Monthly Archives: June 2018

News This Week: New Old Growth Redwood Park Larger Than Muir Woods and Weekly Real Estate News

Posted on June 29, 2018 by michelle_magnus


Oldest Redwood in Sonoma County
Save the Redwoods League has acquired 730 acres of northern Sonoma County coast. The land features incredible old growth redwood trees, including what may be the oldest tree in the County. Over the next few years, it will be turned into a public park larger than Muir Woods.  READ MORE

Free Flowing Wine
Free Flow Wines, a leading company in the fastest growing sector of the wine industry, is moving their operation from Napa to Sonoma. The move will increase the company’s capacity and provide additional bulk storage space for their premium wine-in-a-can service.  READ MORE

Home Sales Rising
The Commerce Department reported that new home sales increased by 6.7% in May. The trends looks like it will continue, with expectations that “improved economic growth, continued job creation and solid housing demand should spur additional single-family construction in the months ahead.” READ MORE

Surprising New Design Ideas
Designers are striving to make our homes healthier and more functional by integrating the microbiome into new and creative products — including wallpaper that filters the air and attractive flooring generated from “waste” materials. READ MORE



New Listing! Winner’s Circle Estate & Vineyard

Posted on June 27, 2018 by michelle_magnus

Spectacular Estate Home with Winery & Hospitality Potential

Asking price:
Acreage: 60± Acres
Vineyard: Organic vineyards featuring 19.1± acres of Pinot Noir and 5.5± acres of Chardonnay recently planted to highest standards.

Winner’s Circle is a premier estate in the heart of the Russian River Valley. This 7,500± sq. ft. luxury home in Sebastopol embodies California contemporary design, and features panoramic mountain and valley views from every window.  A guest house, caretaker’s unit, and barn add value and interest to the property. Featuring 24.6± acres of organic Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vineyards plus a potential rental income through Inspirato, this is an incredible opportunity for the luxury home buyer and/or vineyard investor. 

The Main Residence was designed by architects Gerald C. Taylor of San Francisco and Val Arnold of Beverly Hills for the Walter family. Constructed in 1991 and renovated in 2013, the 7500± sq. ft. home has four bedrooms, four and a half bathrooms, a large gourmet kitchen, a butler’s pantry, and expansive common areas. Floor to ceiling glass doors in every room open onto extensive patios. A heated pool and spa invite you outdoors to enjoy the beautiful Russian River weather. 

Winner’s Circle is located just one hour North of San Francisco in the heart of West Sonoma County Wine Country. Situated between  Healdsburg and Sebastopol,  the area offers great dining, shopping & a welcoming community. This part of the Russian River Valley has long been established as a premier region for producing exceptional Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Many award-winning wineries are minutes away from this iconic location.

People move to Sonoma County from all around the world to enjoy the beautiful, mild climate. Located just 10 miles away (as the crow flies) from the Pacific Ocean, the weather is characterized by morning fog, warm days and pleasant evenings. The warm, dry summers and temperate winters encourage outdoor pursuits and allow farmers to grow amazing produce year-round. There are endless opportunities to explore premier Sonoma and Napa wineries and restaurants. Outdoor enthusiasts are blessed with 50+ regional and state parks that showcase coastal tide pools, old-growth redwoods and mountain views.

Located on Vine Hill Ridge in the Russian River American Viticultural Area (AVA), Winner’s circle located in the heart of West Sonoma County. Situated in between Healdsburg and Sebastopol, the AVA features the best known and most loved varietals. Home to the top Pinot Noirs, Chardonnays and old vine Zinfandels, this cool climate grape region supplies world renowned wineries in Sonoma and Napa counties, creating award winning wines that are some of the world’s best. 

The Russian River AVA has raised the standard for California grape production and winemaking.  The relatively cool summer encourages the grapes to ripen slowly, establishing balanced acidity.  This slow, prolonged ripening period creates the delicious flavors distinctive to this region. The soils offer perfect drainage and ideal conditions for growing grapes.  

Additional Property Features:

The guest house shares the entry courtyard with the main residence.  The unit is accessible from the main residence via a  short covered walkway.  The generous one bedroom boasts stunning views and an open floor plan. 

  • 900± sq. ft.
  • Located adjacent to the main house – just a short walk down a covered sidewalk connecting the two buildings.
  • 1 Bedroom/1 Bathroom
  • Living room with queen-size pullout sleeper sofa
  • Kitchen
  • Garage/Storage

Located on the smaller of the two parcels, the caretaker’s unit has two bedrooms and one bathroom.  A horse barn featuring six stables and an open interior also shares this second parcel.  The barn currently houses the irigation equipment for the vineyards. Situated adjacent to the barn is an equine aqua-tred.  This beautiful rustic building was originally built for the first-class thoroughbred ranch that was established here by the original owners, Barbara and Robert Walters.  The Walter’s best known gelding,1996 Kentucky Derby Runner-up Cavonnier, was foaled here at Winner’s Circle in1993. 

