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JAMES COLLINS (925) 640-8818 REALTOR® | DRE #01233045

4 BD | 3 BA | 4,120 SQ FT | 2.69 ACRES

1 SCENIC LANE, LAYFAYETTE A spectacular setting that offers peace, tranquility and privacy. California living at its very best, the stunning backyard will take your breath away! Custom outdoor kitchen with bar with gas grill and cooktop, gas heaters, ceiling fans, tandoori, fryer, double sink, dishwasher, refrigerator and pizza oven. Enjoy the inviting swimming pool with hot tub, waterfall features and beach entry. Don’t miss the sport court, gas firepit, custom dog house or access to the Lafayette reservoir rim trail. No expense was spared, a must see for any entertainer—you will not be disappointed! There’s a dream office with views of Mt. Diablo and the backyard, as does the kitchen and family room with vaulted wood ceilings and skylights. The primary bedroom has a private sitting area, deck and walk-in closet. There are 2 additional bonus rooms off the garage. All bathrooms have been recently updated. Offered at $3,890,000 JAMES COLLLINS


A spectacular setting...


offering peace, tranquility and privacy

JAMES COLLINS (925) 640-8818 REALTOR® | DRE #01233045


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s the largest economic power in Europe, Germany and its initiatives have the ability to impact housing trends across the globe. The Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices 2022 EMEA (Europe, Middle East, and Africa) Real Estate Report follows these trends, and found that more than half of respondents predict climate change is going to continue to affect the housing market in the next three to five years. According to recent reports, Germany is one of the most advanced countries in establishing legislation, implementing new standards, and creating social changes regarding green living. Many of these positive steps forward have stemmed from the country’s post-COVID recovery plan and environmental impacts such as destructive floods. To spearhead this plan, Germany even set in place a $45 billion, 18-year plan to move away from coal-power emissions — the country intends to completely phase out coal by 2038 by closing major lignite mines and coalpowered stations. When it comes to homeowners, three key sustainable living trends stand out as impacting the German market. First up, Germany has pioneered new energy solutions that could have widereaching effects in the future.


“A German homebuyer typically purchases a house and keeps it for life —a forever home.” Carsten Heinrich, Managing Director Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Rubina Real Estate

Most notable is its debut of Green Hydrogen, coined in Germany’s recovery plan as ‘tomorrow’s petroleum.’ The innovation intends to use renewable energy to create hydrogen, which would cut down on the normally environmentally taxing process. Green Hydrogen processes could see implementation in businesses, factories and individual homes in the foreseeable future. Next, Germany has been promoting new legislation such as its Energy Concept and the German Strategy for Adaptation to Climate Change, which both aim to eliminate harmful emissions, and put new standards in practice for using renewable materials. Germany is one of the only countries to have a Green Party as part of its coalition government, and has been incentivizing homeowners and building developers with extra funding for properties that save or reduce energy emissions. Anyone in the country can apply for this federal funding titled “Federal Funding for Efficient Buildings.” Finally, German buyers and investors are increasingly interested in Smart Houses, and features that use technology to provide conveniences. Carsten Heinrich, managing director at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Rubina Real Estate in Germany, elaborated

on this aspect of change. He noted that sufficient natural light exposure, renewable energy efficiency, and the use of environmentally conscious materials are incredibly important to homeowners here. German architecture firm Baufritz has set the trend with a completely self-sufficient property that boasts three energy sources — a wind turbine, hydrogen fuel cell, and solar energy; natural limestone, ash and fir wood materi als; and ceilings that are kept low in order to retain heat. In all, Heinrich and others state that buyers in Germany are more likely to carefully consider each aspect of their home when it comes to environmental factors, even considering where a home is located and which natural materials are available in the vicinity. Heinrich predicts that Germany will continue to be a good benchmark for trends and booming markets. He says there are several factors that make the country an interesting opportunity for home buyers and investors alike, alongside having a reputation as a lucrative, but stable market. “It can be said that we will have stable and increasing demand in the coming months,” Heinrich says. “A German homebuyer typically purchases a house and keeps it for life — a forever home.”



