Luxury homes in Sacramento

Sloughhouse Rd is a Stunning Place in Elk Grove

Sloughhouse Rd has a stunning Lake located in Elk Grove

This is a very special place where everyone that visits says 8109 Sloughhouse Rd is a stunning place in Elk Grove. Its history is a real-life love story. This lake is a symbol of that love. This short story below was told to me by someone who was there and knew these people well but I have not verified it.

There was a couple who were boyfriend and girlfriend for many years. She was a very bright woman who loved birds and orchids. She was a very active person, full of life. Her boyfriend was retired law enforcement whom I think must have had a heart the size of Texas. She had an accident which left her paralyzed. She sustained further injuries and had to be put on a respirator. Her boyfriend married her and they bought this ranch, 80 acres of paradise. He built her a house and created this lake. He dug out the dirt, planted the trees and plants, and he made the lake for her. It has a beautiful footbridge, a walking path, two islands, and a huge rock waterfall. This was important as it was what she would look at each day from her brick patio outside her room. She had to have 24-hour care. read more

Buyers With Agents Calling Listings Agents, WHY?

Buyers with agents calling listing agents

Before the incident of buyers with agents calling listing agents happened yesterday, I had been rudely awakened at 4 AM. My fault, really, for leaving my Apple Watch on and not muting it on the charger. At 4:00 it went off, screeching with a Hawaii Emergency Alert that Hurricane Lane was approaching. Would the government purposely send out an alert at 4 in the morning if it wasn’t necessary? Must be important. I jumped out of bed.

Wasn’t much of an alert. Check media for an update was the message. I watched a CBS reporter talk about the flooding in High-Low as the reporter next to him lowered his head and whispered: Heeeeeee-Lo. Much of the flooding, raging rivers and landslides were happening inland or on the eastern side of Big Island. Hilo was hit extremely hard.

At the moment, I am in Kona, on the western side at our house in Hawaii for Labor Day. I wandered back to bed and fell fast into a deep sleep. Only to be yanked awake by the sound of my Apple Watch ringing like crazy a little before 7 AM. Wow, I had slept in. Sound asleep but able to dash for my phone in the kitchen, I grabbed my cell. This Hurricane Lane business has been exhausting.

I didn’t even announce my name; I was so groggy. Just mumbled: Hello. Did not realize this was a case of buyers with agents calling listing agents. The woman on the other end was rather brittle. She began firing off questions about a listing. Despite my present circumstances, I did my best to answer her questions.

Then she asked when she could do a “site visit.” A what? Is she local? She wanted to know if she could flip the house. If there was room for updates. I suppose so. Sounded like a flipper who might lowball, but I try to reserve judgment. Somehow I collected my wits about me and informed the investor I do not work with buyers. Not sure she knows how real estate teams work. Tried to be as nice and helpful as possible.

Well, she has her own agent, apparently. I began to explain that I was about to get blown away by Hurricane Lane in Hawaii. Which fell on deaf ears. OK, let’s focus on her. However, she really needed to engage her own agent. That’s why a buyer hires an agent. Buyers need to let their agent gather information from listing agents and to show homes. Buyer’s agents are more than happy to earn their commission.

If they don’t trust their agent, then don’t hire the agent. Buyers with agents calling listing agents are saying they don’t believe their agent can do their job. If they don’t think their agent will represent them properly, then maybe they need to find a new agent. Or, as I told this caller, she could work with one of my exclusive buyer’s agents.

It seems unprofessional and a bit rude to treat a buyer’s agent in this manner. Like, here, draw the contract, and the buyer will do everything else herself. Speaks volumes about how they view our profession.

Still, Hurricane Lane did very little damage to the Kona side of Hawaii Island. We prepared for the worst, and the best happened. Which was just a little rain. Off and on. Those clouds in the photo above passed very quickly over my house heading east within minutes. Seems like the storm is over for Big Island. I just lucked out.

Those on the other side of the island were not so lucky. You can help those affected by Hurricane Lane by donating to the Red Cross Hurricane Lane relief efforts.

Elizabeth Weintraub

Not Quite the Fourth of July Open Houses for 2018

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Before I talk about our not quite the fourth of July open houses for this year, please note the lovely photo of Compass Box The Circus Blended Scotch Whiskey. This was my dessert after dinner at Canon in East Sacramento on Thursday for my non-retirement birthday. I imagine it wasn’t cheap but I wouldn’t know since my husband treated. This is a limited edition, fewer than 2,500 bottles released in 2016.

He also gave me a Series 3 Apple Watch, which means I can now wander away from my phone, far, far away, because the new watches run on cell coverage. I suppose you have to be careful if you wear one of those into a medical marijuana dispensary because you’re probably not supposed to. Not that I have any first hand experience, mind you, just putting out my public notice to everybody.

Today we have three not quite the fourth of July open houses. I imagine next weekend many people will go out of town this year. Take Wednesday off, throw in a Thursday and Friday and call it 5-day weekend. It was a toss  up to figure out which weekend was better for our not quite the fourth of July open houses.

16 Lake Katerina Ct, Sacramento, CA 95834 offered at $485,000. Built in 2017, only a transfer makes this beautiful home available. Hickory floors, plenty of premium upgrades, 4 bedrooms and 3 baths. Great Natomas Central location, Westshore. Hosted by the invincible Josh Amolsch from the Elizabeth Weintraub Team, from 2:00 to 4:00 PM.

