Yountville, CA Real Estate News

By Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent
(GreatWest Realty)
(Slide Show contains 12 images) Some days are just worth living more than others.  And this was one of them!  My friend, and fellow ActiveRain blogger, Elizabeth Weintraub had decided a couple of weeks ago that we should get out of Dodge, and head to Yountville in California's Napa Wine Country.  "We can do lunch at The French Laundry," she gushed.  I had heard wonderful things about The French Laundry, but also knew it wasn't open for lunch during the week.  Still, I wanted to go to Yountville since I hadn't been through the little village for several years.  I also suspected there would be other equally delightful places to eat, so I remained silent.  However, Elizabeth caught on a few days later, and suggested we try Bouchon Bistro instead.  The forecast weather wasn't good.  Of all ...
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By Nicole Monary, Nicole Knows San Diego Neighborhoods
(Sellstate Next Gen Realty)
YOUNTVILLE Real Estate-Homes for Sale--Determine how much you can afford This is an important first step on your road to home ownership. Three key costs to consider are: •·         Down payment - The part of the property purchase price paid in cash and not financed with a mortgage. One thing to consider is that the larger your down payment, the lower your monthly mortgage payments will be. •·         Closing costs - Cash due at closing for expenses you and the seller pay to complete the transfer of ownership. Closing costs are typically based on the home price and vary according to location. They might include an origination fee, attorney's fee, initial escrow payments, and charges for obtaining title insurance and a survey. •·         Monthly payments - When you are approved for a mort...
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By Nicole Monary, Nicole Knows San Diego Neighborhoods
(Sellstate Next Gen Realty)
YOUNTVILLE REAL ESTATE-WHAT ARE CLOSING COSTS? Closing on the purchase of your new home, also known as "settlement," involves a good deal of coordination. Costs and fees are paid at closing to cover many of the elements that accompany the purchase. All closing costs are outlined in the Good Faith Estimate (GFE) you receive - a written list of the approximate closing costs associated with your transaction, including charges from us, the local closing agent and other third parties. Closing costs may be added to the amount of your mortgage loan, and a seller may sometimes cover closing costs you would usually pay. Ask us for details. All closing costs can be divided into two basic groups: •·         State and local government charges and fees - These include city, county and state transfer...
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By Nicole Monary, Nicole Knows San Diego Neighborhoods
(Sellstate Next Gen Realty)
YOUNTVILLE HOMES FOR SALE--DO I NEED MY OWN AGENT WHEN BUYING NEW CONSTRUCTION? A common misconception when purchasing new construction is that you don't need an agent. •·          That friendly and helpful salesperson works for and represents the builder's interest and the builder's interest only. Shouldn't you have independent representation?   •·          An agent can give you objective professional advice and insight during all phases of the process, such as contract, construction, walkthrough, and closing.   •·          An agent is your exclusive advocate and will help you understand your contract and obligations including when to schedule construction inspections.   •·          While the sale representative will always give the appearance that sales prices are non-negotiable, and ...
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By Terry Hughes, Vacaville Real Estate, GRI, SRES, CDPE
(RE/MAX Gold)
Yountville homes for sale is a link to this great upscale community located North of Napa CA. on highway 29.  Yountville is part of the Napa Counties Wine grower community, however most of the towns revenues reportedly come from tourism. Yountville California is also home to "Taste of Yountville" which astonishes visitors each year with award winning entertainment, gourmet restaurant cuisine, fine wines and micro-brews. Yountville  visitors have an opportunity to walk between exhibits and attractions during the Mustard Festival, which is worth your serious consideration when touring northern California's wine country. "Taste of Yountville" is held during Napa's Mustard Festival from January through March, this time of year the country side is vibrant and beautiful with vivid colors of m...
