For Sale: 9617 Lord Windsor, CA

I’m excited to present my newest listing 9617 Lord ~ Windsor, CA

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General listing details:

  • Located near the Town Green
  • Price: $697,500 ($362. sq ft)
  • MLS #  21805017
  • Available for showing beginning: Friday Apr 6th
  • Open House Dates:
    • Sunday 4/8   1pm – 4pm
    • Sunday 4/15 1pm – 4pm
  • Reviewing offers Monday 4/16/18
  • Home and Pest reports available for review

Lot details:

  • 6534* sq ft (.15 acres*)
  • APN: 161-410-034
  • Level, Landscaped, w/sprinklers
  • Shed included (wired)
  • Hot tub included w/child-proof cover

House details:

  •  1898 sq ft*
  • Built 1994
  • Single story
  • 3 bedrooms 2(1) bath
  • Central heat and A/C
  • Gas hot water heater with recirculating system & timer
  • Reverse osmosis water filtration system
  • Soft water treatment by Culligan (owned)
  • Coffer ceilings
  • Dual pane windows throughout
  • Flooring is mix of: Plank, Tile, w/w carpet
  • Recessed lighting throughout
  • Entryway
  • Living/sitting room
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Plank Flooring, 3 way glass Peninsula fireplace, coffered ceiling

  • Dining/Office area

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  • Kitchen
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Recessed lighting, quartz counter with Travertine backsplash, custom “soft close” cabinets, double sink, breakfast bar seating (bottom right), Kenmore trash compactor

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5 burner gas stove top, Bosch range (2 yrs old), GE dual microwave/convection oven, Kenmore oven with convection option

  • Dining area
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Generous dining area has ceiling fan

Family/Entertainment room

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Opens to Kitchen/dining area, vaulted ceiling, track lighting

  • Guest bath

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  • Guest bedroom 1 (faces west)
    • Not pictured
  • Guest bedroom 2 (faces north)
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Mirrored closet w/light,   wall to wall carpet, ceiling fan

  • Jack & Jill bath
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Tile floor, shower over tub combo

  • Master Suite
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Vaulted ceiling, slider leading to backyard

  • Master Suite bath
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Custom tile, glass show stall, generous tub

  • Laundry room
    • Washer and dryer negotiable
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Recessed lighting, gas or electric dryer hook ups

  • Garage
    • Storage shelves/workbench
    • Gas hot water heater, anchored
    • Auto garage door with built-in child protection

Attic:

  • Insulated with 2 temp controlled attic fans

Exterior:

  • Painted in 2018
  • Electrical outlets

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Flat level yard, Marquis spa (2015) w/easy lift over & child protection

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Tuff shed professionally installed on cement foundation with permits & electrical

Garden:

  • Fully landscaped front and back
  • Sprinkler system front and back

Neighborhood:

  • Close to Windsor Town Green
  • Oliver’s Market
  • US 101
  • Sonoma County (Charles Schulz) Airport
  • Close to Lakewood Shopping Center
  • Russian River
  • County parks:
    • Shiloh Regional Park
    • Riverfront Park
  • State parks:
  • World class wineries:
    • J Vineyard
    • Rodney Strong
    • Acorn
    • Mutt Lynch
    • Foppiano
    • Kendall-Jackson

Nearby communities:

  • Healdsburg

I love living in Rincon Valley! I’ve lived here since 1995 and can’t imagine living in a better north bay community. Call me today if you’re interested in buying a home in Rincon Valley, or if you’d like to list your Rincon Valley home for sale.

Jim Cheney Rincon Valley Realtor

Jim Cheney, Your Rincon Valley Realtor

  • Jim Cheney, Broker
  • Saint Francis Property
  • Jim@StFrancisProperty.com
  • (707) 494-1055
  • Rincon Valley – Santa Rosa
  • Cert Tourism Ambassador

 

5832 Owl Hill For Sale

I’m excited to present my newest listing in Skyhawk at 5832 Owl Hill Ave.

