jim cheney realtor: Rincon Valley Market Report Sept 1st - 10th - 09/12/17 08:21 AM

The following is the sales activity in Rincon Valley 95409 for the week of Sept 1st - 10th 2017.  This does not include mobile homes or Oakmont.  Homes listed in this market report were not necessarily listed or sold by Saint Francis Properties, and is just for general consumer information only. Contact me to inquire about the specifics of any particular sale.
Single Family Detached Homes:
$625,000    6556 Bridgewood Dr.    4/2    1796 sq ft       DOM     114 $854,000    3210 Piedra Land          4/2     2332 sq ft   … (1 comments)

jim cheney realtor: Rincon Valley Market Report for August 14th - 21st - 08/22/17 07:38 AM
The following is the sales activity in Rincon Valley Santa Rosa 95409 for the week of August 14th - 21st, 2017.  This does not include mobile homes or Oakmont.  Homes listed in this market report were not necessarily listed or sold by Saint Francis Properties, and is just for general consumer information only. Contact me to inquire about the specifics of any particular sale.
Single Family Detached Homes:
$675,000        5510 El Encanto Dr       3/2       1822 sq ft $765,000        729 Montclair Dr          4/3        2050 sq … (4 comments)

jim cheney realtor: Jimbo's Straw and Summer Tomatoes - 08/16/17 02:33 AM
Normally I plant my tomato plants in pots but this summer  I tried something new.  I'd read a newspaper article about using bales of straw as raised planting beds.
Over last winter, I took a straw bale,  laid it on it's side, and cut holes into it where I wanted my tomato plants to be planted.  I fill the holes with potting soil and let it sit out during the winter rains (which we got a lot this year),  The soil and rain create a condition where the straw starts to break inside.  When weather allowed for proper planting conditions, I put … (9 comments)

jim cheney realtor: Certified Tourism Ambassador (CTA) - 08/06/17 09:23 PM
A friend of mine, who works for the Sonoma County Tourism Board, recommended I become a Certified Tourism Ambassador (CTA). She said that with all the blogs I write regarding things to do in Rincon Valley and Sonoma County, a CTA designation would be right up my alley.
I attended the 1-day course July 18th, held at the Sonoma County Tourism office on Aviation Blvd near the Sonoma County Airport. There were 15 other CTA candidates taking the course. The course was interactive with a combination of Power Point lecture and group tasks. It was a great way to meet some of … (9 comments)

jim cheney realtor: Excuse me but is that a horse on your head? - 08/05/17 09:08 PM
It's fair time in Sonoma County. The fairgrounds in Santa Rosa are alive with food vendors, carnival rides, livestock exhibits, concerts, the famous Hall of Flowers, and of course Wine Country Horse Racing.
The fair runs from now until Aug 13th and is located at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds 1350 Bennett Valley Road Santa Rosa, CA.
Horse racing dates:
Aug 3-6
Aug 10-13
Aug 18-20 (post fair race)
This photo was taken of Gwen and me at the track on opening day. We attended a special "Hat Day" event which included lunch, grandstand seating, and a hat competition. The photograph was taken by WB Photography of Santa … (7 comments)

jim cheney realtor: Docent led hike through Jack London State Park - 08/04/17 04:03 PM
Rincon Valley, looking for something different to do this weekend? Get outside and come hike 7.5 miles in Jack London State Park in Glen Ellen.
This is a great opportunity to be led by park docents through this beautiful state park. The hike is moderately paced but expect to be on the trail for about 4+ hours.
Where: Jack London State Park 2400 London Ranch Rd Glen Ellen
When: Saturday, Aug 5th 8:30
Cost: $15 (fee includes parking)
Bring: Hiking shoes Plenty of water Trail snack Sun screen and hat
I love living in Rincon Valley!  I've lived here since 1995 and can't imagine … (9 comments)

jim cheney realtor: Summer of Love in Rincon Valley (today only) - 07/08/17 09:19 AM
Hey Rincon Valley, looking for some love today?  Come on out to Montgomery Village and enjoy the free Summer of Love concert from noon - 3pm in the Village Court.  Dance to classic 60's and 70's music today while enjoying food and beverages for sale.  Food and beverage sales benefit local charities.
This is part of Montgomery Villages weekly concert series.  I don't go to each concert, but I've been to a few, and they are a lot of fun!  I always meet somebody I know, and enjoy the great food and a chilled beer under the canopy in the courtyard of the Montgomery … (4 comments)

