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Red Lake Ranch for Sale

Posted on July 14, 2014 by Mark Stevens

Nestled amongst rolling hills and unique microclimates, Red Lake Ranch offers spectacular views, and is surrounded by award winning wineries, producing world-class wines.

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An exceptional opportunity in the Howell Mountain appellation, the property showcases 40.05± total acres, ideal for an estate or winery site. 7± acres of vineyard are planted to Zinfandel, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese grapes, with an additional 3-5± acres plantable.

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A stunning, private, 20± acre-foot licensed lake provides peace and tranquility, and houses a variety of animal species, including large mouth Bass. The property is great for equestrians & adjoins the protected land trust to Mt. Saint Helena.

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If you would like more information about this property, please contact me at Mark.Stevens@SothebysRealty.com or 707.322.2000.

48 Hours in Healdsburg, CA

Posted on July 03, 2014 by Mark Stevens

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Healdsburg is a small town located in the heart of wine country, just 70 miles North of San Francisco.  It is surrounded by rolling hills of vineyards and is home to amazing restaurants, shops and events.

There is so much to experience when visiting Healdsburg, and it can become very overwhelming when deciding where to go, what to see, and most importantly what to eat and drink!  Whether you are visiting for a wedding, a girl’s trip, or a romantic getaway, it is always nice to have a plan.  I have put together a helpful guide of suggestions for where to stay, restaurants to eat at, events and wineries to go to during your quick trip. Cheers!

Where To Stay?

Depending on your budget or style, there are many options to choose from to rest your head at night.  Make sure to make reservations as soon as you know when you’ll be visiting wine country as hotels are usually pretty full year round.

891 Grove St, Healdsburg, CA 95448

707.433.4277

198 Dry Creek Rd, Healdsburg, CA 95448

707.433.0300

1001 Westside Rd, Healdsburg, CA

800.258.4003

219 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg, CA

707.431.2202

Day 1:

Assuming you are arriving to town around the time of check in at a hotel or bed & breakfast (3pm), you must be ready for a refreshment! Head on over to Hawley Winery. It is right off the square of Healdsburg, the tasting room is open until 6pm and they have a variety of wines to enjoy. Not into wine? Check out Bear Republic Brewing Co. for one of their many craft beers or their delicious homebrewed root beer.

If you are visiting on a weekend, you might want to make reservations for dinner at either Zin Restaurant or for a more upscale dining experience, Dry Creek Kitchen. If you’re looking for something a little more laid back try Healdsburg Bar & Grill where you can enjoy dining outside if it’s a warm evening. 

Day 2:

Good morning! If you’re searching for a breakfast option or just some delicious coffee, Healdsburg has you covered. If you’re wanting to fuel up for the day make your way to Costeaux Bakery where there are plenty of breakfast options. They also sell “boxed lunches” if you plan on snacking at a winery later on in the day. If you’re more of a coffee & bagel morning person, check out Flying Goat Coffee.

Now onto the wineries! If you would like to plan out your own day, The Wine Road has all the information you will need to do so. I would suggest visiting no more than four wineries so that you can truly experience each winery to its fullest and not overdo it with too much alcohol. Plan on electing a designated driver, or hire someone to drive you from a licensed group such as Beau Wine Tours.

Wineries To Visit:

Lunch Options:

If you are planning on taking a lunch and snacks with you for the day I suggest stopping at Big John’s Market or grabbing one of those boxed lunches from Costeaux. The Dry Creek General Store is also an extremely popular lunch stop for locals and visitors combined. Whatever your choice may be, don’t skip lunch while wine tasting!

Depending on the time of year and days that you are visiting Healdsburg, you can take part of some popular events as well:

Events

  • Annual Winter Wineland, January
  • Annual Barrel Tasting, March
  • West Wines Guided Vineyard Walk & Tasting, 10:30am (repeats every Saturday in the summer until August 31st)
  • Tuesday in the Plaza, 6pm-8pm May-August
  • Saturday Farmer’s Market, 9am-12pm May-November
  • Wednesday Farmer’s Market, 3:30-6pm June-October
  • Annual A Wine & Food Affair, November

Day 3:

On your last day I suggest not going overboard with wine tasting, leave that to your second day. Since you are probably leaving early-mid afternoon, I highly suggest a one-stop shop, Partake by Kendall Jackson is a wonderful experience where you can indulge in a food and wine pairing and relax in the lounge until you have to leave town.

I know that you will have an amazing time whenever you decide to visit Healdsburg; these are just suggestions on how to plan your escape to the wine country. Enjoy!

 

 

 

Moving? We’ve Got You Covered!

Posted on April 24, 2014 by Mark Stevens

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Moving can be stressful for anyone involved and even the thought of beginning the process is daunting to most! We’ve compiled a simple moving checklist to help ease the stress and keep the weeks leading up to the big move organized.

