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Welcome to Sonoma County! A short hour north of cosmopolitan San Francisco, where life slows down but sophistication remains in the midst of farms, quaint towns, vineyards and redwoods. Join us here to search for your wine country home, to learn about our real estate market and for a personal view of life in Sonoma County Wine Country.

Last Minute Christmas Shopping at Nightingale Bakery

filed under: Wine Country Living posted on December 24th, 2009

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Downtown Forestville in Sonoma County is hopping as last minute shoppers crowd tiny Nightingale Bakery, one of many artisan purveyors of local foods. In addition to wonderful baguette, foccaccia and sourdough, you can find local goat cheeses, butter and locally produced salumi. I have never seen this new litlle shop so busy! Happy Holidays! # end Sent from my iPhone Posted via email from pambuda's posterous Continue Reading!

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Electronic Document Signing Makes Life Easier for Home Buyers (and Realtors)

filed under: Buyers, Real Estate 2.0 posted on December 21st, 2009

Many many home buyers in Sonoma County live out of the area--they buy second homes here, they are relocating for work, or want to experience life in the wine country first hand. Many home buyers, even if they are local, conduct much or their search on line. Why not have as much of the purchase transaction paperwork be conducted on line too? This struck home this afternoon as I prepared an offer for out of town clients to sign. Their scanner was older and it was not easy to assemble the pages to fax back to me--believe me I had...Continue Reading!

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Lingering leaves in the vineyard

filed under: Wine Country Living posted on December 6th, 2009

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A cold storm is blowing down from Canada tonight and may bring snow to the upper elevations of Napa and Lake Counties, which are visible from here in Sonoma County. In a couple of days all the leaves will be gone from the vineyard but there are stragglers hanging on. It seems that only a couple of weeks ago it was the peak of fall color. Soon it will be time to think of pruning, which has already begun in the Dry Creek Valley in Healdsburg. Next week the daffodil shoots will poke up their heads in the garden. Two...Continue Reading!

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Sonoma Saturday-take a look at surprising Santa Rosa

filed under: Santa-Rosa, Wine Country Living posted on December 5th, 2009

Santa Rosa is more than the largest city in Sonoma County, more than the largest city between San Francisco and the Oregon border to the north. It sprawls across over 40 square miles and is home to 160,000 people--half of it to the West of Highway 101 stretching towards Sebastopol, home of not only to vintage Railroad Square and newer subdivisions but farmlands, vineyards and equestrian properties in the Willowside and Olivet areas and over to the Laguna de Santa Rosa. To the east of 101 is downtown Santa Rosa, flanked by numerous charming communities of vintage homes,...Continue Reading!

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Guide to Sonoma County Christmas Tree Farms-Share an enduring tradition

filed under: Sebastopol, Wine Country Living posted on December 4th, 2009

Before I ever moved to Sonoma County, I looked forward to my annual expedition to buy a fresh-cut Christmas tree at one of the many family-owned farms here. Many people from all over the Bay Area make the annual trip to Sonoma County's 20 plus Christmas tree farms. It is a far superior alternative to visiting the mall or Home Depot for a tree. It's a great excuse to get out doors in the fresh air and have some fun with the family. Farms from Knights Valley to Petaluma, Santa Rosa to Sebastopol offer stunning wine country vistas and a...Continue Reading!

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Today you Can Dine Out for Life in Dozens of Sonoma County Restaurants

filed under: Wine Country Living posted on December 3rd, 2009

Dining Out For Life - Sonoma County By dining out today you can help raise money for a great cause: Food for Thought, the Forestville-based AIDS Food Bank which does great work providing healthy food to many families in Sonoma County. Click the link above to find the list of dozens of local restaurants, from A to Z thoughout the county that are contributing anywhere from 25% to 50% of your dining check to Food for Thought. What a great way to help out and eat well at the same time!Continue Reading!

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How can I tell if a home for sale on the MLS is available?

filed under: Buyers posted on December 2nd, 2009

If you are searching real estate on line (and who isn't?) it is easy to be confused about the availability, or sales status, of properties, when you are focused on important details like price, location and pictures. It helps to be familiar with the terms. After all you don't want to get excited about a property if it's status is "Pending." "Contingent/Release" doesn't mean that the property has been released back into the market. If you are a seller evaluating the competition for your property when it goes on the market, it can be useful to see how properties are...Continue Reading!

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If you love good food and wine, why Sonoma county is the place for you

filed under: Wine Country Living posted on December 1st, 2009

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I was on the hunt for something else when I stumbled across this local video of some of my friends and neighbors talking about why they love Sonoma County, and it's not just all about the wine! I thought you might enjoy! Bon appetit! Continue Reading!

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Want to know where the best restaurants are in Sonoma County?

filed under: Wine Country Living posted on December 1st, 2009

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Then you should check out Heather Irwin's BiteClub which is a great source of the latest foodie restaurant news in Sonoma County. You will find the latest restaurant gossip, new openings, and guides to the best places to get a bowl of soup or a chile relleno. She is in the midst of running the second annual best cookie recipe contest. A community of commenters and Twitterers offers their own takes and tips. "Find it Fast" helps you quickly search by cuisine and location. I also use Yelp quite a bit, especially on my iPhone where I can...Continue Reading!

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How’s the Market for Country Property in Sonoma County?

filed under: Market updates posted on December 1st, 2009

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When Sonoma County real estate prices were booming in 2004 and 2005, those of us who sell country property noted that appreciation was lower for country properties than it was for "standard" homes on suburban lots. Now we know why--it was the rapid expansion of mortgage lending to first time buyers and investors which really spurred the market for entry level homes. It did ultimately push up the prices for country homes in the county. I thought I would pull the most recent sales data from our MLS (multiple listing service) to see what price trends have been like...Continue Reading!

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