at
  • Beach Promenade Still Growing
    Posted on: 2014-03-11
    Beach Promenade is going to be adding two new restaurants and adding medical offices. No names on the restaurants as of yet. That center went from being an eye sore to a hubbub of activity, but not everyone is happy about that. Some of the neighbors feel the center is not being a good neighbor by delivering up to midnight with the back up alarm going off for quite a while. 

    They are allowing them to give up more space for parking which is going to impact the surrounding neighborhoods.


  • Happy New Year!
    Posted on: 2014-01-08
    2014 has arrived, hard to believe that it is here!

    Let me know if I can be of any assistance to you for any of your real estate needs!

    Robin Taylor 
    site sponsor
  • HB Sunsets
    Posted on: 2014-01-08
    Have you checked out this page on Facebook. They have some of the prettiest sunsets as well as some sunrises from here in Huntington Beach.
  • Want to get Involved with the Landscape in Your Community?
    Posted on: 2014-01-08
    The city is offering a free Landscaping class January 18th, please follow the link to register at the end of the article.
    Are you eager to spruce up your gardens with California friendly or native drought tolerant plants? Having trouble with your irrigation system and need some advice? Drought tolerant doesn't mean no color and only cactus. Mark your calendars to attend theCalifornia Friendly Landscape Workshop series.

    Landscape Design (January 18, 2014) - There are many reasons to consider a shift in landscaping practices, from the water intensive lawns, often requiring pesticides and synthetic fertilizers, to beautiful and beneficial plants well adapted to our lovely Mediterranean coastal climate.

    Soils, Fertilizers & Plants (February 22, 2014) - By drawing on rich California native drought tolerant plants and California friendly plant life, we can design and create enchanting gardens that are multi-functional, supportive of the regions biodiversity and adapted to our climate. Understand our soils and the proper use of fertilizers to grow healthy plants.

    Irrigation Systems, Watering & Garden Maintenance (March 15, 2014) - Learn about the different types of installation and maintenance of irrigation systems, and general garden maintenance.

    Classes hosted by the City of Huntington Beach Public Works Water Conservation 
    located at :
    19001 Huntington Street
    H.B., CA 92648
    9:00 am to Noon

    To register log on to:
    www.huntingtonbeachca.gov/hbwater/
    Or call: 714.536.5921 - 
    See more at: http://www.huntingtonbeachca.gov/announcements/announcement.cfm?id=567#sthash.3FJ6Ib22.dpuf
  • Gobble Gobble Winner
    Posted on: 2013-12-11
    Ross Seller won the gobble gobble contest this year. I would like to thank everyone that entered the contest!
  • Happy Holidays
    Posted on: 2013-12-11
    I would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! May this holiday season bring you all that you need, enough that you can share with those not so fortunate. Remember our service men and women as we still have our military away from home!
    Be Blessed and Stay Warm! it is really feeling like winter and winter has a 10 days before it arrives.
  • Election Results
    Posted on: 2013-12-11
    All incumbents were reelected Dianne Gillespie, Ross Seller and Gina Stubbert. Many thanks to them for continuing to serve the community for another 2 years. Serving on the board is a thankless job often times.
  • Tax information for Short Sales from Franchise Tax Board
    Posted on: 2013-12-10
    California Association of Realtors has been working with the Franchise Tax Board and the Board of Equalization to get a ruling on how the income received when a California Taxpayer short sells their home. The Mortgage Debt Forgiveness act of 2007 was not extended by the California Legislature this past year, however the Franchise Tax Board has issued a letter stating how it will handle the taxes on phantom income.

    Please follow the link:
  • IRS Clarify Mortgage Debt for Californians
    Posted on: 2013-12-10
    Last month the IRS sent a letter to Barbara Boxer clarifying the income from a short sale and how that would be handled. The Mortgage Debt Forgiveness act of 2007 expires on December 31, 2013 and congress has not even addressed the issue. So I have attached a link to take you to the letter from the IRS to Ms. Boxer. This is for Federal Taxes only.

