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Lake of the Pines Easter Egg Hunt

said on March 30th, 2013 filed under: Fun Things to Do Outdoors, Lake of the Pines, Localism, Whimsy


Lake of the Pines Easter Egg Hunt, or . . .


I Married the Easter Bunny!

There must have been a record number of children at the annual Easter Egg Hunt.

By the time I arrived, the first wave of toddlers had already completed their mad dash to egg satiation, and the second wave, the middle-aged ruffians were lining up.

The star of course is the Easter Bunny herself.

Hmmm, those ears . . . ?

That nose . . . ?

It all looks so familiar.  If only I could get a look at that cute little cotton tail, I would know for sure.

Yes!  It is her.  Shhhhhhh!  Do not tell a soul under 14 years old.  That’s CJ Jenkins handing out sweets and hugs.

I married the Easter Bunny!

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Oh Wow! Home for Sale on Lake of the Pines Golf Course

said on March 19th, 2013 filed under: Auburn, Lake of the Pines, Localism

Oh Wow!   Large knoll top home for sale on Lake of the Pines Golf Course with filtered lake views.

Everything in this gracious home is immaculate and elegant, light and bright.

Three-car garage, plenty of extra parking, plus large Tuff shed on 1/2 acre.  Romantic master suite, bay windows, two fireplaces, formal dining room, expansive kitchen with breakfast nook filled with sunshine.

Impeccably maintained, fresh as a daisy.

Exceptional home with all of the Lake of the Pines amenities.  Enjoy bocce ball, tennis, golf, water skiing, fishing, sailing, pickleball, and a rich and varied social life.

How about coming along for a brief video tour?


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Beautiful Home for Sale at Lake of the Pines with Sensational Views

said on February 22nd, 2013 filed under: Lake of the Pines, Localism

Check out this beautiful home for sale at Lake of the Pines with sensational views.

Beautiful home for sale at Lake of the Pines – front view

What’s in a view, anyway?  I like long range views that take my mind out and away, and I like big views, 180 degrees or more, that wrap around me.  I like views with a wealth of content and variety, lots to look at, and things that move like continue reading…

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No-Nonsense Look at the Lake Of the Pines Real Estate Market

said on February 12th, 2013 filed under: Lake of the Pines, Localism, Market Trends, Real Estate Nuts and Bolts


Let’s dispense with anecdotal examples. Let’s swerve around wishful thinking.  Let’s take an honest look at the hard evidence–actual sales of homes at Lake of the Pines, California.

For this analysis, we’ll compare sales data from the Nevada County Association of Realtors for two six-month periods:

(1) August 12, 2011 through February 12, 2012

(2) August 12, 2012 through February 12, 2013

This will give us a year-on-year comparison.

Lake of the Pines is divided into two real estate sub-markets.  Lakefront homes and everything else.  Lumping lakefronts in with everything else drastically skews the results.  For the purpose of this article, I will exclude 10 lakefront homes sold, 8 in the first six-month period, and 2 in the second six-month period.



Aug 12, 2011–Feb 12, 2012          Aug 12, 2012–Feb 12, 2013

Number of non-lakefront homes sold                                                                     36                                                      44

Average Days on the Market (DOM)                                                                       88                                                      90

Asking Price at time of sale                                                                            $255,478                                           $256,277

Asking Price per square foot                                                                              $135/sq ft                                         $135/sq ft

Actual Sold Price                                                                                               $244,420                                          $246,425

Sold price per square foot                                                                                  $129/sq ft                                         $130,000

Percent sold price to asking price                                                                        95.6%                                                 96.1%


Conclusion.  The real estate market at Lake of the Pines, excluding sales of lakefront homes, is statistically unchanged from 201/2012 to 2012/2013.  The six-month periods examined are traditionally the “slow season” sales periods (fall and winter).  It will be interesting to compare the “fast season” periods (sping and summer) later on in 2013.  Based on last year’s flurry of investor purchases of lower-end homes, I predict that the “fast season” data will show a modest year-on-year improvement.

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Awesome View at Lake of the Pines, CA

said on February 8th, 2013 filed under: Lake of the Pines, Localism

Who wouldn’t want to wash dishes with this view? Best views at Lake of the Pines! Sensational vistas of the lake, marina, clubhouse, and sports lounge from 6 locations in the house.








