Buying Horse Property

Sonoma County is a great place to live with your horses. It is a very active horse community offering all types of riding. We have many state parks around such as Point Reyes National Seashore and the dunes of Bodega Bay. It is many people's dream to have their horse at home on their own property. Here are a few things to think about before you buy.

Developing a Vineyard

The Annual Cycle

By Marie H. Clay | on March 6, 2012

What’s a year in the life of a vineyard actually like? Well, the winters are nice. In winter, the vines are dormant, little work is being done in the vineyard, except for the 100 year storm that seems to come every year, so drainage repair and erosion control are the primary tasks. Sonoma gets 35″

Day to Day Farming

By Marie H. Clay | on March 6, 2012

There are a few key things you need to keep you eye on growing grapes. It lays out pretty simply here, but the vagaries of the weather and the way these things interract makes it a constant struggle. Water The main gas peddle on growing a grape is water and you’ll here a thousand different

The Process of Buying a Vineyard

By Marie H. Clay | on March 6, 2012

A Complex Process Although the basic steps of purchasing a country property are the same as when purchasing a house on a city lot – offer, negotiation, contract, disclosure, inspections, release, funding and close – each step is quite different for country and vineyard property and the time frames overall are usually much longer. Offer

Valuing Country and Vineyard Property

By Marie H. Clay | on March 6, 2012

There are two main ways that all real estate is valued. The first is by comparable – similar properties that have sold recently. Comparables are used to establish the value of 99% of real estate sold and are by far the most reliable way to value any piece of real estate. The other main way

Evaluating a Vineyard Property

By Marie H. Clay | on March 5, 2012

Once you find a property that fits your requirements, you can start evaluating that particular parcel—but what makes land suitable for a vineyard? This is a subject that people discuss for hours and hours. To start with, it is easier to say what land isn’t suitable for planting. Soils with slopes that exceed 50%. Soils

We give Marie the Perseverance Award for handling our sale...an effort that involved separating one large parcel into two dissimilar parcels and associated new easements to combating the bats taking residence in the entryway. The dedication, attention to detail and willingness to go the extra mile got us to a very satisfactory conclusion.