Art Trails of Sonoma County – Like a Treasure Hunt (but better!)

Posted on October 10, 2018 by Admin

Sonoma County Art Trails goes onto my schedule, every year, twice a year, without fail.  And this isn’t just because I live next door to the talented Carole Watanabe.  Well, that could be part of it… but more so, Art Trails creates a great excuse to get out & about to new places in Sonoma County.  As we are driving down numerous hidden back-country roads toward our next stop on the Art Trails, we have the perfect excuse to stop off at a nearby winery or restaurant for refreshment and sustenance.  After all, looking at so much great art is sort of like an endurance race, requiring (delicious) food & hydration……

I am proud to call Sebastopol my home of many years. I love its progressive attitude and upscale down-to-earth vibe, among other things. So its no surprise that my town is home to the largest Art Center in California, north of San Francisco—Sebastopol Center for the Arts—responsible for creating this fun adventure known as Sonoma County Art Trails.

If you’re new to Art Trails, here’s a great way to take advantage of this event: Go to the Sebastopol Center for the Arts at 282 S High St, Sebastopol, CA 95472. They are open Tuesdays through Sundays from 10-4 pm and have extended hours over the weekend from 10-5 pm (10/13 & 14 and 10/20 & 21). Once there, you can pick up the Art Trails Catalog and Map, plus view the participants’ paintings throughout the gallery (each artist has one piece hanging in the gallery).  Or simply CLICK HERE for a digital version & print at your leisure.

Meanwhile, enjoy rambling around all the open art studios throughout Sonoma County….and have a great, art-filled weekend!

— Mark


Schedule for Sonoma County Art Trails

Sundays and Saturdays, October 13, 2018 – October 21, 2018

Upcoming Dates:

~ Saturday, October 13, 2018 – 10:00am to 05:00pm
~ Sunday, October 14, 2018 – 10:00am to 05:00pm
~ Saturday, October 20, 2018 – 10:00am to 05:00pm

Cost: Free


Various Sonoma County Art Studios
Sebastopol Center for the Arts
282 S. High Street
SebastopolCalifornia 95472

For More Information:

Contact: Sebastopol Center for the Arts
Local: 707-829-4797


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News This Week: Solar on Every Home & Outdoor Living

Posted on May 11, 2018 by Admin


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.

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.’”

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.”

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.

News This Week: Eco-Friendly Living And Other Stories

Posted on April 27, 2018 by Admin


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


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


Craftsman Beauty on Primrose Avenue in Santa Rosa

Posted on April 16, 2018 by Admin

3690 Primrose Avenue, Santa Rosa

2Bed/1Ba Craftsman Charmer with Art Studio,
Workshop & Vintage Water Tower on .71 Acres

Be the first to discover this incredible home in Southwest Santa Rosa. Travel down the private driveway and arrive in this peaceful and serene oasis, featuring a Vintage Craftsman charmer filled with light and tall ceilings. Hardwood floors, upgraded windows, high ceilings, and the spacious interiors filled with an abundance of natural light invites comfort and beauty. The front porch and back patio create ideal sitting areas to enjoy the expansive landscape abundant with antique roses, raised garden beds, lawns and a variety of mature trees, shrubs and flowers. Lots of room for additional vehicle, RV or boat parking.  A 2-room art studio with an attached greenhouse waits for your creative inspiration.  The large metal workshop features a separate office space, storage loft, and drive through set-up with two roll-up bay doors.  Original Water Tower sits behind the house and is currently used as a laundry room–with endless conversion possibilities. This is a rare opportunity you won’t want to miss!

Make your way to the end of the private driveway and discover a bright and cheerful art studio featuring two rooms and an attached greenhouse- perfect for gardeners! Right across from the art studio sits a workshop complete with a partial loft and a separate office space.

An original 19th century water tower has been updated to feature a large laundry room with an upstairs loft/storage… but this fun and creative space could easily be converted into whatever your heart desires. Climb to the top and discover incredible mountain views!

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