  • Halloween Was A Success In Surfside
    Posted on: 2013-11-12
    Here are a few pictures of costumes submitted by residents. The Jellyfish wins hands down. Debbie said she made it for her daughter and found the idea on Pinterest! Lot's of great ideas on Pinterest!

    If anyone else has Halloween pictures you would like to submit, just contact Robin Taylor at email address below, I am happy to upload them for you.

    For more pictures check out the link.
  • Anual Election Next Week
    Posted on: 2013-11-12
    Annual meeting and election for the board members is next Tuesday November 19th at the South Clubhouse. The meeting and voting begin at 5:00 p.m., ballots will be accepted until 8:00 p.m.
  • Proper Care and Feeding of an Eco-lawn
    Posted on: 2013-10-26
    By Heather Skyler

    Let�s face facts: lawns are not good for the environment, but they are pretty. Is it possible to have your lawn and eat it (um�I mean walk barefoot in it) too?

    According to the Environmental Protection Agency, home lawns produce a significant amount of run-off water contaminated with pesticides and fertilizers, which can be toxic to humans and aquatic life. And the typical gas-powered lawnmower produces six times more pollution per hour than a car.

    Now that a ban on the cosmetic use of pesticides is in place, it�s definitely time to figure out how to get an eco-friendly and sustainable lawn.

    With that in mind, here are some tips for creating a more eco-friendly lawn, as well as suggestions on the best seasonal lawn care.

    1. Seeding: First of all, if you don�t yet have a lawn in place, pick a good mix of seeds to begin. Use drought-tolerant grass seeds and be sure to use a mix, rather than one variety. It�s a good idea to over-seed the lawn in the spring and fall, because a thick lawn will crowd out weeds.

    2. Watering: Lawns need about an inch of water a week. More than that and you�ll starve the soil of oxygen, promoting disease. A good way to ensure one inch a week? Place an empty tuna fish can beside your sprinkler. When it�s full of water, that spot is done! It�s best to water early in the morning or in the early evening, never in the heat of the day.

    3. Cutting: The best mowing height is two to three inches. If your lawn is small, consider using a hand-powered mower. You�ll save money on gas, help out the environment and get some exercise in the process. Whatever type of mower you use, make sure the blades are sharp. Dull blades will tear the grass, making it more prone to disease. Alternate directions each time you mow. Leave grass clippings on the lawn. They�ll act as a natural fertilizer by returning necessary nutrients to the soil.

    4. Fertilizing: Once a year, either in the spring or fall, apply a top layer of organic fertilizer to your lawn, such as: cornmeal; compost; fertilizers containing bone meal, dehydrated manure, fish emulsion or seaweed; or compost tea. (Compost tea is made by combining compost and water in a bucket and stirring it once a day for several days)


    5. Controlling weeds (without pesticides): One way to �control� weeds is to accept having some in your lawn. Many people call this type of lawn a �freedom lawn,� and what could be more American than that? If you can�t stand the weeds, try getting them out the old-fashioned way, on your knees with a spade. You can also pour boiling water onto weeds growing between patio stones. Corn gluten meal also acts as a natural weed preventer, but don�t put it on new grass seedlings because it will kill them. Consider replacing some of your grass with native plants, which will require less water and won�t typically require any type of pesticides to thrive.

    6. Aerating: Aeration requires removing plugs of dirt from your lawn so that air, water and nutrients can reach the roots. You�ll want to do this once a year to help prevent thatch and insects, and to have a generally more healthy lawn. You can rent an aerator, hire a landscape company to do the deed, or buy those cool shoes with the spikes and walk back and forth.
  • Reusable Bag Ordinance starts November 1
    Posted on: 2013-10-08
    Reusable Bag Ordinance

    In March 0f 2013, the City Council approved the Reusable Bag Ordinance, which seeks to reduce the likelihood that single-use plastic carryout bags will enter the environment and thereby improve the aesthetics of the City�s beaches, parks and other public spaces.

