4th of July Fireworks in Napa Valley

4th of July Celebrations in Napa Valley

There’s a plethora of 4th of July fireworks to choose from in and around Napa Valley. Personal fireworks of any kind are banned, however, everywhere in the county except St. Helena. For those interested in spending the 4th in St. Helena, “safe and sane” state approved fireworks can be purchased at the city’s well-known fireworks stand on Highway 29. Revelers can find a variety of fireworks that will satisfy their Independence Day rush but don’t explode, move along the ground or travel through the air. Local fire officials are especially concerned this year due to the ongoing drought and are urging residents to be even more cautious when … [Read more...]

Is a New Housing Bubble on the Horizon?

housing bubble

Experts are worried about a possible new housing bubble on the horizon. According to a recent article in the Huffington Post, “The Emerging Markets Housing Bubble,” the pending rise of our interest rates could trigger international capital to revert back to the U.S. seeking higher and safer yields. Why? Because outflows from emerging market countries may very well bring about and burst a new bubble in housing markets in emerging economies, at least at the periphery of the global financial system. We have witnessed a steep and highly synchronized decline in valuations since he 2008-09 global financial crisis in housing markets around the … [Read more...]

Determining Market Value of Wine Country Properties

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Why Using Price Per Square Foot to Determine Market Value of Wine Country Properties is an Inaccurate Metric More often than not, the reason properties languish on the market is because sellers are provided with a market value analysis based on price per square foot of sold properties that could be considered comparable sales, and that’s the number they key off in determining a List price for their home. Click this link and/or see below to view a report from MLS showing the price per square foot for the only 6 residential properties that have ever sold for $11m or over in the history of Napa Valley. You will note that the calculation to … [Read more...]

Calistoga property listing, Sophisticated Elegance in Calistoga, ahead of the new Calistoga Four Seasons Resort coming soon

3145 State Highway 128

My new Calistoga property listing, Sophisticated Elegance in Calistoga, is an incredibly beautiful 24+/- acre estate, located in the western hills of Calistoga, Napa Valley’s new playground for the rich and famous. This quaint town is just minutes away from Saint Helena, known as “Napa Valley’s Main Street” with a thriving wine country centerpiece of tourism, fabulous restaurants and small town charm. The town of Calistoga itself has long been known for its luxurious resorts, spas and mud baths. This property is unlike any other others you will see in Napa Valley. My new listing, Sophisticated Elegance in Calistoga, was remodeled in 2010 … [Read more...]

Why I’m having fun marketing and selling Napa Valley vineyards and wineries

Napa Valley

A day never goes by when I don't feel incredibly blessed to be working on the periphery of the wine industry, marketing and selling Napa Valley vineyards and wineries.  How lucky am I!  Over the past 13 years, I have met people from all walks of life with fascinating backgrounds, who have decided they want to get in the wine business or own a gentleman's vineyard and make their own wine.  A good percentage of them have been from Asia, and across the board they are highly educated (usually in the United States at Ivy league colleges), are very successful, loyal, respectful, they know what they don't know and listen and trust my guidance, and … [Read more...]

10 Reasons Why, Like Rome, All Roads Lead to Napa Valley

Napa Valley Event

Ever wonder why people flock to Napa Valley from all over the world?  Take a peek at my 10 favorite annual events right here in Napa Valley.   From wine and food extravaganzas, featuring local and international Chefs and cult wines, to cultural events starring world-famous artists in our vineyards, caves and stunning wineries, the Napa Valley never disappoints. 1) Napa Mustard Festival
The Mustard Season – formerly known as the slow season – is the handiwork of Mother Nature and, according to legend, the work of Franciscan Padre Father Junipero Serra. He scattered Spanish mustard seeds from southern to northern California; then followed a … [Read more...]

Looking for the ultimate in luxurious travel? Then check out the World Residences Apartments!

the world residences

On Friday at Auction Napa Valley's Barrel Auction I came across another one of the many luxury items that wealthy people are investing in today: The World Residences. Thanks to this interesting and luxurious concept, you no longer have to imagine living the ultimate lifestyle that comes with combining a private yacht and a luxury vacation home. You can wake up to new scenery outside your private veranda every few days as your actual home takes you all around the globe. The World is the largest private residential ship on the planet stretching 644 feet, and it has been continuously circumnavigating the globe since launching in 2002. The … [Read more...]

Don’t miss a visit to the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) at Greystone

CIA Greystone

The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) at Greystone in St. Helena is one of Napa Valley's most historic and majestic properties. It's also one of the world's most unique and inspiring campuses for culinary education. Perhaps no other destination in wine country offers a richer food and wine experience in one location. Besides offering the best culinary curriculums on the planet taught by the best in the business, the CIA also offers Napa residents and visitors some amazing culinary experiences, from dining to demonstrations, and more. A visit to the CIA at Greystone is the food and wine experience of a lifetime. Featuring acres of … [Read more...]

Did You Know That Not Buying a Home Now Could Cost $65,000 a Year?

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According to a report in Bloomberg Business, “Not Buying a Home Could Cost You $65,000 a Year.” That info comes from a new report showing how renters are missing out on savings in most metropolitan areas. Young professionals who are considering buying a home should take this info to heart (and to their wallets). Having been ranked in the top 1% of the 45,000 worldwide agents of NRT, the parent company of Sotheby’s International Realty, gives me a unique perspective on the market, and I wholeheartedly agree with the findings. The reason? It’s simple: buyers get more for their money than renters. Plus, home prices and interest rates are … [Read more...]

Is $40 million the new price of luxury?

new price of luxury

According to a recent report in the Wall Street Journal, new luxury home listing and sales at $40 million are becoming the norm across the country. The article “The New Price of Luxury: $40 Million,” explains how this has become a standard asking price for high-end real estate. “We’ve had this creation of a new market category unlike anything that’s ever been seen before,” said Jonathan Miller, a Manhattan-based appraiser. “Five or 10 years ago, a $40 million sale or listing was an outlier. And today it’s almost commonplace.” According to the real estate website Trulia, more than 300 homes were listed over the last year at $35 million … [Read more...]