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It is time for Spring cleaning, lets donate to a local cause!

said on March 21st, 2019 filed under: Alta Sierra, Auburn, Colfax, Grass Valley, Lake of the Pines, Lake Wildwood, Localism, Nevada City, Whimsy

Gearing up to do some Spring cleaning? Going to have some items you need to get rid of? Think of donating them to our local Habitat for Humanity!

The Nevada County Habitat for Humanity group has been around since 1995, but Habitat for Humanity has been helping communities for much longer. Founded in Americus, Georgia in 1976, Habitat for Humanity today operates around the globe and has helped build, renovate and repair more than 600,000 decent, affordable houses sheltering more than 3 million people worldwide.  Our local Habitat for Humanity transforms lives and communities by bringing people together to build affordable homes for working families in need.  Nevada County Habitat has built/provided homes to more than 34 families, housing over 149 individuals, including more than 99 children.

There is a severe and growing affordable housing crisis in California and in our county. With more than 48% percent of Nevada County residents paying more than they can afford in housing costs, we know that we must do more.  Through financial support, volunteering or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability, and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves.

You donate your items directly to our local Habitat at the ReStore in Grass Valley. Donations made to our Restore are tax deductible, and a receipt is provided. The proceeds from your items support Habitat’s mission to build affordable homes in our community. Also, reuse is good for the environment! Donations can be dropped off at the store Tuesday through Saturday 9am to 4pm.

Address: 12359 Loma Rica Drive, Grass Valley CA

To preview a list of what kind of items they will accept as donation, please check out their web page https://nchabitat.org/restore-donation-guidelines/

You can contact them directly at 530.274.3761 ext 203

We all have plenty we can get rid of & donate, why not support a local cause making a big difference in our community?

 

Are you interested in buying or selling a home in our beautiful area? Call CJ! 530.906.4715

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2019 “On Tour” Wild & Scenic Film Festival at the State Theater

said on March 13th, 2019 filed under: Alta Sierra, Auburn, Colfax, Cultural Events, Grass Valley, Lake of the Pines, Lake Wildwood, Localism, Nevada City, Whimsy

Come on out to the 2019 “On Tour” Wild & Scenic Film Festival with PARC in Auburn
Saturday, March 16, 2019, 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Auburn State Theatre, 985 Lincoln Way, Auburn
Presented by Protect American River Canyons

A fun filled evening of films, great food, local beer & wine and American River Canyon News & Updates. The “On Tour” 2019 Wild & Scenic Film Festival returns to the State Theatre in Auburn with another incredible selection of adventure and environmental films to change your world. There will be two screening sessions of environmental films. Your ticket price includes both screening sessions. There are no separate session tickets available. No films are repeated. There will be a 60 minute dinner intermission. Dinner choices at the theater are offered by Joe Caribe’s with the purchase of a separate $10 ticket which may be purchased at the event.

Price: $22 General, $8 Student

The film festival includes 16 Films, Live Music, Food & Drinks, Speakers, & a Silent Art Auction. The schedule of the evening is as follows:

Session 1 – 5:00 pm TO 7:00 pm
Doors open at 4:15 pm

INTERMISSION 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Session ll  – 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm

To see Film Summaries, Schedule, purchase tickets, and more information, go to this link: www.parc-auburn.org/2019-on-tour-wild–scenic-film-festival.html.

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Friar Tuck’s gets a new owner!

said on February 28th, 2019 filed under: Alta Sierra, Auburn, Colfax, Grass Valley, Lake of the Pines, Lake Wildwood, Localism, Nevada City, Whimsy

Friar Tucks, a staple of downtown Nevada City for 46 years, is turning the business over to new owners! Born from a love of food and wine, owners Greg and Rona Cook included their daughter, Carissa Cook Stroh, into the business.

“For 46 years, our family has been at the corner of Pine and Commercial. To have a constant in your life for 46 years is no small thing. It is a lifetime. A lifetime of “the restaurant” being in our constant vocabulary, of amazing customers and employees, of smelling like fondue at the end of the day. A lifetime of having a home. After 46 years, the Cook family is selling Friar Tuck’s Restaurant and looking towards a new season of life.

