You Want Views? We’ve Got Views!

If there is one thing Calaveras County has, no matter what part of it you’re in, it’s magnificent scenery! From the rolling, oak-studded hills of Burson and Valley Springs, to the jagged, layered-limestone cliffs and bluffs of Mountain Ranch, to the breeze-cooled canyons where the Stan and the Moke and their streams and tributaries flow through the pine- and cedar-filled forests, there are always fantastic views to behold.

Taking a look through the MLS today, I noticed that there are several homes on the market that make the most of their surroundings with views aplenty to enjoy. So without further ado, here they are (in no particular order):

128 Avalanch
The view from 128 Avalanche.

128 Avalanche Bear Valley, CA  95223 is a 1,650 sq ft chalet-style cabin in the high country with 2 bedrooms and 2 baths situated on 0.4 acres of land and currently listed for sale at $449,000.

3136 Meacham Ranch Rd., Angels Camp
3136 Meacham Ranch Rd., Angels Camp

3136 Meacham Ranch Road Angels Camp, CA  95221 is a boutique winery with over 900 vines, 16 olive trees, 2 wine cellars and lots of room to grow on it’s 5+ acres, besides having a gorgeous 1890 sq ft, 3 bedroom, 2 bath home with large patio and bocce ball court only 3 miles or so north of Angels Camp. It is currently listed for sale at $495,000.




The view from 14549 Waldears Path
The view from 14549 Waldears Path



14549 Waldears Path Mountain Ranch, CA  95246 is a 75+ acre horse property with a custom 2200 sq ft, 3 bedroom 3 bathroom cabin in the woods above the sleepy town of Sheep Ranch. The views from this mountain paradise, currently listed at $648,900, are phenomenal!




View from 3155 Hawver Rd. near San Andreas
View from 3155 Hawver Rd. near San Andreas


3155 Hawver San Andreas, CA  95249 boasts 2(!) 2 bedroom 2 bath homes on over 52 acres with a total of over 2500 ft of living space! This is off the grid living at it’s finest, with solar-power, a giant water storage tank, and tons of space for gardening, as well as some superlative views of the surrounding foothills! This amazing property is currently available for only $600,000!


View of 18 John Ebbetts Rd. home in Bear Valley
View of 18 John Ebbetts Rd. home in Bear Valley



18 John Ebbetts Bear Valley, CA  95223 is a real life ski chalet in the winter and a wonderful getaway cabin in the summer! It is situated on 0.37 acres of property between Bear Valley Village and Bear Lake, has an incredibly cozy-feeling 3000 sq ft of living space with 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and it’s own sauna! This glorious home with panoramic views from almost every window is currently available for $539,000!



If you own a home with amazing views like these, share your favorite view pictures with me on Facebook, and I’ll be sure to include them in a future article on this subject!

If you are interested in listing your beautiful Calaveras County home with me and Realty World Murphys Realty, please give me a call and we can arrange a meeting to discuss the particulars! (209) 728-3404 or (209) 754-9336

If you are shopping for a home in Calaveras County and saw one in this article that appeals to you especially, feel free to call or email me ASAP and let me arrange a personal tour of the home and property:

Happy Thanksgiving!

Fall leads intoFB_IMG_1444777532182[1] winter and winter into spring, but first, let’s dig into some delicious turkey and stuffing and have ourselves a get together! Calaveras County is a fantastic place to spend your Thanksgiving holiday. We have some gorgeous foliage in great abundance during the fall months, and just the right amount of crispness in the air to make those stylish scarves and winter coats and boots a necessity.

If you have a winter cabin or second home in the Motherlode, now is an excellent time to have it winterized if you don’t plan on using it soon. Cold winter mornings have played witness to thousands of broken pipes, leading to thousands of dollars worth or repairs or cleanup after a flood. Likewise, if you have your home for sale and it is currently sitting vacant, please give your real estate agent a call and ask her to arrange to have your property winterized for you. It generally doesn’t cost much more than $100 to have it done if you don’t want to do it yourself, and could potentially save thousands in the long run. Just remember, if you do happen to get one of those rare winter buyers, you’ll have to foot the bill to have the property de-winterized in order for them to be able to have inspections performed.