    There has been a website developed that explains the Reusable Bag Ordinance and which businesses will need to comply with the plastic bag ban. There is also a flyer with answers to the most frequently asked questions.

    The website can be found at
  • Coach's Mediterranean Grill Open
    Posted on: 2013-10-08
    Coach's Mediterranean Grill has opened in the Beach Promenade at Beach and Atlanta. The run down Big Lot's shopping center has been totally transformed and become a hub of activity. 
    Tutti Frutti Frozen Yogurt has also opened, stop in and enjoy any of the following that Tutti Frutti offers, Shaved Ice, Ice Cream & Frozen Yogurt, Juice Bars & Smoothies.

  • Annual Election is Next Month!
    Posted on: 2013-10-08
    November is the time for our Annual Meeting. During this meeting,
    the naming of new members to the board takes place. This
    November three candidate seats are up for reelection � Gina Stubbert,
    Dianne Gillespie and Ross Seller. Unfortunately, at the time of this
    printing, all of the candidate statements have not been turned in to the
    management company, so we are unable to state here who is running.
    First Service Residential Management Company sent out the ballots
    and candidate statements, so you should have already received them. If
    you didn�t receive this information, please contact the management
    company. When reviewing the material, read and follow the instructions
    carefully, so that your vote is counted. Be sure to send your sealed
    ballot in the double envelopes provided. If you plan on attending, come
    early to the South Clubhouse and register, and you may turn in the
    sealed envelopes at the meeting. Be sure and bring valid identification,
    such as a drivers license or state ID card. We have decided to entrust
    the accounting firm of Schonwit and Associates with the collection and
    tallying of ballots. All voting is conducted in accordance with the
    Davis-Sterling Act and California State Law.
  • Surfside's Website for Your Community Access and More!
    Posted on: 2013-09-10
    Did you know that you can find your CC&Rs online right on this website? Also, the architectural form, prior newsletters and who to contact at the management company. Just check out the following link and scroll through the page and access the information through drop down menus.

    In addition Surfside residents are invited to advertise your business right here in the community classifieds, share recipes, and pictures from around Surfside.
  • Community Barbeque
    Posted on: 2013-08-11
    The community barbeque and pot luck is being held August 18, 2013 from 1-6 at the south clubhouse. Hamburgers, hotdogs and soft drinks will be provided as well as a bounce house. Jim Karona will be heading up the community event and can always use volunteers to help, you can reach him at 714-642-2800. All residents are invited, so bring your lawn chair and expect to have a great time.
  • Multiple Offers Continue
    Posted on: 2013-06-11
    Even with interest rates ticking up as well as prices jumping up we are still seeing multiple offers on the homes in Surfside. If you have been on the fence about selling or jumping in the market to buy, the time is now. Unfortunately many buyers are falling away as prices and higher interest rates are pricing first time buyers out of the market, so instead of seeing 8 offers you might only get 4! 
    Call Robin for all your Real Estate Needs! 714-404-7081.
  • Beach Promenade or Big Lot's Shopping Center
    Posted on: 2013-06-11
    as it is known inside Surfside, has really taken off and is packed throughout the day and night. With summer in full swing, the restaurants are packed, the stores are busy selling suntan lotion, firewood, chips, paper plates, etc.,. 

    Want out of the rat race at the beach, stop in at Tumbleweeds for a beer, or Sea Legs for a glass of wine. 

    Hungry, check out Las Barcas, Jersey Mike's, Mama's, Boardwalk , Caldo's, O'Sullivan's, or Domino's! 

