Posts Tagged 'Monte Rio'

Theater in Santa Rosa

Theater on the Santa Rosa JC Campus

Each summer a group of friends attends one of the musicals produced by the Summer Repertory Theater at Santa Rosa Junior College.   We have seen Bye Bye Birdie, Kiss Me Kate, Forever Plaid – to name a few.  All have been terrific.  This year we saw Hairspray.

I remember seeing snippets of Hairspray, the movie, when I had teenagers but I had never really paid attention.  I recall dancing, a lot of teased hair and  Ricki Lake making it in the Big Time.  I had no idea that it had become a Broadway hit over a decade later.  Well, what a performance was put on at the JC.  I am always amazed at the incredible talent in this area.  For as little as $12 a ticket you can see top notch performances at the JC, in Sebastopol at the Main Street Theater, in Monte Rio at a couple of venues and Santa Rosa’s 6th Street Players.  We are not only blessed with a beautiful place to live but one full of arts and other delights.

Tomorrow I am planning to attend the opening of the Donkey Barn show at the Occidental Center for the Arts.  It is featured in my column in the Sonoma County Gazette this month.  Watch for it here in a couple of days.

What is Happening this Weekend in Sonoma County?

Sebastopol Farmer's Market

Every weekend in Sonoma County is packed throughout the year but once summer has hit (which it has!) there are so many things to do that I have a difficult time deciding which to take in.  There are signs along the roads in every community with a Pancake Breakfast or a dance at the Grange.  And then there are the Farmer’s Markets.  I like Occidental on Friday night and Sebastopol on Sunday morning.  But others are probably just as good – these are the ones close to home.

Just to give you an example – In THIS WEEK SONOMA COUNTY which is only four pages long are three unique events.  The Lavender Food and Wine Festival is happening in Kenwood at the Lavender Barn at 8537 Sonoma Highway.  There are cooking demonstrations, music, lavender products and wines by Chateau St. Jean, Kenwood Winery and B.R. Cohn.   Sausal Winery is celebrating the 1956 purchase of Sausal Ranch by Rose and Leo Demonstene on Saturday from 11 to 4 with a 1950s themed diner-style lunch, classic cars and Elvis Presley music at 7370 Hwy. 128 in Healdsburg.  Right here at Bill’s Farm Basket and Pony Espresso at 10315 Bodega Hwy between Sebastopol and Freestone is the Hoe Down with Three Legged Sister performing at 6:30 on Saturday.

Lavender in the Garden

One great place to find something to do is to the Sonoma County Gazette.  The Calendar is always full of ideas.  If you do not get a hardcopy of the Gazette, you can find it on line at:

I plan to see friends, play 9-holes at Northwood Golf Course in Monte Rio, maybe visit the Di Rosa Preserve on the way to Napa and work in my garden.  Oh, maybe I won’t be able to fit that all in!  But I will be happy trying.  Have a wonderful weekend.

Does Anything Ever Stay the Same?

Just when I thought that I had changed everything that should be changed, another big change has occurred in my life.  I am now a REALTOR affiliated with Better Homes and Gardens – Mason-McDuffie.  Now that is a mouthful!  How did this come about?  Mason-McDuffie is the brokerage that I joined when I moved to Prudential CA Realty some 4 years ago.  The company owns 35 offices (of which Sebastopol is one) with 1900 agents throughout Northern California and the Reno-Sparks area of Nevada.  


So what does all of this mean to my clients and me?  My funny, flippant answer is that I have always wanted to be with a company that has a green (or non-blue) logo.  It goes so much better with my coloring.  The serious answer is that for right now – it means nothing.  A lot of hoopla was made at the announcement meeting in San Francisco about improved tools, expanded marketing and better name recognition.   Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate LLC is a subsidiary of Realogy Corporation, a global leader in real estate and relocation services.  Meredith Corporation is the licensor of the Better Homes and Gardens brand and publishes the magazine, Better Homes and Gardens.  

I have spent my last 36 hours contacting the sellers of my listings and giving the heads up on the sign changing in front of their homes.  I am selecting new business cards – yes, my beautiful new business cards that Jen designed are now obsolete.  I am doing the business that needs to be done.  This seems like an excellent time to post my listings here.  

1623 Gamay Street, Santa Rosa

 Today the home on 1623 Gamay Street in Santa Rosa went active in the MLS.  Asking price is $348,000 which is a short sale.  This is a lovely home in West Santa Rosa off of Guerneville Road.  With only one loan, the approval time from the bank should not be very long.  