3 BD | 2 BA | 2,593 SQ FT Delta Treasure!!! This captivating property boasts 14+ acres zoned A-2 with tons of potential. Minutes to several boat launches and Delta fun! Absolutely stunning turn key 2,593 sq. ft. home, updated Kitchen and Baths, Brand new pellet stove, fresh paint, new roof. Security system. Ground floor zoned for storage and there is plenty of it. Must explore this home and property for Yourself. Humongous attic. 3 car garage and covered carport, enormous two story 7,120 sq. ft. red barn­—bottom is 3720 sq. ft. and top is 3400 sq. ft. with car lift that conveys with plenty of room for all of your toys! Two large offices inside the barn, incredible amount of storage. Beautifully landscaped yard, spacious outbuildings. Metal covered carport and pad with full hook-up for RV. Property has a PRIVATE well and is on public sewer. Propane tank is owned. Offered at $1,995,000

VERONICA SANCEN (925) 584-9331 REALTOR® | DRE #01814984



5 BD | 3.5 BA | 2,952 SQ FT A fabulous Walnut Heights home on level .38 acre lot with pool! Beautifully remodeled and updated, the spacious open floorplan has a modern great room style living area that overlooks the stunning and private backyard. Owned solar, LED lighting, dual pane windows and newer triple zone hvac creates an efficient home. A Gourmet kitchen that features slab granite counters, white cabinetry, island with breakfast bar, two sinks, double oven, gas cooktop, recessed and under cabinet lighting, hardwood floors and pantry! Beautiful family room with built-in cabinetry, recessed lighting, crown moulding and sliding door to the backyard. The spacious primary bedroom has a full bathroom with dual sink vanities, soaking tub, separate shower and walk-in closet. There are four additional bedrooms and one at the end of the home has it’s own full bath. Amazing fully fenced backyard with level lawns, swimming pool, spa and cabana! Close to Walnut Heights swim club and elementary school! Pending


JAMES COLLINS (925) 640-8818 REALTOR® | DRE #01233045 13


6 BD | 4 BA | 3,950 SQ FT This home sits on one of the neighborhoods largest lots in coveted Dublin Ranch! Two fireplaces, high ceilings, incredible light and expansive backyard backing on to open space. Curb Appeal with stunning wood door entry to formal Living/Dining Room. Updated kitchen with large island, granite counters, dining area and walk-in pantry. Family Room with slider to backyard. 1st Floor has one bed/bath, laundry with storage and bonus room! Upstairs has loft, ensuite bed with full bath, two additional beds and HUGE primary suite, oversized bathroom with shower, soaking tub and walk-in closet. SEPARATE OFFICE SPACE off deck offers complete privacy! Backyard has concrete patio with built in BBQ, water feature, well-manicured landscape, and lawn area. Large, flat lot, fantastic neighborhood, wonderful HOA with pool/greenbelt. Proximity to top rated schools, shops, parks/trails and freeway!

Offered at: $2,550,000

CATHY BRENT AND KELLY BRENT MCCOY (510) 381-1065 | (925) 786-2681 | REALTORS® | DRE #01088138 | DRE #02095209 14


4 BD | 2.5 BA | 2,732 SQ FT Custom built Harold Smith rancher in desirable Bryan Ranch. Premium lot that backs to open space area and adjacent to walking trails. No rear neighbors. Recently landscaped front yard with artificial turf and colorful plants with low water drip irrigation. Artificial turf in backyard. Newer Carriage House garage doors and openers. Inviting double door entry leads to a large formal living room with a stone fireplace and a coffered ceiling dining room. Updated kitchen with newer cherry cabinets and appliances. Oversized family room with cathedral ceilings and brick wood burning fireplace. Brazilian hardwood floors, updated bathrooms, oversized secondary bedrooms, large master suite that leads to private rear yard. Refurbished inground pool with pebble finish. Updated pool mechanics, solar pool heat, new paver patio, new front fencing and gates, and custom storage shed.


