Is Country Living your dream?

country living

Are you looking for that country property that has the potential to turn into a magazine cover worthy, beautiful country estate with a pond, white picket fences and everything else you can imagine? You really can turn that dream into reality, but if you haven’t had experience living on more than a small city lot, here are some things to think about as you start your search:

Location, Location, Location. Even in the county, some locations aren’t as desirable as others. When looking at country property, you still should consider distance to grocery stores, hospitals and other needed services. In addition, look at the neighboring properties and see what types of homes are  there and get a feel for the type of people that could be your neighbors. You probably don’t want to be next to properties that have a lot of old junk cars in the pastures or a lot of run down buildings. There are times that you will rely heavily on your neighbors and you want them to be the kind of people that are willing to step up and help when needed. The topography and other features are important as well. Everyone likes some trees and granite outcroppings but you don’t want to be on property that is too steep for livestock, orchards or even a simple garden. Flat land is great for crops, but most people don’t like a property without and trees or variation. Critically look at the property and think about the pros and the cons.

Water. Water is perhaps the most important thing for a country property. Good water and an abundance of water can add tremendous value to a property and allow you many options in further developing it the way you want it. Lack of water is a huge problem. When looking at country property, you will want to consider good output and quality of water for your domestic well. Having at least some irrigation water is also super important. In our area, irrigation water rights are through NID (Nevada Irrigation District) or PCWA (Placer County Water Agency). Depending on what you are doing with the property (how many people live there, if you have livestock, if you have orchards or crops etc.) your water usage and needs can range dramatically. Make sure you have enough water for your needs and enough that will make your property good for resale. Get a well test (output and potability) and check with the irrigation company to determine amount (measured in miner’s inches).
Property lines. Make sure that part of your deal is asking the seller to pay to have a 3rd party survey that clearly marks the property lines. It isn’t uncommon to see some variance between what a seller thinks the lines are and what they actually are. In addition, find out if there are any easements (road, utility, water) that could affect your property. You may also want to research if a property split would be possible that could add value in the future.
Cost of ownership. Owning a country property can involve some costs that you wouldn’t have in the city. Maintenance to your well(s) and septic system are just a couple examples. Depending on where you are, you may be required to carry extra fire insurance and your policy premiums might be higher. Due to the size of the property, other regular upkeep and maintenance can be higher than you would expect. If you have livestock, there are additional expenses you will incur. When living in the country, you will have to dedicate more time and money to the upkeep of your property than you would in town.
Other things to think about. Many times there are out-buildings or other structures (I’ve even seen ponds) that have been built or created without the proper permits. These should be disclosed, but it is worthwhile checking permits so it doesn’t cause problems for you in the future. Most times it isn’t a big deal, but is something you should be aware of. Also, be specific in asking about what is included (or what you want included) in the deal. Many times I have written deals that include tractors, round pens or other items that are considered personal property.
Country living is great and I don’t want to deter anyone that has the dream of that perfect home in the country. Placer County is a great area to find country property that is close to everything, but still out far enough to be “country”. It is important to educate yourself on country property and find the right professional that can lead you through the steps and help you make sure you are making a good decision and great investment. Call me if you have any questions about living in the country or if you want to start your search for your dream home.

Rich History in Lincoln California

In 1859 Lincoln became an official town and many of the original buildings are still downtown. Have you ever been curious about what some of those old buildings used to be? Well, you can visit our local museum and find out about that and much, much, more! The Lincoln Area Archives Museum is a fun place to learn some history about our special city. A few of the volunteers there are actual descendants of some of Lincoln’s early pioneers. When we visited the museum we learned the reason the Zebra is Lincoln High School’s mascot and enjoyed seeing one of the original desks from the school. The items they have on display there range from ancient Native American artifacts to old high school year books. You’ll love looking at photographs and uniforms of the original Potters baseball team. The admission is free and there are “hands-on” displays for the kids to explore.  After your visit you can walk around the corner and grab a bite to eat at one of the local restaurants. It’s truly fascinating to see how much history Lincoln has. So go take a look and increase your knowledge of this great little city.

