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Fall Décor in Napa Valley

Fall is here in Napa Valley and it’s time to get into the spirit of the season. Homes for sale in St. Helena, CA look fantastic with some great autumn themed décor and a good real estate agent can help you find a great home this harvest season. When it comes to fall decorations, pumpkins […]

Landscaping for Every Budget

Enhancing your wine country real estate’s landscape calls for a lot of planning and budgeting. However, it’s always well worth the time, effort and dollars spent getting the beautiful results you’ve been dreaming of. Here are some renovation ideas for the do-it-yourselfers, as well as those who would rather leave it to the professionals. Landscape […]

How to Stage Your House to Sell

Looking to sell your Napa Valley real estate property? Staging your house may decrease the days that it’s on the market and possibly increase the amount you sell your home for. It allows potential home buyers to see themselves as owners – paint a picture for them of what the home could look like. Here […]

Magnificent & Architecturally Distinctive Home in St. Helena

If you are seeking wine country luxury, this home may just be the answer. At 1881 Howell Mountain Road, this beauty built in 2002 is over 7,000 square feet and has the perfect 9 car garage (spanning over 3,100 feet) for those with an extensive car collection. But the size of the home is just […]

Luxurious Summer Patio Trends

As with any piece of luxury real estate, a proper back patio/entertaining area is high on the list of must-haves. Napa, Sonoma or Healdsburg real estate is simply not complete without it. And the best part is that outdoor entertaining in northern California doesn’t end in August. Oftentimes your barbecues don’t even need to end […]

Four Things That Matter to Luxury Buyers Beyond the Price

Luxury real estate buyers may have numerous options when it comes to choosing a home, but that doesn’t make their search any simpler. Here’s how most high-end clients weigh their property options. When working with high-net-worth buyers, look beyond price to these four key value drivers. Privacy and anonymity Luxury buyers don’t want strangers clamoring […]

What does an appraiser do? Part 2

Remember, an appraiser when hired by a mortgage lender to conduct an appraisal for purposes of making the load, is essentially the eyes and ears of the bank. They’re supposed to be unbiased and objective, and they will attempt to validate the contract sales price of the property (known as the “subject property”) for the […]

What Does an Appraiser do? Part 1

Their walk-through and documentation of the wine country real estate property will serve as the basis for their research to find three to six active, under contract and sold comparable sales that are in the immediate neighborhood as close to the subject property as possible. Appraisers will not inspect or check any elements in the […]

Largest 2019 Sale in St. Helena with Broker Representing Both Seller & Buyer

860 Meadowood Lane in St. Helena Integrating nature & structure, this modern estate sited on an exclusive 40 acres within the entrance to Meadowood Resort accessible by a private drive servicing only 3 additional 40+ acre luxury homes above the resort, was just sold by Gail Morgan Lane, broker/owner St. Helena Real Estate.  An incredible […]

3 Tips for First Time Home Buyers

For many people, buying a home for the first time is the largest purchase they have made in life so far. It may seem intimidating, but if you do your homework you will make the best decision for you and your family. Luxury real estate can be a fantastic investment and many homes for sale […]

4 Tips for Selling your Home

Selling a home for the first time can be a nerve-racking experience but fortunately homes for sale in St. Helena, CA  and surrounding areas have the luxury of being in one of the best housing markets in the state. There’s a lot to think about when selling your home, but these are four tips to […]

5 Backyard Features for Luxury Homes

The perfect Napa Valley real estate property comes with a long wish list. When you think of a home in wine country, what comes to mind? For us, it’s the ideal backyard to enjoy the sunny days with a glass of fine wine in hand. We handcrafted this list of 5 Backyard Features for Luxury Homes to inspire your luxury real estate dreams. 1. Al fresco […]

5 Interior Design Trends for Spring 2019

Spring is finally here and that means spring interior design trends throughout luxury real estate are standing out and looking fabulous. We’ve put together a few that will really make your Napa real estate property shine! 1. Beautiful Textures. Beautiful textures are without a doubt one of the most important trends we have seen this […]

What’s “in” in Kitchens

When it comes to renovating a home, the kitchen is the first room we think about. It’s the entertainment space where everyone gathers for a meal or simply to chat. And luxury real estate properties showcase them in an incredible way. You can find some truly high-end kitchens throughout Napa real estate and Healdsburg real [...]

