Home Buyers

Sonoma Vineyard Estate

We could not be more excited to help sell what is nothing short of an enchanting 6+ acre vineyard estate at 5250 & 5310 Gravenstein Highway North, Sebastopol, CA 95472.  

The estate is an immediate neighbor to some of the world’s most celebrated and iconic wineries ... Kistler, Merry Edwards, Dutton-Goldfield, Paul Hobbs, Emeritus Vineyards, Dehlinger and Iron Horse. The property has achieved a recent top rated Robert Parker wine rating through its vineyard designated grapes.

Classic Estate Vineyard And Farm

You enter this breathtaking property through a private gate that opens onto a majestic 2-acre biodynamic vineyard with a big red barn and palm trees in the distance.

At the bottom of the private drive, is a recently renovated and romantically designed main residence that blends stylish spaces for entertaining and living with modern amenities.

In the back is a small pool house, a Jacuzzi and a 60-foot solar heated lap pool with sweeping westward facing views of vineyards.

Just a quick stroll past the pool is a large organic vegetable garden that yields a variety of bountiful crops that supply nearby upscale Italian restaurants.

The main garden includes flowers and dozens of plants, including at risk medicinal herbs. In 2015 this part of the garden was designated a North American botanical sanctuary by United Plant Savers (www.unitedplantsavers.org).

To the right of the main house is a charming 1910s guest house perfect for hosting family and friends or for generating revenue from its 8-year perfect five-star Airbnb and VRBO profiles.

Rounding out the buildings is a classic red barn, along with a roadside berm planted with flowering shrubs and decorative flowers indigenous to Northern California wine country, and is a well-known iconic landmark.

Main Residence

The first floor of the main residence includes:

* a beautiful dining room, a living room, salon, office, a mudroom with a contemporary custom stone sink and countertop and a guest bedroom;

* A bathroom with an elegant chandelier, a mirror paneled wall and a stunning free-standing tub;

* a dining room that naturally extends to the outdoor patio overlooking the pool and gardens through floor-to-ceiling folding Nano doors and

* a professional grade chef’s kitchen that is perfect for preparing a true farm to table gourmet meal from the vegetables and fruits from the property’s lush gardens and orchard.

Beautiful hardwood floors with ambient flooring flow to the upstairs where there are two bedrooms and a bathroom with a glass enclosed rain shower, floor-to-ceiling tile and a marble counter.

The master bedroom has a high-peaked ceiling with a skylight and large windows overlooking the manicured grounds below. 

Not a single detail has been overlooked as one-of-a-kind accents and contemporary lighting fixtures create modern elegance in this classic country residence.

Pool House 

The pool house has a guest suite and a ½ bath for overnight guests and an outdoor shower to rinse off before jumping into the pool. 

Guest House

Recently remodeled, the 1910s farm house is a throwback to another time, but with the modern conveniences. As you enter, you are greeted by a gas fireplace and cozy, sunny rooms with sky lights.

Gorgeous views of the gardens and vineyards amaze from every window while the arched entry ways from room to room add to the country feel of this warm cottage.

The home has two bedrooms, a full bath and a wrap-around porch overlooking the property’s extraordinary scenery. The charming kitchen overlooks a vineyard with a napping loggia in the garden that is perfect for afternoon siestas, massages and entertaining.


Surrounded by world class vineyards, the farm’s 2-acre biodynamic vineyard generates not only a fabulous view but also revenue from the seasonal selling of its grapes to VML winery.

Recently the farm’s Russian River Chardonnay was rated 94 points by Robert Parker and described by VML as “nothing less than transcendental.”


The big red barn is not only scenic but also functional as it includes an elevator and an in-law unit with a bathroom and kitchen.  It also includes a temperature controlled 1,500 bottle wine cellar. What better place to store the award-winning wine grown on the property?

Imagine a day spent soaking in the sunshine by the pool while sipping the amazing Chardonnay grown in the vineyard and preparing a meal in your chef’s kitchen from the fruits and vegetables from the organic gardens.

