Charles Street 1As daffodil, forsythia, crocus and camellia buds awaken from their sleepy winter rest, “for sale” signs begin to sprout from thankfully greener lawns and hibernating homebuyers return to the housing market. But the continued rise of real estate prices, while welcomed by sellers, may add an additional challenge for the prospective homebuyer during this year’s house hunting season. Only last month, the median price for a Sonoma County home hit a nine year high at $555,000.

In hopes of spreading a bit of real estate hunting sunshine, here is a collection of Sonoma County properties which are above median standards but, amazingly, listed below the median price.

1. 830 Austin Creek Road, Cazadero, $509,000 
This 3 bedroom, 2 bath 1,336 square feet Russian River retreat, featuring a secluded expansive deck complete with a commodious hot tub, is a perfect setting for those quiet moments with a good book and ideal for al-fresco BBQ dining with friends and family. Inside, two fireplaces set the stage for cozy romantic evenings protected from the chilly spring time fogs and the decor is an exquisite combination of sophistication and Northern California laidbackness sure to please the discerning design connoisseur. Listed by Pacific Union. 

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2. 658 Charles Street, Santa Rosa, $474,900
A charming early 20th century California bungalow within walking distance to downtown Santa Rosa, this one bedroom, one bath 1,105 square feet home has all the ingredients for a comfortable Sonoma County lifestyle. Welcome a glorious, well watered spring in your very own “gardener’s garden,” sip a glass of Chardonnay in an armchair on the glassed-in front porch or prepare scrumptious home cooked meals with family and friends in this well accoutered, spacious old-school kitchen. Listed by Better Homes Realty, Steve McNally. 

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658 Charles Street, Santa Rosa (Photo Courtesy of Better Homes Realty, Steve McNally)

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3. 18433 Old Monte Rio Rd, Guerneville, $420,000
Situated among majestic redwoods, this carefully designed 1,496 square feet home features 3 spacious bedrooms, 2 ½ baths, a recently remodeled Chef’s kitchen with stainless steel appliances, ample storage space, a wood-burning fireplace in the living room, custom built-in bookcases and beautiful views from the outdoor decks. Listed by Sotheby’s International Realty, Gary Beyrouti. 

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18433 Old Monte Rio Road, Guerneville (Photo Courtesy of Sotheby’s International Realty, Gary Beyrouti)

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4. 4423 Lakeside Road, Glen Ellen, $475,000
While this whimsical one bedroom, one bath a-frame cottage may seem on the small side, the beautiful setting, the private lake and the expansive deck is more than adequate compensation. The interior could do with a few touch-ups (a lighter color scheme will give it a more spacious feel), but there is a wealth of potential here to create a very special sanctuary for a single person, or two tiny house enthusiasts! Listed by BHGRE Mason-McDuffie.

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4423 Lakeside Road, Glen Ellen (Photo Courtesy of BHGRE Mason-McDuffie)

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5. 2425 Humboldt Street, Santa Rosa, $445,000
This newly renovated 1,151 square feet Santa Rosa home features an updated kitchen with modern cabinetry topped with quartz countertops and accented with a herringbone patterned marble backsplash. Newly installed laminate wooden floors throughout the living spaces and a remodeled bathroom with designer tiles make this home an attractive and tidy option. Listed by Steve Major and Associates, Valentine C Ike.

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2425 Humboldt Street, Santa Rosa (Photo Courtesy of Steve Major and Associates, Valentine C Ike)

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6. 41453 Deer Trail, The Sea Ranch, $399,000
This contemporary one bedroom, one bath home, designed by pre-eminent architect Don Jacobs, features high ceilings, warm wood walls, built in book case and large ocean facing windows in all rooms. With magnificent views of the striking Sea Ranch landscape, this elegantly simple house fits well with its stunning setting. Listed by Kennedy & Associates, Cindy Kennedy.

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7. 544 Alderbrook Drive, Santa Rosa 
Located a stones-throw from chic dine and shop Montgomery Village, this skillfully remodeled single level home comes with a range of fresh features: new stucco, brightly painted walls and modern fixtures, hardwood honey oak floors, Samsung gas stove and double paned windows. The expansive carefully landscaped backyard  affords a plethora of gardening opportunities for a green thumbed new owner. Listed by Keller Williams Realty, Christopher Smith and Brady Smith.

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544 Alderbrook Drive, Santa Rosa (Photo Courtesy of Keller Williams Realty, Christopher Smith and Brady Smith)

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8. 17526 Orchard Avenue, Guerneville, $482,000 
This modern take on a Craftsman home — with beach access — will certainly provide the new owner a fair share of sunshine. Surrounded by carefully tiered decks and raised soil beds ready for seasonal herb and vegetable gardens, this three bedroom, two bath 1,326 square feet Guerneville bungalow offers ample opportunity for entertaining family and friends. Listed by Vanguard Properties, Richard Lester and John Genovese.  

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17526 Orchard Avenue, Guerneville (Photo Courtesy of Vanguard Properties, Richard Lester and John Genovese)

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9. 1616 Deer Run None, Santa Rosa, $499,000
This secluded split-level contemporary home features an open floor plan and beautiful Santa Rosa views. Flooded with natural light, the 2 bedroom, 2½ bath home has potential galore. With a few interior updates to resonate better with the sleek modern exterior, you are free to kick back and enjoy the views from the spacious pool and garden area. Listed by W Real Estate, Randall Waller. 

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10. 39692 Leeward Road, Sea Ranch, $529,000
This 2 bedroom, 2 bath single level Sea Ranch retreat features hardwood floors, a wood burning stove and an inviting window seat from which to enjoy the idyllic landscape and breathtaking ocean views. The house, located on a 1/2 acre lot and with approximately 1,250 square feet of living space is in excellent condition. Listed by Sotheby’s International Realty, Kathleen Ball. 

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39692 Leeward Road, The Sea Ranch (Photo Courtesy of Sotheby’s International Realty, Kathleen Ball)

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