Guerneville Real Estate on the Russian River

The Guerneville real estate market is brisk at the moment. We are seeing multiple offers for properties that are competitively priced. Guerneville riverfront properties such as the ones on Drake Road and the Vacation Beach area are considered upper end and can go from $ 400,00 and up.

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If you are looking for a smaller cabin or cottage areas along Hulbert Creek such as Lovers Lane or Old Cazadero Road have some private cute cottages that back up to seasonal creeks. Dubrava Village condominiums provide a great opportunity to have a home maintained by a homeowners association with a common clubhouse and your own private river front beach. Dubrava Village starts in the low 200′s. Guerneville real estate is affordable.

Buy Hilltop Real Estate in Guerneville

If you are looking for something a little more private, Guerneville, CA offers homes that have been built up on the hills overlooking town. These homes generally have sweeping views of the valley below, are private and get pleanty of sun and are spectacular full time homes, vacation homes or vacation rentals.

Guernville, CA Homes are Selling!

The Guerneville real estate market is trending upward. It appears that because of low interest rates and the market correction buyers have decided that now is the time to buy. We are seeing a mix of first time home buyers, investors and vacationers from the Bay Area that are buying. Inventory is still limited which has been creating a competitive market.

What Do I Need To Do To Get My House Ready To Sell?

One very common question in Russian River Real Estate is how do I get my house ready to be put on the market? As a local Russian River Real Estate agent I feel that it is my duty to give you some tips that will help you in your quest! I have been selling real estate in Guerneville for a while and have come across some area specific things that will help with selling your home!
The first is your curb appeal! When you have a house that you are listing in the redwood forest most likely it has accumulated some fallen leaves and spiderwebs over the past few years. A good idea when you are selling your home is to get a leaf blower and make sure you blow away all of the debris that has ended up on your home. Following that with a power washer will give your home a little more sparkle and shine that will cause people to look twice! Also it is a good idea to trim bushes and trees that are overgrown and pick up any children’s toys, personal items or garbage that may be cluttering the outside of your home. Then take a rake and make sure the area is as level as possible so that it poses less of a hazard to people who come to view your home!
The next thing you should do is take all personal items such as personal photographs, books, trinkets, and your great grandmother’s hand made quilt out of your Russian River home. This is important because these items represent you and your imprint on the home. The important thing to think about when selling a home is that you don’t want someone to come in and see your imprint there, you want them to imagine what their imprint would look like there! Use this as an opportunity to get a head start on your packing!
The next thing to do is get your Russian River home organized!!! This is so important for a few different reasons. One reason is that when you get to your new home you don’t want to have to sort through everything and organize it. You will want to set up your new home quickly and get back to living. Another reason is because buyers are nosy! They will want to open closets and cabinets just to see what is in them. If everything is messy and things are falling out then they will get the idea that you are not taking care of your things so you probably didn’t care for the house very well. If you have all your shoes lined up, shirts hanging the same direction, all of your cans and jars lined up and plates and cups stacked beautifully then they will see that you have taken the time and energy to take care of your belongings and therefore will believe that the home has also been well cared for. 
Another good thing to remember here on the Russian River is less is more! If you have lots of furniture in your home remove a lot of it and put it into a storage unit for a short time. Leave enough items in each room to let people know what each room is used for. A good example would be to pack up all of your office supplies and your computer but to leave the desk and chair so that potential buyers can see that you have been using the space as your office. 
One of the biggest problems that I have to face on a regular basis with homes for sale on the Russian River is personal property. If you have appliances, ceiling fans, chandeliers, planter boxes,etc that have sentimental value then remove and/or replace them before you put your home on the market. This is important because many times the buyer will think that the stunning chandelier in the dinning room is part of the home and when they find out that it was a wedding present to the seller and will therefore be going with them, they get angry and the whole deal falls apart. Its a good idea to make sure that there is not an open gap in the ceiling where the chandelier used to be either so go to the hardware store and find a light fixture at a low cost and install that in place of the chandelier before you put your home on the market. This way what the buyer sees the buyer gets and there are no surprises.
Another thing that is good to do is to make minor repairs and do a deep clean. Make sure that if there a burned out light bulbs that they are replaced and that the carpets are cleaned. Clear away dust and spiderwebs and make sure that leaky faucets are repaired. It seems silly to fix a house that you are about to leave but in truth you want to get top dollar for your home and you want someone to move in who will love it and grow attached to it the way you did and making it beautiful before you pass it on will help you to accomplish both tasks.   
The last and final thing you should do before you put your Russian River home on the market is detach. This is by far the hardest part for a seller. This has been your home for some time and you have made memories in it and have grown attached to it. It is always a little bit scary to make a change like selling a home and that fear is always accented if you are emotionally attached to the home. It is important to start viewing your home as just a house and picture yourself handing the keys over to the buyers. Go into each room and say your goodbyes and start looking to the future and all of the amazing things that you will be doing. Try not to dwell in the memories that you have made in the home. It will soon belong to someone else and you will be closing this chapter in your life and beginning a new one full of endless possibilities. Focus on this and call your agent. You are now ready to sell your home! Good luck and Congratulations on having the courage to take this step and move forward into the future!
 If you are thinking about selling a home on the Russian River and have taken the steps in this blog to get your home ready to put on the market call David R. Millar at 707-217-1786 or visit us at www.millarandcompany.com. We will make sure your home is marketed with stunning fineness so that we can generate the most buyers and get you the best value for your home!  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 #LocalGuernevilleAgent
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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 