Four Weeks Before Moving

  • Aquire the floor plan of your new home and determine what furniture you want to keep.
  • Start a list of all household goods that you want to keep. Have a garage sale or donate the items that you do not want anymore.
  • If renting, give notice to your landlord.
  • Cancel any monthly services. (Many require at least 30 days notice or you will billed for an extra month)
  • Seek estimates from several moving companies and choose a mover or reserve a moving van.
  • Request time off of work if need be. 
  • Start collecting boxes, collect all other packing supplies (tape, bubble wrap, newspaper for wrapping, labels, box cutters.)

Three Weeks Before Moving

  • Start packing! Remember to label your boxes so you can move and un-pack with ease. Plan on carrying irreplaceable and hard-to-replace items with you.
  • Arrange for utilites at your new location.
  • Service any vehicles you are using in the move.
  • Give out forwarding address.

Two Weeks Before Moving

  • Make lodging arrangements if traveling a long distance or if your new home is not in move-in condition.
  • Verify move-in date.
  • Arrange for a babysitter or petsitter for the day of the move.

One Week Before Moving

  • Close or transfer bank account if needed.
  • Change address for banks, credit card companies, magazines and newspapers.
  • Start cleaning your house throughly or arrange for a house cleaner to come after your move.
  • Contact utilites to cancel or transfer accounts. You’ll want utilites on moving day, so arrange to disconnect them after your move date.
  • Make arrangements to pay for your move. (For interstate moves you must pay the driver before your goods can be unloaded.)
  • Deforst and dry refirgerator and freezers to be moved.
  • Put together a box filled with moving day necessities including toiletries, toilet paper, cleaning supplies, some dishes and utensils, snacks, medications, tools, and bedding.

Moving Day

  • Be available to answer any questions and give directions to the movers and stay until they are finished.
  • Do a final walk through of your old residence, checking closets, drawers, etc. for missed items.
  • Give your old house keys to the real estate agent or landlord.
  • Once at your new house, make note of any damages.
  • Test all utilites to make sure they are up and running.
  • Begin to upack.
  • Lastly, enjoy your new home!

Monterey Area Winery for Sale

Posted on April 04, 2014 by Mark Stevens

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This special property offers a unique opportunity for a prospective buyer interested in purchasing a historic estate ideally suited for growing high-quality Pinot Noir.  Located just East of Monterey Bay and a short distance from Silicon Valley, the property includes approximately 120 acres of planted vineyards, a state-of-the-art facility, an established ultra- premium Central Coast wine brand, and an architecturally significant guest house. 

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The Winery includes pressing, fermentation, aging, and bottling capacity and production is in excess of 50,000 cases per year.  A 15,000± square foot warehouse provides on-site storage, and caves can be found on one of the hillsides of the estate.

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The site includes a myriad of options for hospitality and entertaining including a picturesque tasting room, landscaped grounds, mature gardens, and two separate residences.  Price upon request. 

If you would like more information about this exclusive Winery and Vineyard Estate, please contact me at Mark.Stevens@SothebysRealty.com or 707.322.2000.  

Small Businesses, Big Hearts

Posted on November 27, 2013 by Mark Stevens

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If anyone has ever visited my wonderful hometown of Sebastopol, they would probably leave feeling a very prevalent sense of community throughout the small town, which in my opinion is a testament to the idea that a community can thrive on charming, family-owned, “mom-and-pop” businesses that have a lot more than just products to offer.  

This Saturday, November 30, 2013 will be just like any other Saturday that the local Sebastopol residents will spend, but it will be slightly more exciting for local small businesses in my town, because it is Small Business Saturday.  It is on this day, that we honor the businesses that have made their mark in the small business world, in a very large way. 

With a vast and eclectic variety of small businesses in Sebastopol to choose from, it has been very difficult to pick just a few to recognize.  I truly feel that Sebastopol is Sonoma County’s hub of small businesses; these local businesses have shaped the integrity and character of this town, so I would like to take a moment to recognize all of them for their success and all of the good that they bring to Sonoma County!

 Whether dining out at some of the restaurants, shopping for local produce or needing a special service, Sebastopol always has what I’m looking for.  If you would like to visit a small business restaurant, I recommend trying one of these:  

K & L Bistro

Peter Lowell’s

Sushi Hana 

If it’s shopping on Saturday that you are interested in, check out some of these Sebastopol favorites sure to delight: 

Copperfield’s Books

Andy’s Produce Market

People’s Music

If you’re looking to extend your stay in Sebastopol, get your spa serviced for winter, or mail Holiday gifts early, I recommend these local businesses:

Sebastopol Inn

Roger Pool and Spa

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And finally, we can’t forget about the wineries!  A robust and successful day of wine tasting can be had just in nearby Sebastopol; here are a few that I enjoy:

 Balletto Vineyards and Winery

La Follette

Hook & Ladder Winery

I hope you enjoy our Holiday weekend and support local small businesses on Saturday!