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2179 Stonebriar Drive, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762

November 17, 2017
Category: New Listing

  • Listed at 9,888

  • 3,634 Square Feet

  • 4/5 Bedrooms + Loft / 3 Bathrooms

  • 3 Car Tandem Garage

  • Private Back Road

  • Hardwood Floors

  • .32 Acre Lot

  • Award Winning Schools; Brooks Elementary, Rolling Hills Middle & Oak Ridge High School
  • Large Community Park
  • Walking Distance to El Dorado Hills Town Center

Welcome to 2179 Stonebriar Drive. This striking residence captures the beauty and accessibility of El Dorado Hills. Located within a short walk to the Town Center, residents can enjoy fine dining, boutique shopping and events year round. Situated on the corner of Stonebriar Drive and Prima Drive, the private back road leads to the 3 car tandem garage that can accommodate a ski boat. The spacious driveway divides the two separate backyard areas. The park-like grounds features a concrete patio and croquet-worthy lawns with mature flower bushes. 


 This Felice model by William Lyon, projects warmth and sophistication with a comfortable, flowing floor plan. Upon entering the home, you are greeted with soaring ceilings and abundant natural light. The butler's pantry is ideal for elegant entertaining and is centrally located near the kitchen, dining room and formal living room. The impressive chef’s kitchen features a large pantry closet, dining bar, and nook. It overlooks the family room with cozy fireplace. The oversized room that is currently being used as an office can easily be utilized as a spacious main level guest room and is located near a full bathroom. 


Upstairs, the loft features a custom built in desk with two bookcases. The three bedrooms share a large bathroom with dual sinks. Double doors lead to the gracious master suite with sitting area, 2 walk in closets, dual vanities, a soaking tub and grand walk in shower.

Tags: el dorado hills new listing stonebriar

The Cost of Waiting

October 20, 2017
Category: El Dorado Hills

Happy Friday everyone! Below is a link to an illustration for First Time Homebuyers on the cost of waiting to purchase a home. 


(Shout out to Matt Miles at Academy Mortgage for this!) 


Cost of Waiting Analysis

Analysis of First-Time Buyer considering waiting 1 year to purchase home 

-Example: “I’m going to wait for home prices to settle. It seems like a seller’s market” 


Assumptions: 

-Down Payment Available: 20% 

-30-Year Fixed Rate Mortgage w/ no points 

-Property Taxes and Home Insurance are included in monthly payment 


Illustrations: 

-Comparing 0K purchase now vs. 0k home and interest rate increases 1% 

-Comparing 0K purchase now vs. 0k home and interest rate increases 1% 



**Click HERE to view the illustrations**



For mortgage advice, contact Matt Miles at Academy Mortgage: 


Matt Miles 

Mortgage Planner 

(530) 613-9178 Cell/Text 

 Matt.Miles@AcademyMortgage.com

Tags: Mortgage

8039 Marigola Drive, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762

October 17, 2017
Category: New Listing


  • Listed at 5,000

  • 2,700 Square Feet

  • 4 Bedrooms + Loft & Bonus Room / 3 Bathrooms

  • 3 Car Garage

  • Distressed Wide Plank Wood Floors

  • White Window Shutters Throughout

  • Newly Painted White Kitchen Cabinets

  • New Heavy Duty A/C

  • .219 Acre Lot

  • Swimming Pool

  • Walking Distance to Park

This spectacular Serrano home is walking distance to the large Villagio park. The driveway and three car garage provide plenty of parking space. The 2,700 square foot home features distressed wide plank wood floors and soaring ceilings in the living/dining spaces. The stunning kitchen was recently renovated and overlooks the family room with fireplace. The two dining areas make this sophisticated residence perfect for relaxed living and formal entertaining. There is a spacious main level guest bedroom with nearby full bathroom. Up the beautiful wood staircase, the loft area with barn door leads to the secluded bonus room. The master suite also features a barn door that provides privacy for the master bathroom. The spa-like amenities include two separate vanities, a spacious walk-in closet, a shower stall and soaking tub. Down the hall are two additional bedrooms and a full bathroom with dual sinks. Retreat to the amazing backyard with spacious concrete patio, swimming pool with water features, hot tub, and dog run. The mature landscaping on the hill provides plenty of privacy in the 9,540 square foot lot.

Tags: el dorado hills new listing Serrano

Goodbye Shower Curtains, Hello Glass!!

October 14, 2017
Category: Decor

One of my latest favorite bathroom trends is the clear glass enclosure for bathtubs. It's not the same dated sliding glass door we are used to seeing, but a clear tub/shower glass panel with a door. I love how much bigger and cleaner the bathrooms look with these. Check out some of the before and after pics I found on Houzz. If you are thinking about adding an enclosure to your tub, try this one!! 



Before             /             After





Before             /             After





Before             /             After

Tags: decor bathroom update

Halloween Spooktacular in the Town Center

October 04, 2017
Category: Events

Come Trick or Treat at the Town Center!


Tuesday, October 31st - 3pm - 6pm


5pm - Costume Contest at the Steven Young Amphitheater



Kids & Dogs 

2 Age Groups:  6 & Under & 7-12 years old 

Sign Up at the Town Center Information Booth from 3pm-4:50pm


Categories Include: 

*Most Creative 

*Hero/Villain or Princess 

*Cutest 

*Scariest 

*Best Family/Group

Screen_Shot_2017-09-25_at_1.35.38_PM.jpg
Tags: halloween el dorado hills town center

Fall is here in the Town Center!

September 26, 2017
Category: Events

Many fun events are coming up in the El Dorado Hills Town Center!


Outdoor Movie Night 


October 6th / 7:00pm (weather permitting)


Beauty & the Beast. Movie Starts at 7:00pm. Event is free and popcorn will be served. Bring chairs and blankets.


Sizzling Fresh Mongolian BBQ will be selling dinner at the event.




Fall Carnival


October 12th - 15th 


Unlimited wristbands - (For discount, purchase resale wristband at the California Welcome Center)


**Cash Only**


Thursday 10/12 4pm - 10pm

Friday 10/13 4pm - 11pm
Saturday 10/14 Noon -11pm

Sunday 10/15 Noon - 10pm




Fall Festival 


October 14th - 15th / 11am - 4pm


Benefitting Hands4Hope - Youth Making a Difference

For more information, visit: www.hands4homeyouth.org


Unlimited wristbands -

Individual tickets -

The Cost of Waiting

October 20, 2017
Category: El Dorado Hills

Happy Friday everyone! Below is a link to an illustration for First Time Homebuyers on the cost of waiting to purchase a home. 


(Shout out to Matt Miles at Academy Mortgage for this!) 


Cost of Waiting Analysis

Analysis of First-Time Buyer considering waiting 1 year to purchase home 

-Example: “I’m going to wait for home prices to settle. It seems like a seller’s market” 


Assumptions: 

-Down Payment Available: 20% 

-30-Year Fixed Rate Mortgage w/ no points 

-Property Taxes and Home Insurance are included in monthly payment 


Illustrations: 

-Comparing 0K purchase now vs. 0k home and interest rate increases 1% 

-Comparing 0K purchase now vs. 0k home and interest rate increases 1% 



**Click HERE to view the illustrations**



For mortgage advice, contact Matt Miles at Academy Mortgage: 


Matt Miles 

Mortgage Planner 

(530) 613-9178 Cell/Text 

 Matt.Miles@AcademyMortgage.com

Tags: Mortgage

8039 Marigola Drive, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762

October 17, 2017
Category: New Listing


  • Listed at 5,000

  • 2,700 Square Feet

  • 4 Bedrooms + Loft & Bonus Room / 3 Bathrooms

  • 3 Car Garage

  • Distressed Wide Plank Wood Floors

  • White Window Shutters Throughout

  • Newly Painted White Kitchen Cabinets

  • New Heavy Duty A/C

  • .219 Acre Lot

  • Swimming Pool

  • Walking Distance to Park

This spectacular Serrano home is walking distance to the large Villagio park. The driveway and three car garage provide plenty of parking space. The 2,700 square foot home features distressed wide plank wood floors and soaring ceilings in the living/dining spaces. The stunning kitchen was recently renovated and overlooks the family room with fireplace. The two dining areas make this sophisticated residence perfect for relaxed living and formal entertaining. There is a spacious main level guest bedroom with nearby full bathroom. Up the beautiful wood staircase, the loft area with barn door leads to the secluded bonus room. The master suite also features a barn door that provides privacy for the master bathroom. The spa-like amenities include two separate vanities, a spacious walk-in closet, a shower stall and soaking tub. Down the hall are two additional bedrooms and a full bathroom with dual sinks. Retreat to the amazing backyard with spacious concrete patio, swimming pool with water features, hot tub, and dog run. The mature landscaping on the hill provides plenty of privacy in the 9,540 square foot lot.

Tags: el dorado hills new listing Serrano

Goodbye Shower Curtains, Hello Glass!!

October 14, 2017
Category: Decor

One of my latest favorite bathroom trends is the clear glass enclosure for bathtubs. It's not the same dated sliding glass door we are used to seeing, but a clear tub/shower glass panel with a door. I love how much bigger and cleaner the bathrooms look with these. Check out some of the before and after pics I found on Houzz. If you are thinking about adding an enclosure to your tub, try this one!! 



Before             /             After





Before             /             After





Before             /             After

Tags: decor bathroom update

Halloween Spooktacular in the Town Center

October 04, 2017
Category: Events

Come Trick or Treat at the Town Center!


Tuesday, October 31st - 3pm - 6pm


5pm - Costume Contest at the Steven Young Amphitheater



Kids & Dogs 

2 Age Groups:  6 & Under & 7-12 years old 

Sign Up at the Town Center Information Booth from 3pm-4:50pm


Categories Include: 

*Most Creative 

*Hero/Villain or Princess 

*Cutest 

*Scariest 

*Best Family/Group

Screen_Shot_2017-09-25_at_1.35.38_PM.jpg
Tags: halloween el dorado hills town center

Fall is here in the Town Center!

September 26, 2017
Category: Events

Many fun events are coming up in the El Dorado Hills Town Center!


Outdoor Movie Night 


October 6th / 7:00pm (weather permitting)


Beauty & the Beast. Movie Starts at 7:00pm. Event is free and popcorn will be served. Bring chairs and blankets.


Sizzling Fresh Mongolian BBQ will be selling dinner at the event.




Fall Carnival


October 12th - 15th 


Unlimited wristbands - (For discount, purchase resale wristband at the California Welcome Center)


**Cash Only**


Thursday 10/12 4pm - 10pm

Friday 10/13 4pm - 11pm
Saturday 10/14 Noon -11pm

Sunday 10/15 Noon - 10pm




Fall Festival 


October 14th - 15th / 11am - 4pm


Benefitting Hands4Hope - Youth Making a Difference

For more information, visit: www.hands4homeyouth.org


Unlimited wristbands -

Individual tickets -

The Cost of Waiting

October 20, 2017
Category: El Dorado Hills

Happy Friday everyone! Below is a link to an illustration for First Time Homebuyers on the cost of waiting to purchase a home. 


(Shout out to Matt Miles at Academy Mortgage for this!)


Cost of Waiting Analysis

Analysis of First-Time Buyer considering waiting 1 year to purchase home
-Example: “I’m going to wait for home prices to settle. It seems like a seller’s market”

Assumptions:
-Down Payment Available: 20%
-30-Year Fixed Rate Mortgage w/ no points
-Property Taxes and Home Insurance are included in monthly payment

Illustrations:
-Comparing 0K purchase now vs. 0k home and interest rate increases 1%

-Comparing 0K purchase now vs. 0k home and interest rate increases 1% 


**Click HERE to view the illustrations**


For mortgage advice, contact Matt Miles at Academy Mortgage:


Matt Miles

Mortgage Planner

(530) 613-9178 Cell/Text 

Matt.Miles@AcademyMortgage.com

Tags: Mortgage

8039 Marigola Drive, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762

October 17, 2017
Category: New Listing


  • Listed at 5,000

  • 2,700 Square Feet

  • 4 Bedrooms + Loft & Bonus Room / 3 Bathrooms

  • 3 Car Garage

  • Distressed Wide Plank Wood Floors

  • White Window Shutters Throughout

  • Newly Painted White Kitchen Cabinets

  • New Heavy Duty A/C

  • .219 Acre Lot

  • Swimming Pool

  • Walking Distance to Park

This spectacular Serrano home is walking distance to the large Villagio park. The driveway and three car garage provide plenty of parking space. The 2,700 square foot home features distressed wide plank wood floors and soaring ceilings in the living/dining spaces. The stunning kitchen was recently renovated and overlooks the family room with fireplace. The two dining areas make this sophisticated residence perfect for relaxed living and formal entertaining. There is a spacious main level guest bedroom with nearby full bathroom. Up the beautiful wood staircase, the loft area with barn door leads to the secluded bonus room. The master suite also features a barn door that provides privacy for the master bathroom. The spa-like amenities include two separate vanities, a spacious walk-in closet, a shower stall and soaking tub. Down the hall are two additional bedrooms and a full bathroom with dual sinks. Retreat to the amazing backyard with spacious concrete patio, swimming pool with water features, hot tub, and dog run. The mature landscaping on the hill provides plenty of privacy in the 9,540 square foot lot.

Tags: el dorado hills new listing Serrano

Goodbye Shower Curtains, Hello Glass!!

October 14, 2017
Category: Decor

One of my latest favorite bathroom trends is the clear glass enclosure for bathtubs. It's not the same dated sliding glass door we are used to seeing, but a clear tub/shower glass panel with a door. I love how much bigger and cleaner the bathrooms look with these. Check out some of the before and after pics I found on Houzz. If you are thinking about adding an enclosure to your tub, try this one!! 



Before             /             After





Before             /             After





Before             /             After

Tags: decor bathroom update

Halloween Spooktacular in the Town Center

October 04, 2017
Category: Events

Come Trick or Treat at the Town Center!


Tuesday, October 31st - 3pm - 6pm


5pm - Costume Contest at the Steven Young Amphitheater



Kids & Dogs 

2 Age Groups:  6 & Under & 7-12 years old 

Sign Up at the Town Center Information Booth from 3pm-4:50pm


Categories Include: 

*Most Creative 

*Hero/Villain or Princess 

*Cutest 

*Scariest 

*Best Family/Group

Screen_Shot_2017-09-25_at_1.35.38_PM.jpg
Tags: halloween el dorado hills town center

Fall is here in the Town Center!

September 26, 2017
Category: Events

Many fun events are coming up in the El Dorado Hills Town Center!


Outdoor Movie Night 


October 6th / 7:00pm (weather permitting)


Beauty & the Beast. Movie Starts at 7:00pm. Event is free and popcorn will be served. Bring chairs and blankets.


Sizzling Fresh Mongolian BBQ will be selling dinner at the event.




Fall Carnival


October 12th - 15th 


Unlimited wristbands - (For discount, purchase resale wristband at the California Welcome Center)


**Cash Only**


Thursday 10/12 4pm - 10pm

Friday 10/13 4pm - 11pm
Saturday 10/14 Noon -11pm

Sunday 10/15 Noon - 10pm




Fall Festival 


October 14th - 15th / 11am - 4pm


Benefitting Hands4Hope - Youth Making a Difference

For more information, visit: www.hands4homeyouth.org


Unlimited wristbands -

Individual tickets -

8039 Marigola Drive, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762

October 17, 2017
Category: New Listing


  • Listed at 5,000

  • 2,700 Square Feet

  • 4 Bedrooms + Loft & Bonus Room / 3 Bathrooms

  • 3 Car Garage

  • Distressed Wide Plank Wood Floors

  • White Window Shutters Throughout

  • Newly Painted White Kitchen Cabinets

  • New Heavy Duty A/C

  • .219 Acre Lot

  • Swimming Pool

  • Walking Distance to Park

This spectacular Serrano home is walking distance to the large Villagio park. The driveway and three car garage provide plenty of parking space. The 2,700 square foot home features distressed wide plank wood floors and soaring ceilings in the living/dining spaces. The stunning kitchen was recently renovated and overlooks the family room with fireplace. The two dining areas make this sophisticated residence perfect for relaxed living and formal entertaining. There is a spacious main level guest bedroom with nearby full bathroom. Up the beautiful wood staircase, the loft area with barn door leads to the secluded bonus room. The master suite also features a barn door that provides privacy for the master bathroom. The spa-like amenities include two separate vanities, a spacious walk-in closet, a shower stall and soaking tub. Down the hall are two additional bedrooms and a full bathroom with dual sinks. Retreat to the amazing backyard with spacious concrete patio, swimming pool with water features, hot tub, and dog run. The mature landscaping on the hill provides plenty of privacy in the 9,540 square foot lot.

Tags: el dorado hills new listing Serrano

Goodbye Shower Curtains, Hello Glass!!

October 14, 2017
Category: Decor

One of my latest favorite bathroom trends is the clear glass enclosure for bathtubs. It's not the same dated sliding glass door we are used to seeing, but a clear tub/shower glass panel with a door. I love how much bigger and cleaner the bathrooms look with these. Check out some of the before and after pics I found on Houzz. If you are thinking about adding an enclosure to your tub, try this one!! 



Before             /             After





Before             /             After





Before             /             After

Tags: decor bathroom update

Halloween Spooktacular in the Town Center

October 04, 2017
Category: Events

Come Trick or Treat at the Town Center!


Tuesday, October 31st - 3pm - 6pm


5pm - Costume Contest at the Steven Young Amphitheater



Kids & Dogs 

2 Age Groups:  6 & Under & 7-12 years old 

Sign Up at the Town Center Information Booth from 3pm-4:50pm


Categories Include: 

*Most Creative 

*Hero/Villain or Princess 

*Cutest 

*Scariest 

*Best Family/Group

Screen_Shot_2017-09-25_at_1.35.38_PM.jpg
Tags: halloween el dorado hills town center

Fall is here in the Town Center!

September 26, 2017
Category: Events

Many fun events are coming up in the El Dorado Hills Town Center!


Outdoor Movie Night 


October 6th / 7:00pm (weather permitting)


Beauty & the Beast. Movie Starts at 7:00pm. Event is free and popcorn will be served. Bring chairs and blankets.


Sizzling Fresh Mongolian BBQ will be selling dinner at the event.




Fall Carnival


October 12th - 15th 


Unlimited wristbands - (For discount, purchase resale wristband at the California Welcome Center)


**Cash Only**


Thursday 10/12 4pm - 10pm

Friday 10/13 4pm - 11pm
Saturday 10/14 Noon -11pm

Sunday 10/15 Noon - 10pm




Fall Festival 


October 14th - 15th / 11am - 4pm


Benefitting Hands4Hope - Youth Making a Difference

For more information, visit: www.hands4homeyouth.org


Unlimited wristbands -

Individual tickets -

Goodbye Shower Curtains, Hello Glass!!

October 14, 2017
Category: Decor

One of my latest favorite bathroom trends is the clear glass enclosure for bathtubs. It's not the same dated sliding glass door we are used to seeing, but a clear tub/shower glass panel with a door. I love how much bigger and cleaner the bathrooms look with these. Check out some of the before and after pics I found on Houzz. If you are thinking about adding an enclosure to your tub, try this one!! 



Before             /             After





Before             /             After





Before             /             After

Tags: decor bathroom update

Halloween Spooktacular in the Town Center

October 04, 2017
Category: Events

Come Trick or Treat at the Town Center!


Tuesday, October 31st - 3pm - 6pm


5pm - Costume Contest at the Steven Young Amphitheater



Kids & Dogs 

2 Age Groups:  6 & Under & 7-12 years old 

Sign Up at the Town Center Information Booth from 3pm-4:50pm


Categories Include: 

*Most Creative 

*Hero/Villain or Princess 

*Cutest 

*Scariest 

*Best Family/Group

Screen_Shot_2017-09-25_at_1.35.38_PM.jpg
Tags: halloween el dorado hills town center

Fall is here in the Town Center!

September 26, 2017
Category: Events

Many fun events are coming up in the El Dorado Hills Town Center!


Outdoor Movie Night 


October 6th / 7:00pm (weather permitting)


Beauty & the Beast. Movie Starts at 7:00pm. Event is free and popcorn will be served. Bring chairs and blankets.


Sizzling Fresh Mongolian BBQ will be selling dinner at the event.




Fall Carnival


October 12th - 15th 


Unlimited wristbands - (For discount, purchase resale wristband at the California Welcome Center)


**Cash Only**


Thursday 10/12 4pm - 10pm

Friday 10/13 4pm - 11pm
Saturday 10/14 Noon -11pm

Sunday 10/15 Noon - 10pm




Fall Festival 


October 14th - 15th / 11am - 4pm


Benefitting Hands4Hope - Youth Making a Difference

For more information, visit: www.hands4homeyouth.org


Unlimited wristbands -

Individual tickets -

Halloween Spooktacular in the Town Center

October 04, 2017
Category: Events

Come Trick or Treat at the Town Center!


Tuesday, October 31st - 3pm - 6pm


5pm - Costume Contest at the Steven Young Amphitheater



Kids & Dogs 

2 Age Groups:  6 & Under & 7-12 years old 

Sign Up at the Town Center Information Booth from 3pm-4:50pm


Categories Include: 

*Most Creative 

*Hero/Villain or Princess 

*Cutest 

*Scariest 

*Best Family/Group

Screen_Shot_2017-09-25_at_1.35.38_PM.jpg
Tags: halloween el dorado hills town center

Fall is here in the Town Center!

September 26, 2017
Category: Events

Many fun events are coming up in the El Dorado Hills Town Center!


Outdoor Movie Night 


October 6th / 7:00pm (weather permitting)


Beauty & the Beast. Movie Starts at 7:00pm. Event is free and popcorn will be served. Bring chairs and blankets.


Sizzling Fresh Mongolian BBQ will be selling dinner at the event.




Fall Carnival


October 12th - 15th 


Unlimited wristbands - (For discount, purchase resale wristband at the California Welcome Center)


**Cash Only**


Thursday 10/12 4pm - 10pm

Friday 10/13 4pm - 11pm
Saturday 10/14 Noon -11pm

Sunday 10/15 Noon - 10pm




Fall Festival 


October 14th - 15th / 11am - 4pm


Benefitting Hands4Hope - Youth Making a Difference

For more information, visit: www.hands4homeyouth.org


Unlimited wristbands -

Individual tickets -

Goodbye Shower Curtains, Hello Glass!!

October 04, 2017
Category: Decor

One of my latest favorite bathroom trends is the clear glass enclosure for bathtubs. It's not the same dated sliding glass door we are used to seeing, but a clear tub/shower glass panel with a door. I love how much bigger and cleaner the bathrooms look with these. Check out some of the before and after pics I found on Houzz. If you are thinking about adding an enclosure to your tub, try this one!! 



Before             /             After





Before             /             After





Before             /             After

Tags: decor bathroom update

Halloween Spooktacular in the Town Center

October 04, 2017
Category: Events

Come Trick or Treat at the Town Center!


Tuesday, October 31st - 3pm - 6pm


5pm - Costume Contest at the Steven Young Amphitheater



Kids & Dogs 

2 Age Groups:  6 & Under & 7-12 years old 

Sign Up at the Town Center Information Booth from 3pm-4:50pm


Categories Include: 

*Most Creative 

*Hero/Villain or Princess 

*Cutest 

*Scariest 

*Best Family/Group

Screen_Shot_2017-09-25_at_1.35.38_PM.jpg
Tags: halloween el dorado hills town center

Fall is here in the Town Center!

September 26, 2017
Category: Events

Many fun events are coming up in the El Dorado Hills Town Center!


