Petaluma, CA Real Estate News

By Jen Birmingham
(Coldwell Banker - San Francisco's North Bay/Wine Country)
Petaluma, CA: Downtown Holiday Events Schedule 2011 Each year, the holiday season in Petaluma builds through a series of events which are an annual tradition in this wonderful town. The 2011 season is officially kicked off by Santa's Riverboat Arrival on Saturday, November 26th at the Golden Eagle Shopping Center at 2-80 E. Washington Street, Petaluma. Bring the kids to meet Mr & Mrs. Claus. Festivities will begin at 11:00 AM. On Friday, December 2nd at 7:00 PM, the 25th Annual Light Up A Life tree lighting ceremony is held at Center Park in front of McNear's, 23 Petaluma Blvd. North, Petaluma. Hosted by Hospice of Petaluma, each light symbolizes the life of a loved one. For a $10 donation, a light can be dedicated in their memory. On Saturday, December 3rd, from 11:00 AM until 5:00 PM,...
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By Kelley Eling, Realtor Extraordinaire
(Fathom Realty Group)
As of October 12, 2011 37% of available listings in Petaluma are in escrow. For the month of September 2011 52 homes sold in Petaluma (26 of which were distress sales) for an average final selling price of $414,312. The average original asking price of these homes was $442,454. The range of final selling prices was from a low of $172,000 to a high of $825,000. Of the 52 homes that sold, 4 sold at their original asking prices and 11 sold over their original asking prices. It took these homes an average of 123 days to sell. To see everything that is currently available for sale through our MLS click here. To see some of the many fun things to do in our neck of the woods click here. To learn more about this area in general search more around this blog, visit my website or contact me direct...
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By Kelley Eling, Realtor Extraordinaire
(Fathom Realty Group)
As of September 14, 2011 41% of available listings in Petaluma are in escrow. For the month of August 2011 64 homes (37 of which were distress sales) sold in Petaluma for an average final selling price of $477,237. The average original asking price of these homes was $533,345. The range of final selling prices was from a low of $172,500 to a high of $2,305,000. Of the 64 homes that sold 5 sold at their original asking prices and 11 sold over their original asking prices. It took these homes an average of 152 days to sell. To see everything that is currently available for sale through our MLS click here. To see some of the fun things to do in our neck of the woods click here. To learn more about this area in general visit my website, search more around this blog or contact me directly. B...
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By The Sartori Team, Real People • Real Solutions • Real Estate
(RE/Max PROs)
In this episode of the Sonoma County Business Spotlight we feature a great downtown Petaluma restaurant, Taps. I talk with the owner, Eric, about what sets his restaurant apart from others in downtown and I give you a quick tour of the inside including the keg room. With 35+ beers on tap including hard cider you'll definitely be able to find something to soothe those thirsty taste buds at Taps Restaurant and Tasting Room in Petaluma.
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By Kirsten Lindquist, Realtor - Sonoma Wine Country
(Pacific Union International)
~ Petaluma's Rivertown Rooster on a Speechless Sunday in Sonoma County ~ This unflappable guy is both ironic and iconic.  The irony lies in his metal composition.  I mean how many steel chickens leave you with a warm appreciation for a town?  This one does when you know that it's an aging icon of a town once called the "Chicken Capital of the World."  Just take a look a this photo from an old Montgomery Wards catalogue at the so-called Petaluma Poultry Train loaded with chickens headed to what was also once called "Chick-aluna"...and "P-town."   Agriculture is still a big part of Petaluma's identity and economy although chicken production has become a  smaller part of it.  Perhaps you've heard of Rockey Free Range Chicken?  It's some of the best chicken that can be found---in any town.
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By Jen Birmingham
(Coldwell Banker - San Francisco's North Bay/Wine Country)
Petaluma, CA: A wonderful place to call home. 10 years ago, I never would have guessed I'd be living in Petaluma, CA today. After moving to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1998, I had settled in the lovely bay-side town of Sausalito--at the North end of the Golden Gate Bridge. Petaluma WAS on my radar at the time. It was the Outlet Mall town. Every few months, I'd drive 30 minutes North on Hwy 101 and take the Petaluma Boulevard North exit, shop at my favorite outlet stores, jump back on the freeway and head home. Not once did I drive through Petaluma's lovely downtown. I didn't even know it existed. 7 years ago, I had been dating my now-husband, Jim for a while and when he informed me that he was buying a house in Petaluma, he invited me to move in with him. I didn't really get it. I did...
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By Mike Young, FHA 203k Consultant 916-758-1809
(203kOnLine.com, covering the USA)
There seems to be some confusion as to the level or standard of construction that we must adhere to for the FHA 203k.  There wasn't any confusion last year or the year before etc.. but all of a sudden it seems some of the contractors are confused as to the level of quality. It is my opinion that those who are confused have never had a "standard of quality" and likely shouldnn't be contracting. If you have to ask "to what standard will my work be held" then I don't want you working on any of my projects. While we tend to use the FHA "Minimum Property Standards" as a basis that is merely a basis and shouldn't be interpreted as "minimum" on anything. These standards are a basic health and safety standard not meant to mean anything other than what it is. We caught a contractor who actually ...