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5832 Owl Hill ~ Skyhawk

General listing details:

  • Located in Rincon Valley
  • Price: 899,000 ($466.04 sq ft)
  • MLS #  21804583
  • Available for showings on Friday March 9th
  • Open House Dates:
    • Sunday March 11th 1pm – 4pm
    • Tuesday March 13th 10am – 1pm
    • Sunday March 18th 1pm – 4pm
  • Reviewing offers Friday 3/23
  • Home and Pest reports available for review
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View of the Mayacama Mountain range

Lot details:

  • 9583 sq ft (.22 acres)
  • APN: 153-330-014
  • Landscaped w/sprinklers
  • Views of Mayacama Mountains
  • Tiered rear patio

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House details:

  • 1929 sq ft
  • Built 1994
  • Single story
  • 3 bedrooms 2 bath
  • Central heat and A/C
  • Gas hot water heater (2014)
  • Vaulted 15′ ceilings
  • Dual pane windows throughout
  • Flooring is mix of:
    • hardwood (oak)
    • Luxurious carpet installed in last 12 months
  • Recessed lighting throughout
  • Formal entryway
    • French doors
    • hardwood floors
    • chandelier
  • Dining area
    • hardwood floors & chandelier
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Formal dining area

  • Front sitting room (could be 4th bedroom)
    • wall-wall carpet
    • “see thru” fireplace with tile hearth
    • west facing bay window
    • built-in shelves
    • coat closet
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Comfortable “front sitting room”

  • Living room
    • “see thru” gas fireplace
    • wall-wall carpet
    • ceiling fan
    • built-in shelves
    • coat closet
  • Kitchen
    • bay windows overlooking  Mayacama Mts
    • recessed lighting
    • oak floors
    • All appliances stay (if requested)
    • Corian countertop (2003)
    • gas stove
    • Samsung refrigerator
    • Bosch dishwasher
    • recessed light
    • cabinet doors with frosted glass windows
    • suspended pot holder above counter
    • built-in microwave

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  • Full guest bath
    • remodeled Feb 2017
    • custom colors
    • glass shower enclosure
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Recently remodeled guest bath

  • Guest bedroom 1 (faces west)
    • mirrored closet doors
    • wall to wall carpet
  • Guest bedroom 2 (faces east)
    • Mirrored closet doors
    • ceiling fan
    • wall to wall carpet
    • exterior door leading to covered porch
  • Master bedroom
    • coffer ceiling
    • wall to wall carpeting
    • attached master bath

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  • Master bath
    • tile
    • double sink
    • oversize tub
    • glass shower enclosure

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  • Laundry room
    • Washer and dryer negotiable
    • Dryer ready for either electric or gas
  • Garage
    • built-in storage shelves
    • work bench with 10 electrical outlets
    • Hot water heater (2014); anchored, elevated, vehicle impact barrier

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  • Accessed from exterior of home
  • Height: 4′
  • Built-in storage
  • Hard wired lighting
  • Vapor barrier

Exterior:

  • Painted in 2015
  • Roof – original 30 yr comp
  • Ext lighting
    • Driveway lamps
    • Porch lights
    • Rear patio lights
    • Exterior ceiling fan attached to covered deck

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Garden:

  • Fully landscaped front and back
  • Sprinkler system front and back
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View of Rincon Valley’s cross on the hill

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Built-in porch with ceiling fan, French doors to kitchen, tiered patio

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Neighborhood:

  • Close to Skyhawk Village where you’ll find:
    • Salon 12
    • Anytime Fitness
    • Massage Envy Spa
    • Edward Jones Inv
    • Laugh Cellar
    • Other small businesses