CHARLIE STELLINI (925) 381-6156 REALTOR® | DRE #00761819 / #01100014 15


4 BD | 4 BA | 3,107 SQ FT This phenomenal East End Craftsman with new permitted ADU is just one block to Park Street! The main residence offers 3 bedrooms, 3 full baths and 2547 sq. ft. while the ADU offers 1 bedroom, 1 full bathroom and 560 sq. ft. This home blends beautiful modern updates with old world charm! The gracious public rooms flow freely into the other and include a living room, formal dining room AND family room! The gorgeous kitchen and master bath have been remodeled from top to bottom and exude the finest of finishes! The ADU has a living room, kitchen, dining area, bedroom, and full bath; rent out to offset your mortgage or use for in-laws, guests, or au pair! The yard features lush plantings, lemon tree, flat grassy area, and expansive deck. Newer roof, fresh paint, new foundation with expanded walk out basement, updated electrical, new heat/AC and Tesla charger! Walk Score of 98! Walk to Park Street shops/ restaurants and Edison Elementary. Offered at: $1,995,000


JULIE COURTNEY (925) 989-1669 REALTOR® | DRE #01376948 17


4 BD | 2.5 BA | 2,093 SQ FT | 2.65 ACRES Prestigious Oakland Hills Executive Residence boasting breathtaking panoramic views of the bay, hills, downtown Oakland and San Francisco to enjoy from your personal expansive and relaxing balcony. Extensive amenities and quality craftmanship throughout, feels like a model home when you walk into this open – spacious – and light filled floor plan with beautiful hardwood floors, coffered ceilings and picturesque windows enhancing the incredible views. The open floor plan concept allows you take advantage of the views from the living room, dining room, kitchen area, master bedroom and office. Chef kitchen for entertaining with island, quartz countertops, sitting area and top of the line appliances. Laundry room with built in cabinets and sink. Tesla charging station located in the garage. The complex features clubhouse, gym and playground.

Offered at: $1,599,000

THE ELMORE TEAM (925) 577-4911 REALTOR® | DRE #00519888 18


3 BD | 2.5 BA | 2,622 SQ FT PREMIUM CORNER LOT. Expansive Porches both Front and Back - Leaded Glass Double Door Entry opens to the Huge Livingroom & Dining Area with views of the Private Backyard through Walls of Glass Doors and Windows. Beautiful Rooms with soaring Vaulted Ceilings. The Gourmet Kitchen has the Island with Center Sink - An Eat at Breakfast Bar AND Kitchen Nook. 5 Burner Gas Stove, Granite Counters and much more. The Family Room has the 2nd of two Wood Burning Fireplaces. Attractive Tile Flooring throughout Hallways. Den (or 4th Bedroom) has French Doors leading out to Front Porch along with a Wall of Built-in Cabinetry. The Primary Suite is Light & Bright with Natural Light. The En Suite has Stall shower, Jetted Soaking Tub and 2 Door Walk-in Closet. Massive Backyard with Room for a Pool.

Offered at: $2,075,000

TOM E. CHANCE (925) 487-6360 REALTOR® | DRE #00824220 19

5165 DISCOVERY POINT, DISCOVERY BAY 3 BD | 2 BA | 2,699 SQ FT Absolutely Exquisite Lido Bay Deep Water Home. Exceptional views out every window. Fully remodeled in 2019. Attention to detail at it finest, bring your pickiest buyers because this home won’t disappoint. Everything is NEW! All designer appliances 2 Miele Dishwashers, 2 full-size sinks, 48” Wolf Range, 36” Miele Refrigerator, 144 Bottle Sub Zero Wine Fridge, custom bar w/ Marvel Ice maker and Mini Fridge, Live Edge Granite counters, recessed LED lighting throughout. Architectural Design lighting fixtures, dual pane windows, new water heater, duct work, foam insulation throughout floors, wired whole house sound system, including exterior, Pureonics H20 filtration, 16 Ft Centor Wall folding glass door system for a stunning indoor/outdoor experience boasting a custom screen system. Landscaped yard w/mature Redwood trees, water efficient drip system, stunning primary w/water views, gorgeous bath with radiant floors. Newer dock with covered slip, water aeration system. Sold


