Amador County

Gold Country Homeowners - Prop 19 is BIG News

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Proposition 19 was approved by voters in November of last year, but it will soon take effect. Many Gold Country homeowners have expressed interest in this new proposition since they could be eligible for fairly significantly property tax savings when they move, especially if they have lived in their home for some time and the value of their home has increased substantially since it was originally purchased.

A PRACTICAL EXAMPLE OF PROPOSITION 19 

Before Proposition 19, if Barry Buyer bought a home in 1975 for $200,000 and the property was now worth $1 million, Barry may have resisted selling even if the house was too large and climbing the stairs in his multi-story home had become too much for his knees. To sell and downsize to a smaller home worth $500,000, Barry would wind up paying more than twice the property taxes he was paying, and he’d be taxed on the $500,000 tax base rather the $200,000 base in his current home. For this costly reason, Barry stayed in his home despite really wanting to sell. Under the newly passed Prop. 19, Barry is now free to sell his home and buy another home anywhere in California that is valued at $1 million or less and have his same tax base ($200,000). This represents a tremendous savings and removes one of the major barriers that prevented Barry (and many long-time homeowners in California) from selling his home and moving.

While the final details of this proposition are still coming together, we wanted to share the latest information with you which we recently received from the California Association...

Exploring the Back Roads of Amador County

Exploring The Back Roads Of Amador County

Looking for some recreational fun in the Gold Country that combines exercise in a beautiful setting with a little bit of California history?  Come and experience what has, until now, been a well-kept local secret – the back roads that connect the picturesque mining towns of Sutter Creek, Drytown, and Amador City.

Just the names of the roads evoke thoughts of days gone by; New Chicago Road, Mayflower Road, String Bean Alley…  As you walk, bike, or jog on these quiet roads, you’ll pass by old mines including the remnants of Bunker Hill Mine, Keystone Mine, Treasure Mine, and the headframe of the Fremont Mine where, if you look closely, you may spy an eagle’s nest.  Explore the Oak Knoll Cemetery along Bunker Hill Road or keep an eye out for the Dynan Monument, located in the midst of a pasture underneath an old twisted fig tree.

Sound interesting?  To get more information and suggestions on how you can explore Amador County’s historic byways drop by the City of Sutter Creek Visitor Center or pay them a visit on Facebook.

For information on buying or selling a home or land in Sutter Creek, Amador City, Drytown or elsewhere in Amador County, give me a call...

In Search of the Perfect Breakfast in Amador County

Ask me what my favorite breakfast / brunch place in Sutter Creek is and I’d tell you hands down that it is a hip little eatery called Element.  Give me a sunny day, good company and a little bit of time and you’ll find me on Element’s patio soaking in the ambience of Sutter Creek with my friends, clients or maybe even on my own.

 I love Element’s laid back sophistication in both décor and cuisine. On a chilly morning I like to warm up with an espresso from the coffee bar or have what I call a “breakfast salad” (in reality it is an awesome Bloody Mary).  Couple that with one of Element’s breakfasts and you can’t go wrong. Whether you choose a Fiddletown Stir-fry, Gold Country Cakes, a Motherlode omelet, the All Sutter Creek, or my son’s personal favorite - the Pan of Gold, you are guaranteed to get a thoughtfully prepared meal made with the choicest ingredients.

 If you are visiting our area for fun or, perhaps, doing a little house hunting, the Hanford House Inn, which is adjacent to Element, might make a great base of operation for you.  Get a good night’s sleep at the inn and enjoy a great breakfast at Element before beginning the day’s activities.

 Stay tuned to my blog for more suggestions of great places to eat and interesting things to do in the Gold Country.  Being a native Amador County girl I know them all!

 And, as always, if you are planning to ...

New Development in Plymouth/Shenandoah Valley

Happy New Year!  It looks like 2017 will be another great year for real estate in the Gold Country.  I’m especially excited about a new community that is being developed in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley Wine Country and would like to share a few details with you.

 Located in the hills outside of Plymouth, CA this planned neighborhood is currently in its first phase of development – offering you a great opportunity to choose your lot and have a thoughtfully designed luxury home built to your specifications. A variety of plans are available, and most have loads of options for customizing.  Properties for sale begin in the low $500s.  Included in the community are plans for three neighborhood parks, hiking trails, and 100+ acres of dedicated open space. 

 If you’d like to take a look at the homesites in this stunning Shenandoah Valley/ Plymouth subdivision and check out the house plans that have been specifically designed for the location, give me a call at 209 404-3707.   I’d welcome the chance to represent you!

 Whether you are thinking about buying or selling a home in Amador’s Shenandoah Valley or elsewhere in our lovely Gold Country I can help.  Please contact me at 209 404-3707 or drop me a line Stephanie@goldcountrymodern.com

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