Thursday, December 1, 2016

Real Estate Pros Divulge Top Design Features

BUILDER recently asked real estate professionals to share their thoughts about the top design trends their clients are currently requesting. Here are some of the top design trends that real estate pros said are in demand:
  • Open layouts
  • Neutral color schemes
  • Multigenerational floor plans
  • First-floor master suites
  • No dining rooms
  • White kitchens
  • Extra-large garages
  • Big closets
  • Finished basements with 9-foot high ceilings
  • Barn sliding doors
Source: “REALTORS®’ Most In-Demand Design Trends,” BUILDER (Nov. 16, 2016) and “15 Things REALTORS® Want Builders to Know,” BUILDER (Nov. 14, 2016)

Tuesday, November 22, 2016


NOV 2016

Since it began in 2010, we’ve looked forward to celebrating Small Business Saturday every year. There tends to be a nationwide focus on large chain stores as we gear up for the holidays, and we appreciate there’s now a day dedicated to promoting and highlighting the small business community. And we have plenty to celebrate in Sacramento!
To make your holiday shopping easier, we made a list of our favorite local shops, boutiques and services in the area that will be offering specials this year. Use our interactive map to plan your route before you leave the house!
So whether you head out early in the morning for Black Friday shopping or you choose to #OptOutside, make sure you save some energy for the following day. On our list, you’ll find clothing, furniture, tea, and even donuts. Get ready to treat yourself and fill the stockings of your loved ones. Now’s the time to join the movement and support small, local businesses.


Small Business Saturday Hours: 11 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Specials: Stop by Brown House on H for a tax-free shopping spree on Small Business Saturday!
For over three decades, the women of Sacramento have depending on Brown House on H for their shopping needs. While it has moved to several different locations, Brown House on H’s dedication to cutting-edge fashion has remained the same.


Small Business Saturday Hours: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Specials: Start at Danny’s Mini Donuts on Saturday for $1 off your total price!
Danny’s is the best place to start your day in Sacramento. You can begin with a mini donut then pick up a mini pie on your way home! The only mini bakery in the city, they also offer root beer floats, ice cream, milk shakes, smoothies, hot fudge sundaes and more.


Small Business Saturday Hours: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Specials: Make a stop at Face in a Book to see what they’re offering for Small Business Saturday!   
Face in a Book Sacramento
Photo courtesy of Face in a Book
Face in a Book is a gathering place for lovers of literature and readers of all ages. Not only can you pick up books in every genre, you can also take home gifts, greeting cards and stationery items.


Small Business Saturday Hours: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Specials: Getta Clue will be offering buy one get one 50% off on select merchandise all day, as well as buy one get one free on all Sale Rack Items.
With sneakers, clothing, skate style and accessories, Getta Clue is Sacramento’s premier streetwear and sneaker boutique. Grab a gift for the men and women in your life!


Small Business Saturday Hours: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Specials: Don’t miss Ginger Elizabeth Chocolates during your shopping trip. They’re bringing back their famous Peppermint Hot Chocolate!
Ginger Elizabeth Chocolates Sacramento
Photos courtesy of Faith Lopez (left) and Roy Wilcox (right) via Ginger Elizabeth Chocolates
Everyone can agree that chocolate is the best holiday gift, and at Ginger Elizabeth, they take the classic treat up a notch. Stop by for a treat on Small Business Saturday, then stock up for Christmas.


Small Business Saturday Hours: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Specials: Receive a 20% discount if you mention this blog post on Small Business Saturday!
Katia, the owner of Katia’s Collections, grew up in Paris. When she came to Sacramento she brought along her passion for style and modern fashion. At this women’s clothing boutique, you’ll find unique pieces that promote both confidence and comfort.


Small Business Saturday Hours: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Specials: On Small Business Saturday, get 20% off the entire store and enjoy an additional 40% off Krazy Mary Boutique’s clearance rack! Keep in mind that all sales are final.
Krazy Mary’s is a locally owned boutique with a passion for fashion and a desire to help you find the perfect outfit and accessories. Along with their personal and professional service, you’ll find a myriad of clothing options at Krazy Mary’s Boutique — including dresses, tops, denim, locally designed jewelry, shoes, belts and much more!


Small Business Saturday Hours: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Specials: Get 25% off your entire purchase at Mrs. D’s Fashion Boutique for Small Business Saturday.
Mrs. D’s is a boutique filled with designer fashion, accessories, gifts and fine art. They’ve just celebrated their first year in Roseville and you can celebrate with them on Saturday!