After very careful consideration, we found a family who holds the same love in their hearts that we (and you) have had in ours. After a lifetime of working seven days a week, Rona Cook is retiring. It is time for our family to move on and time for this restaurant to have fresh, new ownership…

We invite you to join us and share your stories with us, over the next month, as we enjoy our last days with the restaurant. We will carry it with us forever.”
(Source: The Union)

Friar Tucks will be passing over the business to the new owners in April 2019. Celebrate the history though March, then go back to welcome the new owners, Ken, Donna and Chad Paige! Live music 7 days a week!

Are you interested in buying or selling a home in our beautiful area? Call CJ! 530.906.4715

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You are going to fall in love with this adorable home!

said on February 20th, 2019 filed under: Alta Sierra, Auburn, Colfax, Grass Valley, Lake of the Pines, Lake Wildwood, Localism, Nevada City, Whimsy

Now on market & waiting for you!

13368 Torrey Pines Drive in the beautiful Auburn foothills

This is that desirable single-story home that you can age in or raise your little ones. This home is all ready for you with fresh carpeting & vinyl flooring.  You can appreciate the level driveway and level lot for your many needs. This cute home has oodles of curb appeal! This home features beautiful cedar siding as well as a new roof and gutters.

Come enjoy this comfortable floor plan & all around feel  good home! You can entertain on your back deck or walk to Park 4 where you can walk your dog, swing on the playground, store your kayak and swim at the beach. This home has such an excellent location & is offered at an exceptional value!

Lake of the Pines is a stunning 2000-home gated community located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, roughly 46 miles north east of Sacramento. In addition to our 230-acre lake, LOP residents and their guests enjoy a host of on-site amenities including a 19 hole golf course and driving range, pro shop with adjacent sports lounge bar and Grill, a junior Olympic size swimming pool, six developed parks, 148 marina slips, 4 tennis courts, 2 bocce ball courts, 3 pickle ball courts, a full-size basketball court, a spacious and newly built lakeside clubhouse and restaurant with full bar service, 24 hour control gate access, RV and boat storage services, and more!

Interested in taking a look at this lovely home? Or are you interested in buying or selling a home in our beautiful area? Call CJ! 530.906.4715

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This well maintained home is ready for you!

said on February 13th, 2019 filed under: Alta Sierra, Auburn, Colfax, Grass Valley, Lake of the Pines, Lake Wildwood, Localism, Nevada City, Whimsy

Now listed!

23568 Singing Hills Court in Lake of the Pines in the beautiful Auburn foothills.

Offered at $499,000

This home is a very desirable one-story home with newer home features: High ceilings, stucco exterior, open floor plan, lots of light with attractive entry way. The EverGrain back deck is large enough to entertain your next party. This home has many thoughtful extras with built in office area in one of the bedrooms. The home was designed with room for a staircase to expand downstairs and add a fourth bedroom and a full bathroom. It is presently a functional storage space. The garage has lots of cabinets too. The beautifully maintained property allows you free time to play at Lake of the Pines with low maintenance landscaping

Lake of the Pines is a stunning 2000-home gated community located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, roughly 46 miles north east of Sacramento. In addition to our 230-acre lake, LOP residents and their guests enjoy a host of on-site amenities including a 19 hole golf course and driving range, pro shop with adjacent sports lounge bar and Grill, a junior Olympic size swimming pool, six developed parks, 148 marina slips, 4 tennis courts, 2 bocce ball courts, 3 pickle ball courts, a full-size basketball court, a spacious and newly built lakeside clubhouse and restaurant with full bar service, 24 hour control gate access, RV and boat storage services, and more!

Interested in taking a look at this lovely home? Or are you interested in buying or selling a home in our beautiful area? Call CJ! 530.906.4715

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You have to check out this stunning home!

said on February 8th, 2019 filed under: Alta Sierra, Auburn, Colfax, Grass Valley, Lake of the Pines, Lake Wildwood, Localism, Nevada City, Whimsy

Brand new on the market!

