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Oh Là Là! For Valentine’s Day: Three Romantic Residences Say Je T’Aime

How to say I love you? Let’s count the ways! Pen a lyrical sonnet, sing a sirenic serenade, offer a dozen red roses — okay, maybe throw in a box of Godivas. Or, as Valentine’s Day approaches, why not present your sweetheart with an everlasting architectural monument to your undying love? (or, at the very least, share an elaborate fantasy of your own “Grand Palais de L’Amour” over a glass of your favorite bubbly?) Here are three Sonoma County palatial jewels… Read More »

Living Large in Small Spaces – The Grandest Tiny Homes of Sonoma County 

There is something strangely alluring about tiny houses. If someone would have told me ten years ago that one day I would dream of living in a home the size of a monk’s cell, I would have thought it as likely as my suddenly fantasizing about being downgraded from a first class airline ticket to economy — with a mid-row seat. Yet here I am, ten years down the line, obsessively clicking on every link that contains the word “tiny”… Read More »

“Prefabulous” – 6 Stunning Sonoma County Prefab Homes

Fueled by post recession homebuyers hungry for affordable sleek and green design, “prefabs” or modular homes can offer a sustainable, customizable and competitively priced alternative to the overpriced and — let’s be honest — not overly exciting suburban dwellings of Sonoma County. As prefabs gain popularity, homebuyers can now choose from a range of local suppliers of a variety of models and layouts. By relocating the building site to factories, the prefab solution provides a more controlled construction process and… Read More »

The Post Powerball Blues: Sonoma County Properties for the Price of a Winning Ticket

If you are anything like me, you may have seen your most lavish dreams of residential splendor quickly morph to complete and utter disappointment at 7:59pm PST last Wednesday. Moments before the first Powerball spun down the long plastic tube, I was making preparations to sign a contract for my very own Sonoma County estate — complete with a waterslide from the master bedroom to the downstairs pool. Five balls later, cruel reality had punched a gaping hole in my… Read More »

Healdsburg’s $10 Million Solar-powered Log Cabin Estate

Well, an almost $10 Million property, listed at $9,991,123.  You might ask what makes this property worthy of such a hefty price tag?  Land. It is two large and separate homes (13303 and 13290 Stewarts Point Skaggs Springs Road) on over 1,280 acres, 35 acres of which could be suitable for grapes, horse facilities or a small air landing strip. The primary residence is a whopping 7,350 square feet, with four bedrooms and four baths, a game room and media center.  It… Read More »

What $2000 rents you in Sonoma County

Today we are hunting for Sonoma County properties to rent for $2000 per month.  Not the easiest price point, but there are some spots that have potential if you don’t mind “cozy.” Renting can be a challenge – we even know of a fabulous Sonoma duplex on a desirable street that keeps turning over tenants because the neighbors are so mean – but hopefully there are a few happy places for renters to land below. Sonoma This tiny 500 square-foot cottage… Read More »

$6M for Spectacular Glass House off Highway 1

Have you ever heard of Stewart’s Point, California?  Neither had we, until we came upon this unique and modern 4,905 square-foot home on Highway 1 near Gualala.  This home is located on a whopping 218 acres of forest on the Sonoma Coast and has been featured in numerous interior and architectural books and magazines. The house is composed of three pavilions connected by a floating metal roof and multiple decks. The rustic wood of the decks and the outdoor fireplace warm up… Read More »

A Day at the Beach – Coolest Bodega Bay Homes on the Market

Our recent bout of beautiful cold, clear weather somehow made our attention shift toward the beach so today we are taking a look at homes for sale in Bodega Bay.  With a mix of properties ranging from funky to modern fab, there is a lot to see in Bodega. Listed at $619,000, 21655 Heron Drive is the lowest-priced home on the market in Bodega Bay at the moment.  With three bedrooms and two and a half baths, this three-story, 1,835… Read More »

$25,000 per Month – Sonoma County’s Most Expensive Rental

If you want to live like a celeb in a private Wine Country getaway, 675 Shiloh Canyon could be just the home for you. At $25,000 per month, it is Sonoma County’s most expensive rental listing.  (The county’s next most-pricey rental is 210 2nd Street in Healdsburg, at $10,500 per month.) Photos courtesy of Mike Morelli of Vista Grand Creative. Located in Santa Rosa in an exclusive gated community, Shiloh Estates, adjacent to the Mayacama Golf Club, “Villa Moderna” is 4,500… Read More »

Do 4-bedroom bargains exist in Sonoma County?

There has been much news lately about the high prices of Sonoma County real estate (click here for a refresher), particularly our area’s most expensive four-bedroom homes, so today we are on a bargain hunt.  Depending on the town, there are four-bedroom, two-bath homes available anywhere from the low $400,000’s to the low $600,000’s.  We even found a cute bargain in Geyserville, but somebody just snapped it up because it is now contingent-show. Rohnert Park 8125 Santa Barbara Drive in… Read More »