Come See: 775 Via Vaquero Norte, SJB

front 1On Saturday, 8/22 from 1-4, we’ll be holding an Open House for this great home in the foothills of San Juan Bautista. Watch this VIDEO Tour and then come see it for yourself.  Wow!

So many features: 2,850 sq.ft. on 1/2 acre, 3 car garage, 12 ft. ceilings, solar heated, custom pool with a waterfall, A/C, granite, 18″ tile, see thru fireplace in the living room & family room, separate ‘granny’ quarters with its own front entry, all on one level, vineyard, storage shed, remarkable privacy and views and, less than a mile to Hwy 101 for an easy commute. Play tennis or basketball in the private courts or golf at the award winning “San Juan Oaks Golf and Country Club” just down the road.

Your GPS will take you to the wrong gate.  Turn LEFT off Rocks Road and head toward the SOUTH gate. Give me a call for the gate code for easy access.

You will be glad you came!

Open House – San Juan Bautista!

pool 2Plan it: Saturday, 1-4 PM, San Juan Bautista.

Watch the VIDEO Tour of 775 Via Vaquero Norte.  It will be like walking through this great home.

However, you won’t be able to smell the chocolate chip cookies.  (I’m working on “scent technology” but until we figure out how to share that electronically, you’ll just have to stop by in person).

12′ ceilings, tall windows, private 1/2 acre lot with a custom pool and waterfall, separate living quarters for your ‘just marrieds’ or grandma, single story, 2,850 sq. ft., A/C, granite countertops and 18″ tile floors, fruit trees, vineyard & garden, large tool shed, RV/boat concrete pad behind gates, and many more features make this a comfortable home.

With Hwy 101 less than a mile away: Monterey & the beaches are just 30 min. West and in 15 min. the other direction you’ll be at “Gilroy Premium Outlet” and Caltrain for an easy commute, San Jose Airport in 50 min (off peak) and Disneyland in 5 hrs.

Play tennis and basketball within the private community and golf just down the road at the award wining “San Juan Oaks Golf and Country Club”.

Call me for the gate code to this wonderful, gated community.

 

 

 

Coming Soon: In San Juan Bautista

Here is a sneak peak at a remarkable home in the rolling foothills of San Juan Bautista.  For an intimate look at this home click here and 775 Via Vaquero Norte 003watch the VIDEO Tour we just launched.  It will be like walking through the home.  It features: nearly 2,900 sq. ft., 4 bedrooms, 3 full baths, a 3 car garage and sits on .5 an acre.  In this pronounced ‘Seller’s Market’ it may not be available long.

I will probably put it on the market in a week or so.

One thing I forgot to mention in the VIDEO is that the pool is solar heated..

You can text, email or call me for your own personal tour.  I’ll be happy to arrange the viewing for you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cycling, Ribs, and Yoga

Today was the first time back on my bike since my crash 6 weeks ago. After breaking 4 of my ribs and collapsing a lung, I was a bit anxious as I approached the 1st hill (deep breaths).

Up to this point I was reminding myself of all the basics: ‘pull up on the back stroke, push down over the top, use the gears and save the legs‘ etc. That was on fairly flat roads. Quickly, the ‘mental’ messages gave way to familiar muscle memory.  Shortly after starting the 1st hill, I thought: “okay, here comes the test“.

But, I remembered the breathing technique I learned in a Yoga class, “ujjayi“, where you use your diaphragm to inhale and exhale. I had no discomfort!  It’s like the ribs get bypassed and the diaphragm does all the hard work. It was a relief and empowering.

It is amazing how in just 6 short weeks the techniques, which had been automatic, reverted to a deliberate, mental process. I had been practicing ujjayi breathing before my accident and was relieved this AM when I remembered it on my first ascent.

Truth be known: THIS time, as I began the big descent, I actually touched my brakes.   Well, “touched” is not correct. I used them for nearly half of the crest down, where I normally love to fly.  Now I understand, a little more clearly, why seasoned riders always go so much slower down steep hills than I do, er, DID.

So, am I chicken or more wise?

 

“Home of The Week” Open House

On Saturday, 5/16, we will be holding an Open House for 1711 Morning Glory Dr. in Hollister, CA.20151101-1711 Morning Glory, Hollister-12 - Copy

If you can’t stop by between 1 – 4 PM for your own tour of this 5 bdrm, 3 bth, 3 car garage, 2,650 sq. ft. home – watch this VIDEO Tour.  It is almost like walking through the home itself.