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  • Close to St Francis Shopping Center:
    • Safeway
    • Subway
    • St Francis Cleaners
    • Baskin-Robbins
    • Exchange Bank
    • Papa Murphys
    • Cool cuts
    • Starbucks
    • Su Casa Mexican restaurant
  • Close to Skyhawk city park:
    • walking trails
    • kids play structures
    • athletic field
  • Oakmont
  • County parks:
    • Spring Lake
        • hiking
        • biking
        • running
        • swimming
        • boating
        • summer camps
    • Hood Mt Regional Park
      • hiking
      • mt biking
      • environmental backpacking/camping
  • State parks:
    • Annadel SP
      • equestrian
      • mt biking
      • running
      • hiking
      • swimming
      • fishing
      • birding
    • Sugarloaf SP
      • camping
      • hiking
      • astronomy
      • mt biking
    • Jack London SP
      • hiking
      • mt biking
      • historical sight seeing
      • Jack London’s cottage
      • Wolf House ruins
  • World class wineries:
    • St Francis
    • Chateau St Jean
    • Landmark
    • Kunde
    • Kenwood

Nearby communities:

  • Kenwood
  • Glen Ellen
  • Calistoga

I love living in Rincon Valley! I’ve lived here since 1995 and can’t imagine living in a better north bay community. Call me today if you’re interested in buying a home in Rincon Valley, or if you’d like to list your Rincon Valley home for sale.

Jim Cheney Rincon Valley Realtor

Jim Cheney, Your Rincon Valley Realtor

  • Jim Cheney, Broker
  • Saint Francis Property
  • Jim@StFrancisProperty.com
  • (707) 494-1055
  • Rincon Valley – Santa Rosa
  • Cert Tourism Ambassador

 

I want to sell my home, what should I expect?

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John Benyak proudly displaying our “Sold” sign. This was John’s 3rd sale

Selling your home is quite complicated. The first thing you should do is consult with a real estate broker.

If you do not already know a broker, start by asking friends and family if they have used somebody that they liked and would recommend. I’d also see if there were any agents who had successful sales in the neighborhood recently. Once you identify 2 or 3 brokers, I’d interview them and pick one. You can also check licensed real estate professionals license status through the California Department of Real Estate (DRE) website and see if an agent has been disciplined.

Are agents and brokers the same?

NO! If you are not a Broker, then you are a Sales Associate.  Most real estate agents are Sales Associates. You should always hire a broker vs. a sales associate. Brokers have proven to the State of California that they have an exceptional knowledge of real estate and have a higher level of licensing. It does not cost you any more to have a broker vs. a sales associate. Ask to see your Realtor’s license. It will either say “Sales Associate” or “Broker”. You can also check the Dept of Real Estate website to see what license he/she has.  It is more difficult to obtain a Broker’s license.  The state requires years of real estate sales experience, and makes applicants take a much more difficult exam to be licensed as a broker.

Ask to see a prospective broker’s advertising, and have him/her take you to a current listing. Ask if you can contact any current references. Find out if your broker is creative and thinks “outside the box”. Does he/she have their own website? Do they have their own business card, or do they use the card their brokerage gives them for free? Do they create nice brochures that highlight your property or just a 1-page flyer with a few bullet points right off the copy machine? Picking the right broker is the most important decision you’ll make when selling your home.

Get your home ready for sale.

I recommend my clients start by getting a pest and home inspection report. The pest report identifies if any wood eating organisms are in or on your home. Things such as termites, carpenter ants, and dry rot are the big offenders here. I would not wait till a buyer comes forward to start your inspections. The last thing you want is to be surprised by deficiencies in your home during escrow.

Decorate and declutter your home.

Remove valuables and personal items in your home. Let the buyer try to imagine their belongings in your home. You are better off with less furniture than too much. You may have to rent a storage unit or use a family members garage for a month. Think minimalistic.

Establish showing instructions with your broker that works for your family/life

It’s important for potential buyers and agents to see your home. The easier it is to show, the more like you’ll get an offer sooner than later. The best showing instructions are: “Go and Show” which means an agent can show your house without any notice such as when you are at work M- F 9 am – 4 pm. The most difficult showings are “Tenant requests 24 hr notice”. Try to make your home easy to show.

Do open houses really work?

Yes! I’ve sold numerous homes to buyers who came into the home during an open house. Some agents use open houses as a way to meet new buyers for homes other than yours, but you never know! I try to have 2 Sunday open houses that are back to back with a broker’s open in between them.

What is the point of a broker’s open house midweek?