Small Business Saturday Hours:
Specials: During Small Business Saturday, take advantage of Navin’s current sale! When you order four shirts, you’ll get the fifth for free. Additionally, if you order a suit, you’ll get a matching shirt. This sale will continue until the end of the month.
Peter Navin has been a custom tailor for 45 years. One of Northern California’s finest, he has an uncanny eye for the right fabrics and a seasoned hand for the perfect fit.


Small Business Saturday Hours: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Specials: On both Black Friday and Small Business Saturday, enjoy 20% off the entire store at Old Gold! This is a wonderful deal, as the prices at Old Gold are already reasonable as is.
Old Gold Sacramento
Photos courtesy of Old Gold
Old Gold is a one-of-a-kind shop featuring locally made jewelry, ceramics, candles, leather goods, cards and housewares. Peruse their collection of carefully curated vintage wears for men, women and little ones. You’ll find styles from the ‘50s through the ‘90s! Follow along with Old Gold’s unique vintage style on Instagram, or check out their hashtag, #ShopOldGold.


As the name implies, Quality Boutique and Bru is a men’s and women’s apparel shop in addition to a full-service espresso bar! Stay caffeinated while you shop the collections of high-quality clothing and accessories in this artsy and friendly store. In fact, you may see one of their four-legged friends in the shop and you are even welcome to bring your dog along for your shopping spree adventure.
Small Business Saturday Hours: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Specials: Quality Boutique and Bru will continue their ongoing special — when you spend $50, you’ll get 20% off your entire purchase!


Small Business Saturday Hours: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Specials: RIRE will be offering 15% off and starting their holiday Bingo game to celebrate. On Small Business Saturday, you can get extra Bingo stamps. And when you spend $100 in gift cards, you’ll receive an extra $20 gift card for yourself!
RIRE merges classic and contemporary looks so you can find the trendiest clothing options to fill your closet. From finding a bag that’s flirty and functional to discovering a dress that’s daring yet dainty, they have exactly what you need this season!  


Small Business Saturday Hours: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Specials: At ShopCuffs, you’ll get 15% off and a free tote bag with a $50 purchase, or 20% and a free bag when you spend $100. You’ll also have an opportunity to sign up for a $100 gift card giveaway!
ShopCuffs Sacramento
Photos courtesy of ShopCuffs
ShopCuffs has been providing Sacramento with unique, hand-picked clothing since 2004. They regularly stock new and old products to keep both men and women as stylish as possible.


Small Business Saturday Hours:
Specials: Starting on Small Business Saturday, you’ll be able to get discounted holiday products at Tea Cozy!
Owners Mike and Nami are tea lovers who were struggling to find quality tea in Sacramento. To solve the problem, they opened Tea Cozy. You’ll find rare white teas, exotic greens and oolongs, and flavorful black teas from all over the world. Not only will you find a few of your favorite brands, you can also pick up a tea set to brew at home!


Small Business Saturday Hours: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Specials: The Allspicery will have spice samples, salt samples and sugar samples, as well as tea and cocoa kits on sale.
The Allspicery is all about flavor and spicing up the lives, culture and meals of Sacramento. The shop opened after Heather Wong won the Downtown Sacramento Foundation’s third annual Calling All Dreamers competition last year. Stop by on Saturday for samples and discounts on some of their best flavors!


Small Business Saturday Hours: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Specials: When you spend $75 or more in-store on Small Business Saturday, you’ll receive one raffle entry to win a Family 4-pack of tickets to the Polar Express Train Ride on Saturday December 10th.
The Chefs’ Olive Mix Sacramento
Photos courtesy of  The Chefs’ Olive Mix
At The Chefs’ Olive Mix you can taste and mix olive oils, balsamics, white balsamics, vinegars and gourmet oils. Their high-end tasting room is the perfect place to experiment with flavor and find the best gift or addition to your holiday meal!


Small Business Saturday Hours: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Specials: If you mention Small Business Saturday during checkout, you’ll get 10% off your purchase!
The Clothing Hang-Up Boutique is one of Northern California’s premier destinations for women’s contemporary styles and high fashion. With its pristine location in the heart of Old Sacramento, this is the perfect destination for Small Business Saturday! Peruse their collection of contemporary, sophisticated and trendy clothing, purses, shoes, jewelry and other accessories.


