Vintage Homes Sells in Ridgeway Historic District, Sonoma, California

Real Estate Agent with FHAllen, Sonoma Country and Vintage

Vintage Home Sells in Ridgeway Historic District, Sonoma, California

Last year I was involved in helping a retired couple moving from Michigan to the wine region in Sonoma, California to be closer to their daughter (a single -mom) and three grandsons.

The original plan was to find a home close to their daughter, who was renting a vintage home in the Historic Junior College District in Santa Rosa, California. Their love of vintage properties inspired them to make an offer on a property within walking distance of her and the boys. However, short sales with long closing dates were not working since their desire to relocate 8 to 10 months later or bidding the property up thousands of dollars was not in the game plan. 

This has happened many times in my real estate career and when we discussed their real options, I explained to them something better usually turns up in the long run. So, we decided to expand our search for a vintage home in an adjoining historic neighborhood.

Guess what? A Vintage, Norman Tudor Beauty came on the market in the Historic Ridgeway District and they decided it provided enough room for ALL of them to live under one roof. This Norman Tudor Beauty with two stories, numerous rooms with nooks and crannies, large rooms, kitchen, breakfast room, formal living room with wooden beamed ceiling , gracious dining room, workshop, basement, large separate laundry/mud room and garage was a blessing in more ways than one.  An estate sale, this had been home to one family for over forty years. Five children had been reared in this home and they had many wonderful memories of their mom, dad and each other.

The house had a lot maintenance issues ( many vintage homes do) but the family is used to hard work and has the required skills and patience to restore her.

Since the family has moved into their "new" vintage home they have repaired dry rot around the fireplace from water seepage, rehabilitated the old asbestos roof, rebuilt an outside staircase and painted numerous rooms .

Today, three lively boys, their mother (who designs jewelry in her remodeled atelier in the old workshop), their uncle and both grandparents now live in this Vintage, Tudor Beauty creating wonderful memories of their own.

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Kathleen Bonham

Vintage Home Specialist

Healdsburg, Santa Rosa, Sebastopol

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

Historic homes are not for everybody!  Sounds like you made a good match.

Feb 08, 2010 10:52 AM
kathleen bonham
FHAllen, Sonoma Country and Vintage - Santa Rosa, CA

Thanks Jim...glad to see you doing so well!

Feb 09, 2010 02:57 AM