Seller’s Alert – NOW is the time to start getting your property ship-shape if you intend to list it this spring! Box up those personal decorative items – family pictures, kid’s artwork, unused kitchen and bathroom appliances, etc., and sell, give away, or toss anything you no longer need. HAVE INSPECTIONS PERFORMED! Having the answers a buyer is going to want to know ahead of time puts you ahead of the game and reinforces your asking price. If you need to have work done; termite and pest, roof, septic, well, etc., and you let the buyer know what to expect in regards to that work (ie. your listing price represents and takes into account that the buyer is expected to be responsible for cost of repairs, or that the seller will have repairs done prior to close of escrow), you have more leverage in negotiations where the buyer wants to haggle over the price. Yes, I know inspections can run into the hundreds, but is that really not just a drop in the bucket compared to the thousands in repairs or a suitable reduction in price if the buyer finds out he’s not really getting what he thought he was paying for when you leave that responsibility up to the buyer?

I usually recommend that my sellers have a whole home inspection (usually around $450) and a roof inspection if the roof is over 15 years old (somewhere around $150 for this one). If the home inspector finds evidence of pests or pest damage, I’d take it a step further and get a pest inspection as well. And see, here’s the deal: If you want to be able to sell your home to someone who wants to finance it, the lender is going to require that you or the buyer provides clearances for the septic, well, pest and/or roof from a licensed inspector in order to approve the loan. Otherwise, you are going to be limiting your buyer pool to only those with enough cash to close the deal… which could result in additional months sitting on the market and unnecessary additional carrying expense for you, the seller. And that’s a bummer. We don’t want bummed sellers, we want blissful sellers! So take my advice and have those inspections done ahead of time!

Meanwhile, I want to wish you all a warm, family and fun-filled Thanksgiving holiday with some fantastic Diestel Farms locally grown organic turkey, some home-made eggnog, lots of laughter and abundant good blessings, from my household to yours!

We’ve Got Rain!


Well it’s about time Old Man Winter came to visit!  We were seriously starting to take measures to ensure that our well didn’t run dry, as several have in Calaveras County lately.  The creek that runs through the north end of our property, a tributary of the Jesus Maria Creek, had been bone dry for almost 2/3rds of a year and we were starting to think that all the work our neighbor had done to improve the runoff of water on his property had been an exercise in futility.  Why create diversions and install giant French drains and culverts when there wasn’t any water to divert?  But now all that hard work has paid off for him, and we can relax about our well for a while.

We have some great local events coming up this week that will entertain you and delight your senses.  This Wednesday, February 12th, at 11am, Camps Restaurant in Angels Camp will host “88 Days… The Story of Mark Twain in the Mother Lode”.  This free event will hopefully inform and entertain folks about the life and times of famous author Samuel Clemens, who wrote “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County”.

And then the next day, Thursday, February 13th, from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm, Murphys Historic Hotel will be hosting Wines of the World, with a chocolate and Port tasting being the focus of the evening.  There is a fee of $15/person for CWA members and $25/person for the general public.  Guests are welcome to dine in the hotel afterwards and will receive a $5 discount on their entrées if they do!