Hiring a Landscape Architect

When it comes to designing a home, we often think about what goes inside. But when dealing with luxury real estate, the outside is equally important and can add tremendous value. So, when exactly is it time to hire a landscape architect? Perhaps you want to create an outdoor oasis, increase your property value, or [...]

Tips For Packing and Moving Into A New House

By Amanda Schultz As exciting as moving into your new luxury real estate property can be, the days leading up to it can get a bit stressful. That’s because you have to get everything ready for moving day, and that means everything should be packed and all set to go by the time the moving [...]

Online House Hunting

Today, millions of homebuyers begin their search online to find that perfect luxury real estate property. Searching for homes for sale in Napa CA and homes for sale in Sonoma county is easier than ever and the Internet is a great starting place. Homebuyers are encouraged to surf the web to get an idea of [...]

Why House Inspections Matter

When on the hunt for a new home, buyers will have a checklist which determines if a property is right for them. And when they find the home that checks all the boxes of location, condition, price, etc, it’s a magical moment for the search can finally end. Imagine this: after countless time spent on [...]

Easy Holiday Decorating Ideas

The holidays are here and we’re celebrating this festive season with loved ones, tasty food, and chic décor. Napa Valley real estate and luxury real estate properties are looking particularly festive with all types of decorations. If you’re running a little behind, check out these quick and easy holiday decorating ideas. Use Garlands From real [...]

The Indie Broker & the Real Estate Conglomerate

Like most real estate markets around the country, California is seeing big-box real estate companies acquiring smaller independent (indie) brokerages. As the market is being more monopolized, we’re seeing this decrease in smaller brokers that are integral at diversifying the industry. And Napa real estate and Healdsburg real estate are no exceptions. We see these [...]

Why We’re Thankful for Wine Country Real Estate

With Thanksgiving creeping up, we’re taking the time to think about what we are thankful for. The topic that crosses our mind each day: wine country real estate. Harvest just ended and people are tired after working some of the longest hours all year. The holidays are coming up and everyone is stressing over gifts [...]

Showroom Garages in Luxury Homes

Photo: Amundson Photography, Mansion Global A garage is more than a place to store your car and your Christmas tree. It’s an extra room in your home so why not treat it like so? Showroom garages have the ability to give homes for sale in Napa CA and homes for sale in Sonoma County and [...]

Setting Your List Price

Have you ever had to sell anything? Perhaps it was at a garage sale or on eBay? If you have, then you know that choosing a listing price is the trickiest aspect. Overpricing can lead to no one buying and underpricing can lead to money lost. And when it’s homes for sale in Yountville CA [...]

Home Staging Ideas

It doesn’t take an interior designer to recognize a stylish house. That’s why staging can be one of the most important aspects of selling a home. Not all buyers have vision so giving them a nudge with some staged furniture can make a difference in real estate including homes for sale in Calistoga CA and [...]

List Your Home on this Day

If you’re putting up homes for sale in Napa CA, timing is crucial. Even in a seller’s market you have to play by the rules that will get you the best offers. Ask a real estate agents about the best day to list your home – they’ll most likely say it’s Thursday. The most popular [...]

Closing Costs Explained

The field of real estate can be difficult to navigate with so many technical details that the average person doesn’t have time to deal with. That’s why your real estate agent is a valuable asset. Closing costs in particular are an important term to keep in mind when on the market for homes for sale [...]

Bring Fall into Your Home

The leaves are changing, the days are getting shorter, and the breeze is a little colder. November is here, Thanksgiving is around the corner, and our homes need a little fall décor. Don’t fret, we have some the coziest way to decorate your home for fall. See how you can elevate your luxury real estate [...]

Wine Storage is Getting an Upgrade

The gloomy cellar cave in the basement is transforming into the center piece of luxury real estate properties. Napa Valley Real Estate already has a high focus on cellar rooms so expect to see the latest and greatest in wine storage throughout homes for sale in Napa CA. What makes these new rooms so different [...]

Back to Black: Decorating Tips

Black carries a certain elegance and bold quality. Yet, when looking at decorating the home with black, most people get intimidated. Yes, it’s dramatic, but it’s also sophisticated and create a great backdrop effect. Consider adding this color when browsing homes for sale in Yountville CA or Napa Valley real estate. It’s all about balance. [...]

Smart Technology for Your Garden

Having a home garden can be pretty rewarding but not all homes comes with the proper space for it. But what if you didn’t need that space? If you’re looking for homes for sale in Calistoga CA or homes for sale in Napa CA, consider smart technology to solve any garden limitations you see. These [...]