A broker’s open house allows many brokers and agents to tour your home without having to make an appointment. The home is usually hosted by the listing agent, and 20 – 40 agents can see the home in a 3-4 hour period. They might not have a client at the time but in the future should a buyer materialize, the agent can say “I saw this home at the broker’s tour and it sounds like just the house you are looking for”.

How do I know if an offer to buy my home is “good”?

Hopefully, you trust your broker. Look at recent comps in your neighborhood. I’d be careful about just taking the first offer that comes your way. I encourage my sellers to not accept any offers for the first 10 – 14 days. That’s the only way to get multiple offers. You want buyers to fight for your house.

The purchase contract is full of dates, 10 days for this, 21 days for that, 3 days to do… How do I keep track of all this, and what if the buyers do not adhere to it?

Following the contract is your broker’s job. Trust your broker to keep the buyers on track and hold the buyer’s agent accountable for keeping their obligations. It’s your broker’s job to lay awake at night worrying about the contract, not yours. That is why you want a seasoned broker, not some new sales associate.

The contract indicates all these disclosures and reports I’m supposed to provide. Can I get sued over these?.

Disclosures are a major source of lawsuits in real estate. A seasoned, ethical broker can help you fill out your disclosures so that you won’t be sued later. Your broker will most likely be the one ordering the statutory reports such as Natural Hazard Disclosures. Your broker is there to help and guide you.

At what point can I keep a buyer’s deposit?

Once the buyer releases all their contingencies, you can keep the deposit if they default (in theory). In all my years as a licensed broker I have never had a buyer lose their deposit, and I have never had a seller need to keep a deposit. Your broker’s job is to sell your home, not get you a deposit.

I love living in Rincon Valley! I’ve lived here since 1995 and can’t imagine living in a better north bay community. Call me today if you’re interested in buying a home in Rincon Valley, or if you’d like to list your Rincon Valley home for sale.

Jim Cheney Rincon Valley Realtor

Jim Cheney, Your Rincon Valley Realtor

  • Jim Cheney, Broker
  • Saint Francis Property
  • Jim@StFrancisProperty.com
  • (707) 494-1055
  • Rincon Valley – Santa Rosa
  • Cert Tourism Ambassador

 

SOLD in Rincon Valley

5518 A030A SM

5518 Dupont Drive Santa Rosa ~ Rincon Valle

  • 5518 A005A SMList Price:  $629,000
  • SOLD Price: $655,000

  • MLS# 21800463
  • 3 bedrooms 2 baths
  • 1400 sq ft
  • 8000 sq ft lot
  • Large backyard
  • Forced air gas furnace
  • Solar electric system

Interior:

  • Flooring:
    • Cork tile
    • Hardwood
    • Slate
    • Carpet
  • Dual pane vinyl windows throughout
  • Double insulated attic

(Kitchen)

  • 5518 A023A SMElectric range & built in oven
  • Solid composite counters
  • Breakfast bar seating for 2
  • Bosch stainless dishwasher
  • Cork Flooring
  • Skylight

(Family Room)

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  • Sliding glass door leads to outdoor seating area
  • Fireplace with wood burning insert
  • Built-in bookcases
  • Ceiling fan
  • Cork tile flooring
  • Built in office/work space with built in cabinets

(Living Room/Dining area)

  • Wall to wall carpet
  • Built in bookcase

(Guest Bath)

  • Slate tile floors

(Master Bath)

  • 5518 A003A SMSlate tile flooring
  • Custom tile shower

(Guest Bedrooms)

  • Wall to wall carpet
  • Closet organizers

(Garage)

  • Gas hot water heater
  • Built-in storage
  • Electric garage door w/remotes
  • Washer & dryer (gas or electric) hook up

(Exterior)

  • 30 year comp roof installed in 2012
  • Newer electrical panel (2016)
  • Seamless gutters (2007)
  • Freshly painted (2017)
  • Installed spiral insulated flex duct under house (2017)
  • 5518 A026A SMYard has 5 fruit trees bearing
    • Apple
    • Strawberry guava
    • Pear
      • Bosc
      • Bartlett
      • Red
    • Santa Rosa Plum
    • persimmon
    • apricot
  • Gardener’s shed
  • 2 blocks from transportation
  • Near Saint Francis Shopping Center
  • Only a few blocks to Sequoia Elementary School

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Big open backyard is ready for your ideas!

