el dorado hills

1576 Daunting Drive, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762

Stunning 3,052 square foot residence located in the gated community of Serrano. The highly desirable location is walking distance to Oak Meadow Elementary. Boasting a masterful floor-plan, the main level offers a guest bedroom, full bathroom, formal living and dining rooms. The home was recently upgraded with wood-like tile in the living areas and a 30 panel, 8.85 kW solar system. Overlooking the stylish family room and dining nook is the newly remodeled gourmet kitchen with stainless appliances, and island.

Upstairs there are 2 additional bedrooms, a bathroom with dual sinks, game room, office area, homework area, and the master bedroom. The luxurious master suite includes dual vanities, soaking tub, shower and a designer walk-in closet. Retreat to the lavish backyard with an entertaining patio, lawn and dog run.

Listed at $625,000

5232 Renaissance Way, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762

A dramatic French Villa located in the premier guard gated community of Serrano. With approximately 5,495 square feet, six bedrooms and six bathrooms, and an owned 7kw solar system, this stunning estate offers an ideal floor plan for relaxed living and formal entertaining. 

The double-door entry and gorgeous travertine floors are accented by lavish imperfect smooth walls. The dining room is located across the hall from the formal living room with an extravagant fireplace. The immaculate chef’s kitchen boasts a SubZero refrigerator with glass door, a professional Wolf range, double ovens, warming drawer, two islands, two dishwashers, a trash compactor, an oversized pantry closet, and a butlers pantry with column style SubZero wine refrigerator. The kitchen overlooks a dining area and a family room that features a grand fireplace. 

The main level elegant VIP suite is outfitted with two closets and a large scale bathroom, similar to most master suites, and patio access. There is a second bedroom and bath at the opposite end of the home, with views of the majestic front yard. 

Upstairs, the spacious master suite unfolds a striking entryway, sitting area, and dual showroom-quality walk-in dressing rooms. The luxurious bathroom is beautifully finished, including two vanities, a make-up area, jetted bathtub, and a walk-in shower with dual heads. Three expansive bedroom suites and an oversized bonus room complete the second floor. 

Beyond the house itself, the meticulously maintained park-like grounds are the lush foliage, mature trees, and several different entertaining areas. A shaded patio with mounted heat lamps overlooks the picturesque pool and spa. Additional features include new LED landscape lighting, a retractable awning above the patio structure, an outdoor kitchen, a stately fireplace, a fire pit, outdoor shower and hammock.

The secluded gated courtyard showcases a fourth fireplace, a fountain, and a water feature. The four-car garage and large driveway provides space for numerous cars. A custom built walk in wine cellar is located in the rear of a garage and can accommodate hundreds of bottles.

The prestigious residence, with its perfectly-conceived architecture, represents both majesty and family. Outstanding community amenities include a five-acre park, a guarded gated entry to the neighborhood, patrolling security, and the private Serrano Country Club and par-72 championship golf course. 

Refined and luxurious, this is Northern California living at its finest!

Listed at $1,299,000

602 Belhaven Court, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762

Newly remodeled home in Stonebriar. Built by William Lyon Homes in 2002, this 3,234 SF residence boasts new hardwood floors, a new HVAC, a main level guest suite, formal living & dining rooms, a family room with gas fireplace and a 3 car garage. Chefs will delight in the gourmet kitchen that includes an island, quartz counters, professional Thermador appliances, and a large pantry closet. Upstairs, 3 bedrooms share a spacious bathroom with double sinks. The laundry room is located on the 2nd level near the bedrooms. The oversized master suite offers a soaking tub, shower stall, dual vanities, and a walk-in closet. Relax in your own home theater complete with projector, screen, surround sound, and authentic theater chairs. This impressive home is situated on a 9,845 SF corner lot with possible boat or RV parking on the side. The expansive stamped concrete patio is ideal for entertaining and showcases a built-in BBQ, refrigerator, fire pit, fountain, and bistro lights.

Located in Stonebriar, 602 Belhaven Court is approximately 1-mile walking distance to the El Dorado Hills Town Center and has no HOA. Zoned for award-winning schools- Brooks Elementary, Rolling Hills Middle and Oak Ridge High.

Listed at $674,900.

813 Vanderbilt Court, El Dorado Hills, Ca 95762

Located on a quiet cul-de-sac in the gated community of Serrano, this stunning residence is walking distance to the large Beckett park. With 2,741 square feet, this four bedroom, two and a half bath home presents an expansive 17,424 square foot lot. The gourmet kitchen overlooks the dining nook & family room with fireplace and built-in cabinetry. The charming courtyard can be seen from the formal living room, dining room and family room. The formal living room is located near the front door and is an ideal home office room. The second level of the home includes three bedrooms, a bathroom with dual sinks, a laundry room and the master suite. The generous master features a walk-in closet with double doors, a spa-like bathroom with dual sinks, soaking tub & shower. The rare, nearly half-acre yard features an entertaining patio, lawn, horseshoes and much more. There is ample parking with the three-car tandem garage.