Lincoln Area Archives Museum

640 5th Street

Lincoln, CA


Mon-Sat 11-3

Open Saturday 11-2, Best price per square foot in Lincoln!

Okay, someone is going to get a great deal! I haven’t seen a price this low on a home like this in a long time. Whether you are looking for a larger home for yourself or know someone that wants to move into the area, come take a look at this beautiful home. Solar, No Mello Roos and space to spread out!

Beautiful home in Foskett Ranch
Beautiful home in Foskett Ranch

Big & Beautiful! This spacious 5 bed/4 bath home boasts an excellent, open plan & has room to spread out. Quality-built Standard Pacific home with all the right upgrades! Granite counters, gorgeous cabinets, premium plush carpet, surround sound & so much more. You’ll love the generous master suite w/huge walk-in closet, split vanities, oiled bronze fixtures & custom mirrors. The solar allows you to stay cool this summer without worrying about astronomical bills. NEW PRICE and closing cost credits for the buyer! Don’t delay, take a look today.

See additional pictures, property description and video: HERE

Summer Activities and Camps for Kids in Lincoln, CA and Placer County

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Looking for some fun activities to keep your kids busy and active this summer?  Here are some things you can do:


Kids Kamp
Age: 5 – 11
Location: McBean Park BBQ Area
Mon – Fri, 9am – 3:30pm *extended care options available
Fee: $125/$130NR

Kids Kamp is committed to providing fun, safe, age-appropriate recreation enrichment program, which encourages social development, provides diverse experiences, and promotes health and wellness. Our program offers participants the ability to experience new things, meet new people, attend fun field trips, and participate in activities that promote education and wellness. Kids Kamp is broken into 9 week long sessions, and includes weekly field trips, swimming, arts and crafts, various activities, and much more.

Volunteer Information/Application

Play-Well Teknologies – Lego® Camp
Age: 5-12
Location: Lincoln Crossing Elem
Mon – Fri
Fee: $155/$160NR

Let your child’s imagination run wild with thousands of pieces of Lego® . Play-well technologies will help your child get creative and design projects such as boats, bridges, mazes and motorized cars. Explore the endless creative possibilities of the Lego building system.

Intellibricks: Arduino Robotics and the Island of PodPi
Age: 9-15
Location: Lincoln Crossing Elem
Mon – Fri, 9:30am – 3:30pm

Fee: $350/$355NR*additional $65 Material fee
Explore Java Script Programming and Electronics!
Welcome to the Island of PodPi, a series of technology adventures for kids.  During this full day week long Summer Camp, your kids will meet several characters from the Island who will teach them the basic concepts of Java Script Programming and electronics, including the use of LEDs, various sensors and servo motors. IntelliBricks will provide touch screen laptops for programming.

Skatetown Camps
Age: 6-12
Location: Skatetown Ice Arena
Mon – Fri, 9am – 5pm
Fee: $250/$255NR
Camp Cool
: Daily beginner group skating lesson. Build snowmen, toss snowballs, play in the snow, ride big wheel trikes and GoKarts. Play Monster Basketball, limbo, hockey, broomball and other games. Off-ice games and crafts. Every participant receives a Camp Cool shirt.
Beginner Hockey Camp: Learn the basics of Hockey. Curriculum is based on camper skill levels. Loaner gear and rental skates are provided. Three hours of ice daily, with time to skate public session. Fun Friday scrimmage game. Off-ice games and activities. Every participant receives a Camp Cool shirt.

Tiara’s and Tip Toes Princess Camp
Age: 4 – 10
Location: Expressions Academy of Dance
Mon, Wed, Fri, 9:30am – 12:30pm

Calling all Ballerinas and Princesses at heart! This camp is full of tutus, glitter, tea parties, dress up, Ballet Class, manners, and adventure! Each day we will talk about what it means to be a princess; being kind, being thoughtful, and using our manners. Monday’s theme is Part of this world; dancers will learn to be kind to friends, foes and the earth.  Wednesday’s theme is “Let’s be Brave.” Dancers will concentrate on being brave, and thoughtful.  Friday is Tea Party day!  Dancers will learn just exactly how a princess would sip tea, eat crumpets and talk to their guests.  Campers will learn a Ballet Dance to perform for their parents and royal subjects on the last day of camp! The princesses will create crowns, wands, tutus and more! Who’s ready to twirl, tip toe, and turn into a Princess? Dancers are encouraged to dress up according to the theme!

