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Luxury Home Magazine - Issue 13.2

April 27, 2017
Category: Luxury Home


Check out the latest issue of Luxury Home Magazine. Take a look at Page 66!

The Hills Living - April 2017 *Menser Real Estate Group 3 page Feature!!*

April 21, 2017
Category: El Dorado Hills


Check out the latest issue of The Hills Living Magazine! Take a look at Pages 24-26!

New Listing - 2628 Zuider Zee Circle, Elverta, CA 95626

April 19, 2017
Category: New Listing


2628 Zuider Zee Circle, Elverta, CA 95626

  • Listed at 4,900

  • 1,080 Square Feet

  • 3 Bedrooms / 1 Bathrooms

  • 2 Car Garage

  • New Paint

  • .15 Acre Lot

  • Large Covered Patio

This charming 1,080 square foot residence with 3 bedrooms is conveniently located near two golf courses. This light-filled home has an ideal floorplan for entertaining with a great room concept. The recently renovated kitchen amenities include slow closing hickory cabinets and granite counters. The 6,500 square foot lot features a spacious covered patio and widespread lawn.

NO HOA or MELLO ROOS!

Upcoming El Dorado Hills Events

April 14, 2017
Category: Events

It is finally that time of year again! All the fun El Dorado Hills events are starting. Below are dates and times for the local events. Hope to see you there!


Serrano Easter Egg Hunt - TOMORROW! 
April 15, 2017 at 9:30am
4525 Serrano Parkway, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762

Photos with the Easter Bunny and refreshments start at 9:30am and the Easter egg hunt will start at 10:30am. Separate areas will be set up for crawlers and toddlers, 5 years and younger and 6-12 years old. 

CSD Easter Egg hunt
April 15, 2017 9:00am - 10:30am
1021 Harvard Way, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762
Activities include: arts and crafts, visit from the Easter Bunny, an egg hunt at 10am and an aqua-egg hunt, registration required, at 2:30!
 starts at 10am. Areas will be roped off for different categories: 2 & younger, 3-4, 5-6, 7& older. 

2:00pm - 4:00
Aqua egg hunt costs for kids 12 and under. Plastic eggs will be drifting throughout the pool and will be redeemed for candy and assorted special goodies! Registration is required: https://register2.vermontsystems.com/wbwsc/caeldoradohills.wsc/search.html?SessionID=%3C?VSI-Session?%3E&display=detail&module=AR&primarycode=120704

CSD Park Party 
April 20, 2017 5:00-6:30pm
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414 Ashland Court

April 03, 2017
Category: New Listing

414 Ashland Court, Cameron Park, CA 95682

  • Listed at 5,000
  • 3,596 Square Feet
  • 5 Bedrooms / 3 Bathrooms
  • Bonus Room/Movie Room
  • Swimming Pool with Waterfall
  • .234 Acre Lot
  • Large Covered Patio
This beautiful Cameron Park home is located in the exclusive neighborhood of Northview. Backing to BLM land and walking distance to the neighborhood park. This charming residence boasts 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, a large bonus room and 3 car garage. The resort like backyard features a spacious covered patio and pool with waterfall.

NO HOA or MELLO ROOS!

1600 Los Altos Court, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762

March 31, 2017
Category: New Listing

1600 Los Altos Court, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762

  • Listed at 0,000
  • 3,700 Square Feet
  • 5-7 Bedrooms / 3 full/ 2 half Bathrooms
  • 3 Car Garage
  • 1.04 Acre Lot
  • Two Detached Bonus Rooms
  • Swimming Pool
  • Putting Green 
  • Large Entertaining Deck
Amazing opportunity to own a custom home in El Dorado Hills with spectacular views. Located on a small cul-de-sac with two other homes, this is an entertainers dream house! Featuring a unique floor plan with two detached bonus rooms, five bedrooms, an office, formal and informal living areas, a wet bar, mud room and three car garage. Situated on over one acre, the backyard offers a beautiful Geremia pool with waterfall, a putting green, tool shed, mature landscaping and a spacious deck with views of the rolling hills!