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By Kelley Eling, Realtor Extraordinaire
(Fathom Realty Group)
As of August 6, 2011 41% of available listings in Petaluma are in escrow. For the month of July 2011 55 homes sold in Petaluma for an average final selling price of $389,798. The average original asking price of these homes was $413,386. The range of final selling prices was from a low of $210,000 to a high of $1,075,000. Of the 55 homes that sold (25 of which were distress sales) 5 sold at their original asking prices and 14 sold over their original asking prices. It took these homes an average of 124 days to sell. To see everything that is currently available for sale through our MLS click here. To see some of the many fun things to do in our neck of the woods click here. To learn more about this area in general search more around this blog, visit my website or contact me directly. Pe...
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By Linda D. Pufford, ASPM, Marin/Sonoma Home Stager
(Stage with Divine Style - Home Staging)
Petaluma Music Festival at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds An intimate, relaxed and upbeat celebration.  The 4th Annual Petaluma Music Festival will be held on Saturday, August 6th, 2011 at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds in Petaluma, CA.  You'll hear such music as jazz, bluegrass, rock, blues and much more.  The Festival is a family-friendly event with an exceptional variety of music for people of all ages.  All proceeds from the Festival go to the music programs in all the Petaluma area schools. Petaluma Music Festival (Keeping Music in the Schools) Held at: The Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Petaluma, CA Date held:  August 6th, 2011 Hours:  11:00am to 8:00pm Admission:  General $25.00 Admission:  VIP $75.00  Admission:  Children 12 & under are free with a paying adult Admission:  Ticket pric...
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By Kelley Eling, Realtor Extraordinaire
(Fathom Realty Group)
As of July 6, 2011 38% of available listings in Petaluma are in escrow. For the month of June 2011 56 homes (20 of which were distress sales) sold in Petaluma for an average final selling price of $390,305. The average original asking price of these homes was $420,116. The range of final selling prices was from a low of $172,000 to a high of $885,000. Of the 56 homes that sold 1 sold at the original asking price and 11 sold over their original asking prices. It took these homes an average of 113 days to sell. To see everything that is currently for sale through our MLS click here. To see some of the many fun things to do in the area click here. To learn more about the area in general search more around this blog, visit my website or contact me directly. On The Patio At Graffitti in Peta...
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By Kelley Eling, Realtor Extraordinaire
(Fathom Realty Group)
As of June 7, 2011 38% of available listings in Petaluma are in escrow. For the month of May 2011 60 homes sold in Petaluma for an average final selling price of $384,046. The average original asking price of these homes was $411,910. The range of final selling prices was from a low of $100,000 to a high of $835,000. Of the 60 homes that sold (24 of which were distress sales) 6 sold at their original asking prices and 10 sold over their original asking prices. It took these homes an average of 91 days to sell. To see everything that is currently available for sale through our MLS click here. To see some of the many fun things to do around in our neck of the woods click here. To learn more about this area in general search more around this blog, visit my website, or feel free to contact ...
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By Linda D. Pufford, ASPM, Marin/Sonoma Home Stager
(Stage with Divine Style - Home Staging)
Best Petaluma, CA Restautant - Lombardi's Gourmet BBQ and Deli Lombardi's is the place to eat if you like great BBQ food...  food you can only dream about!  They have been around since November 1999 and are a family owned and operated business.  Offering a large selection of gourmet delicatessen food along with a wide variety of BBQ and local wines. Lombardi's has also expanded their catering services to corporate parties from 10 to 10,000.  They have the best tasting BBQ food and a large variety of gourmet salads.  I especially love their garlic bread...  they add a little cheese on it and boy is it great! They are located at 3413 Petaluma Blvd. North Petluma, CA 94952.  Phone 707.773.1271.  Just a note... that once you have tried their food... it will keep you coming back!  My persona...
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By The Sartori Team, Real People • Real Solutions • Real Estate
(RE/Max PROs)
In episode 2 of The Sartori Team's Sonoma County Business Spotlight we help you kick start your day with some morning java at Two Chicks Coffee Co. in north Petaluma. This full service coffee stand owned by two Sonoma County natives serves breakfast and lunch and you can even hire them for your next special event.
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By Cynthia Larsen, Independent Broker In Sonoma County, CA
  Petaluma Real Estate Market Report for April 2011     Petaluma, CA is located 40 miles North of San Francisco and 23 miles East of the Pacific Ocean. Some think of Petaluma as two towns, the West side and the East Side, separated by Highway 101. West Petaluma shares its history of the 1800's while, for the most part, East Petaluma emerged after World War II in the early 50's. When buyers visit Petaluma, they usually find one side more appealing than the other almost instantly. Petaluma has almost 55,000 residents, and the one thing they do really well is throw a good old fashioned parade. The Butter & Egg Days and Veteran's Day Parades are not to be missed! The graphs below will help you understand recent trends in the Petaluma Real Estate Market. Data for these graphs is derived from...
