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The latest real estate news and insights for Sonoma and Napa County.

Q3 REPORT SONOMA REAL ESTATE

Like most of the Bay Area, the towns of Sonoma, Napa, Glen Ellen, and Kenwood are still lacking inventory. Homes that were priced right in terms of location and condition received multiple offers. Buyers looking for vacation/second homes accounted for an increase in market share.

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LISTING AT 40 AUBERGE ROAD, RUTHERFORD WAS FEATURED AS "HOUSE OF THE DAY" IN THE WSJ

40 Auberge Road, is a timeless contemporary home designed by renowned Architect Scott Johnson. Robert Lieff, founder of Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, purchased 21.5 acres in 1998– he wanted to build a home full of character, not the usual stock.

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HOME SALES HIGHEST SINCE 2006 – SONOMA REAL ESTATE

The Sonoma real estate market is on fire with August sales at a 6 year high– this is jus the latest proof of the Bay Area real estate recovery. Third-quarter sales will be determined soon; sales aren’t showing any signs of retreat. A total of 9,000 homes were sold last month in the Bay Area.

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RISING HOME SALES AND PRICES CONTRIBUTE TO HOUSING RECOVERY IN SONOMA VALLEY AND BAY AREA

Typically real estate slows down in the summertime as families go on vacations, and begin to prepare for the upcoming school year. But this summer has been an exception to the rule.

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SONOMA Q2. 2012 REPORT

The Sonoma Valley communities of Kenwood, Glen Ellen, and Sonoma had an extremely active second quarter, with a greater percentage of properties under contract than we’ve seen in more than a year-– despite low inventory.

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RIBOLLA GIALLA GRAPES AT OUR LISTING, 4204 DRY CREEK ROAD, NAPA

Some great Information about the Ribolla Gialla Grapes at our listing at 4204 Dry Creek Road in Napa their wine is only served at the French Laundry in Yountville. Below is an exerpt from the San Francisco Chronicle.

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MARTIN & SEBASTIANI IN TOP ANNUAL RANKING FOR SOTHEBY’S

San Francisco, CA – June 22, 2012 – Sotheby’s International Realty, Inc., has announced that the firm had 25 agents and 2 sales teams featured in the just-released The Thousand, an annual ranking of the country’s top real estate professionals by The Wall Street Journal and REAL Trends.

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OUR FAVORITE RESTAURANTS IN THE SONOMA / NAPA VALLEY

Sonoma El Dorado Kitchen (707) 996-3030 Café La Haye (707) 935-5994 Girl & The Fig (707) 938-3634 The Swiss Hotel (707) 938-2884 Harvest Moon (707) 933-8160 El Molino Central (707) 939-1010 Hot Box Grill (707) 939-8383 Á Sante (707) 938-9000 Restaurant Rudy (707) 938-7373 Hopmonk Tavern (707) 935-9100 Suite D (707) 933-3000 Shiso (707) 933-9331

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CHOOSING A BROKER – WHO’S GOT YOUR BACK?

In last Sunday’s NY TImes – GREAT article. Posted June 14, 2012. We put the article’s ‘takeaway message’ at the beginning of the article – in case you do not want to read the whole article.

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