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

Posted on June 29, 2018 by Admin

EACH WEEK WE COLLECT TOP LOCAL AND REAL ESTATE STORIES HOT OFF THE PRESS FOR YOUR WEEKEND CLICKING PLEASURE.

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

 

 

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

Posted on June 22, 2018 by Admin

EACH WEEK WE COLLECT TOP STORIES HOT OFF THE PRESS FOR YOUR WEEKEND CLICKING PLEASURE.

Annadel
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

 

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

Posted on June 15, 2018 by Admin

EACH WEEK WE COLLECT TOP STORIES HOT OFF THE PRESS FOR YOUR WEEKEND CLICKING PLEASURE.

NEW HOUSING IN SONOMA COUNTY’S FUTURE
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

RAILS TO TRAILS
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.
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HOME DESIGN INSPIRATION
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

REAL ESTATE INDUSTRY NEWS
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.
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North Bay Wildfire Clean Up Complete

Posted on June 14, 2018 by Admin

 

State and federal officials Monday declared the debris removal from the North Bay wildfires — the largest such effort since the 1906 earthquake — complete.

The government sponsored cleanup work in Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino and Lake counties has been winding down for months as the number of sites remaining to be cleared has dwindled. The last of the 4,563 parcels that signed up for the cleanup program was cleared last week.

The North Bay wildfires were the costliest in U.S. history, with insured losses approaching $10 billion. They also killed 40 people and destroyed 6,200 homes. That work that resulted in an estimated 2.2 million tons of ash and fire-related debris being hauled off. In the case of concrete from foundations, some was recycled, while much of it was buried in the Sonoma County Central Landfill.

Michael Wolff, a contractor whose firm has cleared more than 150 sites and assisted in hundreds of others, said while initially skeptical of the timeline, he was impressed with the coordination federal and state officials brought to the monumental task.

“For the most part, I felt like the (Army Corps of Engineers) did a great job,” Wolff said. “I was blown away by how well things came together and how much work was done in such a short period of time.”

Wolff said his company worked on the final lot to receive clearance, a site off Crown Hill Drive in the devastated Fountaingrove neighborhood that needed additional concrete removed, he said.

The Army Corps said it has “deactivated” its Rohnert Park office and would complete any additional work from Sacramento.

Plenty of work remains in the city and county, however, said Paul Lowenthal, Santa Rosa assistant fire marshal.

“Even though the Army Corps is stating that this part of the mission is complete, the city and county are still here, and we know there is still a long road to recovery,” Lowenthal said. “We’re not going anywhere.”

There are still two lots that need to be cleared in the city — a residential property and an apartment complex on Hopper Lane. Neither went through the government cleanup nor the private cleanup processes. Instead, the city’s legal department has been forced to initiate abatement proceedings against the two properties. It’s not clear how many such properties remain to the cleared in Sonoma County.

Some cleared properties still have issues, such as over-excavation, Lowenthal said.

An estimated 200 properties in Sonoma County may have been over-excavated by Army Corps contractors, and the state Office of Emergency Services is working with the county to identify them and return dirt to the site at no cost to property owners.

Of the 4,563 properties cleared, the vast majority, 3,674 or 81 percent, where in Sonoma County, where the Tubbs fire ravaged entire Santa Rosa neighborhoods. The Corps cleared 439 lots in Napa, 306 in Mendocino, and 144 in Lake County.

While the Corps has completed all debris removal on the 4,563 parcels, 22 sites still need to have additional work, such as soil testing and erosion control, before rebuilding can proceed, Lowenthal said.

Source: NorthBay Business Journal & Press Democrat

Story by Kevin McCallum, June 13, 2018

News This Week: Knowing When to Buy & Residential Innovation

Posted on May 18, 2018 by Admin

EACH WEEK WE COLLECT TOP STORIES HOT OFF THE PRESS FOR YOUR WEEKEND CLICKING PLEASURE.

Knowing When to Buy
Buying your first home is very exciting and rewarding — “a point of pride and something to celebrate.” Here are some suggestions to get the very best home you can. READ MORE

A Different Perspective On High Rent Prices
The Bay Area’s notoriously pricey real estate market affects renters in ways you may never have imagined. Rent control can make a place affordable, but ultimately leave you feeling stuck. READ MORE

San Jose’s 10,000 Tiny Homes
In an effort to increase housing for Silicon Valley, a non-profit called Soup is working to make building secondary units easier. Soup aims “to build 10,000 homes in 10 years, by erecting prefabricated granny flats in backyards or on other unused parcels.“ READ MORE

Summer Stargazing
With summer just around the corner, we love this reminder to get outside and enjoy the night sky. Find out where you can go for exquisite night views all summer long. READ MORE