Adventure Camp
Age: 4 – 10
Location: Expressions Academy of Dance
Mon, Wed, Fri, 9:30am – 12:30pm

This camp is for the adventurous child! Each day we will get active with push ups, jumping jacks, obstacle courses and of course learn some Hip Hop dance moves! Monday is Ninja day; campers will work on agility, coordination and fast paced movement.  Wednesday is Superhero Day; campers will use their superhero imaginations to create their own capes and then help with the capture of the dance villain! On Friday, we will explore the real life hero’s we encounter each day; the men and women of our military, police force, firefighters, and medical personnel. Campers will get crafty, and also create drawings and thank you letters we will send to our troops, police force, firefighters and medical professionals. This camp is for the active child, let’s get moving to save the world! Kids are encouraged to dress up according to the theme of the day!
Hoop Improvement Camp
Age: 5 – 10
Location: Community Center
Mon – Thurs, 4:45 – 5:55pm
This Summer, your child can develop their skills, knowledge and love of the game with Good Sport U – Hoop Improvement For Kids basketball classes. Girls and Boys will enjoy playing hoop in a fun and positive learning environment while playing exciting games like Pirate says, Popcorn and Star Wars.
Skyhawks Camps
Age: 4-12
Location: McBean Park
Monday – Friday, 9am – 12pm
Skyhawks offers multi-sport camps to help your child learn basic skills for Soccer, Basketball, Baseball, Kickball, Dodgeball, Capture the Flat, Ultimate Frisbee and Lacrosse. Camps are Monday – Friday, 9am – 12pm.

Lincoln Youth Sports Camps
The City of Lincoln Recreation Department has three camps to help improve your child’s skill set. This summer you child can attend our Basketball Skills Camp, Volleyball Skills Camp and Flag Football Bootcamp.

Challenger Sports British Soccer Camp
Age: 3 – 10
Location: Pete Singer Park
Mon – Fri: 9am – 12pm

Challenger Sports British Soccer Camp is the most popular soccer camp working with over 150,000 children each year. Key techniques and skills will be taught to help your player reach their true potential. Programs start at Age 3+.

Age: 5 – 9
Location: Community Center
Mon – Wed, 9am – 12pm

This three day camp is crammed with fun-filled and themed based games, tumbling, music and crafts.

Active Tots Sports Camp
Age: 4 – 8
Mon – Fri, 9am – 12pm  

Drop your kids off for hours of fun in this exciting sports camp! Your child will develop a love of sports with fun drills and games in basketball, t-ball and soccer. Relay races, obstacle courses, crafts and other age appropriate games will also be incorporated.

Tennis Camp
Age: 8-15
Location: LHS Tennis Courts
Fee: $80/$80NR

Learn grips, technique, positioning and stoke development in this camp designed for tennis players of all skill levels. Interactive games will be used to teach and practice skills with emphasis on fun, good sportsmanship and providing campers with skills to improve both their singles and doubles play.