JUNE JARDIN (925) 525-1425 REALTOR® | DRE# 01381335 21



3 BD | 2 BA | 2,258 SQ FT Paul Overholtzer custom built with quality craftsmanship and lovingly detailed this is an exceptional and impressive home, but what is most unique is to have this excellence along with the unsurpassed whitewater river views of the South Fork Stanislaus River. Enter through a gate down slate steps with a custom designed metal railing onto the first patio and then step down to the custom craftsman door and entryway. The home was designed by Chris Reed, interior designer. The expansive great room has radiant heated slate flooring, a fir ceiling with recessed lighting, curving brick wall with built in ledges, window bench seating, a built in bookshelf, granite countered wet bar with wine storage and cabinets, a wood burning slate fireplace and a wall of windows to bring the scenery inside. Quarter-sewn white oak cabinetry in the kitchen is accented by the granite counters and a breakfast bar. There are stainless steel appliances with a built-in over, microwave and a warming drawer plus the gas cooktop stove. Offered at: $2,600,000


SHARI LYONS (209) 694-6931 REALTOR® | DRE #01915432 23


3 BD | 2.5 BA | 3,710 SQ FT | 4.2 ACRES Gently rolling hills with lovely views, fenced and cross fenced with 100’x150’ arena and 60’ round pen, two pastures. 3710 Sq Ft Custom built home with large den (possibly 4th bedroom) and huge game room. Upgraded kitchen with granite counters and island with dining bar, beautiful cabinetry and pantry closet. Living room with cozy and efficient pellet stove. Game room has charming 50’s style diner and 1/2 bath. Separate entry (could be additional dwelling). Decks on three sides. Oversized 3 car garage and large metal shop complete the picture. Equestrian trails right off the property. Quiet rural area close to large lakes and the Sierras with Yosemite National Park.

Offered at: $682,828

BERIT BROWN (209) 743-9257 BROKER ASSOCIATE | DRE #00978531 24 24


2 BD | 3 FULL BA | 4 HALF BA | 3,425 SQ FT | 16.67 ACRES This luxury “Tuscan Style” Villa has sweeping views of the mountains. A 11,000+/- sq. ft. shop with 4 offices, restroom, kitchenette and storage. A grand foyer leads you to a bright and spacious living area with extra large picturesque windows allowing the outside in. Gourmet kitchen features double ovens, warming drawer, extra large island, and double pantry. Gorgeous master suite with his and hers private bathrooms leads you to a huge walk-in travertine tile shower. Outside is a built-in bbq area with fire pit and seating. Built in heated pool with pool house and automatic cover. There’s an underground 2,000 bottle wine cellar; guest bedroom with bathroom; office with built-in cabinets and desk; wet bar; fenced garden area; four wells with holding tank; Solar; High speed fiber optic internet and cable; 3 phase power; owned (underground) propane tank. Ideally located just minutes to downtown Sonora, Columbia State Park, approx. 20 minutes to the town of Murphy’s. 40 minutes to ski resorts. 90 minutes to Yosemite. Offered at: $3,200,000