Outdoor Movie Night 


October 6th / 7:00pm (weather permitting)


Beauty & the Beast. Movie Starts at 7:00pm. Event is free and popcorn will be served. Bring chairs and blankets.


Sizzling Fresh Mongolian BBQ will be selling dinner at the event.




Fall Carnival


October 12th - 15th 


Unlimited wristbands - (For discount, purchase resale wristband at the California Welcome Center)


**Cash Only**


Thursday 10/12 4pm - 10pm

Friday 10/13 4pm - 11pm
Saturday 10/14 Noon -11pm

Sunday 10/15 Noon - 10pm




Fall Festival 


October 14th - 15th / 11am - 4pm


Benefitting Hands4Hope - Youth Making a Difference

For more information, visit: www.hands4homeyouth.org


Unlimited wristbands -

Individual tickets -

Halloween Spooktacular in the Town Center

October 04, 2017
Category: Events

Come Trick or Treat at the Town Center!


Tuesday, October 31st - 3pm - 6pm


5pm - Costume Contest at the Steven Young Amphitheater



Kids & Dogs 

2 Age Groups:  6 & Under & 7-12 years old 

Sign Up at the Town Center Information Booth from 3pm-4:50pm


Categories Include: 

*Most Creative 

*Hero/Villain or Princess 

*Cutest 

*Scariest 

*Best Family/Group

Screen_Shot_2017-09-25_at_1.35.38_PM.jpg
Tags: halloween el dorado hills town center

Fall is here in the Town Center!

September 26, 2017
Category: Events

Many fun events are coming up in the El Dorado Hills Town Center!


Outdoor Movie Night 


October 6th / 7:00pm (weather permitting)


Beauty & the Beast. Movie Starts at 7:00pm. Event is free and popcorn will be served. Bring chairs and blankets.


Sizzling Fresh Mongolian BBQ will be selling dinner at the event.




Fall Carnival


October 12th - 15th 


Unlimited wristbands - (For discount, purchase resale wristband at the California Welcome Center)


**Cash Only**


Thursday 10/12 4pm - 10pm

Friday 10/13 4pm - 11pm
Saturday 10/14 Noon -11pm

Sunday 10/15 Noon - 10pm




Fall Festival 


October 14th - 15th / 11am - 4pm


Benefitting Hands4Hope - Youth Making a Difference

For more information, visit: www.hands4homeyouth.org


Unlimited wristbands -

Individual tickets -

Fall is here in the Town Center!

September 26, 2017
Category: Events

Many fun events are coming up in the El Dorado Hills Town Center!


Outdoor Movie Night 


October 6th / 7:00pm (weather permitting)


Beauty & the Beast. Movie Starts at 7:00pm. Event is free and popcorn will be served. Bring chairs and blankets.


Sizzling Fresh Mongolian BBQ will be selling dinner at the event.




Fall Carnival


October 12th - 15th 


Unlimited wristbands - (For discount, purchase resale wristband at the California Welcome Center)


**Cash Only**


Thursday 10/12 4pm - 10pm

Friday 10/13 4pm - 11pm
Saturday 10/14 Noon -11pm

Sunday 10/15 Noon - 10pm




Fall Festival 


October 14th - 15th / 11am - 4pm


Benefitting Hands4Hope - Youth Making a Difference

For more information, visit: www.hands4homeyouth.org


Unlimited wristbands -

Individual tickets -

Niello Concours at Serrano is coming up - 10/1/17

September 25, 2017
Category: Events

The Niello Concours at Serrano is a true Concours d'Elegance on the green at the Serrano Visitor's Center in El Dorado Hills, California. With over 200 motor cars on display, spanning 100 years there will be an amazing display for all to enjoy. From the classics to exotics, vintage motorcycles, a fashion show and fabulous food...this is an event you won't want to miss!


When: 

October 1, 2017  

Event is open to the public from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM 


Where: 

On the Green - Serrano Visitor's Center 4525 Serrano Parkway El Dorado Hills ~ California 95762  


Tickets:

Advance tickets are available for purchase in September at all Niello Dealerships, visit www.Niello.com for locations or you may purchase online by clicking on Eventbrite link - 2017 Niello Concours Tickets


Tickets will be .00 in advance and .00 at the gate. Ticket includes parking, shuttle, and an event program. Children 12 and under are admitted at no charge with a paid adult. 


Schedule: 

7:00 AM - 9:30 AM - Car Placement 

10:00 AM - Gates Open 

NOON - Fashion Show  

3:00 PM - Awards Presentation 

4:30 PM - Best of Show Presentation



Tags: events niello concours at Serrano

The Hills Living - September 2017

September 18, 2017
Category: El Dorado Hills


Check out the latest issue of The Hills Living Magazine! Take a look at Pages 26-27!

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Steve is UNO!

September 13, 2017
Category: Events

Baby Steve celebrated his 1st birthday last month. To go along with Stephani & Ben's Mexican themed wedding and baby shower, they threw him a BIG Fiesta! Ok, it was more of Stephani's Giving Birth Day party, but Baby Steve won't remember. Haha. 


Catering: Perfect Thyme Events. Photography: Love Shots Photography. Cake: Nereida Melvin. Donkeys: Funny Farm Petting Zoo. Decorations: Mostly Amazon.

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Smart Home Sweepstakes!

September 13, 2017
Category: Decor

Smart Home Sweepstakes

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Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage is giving away ,000 in smart home products!

Smart Home Sweepstakes

September 12 - 26, 2017 
                                                                                                                                                                                                        

GRAND PRIZE
        Coldwell Banker® Smart Home Staging Kit


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Visit californiahome.me/avp to view winners of past Coldwell Banker 
        giveaways and preview upcoming events.



The sweepstakes runs from September 12, 2017 at 7:00am PST and ends September 26, 2017 at 5pm PST (the “Sweepstakes Period”). Online and hardcopy entries must be received by end of business on September 26, 2017. There is no cash value. The prize is nontransferable. Winners must be at least 18 years of age to qualify.

                     





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20 Lochmoor Circle, Sacramento, CA 95823

September 08, 2017
Category: New Listing



  • Listed at 4,900

  • 1,162 Square Feet
  • 3 Bedrooms / 2 Bathrooms
  • 6,098 Square Foot Lot

  • 2 Car Garage

  • Possible RV Access 



  • Lovely remodeled 3 bedroom 2 bath family home on a quiet street in a great location! Home features an updated kitchen with designer cabinets, stainless steel appliances, and granite counter tops with dining bar. Both bathrooms have been updated with tile, granite, and new cabinets. Dual pane windows throughout. Large covered patio overlooks a private backyard with planter beds and gorgeous redwood trees. New custom cabinets line the interior of the garage. RV parking possible. 

    Tags: sacramento

    It's almost Apple Hill season!

    September 06, 2017
    Category: Events

    Visiting Apple Hill with my family is one of my favorite things to do in Fall/Winter. In the fall, we enjoy going to High Hill Ranch. They always have vendors selling fun things and the cafeteria area always has good food and AMAZING pies. The kids enjoy fishing in the pond there. 


    During winter time, we head up to Apple Hill to chop down our Christmas Tree. There are also several wineries in Apple Hill that we are looking forward to exploring! 


    Here is a link to download a PDF guide to Apple Hill:

    Apple Hill Map & Guide



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    3013 Airport Road, Placerville, CA 95667

    September 05, 2017
    Category: New Listing



  • Listed at 5,000

  • 102,366 Square Foot Lot

  • 3 Finished 400 Sq.Ft. Cottages

  • 4 Unfinished Cottages

  • Connected to Public Water & Sewer

  • Located Near Main Street Placerville


  • These charming cottages were originally built in the 1940's and renovated in 2016 & 2017. The unfinished cottages are inhabitable but need to be completed because they are currently just framed walls. The seller estimates it will cost around 0k to complete the remaining units and can provide contacts. 


    The 3 finished cottages are 400 square feet each and are renting for 0 per month. Each home has one occupant. All work has been completed with permits. Seller has started work on a central pump house and laundry facility. 


    The owner is open to seller financing, contact us for more information.  

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    Why you SHOULD NOT use the listing agent when purchasing a home...

    August 31, 2017
    Category: El Dorado Hills

    Yes, you read that correctly. You SHOULD NOT use the Listing Agent to purchase your home. 


    The listing agent was hired to get the most money for their clients, the Sellers. There is a misconception that using the listing agent will get the buyer a better deal. The only time that is true is when the agent is unethical- in which case you shouldn't be working with them!


    As listing agents, we separate when we represent both the Buyer and the Seller. One of us represents the Seller and the other represents the Buyers. We do not talk about the transaction with each other. The only way to properly represent our clients is to negotiate on their behalf. There are several times you need representation on both sides; when writing the offer, countering, request for repairs, etc. 


    Throughout the years we have represented both sides many times. There have also been several times where we had multiple offers and had to reject each other's offers as well.


    When buyers tell an agent they have written offers on multiple homes with multiple agents, they are thought of as "unloyal". No one will be very motivated to get that buyer the best deal possible because they aren't going to be loyal clients. They are a sale, not a client.


    When it comes to our clients, we will go WAY beyond what most agents will do. Our furniture is constantly removed from our homes for staging. We are always lending tools, pressure washer, carpet cleaners, our husbands and/or children, haha. If there is something in our power to help our clients, we do it. We are fortunate enough to be able to be picky with who we work with. It keeps our lives happy and our reputation good amongst our Realtor colleagues. 


    To recap: the Listing Agent was hired to sell a property for the most money possible... Find a good Buyers agent and be loyal to them. They will work very hard to get their loyal Buyers the best deal possible.

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    Delivery food in El Dorado Hills

    August 29, 2017
    Category: El Dorado Hills


    Door Dash is THE BEST THING EVER... 


    As working parents, we use Door Dash often. A few years ago, the only restaurants that delivered were pizza or one Chinese restaurant. Now, we have so many options it is hard to decide! It is similar to Uber, only for food. (Uber started a similar service called UberEats but it is not available in EDH yet.)


    Many local restaurants participate in Door Dash, even a liquor store. The liquor store has come in handy several times when we forgot to pick up ice for a party. So handy! 


    Next time your wanting to order in, check it out. The link below will give you off your first order. 


    Door Dash Food Delivery - coupon 




    Tags: dining

    My Smart Home

    August 25, 2017
    Category: El Dorado Hills


    My husband is very into gadgets. I thought he had our old house dialed in, but that was nothing compared to our current home. Our friends think we are crazy (we are a little bit) but I don't know how I can go back to turning on/off lights or letting my dogs outside, haha. Here is an update on what we have done to our home since we moved 2 years ago. 


    RING


    Ring Doorbell - 9


    It all started with the door bell, Ring. This handy little gadget can be hardwired or simply hung with batteries. It sends alerts to your cell phone when someone presses the button. The built-in motion detectors have settings that you can change to be more/less sensitive. It also has two-way talk so you can speak to your visitors. 


    Funny story - We had an Amazon delivery man ring our door bell. Someone left our front door unlocked and our Boxer heard the door bell and opened the door. She let our Yorkie out and shut the door behind him. Our Yorkie went down the street and found a friend, a big black lab. Some neighbors recognized our Yorkie and brought the dogs to my house. When they rang the doorbell, our Boxer once again opened the door, letting both dogs in. She shut the door behind them. I came down stairs to find an extra dog in my house. If it wasn't for Ring, I wouldn't have known how the black lab got in! haha! FYI - We eventually found the owner :)


    Amazon Alexa (Echo/Dot)


    Amazon Echo - / Amazon Echo Dot -


    We love these handy little devices! We have two Amazon Echo's, one in the family room and one in the bonus room. We have a Dot in each bedroom. We can tell "Alexa" to play music, turn on/off lights, use it as an intercom to talk to the kids in their rooms, ask what the weather will be, etc. 


    Wink


    Wink Hub 2- / Wink Relay - .99


    We have two Wink Relay switches, one in the kitchen and one in our master bedroom. We use these to manually turn on/off lights or fountains. I like that the screen lights up when I walk by it and shows what the weather is going to be. 


    The Wink app on our phone is the main hub for all of our smart tools and allows us to control our home from anywhere in the world. 


    Nest Thermostat


    Nest Thermostat - 8.79


    We have two Nest Thermostats, one on each level. We are able to control our HVAC with Alexa, from anywhere in the world. It is a smart thermostat and learns over time from habits. 


    Nest Carbon Monoxide / Smoke Detector 


    Nest Protect Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Alarm - 8.98


    We upgraded all of our CO/Smoke Detectors with these Nest Detectors. These have an industrial-grade smoke sensor, 10-year carbon monoxide sensor, heat, humidity and occupancy sensor, ambient light and an omnidirectional microphone. These are all linked to our Wink hub and Alexa. They can be controlled from a phone and tests itself automatically. 


    Z-Wave Switches & Outlets


    GE Z-Wave Switch - .50 \ GE Z-Wave Receptacle Outlet - .99


    We switched out every light switch in the living areas and our master bedroom to a Z-Wave switch. We installed Z-Wave Outlets for our fountain, backyard & courtyard string lights. These Z-Wave switches allow Wink/Alexa to control them.


    Z-Wave Garage Door Opener


    GoControl Z-Wave Garage Door Opener - .82


    Living in our wonderful gated community, our HOA requires our garage door to be shut overnight. Totally reasonable for safety reasons, but we would often forget about it because it isn't noticeable with how our house is situated. We installed Z-Wave Garage door remote openers so we can have Alexa shut the garage doors. It has come in handy many times with friends or family wanting to drop something off while we are gone. We are able to open the garage from our phone if we are away, and let people in. 


    Motorola Baby Monitor 


    Motorola Baby Monitor - 4.99


    This was given to us as a baby gift and we LOVE it! It comes with a little monitor that you can carry around with you or you can connect it to your wifi and download the app, Hubble for Motorola. On our first trip without Baby Steve, we were able to watch his baby monitor from Hawaii. I learned not to use the microphone button because as soon as he heard me talk to him, he ripped the camera off the wall. My favorite features of this monitor are the music options, you're able to move the camera or zoom, take snap shots or videos, and you can link multiple cameras to your account. 


    AutoSlide Door


    AutoSlide Collar-ID Door System - 7


    BEST INVENTION EVER.


    Since our rattlesnake incident last year, we are not very comfortable leaving our 3 dogs outside all day. However, it is very annoying having to let them in and out all day long. We had many accidents in the house, which made us wonder if there was any way to install a grocery store style automatic opening door. I wish we had pondered this sooner!! Our life is so much easier with this little contraption that my husband was able to install on our door. It has several settings but we tend to keep it on the pet sensor one. The dogs each have a remote on their collar that will make the door open if they walk near it. AMAZING.


    COMING SOON - Ubiquiti UniFi Video Camera


    Ubiquiti UniFi Video Camera - 1.90

    We plan on canceling our Comcast Security System and installing our new cameras. To be continued... 




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    1001 Brock Circle, Folsom CA 95630

    August 23, 2017
    Category: New Listing




  • Listed at 0,000

  • 2,680 Square Feet

  • 4 Bedrooms / 2.5 Bathrooms

  • .18 Acre Lot

  • 3 car garage with sink, cabinetry, microwave, ceiling fan and epoxy floors

  • Possible RV access on side of the home

  • Sink, upper & lower cabinetry in laundry room • Elongated CalGreen compliant Toto toilets in all bathrooms

  • Walking Distance to Schools




  • Upon entering the home, you step into the open walkway that overlooks the formal living and dining room. The expanse of Junkers Merbau, 5” plank solid hardwood floors, will take your breath away. The family room features an accent wall with a modern gas fireplace and recessed tv wiring. The kitchen is open to the family room and features a walk-in pantry and dining nook. The high-end kitchen offers custom cherry stained cabinetry with black & white marbleized granite, Wolf stove top, stainless steel hood and Bosch double oven. The kitchen is very functional with pull-outs, appliance lift, spice organizer, built-in silverware and knife rack. Upstairs, double doors lead to the master suite with recessed lighting and ceiling fan. Pull back the sleek mahogany barn door and enter the soothing bath with dual pedestals, flanked by the ultimate custom cabinets. Under the window stands a gorgeous contemporary soaking tub resting on a Venetian Pebble tile bed. The frameless glass shower surround disappears into the soft jade tile. To ease the tension use the adjustable European Grohe shower system to wash away the troubles of the day.

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    Friday Funny - ANOTHER BAD Home Makeover

    August 11, 2017
    Category: El Dorado Hills


    This poor couple! I don't know what is worse, a wall of fake plants, a fish tank that looks into the bathroom or the "feminine" master bedroom. 


    Happy Friday El Dorado Hillians!

    5015 Courtney Way, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762

    August 10, 2017
    Category: New Listing




  • Listed at 8,000

  • 3,178 Square Feet

  • 4 Bedrooms / 3 Bathrooms

  • 4 Car Garage

  • .39 Acre Lot

  • Walking Distance to Villagio Park



  • This beautiful 4 bedroom home was built with quality and style by Standard Pacific. On the first floor is the formal living and dining rooms. The spacious & bright kitchen is open to the dining nook and family room. A bedroom and full bath is also located downstairs. Upstairs is the master suite, 2 additional bedrooms, bathroom, laundry & bonus room. The private & usable .39 acre lot is a rare find in Serrano. Located minutes from Folsom Lake, the deep 4 car garage is ideal for boat storage. 

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    2629 Crane Way, Cameron Park, CA 95682

    August 07, 2017
    Category: New Listing



    Listed at 9,000

  • 2,687 Square Feet

  • 4 Bedrooms / 2.5 Bathrooms

  • 3 Car Garage

  • .237 Acre Lot

  • Main level master suite



  • Gorgeous custom home in Creekside Estates. This custom home offers an ideal floorplan for any lifestyle. Upon entering, you step into the formal living and dining rooms near the powder bath. The Kitchen overlooks the dining nook and family room with large sliding glass door. The main level master suite is located across the hall to the laundry room. Upstairs, there are three additional bedrooms, a large bathroom with dual sinks and a loft. The park like backyard is nearly a quarter acre and features an expansive entertaining deck, play structure and widespread lawn.

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    Friday Funny - ANOTHER BAD Home Makeover

    August 04, 2017
    Category: El Dorado Hills


    Another GREAT home makeover disaster. The stuffed squirrel is nothing compared to the poor teenage daughter's room, haha!!


    Happy Friday El Dorado Hillians!

    Friday Funny - BAD Home Makeover

    July 28, 2017
    Category: El Dorado Hills


    We find home makeover disasters hilarious. This poor couple's new bedroom looks like Mary Poppins exploded in it!!! Happy Friday El Dorado Hillians :)

    Live on the Boulevard - El Dorado Hills Town Center Thursday Night Concerts

    July 19, 2017
    Category: El Dorado Hills

    Bella Donna, a Stevie Nicks/Fleetwood Mac tribute band will be playing tomorrow in the El Dorado Hills Town Center. Bring chairs and a cooler full of cold drinks. It will be hot tomorrow! 




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    The Hills Living - July 2017

    July 17, 2017
    Category: El Dorado Hills


    Check out the latest issue of The Hills Living Magazine! Take a look at Page 39!

    El Dorado Hills CSD Concert in the Park

    July 15, 2017
    Category: El Dorado Hills

    The concert in the El Dorado Hills CSD park is always a great event. Stephani & Melissa attended the concert on July 14 with their families and highly recommend attending! They set up a little picnic area with dinner from the Nugget and Trader Joes. A few local restaurants were selling food there as well. Melissa's older kids loved the bounce houses. Stephani's older kids socialized and played basketball. The babies (Ella and Steve) played with the puppies that were sitting near by. It was a great time for all! Don't miss the next concert on July 28th.


    Below is a list of upcoming concert dates



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    6030 Sundale Court, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762

    July 08, 2017
    Category: New Listing

  • Listed at 0,000

  • 2,762 Square Feet

  • 4 Bedrooms / 3 Bathrooms

  • 3 Car Garage

  • Solar Heated Swimming Pool

  • New Exterior Paint

  • .37 Acre Lot

  • Walking Distance to All 3 Schools

  • Located on a Cul-de-sac

  • Backs to Greenbelt


  • This spectacular Serrano home is walking distance to all three award winning schools. Located on a quiet cul-de-sac next a greenbelt, there are no neighbors to the side. The large driveway and three car garage provide plenty of parking space. The 2,762 square foot home features soaring ceilings with a skylight in the entry, as well as the formal living and dining spaces. The wall of windows in the kitchen takes advantage of the views of the park like backyard. The kitchen is open to the family room which features a fireplace and wet bar. All 4 bedrooms are located upstairs. The spacious master suite has a privacy door leading to the spa like bathroom and walk-in closet. Retreat to the amazing backyard with enclosed patio, solar heated swimming pool, croquet worthy lawn, pond and greenbelt views. The mature trees provide plenty of privacy in the 16,161 square foot lot.

    Tags: el dorado hills Serrano home for sale


    Activities include:

    Hay Maze

    Hay Rides

    Pumpkin Decorating

    Doggie Costume Contest

    4H- Animal Exploration Area 

    Carnival Games 

    Fun Food and More!!


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    Niello Concours at Serrano is coming up - 10/1/17

    September 25, 2017
    Category: Events

    The Niello Concours at Serrano is a true Concours d'Elegance on the green at the Serrano Visitor's Center in El Dorado Hills, California. With over 200 motor cars on display, spanning 100 years there will be an amazing display for all to enjoy. From the classics to exotics, vintage motorcycles, a fashion show and fabulous food...this is an event you won't want to miss!


    When: 

    October 1, 2017  

    Event is open to the public from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM 


    Where: 

    On the Green - Serrano Visitor's Center 4525 Serrano Parkway El Dorado Hills ~ California 95762  


    Tickets:

    Advance tickets are available for purchase in September at all Niello Dealerships, visit www.Niello.com for locations or you may purchase online by clicking on Eventbrite link - 2017 Niello Concours Tickets


    Tickets will be .00 in advance and .00 at the gate. Ticket includes parking, shuttle, and an event program. Children 12 and under are admitted at no charge with a paid adult. 


    Schedule: 

    7:00 AM - 9:30 AM - Car Placement 

    10:00 AM - Gates Open 

    NOON - Fashion Show  

    3:00 PM - Awards Presentation 

    4:30 PM - Best of Show Presentation



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    The Hills Living - September 2017

    September 18, 2017
    Category: El Dorado Hills


    Check out the latest issue of The Hills Living Magazine! Take a look at Pages 26-27!

    Tags: The Hills Living

    Steve is UNO!

    September 13, 2017
    Category: Events

    Baby Steve celebrated his 1st birthday last month. To go along with Stephani & Ben's Mexican themed wedding and baby shower, they threw him a BIG Fiesta! Ok, it was more of Stephani's Giving Birth Day party, but Baby Steve won't remember. Haha. 


    Catering: Perfect Thyme Events. Photography: Love Shots Photography. Cake: Nereida Melvin. Donkeys: Funny Farm Petting Zoo. Decorations: Mostly Amazon.

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    Smart Home Sweepstakes!

    September 13, 2017
    Category: Decor

    Smart Home Sweepstakes

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    Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage is giving away ,000 in smart home products!

    Smart Home Sweepstakes

    September 12 - 26, 2017 
                                                                                                                                                                                                            

    GRAND PRIZE
            Coldwell Banker® Smart Home Staging Kit


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    Visit californiahome.me/avp to view winners of past Coldwell Banker 
            giveaways and preview upcoming events.



    The sweepstakes runs from September 12, 2017 at 7:00am PST and ends September 26, 2017 at 5pm PST (the “Sweepstakes Period”). Online and hardcopy entries must be received by end of business on September 26, 2017. There is no cash value. The prize is nontransferable. Winners must be at least 18 years of age to qualify.

