Monday, June 1, 2020

Oat Hill Mine

Oat Hill Mine Trail

A great hike just over the hill in Calistoga



Generally, I don't need to send people out of Sonoma County to find a good hike, but Oat Hill Mine is worth the 20-minute drive from Rincon Valley into Napa County.

The Oat Hill Mine Trailhead is on the northern border of the Town of Calistoga where Hwy 29 meets Silverado Trail Road.  To find it simply enter Oat Hill Mine Trailhead Calistoga into Waze or Google maps and it will take you right there.  

The hike is an 8.3 mile "out and back" hike.  It's mostly a moderate ascent on the original passage taking mercury miners in the 1800s from Calistoga up to the Oat Hill Mine.  There is plenty of room to pass other hikers while maintaining social distancing.  Dogs are welcome on the trail although ticks are a real problem.  The fire road is bumpy and rocky, and tripping hazards exist. Parts of the trail are exposed to the direct sun so use caution when hiking on a hot day.  No water or bathrooms are available.   

The highlight of the hike is the views of the Napa Valley.  The view is always changing as the trail twists and turns its way toward Mt St. Helena.

Oat Hill Mine operated from 1872 - 1944.  It was the 3rd largest mercury mine in the nation.


About the trail:
Fee: none
Parking: Park near the trailhead on the street or in the small parking lot
Distance: 8.25 miles
Destination: Out and back
Elevation gain: 2000'
ADA compliant: No
Dogs: yes, on a leash
More information: NapaOutdoors.org
Trail map: Map





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
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  • Saint Francis Property
  • JimCheneyRealtor@gmail.com
  • (707) 494-1055
  • Rincon Valley - Santa Rosa
  • Your Rincon Valley Realtor
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Saturday, April 18, 2020

Sonoma County Regional Park

Riverfront Park


A bench overlooks the first lake 

Riverfront Park is a county regional park located on Eastside Road just outside the city limits of the Town of Windsor.  The main feature of this park are 2 moderate lakes that were originally used for mining gravel.  Visitors can access the Russian River however it is hidden and can be difficult to find/access.  Bring a trail map with you or use the map app on your phone to help locate the access point for the river.

A swimmer prepares to make it to "The Rock"

There is no swimming in the 2 lakess, however, swimming is allowed in the Russian River.  There is no lifeguard.  Riverfront Park is a great park for:

Gravel trails make for nice hiking and jogging
  • Easy bicycling 
  • Easy hiking
  • Easy running
  • Fishing
  • Kayaking/canoeing 
  • Barbeque

Here are the details:

  • Parking is $7
  • Hours are 7am - sunset
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Flush toilets 
  • No swimming in either of the 2 lakes
  • More details: Riverfront
  • 3.2 miles of flat level trails (mostly gravel, some dirt)
  • Park Map




The park is located at 7821 Eastside Road  Healdsburg, CA







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

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Mortgage Survey April 16th

FreddieMac Mortgage Survey April 16th 2020

A reminder that mortgage rates are very attractive right now.  The amount of interest paid on a 30-year loan can really affect your purchasing power.  


Below is a year-to-date graph for 30 yr, 15 yr, and 5/1 adjustable rates:










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, April 15, 2020

Rincon Valley Restaurants Open For Take-Out

Tired of cooking at home during this Shelter-in-Place? Check out these restaurants in (and around) Rincon Valley that are open for Take-Out


The following list was composed from information obtained in the Press Democrat, and from my personal experience driving around Rincon Valley and neighboring areas.  Each restaurant has unique days and hours for food service.  Please call ahead to confirm.  If you have a correction or know of a restaurant I should add, leave me the name in the comment section below.

Click on the restaurant's name to be taken to their website.  Some restaurants listed don't have a website.

