Celebrating the 4th of July in Sonoma County

Posted on July 01, 2015 by Mark Stevens



Sonoma County will be lit up this weekend in celebration for the 4th of July. From Bodega Bay to Sonoma, towns of this beautiful county will be celebrating Independence Day with an array of celebrations and fireworks shows. Here is a sampling of  some of the events:




Just Listed: Grandview Rd, Sebastopol

Posted on June 23, 2015 by Mark Stevens



Perched on a ridge top in tranquil west county, this beautiful, expansive home offers end of the lane privacy and stunning views to the North East.


Just 7 minutes from downtown Sebastopol this home is favorably located within the Analy High School District as well as highly regarded neighboring elementary and middle schools. Sitting on a gorgeous 2.04 acres of land, this 4 bedroom, 3 full bath and two half-bath Sebastopol country home fills a spacious 4591 sq ft. complete with 5 oversized walk-in closets. The property includes a three-car garage with an additional 600sq. ft of unfinished space above. A convenient indoor walkway connects the garage to the main home through the practical and spacious laundry room.


The living space has an open and flowing floor plan showcasing large living and family rooms, a formal dining room, billiard room/library, and main level bedroom – all of which are ideal for entertaining and quality living.


The spacious kitchen is complete with a double oven, 5-range gas stovetop, island, large walk in pantry, wood burning stove and an eat-in area. All the comforts of home, while gazing out at your pool, gardens and views beyond.


Offered at: $1,485,000

*Please contact me at 707.322.2000 or for more information or to schedule a showing*

Just Listed: Lichau Road, Penngrove

Posted on June 04, 2015 by Mark Stevens


With amazing westerly views, this 178± acre parcel allows up to 60± plantable acres with multiple building sites and a 200GPM well. Lichau Rd. sits on the bench above and directly East of the highly regarded Gap’s Crown Vineyard. Located within the Sonoma Coast AVA this property is situated in the foothills of the Sonoma Mountains, East of Rohnert Park and has an elevation ranging 900± to 1700± feet. Bring your horses, cattle or vines – many uses for this phenomenal property.


178± acres

60± plantable acres

Room for horses, cattle or vines

Conservation Easement

Home Building Site(s)


Price: $2,900,000

For more information contact me at 707.322.2000 or

Evening Hike On Mt. Tamalpais

Posted on May 04, 2015 by Mark Stevens

Last week I spent a beautiful evening on Mount Tamalpais.  A lovely 6 mile hike starting at Mountain Home and then back, with temperatures on the upper trail in the 80’s at 8pm.


A peaceful walk among the redwoods.


These native azaleas had a slight vanilla aroma.

IMG_0532The moon starting to peak between the trees right at the end of my hike.

Visiting Mount Tamalpais State Park

  • Open daily: 7:00am to Sunset, year round.
  • Summer and spring are warm, fall and winter can be cool. Layered clothing is best.
  • The East Peak Summit features a Visitor Center and a small museum of railroad history (open on weekends only)

5 Ways To Help The Planet

Posted on April 22, 2015 by Mark Stevens



Today marks Earth Day of 2015, another year to make changes in our daily routines to help our planet.  There are hundreds of ways you can make a difference but here is a list of 5 simple adjustments you can make right away!

  1. Changing Your Light Bulbs – Make the switch to compact florescent bulbs. If every household in the United Stated made this change, it would be the same as eliminating one million cars from the road.
  1. Meatless Monday – Eliminate your consumption of meat once a week to make a significantly positive impact on the planet AND your diet.
  1. Get Rid of Bottled Water – When not recycled, plastic water bottles take thousands of years to decompose. Purchase a reusable water container that you can refill over and over!
  1. Don’t Let The Water Run – Turn off the water while brushing your teeth! It may sound simple and insignificant, but you can save up to 5 gallons of water per day if you stop.
  1. Pay Bills Online – It’s an easy switch to view your statement and pay your bill from paper to online. If every household in the United States switched to electronic statements, it would save 18.5 million trees every year, 2.2 billion tons of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, and 1.7 billion pounds of solid waste.

Sonoma County Garden Tour

Posted on April 10, 2015 by Mark Stevens


  The saying is “April showers bring May flowers”, well unfortunately Sonoma County hasn’t received much rain this Spring, and flowers are already starting to bloom.  Good news for the gardens that open their doors in April.  Numerous garden opened their doors April 1st and will continue tours through the summer. People of all ages will enjoy these gardens so get your family together or grab a friend and enjoy what Sonoma County has to offer!

Russian River Rose Company

April-May: Saturday & Sunday, 10am-5pm

1685 Magnolia Drive, Healdsburg


Luther Burbank Home & Gardens

April-October: Tuesday-Sunday, 10am-4pm

204 Santa Rosa Ave, Santa Rosa


Hallberg Butterfly Gardens

April-October: Wednesday-Sunday, 10am-4pm

8687 Oak Grove Ave, Sebastopol


Western Hills Garden

Saturdays, 10am-4pm

16250 Coleman Valley Rd, Occidental


Quarryhill Botanical Garden

Open Daily, 9am-4pm

12841 Sonoma Hwy, Glen Ellen


My Wild Iris Rows

April 20th-May 20th Friday-Sunday, 10am-4pm

4919 Rincon Ave, Santa Rosa