So, You Want to Live in California Wine Country

CawineI imagine a number of folks are either currently visiting or are set to return from a visit to California Wine Country for the holidays. If anything like me, these travelers ask themselves while on vacation, “Could I live Here”? That’s what I asked myself as my bride and I spent time this last week with family in San Antonio, Texas.

Of course, after determining if the area suits one’s eye, the next question is what can I get for my money. California Wine Country can be expensive where housing prices are concerned. Yet, not ALL California wine regions are equal in this regard. Napa Valley is the quintessential “Wine Country” and if you are looking for a home here, well, you won’t quite get as much for your money than if you are looking to move to, say, Temecula Wine Country.

But to give you just a taste of what you get for your real estate money in different California wine regions, have a look at these representative homes in various California wine regions. Each ranges from $450,000 to $500,000.

NAPA, CA (NAPA VALLEY) $499,000
3Bedroom, 3Bath, 1,825 Square Feet, 6,534 Square Foot Lot
Napa House


SAINT HELENA, CA
(NAPA VALLEY) $490,000

2Bedroom, 3Bath, 1,200 Square Feet, .25 Acre Lot
Saint Helena


CALISTOGA, CA
(NAPA VALLEY)-$475,000

2Bedroom, 1Bath, 988 Square Feet, 2,614 Square Foot Lot
Calistoga


SONOMA, CA
(SONOMA VALLEY) $495,000
3Bedoom, 2Bath, 1,680 Square Feet, .26 Acre Lot
Sonoma


SEBASTOPOL, CA
(RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY) $450,000
4Bedroom, 2Bathroom, 1,563 Square Feet, 7.100 Square Foot Lot
Sebastapol


HEALDSBURG, CA
(ALEXANDER VALLEY) $489,000

4Bedrooms, 3bath, 1,986 Square Feet, 5,619 Square Foot Lot
HEALDSBURG

PASO ROBLES, CA (PASO ROBLES) $479,000
4Bedrooms, 3Baths, 2,466 Square Feet, .28 Acres
PASO


UKIAH, CA
(MENDOCINO) $479,000

5Bedroom, 3Bath, 3,010 Square Feet, 2.64 Acres
Ukiah


ARNOLD, CA
(Sierra Foothills) $459,000
3Bedrooms, 3Baths, 2,455 Square Feet, .38 Acres
Arnold


CARMEL VALLEY
(CARMEL VALLY) $499,000
4Bedrooms, 3Bath, 2,317 Square Feet, .75 Acres
CarmelValley


TEMECULA, C
A (TEMECULA) $490,00

3Bedroom, 3Bath, 2,661 Square Feet, 3.1 Acres
Temecula

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  1. Thomas Pellechia - December 26, 2012

    Thanks for that, Tom. It illustrates why I changed form going to California to get into the wine business to going to the Finger Lakes.

    I know of a splendid place that is available at Keuka Lake for just over $400K. Three bedrooms, 2 baths, about 2500 square feet plus a greenhouse, a shed, a barn, a tractor, 7.25 acres (5 suitable for vineyards), and a view of Keuka Lake that knocks everyone dead.

  2. Tom Wark - December 26, 2012

    Thomas,

    Merry Christmas.

    Funny….Every time I travel and look at housing prices I’m knocked back on my heels when I compare it to prices in this neck of the woods. It’s gorgeous here. No doubt. But holy cow do we pay for it. Your example is in no way a surprise. Best to you and all of yours!!

  3. Don Goettling - December 26, 2012

    Great info my friend, you know how much Cindy and I love the wine country. We will be visiting you two beautiful people soon. Miss you guys!

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  5. Steve Howe - January 1, 2013

    I usually check house prices when I visit the various wine regions as well. Housing is high throughout California, but the wine country can be even more so!


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