23332 Sun Terrace Ct in Lake of the Pines just outside beautiful Auburn CA

Offered at $689,000

You are going to love this stunning contemporary home! This house features multifaceted views of golf course, lake and tree lined vistas. The spacious great room has spectacular high ceilings where you can watch clouds float by through half moon windows.  You will always have lots of natural light throughout.  This home has been recently updated with fine details and imaginative touches. The fashionable modern bathrooms provide radiant heat flooring. The master suite is on the main level and the two other bedrooms, landing and bathroom are separated upstairs.

This home is fresh, just right, & absolutely ready to move in.  This home is situated in a superb location in Lake of the Pines where everything is happening.  The Club House, main beach, tennis and bocce ball courts, pool and Sports Lounge, golf course, and driving range are right around the corner.  Let’s face it, Sun Terrace Court is simply one of the best streets at Lake of the Pines! Short, too!  You walk past five nice homes, bingo, you’re on the beach. This is a one of a kind property you won’t want to miss!

Lake of the Pines is a stunning 2000-home gated community located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, roughly 46 miles north east of Sacramento. In addition to our 230-acre lake, LOP residents and their guests enjoy a host of on-site amenities including a 19 hole golf course and driving range, pro shop with adjacent sports lounge bar and Grill, a junior Olympic size swimming pool, six developed parks, 148 marina slips, 4 tennis courts, 2 bocce ball courts, 3 pickle ball courts, a full-size basketball court, a spacious and newly built lakeside clubhouse and restaurant with full bar service, 24 hour control gate access, RV and boat storage services, and more!

 

Interested in taking a look at this lovely home? Or are you interested in buying or selling a home in our beautiful area? Call CJ! 530.906.4715

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Wanting to volunteer? Think about Women of Worth

said on January 24th, 2019 filed under: Alta Sierra, Auburn, Colfax, Cultural Events, Grass Valley, Lake of the Pines, Lake Wildwood, Localism, Nevada City, Whimsy

Are you looking for a way to make a difference this year? Wanting to volunteer or donate to a cause in need? Considering working with or donating to Women of Worth. We really love what this non-profit does for the community.

Women of Worth was founded over 20 years ago by Sandy Escobar-Schmidt, a survivor whose personal passion is to help abused women & children escape domestic violence.  Women of Worth helps families in crisis, victims of domestic violence, sexual assault & human trafficking.  They also offer programs to increase self-reliance & improve quality of life by helping victims rebuild their lives with dignity, hope, & safety.

Here is a quick snapshot of what they do:

– Emergency shelter

– Transitional housing

– Counseling & support groups

– Advocacy & case management

– Furniture & personal items

– Educational & career assistance

– Life skills training & mentoring

– Financial education

– Legal assistance

 

They provide all this & more & all for free.  Over the years they have helped hundreds of families, &  you can be a part of what they do.

Some of the needs they regularly have are listed below:

At the WoW ReShop:

– Clothing Department: General organizing, folding, & quality checks

– Linen Department: folding, sorting, & restocking

– Book room: sort, purge, & organize books

– Kitchen: stock, sort, & keep things clean

– Show room: Receive donations, sort & shelve items, pricing

– General cleaning & managing of facilities

 

At Women of Worth offices:

– Answer phones, take messages

– Filing

– Organizing desks & files

– General cleaning of office

 

There are many other needs WoW has from time to time & are always taking donations. For more info visit their website www.women-of-worth.org

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How to prepare your home for a successful Spring sale Part 1

said on January 10th, 2019 filed under: Alta Sierra, Auburn, Colfax, Grass Valley, Lake of the Pines, Lake Wildwood, Localism, Nevada City, Whimsy

If you are thinking of selling your home in the spring time, now is the best time to start preparing! If you start early it will less stressful and may have more resources at your disposal before everyone else has the same idea.  Also, the sooner you get started on the “to-dos”, the sooner they will be complete which means you could be on market in early spring when there might be less competition. Here is our go-to list for getting a home to be it’s best before going on market:

 

Evaluation your home’s condition

It always good to start with a general walk-through & evaluation of the current state of your home.  Is there obvious repairs that might scare away potential buyers? Is there something unappealing that could easily be improved? Is there flaked or chipped paint on doorways or trim work? Could your carpet do with a deep cleaning or maybe replacement? If you give your home a once over and view it as if you were a savvy buyer, it can be helpful to understand what needs to be worked on before going on market.