Small Business Saturday Hours: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Specials: Visit the Moppet Shoppe on Small Business Saturday to find out what deals they are offering.
Stop by the Moppet Shoppe in Midtown for some of the most unique children’s clothing, shoes, accessories, and gifts made with the utmost quality. For over 22 years, this locally owned shop has outfitted little ones with adorable clothing from top designer brands, including Giggle Moon, Mustard Pie, Le Top, Kissy Kiss, Kickee Pants, Isobella & Chloe, Biscotti and much more. Follow along with the Moppet Shoppe on Facebook to discover special deals they may be running!


Small Business Saturday Hours: 12 – 7 p.m.
Specials: Timeless Thrills is going all out for Black Friday and Small Business Saturday this year, offering some incredible deals — like $5 shirts and $20 button-downs. See all of their Small Business Saturday deals here.
Timeless Thrills is an independent brand based in Sacramento with a flagship store in East Sacramento. Since their inception in 2011, Timeless Thrills has grown into an accomplished menswear brand offering clothing and apparel, cut and sewn items, headwear, accessories and more. The brand focuses on producing one-of-a-kind pieces made in America, often inspired by the city of Sacramento, sports, the nineties, photography, movies, coffee and more.


Small Business Saturday Hours: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Specials: Velo Trap is offering 10% off storewide on Saturday!
Velo Trap Sacramento
Photos courtesy of  Velo Trap
At Velo Trap, you can buy new, used and vintage bikes, and get them serviced by some of the most knowledgeable bike experts in the city. Stop in and celebrate the booming bike culture of Sacramento!


Small Business Saturday Hours: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Specials: Get 10% off your whole purchase at Vintage YSJ!
Vintage YSJ was opened in 2008 by a mother-daughter team with a passion for vintage fashion. Located in the heart of Downtown Sacramento, they’re now the largest vintage retailer in the area!


As you shop locally on Small Business Saturday, remember to share the love with all our independent shops and restaurants. Every time you buy locally, you put money right back into our community. So spread cheer and show your support during the whole holiday season!

Thursday, November 17, 2016


NOV 2016

Ever wonder what type of home you can expect to find if you have $1 million to spare? We did some searching, and you can expect to find luxurious details, well-maintained yards, spacious floor plans, and grandiose amenities in homes with price tags ranging from $900,000 to $1,100,000.
Whether you’re in the market for a new home, are simply window shopping, or you just won the lottery, take a look at the homes in and around Sacramento in this price range that await you!


Colonial Home With Charming Curb Appeal | $1,100,000
While we adore the cheerful interior of this Colonial home, we are particularly blown away by the picturesque view from the curb. With a well-manicured yard, charming shutters, and a bright red door, this All-American look couldn’t be any more lovely. The outdoor space gets even better when you travel to the backyard, where you’ll find a luxurious covered veranda and outdoor kitchen for entertaining.
Sacramento Homes for Sale
Arden Park Home With Stunning Outdoor Space | $1,099,000
No detail was overlooked in the construction of this updated Arden Park home, packed with modern touches and attractive features. We are particularly enamored by the wide-open living space, the intricate details, the wine cellar, and the yard with a covered patio, an outdoor fireplace, and a gorgeous pool.
Sacramento Homes for Sale
One-Story Mid-Century Modern Home | $974,500
This stunning mid-century modern home proves that you don’t need multiple stories to live like royalty. You’re just steps from Del Paso Country Club in this Sacramento home, but have all the amenities you need right at your fingertips. We love the unique and ultra contemporary kitchen, the gorgeous bathrooms, and the park-like grounds featuring a pool!
Sacramento Homes for Sale


Historic Farmhouse on Expansive Lot | $1,100,000
This Fair Oaks property provides a rare opportunity to own a piece of early Fair Oaks history with its beautifully restored Monterey-style farmhouse built in 1906. The home is situated on an expansive lot featuring an orchard, gardens, a waterfall, a pasture, a chicken coop, a vintage two-story barn, a pool, a pool house, and more!
Fair Oaks, California Homes for Sale


Elegant Home With Backyard Oasis | $1,099,000
This elegant home in Shingle Springs is a complete oasis, as it is surrounded by trees in a quiet neighborhood. Enjoy the two pools featuring sculptured rocks, a spa waterslide, a cave, waterfalls, and an island. And once inside, you’ll find a spacious great room with soaring wooden ceilings and much more.
Shingle Springs Homes for Sale
Stunning Estate in Rancho Victoria Neighborhood | $999,000
This Shingle Springs estate is truly unlike any other. Not only does it rest on 20 fenced acres in the prestigious Rancho Victoria neighborhood, it is quite new and features a myriad of custom builder upgrades and smart-home elements. Just take a look at its pristine design and you’ll be amazed this property is listed for just under $1 million.
Shingle Springs Homes for Sale
Fairytale-Like Tudor With Ponds and Oak Tree Groves | $920,000
This stunning Tudor home is fairytale-like in appearance and captivating in character. Explore its seven acres of land with two ponds and oak tree groves. Then step inside where you’ll find rustic brick walls, wood-beamed ceilings, exposed trusses and charming details.
Shingle Springs Homes for Sale


