Thursday, May 31, 2018

Just listed 2060 Stonefield Ln

Fountaingrove

Stonefield looks over the 14th green of the Fountaingrove golf course

General Listing Details:

  • Located in Fountaingrove
  • Price: $535,000
  • MLS# 21813907
  • Pest report available for review
  • Most seller disclosures completed

Lot Details:

  • APN: 173-680-027
  • Type of unit - 2nd floor Condominium
  • Filtered views of Fountaingrove golf course
Entrance to 2nd story home

Home:

  • 1618 Sq ft
  • Built 1990
  • Single story
  • New carpet
  • Freshly painted
  • 2 Master bedroom suites
  • Gas fireplace in master bdrm
  • Walk-in closets 
  • Jetted tub in master 
  • 1/2 guest bath
  • Central vacuum 
  • Vaulted ceilings
  • Wet bar
  • Dual pane windows
  • Flooring
    • Carpet
    • Tile
  • Indoor laundry 
Photo by: Jim Cheney, Broker/Owner Saint Francis Properties "Your Rincon Valley Realtor"
Being on the 2nd story, this home benefits from vaulted ceilings, tall windows, and privacy

Photo by: Jim Cheney, Broker/Owner Saint Francis Properties "Your Rincon Valley Realtor"
Cozy living room with lots of light, fireplace and large deck with views of the golf course
Photo by: Jim Cheney, Broker/Owner Saint Francis Properties "Your Rincon Valley Realtor"
Freshly painted and new carpet 


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


Photo by: Jim Cheney, Broker/Owner Saint Francis Properties "Your Rincon Valley Realtor"
Built-in appliances, trash compactor, and 4 burner gas stove

Photo by: Jim Cheney, Broker/Owner Saint Francis Properties "Your Rincon Valley Realtor"
Stainless steel Bosch dishwasher, double sink, and garden window

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




Photo by: Jim Cheney, Broker/Owner Saint Francis Properties "Your Rincon Valley Realtor"
Master bedroom with private deck 

Photo by: Jim Cheney, Broker/Owner Saint Francis Properties "Your Rincon Valley Realtor"
Master bedroom with fireplace


Photo by: Jim Cheney, Broker/Owner Saint Francis Properties "Your Rincon Valley Realtor"
Master bath with double sinks and a jetted tub

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

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



Photo by: Jim Cheney, Broker/Owner Saint Francis Properties "Your Rincon Valley Realtor"
Guest bath and laundry closet



Private hot tub area close by

Homeowners Association:

  • Stonefield HOA
  • Managed by Focus Real Estate
  • Dues: $484 mo.
  • Amenities:
    • Hot tub
    • Pool
    • Tennis Courts
    • Walking trails
  • Fountaingrove Masters Association
    Swim or just "lay out" in the secluded pool
Play tennis as fox and deer look on


Neighborhood:

  • Nagasawa Park (1.5 mi)
  • Thomas Lake Harris Open Space Trail (.5mi)
  • Fir Ridge Park (1.8 mi)
  • Hidden Valley Park (2.1 mi)
  • Fountaingrove Country Club
Beautiful Lake Nagasawa just up the street

Local Businesses:

  • Kaiser Hospital  (1.3 mi. 5 min drive)
  • Sonoma County Civic Center  (1.5 mi. 7 min drive)
  • Keysight Technologies (1 mi., 4 min drive)
  • Luckys Supermarket (1.6 mi, 5 min drive)

Schools:

  • Hidden Valley Elementary 
  • Santa Rosa High School
  • Santa Rosa Junior College

Wineries:

  • Kendall Jackson
  • Martinelli
  • Hook and Ladder
  • Sonoma-Cutrer
Airport:

  • Sonoma County (Charles Schulz) Airport 6 mi.




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, May 29, 2018

Friday Night Live in Cloverdale

Enjoy a fun evening of music and food in Cloverdale

The action is at the plaza

Come up to Cloverdale Friday evening and enjoy Friday Night Live on the plaza.  Friday Night Live runs every Friday evening from  June 1st -  Aug 31st.

  • 6pm Street market opens
  • 6:30 Concerts begin

Gwen and I drive up several times a year to listen to an interesting act.  People seem surprised we'd drive up to Cloverdale from Santa Rosa.  Here's 4 reasons you should try it:

  1. Variety of food vendors to choose from for dinner
  2. Can buy fresh fruits and vegetables at the Farmer's Market
  3. Talk to friends 
  4. Listen to good music for free






2018 concert line up
CloverdaleArtsAlliance.org


When Friday June 1 - Aug 31
           6pm
Where: Cloverdale Plaza (112 Broad St Cloverdale)
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, May 28, 2018

Mamma Mia! head to Mt Tam

Mountain Play at Mt. Tamalpias!

2017's Beauty and Beast set with SF bay in background

Check out Mamma Mia playing at Mt. Tamalpias in this year's production of the Mountain Play.  

This is such a fun experience.  Most audience members have been going to the Mountain Play for years.  It's a tradition for a lot of Bay Area residents.