The vineyard estate truly is a place to reconnect with the earth while embracing the solitude that comes from owning such a unique wine country vineyard.

If you’d like to learn more about this remarkable one-of-a kind property, please contact Doug Bend at Doug@BLGProperties.com.

What Is San Francisco's Most Affordable Neighborhood?

A new study found that Bayview is currently San Francisco's most affordable neighborhood with an average sales price of "only" $700,500.

Want to check out the most expensive neighborhoods in San Francisco? You can view those here.

Do you or someone you care about need help buying or selling a home? Give us a call at (415) 295-6370. We will shoot you straight on whether we are the best real estate agent for the project or if we knows someone who can help you get the top dollar for your house or help you find the best place to call home.

What Are San Francisco's Most Expensive Neighborhoods?

A new study shows that the Pacific Heights/Cow Hollow neighborhood has the most expensive listings in San Francisco with 8 homes listed at more than $10 million. Russian/Telegraph & Nob Hills district has the most expensive average price per square foot at a whopping $1,616.

Curious what about the most affordable neighborhoods in San Francisco are? You can check those out here.

If you need help navigating the Bay Area real estate market, give us a call at (415) 295-6370. We pride ourselves on being 100% honest with clients and potential clients and will make sure you work with the best real estate agent possible for buying or selling your home.

The Most Expensive Homes Sold In SF In 2015

The most expensive homes sold in San Francisco in 2015 were in Pacific Heights, including a $31 million home. You can view a slide show of the top ten most expensive homes sold in SF in 2015 here.

If you need help buying or selling a home, contact us at Doug@BLGProperties.com or 415-295-6370. We woud love an opportunity to help you find your ideal home.

The Most Expensive Homes For Sale In Every State

Thrillist has released a report of the most expensive homes for sale in every state including a $3.7 million home in Nebraska, where BLG Properties founder Doug Bend grew up, to a $135 million home in Beverly Hills, California. You can review the full report here.

Would you like to buy or sell a home in San Francisco? If so, please give us a call at 415-295-6370.

Why Should You Hire A Real Estate Agent To Buy A Home?

It is not a legal requirement to work with a real estate agent to buy a home, but here are seven reasons why you should consider doing so:

1. Market Knowledge Of Fair Purchase Price.

A solid real estate agent will have their thumb on the pulse of the real estate market and can best advise you on whether a particular listing is the best fit for you or if you should be patient and wait for another opportunity .

2. Advises On Anticipated Cost Of Improvements.

An honest real estate agent can tell you how much it will likely cost to make anticipated improvements to a home so you can determine a fair offer price.

They can also introduce you to quality contractors to make those improvements once the purchase has been completed.

3.  Brings To The Table A Team Of Trusted Advisors.

An experienced real estate agent will not only add value with their services and expertise, but will be able to recommend a quality mortgage broker and home inspector.

In addition, because the real estate agent works with the mortgage broker and home inspector on a repeat basis there will be added accountability for them to be responsive and to provide quality services for a fair rate.

4.  Provides Additional Purchase Options.

A savvy real estate agent will provide you with additional options. For example, you might have your heart set on a particular condo across the street from At&t Ballpark but a good agent will provide you with additional listings to make sure that condo really is your best option and to at least consider some alternatives.

5. Off Market Listings.

Some of the best deals are never listed on MLS. A well connected real estate agent can  sometimes present you with "pocket listing" opportunities that the real estate agent heard about through word of mouth that have not hit the open market yet. Pocket listings can be particularly important in a hot real estate market to possibly find you a purchase option at a good value before it hits the open market.

6.  Attention To Non-Market Disclosures.

A knowledgeable real estate agent will be able to spot any non-standard disclosures made by the home seller that might indicate future homeowner problems. In addition, a solid real estate agent will know the professionals who can provide accurate estimates of what it will cost to fix those problems once they pass from being on the home seller's plate to being the home buyer's problem.

