Sebastopol, CA Real Estate News

By Lynn Bowen, Lynn Bowen Broker Associate, Realtor®, CRS
(Artisan Sotheby's International Realty)
I'm loving it!   Just about any direction I drive from my house up on English Hill in Sebastopol I see acres & acres of green.   And not just any green it's green green beautiful green, the green that makes you smile, the green that makes you stop in your tracks in awwwhhh!   I think the hills, valleys, fields and pastures are greener or a deeper tone of green this year then ever before.   Spring has certainly sprung across Sonoma County.   It's hard to get too tied up in the current financial situation or the condition of the real estate market, which by the way is great for buyers, when every direction you look is another gorgeous site.   Even while driving down the ole 101 highway thru Petaluma, Santa Rosa, Windsor & Healsburg there aren't too many spots where you can't look to your ...
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By Lynn Bowen, Lynn Bowen Broker Associate, Realtor®, CRS
(Artisan Sotheby's International Realty)
What could be better than visitng with good people, snacking on yummy food while taking in the new art on our office walls?   All of us at Domaine Real Estate in Sebastopol CA are looking forward to our Spring Art Review.   This art show will feature local artists, Beath Anderson & Julie O'Hare.   I for one look forward to enjoying their art on our walls during the show and then for the subsequent months that it will adorn our walls.   This will be the 3rd event of this type we have offered since opening our doors as the new brokerage in town.   The event will take place Thursday March 26th, 2009 between 5:00pm & 7:00pm at our office located at 7775 Healdsburg Ave. Sebastopol. Even though we are a newish brokerage we have many years of real estate experience in the office with Realtors ...
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By Lynn Bowen, Lynn Bowen Broker Associate, Realtor®, CRS
(Artisan Sotheby's International Realty)
Interested in current market statistics for Sebastopol CA Real Estate?   Following are the stats for the January 2009 market as well as what is currently available in the residential real estate market.    Residential meaning, Single Family Homes, Condo's as well as Farms/Ranches. As of Today February 27, 2009 Sebastopol currently has: 101 Active & Available Listings: List Price Range $200,000  -  $2,790,000 Average List Price $754,152 Median List Price $659,000 Of these 101 listings, 9 are Bank Owned aka REO or Foreclosure properties & 13 are Short Sales 20 Listings In Escrow in "Contingent" status: List Price Range $310,000  -  $1,295,000 Average List Price $583,925 Median List Price $545,750 Of these 20, 1 is Bank Owned & 4 are Short Sales 2 Listings In Escrow in the "Pending" status...
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By Lynn Bowen, Lynn Bowen Broker Associate, Realtor®, CRS
(Artisan Sotheby's International Realty)
For those interested in the current market statistics for Sebastopo CA following is a synopsis of our December 2008 market as well as what is currently available in the residential real estate market.    Residential meaning, Single Family Homes, Condo's as well as Farms/Ranches. As of Today January 11, 2009 Sebastopol currently has: Active & Available Listings: 67 List Price Range $242,000 - $1,995,000 Average List Price $794,802  Median List Price $725,000      Of these 67, 7 are Bank Owned aka REO or Foreclosure properties & 4 are Short Sales In Escrow in "Contingent" status: 12 List Price Range $235,000 - $2,050,000 Average List Price $703,158      Of these 12, 1 is Bank Owned & 5 are Short Sales In Escrow in the "Pending" status i.e. All Contingencies have been removed: 6 List Price...
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By Dave Roberts
(Healdsburg Sotheby's International Realty)
Sometimes a graph is the best way to demonstrate a trend. I have been working with Altos Research to develop charts for Sonoma County. I love country property and small towns, so I generated some charts for Sonoma, Sebastopol, Healdsburg, and some of the other agriculture-surrounded towns in Sonoma County's wine country. One of the surprises that jumped out at me was that Sebastopol, alone among the Sonoma County towns, has continued strong median prices in the top quartile of the market. This is a live chart, so the data will change over time, but as of the middle of April, 2008, the upper quartile of homes in Sebastopol is about 5% above a year ago. For Sonoma County, that increase in value during the past year isn't replicated anywhere else. The data set for charts like this is small...