 

Open house dates:

  • Feb 18th 1pm – 4pm
  • Feb 20th 10am-1pm
  • Feb 25th  1pm – 4pm

 

I love living in Rincon Valley! I’ve lived here since 1995 and can’t imagine living in a better north bay community. Call me today if you’re interested in buying a home in Rincon Valley, or if you’d like to list your Rincon Valley home for sale.

Jim Cheney Rincon Valley Realtor

Jim Cheney, Your Rincon Valley Realtor

  • Jim Cheney, Broker
  • Saint Francis Property
  • Jim@StFrancisProperty.com
  • (707) 494-1055
  • Rincon Valley – Santa Rosa
  • Cert Tourism Ambassador

 

Dog Friendly Wineries near Rincon Valley

We have some great wineries in Rincon Valley.  A number of them advertise that they are “dog-friendly”.  Gwen and I took the dogs out to test just how “dog-friendly”  they were.  Here’s what we found.

St. Francis Winery

100 Pythian Rd Santa Rosa Website

Great red and white wines.  We were told the dogs were welcome, but we were asked to sit outside in the garden with them.  The staff was curious and gave them some attention.  There were bowls of water around for them to drink from.  The staff came outside to serve us wine and a cheese pairing.  There were a few other dogs present.

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Bagel and Jerry posing with Saint Francis Assisi

 

Bottom line:

  • Tasting fee: $15 ea
  • Wine: Great
  • Staff: Appreciative
  • Dog-Friendly: Yes, would go back with or without my dogs

Landmark

101 Adobe Canyon Rd Kenwood, CA Website

Great red and white varietals.  Dogs were allowed anywhere on the grounds to include the tasting room.  Both tasting room staffers came out to see the dogs and pet them.  Both said that almost all Landmark tasting room staffers have dogs. 

No other dogs were present.

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Jerry and Bagel enjoying some tasting room attention

 

Bottom line:

  • Tasting fee: Yes
  • Wine: Only Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. All were delicious.
  • Staff: Appreciative and interested in our dogs
  • Dog-Friendly: Yes, would definitely go back with my dogs

 

 Loxton Cellars

11466 Dunbar Road  Glen Ellen Website

Loxton is a very small production winery (3000 cases) on Dunbar Road.  I’ve never heard of it but we saw it on a list of dog-friendly wineries.  We were served by the winemaker Chris Loxton who told us about all his wines and the history of the winery.

We tried a variety of reds, whites and late harvest dessert wine.  All wonderful. 

 Chris and a staffer were interested in our dogs and we shared dog stories.  Water was brought out for them.  No other patrons or dogs were present.

 

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Gwen says “Come for the whites, stay for the reds”

Bottom line:

  • Tasting fee: $10, refundable with wine purchase
  • Wine: Nice variety with small batch quality
  • Staff: Wonderful, friendly, talkative, liked dogs
  • Dog-Friendly: Yes, definitely would go back

Kunde Winery

9825 Sonoma Hwy Kenwood Website

Kunde is one of the most dog friendly wineries I’ve been too.  Lots of treats, water, and attention.  Kunde offers a number of dog friendly events.  Our favorite is the vineyard dog hike offered several times a year.  The hike is 3-4 miles in the beautiful hills above the winery with several stops for wine tasting. Oh, the wines are great too. 

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Tasting Red Dirt Red during a vineyard hike with the dogs

Bottom line:

  • Very dog friendly
  • Great wines
  • Tasting fee $15
  • Staff: Expressed interest in our dogs
  • Fun events 

 Ledson Winery 

 

img_3634Ledson Winery was built in the 1990’s.  Its advertising tag line was: “come visit the castle”.  The home looks like a chateau on steroids. We were escorted to a tasting area with 4 other people.  There was no water available, none of the staff seemed to care that we had dogs with us, and paid little attention to them.