One of 3 Residences at Sully's

The nostalgic community of Monte Rio is along the Russian River and hosts the Bohemian Grove.  Sully’s was the playground of San Franciscans escaping the summer fog.  Today this property  is 1.75 acres of walkways and redwoods with three  residences.   This historic property offered at $650,000. 

417 N Main Street, Sebastopol

Sebastopol is known for gravenstein apples and vintage charm.  This four bedroom, two bath home was built in 1903 and is true Sebastopol.  Hardwood floors, gas fireplace, spacious porch – all add up to a convenient, livable home in downtown.

8190 Knoll Drive, Forestville

I used to live in Forestville so there is a special place in my heart for this wonderful little town.  Up in the warmth of Mirabel Heights is 8190 Knoll Drive.  This 2 bedroom cabin is on a double lot which means it has some gardening room.  The interior is knotty pine and totally Russian River in style. 

Call me if you would like more information on any of these listings.  My phone number remains the same:  707 486-3119. 

The End of the Golf Season


View from the 4th green towards the 3rd fairway at Sonoma Golf Course

Golf is somewhat of an obsession with me.  I would never have believed it had I been told that this would come to be the case – but, alas, it is.  Tom is not out on a course as often as I but he certainly watches more of the Golf Channel than I do.  We enjoy playing, watching and analyzing golf.  So in the final days of Indian summer we volunteer to marshal at the Charles Schwab Cup Tournament.  If you do not know what this tournament is, you are not alone.  There are avid golfers who do not know.  Each year the Charles Schwab Cup is the prize for having the “best” cumulative season on the Champions Tour.  Okay, you ask, “What is the Champions Tour?”  The Champions Tour is the “old” guys tour – over 50.  Some of them didn’t look all that old to me!  

Nick Price

Nick Price and Barbara Shula - photograph by Nick's caddie

The Charles Schwab Cup Tournament is the year end tournament and the culmination of the Cup competition.  The winner of the tournament is usually a different player than the winner of the Cup so there is still reason to play even if a player is not in the running for the Cup.  It is a smaller tournament as only the top 30 money winners are invited to participate.  Tom and I each captained the marshals for one hole.    I captained a par 3 hole and Tom captained a par 5 hole. Marshals are the people you see on TV who are holding their hands up and asking people to be quiet, looking for the arrant golf ball and making life easier for the players.  It is quite a bit of work but a lot of fun.  The people in contention for the Cup this year were Loren Roberts (who ended up winning), Fred Funk, Bernhard Langer and Jay Haas.   Loren Roberts took the Cup and John Cook won the tournament.  Okay, that is probably more than you wanted to know about all of that but I needed to set the stage for my pictures.  Wednesday is the Pro Am where each player pairs with four amateurs for a round of golf.  While many of the workers (and I am sure some of the players) hate this day – it is my favorite.  That is because some of the players are very relaxed and enter into conversations.  Two of the friendliest players are Nick Price and Jay Haas.  Both welcomed a photo session.  “Chuck” Schwab was the photographer one photo.  He was having a great day out with Jay Haas.  Nick Price is not only a player but is a network commentator for the PGA Tour.

Jay Haas

Tony Broome, Barbara Shula and Jay Haas - Photograph by Charles Schwab

For the last seven years this tournament has been held in Sonoma County at the Sonoma Golf Club on Arnold Drive between Glen Ellen and the town of Sonoma.  In those seven years, two million dollars was raised  for local charities.  Next year the tournament is moving to Harding Park in San Francisco.  We hope to work that tournament as the tour would like the same crew but we will have to wait and see if the City of SF has other plans.  It is usually the last week of October.  Thankfully we had incredible weather this year – no rain, pleasant temperature.

So our golf life has continued.  Yesterday we played a brisk 9 holes at Northwood Golf Course in Monte Rio.  Tomorrow we are leaving for Palm Springs and plan to get out at least twice while there.  I am certainly looking forward to improving my game this year.

