1112 Penniman Drive, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762

The attention to detail is apparent in every aspect of this Pottery Barn inspired residence. Offering 2,480 square feet of single-story living, the 3-4 bedroom, 2.5 bath home features an open and bright floor plan. Step into the dramatic foyer that overlooks the formal living and dining room. The gourmet kitchen presents white cabinetry, light granite counters, professional range, dual ovens, a walk-in pantry, and a dining nook. The family room is spacious and inviting, boasting a cozy fireplace and abundant natural light. Secluded from the rest of the house is the master suite, complete with backyard access, a walk-in closet, and spa-like bathroom.  The remaining bedrooms are on the opposite wing of the home and share a bathroom with dual sinks.  The Napa-style backyard is an entertainers dream with built-in BBQ, fireplace, lush landscaping, and lawn. There is abundant parking with the three-car garage and sizable driveway. 

Listed at $685,000

3555 Leonardo Way, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762

  • 3,213 Square Feet

  • 4 Bedrooms + Bonus Room

  • 9,496 Square Foot Lot

  • 3 Car Garage

  • New Exterior Paint

Located on the golf course side of Serrano within the Oak Ridge High School dual boundary zone, this home is remarkable in its beauty and premier location. Built by Shea Homes in 2008, this stunning residence offers an ideal floor plan for today's lifestyle. Enter into the covered breezeway that leads to the private front courtyard with fountain and lush greenery. The gourmet kitchen showcases a professional 6-burner Thermador range, double ovens, pantry closet and an island with apron sink that overlooks the dining area and family room. A guest bedroom with private bathroom, powder bath, formal dining room, and formal living room (or possible office) complete the main level of the home.

Upstairs, the bonus room is centrally located near a bathroom with dual sinks, two bedrooms, the laundry room, and the master. The impressive master suite boasts an oversized balcony and spa-like bathroom with soaking tub, dual sinks, vanity area, shower stall, and walk-in closet. Retreat to the resort-like backyard that features a covered patio, built-in BBQ, lawn, expansive patio, and sparkling pool with spa. This striking home presents a 3 car garage and is just a minute from the private Serrano Golf and Country Club. Perks of living in the prestigious community include a guard-gated entry, HOA maintained front yard landscaping, patrolling security, and neighborhood parks.

Listed for $875,000

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 $619,000

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 

619 Mazza Court, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762

  • Listed at $625,000

  • 2,436 Square Feet

  • 4 Bedrooms

  • 2.5 Bathrooms

  • Greenbelt Location with Foothill Views
  • Cul-de-sac
  • Gated Community - Serrano
  • Pool
  • Garden box
  • Tool Shed

This spectacular home is located on a quiet cul-de-sac, directly next to one of Serrano's most beautiful hiking trails. The 2,436 square foot home features wood floors, new carpeting, and stylish light fixtures. Chefs will delight in the stunning kitchen that overlooks the family room with fireplace and soaring ceilings. The two dining areas make this sophisticated residence perfect for relaxed living and formal entertaining. Retreat to the spacious master suite with spa-like amenities including dual sinks, a shower stall, and soaking tub. Down the hall are three additional bedrooms and a full bathroom with two sinks. The resort-like backyard offers breathtaking greenbelt views of a large oak tree and the rolling foothills. The 9,060 square foot lot is very private and includes a spacious concrete patio, swimming pool, planter box for gardening, a tool shed, and large grassy area.

5019 Breese Circle, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762

  • Listed at $219,000

  • 20,560 Square Feet

  • Foothill Views
  • Gated Community - Serrano

Gorgeous piece of land in the Custom Serrano neighborhood. This nearly half acre lot is a perfect location to build your dream home. Enjoy the stunning view of the foothills. The highly desirable location provides the opportunity to live in Serrano, surrounded by $1mil+ homes and a golf course community. Several community events happen throughout the year in EDH and exclusively Serrano. Consider joining the private country club that is a short golf cart ride away and offers frequent social functions, an exquisite restaurant, pool, gym, tennis and golf. Lender reference available for land/construction loans. 

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.

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.
  • 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.

