Shakin’ It Up In Shakedown Street In Guerneville!


Coco Johnson moved to Guerneville from Detroit three years ago and immediately opened her own little shop. Shakedown Street has what we like to call “River Charm!” It is primarily made up of local, hand made items and has a very green, peaceful feel to it! This is the basic idea of River Charm to be local, sort of organic feeling, homemade, and environmentally friendly. Shakedown Street has embodied River Charm choosing to have a very diverse selection of items, mostly hand made and a store that creates a sense of peace upon entering!

Coco met me with a smile and was very helpful. She told me that although she has only owned Shakedown Street for three years she has actually been a seamstress for over nine years and has developed the skills to turn her visions of beautiful clothing and curtains into a reality! She said that the most unique thing about their shop was the custom quality that she gives to each item. If you go into the store and really like something but they don’t have it in your favorite color or your personal size they will customize it for you! She makes curtains as well and is proud to be able to work with Bonnie over at Bonnie Sew-Good!

Her Collection was very diverse ranging from crystals and feathered jewelry to clothing and curtains for your home. She has home made guitar and drum covers and feathered hat pins. Her collection although varied all carries a fun, locally made feeling in every piece that weaves them together and makes them fit in harmony at Shakedown Street.

Coco lives in Monte Rio where she can experience the calm tranquility of the area. She says that her favorite place to be is on the Russian River. When I asked her what she thought of when she heard Russian River Living her response was quick and to the point. Without missing a beat she said “this place is awesome!” This was not surprising. Many of the locals have a passion for the Russian River and there seems to always be a general consensus that this place is one of the most amazing places to visit and to live in.
Coco has no plans to expand her shop at this time, however she is thinking about making it more custom and cutting down on the stock that is retail so that she can focus more on the local art and custom designed items that she really wants to fill the store with. She is thinking about reorganizing to create more space and has plans to remain open for business for years to come.

If you have been thinking about buying a second home full of peace and tranquility away from the hustle and bustle of the city call David R. Millar at 707-217-1786 or visit us at www.millarandcompany.com We can also be found on Google+, Twitter, and on our Word Press blog titled Russian River Land and Home. I am David Millar and I am ready to find you your next home in paradise! #Russianriverrealestate #activelife #Russianriverliving #guernevillerealestate #guerneville

Release Your Stress In The Riverbed In Guerneville!

Two years ago Joan Hawley McClain, her husband Anslem, and her daughter Hazel moved to Guerneville here on the Russian River. I had the pleasure of helping Joan and Anslem find their perfect home here in our Russian River paradise. It wasn’t too long after they made their move to our quaint little town that the local dispensary closed and a building on Armstrong Woods became available. Joan seized this opportunity and opened Riverbed Yoga Studio. Joan had been teaching yoga for ten years and wanted to share her passion with the Russian River and everyone visiting this gorgeous place.
The most unique part of the Riverbed Yoga Studio here in Guerneville is that they cater to the individual and what their needs are. They offer a safe, judgement free zone, where anyone at any experience level can go and practice yoga and gain the inner strength and peace that it offers.
Riverbed offers custom classes for wedding parties, baby-moons, birthday weekends, family reunions, and retreats. They will make sure that your instructor will provide your group with an unforgettable practice at your venue or they will host your group at their studio here on Armstrong Woods road in Guerneville. Riverbed yoga studio also offers private sessions for those individuals who want one on one time with a professional instructor who can help them work on their specific needs. They also offer group classes on a daily schedule with styles such as Kripalu, Vinyasa, Restorative, Hatha, Kundalini, Yoga Nidra, and Sound Healing. For more information about what types of classes are available and a comprehensive list of the prices please visit www.riverbedyoga.com.
Riverbed is also a huge part of the local community! They host local artists in the First Friday Art Walk here on the Russian River and make connections with each artist, learning about their specific strengths as an artist and helping them gain exposure for their work. They have donated meals to the West County Winter Shelter to help feed the poor and the hungry here on the Russian River in the winter season when it is cold and rainy! They also participated wholeheartedly in the Sonoma County Pride Festivities and showed their support for the local diversity! One of the most interesting thing that they have done is that they joined up with LandPaths docents to lead a meditation hike through Bohemia Ecological Preserve.
Riverbed is quickly becoming widely known for its accepting and relaxing atmosphere as well as the level of comfort that is so difficult to find these days and yet so greatly desired. Riverbed provides mats, blankets, bolsters, blocks and straps, as well as cold Alhambra water and a selection of Guayaki Yerba Mate as part of your class purchase. The people are full of praises and helpful suggestions and are there to help enhance your yoga experience.
I have found over the years that selling Guerneville real estate is much better done after a session at Riverbed Yoga Studio. It is close to my office and I know Joan from having sold her and Anslem their home. I feel at peace there and I know that Riverbed has many of the same core beliefs as Millar and Company. If you have been thinking about buying a second home full of peace and tranquility away from the hustle and bustle of the city call David R. Millar at 707-217-1786 or visit us at www.millarandcompany.com We can also be found on Google+, Twitter, and on our Word Press blog titled Russian River Land and Home. I am David Millar and I am ready to find you your next home in paradise! #Russianriverrealestate #activelife #Russianriverliving #guernevillerealestate #guerneville