  • 35± Acres of oak woodlands 
  • Caretaker’s unit (2Bed/1Bath)
  • Barn with seven stables and irrigation pump room
  • Pump House
  • Horse Aqua Tread

Winery and Hospitality Potential

  • 2 Parcels: 55-acre parcel zoned DA D6-40; 6 acres zoned RA D6-10
  • Potential for main residence conversion to hospitality/wine-tasting/guest facility
  • Potential Winery/Tasting Room site

For more information, contact Mark at 707.322.2000 or Jeannie at 707.480.1541.


Wine Feature: Pinot Noir

Posted on June 26, 2018 by michelle_magnus

Our corner of Northern California is responsible for some of the best Pinot Noirs in the world. Pinot Noir grapes thrive in the low fertility soils and Mediterranean climates in several of our local AVAs, including Russian River Valley and Anderson Valley. Winemakers in the area use these world-class grapes to produce many outstanding wines including Pinot Noir, sparkling wines, white Pinot Noir, and Rosé.

About Pinot Noir
Pinot Noir is usually a light red still wine. People unfamiliar with this varietal may expect the lighter color will mean less flavor, yet the full and complex flavors will leave them surprised. The flavor profile can shift as it ages — what starts out as tart red fruit mellows out over time. Pinot Noir can be paired with many different foods; it is light enough to be served with fish and can also highlight heartier food like grilled meat.

Russian River Valley AVA
The Russian River Valley is a highly sought after appellation for growing Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes. This AVA is made up of 15,000 planted acres situated in the geographical heart of Sonoma County. Located just 10 miles away from the Pacific Ocean, the weather is characterized by morning fog, warm days and pleasant evenings. The relatively cool weather encourages grapes to ripen slowly, establishing balanced acidity and a distinctive flavor profile.

Anderson Valley AVA
Pinot Noir thrives in the unique cool weather microclimates of Anderson Valley. A number of wineries in this region produce world-class sparkling and still wines; and several ultra-premium wine growers sell their sought-after grapes to winemakers in Napa, Sonoma and elsewhere in the USA.

While summer days are long and dry, with temperatures occasionally topping 85 degrees, a cooling fog rolls down the valley most evenings, slowing the vines’ metabolic activity. This daily Pacific Coast influence is responsible for a long growing season, which allows the grapes to ripen evenly and develop elegant flavors.


Check out two of our properties that will bring you to the heart of these premier Pinot Noir regions.

Wild Iris at Tumbling McD Ranch


Winner’s Circle Estate

News This Week: Help for Homebuyers and California State Park Highlight

Posted on June 22, 2018 by michelle_magnus


This article takes a look at one of the incredible parks we have in Sonoma County ― Annadel State Park. “While the park today is primarily a recreation magnet, the landscape itself has stories to tell, and the natural history of Annadel is a fascinating tour through time and change.” READ MORE

On The Rise
A new report by the Union of Concerned Scientists describes the potential impacts of sea level rise in coastal California. Although global climate change may impact other states before California, tidal flooding is “inevitable.” READ MORE

Help for Homebuyers
Santa Clara County supervisors have approved a program that allocates $25 million in funding that will support first time home buyers with down payments. READ MORE

Sonoma Listed as One of Coolest Towns in America
Budget Travel just released its list of the “10 Coolest Small Towns in America.” No surprise to local residents, the town of Sonoma came in at the top of the list, taking the number two spot. READ MORE


Peacetown Summer Concert Series

Posted on June 19, 2018 by michelle_magnus

In just a few weeks, on the 4th of July, the Peacetown Summer Concert Series starts up in Sebastopol. This free concert series is a celebration of the season, great music and the peaceful intentions of the town. You’ll find people from all over the area gathering in Ives Park for this fun-filled opportunity to meet up, dance, sing, and enjoy the warm summer evenings.

The summer concerts happen every Wednesday from July 4th thru September 12th. The family-friendly celebration kicks off at 5pm and features a variety of musicians ranging in styles from Mr. Music & The Love Choir to Soul Fuse (Funk & Soul) to Poor Man’s Whiskey (Blue Grass). Bring a picnic or take advantage of delicious options from food trucks. Local beer and wine is for sale at select vendors.

The concert series is funded by donations from local residents and businesses, and is produced by the Mr. Music Foundation.

Here’s this year’s line-up – we hope to see you there!

*Concert schedule and image courtesy of

News This Week: New Housing and Hiking Trails In Sonoma County’s Future

Posted on June 15, 2018 by michelle_magnus


The Santa Rosa City Council and the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors are moving forward to create an agency that will help foster home building in targeted areas. They hope that the new agency will be an “aggressive mechanism used by local governments to create new housing in the county.  READ MORE

The California State Senate passed a proposal from Mike McGuire that would turn the tracks owned by the North Coast Rail Authority into a 300 mile long hiking trail. The trail would stretch from Napa and Marin Counties all the way to Humboldt Bay.

This article from Sotheby’s gives some great ideas for transforming your home into an oasis of relaxation. “The formula for your own relaxed haven is quite simple: a little light, some sea-blue accents, open-air living, and the potential for fun.” READ MORE

The Counselors of Real Estate have just released a list of the 10 most important factors affecting the industry. The list is a great way to stay ahead of the game in the current real estate market.