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.

Interesting Housing Options




Over the last few years we have seen some interesting housing options. The “tiny house” movement started with stick-built homes on trailers that could easily be moved but also set up to hook into water and sewer systems. Many of them had solar for their electricity. We have also seen storage container houses that have been set up as tiny homes. Today as I was looking through some articles about real estate in Asia, I came across a new option for tiny homes that has been created in Hong Kong. This new option, called the “Opod” was created by architect James Law. He has built a “Tube House” from new spare concrete pipe in Hong Kong. The OPod Tube House, is an experimental low cost, micro-living housing unit constructed out of a 2.5 meters diameter concrete water pipe. The architect injected new ideas into Hong Kong’s housing policy. It has good fire prevention, wind protection, noise insulation and heat insulation. In addition, the structure of the water pipe itself is suitable for being buried in the ground so that it can withstand enormous pressure. As I did a little more research about this new option, I wasn’t able to find out how much they cost for purchase, but I did find out that they rent for between $3000 and $5000. We are lucky where we live that a monthly mortgage payment like that can get us into a decent home. Would you consider living in a Tube House? opod3



Favorite Things Friday- Lake Tahoe

With the mercury rising here in Lincoln, sitting on a sandy shoreline and a dip in the cool water is starting to sound pretty good. Lucky for us in Lincoln, beautiful Lake Tahoe is only a quick drive up the hill. With plenty of beaches and restaurants to chose from, a day trip to Tahoe is a great way to beat the heat.

Whenever we visit Tahoe, we are sure to stop at the kid’s favorite ice cream shop. Located in Incline Village on the North Shore, Susie Scoops is a must visit for a large assortment of locally made ice creams with a delicious flavor to suit any taste. Make sure to grab one of their homemade dipped waffle cones and enjoy some sun on the patio!

From there, there are always lots of options when it comes to enjoying time by the crystal clear waters of Lake Tahoe. Kings beach is a great option, but it can fill up quickly, so be sure to stake out a spot earlier in the day. Perfect for the family looking for a little more excitement at their day at the beach, Kings beach is a hot spot to rent paddle boards or enjoy parasailing or other activities on the water.

North Tahoe beach is another option and is great because of it’s nearby lots of places to grab a quick bite before heading out and the Safeway across the street. We like to stop by and fill up the cooler before we settle in for some time on the sand.

One of my favorite beaches in Tahoe is Sand Harbor beach. The views here are some of the best in the area, and beautiful rock formations and calm water make for a breathtaking spot to kick back and relax.

After a day in the sun, our favorite restaurant to visit is Rosie’s Cafe in Tahoe City. With lots of options, this local spot for homestyle cooking is sure to have something for everyone. Nothing hits the spot quite like one of their burgers!

One of my favorite things about living in Lincoln is the proximity to so many great places. There’s no need to spend too much time in the car or hop on a plane to get away. If you’re looking to get away there are so many great options for day trips this summer- I’d recommend a visit to Lake Tahoe be one of them!

Location, Location, Location!

With all the new innovations out there, there are so many ways to market your home. Whether it’s the more classic route or online, I try and get the best of both worlds. When it comes to getting your home out there, I’m always looking for the best avenues for maximum exposure as well as targeted marketing. With this in mind, I decided to try something new for some of my listings.
The area around these homes is really something that makes them special, so I jumped at the chance to have some drone videography taken. I thought that this would be a perfect way to not only highlight the home itself, but also the beautiful surrounding areas. For the home at 5181 Monteverde Drive, the rolling hills, scenic walking trails and praised Catta Verdera golf course, not to mention the breathtaking sunsets are major reasons why this is such a gorgeous and desirable area to live. At 2200 South Lakewood Drive, the peaceful and serene setting, nestled among the pine and oak trees makes for the perfect hideaway near the lake in Meadow Vista.



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Call today for a private showing of either of these great listings!

Excellent 12 Bridges Location!

111 Kiwi Court


Move-in ready! Located on a quiet cul-de-sac in the hills of 12 Bridges, this home has an open floor plan & is loaded with upgrades. Beautiful hardwood floors, granite counters, stainless appliances, custom paint, built-ins, plantation shutters & so much more! Manicured, private yard features custom concrete, covered patio & keystone retaining walls. The handyman will like the 3 car tandem garage with cabinets. Act now, this is a rare opportunity to own a beautiful home in a great location.

