SONOMA COUNTY PROPERTIES PRESENTS – MODERN VIEW HOME IN SEBASTOPOL

SONOMA COUNTY PROPERTIES PRESENTS – MODERN VIEW HOME IN SEBASTOPOL.

This home brings the natural elements together with a contemporary design and amazing views, all the way to the Pacific.

On a clear day you can get a glimpse of the Pacific Ocean

End of the lane privacy gives you QUIET, Seclusion and long views of valley and hills.

This wonderful home was created to calm and to inspire. Modern design features three bedrooms, two baths and two large bonus rooms (also with expansive views) that could be your art or yoga studio, hobby or game rooms.

Property is fenced and cross-fenced. a hot tub, a waterfall, a patio, and a gated circular drive complete this extraordinary property.

Enjoy the sunsets from window or patio or while roaming the almost 5 acres.

Wolf Range, Sub Zero Refrigerator and Wine cooler.

Offered at $1,095,000.

To see this amazing property call Ron at 707-823-2533 

Ron L. Welsh and Sonoma County Properties

7 Generations of Buying and Selling

Sonoma County Real Estate

7 Generations of Building a Great Reputation!

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SONOMA COUNTY PROPERTIES PRESENTS #7 OF 7 ON “MAKING YOUR HOME MORE SUSTAINABLE”

You don’t have to be a contractor to be able to make some changes to your home that will make it greener and more sustainable for the years to come. There are many things that you can do that require little skill and sometimes just a willingness to change how you do things around the house will make a big difference.
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Today Sonoma County Properties is publishing the last article I have written on this subject. One BIG thing you can do (this may require some skill or a cash investment on your part) and a few smaller things (that anyone can do) that will make a difference in your savings, your comfort or your “carbon footprint”. 

1. Install a biomass boiler. Although maybe more realistic for a commercial building; study this innovative way to cut petroleum use in heating systems. They require a hefty up-front investment.

2. Use a garbage disposal. If you don't have the time or the room to compost, using a garbage disposal can be greener than putting organic matter into the garbage.

3. Buy your energy from a renewable source. There may also be options where you can purchase your power from LOCAL renewable sources.

4. Buy a programmable thermostat. Why have the heat or air up when you're not at home? Use a programmable thermostat to maximize your energy savings.

5. Use motion sensor lights in areas like closets. If you find that you often forget to turn the light off when you slip into your closet or storage area, use a motion sensor light instead. It'll turn on when you're using it and turn off when you leave.

6. Design for the future; this can save you thousands. When planning a redesign of your home, make sure you account for age, new family members and other life changes. That way you won't find yourself needing to do another remodel a few years down the road.

7. Look at energy ratings. Don't buy appliances or electronics without doing a little research into their energy ratings. A little up-front research could save you money down the line.

8. Make sure the wood you use in your home is harvested from sustainable sources. You don't want your new deck to be made of wood that came from a virgin rainforest, so double check this.

9. Use wheat and strawboard. These building materials are made from sustainably harvested materials.

Here are a couple of ideas to reduce the amount of water you're using every day.

10. Use soaker hoses and drip irrigation. These are much more efficient ways to water your outdoor plants.

11. Water reclamation. You can use a system to capture all of the rain runoff from roof and gutters and store it in large tanks or even just an open rain barrel can allow you to save the water which you can then use for your plants, yard, etc.

So; in closing I would like to say that the subject is bigger than all of us. I think there may be something we can all learn from each other on the subject. I would also like to warn you; watch out for “greenwashing” that would be products labeled as green just to boost their saleability. Do your homework and look beneath the surface. If you would like to discuss this or any other real estate matter, please call

Ron L. Welsh & Sons

Sonoma County Properties

at 707-823-2533

7 Generations of Buying and Selling Sonoma County Real Estate

7 Generations of Building a Great Reputation!

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MEXICAN STYLE LUXURY COMPOUND IN SONOMA COUNTY

Sonoma County Properties loves to share the amazing and the unusual in Sonoma County real estate. This one certainly covers both. 7800 square feet of living area on 13 plus acres.

Built in the style of the famous contemporary Mexican architects Legorreta, Iturbe, de Haro and Fuentes this home adheres to the desire to combine architecture, nature and the invigorating relationship between light and color. [Read more…]

SONOMA COUNTY PROPERTIES PRESENTS #6 OF 7 ON “MAKING YOUR HOME MORE SUSTAINABLE”

You don’t have to be a contractor to be able to make some changes to your home that will make it greener and more sustainable for the years to come. There are many things that you can do that require little skill and sometimes just a willingness to change how you do things around the house will make a big difference.

In the next week, Sonoma County Properties will publish the last couple of articles I have written on this subject.

I will give you at least one BIG thing you can do (this may require some skill or a cash investment on your part) and a few smaller things (that anyone can do) that will make a difference in your savings, comfort or “carbon footprint”.

1. Wind power. Installing a wind turbine could be a great way to produce your own energy.  Start with consulting an expert in the field to see if it is feasible and worth the investment in your location.  [Read more…]

SONOMA COUNTY PROPERTIES PRESENTS- THE HISTORY OF SOLAR POWER

Sonoma County Properties Presents the History of Solar Power. You may know us for our articles on “making your home more sustainable”. Using the sun is one of the best methods, whether it’s adding a photovoltaic system (electricity generating solar panels) or preheating your water (black plastic pipes in the sunshine).