Patrick Pennington Says Fannie Mae Is At It Again!

When it comes to getting a home loan on the Russian River there are three big things that can stand in your way! Those three things include a foreclosure, a short sale or a bankruptcy. Fannie Mae is a common term used to refer to FHA loans. 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!
Patrick Pennington is our local preferred lender here in Russian River Real Estate because he has been lending here on the Russian River for over Twenty four years and he knows the ins and outs of the market in Guerneville. Patrick is the type of guy that gets the job done. If there is a loan that you will qualify for here on the Russian River Patrick will find it!

It used to be that when you had experienced a short sale on a home you would have to wait two years before you could qualify for a conventional home loan again. “However, on August 16, 2014, the waiting period for a homeowner to purchase a new home after a foreclosure becomes four years.” That means that if you have had a short sale and it has been two years now is the perfect time to contact Patrick Pennington about getting a loan before they put into effect the new four year standard.
Russian River homes for sale are in short supply right now! It is summertime and people are out buying homes in Guerneville for their summer vacation. If you have been thinking about buying a home in Guerneville or on the Russian River act soon because inventory is going fast!
If you have experienced a recent short sale and were waiting the two years to qualify act now and 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 before the time frame changes and you have to wait another two years!
The town of Guerneville is known for how it binds together in a judgement free way to create a safe and accepting place for people to come. Many people will buy a Vacation Rental and visit during the summer and rent it out the rest of the year to other vacationers! Some invest in Russian River Real Estate in order to live here year round and are quickly accepted into the Guernevillecommunity. If you have been thinking about buying a second home full of peace and tranquility away from the hustle and bustle of the city or are looking to relocate to thisRussian River Paradise 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 #LocalGuernevilleAgent
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Spreading Wings Of Freedom On The Russian River

Working in Russian River Real Estate is a very rewarding career! I get to help people sell their riverfront vacation rentals so that they can take that money and invest in their future. I get to find people who live in the city a second home where they can escape during the weekend and enjoy the tranquility of our majestic redwoods. However when the day is done my favorite place to be in either in my garden or floating down the Russian River in a kayak! 
Recently I took a trip down the Russian River with my girlfriend for no other reason then to just sit back and enjoy the beauty of the paradise that we get to live in! We floated down the Russian River for awhile in peace enjoying the birds chirping in the treetops and feeling the warmth of the sun on our faces. We had gone pretty far and I was almost able to smell the ocean as we glided along. 
It was then that I noticed another sound! It was familiar and I knew I needed to grab my camera immediately. It wasn’t long after I began filming that a flock of ducks came swimming up to my kayak! It was awesome watching them frolicking in the cool water on a warm day! When they see a fish they dive under and come back up looking so proud of themselves! 
As I was watching the flock fluttering about on the water I realized that this is their life. They are not in a rush to get to an appointment or worried about what may or may not happen. They simply enjoy the moment that they are in which allows them an amazing freedom. They are free to never have to worry! All of the stress of everyday life all erased by a flock of ducks on a kayak ride on the Russian River. 
If you have been thinking about spreading your wings and freeing your mind of all your stress and worry call me and let me show you the peace and beauty that surrounds us here on the Russian River! The locals call it paradise and here at Millar and Company we couldn’t agree more! So don’t wait call David R. Millar at 707-217-1786 and let me get you into a home in paradise where you can relax and feel your worries fly away! 
Give yourself the gift of peace this year and visit www.millarandcompany.com and register to receive updates on what is new on the Russian River! 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 #LocalGuernevilleAgent
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Stunning Vacation Rental Sold Today On The Russian River!

