Friday, July 6, 2018

Tuesday night movies at St Francis Winery

Stars under the stars at St Francis Winery in Rincon Valley

Best outdoor theater in the Wine Country
Looking for something fun to do mid week? St Francis Winery has your Tuesday nights covered in July.  Every Tues night all month, come to the winery, set out a blanket and enjoy a complimentary movie at dusk.  Prior to the movie, food and wine is available for purchase from some of Sonoma County's best food trucks.  Bands entertain the crowd until the movie starts.   

The 2018 line up includes:
  • July 10th 
    • Movie: Singin' in the Rain
    • Band: Atomic Lounge Show
    • Food: El Coyote
  • July 17th 
    • Movie: Rocky
    • Band: Carlos Herrera Band
    • Food: El Coyote
  • July 24th 
    • Movie: The Wedding Singer
    • Band: Band Camp
    • Food: El coyote
  • July 31st 
    • Movie: Jaws
    • Band: Z & The Benders
    • Food: Tri-Tip Trolley
Band Camp entertains the crowd until dusk

Last year I went and saw The Breakfast Club.  Here's what I learned... 
  • Show up early if there is more than one of you so that you get a good seat. 
  • If you are going solo, you can show up at the last minute. 
  • The movie starts at dusk, a little after 8:30
  • Bring a blanket.  Should a breeze pick up it can get cool
  • Bring snacks to enjoy with wine sold on premises 
Details:
  • Every Tuesday evening in July
  • Doors open at 7pm
  • Movie starts at dusk
  • Cost: Free
  • Food: available for purchase
  • Wine: no outside alcohol allowed, Wine for sale 
  • No dogs
El Coyote gourmet food truck
Gourmet food trucks

More information:
Location:
  • St Francis Winery
  • 100 Pythian Rd 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
  • Jim@StFrancisProperty.com
  • (707) 494-1055
  • Rincon Valley - Santa Rosa
  • Your Rincon Valley Realtor
    DRE# 01368633


Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Rockin the River in Guerneville

Free concerts every other Thursday night

The Party's in Guerneville on Thursday evenings


When I first moved to Sonoma County in 1990, there wasn't much to do at night.  Fast forward 25 years, and Gwen and I have to pick and choose what events we want to go to.  On Friday nights, there are 5 - 8 events we get to choose from.  On Thursdays, there are 3 - 6 events.  One of them is Rockin on the River on the plaza in Guerneville.

Come out and enjoy the "chill" vibe.  This year's line up includes:
  • Jun 21   Zepparella
  • July 5    The Everly Brothers Experience
  • July 19  Marleen Valente and Invasion Latina
  • Aug 2    Luv Planet
  • Aug 16  San Francisco Airship
  • Aug 30  Midnight Sun
When: Every other Thursday evening 7 - 8:30pm
Where: Guerneville Plaza
Cost: Free




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
  • Jim@StFrancisProperty.com
  • (707) 494-1055
  • Rincon Valley - Santa Rosa
  • Your Rincon Valley Realtor
    DRE# 01368633


Monday, June 18, 2018

Music on the Lawn at St Francis Winery

Come enjoy wine, food, and music at St Francis Winery this Sunday June 24th  2 - 4 pm


Stax City performs on a warm day at St Francis

This is an annual event where each Sunday in June, musical acts come to the winery lawn and perform for free.  This last weekend features the Dylan Black Project.  Bring a low back lawn chair, some snacks, and buyer a bottle of wine, and enjoy a Sunday with someone special.
Does life get better?


Where: St Francis Winery
             100 Pythian Rd
              Rincon Valley

Cost: Free

When: Sundays through June
            2pm - 4pm

Bring: 

  • Low back chair
  • Snacks


Don't bring: 

  • pets
  • outside alcholol

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
  • Jim@StFrancisProperty.com
  • (707) 494-1055
  • Rincon Valley - Santa Rosa
  • Your Rincon Valley Realtor
    DRE# 01368633


Why do people remodel?





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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
  • Jim@StFrancisProperty.com
  • (707) 494-1055
  • Rincon Valley - Santa Rosa
  • Your Rincon Valley Realtor
    DRE# 01368633


SOLD 420 Tamara Windsor

Sold with multiple offers over list price


Photo by Jim Cheney Broker/Owner
420 Tamara 
Sold 8/15/2016
Price: 654,000
Built: 1989
Beds: 3
Baths: 2
Sq Ft: 1837
Lot: 9783

Photo by Jim Cheney Broker/Owner
RV parking

Photo by Jim Cheney Broker/Owner
420 Tamara Ln Entrance

Photo by: Jim Cheney Broker/Owner
Formal Dining Area

Photo by: Jim Cheney Broker/ Owner
Kitchen

Photo by: Jim Cheney Broker/ Owner
Kitchen

Photo by: Jim Cheney Broker/Owner
Kitchen

Photo by: Jim Cheney Broker/Owner
Master Bath



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
  • Jim@StFrancisProperty.com
  • (707) 494-1055
  • Rincon Valley - Santa Rosa
  • Your Rincon Valley Realtor
    DRE# 01368633