We paid $20 and $30 for our tastings.  We sampled mediocre whites, Pinot Noirs, Zinfandels, and Cab.  At best, some were okay. Since the price of the tasting was so expensive, we inquired if purchasing some of the so-so wine would cause the tasting fee to be waived.  The said “NO”  we would still have to pay the tasting fee.  We bought no wine and see no reason to go back with or without the dogs.

Bottom line:

  • Tasting fee: outrageously high whether you buy wine or not
  • Wine: ranged from poor to so-so
  • Staff: indifferent to our dogs.  No water or treats
  • Dog-friendly: Dogs are allowed

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I love living in Rincon Valley! I’ve lived here since 1995 and can’t imagine living in a better north bay community. Call me today if you’re interested in buying a home in Rincon Valley, or if you’d like to list your Rincon Valley home for sale.

Jim Cheney Rincon Valley Realtor

Jim Cheney, Your Rincon Valley Realtor

  • Jim Cheney, Broker
  • Saint Francis Property
  • Jim@StFrancisProperty.com
  • (707) 494-1055
  • Rincon Valley – Santa Rosa
  • Cert Tourism Ambassador

Walk, Wag, Wine

It’s time for another Kinde Vineyard dog walk around the vineyards.  I’ve done this hike a few times, and it is one of my favorite dog walks.  The hike is led by Kunde wine grower  Jeff Kunde and his dog.  Be prepared to hike 4-5 miles through the hills and vineyards of the Kunde Winery.  The hike is strenuous, reaching altitudes of 1400 ft.

Every mile or so there is a place to stop and rest under an oak tree, and  to enjoy a Kunde varietal wine.  Starting with cool whites, moving to reds and blends.  Enjoy seeing the 100-year-old vines and beautiful views of the Valley of the Moon all while letting Fido run leash free through the vineyards.

The hike sells out, so make your reservation soon.  A portion of the hike benefits the Sonoma County Humane Society.

  • What: Kunde Vineyard Dog Hike
  • Where: Kunde Vineyard 9825 Sonoma Hwy, Kenwood
  • When: Saturday Sept 30 9am
  • Cost: $75
  • More info :Dogs

I love living in Rincon Valley! I’ve lived here since 1995 and can’t imagine living in a better north bay community. Call me today if you’re interested in buying a home in Rincon Valley, or if you’d like to list your Rincon Valley home for sale.

Jim Cheney Rincon Valley Realtor

Jim Cheney, Your Rincon Valley Realtor

  • Jim Cheney, Broker
  • Saint Francis Property
  • Jim@StFrancisProperty.com
  • (707) 494-1055
  • Rincon Valley – Santa Rosa
  • Cert Tourism Ambassador

5 things your roof is asking you to do now

We are lucky in California that our weather consistently provides virtually NO rain July, Aug or Sept. Well, October is not that far away so this is a great time to check your roof for these 5 potential problems.

1) Vegetation should not be touching your roof.

What does this look like? Tree limbs dangling over your roof with branches touching the roof, or bushes that have grown so tall they are touching your roof line.

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Trees limbs and tall hedges lay on, and touch the roof of this house

What’s the problem? When the wind blows, that vegetation rubs your roof, accelerating the wear and tear on it. The sun and the wind are hard enough on a roof, don’t let vegetation decrease the life of your roof. Vegetation can trap moisture against your roof causing moss, fungus, and algae to grow on and under your shingles. Additionally, vegetation can act as an highway way for bugs and rodents such as roof rats to access your home.

Remedy: Cut your hedges back so they are not touching your home anywhere. Hire an arborist to cut tree limbs back so they are not touching your roof.

2) Debris on the roof.

What’s it look like? Dry leaves and vegetation on the roof, or collecting behind a chimney usually below a tree or some other vegetation that’s growing above the roof line.

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Debris in the valley of the roof traps moisture and will eventually clog the rain gutters

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Debris built up behind the chimney traps moisture causing rust and dry rot

What’s the problem? Debris on the roof seems innocent enough right? The wind and rain will wash it away. Well, the rain might wash it into your rain gutters where it may then become trapped and clog your gutters. Trapped debris breaks down over time and reduces the amount of rain water your gutters can contain before overflowing. While on the roof, the leaves are trapping moisture, and blocking the wind and the sun from keeping your shingles, fascia board, and trim dry.

