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?

“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.

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.

Solar Panels vs. Resale of The Home

Here are 5 questions you want to explore BEFORE you decide to have solar panels put on your roof:

1.  How much will you save in your monthly electric bill over, say 5 years by installing solar?  Consider this total vs. the typical 20 yr loan offered for purchase of a system.

2.  Will the remaining balance on your solar purchase/lease be transferable when you go to sell your home?

3.  IF it is, will it be a ‘seller’s market’ (more buyers than homes for sale)? Or, will it be a ‘buyer’s market’ (plenty of homes to choose from vs. the fewer number of buyers)?

4.  Considering the speed of technological advancements, when you go to sell your home in the future, will your solar system be antiquated?

5.  Who is responsible for the integrity of the roof where the solar panels are installed?  For how long?

This year I have had to inform more than one home owner that their solar system loan/lease balance will have to be paid for by them.  Buyers seem to consider the value of a solar system equal to about 2 years worth of electric bill savings.  In my last 2 listings with solar panels, the sellers had to pay their remaining solar loan balance of $18,000 and $22,000 respectfully.

Do you know of a happier solar-seller situation?  Please share it.

 

4 DIY Ways to Reduce Energy Bills

Ever notice cool air coming in around your doorway, chimney or window?  I’ll give you 3 guesses where your paid-for-heat slips out (1st 2 don’t count).  As winter approaches we want our home to remain warm and keep our heating bill down.

Here are 4 simple ideas you can do yourself to accomplish just that:

Put new weather stripping around each exterior door. Here is a short video showing how easy it is to do.

Next, check the caulking around your window sills. If it has a gap or is missing caulking, refinish that section.  It is easy and inexpensive.  Watch this short video for ideas.

Check the damper in your fireplace.  Make sure it is closed when you are not using the fireplace.  It is surprising how much room heat will go right up that flue.

Now is also a good time to change your air filters for your furnace.  There is usually an intake air vent in a hallway ceiling and one in your furnace.  Here is a DIY video.  The minor cost of these filters will easily be paid for by energy savings when your furnace doesn’t have to work as hard.

If you have other ideas on how to keep us cozy this winter let me know.

No Place For a Pool? Check This Out.

I have had a pool. It was a lot of fun on those hot days. It looked nice (most of the time). It was another chore – to keep clean and the chemicals balanced.  It took up most of our backyard and, it could only be used for one thing – getting wet.

Check out  this cool pool. I wish these were available back in the day. How cool is this? It’s a pool and decorative patio you can use for more than – just getting wet.

Do you have a pool story? Did you become familiar with “black algae”?  Ever forget to turn the water off?  Did it change from blue to lily-pad green?

Keeping Our Home Toasty

stove hoodEarly yesterday, I started preparing breakfast.  It was 25 degrees outside (THAT is cold for us in CA) but comfy throughout the house.  Standing at the stove however, I felt this cold air over the burners.  As I checked it out I realized that the fan vents in the hood where acting as open vents to the outside chill.

I found that cold air is heavier than warm air so naturally it has downward pressure. The vent tube which rises to the roof was acting like a free-fall tunnel for the cold air.  I mean, it was like the fan was on, but in reverse, “blowing” air down into our otherwise warm home.  Hmm, what to do?

I took the high-tech approach: pulled a piece of tinfoil the width of the hood and taped it under it covering the vents but not the lights.  Instantly, that cold draft was gone.

Is there some product that will do the same thing but be easier to put on and take down when we’re cooking?  If not, maybe we could invent, one, take it to the “Shark Tank”, and get some investment dollars to sell this energy saving idea.  Thoughts?

Any other “drafty” fixes you know of?  Let’s share.

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