 

Help your home have a great first impression

Make sure the front of your home or entrance area does not immediately make buyers want to head to the next home on their list. Keep the exterior of your home clean, trimmed, and well groomed. A little goes a long way when it comes to curb appeal, so consider some plants or shrubbery that complement the front of the home. Its always a great idea to have a door mat & potted plants by the front door to give a clean and cozy feeling as people enter your home.

Declutter & simplify

Start with one room at a time & cut back on what is immediately visible to anyone entering your home.  If things are cluttered or crammed looking, it gives the impression that there is not enough room in the house for our every day items.  You also want visitors to feel comfortable & able to see & understand the entire space of the room. Its also extremely beneficial to get organized before going on market because it makes packing to move so easy!

 

Stay tuned for part 2 of this checklist next week!

Are you interested in buying or selling a home in our beautiful area? Call CJ! 530.906.4715

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How to stick with those New Year’s Resolutions you made throughout the year

said on January 3rd, 2019 filed under: Alta Sierra, Auburn, Colfax, Grass Valley, Lake of the Pines, Lake Wildwood, Localism, Nevada City, Whimsy

Happy New Years! I f you are like most people, I bet you made some New Year’s resolutions. The New Year is always a great time for a restart and to make new goals.  But it can seem a bit daunting or overwhelming only after a short amount of time into January! Here are some ways to keep those intentions:

Start Small

Make resolutions that you think you can keep. If, for example, your aim is to exercise more frequently, schedule three or four days a week at the gym instead of seven. If you would like to eat healthier, try replacing dessert with something else you enjoy, like fruit or yogurt, instead of seeing your diet as a form of punishment.

 

Change one behavior at a time

Bad habits develop over a long amount of time, so replacing them with good ones will not just happen overnight! If you focus on one behavior at a time, you will not feel so overwhelmed and will therefore be more successful! Try working on one behavior for a certain amount of time, such as drinking no soda for one week, and then after a successful week to can focus on the next behavior.

Talk about it

Did you know if you voice your goals you are more likely to keep them? Its true! Also by voicing them you might find someone else who wants to achieve the same thing and you can work on encouraging each other and keeping each other accountable. Use family gatherings or even social media to let people what you are working on!

 

Don’t beat yourself up

Perfection is unattainable. Remember that minor missteps when reaching your goals are completely normal and OK. Don’t give up completely because you ate a brownie and broke your diet, or skipped the gym for a week because you were busy. Everyone has ups and downs; resolve to recover from your mistakes and get back on track.

Here’s to a new year and to all of us meeting our goals! We can do it!

 Are you interested in buying or selling a home in our beautiful area? Call CJ! 530.906.4715

 

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You are going to love this great home!

said on December 27th, 2018 filed under: Alta Sierra, Auburn, Colfax, Grass Valley, Lake of the Pines, Lake Wildwood, Localism, Nevada City, Real Estate Nuts and Bolts, Whimsy

23798 Chestnut Court in Lake of the Pines, Auburn CA

This squeaky-clean home ready for you! We just had new flooring installed, the whole interior painted, and fresh new carpets installed in the bedrooms. This home has so much flexibility with 4/5 bedrooms. Use the jumbo size lot for any number of things, such as a play structure, garden, or additional garage. Just six homes away from the lake. Don’t miss out on this exceptional value!

Lake of the Pines is a stunning 2000-home gated community located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, roughly 46 miles north east of Sacramento. In addition to our 230-acre lake, LOP residents and their guests enjoy a host of on-site amenities including a 19 hole golf course and driving range, pro shop with adjacent sports lounge bar and Grill, a junior Olympic size swimming pool, six developed parks, 148 marina slips, 4 tennis courts, 2 bocce ball courts, 3 pickle ball courts, a full-size basketball court, a spacious and newly built lakeside clubhouse and restaurant with full bar service, 24 hour control gate access, RV and boat storage services, and more!

See full listing here

 

Interested in taking a look at this lovely home? Or are you interested in buying or selling a home in our beautiful area? Call CJ! 530.906.4715

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