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Golf Cart Parade at Lake of the Pines

said on July 2nd, 2016 filed under: Lake of the Pines, Localism, Whimsy

Corny, Fourth of July Fun at Lake of the Pines.  Our Tammy Anderson took Second Place in the “Action Figure” theme Golf Cart Competition.

 

Tammy Gold Cart

(That’s Clark Kent out front in the white shirt.)

 

Here’s the First Place “Batmocart.”

Bat Golf Cart

 

And my favorite.  I don’t know what it is, but I like it.

Golf favorite

 

Nobody does the FOURTH better than Lake of the Pines (even when it’s on the SECOND!)

 

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Artistic Real Estate Photography

said on June 22nd, 2016 filed under: Localism, Real Estate Nuts and Bolts

The Front of House photo is the most important.  Take numerous shots from different angles and distances.  Time of day may be critical depending on solar exposure.  Sometimes you can frame the shot with foliage.  Minimize driveways and garages unless they are sensational.

Turn all the Interior Lights on, day or night.

Consider the Time of Day even for interior shots.  Some homes simply do not show well in morning photos.  Some homes get too much late afternoon glare.

You will probably need to Return for a second, or even third, photo session.

When Bright Light is blasting in from a window and you absolutely must shoot in that direction, and you can’t diminish the glare with blinds or curtains, try this.  Point the camera to a non-glare area of the room, let the automatic exposure adjust for a few seconds, then quickly swing the camera up where you need the shot and click the shutter before the camera readjusts to the bright glare of the window.  This works most of the time with inexpensive digital cameras when set to automatic.

Take photos from the Corners.  This works especially well in living rooms, dens, family rooms, and bedrooms.  Corner shots often result in interesting angles and typically make a room look a bit bigger,

Bathrooms.  Good luck.  Nothing works very well in small bathrooms.  Maybe there is interesting tile work, or a garden tub.  Do not photograph toilets.

Angles and Elevations are typically more interesting than straight-on shots.  High angle shots (from a staircase, balcony, or even a ladder) can yield spectacular photos.  Low angle shots, likewise, can be effective, shooting up stairwells or at interesting upper story features.

Kitchen shots generate buyer interest.  Take Multiple Kitchen shots from lots of different vantage points (including high angle).  If tactful and easy, clear most of the “stuff” off the counter tops so that the kitchen looks brand new.

Avoid Gilding the Lily.  Photography that makes the house look much better than it actually is . . .  will backfire when buyers arrive and are disappointed in the reality.

But, a couple of Artsy-Fartsy shots never hurt anybody.  Try using arches or doorways to frame shots.  Shoot past beautiful  art objects to provide a rich depth of field. Get closeups of lovely features, man-made and natural.  A photo of the owl who lives in the tree, or the otters who swim in the cove, or the sunset from the deck, or the pretty elm-lined street, or the intricate carving on the balustrade are nice to sprinkle among the more informational photos.

Practically one of the family, Hootie lives in a tree in the back yard.

Practically one of the family, Hootie lives in a tree in the back yard.

 Photo by Cheryl Taylor.

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We Have a New Puppy!

said on May 28th, 2016 filed under: Localism

Many of our friends and clients knew Dharma who passed away last year.  She has been reincarnated in the form of Wazi who was seven weeks old on May 28, 2016 when I shot this little clip.  Obviously, the new puppy is BRILLIANT!

 

By the way, her full name is Wazi Tekwa Ga’i which in eastern Shoshone means Girl Who Talks to Packrats. Wazi Tekwa Ga’i is also the title of the fourth volume in my quartet of novels, Daughters of the Kali Yuga, due out in 2018.

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CJ Wins

said on April 8th, 2016 filed under: Localism

This spring CJ received a Top Producer Award in real estate sales for 2015.    Looking very “Suzie Wong” in her black and red silk from Hoi An, Viet Nam, here she is with some of her Top Producer pals.

 

CJ at masters

 

Way to go, CJ!