                         





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    20 Lochmoor Circle, Sacramento, CA 95823

    September 08, 2017
    Category: New Listing



  • Listed at 4,900

  • 1,162 Square Feet
  • 3 Bedrooms / 2 Bathrooms
  • 6,098 Square Foot Lot

  • 2 Car Garage

  • Possible RV Access 



  • Lovely remodeled 3 bedroom 2 bath family home on a quiet street in a great location! Home features an updated kitchen with designer cabinets, stainless steel appliances, and granite counter tops with dining bar. Both bathrooms have been updated with tile, granite, and new cabinets. Dual pane windows throughout. Large covered patio overlooks a private backyard with planter beds and gorgeous redwood trees. New custom cabinets line the interior of the garage. RV parking possible. 

    Tags: sacramento

    It's almost Apple Hill season!

    September 06, 2017
    Category: Events

    Visiting Apple Hill with my family is one of my favorite things to do in Fall/Winter. In the fall, we enjoy going to High Hill Ranch. They always have vendors selling fun things and the cafeteria area always has good food and AMAZING pies. The kids enjoy fishing in the pond there. 


    During winter time, we head up to Apple Hill to chop down our Christmas Tree. There are also several wineries in Apple Hill that we are looking forward to exploring! 


    Here is a link to download a PDF guide to Apple Hill:

    Apple Hill Map & Guide



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    3013 Airport Road, Placerville, CA 95667

    September 05, 2017
    Category: New Listing



  • Listed at 5,000

  • 102,366 Square Foot Lot

  • 3 Finished 400 Sq.Ft. Cottages

  • 4 Unfinished Cottages

  • Connected to Public Water & Sewer

  • Located Near Main Street Placerville


  • These charming cottages were originally built in the 1940's and renovated in 2016 & 2017. The unfinished cottages are inhabitable but need to be completed because they are currently just framed walls. The seller estimates it will cost around 0k to complete the remaining units and can provide contacts. 


    The 3 finished cottages are 400 square feet each and are renting for 0 per month. Each home has one occupant. All work has been completed with permits. Seller has started work on a central pump house and laundry facility. 


    The owner is open to seller financing, contact us for more information.  

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    Tags: Placerville income property

    Why you SHOULD NOT use the listing agent when purchasing a home...

    August 31, 2017
    Category: El Dorado Hills

    Yes, you read that correctly. You SHOULD NOT use the Listing Agent to purchase your home. 


    The listing agent was hired to get the most money for their clients, the Sellers. There is a misconception that using the listing agent will get the buyer a better deal. The only time that is true is when the agent is unethical- in which case you shouldn't be working with them!


    As listing agents, we separate when we represent both the Buyer and the Seller. One of us represents the Seller and the other represents the Buyers. We do not talk about the transaction with each other. The only way to properly represent our clients is to negotiate on their behalf. There are several times you need representation on both sides; when writing the offer, countering, request for repairs, etc. 


    Throughout the years we have represented both sides many times. There have also been several times where we had multiple offers and had to reject each other's offers as well.


    When buyers tell an agent they have written offers on multiple homes with multiple agents, they are thought of as "unloyal". No one will be very motivated to get that buyer the best deal possible because they aren't going to be loyal clients. They are a sale, not a client.


    When it comes to our clients, we will go WAY beyond what most agents will do. Our furniture is constantly removed from our homes for staging. We are always lending tools, pressure washer, carpet cleaners, our husbands and/or children, haha. If there is something in our power to help our clients, we do it. We are fortunate enough to be able to be picky with who we work with. It keeps our lives happy and our reputation good amongst our Realtor colleagues. 


    To recap: the Listing Agent was hired to sell a property for the most money possible... Find a good Buyers agent and be loyal to them. They will work very hard to get their loyal Buyers the best deal possible.

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    Delivery food in El Dorado Hills

    August 29, 2017
    Category: El Dorado Hills


    Door Dash is THE BEST THING EVER... 


    As working parents, we use Door Dash often. A few years ago, the only restaurants that delivered were pizza or one Chinese restaurant. Now, we have so many options it is hard to decide! It is similar to Uber, only for food. (Uber started a similar service called UberEats but it is not available in EDH yet.)


    Many local restaurants participate in Door Dash, even a liquor store. The liquor store has come in handy several times when we forgot to pick up ice for a party. So handy! 


    Next time your wanting to order in, check it out. The link below will give you off your first order. 


    Door Dash Food Delivery - coupon 




    Tags: dining

    My Smart Home

    August 25, 2017
    Category: El Dorado Hills


    My husband is very into gadgets. I thought he had our old house dialed in, but that was nothing compared to our current home. Our friends think we are crazy (we are a little bit) but I don't know how I can go back to turning on/off lights or letting my dogs outside, haha. Here is an update on what we have done to our home since we moved 2 years ago. 


    RING


    Ring Doorbell - 9


    It all started with the door bell, Ring. This handy little gadget can be hardwired or simply hung with batteries. It sends alerts to your cell phone when someone presses the button. The built-in motion detectors have settings that you can change to be more/less sensitive. It also has two-way talk so you can speak to your visitors. 


    Funny story - We had an Amazon delivery man ring our door bell. Someone left our front door unlocked and our Boxer heard the door bell and opened the door. She let our Yorkie out and shut the door behind him. Our Yorkie went down the street and found a friend, a big black lab. Some neighbors recognized our Yorkie and brought the dogs to my house. When they rang the doorbell, our Boxer once again opened the door, letting both dogs in. She shut the door behind them. I came down stairs to find an extra dog in my house. If it wasn't for Ring, I wouldn't have known how the black lab got in! haha! FYI - We eventually found the owner :)


    Amazon Alexa (Echo/Dot)


    Amazon Echo - / Amazon Echo Dot -


    We love these handy little devices! We have two Amazon Echo's, one in the family room and one in the bonus room. We have a Dot in each bedroom. We can tell "Alexa" to play music, turn on/off lights, use it as an intercom to talk to the kids in their rooms, ask what the weather will be, etc. 


    Wink


    Wink Hub 2- / Wink Relay - .99


    We have two Wink Relay switches, one in the kitchen and one in our master bedroom. We use these to manually turn on/off lights or fountains. I like that the screen lights up when I walk by it and shows what the weather is going to be. 


    The Wink app on our phone is the main hub for all of our smart tools and allows us to control our home from anywhere in the world. 


    Nest Thermostat


    Nest Thermostat - 8.79


    We have two Nest Thermostats, one on each level. We are able to control our HVAC with Alexa, from anywhere in the world. It is a smart thermostat and learns over time from habits. 


    Nest Carbon Monoxide / Smoke Detector 


    Nest Protect Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Alarm - 8.98


    We upgraded all of our CO/Smoke Detectors with these Nest Detectors. These have an industrial-grade smoke sensor, 10-year carbon monoxide sensor, heat, humidity and occupancy sensor, ambient light and an omnidirectional microphone. These are all linked to our Wink hub and Alexa. They can be controlled from a phone and tests itself automatically. 


    Z-Wave Switches & Outlets


    GE Z-Wave Switch - .50 \ GE Z-Wave Receptacle Outlet - .99


    We switched out every light switch in the living areas and our master bedroom to a Z-Wave switch. We installed Z-Wave Outlets for our fountain, backyard & courtyard string lights. These Z-Wave switches allow Wink/Alexa to control them.


    Z-Wave Garage Door Opener


    GoControl Z-Wave Garage Door Opener - .82


    Living in our wonderful gated community, our HOA requires our garage door to be shut overnight. Totally reasonable for safety reasons, but we would often forget about it because it isn't noticeable with how our house is situated. We installed Z-Wave Garage door remote openers so we can have Alexa shut the garage doors. It has come in handy many times with friends or family wanting to drop something off while we are gone. We are able to open the garage from our phone if we are away, and let people in. 


    Motorola Baby Monitor 


    Motorola Baby Monitor - 4.99


    This was given to us as a baby gift and we LOVE it! It comes with a little monitor that you can carry around with you or you can connect it to your wifi and download the app, Hubble for Motorola. On our first trip without Baby Steve, we were able to watch his baby monitor from Hawaii. I learned not to use the microphone button because as soon as he heard me talk to him, he ripped the camera off the wall. My favorite features of this monitor are the music options, you're able to move the camera or zoom, take snap shots or videos, and you can link multiple cameras to your account. 


    AutoSlide Door


    AutoSlide Collar-ID Door System - 7


    BEST INVENTION EVER.


    Since our rattlesnake incident last year, we are not very comfortable leaving our 3 dogs outside all day. However, it is very annoying having to let them in and out all day long. We had many accidents in the house, which made us wonder if there was any way to install a grocery store style automatic opening door. I wish we had pondered this sooner!! Our life is so much easier with this little contraption that my husband was able to install on our door. It has several settings but we tend to keep it on the pet sensor one. The dogs each have a remote on their collar that will make the door open if they walk near it. AMAZING.


    COMING SOON - Ubiquiti UniFi Video Camera


    Ubiquiti UniFi Video Camera - 1.90

    We plan on canceling our Comcast Security System and installing our new cameras. To be continued... 




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    Tags: smart home el dorado hills

    1001 Brock Circle, Folsom CA 95630

    August 23, 2017
    Category: New Listing




  • Listed at 0,000

  • 2,680 Square Feet

  • 4 Bedrooms / 2.5 Bathrooms

  • .18 Acre Lot

  • 3 car garage with sink, cabinetry, microwave, ceiling fan and epoxy floors

  • Possible RV access on side of the home

  • Sink, upper & lower cabinetry in laundry room • Elongated CalGreen compliant Toto toilets in all bathrooms

  • Walking Distance to Schools




  • Upon entering the home, you step into the open walkway that overlooks the formal living and dining room. The expanse of Junkers Merbau, 5” plank solid hardwood floors, will take your breath away. The family room features an accent wall with a modern gas fireplace and recessed tv wiring. The kitchen is open to the family room and features a walk-in pantry and dining nook. The high-end kitchen offers custom cherry stained cabinetry with black & white marbleized granite, Wolf stove top, stainless steel hood and Bosch double oven. The kitchen is very functional with pull-outs, appliance lift, spice organizer, built-in silverware and knife rack. Upstairs, double doors lead to the master suite with recessed lighting and ceiling fan. Pull back the sleek mahogany barn door and enter the soothing bath with dual pedestals, flanked by the ultimate custom cabinets. Under the window stands a gorgeous contemporary soaking tub resting on a Venetian Pebble tile bed. The frameless glass shower surround disappears into the soft jade tile. To ease the tension use the adjustable European Grohe shower system to wash away the troubles of the day.

    Tags: Folsom home for sale

    Friday Funny - ANOTHER BAD Home Makeover

    August 11, 2017
    Category: El Dorado Hills


    This poor couple! I don't know what is worse, a wall of fake plants, a fish tank that looks into the bathroom or the "feminine" master bedroom. 


    Happy Friday El Dorado Hillians!

    5015 Courtney Way, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762

    August 10, 2017
    Category: New Listing




  • Listed at 8,000

  • 3,178 Square Feet

  • 4 Bedrooms / 3 Bathrooms

  • 4 Car Garage

  • .39 Acre Lot

  • Walking Distance to Villagio Park



  • This beautiful 4 bedroom home was built with quality and style by Standard Pacific. On the first floor is the formal living and dining rooms. The spacious & bright kitchen is open to the dining nook and family room. A bedroom and full bath is also located downstairs. Upstairs is the master suite, 2 additional bedrooms, bathroom, laundry & bonus room. The private & usable .39 acre lot is a rare find in Serrano. Located minutes from Folsom Lake, the deep 4 car garage is ideal for boat storage. 

    Tags: el dorado hills serrano home for sale

    2629 Crane Way, Cameron Park, CA 95682

    August 07, 2017
    Category: New Listing



    Listed at 9,000

  • 2,687 Square Feet

  • 4 Bedrooms / 2.5 Bathrooms

  • 3 Car Garage

  • .237 Acre Lot

  • Main level master suite



  • Gorgeous custom home in Creekside Estates. This custom home offers an ideal floorplan for any lifestyle. Upon entering, you step into the formal living and dining rooms near the powder bath. The Kitchen overlooks the dining nook and family room with large sliding glass door. The main level master suite is located across the hall to the laundry room. Upstairs, there are three additional bedrooms, a large bathroom with dual sinks and a loft. The park like backyard is nearly a quarter acre and features an expansive entertaining deck, play structure and widespread lawn.

    Tags: cameron park new listing home for sale

    Friday Funny - ANOTHER BAD Home Makeover

    August 04, 2017
    Category: El Dorado Hills


    Another GREAT home makeover disaster. The stuffed squirrel is nothing compared to the poor teenage daughter's room, haha!!


    Happy Friday El Dorado Hillians!

    Friday Funny - BAD Home Makeover

    July 28, 2017
    Category: El Dorado Hills


    We find home makeover disasters hilarious. This poor couple's new bedroom looks like Mary Poppins exploded in it!!! Happy Friday El Dorado Hillians :)

    Live on the Boulevard - El Dorado Hills Town Center Thursday Night Concerts

    July 19, 2017
    Category: El Dorado Hills

    Bella Donna, a Stevie Nicks/Fleetwood Mac tribute band will be playing tomorrow in the El Dorado Hills Town Center. Bring chairs and a cooler full of cold drinks. It will be hot tomorrow! 




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    Tags: El Dorado Hills Town Center

    The Hills Living - July 2017

    July 17, 2017
    Category: El Dorado Hills


    Check out the latest issue of The Hills Living Magazine! Take a look at Page 39!

    El Dorado Hills CSD Concert in the Park

    July 15, 2017
    Category: El Dorado Hills

    The concert in the El Dorado Hills CSD park is always a great event. Stephani & Melissa attended the concert on July 14 with their families and highly recommend attending! They set up a little picnic area with dinner from the Nugget and Trader Joes. A few local restaurants were selling food there as well. Melissa's older kids loved the bounce houses. Stephani's older kids socialized and played basketball. The babies (Ella and Steve) played with the puppies that were sitting near by. It was a great time for all! Don't miss the next concert on July 28th.


    Below is a list of upcoming concert dates



    Tags: Concert in the park


    Activities include:

    Hay Maze

    Hay Rides

    Pumpkin Decorating

    Doggie Costume Contest

    4H- Animal Exploration Area 

    Carnival Games 

    Fun Food and More!!


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    Tags: events el dorado hills town center el dorado hills fall events

    Niello Concours at Serrano is coming up - 10/1/17

    September 25, 2017
    Category: Events

    The Niello Concours at Serrano is a true Concours d'Elegance on the green at the Serrano Visitor's Center in El Dorado Hills, California. With over 200 motor cars on display, spanning 100 years there will be an amazing display for all to enjoy. From the classics to exotics, vintage motorcycles, a fashion show and fabulous food...this is an event you won't want to miss!


    When: 

    October 1, 2017  

    Event is open to the public from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM 


    Where: 

    On the Green - Serrano Visitor's Center 4525 Serrano Parkway El Dorado Hills ~ California 95762  


    Tickets:

    Advance tickets are available for purchase in September at all Niello Dealerships, visit www.Niello.com for locations or you may purchase online by clicking on Eventbrite link - 2017 Niello Concours Tickets


    Tickets will be .00 in advance and .00 at the gate. Ticket includes parking, shuttle, and an event program. Children 12 and under are admitted at no charge with a paid adult. 


    Schedule: 

    7:00 AM - 9:30 AM - Car Placement 

    10:00 AM - Gates Open 

    NOON - Fashion Show  

    3:00 PM - Awards Presentation 

    4:30 PM - Best of Show Presentation



    Tags: events niello concours at Serrano

    The Hills Living - September 2017

    September 18, 2017
    Category: El Dorado Hills


    Check out the latest issue of The Hills Living Magazine! Take a look at Pages 26-27!

    Tags: The Hills Living

    Steve is UNO!

    September 13, 2017
    Category: Events

    Baby Steve celebrated his 1st birthday last month. To go along with Stephani & Ben's Mexican themed wedding and baby shower, they threw him a BIG Fiesta! Ok, it was more of Stephani's Giving Birth Day party, but Baby Steve won't remember. Haha. 


    Catering: Perfect Thyme Events. Photography: Love Shots Photography. Cake: Nereida Melvin. Donkeys: Funny Farm Petting Zoo. Decorations: Mostly Amazon.

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    Tags: Party

    Smart Home Sweepstakes!

    September 13, 2017
    Category: Decor

    Smart Home Sweepstakes

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    Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage is giving away ,000 in smart home products!

    Smart Home Sweepstakes

    September 12 - 26, 2017 
                                                                                                                                                                                                            

    GRAND PRIZE
            Coldwell Banker® Smart Home Staging Kit


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    Visit californiahome.me/avp to view winners of past Coldwell Banker 
            giveaways and preview upcoming events.



    The sweepstakes runs from September 12, 2017 at 7:00am PST and ends September 26, 2017 at 5pm PST (the “Sweepstakes Period”). Online and hardcopy entries must be received by end of business on September 26, 2017. There is no cash value. The prize is nontransferable. Winners must be at least 18 years of age to qualify.

                         





    Tags: Contest

    20 Lochmoor Circle, Sacramento, CA 95823

    September 08, 2017
    Category: New Listing



  • Listed at 4,900

  • 1,162 Square Feet
  • 3 Bedrooms / 2 Bathrooms
  • 6,098 Square Foot Lot

  • 2 Car Garage

  • Possible RV Access 



  • Lovely remodeled 3 bedroom 2 bath family home on a quiet street in a great location! Home features an updated kitchen with designer cabinets, stainless steel appliances, and granite counter tops with dining bar. Both bathrooms have been updated with tile, granite, and new cabinets. Dual pane windows throughout. Large covered patio overlooks a private backyard with planter beds and gorgeous redwood trees. New custom cabinets line the interior of the garage. RV parking possible. 

    Tags: sacramento

    It's almost Apple Hill season!

    September 06, 2017
    Category: Events

    Visiting Apple Hill with my family is one of my favorite things to do in Fall/Winter. In the fall, we enjoy going to High Hill Ranch. They always have vendors selling fun things and the cafeteria area always has good food and AMAZING pies. The kids enjoy fishing in the pond there. 


    During winter time, we head up to Apple Hill to chop down our Christmas Tree. There are also several wineries in Apple Hill that we are looking forward to exploring! 


    Here is a link to download a PDF guide to Apple Hill:

    Apple Hill Map & Guide



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    3013 Airport Road, Placerville, CA 95667

    September 05, 2017
    Category: New Listing



  • Listed at 5,000

  • 102,366 Square Foot Lot

  • 3 Finished 400 Sq.Ft. Cottages

  • 4 Unfinished Cottages

  • Connected to Public Water & Sewer

  • Located Near Main Street Placerville


  • These charming cottages were originally built in the 1940's and renovated in 2016 & 2017. The unfinished cottages are inhabitable but need to be completed because they are currently just framed walls. The seller estimates it will cost around 0k to complete the remaining units and can provide contacts. 


    The 3 finished cottages are 400 square feet each and are renting for 0 per month. Each home has one occupant. All work has been completed with permits. Seller has started work on a central pump house and laundry facility. 


    The owner is open to seller financing, contact us for more information.  

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    Tags: Placerville income property

    Why you SHOULD NOT use the listing agent when purchasing a home...

    August 31, 2017
    Category: El Dorado Hills

    Yes, you read that correctly. You SHOULD NOT use the Listing Agent to purchase your home. 


    The listing agent was hired to get the most money for their clients, the Sellers. There is a misconception that using the listing agent will get the buyer a better deal. The only time that is true is when the agent is unethical- in which case you shouldn't be working with them!


    As listing agents, we separate when we represent both the Buyer and the Seller. One of us represents the Seller and the other represents the Buyers. We do not talk about the transaction with each other. The only way to properly represent our clients is to negotiate on their behalf. There are several times you need representation on both sides; when writing the offer, countering, request for repairs, etc. 


    Throughout the years we have represented both sides many times. There have also been several times where we had multiple offers and had to reject each other's offers as well.


    When buyers tell an agent they have written offers on multiple homes with multiple agents, they are thought of as "unloyal". No one will be very motivated to get that buyer the best deal possible because they aren't going to be loyal clients. They are a sale, not a client.


    When it comes to our clients, we will go WAY beyond what most agents will do. Our furniture is constantly removed from our homes for staging. We are always lending tools, pressure washer, carpet cleaners, our husbands and/or children, haha. If there is something in our power to help our clients, we do it. We are fortunate enough to be able to be picky with who we work with. It keeps our lives happy and our reputation good amongst our Realtor colleagues. 


    To recap: the Listing Agent was hired to sell a property for the most money possible... Find a good Buyers agent and be loyal to them. They will work very hard to get their loyal Buyers the best deal possible.

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    Tags: buyer listing agent dual agency

    Delivery food in El Dorado Hills

    August 29, 2017
    Category: El Dorado Hills


    Door Dash is THE BEST THING EVER... 


    As working parents, we use Door Dash often. A few years ago, the only restaurants that delivered were pizza or one Chinese restaurant. Now, we have so many options it is hard to decide! It is similar to Uber, only for food. (Uber started a similar service called UberEats but it is not available in EDH yet.)


    Many local restaurants participate in Door Dash, even a liquor store. The liquor store has come in handy several times when we forgot to pick up ice for a party. So handy! 


    Next time your wanting to order in, check it out. The link below will give you off your first order. 


    Door Dash Food Delivery - coupon 




    Tags: dining

    My Smart Home

    August 25, 2017
    Category: El Dorado Hills


    My husband is very into gadgets. I thought he had our old house dialed in, but that was nothing compared to our current home. Our friends think we are crazy (we are a little bit) but I don't know how I can go back to turning on/off lights or letting my dogs outside, haha. Here is an update on what we have done to our home since we moved 2 years ago. 


    RING


    Ring Doorbell - 9


    It all started with the door bell, Ring. This handy little gadget can be hardwired or simply hung with batteries. It sends alerts to your cell phone when someone presses the button. The built-in motion detectors have settings that you can change to be more/less sensitive. It also has two-way talk so you can speak to your visitors. 


    Funny story - We had an Amazon delivery man ring our door bell. Someone left our front door unlocked and our Boxer heard the door bell and opened the door. She let our Yorkie out and shut the door behind him. Our Yorkie went down the street and found a friend, a big black lab. Some neighbors recognized our Yorkie and brought the dogs to my house. When they rang the doorbell, our Boxer once again opened the door, letting both dogs in. She shut the door behind them. I came down stairs to find an extra dog in my house. If it wasn't for Ring, I wouldn't have known how the black lab got in! haha! FYI - We eventually found the owner :)


    Amazon Alexa (Echo/Dot)


    Amazon Echo - / Amazon Echo Dot -


    We love these handy little devices! We have two Amazon Echo's, one in the family room and one in the bonus room. We have a Dot in each bedroom. We can tell "Alexa" to play music, turn on/off lights, use it as an intercom to talk to the kids in their rooms, ask what the weather will be, etc. 


    Wink


    Wink Hub 2- / Wink Relay - .99


    We have two Wink Relay switches, one in the kitchen and one in our master bedroom. We use these to manually turn on/off lights or fountains. I like that the screen lights up when I walk by it and shows what the weather is going to be. 


    The Wink app on our phone is the main hub for all of our smart tools and allows us to control our home from anywhere in the world. 


    Nest Thermostat


    Nest Thermostat - 8.79


    We have two Nest Thermostats, one on each level. We are able to control our HVAC with Alexa, from anywhere in the world. It is a smart thermostat and learns over time from habits. 