This gorgeous vacation rental sold on the Russian River this morning for $484,000! I represented the buyers in this transaction. They were two of the best clients I have ever worked with. They worked alongside me making sure that the inspections got done and that the paperwork was all sorted out. They were very involved and maintained a very friendly and positive attitude despite a few bumps in the road!

The home has been a very successful vacation rental. In addition to the two beautiful bedrooms and quaint bathroom, there is also a large deck complete with a hot tub! It is in a breathtaking location where they can sit out on the deck and enjoy the peace and tranquility of the birds chirping in the treetops. I was so happy to be able to find them a home in Paradise where they can escape the hustle and bustle of the city and relax on the river! Charles Brown of Russian River Realty represented the seller in this transaction and it was my pleasure to be able to work with him on this transaction! To my clients I would like to say congratulations on your new home. It has been an absolute pleasure working with you both and I wish you luck as you move forward into your future.

The Russian River is a Paradise where people bind together to protect one another in a judgement free and welcoming fashion. It is a place where one can nap beneath a thousand year old redwood or take a refreshing dip into the tranquil waters of the Russian River. Many people will buy a Vacation Rental and visit during the summer and rent it out the rest of the year to other vacationers! Some invest in Russian River Real Estate in order to live here year round and are quickly accepted into the Guernevillecommunity. If you have been thinking about buying a second home full of peace and tranquility away from the hustle and bustle of the city or are looking to relocate to thisRussian River Paradise call David R. Millar at 707-217-1786 or visit us at www.yourrussianriver.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 #LocalGuernevilleAgent
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Don’t Get Boiled Alive On The Russian River!

As a local Russian River Real Estate agent here in Guerneville I couldn’t help but notice the rise in the rental rates! Many people tell me that they can’t afford to buy a home but they would like to rent a place here on the Russian River. “The average apartment rent rose to $1,521 a month in Sonoma County in the second quarter, a jump of 13.3 percent from a year earlier, according to Real Answers, a Novato-based rent research firm formerly called RealFacts.” This information is staggering to say the least. What this is doing is making it so difficult to rent a place here that you might have better luck buying a home! Due to this surge in prices for rentals mortgage rates are looking more and more reasonable! 

Since the real estate market has been on the rise as far as pricing goes, homes are becoming less attainable for people on a stricter budget and many have opted to rent a home instead. However since the demand for rental homes on the Russian River has skyrocketed another problem has come about…there are no more homes to rent! The demand is larger than the supply. “When you ask why rents are rising so fast, experts repeatedly give two answers: job growth in the Bay Area and a lack of new housing in Sonoma County.”  Experts say “Few new houses and apartments have been completed in Sonoma County since the housing market began its crash nearly seven years ago.” 

I bet your wondering then what the best solution would be. Well as a local Russian River Real Estate agent I can tell you that with the loan rates lower than we have ever seen them and rental costs rising at an alarming rate the best thing to do would be to buy a home that you can afford the mortgage on and secure your future in the process! 

The Russian River is a Paradise where people bind together to protect one another in a judgement free and welcoming fashion. It is a place where one can nap beneath a thousand year old redwood or take a refreshing dip into the tranquil waters of the Russian River. Many people will buy a Vacation Rental and visit during the summer and rent it out the rest of the year to other vacationers! Some invest in Russian River Real Estate in order to live here year round and are quickly accepted into the Guerneville community. Others have grown tired of the high rental rates in the area and have decided to invest in their future. If you have been thinking about buying a second home full of peace and tranquility away from the hustle and bustle of the city or are looking to relocate to this Russian River Paradise 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 #LocalGuernevilleAgent

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Stunning Home Sold Today In Sebastopol!

 

 

This stunning home sold
today in Sebastopol on Blank Road. Millar and Company was proud to represent
the buyers in this transaction. I have had the chance to work with these
friendly clients before and was thrilled when they placed on offer on the home
in Sebastopol. The home was a traditional sale that went very smoothly.
 

