What Can We Do?!!!!

Our CEO, James Dwiggins, wrote a heart tugging post regarding his personal experience with the reprehensible event in Las Vegas. In his post he listed 11 mass murders which occurred over that last 2 years. James’ questions, his pleas, are echoed in all of our hearts: what can we do to stop this unwelcomed “new normal” in the US.  Here is my response:

Here’s the tough reality James: you listed 11 horrific events above. A total of 12-15 people did all of that. There are 325,000,000+ Americans who are mostly good people. Laws, regulations and rhetoric can’t and wont change crazy people’s intentions. What we desperately need are families who raise children in loving homes where ageless values are taught and exhibited. We need to teach that LOVE for, and patience in, all our of neighbors is SO important. There are not enough police and jails and laws to insure that all will stay on the path of caring and patience with differences. It has to come from inside each of us. I’m glad you are safe and shared your thoughts. God bless humanity.

Large, 5/3.5 ‘Scott Ranch’ For Sale

This VIDEO/Aerial Tour will give you a hint of how nice 351 Regal Dr., Hollister is._O2A1382

4,252 sq. ft. of living space offering: 5 sizable bedrooms, 3.5 baths, 3 car garage and dual A/C and heating zones are just the beginning of this Western Pacific built home’s offering.

There is a down stairs suite complete with separate bedroom and full bath. So if you have a newlywed who’s in between school and job, your mother-in-law or visiting friends this home could work for you.

There is a whole-house-water purification system and an R.O. filtration outlet at the kitchen sink; stainless steel appliances; walk-in pantry AND a Butler pantry. One of the second floor bedrooms has its own lanai. The master suite is so large it spans the entire south side of the house. It offers a jetted tub, glass enclosed shower, double sink vanity, two individual walk-in closets and a 12 x 18 bonus room beyond them.

You can safely walk to the much sought after Ladd Lane Elementary and the best shopping center in Hollister. Or, drive a short distance to Ridgemark Golf & Country. Hollister Hills State Park is also a few minutes away. Likewise, Veterans Memorial Park with its 5 baseball diamonds, skate park and tree covered picnic areas are less than 5 minutes away.

Finally, Gilroy Premium Outlet Center and CalTrain are only 20 min. north of here. Why not plan on your own personal tour or join me during an Open House from 1-4 on Saturday?

Past vs. Future

I grew up in a little town in Contra Costa Cnty, CA and played sports in the ACCAL League. The majority of folks were African-Americans. I was the minority. I know, 1st hand, what it is like. There were several events which could have made me categorize all people, of certain groups, as my enemy. Luckily, to this day, I’m ‘color blind’.

I watch what individuals DO when they’re not in the spot light; what daily choices they make. I’ve found there are many, many good people from all walks. This approach has brought me peace even where events could have caused me to be angry.

I wish more of us were ‘color blind’. I wish more of us operated from love of our fellow travelers. It would be so much more productive and peaceful if more of us looked FORWARD with hope and enthusiasm. Learn from the past. Repeat the past good and don’t continue its bad. But focus more on today and the future. There is a reason the review mirror in our cars is so much smaller than the windshield.

Enjoy this classic Beatles’ song: “All You Need Is Love”.

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.

 

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.

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?

A ‘Willow Glen’ Home 4 Sale

1817 Comstock Ln 004This VIDEO Tour of a nice home on a tree lined lane in Willow Glen, San Jose just makes you want to be there.

1817 Comstock Ln., is a turn-key, 6 bed. 3.5 bath home in the Doerr Park neighborhood. It has the pool club, sizable tree studded park and a dog park – all within a short walk from here.

Significant, silicon valley employers are a short drive away as is the San Jose airport, Westfield’s Valley Fair shopping, Santana Row, the Tech museum and so many venues are near by. And the schools: Cambrian Elem. & Branham H.S.!

Text, email or call me for your own, personal tour of this home. It has a full master suite down stairs and another upstairs. There is slab granite and Corian counter tops, marble floors, tile, hardwood floors, 5 burner gas stove in a functional kitchen island etc.  There are just too many features to mention here. The seller is offering it for $1,399,800.

Great 4 bdrm Hollister Home 4 Sale

003Watch the VIDEO Tour here, of 2141 Calistoga Dr. in Hollister. It will be like walking thru this comfortable home.

This single story house offers 4 bdrms & 2 baths on a raised foundation and has a good size, 3 car garage.

What a great location too: directly behind this house is 102 acres of grazing land and an unobstructed view of the Diablo Mtn. Range; a short walk takes you to the much sought after “Cerra Vista Elementary School”; the school has a large park the neighborhood enjoys; at the end of Calistoga Dr. is the popular ‘Whale Park’ with its water features, playground equipment and benches; a little over a mile away is “Ridgemark Golf & Country Club”; 15 min. or so takes you to the popular “Hollister Hills” offroad vehicle state park and, 20 min. north of this home is Gilroy Premium Outlets, big box shopping and CalTrains for an easy commute.

By definition 2141 Calistoga Dr. is a “turn-key” home: freshly painted inside and brand new carpet allows you to move right in and enjoy.

After watching the VIDEO Tour contact me for your own, personal tour. You can text, email or call me with your best time to see it.

Rare Find: Willow Glen Home for Sale

1817 Comstock Ln 004To find a home in the “Doerr Park” area of Willow Glen (San Jose, CA) for sale is a rare event.  Here you go: “Coming Soon” : 1817 Comstock Lane has 6 bedrooms and 3.5 baths in nearly 2.600 sq. ft of living space. There is marble, tile, granite, recessed lighting, crown molding, real wood floors, finished garage floor and too many other comfortable features to list.

This location is very near world renowned employers and the commute is minimal.

Then, when you consider that this home is in the “Cambrian School District” and that ownership of this home provides membership in the Doerr Park recreational facilities, you have a rare find.

We may be going on the open market in the next few weeks. Text, email or call me for more details.

The Brotherhood in Sports

I love the the team-member brotherhood* found in sports.  Check out these 2 touching stories: today, watch this in the NBL;

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In a remote way I often experience similar ‘closeness’ with a client through a difficult escrow.

“Things will work out”, Gordon B Hinckley.

 

*Meant inclusively, not gender specific.