NO HOA or MELLO ROOS!

New Listing - 575 Encina Drive, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762

March 13, 2017
Category: New Listing


575 Encina Drive, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762

  • Listed at 9,000
  • 2,541 Square Feet
  • 4 Bedrooms / 2.5 Bathrooms
  • Main Level Master
  • Bonus Room
  • .46 Acre Lot
  • Two Large Entertaining Decks

This exceptional quality home offers an ideal floor plan with abundant natural light.

The stunning kitchen was recently renovated and overlooks the great room. The two dining areas make this sophisticated residence perfect for relaxed living and formal entertaining. The living room boasts large sliding glass doors that take full advantage of the dramatic views of the rolling hills.


The main level master suite amenities include access to the upper deck and a spa like bathroom with two vanities, two walk in closets, a shower stall and soaking tub.


Downstairs, two additional bedrooms are divided by the spacious bonus room. The lower level covered deck offers an expansive entertaining space that leads to the low maintenance backyard.


NO HOA or MELLO ROOS!

The Hills Living - March 2017

March 02, 2017
Category: El Dorado Hills


Check out the latest issue of The Hills Living Magazine! Take a look at Page 13!

Luxury Home Magazine - Issue 13.1

February 15, 2017
Category: Luxury Home

Check out the latest issue of Luxury Home Magazine. Take a look at Page 31!

Luxury Home Magazine 12.2

April 27, 2016
Category: Luxury Home

Check out the latest issue of Luxury Home Magazine! Take a look at Page 58!

A Home Within A Home - 5079 Arlington Way, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762

April 25, 2016
Category: New Listing

5079 Arlington Way, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762

  • Listed at 9,900
  • 4 Bedrooms/ 3 Bathrooms in Main House
  • 1 Bedroom/ 1 Bathroom + Laundry closet in NextGen Suite
  • Solar
  • Smart Appliances Included (Washer, Dryer & Refrigerator!)

Rare Energy Efficient Next-Gen Evolution floor plan by Lennar with over k in builder upgrades! This beautiful Solar home features a guest suite with a private entrance, laundry and kitchenette. The main house offers a main level guest bedroom, formal dining room, spacious living room open to the kitchen and 3 additional bedrooms upstairs. The kitchen refrigerator, washer and dryer are Smart appliances, with Wifi and are included. The private backyard is an entertainers dream with greenbelt views. Nearly 0k has been invested into the resort like backyard with Koi pond, fire pit, Basketball half court, and outdoor kitchen. This home is perfect for multi-generational living!


3753 Greenview Drive, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762

April 21, 2016
Category: New Listing

3753 Greenview Drive, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762

  • Listed at ,390,000 
  • 5 Bedrooms / 4 Bathrooms 
  • Spacious Bonus Room with Balcony
  • Custom painted cabinetry and built-in's throughout
  • Wolf 6 Burner/Griddle Range
  • 2 Wine Refrigerators (75+ bottles)
  • Surround Sound
  • .55 Acre 
  • Outdoor Kitchen
  • Originally Built by Wichert Homes for ,900,000

Imagine a home so breathtaking that it appeals to you on the deepest level…like a piece of fine art. A residence of such originality —a timeless architectural beauty on half an acre in Serrano.


From the grand gated courtyard and stately galleria entrance, the estate is both generous in size and perfectly scaled. Interiors of the residence echo a museum ambiance, with ceilings soaring over 18 feet. Lavishly proportioned at approximately 4,819 square feet and offering 5 bedrooms plus an office and 4 full baths, the home artfully invites the outdoors in through oversized windows, serene water fountains, covered patio and an outdoor kitchen.


The designer’s eye for quality and exquisite detail is evident at every turn, executed in hardwood flooring, top-of-the-line appliances, extraordinary built-in cabinetry, and a custom fireplace surround.