In the Market for Luxury Homes? Northern California Dominates the List

It’s no secret the Northern California is one of the most sought after places in the country to live in. With its access to the ocean, national parks, booming tech, and charming towns surrounding major cities, it’s an Eden in an already popular state. And now, according to Realtor.com, Northern California is dominating to list [...]

The Luxury of Walk-In Closets

It’s not uncommon to find walk-in closets in luxury homes. In fact, many would say it’s one of the essential aspects to labeling a homes as luxury. And in wine country real estate, the closet is another space to get creative in design. It’s all about details, so we’re delving into a detail that can […]

Synchronizing Your Wish List and Budget

Creating a feasible wish list for home projects means diving into the details of your budget and laying out a clear scope of work with the construction company and designers. It’s important to plan carefully when building or updating your Healdsburg real estate property or Napa Valley real estate property. Check out these tactics to [...]

Hiring an Interior Designer

Interior Designers are extremely valuable when it comes to high-end real estate properties. Designing these complex spaces requires experience, a lot of time, and vision. Homes for sale in Napa CA and homes for sale in Calistoga CA require great interior design as the area is known for high-end homes. What Does an Interior Designer [...]

Firescaping: Keep Your Property Safe

Firescaping means landscaping with fire-safety in mind. Wildfire season makes it absolutely necessary to take the proper precautions with your landscape whether it’s what plants you grow, the layout of the property, and the materials to avoid. Your real estate agent can help you find homes for sale in Rutherford CA that have proper firescaping. [...]

Keep Your Garden Fire-Safe: Plants to Avoid

With wildfires constantly on the news, it’s important to take steps towards keeping your home and property safe. Homes for sale in Yountville CA and Napa Valley real estate should make sure that their gardens take the right precautions and avoid certain plants that can increase fire danger. Plants that make great kindling are not [...]

Outdoor Lighting Ideas for the Summer

Summer means spending time outside and relaxing on your patio. When nighttime falls, it’s important to have lighting that reflects a natural glow and creates a calming ambiance. Luxury homes for sale in Napa CA and homes for sale in St. Helena CA feature great lighting design that is inviting and warm. image source: Houzz [...]

Luxury Home Sales Up 25% in June

A lot has changed since 2017. One of the bigger things being luxury real estate sales. Comparing June 2017 and June 2018, sales have gone up 25%. What does that mean for luxury homes for sale in St Helena CA and homes for sale in Rutherford CA? It means they’re flying off the shelves, so [...]

Bedroom Design Ideas

A bedroom should be relaxing, ideal for sleeping, and a beautiful space to wake up in. Luxury real estate properties feature high-end design elements perfect for your slumbering oasis. We have a few ideas of how to elevate a bedroom space. It’s up to a high-end real estate company to find these perfect spaces. Check [...]

The Costs of Kitchen Remodeling: Countertops

The kitchen is said to be the heart of the home. It’s where the family comes together to enjoy a good meal and where entertaining always begins. Homes for sale in Napa CA require beautiful and functional kitchens to really stand out and attract buyers. Countertops in particular are an important feature. Check out the [...]

The Costs of Kitchen Remodeling: Cabinets

When it  comes to kitchen remodels, cabinets are a focal point. The aesthetic and functionality is set by the cabinets and the material and design you choose. This is an essential aspect of homes for sale in Napa CA and require a thoughtful approach. Understand the various types of cabinet materials and installs, and the [...]

Essential Items Every Home Needs

A home is more than a shelter. It’s a place of refuge. Luxury real estate homes should include items that make the space yours. Check out what we believe your wine country real estate space needs. Art You Love Show your wine country real estate space some love and fill it with art that makes [...]

Remodeling Projects and the Real Cost

A successful remodeling project can be carried out with proper planning. When searching for homes for sale in St. Helena CA or homes for sale in Yountville CA, it’s important to have vision and an understanding of renovation costs. Uncover the real prices of high-end renovations and see how you can apply them in your [...]

Unique Kitchen Storage Ideas

What defines a luxury real estate home? It’s more than the price tag. A luxury home is well thought out, functional, and beautiful. Clever storage solutions can hint that a home is more than a simple house. In your search for homes for sale in St. Helena CA, keep an eye out for spaces with [...]