This amazing home is set near a vineyard against the breathtaking landscape of
West Sonoma County. It has two alluring bedrooms and two full baths. The
gardens are extensive and the yard is beautifully manicured and landscaped.
With the exquisite detail that inundates the 2,332 square feet of this home I
was not surprised when it listed and sold at $985,000! 

I was delighted to be
able to work with Carole McMahon, the listing agent on this transaction to dash
the T’s and dot the I’s and make sure that when the deal was done my clients
would have a beautiful new home in Sebastopol. Carole was very easy to work
with and maintained a positive attitude throughout the entire transaction.
Sebastopol has prospered
over the years in terms of real estate because of the apple farming and small
town community that binds together.

The town grew in population after the
California Gold Rush when many folks decided on farming as their way of life. Apple
Farming was Sebastopol main focus until the second half of the Twentieth
century when wine growing grapes sweep the county as the main product to grow.
Many Homes for sale in Sebastopol are sturdy older homes built with the redwood
lumber from the Russian River valley. Sebastopol is a great place to live
because the community is relaxed and accepting of everyone. Sebastopol real
estate prices are generally higher than the surrounding Sonoma County because
of the small town feel, great schools and local building rules which maintain
open space and limited building permits.

Sebastopol is located about twenty minutes away from Guerneville and is its own little community between Forestville
and Santa Rosa. The Gravenstein apples that are known to flourish there are
delicious and the community is welcoming. It is just on the outskirts of the
Russian River Community however the beauty and allure of the place and the way
that it bridges the city of Santa Rosa with the smaller Russian River community
makes it a popular destination for people looking to buy a second home. Many
people will buy a Vacation Rental here on the Russian River and visit during
the summer and rent it out the rest of the year to other vacationers! Some
invest in
 Russian River Real Estate in order to live here year round and are quickly
accepted into the Guerneville community.
 


If you have been thinking about buying a second home full of peace and
tranquility away from the hustle and bustle of the city or are looking to
relocate to this Russian River Paradise 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 #LocalGuernevilleAgent

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Time To Awaken Your Vacation Rental!

If you own a vacation rental on the Russian River then chances are you make a pretty good profit during the summer months. What if I told you that even though you have a successful vacation rental you can still kick it up a notch and make it the best vacation rental on the Russian River! I have compiled a list of things that you can do to take your vacation rental from ordinary to extraordinary!

When you buy a home that you plan to rent out a good starting point is to clean it thoroughly. I don’t just mean vacuuming the floors or windexing the windows either…I mean a deep clean! Take out the power washer and hose it off from the roof to the walkway/stairs.

This is important because leaves and spiderwebs and all sorts of natural clutter and dust will cover your home quickly making it feel dirty before anyone actually makes in indoors. Make sure that there aren’t a bunch of knick knacks lying around that can get broken or will be in the way. Make sure that all of the wood is polished and the counters are clear giving your home an open airy feeling that is welcoming. Also add a fresh coat of paint that has color. Plain white is great when you are selling a home, but when you have a vacation rental you are creating a dream space for people so that they will want to come back year after year and people don’t dream of their vacation spot in black and white, they dream in color.

Another good idea is to pick a theme and stick to it! If you decided that the Russian River is your theme then add blue and green rugs to the home. Make sure the curtains match the rugs and the bedding matches the curtains. Hang photos of the Russian River, people kayaking, river quotations, and anything else river related. But if you chose to do a river theme then don’t put cowboy sheets on the bed and ocean shells in the bathroom! Mixing themes is chaotic creating an atmosphere of chaos and unease in a place that you want people to feel relaxed and comfortable.

Put your lights on a dimmer switch! This is a small touch that makes a big difference. When your vacationers are reading or playing games they will need more light then when they are watching a movie or having dinner. Having a dimmer switch allows them to control how much light they need making them more comfortable and saving electricity at the same time.

The average vacationer on the Russian River will spend a third of their time on the river and a third of their time in bed. That being said keep water toys, kayaks, floaties, etc for your visitors to use while they are out on the river. Also make sure you invest in fairly firm mattresses that have memory foam or down covers that can be removed and washed. The reason for this is because the firmer mattresses will last longer and the covers are easier to replace. In addition the softness of the covers will giver your visitors the comfort they are looking for. Provide a variety of different kinds of pillows. This is great for all ages, adults will be able to pick the most comfortable pillows for them and the children will have a blast participating in late night pillow fights!