    Nest Carbon Monoxide / Smoke Detector 


    Nest Protect Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Alarm - 8.98


    We upgraded all of our CO/Smoke Detectors with these Nest Detectors. These have an industrial-grade smoke sensor, 10-year carbon monoxide sensor, heat, humidity and occupancy sensor, ambient light and an omnidirectional microphone. These are all linked to our Wink hub and Alexa. They can be controlled from a phone and tests itself automatically. 


    Z-Wave Switches & Outlets


    GE Z-Wave Switch - .50 \ GE Z-Wave Receptacle Outlet - .99


    We switched out every light switch in the living areas and our master bedroom to a Z-Wave switch. We installed Z-Wave Outlets for our fountain, backyard & courtyard string lights. These Z-Wave switches allow Wink/Alexa to control them.


    Z-Wave Garage Door Opener


    GoControl Z-Wave Garage Door Opener - .82


    Living in our wonderful gated community, our HOA requires our garage door to be shut overnight. Totally reasonable for safety reasons, but we would often forget about it because it isn't noticeable with how our house is situated. We installed Z-Wave Garage door remote openers so we can have Alexa shut the garage doors. It has come in handy many times with friends or family wanting to drop something off while we are gone. We are able to open the garage from our phone if we are away, and let people in. 


    Motorola Baby Monitor 


    Motorola Baby Monitor - 4.99


    This was given to us as a baby gift and we LOVE it! It comes with a little monitor that you can carry around with you or you can connect it to your wifi and download the app, Hubble for Motorola. On our first trip without Baby Steve, we were able to watch his baby monitor from Hawaii. I learned not to use the microphone button because as soon as he heard me talk to him, he ripped the camera off the wall. My favorite features of this monitor are the music options, you're able to move the camera or zoom, take snap shots or videos, and you can link multiple cameras to your account. 


    AutoSlide Door


    AutoSlide Collar-ID Door System - 7


    BEST INVENTION EVER.


    Since our rattlesnake incident last year, we are not very comfortable leaving our 3 dogs outside all day. However, it is very annoying having to let them in and out all day long. We had many accidents in the house, which made us wonder if there was any way to install a grocery store style automatic opening door. I wish we had pondered this sooner!! Our life is so much easier with this little contraption that my husband was able to install on our door. It has several settings but we tend to keep it on the pet sensor one. The dogs each have a remote on their collar that will make the door open if they walk near it. AMAZING.


    COMING SOON - Ubiquiti UniFi Video Camera


    Ubiquiti UniFi Video Camera - 1.90

    We plan on canceling our Comcast Security System and installing our new cameras. To be continued... 




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    Tags: smart home el dorado hills

    1001 Brock Circle, Folsom CA 95630

    August 23, 2017
    Category: New Listing




  • Listed at 0,000

  • 2,680 Square Feet

  • 4 Bedrooms / 2.5 Bathrooms

  • .18 Acre Lot

  • 3 car garage with sink, cabinetry, microwave, ceiling fan and epoxy floors

  • Possible RV access on side of the home

  • Sink, upper & lower cabinetry in laundry room • Elongated CalGreen compliant Toto toilets in all bathrooms

  • Walking Distance to Schools




  • Upon entering the home, you step into the open walkway that overlooks the formal living and dining room. The expanse of Junkers Merbau, 5” plank solid hardwood floors, will take your breath away. The family room features an accent wall with a modern gas fireplace and recessed tv wiring. The kitchen is open to the family room and features a walk-in pantry and dining nook. The high-end kitchen offers custom cherry stained cabinetry with black & white marbleized granite, Wolf stove top, stainless steel hood and Bosch double oven. The kitchen is very functional with pull-outs, appliance lift, spice organizer, built-in silverware and knife rack. Upstairs, double doors lead to the master suite with recessed lighting and ceiling fan. Pull back the sleek mahogany barn door and enter the soothing bath with dual pedestals, flanked by the ultimate custom cabinets. Under the window stands a gorgeous contemporary soaking tub resting on a Venetian Pebble tile bed. The frameless glass shower surround disappears into the soft jade tile. To ease the tension use the adjustable European Grohe shower system to wash away the troubles of the day.

    Tags: Folsom home for sale

    Friday Funny - ANOTHER BAD Home Makeover

    August 11, 2017
    Category: El Dorado Hills


    This poor couple! I don't know what is worse, a wall of fake plants, a fish tank that looks into the bathroom or the "feminine" master bedroom. 


    Happy Friday El Dorado Hillians!

    5015 Courtney Way, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762

    August 10, 2017
    Category: New Listing




  • Listed at 8,000

  • 3,178 Square Feet

  • 4 Bedrooms / 3 Bathrooms

  • 4 Car Garage

  • .39 Acre Lot

  • Walking Distance to Villagio Park



  • This beautiful 4 bedroom home was built with quality and style by Standard Pacific. On the first floor is the formal living and dining rooms. The spacious & bright kitchen is open to the dining nook and family room. A bedroom and full bath is also located downstairs. Upstairs is the master suite, 2 additional bedrooms, bathroom, laundry & bonus room. The private & usable .39 acre lot is a rare find in Serrano. Located minutes from Folsom Lake, the deep 4 car garage is ideal for boat storage. 

    Tags: el dorado hills serrano home for sale

    2629 Crane Way, Cameron Park, CA 95682

    August 07, 2017
    Category: New Listing



    Listed at 9,000

  • 2,687 Square Feet

  • 4 Bedrooms / 2.5 Bathrooms

  • 3 Car Garage

  • .237 Acre Lot

  • Main level master suite



  • Gorgeous custom home in Creekside Estates. This custom home offers an ideal floorplan for any lifestyle. Upon entering, you step into the formal living and dining rooms near the powder bath. The Kitchen overlooks the dining nook and family room with large sliding glass door. The main level master suite is located across the hall to the laundry room. Upstairs, there are three additional bedrooms, a large bathroom with dual sinks and a loft. The park like backyard is nearly a quarter acre and features an expansive entertaining deck, play structure and widespread lawn.

    Tags: cameron park new listing home for sale

    Friday Funny - ANOTHER BAD Home Makeover

    August 04, 2017
    Category: El Dorado Hills


    Another GREAT home makeover disaster. The stuffed squirrel is nothing compared to the poor teenage daughter's room, haha!!


    Happy Friday El Dorado Hillians!

    Friday Funny - BAD Home Makeover

    July 28, 2017
    Category: El Dorado Hills


    We find home makeover disasters hilarious. This poor couple's new bedroom looks like Mary Poppins exploded in it!!! Happy Friday El Dorado Hillians :)

    Live on the Boulevard - El Dorado Hills Town Center Thursday Night Concerts

    July 19, 2017
    Category: El Dorado Hills

    Bella Donna, a Stevie Nicks/Fleetwood Mac tribute band will be playing tomorrow in the El Dorado Hills Town Center. Bring chairs and a cooler full of cold drinks. It will be hot tomorrow! 




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    Tags: El Dorado Hills Town Center

    The Hills Living - July 2017

    July 17, 2017
    Category: El Dorado Hills


    Check out the latest issue of The Hills Living Magazine! Take a look at Page 39!


    Activities include:

    Hay Maze

    Hay Rides

    Pumpkin Decorating

    Doggie Costume Contest

    4H- Animal Exploration Area 

    Carnival Games 

    Fun Food and More!!


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    Tags: events el dorado hills town center el dorado hills fall events

    Niello Concours at Serrano is coming up - 10/1/17

    September 25, 2017
    Category: Events

    The Niello Concours at Serrano is a true Concours d'Elegance on the green at the Serrano Visitor's Center in El Dorado Hills, California. With over 200 motor cars on display, spanning 100 years there will be an amazing display for all to enjoy. From the classics to exotics, vintage motorcycles, a fashion show and fabulous food...this is an event you won't want to miss!


    When: 

    October 1, 2017  

    Event is open to the public from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM 


    Where: 

    On the Green - Serrano Visitor's Center 4525 Serrano Parkway El Dorado Hills ~ California 95762  


    Tickets:

    Advance tickets are available for purchase in September at all Niello Dealerships, visit www.Niello.com for locations or you may purchase online by clicking on Eventbrite link - 2017 Niello Concours Tickets


    Tickets will be .00 in advance and .00 at the gate. Ticket includes parking, shuttle, and an event program. Children 12 and under are admitted at no charge with a paid adult. 


    Schedule: 

    7:00 AM - 9:30 AM - Car Placement 

    10:00 AM - Gates Open 

    NOON - Fashion Show  

    3:00 PM - Awards Presentation 

    4:30 PM - Best of Show Presentation



    Tags: events niello concours at Serrano

    The Hills Living - September 2017

    September 18, 2017
    Category: El Dorado Hills


    Check out the latest issue of The Hills Living Magazine! Take a look at Pages 26-27!

    Tags: The Hills Living

    Steve is UNO!

    September 13, 2017
    Category: Events

    Baby Steve celebrated his 1st birthday last month. To go along with Stephani & Ben's Mexican themed wedding and baby shower, they threw him a BIG Fiesta! Ok, it was more of Stephani's Giving Birth Day party, but Baby Steve won't remember. Haha. 


    Catering: Perfect Thyme Events. Photography: Love Shots Photography. Cake: Nereida Melvin. Donkeys: Funny Farm Petting Zoo. Decorations: Mostly Amazon.

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    Tags: Party

    Smart Home Sweepstakes!

    September 13, 2017
    Category: Decor

    Smart Home Sweepstakes

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    Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage is giving away ,000 in smart home products!

    Smart Home Sweepstakes

    September 12 - 26, 2017 
                                                                                                                                                                                                            

    GRAND PRIZE
            Coldwell Banker® Smart Home Staging Kit


                Image


    Visit californiahome.me/avp to view winners of past Coldwell Banker 
            giveaways and preview upcoming events.



    The sweepstakes runs from September 12, 2017 at 7:00am PST and ends September 26, 2017 at 5pm PST (the “Sweepstakes Period”). Online and hardcopy entries must be received by end of business on September 26, 2017. There is no cash value. The prize is nontransferable. Winners must be at least 18 years of age to qualify.

                         





    Tags: Contest

    20 Lochmoor Circle, Sacramento, CA 95823

    September 08, 2017
    Category: New Listing



  • Listed at 4,900

  • 1,162 Square Feet
  • 3 Bedrooms / 2 Bathrooms
  • 6,098 Square Foot Lot

  • 2 Car Garage

  • Possible RV Access 



  • Lovely remodeled 3 bedroom 2 bath family home on a quiet street in a great location! Home features an updated kitchen with designer cabinets, stainless steel appliances, and granite counter tops with dining bar. Both bathrooms have been updated with tile, granite, and new cabinets. Dual pane windows throughout. Large covered patio overlooks a private backyard with planter beds and gorgeous redwood trees. New custom cabinets line the interior of the garage. RV parking possible. 

    Tags: sacramento

    It's almost Apple Hill season!

    September 06, 2017
    Category: Events

    Visiting Apple Hill with my family is one of my favorite things to do in Fall/Winter. In the fall, we enjoy going to High Hill Ranch. They always have vendors selling fun things and the cafeteria area always has good food and AMAZING pies. The kids enjoy fishing in the pond there. 


    During winter time, we head up to Apple Hill to chop down our Christmas Tree. There are also several wineries in Apple Hill that we are looking forward to exploring! 


    Here is a link to download a PDF guide to Apple Hill:

    Apple Hill Map & Guide



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    Tags: apple hill local events

    3013 Airport Road, Placerville, CA 95667

    September 05, 2017
    Category: New Listing



  • Listed at 5,000

  • 102,366 Square Foot Lot

  • 3 Finished 400 Sq.Ft. Cottages

  • 4 Unfinished Cottages

  • Connected to Public Water & Sewer

  • Located Near Main Street Placerville


  • These charming cottages were originally built in the 1940's and renovated in 2016 & 2017. The unfinished cottages are inhabitable but need to be completed because they are currently just framed walls. The seller estimates it will cost around 0k to complete the remaining units and can provide contacts. 


    The 3 finished cottages are 400 square feet each and are renting for 0 per month. Each home has one occupant. All work has been completed with permits. Seller has started work on a central pump house and laundry facility. 


    The owner is open to seller financing, contact us for more information.  

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    Tags: Placerville income property

    Why you SHOULD NOT use the listing agent when purchasing a home...

    August 31, 2017
    Category: El Dorado Hills

    Yes, you read that correctly. You SHOULD NOT use the Listing Agent to purchase your home. 


    The listing agent was hired to get the most money for their clients, the Sellers. There is a misconception that using the listing agent will get the buyer a better deal. The only time that is true is when the agent is unethical- in which case you shouldn't be working with them!


    As listing agents, we separate when we represent both the Buyer and the Seller. One of us represents the Seller and the other represents the Buyers. We do not talk about the transaction with each other. The only way to properly represent our clients is to negotiate on their behalf. There are several times you need representation on both sides; when writing the offer, countering, request for repairs, etc. 


    Throughout the years we have represented both sides many times. There have also been several times where we had multiple offers and had to reject each other's offers as well.


    When buyers tell an agent they have written offers on multiple homes with multiple agents, they are thought of as "unloyal". No one will be very motivated to get that buyer the best deal possible because they aren't going to be loyal clients. They are a sale, not a client.


    When it comes to our clients, we will go WAY beyond what most agents will do. Our furniture is constantly removed from our homes for staging. We are always lending tools, pressure washer, carpet cleaners, our husbands and/or children, haha. If there is something in our power to help our clients, we do it. We are fortunate enough to be able to be picky with who we work with. It keeps our lives happy and our reputation good amongst our Realtor colleagues. 


    To recap: the Listing Agent was hired to sell a property for the most money possible... Find a good Buyers agent and be loyal to them. They will work very hard to get their loyal Buyers the best deal possible.

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    Tags: buyer listing agent dual agency

    Delivery food in El Dorado Hills

    August 29, 2017
    Category: El Dorado Hills


    Door Dash is THE BEST THING EVER... 


    As working parents, we use Door Dash often. A few years ago, the only restaurants that delivered were pizza or one Chinese restaurant. Now, we have so many options it is hard to decide! It is similar to Uber, only for food. (Uber started a similar service called UberEats but it is not available in EDH yet.)


    Many local restaurants participate in Door Dash, even a liquor store. The liquor store has come in handy several times when we forgot to pick up ice for a party. So handy! 


    Next time your wanting to order in, check it out. The link below will give you off your first order. 


    Door Dash Food Delivery - coupon 




    Tags: dining

    My Smart Home

    August 25, 2017
    Category: El Dorado Hills


    My husband is very into gadgets. I thought he had our old house dialed in, but that was nothing compared to our current home. Our friends think we are crazy (we are a little bit) but I don't know how I can go back to turning on/off lights or letting my dogs outside, haha. Here is an update on what we have done to our home since we moved 2 years ago. 


    RING


    Ring Doorbell - 9


    It all started with the door bell, Ring. This handy little gadget can be hardwired or simply hung with batteries. It sends alerts to your cell phone when someone presses the button. The built-in motion detectors have settings that you can change to be more/less sensitive. It also has two-way talk so you can speak to your visitors. 


    Funny story - We had an Amazon delivery man ring our door bell. Someone left our front door unlocked and our Boxer heard the door bell and opened the door. She let our Yorkie out and shut the door behind him. Our Yorkie went down the street and found a friend, a big black lab. Some neighbors recognized our Yorkie and brought the dogs to my house. When they rang the doorbell, our Boxer once again opened the door, letting both dogs in. She shut the door behind them. I came down stairs to find an extra dog in my house. If it wasn't for Ring, I wouldn't have known how the black lab got in! haha! FYI - We eventually found the owner :)


    Amazon Alexa (Echo/Dot)


    Amazon Echo - / Amazon Echo Dot -


    We love these handy little devices! We have two Amazon Echo's, one in the family room and one in the bonus room. We have a Dot in each bedroom. We can tell "Alexa" to play music, turn on/off lights, use it as an intercom to talk to the kids in their rooms, ask what the weather will be, etc. 


    Wink


    Wink Hub 2- / Wink Relay - .99


    We have two Wink Relay switches, one in the kitchen and one in our master bedroom. We use these to manually turn on/off lights or fountains. I like that the screen lights up when I walk by it and shows what the weather is going to be. 


    The Wink app on our phone is the main hub for all of our smart tools and allows us to control our home from anywhere in the world. 


    Nest Thermostat


    Nest Thermostat - 8.79


    We have two Nest Thermostats, one on each level. We are able to control our HVAC with Alexa, from anywhere in the world. It is a smart thermostat and learns over time from habits. 


    Nest Carbon Monoxide / Smoke Detector 


    Nest Protect Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Alarm - 8.98


    We upgraded all of our CO/Smoke Detectors with these Nest Detectors. These have an industrial-grade smoke sensor, 10-year carbon monoxide sensor, heat, humidity and occupancy sensor, ambient light and an omnidirectional microphone. These are all linked to our Wink hub and Alexa. They can be controlled from a phone and tests itself automatically. 


    Z-Wave Switches & Outlets


    GE Z-Wave Switch - .50 \ GE Z-Wave Receptacle Outlet - .99


    We switched out every light switch in the living areas and our master bedroom to a Z-Wave switch. We installed Z-Wave Outlets for our fountain, backyard & courtyard string lights. These Z-Wave switches allow Wink/Alexa to control them.


    Z-Wave Garage Door Opener


    GoControl Z-Wave Garage Door Opener - .82


    Living in our wonderful gated community, our HOA requires our garage door to be shut overnight. Totally reasonable for safety reasons, but we would often forget about it because it isn't noticeable with how our house is situated. We installed Z-Wave Garage door remote openers so we can have Alexa shut the garage doors. It has come in handy many times with friends or family wanting to drop something off while we are gone. We are able to open the garage from our phone if we are away, and let people in. 


    Motorola Baby Monitor 


    Motorola Baby Monitor - 4.99


    This was given to us as a baby gift and we LOVE it! It comes with a little monitor that you can carry around with you or you can connect it to your wifi and download the app, Hubble for Motorola. On our first trip without Baby Steve, we were able to watch his baby monitor from Hawaii. I learned not to use the microphone button because as soon as he heard me talk to him, he ripped the camera off the wall. My favorite features of this monitor are the music options, you're able to move the camera or zoom, take snap shots or videos, and you can link multiple cameras to your account. 


    AutoSlide Door


    AutoSlide Collar-ID Door System - 7


    BEST INVENTION EVER.


    Since our rattlesnake incident last year, we are not very comfortable leaving our 3 dogs outside all day. However, it is very annoying having to let them in and out all day long. We had many accidents in the house, which made us wonder if there was any way to install a grocery store style automatic opening door. I wish we had pondered this sooner!! Our life is so much easier with this little contraption that my husband was able to install on our door. It has several settings but we tend to keep it on the pet sensor one. The dogs each have a remote on their collar that will make the door open if they walk near it. AMAZING.


    COMING SOON - Ubiquiti UniFi Video Camera


    Ubiquiti UniFi Video Camera - 1.90

    We plan on canceling our Comcast Security System and installing our new cameras. To be continued... 




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    Tags: smart home el dorado hills

    1001 Brock Circle, Folsom CA 95630

    August 23, 2017
    Category: New Listing




  • Listed at 0,000

  • 2,680 Square Feet

  • 4 Bedrooms / 2.5 Bathrooms

  • .18 Acre Lot

  • 3 car garage with sink, cabinetry, microwave, ceiling fan and epoxy floors

  • Possible RV access on side of the home

  • Sink, upper & lower cabinetry in laundry room • Elongated CalGreen compliant Toto toilets in all bathrooms

  • Walking Distance to Schools




  • Upon entering the home, you step into the open walkway that overlooks the formal living and dining room. The expanse of Junkers Merbau, 5” plank solid hardwood floors, will take your breath away. The family room features an accent wall with a modern gas fireplace and recessed tv wiring. The kitchen is open to the family room and features a walk-in pantry and dining nook. The high-end kitchen offers custom cherry stained cabinetry with black & white marbleized granite, Wolf stove top, stainless steel hood and Bosch double oven. The kitchen is very functional with pull-outs, appliance lift, spice organizer, built-in silverware and knife rack. Upstairs, double doors lead to the master suite with recessed lighting and ceiling fan. Pull back the sleek mahogany barn door and enter the soothing bath with dual pedestals, flanked by the ultimate custom cabinets. Under the window stands a gorgeous contemporary soaking tub resting on a Venetian Pebble tile bed. The frameless glass shower surround disappears into the soft jade tile. To ease the tension use the adjustable European Grohe shower system to wash away the troubles of the day.

    Tags: Folsom home for sale

    Friday Funny - ANOTHER BAD Home Makeover

    August 11, 2017
    Category: El Dorado Hills


    This poor couple! I don't know what is worse, a wall of fake plants, a fish tank that looks into the bathroom or the "feminine" master bedroom. 


    Happy Friday El Dorado Hillians!

    5015 Courtney Way, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762

    August 10, 2017
    Category: New Listing




  • Listed at 8,000

  • 3,178 Square Feet

  • 4 Bedrooms / 3 Bathrooms

  • 4 Car Garage

  • .39 Acre Lot

  • Walking Distance to Villagio Park



  • This beautiful 4 bedroom home was built with quality and style by Standard Pacific. On the first floor is the formal living and dining rooms. The spacious & bright kitchen is open to the dining nook and family room. A bedroom and full bath is also located downstairs. Upstairs is the master suite, 2 additional bedrooms, bathroom, laundry & bonus room. The private & usable .39 acre lot is a rare find in Serrano. Located minutes from Folsom Lake, the deep 4 car garage is ideal for boat storage. 

    Tags: el dorado hills serrano home for sale

    2629 Crane Way, Cameron Park, CA 95682

    August 07, 2017
    Category: New Listing



    Listed at 9,000

  • 2,687 Square Feet

  • 4 Bedrooms / 2.5 Bathrooms

  • 3 Car Garage

  • .237 Acre Lot

  • Main level master suite



  • Gorgeous custom home in Creekside Estates. This custom home offers an ideal floorplan for any lifestyle. Upon entering, you step into the formal living and dining rooms near the powder bath. The Kitchen overlooks the dining nook and family room with large sliding glass door. The main level master suite is located across the hall to the laundry room. Upstairs, there are three additional bedrooms, a large bathroom with dual sinks and a loft. The park like backyard is nearly a quarter acre and features an expansive entertaining deck, play structure and widespread lawn.

    Tags: cameron park new listing home for sale

    Friday Funny - ANOTHER BAD Home Makeover

    August 04, 2017
    Category: El Dorado Hills


    Another GREAT home makeover disaster. The stuffed squirrel is nothing compared to the poor teenage daughter's room, haha!!


    Happy Friday El Dorado Hillians!

    Friday Funny - BAD Home Makeover

    July 28, 2017
    Category: El Dorado Hills


    We find home makeover disasters hilarious. This poor couple's new bedroom looks like Mary Poppins exploded in it!!! Happy Friday El Dorado Hillians :)

    Live on the Boulevard - El Dorado Hills Town Center Thursday Night Concerts

    July 19, 2017
    Category: El Dorado Hills

    Bella Donna, a Stevie Nicks/Fleetwood Mac tribute band will be playing tomorrow in the El Dorado Hills Town Center. Bring chairs and a cooler full of cold drinks. It will be hot tomorrow! 




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    Tags: El Dorado Hills Town Center


    Activities include:

    Hay Maze

    Hay Rides

    Pumpkin Decorating

    Doggie Costume Contest

    4H- Animal Exploration Area 

    Carnival Games 

    Fun Food and More!!


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    Tags: events el dorado hills town center el dorado hills fall events

    Niello Concours at Serrano is coming up - 10/1/17

    September 25, 2017
    Category: Events

    The Niello Concours at Serrano is a true Concours d'Elegance on the green at the Serrano Visitor's Center in El Dorado Hills, California. With over 200 motor cars on display, spanning 100 years there will be an amazing display for all to enjoy. From the classics to exotics, vintage motorcycles, a fashion show and fabulous food...this is an event you won't want to miss!


