With so little inventory on the market, I thought it was a good time to reflect on some of my favorite properties of the last year. I was lucky enough to represent some of the buyers and sellers of these properties which makes them all the more special knowing the individual stories.
I was lucky enough to work with Jim Heid, the brains behind Craftwork and RiverHouse, on the sale of the exciting new RiverHouse Community. The project comprised eight homes, which we put on the market in late summer, and as I write this have just got the last home into contract. (Here is a post I wrote about the story of River House). Green House, standing over the central lawn was the flagship home with its extensive wrap-around covered porch that adds additional outdoor living space. Situated near The Green you have immediate access to the central open space. And the only unit with sliding doors from the downstairs master bedroom to a private backyard, the Green House was the largest of the eight homes and included a self-contained ADU, perfect for generating additional income or for visiting relatives. One of the great things about the project was that it is a very rare example of a high end, new built home development within easy walking distance to the Healdsburg Plaza, wineries and Healdsburg amenities.
If I had to think of one home that got me excited it was this home up a winding oak canopied drive between the MacMurray Ranch and Kistler Estate is L.A. architect John Powell's mid century modern reimagining of a 1978 California ranch style house situated on a 6 acre hilltop with exceptional 360 views of Sonoma to Napa. The home with its stunning custom gourmet kitchen and has several terraces around the house. It is the perfect indoor/outdoor lifestyle for all seasons. The custom landscape complete with redwood decks, new pool, steel pergola, fruit trees and raised vegetable beds are just some of the attributes of this unique zen country estate.
As with any real estate transaction, this one has its own story. I can understand why the sellers were reluctant to leave but I am very excited for the new owners to enjoy and continue to enhance this property over time.
While I was doing a remodel on my home (see blog post here for details), a friend of mine joked about the film Money Pit (which at the time I hadn't seen). The amazing couple who purchased this home, joke about the fact they (knowingly) have bought into everything about that film. Given the iconic 4 bedroom craftsman home was on the market for the first time ever in over a 100 years, I know it will be amazing once they have restored it. Located on the coveted Dry Creek Valley floor. This home had the intimacy of the vineyards and the majestic views of the hills in every direction. The lovely wraparound porch draws you into this special home. This home allows strolls through the level grounds that lend themselves to entertaining, gardening and enjoying the incredible scenery.
Designed and built by the previous owners, a VC and lawyer, with no architecture experience, this home was designed very specifically for the previous owners with understated elegance, and attention to detail (bordering on obsession!). This single story, 3002 sq. ft. custom-built home is the epitome of top-of-the-line construction. Just 2 blocks from the Historic Plaza and set at the end of Healdsburg's most prestigious cul-de-sac. On a nearly 18,000 sq. ft. lot at the end of Plaza St one what has to be one of the best sites on town, the property offers a peaceful retreat with easy access to a world-renowned food and wine. The property includes a 740 square foot guest home, which is a reflection of the primary residence, maintaining the same level of detailed design and high-end finishes.
This property was purchased by developers in 2019 for just over $1.8m and 9 months later and a few hundred thousand dollars, it sold for an eye watering $4.5m. The buyer was Pacaso, the fractional ownership (not timeshare!) company. This purchase, along with another property on West Dry Creek, set a new benchmark for house prices on this side of the valley. While Pacaso has received its fair share of criticism in both Healdsburg and elsewhere in places like Napa and St Helena, it has done home owners in Dry Creek Valley a huge favor by paying over market value for its two homes, thereby inflating prices for all homeowners and buyers.
This property provides a terraced lot featuring a single story home with 3 Bedrooms, 2.5 Bathrooms in the main home with additional guest accommodation above the garage. Lake Sonoma is also just a moment away from this retreat.