The Russian River Chamber Of Commerce Is The Heart Of The Forest!

Located in the heart of the forest in the quaint river town of Guerneville is the Russian River Chamber of Commerce. The Russian River Chamber of Commerce has a mission statement that speaks volumes about how indispensable they are to our local businesses and the community in general! Their Mission is to be “The catalyst to vitalize and promote a thriving business community in concert with our natural environment!” The way that they do this is by providing information about local events to locals,  by promoting local businesses and suggesting local businesses to tourists visiting the Russian River area.

The Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center has taken on the amazing responsibility of sponsoring many local events including the Spring Fling, the Spring Fling Flea Market & Craft Fair, the Stumptown Daze Parade, June Tunes, the Guerneville Fireworks Celebration, the Fall Fling, the Fall Fling Flea Market & Craft Fair, and the Parade of Lights. In addition they are supportive of the local community events and are very active in the community. They often attend local events both to show their support and to take pictures and video for their website and Facebook. In doing this they continue to let people who are visiting know what is happening on the Russian River.

The Chamber is a non-profit organization with about 270 business members ranging from small businesses to large international companies. There are two reasons why people join the Chamber of Commerce out here on the Russian River. The first are people who are building their businesses and are looking for direct referrals, networking opportunities, and greater visibility for their businesses. These people know that the Russian River Chamber of Commerce is one of the best places to achieve this type of exposure since they meet a ton of people every year both visiting and local that have questions about the Russian River area and the businesses located in the area! The second reason is to strengthen the community. The motivation behind this is that people want to strengthen the environment and change public policy to help create healthy and positive solutions in a safe relaxing atmosphere.

Here at Millar and Company we were very drawn to the second part of the Chamber’s mission statement that says “In concert with our natural environment.” This appealed to us particularly because one of our core beliefs here is protecting and preserving the natural environment and the message that the Chamber’s mission statement is sending is that they are going to promote businesses but not at the expense of the environment. This is important because it shows so much integrity and love of the area that more people are drawn in because they feel respect for a Chamber that would demonstrate such qualities!

