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

Coming Soon! 1673 Calabasa Drive

1673 Calabasa Drive
1673 Calabasa Drive

1673 Calabasa entry

Coming Soon and won’t last long! This home is as neat as a pin and is a great floor plan with no wasted space. This home has been extremely well-maintained as has new carpet and paint, newer A/C condensor and appliances. Just under 1500 sf, 3 bed/2bath, NO HOA and very low Mello Roos. This is truly a move-in ready home for only $365,000. Call or message me for a private showing. 916 408-2222

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

3 Common Selling Pitfalls

Screen Shot 2017-08-08 at 2.42.12 PMThinking about putting your home on the market? Be sure to check out my thoughts on 3 of the most common mistakes sellers make, featured in the Lincoln View.

If you’re looking for an agent with experience and expertise, give me a call!

Big and Beautiful 5Bed/4bath Home in Foskett Ranch!

1410 El Camino Verde Drive
1410 El Camino Verde Drive

Located in the desirable Foskett Ranch community, this spacious 5 bed/4bath home boasts an excellent, open floor plan and has a full bed and bath conveniently placed on the first floor. This quality-built Standard Pacific home has tons of great upgrades and more than enough room to spread out! The baker’s kitchen has granite counter tops, oversized tile flooring, under-cabinet lighting, top-of-the line appliances, gorgeous cabinets, butler’s pantry and a faux brick backsplash. The home has premium, plush carpet, ceiling fans, abundant canned lighting and is wired for surround sound. Each bedroom is unique in size, but all are much larger than your average bedroom. Two of the bedrooms feature a Jack and Jill bath with an extended vanity and dual sinks. The generous master suite has a sitting area, coffered ceilings and an amazing master bath. The bath has split, “his and her” vanities, sunken tub, shower stall and a walk-in closet the size of a regular bedroom! It also features custom mirrors, oiled bronze fixtures and an extra linen cabinet. This energy efficient home is well-insulated and the solar system will allow you to run the ice cold A/C without worrying about astronomical utility bills. You’ll love the summer nights sitting around the firepit on the vast, natural flagstone patio. Other features include a handyman’s 3 car garage with gorilla storage racks and lots of room for your toys and projects.

Act now; call for more information and to request a private showing of this clean, move-in ready home!


Nice Single Story in West Lincoln

1669 Calabasa Drive
1669 Calabasa Drive

This home is clean and has been well maintained. You’ll love the custom features; from the classy, knotty alder front door to the extremely durable, luxury flooring and the warm, neutral paint colors. This home has had recent exterior paint, new carpet and upgraded stone hearth put on the fireplace. The back yard is private and low maintenance. You’ll enjoy being in the yard and relaxing on the custom tile patio under the well-built patio cover. The handyman will love the finished 3 car garage with the epoxy flooring and the heavy-duty insulated garage door. This home has lots of other custom features including framed mirrors in the master bath, surround sound wiring and upgraded ceiling fans and light fixtures. No HOA dues and very low Mello Roos. This is a home you don’t want to miss!


Act now; call for more information and to request a private showing.


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Brookview Beauty-Clean home on cul-de-sac in Lincoln, CA

112 Austin Court
112 Austin Court

Mr. Clean lives here! The original owner has taken incredible care of this beautiful Brookview home. Located at the end of a private cul-de-sac, you’ll love the wide streets as well as the convenience in proximity to schools and parks. This home sits on a large lot and has the potential for RV access on the right side and also has more than enough room to put in a pool. Under the covered patio is a great place to enjoy the outdoors and have a barbeque or take some time to relax in the spa. The other side yard is nicely set up for a dog run that includes a concrete pad and drainage. Inside of the home is just as nice as the yard! The open, flowing floor plan has a spacious living/dining room combo and is set up with a great room concept family room and kitchen. This plan is great for entertaining and has a good feeling of space. The handyman will like the oversized 3 car garage that has extra room for storage as well as overhead attic access. This is a good, solid home that is waiting for your personal touches. Don’t delay; homes this clean with a great location and NO MELLO ROOS TAX don’t last long.

Call today for your private showing

Offered at $394,500


Beautiful Lincoln Crossing Home on Open Space

1160 Southbridge back

Next to Nature!

1160 Southbridge Circle, Lincoln, CA 95648

From the moment you walk in the front door, you will feel the peace and privacy of this home. Located on a large ¼ acre lot, you can enjoy the peaceful views of nature that this park-like yard has to offer. This well-built Centex home has one of the most sought-after floor plans in the community. At almost 4000 sf, this home has 5 bedrooms and 4 full baths (including a bed and bath on the first floor), upstairs laundry as well as a generous loft/bonus room. You’ll love the expansive master suite with “his and her” closets, jetted tub, over-sized shower stall, split vanities and views of nature. The bright kitchen has white cabinetry, decorative back splash, stainless appliances, granite countertops and tile flooring. It opens into the family room for a very spacious feel. The large picture windows in the family room look out to the lush, green yard. This gorgeous yard has an outdoor kitchen, detailed hardscape and a variety of trees and shrubs. Included as part of the Home Owners’ Association is the use of Club Lincoln with their pools, work out facilities and other amenities. Also included is internet to the home. This home has many other nice features such as upgraded lighting fixtures, fireplace, custom interior paint, 3 car tandem garage and so much more!


Act now; call for more information and to request a private showing.

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Move-In Ready home in Lincoln, CA


Move-In Ready! New Pergo handscraped hickory laminate flooring and paint make this home shine! This quality-built Centex home has been extremely well taken care of and is in a great neighborhood close to schools and parks.You’ll love the open, flowing, “great room concept” floor plan with 3 bedrooms and 2 baths. The well-designed kitchen has ample counter space, breakfast bar and a large pantry. This home has so much more! You will want to spend time in the inviting, spacious yard that includes a full length cobblestone patio, keystone retaining wall, a large garden shed and wide side yards. Other features include a security system, vaulted ceilings, ceiling fans, details such as wall insets and bullnose corners. No HOA, very low Mello Roos-What are you waiting for?


Call today for your private showing

Offered at $342,500