Walk, Wag, Wine

It’s time for another Kinde Vineyard dog walk around the vineyards.  I’ve done this hike a few times, and it is one of my favorite dog walks.  The hike is led by Kunde wine grower  Jeff Kunde and his dog.  Be prepared to hike 4-5 miles through the hills and vineyards of the Kunde Winery.  The hike is strenuous, reaching altitudes of 1400 ft.

Every mile or so there is a place to stop and rest under an oak tree, and  to enjoy a Kunde varietal wine.  Starting with cool whites, moving to reds and blends.  Enjoy seeing the 100-year-old vines and beautiful views of the Valley of the Moon all while letting Fido run leash free through the vineyards.

The hike sells out, so make your reservation soon.  A portion of the hike benefits the Sonoma County Humane Society.

  • What: Kunde Vineyard Dog Hike
  • Where: Kunde Vineyard 9825 Sonoma Hwy, Kenwood
  • When: Saturday Sept 30 9am
  • Cost: $75
  • More info :Dogs

I love living in Rincon Valley! I’ve lived here since 1995 and can’t imagine living in a better north bay community. Call me today if you’re interested in buying a home in Rincon Valley, or if you’d like to list your Rincon Valley home for sale.

Jim Cheney Rincon Valley Realtor

Jim Cheney, Your Rincon Valley Realtor

  • Jim Cheney, Broker
  • Saint Francis Property
  • Jim@StFrancisProperty.com
  • (707) 494-1055
  • Rincon Valley – Santa Rosa
  • Cert Tourism Ambassador

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to read a plat map

Most people don’t have the opportunity or need to read a plat map. When you buy a home, you will most likely get a preliminary title report and one of the pages will most likely be a portion of a plat map showing the property line and other important information of the house you are buying.  The map is simple to look at and understand, but there are some parts of a plat map you may not recognize or understand.

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  1. Assessor’s page number
  2. Assessor’s book number
  3. Tie Line may indicate that 2 parcels or more record lots are assessed as 1 parcel
  4. Lot line (solid)
  5. Tax parcel Line (dotted)
  6. Lot dimensions in feet (est)
  7. Ditto mark shows lot dimensions are equal to adjoining lot
  8. Parcel number assigned to the specific lot
  9. Abbreviated tract map filling reference
  10. Recorded tract number
  11. Recorded lot number
  12. Compass indicator
  13. Book and page circle
  14. Changes

I love living in Rincon Valley! I’ve lived here since 1995 and can’t imagine living in a better north bay community. Call me today if you’re interested in buying a home in Rincon Valley, or if you’d like to list your Rincon Valley home for sale.

Jim Cheney Rincon Valley Realtor

Jim Cheney, Your Rincon Valley Realtor

  • Jim Cheney, Broker
  • Saint Francis Property
  • Jim@StFrancisProperty.com
  • (707) 494-1055
  • Rincon Valley – Santa Rosa
  • Cert Tourism Ambassador

 

Meet Maddie and Emma, my newest foster beagles

Rescue for North Bay Beagles brought me 2 new dogs to foster until they find their “forever home”.  Emma (left) and Maddy (right).  Not sure what their history is, but both are very scared of a tall man.  It took a good 30 minutes to get them to come inside last night because they are so afraid of me.  Eventually I got them in, and they chose to sleep on the couch last night.

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Rescue beagles Emma and Maddie

Hopefully before they get adopted, I can get them use to being held, and touched.

If your interested in adopting or providing foster care for a rescue beagle, contact Pam at Rescue for North Bay Beagles at:

 

 

 

I love living in Rincon Valley! I’ve lived here since 1995 and can’t imagine living in a better north bay community. Call me today if you’re interested in buying a home in Rincon Valley, or if you’d like to list your Rincon Valley home for sale.

Jim Cheney Rincon Valley Realtor

Jim Cheney, Your Rincon Valley Realtor

  • Jim Cheney, Broker
  • Saint Francis Property
  • Jim@StFrancisProperty.com
  • (707) 494-1055
  • Rincon Valley – Santa Rosa
  • Certified Tourism Ambassador

 

Market update Sept 10 – 17th

 

for-sale-sign.jpgThe following is the sales activity in Rincon Valley 95409 for the week of Sept 10th – 17th, 2017.  This does not include mobile homes or Oakmont.  Homes listed in this market report were not necessarily listed or sold by Saint Francis Properties, and is just for general consumer information only. Contact me to inquire about the specifics of any particular sale.