Remedy: Clean your roof off before dry leaves get a chance to flow into your gutters. Use a broom, or leaf blower, or hire a professional to get on your roof and clean behind the chimney and other hard to reach places.

3) Algae and moss

What’s it look like? Moss looks like fuzz and algae can look like various colors of discoloration.

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Moss on composite shingles

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Algae on wood shingles

What’s the problem? Moss traps moisture which is never good. Severe moss can cause the shingles to lift compromising the shingles water resistance.

Remedy: Use a stiff broom to brush the growth away, and analyze why the moss is growing there. Chances are that there is something causing the moss to grow such as excessive shade from nearby vegetation.

4) Damaged flashing on the roof

What’s it looks like? Flashing that has slipped, been damaged or brittle and cracked. Caulking that is cracked or missing, paint that is peeling or chipping.

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Damaged chimney flashing

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Cracked plumbing flashing

What’s the problem? Flashing is about preventing water intrusion into the home. Sometimes flashing is damaged by work being done on the home, vegetation, animals or just old age. Flashing is designed to keep moisture from penetrating the roof where plumbing, chimneys, vents, or skylights breach the shingles. Having the flashing repaired is a lot cheaper than dealing with water damage later on.

Remedy:  Consult professional roofer for repair before wet weather arrives.

5) Damaged/leaking rain gutters

What does it look like? Rain gutters that are full of debris, cracked, rusted or otherwise show active signs of leaking or imminent signs of leaking.

Rain gutters in need of maintenance

Rain gutters need to be check for debris, cracks and leaks. Gutters that are painted won’t rust and will last longer

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Rain gutters that leak or overflow cause water to splash onto the siding which overtime causes dry rot and other wood related problems.

What’s the problem? Some people think rain gutters are simply there to allow you to walk under your eaves without getting wet. They actually are designed to carry water away from your home. When gutters over flow or leak, the water falls to the ground below which (most of the time) causes the rain water to splash back onto the siding of the home. eventually, causing dry rot and other wood related problems. If the gutters “overflow” it can cause dry rot and other wood related problems to the roof trim and fascia board behind the gutter. Rot on the trim can eventually spread to other parts of the roof and can become quite costly. It can all be avoided by maintaining your gutters.

Remedy:   Inspect your gutters.  Keep them free of debris and painted.  If they leak, it’s possible to patch a small spot, however it might just be time to have them replaced.

I love living in Rincon Valley! I’ve lived here since 1995 and can’t imagine living in a better north bay community. Call me today if you’re interested in buying a home in Rincon Valley, or if you’d like to list your Rincon Valley home for sale.

Jim Cheney Rincon Valley Realtor

Jim Cheney, Your Rincon Valley Realtor

  • Jim Cheney, Broker
  • Saint Francis Property
  • Jim@StFrancisProperty.com
  • (707) 494-1055
  • Rincon Valley – Santa Rosa
  • Cert Tourism Ambassador

Agents are getting younger

DSCN1110The National Association of Realtors announced this month that, based on member profiles, Realtors are younger than ever. The average age of a Realtor decreased from 57 to 53 years old. That’s a big jump in 1 year. Realtors under 30 years old doubled last year to 5 % from 2% previously, and Realtors over 65 decreased to 16% from 25%. It seems more millennials are getting into the business. This could be favorable for young buyers who will enjoy using the technologies employed by these fresh professionals. The down side is that 1 in 5 Realtors now has less than 1 year in the profession.

 

 

 

I love living in Rincon Valley! I’ve lived here since 1995 and can’t imagine living in a better north bay community. Call me today if you’re interested in buying a home in Rincon Valley, or if you’d like to list your Rincon Valley home for sale.