 

 

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Auburn Horse Property For Sale

said on April 4th, 2016 filed under: Auburn, Country Property, Grass Valley, Localism

 LOVELY HORSE PROPERTY BETWEEN AUBURN AND GRASS VALLEY, CALIFORNIA

 

23771 Clayton Road

23771 Clayton Road

Call CJ Jenkins at 530-906-4715 for more information or to set up a private showing.

 

AND CHECK OUT THE VIDEO TOUR BELOW THESE PHOTOS!

Peaceful country living on ten usable acres with three-stall barn, pole barn, and separate bunk house furnished with full bath and kitchenette (not part of the square footage) with a large shop below.

 

Bunk House and Stalls

Bunk House and Stalls

 

Three horse stalls

Three horse stalls

Pasture

Pasture

 

Pole barn seen from the front porch

Pole barn seen from the front porch

 

Fenced space for your horses to roam

Fenced space for your horses to roam

This solar-powered, fully-fenced horse property has great efficiency with a 16 gallon per minute well and gravity-fed NID irrigation from the canal that runs along the north property line.

NID (Nevada Irrigation District) canal along upper property line.

NID (Nevada Irrigation District) canal along upper property line.

In the main house you will enjoy an open floor plan with contemporary touches, upgraded kitchen, bathrooms and home office, well-suited for multi-generational living, and all impeccably maintained.

 

Kitchen

Kitchen

 

The large wrap around composite deck that overlooks a sparkling pool and spa is perfect for entertaining family and friends.

Swimming pool and spa.

Swimming pool and spa.

Just ten minutes from Highway 49,  your private horse property, hobby farm, or vineyard in the country awaits you!  An extraordinary value at $699,000.

 

Call CJ Jenkins at 530-906-4715 for more information or to set up a private showing.

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Surprising Home for Sale at Lake of the Pines, California: The Neighbors

said on April 4th, 2016 filed under: Lake of the Pines, Localism

We have a fabulous Lakefront Home for Sale at Lake of the Pines between Auburn and Grass Valley, California.  At 4114 square feet, this home is offered at $1,099,000, an exceptional value.

Call CJ at 530-906-4715 for more information or to schedule a private showing.

View from the deck.

View from the deck.

 

Here are some of the neighbors.  The photos were taken by the owner from her back deck.

A frequent visitor to the beach

A frequent visitor to the beach

 

Hey, little guy.  I'm your daddy.

Hey, little guy. I’m your daddy.

 

Birds are everywhere.  These are Lesser Goldfinches.

Birds are everywhere. These are Lesser Goldfinches.

 

A family of otters play on the dock.

A family of otters play below on the dock.

 

The family out for an afternoon swim in the cove.

The family out for an afternoon swim in the cove.

 

Practically one of the family, Hootie lives in a tree in the back yard.

Practically one of the family, Hootie lives in a tree in the back yard.

 

Most distinguished residents, this is one of the bald eagles that live at Lake of the Pines

Most distinguished residents, this is one of the bald eagles that live at Lake of the Pines

Call CJ at 530-906-4715 for more information or to schedule a private showing.

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Surprising Lakefront Home for Sale at Lake of the Pines: Four Seasons

said on April 4th, 2016 filed under: Fun Things to Do Outdoors, Lake of the Pines, Localism

Delightful year-round, this lakefront home is for sale at lovely Lake of the Pines between Auburn and Grass Valley, California.  These photos of the four seasons were taken during the past couple of years by the owner from her own back deck.

 

LOP sunset

Call CJ Jenkins at 530-906-4715 for more details or to schedule a private showing.

