Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Foothill Regional Park

Sonoma County's Foothill Regional Park



Foothill Park is one of Sonoma County's Regional Parks. It is a medium sized park of 211 rolling acres, highlighted by 3 lakes. 

The park was established in 1990 and was previously a ranch. There are plenty of trails from easy to a few that will make your heart pump. One of my favorite hikes is up to the Alta Vista Trail which gives you beautiful views of central Sonoma County. 

The park is mostly oak woodlands with a variety of species of Oak trees.

View from the Alta Vista Trail
Park highlights include: 

  • 7 miles of trails
  • Varied terrain
  • 3 lakes for fishing
  • Mountain bike, hiking, & equestrian trails
  • Running water and bathrooms in the parking lot. 

A nice hike is to head directly up to the Three Lakes Trail, then to the Alta Vista Trail to the Oakwood Trail, back to the parking lot. This is a popular park, lots of people around. Free parking is available outside the front gate. As always, bring plenty of water, the park can get hot in the summer. 

Location: 1531 Arata Lane Windsor, CA
Dogs: Yes on 6' leash
Cost: $7 for parking (Free with park pass)
Water: in the
parking lot
Map: Trail 
More info: Foothill



Friday, October 5, 2018

514 Morgan Woods Court

Just listed: 514 Morgan Woods Court Windsor, CA

Listed by: Jim Cheney, Broker/Owner Saint Francis Properties "Your Rincon Valley Realtor"

Details:

MLS #2182583
Price: $849,000
Open House Dates:
  • October 13th 1-4pm
  • October 20th 1-4pm

House:

  • Built 2003
  • 2 stories
  • 2330 SqFt
  • 4 bedrooms (1 downstairs 3 upstairs)
  • 3 full baths  (1 downstairs 2 upstairs)
  • Generous bonus room upstairs
  • Vaulted ceilings
  • Recessed lighting
  • 2 car garage + room for 2 in the driveway

Lot:

  • APN 162-230-039
  • 7090 SqFt
  • Flat level
  • Cul-de-sac location
  • Landscaped with patio, sprinklers & drip
  • Large private patio
  • Room for pool
  • Storage Shed

Amenities:

  • Recessed lighting
  • Vaulted ceilings
  • Hardwood floors
  • Dual pane windows
  • Formal living room
  • Family room with gas fireplace
  • Dining area with bay window
  • Gas stovetop
  • Kitchen island


    Listed by: Jim Cheney, Broker/Owner Saint Francis Properties "Your Rincon Valley Realtor"
    A staircase separates the formal living room from the family room & kitchen area


    Listed by: Jim Cheney, Broker/Owner Saint Francis Properties "Your Rincon Valley Realtor"
    Hardwood Floors custom colors and recessed lighting make this room warm and comfortable


    Listed by: Jim Cheney, Broker/Owner Saint Francis Properties "Your Rincon Valley Realtor"
    Kitchen, dining, and family great room 



    Listed by: Jim Cheney, Broker/Owner Saint Francis Properties "Your Rincon Valley Realtor"
    Slider in the family room leads to the rear yard


    Listed by: Jim Cheney, Broker/Owner Saint Francis Properties "Your Rincon Valley Realtor"
    The focus of the family room is the environmentally friendly gas fireplace


    Listed by: Jim Cheney, Broker/Owner Saint Francis Properties "Your Rincon Valley Realtor"






    Listed by: Jim Cheney, Broker/Owner Saint Francis Properties "Your Rincon Valley Realtor"
    Flush kitchen cabinets, recessed counter lighting 



    Listed by: Jim Cheney, Broker/Owner Saint Francis Properties "Your Rincon Valley Realtor"


    Listed by: Jim Cheney, Broker/Owner Saint Francis Properties "Your Rincon Valley Realtor"
    The downstairs bedroom is currently being used as an office




    Listed by: Jim Cheney, Broker/Owner Saint Francis Properties "Your Rincon Valley Realtor"
    Bonus room at the top of the stairs

    Listed by: Jim Cheney, Broker/Owner Saint Francis Properties "Your Rincon Valley Realtor"
    Another angle of the bonus room.  Entertainment center, gym, kids study or hobby room? 


