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T Cherry, Both Buyer and Seller in San Francisco, CA

I am thinking of purchasing a residence in Carneros. ANy differences in regions that I should be aware of?

Asked by T Cherry, San Francisco, CA Thu Jun 5, 2008

How is the wind factor for real estate values?

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The Carneros goes from Napa to Sonoma so that's a lot of real estate with many micro-climates. Down in Schellville there is a little airport on Arnold Drive, near the Cornerstone garden exhibits, and I figure the wind is why they sited the airport there many years ago. The natural wind tunnel starts about at Watmaugh road and goes south from there (the wind comes from the west). However there are protected pockets. Farther east it's not as windy. Questions I'd ask you are: Why Carneros? Do you want to grow grapes? Do you prefer Napa or Sonoma?
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Sep 21, 2008
Sonoma has very different neighborhoods. Carneros is a liitle windy but still warm.

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0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Sep 5, 2008
What they say about the wind is so true. I work at a Carneros winery and the wind, especially in the summer, is unbelieveable. It feels like gale force much of the time. Very uncomfortable if trying to relax on the veranda. I don't agree on the heat aspect, though. I find it gets way to hot for my comfort. But it is a beautiful area, and if you can find a protected spot, it could be very nice.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jun 10, 2008
Just a few years ago this was dairy country. It didin't seem that anyone wanted it except to raise hay, now the wines coming out of the appelation area are superb.
It is the top of the bay and as such it is always going to have wind as the warmer air suck the cool air into the valley every night in summer. If you look at the topography going west from there it is a low spot all the way to the ocean. If you want to be protected from the wind look for a homesite that is protected from the west, either below a hill or behind a wind break of trees.
When asking the how does it affect values question, I advise you ask yourself how much more would you pay for the identical house if it was in a protected spot. You are a ready and willing buyer and are the best represntation of the next ready and willing buyer.
Obviously you can grow a wind break and improve the value of the property while you are there. A line of junipers or bamboo work very well and you see them all over the area.
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Jed Lane, Real Estate Pro in San Francisco, CA
I am constantly asked about the weather with out of town buyers in Sonoma County since it is SO variable here as Dave explained. I find that some of the buyers I work with don't mind cool weather, and actually prefer it, but others already have it where they live in the Bay Area and want the summer heat. Personally the heavy wind you describe is definitely a factor that turns off some buyers in parts of Petaluma, Carneros and Sebastopol. It is purely a personal preference. If it works for you then I wouldn't worry too much about it. It is great for those Carneros area grape varietals.
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Carneros is cooler, foggier, and windier than many of the other appellations in the area, but Petaluma shares many of those characteristics. As a rule of thumb, the farther from the bay, ocean, and rivers you get, the warmer it's going to be. From the point of view of a residence, as opposed to a vineyard, these differences aren't going to matter very much. You'll probably need a lot less air conditioning than Sacramento or Cloverdale, and your barbecue parties are going to be cool in the evenings.
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