The kitchen will satisfy the most demanding cook and prove ideal for both casual family meals and luxurious entertaining. The sumptuous, main level master suite has a private sitting area, large walk-in closet, a grand bath with double sinks and soaking tub. Down the hall, two graciously sized bedrooms share a Jack-and-Jill bathroom. Ascend the elegant curving staircase to a spectacular bonus room with a balcony overlooking the park-like grounds. On this level is one bedroom and full bathroom.

5233 Renaissance Way, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762

April 19, 2016
Category: New Listing


5233 Renaissance Way, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762

  • Listed at ,100,000
  • 5 Bedrooms / 4.5 Bathrooms
  • Spacious Bonus Room with Bar
  • .39 Acre
  • Located behind the Custom Serrano Guard Gates
  • Luxury Appliances
  • Koi Pond
  • Fire Pit

This phenomenal estate with over 4,623 square feet of luxurious living space boasts five generous bedrooms with a main level guest suite, four and a half bathrooms, a spacious bonus room, and is situated on an approximately 17,000 square foot lot. Chef’s will delight in the state of the art kitchen that features granite counters, stainless appliances, Wolf range, built-in SubZero refrigerator with glass door, and double ovens. The gourmet kitchen overlooks the dining nook and family room with grand fireplace. The formal living and dining room provide plenty of space for large gatherings. Upstairs, the master suite amenities include a grand walk in closet, linen closet, double sinks, vanity, soaking tub and shower stall. The impressive bonus room offers a bar area and custom built in cabinetry.  The park-like grounds feature mature landscaping, a widespread lawn, gas fire pit, an expansive patio, and koi pond with waterfall.  This distinguished home is located behind the guard gates of Serrano Golf and Country Club and is zoned for award winning Oak Ridge High School.

Serrano - Neighbors Along the Parkway - March 2016

March 09, 2016
Category: El Dorado Hills

Check out the latest Serrano, Neighbors Along the Parkway magazine!

3728 Waldwick Circle, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762

February 24, 2016
Category: New Listing


3728 Waldwick Circle, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762


  • Listed at 5,000
  • 3 Bedroom/ 2.5 Bath
  • .35 Acre
  • Greenbelt Location
  • Pool


This 2,440 SF residence offers a bright & open floor plan with a 3 car tandem garage and RV/Boat parking along the side of the home. The spacious master suite includes a sitting area, walk in closet & a private deck that can access to the resort style backyard. The sparkling pool with waterfalls, large patio, two decks, gazebo & putting green make this backyard an entertainers dream! This beautiful home is located in Bridlewood Canyon, which features a community pool, clubhouse & private lake!

The Telegraph - Home of the Week

February 22, 2016
Category: El Dorado Hills
Our listing was featured in the El Dorado Hills Telegraph. Check it out!
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Custom home in The Summit with amazing Folsom Lake & Sierra views!

February 06, 2016
Category: New Listing

650 Lakecrest Drive, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762


Taking full advantage of the expansive views of Folsom Lake and the Sierra’s, this exceptional quality custom home offers a wonderful floor plan with vaulted ceilings. Chef's will delight in the state of the art kitchen with two islands, built in refrigerator and high end appliances. Main level master suite with dual sided fireplace, steam shower, two vanities, spacious walk in closet and fitness room. The two downstairs bedrooms are adjoined with a Jack and Jill bath. Extra-large garage, perfect for boat parking. The attention to detail and designer touches throughout make this home a joy to come home to.

Listed at 9,000

Beautiful home in El Dorado Hills!

February 05, 2016
Category: New Listing

2033 Wood Mar Drive, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762


Beautiful home in Marina Village, walking distance to elementary and middle school. With the kitchen surrounded by the two living areas and dining room, this home is perfect for entertaining. The spacious master bedroom features an ensuite bathroom with separate vanity. The generous backyard offers many entertainment options, with a lower play area, fire pit, upper play area and mini bicycle track, dog run, large grassy area and patio. Folsom Lake is a quick hike down the trail on the property.