Call 916 408-2222 for a private showing today!

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Wide Variety of Homes & Prices in Lincoln, CA Real Estate

Lincoln, California, a Sacramento suburb nestled at the base of the Sierra foothills and 75 miles from the San Francisco Bay Area, is a great location to set down your roots!  Country property with land, new home subdivisions, gated golf course communities, condos, older turn of the century, and a thriving Del Webb retirement community plus everything in between are just a few of the home choices in Lincoln.  Check out these two magnificent homes priced toward the TOP of the market in Lincoln.

3527 Camino Cielo, Lincoln, CA  95648


3527 Camino Cielo - pool night

Former model home, over 4,000 sf with 4 bedrooms & 4 full bathrooms in the Catta Verdera golf community, 1.2 acre lot with infinity pool and solar


3391 Vista De Madera, Lincoln, CA  95648


3391 Vista De Madera

Custom Catta Verdera home with salt water infinity pool & spa, over 4,000 sf with views of the beautiful Sierra Nevadas


Favorite things Friday – Lincoln, CA sunsets!

Gorgeous Golf Course Views
                                       Overlooking Verdera from infinity edge pool


                                           Colorful sky from Estrella Court

The amount of rain we have received this year is much needed, but on a cool, rainy and windy day like today, I start thinking about warm summer nights and the incredible sunsets we have in Lincoln. There are some great places to go and take them in. Up on the bluffs behind Coyote Pond Park is one of my favorite places and there are numerous other places to enjoy the colorful sunsets. I could name a quite a few more, but I don’t want to give my older Boy Scouts any date ideas! I know I’m not the only one that pulls out my phone and snaps a few pics of the sky, I’d love to see some of your shots.

Spacious, Turn-key Home with Tons of Upgrades!


2188 Maloney Drive, Lincoln



This beautiful home is located on a premium corner lot & has a spacious floor plan with all the right upgrades. Designed for utility & comfort, this home features a 1st floor master suite with jetted tub, upgraded bath, closet organizers and yard access. The kitchen boasts top-0f-the-line cherry wood cabinets, GE Profile appliances, veggie prep sink, gas cooktop and walk-in pantry, with granite slab counter tops and natural stone travertine flooring. The hand-scraped, slightly distressed hardwood flooring flows through the family room, and formal living & dining rooms. Upstairs you will find an additional master suite along with a huge bonus room and plenty of bedrooms.  In total, this home has 4 full baths and a possible 6 bedrooms as well as a den and bonus room.  Crown molding, plantation shutters and built-ins, covered patios and oversized 3-car garage with cabinets & workbench are just a few of the addition features. This home has so much more to offer, call today for your private showing!  Offered at $629,000.

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Homes on the market in 12 Bridges, Lincoln, CA

2819 Cardinal Drive

So, just a quick post to let you know about 2 great new listings that I just put on the market in 12 Bridges in Lincoln. One is a former model home, comes in at 2277 sf and has an excellent floor plan. Huge 24 x 15 loft upstairs, spacious master and also has a full bath and bedroom option (currently being used as a den) downstairs. This 3bed(possible 4)/3bath home is nicely appointed with neutral paint and carpet, hand-scraped and distressed hardwood flooring, Corian counters and more! Lush, green back yard with majestic redwoods, colored concrete and a pergola. Great 12 Bridges location and sure to go fast! Priced at $379,999 and located at 2819 Cardinal Drive, Lincoln, CA 95648.

Wild Oak Front
225 Wild Oak Court

wild oak kitchen wild oak yard

The second is a beautiful 4 bedroom home on a quiet cul-de-sac. Pride of ownership shows in this 12 Bridges Home! The wonderful kitchen boasts exquisite granite w/subway tile backsplash, wide-plank wood laminate floors & white cabinets. You’ll feel like you are in a Pottery Barn showroom with the cool & neutral custom paint, crown molding, cased windows, wide baseboard & so much more. Other details like travertine & wainscoting in the bathrooms round out that feel. You’ll love the spacious and private yard with flagstone retaining wall and more than enough room to play! Value priced at $399,999 and located at 225 Wild Oak Court, Lincoln, CA 95648.


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!