4046 Sonoma Hwy 
Rincon Valley
539-0899

9049 Sonoma Hwy 
Kenwood
833-2690

China Legend
500 Mission Blvd
Rincon Valley
538-8698

Cielito Lindo Restaurant
52 Mission Blvd #110
Rincon Valley
976-2070

5755 Mountain Hawk Dr
Rincon Valley
551-6020

Corner Park Cafe
4275 Montgomery Dr
Santa Rosa
539-2416

East and West Cafe
557 Summerfield Rd
Santa Rosa
546-6142



Everest Indian Restaurant
104 Calistoga Rd
Rincon Valley
843-7441

Juncture Taproom
4357 Montgomery Dr
Santa Rosa
293-9702



Lepes Taqueria
4323 Montgomery Dr
Santa Rosa
538-8991

2765 Yulupa Ave
Santa Rosa
304-5724

535 Summerfield Rd
Santa Rosa
538-1888



Mountain Mikes Pizza
4501 Montgomery Dr
Rincon Valley
890-5033

799 Montecito Center
Rincon Valley
538-0775






8910 Sonoma Hwy
Kenwood
833-4000

Papa Murphys
140 Calistoga Rd
Rincon Valley
538-8880

5755 Mountain Hawk Dr
Rincon Valley
843-5143

Round Table
550 Montecito Blvd
Rincon Valley
538-1777

9900 Sonoma Hwy
Kenwood
833-6326

Spring Lake Chinese Restaurant
5219 Montgomery Dr
Santa Rosa
539-1462

Subway
124 Calistoga Rd
Rincon Valley
890-5005




Su Casa
108 Calistoga Rd
Rincon Valley
538-7937






Taqueria Santa Rosa (#5)
791 Montecito Blvd
Rincon Valley
538-2642

TIPS Roadside
8445 Sonoma Hwy
Kenwood
509-0078

Trail House
4036 Montgomery Dr
Santa Rosa
843-4943






Union Hotel 
280 Mission Blvd
Rincon Valley
538-6000






Urban Pizza Co
500 Mission Blvd
Rincon Valley
978-4668

Wine County Cafe and Deli
5855 Sonoma Hwy
Santa Rosa
230-2462

Zoftig Eatery
57 Montgomery Dr
Santa Rosa
521-9554











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

Thursday, April 9, 2020

8018 Creekside Drive Windsor, CA

Just Listed:

 8018 Creekside Dr in Windsor, CA

$615,000





HOUSE DETAILS:

Built: 1989
1757 Sqft (tax records)
3 Bedrooms
2 Full baths (upstairs)
1 Half bath (downstairs)
2 Car attached garage with lots of built-in storage
Stainless steel appliances
GE Cafe oven with 5 burner gas stovetop
Quartz counters
Kitchen island w/butcher block top
Deep kitchen sink
Bosch dishwasher
Recessed lighting
Fireplace (wood burning)
Central heat
Ceiling fans
Dual-pane windows
French doors
SmartCore manufactured floors
Indoor laundry

LOT DETAILS:

4907 Sqft (tax records)
Driveway: paved with generous room for 2 cars

What I love about this house:

Lots of natural light.  At sunrise, the living and family rooms are full of morning sun. As the sun travels across the sky, the family room, kitchen, and bedrooms enjoy a full day of natural light.

Our GE Cafe double oven is great for parties and holiday cooking.  Big oven up top for the main course, and smaller oven below for casseroles, desserts, etc...

Foothill Park is just 1.5 miles up Hembree Lane

How do I see this home?

Contact Jim Cheney (listing broker) at:  707.494.1055 to schedule a COVID19 compliant showing.  








The Foyer, just inside the front door, can take you into the dining area (pictured) or into the living room



The formal dining room featuring beautiful baseboards and crown molding 

Dining room with wrought iron accents and Tahitian Walnut SmartCore waterproof flooring  




Kitchen with stainless steel appliances, recessed lights, cooks island with counter seating




GE Cafe oven with 5 burner gas stove and Ancona hood

The kitchen opens up to the family room.  A big garden window above the deep sink.

Quartz counters and subway tile backsplash make the kitchen bright and cheery.  Bosch SilentPlus dishwasher.


Butcher block island top

Deep sink with quartz counter

Quartz counter

Just beyond the kitchen is the family room with a ceiling fan and south-facing windows.

From the family room, you can access the patio thru beautiful French doors

French doors lead to the covered patio


Living room with wood-burning brick fireplace and wall to wall carpet 

Living room

Living room 


Down-stairs half bath with laundry closet



Guest bedroom #1 (upstairs) with generous closet space


Guest bedroom #1


 Shared guest bath

Guest bedroom #2 with generous closet space
Master bedroom with wall to wall carpet and vaulted ceiling

Master bedroom

Master bath with double closets and double sinks


Master bath shower



Entrance
2 car garage with automatic door opener and built-in storage


Rear patio with arbor








Side yard

A community park is just 2 driveways away






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