    When: 

    October 1, 2017  

    Event is open to the public from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM 


    Where: 

    On the Green - Serrano Visitor's Center 4525 Serrano Parkway El Dorado Hills ~ California 95762  


    Tickets:

    Advance tickets are available for purchase in September at all Niello Dealerships, visit www.Niello.com for locations or you may purchase online by clicking on Eventbrite link - 2017 Niello Concours Tickets


    Tickets will be .00 in advance and .00 at the gate. Ticket includes parking, shuttle, and an event program. Children 12 and under are admitted at no charge with a paid adult. 


    Schedule: 

    7:00 AM - 9:30 AM - Car Placement 

    10:00 AM - Gates Open 

    NOON - Fashion Show  

    3:00 PM - Awards Presentation 

    4:30 PM - Best of Show Presentation



    Tags: events niello concours at Serrano

    The Hills Living - September 2017

    September 18, 2017
    Category: El Dorado Hills


    Check out the latest issue of The Hills Living Magazine! Take a look at Pages 26-27!

    Tags: The Hills Living

    Steve is UNO!

    September 13, 2017
    Category: Events

    Baby Steve celebrated his 1st birthday last month. To go along with Stephani & Ben's Mexican themed wedding and baby shower, they threw him a BIG Fiesta! Ok, it was more of Stephani's Giving Birth Day party, but Baby Steve won't remember. Haha. 


    Catering: Perfect Thyme Events. Photography: Love Shots Photography. Cake: Nereida Melvin. Donkeys: Funny Farm Petting Zoo. Decorations: Mostly Amazon.

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    Tags: Party

    Smart Home Sweepstakes!

    September 13, 2017
    Category: Decor

    Smart Home Sweepstakes

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    Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage is giving away ,000 in smart home products!

    Smart Home Sweepstakes

    September 12 - 26, 2017 
                                                                                                                                                                                                            

    GRAND PRIZE
            Coldwell Banker® Smart Home Staging Kit


                Image


    Visit californiahome.me/avp to view winners of past Coldwell Banker 
            giveaways and preview upcoming events.



    The sweepstakes runs from September 12, 2017 at 7:00am PST and ends September 26, 2017 at 5pm PST (the “Sweepstakes Period”). Online and hardcopy entries must be received by end of business on September 26, 2017. There is no cash value. The prize is nontransferable. Winners must be at least 18 years of age to qualify.

                         





    Tags: Contest

    20 Lochmoor Circle, Sacramento, CA 95823

    September 08, 2017
    Category: New Listing



  • Listed at 4,900

  • 1,162 Square Feet
  • 3 Bedrooms / 2 Bathrooms
  • 6,098 Square Foot Lot

  • 2 Car Garage

  • Possible RV Access 



  • Lovely remodeled 3 bedroom 2 bath family home on a quiet street in a great location! Home features an updated kitchen with designer cabinets, stainless steel appliances, and granite counter tops with dining bar. Both bathrooms have been updated with tile, granite, and new cabinets. Dual pane windows throughout. Large covered patio overlooks a private backyard with planter beds and gorgeous redwood trees. New custom cabinets line the interior of the garage. RV parking possible. 

    Tags: sacramento

    It's almost Apple Hill season!

    September 06, 2017
    Category: Events

    Visiting Apple Hill with my family is one of my favorite things to do in Fall/Winter. In the fall, we enjoy going to High Hill Ranch. They always have vendors selling fun things and the cafeteria area always has good food and AMAZING pies. The kids enjoy fishing in the pond there. 


    During winter time, we head up to Apple Hill to chop down our Christmas Tree. There are also several wineries in Apple Hill that we are looking forward to exploring! 


    Here is a link to download a PDF guide to Apple Hill:

    Apple Hill Map & Guide



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    3013 Airport Road, Placerville, CA 95667

    September 05, 2017
    Category: New Listing



  • Listed at 5,000

  • 102,366 Square Foot Lot

  • 3 Finished 400 Sq.Ft. Cottages

  • 4 Unfinished Cottages

  • Connected to Public Water & Sewer

  • Located Near Main Street Placerville


  • These charming cottages were originally built in the 1940's and renovated in 2016 & 2017. The unfinished cottages are inhabitable but need to be completed because they are currently just framed walls. The seller estimates it will cost around 0k to complete the remaining units and can provide contacts. 


    The 3 finished cottages are 400 square feet each and are renting for 0 per month. Each home has one occupant. All work has been completed with permits. Seller has started work on a central pump house and laundry facility. 


    The owner is open to seller financing, contact us for more information.  

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    Tags: Placerville income property

    Why you SHOULD NOT use the listing agent when purchasing a home...

    August 31, 2017
    Category: El Dorado Hills

    Yes, you read that correctly. You SHOULD NOT use the Listing Agent to purchase your home. 


    The listing agent was hired to get the most money for their clients, the Sellers. There is a misconception that using the listing agent will get the buyer a better deal. The only time that is true is when the agent is unethical- in which case you shouldn't be working with them!


    As listing agents, we separate when we represent both the Buyer and the Seller. One of us represents the Seller and the other represents the Buyers. We do not talk about the transaction with each other. The only way to properly represent our clients is to negotiate on their behalf. There are several times you need representation on both sides; when writing the offer, countering, request for repairs, etc. 


    Throughout the years we have represented both sides many times. There have also been several times where we had multiple offers and had to reject each other's offers as well.


    When buyers tell an agent they have written offers on multiple homes with multiple agents, they are thought of as "unloyal". No one will be very motivated to get that buyer the best deal possible because they aren't going to be loyal clients. They are a sale, not a client.


    When it comes to our clients, we will go WAY beyond what most agents will do. Our furniture is constantly removed from our homes for staging. We are always lending tools, pressure washer, carpet cleaners, our husbands and/or children, haha. If there is something in our power to help our clients, we do it. We are fortunate enough to be able to be picky with who we work with. It keeps our lives happy and our reputation good amongst our Realtor colleagues. 


    To recap: the Listing Agent was hired to sell a property for the most money possible... Find a good Buyers agent and be loyal to them. They will work very hard to get their loyal Buyers the best deal possible.

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    Delivery food in El Dorado Hills

    August 29, 2017
    Category: El Dorado Hills


    Door Dash is THE BEST THING EVER... 


    As working parents, we use Door Dash often. A few years ago, the only restaurants that delivered were pizza or one Chinese restaurant. Now, we have so many options it is hard to decide! It is similar to Uber, only for food. (Uber started a similar service called UberEats but it is not available in EDH yet.)


    Many local restaurants participate in Door Dash, even a liquor store. The liquor store has come in handy several times when we forgot to pick up ice for a party. So handy! 


    Next time your wanting to order in, check it out. The link below will give you off your first order. 


    Door Dash Food Delivery - coupon 




    Tags: dining

    My Smart Home

    August 25, 2017
    Category: El Dorado Hills


    My husband is very into gadgets. I thought he had our old house dialed in, but that was nothing compared to our current home. Our friends think we are crazy (we are a little bit) but I don't know how I can go back to turning on/off lights or letting my dogs outside, haha. Here is an update on what we have done to our home since we moved 2 years ago. 


    RING


    Ring Doorbell - 9


    It all started with the door bell, Ring. This handy little gadget can be hardwired or simply hung with batteries. It sends alerts to your cell phone when someone presses the button. The built-in motion detectors have settings that you can change to be more/less sensitive. It also has two-way talk so you can speak to your visitors. 


    Funny story - We had an Amazon delivery man ring our door bell. Someone left our front door unlocked and our Boxer heard the door bell and opened the door. She let our Yorkie out and shut the door behind him. Our Yorkie went down the street and found a friend, a big black lab. Some neighbors recognized our Yorkie and brought the dogs to my house. When they rang the doorbell, our Boxer once again opened the door, letting both dogs in. She shut the door behind them. I came down stairs to find an extra dog in my house. If it wasn't for Ring, I wouldn't have known how the black lab got in! haha! FYI - We eventually found the owner :)


    Amazon Alexa (Echo/Dot)


    Amazon Echo - / Amazon Echo Dot -


    We love these handy little devices! We have two Amazon Echo's, one in the family room and one in the bonus room. We have a Dot in each bedroom. We can tell "Alexa" to play music, turn on/off lights, use it as an intercom to talk to the kids in their rooms, ask what the weather will be, etc. 


    Wink


    Wink Hub 2- / Wink Relay - .99


    We have two Wink Relay switches, one in the kitchen and one in our master bedroom. We use these to manually turn on/off lights or fountains. I like that the screen lights up when I walk by it and shows what the weather is going to be. 


    The Wink app on our phone is the main hub for all of our smart tools and allows us to control our home from anywhere in the world. 


    Nest Thermostat


    Nest Thermostat - 8.79


    We have two Nest Thermostats, one on each level. We are able to control our HVAC with Alexa, from anywhere in the world. It is a smart thermostat and learns over time from habits. 


    Nest Carbon Monoxide / Smoke Detector 


    Nest Protect Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Alarm - 8.98


    We upgraded all of our CO/Smoke Detectors with these Nest Detectors. These have an industrial-grade smoke sensor, 10-year carbon monoxide sensor, heat, humidity and occupancy sensor, ambient light and an omnidirectional microphone. These are all linked to our Wink hub and Alexa. They can be controlled from a phone and tests itself automatically. 


    Z-Wave Switches & Outlets


    GE Z-Wave Switch - .50 \ GE Z-Wave Receptacle Outlet - .99


    We switched out every light switch in the living areas and our master bedroom to a Z-Wave switch. We installed Z-Wave Outlets for our fountain, backyard & courtyard string lights. These Z-Wave switches allow Wink/Alexa to control them.


    Z-Wave Garage Door Opener


    GoControl Z-Wave Garage Door Opener - .82


    Living in our wonderful gated community, our HOA requires our garage door to be shut overnight. Totally reasonable for safety reasons, but we would often forget about it because it isn't noticeable with how our house is situated. We installed Z-Wave Garage door remote openers so we can have Alexa shut the garage doors. It has come in handy many times with friends or family wanting to drop something off while we are gone. We are able to open the garage from our phone if we are away, and let people in. 


    Motorola Baby Monitor 


    Motorola Baby Monitor - 4.99


    This was given to us as a baby gift and we LOVE it! It comes with a little monitor that you can carry around with you or you can connect it to your wifi and download the app, Hubble for Motorola. On our first trip without Baby Steve, we were able to watch his baby monitor from Hawaii. I learned not to use the microphone button because as soon as he heard me talk to him, he ripped the camera off the wall. My favorite features of this monitor are the music options, you're able to move the camera or zoom, take snap shots or videos, and you can link multiple cameras to your account. 


    AutoSlide Door


    AutoSlide Collar-ID Door System - 7


    BEST INVENTION EVER.


    Since our rattlesnake incident last year, we are not very comfortable leaving our 3 dogs outside all day. However, it is very annoying having to let them in and out all day long. We had many accidents in the house, which made us wonder if there was any way to install a grocery store style automatic opening door. I wish we had pondered this sooner!! Our life is so much easier with this little contraption that my husband was able to install on our door. It has several settings but we tend to keep it on the pet sensor one. The dogs each have a remote on their collar that will make the door open if they walk near it. AMAZING.


    COMING SOON - Ubiquiti UniFi Video Camera


    Ubiquiti UniFi Video Camera - 1.90

    We plan on canceling our Comcast Security System and installing our new cameras. To be continued... 




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    Tags: smart home el dorado hills

    1001 Brock Circle, Folsom CA 95630

    August 23, 2017
    Category: New Listing




  • Listed at 0,000

  • 2,680 Square Feet

  • 4 Bedrooms / 2.5 Bathrooms

  • .18 Acre Lot

  • 3 car garage with sink, cabinetry, microwave, ceiling fan and epoxy floors

  • Possible RV access on side of the home

  • Sink, upper & lower cabinetry in laundry room • Elongated CalGreen compliant Toto toilets in all bathrooms

  • Walking Distance to Schools




  • Upon entering the home, you step into the open walkway that overlooks the formal living and dining room. The expanse of Junkers Merbau, 5” plank solid hardwood floors, will take your breath away. The family room features an accent wall with a modern gas fireplace and recessed tv wiring. The kitchen is open to the family room and features a walk-in pantry and dining nook. The high-end kitchen offers custom cherry stained cabinetry with black & white marbleized granite, Wolf stove top, stainless steel hood and Bosch double oven. The kitchen is very functional with pull-outs, appliance lift, spice organizer, built-in silverware and knife rack. Upstairs, double doors lead to the master suite with recessed lighting and ceiling fan. Pull back the sleek mahogany barn door and enter the soothing bath with dual pedestals, flanked by the ultimate custom cabinets. Under the window stands a gorgeous contemporary soaking tub resting on a Venetian Pebble tile bed. The frameless glass shower surround disappears into the soft jade tile. To ease the tension use the adjustable European Grohe shower system to wash away the troubles of the day.

    Tags: Folsom home for sale

    Friday Funny - ANOTHER BAD Home Makeover

    August 11, 2017
    Category: El Dorado Hills


    This poor couple! I don't know what is worse, a wall of fake plants, a fish tank that looks into the bathroom or the "feminine" master bedroom. 


    Happy Friday El Dorado Hillians!

    5015 Courtney Way, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762

    August 10, 2017
    Category: New Listing




  • Listed at 8,000

  • 3,178 Square Feet

  • 4 Bedrooms / 3 Bathrooms

  • 4 Car Garage

  • .39 Acre Lot

  • Walking Distance to Villagio Park



  • This beautiful 4 bedroom home was built with quality and style by Standard Pacific. On the first floor is the formal living and dining rooms. The spacious & bright kitchen is open to the dining nook and family room. A bedroom and full bath is also located downstairs. Upstairs is the master suite, 2 additional bedrooms, bathroom, laundry & bonus room. The private & usable .39 acre lot is a rare find in Serrano. Located minutes from Folsom Lake, the deep 4 car garage is ideal for boat storage. 

    Tags: el dorado hills serrano home for sale

    2629 Crane Way, Cameron Park, CA 95682

    August 07, 2017
    Category: New Listing



    Listed at 9,000

  • 2,687 Square Feet

  • 4 Bedrooms / 2.5 Bathrooms

  • 3 Car Garage

  • .237 Acre Lot

  • Main level master suite



  • Gorgeous custom home in Creekside Estates. This custom home offers an ideal floorplan for any lifestyle. Upon entering, you step into the formal living and dining rooms near the powder bath. The Kitchen overlooks the dining nook and family room with large sliding glass door. The main level master suite is located across the hall to the laundry room. Upstairs, there are three additional bedrooms, a large bathroom with dual sinks and a loft. The park like backyard is nearly a quarter acre and features an expansive entertaining deck, play structure and widespread lawn.

    Tags: cameron park new listing home for sale

    Friday Funny - ANOTHER BAD Home Makeover

    August 04, 2017
    Category: El Dorado Hills


    Another GREAT home makeover disaster. The stuffed squirrel is nothing compared to the poor teenage daughter's room, haha!!


    Happy Friday El Dorado Hillians!

    Friday Funny - BAD Home Makeover

    July 28, 2017
    Category: El Dorado Hills


    We find home makeover disasters hilarious. This poor couple's new bedroom looks like Mary Poppins exploded in it!!! Happy Friday El Dorado Hillians :)

    Live on the Boulevard - El Dorado Hills Town Center Thursday Night Concerts

    July 19, 2017
    Category: El Dorado Hills

    Bella Donna, a Stevie Nicks/Fleetwood Mac tribute band will be playing tomorrow in the El Dorado Hills Town Center. Bring chairs and a cooler full of cold drinks. It will be hot tomorrow! 




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    The Hills Living - July 2017

    July 17, 2017
    Category: El Dorado Hills


    Check out the latest issue of The Hills Living Magazine! Take a look at Page 39!


    Activities include:

    Hay Maze

    Hay Rides

    Pumpkin Decorating

    Doggie Costume Contest

    4H- Animal Exploration Area 

    Carnival Games 

    Fun Food and More!!


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    Tags: events el dorado hills town center el dorado hills fall events

    Niello Concours at Serrano is coming up - 10/1/17

    September 25, 2017
    Category: Events

    The Niello Concours at Serrano is a true Concours d'Elegance on the green at the Serrano Visitor's Center in El Dorado Hills, California. With over 200 motor cars on display, spanning 100 years there will be an amazing display for all to enjoy. From the classics to exotics, vintage motorcycles, a fashion show and fabulous food...this is an event you won't want to miss!


    When: 

    October 1, 2017  

    Event is open to the public from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM 


    Where: 

    On the Green - Serrano Visitor's Center 4525 Serrano Parkway El Dorado Hills ~ California 95762  


    Tickets:

    Advance tickets are available for purchase in September at all Niello Dealerships, visit www.Niello.com for locations or you may purchase online by clicking on Eventbrite link - 2017 Niello Concours Tickets


    Tickets will be .00 in advance and .00 at the gate. Ticket includes parking, shuttle, and an event program. Children 12 and under are admitted at no charge with a paid adult. 


    Schedule: 

    7:00 AM - 9:30 AM - Car Placement 

    10:00 AM - Gates Open 

    NOON - Fashion Show  

    3:00 PM - Awards Presentation 

    4:30 PM - Best of Show Presentation



    Tags: events niello concours at Serrano

    The Hills Living - September 2017

    September 18, 2017
    Category: El Dorado Hills


    Check out the latest issue of The Hills Living Magazine! Take a look at Pages 26-27!

    Tags: The Hills Living

    Steve is UNO!

    September 13, 2017
    Category: Events

    Baby Steve celebrated his 1st birthday last month. To go along with Stephani & Ben's Mexican themed wedding and baby shower, they threw him a BIG Fiesta! Ok, it was more of Stephani's Giving Birth Day party, but Baby Steve won't remember. Haha. 


    Catering: Perfect Thyme Events. Photography: Love Shots Photography. Cake: Nereida Melvin. Donkeys: Funny Farm Petting Zoo. Decorations: Mostly Amazon.

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    Smart Home Sweepstakes!

    September 13, 2017
    Category: Decor

    Smart Home Sweepstakes

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    Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage is giving away ,000 in smart home products!

    Smart Home Sweepstakes

    September 12 - 26, 2017 
                                                                                                                                                                                                            

    GRAND PRIZE
            Coldwell Banker® Smart Home Staging Kit


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    Visit californiahome.me/avp to view winners of past Coldwell Banker 
            giveaways and preview upcoming events.



    The sweepstakes runs from September 12, 2017 at 7:00am PST and ends September 26, 2017 at 5pm PST (the “Sweepstakes Period”). Online and hardcopy entries must be received by end of business on September 26, 2017. There is no cash value. The prize is nontransferable. Winners must be at least 18 years of age to qualify.

                         





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    20 Lochmoor Circle, Sacramento, CA 95823

    September 08, 2017
    Category: New Listing



  • Listed at 4,900

  • 1,162 Square Feet
  • 3 Bedrooms / 2 Bathrooms
  • 6,098 Square Foot Lot

  • 2 Car Garage

  • Possible RV Access 



  • Lovely remodeled 3 bedroom 2 bath family home on a quiet street in a great location! Home features an updated kitchen with designer cabinets, stainless steel appliances, and granite counter tops with dining bar. Both bathrooms have been updated with tile, granite, and new cabinets. Dual pane windows throughout. Large covered patio overlooks a private backyard with planter beds and gorgeous redwood trees. New custom cabinets line the interior of the garage. RV parking possible. 

    Tags: sacramento

    It's almost Apple Hill season!

    September 06, 2017
    Category: Events

    Visiting Apple Hill with my family is one of my favorite things to do in Fall/Winter. In the fall, we enjoy going to High Hill Ranch. They always have vendors selling fun things and the cafeteria area always has good food and AMAZING pies. The kids enjoy fishing in the pond there. 


    During winter time, we head up to Apple Hill to chop down our Christmas Tree. There are also several wineries in Apple Hill that we are looking forward to exploring! 


    Here is a link to download a PDF guide to Apple Hill:

    Apple Hill Map & Guide



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    3013 Airport Road, Placerville, CA 95667

    September 05, 2017
    Category: New Listing



  • Listed at 5,000

  • 102,366 Square Foot Lot

  • 3 Finished 400 Sq.Ft. Cottages

  • 4 Unfinished Cottages

  • Connected to Public Water & Sewer

  • Located Near Main Street Placerville


  • These charming cottages were originally built in the 1940's and renovated in 2016 & 2017. The unfinished cottages are inhabitable but need to be completed because they are currently just framed walls. The seller estimates it will cost around 0k to complete the remaining units and can provide contacts. 


    The 3 finished cottages are 400 square feet each and are renting for 0 per month. Each home has one occupant. All work has been completed with permits. Seller has started work on a central pump house and laundry facility. 


    The owner is open to seller financing, contact us for more information.  

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    Why you SHOULD NOT use the listing agent when purchasing a home...

    August 31, 2017
    Category: El Dorado Hills

    Yes, you read that correctly. You SHOULD NOT use the Listing Agent to purchase your home. 


    The listing agent was hired to get the most money for their clients, the Sellers. There is a misconception that using the listing agent will get the buyer a better deal. The only time that is true is when the agent is unethical- in which case you shouldn't be working with them!


    As listing agents, we separate when we represent both the Buyer and the Seller. One of us represents the Seller and the other represents the Buyers. We do not talk about the transaction with each other. The only way to properly represent our clients is to negotiate on their behalf. There are several times you need representation on both sides; when writing the offer, countering, request for repairs, etc. 


    Throughout the years we have represented both sides many times. There have also been several times where we had multiple offers and had to reject each other's offers as well.


    When buyers tell an agent they have written offers on multiple homes with multiple agents, they are thought of as "unloyal". No one will be very motivated to get that buyer the best deal possible because they aren't going to be loyal clients. They are a sale, not a client.


    When it comes to our clients, we will go WAY beyond what most agents will do. Our furniture is constantly removed from our homes for staging. We are always lending tools, pressure washer, carpet cleaners, our husbands and/or children, haha. If there is something in our power to help our clients, we do it. We are fortunate enough to be able to be picky with who we work with. It keeps our lives happy and our reputation good amongst our Realtor colleagues. 


    To recap: the Listing Agent was hired to sell a property for the most money possible... Find a good Buyers agent and be loyal to them. They will work very hard to get their loyal Buyers the best deal possible.

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    Tags: buyer listing agent dual agency

    Delivery food in El Dorado Hills

    August 29, 2017
    Category: El Dorado Hills


    Door Dash is THE BEST THING EVER... 


    As working parents, we use Door Dash often. A few years ago, the only restaurants that delivered were pizza or one Chinese restaurant. Now, we have so many options it is hard to decide! It is similar to Uber, only for food. (Uber started a similar service called UberEats but it is not available in EDH yet.)


    Many local restaurants participate in Door Dash, even a liquor store. The liquor store has come in handy several times when we forgot to pick up ice for a party. So handy! 


    Next time your wanting to order in, check it out. The link below will give you off your first order. 


    Door Dash Food Delivery - coupon 




    Tags: dining

    My Smart Home

    August 25, 2017
    Category: El Dorado Hills


    My husband is very into gadgets. I thought he had our old house dialed in, but that was nothing compared to our current home. Our friends think we are crazy (we are a little bit) but I don't know how I can go back to turning on/off lights or letting my dogs outside, haha. Here is an update on what we have done to our home since we moved 2 years ago. 


