POOL, Privacy, Perfect in San Juan Bautista

Watch this VIDEO/Aerial Tour of a great home in the foothills of San Juan Bautista. Then come see it for yourself: 412 Via Vaquero Sur.
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POOL & spa! Perfect for these hot summer days. Solar heating provides year-round pool and spa enjoyment. There is also a coy pond and private sitting area under soft lights with remarkable views. A new BBQ with a convenient, tiled preparation islands on either side provides for fun entertainment. There is a regulation-size horseshoe pit for added outdoor recreation. Fruit trees and all landscaping are on automatic drip lines. A large RV driveway has its on sewer access for convenient drainage after a trip. You can have all of these desirable features due to the lot size, over 1/2 acre! Within this gated community is a tennis and a basketball court, a playground and cozy activities building. Down the road is the award winning “San Juan Oaks Golf and Country Club”.

Inside is 3,645 sq. ft. of living space which includes: 4 large bedrooms, plus a sizable office; 3 full baths; 3 car garage; granite, tile; a complete guest suite on the first level; indoor laundry; kitchen with its own butler pantry, newer appliances, and ample cupboard space. There is easy access to the dining area and a natural flow into the large family room – perfect for entertaining. The master suite is privately located on the West end of the second level and has a huge bathroom with: separate, glass enclosed shower plus an inviting tub, 3 vanities and double sinks, huge walk-in closet with its own windows. 18′ ceilings in the living room and dozens of windows throughout the house provides an open and bright feel to this great home.

Watch for Open House dates. In the meantime come visit this great house and, or, watch its VIDEO Tour.

 

Open House, Private Setting

Mike Walters - 986 Calle Cruz, San Juan Bautista, CA 95045, USA-34Watch this VIDEO Tour and then come see it for yourself.

986 Calle Cruz is located at the end of a private lane, inside the sought after, gated community of “Rancho Larios” in the rolling foothills of San Juan Bautista. While it feels remote this house is a little over a mile from Hwy. 101 for quick accesses to the beach, Monterey, Gilroy and San Jose.

It features: 3,146 sq.ft. with 3 bedrooms, 3 full baths, a large 3 car garage and a sizable bonus room – all on a single floor. The views, from this 3/4 acre lot, are breath taking. There is: crown molding on 10′ ceilings throughout the home, slab granite counter tops, zebra wood hardwood floors, 18″ tile, dual heating zones and nice landscaping.

Text or call me for the gate code and I’ll save some chocolate chip cookies for you.

Privacy, Views, Single Level, Big Lot

As this VIDEO Tour shows, 986 Calle Cruz in San Juan Bautista is an ideal place to call home: 3,164 sq. ft. on a singleMike Walters - 986 Calle Cruz, San Juan Bautista, CA 95045, USA-8 level; 3 bedrooms – plus a huge bonus room, 3 baths, 3 car garage and a lot which is 38,700 sq. ft. and has remarkable views.

This place is at the end of a private lane, inside the gated community of “Rancho Larios” in the foothills of San Juan Bautista. While the views and privacy of this house feels like you are in the country, you are just a mile or so from Hwy. 101. So Gilroy Premium Outlet Center is just 15 mins. in one direction – the beaches and Monterey are a short, 30 min. drive in the other direction. The village of San Juan Bautista, with it’s boutique shops and restaurants, and, the mission itself, is just down the road. A little further and you are at the award winning “San Juan Oaks Golf and Country Club”.

Inside “Rancho Larios” there are basketball and tennis courts a play ground and cozy community room.

If you want all of the benefits of living in the country and conveniences of nearby schools, shopping, and recreation this home is a great option.

“New”, Energy Efficient Home, Large Lot

As you watch the VIDEO Tour of 961 Verissimo Ct., Hollister, consider these valuable components: this home is 2 yrs. untitled-4New with the virtues
of a new home and the added upgrades of a resale home. Because of the 19 solar panels there’s little reluctance to crank up the dual zone heaters in the winder and A/C in the summer.

Inside, the owners upgraded to 9′ ceilings and 8′ doors. The plantation shutters add charm to the tall windows in every room. So “open and bright” is not just a cliche for this house.  They also spent a lot of money in the kitchen: ceaserstone quartz counter tops; 40″ cabinets and easy-close drawers; stainless steel appliances including a huge sink. The double vanities of both bathrooms feature slab granite counter tops and upgraded fixtures.  There is a large landing at the top of the stairs in addition to the 13′ x 14′ bonus room. An optional, 4th bedroom, could easily be added here. An upstairs laundry room is conveniently located to all of the bedrooms.

There is plenty of room for an RV and, or boat on the side of the home and still have room for a pool, family garden & orchard etc. The backyard measures nearly 100′ corner-to-corner.

With no homes in front of this house and virtually none behind it you can enjoy views of the foothills on both sides of the valley.

After watching the VIDEO Tour you should come see this great home in person. Just text, email or call me for your own, personal tour and I will arrange it for you.

The Cost of Renting vs Buying

I’m going to wait to buy”; “Buying a home right now is just too expensive”; “I don’t want to be tied down to a mortgage”…

I hear these types of responses all of the time. It is disappointing when I know they could qualify to buy a home because, I know prices and interest rates will only go up over time. I also know that renting costs more than buying when you consider all of the related elements of dwelling costs.

My grandfather was born in and lived his entire life in San Francisco, CA.  When he was in his 20s he could have bought a house in San Francisco for $7,500. Today, homes in S.F. range in the millions of dollars. Unfortunately, he never did buy but rented. Had he purchased a home our family would be enjoying the beaches in Cancun.