jim cheney realtor: Rincon Valley Market Report - 07/08/17 08:14 AM
Market report for Rincon Valley for the week of June 30th   2017
There were 4 closed sales:
339 Algiers Court       2/1     880 Sq Ft    Yr: 1974    Sold: $335,000 924 Tranquilo Calle   3/2   1425 Sq Ft   Yr: 1967     Sold: $599,000 5704 Owls Nest Dr     3/3    2406 Sq Ft   Yr: 1998    Sold: $865,000 4198 Pine Rock Pl      4/4    3035 Sq Ft   Yr: 1986    Sold: $1,311,500 Averages:                           1936 Sq … (0 comments)

jim cheney realtor: Places Rincon Valley peeps can go celebrate the 4th - 07/04/17 08:07 AM
We are so lucky in Rincon Valley to have so many options for places to go to celebrate the Fourth of July and to see professional fireworks displays.  Last night I enjoyed a cold but professional display in Sebastopol, Ca.  Tonight Rincon Valley residents can to the following celebrations (in order from closest to farthest away)
Santa Rosa, "Red, White, and Boom" 
Live music by Wonder Bread 5 preceding the fireworks makes this one of my favorite events of the year! Wonder Bread 5 does a 2 hour set of 70's, and 80's cover hits.  50 - 100 up front by the stage dancing … (6 comments)

jim cheney realtor: Rincon Valley Town Homes: Streamside - 06/26/17 10:37 PM
Streamside is a popular townhouse complex on the west side of Rincon Valley, the gateway to the Valley of the Moon.  The units either 2 or 3 stories, so there is a lot of living space with a small footprint.  The garages are in the rear, leaving the front doorways to open to a park like green belt. It is very unusual but pleasant.
Streamside was built in 2007 as an affordable community. There are approx 56 units.  Nothing has sold in Streamside since 2012!  Here is the last sales activity: 
The units are all 3/3 or 4/3 and range is size from … (10 comments)

jim cheney realtor: Redwood Village, Another Great Rincon Valley Community - 06/25/17 09:46 PM
Redwood Village is a great condominium development in Rincon Valley that is more affordable than other developments in Santa Rosa.   It consists of approx. 72 units ranging in size from as small as a 1 bedroom 1 bath 768 sq ft, to a large 3/2 1200 sq ft.   It was built in 1975 and is in a central Rincon Valley location right across the street from the Montecito Shopping Center, home to Oliver's Market, Round Table Pizza, and TruValue Hardware.
The development is 12 groups of building, each containing 6 units.  Some of the individual units are 2 stories, but none of … (3 comments)

jim cheney realtor: Rincon Valley Homes Sales Market Report 6/11 - 6/17 - 06/24/17 10:52 AM
Rincon Valley had 6 homes sales during the week beginning June 11th.
Here are the details.
Address:                            List Price:    Sold Price:      Days on Market:
539 Blackstone Ct            $565,000     $585,000          65
5512 Dupont Dr               $599,000     $602,000          16
152 Middle Rincon          $675,000     $700,000          42
1446 Great Heron            $899,950     $880,000       … (4 comments)

jim cheney realtor: Funky Friday at Hood Mansion - 06/22/17 10:53 PM
Hey Rincon Valley, did you know you can hang out in a beautiful historic area close to home, eat great food, and drink adult beverages all while listening to the best live bands?  Yes, at Hood Mansion on Pythian Rd.  There are a number of fun events in Sonoma County on Friday nights, but I try to hit this once or twice a month during the summer.
The Tri Tip Trolly begins serving food at 5:30 and local beer and wines are available for purchase.
Bring a low back chair or blanket and enjoy the 2018 summer lineup (to be announced):
Where: Hwy 12 … (7 comments)

jim cheney realtor: FAQ: What is Dual Agency - 06/20/17 11:02 PM
Buyers and sellers of California real estate have the option of using one broker to represent both parties. As long as both parties are aware of this, and consent, it is legal, and called "Dual Agency". Here is an example of how it looks in a real life scenario:
A seller wants to sell his home so he hires a reputable broker at ACME Real Estate Co. The broker, or her agent, lists the home for sale and starts to advertise. MOST OF THE TIME, the home will be sold to a buyer, who has his own agent. The agent representing the … (2 comments)