Friday, June 15, 2018

Rincon Valley Homes Sold April 2018

Survey of Rincon Valley homes sold in April 2018

(does not include Mobile homes or Oakmont)

Map of Rincon Valley Homes Sold
Properties  listed correspond with pins on map









Prepared by Jim Cheney Broker/Owner of Saint Francis Properties
Click on report to enlarge it
Interesting facts in this report are:
  • Average Sales Price was: $751,306
  • Median Sales Price was: %700,500
  • Average Sales Price was lower than the average Original List Price



DOM/CDOM means Days on the Market and Continuous Days on the Market
SP % OP represents the percentage the sales price is under or over the original list price


Take away:
  • Buyers are still interested in RV properties
  • They are going into escrow quickly
  • Sellers are generally getting the price they are asking for




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
  • Jim@StFrancisProperty.com
  • (707) 494-1055
  • Rincon Valley - Santa Rosa
  • Your Rincon Valley Realtor
    DRE# 01368633


Thursday, June 14, 2018

Fathers Day Pancake Breakfast in Kenwood

Kenwood Fire Dept Explores Cook Breakfast for Dads 


Photo by Jim Cheney Broker/Owner
Kenwood Pancake Breakfast


My kids have taken me there for Father's Day several years in a row.  It's not fancy, but it's fun and you'll probably run into somebody you know.  

Enjoy all the usual suspects:
  • Pancakes
  • Eggs
  • Sausage
  • Fruit
  • OJ
  • Coffee
  • Milk
Look at those happy faces!


When: Fathers Day June 17 7:30am - 11 am
Where: Kenwood Fire Station 9045 Sonoma Highway 707.883.2042
Cost: 
  • Adults $8
  • Kids $6
  • Under 5 years old, free





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
  • Jim@StFrancisProperty.com
  • (707) 494-1055
  • Rincon Valley - Santa Rosa
  • Your Rincon Valley Realtor
    DRE# 01368633


Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Melitta Station

Rincon Valley's Historic Melitta Station


Photo by Jim Cheney Broker/Owner Saint Francis Properties
The old Melitta Station

Rincon Valley has it's back road treasures. The Melita Station is one of them.  Located at 5850 Melita Rd in Rincon Valley, Santa Rosa.  The Melitta Station is located at the end of a narrow country road. Shaded by a thick canopy of trees, the Inn backs to the Santa Rosa Creek. 

Currently owned by the Spring Lake Village residential care facility,  this historic Rincon Valley building was built in the 1880's and was a stagecoach stop for travelers traveling between Sonoma and Santa Rosa.  In 1887 it became a train depot popular with Italian immigrants who came to work the quarries for basalt paving stones which were shipped via rail to a young, growing San Francisco.

The building morphed from a train depot to an Inn/flop house for the quarry workers who stayed until they earned enough money to buy their own property or make other accommodations.  The building has worn many hats to include a general store, antique post, feed store and a post office for the town of Melitta. In the 1970's it was a hippie commune.

In 1987 it was returned to a Bed and Breakfast. Visitors to the Inn could enjoy a very short walk to Annadel State Park where there are miles of endless hiking and mountain bike trails.

Most recently it has been renovated by the Spring Lake Village (Corvina corp) for use by its residential business. 




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
  • Jim@StFrancisProperty.com
  • (707) 494-1055
  • Rincon Valley - Santa Rosa
  • Your Rincon Valley Realtor
    DRE# 01368633


Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Mortgage rates (National Averages)



Mortgage rates take a dip in early June




Source: 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
  • Jim@StFrancisProperty.com
  • (707) 494-1055
  • Rincon Valley - Santa Rosa
  • Your Rincon Valley Realtor
    DRE# 01368633


Monday, June 11, 2018

Homes and Land Magazine

Why your listing should be in Homes and Land Magazine






Some agents will tell you that ads in Homes and Land Magazine are a waste of time.  They will tell you that anybody who is serious about buying a home has an agent who will provide them up to date information on homes that match their criteria.  THAT'S NOT TRUE.  


  •  Not all agents follow the MLS that closely
  • Some agents just aren't that good at connecting the needs of their clients with homes that come on the market
  • Some agents have multiple buyers and lose track of "who is looking for what".
  • Sometimes buyers change their mind about what they want
  • Some buyers may not know what they want until they see it
  • Not all buyers have reached out to an agent yet, and seeing your home in H & L, might be just what it takes for them to call an agent.

Question:  How does having your listing in Homes and Land hurt you? 
Answer: It doesn't.  

Homes and Land Magazine is an important part of a broker's marketing

Seller's pay a lot of money to their agents, and sellers should demand that some of that money go into advertising their home in addition to just putting it in the MLS. 



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
  • Jim@StFrancisProperty.com
  • (707) 494-1055
  • Rincon Valley - Santa Rosa
  • Your Rincon Valley Realtor
    DRE# 01368633