Here is an article from “Market Watch” which addresses the question we all grapple with at some point in time. He also points out that we don’t need to buy a dream home to get started. Buy what you can afford now and move up has time and circumstances change.

In some cases there are legitimate reasons why someone can’t buy a home now: poor credit, saving money for closing costs and down payment, pending job relocation.  However, when you look at the reasons they are most often temporary and can be remedied.

Our daughter is currently renting. She and her husband just got full time jobs and have little savings. In the beginning, their landlord was pleasant and promised to take care of her place. However, things quickly changed. To make matters worse, he just raised the rent 28%! I’ll give you one guess what goal has moved to the top of their list.

If you are pondering the “rent vs. buy” question, I strongly recommend that you start the buying process as soon as you able.

‘New’, Big Hollister Home For Sale

After watching the VIDEO Tour of this nice home, text, email or call me for your own, personal tour.DJI_0250

901 Verissimo Ct., is a 5 bd., 3 full bth, home with 2,775 sq. ft. of living space. There is a downstairs bedroom and full bath. The owner paid roughly $20,000 more for the kitchen upgrades which include: stainless steal appliances, separate pantry and a sizable preparation island. Someone said: “it’s not an island, it’s a continent!”.

There are 2 separate heating and air conditioning zones and USB ports in a electrical outlet in each room. The bonus room upstairs is 13′ x 18′ and the master suite is 15′ x 18′.

This house sits on a corner lot in a private court and has a wide side yard with double gates for your boat or RV. The low maintenance backyard is ready for your personal design.

This 2 yr. ‘New’ home has hardly been lived in. The seller received a job expansion shortly after the purchase and hasn’t been home much.  This house even smells new.  Why not come and see it for yourself?

Sizable Executive Home, San Juan Bautista

_O2A3463-HDRAs this VIDEO Tour of 939 Via Rodriguez displays, here you can live close to all of the important venues but feel so far removed from the hustle and bustle.

It is a remarkable home tucked away in the foothills of San Juan Bautista just a mile from Hwy 101 which means “Gilroy Premium Outlet Center” and CalTrains are just 15 min. from here. 30 min. going the other direction takes you to the beaches and Monterey. San Juan Oaks Golf and Country is just down the road and there is a tennis and basketball court within this gated community of “Rancho Larios”.

Imagine breathtaking views in every direction. Then consider these features: 5 bedrooms plus a study/guest quarters; 5 full baths; 4 car garage; 2 fireplace, 4,700+ sq. ft. of living space, and all sitting on 21,700+ sq. ft. – a half of an acre. 10′ ceilings and 18″ diagonal tile with in-laid marble. Then, there is the ‘chef’s kitchen’: built-in frig, double convection ovens and microwave, a 6 burner commercial stove, custom drawers and pullout shelves, granite counter tops and a large preparation island.

The 19 fruit trees and grow boxes are on an automatic watering system and the huge backyard can become any flavor of playground you want.

Watch the VIDEO Tour then contact me for your own, personal tour. You will not be disappointed!

 

Open House: 1710 Morning Glory, Hollister

I’m hosting an Open House on Saturday, 3/4/17 from 1-4 PM. Warm chocolate chip cookies and a remarkable home_O2A1829 wait you.

This Stone Bridge built, 5 bd., 3 bth.  3 car garage and 2,650 sq. ft. of living space is a “turn-key” home. Seriously, it is not only move in ready it is freshly maintained.

Here are some pictures.  A VIDEO Tour will be launched Fri. afternoon.

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I hope to see you on Saturday.

Good News, Bad News In San Juan Baustista

This VIDEO Tour of 766 Avenida Del Piero in San Juan Bautista turned out really well. It is a gorgeous executive home which sits on a professionally_DSC2350-HDR landscaped , half acre and is bordered by a 510 acre Agricultural Land Trust. It offers 3 good size bedrooms and a nice office, 2.5 bathrooms and a finished, 3 car garage and 3,415 sq. ft. of living space. Travertine tile and plush carpet, 10′ & 12′ ceilings, recessed lighting and remarkable views out every window makes this home very desirable. It is an entertainer’s dream.

The good news is that it was available for you to buy.

The bad news: we received multiple offers, it sold over the asking price and sold in just a couple of days. People from many different areas were calling about the home. One gentlemen was going to drive down from Oregon (a 6 hr. drive) to buy it. He had seen the VIDEO Tour and wanted the home. However, to each all I had to offer was a different listing I am working on, in that same community, which should be on the market in a couple of weeks.

This has become my good news, bad news experience: with a nicely staged home and great marketing materials my listings sell quickly and typically for more than the owners asked. I’m becoming more comfortable with: “Sorry, it went quickly, however, I’m will have another listing in that same subdivision. Would you like me to send you it’s information?

7 Good Ideas for Remodeling

Thinking of doing some ‘freshening’ up in your home this year? Here are 7 good ideas you can do for little money.

Likewise, there are some things which were popular years ago but now are passe.  This article lists 2 of those things you want change.

The standards for most return value on improvement dollars spent, in this order are: mailbox, garage door, front door, kitchen and bathrooms. We find that money invested in these areas at least helps the home sell quicker and, often for more than you spent to spruce up the house.

Likewise, it remains, funds devoted to pools, bedrooms, and even living rooms, in that order, will yield the least profitable returns.