This was my 5th year attending.  My recommendation is to go to the Mountain Play website, and take advantage of the Mill Valley shuttle up to the theater, then to hike down the mountain (4 mi) hike.  Or you can take the shuttle back down to your car.  

The theater is about 2/3rds up the Mt Tam and has an incredible view behind the stage of the SF Bay, San Francisco, and Oakland.  The plays are always musicals.  Food, beverages, and entertainment for kids are on site.  

What's playing: Ma Ma Mia
When: 
  • June 3
  • June 9 (audience sing-along)
  • June 10
  • June 17
  • All shows start at 2pm
Where:
  •      Cushing outdoor Mountain Theater East Ridgecrest at Pan Toll, Mt Tamalpias, Mill Valley, CA
Cost:  
  • General Admission $45
  • Youth  $30
  • Kids $20
Amentities:
  • Beautiful Mt Tamalpias State Park
  • Beautiful views of SF bay
  • Hiking
  • Food and beverages
  • Shuttles
More information: Mountain Play




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


Saturday, May 26, 2018

Visit the Avenue of the Flags on Memorial Day

Santa Rosa Memorial Cemetery's annual tribute to war veterans


One of the many streets lined with American flags

Every Memorial Day Santa Rosa Memorial Cemetery sets out a flag display that is one of the most impressive sights in the North bay.  

The event is free, and visitors are encouraged to walk around the property, and to take some time to reflect on the sacrifices our service men have given to our country. 


When:   Memorial Day 
              Mon May 28th  10 am
Where:  Santa Rosa 
              Memorial Cemetery 
              1900 Franklin Ave 
              Santa Rosa
Cost:      Free
Other:    Food available






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


KRUSH Backyard Summer Concerts

The KRUSH backyard concerts begin this Friday May 31st

This is a fun free event and a great way to see local north bay musicians you may not otherwise see.  If you want to sit and enjoy the concerts in a low back lawn chair, then come early.  The concerts are usually packed by 6pm.

Enjoying a Lagunitas from the back row


THE LINE-UP
MAY 31 – Rockabilly Roadhouse presents: Jinx Jones, Derek Irving and his Combo, Hunka Hunka Hula Revue.  Food from: Mai Thai Kitchen
JUNE 14TH – Achilles Wheel, Misner & Smith.  Food from:  Got Balls Meatball Factory
JUNE 28TH – Two Lions Band, Joan Shelly. Food from:  Got Balls Meatball Factory
JULY 12TH – Family Crest.  Food from:  Tips Tri-tip Trolly
JULY 26TH – Reggae in the Backyard with Sol Horizon. Food from:  Tips Tri-tip Trolly
AUGUST 9TH – Blues with Bowker presents:  Wee Willie Walker & The Anthony Paule Soul Orchestra. Food from:  Tips Tri-tip Trolly
AUGUST 23RD – Sonoma County Super Jam. Food from:  Tips Tri-tip Trolly
SEPTEMBER 6TH – An evening with Bette Smith
When: Every other Thursday (see above)
Cost: Free
Where: 3565 Standish Ave Santa Rosa
Food: Available for purchase from food trucks
Beverages: available for purchase from Lagunitas (beer), and Sonoma-Cutrer (wine)




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, May 24, 2018

1136 Shadyslope Santa Rosa, CA

Rincon Valley


1136 Shadyslope Santa Rosa


Price: $312,500
Sq Ft:  1592
Lot:  5663sq ft
Beds: 3
Baths: 2
Year:  1974
Amenities:   2 car garage


Covered entry is dry in winter and cool in summer













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, May 23, 2018

Simmer Down Saturdays at Muscardini Cellars

Forgot to make plans for your Saturday afternoon/evening?



Head over to Muscardini Cellars in Kenwood and enjoy a cheap evening of great wine & live entertainment on the front patio.  Every Saturday through summer, Muscardini hosts a live band from 5:30 - 8pm.  Cost is only $3 cover and a $10 wine purchase (comes with stemless glass to keep).  

Asian paired with Rose, delicious !
Don't want to rush home to make dinner? No problem, food trucks are always on site for a great dish to purchase.

This is a simple easy way to spend a Saturday evening alone or with friends.  Muscardini specializes in artisanal Italian varietals such as Barbara, and Sangiovese, along with other Sonoma County favorites like Cab Sauv, Merlot, Syrah and more. My favorite, The Tesoro, an Italian blend.



When: Saturdays 5:30 - 8pm
Where: Muscardini Cellars
             9380 Sonoma Hwy Kenwood
Cost: $3 cover $10 wine purchase
More info: Muscardini











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, May 22, 2018

Concerts Under the Stars at Montgomery Village

Montgomery Village just announced the concerts under the stars 2018 line up


Thursday nights just go a little more entertaining in Rincon Valley.  Come enjoy free concerts on Thursday nights through October at Montgomery Village Shopping Center.  Major north bay bands are scheduled to play from 5:30 - 8 pm.  Enjoy a little shopping, or dinner followed by a free concert.  Here's the line up:








Jim Cheney Broker/owner Saint Francis Properties

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


Inspecting a home is the most important part of buying a home



Don't Skip the Inspection


I have run into a number of buyers who have no idea how to inspect a home.  I recommend a home inspector, and a pest inspector at a minimum.  Here are SOME of the more important things to look for when considering a home purchase.