“1711 Morning Glory” is just 18 mths ‘new’.  The significantly upgraded walnut hardwood flooring and great carpet still look and feel fresh. This home also sits on nearly 7,500 sq. ft. so there is plenty of room in the back and both side yards.

Since Hwy 25’s extension is just .5 mile away, the drive to the Bay Area is surprisingly comfortable.  When I moved to Hollister from San Jose people asked: “moving way down there“?  It wasn’t long before I just smiled and said “yeah, way down there” with a subtle secret in my smile. The little extra drive yields so much more of a home and lot.  It is absolutely worth it.

Some, even catch CalTrain in Gilroy for an even easier commute.

What has been your experience with living in South County while working in the Bay Area?

 

 

Sizable ‘New’ 5 Bdrm Home

20151101-1711 Morning Glory, Hollister-17If you are looking for a nice family home which is well located for an active family you are going to want to see 1711 Morning Glory Drive in Hollister, CA.

As you will see in this VIDEO Tour  this 18 month ‘new’ home offers a lot of comfortable living for this price.  And, with Hwy 25 just .5 mi. away the Bay Area commute is very convenient.

Often families have other family members living with them.  The downstairs bedroom and full bath offer a blended family option.  Some have friends or relatives who visit regularly.  Again, the 1st level bed/bath provide for a comfortable visit time.

We are hosting an Open House for this home on Saturday, 5/16, from 1 to 4 PM.  Why not stop buy and see this home for yourself.

Simple Curb Appeal Improvements

Often I will have 4-6 homes to show buyers.  Each time we arrive in front of a prospective home the buyers nearly always comment on what they think the home will be like – based on what they first see from the curb.  And, typically an impressive front of the home opens to a similarly maintained home on the inside.   The opposite is also true.  There have been times when the buyer doesn’t even want to get out of the car, because the front of the house is shabby, overgrown, or in need of paint.

There are several simple and inexpensive things you can do this Spring to make your home very appealing.  Click here for 13 suggestions.  Each of these easy to do tasks also provide the most added value – to – investments you can do to the outside of your home.

Lastly, your neighbors may be a willing source of help if you announce your ‘sprucing up’ plans for the ‘tired’ front appearance of your home.

Fix Uneven Sidewalks

Has your concrete patio sunk or pulled away from your home?  Has your driveway lowered at the base of the garage? Would you like to level a sidewalk?

To remedy these and related challenges  has been daunting and, for me at least, has fostered procrastination.

What have you done to level things up?

I found this this remarkably simple way to raise sunken sidewalks, driveways, patios etc.  Watch this video.

Pretty cool.

 

 

Executive Home in San Juan Bautista

This VIDEO Tour of a great home feels like you are walking through the home and grounds. 381 Via Vaquero Sur, in San Juan BauFronttista boasts of 3,500 sq. ft., 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, 4 car garage and it sits on a 22,000 sq. ft. (.5 ac) lot in the foothills.  As you saw in the VIDEO there are many remarkable appointments and features included in this home.

The location of 381 Via Vaquero Sur could not be more ideal: just 3/4 mi. from Hwy 101 for an easy commute to Monterey or Santa Clara counties.  CalTrain and Gilroy Premium Outlet Center is only 15 min. from here.  The beaches and Monterey – just 30 min. “San Juan Oaks Golf & Country Club” is a short drive down the road. Play tennis on this gated community’s own tennis court.

The Open House for this home is Saturday, 11/22 from 1-4 PM. Why not stop by for your own, personal tour. You will see a remarkable home and, enjoy freshly made chocolate chip cookies.

Let me know what you liked about this house.

Old backyard fence, hmm.

I love simple ideas that are fun and make our homes more inviting.

Do you have an old, ugly fence in the backyard? Try replacing the boards which are shot, then spray on fence/deck cleaner (actually a bleach). With a focused nozzle spray offf the the deck bleach. When it is dry spray the fence with you favorite color stain. I did this to our 17 year old cedar  fence and it looks new.

You could also use your fence as a natural canvas and paint on it images like bushes or trees. This short video  shows you just how easy, and fun this project can be.

What ideas have you come up with?