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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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Try this easy-to-make Christmas treat!

said on December 19th, 2018 filed under: Alta Sierra, Auburn, Colfax, Country Property, Cultural Events, Grass Valley, Lake of the Pines, Lake Wildwood, Localism, Nevada City, Whimsy

Need a great treat to bring to your Christmas party? Or want a fun recipe to make together on Christmas eve? This recipe for Muddy Buddies is it! This recipe uses a full box of Chex so it makes a lot so you have plenty to share, or is great for creating small treat bags for you friends, family, or neighbors.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 box (12.8 oz.) (about 13 cups) Rice Chex, Corn Chex Wheat Chex or Chocolate Chex cereal (or combination)
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • ¾ cup creamy peanut butter
  • 6 tablespoons butter, cut into smaller pieces
  • 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup Holiday M&M’s

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Line 2 baking sheets with wax paper and set aside. Pour cereal into a very large bowl; set aside.
  2. In 1-1.5 quart microwavable bowl, microwave chocolate chips, peanut butter, and butter uncovered on High 1 minute; stir. Microwave 15-30 seconds longer or until mixture can be stirred smooth. Stir in vanilla. Pour mixture over cereal, stirring until evenly coated.
  3. Add powdered sugar and gently stir into chocolate covered cereal. Spread cereal on the two baking sheets to cool. Once cool, put the Muddy Buddies into the desired container or gift bags, by adding a small amount of Muddy Buddies then sprinkle a few M&M’s and repeat.
  4. Store in airtight container in the refrigerator.

This sweet treat is sure to be a hit this Christmas! Give it a try!

 

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

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Have you been to Holiday Lights in the Park?

said on December 12th, 2018 filed under: Localism

Holiday Lights in the Park will return to Western Gateway Park in Penn Valley on Friday & Saturday December 14th & 15th.  This drive through holiday event is a free & fun way to celebrate the season. The first 50 cars will get a goody bag provided by local businesses. Find many illuminated decoration displays made by Penn Valley residents, organizations, and local businesses, all in one location. Make a night of it by visiting local businesses for great food and drinks, or just drive through the event in the warmth of your own vehicle (you can even wear PJs!).

The Penn Valley Area Chamber of Commerce presented its inaugural Holiday lights in the Park event in 2015 and this year will be the 4th annual presentation of the event.  The event has been a huge hit with over 1,100 cars packed with folks of all ages coming out to view the displays set up by Penn Valley businesses, organizations, & local residents at Western Gateway Park.  During the event, the Chamber collects donations for the Interfaith Food Ministries & Nevada County Food Bank holiday food drives & Nevada County United Sock & Gloves winter campaign. The Chamber Board of Directors & organizers promise this year’s event will be even bigger & better.

Location:

Western Gateway Park
18560 Penn Valley Dr
Penn Valley
CA 95946

Dates & Time:

Dec 14th & 15th 2018

5:30-9:30 p.m.

Head on out to this event and celebrate the holiday season!

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

 

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Come out to Victorian Christmas 2018!

said on December 5th, 2018 filed under: Localism

Come out to Nevada City on Wednesday or Sunday nights for Victorian Christmas

This year Victorian Christmas is scheduled as such:

Sundays – Dec 9, 16 & 23 from 1:30 – 6pm
Wednesdays – Dec 12 & 19 from 5 – 9pm

The enticing aromas of roasted chestnuts and hearty holiday foods fill the air, along with cries of street vendors hawking their wares and lamp-lit streets filled to overflowing with authentic Christmas treasures — hand-crafted candy, jewelry, pottery, perfume, dolls, and over 100 different items in all. It’s the one & only Victorian Christmas-full of new shows, sights, sounds and attractions.

Welcome the holiday season in style in historic Nevada City, a quaint, Gold Rush town nestled in the foothills of the snow-capped Sierra where each year the town’s picturesque downtown transforms into a genuine Christmas card come to life. It’s a magical setting of hilly streets outlined with twinkling white lights and authentic gas lamps, wandering minstrels and carolers dressed in Victorian attire, and a myriad of visitors sharing holiday cheer and good tidings.

This annual, family tradition takes place 2 Wednesday evenings and 3 Sunday afternoons in December and features holiday activities for all ages:  carriage rides, live entertainment, savory yuletide treats and libations, and of course, Father Christmas!  At locations throughout downtown, Victorian singers, bagpipers, brass bands and strolling minstrels provide warm Christmas music. Nevada City’s famous Walking Christmas Tree can be found, along with hot roasted chestnuts and horse-drawn carriage rides.

Below are some of the locations and times of performers:

This is another great local event to attend during the holiday season. It is a rain or shine event, so make sure to mark your calendars!

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

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Cornish Christmas 2018

said on November 29th, 2018 filed under: Alta Sierra, Auburn, Colfax, Cultural Events, Fun Things to Do Outdoors, Grass Valley, Lake of the Pines, Lake Wildwood, Localism, Nevada City, Whimsy

Come on out to Grass Valley’s Cornish Christmas. This year Cornish Christmas falls of the Fridays November 23rd & 30th as well as December 7th, 14th, and 21st. It is free to the public, runs from 6-9 pm, & happens rain or shine!

Started in 1967 as a way to preserve Grass Valley’s Cornish heritage and holiday traditions, Cornish Christmas remains one of our most popular events. Mill and West Main Streets are closed to motorized traffic and filled with the sights and sounds of an old fashioned Christmas; carolers, jugglers, musicians, the Grass Valley Cornish Carol Choir, and of course, Santa Claus. Handmade arts and craft from artists throughout California are displayed on our historic downtown Grass Valley streets. Delicious food and drink can be purchased from a number of Grass Valley restaurants and specialty food vendors.

The Cornish Christmas celebration is truly an overload of the senses. Stroll down the bustling historic downtown Grass Valley streets as Christmas music fills the air. Hear young and old alike play their rendition your favorite holiday tunes as buildings dressed in Christmas lights sparkle in the December night air. Smell the aroma of your favorite dish while you browse the multitude of gifts and decorations made by some of California’s best crafters and artisans.

Cornish Christmas is one of the most popular holiday events in Grass Valley. It is a fun time for young & old, for foodies or people needing to get some holiday shopping done. Grab your family or friends and head out this Friday!

 

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

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