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News This Week: Solar on Every Home & Outdoor Living

Posted on May 11, 2018 by Admin

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

Solar Coming to a Home in Your Future
On Wednesday, the California Energy Commission voted unanimously to approve a mandate that all new homes built in California include solar panels. The mandate, which goes into effect in 2020, is the first of its kind in the USA.
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Sonoma County Changes Rules to Spur New Housing
The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors approved a rules adjustment on Tuesday that is aimed at increasing housing in the County. There will be several changes, including those affecting granny units, single room dwellings and tiny houses. “‘Let’s allow for the maximum amount of flexibility,’ (Supervisor) Zane said.’”
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Single Women Lead Men in Home Buying
New data from The National Association of Realtors shows that single women account for 18% of home buyers, more than twice the proportion of single men. The trend may be fueled by the fact that “single men appear to be more concerned than women about having to relocate.”
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Outside is the New Inside
2018 design trends are all about outdoor living. “This year it’s really about making your outdoor space function like an interior space for all things fun, lounging, and entertaining.” In addition to outdoor spaces, this year will showcase deep colors and beautiful materials.
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NEWS FLASH! Brokers’ Tour Thursday, May 10th at Wild Iris Retreat in Anderson Valley

Posted on May 09, 2018 by Admin

Brokers’ Tour at Wild Iris Retreat in Anderson Valley
$6,995,000

When:
Thursday, May 10th from 12-5pm

Address:
20500 Tumbling MdD Road
Philo, CA 95466

A Tranquil Retreat Setting in the Majestic Redwoods… Join us for an incredible afternoon at Wild Iris Retreat near Philo in Anderson Valley. There will be gourmet snacks, jeep tours and an inside view into this enchanting property. This exquisite 300+ acre property is a perfect family compound tucked away with plenty of sunshine and shaded groves of towering redwoods. The pictures and description of this property cannot convey its enchanting quality — it must be experienced to understand its unique beauty, magic and history.

Site of the historic Tumbling McD guest ranch, Wild Iris Retreat is located in a secluded part of the Anderson Valley famous for its Pinot Noir wines. There are twelve acres of prime Pinot grapes and 30 +/- plantable acres of land overlooking the river.

The ‘English Manor House style’ gardens extend over three acres that include two guest houses, a 90K gallon pool, a beautiful stone spa, and a dance hall. This incredible space has been the scene of some of the Bay Area’s exceptional country weddings and guest stays. Home to a exquisite old growth redwood forest, the property is situated at the confluence of the the Anderson and the Rancheria creeks, which together form the Navarro river. A favorite for kayakers in the spring, the river borders the property for one mile on its southwest side.

Truly magical, this property must be seen to fully experience its transformational spirit and natural beauty. We look forward to seeing you there!

Learn more about the property: Click Here
Contact Mark for more information: Mark.Stevens@SothebysRealty.com

News This Week: Fire Recovery and Innovation

Posted on May 04, 2018 by Admin

The recovery from the Tubbs fire is continuing with construction of dozens of homes in Coffey Park, but a lot of work still needs to be done. It is great to see the community starting to rebuild after such devastation. “There’s not as much movement as one would think six months out,” said Jeff Okrepkie, chairman of the Coffey Strong neighborhood group. “You want to see more happening.”
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Sotheby’s International has partnered with the non-profit New Story to create the first permitted 3D printed home. This new technology could be coming to your home soon, but first it will be used to help people in need.  “A defining factor of this new technology is that it will be used first in the developing world, in El Salvador, for people who are currently living without shelter, a basic human need.”
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As tiny homes gain popularity, some companies are betting that you will want to stay in one. Getaway provides the opportunity to stay in a tiny cabin while discovering a deeper connection with the outdoors. “Architecturally, we think of ourselves less as designing a great tiny cabin and more as designing the perfect piece of hardware to get into nature.”
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Californians now have a new option for financing a solar installation on their home. Guild Mortgage is offering mortgage lending that will allow owners and buyers to add solar to their home. “FHA Solar is ideal for individuals who are looking to buy a home that they plan to live in for several years and realize the return on their investment. It will also be attractive to customers who want to lower their monthly utility bill and have a greener footprint.”
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News This Week: Eco-Friendly Living And Other Stories

Posted on April 27, 2018 by Admin

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

1. On Earth Day, Sotheby’s International released an article highlighting Treehouse Living in Washington State. “Nestled in a vibrant green rainforest, surrounded by enormous Doug fir trees and bordered by pristine Dabob Bay, this modern day treehouse has an amazing spirit,” says current owner Diana Rudolph. “It is an architectural treasure that sits gently on the forest floor nodding gracefully to its environment. As cliche as it may sound, every time we walk into this home our souls are renewed and the clutter of day-to-day life truly does disappear and we are left feeling extremely present and content in this small, undiscovered corner of western Washington. It’s a breath of fresh air.”  READ MORE

2. If you love the open water, check out this recent article about exquisite coastal properties on the market from New York to Monaco from Sotheby’s International.  “There’s a certain romanticism that comes from living in close quarters under the billowing sails of a seaworthy vessel, but even the most dedicated mariners know that sea legs get tired and smooth sailing is a lifelong practice. Setting out on adventures unknown pulls at the heart of any sailor, but every good seafarer needs to place to port.  A coastal property is, therefore, just the ticket for the nautically-inclined—a berth from which to watch the sun rise and set over smooth or rough waters; a lookout over ships passing in the night; a high-tide hideaway from which to observe red skies at night….”   READ MORE

3. The Press Democrat released an article this past Wednesday featuring the iconic Morning Star Ranch near Occidental selling for 2.5 million. “The starry-eyed Flower Children who once flocked to the Morning Star Ranch outside Occidental have long since gone their separate ways, the remnants of their experiment in communal living bulldozed by county work crews decades ago. But the land that supported their enthusiastic foray into cooperative, material-free existence endures — a slice of history and heaven in the redwood-studded hills of west Sonoma County. And it’s for sale, with an asking price of $2.5 million….”   READ MORE 

4. If you are curious about what’s happening in the local Real Estate economy, the North Bay Business Journal provides an in-depth analysis, claiming that the North Bay supply of new housing is not keeping up with demand… “The housing supply is lower, with the number of active listings dropping an average of 6 percent year to year and an average of 9 percent year to year in the last four months in Napa and Sonoma Counties respectively.”  READ MORE

 

News This Week: Million Dollar Homes Are Selling Fast in Sonoma County And Other Stories

Posted on April 20, 2018 by Admin

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

1. On Thursday the San Francisco Chronicle released a Spring Wine Update for Sonoma County. Discover what’s new and what’s hot in Sonoma County Wine Country. “In the past year, some of the county’s most well-known wineries have made significant upgrades to their tasting rooms, and at least four new tasting rooms will open soon or have opened recently. Then there’s the micro-winery festival, Garagiste, which will debut in May. Here’s what you should keep on your radar for your next trip to Wine Country…”   READ MORE

2. Sales keep growing for Sonoma County’s million-dollar homes… “Homes worth $1 million or more this year continue to generate the biggest growth in residential sales for Sonoma County, even as the number of purchases keep falling in the less expensive portion of the market…”   READ MORE

3. Discover 10 ways to have fun in Sonoma County. “Sonoma is its own animal. And it just may be the most pleasurable of all Northern California’s counties. There’s the wine, of course, but there is also the sea and redwoods and farms and so much more…”   READ MORE 

4. Today (Friday) the Press Democrat released sales of single-family homes recorded in Sonoma County for the first week of March. Discover the values of homes near you…   READ MORE