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Fantastic properties are available as close as 1 hour north of San Francisco.  Available property ranges from 5 to 640 acres with prices from $750,000.  Whether it is for a second home or for a full time residence – life doesn’t get much better than Sonoma County with outstanding communities from Petaluma to Cloverdale and from Sonoma to Bodega Bay.  Let us know if we can help locate a property for you whether it is for agriculture, recreation, or conservation.  We have owned and managed farm property in Sonoma County for over 35 years.  http://www.SonomaRE.com.  Scott Douglas (707) 875-3490.

Posted by: TerraSaver | November 6, 2018

LOOKING TO OWN A GLAMPING LOCATION?

Chanslor Wildlife has provided quality ‘Glamping’ experiences for our members and for our family and friends for over 25 years.  We have found that for camping locations to be ideal they should offer an exceptional natural environment and provide access to several types of recreation.  This is true whether the camp sites offered are improved and upscale, or more traditional with the campers providing tents and sleeping equipment.  The key element is that the location is special.

Camping locations can be acquired for either personal and family use – or as a commercial business.  Please call us if you need assistance with suitable property.

Chanslor Wildlife, LLC  (707) 875-3490 http://www.ChanslorWildlife.org

 

 

Posted by: TerraSaver | November 5, 2018

Don’t Assume Wild Pigs Are Guilty of Tearing Up Your Lawn

 

Recently we visited an estate property outside of Healdsburg and were amazed to see large portions of the front lawn torn up.  We assumed wild pigs were the cause.  Couldn’t understand why the landscaper had put out small live traps.  The next day we found they had caught four raccoons.  As they explained, the raccoons were probably looking for grubs under the grass.  Skunks apparently can do the same thing but they don’t visit with a group as do the raccoons.  Lots to learn with country property, but a lot of neighbors to advise you.

Posted by: TerraSaver | August 9, 2018

CHECKING OUT YOUR PROPERTY

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Potential problem affecting access and entry gate that client had corrected.

We have regular visits each year from PG&E at our properties and properties we manage.  They check out potential tree problems before the storm season.  We also look at potential tree problems that could affect things other than the power lines.  The time to do that on your own property is before the storm season.  As with leaking roofs – once the rain comes it becomes more difficult to get emergency help.

Posted by: TerraSaver | August 8, 2018

Family or Group-Hobby Farm Compounds

AS Mill Creek FarmsOften when purchasing a property ‘for a common purpose or use’ families or groups have agriculture as a common interest. This is an activity that works well whether the property is developed or has minimum accommodations. Frequently agriculture properties have multiple structures which are a good starting point for a long term compound. Most agricultural activities require someone ‘on-site’.  That may be a family or group member, but it may also be a tenant.  For additional information on compounds in Sonoma County, CA please contact SonomaRE.com. or email: Chanslor2660@gmail.com

 

20180503_105117Less than 10 days ago, the historic chuckwagon was in storage.  Today it was a featured attraction at the Rodeo Park with 40 buses of 2,000 3rd grade students learning about the history of ranching and the cowboy in California.  As one of the 25 displays, Albert ‘Abbie’ Batteate of Albert and Allison’s Batteate Ranch in Livermore set up a wonderful presentation featuring cooking ‘old west’ style with dutch ovens, beef stew and cobbler

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Allison Batteate and her assistant before the students arrive

Wagon Groupis now part of their cowboy history events.  Charlene Schnall was a teacher prior to becoming a real estate broker and was the primary supporter of the educational and history programs at

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Albert ‘Abbie’ Batteate and Don Pilkington, Park Facility Manager

Chanslor Ranch in Bodega Bay, California during the 24 years Chanslor Wildlife operated the property.  Seeing young students genuinely excited by the displays at todays’s event at Rowell Ranch Rodeo Park including livestock, bee keeping and how to saddle up a horse brings back fond memories for her in the classroom and on field trips.  In selling the wagon it was important that the buyer be involved in education and the Batteate’s were a lucky find as buyers.

Checkout Rowell Ranch for the July 28-29th National Day of the Cowboy Weekend for all ages.

Posted by: TerraSaver | April 22, 2018

NEW HOME FOR CHARLIE CHANSLOR’S CHUCKWAGON

This past weekend, Albert ‘Abbie’ Batteate of Albert and Allison’s Batteate Ranch in Livermore, picked up our much loved Chanslor Ranch Chuckwagon to add to their event program.  Over the 25 years of operating the ranch, we found that the Chuckwagon was quite an attention ‘getter’ at Chanslor Wildlife’s Farm and Sea to Table Food Events.  Historic objects have real appeal to visitors and we found whether it was an old restored tractor, pickup truck, or Charlie Chanslor’s Chuckwagon – they all provided photo ops for hundreds of visitors to the ranch. Batteate Ranch will be using the wagon in Livermore’s May 3rd’s Ag Day and the parade on May 12th & 13th.  Couldn’t be happier that we found the right home for the wagon with real ranching family.

 

 

One of the most frequent questions from buyers of vacant land is how they may stay on country property they acquire. That can range from day trips to the property or overnight stays.  It is extremely important to understand government regulations which may apply.  There are separate regulations regarding the long term installation of trailer & modular homes to be used as a temporary residence once a construction permit has been obtained for a permanent residence on the property.

A substantial amount of the inquiries we receive are for Airstream trailers and RV’s.  Airstream has excited people for decades.  Having had Airstream units on the guest ranch which Chanslor Wildlife operated for 25 years, we found they provided stiff competition for our overnight rooms. The large range of models means considerable flexibility in size and price.  We obtain current information on new and pre-owned inventory and financing from David Lewis, Bay Area Airstream in Fairfield, CA.  David can be reached by phone (925) 550-4268 or dlewis@bayareaairstream.com. It was surprising to learn that new and previously owned units can be financed for between 15 and 20 years.

Regulations vary from County to County.  For Sonoma County it is best to meet with the Sonoma County Planning Department at 2550 Ventura Ave, Santa Rosa 95403, (707) 565-1900 to determine what regulations and zoning applies to your property.  When meeting with a planner or zoning specialist, it is important to obtain written regulations which they are always happy to provide.

Posted by: TerraSaver | January 17, 2018

TESTING WELL WATER WHEN BUYING COUNTRY PROPERTY

When buying country property where the water is supplied by wells or springs, the buyer frequently focuses on well volume and bacteria levels which may need treatment.  Another water test that should be seriously considered is the mineral content of the water and if the property will be used for agriculture, we would consider this type of testing mandatory.  There is a separate charge for this type of test but if the property is going to be used for agriculture, landscaping or gardens, the mineral content of the water can preclude the growing of some types of plants – for example grapes or some types of vegetables.  Additionally, high levels of iron or manganese may need to be addressed to protect equipment or the appearance of structures the water comes in contact with.

The well testing company usually arranges water samples to be provided to the laboratory for both types of tests.  The results of the tests usually come with the levels of minerals found and an explanation of tolerance levels and the effects of various components.  A partial example of such a report for a 40 acre parcel in Sonoma County with 5 acres of vineyard planned and a vegetable garden.  While this may look complex, the explanations below will greatly simplify these figures.  In addition, there are treatment options for many of these minerals as there are for elevated levels of bacteria.

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A more complete analysis of both water and soil analysis can be found at:
WARD LABORATORY’S GUIDE TO WATER AND SOIL CONTENT

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