Top Issues Impacting 2022 Real Estate Reflect Wellness Design Priorities

We’re in the midst of a turbo-charged residential real estate market with properties getting multiple offers above asking price and getting snapped up almost as soon as they get listed. It’s been frustrating as a prospective homebuyer seeking to move from my townhouse to a single family home with fenced yard in the same San Diego neighborhood. Maybe you’re in the same situation.

One of the issues facing the real estate industry across the country, not just in my neck of the woods, is a shortage of housing, (especially affordable housing). It’s one of the six top issues with wellness design ramifications that I wrote about in my latest Forbes.com piece. You can read about all six here.

Home facade with stacked stone, planter, lawn and barrier-free entry for accessibility.

The need for more housing is a top 10 issue impacting the real estate industry.



  • I was delighted to be quoted in Better Homes & Gardens on the benefits of slow decorating. Here’s a link.
  • Portable space heaters are a leading cause of home and apartment fires every year. Tragically, 17 people died this week when their high rise in the Bronx borough of New York City was filled with smoke after one of these units caught fire. If your living situation requires that you use one, please implement these safety tips to protect yourself, your family, your neighbors and your property from danger.


Coming Up On Clubhouse

Next Wednesday, January 19, I’ll be chatting with three pros on how to create a great, health-centric kitchen pantry. My guests include a certified master kitchen designer, a chef and the senior editor of Houzz. It starts at 4 pm Eastern / 1 pm Pacific. Hope you’ll come check it out — no hair or makeup fixes needed!


Here are links to Clubhouse recordings from past sessions:

Promo for Clubhouse Event Recording showing a garage gym with storage and bench.

2022 Recordings:

2021 Recordings:


YouTube Update

Check out my Clubhouse video preview, highlighting what’s coming for January to March 2022 here.



I’m a pretty avid reader on wellness-related topics and decided to share some of the riches I’m finding with my Gold Notes readers. Here are a few links you might find interesting and helpful:


kids bedroom with bunk bed, built-in desk, window seat and bookcase. Back To School Tips And Trends For Fall 2022 - How do you set up your kids for homework and studying success? My latest piece covers that. Continue Reading
living room with voice control-enabled window shades. Experts Weigh In On Voice Control Technology - I've been fascinated with voice control technology since I first heard about it I forget how many years ago. It has huge potential to help millions of Americans – especially those with vision or mobility challenges – but it's not without its downsides. Continue Reading
co-housing community Golden Girls Revisited: The Wellness Benefits of Co-Living and Cohousing - If you're a single person in your 50s or older, this is a must-read for you. If you're a Millennial or Zoomer looking for a way to save on housing and even start building equity, this piece will be helpful to you too! Continue Reading
home facade with zero-barrier entry door. Residential Architecture Trends Show Continuing Pandemic Influences - People are still building, still remodeling, still adding onto their homes. Architects across the country share what's trending in their projects. How does this connect with your goals and area? Continue Reading
patio with dining set, firepit, lounge furniture and overhead louvers Stay Safe And Cool In Summer Heat With Smart New Home Improvements - I'm extremely lucky to be living in San Diego. Our weather is nearly perfect year-round and I rarely have to run my air conditioner. (Sleeping with the windows open is one of life's great pleasures.) Many of you reading this post aren't so fortunate. (On the other hand, your property taxes probably don't get you… Continue Reading
Kitchen designed by Jamie Gold, CKD, CAPS,  MCCWC Is Your Cooktop Slowly Killing You? - I've loved induction technology since I first tried it in 2008 at a Monogram designer training program. I didn't even know the science back then about the dangerous chemicals gas appliances leach into people's kitchens! I do now! Continue Reading
Jamie Gold, CKD, CAPS,  MCCWC

Jamie Gold, CKD, CAPS, MCCWC
San Diego, CA

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