CHARMELLE MILLS SERHAN (209) 743-0731 REALTOR® | DRE #01191350 25



3 BD | 3 BA | 3,166 SQ FT Location, Location! Just imagine, driving down your 600 ft., tree lined private driveway, which leads to your circular driveway that sits in the front of this gorgeous country home, just one mile east of Lodi. This spacious home features over 3100 sq. ft. of beautifully laid out country living! 3 bed, 3 bath cover all the basics inside. Formal living, formal dining, a huge family room with a wet bar, making entertaining easy and convenient. The gourmet kitchen is equipped with a Viking-48’’, 6 burner cooktop & griddle range, double ovens, pot filler, built-in refrigerator, farm sink, trash compactor, dustpan outlet and much, much more! Beautiful built in pool and spa, with solar heating. 3-ac cherry orchard with new replacement trees, all irrigated. Large shop outside with kitchen area, more room for entertaining. Small, finished storage shed. An oasis located among vineyards and orchards! Too, too many amenities to mention. This is a must-see property! Offered at: $1,450,000

DONNA CARTWRIGHT (209) 329-7347 REALTOR® | DRE #01468564 26


3 BD | 3 BA | 2,989 SQ FT Centrally located, sitting on a half-acre at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac with a sweeping driveway. The spacious great room has high ceilings and a propane fireplace, opening to a large eating area and the kitchen, featuring plenty of white cabinets, granite counters and contrasting island with stainless appliances, and a pantry. Off the great room is a formal dining room and the low maintenance back yard. Off the kitchen is a hallway leading to a full bathroom, the laundry room and access to the fully finished garage. On the main level is an office space. The large master bedroom suite is also downstairs and has access to the backyard patio, a large walk-in closet, dual sinks, a jetted tub and a shower. The flooring throughout the main living area is high quality tile. Upstairs, is a landing, a full bathroom and 2 more bedrooms which are carpeted. There is a fully owned solar system with 2 Tesla power walls eliminating the need for a generator and creating savings in utility costs. Offered at: $849,999

ROBIN ROWLAND (209) 329-6639 REALTOR® | DRE #01378613 27


4 BD | 3 BA | 2,39 SQ FT One very beautiful almost new corner lot home in Cordes Village, walking distance to Cordes Elementary and Mountain House High School. Home has a room and full bathroom downstairs, with a huge loft upstairs. Lots of upgrades, starting with the luxury waterproof vinyl. This is one of the highly sought floor plan. Other upgrades include stainless steel appliances with LED can lights and pendant lights in kitchen. Home has pantry in kitchen/ Backyard is a lot larger than the average lots in the area. Lot is about 5000 Sq ft. not 4000 as tax records show. Documents available for verification. EV charger included.


EMAD BASMA (209) 914-4751 REALTOR® | DRE #01441193 28


4 BD | 4 BA | 3,445 SQ FT Almost a brand new home. No need to wait for a builder to get a new home. Located on a Cul De Sac in the Jefferson School District. close to the ACE train. Home has 3 car garages and solar panels. Completely upgraded by builder with one of a kind large lot with pool and Jacuzzi. Enjoy the California room with fireplace overlooking the pool. It’s time to get ready for summer. Home has a full bathroom and bedroom downstairs. A very large kitchen with updated, upgraded and lots of cabinets.


EMAD BASMA (209) 914-4751 REALTOR® | DRE #01441193 29



4 BD | 4.5 BA | 5,686 SQ FT | 40.54 ACRES This Ruscitto, Latham, Blanton designed, single-story house has an open great room, a living room, dining room, and large wood burning fireplace. Professional appliances include double convection ovens, two sub-zero refrigerator/ freezers, two hidden dishwashers, an oversized Wolf range with Thermador hood, Travertine tile, and a large island. The large master suite has a fireplace, large walk-in closet, a private library/office, a bathroom with spa tub, separate shower, and double vanities. Three additional bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms with shower/tubs. The finished basement has a wine cellar. The backyard patio has uninterrupted vistas of the Sonoma Mountains. The completely fenced/crossed fenced property has five large pastures, a 2,400 sq. ft. hay barn, a 1,056 sq. ft .foreman’s residence with private access,. a 2,288 sq. ft. horse barn with eight oversized stalls, and a shop. There’s both municipal and private well water and SpaceX Starlink satellite internet service. TWO parcels are included: Parcel #16-0447-03— 35.54 acres, and the main house on Parcel #16-0447-04—5.00 acres. Offered at: $3,925,000