    My how the neighborhood has changed. Rumor has it the last pad being built at the far end of the shopping center will be a restaurant! I tell you, I miss the Grinder that was on PCH, I wouldn't mind seeing that type of a restaurant in the neighborhood.
  • Nearing Completion
    Posted on: 2013-05-07
    The Big Lot's Promenade is one hopping place no matter what day of the week or time it seems. With the new restaurants, wine bar, yoga, Jake's Barber Shop, Dominos, Re Max. Boardwalk, Jersey Mike's, Las Barcas and Starbucks seem to pack them in and it equates to busy! .
  • Garage Sale
    Posted on: 2013-05-07
    I want to thank everyone for participating in the garage sale. I hear it was huge success for many. 

    I was passing out the doughnuts and got sick so you never saw me again. I was unable to get any photos from this year. I had one young entrepreneur that her Mom submitted her photo. We sure do get several young kids who want to sell their stuff to purchase something else. 

    If anyone has any photos they would like to submit for the website, please email me.

    Thank you for your community involvement and participation.
  • Community Garage Sale This Saturday!
    Posted on: 2013-04-09
    Don't forget, the signs will be up the banner will be up and the advertising is in the Penny Saver. I will be around with donuts that morning. 

    Thanks for participating! Last minute participants, call Robin 714-404-7081
  • Hot Market Bid on House First See Later
    Posted on: 2013-04-09
    The market has definitely changed from last year to this year. We are not at market highs and appraisals are not necessarily coming in at what people are willing to offer to win the bid. That's where the rubber meets the road and if the appraisal is short, you either bring in the difference or the home goes to the next buyer.

    Writing on something before you see it can be scary, but work with an experienced professional like myself and you will not put your deposit at risk and just might be able to buy a house in this hot market.

    Check out the article in the link.
  • Jersey Mike's Open
    Posted on: 2013-04-09
    Fabulous sub restaurant that makes any sub a salad! Actually carries Pepsi. Really great food. They mailed fabulous coupons to all the neighbors not to mention a menu that is magnetic and will stick to your refrigerator. I have made many trips, the Reuben was fantastic as was the Philly grille.
  • New Development on Beach Blvd across from the Newland Center
    Posted on: 2013-03-13
    Beach Walk
    Applicant: Harry Alcock, UDR
    Location: 19891 and 19895 Beach Blvd. (west side of Beach Blvd. between Utica and Adams Avenue-across from the Newland Shopping Center)
    Summary: The project includes development of 173 multi-family apartment units within a 4-story building. The project also includes a 5-level parking structure, public and private open space areas, a leasing office, fitness room, resident clubhouse and rooftop deck.
    Status: In Plan Check .
    Next Steps: Demolition permits have been issued and two existing office buildings will be demolished.
    Project Planner: Jennifer Villasenor
    (Updated November 28, 2012)
    The following link will take you to the City website with all the projects being planned, i.e. Van's Skate Park, 7461 Center Avenue, what is happening with Pacific City and all the other developments around town.
  • New Wall Complete
    Posted on: 2013-03-12
    The back wall has been replaced by the builder of Pacific Shores a new home development situated off Newland, and south east of our tract. Surfside was able to gain an additional 5 feet of space and with the new wall, new sprinklers and trees and plants it looks really nice. See more pictures at
  • Mortgage Interest Tax Deduction
    Posted on: 2013-02-19


    Mortgage Interest Tax Deduction



    The American Tax Payer Relief Act of 2012, passed early this year, re-instated a law enabling U.S. homeowners to deduct their annual mortgage insurance premiums from their taxes.


    The law expired in 2011, but with the Tax Payer Relief Act, Congress extended the deduction for 2012 and 2013. In addition, it retroactively applies to any mortgage insurance premiums paid after Dec. 31, 2011.

    Borrowers with an annual adjusted gross income of less than $100,000 filing an itemized return are able to deduct 100 percent of their annual mortgage insurance premium. Individuals with higher incomes are still eligible to deduct their premiums, but the amount a homeowner can deduct decreases with higher income levels.