These small additions to your home will make it memorable to visitors keeping them coming back year after year. Vacation Rentals are a huge portion of the real estate market here on the Russian River. If you have been thinking about investing in a home that you can use as a vacation rental when you are not enjoying some time away on the Russian River call David R. Millar (BRE#01354778) at 707-217-1786 and let me find you a home in Paradise! We can also be found on Google+, Twitter, www.yourrussianriver.com, and on our Word Press blog titled Russian River Land and Home.

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The Unbreakable Connection To The Russian River!

The Russian River is a resort town full of excited vacationers escaping the reality of their lives and for awhile they get to experience paradise. This isn’t new! Since the onset of the logging industry in the 1800′s this town has had a very lucrative Summer season. But there is another side of the Russian River, a side that is seldom looked at with any scrutiny. This side consists of the rich history of the area, the strength of the community, and the natural connection with the earth that develops within a person every minute that they spend here. This is the side I have gotten to experience over the years and it is the side that developed in me an unbreakable connection to my home here on the Russian River.

The history of the area isn’t as cut and dry as who built what and who did what, but who developed a legacy that lives on today. Claire Harris, current owner of the notorious Johnson’s beach here in Guerneville, attended school at what is now the Vets Hall over seventy years ago. Grant King owned a tackle shop on Main Street where famous fisherman have gathered throughout history making history with the fish that they caught. King’s still stands on Main Street in honor of Grant King. George Guerne, the town’s leading citizen in 1870, owned the Heald and Guerne lumber mill with a partner. The community as a whole was so impressed by this Swiss settler that they named the town after him! The Korbel Brothers owned a saw mill just outside of Rio Nido that was very well known. You would recognize it today as Korbel winery. Colonial Armstrong went against the advice of his peers buying acres of redwood trees that he refused to chop down for lumber. He preserved these acres into what is known today as Armstrong Woods State Park. The founding families in this town have left their legacy for us to build on and enjoy. The rich history of this town unites this community and rockets us into the future as we continue what those settlers started over two hundred years ago.

The strength of this community never ceases to amaze me. Our town was built near a river and whenever you have large bodies of water, and a rainy season, you get floods! Floods happen here once in awhile and this community stands together through each and every one. During the winter months whether their is a flood or not the community opens a temporary shelter for the homeless so they can stay warm and dry. Community members bind together volunteering to cook and serve hot meals at the shelter so that those who are hungry will get fed. The community organizes creek and river clean up days where they go and collect the garbage that has accumulated keeping our home looking magnificent. The Sister’s hold bingo every month and donate the proceeds to a local charity and the River to Coast Children’s Center protects and cares for our children. This community binds together to help anyone in need whenever possible. The strength I draw from this community is indescribable.

The natural connection that one gets from visiting the Russian River is tangible. It is the reason that people find themselves vacationing here year after year. It is that hot summer sun on your face as you float down the Russian River on a kayak and all you hear is the sound of the wind and the birds chattering in the treetops. It is that moment when you are walking through Armstrong Woods and the sun peeks through the canopy onto the faerie rings and you spot a mother Fox teaching her family how to hunt. It is the cool breeze of salty air as you watch the sun set over the Pacific Ocean at Shell beach listening to the seagulls say hello to the moon hanging on the horizon. It is watching the blue heron return year after year to claim the river as his hunting ground for the summer season. Listening to the powerful beat of his wings as he soars overhead and watching the deer come out to graze at dusk.

These are the reason’s that I love living on the Russian River. This is why I am bound to this place and this community. There is no place else I would rather live than right here in this amazing place surrounded by wonderful people and soaking up all that nature provides. If you have visited here and fallen in love with the area yourself and are thinking about buying a home here call David R. Millar(BRE#01354778) at 707-217-1786 and let me find you a home in paradise!

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How Ceola Became Guerneville!

The heart of the Russian River is a small town, founded in the early 1800′s, that is commonly known today as Guerneville. The earliest settlers to the area were small Native American communities that used to settle in Guerneville for the summer season. The most prominent of these communities were the Pomo who aptly named the area Ceola, which roughly translated means the dark place! Not only did the large canopy keep the light from filtering in making Guerneville dark and shady but the Pomo also believed that there were spirits haunting the area making it mysterious and forbidden.

In the early 1860′s R.R Lunsford and his team of European settlers developed a lumber camp near the Russian River. I suppose you could say this was the first real estate investment in the area. He supplied the areas rapidly growing cities such as Petaluma, San Francisco, Santa Rosa, and Sonoma with rails, shingles, and rough timbers and quickly grew into a very successful industry.

