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Country Getaway Near Grass Valley, CA

said on November 9th, 2016 filed under: Auburn, Country Property, Grass Valley, Localism

 

Gardens, bridges and winding paths adorn this park-like retreat.

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Custom home lovingly cared for with high ceilings and lots of light

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Woodland views from every window.

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About half-way between Auburn and Grass Valley, California in the Sierra Foothills.

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Plenty of NID irrigation water.

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Fenced to keep the deer away from your cherished landscape.

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Private, yet close to schools and services.

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Room for celebrations on the decks, above ground pool, and fire pit.

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Extra fourth bedroom, office, storage room and tool shed.

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Possible multi- generational living with lots of parking.

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Exceptional property!

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Extraordinary Value!

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Priced at $539,000

Call CJ Jenkins for more information or for a private showing.

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How hot is the Real Estate market in Nevada City, CA?

said on August 31st, 2016 filed under: Grass Valley, Localism, Nevada City, Success Stories

CJ on Grove
A smallish 1940 property on Deer Creek, walking distance to downtown Nevada City, got eight ALL CASH offers in less than a week!  The sellers were thrilled that all offers were over asking price.

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Pristine, Private, Perfect Lakefront Home for Sale in Auburn, CA

said on August 17th, 2016 filed under: Auburn, Lake of the Pines, Localism


Lakefront home for sale at Lake of the Pines, Auburn, CA

Exquisite lakefront home with prominent views of the Main Lake and Hazel Pond. Only a few hundred yards away from the Lake of the Pines Clubhouse and Sports Lounge, yet the secluded parcel (.63 acres) provides so much privacy. Impeccably cared for with many updates. Desirable eastward-facing sun position. Direct access from your dock to deep water Turtle Cove. Two wrap-around decks, fenced dog run, fenced garden, three car garage. Don’t miss your chance to see this exceptional  lakefront beauty!

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Dining room and great room

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View of the Mail Lake from the deck

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Breakfast Nook and Kitchen

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Back yard and dock

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Hazel Pond view from the deck

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Anyone for Algae Soup?

said on August 17th, 2016 filed under: Auburn, Lake of the Pines, Localism

The report below from Lake of the Pines Management explains the weird color.

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“Many have noted the lake becoming greener, we in management are very much aware of the lake condition and on top of it. Sometimes despite our best efforts, Mother Nature has a mind of her own. We have what appears to be a mild to moderate planktonic algae bloom which we do not believe presents any health risk. Some may argue the term ‘mild to moderate’ and comment the lake looks like pea soup. We would consider a severe bloom to include the surface filamentous algae that looks like pond scum, of which we do not have . . .”

Let me interject here with this photo.  It sure looks like pond scum to me.

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Please continue.

” . . .  and visibility less than the government standard of 18 inches. The bloom appears to have started 10-14 days ago, and does not look like it is not subsiding yet, but these types of algae blooms can recede in just a matter of days with cooler weather. As a precaution we are performing tests of the water and will advise the members upon the test results.

We have performed spot treatments on a monthly basis this summer, and we have recently stepped up lake treatments by spraying on August 12th and 15th and we will spray again today. Additional treatments are scheduled throughout the month, to include an aggressive algaecide treatment within the coming weeks. None of these lake treatments will present a risk to the use of the lake nor will they necessitate having to close the lake. One consideration in spraying is how much is appropriate, too little and we are chasing the algae blooms, and too much we could affect the natural ecosystem of the lake or make it unsafe to swim in.

The rapid increase in algae can be attributable to several factors, including the focus on our more aggressive spot treatment of weeds in the lake, versus large scale lake treatments. The weeds once killed, fall to the bottom of the lake and become nutrients for the algae, coupled with the fertilizer run off from both LOP golf course and Darkhorse create the perfect conditions for an algae bloom. These conditions needed only on more factor, hot summer days! And this summer has been one of the hottest on record.

We will continue to aggressively address this algae bloom and do what we can to keep it in check, as well as monitor the lake for any unsafe conditions, and above all keep the members informed.

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Welcome Debra O’Lena to Jenkins Group at Century 21 Cornerstone Realty

said on July 5th, 2016 filed under: Localism, Success Stories

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We are pleased to introduce Debra O’Lena as Administrative Assistant to CJ Jenkins.  She will join us mid-June and provide office support for property acquisition and sales.  Debra is a long time resident of Nevada County where she and her husband of 25 years raised their 3 children.  Debra’s interests include clay sculpture, walking, and real estate investment.

CJ says, “I look forward to seeing what Debra brings to the team.  Having a full-time assistant allows me to focus on what’s really important – my customers.”

“It is difficult, but not impossible, to conduct strictly honest business.”

Gandhi

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Lake of the Pines Cross Lake Swim 2016

said on July 3rd, 2016 filed under: Lake of the Pines, Localism

Anna Novoloake and CJ Jenkins finish the annual Lake of the Pines Cross Lake Swim.

 

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Another outstanding event of the Fourth of July festivities at LOP.

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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.

 

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

 

Here’s the First Place “Batmocart.”

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

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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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