COUNTRY ESTATES

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The Country Life Dream

Sonoma County is blessed with lots of large parcels and offers a wealth of choice for people who dream of the country life. Ranging from 2 to 2,000 acres, from ranches to farms and vineyards, country property really is the heart of Sonoma County. It gives us the pastoral feel and quality of life that others only dream of. Almost 70% of our land area is in the country, which we think is what makes living in the wine country so special.

We’re Authorities in This Market

Country property is a ‘specialist sport’ as far as we’re concerned, requiring significant knowledge and expertise. We have established a strong position in this market based on high quality market analysis and interpretation, lots of field work seeing as many listings on acreage that we can, advising other agents on pricing quandries and teaching at the North Bay Association of Realtors in their country property classes for other agents. Our aim has always been to be an authority point in this market. Not every agent is well versed in these issues or comfortable with the complexity of country property, but we LOVE it!

Country Property Purchases Are Complex

We love that this is a more complex purchase than buying in an urban subdivision. In addition to checking the condition of the home or other improvements, you’ll also want to consider:

We are very experienced in dealing with all these issues. Factors like these ultimately have a big impact on price and are critical to check out before you buy and also to fully understand, disclose and explain when you are selling. It’s important to work with a knowledge leader in this area who can assist you in reducing the risk of sale or purchase via good quality information about the parcel you are considering to buy or sell.

Market Analysis

We regularly take all the market statistics on listings, sales, prices, etc., for every property in Sonoma County and then break it into two buckets: Country Property and Homes in Town. Then we go to work studying the figures, looking at the numbers, studying the trends and doing our homework to find our more about the specific sales.

In general, homes on 2 or more acres represent only about 9% of all the sales in Sonoma County. But these homes cover 70% of the geography.

When we extract the sales data and look at this as a separate market segment, we learn so much.

This Country Property market sector behaves quite differently from the Homes in Town and you lose all understanding of this when you fail to analyze it the way we do. So, we share this information with our friends and clients and all you have to do is ask, to get our most recent report on the subject.

In general, it takes a little longer to find the right buyer for a Country Property because they are all so specific. If only 9% of the sales are on 2+ acres and the buyers for those have all kinds of different needs- elbow room, seclusion, views, room for horses, goats, pigs or cattle (The Biggest Little Farm…?), vineyards, target practice, kids on ATVs, conservation… we have ALL those clients and they all need something a little different. We also find them in different places! They read different magazines, look at different types of social media, we have to target our marketing at them, wherever they ‘live’. So sometimes it just takes a little longer for them to sell.

Request a Recent Analysis

For help buying or selling a country property, or to get the most recent analysis of the Country Property market, please contact us.

Featured Country Estates

Equestrian Home with Income!

4072 West Olivet Road, Santa Rosa CA 95401

$1,998,000

Enjoy the ultimate equestrian lifestyle- a beautiful, practical and potentially profitable horse ranch awaits! For YOU: A beautifully remodeled, sprawling single level home with 5 bedrooms and 3 baths. The home is constructed with two big wings and could easily serve as living for two households. The East wing has a little kitchenette in addition to 3 bedrooms and a […]

One of a kind!

1077 Jacobsen Lane Petaluma CA 94954

$2,199,000

Set at the base of majestic Sonoma Mountain, in the foothills of East Petaluma, this country estate is a rare find. Most of the surrounding lands belongs to large farms or is in conservation and all gives rise to a great open, spacious feeling. You are here in the heart of a very special area. Just 40 miles to San […]

Sonoma County Compound —
Like Having Your Own Resort!

145 Lone Oak Lane, Sebastopol CA 95472

$1,999,000

Welcome to this sweet west county oasis! You’ll find much to love about this unique and stunning property. With just about 4 usable acres at the end of a little lane, you’ll have total privacy in a gorgeous setting. For a multi-generational household or folks with a lot of friends, you’ll appreciate the fact that there are two lovely homes, […]

Unique Buildable Parcel, Ready for Permits

11200 Loch Haven Drive, Santa Rosa CA 95404

$560,000

Unique opportunity – Buildable parcel, ready for home permits! This lovely parcel has 5.7 +/- rolling acres, is studded with beautiful oak trees and offers a central knoll with sunrise and sunset vistas.  The property has infrastructure in place and is prepared to be built out now. The former home was built around a pool (still in place).  A riding […]