Jim Cheney Rincon Valley Realtor

Jim Cheney, Your Rincon Valley Realtor

  • Jim Cheney, Broker
  • Saint Francis Property
  • Jim@StFrancisProperty.com
  • (707) 494-1055
  • Rincon Valley – Santa Rosa
  • Cert Tourism Ambassador

 

2018 Aromatic Wine Festival

Previously known as the Anderson Valley Alsace Festival.  The festival is Saturday Feb 24th only 1pm – 4pm at the Mendocino County Fairground in Boonville, CA. 

Alsace Festival 2018

Previously known as the Alsace Festival

The festival features 50+ wine makers showcasing their Rieslings, Gewertaminers, Pinot Gris and other Alsace style white wines.  The thing I like about this festival is that it is a great way to find dry white wines without having to buy them.  I don’t like sweet white wines which Rieslings and Gewertaminers tend to be, so to be able to sample 50 + allows me to note what wines I might want to buy at my local Bottle Shop.

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There is food pairing is also available.

Hope to see you there! 

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I love living in Rincon Valley! I’ve lived here since 1995 and can’t imagine living in a better north bay community. Call me today if you’re interested in buying a home in Rincon Valley, or if you’d like to list your Rincon Valley home for sale.

Jim Cheney Rincon Valley Realtor

Jim Cheney, Your Rincon Valley Realtor

  • Jim Cheney, Broker
  • Saint Francis Property
  • Jim@StFrancisProperty.com
  • (707) 494-1055
  • Rincon Valley – Santa Rosa
  • Cert Tourism Ambassador

 

Rincon Valley Sales Report October 1st – 7th

FOR SALE signThe following is the sales activity in Rincon Valley 95409 for the week of October 1st – 7th 2017.  This does not include mobile homes or Oakmont.  Homes listed in this market report were not necessarily listed or sold by Saint Francis Properties, and is just for general consumer information only. Contact me to inquire about the specifics of any particular sale.

Single Family Detached Homes:

$550,000     448    Oak Park Way       4/2        1318 sq ft

As the average home sales price continues to climb in Rincon Valley, this is a great time to sell.  Call me today, I’d love to come over and talk to you.

Additionally, for those of you who tried to sell during the summer but were unable to, fall is a much more desirable time to put your home on the market.

I love living in Rincon Valley! I’ve lived here since 1995 and can’t imagine living in a better north bay community. Call me today if you’re interested in buying a home in Rincon Valley, or if you’d like to list your Rincon Valley home for sale.

Jim Cheney Rincon Valley Realtor

Jim Cheney, Your Rincon Valley Realtor

  • Jim Cheney, Broker
  • Saint Francis Property
  • Jim@StFrancisProperty.com
  • (707) 494-1055
  • Rincon Valley – Santa Rosa
  • Cert Tourism Ambassador

How to read a plat map

Most people don’t have the opportunity or need to read a plat map. When you buy a home, you will most likely get a preliminary title report and one of the pages will most likely be a portion of a plat map showing the property line and other important information of the house you are buying.  The map is simple to look at and understand, but there are some parts of a plat map you may not recognize or understand.

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  1. Assessor’s page number
  2. Assessor’s book number
  3. Tie Line may indicate that 2 parcels or more record lots are assessed as 1 parcel
  4. Lot line (solid)
  5. Tax parcel Line (dotted)
  6. Lot dimensions in feet (est)
  7. Ditto mark shows lot dimensions are equal to adjoining lot
  8. Parcel number assigned to the specific lot
  9. Abbreviated tract map filling reference
  10. Recorded tract number
  11. Recorded lot number
  12. Compass indicator
  13. Book and page circle
  14. Changes

I love living in Rincon Valley! I’ve lived here since 1995 and can’t imagine living in a better north bay community. Call me today if you’re interested in buying a home in Rincon Valley, or if you’d like to list your Rincon Valley home for sale.

Jim Cheney Rincon Valley Realtor

Jim Cheney, Your Rincon Valley Realtor

  • Jim Cheney, Broker
  • Saint Francis Property
  • Jim@StFrancisProperty.com
  • (707) 494-1055
  • Rincon Valley – Santa Rosa
  • Cert Tourism Ambassador