Homes in Serrano offer award winning schools, parks in nearly every village and trails intertwined throughout the community. Front yard maintenance is included with the HOA!

Listed at $650,000 

8098 Avanti Drive, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762

Stunning Solar home located in the Palisades of Blackstone. This Grayson model built by Lennar in 2016 offers 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, and stunning valley views. The gourmet kitchen features white cabinetry, stainless GE self-clean gas double oven range with 5 burners, an island with sink and a pantry closet. On the main level is a bedroom, a full bathroom, and a home office area. Upstairs includes a loft, two additional bedrooms, a bathroom with dual under-mount sinks and the spacious master suite. Retreat to the low maintenance yard with views of the Sacramento Valley. 

Blackstone community amenities include a 10,500 square foot clubhouse called "The Club." This residents-only clubhouse contains 3 pools, a spa, fitness facility, aerobics room, locker rooms, massage room, children's playroom with an outdoor play area, a large multi-purpose gathering area with adjoining kitchen and a cozy living room. Additional features include a tot playground, shady pavilions, courtyards, gazebos, fountains and an outdoor fireplace. Approximately 350 acres are dedicated to open space where trails ribbon throughout the community. 

Listed for $525,000 

651 Idlewood Place, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762

Exceptional quality Blackstone home with owned solar and a tankless water heater. This remarkable residence presents 4,226 square feet, 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, and a 3 car garage. As you enter through the charming courtyard, you are welcomed with a grand spiral staircase and stunning hardwood floors. The spacious office is located near the entry and features a walk-in closet. The great room is ideal for entertaining with impressive soaring ceilings. The state-of-the-art kitchen includes a professional stove, double ovens, walk-in pantry, two large islands, an additional home office space and an oversized dining nook. The butlers pantry is ideally located near the formal dining room. The secluded guest suite boasts a walk-in closet, private bathroom and can be accessed through the courtyard. 

The upstairs bonus room overlooks the main level of the home and is an excellent place to relax with a movie. The generous master suite offers an expansive walk-in closet with two doors and a spa-like bathroom. The bathroom features two vanities, a shower stall with dual entries, and a soaking tub. Down the hall, are two additional bedrooms, a bathroom and a laundry room. The large laundry room contains built-in cabinets, a sink and additional storage shelves. 

Situated on a 12,197 square foot parcel, the private backyard features multiple entertaining areas. It is ideally situated for shaded evenings; allowing for the enjoyment of the foothill views during the summer. 

Listed for $880,000 

4025 Santa Ynez Dr, El Dorado Hills, CA

Stunning single story home located in Heritage, a gated, 55+ active adult community in El Dorado Hills. This energy efficient Solar home was built by Lennar in 2016. With 1,230 square feet, this Ruby model projects warmth and sophistication with a comfortable, flowing floor plan. The gourmet kitchen features stainless appliances, dual ovens, subway tile, granite counters and an island with a farmhouse sink that overlooks the great room. The master suite is tucked away in the rear of the home and presents a spa-like bathroom with dual sinks, shower stall, and a spacious walk-in closet. The secluded guest bedroom is located in the front of the home, near a full bathroom with shower. Down the hallway is the laundry area, storage closet, and two car garage. Situated on a large corner lot; the covered patio seamlessly blends indoor and outdoor living.

Listed for $460,000 

The Retreat

Community amenities include a 5,000 square foot clubhouse called "The Retreat." This residents-only clubhouse contains an indoor pool, spa, outdoor fireplace, fitness facility with locker rooms, walking trails, Bocce ball, tennis and pickleball courts. Residents enjoy the community events that take place throughout the year including outdoor concerts on the green, coffee socials, health fairs, classic car shows, game nights and more!

4076 Morningview Way, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762

  • Listed at $899,000

  • 4,003 Square Feet

  • 4-5 Bedrooms / 3.5 Bathrooms

  • 3 Car Garage

  • 20,691 Square Foot Lot

  • Folsom Lake Views

  • Extended Patio
  • Large Bonus Room
  • 13 Fruit Trees, Vineyard & Planter Boxes

Breathtaking views of Folsom Lake can be seen from nearly every room! Main level master w/ balcony, walk in closet, updated bathroom with dual vanities. The gourmet kitchen features granite counters, stainless appliances, double ovens, island and large dining bar. The custom staircase banister and hardwood flooring are just a few of the amenities that adorn this residence. The bonus room is located downstairs, near the 3 additional bedrooms and leads to the backyard. No need to go to the farmers market when you have a vineyard, 13 fruit trees, planter boxes and a tool shed for gardening tools. Enjoy the mesmerizing views from the extended entertaining deck and oversized patio. HOA's only $35 per month. 

Upcoming El Dorado Hills Events

It's 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 $10 for kids 12 and under. Plastic eggs will be drifting throughout the pool and will be redeemed for candy and assorted special goodies!

CSD Park Party 
April 20, 2017 5:00-6:30pm
Waterford Park / 2617 Carnelian Circle, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762
Special Performance by The Hoots. Bring along your picnic. Bike Friendly Event. Dessert is available. Hosted by the El Dorado Hills CSD and the El Dorado County Library.

