May 16, 2017

15362 Old River Road


15362 Old River Road, Guerneville


Large 3 bed 2 bath home with bonus room on two parcels! Large lot with spacious deck, plenty of parking close to town and the river.


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Two Lots

3 Bedroom

2 Bathroom

.28 acres

726 SqFt


Forest Setting

Bonus Room

Spacious Deck

Close To Town & River

Plenty of Parking


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May 11, 2017

14173 Fern Road

 14173 Fern Road, Cazadero


Private & Spacious Russian River home, high above the flood and waking distance to Gourmet Guerneville! 3 bed/2 bath updated home complete with walk-in closet, detached 2 car garage, workshop, office, and more. Plenty of storage for all of your river toys! End of the road privacy on 2 parcels, close to the river, shops and restaurants, Armstrong Woods, world-class wineries & more! Home is on municipal water & sewer.

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2 Car Garage

3 Bedroom

2 Bathroom

1,536 SqFt

Relaxing Decks

Washer & Dryer

Forest Setting 

Walk-in Closet

Room for River Toys


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May 9, 2017

14 Kidd Creek Road

14 Kidd Creek Road Cazadero, CA


Quiet Creekside Getaway in Cazadero along Kidd Creek on over an acre of land. Surrounded by redwoods this home features two bedrooms, one bath and an extra bonus room. Sit out on the patio and enjoy the peaceful sounds of the forest or head on down to the creek for a swim. This home is your piece of paradise just waiting for you!

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Gas Stove

1.11 Acres

2 Bedroom

1 Bathroom

Bonus Room

Relaxing Patio

Creek Views

Forest Setting 

1,050 SqFt

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May 4, 2017

590 East Austin Creek

590 East Austin Creek


 Tranquil, secluded cabin in the woods along East Austin Creek with bonus space on 1/3 acre. Many updated features including remodeled kitchen with farmhouse sink and sliding barn door. One of the best locations in Cazadero. Views of creek from every room in main house. Awesome swimming hole in front of house. Hot tub, decks, outdoor fire pit and barbecue area. Plenty of room for you and your guests.




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 Austin Creek Views

Outdoor Fire Pit

Barbecue area

Swimming Hole

Hot Tub

Wood Burning Stove


1/3 Acres

1  Bedrooms

1 Bathroom

1250 Square Feet

Large Bonus Space

Farmhouse Touches

Forest Setting  

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March 23, 2017

The Dirty Truth About Septic Systems

Septic Systems In Rural Areas

If you own a home with a septic system or you are considering buying a rural property that has a septic system then this is important information that you need to know to protect yourself against a potentially costly disaster. A septic system is typically employed if the home is in a remote location where the city sewer does not or cannot reach. Septic systems are used as a means to dispose of waste in these situations.

The Dirty Truth About Septic Systems (1)In the Russian River area where I live many of the homes are close to a river or creek and there are laws that protect rivers and creeks so getting permits from the county to install or fix a septic system can be a challenge. In this article I will explore how a septic system is structured, what challenges homeowners face if they have a system, what buyers should look at before they buy a home with a septic system and what you can do to keep your system in tip top shape to avoid any potentially costly repairs.

Septic System Structure

Although there are different designs for septic systems they all generally work in the same way. A septic system is composed of two parts the tank and the leech field. The tank is divided into two parts 2/3 solids and sludge and 1/3 liquids. The third that has the liquids is what the leech field is for. The leech lines will filter the liquids from the tank out into the ground to become part of the natural earth around your home.

The 2/3 section of the tank is where everything that goes down the drain or is flushed down the toilet goes. Our bodies have a natural bacteria that enters the tank with the waste and begins to break down the solids in the tank. Once they are broken down they become sludge. When your tank is pumped the sludge is what is pumped out of the tank.

Septic System Challenges

If a septic system is not maintained properly or if it is simply outdated then it may need to be repaired or replaced. The challenge is going to be if you are located on a river or creek. This makes it difficult to get a permit to repair or replace a septic system. Summerhome Park And The Russian River
Many of the homes were built so long ago that they have a simple redwood box as the septic tank. These boxes break down faster and are not up to code. Here there are four classes of septic systems. Class one septic systems are typically newer, permitted and built to code. If you have one of these systems then you have less to worry about in terms of maintaining your septic.

A class two and class three systems do not meet current codes for a class one due to set backs or other requirements

Cesspools are a different animal all together. If your home is on a cesspool in the river area then you will not be approved for remodeling or additions until you upgrade your system. Information courtesy of Sonoma County Permit & Resource Department. 

Conditional Septic Systems are common here in Sonoma County. These are systems that have been grandfathered in because they were there before the current laws were put into place. The reason for this is that today you could not build a home so close to a river or stream however there were already homes there so they made an exception so to speak. These systems are not up to code but the county allows them to remain in place due to their age. There ar no guarantees that Conditional systems will be allowed in the future.