    Nearly 3.6 million tax payers claimed the mortgage interest deduction in 2009, the most recent year Internal Revenue Service data is available. Combined, American homeowners will save about $100 billion this year from the mortgage interest deduction, according to Compass Point Research & Trading.

    These savings will help make buying a home more affordable than renting. Combining continued low interest rates and the extension of the mortgage insurance tax deduction, now is still an excellent time to buy a new home or refinance. 

    Mortgage Insurance Cancellation for FHA Loans

    The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced late last year its plan to revise the cancellation of mortgage insurance premiums for Federal Housing Administration loans for which the outstanding principal balance reaches less than 78 percent of the original principal balance. The changes to the mortgage insurance cancellation, expected sometime in 2013, are a response to the FHA's struggling finances.

    HUD in its Annual Report to Congress wrote:
    Analyses conducted by FHA's Office of Risk Management projects lost revenue by approximately $10 billion in the 2010-2012 vintages as a result of the current cancellation policy. The same analyses also suggest that 10%-12% of all claims losses will occur after MIP cancellation. Therefore, beginning with new loans endorsed after the policy change becomes effective later in FY 2013, FHA will once again collect premiums on FHA loans for the entire period during which they are insured, permitting FHA to retain significant revenue that is currently being forfeited prematurely.
    For homeowners with FHA loans, the monthly mortgage insurance premium will cancel once the principal balance reaches 78 percent of the loan to value and the borrower has made 60 consecutive mortgage payments. If a borrower currently has an FHA loan and is considering refinancing, it may be best to refinance now before these changes take effect. 
  • Big Lot's Center Nearing a Finish
    Posted on: 2013-02-12
    Surfside is about to welcome another 2 new restaurants soon, Jersey Mike's and Coach's Mediterranean which will be located in the building between Starbucks and Boardwalk Cafe.

    The shopping center is almost always packed, with 2 banks present in the center Chase and of course the good ole Bank of America drive through ATM situated in the Mama's 39 building. Check out the new Tumbleweeds facade with outdoor table!

  • Garage Sale April 13th, 2013
    Posted on: 2013-02-11
    Clean out those closets & garages, & meet your neighbor and make a little money in the process!

    I will provide:
    � Advertising in the PennySaver
    � Signs to Direct Shoppers
    � Doughnuts

    We won't have a pick up afterwards since no Charities do Saturday pick ups. You will have to dispose of any unwanted items.
    Thank you for your participation.
    Robin Taylor 714-404-7081
  • Decomposed Granite
    Posted on: 2013-02-06
    I lived in Surfside for years and truly miss it. I manage 2 mobile home parks and at one location we have the DCG. It looks really well for a time but has to be replaced and it can be costly. Rain, watering and wind are its enemies.
  • Have you Weighed in on the New DESERT Landscape?
    Posted on: 2013-01-07
    Please make sure you go to surfsideopinion@aol.com and weigh in on the new DESERT Landscape that is being displayed at the front clubhouse. Let the Board of Directors know what you think. They are planning to remove all the grass in the parkway and replace with decomposed granite. 
    They would love to hear from you. Right now they think everyone is liking the changes that are coming.
  • Beach Promenade Update
    Posted on: 2013-01-07
    The Beach Promenade Center Update is coming right along. In speaking with Bijan Sassounian today about the progress, he was telling me that his goal all along has been to create a niche shopping center for the locals. He is not trying to cater to the transit summer population that we are inundated with every summer, but give the locals someplace they want to go and hang out. 

    The new Boardwalk Cafe has added more heaters for outdoor eating and comfort in addition to the fire pit. 

    The deliveries are being set up to have the stores receive their goods in the day time as to not bother Surfside residents at night. The center looks extremely nice when you see the backside from the Surfside Development.

