AC City Council to Appoint 5th Member

This year American Canyon turns 25. As we look back on how much this city has grown in the last quarter century, it’s important to keep in mind where we want to be in the next 25 years.

Next Tuesday, February 7th @ 6:30pm, the City Council will appoint their fifth member. There are currently five candidates: former Councilmember Joan Bennett, Tony Heuschel, Doug Lindsey, Arvind Nischal, and David Oro. One of these five individuals will help lead us into the next phase of our history.

I encourage you to make time to go next Tuesday to see the candidates. We have a number of important issues in our city including Watson Ranch, traffic, water, economic development, housing developments (including the Village at Vintage Ranch), our budget over the next two years…

As a City, we are teetering on a precipice and it’s important that our leaders – once and future – hear our views and our ideas. This coming Tuesday is a good place to start. I hope to see all of you on Tuesday.


American Canyon Market & Tour 1/13/17

The American Canyon market is starting to heat up already. After a torrid December, January looks like it is going to be extremely busy as well.  21 homes are in contract, 10 of which are pending (although I’m hearing that one of them is off the market today!) make it look like it will be another strong month.

In my monthly newsletter to American Canyon residents, I said that Rancho del Mar will be a bell-weather subdivision. For most of last year, these older homes sold in the mid-$330,000 range and were just starting to creep up. With two homes coming on the market on Carmel – one at $398,000 and the other at $413,000 – it looks like prices are ready to jump.

Without a doubt, one of my favorite homes on the market right now is 200 Carmel Dr, at the corner of Carmel and Rio Grande. It’s listed by fellow BHHS Drysdale office-mate Kasama Lee and offered at $413,000. A converted garage adds much needed extra living space. For photos and more information about the listing, click here.


It’s easy to show so if you’re even a little bit interested, go ahead and give me a call @ (707) 853-0797. I expect this one to go fast!

Open House this Weekend!

I’ll be holding 4517 Paseo Drive open this Sunday from 1 -4pm. Great home in Cordelia with one of the largest lots in the entire development. New build (2015) and the owner has put in over $100,000 in upgrades.


What to do With Your Garage…

It used to be that garages were for putting cars into so that they didn’t have to brave the elements. That doesn’t seem to be so true anymore. If you’re anything like me then your garage is a disaster.  It’s our primary storage space, laundry room, exercise room, and my office…all crammed together in one medium-sized space. Here are 5 tips for organizing your garage:

  1. Use plywood in the rafters for extra storage. There are a couple of caveats to this. First, make sure that the plywood is thick enough to hold the weight of the boxes that you intend to place there. If the wood is too thin, make-use-of-the-extra-studs-768x1024you run the risk of it breaking.
  2. Use exposed studs.  I wish that I could do this one (unfortunately previous owners put up sheet rock). It’s a fantastic idea. We’re always looking for another spot to put our excess…stuff. Every inch counts when it comes to the garage so using the space in between the studs is sheer brilliance.
  3. Use storage racks. Sounds simple but if you really aren’t going to park your car in the garage you may as well utilize space as much as possible. We have two rows of the storage racks and are now comfortably able to stow our camping gear, travel items, serving dishes that we don’t always use and other odds an ends.
  4. Pegged that one! Perhaps you still need more room for dad’s hacksaw that he insists he will use. Putting up a peg board is still a favorite although maybe outlining where the tools go on the board is a little obsessive.
  5. If putting up plywood to store your pre-teen’s toddler clothes isn’t for you, take a look at The Family Handyman’s website. You can learn how to create a sliding storage system that is designed for your garage ceiling. It’s completely out of the box thinking and is a fantastic hack.

Student Debt

The latest infographic from CAR shows that student loan debt continues to get in the way of purchasing a home.


Over 1/2 of those surveyed said that their student loans was “somewhat or very much” an obstacle. As tuition costs continue to rise throughout the country – especially in California – and median income remains stagnant or drops, homeownership numbers will continue to drop.