jim cheney realtor: New listing: 315 Dominic Ct Windsor CA $749,000 - 06/13/17 09:28 PM
I'm excited to announce my new listing at 315 Dominic Court in Windsor, CA. I have known the sellers for over 20 years and can't believe they are leaving the area.  They will be missed by this small community.
315 Dominic Court enjoys the following amenities:
2595 Sq Ft of living space
Two stories
5 bedrooms
3 full baths
3 car garage
3 car off street driveway parking
Plantation shutters
Custom colors
Ceiling fans and recessed lighting throughout
1 full guest bedroom downstairs with full bathroom
In-door laundry
Whole house fan
Natural gas forced air heat
Additional eating area
Stainless steel appliances
Custom cabinets with built-in appliances
5 burner stainless gas stove top
Stainless steel Zephyr exhaust hood
Granite island and … (9 comments)

jim cheney realtor: Brush Creek Villas, another great Rincon Valley community - 06/06/17 04:07 PM
Brush Creek Villas, located in the western part of Rincon Valley, is one of my favorite townhouse complexes.  It was built in the 1970's which means the landscape is mature and beautiful.  It is tucked against the Monticeto Hills, and boasts tall redwoods, oaks, along with olive and maples.
The development consists of approx. 100 units.  The style is Southwest or Early Californian, with stucco walls, tile roofs and heavy wood trim.  Generally speaking, the homes are grouped so that 4 - 6 homes share a circular driveway.  The homes share a common wall attached at the garage.  
Not only is the Brush … (4 comments)

jim cheney realtor: Spring Lake Swimming Lagoon - 06/03/17 08:32 AM
The Spring Lake lagoon is now open for public swimming. This lifeguard protected swimming lagoon is the perfect place to spend a hot Rincon Valley day.
The lagoon is surrounded by 360° of sandy beach. There is plenty of room for kids to play, with additional room for lap swimming in the center of the lake. The beachside café & boat rentals make this an easy place to spend the day.
Last year an inflatable “playground” was added and has been the hit of the lagoon. The playground consists of a network of linked slides, bridges, climbing walls, balance beams and a trampoline … (4 comments)

jim cheney realtor: Sonoma County Regional Parks Challenge - 06/03/17 06:40 AM
Sonoma County Regional Parks turns 50 years old this year. We are so lucky to have 3 of the 50 parks right here in Rincon Valley!
Santa Rosa Creek Trail Hood Mountain Spring Lake
Regional Parks is offering up this challenge to park users (and would-be park users): Hike, run or bike 5 trails between June & Sept 30th, log your experience and get a free parks t-shirt.
The challenge is designed to get more people using/exploring our parks and to promote newly added parks and trails. Here's how you do it:
Log into the Regional Parks website, and download the … (4 comments)

jim cheney realtor: Free Concerts in Rincon Valley - 05/31/17 10:42 PM
We are so lucky to live in Rincon Valley, and to be able to enjoy such things as free concerts at Montgomery Village. 
This Thursday evening Pride and Joy kick off the summer concert series "Concerts Under the Stars" at Montgomery Village Shopping Center 5:30 - 8pm.  
Food and beverages are available for purchase, with proceeds going to a different non-profit which is designated before each concert.  
This is a fun event where neighbors and friends come together to dance, eat, drink, and have a good time.
Where:  Montgomery Village Shopping Center 911 Village Court Santa Rosa
When: Every Thursday evening  5:30 - 8pm Memorial … (1 comments)

jim cheney realtor: Rincon Valley Dog Park Social - 05/26/17 03:45 PM

Attention fellow dogs!
Jerry here...
Come to the Rincon Valley dog park tonight with your favorite human.  Every Friday night, Spring thru Fall, 6pm – sunset, we meet and play while our humans sit around and socialize with light snacks and beverages they bring to share among themselves.  It’s a great opportunity for us to play off leash while they stand around and eat and talk. 
When:  Friday nights 6pm – dusk
Where: Rincon Valley Community Park 5108 Badger Rd
What to do: Have your human bring a light snack or beverage to share 

Jim Cheney, Rincon Valley Realtor 707.494.1055 (Saint Francis Property Santa Rosa, CA)

Jim Cheney

Rincon Valley Realtor 707.494.1055

Santa Rosa, CA

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Saint Francis Property Santa Rosa, CA

Address: 5373 Gold Drive, Santa Rosa, CA, 95409

Office: (707) 538-9095

Mobile: (707) 494-1055

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