MITO Kids 5k Run/Walk
April 22, 2017 8:00 - 11:00am
Steven Young Amphitheater/ 4364 Town Center Blvd, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762
Come out and Run or walk to support the Mitochondrial Disease Foundation and the 4,000 children born every year with the genetically inherited mitochondrial disease. To register for this fun run or to find more information regarding mitochondrial disease.

Free April “Pools” Day
April 22, 2017 2:00-4:00pm
1021 Harvard Way, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762
The El Dorado Hills CSD kicks off their Drowning Prevention Campaign. Swim for FREE and get tips on drowning prevention. 
-April Pools Day - Free Swim, April 22
-Poster Contest - May
-Worlds Largest Swim Lesson, June 22

Pajama Party
April 28, 2017 6:00-8:30pm
1021 Harvard Way, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762
4th Annual Mother Daughter night is sure to be a crowd pleaser! Stations will be set up around the gym to pick and choose what you want to do with your daughter (paint nails, arts & crafts, take photos, and more) plus some classic Pajama Party junk food while we watch a classic movie (appropriate for all ages).
Arbor Day Celebration
April 28, 2017 4pm
Promontory Park / 368 Estate Pl, El Dorado Hills, Ca 95762
On Arbor Day, people are encouraged to care for their natural environment. It’s a time for people to get their hands in the dirt and plant and/or care for trees, bushes and plants.  Call (916) 933-6624 for more details.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle - Community Clean Up Day
April 29, 2017 9:00am - 3:00pm
Rolling Hills Church, 800 White Rock Rd., El Dorado Hills, CA 95762
El Dorado Hills residents & residents within the District boundaries can come dispose of large/bulky, unwanted items, green waste and e-waste. For more information about what materials will be accepted and alternative disposal options, check the links below:

CSD Park Party 
May 4, 2017 5:00-6:30pm
Valley View Sports Park / 1661 Blackstone Parkway, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762
“May the 4th Be With You” Star Wars costumes welcome! Special Performance by Magic Ken. Bring along your picnic. Bike Friendly Event. Dessert is available. Hosted by the El Dorado Hills CSD and the El Dorado County Library.

Outdoor Movie Night
May 5, 2017 8:00 - 10:00pm
Steven Young Amphitheater/ 4364 Town Center Blvd, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762
Enjoy a family friendly night out and watch SING on a giant inflatable screen.  Bring your blankets and chairs.  Event is free and popcorn will be served, donated by Regal Cinemas El Dorado Hills 14 & IMAX. Food and drink provided by sponsors will be available for purchase.  Weather permitting.

Art Beer & Wine Festival 
May 13 & 14 2017,  11:00 - 5:00pm
Steven Young Amphitheater/ 4364 Town Center Blvd, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762
The El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce is excited to bring the Annual El Dorado Hills Art, Beer & Wine Festival to Town Center for the 14th year! The Festival will feature over 80 artists displaying their fine-art along the thoroughfare of Town Center Boulevard.  25+ of the regions wineries & craft breweries will be pouring for paid tastings Saturday & Sunday. Admission is free and tasting kits can be purchased on their website. 

CSD Park Party 
May 18, 2017 5:00-6:30pm
Ridgeview Park / 3449 Ridgeview Drive, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762

Special Performance by The Hoots. Bring along your picnic. Bike Friendly Event. Dessert is available. Hosted by the El Dorado Hills CSD and the El Dorado County Library.

New Listing - 1600 Los Altos Court, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762

1600 Los Altos Court, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762

  • Listed at $810,000
  • 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!


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

575 Encina Drive, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762

  • Listed at $619,000
  • 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.


New Listing - 5233 Renaissance Way, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762

5233 Renaissance Way, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762

  • Listed at $1,100,000
  • 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.

New Listing - 3728 Waldwick Circle, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762

3728 Waldwick Circle, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762

  • Listed at $575,000
  • 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!

Custom home in The Summit with amazing Folsom Lake & Sierra views!

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 $989,000

Just Listed - Beautiful home in El Dorado Hills!

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 $483,900

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

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 $979,900

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

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 $100k 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.

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!
White Tea Scent DiffuserScent 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.

Color Seal Grout - I think I paid about $1,600 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 $1,000 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: 

Just Listed - Superb Custom Home on the Serrano Golf Course

5185 Titleist Way, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762


Magnificent Serrano Golf Course Estate overlooking the 8th green and fairway. Boasting a masterful floorplan with over 5000 square feet of open and bright living space. Chef’s will delight in the state of the art kitchen with two islands, Thermador appliances and built in refrigerator. The main level master suite offers outside access, a walk in closet and luxurious master bath. The spacious bonus room features a wet bar, bathroom and balcony. The backyard includes an outdoor BBQ, sparkling swimming pool, covered and uncovered patios. The attention to detail and designer touches throughout make this beautiful estate a joy to come home to.

To set up a private showing, contact Stephani Menser-Polley at (916) 289-9866.