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Lake of the Pines, Ca Market Report

said on February 6th, 2013 filed under: Lake of the Pines, Localism, Market Trends, Real Estate Nuts and Bolts

There are about 2,000 homes at Lake of the Pines.  I bet you would like to know how the real estate market in this community is performing this year.  You will be pleased and surprised to learn that continue reading…

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Introducing Our New Real Estate Assistant at Lake of the Pines

said on February 5th, 2013 filed under: Lake of the Pines, Localism, Real Estate Nuts and Bolts

We are pleased to announce that Deanne Gutierrez has joined the Jenkins Group at Century 21 Foothill Realty.   Deanne will be working with us as our Real Estate Assistant. She joins the team with prior experience as a Real Estate Assistant at Lake of the Pines and in the Auburn, Grass Valley, and Nevada City areas.

Deanne says:  “A little about me, I am married to my wonderful husband Simon and I am the mother to 4 fantastic kids. I love living in the Foothills (Lake of the Pines) with all that this beautiful area  has to offer. You can often find my family and me swimming at the lake or in nearby rivers, or boating on the lake with friends. We enjoy outdoor movie nights on our property and BBQ’s. I am also a very crafty person, loving everything about paper crafts as well as up cycling/recycling projects. I also enjoy photography and have blogs for both my crafts and my photography.”

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Getting Rid of Aphids on your Crepe Myrtles

said on October 17th, 2012 filed under: Lake of the Pines, Whimsy

Our friend Anne Frank at Lake of the Pines called in to ask “how do I get rid of Aphids on my Crepe Myrtles?”

After a bit of research, I divided my answer into  manual, organic,  or synthethic treatments.  Synthethic is an euphemism for “chemical,” or course.

The two most highly recommended treatments are below indicated in bold italics.



Spay ‘em off with your hose or pick ‘em off by hand



Neem Oil spray or Safer’s Soap




Ortho Systemic Insect Killer (spray to get rid of them instantly)

Bayer Advanced 12 Month Tree and Shrub Protect and Feed (mix it and pour at the base of the plant)


I might start by spraying the aphids off with water, then putting a bag of ladybugs at the base (sounds entertaining!), then pouring the Bayer Advanced at the base.


If that doesn’t work, nuke ’em with the Ortho.

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Fabulous Lake of the Pines Home for Sale

said on September 13th, 2012 filed under: Lake of the Pines, Localism

Pride of ownership is evident from the front door

to the shady rear court yard.

You will appreciate many interesting architectural elements in this handsome & classy home:

high and coffered ceilings,

gracious entry foyer,

arches, bull-nosed corners, and curves,


granite countertops in the kitchen, laundry, and baths

indoor laundry with sink and built-in cabinetry,

pretty bathrooms.

You will love the spacious patio and new spa,

private backyard,

and beautiful (low-maintenance) landscaping.

This extraordinary single-story home is located in an exceptional community and provides all of the superb Lake of the Pines amenities:  golf, tennis, a new pool, new sports lounge, (soon-to-be) new clubhouse, bocce ball, par course, sailing club, kayaking, water skiing, wake boarding, fishing, and clubs and activities too numerous and varied to list.

This home has a well-designed floorplan with 2511 square feet, 4 bedrooms, 2 and 1/2 baths, and a separate family room with built-in entertainment wall, fireplace, and wet-bar.

It is offered at $529,000

Take a video tour of this fabulous home (and sneak a peek at Lake of the Pines!)  Click this link:



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All-American Home for Sale

said on August 30th, 2012 filed under: Lake of the Pines


We are happy to present this traditional All-American home at Lake of the Pines.  Situated on a quiet, shady street, it features a new kitchen, great room and full-sized 4 car garage.  With 4 bedrooms and 3 full baths, this this lovely residence provides you with a spacious floor plan of 2337 square feet.  It is offered at $419,000.

There will be a brief video tour at the end of this article.

This well-designed residence is impeccably maintained with custom features throughout.

A rare find at lake of the Pines, 11544 Inverness is  a comfortable single story home on a level lot.

Excellent southwest sun position provides cool afternoon shade in the kitchen, dining area, master bedroom, and charming back deck.

Guests will gather at the large island in the newly-remodeled kitchen.

Look at the pretty windows around the dining table.

The back yard is just slightly sloping away from the house for good drainage.

The pool table comes with the house!

This property is an extraordinary value in an exceptional location on an excellent quiet street.

Here’s your guided video tour.




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