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.

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!

 

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?

Pssst, I Know A Great Place, Coming Soon!

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It’s fun to know, before others, about something which is coming soon. This is just, such a surprise: it’s a drop-dead-gorgeous executive home tucked away in the foothills of San Juan Bautista.

Golf, nearby. Tennis, down the lane. Scenic trails & wildlife….. And the commute…so easy!

Watch for the VIDEO Tour of it.  I’ll be launching it about 2 weeks.

You don’t want to miss this jewel!

 

 

Great Home in San Juan Bautista!

If you want to be close to all of the important places but live “far” from it all – this home is calling you!  Watch this VIDEO Tour of it here.DSCN2503

352 Orchard Hill Road, in the rolling foothills of historic San Juan Bautista, is one of just 12 ranchetts on this lane.  It is less than 5 minutes from Hwy 101 and 5 minutes from San Juan Bautista’s boutique shops and restaurants, historical sites, elementary and high school. From here it is only 15 minutes to Gilroy’s Premium Outlet Center and, CalTrain – for an easy commute.  The beaches and Monterey are just 30 minutes in the other direction.

Out each window of this single story, 2,500 sq. ft. home with 3 bedrooms 2 baths and 2 – 1/2 baths, with separate dining, family and living rooms, are spectacular views!  Even the extra wide, 3 car garage has plenty of windows to capture the views and flood it with natural light.

When you step inside 352 Orchard Hill Rd. you are standing on colorful, wood finish tile, and looking up at a cathedral ceiling, beautiful chandelier and crown molding. Leaving the foyer the remarkable kitchen becomes the favorite spot. Custom cabinetry has under cabinet lighting which shins down on beautiful slab granite counter tops; the commercial, stainless steel 6 burner gas stove and double ovens are one of the two center pieces.  The other is the copper apron sink and faucets.

Both the family and living rooms have their own raised fireplace.  While both have coved ceilings the living room has craftsman molding around the highest reach of its ceiling.

The guest bathroom has a sky light and the master suite bathroom has a jetted, sunken tub and, again remarkable views.  The master suite has a tastefully finished brick backdrop to its own “fireplace”.  A short stroll from the master suite takes you the sunken, hot tub and its octagon building.

Rather than go on, why not text, email or call me for your own tour of this remarkable place.

Do We Have Enough Homes?

On a national scale the enclosed article in Yahoo Finance points to the 6 reasons why there are NOT enough homes for prospective buyers.

Of course housing markets are typically influenced first by the neighborhood, then community, and finally by their region.  In ‘South County’ (Morgan Hill, Gilroy, Hollister, San Juan Bautista, CA) for example, there is a shortage of homes to choose from and, therefore, home values seem to be forever increasing.  12-16% annual appreciation is pretty typical.

In Hollister we are seeing a slight slow down in the appreciation pace for resale homes this year due to the significant number of new homes being built.  In 2015 the average single family residence value increased 12.6%.  Morgan Hill and Gilroy’s appreciation for the same period were: 15.5 and 16.9% respectfully. Hollister’s new home construction in 2015 affected its appreciation which, normally is on par or, even higher, than both Morgan Hill and Gilroy, CA.

So the proverbial question: “Is your glass half full, or, half empty?”

Home Buyers: Now’s the Time

I have been in the housing business so long that I’ve been through several outgoing, 2 term presidents, where their party was in control of both houses.  Typically, at the beginning of the election year, interest rates and gas prices begin to rise.  They peak during 3rd. quarter and begin to improve toward the national election in November.  (Watch, as soon as I say this, we’ll see an aberration in 2016.)

However, this article may well be a signal that the trend will repeat itself in the coming months.

Prospective homeowners would be wise to buy their home as soon as they can.  Sales prices in the South County (San Jose, Morgan Hill, Gilroy, Hollister, San Juan Bautista, CA) begin to rise more rapidly at the end of March and peak in July.  The interest rates will probably inch their way upward during this same time frame.

And look at the impact of a 1.0% rise in interest rates*:  A $400,000 home with 10% down to a new, $360,000 30 yr. fixed rate loan will see a $214 higher monthly principle and interest; a corresponding increase in the qualifying income needed by $642/mth.  The closing costs will also be slightly impacted.

If you are thinking of buying a home, now will be the lease expensive time for South County homes for the next year or more.

*4.0% to 5.0%

OPEN HOUSE in San Juan Bautista

butlerOn Saturday, 9/12 from 1-4, we’ll be holding an Open House in San Juan Bautista. Watch this VIDEO Tour and then come see it for yourself.  Tucked back in the foothills but close to everything: 775 Via Vaquero Norte – Wow!

So many features: 2,850 sq.ft. on 1/2 acre, 3 car garage, 12 ft. ceilings, solar heated, custom salt water 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 follow the signs. 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.