    RING


    Ring Doorbell - 9


    It all started with the door bell, Ring. This handy little gadget can be hardwired or simply hung with batteries. It sends alerts to your cell phone when someone presses the button. The built-in motion detectors have settings that you can change to be more/less sensitive. It also has two-way talk so you can speak to your visitors. 


    Funny story - We had an Amazon delivery man ring our door bell. Someone left our front door unlocked and our Boxer heard the door bell and opened the door. She let our Yorkie out and shut the door behind him. Our Yorkie went down the street and found a friend, a big black lab. Some neighbors recognized our Yorkie and brought the dogs to my house. When they rang the doorbell, our Boxer once again opened the door, letting both dogs in. She shut the door behind them. I came down stairs to find an extra dog in my house. If it wasn't for Ring, I wouldn't have known how the black lab got in! haha! FYI - We eventually found the owner :)


    Amazon Alexa (Echo/Dot)


    Amazon Echo - / Amazon Echo Dot -


    We love these handy little devices! We have two Amazon Echo's, one in the family room and one in the bonus room. We have a Dot in each bedroom. We can tell "Alexa" to play music, turn on/off lights, use it as an intercom to talk to the kids in their rooms, ask what the weather will be, etc. 


    Wink


    Wink Hub 2- / Wink Relay - .99


    We have two Wink Relay switches, one in the kitchen and one in our master bedroom. We use these to manually turn on/off lights or fountains. I like that the screen lights up when I walk by it and shows what the weather is going to be. 


    The Wink app on our phone is the main hub for all of our smart tools and allows us to control our home from anywhere in the world. 


    Nest Thermostat


    Nest Thermostat - 8.79


    We have two Nest Thermostats, one on each level. We are able to control our HVAC with Alexa, from anywhere in the world. It is a smart thermostat and learns over time from habits. 


    Nest Carbon Monoxide / Smoke Detector 


    Nest Protect Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Alarm - 8.98


    We upgraded all of our CO/Smoke Detectors with these Nest Detectors. These have an industrial-grade smoke sensor, 10-year carbon monoxide sensor, heat, humidity and occupancy sensor, ambient light and an omnidirectional microphone. These are all linked to our Wink hub and Alexa. They can be controlled from a phone and tests itself automatically. 


    Z-Wave Switches & Outlets


    GE Z-Wave Switch - .50 \ GE Z-Wave Receptacle Outlet - .99


    We switched out every light switch in the living areas and our master bedroom to a Z-Wave switch. We installed Z-Wave Outlets for our fountain, backyard & courtyard string lights. These Z-Wave switches allow Wink/Alexa to control them.


    Z-Wave Garage Door Opener


    GoControl Z-Wave Garage Door Opener - .82


    Living in our wonderful gated community, our HOA requires our garage door to be shut overnight. Totally reasonable for safety reasons, but we would often forget about it because it isn't noticeable with how our house is situated. We installed Z-Wave Garage door remote openers so we can have Alexa shut the garage doors. It has come in handy many times with friends or family wanting to drop something off while we are gone. We are able to open the garage from our phone if we are away, and let people in. 


    Motorola Baby Monitor 


    Motorola Baby Monitor - 4.99


    This was given to us as a baby gift and we LOVE it! It comes with a little monitor that you can carry around with you or you can connect it to your wifi and download the app, Hubble for Motorola. On our first trip without Baby Steve, we were able to watch his baby monitor from Hawaii. I learned not to use the microphone button because as soon as he heard me talk to him, he ripped the camera off the wall. My favorite features of this monitor are the music options, you're able to move the camera or zoom, take snap shots or videos, and you can link multiple cameras to your account. 


    AutoSlide Door


    AutoSlide Collar-ID Door System - 7


    BEST INVENTION EVER.


    Since our rattlesnake incident last year, we are not very comfortable leaving our 3 dogs outside all day. However, it is very annoying having to let them in and out all day long. We had many accidents in the house, which made us wonder if there was any way to install a grocery store style automatic opening door. I wish we had pondered this sooner!! Our life is so much easier with this little contraption that my husband was able to install on our door. It has several settings but we tend to keep it on the pet sensor one. The dogs each have a remote on their collar that will make the door open if they walk near it. AMAZING.


    COMING SOON - Ubiquiti UniFi Video Camera


    Ubiquiti UniFi Video Camera - 1.90

    We plan on canceling our Comcast Security System and installing our new cameras. To be continued... 




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    Tags: smart home el dorado hills

    1001 Brock Circle, Folsom CA 95630

    August 23, 2017
    Category: New Listing




  • Listed at 0,000

  • 2,680 Square Feet

  • 4 Bedrooms / 2.5 Bathrooms

  • .18 Acre Lot

  • 3 car garage with sink, cabinetry, microwave, ceiling fan and epoxy floors

  • Possible RV access on side of the home

  • Sink, upper & lower cabinetry in laundry room • Elongated CalGreen compliant Toto toilets in all bathrooms

  • Walking Distance to Schools




  • Upon entering the home, you step into the open walkway that overlooks the formal living and dining room. The expanse of Junkers Merbau, 5” plank solid hardwood floors, will take your breath away. The family room features an accent wall with a modern gas fireplace and recessed tv wiring. The kitchen is open to the family room and features a walk-in pantry and dining nook. The high-end kitchen offers custom cherry stained cabinetry with black & white marbleized granite, Wolf stove top, stainless steel hood and Bosch double oven. The kitchen is very functional with pull-outs, appliance lift, spice organizer, built-in silverware and knife rack. Upstairs, double doors lead to the master suite with recessed lighting and ceiling fan. Pull back the sleek mahogany barn door and enter the soothing bath with dual pedestals, flanked by the ultimate custom cabinets. Under the window stands a gorgeous contemporary soaking tub resting on a Venetian Pebble tile bed. The frameless glass shower surround disappears into the soft jade tile. To ease the tension use the adjustable European Grohe shower system to wash away the troubles of the day.

    Tags: Folsom home for sale

    Friday Funny - ANOTHER BAD Home Makeover

    August 11, 2017
    Category: El Dorado Hills


    This poor couple! I don't know what is worse, a wall of fake plants, a fish tank that looks into the bathroom or the "feminine" master bedroom. 


    Happy Friday El Dorado Hillians!

    5015 Courtney Way, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762

    August 10, 2017
    Category: New Listing




  • Listed at 8,000

  • 3,178 Square Feet

  • 4 Bedrooms / 3 Bathrooms

  • 4 Car Garage

  • .39 Acre Lot

  • Walking Distance to Villagio Park



  • This beautiful 4 bedroom home was built with quality and style by Standard Pacific. On the first floor is the formal living and dining rooms. The spacious & bright kitchen is open to the dining nook and family room. A bedroom and full bath is also located downstairs. Upstairs is the master suite, 2 additional bedrooms, bathroom, laundry & bonus room. The private & usable .39 acre lot is a rare find in Serrano. Located minutes from Folsom Lake, the deep 4 car garage is ideal for boat storage. 

    Tags: el dorado hills serrano home for sale

    2629 Crane Way, Cameron Park, CA 95682

    August 07, 2017
    Category: New Listing



    Listed at 9,000

  • 2,687 Square Feet

  • 4 Bedrooms / 2.5 Bathrooms

  • 3 Car Garage

  • .237 Acre Lot

  • Main level master suite



  • Gorgeous custom home in Creekside Estates. This custom home offers an ideal floorplan for any lifestyle. Upon entering, you step into the formal living and dining rooms near the powder bath. The Kitchen overlooks the dining nook and family room with large sliding glass door. The main level master suite is located across the hall to the laundry room. Upstairs, there are three additional bedrooms, a large bathroom with dual sinks and a loft. The park like backyard is nearly a quarter acre and features an expansive entertaining deck, play structure and widespread lawn.

    Tags: cameron park new listing home for sale

    Friday Funny - ANOTHER BAD Home Makeover

    August 04, 2017
    Category: El Dorado Hills


    Another GREAT home makeover disaster. The stuffed squirrel is nothing compared to the poor teenage daughter's room, haha!!


    Happy Friday El Dorado Hillians!

    Friday Funny - BAD Home Makeover

    July 28, 2017
    Category: El Dorado Hills


    We find home makeover disasters hilarious. This poor couple's new bedroom looks like Mary Poppins exploded in it!!! Happy Friday El Dorado Hillians :)

    Live on the Boulevard - El Dorado Hills Town Center Thursday Night Concerts

    July 19, 2017
    Category: El Dorado Hills

    Bella Donna, a Stevie Nicks/Fleetwood Mac tribute band will be playing tomorrow in the El Dorado Hills Town Center. Bring chairs and a cooler full of cold drinks. It will be hot tomorrow! 




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    Tags: El Dorado Hills Town Center


    Activities include:

    Hay Maze

    Hay Rides

    Pumpkin Decorating

    Doggie Costume Contest

    4H- Animal Exploration Area 

    Carnival Games 

    Fun Food and More!!


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    Tags: events el dorado hills town center el dorado hills fall events

    Niello Concours at Serrano is coming up - 10/1/17

    September 25, 2017
    Category: Events

    The Niello Concours at Serrano is a true Concours d'Elegance on the green at the Serrano Visitor's Center in El Dorado Hills, California. With over 200 motor cars on display, spanning 100 years there will be an amazing display for all to enjoy. From the classics to exotics, vintage motorcycles, a fashion show and fabulous food...this is an event you won't want to miss!


    When: 

    October 1, 2017  

    Event is open to the public from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM 


    Where: 

    On the Green - Serrano Visitor's Center 4525 Serrano Parkway El Dorado Hills ~ California 95762  


    Tickets:

    Advance tickets are available for purchase in September at all Niello Dealerships, visit www.Niello.com for locations or you may purchase online by clicking on Eventbrite link - 2017 Niello Concours Tickets


    Tickets will be .00 in advance and .00 at the gate. Ticket includes parking, shuttle, and an event program. Children 12 and under are admitted at no charge with a paid adult. 


    Schedule: 

    7:00 AM - 9:30 AM - Car Placement 

    10:00 AM - Gates Open 

    NOON - Fashion Show  

    3:00 PM - Awards Presentation 

    4:30 PM - Best of Show Presentation



    Tags: events niello concours at Serrano

    The Hills Living - September 2017

    September 18, 2017
    Category: El Dorado Hills


    Check out the latest issue of The Hills Living Magazine! Take a look at Pages 26-27!

    Tags: The Hills Living

    Steve is UNO!

    September 13, 2017
    Category: Events

    Baby Steve celebrated his 1st birthday last month. To go along with Stephani & Ben's Mexican themed wedding and baby shower, they threw him a BIG Fiesta! Ok, it was more of Stephani's Giving Birth Day party, but Baby Steve won't remember. Haha. 


    Catering: Perfect Thyme Events. Photography: Love Shots Photography. Cake: Nereida Melvin. Donkeys: Funny Farm Petting Zoo. Decorations: Mostly Amazon.

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    Tags: Party

    Smart Home Sweepstakes!

    September 13, 2017
    Category: Decor

    Smart Home Sweepstakes

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    Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage is giving away ,000 in smart home products!

    Smart Home Sweepstakes

    September 12 - 26, 2017 
                                                                                                                                                                                                            

    GRAND PRIZE
            Coldwell Banker® Smart Home Staging Kit


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    Visit californiahome.me/avp to view winners of past Coldwell Banker 
            giveaways and preview upcoming events.



    The sweepstakes runs from September 12, 2017 at 7:00am PST and ends September 26, 2017 at 5pm PST (the “Sweepstakes Period”). Online and hardcopy entries must be received by end of business on September 26, 2017. There is no cash value. The prize is nontransferable. Winners must be at least 18 years of age to qualify.

                         





    Tags: Contest

    20 Lochmoor Circle, Sacramento, CA 95823

    September 08, 2017
    Category: New Listing



  • Listed at 4,900

  • 1,162 Square Feet
  • 3 Bedrooms / 2 Bathrooms
  • 6,098 Square Foot Lot

  • 2 Car Garage

  • Possible RV Access 



  • Lovely remodeled 3 bedroom 2 bath family home on a quiet street in a great location! Home features an updated kitchen with designer cabinets, stainless steel appliances, and granite counter tops with dining bar. Both bathrooms have been updated with tile, granite, and new cabinets. Dual pane windows throughout. Large covered patio overlooks a private backyard with planter beds and gorgeous redwood trees. New custom cabinets line the interior of the garage. RV parking possible. 

    Tags: sacramento

    It's almost Apple Hill season!

    September 06, 2017
    Category: Events

    Visiting Apple Hill with my family is one of my favorite things to do in Fall/Winter. In the fall, we enjoy going to High Hill Ranch. They always have vendors selling fun things and the cafeteria area always has good food and AMAZING pies. The kids enjoy fishing in the pond there. 


    During winter time, we head up to Apple Hill to chop down our Christmas Tree. There are also several wineries in Apple Hill that we are looking forward to exploring! 


    Here is a link to download a PDF guide to Apple Hill:

    Apple Hill Map & Guide



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    Tags: apple hill local events

    3013 Airport Road, Placerville, CA 95667

    September 05, 2017
    Category: New Listing



  • Listed at 5,000

  • 102,366 Square Foot Lot

  • 3 Finished 400 Sq.Ft. Cottages

  • 4 Unfinished Cottages

  • Connected to Public Water & Sewer

  • Located Near Main Street Placerville


  • These charming cottages were originally built in the 1940's and renovated in 2016 & 2017. The unfinished cottages are inhabitable but need to be completed because they are currently just framed walls. The seller estimates it will cost around 0k to complete the remaining units and can provide contacts. 


    The 3 finished cottages are 400 square feet each and are renting for 0 per month. Each home has one occupant. All work has been completed with permits. Seller has started work on a central pump house and laundry facility. 


    The owner is open to seller financing, contact us for more information.  

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    Tags: Placerville income property

    Why you SHOULD NOT use the listing agent when purchasing a home...

    August 31, 2017
    Category: El Dorado Hills

    Yes, you read that correctly. You SHOULD NOT use the Listing Agent to purchase your home. 


    The listing agent was hired to get the most money for their clients, the Sellers. There is a misconception that using the listing agent will get the buyer a better deal. The only time that is true is when the agent is unethical- in which case you shouldn't be working with them!


    As listing agents, we separate when we represent both the Buyer and the Seller. One of us represents the Seller and the other represents the Buyers. We do not talk about the transaction with each other. The only way to properly represent our clients is to negotiate on their behalf. There are several times you need representation on both sides; when writing the offer, countering, request for repairs, etc. 


    Throughout the years we have represented both sides many times. There have also been several times where we had multiple offers and had to reject each other's offers as well.


    When buyers tell an agent they have written offers on multiple homes with multiple agents, they are thought of as "unloyal". No one will be very motivated to get that buyer the best deal possible because they aren't going to be loyal clients. They are a sale, not a client.


    When it comes to our clients, we will go WAY beyond what most agents will do. Our furniture is constantly removed from our homes for staging. We are always lending tools, pressure washer, carpet cleaners, our husbands and/or children, haha. If there is something in our power to help our clients, we do it. We are fortunate enough to be able to be picky with who we work with. It keeps our lives happy and our reputation good amongst our Realtor colleagues. 


    To recap: the Listing Agent was hired to sell a property for the most money possible... Find a good Buyers agent and be loyal to them. They will work very hard to get their loyal Buyers the best deal possible.

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    Tags: buyer listing agent dual agency

    Delivery food in El Dorado Hills

    August 29, 2017
    Category: El Dorado Hills


    Door Dash is THE BEST THING EVER... 


    As working parents, we use Door Dash often. A few years ago, the only restaurants that delivered were pizza or one Chinese restaurant. Now, we have so many options it is hard to decide! It is similar to Uber, only for food. (Uber started a similar service called UberEats but it is not available in EDH yet.)


    Many local restaurants participate in Door Dash, even a liquor store. The liquor store has come in handy several times when we forgot to pick up ice for a party. So handy! 


    Next time your wanting to order in, check it out. The link below will give you off your first order. 


    Door Dash Food Delivery - coupon 




    Tags: dining

    My Smart Home

    August 25, 2017
    Category: El Dorado Hills


    My husband is very into gadgets. I thought he had our old house dialed in, but that was nothing compared to our current home. Our friends think we are crazy (we are a little bit) but I don't know how I can go back to turning on/off lights or letting my dogs outside, haha. Here is an update on what we have done to our home since we moved 2 years ago. 


    RING


    Ring Doorbell - 9


    It all started with the door bell, Ring. This handy little gadget can be hardwired or simply hung with batteries. It sends alerts to your cell phone when someone presses the button. The built-in motion detectors have settings that you can change to be more/less sensitive. It also has two-way talk so you can speak to your visitors. 


    Funny story - We had an Amazon delivery man ring our door bell. Someone left our front door unlocked and our Boxer heard the door bell and opened the door. She let our Yorkie out and shut the door behind him. Our Yorkie went down the street and found a friend, a big black lab. Some neighbors recognized our Yorkie and brought the dogs to my house. When they rang the doorbell, our Boxer once again opened the door, letting both dogs in. She shut the door behind them. I came down stairs to find an extra dog in my house. If it wasn't for Ring, I wouldn't have known how the black lab got in! haha! FYI - We eventually found the owner :)


    Amazon Alexa (Echo/Dot)


    Amazon Echo - / Amazon Echo Dot -


    We love these handy little devices! We have two Amazon Echo's, one in the family room and one in the bonus room. We have a Dot in each bedroom. We can tell "Alexa" to play music, turn on/off lights, use it as an intercom to talk to the kids in their rooms, ask what the weather will be, etc. 


    Wink


    Wink Hub 2- / Wink Relay - .99


    We have two Wink Relay switches, one in the kitchen and one in our master bedroom. We use these to manually turn on/off lights or fountains. I like that the screen lights up when I walk by it and shows what the weather is going to be. 


    The Wink app on our phone is the main hub for all of our smart tools and allows us to control our home from anywhere in the world. 


    Nest Thermostat


    Nest Thermostat - 8.79


    We have two Nest Thermostats, one on each level. We are able to control our HVAC with Alexa, from anywhere in the world. It is a smart thermostat and learns over time from habits. 


    Nest Carbon Monoxide / Smoke Detector 


    Nest Protect Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Alarm - 8.98


    We upgraded all of our CO/Smoke Detectors with these Nest Detectors. These have an industrial-grade smoke sensor, 10-year carbon monoxide sensor, heat, humidity and occupancy sensor, ambient light and an omnidirectional microphone. These are all linked to our Wink hub and Alexa. They can be controlled from a phone and tests itself automatically. 


    Z-Wave Switches & Outlets


    GE Z-Wave Switch - .50 \ GE Z-Wave Receptacle Outlet - .99


    We switched out every light switch in the living areas and our master bedroom to a Z-Wave switch. We installed Z-Wave Outlets for our fountain, backyard & courtyard string lights. These Z-Wave switches allow Wink/Alexa to control them.


    Z-Wave Garage Door Opener


    GoControl Z-Wave Garage Door Opener - .82


    Living in our wonderful gated community, our HOA requires our garage door to be shut overnight. Totally reasonable for safety reasons, but we would often forget about it because it isn't noticeable with how our house is situated. We installed Z-Wave Garage door remote openers so we can have Alexa shut the garage doors. It has come in handy many times with friends or family wanting to drop something off while we are gone. We are able to open the garage from our phone if we are away, and let people in. 


    Motorola Baby Monitor 


    Motorola Baby Monitor - 4.99


    This was given to us as a baby gift and we LOVE it! It comes with a little monitor that you can carry around with you or you can connect it to your wifi and download the app, Hubble for Motorola. On our first trip without Baby Steve, we were able to watch his baby monitor from Hawaii. I learned not to use the microphone button because as soon as he heard me talk to him, he ripped the camera off the wall. My favorite features of this monitor are the music options, you're able to move the camera or zoom, take snap shots or videos, and you can link multiple cameras to your account. 


    AutoSlide Door


    AutoSlide Collar-ID Door System - 7


    BEST INVENTION EVER.


    Since our rattlesnake incident last year, we are not very comfortable leaving our 3 dogs outside all day. However, it is very annoying having to let them in and out all day long. We had many accidents in the house, which made us wonder if there was any way to install a grocery store style automatic opening door. I wish we had pondered this sooner!! Our life is so much easier with this little contraption that my husband was able to install on our door. It has several settings but we tend to keep it on the pet sensor one. The dogs each have a remote on their collar that will make the door open if they walk near it. AMAZING.


    COMING SOON - Ubiquiti UniFi Video Camera


    Ubiquiti UniFi Video Camera - 1.90

    We plan on canceling our Comcast Security System and installing our new cameras. To be continued... 




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    Tags: smart home el dorado hills

    1001 Brock Circle, Folsom CA 95630

    August 23, 2017
    Category: New Listing




  • Listed at 0,000

  • 2,680 Square Feet

  • 4 Bedrooms / 2.5 Bathrooms

  • .18 Acre Lot

  • 3 car garage with sink, cabinetry, microwave, ceiling fan and epoxy floors

  • Possible RV access on side of the home

  • Sink, upper & lower cabinetry in laundry room • Elongated CalGreen compliant Toto toilets in all bathrooms

  • Walking Distance to Schools




  • Upon entering the home, you step into the open walkway that overlooks the formal living and dining room. The expanse of Junkers Merbau, 5” plank solid hardwood floors, will take your breath away. The family room features an accent wall with a modern gas fireplace and recessed tv wiring. The kitchen is open to the family room and features a walk-in pantry and dining nook. The high-end kitchen offers custom cherry stained cabinetry with black & white marbleized granite, Wolf stove top, stainless steel hood and Bosch double oven. The kitchen is very functional with pull-outs, appliance lift, spice organizer, built-in silverware and knife rack. Upstairs, double doors lead to the master suite with recessed lighting and ceiling fan. Pull back the sleek mahogany barn door and enter the soothing bath with dual pedestals, flanked by the ultimate custom cabinets. Under the window stands a gorgeous contemporary soaking tub resting on a Venetian Pebble tile bed. The frameless glass shower surround disappears into the soft jade tile. To ease the tension use the adjustable European Grohe shower system to wash away the troubles of the day.

    Tags: Folsom home for sale

    Friday Funny - ANOTHER BAD Home Makeover

    August 11, 2017
    Category: El Dorado Hills


    This poor couple! I don't know what is worse, a wall of fake plants, a fish tank that looks into the bathroom or the "feminine" master bedroom. 


    Happy Friday El Dorado Hillians!

    5015 Courtney Way, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762

    August 10, 2017
    Category: New Listing




  • Listed at 8,000

  • 3,178 Square Feet

  • 4 Bedrooms / 3 Bathrooms

  • 4 Car Garage

  • .39 Acre Lot

  • Walking Distance to Villagio Park



  • This beautiful 4 bedroom home was built with quality and style by Standard Pacific. On the first floor is the formal living and dining rooms. The spacious & bright kitchen is open to the dining nook and family room. A bedroom and full bath is also located downstairs. Upstairs is the master suite, 2 additional bedrooms, bathroom, laundry & bonus room. The private & usable .39 acre lot is a rare find in Serrano. Located minutes from Folsom Lake, the deep 4 car garage is ideal for boat storage. 

    Tags: el dorado hills serrano home for sale

    2629 Crane Way, Cameron Park, CA 95682

    August 07, 2017
    Category: New Listing



    Listed at 9,000

  • 2,687 Square Feet

  • 4 Bedrooms / 2.5 Bathrooms

  • 3 Car Garage

  • .237 Acre Lot

  • Main level master suite



  • Gorgeous custom home in Creekside Estates. This custom home offers an ideal floorplan for any lifestyle. Upon entering, you step into the formal living and dining rooms near the powder bath. The Kitchen overlooks the dining nook and family room with large sliding glass door. The main level master suite is located across the hall to the laundry room. Upstairs, there are three additional bedrooms, a large bathroom with dual sinks and a loft. The park like backyard is nearly a quarter acre and features an expansive entertaining deck, play structure and widespread lawn.