Listed for 3,900

Gorgeous custom home in El Dorado Hills with acreage and breathtaking views!

February 04, 2016
Category: New Listing

2521 Persia Lane, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762


Exceptional quality custom home with unrivaled views of Folsom Lake. Remarkable in its beauty and private location, this refined residence features four bedrooms with three and a half bathrooms. The main level master suite boasts two closets, two sinks, marble counter tops with matching fireplace surround, soaking tub and outside access. The ideal floor plan offers an great room concept with the family room open to the spacious kitchen and nook. Chefs will delight in the state of the art kitchen with 5 burner Thermador gas range, 2 ovens, and an island. Upstairs is comprised of an over sized bonus room with wet bar, balcony, bedroom and bathroom. Relax in the resort style backyard with covered patio, sparkling swimming pool with waterfall and enjoy the natural beauty of Folsom Lake and the rolling hills.

Priced at 9,900

What I did to sell my home in less than 1 week

February 03, 2016
Category: Decor


Being a realtor, I know what can help or hurt a listing. When it came time for me to sell my own home, I was determined to make it look perfect and to sell it quickly. If I can’t sell my own home quick, why should clients trust me to sell theirs?


Regardless of being a Realtor, when it comes to your own home you can’t help but think like a Seller. Of course I wanted to sell my home for 0k higher than the value. If I don’t have to invest more into the home, I don’t want to. I don’t want a “For Sale” sign out front or strangers in my home while I am gone… I had to constantly take a step back and make sure I was doing what I would tell my clients to do.


After a lot of hard work, my home received an offer the first week. The feedback I received from the showings and the brokers tour were great. There was nothing I could do to make my home more sell-able. Besides pricing it reasonably, here are the steps you can take to help sell your home as quick as possible:


Step 1 - Research 

Go to model homes to get inspiration. Take pictures so you can imitate the looks at home.  A well staged model home is not overly decorated. It is decorated to enhance the beauty and architectural features of the home while masking the non-desirable items. You rarely notice the lack of storage in a model because it is staged to appear abundant.


Step 2 - De-clutter

This is VERY important, even for homes without clutter. Rent a storage unit, DO NOT put everything in your garage or closets. You will need to de-clutter those areas as well. 


Go room by room, and take most of your personal decor away. You want the buyer to be able to see themselves living in the home with their things. Rooms are better off empty than cluttered.  

  • Remove extra or oversized furniture. (If you have a small dining room, take a leaf out of your table and remove extra chairs)
  • Stage your closets. Keep only the clothes in season and store the rest. This is especially important if you are currently tight on storage. 
  • Say good bye to junk drawers. Buyers often open kitchen and bathroom drawers. 
  • Clean out your refrigerator, pantry and under the kitchen sink. People look in all of those places when they are considering purchasing your home.
  • Store most the children's/pets toys. It will make it easier for showings if you do this up front!

Step 3 - De-personalize

  • Remove every single photo in your home that has a person in it. No exceptions. If the frame must stay, replace the photo with a magazine cut out. I did this in several decorative frames in our bonus room, above the master bed and on my kids nightstands. Go to the local grocery store and pick up a couple home design, photography or even the free luxury home magazines. This will keep your home decorated and de-personalized. (Remember the model homes? They have frames throughout but it doesn't feel like you are walking through someone else's home.)
  • Paint all walls a neutral color. This may be hard work, but it is worth it. Some buyers cannot see past colored walls, and others over estimate the cost to repaint. 
  • If you have any outgoing pieces of art or furniture, put it in storage. The buyers want to envision themselves living in the home, not you.

Step 4 - Clean

Deep clean your home. Here are some commonly missed areas that we often notice in homes. 

  • Light switches
  • Stove hood
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator 
  • Kitchen and Bathroom knobs
  • Baseboards
  • Windows and window sills
  • Sliding glass door tracts
  • Showers/bathtubs
  • Enclosed light fixtures- Exterior, chandeliers, showers/bathtubs (Clean out the dead bugs)
  • Dust Exhaust vents & ceiling fans
  • Dust window coverings
  • TV screens (Use special electronic cleaner. DO NOT use Windex. It leaves a film.)