    Currently where the trailer is now that will be the last area developed and it will be a building similar to the one the Starbucks is located in.
  • Election Results
    Posted on: 2012-12-11
    Unfortunately the front porch issue did not pass; Surfside needed 248 members to cast votes in favor, which is 75% of the membership. We had a total of 163 members that voted. Another 85 votes were needed from membership. 
    Thanks to Rose Molina who is a brand new homeowner in here and hand addressed letters to everyone asking them to consider the front porch issue.
    The election began at 5:00 p.m. and the polls closed by 6:00 p.m., not real conducive to people who work, so you need to consider mailing your ballots in next year. The mail box at the North Clubhouse does not constitute mailing the ballot and are often times not found there till after the election. 
    Congratulations are in order to the following people whom, were re-elected to the board
    Jim Korona
    Beth Shafer
    Congratulations to Charlean Allen and David Katz who made a run for the board and was also elected.
    Big thank you to Don Truitt who made a run for re-election and did not make it, a big Thank You for your 2 years of service Don! Surfside will miss you.
    Teria Horner long standing Board Member had decided not to run again and has finished he
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    Surfside Homes By The Sea HOA News and Events

  • Board Members
    Gina Stubbert, President
    Jonah Bierlein Vice President*
    Jim Korona Treasurer
    Dianne Gillespie Secretary
    Ross Seller Member at Large
    Marni Groves Member at Large*
    Jeff Reardon Member at Large*
    *New members elected to the board.
  • Monthly HOA Meeting
    Surfside monthly board meeting are 6:00 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the Month at the South Clubhouse.
  • Vacation Request Form
  • Architectural Request Form
  • Revised Flood Zone Information
  • Architectural Committee
    Jonah Bierlein is the New Committee Chairperson.

    Drop off your requests at the North Clubhouse in the mail box below the bulletin board. Architectural requests must be in by the first Monday of the month, so the committee has time to review and submit to the board on the 3rd Tuesday. 

    The remaining committee members:

    Dianne Gillespie
    Katrina Pelto
    Tom Suchy
    Paul Wilson
    Robert Coffman
  • FirstService Residential
    First Service Residential ............1-800-428-5588
    15241 Laguna Canyon Road, Irvine, CA 92618
    Community Manager
    Joshua Garrett .........................1�949�448-6246 
    E-mail Joshua.garrett@fsresidential.com
    After-hours emergencies.........1-800-428-5588
  • Porch/Garage Light Out
    Contact surfsidelights@yahoo.com or phone Merit Customer Service: 1-800-428-5588
  • FLOOD INSURANCE INFORMATION
    GO TO THE WEBSITE www.Eoidirect.com
    1. Set up user ID for 1st time
    2. Assocation: Surfside HOA
    3. Several options
    a. Existing Lender - This is the option I used and no fee was charged.
    b. Refinance
    c. Purchase new home
    d. Personal records
    4. Several more steps
    a. Loan Number & Borrower Last Name required

    Notice of Flood Insurance Rate Map Amendment from the City of Huntington Beach & Map
  • Paint Colors
    Dunn Edward Paint to locate nearest location please call 1-888-337-2748

    Riverbed DEC 767 (flat)�Stucco & painted brick. Wood siding only on units with shutters
    Courtyard Green DEC 776 (flat)�Wood siding of all units except �Cottage� (Mansard roof) units & units with shutters

    Courtyard Green DEC 776 Permasheen� (semi gloss) Trim around roll up garage doors

    Canary Island DE 6164� (flat) Lower story wood siding of �Cottage� units

    Spruce Woods DE 8238 Permasheen (semi gloss)�All shutters and gabled peak above columns

    Whisper DEW 340 Permasheen (semi gloss) Trim: Fascia boards, window trim all passenger doors and roll up garage doors ( existing color)

    Flintstone DE 6221 (flat)�All wood fencing � Outermost surface only

    Frazee Paint
    Located at 7450 Edinger Ave, Between Gothard and Beach
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