Community:
Anticipate how growth in the area might affect where you buy.  Is your already busy street going to become a major thoroughfare in 10 years?

Evidence that anybody uses your property as a short cut to somewhere.  If so, you might have easement issues that are too late to correct & you’d want to consult with an attorney or title company for added title insurance
At the end of Acacia Ln, the  owner struggles to keep homeless from cutting past his land


Neighborhood:
Look at your neighbor’s property and evaluate for potential drainage issues onto your property.

Consider how trees might affect your property
How close are your neighbor’s trees to your structure.  If a tree is an evergreen will it block your sun in the winter?  Will it lose it’s leaves and clog your gutters in fall?  Will roots affect your foundation?  Would a broken limb damage any structures including fences?








Your home:
Home inspection report
I recommend a home inspector and a pest report be done. I’d pick a local pest company, not a national franchise.  Since you’re the buyer it does not matter if the pest company also offers to fix dry rot. They usually over bid but you’re going to try to get the seller to pay, so who cares if it’s too much.  

If you’re getting a loan, be careful about telling the bank if you had inspections done, they may make seeing and approving them a condition of underwriting.  

Home inspector should be a licensed contractor.  In California, there is no requirement for them to be a licensed contractor, but if you have a choice, go for the contractor. 


Septic and well,- get current inspections & consult inspection companies if you have questions.  This is an area you shouldn’t try to save money by skipping. Try to communicate concerns with any party including the inspection company in writing (email) so that you can hold them accountable later should you find a problem.  You could have a claim against an inspection service if they tell you everything checked out during the inspection yet you discover they were mistaken.   Don’t rely on your agent to say the report looks good.  

Drainage- land should, at a minimum, slant downward and away from your home.  If your home is on a hillside try to see how the seller or previous owners prevented water from entering the sub area from the uphill side of the home.  Maybe French drain?  Sump pump?

Look under the home for indication of standing water.  In a perfect scenario, the ground should be DRY.  Moist is not so good, wet/muddy is bad.  A moist ground will evaporated in summer and winter, and cause wood under the house to be moist where mold and dry rot can begin.  This can be an easy problem to fix, but it can also be very very difficult to fix.  If you’re not sure, you can hire a soils engineer for a few hundred bucks to look and evaluate.  

Roof-  All roofs leak, you just need to find out where.  A home inspector should walk the roofline, examine flashing, and look inside the attic for signs of past leaks or current leaks.  If you’re not going to get a home inspector to look at the prop, you should have a roof contractor come look and evaluate the condition, structural integrity, and age of the roof .  

Establish the age of a furnace
Furnace- take a picture of the inside panel where you see the model #, serial # etc.  You can go on-line and look up the brand name and using the model # find out how old your furnace is.  Anything older than 20 yrs is getting ready to replace, or might even be dangerous.   An old furnace isn’t as much a fire danger as it is a carbon monoxide danger.  Carbon monoxide is a silent killer.  Make sure your home has a carbon monoxide alarm if your home has any of the following:

  •   Wood/pellet burning fireplace/stove
  •   Any type of heater that uses fire (natural gas, wood stove, oil, propane etc)
  •     Attached garage
  •      Water heater that’s not electric

Tankless water heater can save money
Hot water heater-  These are good for 10 yrs +/-.  Look for rusted drip pan or other rusted parts.  This indicates active leak, past leak, or even a leaking previous water heater.  Regardless, you want answers to why rusted parts are present.  Hot water heaters are getting close to $1000 to replace. If you replace it, consider getting a direct tankless heater.  I have a Bosch “AquaStar” and it’s great.  Water never gets cold and I don’t have to try to keep 50 gals of water hot 24/7. I’ll never go back to a hot water tank again. 

Electrical-If you aren’t going to have a home inspector look at the home, have an electrician look at the electric panel.  There are a ton of things that can be wrong with them, and it’s $5000 +/- to have a new one put in.  Homeowners do all kinds of crazy stuff to their panels so make sure someone looks at it.  

Other considerations:
One of my clients bought an acre only to find out a year later that his neighbor had already obtained permission to sub-divide.  He had to listen to 8 homes get built.  The sellers claimed they never knew about the proposed construction.  A visit to the city or county permit department might be 45 minutes well spent to see what notices have been mailed out to the property you’re buying in the previous 12 months.    You can also view the history of permits pulled for the property.  Be careful about asking the city/county to do a building inspection of the home prior to you owning it.  If the city fines the current homeowner for a violation, they might be able to go after you for any damages you caused by calling the city. If you want the city to go out and look at something make sure you have the agents and owners permission, or have the current owners call the city/county.  

Protect yourself and your investment by conducting a thorough inspection.  One of the best choices you can make is to utilize a local broker who knows your area and can guide you through the inspection process. 



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