New Listing in Oak Shores!

8736 Bluff Court, Bradley

 4 Bedrooms, 3.5 Bathrooms
 Approx. Interior Size: 2,199 SqFt
 Approx. Lot Size: 0.1354 Acres
 List Price: $925,000
 MLS #: 1075271 

8736  Bluff Ct, Oak ShoresGorgeous Custom Lakefront home in the premier community of Oak Shores. Bring your most discriminating buyers–they will be blown away– from the 2 level floorplan, lakeview decks off living room, dining room, 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, custom designer window coverings, and the floors are perfect for all types of furnishings, top quality throughout. Plus, Lot 12 ownership is included with home purchase, which allows owner to have a private dock. Buyer of home has first right of refusal for the purchase of 50% ownership in the private dock, and a boat slip in Oak Shores marina. Owner is selling waverunners, pontoon boat….and some furnishings are negotiable. Don’t wait as this home will go fast…Lake is full, community always has something happening, so don’t miss out, it’s calling to you to enjoy all it has to offer.

 

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Central Coast Community Spotlight: Salinas Valley

Salinas Valley

Lettuce fields fill Salinas Valley area

Like I mentioned in my last blog post about Pacific Grove, as a Central Coast real estate agent, I’d like to share my knowledge on the Central Coast region, to help homebuyers decide where to buy, and to help those relocating decide where to settle down and create roots. With so many communities on the Central Coast, I want to help separate one from another!

I’m not the only one out to share information about the Central Coast region. Recently, The New York Times wrote a piece about Salinas Valley and the lush fields, good wine and Steinbeck history that can be found in this region. Salinas, located in Monterey County, is vaster and much less touristy than its Monterey County neighbors. However, that is beginning to change, as more people realize the riches of the area.

The author John Steinbeck was born in Salinas in 1902, and incorporated details about the region into many of his books. The area is known for Steinbeck, and also for its abundance of farms, fields and crops. As The New York Times article stated, 59 percent of the country’s lettuce is grown in Salinas Valley, along with 53 percent of its broccoli. Living in or near Salinas, we are blessed to get to enjoy these crops at their freshest, as many local restaurants serve food straight from the farm. Aubergine in Carmel-by-the-Sea is one of them.

Here a few Salinas attractions that the author of the NY Time article recommended:

  • Agricultural Tours – Major brands work in the Salinas region, and you can find agricultural tours at many of the farms, large and small, to better understand how the system works. Ag Venture Tours is one, which leads half and full-day excursions through the Valley and highlights what is growing in fields along the way.
  • Winery Visits – Many vineyards are located in Salinas, particularly in the Santa Lucia Highlands, but tasting rooms are just beginning to pop up. Most of the Salinas wineries have tasting rooms located in Carmel, because it is more heavily trafficked. One winery worth visiting is Paraiso Vineyards. While they do have a tasting room in Carmel, they also now have a patio for tastings at the vineyard, where they also serve lunch.
  • Downtown Salinas – Many new businesses are beginning to pop up in downtown Salinas, making it a hot spot for hangouts now.  Businesses include Dubber’s, a lively sports bar, Patria, an elegant European restaurant, 201 Main, home to several establishments, and Giorgio’s, an Italian restaurant. A Starbuck is set to open in May, which is a sign of growth in this area!
  • The National Steinbeck Center – This is also located in downtown Salinas and includes a museum and cultural center for fans of John Steinbeck and his written work. You will learn everything you ever wanted to know about the author’s life and books here at this center.

Learn more about Salinas Valley in the NY Times article. When you are ready to buy a Central Coast home, or you need relocating assistance, contact me, your Central Coast real estate agent! Allow me to help you find the home, and the community, of your dreams.

Grace Borzini

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Central Coast Spotlight: Pacific Grove

Pacific Grove

Pacific Grove, CA Attractions

Here in the Central Coast region of California, there are so many communities to choose from! As a Central Coast real estate agent, I feel blessed to help clients in each one. As a Central Coast homebuyer, however, you might feel baffled on which community to buy in. I want to help you out, by helping you get to know each community, and to understand what each has to offer.

Today, I’d like to share some information on Pacific Grove. A family-friendly blog, called Marin Mommies, recently shared what an excellent family road trip they had in Pacific Grove, along with where to go for family-friendly fun. As a Monterey County real estate agent, I find that Pacific Grove makes a wonderful permanent home for families as well!

Because Pacific Grove isn’t as well-known as its Monterey neighbor, it is known for taglines such as “America’s Last Hometown” and “Butterfly Town USA.” But the community has a surprising number of attractions and activities to enjoy!