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By Cynthia Larsen, Independent Broker In Sonoma County, CA
Today is Veterans day. There will be a lot of parades, flags, memories and tears. Sadly, many of our Vets are homebound and won't have the ability to go to a parade, attend a ceremony or visit a cemetary. There is a Veterans Home near me in Yountville, CA. To get there, one would have to endure a beautiful ride through Sonoma and Napa County vineyards. One year a group of ladies from the Redwood Empire Chapter Harley Owner's Group decided to visit the Vets in Yountville for Veterans day. We coordinated a time where we could join the Vets in their cafeteria and have lunch with them. Afterwards, we walked the grounds and visited with all who were curious about these women who were clad in black leather. Many came outside to check out our bikes and our host joined us for a group photo.    ...
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By Curtis Van Carter, Your Napa Valley Broker Extraordinaire
(Better Homes & Gardens Wine Country Group)
After Kearly 6 years of planning, changes and juggling, Thomas Keller won approval for his luxury 20 room inn from Yountville's Town Council by a 4-0 vote. The inn will offer visitors who dine at the French Laundry an opportunity to combine the fine dining with the same quality of lodging if they stay overnight in Yountville. The inn will be constructed on a 3.1 acre site across the street from the French Laundry which will retain the culinary gardens currently in use for meals at the restaurant. The general look of the new inn will be flat roofed buildings with a minimalist, geometric form, built of simple, humble materials said John Frame, the architect. The inn's name was originally submitted as the Aloysius Inn and should break ground next spring. As as writing this article, I have...
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By Curtis Van Carter, Your Napa Valley Broker Extraordinaire
(Better Homes & Gardens Wine Country Group)
I met a friend for lunch yesterday and in the process of  deciding where, he suggested Napa Style. Since they where having a soft opening for mainly locals all week in advance of the grand opening Sunday, July 13th, I agreed a good choice. We walked over and there on the patio were the owners of the V Marketplace (old Vintage 1870), who are my good friends, Michael himself, and a group having a birthday party for David Shipman, another good friend and general manager at Villagio Inn & Spa and Vintage Inn. They asked us to join them, and it was very hard to resist given how great the food looked, but my friend and I had some business to discuss, so we left and took a tour of Napa Style. I will say, the place is impressive with a great deli style kitchen, see menu below, to a selection of...
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By Curtis Van Carter, Your Napa Valley Broker Extraordinaire
(Better Homes & Gardens Wine Country Group)
This is a weekly feature to keep you informed about the real estate happenings in Yountville. Besides just real estate info, I hope to give the readers of my blog some insight into the heart of Yountville using a variety of media including photos, tidbits, gossip and other fun things. Eventually, I am hoping to archive our local newspaper, the Yountville Sun. If this is of interest to you, I would love hearing from you. If there are other cities here in the Napa Valley, such as St. Helena or Calistoga, you would like this feature expanded to, let me know.  STATS last 7 days acivity     new listings  3    sale pending  0    sold  0    expired  0    withdrawn  0 new listing(s)        6600 Yount Street #20, $489,000, 2 br, 1 ba, 1056 SF                            5 Redwood Drive, $980,000,...
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By Curtis Van Carter, Your Napa Valley Broker Extraordinaire
(Better Homes & Gardens Wine Country Group)
Laura Cunningham, "the force that inspired the world class front-of-the-house magic for the French Laundry to compliment the wizardry of chef Thomas Keller", will open a new Yountville restaurant called Vita named after her grandmother, Vita Morrell, who encouraged Laura to move ahead with the concept of a Sicilian, southern Italian restaurant. Jeffrey Cerciello  and the team of the Thomas Keller Restaurant Group will manage the culinary side for Cunningham. Vita will occupy the site formerly known as PJ Steak previously operated by Philippe Jeanty who still runs Bistro Jeanty here. The new 130 seat eatery will be the second largest in Yountville behind only Bottega, Michael Chiarello's new restaurant which will seat between 169-184 when it opens sometime this fall in the V Marketplace,...
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By Curtis Van Carter, Your Napa Valley Broker Extraordinaire
(Better Homes & Gardens Wine Country Group)
About 2months ago, I was contacted by Dan Levy, a writer for bloomberg.com, wanting to know about Yountville. What he was looking for was different than any of the other writers who have contacted me in the past. He was trying to find what I felt was more its current soul, what it has truly become besides what it was. After having lived, played and/or worked here for nearly 40 years, I get contacted quite a bit about Yountville and have been often disappointed by writers and their takes on how things are here. However, I feel Dan has captured the many faces and local opinions that make this place the wonderful enclave it truly is. Here are 3 comments from Dan's article which can be found in its entirety here:  "The blue-collar workers in Napa Valley's Yountville have been knocked off th...