Ever wondered how Solar Energy came into our lives? This Solar Timeline looks at all the milestone events of the Solar journey. You may be surprised to see just how long humans have been utilizing the power of the sun and also inspired by the innovative ways we have been doing it. For instance did you know that the first Photovoltiac reaction was [Read more…]

SONOMA COUNTY PROPERTIES PRESENTS A NEW REFERRAL BROKERAGE!

Sonoma County Properties and Ron L. Welsh are proud to announce the establishment of a Referral Brokerage to compliment our day to day sales company.

7888 Joyce Dr Sebastopol, CA. Offered at $850,000.

Sonoma County Real Estate Referrals has been licensed to operate under the umbrella of Sonoma County Properties Inc.

We have sixteen of the most knowledgable and hard working agent and broker “REALTORS”  in Sonoma County today.  They are ready to help your family and friends buy or sell real estate anywhere in California.

This is also a fantastic way for retired and “semi” retired real estate agents legally earn a pay check from their referrals without having to pay the dues to the local MLS and the National, California and North Bay Association of REALTORS.

Who do you know who may want to buy of sell a home or piece of property this or next year.? You know the kind of people we are, you know that we will take care of them because everything we do reflects on our “Seven Generations of Building a Great Reputation”.
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Who do you know who might have an “inactive” real estate license? Who better to introduce your friends to than Sonoma County Real Estate Referrals? You know that we will take care of them like we care about you.

Referrals are a big part of the real estate business. When you think of us, think of your friend. When you think of real estate, think of Ron L. Welsh and Sonoma County Real Estate Referrals.

Ron can be reached at 707-523-3300 or 707-823-2533.

Sonoma County Properties represents…

7 Generations of Buying and Selling Sonoma County Real Estate

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SONOMA COUNTY PROPERTIES PRESENTS #5 OF 7 ON “MAKING YOUR HOME MORE SUSTAINABLE”

You don’t have to be a contractor to be able to make some changes to your home that will make it greener and more sustainable for the years to come. There are many things that you can do that require little skill and sometimes just a willingness to change how you do things around the house will make a big difference.

In the next week, Sonoma County Properties will give you the last few articles I have written on this subject.

I will give you at least one BIG thing you can do (this may require some skill or a cash investment on your part) and a few smaller things (that anyone can do) that will make a difference in your savings, comfort or “carbon footprint”.

1. Metal roofing. Metal roofing is really durable, it doesn't have to be the ugly. There are many great looking options for metal roofs and they can last sixty years or more.

2. Invest in insulation. There are few things as essential to greening your home like providing it with good insulation. Almost as important as having insulation is having it installed correctly. This is a big subject, call me for the details.

3. Weather strips. Inexpensive weather strips can help protect your home from losing heat and cool, saving you money and reducing that carbon footprint. [Read more…]

CLOSE TO SAN FRANCISCO- #30 OF THE 100 REASONS WE LOVE LIVING IN SONOMA COUNTY

Sonoma County Properties is proud to present #30 in our series on why we love living here! The cultural diversity of Sonoma County is rich but when you add in the proximity to the San Francisco “Bay Area”, that diversity is unrivaled anywhere in the world.

We celebrated my birthday yesterday with a quick trip into San Francisco. My wife, Irene Turner treated me to a tour of the De Young Museum and a chance to see the “Dutch” Masters collection including many Rembrandt's and Girl with a Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer. It was amazing to see these in person and understand why Irene always mentioned the Dutch artists “use and depth of light” in their work.

There is so much to do and see in this great city. The Museams, the Golden Gate Bridge, Golden Gate Park, restaurants, walking tours, theaters, the SF Giants, cable cars, you name it and you will find it there. [Read more…]

SONOMA COUNTY PROPERTIES PRESENTS- A WEST COUNTY HIDEAWAY

Sonoma County Properties is always looking for the best values in real estate. Last week we visited this gem listed by Tim Johnson of Coldwell banker. This one, while not cheap, is an excellent value.

Three bedrooms and two baths is 2293 sq ft of living area. Bright and spacious single level West Sebastopol home on just under an acre at the end of a private lane only minutes from Downtown Sebastopol and Graton. Its been beautifully updated with granite kitchen counters, new cabinets & stainless steel appliances. It also has gorgeous bathrooms. [Read more…]

SONOMA COUNTY PROPERTIES PRESENTS #4 OF 7 ON “MAKING YOUR HOME MORE SUSTAINABLE”

Sonoma County Properties presents #4 of 7 on “making your home more sustainable”. You don’t have to be a contractor to be able to make some changes to your home that will make it greener and more sustainable for the years to come. There are many things that you can do that require little skill and sometimes just a willingness to change how you do things around the house will make a big difference.

Over the next couple of months, Sonoma County Properties will give you at least one BIG thing you can do (this may require some skill or a cash investment on your part) and a few smaller things (that anyone can do) that will make a difference in your savings, comfort or “carbon footprint”.

#1. Build a solar water heater. This project is not as expensive as it sounds, but it takes a little know-how to build. It will save you a ton on water heating energy costs. [Read more…]