Biggest Bang for Your Buck: 2018 Upgrades

Some renovations are better than others. While installing a jetted bathtub may be cool, the ROI is not so high. If you’re putting up homes for sale in Napa CA, it’s important to consider which home improvement will get you the biggest bang for your buck. Check out these projects that will add significant value [...]

Consider this Home For Your Getaways

Memorial Day weekend has come and gone. Americans have taken a moment to honor those who fight for us and therefore devote the weekend to spending time with loved ones. The extended weekend allows families to flee to their vacation homes for a small getaway. From humble lake houses to luxury real estate properties, vacation [...]

Luxury Private Pools in Time for Summer

It’s getting hotter in wine country with summer approaching and people are anxious to spend time in their backyard oasis. For those on the hunt for luxury homes for sale in Calistoga CA or homes for sale in St. Helena CA, get some inspiration from these luxurious private pools around the world. Photo: Derry Moore [...]

7 Reasons You Need a Real Estate Agent

The Real Estate Agent's Value to You With the market more competitive than ever, those putting up homes for sale in St. Helena need to consider the importance of a real estate agent. Your time and money is important so it’s good to have a qualified professional on your side. “For Sale By Owner” (FSBO) [...]

European Tastes are Invading the U.S. and the Result is Luxurious

Take a stroll through Napa Valley and head north into St. Helena. What do you see? The shops, restaurants, vineyards, and homes all reflect a variety of styles. From 19th century Victorian architecture, to colonial inspired homes, to modern winery designs, this part of California boasts an impressive essence. And now, more than ever, architects [...]

Rutherford California: A Unique Wine Country Region

Beautiful Napa Valley beckons with its delightful culture, scenery, climate, history, and social life. Our setting is perfect for living, enjoying, being active, or just relaxing. The lifestyle of Napa Valley offers just about everything For the best in exclusive homes for sale in Rutherford CA, check out St. Helena Real Estate’s stunning listings – each real [...]

Stunning Entrance Halls that Inspire

The first few steps into a luxury home should inspire, awe, and maybe create a little envy. That’s why a spectacular entrance hall is a must when it comes to luxury real estate. And where can you find stunning entrance halls? Wine Country. Luxury homes for sale in Yountville, Napa, and St. Helena have this [...]

Green Living: A Luxury Home Necessity

Switching the lightbulbs to LEDs and investing in natural fiber furnishings might not be enough to convert your home to an Earth-friendly space. To be truly eco-friendly, residences can level up by a lot. 32% of greenhouse gas emissions are caused by residential and commercial buildings according to the EPA. And large luxury homes can [...]

An Overview of Calistoga and St. Helena

Wine Country always offers residents the ability to explore the smaller towns of the region. The towns surrounding Napa Valley each have their own unique character that attracts thousands of tourists and draws buyers to make the region a place they can call home. It’s no wonder people searching for homes for sale in Calistoga [...]

Calistoga: A Destination Town in Wine Country

Travel to the northern end of Napa to the base of Mt. St. Helena, and you’ll find Calistoga. With over 5,000 residents, this town encompasses all the charm of the past. Calistoga retains its historic feel with 19th century architecture and peaceful setting. The town is famous for its vineyards, its beauty, and of course, [...]

Healdsburg: A Small Town Treasure

Nestled into the Northern part of Sonoma, converged among the Dry Creek, Alexander, and Russian River Valleys, sits the small town of Healdsburg, CA. This town, rightfully so, has been awarded each year as one of the top 10 small towns in America. With a population of 11,000, Healdsburg is larger than many other surrounding [...]

Spring 2018 Brings the Most Competitive Market for Homebuyers

This spring season may bring a few more headaches than usual to prospective buyers looking for their dream homes. The housing market has always been stressful to consumers with rising real estate costs, low inventory, and demographic shifts. Napa Valley real estate and the general homes for sale in Napa CA are just one example [...]

Napa Valley Dreams: How to Find the Perfect Property

Over 90 percent of Napa County’s acreage is under some form of protection from development. In the past that meant safeguarding the land from commercial development. Today, it has come to include agriculture itself. This presents a dilemma for buyers looking for plantable land in the region. Adding to the predicament are new and proposed [...]

St. Helena Real Estate Launches New Website

New Website Launch: Wine Country and Napa Valley Real Estate St. Helena Real Estate is introducing their new Napa Valley real estate website to showcase a never-ending parade of magnificent, high-quality listings from all over the valley. Traversing the Valley on behalf of homebuyers seeking the elegance of a beautiful multi-story estate with sculptured landscape [...]

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