 

 

Single Family Detached Homes:

  • $553,500     1257 St. Francis Rd       3/2     1350 sq ft      DOM      51
  • $565,000      5545 El Encanto Dr      3/2     1600 sq ft     DOM:      66
  • $575,000     704 Montclair Dr           3/2     1490 sq ft     DOM:       7
  • $721,500     5753  Desoto    Dr          3/2      1792 sq ft     DOM:      31

Avg    $603,750                                                                         1558 sq ft                     39

(DOM = Days on the market)

As the average home sales price continues to climb in Rincon Valley, this is a great time to sell.  Call me today, I’d love to come over and talk to you.

Additionally, for those of you who tried to sell during the summer but were unable to, fall is a much more desirable time to put your home on the market.

I love living in Rincon Valley!  I’ve lived here since 1995 and can’t imagine living in a better north bay community.  Call me today if you’re interested in buying a home in Rincon Valley, or if you’d like to list your Rincon Valley home for sale.  

Jim Cheney Rincon Valley Realtor

Jim Cheney, Your Rincon Valley Realtor

  • Jim Cheney, Broker
  • Saint Francis Property
  • Jim@StFrancisProperty.com
  • (707) 494-1055
  • Rincon Valley – Santa Rosa
  • Cert Tourism Ambassador

 

Rincon Valley’s Spring Lake

Rincon Valley has one of the BEST parks in Santa Rosa!  If you are trying to decide what part of Santa Rosa to move to, this article will give you one more reason to want to live in Rincon Valley.  

Spring Lake is a 320 acre county regional park located in eastern Santa Rosa between Summerfield Rd. and Montgomery Drive.  Spring Lake was originally built in 1961 as part of global flood control program for Rincon Valley, Bennett Valley, and downtown Santa Rosa.  In 1974 Spring Lake was further developed into what is now one of Sonoma County’s most used parks.

Spring Lake really is your “one stop” park.  You can find almost any park activity you want here.  

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72 acre Spring Lake

Spring Lake: is the parks biggest attraction.  The 72 acre lake which (except during extreme drought) is usually full year round is a great place to boat, fish, kayak, paddle board, and bird watch.  There is a 2.3 mile paved trail that circles that lake, great for walking, biking, and jogging.   The trail is wheel chair accessible.  Boats are available to rent at the lake.  No swimming or gas-powered engines are allowed in/on the lake. 

Boating: Sailing, kayak, stand up paddle board, and small boats with electric motors may use the lake.  A boat ramp can be accessed off the Newanga entrance at a cost of $4 per boat.  Kayaks, stand-up paddle boards, and peddle boats can be rented during the summer months near the Violetti entrance.  No swimming is allowed in the lake.

Spring Lake boat rental

Boats available for rent

Fishing:  Big mouth bass, Sunfish, Catfish, and other fish can be caught in the lake.  Fishing poles can be rented from the concessionaire off Violetti Rd.  Fishing license is required.

Fishing on Spring Lake

The Lagoon:  The swimming lagoon is a 3 acre spring fed swimming area adjacent to Spring Lake.  The swimming lagoon is open to the public Memorial Day thru Labor Day.  It is surrounded by sandy beach with lots of manicured lawn and mature trees to sit under on a hot day.   Picnic tables and some barbecue pits are available for use.  It’s the perfect place to escape hot summer days.  The lagoon is lifeguard protected.  Recently an inflatable playground was added to one end of the lagoon where kids can play for an additional fee.  Inner tubes can be rented at the concessionaire stand.

Spring Lake swimming lagoon

Inflatable floating playground at the Spring Lake swimming lagoon

Picnicing & barbeque:  There are 200 picnic tables throughout Spring Lake including 5 group sites that are wheelchair accessible. Some sites have barbeque’s

Group picnic area at Spring Lake

Group picnic area with BBQ

The Otter Cafe:  Serves affordable lunch and dinner items, along with snacks and beer & wine.  There is an outdoor seating area with lounge chairs and tables where patrons of the cafe can sit and look over the lagoon. 