This Friday is Valentines Day, and there are lots of activities to participate in to celebrate the special day.  The Angels Camp Museum is having Love Fridays all month long, this week’s presentation will discuss “Love History (President Polk and the Gold Rush)”, and if you call ahead, they will have a brown bag lunch waiting for you at 1:00 pm when you arrive.  The cost is $12 for one presentation, or $45 if you decide to attend all four.  Zucca Wine Bar, Alchemy Market and Café, and Victoria Inn, all in Murphys, are having live music in the evening to entertain their diners, and Angels Camp Mercantile and Café is hosting a karaoke open mic night from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm.  The Hotel Leger in Mokelumne Hill is offering a special 6 course dinner with wine pairings for $85/couple, with seatings at 6:00 pm and 8:00 pm and is having an open mic night in the Whitewater Saloon starting at 9:00 pm.  And finally, Valley Springs will be celebrating the occasion with a family-oriented Valentine’s Day dance from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm, hosted by the Cowgirl Up Ranch at the Veterans Hall at 189 Pine Street in Valley Springs.  The cost is $10/person while students and youngsters 6 and under get in for free!

So if you happen to find yourself up in the Calaveras foothills this week, I hope you get the chance to attend one or more of these activities and that you have a wonderful, enjoyable, love-filled Valentine’s Day week!

Winter is Coming!

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Boy, are we about to get it!  Temperatures have been low all week – in the 40s and 50s in the daytime and waaaaaay below freezing at night for the last few days.  But tomorrow will pack the biggest wallop yet, according to the weatherman.  We’re supposed to get snow down to the 1000′ level, which may put a damper on the Murphys Christmas Open House festivities.  But never fear, there is another celebration of winter coming – the 4th annual Winter Wonderland at Calaveras Big Trees State Park!

Make sure you save December 27th from 11 am to 3 pm for fun in the snow in Big Trees State Park.  $12.50 for adults and $8.50 for kids under 12 pays your way to holiday fun in Calaveras County.  Take a scenic ride in an open wagon through the majestic forest of giant ancient trees, watch your kid create a craft project, enjoy some refreshments like hot apple cider, cocoa and cookies, listen to some lively music, and revel in the great outdoors!

See you there!

Christmas Open House in Murphys


Christmas Open House in MurphysOr Holiday Open House, whichever you prefer.  It’s the time of year when the chill wind of winter is breathing right down Main Street in Murphys, when shopkeepers keep their doors open after dark to welcome visitors in from the cold with seasonal greetings and warm smiles.  It’s the time for folks to bundle up their little ones in fluffy coats, hats and scarves, and fellowship with friends and neighbors as they wander around and through the downtown area, sipping mulled wine, coffee or cocoa with gloved hands as their frozen breath hovers before them.

Personally, this is my favorite local activity in which to participate.  It is held on the first Friday in December every year without fail.  We typically begin our trek at Murphys Realty at the corner of Highway 4 and Big Trees Rd. (at the stop light) right around 5 pm.  The office is usually bustling with activity and chock full of treats and hors d’oeuvres at that time.  We chat and visit for a while, munching on pecan cookies or chips, veggies and dip, then meet up with friends and/or family and head down Big Trees Road toward Main Street.  Once we get there, our hands and ears are already starting to numb up, but that’s nothing some mittens and a scarf can’t fix.  The event is free to the public, and Main Street is closed to vehicle traffic starting just after 5 pm to allow for pedestrians only.  Santa leads a children’s parade down Main Street starting at 5:30 to kick off the festivities.  After the parade, Santa lights the town Christmas tree, then he and Mrs. Claus can usually be found for a while at the Native Sons Hall, posing for pictures with the kids and enjoying the company of those who stop by to say Hi.

As you wander down toward the Murphys Hotel, the sweet sound of caroling voices and aroma of chestnuts truly roasting over an open fire blends with the chilly nip of the air to create a memory capable of being recalled for years to come.  Stop in to this or that shop to say hi and see what sort of treats await your taste buds.  Laugh out loud as you watch the antics of the costumed canines in their jingling harnesses and Santa caps cavorting through town with their masters.  Maybe even dress your own pooch for the occasion and bring him or her along too!

I hope you plan on joining us for the Holiday Open House this year on December 6th at 5 pm, and in years to come – the more the merrier!  🙂


Christmas Open House in Murphys