Spectacular Serrano Home with 4 Car Garage & Pool - $733,000

110 Gage Court was just listed for $733,000. This is the 2nd lowest price per square foot home in Serrano and has much more to offer than anything in its price range!  If you would like more information or to view it call us at (916) 289-9866. We will be holding an open house 1/11/15 from 1-4pm and 1/15/15 from 9am-1pm.

This desirable 4,498 square foot home is located in Serrano, walking distance to the park and Oak Meadow Elementary School. What sets this JTS Hickory model apart from the others of its kind is the expanded loft that adds 263 square feet and the 4 car garage.  The kitchen is an entertainer’s dream, with granite counters, double ovens and a dramatic island open to the dining nook and family room. The formal dining room features an oversized wine closet and has a view of the courtyard and the fireplace in the living room. This fabulous floor plan offers a spacious guest retreat with ensuite bathroom and a library on the 1st floor.
Off the large loft, there are two bedrooms with balconies that share a bathroom and an additional bedroom with a private bathroom. The master suite is comprised of many windows that take advantage of the views on each side of the room. The master bathroom amenities include two walk in closets, a jetted tub, dual sinks, a vanity area and double shower heads.
Completing this magnificent home is the resort like back yard with a swimming pool and waterfall, hot tub, fountain, entertaining patio with stamped concrete, and lush landscaping.  
A few other amenities include:
Upgraded Elevation (stone siding and full porte cochere)
4 Car Garage (standard is 3)
Expanded Upstairs Loft (additional 263 sf)
Downstairs Bedroom is at Ground Level (standard is up 2 steps and down 2 steps)
Sink Hook-up in Garage
Courtyard with Fountain
Swimming Pool with Waterfall
Large Patio with Stamped Concrete
Prewired for Surround Sound in Loft & Family Room
Alarm System
Granite Countertops
Double Ovens
Upgraded Tile
Upgraded Carpet & Pads
Upstairs Laundry Room
Extra Tall Cabinets in Master Bathroom
Double Shower Heads in Master Bathroom
Jacuzzi Tub in Master Bathroom
Front Door Wired for Security Camera
Eaves Wired for Lighting
OnQue Home Network for DSL/Cable
PVC Pipes in Yard for Backyard Lighting Wiring

New Homes in Serrano - Pinnacle by Toll Brothers

We were invited to the Brokers Open House for The Pinnacle at Serrano, built by Toll Brothers. The models will not be completed until May 2015, but the floor plans were released. There are 3 two-story floor plans and 1 single story. They have a handful of golf course lots and lots with golf course views. As of yesterday, three lots have been reserved. My personal favorite lot is still available, #118. It is located on the 15th green of the Serrano Golf Course. Another wonderful lot would be #201. It has golf course views because it is situated much higher than the Taylor Morrison homes that will be built underneath. The Venosa floorplan flipped with the courtyard facing the golf course would be wonderful on #201. Prices are starting in the low $700k's.

If you are interested in one of these homes, give us a call at (916) 289-9866. We are preferred agents and have gift cards for our clients that are worth $1,000 in options. As I have mentioned in past blogs, when purchasing a new home, realtor commission's do not effect your purchase price. In fact, it helps because we negotiate! Realtors are paid a marketing fee which is from a completely different branch of the company.

What we loved about these homes was that they are semi-custom. The buyer picks the lot, the floor plan, the finishes and the exterior elevation. They also have the option of modifying the floor plan. Common modifications have been wine cellar instead of the planning center, garage configurations, first floor master bedrooms, etc. An option we thought would be a good investment would be a third car garage on the Palermo single story model. Parking can be an issue in Serrano and for resale, a three car garage is a must!!
There are three different elevations for each of the floor plans; Andalusian, Chateau and Tuscan.