    Listed by: Jim Cheney, Broker/Owner Saint Francis Properties "Your Rincon Valley Realtor"
    Large master bedroom has windows overlooking the front & back yards



    Listed by: Jim Cheney, Broker/Owner Saint Francis Properties "Your Rincon Valley Realtor"

    Listed by: Jim Cheney, Broker/Owner Saint Francis Properties "Your Rincon Valley Realtor"
    Generous master bathroom




    Listed by: Jim Cheney, Broker/Owner Saint Francis Properties "Your Rincon Valley Realtor"
    Large and private backyard

    Listed by: Jim Cheney, Broker/Owner Saint Francis Properties "Your Rincon Valley Realtor"
    Automatic sprinklers and drip system





    Listed by: Jim Cheney, Broker/Owner Saint Francis Properties "Your Rincon Valley Realtor"




    Listed by: Jim Cheney, Broker/Owner Saint Francis Properties "Your Rincon Valley Realtor"






    Neighborhood:

    This home is a short distance (1/2 mile) to Foothill Regional Park





    I love living in Sonoma County!  I've lived here since 1995 and can't imagine living in a better North Bay community.  Call me today if you're interested in buying a home in Sonoma County, or if you'd like to list your home for sale.  

    Jim Cheney, Your Rincon Valley Realtor
    • Jim Cheney, Broker
    • Saint Francis Property
    • JimCheneyRealtor@gmail.com
    • (707) 494-1055
    • Rincon Valley - Santa Rosa
    • Your Rincon Valley Realtor
      DRE# 01368633






    Thursday, September 27, 2018

    Time To Sell?

    Now is a great time to sell


    Click on the image to enlarge it




    I love living in Rincon Valley!  I've lived here since 1995 and can't imagine living in a better North Bay community.  Call me today if you're interested in buying a home in Rincon Valley, or if you'd like to list your Rincon Valley home for sale.  

    Jim Cheney, Your Rincon Valley Realtor
    • Jim Cheney, Broker
    • Saint Francis Property
    • JimCheneyRealtor@gmail.com
    • (707) 494-1055
    • Rincon Valley - Santa Rosa
    • Your Rincon Valley Realtor
      DRE# 01368633


    Wednesday, September 26, 2018

    Less paperwork, more interaction



    A recent study showed borrowers would like less paperwork in the mortgage process, and more interaction from the lender 



    I could not agree more, and when buyers use me as their broker, I have several mortgage brokers that I refer to who help streamline the paperwork.  




    I love living in Rincon Valley!  I've lived here since 1995 and can't imagine living in a better North Bay community.  Call me today if you're interested in buying a home in Rincon Valley, or if you'd like to list your Rincon Valley home for sale.  

    Jim Cheney, Your Rincon Valley Realtor
    • Jim Cheney, Broker
    • Saint Francis Property
    • JimCheneyRealtor@gmail.com
    • (707) 494-1055
    • Rincon Valley - Santa Rosa
    • Your Rincon Valley Realtor
      DRE# 01368633


    Tuesday, September 25, 2018

    2018 Blessing of the Animals at St Francis Vineyard

    Bring your pet to St Francis Winery for the 18th annual blessing of the animals Oct 7th

    Photo by: Jim Cheney, Broker/Owner Saint Francis Properties "Your Rincon Valley Realtor"
    Clergy blessing 2 incorrigible beagles
    This is such a fun event and benefits the Sonoma County Humane Society.  This year's goal: $10,000.
    Enjoy a glass of wine, and food on the lawn with other pet owners.  Some of the 2017 events included:
    • Clergy available for a personal blessing of your animal
    • Food for purchase
    • Wine for purchase
    • Animal products and vendors
    • Winery dog competition ($10 entry)
    • Silent auction
    • Pet psychic
    • Kissing booth
    • Raffle prizes  ($5 per tix)


    When: Sunday, October 7th 2pm - 5 pm
    Cost: admission is free
    Where: St Francis Winery 100 Pythian Dr (at Hwy 12) Santa Rosa


    I love living in Rincon Valley!  I've lived here since 1995 and can't imagine living in a better North Bay community.  Call me today if you're interested in buying a home in Rincon Valley, or if you'd like to list your Rincon Valley home for sale.  

