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Nature Designs was proudly accepted as a vendor member of the Domestic Estate Managers Association this year. DEMA is a national organization of private service providers for estate properties. DEMA’s San Diego Chapter President Sara Recer, a private Estate Manager and client, recommended that Nature Designs join this elite group of service professionals. The San Diego Chapter was launched in early 2013 and owner Steve Jacobs believed this was a perfect fit for our landscape estate services.
DEMA standards for vendor members include drug, alcohol and smoke-free policies, background investigations, safety policies and continuing training programs, and non-disclosure agreements regarding the organization and member information. All members are licensed, bonded and insured.
Monthly meetings are centered around networking and education, with a focus on highlighting local resources. Vendor members span in range from chauffeurs, helicopter and private air services, chefs, nannies, art and jewelry restoration, interior upholstery cleaning services, house painters and auto detailing, to window cleaning services; typically known as white-glove services providers.
This organization provides an avenue for Estate Managers to network with each other and to find qualified and background investigated professionals who qualify to work at an estate level.
Steve Jacobs Featured at the Rancho Santa Fe Review: "Estate Property Must-Haves for Landscape Renovation"
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Any time a home goes through a renovation, the landscape must not be overlooked. Since technology advances at the same rate for interior and exterior products, it is essential to include landscape projects in an overall renovation budget.
There’s an old rule of thumb about investing 10 percent of the value of the home into the landscape. Estate properties, on the other hand, can be calculated as high as 20 percent, with the actual figure based on the potential listing price of the property after renovation (not the buyer’s price).
So when it comes to renovations, what are Steve's top recommendations? Click here to find out and read Steve's latest column at the Rancho Santa Fe Review.
Steve Jacobs at the Rancho Santa Fe Review: "Quality Landscaping Distinguishes Luxury Market in Rancho Santa Fe"
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In Rancho Santa Fe we have a unique environment with perfect weather, beautiful beaches, stunning views and attractive architecture. This rare combination is the reason for the area’s outstanding popularity, not only in San Diego, but nationally as well. Although housing values were recently driven downward due to the economy, investors see the San Diego real estate market as a huge opportunity to build a portfolio of the highest-end properties, to improve properties, and to rent or resell them for the most lucrative return on their investment.
Steve Jacobs featured at the Rancho Santa Fe Review: "Estate Landscaping: Private Staffing vs. Contracted Services"
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When it comes to the ongoing maintenance of a large piece of acreage — such as an estate — property or estate managers are often faced with the option to either hire on-site staff or to contract services through a professional landscape management company.
In his brand new column featured at the Rancho Santa Fe Review, Steve Jacobs discusses the benefits of contracted services as opposed to on-site staffing.
Read the rest of the article at the Rancho Santa Fe Review.
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Steve Jacobs and the Landscape Professionals of Nature Designs created a magnificent outdoor living and entertainment area for an Escondido family recently. The family envisioned a space that would utilize their view of Downtown San Diego and the ocean, include a pool, spa, sauna, and outdoor kitchen with a fireplace and create a sense of safety and security from unwanted rodents, snakes, and coyotes.
Per the Escondido property’s Homeowner’s Association, approval was needed for this landscape renovation. Steve represented the homeowner’s at the board meetings in order to answer questions. Steve also ensured the board that the project would stick to the planned start date, finishing on schedule and not wasting his client’s time.