Luana Gerardt, local manager of the Russian River Chamber of Commerce, said recently that when she hears the phrase Russian River Living it makes her think about kayaking down the Russian River and taking in all of the natural beauty of the river. If you have been thinking that it is time for you to have a summer home on the Russian River contact  David R. Millar at 707-217-1786 or visit us at www.millarandcompany.com We also have a great Facebook page dedicated to what the style of living is here on the Russian River called Russian River Living and Real Estate. We can be found on Google+Twitter, and on our Word Press blog titled Russian River Land and Home. I am David Millar and I am ready to find you your next home in paradise! #Russianriverrealestate #activelife #Russianriverliving #guernevillerealestate

Patrick’s Secret About The Russian River

 
Patrick Pennington is a local Russian River Lender specialist. We
often direct our clients to Patrick to get pre-qualified for a loan before
placing an offer on a home, or to refinance their existing loan if they need
to. Often times when there are multiple offers on a property and the clients
are not sure which offer to accept they will accept the offer from the client
that has a local lender because they feel that it is safer. Patrick has
specialized in the Russian River for over twenty four years and is an expert at
finding a loan that fits you perfectly!
Since the housing market has gone
through some changes in the last decade that rendered many without homes or the
ability to buy homes FHA has relaxed its guidelines to allow for ”financial difficulty due to extenuating circumstances.”
However before we get ahead of ourselves let me give you a bit of history on the subject! FHA stands for
Federal Housing Administration which was formed in 1934 and later became part of the US Department of Housing and Development, known to many as HUD. FHA insures loans in US territory and the District of Colombia that are issued by FHA approved lenders. Patrick Pennington is an FHA approved lender and
therefore qualified to issue FHA loans in Guerneville and the Russian River area in general. Since its integration into HUD FHA has insured over 34 million loans making it one of the world’s largest insurers of mortgages!
Beginning August 15, 2013 after the market had crashed and countless people had lost their homes, jobs, and other assets FHA moved to relax its guidelines for borrowers who “experienced financial
difficulty due to extenuating circumstances” with a program called Back To Work. What this means for people who want to buy a home, is that even if you have undergone a major financial crisis recently due to the market’s downward spiral, you are still able to buy a home. Guerneville offers an array of
different homes that are FHA approved and Millar and Company wants you to be able to get an FHA loan so that you can have a home in our Russian River Paradise!
Right about now I bet you are asking what is an “extenuating circumstance?” is Well an extenuating circumstance as defined by FHA’s Back To Work program is a pre-foreclosure sale, a short sale, a deed-in-lieu, a foreclosure, a chapter 7 or chapter 13 bankruptcy, a loan modification, or a forbearance agreement. If you have experienced any of these financial burdens in the last few years call Patrick Pennington at 707-869-5626 and let
Patrick hook you up with an FHA loan that could get you a home in paradise! If you want a home in paradise call David R. Millar 707-217-1786 or visit us at www.millarandcompany.com. We also have a great Facebook page dedicated to what the style of living is here on the Russian River called Russian River Living and
Real Estate
. We can be found on Google+Twitter, and on our Word Pressblog titled Russian RiverLand and Home. I am David Millar and I am ready to find you your next home in paradise!
#Russianriverrealestate #activelife #Russianriverliving#guernevillerealestate
Information contained in this blog courtesy of http://themortgagereports.com/13372/fha-back-to-work-mortgage Copyright Full Beaker, Inc. 2014

 

West Sonoma Inn And Spa Welcomes You To Guerneville!

With the Russian River Real Estate market catching fire I have been showing a lot of property in Guerneville. Whenever I am out I keep noticing the very classy signs and beautiful landscaping of West Sonoma Inn and Spa here at the edge of Guerneville just outside of town. Today I decided to go in and introduce myself and see what the place had to offer to people visiting Guerneville. The manager Mallory Lambert was very friendly and welcoming and offered me the inside scoop!

She began by giving me a bit of history on the Inn. It had been Brookside Lodge for years consisting primarily of Cement until the day that Naveed Haneef decided to buy it and make it over! It was roughly six years ago and since then the building has transformed into a place of complete elegance and charm. The lobby itself was absolutly breathtaking! Large couches and an adorable fireplace set in a room filled with local art and an incredibly chic interior design! West Sonoma Inn and Spa is proud to be part of the First Friday Art Walk here in Guerneville and have featured in their place of business the “Wonderfully Bold Creative Paper Collages” by Douglas DeVivo, “Captured Moments” by Sandra Maresca, and “Across The Street” Photography by Kate Williams. I took a walk around the room to take a look at the art and was incredibly impressed by the beauty and intrigue of the art and how well the different artists seem to all fit together perfectly with the style of the Inn.