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By Curtis Van Carter, Your Napa Valley Broker Extraordinaire
(Better Homes & Gardens Wine Country Group)
This is a weekly feature to keep you informed about the real estate happenings in Yountville. Note about  STATS : I have expanded to include info about each new weekly activity. Besides just real estate info, I hope to give the readers of my blog some insight into the heart of Yountville using a variety of media including photos, tidbits, gossip and other fun things. Eventually, I am hoping to archive our local newspaper, the Yountville Sun. If this is of interest to you, I would love hearing from you. If there are other cities here in the Napa Valley, such as St. Helena or Calistoga, you would like this feature expanded to, let me know. Enjoy this week which is being done on Friday July 4th. Have a great 4th. STATS last 7 days acivity     new listings  1    sale pending  1    sold  1  ...
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By Curtis Van Carter, Your Napa Valley Broker Extraordinaire
(Better Homes & Gardens Wine Country Group)
This is second posting for the new weekly feature, Weekly Yountville Real Estate Update. I intend to post here the real estate happenings for Yountville every week. This will include normal activity such as new listings, pendings, solds and other real estate stats. Besides just real estate info, I hope to give the readers of my blog some insight into the heart of Yountville using a variety of media including photos, tidbits, gossip and other fun things. Eventually, I am hoping to archive our local newspaper, the Yountville Sun. If this is of interest to you, I would love hearing so. If there are other cities here in the Napa Valley, such as St. Helena or Calistoga, you would like this feature expanded to, let me know. Enjoy STATS last 7 days acivity     new listings  0    sale pending  ...
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By Curtis Van Carter, Your Napa Valley Broker Extraordinaire
(Better Homes & Gardens Wine Country Group)
This is a new weekly feature for my blog. I intend to post here the real estate happenings for Yountville every week. This will include normal activity such as new listings, pendings, solds and other real estate stats. Besides just real estate info, I hope to give the readers of my blog some insight into the heart of Yountville using a variety of media including photos, tidbits, gossip and other fun things. Eventually, I am hoping to archive our local newspaper, the Yountville Sun. If this is of interest to you, I would love hearing so. If there are other cities here in the Napa Valley, such as St. Helena or Calistoga, you would like this feature expanded to, let me know. Enjoy STATS last 7 days acivity     new listings  1    sale pending  0    sold  0    expired  1    withdrawn  1 curr...
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By Curtis Van Carter, Your Napa Valley Broker Extraordinaire
(Better Homes & Gardens Wine Country Group)
The following graphs are for the time frame February 2007 thru April 2008 and show in the first graph number of homes for sale, sale pending and sold; in the second graph, sold vs list price percent plus average days on market; and in the third graph, average price per square foot. Though the data seems to indicate a slow market here, things are not that bad. Prices have stabilized for now and just this last week, 5 new properties have come on the market, all at new high asking prices for these homes. It will be interesting to see how the market reacts and if all sale. Tune in my future articles for the answer.    
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By Kelley Eling, Realtor Extraordinaire
(Fathom Realty Group)
Yesterday morning started out foggy, but as soon as the fog cleared, it was sunny and warm and time to put the top down on the Porsche and hit the Wine Country for day of sight seeing and, of course, a fabulous lunch -- it was time to take a day off.  We are so fortunate to live in the Bay Area.  Everything really is right outside our door.To complete the ambience we had to choose the right soundtrack:  Eric Clapton, Santana, The Cure, The Cars, Bob Seger and Jim Croce.  The right music is very important when it comes to setting the mood.  This combination proved to be perfect.We weren't in any big hurry, which is good because being in a hurry doesn't bode well in the Wine Country.  They leave that to the City.  If you haven't been to the Wine Country, it really is a feast for the eyes,...
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