Camping: Spring Lake offers camping with 31 sites that can be reserved.  RV’s, trailers, and tent camping is popular.  There are 3 cabins that have recently been added and a site for group camping that can accommodate up to 75 people.  Camping is accessible from the Newanga entrance.  Camping is daily Memorial Day – Labor Day, and weekends and holidays only during the rest of the year. 

Camping at Spring Lake

Spring Lake campground

Hiking/walking/jogging/biking: There are 10 miles of hiking and biking trails around Spring Lake.  There is one main 2.3 mile paved trail that circles the lake.  

Spring Lake Trail

Paved 2.3 mile trail circles the lake

Environmental Discovery Center: The Environmental Discovery Center is a hands on interactive science museum designed for elementary school aged children.  Open Wed – Sun, 12 to 5pm.  Access the Discovery Center from the Violetti entrance.

Summer Camp: Spring Lake is host to many kid’s summer camps through both the city of Santa Rosa, and Sonoma County Parks.  Visit their websites to see what is available.  

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Kids attend Lifeguard Camp at Spring Lake

Other Events: Sonoma County Parks hold other events at Spring Lake such as:

  • Water Bark
  • REI equipment boat trials
  • Fishing lessons
  • Intro to SUP
  • Science Saturdays
  • Paddle Board Yoga
  • Event Calendar

 

Where: Spring Lake

  • South entance 5585 Newanga Ave Santa Rosa (camping, boat ramp, Horse trailers)
  • North entrance 393 Violetti Road Santa Rosa

When: 

  • Park is open year round 7am – sunset
  • Swimming lagoon & Otter Cafe Memorial Day – Labor Day

Cost:

  • $7 per car
  • $4 per boat
  • Both are free with park membership.
  • Park Membership: $69

Dogs: yes with some restrictions see park web page for more info

Ranger: 707.539.8092

More info:  Spring Lake

I love living in Rincon Valley! I’ve lived here since 1995 and can’t imagine living in a better north bay community. Call me today if you’re interested in buying a home in Rincon Valley, or if you’d like to list your Rincon Valley home for sale.

Jim Cheney Rincon Valley Realtor

Jim Cheney, Your Rincon Valley Realtor

  • Jim Cheney, Broker
  • Saint Francis Property
  • Jim@StFrancisProperty.com
  • (707) 494-1055
  • Rincon Valley – Santa Rosa
  • Cert Tourism Ambassador

 

Rincon Valley Market Update Sept 1 – 10th

for-sale-sign.jpgThe following is the sales activity in Rincon Valley 95409 for the week of Sept 1st – 10th, 2017.  This does not include mobile homes or Oakmont.  Homes listed in this market report were not necessarily listed or sold by Saint Francis Properties, and is just for general consumer information only. Contact me to inquire about the specifics of any particular sale.

 

 

 

Single Family Detached Homes:

  • $625,000    6556 Bridgewood Dr.    4/2    1796 sq ft       DOM     114
  • $854,000    3210 Piedra Land          4/2     2332 sq ft       DOM     37

Avg    $735,000                                                              2064 sq ft                     76

As the average home sales price continues to climb in Rincon Valley, this is a great time to sell.  Call me today, I’d love to come over and talk to you.

Additionally, for those of you who tried to sell during the summer but were unable to, fall is a much more desirable time to put your home on the market.

I love living in Rincon Valley!  I’ve lived here since 1995 and can’t imagine living in a better north bay community.  Call me today if you’re interested in buying a home in Rincon Valley, or if you’d like to list your Rincon Valley home for sale.  

Jim Cheney Rincon Valley Realtor

Jim Cheney, Your Rincon Valley Realtor

  • Jim Cheney, Broker
  • Saint Francis Property
  • Jim@StFrancisProperty.com
  • (707) 494-1055
  • Rincon Valley – Santa Rosa
  • Cert Tourism Ambassador

 

Just listed 81 Somerset Drive Santa Rosa

I’m excited to announce my newest listing at 81 Somerset Drive Santa Rosa in The Country mobile home estates for $185,000

This is a 1440 sq ft 2/2 mobile home built in 1972.  The home comes with 2 sheds and a recently serviced air conditioning unit.  The home has the following amenities:

  • 2 bedrooms 2 bath
  • Manufacturer: Dual-Wide
  • Model: Premier
  • Gas stove top
  • Refrigerator included
  • Washer and Dryer included
  • 2 exterior storage sheds
  • 3 car covered parking
  • Enclosed sunroom
  • Rent (space) $669.15
  • Metered gas

The Country mobile home estates is a 55+ senior community, and has the following amenities:

  • Clubhouse
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Lodge
  • Activities
  • Professional management
  • Open grass areas
  • Nicely cared for mature landscape
  • Close to Hwy 12, wineries, city and county parks


The Country mobile home estates is off Fulton Road and is close to Hwy 12.  Sebastopol, Healdsburg, and world class wineries are a few minutes away.  Great city and county parks, and the coast are less than a 30 minute drive.  Prospective buyers are subject to park approval prior to closing escrow.

Call me today to schedule a showing.

I love living in Rincon Valley! I’ve lived here since 1995 and can’t imagine living in a better north bay community. Call me today if you’re interested in buying a home in Rincon Valley, or if you’d like to list your Rincon Valley home for sale.

Jim Cheney Rincon Valley Realtor

Jim Cheney, Your Rincon Valley Realtor

  • Jim Cheney, Broker
  • Saint Francis Property
  • Jim@StFrancisProperty.com
  • (707) 494-1055
  • Rincon Valley – Santa Rosa
  • Cert Tourism Ambassador

Rincon Valley Market report Aug 22 – 31

for-sale-sign.jpgThe following is the sales activity in Rincon Valley 95409 for the week of August 22th – 31st, 2017.  This does not include mobile homes or Oakmont.  Homes listed in this market report were not necessarily listed or sold by Saint Francis Properties, and is just for general consumer information only. Contact me to inquire about the specifics of any particular sale.

 

 

 

Single Family Detached Homes:

  • $569,000    4906 Everglade Dr.        4/2    1344 sq ft       DOM     26
  • $854,000    1724 Casita Court           4/3    3069 sq ft       DOM     40
  • $1,070,000   940 Wild Oak Dr           4/3    3044 sq ft      DOM    50

Avg    $831,000                                                       2486 sq ft                     39

As the average home sales price continues to climb in Rincon Valley, this is a great time to sell.  Call me today, I’d love to come over and talk to you.

Additionally, for those of you who tried to sell during the summer but were unable to, fall is a much more desirable time to put your home on the market.

I love living in Rincon Valley!  I’ve lived here since 1995 and can’t imagine living in a better north bay community.  Call me today if you’re interested in buying a home in Rincon Valley, or if you’d like to list your Rincon Valley home for sale.  

Jim Cheney Rincon Valley Realtor

Jim Cheney, Your Rincon Valley Realtor

  • Jim Cheney, Broker
  • Saint Francis Property
  • Jim@StFrancisProperty.com
  • (707) 494-1055
  • Rincon Valley – Santa Rosa
  • Cert Tourism Ambassador

Meet Bella my latest rescue beagle available for adoption

 

This is Bella my most recent foster beagle. She was surrendered to Rescue for North Bay Beagles by her owner. I’ve only had her for 24 hours, and have seen that she is a sweet loving dog who enjoys walks and being held. She is totally house trained, and loves sleeping quietly on the bed or in her crate. She is a very small beagle/dachshund mix who is looking for her forever family.

If you are interested in adopting Bella, contact Pam at Rescue for North Bay Beagles.

I love living in Rincon Valley! I’ve lived here since 1995 and can’t imagine living in a better north bay community. Call me today if you’re interested in buying a home in Rincon Valley, or if you’d like to list your Rincon Valley home for sale.

Jim Cheney Rincon Valley Realtor

Jim Cheney, Your Rincon Valley Realtor

  • Jim Cheney, Broker
  • Saint Francis Property
  • Jim@StFrancisProperty.com
  • (707) 494-1055
  • Rincon Valley – Santa Rosa
  • Cert Tourism Ambassador

5 things your roof is asking you to do now

We are lucky in California that our weather consistently provides virtually NO rain July, Aug or Sept. Well, October is not that far away so this is a great time to check your roof for these 5 potential problems.

1) Vegetation should not be touching your roof.

What does this look like? Tree limbs dangling over your roof with branches touching the roof, or bushes that have grown so tall they are touching your roof line.