How To Manage Your Septic System

To get some insider tips I decided to take it to the professionals. Ben Karnes of BDK Septic Services said that a septic tank is like a stomach. The best rule of thumb is that, besides toilet paper, if it doesn't go in your stomach it should not go in the tank! This includes ANYTHING anti-bacterial. Anti-bacterial soaps and detergents will kill off  the good bacteria that your body puts off and cause your tank to not have what it needs to break down the solids in the tank. This will make your tank fill up and eventually back up your toilets and sinks causing a nasty odor and a costly repair.

Garbage Disposals and Septic SystemsAnother good think to note is that garbage disposals can be hard on septic systems. Make sure to be careful with what you are putting down your garbage disposal or refrain from using it altogether. If you do use a garbage disposal then make sure to use it properly. If you took a Kleenex and got it wet it would dissolve breaking down to almost nothing in a few minutes. Now consider a melon rind...if you got it wet it would just be wet. This is where garbage disposals tend to be hard on the septic tank. Some people will try to force larger and harder pieces of food into the disposal to avoid the gruesome task of having to reach into the sink and transfer them to the trash. Unfortunately those pieces end up sitting at the bottom of your septic tank taking longer to decompose filling the tank and causing it to need pumping more often which can get expensive.

So to sum this all up for you, if you have a septic system then you will need to make sure to maintain it. Make sure to get it pumped every three to five years and make sure you are not putting anything in it that should not be there.  Read the EPA Homeowner's Guide To Septic Systems and request help from a professional if you have any further questions. If you are buying a home make sure that you get a septic inspection and that the system is functioning properly before you buy the home to avoid any potential disasters on move in day! If you have any other questions about septic systems or real estate call/text me at 707-217-1786 or post your question in the comment section below!

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March 20, 2017

5583 Occidental Road In Santa Rosa

5583 Occidental Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95401



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So many possibilities on this beautiful West Santa Rosa COUNTRY ESTATE! This 3 bedroom 2 bath home is set on over 7 ACRES of lush, SUNNY property, complete with a 3 car garage, multiple outbuildings, fruit trees, and your own groomed walking trail around the perimeter of the entire property. Desirable location, minutes to world class food & wine, and towns of Sebastopol & Graton. Easy access to Highway 12 & the 101.

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Beautiful Views


2178 Square Feet

7.5 Acres

3 Bedroom

 2 Bathroom

    Spacious Porch

    3 Car Garage

    Multiple Outbuildings

    Groomed Walking Trail

    Fruit Trees

   Lots of Sunshine


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March 6, 2017

11020 Rio Vista Road Forestville, CA 95436

11020 Rio Vista Road Forestville, CA 95436


This is a quaint little cottage tucked away in the redwoods with lots of privacy, open-floor plan and open beam ceilings. It is a wonderful vacation getaway, furnished and well maintained. Relaxing hot tub, a spacious deck with a barbecue and forest views give the home a serene feeling. It features 2 bedrooms with large windows and 2 bathrooms. This home is waiting for you!

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Beautiful Forest Views

Spacious Kitchen

Wood Burning Stove


2 Bedrooms

2 Bathrooms

    BBQ On Deck

    Decks Overlooking The Forest

    Relaxing Sunken Hot Tub

    1265 Square Feet

    .24 Acre Lot

    Open Beam Ceilings


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Jan. 3, 2017

4 Cielo Lane

4 Cielo Lane, Novato, CA 94949



Desirable single-level end unit in South Novato! Updated kitchen with ample storage and stone countertops. Living room has a remote controlled gas fireplace, and looks out onto the lush grounds. Washer/Dryer in unit. Extra storage area on garden patio. PERFECT COMMUTE LOCATION! Easy access off the 101, close to 37 interchange, Hamilton Marketplace, Pacheco Plaza, trails, dog park & public transportation.

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Beautiful Gardens

Updated Kitchen

Gas Fireplace

617 Square Feet

1 Bedroom

1 Bathroom

    Close To 37 Interchange

    Washer/Dryer In Unit

    Extra Storage Area

    Garden Views

    Great Commute Location

    Near Hamilton Market


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Oct. 6, 2016

19496 Hidden Valley Road

19496 Hidden Valley Road


Chateau Chardonnay is a furnished current vacation rental ready to go! Updated home nestled in the redwoods, close to river, shops and restaurants. Upper level includes custom kitchen with stainless steel appliances and granite counter tops. Large open floor plan that is great for entertaining, just start enjoying!


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Active Vacation Rental

Redwood Views

    Near Russian River

2341 Square Feet

 3 Bedrooms

2 Bathrooms


    Cathedral Ceilings

    Cozy Gas Fireplace

    Close To Town

    Spacious Open Floor Plan

    Great For Entertaining

    Wooded Views




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Sept. 7, 2016

19625 Redwood Drive

19625 Redwood Drive, Monte Rio


Gorgeous riverfront in Northwood complete with an upgraded septic system & a BRAND NEW DECK overlooking the RUSSIAN RIVER. Cozy wood burning stove, den, LUSCIOUS GRASSY YARD great for dogs and kids, SPACIOUS garage, and so much more! This home is the epitome of RIVER CHARM. Would make a great VACATION GETAWAY!
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    Brand New Deck


    Forest & River Views

    Spacious Yard

    Wood Burning Stove




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Spacious Garage

2  Bedrooms

2 Bathroom

Cozy Living Room

Bright Dining


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