3804 Los Cerros Place, Davis, CA 95618, offered at $1,145,000 in Lake Alhambra Estates. Over $200K invested in the yard with an outdoor kitchen, flagstone perimeter, custom benches, waterfalls and a gorgeous pool. Wood floors throughout, 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, over 3,500 sq. ft. Hosted by the amazing Amy McMullan from the Elizabeth Weintraub Team, from 2:00 to 4:00 PM.

1661 Del Dayo Drive, Carmichael, CA 95608, offered at $1,250,000. Exclusive neighborhood in Del Dayo. Tri-level with 5 to 6 bedrooms, 5 baths and over 5,000 square feet. Hardwood, ceramic and luxury vinyl plank flooring. Beautiful terraced yard with lush gardens and pool. Outdoor kitchen. Hosted by the Incredible Barbara Dow from the Elizabeth Weintraub Team, from 2:00 to 4:00 PM.

Elizabeth Weintraub


Out of This World Views of Catta Verdera Golf Course in Lincoln

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3641 Monteverde Drive, Lincoln, CA 95648 is for sale by Elizabeth Weintraub, Lyon RE

When I tell you the views from this home overlooking the Catta Verdera Golf Course in Lincoln are spectacular and mind blowing, you will still need to tour this home for yourself because photos can’t do enough justice and words will render you speechless, particularly when you’re absorbing the view in person from this back yard. The Catta Verdera Golf Course is part of the Catta Verdera Country Club, which boasts the only 4 1/2 star golf course in Northern California. This .3571 lot sits high on the hill with views of Sutter Buttes and the Sacramento Valley, as far as the eye can see.

Glancing over the infinity edge of the pool, which drops magically out of sight, you’ll notice the Catta Verdera Golf Course and pond, below the natural landscaping of indigenous vegetation. Sometimes the sky is red and pink and yellow, other times a rich purple, but the sunset almost always amazes.

Inside this home is over 5,500 square feet of luxury living space, featuring mostly walnut hardwood floors throughout. There are 6 bedrooms and a workout room, plus a media center, home office and loft. You will love the cherry cabinetry throughout and travertine floors. The only thing missing in the kitchen is a built-in Miele demitasse coffee maker. There is a wine / beverage refrigerator, a 6-burner gas cooktop, all stainless appliances and a built-in refrigerator, in addition to the granite counters, island and pantry.

The dual staircases that curve ever-so-gently in the entrance take you to the second floor. Off to the right is the master suite, which features a fireplace and spectacular views from the balcony and myriad windows. This home on the Catta Verdera Golf Course is a short sale, and we have already started the process. It goes without saying that you are in the hands of a short sale specialist, but for those of you who do not know, Elizabeth Weintraub has closed more short sales in a 7-county area of Sacramento for the past 10 years than any other real estate agent, according to Trendgraphix. You’re in expert hands.

3641 Monteverde Drive, Lincoln, CA 95648 is offered exclusively by Elizabeth Weintraub and Lyon Real Estate at $929,000. For more information about this home on the Catta Verdera Golf Course, please call 916.233.6759. Virtual tour of Monteverde.

Below are more photographs:

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Catta Verdera Village home at sunset with pool and spa.


Catta Verdera Golf Course

Twin staircases with cherry and wrought iron railings welcome visitors to this Catta Verdera Golf Course home.


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A glimpse of part of the main living area with walnut hardwood floors.


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An enormous kitchen with island, dining bar, eat-in space and stainless high-end appliances.


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Spacious master suite features a fireplace and stunning views.


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The front of the home is somewhat modest as compared to what lies inside.


Luxury Condos Coming to Downtown Sacramento: Sawyer Residences

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Luxury condos downtown Sacramento at Sawyer Residences © Agency Development Group

Because Lyon Real Estate is one of the oldest and well respected real estate companies in Sacramento, we often get invited to tour new projects before the public hears much about them, including the new luxury condos in downtown Sacramento, . In fact, a woman from outside of Sacramento called a month ago, demanding to tour luxury condos in downtown Sacramento, and apart from the units at 500 N Street, we had to tell her there aren’t any. Yet. Yet being the operative word.

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A porcupine light fixture is part of the ambiance at the Sawyer Residences. © Barbara Dow

Well, there have been a few, but there are none for sale now. The condos at the top of the Marriott come to mind, the Penthouses at Capitol Park, but those sold out. Lots of false starts and promises on other projects, but now that we have the Golden 1 Arena, downtown Sacramento is suddenly burning red hot.

The Sawyer Residences, located at 660 J Street, offers 45 luxury condos consisting of one to three bedrooms, above the 16-story Sawyer Hotel. We hear the penthouse is reserved at $4.1 million, and the HOA is about $1.28 per square foot. Definitely luxury condos for downtown. These units feature all the bells and whistles, including Kimpton Hotel amenities, doorman, valet, concierge services, a private lounge and an outdoor pool.

The Sacramento Kings and their developers asked us not to talk about these luxury condos until after April 11th. No way do we want the Kings mad at us Sacramento Realtors.


Luxury Condos downtown Sacramento

Josh Amolsch from the Elizabeth Weintraub Team at Lyon RE

One of the buyer’s agents on the Elizabeth Weintraub Team is a downtown specialist, and I’d like to introduce you to Josh Amolsch. Josh has his ear to the ground when it comes to luxury condos downtown Sacramento and all of the new projects. He’s our go-to-guy for all things downtown Sacramento. Josh is an exclusive buyer’s agent, working solely for buyers, never for sellers. read more

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