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Summer is Really Over

While every time of year in Sonoma County is beautiful and much better in climate year round than any other spot on earth, the transition to winter is my least favorite time.  I love the summer mornings with the sun peeking through the redwoods in the early morning.  It is invigorating and demands that I rise from the comfort of sleep to start my day gusto.  This last week has been a week of anticipation for the change from Daylight Savings Time to Standard Time.  I wake in the morning to total darkness, look at the clock and it is almost 7 AM.  I have had trouble getting going in the morning and not once this week have I managed to get my workout in before I need am off to work.  Yesterday the dreariness was intensified by a much needed rainstorm.  It was the type of storm that barely requires a raincoat and only occasionally were the windshield wipers needed at full throttle.   Nothing to complain about at all even without the harsh contrast of devistation experienced on the East Coast from Hurricane Sandy.

Great Friends – Sally & David Ewald

September and October packed in those wonderful late summer outings.   Being Wine Country – most of the events had a great deal of wine involved.  The Rotary Club of Sebastopol put on another terrific lobster feed.  This event raises money for the many projects supported by the Rotary including mentoring of Analy High School students in business and philanthropy.

Lobster and Pinot – Complimentary

Two weekends each October is ArTrails – open studios throughout Sonoma County.  My last post was on Peter Krohn whom I interviewed for the Sonoma County Gazette.

Ceramic Man by Suki Diamond
http://www.sukidiamond.com

Ceramic Water Features
by Gerald Arrington
http://www.arringtondesign.com

I managed to get a few hours of studio hopping in before I went on to Napa for a decadent Chocolate and Wine tasting event that raised money for the Boys and Girls Club of Napa.

It is now 7:15 AM and still no light outside.  I did take a break from writing to do a Turbo Jam workout.  I can still get 4 workouts in this week.  I look back and think of the sun and great times of the last few weeks and remind myself that in every year some rain must fall.  And that the clocks will be turned back in just three more days!

Chocolate and Wine in Napa
Coco Tutti was a Favorite by All

Wine Country is spectacular!

Today I drove to Napa with a client to look at property.  While I am a huge fan Sonoma County and our wines.  Napa has a definite appeal to many.   The weather is a bit warmer but that brings roses to bloom sooner and cabernet sauvignon to the perfect ripeness.   The report of sales for Q1 was published today.   Sonoma County sales volume is about 4x the sales in Napa County.  Historically the cost of homes in Napa were more than double.   For the first quarter of 2009, the average sales price in Napa County was $386K as opposed to $300K in Sonoma County.  What does this mean if you are looking for a home?   It means that the sales are being made at the low end of the market and there are homes below $386,000 in Napa and below $300,000 in Sonoma.   It also means that not many homes are selling in the higher price ranges.  This is good news for buyers of luxury homes in both counties.  If you are looking for a country getaway or a retirement Shangri-la, come to the wine country of Northern California.  We are experienced REALTORS who can help you find exactly what you are dreaming of.


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