    Tags: cameron park new listing home for sale

    Friday Funny - ANOTHER BAD Home Makeover

    August 04, 2017
    Category: El Dorado Hills


    Another GREAT home makeover disaster. The stuffed squirrel is nothing compared to the poor teenage daughter's room, haha!!


    Happy Friday El Dorado Hillians!

    Friday Funny - BAD Home Makeover

    July 28, 2017
    Category: El Dorado Hills


    We find home makeover disasters hilarious. This poor couple's new bedroom looks like Mary Poppins exploded in it!!! Happy Friday El Dorado Hillians :)


    Activities include:

    Hay Maze

    Hay Rides

    Pumpkin Decorating

    Doggie Costume Contest

    4H- Animal Exploration Area 

    Carnival Games 

    Fun Food and More!!


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    Tags: events el dorado hills town center el dorado hills fall events

    Niello Concours at Serrano is coming up - 10/1/17

    September 25, 2017
    Category: Events

    The Niello Concours at Serrano is a true Concours d'Elegance on the green at the Serrano Visitor's Center in El Dorado Hills, California. With over 200 motor cars on display, spanning 100 years there will be an amazing display for all to enjoy. From the classics to exotics, vintage motorcycles, a fashion show and fabulous food...this is an event you won't want to miss!


    When: 

    October 1, 2017  

    Event is open to the public from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM 


    Where: 

    On the Green - Serrano Visitor's Center 4525 Serrano Parkway El Dorado Hills ~ California 95762  


    Tickets:

    Advance tickets are available for purchase in September at all Niello Dealerships, visit www.Niello.com for locations or you may purchase online by clicking on Eventbrite link - 2017 Niello Concours Tickets


    Tickets will be .00 in advance and .00 at the gate. Ticket includes parking, shuttle, and an event program. Children 12 and under are admitted at no charge with a paid adult. 


    Schedule: 

    7:00 AM - 9:30 AM - Car Placement 

    10:00 AM - Gates Open 

    NOON - Fashion Show  

    3:00 PM - Awards Presentation 

    4:30 PM - Best of Show Presentation



    Tags: events niello concours at Serrano

    The Hills Living - September 2017

    September 18, 2017
    Category: El Dorado Hills


    Check out the latest issue of The Hills Living Magazine! Take a look at Pages 26-27!

    Tags: The Hills Living

    Steve is UNO!

    September 13, 2017
    Category: Events

    Baby Steve celebrated his 1st birthday last month. To go along with Stephani & Ben's Mexican themed wedding and baby shower, they threw him a BIG Fiesta! Ok, it was more of Stephani's Giving Birth Day party, but Baby Steve won't remember. Haha. 


    Catering: Perfect Thyme Events. Photography: Love Shots Photography. Cake: Nereida Melvin. Donkeys: Funny Farm Petting Zoo. Decorations: Mostly Amazon.

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    Tags: Party

    Smart Home Sweepstakes!

    September 13, 2017
    Category: Decor

    Smart Home Sweepstakes

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    Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage is giving away ,000 in smart home products!

    Smart Home Sweepstakes

    September 12 - 26, 2017 
                                                                                                                                                                                                            

    GRAND PRIZE
            Coldwell Banker® Smart Home Staging Kit


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    Visit californiahome.me/avp to view winners of past Coldwell Banker 
            giveaways and preview upcoming events.



    The sweepstakes runs from September 12, 2017 at 7:00am PST and ends September 26, 2017 at 5pm PST (the “Sweepstakes Period”). Online and hardcopy entries must be received by end of business on September 26, 2017. There is no cash value. The prize is nontransferable. Winners must be at least 18 years of age to qualify.

                         





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    20 Lochmoor Circle, Sacramento, CA 95823

    September 08, 2017
    Category: New Listing



  • Listed at 4,900

  • 1,162 Square Feet
  • 3 Bedrooms / 2 Bathrooms
  • 6,098 Square Foot Lot

  • 2 Car Garage

  • Possible RV Access 



  • Lovely remodeled 3 bedroom 2 bath family home on a quiet street in a great location! Home features an updated kitchen with designer cabinets, stainless steel appliances, and granite counter tops with dining bar. Both bathrooms have been updated with tile, granite, and new cabinets. Dual pane windows throughout. Large covered patio overlooks a private backyard with planter beds and gorgeous redwood trees. New custom cabinets line the interior of the garage. RV parking possible. 

    Tags: sacramento

    It's almost Apple Hill season!

    September 06, 2017
    Category: Events

    Visiting Apple Hill with my family is one of my favorite things to do in Fall/Winter. In the fall, we enjoy going to High Hill Ranch. They always have vendors selling fun things and the cafeteria area always has good food and AMAZING pies. The kids enjoy fishing in the pond there. 


    During winter time, we head up to Apple Hill to chop down our Christmas Tree. There are also several wineries in Apple Hill that we are looking forward to exploring! 


    Here is a link to download a PDF guide to Apple Hill:

    Apple Hill Map & Guide



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    Tags: apple hill local events

    3013 Airport Road, Placerville, CA 95667

    September 05, 2017
    Category: New Listing



  • Listed at 5,000

  • 102,366 Square Foot Lot

  • 3 Finished 400 Sq.Ft. Cottages

  • 4 Unfinished Cottages

  • Connected to Public Water & Sewer

  • Located Near Main Street Placerville


  • These charming cottages were originally built in the 1940's and renovated in 2016 & 2017. The unfinished cottages are inhabitable but need to be completed because they are currently just framed walls. The seller estimates it will cost around 0k to complete the remaining units and can provide contacts. 


    The 3 finished cottages are 400 square feet each and are renting for 0 per month. Each home has one occupant. All work has been completed with permits. Seller has started work on a central pump house and laundry facility. 


    The owner is open to seller financing, contact us for more information.  

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    Why you SHOULD NOT use the listing agent when purchasing a home...

    August 31, 2017
    Category: El Dorado Hills

    Yes, you read that correctly. You SHOULD NOT use the Listing Agent to purchase your home. 


    The listing agent was hired to get the most money for their clients, the Sellers. There is a misconception that using the listing agent will get the buyer a better deal. The only time that is true is when the agent is unethical- in which case you shouldn't be working with them!


    As listing agents, we separate when we represent both the Buyer and the Seller. One of us represents the Seller and the other represents the Buyers. We do not talk about the transaction with each other. The only way to properly represent our clients is to negotiate on their behalf. There are several times you need representation on both sides; when writing the offer, countering, request for repairs, etc. 


    Throughout the years we have represented both sides many times. There have also been several times where we had multiple offers and had to reject each other's offers as well.


    When buyers tell an agent they have written offers on multiple homes with multiple agents, they are thought of as "unloyal". No one will be very motivated to get that buyer the best deal possible because they aren't going to be loyal clients. They are a sale, not a client.


    When it comes to our clients, we will go WAY beyond what most agents will do. Our furniture is constantly removed from our homes for staging. We are always lending tools, pressure washer, carpet cleaners, our husbands and/or children, haha. If there is something in our power to help our clients, we do it. We are fortunate enough to be able to be picky with who we work with. It keeps our lives happy and our reputation good amongst our Realtor colleagues. 


    To recap: the Listing Agent was hired to sell a property for the most money possible... Find a good Buyers agent and be loyal to them. They will work very hard to get their loyal Buyers the best deal possible.

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    Tags: buyer listing agent dual agency

    Delivery food in El Dorado Hills

    August 29, 2017
    Category: El Dorado Hills


    Door Dash is THE BEST THING EVER... 


    As working parents, we use Door Dash often. A few years ago, the only restaurants that delivered were pizza or one Chinese restaurant. Now, we have so many options it is hard to decide! It is similar to Uber, only for food. (Uber started a similar service called UberEats but it is not available in EDH yet.)


    Many local restaurants participate in Door Dash, even a liquor store. The liquor store has come in handy several times when we forgot to pick up ice for a party. So handy! 


    Next time your wanting to order in, check it out. The link below will give you off your first order. 


    Door Dash Food Delivery - coupon 




    Tags: dining

    My Smart Home

    August 25, 2017
    Category: El Dorado Hills


    My husband is very into gadgets. I thought he had our old house dialed in, but that was nothing compared to our current home. Our friends think we are crazy (we are a little bit) but I don't know how I can go back to turning on/off lights or letting my dogs outside, haha. Here is an update on what we have done to our home since we moved 2 years ago. 


    RING


    Ring Doorbell - 9


    It all started with the door bell, Ring. This handy little gadget can be hardwired or simply hung with batteries. It sends alerts to your cell phone when someone presses the button. The built-in motion detectors have settings that you can change to be more/less sensitive. It also has two-way talk so you can speak to your visitors. 


    Funny story - We had an Amazon delivery man ring our door bell. Someone left our front door unlocked and our Boxer heard the door bell and opened the door. She let our Yorkie out and shut the door behind him. Our Yorkie went down the street and found a friend, a big black lab. Some neighbors recognized our Yorkie and brought the dogs to my house. When they rang the doorbell, our Boxer once again opened the door, letting both dogs in. She shut the door behind them. I came down stairs to find an extra dog in my house. If it wasn't for Ring, I wouldn't have known how the black lab got in! haha! FYI - We eventually found the owner :)


    Amazon Alexa (Echo/Dot)


    Amazon Echo - / Amazon Echo Dot -


    We love these handy little devices! We have two Amazon Echo's, one in the family room and one in the bonus room. We have a Dot in each bedroom. We can tell "Alexa" to play music, turn on/off lights, use it as an intercom to talk to the kids in their rooms, ask what the weather will be, etc. 


    Wink


    Wink Hub 2- / Wink Relay - .99


    We have two Wink Relay switches, one in the kitchen and one in our master bedroom. We use these to manually turn on/off lights or fountains. I like that the screen lights up when I walk by it and shows what the weather is going to be. 


    The Wink app on our phone is the main hub for all of our smart tools and allows us to control our home from anywhere in the world. 


    Nest Thermostat


    Nest Thermostat - 8.79


    We have two Nest Thermostats, one on each level. We are able to control our HVAC with Alexa, from anywhere in the world. It is a smart thermostat and learns over time from habits. 


    Nest Carbon Monoxide / Smoke Detector 


    Nest Protect Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Alarm - 8.98


    We upgraded all of our CO/Smoke Detectors with these Nest Detectors. These have an industrial-grade smoke sensor, 10-year carbon monoxide sensor, heat, humidity and occupancy sensor, ambient light and an omnidirectional microphone. These are all linked to our Wink hub and Alexa. They can be controlled from a phone and tests itself automatically. 


    Z-Wave Switches & Outlets


    GE Z-Wave Switch - .50 \ GE Z-Wave Receptacle Outlet - .99


    We switched out every light switch in the living areas and our master bedroom to a Z-Wave switch. We installed Z-Wave Outlets for our fountain, backyard & courtyard string lights. These Z-Wave switches allow Wink/Alexa to control them.


    Z-Wave Garage Door Opener


    GoControl Z-Wave Garage Door Opener - .82


    Living in our wonderful gated community, our HOA requires our garage door to be shut overnight. Totally reasonable for safety reasons, but we would often forget about it because it isn't noticeable with how our house is situated. We installed Z-Wave Garage door remote openers so we can have Alexa shut the garage doors. It has come in handy many times with friends or family wanting to drop something off while we are gone. We are able to open the garage from our phone if we are away, and let people in. 


    Motorola Baby Monitor 


    Motorola Baby Monitor - 4.99


    This was given to us as a baby gift and we LOVE it! It comes with a little monitor that you can carry around with you or you can connect it to your wifi and download the app, Hubble for Motorola. On our first trip without Baby Steve, we were able to watch his baby monitor from Hawaii. I learned not to use the microphone button because as soon as he heard me talk to him, he ripped the camera off the wall. My favorite features of this monitor are the music options, you're able to move the camera or zoom, take snap shots or videos, and you can link multiple cameras to your account. 


    AutoSlide Door


    AutoSlide Collar-ID Door System - 7


    BEST INVENTION EVER.


    Since our rattlesnake incident last year, we are not very comfortable leaving our 3 dogs outside all day. However, it is very annoying having to let them in and out all day long. We had many accidents in the house, which made us wonder if there was any way to install a grocery store style automatic opening door. I wish we had pondered this sooner!! Our life is so much easier with this little contraption that my husband was able to install on our door. It has several settings but we tend to keep it on the pet sensor one. The dogs each have a remote on their collar that will make the door open if they walk near it. AMAZING.


    COMING SOON - Ubiquiti UniFi Video Camera


    Ubiquiti UniFi Video Camera - 1.90

    We plan on canceling our Comcast Security System and installing our new cameras. To be continued... 




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    1001 Brock Circle, Folsom CA 95630

    August 23, 2017
    Category: New Listing




  • Listed at 0,000

  • 2,680 Square Feet

  • 4 Bedrooms / 2.5 Bathrooms

  • .18 Acre Lot

  • 3 car garage with sink, cabinetry, microwave, ceiling fan and epoxy floors

  • Possible RV access on side of the home

  • Sink, upper & lower cabinetry in laundry room • Elongated CalGreen compliant Toto toilets in all bathrooms

  • Walking Distance to Schools




  • Upon entering the home, you step into the open walkway that overlooks the formal living and dining room. The expanse of Junkers Merbau, 5” plank solid hardwood floors, will take your breath away. The family room features an accent wall with a modern gas fireplace and recessed tv wiring. The kitchen is open to the family room and features a walk-in pantry and dining nook. The high-end kitchen offers custom cherry stained cabinetry with black & white marbleized granite, Wolf stove top, stainless steel hood and Bosch double oven. The kitchen is very functional with pull-outs, appliance lift, spice organizer, built-in silverware and knife rack. Upstairs, double doors lead to the master suite with recessed lighting and ceiling fan. Pull back the sleek mahogany barn door and enter the soothing bath with dual pedestals, flanked by the ultimate custom cabinets. Under the window stands a gorgeous contemporary soaking tub resting on a Venetian Pebble tile bed. The frameless glass shower surround disappears into the soft jade tile. To ease the tension use the adjustable European Grohe shower system to wash away the troubles of the day.

    Tags: Folsom home for sale

    Friday Funny - ANOTHER BAD Home Makeover

    August 11, 2017
    Category: El Dorado Hills


    This poor couple! I don't know what is worse, a wall of fake plants, a fish tank that looks into the bathroom or the "feminine" master bedroom. 


    Happy Friday El Dorado Hillians!

    5015 Courtney Way, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762

    August 10, 2017
    Category: New Listing




  • Listed at 8,000

  • 3,178 Square Feet

  • 4 Bedrooms / 3 Bathrooms

  • 4 Car Garage

  • .39 Acre Lot

  • Walking Distance to Villagio Park



  • This beautiful 4 bedroom home was built with quality and style by Standard Pacific. On the first floor is the formal living and dining rooms. The spacious & bright kitchen is open to the dining nook and family room. A bedroom and full bath is also located downstairs. Upstairs is the master suite, 2 additional bedrooms, bathroom, laundry & bonus room. The private & usable .39 acre lot is a rare find in Serrano. Located minutes from Folsom Lake, the deep 4 car garage is ideal for boat storage. 

    Tags: el dorado hills serrano home for sale

    2629 Crane Way, Cameron Park, CA 95682

    August 07, 2017
    Category: New Listing



    Listed at 9,000

  • 2,687 Square Feet

  • 4 Bedrooms / 2.5 Bathrooms

  • 3 Car Garage

  • .237 Acre Lot

  • Main level master suite



  • Gorgeous custom home in Creekside Estates. This custom home offers an ideal floorplan for any lifestyle. Upon entering, you step into the formal living and dining rooms near the powder bath. The Kitchen overlooks the dining nook and family room with large sliding glass door. The main level master suite is located across the hall to the laundry room. Upstairs, there are three additional bedrooms, a large bathroom with dual sinks and a loft. The park like backyard is nearly a quarter acre and features an expansive entertaining deck, play structure and widespread lawn.

    Tags: cameron park new listing home for sale

    Friday Funny - ANOTHER BAD Home Makeover

    August 04, 2017
    Category: El Dorado Hills


    Another GREAT home makeover disaster. The stuffed squirrel is nothing compared to the poor teenage daughter's room, haha!!


    Happy Friday El Dorado Hillians!


    Activities include:

    Hay Maze

    Hay Rides

    Pumpkin Decorating

    Doggie Costume Contest

    4H- Animal Exploration Area 

    Carnival Games 

    Fun Food and More!!


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    Tags: events el dorado hills town center el dorado hills fall events

    Niello Concours at Serrano is coming up - 10/1/17

    September 25, 2017
    Category: Events

    The Niello Concours at Serrano is a true Concours d'Elegance on the green at the Serrano Visitor's Center in El Dorado Hills, California. With over 200 motor cars on display, spanning 100 years there will be an amazing display for all to enjoy. From the classics to exotics, vintage motorcycles, a fashion show and fabulous food...this is an event you won't want to miss!


    When: 

    October 1, 2017  

    Event is open to the public from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM 


    Where: 

    On the Green - Serrano Visitor's Center 4525 Serrano Parkway El Dorado Hills ~ California 95762  


    Tickets:

    Advance tickets are available for purchase in September at all Niello Dealerships, visit www.Niello.com for locations or you may purchase online by clicking on Eventbrite link - 2017 Niello Concours Tickets


    Tickets will be .00 in advance and .00 at the gate. Ticket includes parking, shuttle, and an event program. Children 12 and under are admitted at no charge with a paid adult. 


    Schedule: 

    7:00 AM - 9:30 AM - Car Placement 

    10:00 AM - Gates Open 

    NOON - Fashion Show  

    3:00 PM - Awards Presentation 

    4:30 PM - Best of Show Presentation



    Tags: events niello concours at Serrano

    The Hills Living - September 2017

    September 18, 2017
    Category: El Dorado Hills


    Check out the latest issue of The Hills Living Magazine! Take a look at Pages 26-27!

    Tags: The Hills Living

    Steve is UNO!

    September 13, 2017
    Category: Events

    Baby Steve celebrated his 1st birthday last month. To go along with Stephani & Ben's Mexican themed wedding and baby shower, they threw him a BIG Fiesta! Ok, it was more of Stephani's Giving Birth Day party, but Baby Steve won't remember. Haha. 


    Catering: Perfect Thyme Events. Photography: Love Shots Photography. Cake: Nereida Melvin. Donkeys: Funny Farm Petting Zoo. Decorations: Mostly Amazon.

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    Smart Home Sweepstakes!

    September 13, 2017
    Category: Decor

    Smart Home Sweepstakes

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    Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage is giving away ,000 in smart home products!

    Smart Home Sweepstakes

    September 12 - 26, 2017 
                                                                                                                                                                                                            

    GRAND PRIZE
            Coldwell Banker® Smart Home Staging Kit


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    Visit californiahome.me/avp to view winners of past Coldwell Banker 
            giveaways and preview upcoming events.



    The sweepstakes runs from September 12, 2017 at 7:00am PST and ends September 26, 2017 at 5pm PST (the “Sweepstakes Period”). Online and hardcopy entries must be received by end of business on September 26, 2017. There is no cash value. The prize is nontransferable. Winners must be at least 18 years of age to qualify.

                         





    Tags: Contest

    20 Lochmoor Circle, Sacramento, CA 95823

    September 08, 2017
    Category: New Listing



  • Listed at 4,900

  • 1,162 Square Feet
  • 3 Bedrooms / 2 Bathrooms
  • 6,098 Square Foot Lot

  • 2 Car Garage

  • Possible RV Access 



  • Lovely remodeled 3 bedroom 2 bath family home on a quiet street in a great location! Home features an updated kitchen with designer cabinets, stainless steel appliances, and granite counter tops with dining bar. Both bathrooms have been updated with tile, granite, and new cabinets. Dual pane windows throughout. Large covered patio overlooks a private backyard with planter beds and gorgeous redwood trees. New custom cabinets line the interior of the garage. RV parking possible. 

    Tags: sacramento

    It's almost Apple Hill season!

    September 06, 2017
    Category: Events

    Visiting Apple Hill with my family is one of my favorite things to do in Fall/Winter. In the fall, we enjoy going to High Hill Ranch. They always have vendors selling fun things and the cafeteria area always has good food and AMAZING pies. The kids enjoy fishing in the pond there. 


    During winter time, we head up to Apple Hill to chop down our Christmas Tree. There are also several wineries in Apple Hill that we are looking forward to exploring! 


    Here is a link to download a PDF guide to Apple Hill:

    Apple Hill Map & Guide



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    3013 Airport Road, Placerville, CA 95667

    September 05, 2017
    Category: New Listing



  • Listed at 5,000

  • 102,366 Square Foot Lot

  • 3 Finished 400 Sq.Ft. Cottages

  • 4 Unfinished Cottages

  • Connected to Public Water & Sewer

  • Located Near Main Street Placerville


  • These charming cottages were originally built in the 1940's and renovated in 2016 & 2017. The unfinished cottages are inhabitable but need to be completed because they are currently just framed walls. The seller estimates it will cost around 0k to complete the remaining units and can provide contacts. 


    The 3 finished cottages are 400 square feet each and are renting for 0 per month. Each home has one occupant. All work has been completed with permits. Seller has started work on a central pump house and laundry facility. 


    The owner is open to seller financing, contact us for more information.  

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    Tags: Placerville income property

    Why you SHOULD NOT use the listing agent when purchasing a home...

    August 31, 2017
    Category: El Dorado Hills

    Yes, you read that correctly. You SHOULD NOT use the Listing Agent to purchase your home. 


    The listing agent was hired to get the most money for their clients, the Sellers. There is a misconception that using the listing agent will get the buyer a better deal. The only time that is true is when the agent is unethical- in which case you shouldn't be working with them!


    As listing agents, we separate when we represent both the Buyer and the Seller. One of us represents the Seller and the other represents the Buyers. We do not talk about the transaction with each other. The only way to properly represent our clients is to negotiate on their behalf. There are several times you need representation on both sides; when writing the offer, countering, request for repairs, etc. 


    Throughout the years we have represented both sides many times. There have also been several times where we had multiple offers and had to reject each other's offers as well.


    When buyers tell an agent they have written offers on multiple homes with multiple agents, they are thought of as "unloyal". No one will be very motivated to get that buyer the best deal possible because they aren't going to be loyal clients. They are a sale, not a client.


    When it comes to our clients, we will go WAY beyond what most agents will do. Our furniture is constantly removed from our homes for staging. We are always lending tools, pressure washer, carpet cleaners, our husbands and/or children, haha. If there is something in our power to help our clients, we do it. We are fortunate enough to be able to be picky with who we work with. It keeps our lives happy and our reputation good amongst our Realtor colleagues. 


    To recap: the Listing Agent was hired to sell a property for the most money possible... Find a good Buyers agent and be loyal to them. They will work very hard to get their loyal Buyers the best deal possible.

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    Tags: buyer listing agent dual agency

    Delivery food in El Dorado Hills

    August 29, 2017
    Category: El Dorado Hills


    Door Dash is THE BEST THING EVER... 


    As working parents, we use Door Dash often. A few years ago, the only restaurants that delivered were pizza or one Chinese restaurant. Now, we have so many options it is hard to decide! It is similar to Uber, only for food. (Uber started a similar service called UberEats but it is not available in EDH yet.)


    Many local restaurants participate in Door Dash, even a liquor store. The liquor store has come in handy several times when we forgot to pick up ice for a party. So handy! 