Charming ‘40s Style Home With Guest Quarters | $1,099,000
Get not just one — but two — homes with this Granite Bay property. The main home features charming and nostalgic ‘40s-style details, featuring a living area with soaring whitewashed wooden ceilings and a rustic brick wall. Take a look at the secret craft room before you head to the equally as charming mother-in-law flat located on the property! This home gets even more impressive when you see the patios, gazebo, pond and pool surrounding the homes.
Granite Bay Homes for Sale
Expansive Home Perfect for a Family | $1,075,000
This enormous Granite Bay property is the perfect residence for a family due to its spacious living area, modern chef’s kitchen, safe cul-de-sac location near Folsom Lake, and a beautiful yard to explore.
Granite Bay Homes for Sale


Tall-Ceiling Home in Serrano Country Club | $1,029,000
You’ll find abnormally tall ceilings in every room of this El Dorado Hills home, located in the desirable Serrano Country Club community. The masterful designer details will surprise you at every turn, especially when you get to the cozy outdoor living space with a fireplace and views of the property’s lovely setting.
El Dorado Hills Homes for Sale
Italian Villa With Old World Details | $964,990
This remarkable Italian villa is nestled in the coveted Sterlingshire neighborhood. With custom design and finishes inside and out, this estate is an absolute gem. The Old World details, such as Roman arches, private balconies and wrought-iron elements, give this El Dorado Hills home a rich and graceful feel.
El Dorado Hills Homes for Sale


Cozy Home Perfect for the Winter | $920,000
We are immediately captivated by this cozy home with a beautifully landscaped yard in Carmichael. The living areas provide the ultimate space to gather friends and family for an intimate get-together, and the brick fireplace is the perfect area to catch up on your winter reading.
Carmichael Homes for Sale


Vintage Home With Stunning Views | $950,000
We love the interior of this vintage home, but particularly appreciate its backyard space perfect for entertaining. Enjoy breathtaking views from the decks and patios, and take advantage of the spacious fenced land perfect for roaming horses. Tend to the fruit, olive and walnut trees, or harvest grapes from the vineyard!
Placerville Homes for Sale


Waterfront Property in Amazing Setting | $1,100,000
This waterfront property is absolutely jaw-dropping, providing stunning views of Mt. Diablo, the San Joaquin River, and incredible sunsets. We like the pops of bright red throughout the home, which was made for waterfront living with its immediate river access and hot tub located on the contemporary deck.
Isleton Homes for Sale
Contemporary Retreat Along the River | $950,000
Explore this equally impressive property located alongside the San Joaquin River, which provides an ultra contemporary retreat with its expansive deck and built-in pool and spa. You can even park your yacht at your own private dock and enjoy the luxurious amenities of this tropical area.
Isleton Homes for Sale


Gold River Home With Resort-Style Backyard | $925,000
Travel to the charming town of Gold River to see this wonderful single-story retreat. It is situated on a spacious lot featuring a private and resort-style backyard with a covered patio, pool and courtyard area. The gourmet kitchen is equally as impressive, with state-of-the-art appliances and a combination of traditional and contemporary elements. Cozy up by the fireplace in the master suite to complete the experience!
Gold River Homes for Sale
Pilot Hills Home on 25 Acres | $924,900
Escape to this scenic property in Pilot Hills, situated on 25 oak-studded acres offering panoramic views of Folsom Lake, Mount Diablo and the Eastern Sierras. This home provides the utmost in privacy and serenity, yet is not completely remote — as you may access Highway 50 in just 20 minutes.
Plot Hills Homes for Sale
Lincoln Estate Perfect for Entertaining | $1,099,000
This immaculate Verdera custom estate is an entertainer’s dream, as it features generous living spaces, amazing views of surrounding lush hills and a golf course, a chef-inspired gourmet kitchen, and an elegant Mediterranean feel. And you guessed it — this Lincoln showstopper is near $1 million!
Lincoln Homes for Sale


Something from this wide selection of home styles featuring a myriad of amenities is bound to catch your eye.

Courtesy of Lyon Real Estate