Come to the Napa or Sonoma Valleys for the amazing climate, food and wine, farmer's markets and glorious gardens, for our famous easy living. But be prepared to overcome a few obstacles. First, you may be doing most of your "house-hunting" on line from a distance. If so, be prepared to travel on short notice. Second, recognize that the Napa/Sonoma markets differ radically from your home market. Third, if you're relocating from a sizable home with lots of furniture, you may have to downsize to live happily here.
San Francisco buyers consider Napa and Sonoma homes great bargains. But, buyers relocating to Napa or Sonoma from anywhere big houses on large lots are common – like Texas, Oregon, Arizona or even Southern California — can have a hard time with the relatively higher prices of Wine Country homes that are smaller and built on more modestly sized lots than the ones they’re accustomed to back home - wherever that may be.
Both the Napa and Sonoma Valleys are prime grape-growing areas. So, Napa and Sonoma Valley voters have placed urban growth boundaries around each city, town and village to maintain the rural feel and agricultural integrity of our fabled Wine region. But, as any economist will tell you, with demand high and little room for new construction, prices of homes inevitably rise. That’s not apt to change soon.
Napa and Sonoma Valley towns usually don’t offer large tracts of new homes with consistent design standards and unvarying levels of upkeep. So, one house or small in-fill development can be fairly upscale, but nearby homes may be more modest. Such variability within neighborhoods can make people who aren’t familiar with them very jumpy. So, rely on your agent's knowledge. AND be prepared for Napa & Sonoma Valley homes to be smaller, older and more expensive than anticipated and, perhaps, need updating.
It may sound simplisitc, but it's no less true. Realistic buyers succeed; unrealistic buyers don't. So decide whether you want to live in the more populous city of Napa, a commuter-friendly town like American Canyon, or in higher-priced villages like the City of Sonoma, Glen Ellen, Yountville, St. Helena or Calistoga. Then persist in your search until you find what you want but stay flexible to find the right home at the right price for the next stage of your life.
You have questions, and I have answers. My sole goal is to find the home that best suits the lifestyle you want to live and negotiate the best price for you that I can possibly get. If you're my seller, my sole goal is getting the best buyer for your home and selling it for the best possible price. With my marketing background, and great crew of support people (from office staff to stagers and videographers), I'm uniquely positioned to assist first time and other buyers and sellers who need an experienced agent offering "high touch" services.