AMF Rocklin Bowl
2325 Sierra Meadow Drive
Rocklin, CA
916 624-8216
Arena Softball
8288 Industrial Avenue
Roseville, CA
916 771-3818
Blue Oaks Century Theatres
6692 Lonetree Boulevard
Rocklin, CA
Bounce U
7611 Galilee Road
Roseville, CA
Century 14 Roseville
1555 Eureka Road
Roseville, CA
916 797-3466
Disc Golf Course at Johnson-Springview Park
5480 Fifth Street
Rocklin, CA
916 625-5200
I FLY Sacramento
118 Harding Boulevard
Roseville, CA
916 836-4359
McBean Skate Park
65 McBean Park Drive
Lincoln, CA
916 434-3220
McBean Swimming Pool
61 McBean Park Drive
Lincoln, CA
916 434-3230
Mike Shellito Indoor Pool
10210 Fairway Drive
Roseville, CA
916 774-5957
Oak Creek BMX Park
648 Riverside Avenue
Roseville, CA
916 784-8269 or 530 755-0435
Roller King Roller Skating
889 Riverside Avenue
Roseville, CA
916 783-0918
Rolling Greens FootGolf Course
5572 Eureka Road
Roseville, CA
916 771-4653
Roseville Aquatics Complex
3051 Woodcreek Oak Boulevard
Roseville, CA
916 772-7529
Roseville Utility Exploration Center
1501 Pleasant Grove Boulevard
Roseville, CA
916 746-1550
Skatetown Ice Skating Rink
1009 Orlando Avenue
Roseville, CA
916 783-8550
Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Sports
1091 Tinker Road, Suite 200
Rocklin, CA
916 644-9966
Strikes Unlimited
5681 Lonetree Boulevard
Rocklin, CA
Studio Movie Grill
5140 Commons Drive
Rocklin, CA
916 238-9000
Sunsplash Water Fun/Golfland Miniature Golf & Arcade
1893 Taylor Road
Roseville, CA
916 784-1273
UA Olympus Pointe 12
520 North Sunrise Avenue
Roseville, CA
916 772-1245
7351 Galilee Road, Suite 160
Roseville, CA
916 783-3355
Wake Island Cable Park
7633 Locust Road
Pleasant Grove, CA
916 655-3900
Woodcreek Golf Club FootGolf Course
5880 Woodcreek Oaks Boulevard
Roseville, CA
916 771-4653
Xtreme Craze
6694 Lonetree Boulevard
Rocklin, CA
916 259-2729


Favorite things Friday – Lincoln News Messenger in Lincoln, CA

       Lincoln News Messenger-Tony’s 24 hr race

I love Lincoln. I like the small town feel and the friendliness of the people. I like being able to go to events like the 4th of July Fireworks, Farmer’s Market and Car Shows and being able to say “hi” to lots of people I know. I love the proximity to the mountains and also to the ocean. I like taking drives out through the country and seeing the rolling hills, granite outcroppings and happy cows in the pastures. I like this time of year when everything is green, but I also like seeing the “golden” grass of the fields in the summer. Lincoln sunsets are amazing. Another thing I like about Lincoln is our weekly newspaper, the “Lincoln News Messenger”. It isn’t a large newspaper by any means, but it always provides some human interest stories and history of Lincoln as well as covering our city’s past and upcoming events. It really gives you a feel for what Lincoln is all about. If you are thinking about moving here or are resident that cares about our City, I highly recommend taking a look at our little, weekly publication. The Lincoln News Messenger is one of my favorite things. I prefer the old fashioned feel of the paper in my hands, but it is online too at

Firefighters and Hockey-Favorite things Friday in Lincoln, CA


carter-1Last season I had a chance to play with the Sac Fire hockey team. Obviously, I’m not a firefighter and with my Boy Scout background, I’m probably a little bit better at starting fires than putting them out! Our Firefighters in this area are a great group of hard working guys and they play a good brand of no-nonsense hockey. My son and I enjoy playing with them. One of our goaltenders had his mask painted by an artist in Canada and it is sweet! It shows our California flag on one side, a rendering of his Engine at a large fire that made the front page a few years ago and the Cal Fire and Sac Fire logos on the back. Pretty cool Carter! We are all appreciative of the hard work and risks that they take to keep us safe. Thanks! Being able to play a game I love with my son and these great guys is one of my favorite things.



Favorite things in Lincoln, CA – Camp Far West Lake

Camp Far West Lake
Camp Far West Lake

Okay, so it’s not really in Lincoln, but pretty close. You can have the boat loaded and in the water in less that 45 minutes even if you live in Lincoln Crossing or 12 Bridges.

The kids love the scenery on the way out there, we usually go windows down, stereo up and the boys make their best “Mooing” sounds as we pass the cattle ranches going out on McCourtney Road. If you go as soon as you get home from work, you can usually be one of the only boats out there during weekday evenings and enjoy yourself until right before the sun goes down.