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By Lynn Bowen, Lynn Bowen Broker Associate, Realtor®, CRS
(Artisan Sotheby's International Realty)
 Planning a visit, already live here, or just want to learn more about this open minded town.   We have many fine resturants, shopping opportunities, Sunday Farmers Markets, and more artist studio's then imaginable.   Personally, I think Sebastopol has the best weather around as well!Come visit the City Of Sebastopol official website.   See just what Sebastopol California in beautiful Sonoma County has to offer.        The City of Sebastopol Official City Website http://www.ci.sebastopol.ca.us/ 
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By Lynn Bowen, Lynn Bowen Broker Associate, Realtor®, CRS
(Artisan Sotheby's International Realty)
Please come by to visit our new brokerage & office.   We are conveniently located between Fiesta Market & Safeway @ 7775 Healdsburg Ave Sebastopol.       Make sure to come on in for a visit and to view the wonderful paintings of local artist Sally Briggs featured on our walls.   We look forward to seeing you. The Domaine Team, Wine Country Real Estate Mark Stevens, Realtor®, CCIM, CRS - Owner/Broker   Mark@DomaineRE.com Randy Mack, Realtor®, CRS - Owner/Manager   Randy@DomaineRE.com Lynn Bowen, Realtor®, EcoGreen Certified -  Buyer Specialist  Lynn@DomaineRE.com Emily Buller, Realtor®, Buyer Specialist   Emily@DomaineRE.com Mike Bryant, Realtor®, CRS - Buyer Specialist   Mike@DomaineRE.com Doug Bohling, Realtor® Doug@DomaineRE.com Tama Bell, Realtor® Tama@DomaineRE.com Megan Sousa, Real...
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By Lynn Bowen, Lynn Bowen Broker Associate, Realtor®, CRS
(Artisan Sotheby's International Realty)
For those of you needing to locate Sonoma County CA Free Wi-Fi hotspots here you go.   Below is a list of the hotspots that were free at the time of this posting.   I hope this helps someone out.   Enjoy!!SebastopolAnimal House Cafe - 171 Pleasant Hill Ave - (707) 823-1800Roasters Espresso Bar - 992 Gravenstein Hwy South - 707-829-3882Sebastopol Regional Library - need Sonoma County Library card - 7140 Bodega Ave. - (707) 823-7691Big O Tires - 742 S Main St - 707-829-9864 ForestvilleRoasters Espresso Bar - 6656 Hwy 116 - (707) 887-1632  Santa RosaSanta Rosa Central Library - need Sonoma County Library card - Third and E Streets - (707) 545-0831Rincon Valley Library - need Sonoma County Library card - 6959 Montecito Blvd - (707) 537-0162NW Santa Rosa Library - need Sonoma County Library ...
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By Lynn Bowen, Lynn Bowen Broker Associate, Realtor®, CRS
(Artisan Sotheby's International Realty)
Wow we are almost into the New Year!   Out with the old and in with the new!   Speaking of new, we recently opened our new Real Estate Brokerage here in Sebastopol & 0ur new office had it's own series of opening celebrations.   Our Grand Opening/Art Show was held earlier this season and featured "The Building" of Domaine Real Estate & the vibrant and beautiful paintings by local artist Carole Watanabe.   It is such a pleasure walking in the front door each day to her beautiful beautiful artwork adorning our new walls.   We also hosted a Broker's Open for the local Realtors® the following week.   And, of course we had scrumptuous food at both events, thanks to Sally Briggs & Pasta Bella.   Both events were well received, basically it was standing room only on the Grand Opening/Art Openin...
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By Dave Roberts
(Healdsburg Sotheby's International Realty)
For better or worse, most of us live in ordinary neighborhoods. The homes are comparable, the landscaping is more or less consistent, and even the vehicles in the driveways resemble each other. What you won't usually find is a charming neighborhood of classic bungalows dotted with larger than life creatures and odd vehicles. Sebastopol residents Patrick Amiot and Brigitte Laurent have created a wonderfully whimsical neighborhood that's a must see when you're in looking for real estate in the Sebastopol area or just exploring west Sonoma County.
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