I then asked Mallory the million dollar question…What do you charge people to stay in such an elegant place like this? The answer was it depends! She continued by telling me that the rooms that have Vineyard views, kitchens, and a Jacuzzi in the room tend to run about $169-$299 a night, however the pet friendly rooms that are available tend to only run $149-$219 per night. After a second to think about this I decided that that is a very fair price for an Inn that offers BBQ’s, a Pool, magnificent views, and Champagne in the rooms for guests as well as Wine and Champagne tasting. They are located within walking distance of the town of Guerneville but are surrounded by trees and set back away from the road enough that they are their own calm, tranquil Oasis. Mallory informed me that if people want to make a reservation  at their Inn in Guerneville they will need to do so at least six months in advance in order to get a room since they are extremely popular and are usually booked.

The Spa consists of three Spa treatment rooms and offers Russian River Hot Stone massages as well as an array of other massages as well. Mallory said that the best thing the spa offers are the Facial/Massage combinations which in her words are “Just Amazing!”

I was given access to walk around the grounds and take a look and I felt so relaxed and at peace in that place. I found this adorable little area where a mother deer and her two babies had stopped to graze and a Gazebo with a view of the awe inspiring redwoods and a vineyard that seemed to go on forever.

If you are thinking about visiting the Russian River area I would suggest staying at West Sonoma Inn and Spa and making your trip one of the most peaceful and inspiring times in your life. www.westsonomainn.com
If you or someone you know is thinking about investing in Guerneville Real Estate contact David R. Millar at 707-217-1786 or visit us at www.millarandcompany.com We also have a great Facebook page dedicated to what the style of living is here on the Russian River called Russian River Living and Real Estate. We can be found on Google+Twitter, and on our ActiveRain blog titled Russian River Land and Home. I am David Millar and I am ready to find you your next home in paradise! #Russianriverrealestate #activelife #Russianriverliving #guernevillerealestate

Thank You Facebook!

Millar and Company has been working for over a year now on our Facebook page titled “Russian River Living and Real Estate.” Today we are proud to tell you that we have reached 1,000 likes on Facebook! It has been our mission to keep the locals and visitors informed on what is going on in the Russian River and helping people to see the beauty of the Russian River area in general! Our posts encompass Guerneville, Cazadero, Forestville, Rio Nido, Monte Rio and Sebastopol as well as the coastal towns of Jenner and Bodega! Here at Millar and Company we are not striving for perfection but progression! We want to record as much of the progression both in Russian River Real Estate and in the town of Guerneville and the surrounding areas in order to show you, our loyal followers, what it is like to live in Guerneville as well as what it is like to invest in Russian River Real Estate! As proud members of this hate free community Millar and Company wants you to know the best parts of the Russian River so when you choose to purchase Real Estate you will be making an informed decision! Guerneville is a place where the sand gets in your shoes and the people get into your heart! It is a place where peace and tranquility saturate our day to day lives and the community is always there for one of their own. It seems like there is always a fundraiser of one sort or another here on the Russian River to help out a person or group in need! It is a magical place where butterflies flutter around the wildflowers as the sun sets behind the towering redwoods! Its a place where hate is a foreign word that we don’t understand and would never condone! Twenty-Six years ago I moved to the Russian River and entered into this amazing community! I personally have invested Russian River Real Estate multiple times since 1988 and I love it! I currently live on Neeley Road in Guerneville in a beautiful home and I have an office on Armstrong Woods Road! The Russian River has become a part of my soul and I wanted to create a Facebook page that would allow other people who were interested in Russian River Real Estate to get a feel for the area, the people, and the real estate market! We were so touched to see such an amazing response from Facebook viewers and wanted to thank each and every one of the people that liked our page! Your support has been so touching and we are so happy to be able to provide you with an idea of what our home is like! If you have been thinking about buying a second home full of peace and tranquility away from the hustle and bustle of the city call David R. Millar at 707-217-1786 or visit us at www.millarandcompany.com We can also be found on Google+, Twitter, and on our Active Rain blog titled Russian River Land and Home. I am David Millar and I am ready to find you your next home in paradise! #Russianriverrealestate #activelife #Russianriverliving #guernevillerealestate #guerneville

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Sold 2014 On The Russian River

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Guerneville Roadhouse Gaining Popularity!