Early in the year, the water level is fine but you do have to be careful as the level starts to drop. If you go out there enough, you will know what areas to watch. We like to go up the fingers of the lake and relax. The boys do a little fishing and then it is back to wakeboarding or tubing. I haven’t taken my canoe all the way up the North East finger but that would be relaxing and is something I want to do one of these days.

If you aren’t into boating, there are some trails close to the lake and you are bound to see wildlife (other than the grazing cattle). There is a trail that goes up to Fairy Falls that is just past the North entrance of the lake. Turn right on Old Spenceville Road and the trailhead is a couple miles up. I have heard people call the falls “Beale Falls” and a couple other names. I am pretty sure they are talking about the same spot. Do a day hike on this one and make sure to take a towel, swimsuit and some lunch!

What are your favorite things about living in the area?

Lincoln, CA is a great place to live!

I love living in Lincoln! We have a great location not far from the Bay Area and even closer to the mountains and Tahoe. Lincoln is growing but still maintains that “small town feel”. Recently, CBS 13 did one of their Road Tour pieces about Lincoln. We are in for some changes downtown. I think the whole project will make our quaint downtown area even more friendly and a good destination for people in our community to enjoy more restaurants and laid back shopping. Take a look at the video and it may answer some questions about what is going to happen in the future:

Contact me for more information about real estate in Lincoln or living in Lincoln. It’s a great place to live!

Immaculate Country Property For Sale! 6957 S. Forbes, Lincoln, CA

See my video and virtual tour!

This beautiful home is located on just under 20 acres and is one of the cleanest and well-maintained country properties you’ll ever find! Recently remodeled with many nice appointments, this 3bed/2bath home has an open floor plan and comes in at 2224 sf.  The inviting living room has a wood burning stove that has been installed with energy savings in mind. The bright kitchen has Corian counter tops and full backsplash, a 5 burner “in-island” gas range, GE profile microwave and oven and a high-end Bosch dishwasher. You’ll also appreciate the oversized tile flooring and the upgraded cabinets. You’ll love the views out to the South pasture from the kitchen nook and the convenience of the beautiful deck from the slider. The deck is about 600 sf and is a place where you can enjoy views of your property, evening BBQs or relaxation. You’ll love the sounds of nature and solitude of living in the country.

In addition to the beautiful views, this property has rights to 8 miner’s inches of irrigation water. The irrigation is all underground and has 200 heads. Also included is a barn with 3-phase power, an additional septic system rated for a 3bed/2bath and a second well. Both wells are domestic and rated at 5 gpm. You’ll also enjoy plentiful fruit and nut trees including pluots, peaches, almonds and walnuts just to name a few.

Call today for a private showing!

Offered at $614,999

Fantastic Internet Exposure for Homes in Lincoln, CA

I have been involved in a number of different businesses through high school, during my college time and after graduation. Whether or not it was my own business, I have always been interested in looking at the trends that affect the performance of a company. Obviously there are many factors that a business owner can’t control and either has to adapt or suffer. Over the last five years or so, it has become very apparent to me how quickly the real estate industry changes. I am not talking about the overall economy (although the effects are evident), I am thinking about adjustments in marketing listings and advertising for new business. Years ago, the newspaper and slick magazines at the grocery stores were a big part of marketing. Now, many of these companies have either changed to an online presence, are half the size they used to be or gone completely. Of course, there are many options for advertising but one tool that we are now using is one that I am really excited about.

The National Listings Distribution Program is a newly updated program from Realty World that gives our listings maximum exposure on the internet. Here’s how it works…within 72 hours after we enter the listing in our system, your home is displayed on over 800 major national real estate portals, providing instant, maximum exposure and increased search results on the property (including Trulia, Zillow and  The facts are that about 90% (I think it may be higher) of buyers are using the internet to search for a home.  Calls from buyers come in everyday saying that they saw my listing on the internet. I can’t even begin to explain how important this is. Buyers are also now able to access numerous reports about the home. We also have informational reports that we can send you on a weekly basis so you can see how this program is working. The truth is, selling your home is a numbers game. The more people that know about it, the more chance we will get people through the door and the more people that come, the better chance we have to sell and sell at a good price. This program works! No other real estate company is providing this type of exposure at this point.

Sample of Some of the Websites our Listing are on






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