Summer Fun at Lake of the Pines

Summer Fun at Lake of the Pines

 

Summer Sunset at Lake of the Pines

Summer Sunset at Lake of the Pines

 

Autumn Serenity at Lake of the Pines

Autumn Serenity at Lake of the Pines

 

Autumn Colors at Lake of the Pines

Autumn Colors at Lake of the Pines

 

Early  Winter Morning at Lake of the Pines

Early Winter Morning at Lake of the Pines

 

Santa Claus at Lake of the Pines

Christmas Day at Lake of the Pines

 

Spring Morning at Lake of the Pines

Spring Morning at Lake of the Pines

 

Song of Spring at Lake of the Pines

Song of Spring at Lake of the Pines

Remember, these photos were taken by the owner from her back deck!

Call CJ  at 530-906-4715 for more information about this delightful home for sale at fabulous Lake of the Pines, California

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Surprising Lake Front Home for Sale at Pretty Lake of the Pines

said on April 4th, 2016 filed under: Lake of the Pines, Localism

The attractive entrance of this lake front home, tasteful yet understated, doesn’t prepare you for the delightful surprise of walking through the front door.  This lovely abode is much larger than it appears at 4114 square feet, and is sensational throughout, graceful in design and beautiful in appointments.  Spoil yourself with eye-popping dawn views as you wake up every morning, summer, autumn, winter, spring, and gaze out over your quiet cove to the beckoning expanse of pretty Lake of the Pines.

LOP summer

Impeccably cared for and lovingly updated, the ground level offers master suite, office, guest bedroom, two and a half baths, kitchen, laundry, living and dining rooms, all on one floor. Downstairs you discover a family room, workout room, two bedrooms and another full bath. Swim, kayak, fish, or ski in your own backyard. There’s even a fenced garden!  Sun position, so important to lakefront homes, is excellent with morning light and afternoon shade. This contemporary lakefront beauty is an exceptional value at $1,099,000!

Call CJ Jenkins at 530-906-4715 for more details or to set up a private showing.

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Spring Garden at Lake of the Pines, CA

said on April 3rd, 2016 filed under: Fun Things to Do Outdoors, Gardening, Localism

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The Jenkins Garden is in the ground, this morning, finished, kaput, one hundred percent!   Up here in the Sierra Foothills I am taking a bit of a chance (we occasionally get late spring cold snaps) but the weather is too beautiful, and I just couldn’t help myself, but, I compensated for my impatience with better preparation than usual.  Before the first seed or seedling went into the dirt:

  • Preliminary plan drawn on paper.
  • Weeds pulled by hand.
  • Fences and trellis’s (trellises?) repaired.  (This is DEER country!)
  • Irrigation systems redesigned, repaired, and tested (drip when I can; sprinkle when I must)
  • Many (many) wheel barrows of compost trundled over from the bin and dug in.
  • (Okay, kids, this is the scary part.  You may want to look away.  Slug and snail bait sprinkled around the perimeter.  Yeah, yeah, I know.)
  • Bird screens repaired and standing at the ready.
  • Every square inch raked and smoothed.

Time to go shopping!

Next:  Seeds and seedlings

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Planting Guide for March in the Sierra Foothills

said on March 28th, 2016 filed under: Localism

What to Plant in March

 

Potatoes

Taters!

With all the El Nino rain, the spring planting season is getting off to a bit of a late start.  Be careful not to dig around too much in sopping wet soil; it wreaks havoc on the soil structure.  Also there is a good chance of a late spring frost, so if you do go ahead and plant, be prepared to protect tender new growth.

That said, there are plenty of summer annuals in the stores right now.  You can also set out flowering perennials such as black-eyed Susan and coneflower.  Plant summer-flowering bulbs such as canna, crocosmia and gladiolus.  In fact, I’m going to post this and get down to the nursery and pick up a big bag of glads this afternoon.

 

Gladiolus_Flowers

Glads!

Veggies!  Plant your potatoes now; one of my favorite and most successful Foothill edibles.  I’d hold off a couple of weeks on much else.  (Do not tell anyone that, ignoring this advice, I put three tomatoes in the ground this morning.  Shhh!)

It’s sure easy to pull those weeds with the ground so wet.  Mom’s yard is full of the pests, and I better get over there before she starts giving me the eye!

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