A week in Sonoma County

This last week has been really full of Sonoma County fun.  It started on Monday with a party at the home of some friends outside of Forestville whose daughter is leaving for Madrid to get her MBA.  Katherine is a beautiful, vivacious young woman who seems to know everyone in West County.  It is not often that we find ourselves in a crowd of 20-somethings.  Great food (there were a good number of local chefs in attendance), a tango demonstration and beautiful scenery.  Why is she going to Madrid?  Wednesday I was sitting at my desk and my phone started beeping – I had forgotten that it was Wednesday!   Wednesday is my afternoon to play golf with EWGA.  That stands for Executive Women Golf Association.  We meet up around 4:30 at Oakmont East golf course and play 9 homes.  Oakmont EastOakmont is a planned community with two golf courses.  Oakmont West is an 18-hole regulation golf course.  Lots of views and some challenging holes.  Oakmont East is a par 63 executive course.  It is a lot of fun because none of us take ourselves too seriously and we just play to have a good time.  After our nine holes, we meet up at the clubhouse and have a glass of wine and a few nibbles before we all go home for dinner.  I cannot believe that I got so involved in work that I almost missed it!   Thursday is our day to have dinner with my friend, Phyllis, who I know through the rose society.  This Thursday was so busy that we decided to meet at a local diner on Fulton Road in Santa Rosa, Louie’s.  We were pretty quiet but had great down home food – Tom had liver and onions, Phyllis had the cheese omelet and I had a chicken taco salad.  Friday was a long work day for me.  After visiting a couple of past clients with magnificently remodeled homes, I headed for San Jose to show property.  I got home around 11.  Saturday was six hours of work and then another party.  This party was  outside of Guerneville on a hill that has views forever.

Looking over the pool at Pool Ridge

Looking over the pool at Pool Ridge

  It was the 70th birthday of our host and was quite an event.  Not many 20-somethings but there were about 12 kids under age 8.  We headed out to the river early and just hung out in Monte Rio and Guerneville before we went up to the party.  Interesting people and more great food.  I was the designated driver so I skipped the array of wines but one really doesn’t always need wine!   Sunday was the Redwood Empire Rose Society annual picnic.  This year we had our luncheon at Western Hills Nursery and Garden outside of Occidental.  It is an exceptional botanical garden with some exotic plants that you will not find in other gardens.  We wandered the garden and enjoyed the company.  It was a spectacular day.  To top the whole week off, my compost pile was around 125 degrees F.  Not bad for a hand turned compost pile.  Now it is another Monday.  No great party tonight but after last week, I need a quiet night at home.

What is for sale on the Russian River for less than $170,000?

Yesterday I visited a home that is listed for sale on Hwy 116 just outside of Monte Rio.  It is located between the town of Monte Rio and the Northwood Golf course.  Not a lot of building in this area due to the terrain but there is an alcove of four homes that are nestled above the road.  The home I visited is a two bedroom, two bath with a garage on the market for $169,900 and is bank owned.

The home is in realitively good shape with newer Pergo floors in the living room and bedrooms.  The lot is spacious and has some sun.  Most remarkable to me was that once inside the home, the street noise was not evident.  Thank goodness for dual pane windows.

Just last October, we listed and sold a one bedroom, one bath cabin with no usable land that looked very nice but needed some foundation work.  It sold for $186,000.  While the low end of the market is very active throughout California, there are still places that the prices are less than a year ago.  Take a look at these videos and see what is listed at under $170,000.

This video is of the outside in front.  The other houses are adjacent along the road but all to the left of the house.   It appears that one of the neighbors may be using the parkings space while it is vacant.  I mentioned not knowing how much of the property is included.  From the country records, it appears that the lot is over 7,000 sq. ft.  so most of the land should be a part of the lot.

Inside of the home is very light and has good energy.

The back yard appears to have been completely fenced for a dog enclosure.  There is a gate at the entrance to the deck that could be closed to provide a fenced area for a dog that includes the back area and the deck with the doggie door at the front door.  Actually this is the only door to get in and out of the house.

There are other properties in this price range but they are either deep in the redwoods, have no land or are in terrible condition.  This has been on the market 17 days and so I doubt that it will last very long.   There are often teaser prices put on properties these days.  What is a teaser price?  Pricing a property well below what the current market value is.  Listing agents will do this to get many lookers and hope for a bidding war that drives the prices up.  I don’t think that this is a teaser price as there are 47 active listings in the area for less than $300,000.  In the last 6 months 61 have sold.  14 are currently in contract .  This appears to be priced to sell.

Properties on the Market on Bohemian Hwy

I took a few videos of homes on the market for a client.   There are three videos.  Two videos are for the same property which is a cute cabin on about an acre outside of Monte Rio.  There are two buildings – one is an updated cabin and the other a garage with an efficiency unit above.  The third video is of a bank owned property outside of Occidental.  Both properties are creek frontage  and on Bohemian Hwy.  The videos are uploaded to YouTube and can be reached through these links.  (Grounds of Monte Rio property) (Interior of Monte Rio property) (Property outside of Occidental).  Lydia, these are for you.  Enjoy the views. Continue reading ‘Properties on the Market on Bohemian Hwy’


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