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Trees limbs and tall hedges lay on, and touch the roof of this house

What’s the problem? When the wind blows, that vegetation rubs your roof, accelerating the wear and tear on it. The sun and the wind are hard enough on a roof, don’t let vegetation decrease the life of your roof. Vegetation can trap moisture against your roof causing moss, fungus, and algae to grow on and under your shingles. Additionally, vegetation can act as an highway way for bugs and rodents such as roof rats to access your home.

Remedy: Cut your hedges back so they are not touching your home anywhere. Hire an arborist to cut tree limbs back so they are not touching your roof.

2) Debris on the roof.

What’s it look like? Dry leaves and vegetation on the roof, or collecting behind a chimney usually below a tree or some other vegetation that’s growing above the roof line.

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Debris in the valley of the roof traps moisture and will eventually clog the rain gutters

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Debris built up behind the chimney traps moisture causing rust and dry rot

What’s the problem? Debris on the roof seems innocent enough right? The wind and rain will wash it away. Well, the rain might wash it into your rain gutters where it may then become trapped and clog your gutters. Trapped debris breaks down over time and reduces the amount of rain water your gutters can contain before overflowing. While on the roof, the leaves are trapping moisture, and blocking the wind and the sun from keeping your shingles, fascia board, and trim dry.

Remedy: Clean your roof off before dry leaves get a chance to flow into your gutters. Use a broom, or leaf blower, or hire a professional to get on your roof and clean behind the chimney and other hard to reach places.

3) Algae and moss

What’s it look like? Moss looks like fuzz and algae can look like various colors of discoloration.

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Moss on composite shingles

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Algae on wood shingles

What’s the problem? Moss traps moisture which is never good. Severe moss can cause the shingles to lift compromising the shingles water resistance.

Remedy: Use a stiff broom to brush the growth away, and analyze why the moss is growing there. Chances are that there is something causing the moss to grow such as excessive shade from nearby vegetation.

4) Damaged flashing on the roof

What’s it looks like? Flashing that has slipped, been damaged or brittle and cracked. Caulking that is cracked or missing, paint that is peeling or chipping.

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Damaged chimney flashing

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Cracked plumbing flashing

What’s the problem? Flashing is about preventing water intrusion into the home. Sometimes flashing is damaged by work being done on the home, vegetation, animals or just old age. Flashing is designed to keep moisture from penetrating the roof where plumbing, chimneys, vents, or skylights breach the shingles. Having the flashing repaired is a lot cheaper than dealing with water damage later on.

Remedy:  Consult professional roofer for repair before wet weather arrives.

5) Damaged/leaking rain gutters

What does it look like? Rain gutters that are full of debris, cracked, rusted or otherwise show active signs of leaking or imminent signs of leaking.

Rain gutters in need of maintenance

Rain gutters need to be check for debris, cracks and leaks. Gutters that are painted won’t rust and will last longer

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Rain gutters that leak or overflow cause water to splash onto the siding which overtime causes dry rot and other wood related problems.

What’s the problem? Some people think rain gutters are simply there to allow you to walk under your eaves without getting wet. They actually are designed to carry water away from your home. When gutters over flow or leak, the water falls to the ground below which (most of the time) causes the rain water to splash back onto the siding of the home. eventually, causing dry rot and other wood related problems. If the gutters “overflow” it can cause dry rot and other wood related problems to the roof trim and fascia board behind the gutter. Rot on the trim can eventually spread to other parts of the roof and can become quite costly. It can all be avoided by maintaining your gutters.

Remedy:   Inspect your gutters.  Keep them free of debris and painted.  If they leak, it’s possible to patch a small spot, however it might just be time to have them replaced.

I love living in Rincon Valley! I’ve lived here since 1995 and can’t imagine living in a better north bay community. Call me today if you’re interested in buying a home in Rincon Valley, or if you’d like to list your Rincon Valley home for sale.

Jim Cheney Rincon Valley Realtor

Jim Cheney, Your Rincon Valley Realtor

  • Jim Cheney, Broker
  • Saint Francis Property
  • Jim@StFrancisProperty.com
  • (707) 494-1055
  • Rincon Valley – Santa Rosa
  • Cert Tourism Ambassador