Armstrong Woods

The town began to grow and prosper and many other sawmills were developed giving rise to a huge logging industry that swept through the area leaving the town with its very first English name…Stumptown.

Shortly after this took place a new name came about due to “One report in 1886 documented that trees cut from just one acre in “Big Bottom,” essentially the Russian River basin, yielded more than 1.4 million board feet of lumber.” The belief was that if just one acre could produce that much lumber than imagine what you could build with ten acres? It was at this point that the people decided that a section of redwoods must be spared. This small piece of the forest would later be named Armstrong Woods in honor of Colonel Armstrong that helped preserve the trees in the 1870′s. By now homes were being built with redwood lumber all throughout Stumptown and the smaller surrounding communities. The buying and selling of local Russian River Real Estate had finally taken off. In 1865 a Swiss gentleman moved to the area and along with a partner he bought a local Lumber mill from S.H.Torrance.

Heald and Guerne Lumber Mill

The saw mill was named Heald and Guerne Lumber Mill. The Gentleman’s name was George Guerne and he had quickly become the town’s most prominent citizen. In 1870 Stumptown got its very first US Postal Office and the town was officially named Guerneville after the town’s favorite citizen.

As the mighty giant redwoods gave way through the massive logging era Gravenstein apple trees began to replace them and the settlement, with the amazing apple crop, grew larger and flourished.

George and Eliza Guerne

The town became a popular vacationing spot for wealthy vacationers from San Francisco in the late 19th century. ” In 1874 Conel Peter Donahue was asked to extend a branch railroad spur from his main line further inland at Fulton to Guerneville to more efficiently haul lumber out of the area. Donahue agreed and started construction but did not complete the line all the way to Guerneville because of a dispute that arose over payment. He stopped at the Korbel bothers’ sawmill, three miles short of Guerneville. Eventually the Guerneville mills financed the remaining three miles of track and the first train reached Guerneville in March, 1877.”

The 1930′s brought the downfall of the local train system as many people began purchasing motor vehicles.Winter floods in 1964 caused a further decline in business conditions.As the economy grew weaker many locals began to wonder what would become of their once thriving town. “Two world wars, floods and other disasters put a dent in the growing tourism industry but in 1946, some enterprising Guernevillians decided to take the proceeds from the town’s only slot machine and announce to the world a three-day celebration called “Stumptown Daze” as a means of informing folks that

Guerneville is alive, well and open for business!” Stumptown Daze quickly became an annual celebration that continues to this day as one of Guerneville’s leading events. “A renaissance took place in the late 1970s as large numbers of gay entrepreneurs from San Francisco identified the area as a prime recreational destination for weekends. Many older resorts gained a new lease on life with the new visitors, and in general, the town’s businesses began to thrive again.”

Train circa 1900′s

Before too long a new wave of crops struck Guerneville and the Gravenstien apple trees were replaced with large vineyards that produced beautiful crops. Korbel Brother’s, keeping up with the times and the local demand for fine wine, turned their sawmill into a winery. That winery has remained a local landmark just outside of Rio Nido since then. Likewise Russian River real estate is a booming industry. Typically the political views in the area are very liberal making it a very safe and judgement free place to vacation during the summer months and a strong community to those who live here year round. Today the local real estate market consists primarily of people who work in San Francisco who are looking to diversify their investment portfolio into real estate who buy vacation homes and rent them out when they are not using them. Due to the onset of creek and river protection laws getting permits to build here on the Russian River is notoriously hard. This means that since there isn’t anything being built that inventory remains low and the demand for a home in Guerneville continues to go up. If you have been thinking about investing in a home on the Russian River Call David R. Millar (BRE#01354778) at 707-217-1786 visit us at www.millarandcompany.com We can also be found on Google+, Twitter, on our Word Press blog titled Russian River Land and Home, and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/russianriverliving. I am David Millar and I am ready to find you your next home in paradise! #Russianriverrealestate #activelife #Russianriverliving #guernevillerealestate #guerneville #LocalGuernevilleAgent

Information in this blog courtesy of

http://www.inn-california.com/sanfrancisco/sonoma/guerneville/guerneville.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guerneville,_California
http://guerneville.towns.pressdemocrat.com/2014/06/08/68th-annual-stumptown-parade-celebration/
Photo’s by Western Sonoma County Historical Society Collection

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