Here are a few to be aware of:

  • Asilomar State Beach – This natural wonder faces the Pacific Ocean and features a gorgeous white sand beach, tide pools and miles of walking paths.
  • Lover’s Point Park – This resides on the north side of town and features a beach much calmer than Monterey Bay, a snack bar, a kiddie pool, recreational facilities and more.
  • Downtown Pacific Grove – This area of town is cute, bustling and historic. You’ll find plenty of small-town community events taking place here, along with local businesses to shop and dine at.
  • Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary – Pacific Grove is home to more than 25,000 Monarch butterflies in the fall and winter, and you can enjoy free admission and tons of butterfly viewing at the sanctuary.
  • Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History – Once you make Pacific Grove your home, learn about the area’s local plants, animals, geology and native peoples. There are hands-on exhibits for kids as well.
  • Point Pinos Lighthouse – This is the oldest operating lighthouse on the West Coast! It was built in 1855 and still functions today. Plenty of events and activities take place here throughout the year.

With Monterey right next door, you can enjoy all of the attractions and activities located there, just minutes away, without dealing with the daily tourist bustle as a resident.

The Marin Mommies blog also shared some of their favorite family-friendly dining spots in Pacific Grove. Their favorite is Toasties Café in downtown Pacific Grove, which has delicious breakfast and lunch, toys to keep kids occupied while waiting for food, and a park and playground right around the corner.

Other restaurants mentioned were the Little Chicken House, Peppers Mexicali Café, Allioti’s Victorian Corner Restaurant and Michael’s Grill & Taqueria.

Pacific Grove is a great place to call home! As a Monterey County resident, what do you love most about Pacific Grove? Leave a comment and share!

If you’d like help buying a home in Pacific Grove, or anywhere else on the Central Coast, or if you need relocating assistance, contact me! I am a Central Coast real estate agent, standing by, ready to help you out.

Grace Borzini

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Lake Naci News – February 2017

Lake Naci News – February 2017
Amazing Pictures of the Narrow from Clay Barbree!

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Lake Naci News – February 2017

Lake Naci News – February 2017

Amazing Drone Footage from Duane Walgomott of the Spillway

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Grace Borzini

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Another New Listing in Oak Shores!

8418 Capstan Circle, Bradley

3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathroom
Approx. Interior Size: 1,932 SqFt
 Approx. Lot Size: 0.1240 Acres
 List Price: $715,000
 MLS #: 1075013


 
8418  Capstan Cir, Oak ShoresRun, don’t walk to this terrific lakefront home in Oak Shores. Location is incredible–walk to pool, clubhouse, launch ramp, plus the home purchase includes the private dock. Large open great room with rock fireplace, wetbar and sunroom/dining room. Kitchen had been upgraded. Main level has a bedroom and a bathroom. Downstairs is the master bedroom with fireplace and deck with lakeviews. A bonus space was converted into another oversized bedroom and jack and jill bathroom. This was done by the original owners in the 80’s. Make this home into all you could want in a lakehouse and enjoy the amenities and the lake for years to come.

 

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New Listing in Oak Shores

2188 Ridge Rider Road, Bradley
5 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms
Approx. Interior Size: 3,163 SqFt
Approx. Lot Size: 0.1484 Acres
List Price: $490,000
MLS #: 1075088
  

2188  Ridge Rider Rd, Oak ShoresFabulous 5 bedroom lake house. Home features large open floor plan with lots of outdoor areas to enjoy your lake life style. 2 large decks that beck up to greenbelt and a awesome patio area with a fire pit to enjoy those cold summer nights under the stars. This home also has a huge covered car/boat port area under deck and large 2 car garage with tons of level parking for all your family and friends to visit.

 

 

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Central Coast Home-Buying Tips for Couples

Central Coast Homebuyers

Central Coast Homebuyers

If homeownership on the Central Coast is the next step coming to your relationship, allow me to offer you some tips before you begin your search. As a Central Coast real estate agent, I know that there are a few key things that couples should discuss before buying, so that they can work out disagreements now, and find common ground. Let me lay them out for you:

  • Location – When buying a Central Coast home, it is likely that you will stay in that home for many years. Therefore, it’s important that you both agree on the location! Discuss your long-term goals, like how long you’ll stay at your current job, where you might want to look for a future job, if you want to grow your family and what type of schools you would like your kids to go to, what type of amenities you’d like nearby, distance you’d prefer to your family and friends, and so forth.
  • Space requirements – Discuss what type of general layout you’d prefer, and what your square footage requirements are. Make a list of your needs and wants within a home. If you work from home, you’ll need office space. If you host a lot of parties, you’ll want an open floor plan with a big kitchen. If you plan to have kids, you’ll need extra bedrooms and bathrooms, which will up the price. Be ready to compromise! Determine what is essential and what would just be an added bonus.
  • Hidden expenses – Determine your budget for a home by meeting with a Central Coast real estate agent or a mortgage lender. When determining what you can afford, don’t forget to include hidden expenses, such as closing costs during the home-buying process, and costs once you are living in your new home, such as utilities, water, HOA fees, property taxes, repairs, insurance and so on. As a Central Coast real estate agent, I always recommend buying a little under your budget, so that you always have more to lean on when you need it.

For more home-buying tips for couples, check out this RISMedia article, or contact me with questions or for professional assistance! This is a big step for your future, so it’s wise to discuss your needs and wishes ahead of time, to make the process that much smoother once you begin. The process should be fun and memorable! The sooner you work out kinks, the better.

When ready to begin searching for your first Central Coast home as a couple, contact me!

Grace Borzini

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How to Properly Care For Paso Robles Wine

Paso Robles Wine

Paso Robles Wine Rules to Follow

Here on the Central Coast of California, we love our local Paso Robles wines. With so many to choose from, few deny a glass every once in a while. However, as any wine enthusiast knows, there are certain ‘rules’ to follow with wine, in order to ensure that the wine tastes as good as it can!

As your Central Coast real estate agent, I’d like to share some of these rules with you. If you are featuring some Paso Robles wine at your next dinner party, or are bringing a bottle to a party host, or are even driving across country with it for a faraway friend or family member, keep these tips from Paso Robles Wineries in mind!

Consider them the five ‘cardinal sins’ of ruined wine:

1.  Leaving your wine in a hot car. Whether you’re on a road trip, or you’re just running errands after stopping by a Paso Robles vineyard, leaving your bottle of wine in your hot car will ruin it. If it’s 80 degrees outside, your wine is cooking inside. It will change the flavor and could compromise the seal or cap, which leads to oxidation issues. Pack a cooler!

2.  Over-chilling your whites. When you over-chill a white wine, it could end up tasting too acidic, too tart, or too much like nothing at all! In order to really pick up on the wonderfully subtle nuances of white wine, you should take it out of the fridge or wine cellar and leave it on the counter for 30 minutes before pouring.

3.  Not knowing which reds to decanter. Not all red wines need a decanting process, but beefier ones do, like a 10-year-old Syrah. You should decant hefty or complex reds for anywhere from five minutes to two hours! Sample during that time so that you really pick up on the changes taking place. If you can’t wait that long, swirling the wine will help increase the air/wine ratio.

4.  Leaving the cork off overnight. A little air is good, but leaving a bottle of Paso Robles wine uncovered for a full night will result in interesting flavors, and not in a positive way. Before going to bed, always make sure that your open bottles of wine are capped or corked.

5.  Aging your wines for too long. We all want to believe that one special day will arrive to give us an excuse to drink that special 1979 vintage wine. However, no one knows what the future holds, so you might as well enjoy those wines deep in your wine cellar now! Some wines aren’t even meant to be aged, so be sure to ask when purchasing.

Enjoy your Paso Robles wines, as that is one of the perks to living on the Central Coast, where you’ve got vineyards extending as far as the eye can see, right in your backyard.

Want to relocate to the Central Coast? Need help buying or selling in the Central Coast real estate market? Contact me! I am your Paso Robles real estate agent, here and ready to help you out.

Grace Borzini

Your Local Lake Nacimiento Real Estate Expert
Oak Shores Realty

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Lake Naci News – February 2017

Lake Naci News – February 2017

We are having a record breaking year for rainfall!

Lake Naci is at approximate 85% capacity with an elevation of 789.9 feet and a total of 14.1 inches of rainfall so far this season. Our watershed areas have received over 60 inches! The West Ramp is open, Main Ramp has been closed due to losing both the upper and lower parking lots.

We are thankful for the record amount of rainfall we have received!

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Grace Borzini

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Oak Shores Realty

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Oak Shores Realty specializes in Oak Shores at Lake Nacimiento properties. Please contact us today to get more information on Lake Nacimiento lake homes. Oak Shores Realty can also provide you an insiders “Lake Nacimiento Buying Guide” with great information including maps and market information.