The Palermo

3 Bedrooms, 2.5 Bathrooms, 2-Car Garage, 3,309 SF
  • The attractive courtyard entry adds curb appeal and leads to the welcoming foyer which flaunts an elegant tray ceiling.
  • A bright and open floor plan unifies the main living spaces creating an ideal environment for entertaining.
  • The expansive great room offers abundant space, direct access to the sizable rear covered patio through a stunning sliding door system, and a marvelous fireplace that is surrounded by exquisite niches.
  • This fabulous kitchen includes a large center island with a breakfast bar, an adjoining breakfast area, an accommodating walk-in pantry, and discreet access to the formal dining room through a convenient butler pantry.
  • The spectacular dining room is highlighted by a beautiful tray ceiling and offers a considerable amount of space for hosting even the largest of dinner parties.
  • The impressive master bedroom is accentuated by a tasteful tray ceiling and includes an elaborate sliding door system to the rear yard, a large walk-in closet, and a gorgeous master bath which includes a private water closet, a dual-sink vanity, a grand soaking tub, and a luxurious shower with a drying area and seat.
  • Additional highlights include a desirable den, a sizable laundry, and generous secondary bedrooms that offer walk-in closets.
The Palermo Floor Plan

The Venosa

4-5 Bedrooms, 4.5 Bathrooms, 3-Car Garage, 4,037 SF
  • The inviting covered entry opens up to soaring ceiling heights in the two-story foyer which draws attention to the graceful curved staircase.
  • The appealing living room is accentuated by an exquisite tray ceiling and a beautiful bank of windows that allows for natural light to fill the room.
  • The formal dining room incorporates an elegant tray ceiling and is located off the main hall which includes views of the intimate courtyard.
  • The impressive kitchen features a huge center island with breakfast bar and is open to the generous family room which is completed with a desirable fireplace that is flanked by accommodating media niches.
  • The welcoming bonus room creates an additional living space that is centrally located to the bedrooms and is perfect for multi-generational entertaining.
  • The mesmerizing master bedroom is highlighted by a dramatic tray ceiling, a sizable private deck, two walk-in closets, and an extravagant master bath which offers a dual-sink vanity, a private water closet, a gorgeous soaking tub, and a luxurious shower with seat.
Venosa 1st Floor
Venosa 2nd Floor



The Brescia

4-5 Bedrooms, 4.5-5.5 Baths, 3-Car Garage, 4,042 SF
  • The delightful courtyard entry welcomes guests as they enter the elegant foyer which proudly displays a beautiful tray ceiling and a grand staircase.
  • An expansive great room offers plenty of space for entertaining, a cozy fireplace, and a fantastic bank of windows that opens the space to the generous rear covered patio.
  • This inspiring kitchen features an impressive center island with a wrap-around breakfast bar, abundant counter space, a walk-in pantry, and an adjoining dining room.
  • A well-designed second floor provides an appealing loft space, a spacious bonus room, and a huge covered deck that maximizes outdoor entertaining.
  • The sensational master bedroom is completed with a tasteful tray ceiling, two walk-in closets, and a marvelous master bath including a dual-sink vanity, a luxurious shower, and a desirable soaking tub.
  • Additional highlights include a well-located laundry, a convenient drop zone, plenty of linen space, and an attractive first-floor bedroom that features a private bath and walk-in closet.
Brescia 1st Floor
Brescia 2nd Floor




The Arzono

5-7 Bedrooms, 4.5 - 6.5 Bathrooms, 3-Car Garage, 4,243 SF
  • The picturesque covered entry opens up to an inviting foyer with an ornate curved staircase that defines a graceful double-volume space.
  • The expansive great room is open to the kitchen and dining room while offering abundant space, a cozy fireplace, and access to the generous covered patio through an elaborate sliding door system.
  • The well designed kitchen features a large walk-in pantry, plenty of cabinet space, and a huge center island with a supplemental eating bar for informal dining.
  • The formal dining room is highlighted by a sensational bank of windows and is large enough for even the largest of family gatherings.
  • The stunning master suite is accentuated by a beautiful tray ceiling and incorporates a well-proportioned walk-in closet, a huge covered deck, and a marvelous master bath offering dual vanities, a private water closet, a large soaking tub, and a luxurious shower with built-in seat.
  • Additional highlights include a spacious bonus room on the second floor, a convenient planning center, and an appealing first-floor bedroom that is complete with a walk-in closet and private bath.
Arzono 1st Floor
Arzono 2nd Floor