If you are considering purchasing land in Healdsburg or Geyserville, I am assuming that land will be outside the city limits, and will come under the juridiction of PRMD. Here is the link. Almost everything with regards to building can be answered here. http://www.sonoma-county.org/prmd/
You can get the history of the parcel you are interested in with regard to permits, zoning, etc. and a good deal of that is now online. One caveat, is that when you speak to people at PRMD, you may get several different answers. Ask to have the code, and get your answers in writing, if possible. When purchasing land, one of the first things to check is availability of water ( is it a water scarce area, is there boron or arsenic in the surrounding area wells?) and whether or not the property will perk for a septic system. A property that has had a successful perk test, will receive a designation as to what kind of system can be put on your site, and how many bedrooms it will accommodate. Unlike in other areas, Sonoma County designates the number of bedrooms, not bathrooms, that one can build. Vesting is the process of having this approval. A mound system is appropriate when the land itself doesn't perk. A berm is built and that is where the leach lines are housed. So, a vested mound is an approved septic sytem plan. There is a time frame for vesting, and if a property is not developed within that time frame, the buider must start the process all over again.... more
Christopherson Homes built the Verandas in 1994 and my guess for the prices being lower in the suburban developments is because those homes were built prior to 1994.Generally the entire area of Healdsburg is very desirable so I would not think the homes would depreciate in price for being farther out of the city limits I would tend to think that it is more of just the mix of homes that happen to be be on the market right now .I have seen just the opposite occure in the past.I wish I could have more information for you at this time feel free to contact me if you wish I can be reached toll free at 1-877-870-2676 .Jeffrey Martino Young at Essex Mortgage Bank in Santa Rosa,... more
Susan, You do not have to use a pay site, you will find the info you need in these places for free. The Gov/Banks provide their databases to be used by the public. Give them a look.
http://www.sco.ca.gov/ardtax_public_auction.html .... http://sonoma-county.org/tax/auction_2008.htm
For the links to the Free Bank/Gov. Property for sale Databases (REO/Foreclosure), use these.
If you check around you might also find auctions that might interest you.
Many more you just need to look.
Best of luck, Dunes... more
The real estate market in Healdsburg follows the national, statewide and local trends to a large extent with some exceptions. Which means that negotiating a favorable purchase price is extremely important in a soft or declining market. The town is, however, very appealing to people that are looking for a week-end/vacation home, a second home or an investment property. Prices for properties that have the characteristics these out-of-town buyers are looking for (charm, location, views, etc.) will sell quickly and a premium prices.... more
Absolutely, Thomas, we have lots of homes in Windsor and Healdsburg.
Question is how can we help you? What kind of criteria do you have on the house you want?
With a little more details, we will be able to help you find the right home.