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By Kelley Eling, Realtor Extraordinaire
(Fathom Realty Group)
As of May 6, 2011 36% of available listings in Petaluma are in escrow. For the month of April 2011 50 (22 of which were distress sales) homes sold in Petaluma for an average final selling price of $391,566. The average original asking price of these homes was $438,673. The range of final selling prices was from a low of $136,000 to a high of $1,100,000. Of the 50 homes that sold 2 sold at their original asking prices and 6 sold over their original asking prices.  The remaining 42 homes sold for less than their original asking prices. It took these homes an average of 125 days to sell. To see everything that is currently available for sale through our MLS click here. To see some of the many fun things to do around in our neck of the woods click here. To learn more about this area in gene...
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By Cynthia Larsen, Independent Broker In Sonoma County, CA
The Great Petaluma Chili Cook-Off takes place on May 7th in Petaluma, CA. Get ready for some 5 Alarm Fun, there are 35 Chili teams competing this year. And if that doesn't sound HOT enough, another 15 teams will be competing for the best Salsa. Don't worry about your thirst, 14 brewers will be there to help drown the HOT with some of the best beer around. Judges for the contest not only judge on the best tasting food, they also award the "most spirited team" and "best costumes". Last year, the grand champion award went to "Tree Huggin Hippie Chili". This is a community event, all proceeds benefit Cinnabar Theatre's Young Repertory Theatre. So come on out and support the local arts, attend the Great Petaluma Chili Cook-off and Salsa & Beer Tasting on Saturday, May 7th.     Great Petaluma...
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By Cynthia Larsen, Independent Broker In Sonoma County, CA
  The 30th Annual Butter and Eggs Days Parade will take place in Petaluma on Saturday, April 16, 2011. Petaluma, once known as the "Egg Capital of the World", has changed over the years and is better known today as a telecommunications hub. But some traditions are meant to last forever and the residents of Petaluma LOVE this one. You'll want to get to this event early, the Butter and Eggs Days Parade is so popular it attracts close to 30,000 people each year. The fun starts at 10:00AM and lasts until 5:00PM. Here's the line-up! 10:00 AM - Cow Chip Tossing Contest 10:15 AM - Cutest Little Chick Contest 11:20 AM - Nave Patrola Parade 11:30 AM - Clover Kid's Parade 11:45 AM - Parade in The Sky 12:05 PM - Main Parade For more information, visit the Petaluma Downtown Association website!  
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By Cynthia Larsen, Independent Broker In Sonoma County, CA
  Petaluma Real Estate Market Report for March 2011   Petaluma, CA is located 40 miles North of San Francisco and 23 miles East of the Pacific Ocean. Some think of Petaluma as two towns, the West side and the East Side, separated by Highway 101. West Petaluma shares its history of the 1800's while, for the most part, East Petaluma emerged after World War II in the early 50's. When buyers visit Petaluma, they usually find one side more appealing than the other almost instantly. Petaluma has almost 55,000 residents, and the one thing they do really well is throw a good old fashioned parade. The graphs below will help you understand recent trends in the Petaluma Real Estate Market. Data for these graphs is derived from the Bay Area Real Estate Information System (BAREIS). Private sales, mu...
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By Kelley Eling, Realtor Extraordinaire
(Fathom Realty Group)
As of April 8, 2011 35% of available listings in Petaluma are in escrow. For the month of March 2011 47 homes sold in Petaluma for an average final selling price of $429,609. The average original asking price of these homes was $467,091. The range of final selling prices was from a low of $207,000 to a high of $1,400,000. Of the 47 homes that sold (25 of which were distress sales) 5 sold at their original asking prices and 9 sold over their original asking prices. It took these homes an average of 130 days to sell. To see everything that is currently available for sale through our MLS, click here. To see some of the many fun things to do in our neck of the woods, click here. To learn more about this area in general search more around this blog, visit my website or contact me directly. P...
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By Jen Birmingham
(Coldwell Banker - San Francisco's North Bay/Wine Country)
Petaluma Weather: A wine country climate. I feel very lucky to live in Petaluma. In comparison to most Bay Area micro-climates, Petaluma's Weather offers a majority of cloudless, sunny days followed by wonderful breezy evenings. My family enjoys most of our late Spring, Summer and early Fall dinners outside. Many homes in Petaluma do not come equipped with air conditioning. Usually, a pleasant evening cross-breeze through open windows can cool a Petaluma home very comfortably. This breeze, unique to Petaluma, has resulted in a relatively new wine growing sub-area of the Sonoma Coast, called The Petaluma Gap Area. On of my personal favorite wineries here is Kastania Vineyards. Most well-known for their delightful Pinots and flavorful Cab-Franc/Cabernet Sauvignon Blends, it is Petaluma wi...
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