Step 5 - Repairs

Take the initiative to fix small things that you know of. Most likely, the buyer will request them to be done anyways. 

  • Re-screen sliding doors or windows screens if necessary. (This is a VERY easy DIY! You only need to purchase a small Screen tool and some screen. I learned how to do it by watching a YouTube video. https://youtu.be/M0IJhQlHhNE)
  • Touch up every nail hole, mark or scuff on the walls or baseboards. Keep the paint handy over the next couple days. After you think you have found them all, you will find a couple spots you missed.
  • Re-caulk bathtubs or showers if necessary
  • Add bark to front and back yard

Step 5 - Bring someone else into your home for a second opinion

After I thought my home was ready to go, I had my mother (who is also a realtor) walk through the house as if she was the pickiest buyer. She was the one who pointed out that my slider needed to be re-screened and my TV needed to be cleaned.

Saint Joseph Real Estate Burial


Step 6 – Bury a Saint Joseph statue (optional)

I was determined to get my home sold quickly! My husband thought I was joking, but I was serious. I made him dig a 12” hole near the For Sale sign for my Saint Joseph. I put him upside down with his hands facing the front of my house. Can’t hurt, right? 



Showings and Open Houses – First impressions are crucial!

  • Turned on soft instrumental jazz music throughout the house and yard. 
  • Turned on front yard and backyard fountains
  • Turned every light in the house on, including table and bedside lamps. 
  • Mopped the floors. 
  • Wiped down the kitchen counters.
  • Made sure my air freshener was on.
  • A quick run through - I would go through the house with a laundry basket and toss any misplaced clothes or toys in it, and store it in my car. 

My home backed to a busy street, so minimizing road noise was important. I cancelled our first open house because of the rain. I knew the rain would make the cars sound much louder than normal. I didn’t want a bad first impression. 


“You have to spend money to make money.”


I chose to invest in a few items to get my home ready to sell. I believe my small investment had a great return. Below are the items I thought would help the sale of my home.

Decor - I purchased a large mirror and piece of art at World Market to replace my family portraits.

Plants - We added a few large pots and flowers near the front door. I also found a great wreath at Home Goods. 

Bark -
We purchased bark for our yard and spent a Saturday with the kids, spreading it around. It made the yard look great!

Westin White Tea Scent Air Scent Air - I saw this in a model home and have been obsessed with it since! It is the best air freshener and you can control how strong the scent is. I loved it so much, I have purchased two diffusers and have subscribed to a monthly refill shipment.
https://www.westinstore.com/productDetail.aspx?White-Tea-Scent-Diffuser 


Color Seal Grout - I think I paid about ,600 for my downstairs living area (roughly 1500 SF) to have the grout redone. This made a huge difference. My grout had become discolored from kids and dogs, it even started deteriorating because I had it cleaned so often. We were contemplating installing hardwood floors because the grout drove me crazy. We saved a significant amount of money by having this done, and it looked amazing! I wish we had done it when we first moved in.


Carpet replacement/ cleaning - I invested about ,000 total in carpet replacement and cleaning. I had a carpet cleaning company come with a black light to find hidden spots from my naughty dogs. It is very important to hire a good carpet cleaning company to treat and extract the pet stains, instead of shampooing them into the carpet. (I highly recommend Upright Carpet Cleaning and Restoration 916-291-3661.) I had our carpet and pad replaced in the downstairs work out room.


Check out the final product: 






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The Menser Real Estate Group with Coldwell Banker represents El Dorado Hills properties, in El Dorado Hills finest neighborhoods: Serrano, Kalithea, The Promontory, The Summit, Southpointe, Highland Hills and several others. Donna Menser, Stephani Menser Polley and Melissa Cvitanovic are well known and established real estate agents in the El Dorado Hills residential real estate market. Begin by viewing our El Dorado Hills property listings.

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