Right before you get to Guerneville you drive by an adorable little subtown here that we call Rio Nido! Rio Nido is home to many Guerneville Locals and houses the  Pegasus Theature, Pee Wee Golf, and It’s own US Post Office, as well as the Rio Nido Roadhouse. The Roadhouse has always been a popular hang out spot for Guerneville locals and is known for their good food, picnic area and out door swimming pool! Recently the Roadhouse has been gaining popularity among the people visiting the Russian River! This weekend it was full of both visitors and locals and was radiating laughter and fun and I was immediately attracted to the excitment so I took a video to share with all of you this awesome experience! If you are interested in a home on the Russian River Call David R. Millar and let Dave find you your next home in Paradise!

#RussianRiver #RussianRiverRealEstate #GuernevilleRealEstate #RussianRiverLiving #Activelife #Guerneville

David R. Millar

Millar and Company

http://www.millarandcompany.com

707-217-1786

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The Peaceful Speech Of A Cazadero Creek!


I was in escrow on a house in Cazadero and went there to be part of the inspection process, only to find something unexpected! The Creek there began to speak! It whispered traquil thoughts into my soul and filled me with such peace and happiness! This is one of the most amazing things about Russian River Real Estate is that no matter where you are it is a short trip to the Pacific Ocean, Armstrong Woods, the Russian River, or one of Cazadero’s babbling brooks! If you want a home in paradise call David R. Millar 707-217-1786 or visit us at www.millarandcompany.com We also have a great Facebook page dedicated to what the style of living is here on the Russian River called Russian River Living and Real Estate. We can be found on Google+, Twitter, and on our ActiveRain blog titled Russian River Land and Home. I am David Millar and I am ready to find you your next home in paradise! #Russianriverrealestate #activelife #Russianriverliving #guernevillerealestate Russian river Real Estate, Homes for sale in Guerneville. David R. Millar, Millar and Company http://www.millarandcompany.com
707-217-1786

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Just Sold On The Russian River!!!

This stunning two bedroom, one and a half baths house sold for $420,000 today in Cazadero! This beautiful home sits in a secluded area near Austin Creek and is surrounded by towering redwoods. The buyers described the home as being “so peaceful.” When sitting on the beautiful deck the peace and silence is only disturbed by the chattering birds in the treetops! The glass windows allow for sunshine to enter the amazing interior of the home making it bright and comfortable. I had a blast showing Russian River Real Estate to the buyer for almost a year before she found the perfect home for herself! She was very sweet and incredibly smart, choosing to read carefully through every document and ask questions so that she was part of the process and knew everything she needed to know about the house before she owned it. I worked alongside Ellen Strady who was representing the seller in this transaction and although there were a few bumps along the way everything worked out perfectly in the end! Congratulations to my client on her new home and I wish you much peace and happiness there for years to come! If you have been considering buying or selling a home on the Russian River now is a great time! The market is on fire and inventory is dissapearing at the speed of light! If you want a home in paradise call David R. Millar 707-217-1786 or visit us at www.millarandcompany.com We also have a great Facebook page dedicated to what the style of living is here on the Russian River called Russian River Living and Real Estate. We can be found on Google+, Twitter, and on our ActiveRain blog titled Russian River Land and Home. I am David Millar and I am ready to find you your next home in paradise! #Russianriverrealestate #activelife #Russianriverliving #guernevillerealestate

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