7. It's Free!

If you do not purchase a home, your real estate agent will earn no commission. Even if you do purchase a home, your real estate agent's commission will be paid out of the sales price of the home by the seller at closing. In California, if you are not represented by your own real estate agent the seller's real estate agent can get both sides of the commission. You might as well be represented by a zealous advocate of your interests instead of having the seller's real estate agent theoretically represent both your interests and the seller's interests so they can earn twice the commission.

Are you looking for a rock star real estate agent to help you find the perfect home? Please e-mail us at Doug@BLGProperties.com or call us at (415) 295-6370.

The Top 4 Questions To Find Your Ideal Home

Looking for a great home? Here are four questions to ask to help you separate the wheat from the chaff.

  1. What Is Your Targeted Purchase Price?

A great starting point is to get pre-approved for a mortgage so you know the home you can truly afford.

You may want a ten story mansion with a  pool and a basketball court, but can you realistically afford it? Even if you can afford the mortgage payments, would you be "home broke." That is, would you have anything left over after paying for your home mortgage for travel, eating out and other things you enjoy in life?

      2.  Location, Location, location!

Do you want to live in the city? A suburb? The countryside?

Particularly if you will be moving from one area to a new type of location you should consider moving to the new location for one to three months to give it a living test drive.

You may like the idea of living in the countryside and having your own garden but what would be your commute to work? How far is the closest grocery store? What will you do for entertainment?

It is better to experience the pros and cons of a new environment on a trial run than after you have made a large financial and life commitment to make the shift.

     3.  What Type Of Home Do You Want To Live In?

Do you want to live in a historic home? A condo? A home with a beautiful, big yard?

Do some research to make sure you know of the time and financial commitments of the type of home you want to live in.

A historic home might seem nice on paper, but what are the restraints on renovations? What are the energy bills like?

The pool at the condo might seem inviting, but what are the HOA fees? Are you game for dealing with all of the HOA rules?

You might envision yourself sitting on your deck overlooking your big, beautiful yard, but are you will to commit several hours a week to taking care of the yard or to spending money on a gardener?

Be sure to give some serious thought not only about the upsides of a potential home purchase, but also the time and financial commitments to maintaining the home.

4. What Are Your Particular Needs?

Before buying a home, give serious consideration as to what you want your day to day life to be.

For example, do you have children? Then you should pay more attention to the schools in the neighborhood than if you are 55 and are planning to retire.

Do you have a car? If so, is there suitable street parking or should a garage be a must have?  

Every home buyer is different and so each one will have a different home that would be ideal for their dream lifestyle.

Finding your ideal home takes time and thoughtful consideration. Do you need a fantastic real estate agent to help you find your ideal home? If so, give us a call at (415) 297-6370.

What Is The Difference Between A Real Estate Agent, A Real Estate Broker And A Realtor?

When trying to determine which real estate agent to work with, the various titles real estate agents use can be very confusing. Here is a breakdown of the key distinctions between a real estate agent, a real estate broker and a Realtor®.

What Is A Real Estate Agent?

A real estate agent is anyone who has a real estate license. A real estate agent could have two days of experience or twenty years of experience. A real estate agent, therefore, is a very generic description for anyone who has a real estate license, regardless of the amount of real estate experience or the level of licensing.

What Is A Real Estate Broker?

Most states have a preliminary associate level of real estate license before someone is a full real estate broker. Associate brokers are required to work under a fully licensed real estate broker.

For example, in California you are required to be an associate broker for at least two years before you can sit for the test to become a real estate broker unless you submit an application to have the two year associate broker requirement waived for equivalent experience.

Doug Bend with BLG Properties is not only an associate broker, but a full real estate broker.

What is a Realtor®?

A Realtor® is a real estate agent who is a member of the National Association of Realtors®.

If a real estate agent wants to call themselves a Realtor®, they are required to pay the National Association of Realtors® dues and to follow its code of ethics.

Like a real real estate agent, a Realtor® could have two days or twenty years of experience.

Don't be confused by the various titles of real estate agents. Instead, focus on finding the real estate broker whom you feel most comfortable working with and who has the best experience to help you and your family find an amazing home.

Trying to find the best real estate agent to help you buy or sell your home in the Bay Area? E-mail us at Doug@BLGProperties.com.