    Next time your wanting to order in, check it out. The link below will give you off your first order. 


    Door Dash Food Delivery - coupon 




    Tags: dining

    My Smart Home

    August 25, 2017
    Category: El Dorado Hills


    My husband is very into gadgets. I thought he had our old house dialed in, but that was nothing compared to our current home. Our friends think we are crazy (we are a little bit) but I don't know how I can go back to turning on/off lights or letting my dogs outside, haha. Here is an update on what we have done to our home since we moved 2 years ago. 


    RING


    Ring Doorbell - 9


    It all started with the door bell, Ring. This handy little gadget can be hardwired or simply hung with batteries. It sends alerts to your cell phone when someone presses the button. The built-in motion detectors have settings that you can change to be more/less sensitive. It also has two-way talk so you can speak to your visitors. 


    Funny story - We had an Amazon delivery man ring our door bell. Someone left our front door unlocked and our Boxer heard the door bell and opened the door. She let our Yorkie out and shut the door behind him. Our Yorkie went down the street and found a friend, a big black lab. Some neighbors recognized our Yorkie and brought the dogs to my house. When they rang the doorbell, our Boxer once again opened the door, letting both dogs in. She shut the door behind them. I came down stairs to find an extra dog in my house. If it wasn't for Ring, I wouldn't have known how the black lab got in! haha! FYI - We eventually found the owner :)


    Amazon Alexa (Echo/Dot)


    Amazon Echo - / Amazon Echo Dot -


    We love these handy little devices! We have two Amazon Echo's, one in the family room and one in the bonus room. We have a Dot in each bedroom. We can tell "Alexa" to play music, turn on/off lights, use it as an intercom to talk to the kids in their rooms, ask what the weather will be, etc. 


    Wink


    Wink Hub 2- / Wink Relay - .99


    We have two Wink Relay switches, one in the kitchen and one in our master bedroom. We use these to manually turn on/off lights or fountains. I like that the screen lights up when I walk by it and shows what the weather is going to be. 


    The Wink app on our phone is the main hub for all of our smart tools and allows us to control our home from anywhere in the world. 


    Nest Thermostat


    Nest Thermostat - 8.79


    We have two Nest Thermostats, one on each level. We are able to control our HVAC with Alexa, from anywhere in the world. It is a smart thermostat and learns over time from habits. 


    Nest Carbon Monoxide / Smoke Detector 


    Nest Protect Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Alarm - 8.98


    We upgraded all of our CO/Smoke Detectors with these Nest Detectors. These have an industrial-grade smoke sensor, 10-year carbon monoxide sensor, heat, humidity and occupancy sensor, ambient light and an omnidirectional microphone. These are all linked to our Wink hub and Alexa. They can be controlled from a phone and tests itself automatically. 


    Z-Wave Switches & Outlets


    GE Z-Wave Switch - .50 \ GE Z-Wave Receptacle Outlet - .99


    We switched out every light switch in the living areas and our master bedroom to a Z-Wave switch. We installed Z-Wave Outlets for our fountain, backyard & courtyard string lights. These Z-Wave switches allow Wink/Alexa to control them.


    Z-Wave Garage Door Opener


    GoControl Z-Wave Garage Door Opener - .82


    Living in our wonderful gated community, our HOA requires our garage door to be shut overnight. Totally reasonable for safety reasons, but we would often forget about it because it isn't noticeable with how our house is situated. We installed Z-Wave Garage door remote openers so we can have Alexa shut the garage doors. It has come in handy many times with friends or family wanting to drop something off while we are gone. We are able to open the garage from our phone if we are away, and let people in. 


    Motorola Baby Monitor 


    Motorola Baby Monitor - 4.99


    This was given to us as a baby gift and we LOVE it! It comes with a little monitor that you can carry around with you or you can connect it to your wifi and download the app, Hubble for Motorola. On our first trip without Baby Steve, we were able to watch his baby monitor from Hawaii. I learned not to use the microphone button because as soon as he heard me talk to him, he ripped the camera off the wall. My favorite features of this monitor are the music options, you're able to move the camera or zoom, take snap shots or videos, and you can link multiple cameras to your account. 


    AutoSlide Door


    AutoSlide Collar-ID Door System - 7


    BEST INVENTION EVER.


    Since our rattlesnake incident last year, we are not very comfortable leaving our 3 dogs outside all day. However, it is very annoying having to let them in and out all day long. We had many accidents in the house, which made us wonder if there was any way to install a grocery store style automatic opening door. I wish we had pondered this sooner!! Our life is so much easier with this little contraption that my husband was able to install on our door. It has several settings but we tend to keep it on the pet sensor one. The dogs each have a remote on their collar that will make the door open if they walk near it. AMAZING.


    COMING SOON - Ubiquiti UniFi Video Camera


    Ubiquiti UniFi Video Camera - 1.90

    We plan on canceling our Comcast Security System and installing our new cameras. To be continued... 




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    1001 Brock Circle, Folsom CA 95630

    August 23, 2017
    Category: New Listing




  • Listed at 0,000

  • 2,680 Square Feet

  • 4 Bedrooms / 2.5 Bathrooms

  • .18 Acre Lot

  • 3 car garage with sink, cabinetry, microwave, ceiling fan and epoxy floors

  • Possible RV access on side of the home

  • Sink, upper & lower cabinetry in laundry room • Elongated CalGreen compliant Toto toilets in all bathrooms

  • Walking Distance to Schools




  • Upon entering the home, you step into the open walkway that overlooks the formal living and dining room. The expanse of Junkers Merbau, 5” plank solid hardwood floors, will take your breath away. The family room features an accent wall with a modern gas fireplace and recessed tv wiring. The kitchen is open to the family room and features a walk-in pantry and dining nook. The high-end kitchen offers custom cherry stained cabinetry with black & white marbleized granite, Wolf stove top, stainless steel hood and Bosch double oven. The kitchen is very functional with pull-outs, appliance lift, spice organizer, built-in silverware and knife rack. Upstairs, double doors lead to the master suite with recessed lighting and ceiling fan. Pull back the sleek mahogany barn door and enter the soothing bath with dual pedestals, flanked by the ultimate custom cabinets. Under the window stands a gorgeous contemporary soaking tub resting on a Venetian Pebble tile bed. The frameless glass shower surround disappears into the soft jade tile. To ease the tension use the adjustable European Grohe shower system to wash away the troubles of the day.

    Tags: Folsom home for sale

    Friday Funny - ANOTHER BAD Home Makeover

    August 11, 2017
    Category: El Dorado Hills


    This poor couple! I don't know what is worse, a wall of fake plants, a fish tank that looks into the bathroom or the "feminine" master bedroom. 


    Happy Friday El Dorado Hillians!

    5015 Courtney Way, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762

    August 10, 2017
    Category: New Listing




  • Listed at 8,000

  • 3,178 Square Feet

  • 4 Bedrooms / 3 Bathrooms

  • 4 Car Garage

  • .39 Acre Lot

  • Walking Distance to Villagio Park



  • This beautiful 4 bedroom home was built with quality and style by Standard Pacific. On the first floor is the formal living and dining rooms. The spacious & bright kitchen is open to the dining nook and family room. A bedroom and full bath is also located downstairs. Upstairs is the master suite, 2 additional bedrooms, bathroom, laundry & bonus room. The private & usable .39 acre lot is a rare find in Serrano. Located minutes from Folsom Lake, the deep 4 car garage is ideal for boat storage. 

    Tags: el dorado hills serrano home for sale

    2629 Crane Way, Cameron Park, CA 95682

    August 07, 2017
    Category: New Listing



    Listed at 9,000

  • 2,687 Square Feet

  • 4 Bedrooms / 2.5 Bathrooms

  • 3 Car Garage

  • .237 Acre Lot

  • Main level master suite



  • Gorgeous custom home in Creekside Estates. This custom home offers an ideal floorplan for any lifestyle. Upon entering, you step into the formal living and dining rooms near the powder bath. The Kitchen overlooks the dining nook and family room with large sliding glass door. The main level master suite is located across the hall to the laundry room. Upstairs, there are three additional bedrooms, a large bathroom with dual sinks and a loft. The park like backyard is nearly a quarter acre and features an expansive entertaining deck, play structure and widespread lawn.

    Tags: cameron park new listing home for sale

    Friday Funny - ANOTHER BAD Home Makeover

    August 04, 2017
    Category: El Dorado Hills


    Another GREAT home makeover disaster. The stuffed squirrel is nothing compared to the poor teenage daughter's room, haha!!


    Happy Friday El Dorado Hillians!


    Activities include:

    Hay Maze

    Hay Rides

    Pumpkin Decorating

    Doggie Costume Contest

    4H- Animal Exploration Area 

    Carnival Games 

    Fun Food and More!!


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    Niello Concours at Serrano is coming up - 10/1/17

    September 25, 2017
    Category: Events

    The Niello Concours at Serrano is a true Concours d'Elegance on the green at the Serrano Visitor's Center in El Dorado Hills, California. With over 200 motor cars on display, spanning 100 years there will be an amazing display for all to enjoy. From the classics to exotics, vintage motorcycles, a fashion show and fabulous food...this is an event you won't want to miss!


    When: 

    October 1, 2017  

    Event is open to the public from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM 


    Where: 

    On the Green - Serrano Visitor's Center 4525 Serrano Parkway El Dorado Hills ~ California 95762  


    Tickets:

    Advance tickets are available for purchase in September at all Niello Dealerships, visit www.Niello.com for locations or you may purchase online by clicking on Eventbrite link - 2017 Niello Concours Tickets


    Tickets will be .00 in advance and .00 at the gate. Ticket includes parking, shuttle, and an event program. Children 12 and under are admitted at no charge with a paid adult. 


    Schedule: 

    7:00 AM - 9:30 AM - Car Placement 

    10:00 AM - Gates Open 

    NOON - Fashion Show  

    3:00 PM - Awards Presentation 

    4:30 PM - Best of Show Presentation



    Tags: events niello concours at Serrano

    The Hills Living - September 2017

    September 18, 2017
    Category: El Dorado Hills


    Check out the latest issue of The Hills Living Magazine! Take a look at Pages 26-27!

    Tags: The Hills Living

    Steve is UNO!

    September 13, 2017
    Category: Events

    Baby Steve celebrated his 1st birthday last month. To go along with Stephani & Ben's Mexican themed wedding and baby shower, they threw him a BIG Fiesta! Ok, it was more of Stephani's Giving Birth Day party, but Baby Steve won't remember. Haha. 


    Catering: Perfect Thyme Events. Photography: Love Shots Photography. Cake: Nereida Melvin. Donkeys: Funny Farm Petting Zoo. Decorations: Mostly Amazon.

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    Smart Home Sweepstakes!

    September 13, 2017
    Category: Decor

    Smart Home Sweepstakes

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    Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage is giving away ,000 in smart home products!

    Smart Home Sweepstakes

    September 12 - 26, 2017 
                                                                                                                                                                                                            

    GRAND PRIZE
            Coldwell Banker® Smart Home Staging Kit


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    Visit californiahome.me/avp to view winners of past Coldwell Banker 
            giveaways and preview upcoming events.



    The sweepstakes runs from September 12, 2017 at 7:00am PST and ends September 26, 2017 at 5pm PST (the “Sweepstakes Period”). Online and hardcopy entries must be received by end of business on September 26, 2017. There is no cash value. The prize is nontransferable. Winners must be at least 18 years of age to qualify.

                         





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    20 Lochmoor Circle, Sacramento, CA 95823

    September 08, 2017
    Category: New Listing



  • Listed at 4,900

  • 1,162 Square Feet
  • 3 Bedrooms / 2 Bathrooms
  • 6,098 Square Foot Lot

  • 2 Car Garage

  • Possible RV Access 



  • Lovely remodeled 3 bedroom 2 bath family home on a quiet street in a great location! Home features an updated kitchen with designer cabinets, stainless steel appliances, and granite counter tops with dining bar. Both bathrooms have been updated with tile, granite, and new cabinets. Dual pane windows throughout. Large covered patio overlooks a private backyard with planter beds and gorgeous redwood trees. New custom cabinets line the interior of the garage. RV parking possible. 

    Tags: sacramento

    It's almost Apple Hill season!

    September 06, 2017
    Category: Events

    Visiting Apple Hill with my family is one of my favorite things to do in Fall/Winter. In the fall, we enjoy going to High Hill Ranch. They always have vendors selling fun things and the cafeteria area always has good food and AMAZING pies. The kids enjoy fishing in the pond there. 


    During winter time, we head up to Apple Hill to chop down our Christmas Tree. There are also several wineries in Apple Hill that we are looking forward to exploring! 


    Here is a link to download a PDF guide to Apple Hill:

    Apple Hill Map & Guide



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    3013 Airport Road, Placerville, CA 95667

    September 05, 2017
    Category: New Listing



  • Listed at 5,000

  • 102,366 Square Foot Lot

  • 3 Finished 400 Sq.Ft. Cottages

  • 4 Unfinished Cottages

  • Connected to Public Water & Sewer

  • Located Near Main Street Placerville


  • These charming cottages were originally built in the 1940's and renovated in 2016 & 2017. The unfinished cottages are inhabitable but need to be completed because they are currently just framed walls. The seller estimates it will cost around 0k to complete the remaining units and can provide contacts. 


    The 3 finished cottages are 400 square feet each and are renting for 0 per month. Each home has one occupant. All work has been completed with permits. Seller has started work on a central pump house and laundry facility. 


    The owner is open to seller financing, contact us for more information.  

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    Why you SHOULD NOT use the listing agent when purchasing a home...

    August 31, 2017
    Category: El Dorado Hills

    Yes, you read that correctly. You SHOULD NOT use the Listing Agent to purchase your home. 


    The listing agent was hired to get the most money for their clients, the Sellers. There is a misconception that using the listing agent will get the buyer a better deal. The only time that is true is when the agent is unethical- in which case you shouldn't be working with them!


    As listing agents, we separate when we represent both the Buyer and the Seller. One of us represents the Seller and the other represents the Buyers. We do not talk about the transaction with each other. The only way to properly represent our clients is to negotiate on their behalf. There are several times you need representation on both sides; when writing the offer, countering, request for repairs, etc. 


    Throughout the years we have represented both sides many times. There have also been several times where we had multiple offers and had to reject each other's offers as well.


    When buyers tell an agent they have written offers on multiple homes with multiple agents, they are thought of as "unloyal". No one will be very motivated to get that buyer the best deal possible because they aren't going to be loyal clients. They are a sale, not a client.


    When it comes to our clients, we will go WAY beyond what most agents will do. Our furniture is constantly removed from our homes for staging. We are always lending tools, pressure washer, carpet cleaners, our husbands and/or children, haha. If there is something in our power to help our clients, we do it. We are fortunate enough to be able to be picky with who we work with. It keeps our lives happy and our reputation good amongst our Realtor colleagues. 


    To recap: the Listing Agent was hired to sell a property for the most money possible... Find a good Buyers agent and be loyal to them. They will work very hard to get their loyal Buyers the best deal possible.

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    Tags: buyer listing agent dual agency

    Delivery food in El Dorado Hills

    August 29, 2017
    Category: El Dorado Hills


    Door Dash is THE BEST THING EVER... 


    As working parents, we use Door Dash often. A few years ago, the only restaurants that delivered were pizza or one Chinese restaurant. Now, we have so many options it is hard to decide! It is similar to Uber, only for food. (Uber started a similar service called UberEats but it is not available in EDH yet.)


    Many local restaurants participate in Door Dash, even a liquor store. The liquor store has come in handy several times when we forgot to pick up ice for a party. So handy! 


    Next time your wanting to order in, check it out. The link below will give you off your first order. 


    Door Dash Food Delivery - coupon 




    Tags: dining

    My Smart Home

    August 25, 2017
    Category: El Dorado Hills


    My husband is very into gadgets. I thought he had our old house dialed in, but that was nothing compared to our current home. Our friends think we are crazy (we are a little bit) but I don't know how I can go back to turning on/off lights or letting my dogs outside, haha. Here is an update on what we have done to our home since we moved 2 years ago. 


    RING


    Ring Doorbell - 9


    It all started with the door bell, Ring. This handy little gadget can be hardwired or simply hung with batteries. It sends alerts to your cell phone when someone presses the button. The built-in motion detectors have settings that you can change to be more/less sensitive. It also has two-way talk so you can speak to your visitors. 


    Funny story - We had an Amazon delivery man ring our door bell. Someone left our front door unlocked and our Boxer heard the door bell and opened the door. She let our Yorkie out and shut the door behind him. Our Yorkie went down the street and found a friend, a big black lab. Some neighbors recognized our Yorkie and brought the dogs to my house. When they rang the doorbell, our Boxer once again opened the door, letting both dogs in. She shut the door behind them. I came down stairs to find an extra dog in my house. If it wasn't for Ring, I wouldn't have known how the black lab got in! haha! FYI - We eventually found the owner :)


    Amazon Alexa (Echo/Dot)


    Amazon Echo - / Amazon Echo Dot -


    We love these handy little devices! We have two Amazon Echo's, one in the family room and one in the bonus room. We have a Dot in each bedroom. We can tell "Alexa" to play music, turn on/off lights, use it as an intercom to talk to the kids in their rooms, ask what the weather will be, etc. 


    Wink


    Wink Hub 2- / Wink Relay - .99


    We have two Wink Relay switches, one in the kitchen and one in our master bedroom. We use these to manually turn on/off lights or fountains. I like that the screen lights up when I walk by it and shows what the weather is going to be. 


    The Wink app on our phone is the main hub for all of our smart tools and allows us to control our home from anywhere in the world. 


    Nest Thermostat


    Nest Thermostat - 8.79


    We have two Nest Thermostats, one on each level. We are able to control our HVAC with Alexa, from anywhere in the world. It is a smart thermostat and learns over time from habits. 


    Nest Carbon Monoxide / Smoke Detector 


    Nest Protect Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Alarm - 8.98


    We upgraded all of our CO/Smoke Detectors with these Nest Detectors. These have an industrial-grade smoke sensor, 10-year carbon monoxide sensor, heat, humidity and occupancy sensor, ambient light and an omnidirectional microphone. These are all linked to our Wink hub and Alexa. They can be controlled from a phone and tests itself automatically. 


    Z-Wave Switches & Outlets


    GE Z-Wave Switch - .50 \ GE Z-Wave Receptacle Outlet - .99


    We switched out every light switch in the living areas and our master bedroom to a Z-Wave switch. We installed Z-Wave Outlets for our fountain, backyard & courtyard string lights. These Z-Wave switches allow Wink/Alexa to control them.


    Z-Wave Garage Door Opener


    GoControl Z-Wave Garage Door Opener - .82


    Living in our wonderful gated community, our HOA requires our garage door to be shut overnight. Totally reasonable for safety reasons, but we would often forget about it because it isn't noticeable with how our house is situated. We installed Z-Wave Garage door remote openers so we can have Alexa shut the garage doors. It has come in handy many times with friends or family wanting to drop something off while we are gone. We are able to open the garage from our phone if we are away, and let people in. 


    Motorola Baby Monitor 


    Motorola Baby Monitor - 4.99


    This was given to us as a baby gift and we LOVE it! It comes with a little monitor that you can carry around with you or you can connect it to your wifi and download the app, Hubble for Motorola. On our first trip without Baby Steve, we were able to watch his baby monitor from Hawaii. I learned not to use the microphone button because as soon as he heard me talk to him, he ripped the camera off the wall. My favorite features of this monitor are the music options, you're able to move the camera or zoom, take snap shots or videos, and you can link multiple cameras to your account. 


    AutoSlide Door


    AutoSlide Collar-ID Door System - 7


    BEST INVENTION EVER.


    Since our rattlesnake incident last year, we are not very comfortable leaving our 3 dogs outside all day. However, it is very annoying having to let them in and out all day long. We had many accidents in the house, which made us wonder if there was any way to install a grocery store style automatic opening door. I wish we had pondered this sooner!! Our life is so much easier with this little contraption that my husband was able to install on our door. It has several settings but we tend to keep it on the pet sensor one. The dogs each have a remote on their collar that will make the door open if they walk near it. AMAZING.


    COMING SOON - Ubiquiti UniFi Video Camera


    Ubiquiti UniFi Video Camera - 1.90

    We plan on canceling our Comcast Security System and installing our new cameras. To be continued... 




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    1001 Brock Circle, Folsom CA 95630

    August 23, 2017
    Category: New Listing




  • Listed at 0,000

  • 2,680 Square Feet

  • 4 Bedrooms / 2.5 Bathrooms

  • .18 Acre Lot

  • 3 car garage with sink, cabinetry, microwave, ceiling fan and epoxy floors

  • Possible RV access on side of the home

  • Sink, upper & lower cabinetry in laundry room • Elongated CalGreen compliant Toto toilets in all bathrooms

  • Walking Distance to Schools




  • Upon entering the home, you step into the open walkway that overlooks the formal living and dining room. The expanse of Junkers Merbau, 5” plank solid hardwood floors, will take your breath away. The family room features an accent wall with a modern gas fireplace and recessed tv wiring. The kitchen is open to the family room and features a walk-in pantry and dining nook. The high-end kitchen offers custom cherry stained cabinetry with black & white marbleized granite, Wolf stove top, stainless steel hood and Bosch double oven. The kitchen is very functional with pull-outs, appliance lift, spice organizer, built-in silverware and knife rack. Upstairs, double doors lead to the master suite with recessed lighting and ceiling fan. Pull back the sleek mahogany barn door and enter the soothing bath with dual pedestals, flanked by the ultimate custom cabinets. Under the window stands a gorgeous contemporary soaking tub resting on a Venetian Pebble tile bed. The frameless glass shower surround disappears into the soft jade tile. To ease the tension use the adjustable European Grohe shower system to wash away the troubles of the day.

    Tags: Folsom home for sale

    Friday Funny - ANOTHER BAD Home Makeover

    August 11, 2017
    Category: El Dorado Hills


    This poor couple! I don't know what is worse, a wall of fake plants, a fish tank that looks into the bathroom or the "feminine" master bedroom. 


    Happy Friday El Dorado Hillians!

    5015 Courtney Way, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762

    August 10, 2017
    Category: New Listing




  • Listed at 8,000

  • 3,178 Square Feet

  • 4 Bedrooms / 3 Bathrooms

  • 4 Car Garage

  • .39 Acre Lot

  • Walking Distance to Villagio Park



  • This beautiful 4 bedroom home was built with quality and style by Standard Pacific. On the first floor is the formal living and dining rooms. The spacious & bright kitchen is open to the dining nook and family room. A bedroom and full bath is also located downstairs. Upstairs is the master suite, 2 additional bedrooms, bathroom, laundry & bonus room. The private & usable .39 acre lot is a rare find in Serrano. Located minutes from Folsom Lake, the deep 4 car garage is ideal for boat storage. 

    Tags: el dorado hills serrano home for sale

    2629 Crane Way, Cameron Park, CA 95682

    August 07, 2017
    Category: New Listing



    Listed at 9,000

  • 2,687 Square Feet

  • 4 Bedrooms / 2.5 Bathrooms

  • 3 Car Garage

  • .237 Acre Lot

  • Main level master suite



  • Gorgeous custom home in Creekside Estates. This custom home offers an ideal floorplan for any lifestyle. Upon entering, you step into the formal living and dining rooms near the powder bath. The Kitchen overlooks the dining nook and family room with large sliding glass door. The main level master suite is located across the hall to the laundry room. Upstairs, there are three additional bedrooms, a large bathroom with dual sinks and a loft. The park like backyard is nearly a quarter acre and features an expansive entertaining deck, play structure and widespread lawn.

    Tags: cameron park new listing home for sale

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