    Jim Cheney, Your Rincon Valley Realtor
    • Jim Cheney, Broker
    • Saint Francis Property
    • JimCheneyRealtor@gmail.com
    • (707) 494-1055
    • Rincon Valley - Santa Rosa
    • Your Rincon Valley Realtor
      DRE# 01368633



    Tuesday, September 18, 2018

    Kunde Vineyard Dog Walk

    Take your dog for an off-leash walk through the hills of the Kunde vineyard


    Photo by: Jim Cheney, Broker/Owner Saint Francis Properties "Your Rincon Valley Realtor"
    Hikers and pooches make their way into the hills of the Kunde vineyard 

    Several times a year, Jeff Kunde leads visitors for a 3-4 mile hike through the hills and vines of the Kundey Winery.  Once hikers get away from the winery buildings, dogs are allowed to run free off leash as Jeff leads visitors through the vines and explains the history of the area.  Of course, there are plenty of stops where hand-picked wines are poured and sampled.
    Photo by Jim Cheney, Broker/Owner Saint Francis Properties "Your Rincon Valley Realtor"
    Humans sample some Kunde wine


    The hike wraps up back at the winery with a 5-star buffet lunch including wine (and treats for the dogs).  Gwen, Bagel, Jerry and I have done this hike several times, and it is worth the fee charged. I recommend reserving your spot now, and this hike sells out.

    Where: Kunde Family Winery 9825 Sonoma Hwy Kenwood
    When: Saturday Sept 29th  9am - 1pm
    Cost: $75

    • What to know: 
    • Dogs must be on leash at the beginning and end of the hike
    • All hikers must be 21
    • Wear comfortable hiking shoes
    • Bring layered clothing
    More info: Dog Hike


    Photo by: Jim Cheney, Broker/Owner Saint Francis Properties "Your Rincon Valley Realtor"
    Guests enjoy a post-hike lunch





    I love living in Rincon Valley!  I've lived here since 1995 and can't imagine living in a better North Bay community.  Call me today if you're interested in buying a home in Rincon Valley, or if you'd like to list your Rincon Valley home for sale.  

    Jim Cheney, Your Rincon Valley Realtor
    • Jim Cheney, Broker
    • Saint Francis Property
    • JimCheneyRealtor@gmail.com
    • (707) 494-1055
    • Rincon Valley - Santa Rosa
    • Your Rincon Valley Realtor
      DRE# 01368633


    Monday, September 17, 2018

    Water Bark

    Spring Lake's Water Bark



    Every fall after Labor Day, the swimming lagoon closes to the public.  The good news is that for 4 weekends, the lagoon is open for dogs to come play in the water (normally not allowed).  

    The swimming lagoon is fenced off and for a $7 donation, you can bring your dog in to play in the water.  The donation is a benefit for the Sonoma County Regional Parks Foundation.  Food and beverages will be available for purchase at the Otter Cafe.  

    Cost: $7 non-park members, $5  park members
    When: Sept 22 & 23;  Sept 29 & 30    9am - 5pm
    Where: Spring Lake Regional Park (swimming lagoon)
                 393 Violetti Santa Rosa
    More info: Water Bark








    I love living in Rincon Valley!  I've lived here since 1995 and can't imagine living in a better North Bay community.  Call me today if you're interested in buying a home in Rincon Valley, or if you'd like to list your Rincon Valley home for sale.  

    Jim Cheney, Your Rincon Valley Realtor
    • Jim Cheney, Broker
    • Saint Francis Property
    • JimCheneyRealtor@gmail.com
    • (707) 494-1055
    • Rincon Valley - Santa Rosa
    • Your Rincon Valley Realtor
      DRE# 01368633


    Sunday, September 16, 2018

    Mortgage rate survey




    Mortgage rates continue to inch upward
    Saint Francis Properties
    August rates per Freddie Mac



    I love living in Rincon Valley!  I've lived here since 1995 and can't imagine living in a better North Bay community.  Call me today if you're interested in buying a home in Rincon Valley, or if you'd like to list your Rincon Valley home for sale.  

    Jim Cheney, Your Rincon Valley Realtor
    • Jim Cheney, Broker
    • Saint Francis Property
    • JimCheneyRealtor@gmail.com
    • (707) 494-1055
    • Rincon Valley - Santa Rosa
    • Your Rincon Valley Realtor
      DRE# 01368633