JASON KIRBY (775) 830-2823 BROKER, SALESMAN | RED# BS.0036201 31

6156 CARRIAGE HOUSE WAY, RENO 3 BD | 2.5 BA | 2,915 SQ FT Gorgeous Lakeridge golf course home elegantly maintained by the original owners. Natural light emphasizes the fresh neutral paint and color palette, built by Centex in 1993. Oversized 3-car garage; office on second floor; second story deck with commanding city and golf course views; fenced-in ground floor patio with barbeque, furniture and fire pit included; an extra expansive front porch with room for seating; roomy attic with carpet. Recent upgrades include: composite roof in 2013; kitchen remodel featuring new cabinet doors, drawers, appliance garage and large pantry; shimmering tile backsplash, wine fridge, under sink water filtration system, and double ovens! Remodeled ground floor master bedroom is large, light and airy and includes a huge walk in shower plus a jetted Jacuzzi. Double sink vanity with accent tile backsplash. Newer gas water heater; whole-house water treatment system. Offered at: $955,000


Gorgeous Lakeridge golf course home— elegantly maintained

JEANNE HILL (805) 990-1317 REALTOR® | RED# S.0184344 33


3 BD | 3.5 BA | 2,587 SQ FT Custom-built, SW Reno-luxury chalet. .NO HOA. Constructed in 2015 by a local builder, this executive home exudes quality, luxury, and serenity. 3-car garage with 810 sq. ft. epoxy-floor, built-in storage and project bench. Indooroutdoor great room with wall of windows. Dacor and Jenn-Air kitchen appliances, double door pantry. Two primary bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, multiple private balconies and patios, double pane low-e windows, and a copper fireplace. Remote-control blinds, radiant floor heating, gas fireplace with copper sheathing, like-new wood flooring in living areas, durable slate inlay “rugs” at the front and garage entry doors. Bedrooms have plush carpeting and a double walk-in closet, travertine bathroom tile, quartz counter tops, double sink vanity, vessel tub, river rock walk-in showers. Shopping, restaurants, trails, schools, Caughlin Ranch, and the Truckee River are all closeby. Offered at: $1,050,000

MARK HUGRET (415) 939-9969 REALTOR® | NRED #S.183143 34


Much like wine growing, every region that cultivates coffee imparts its own distinct flavor characteristics, and serious coffee drinkers appreciate the nuances. 35


ll of the elements present in a coffee-growing region — soil, climate, topography and agricultural practices — conspire to create a unique flavor profile. Wine lovers refer to this as terroir, and the term is equally appreciated by coffee enthusiasts. Exploring coffees from diverse regions helps consumers understand their personal preferences while refining their palates. Our expert, Kenneth Davids, has traveled the globe, tasting coffees in some of the most exotic locales imaginable and sharing his insights.

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Davids, editor-in-chief of Coffee Review, a James Beard Award nominated author and leading authority on specialty coffee, cautions however that environmental factors are not necessarily determinative. “Similar to wine, the variety of the tree and how the coffee is processed both trump terroir,” he says. In Davids’ most recent book, 21st Century Coffee: A Guide, he reveals an ever-evolving global coffee industry inspiring new, innovative growers around the world. In a recent interview with Prestige, Davids provides some of his latest insights on various coffeegrowing regions. Read on to find out what makes each region unique and worth discovering.


BRAZIL Sprawling Brazil has long been the top coffee-producing nation in the world, and is also among the most technologically advanced. For an industry that values hand-picking and hand-sorting, technology is not always considered a virtue, and Brazil produces very little of the high-end, single-origin coffee that connoisseurs demand. “Brazil’s focus is on producing good, reliable coffees sold at reasonable prices,” explains Davids, who cites their medium-bodied, modestly acidic qualities with notes of chocolate and nuts.

still exported to nearby Australia and, unfortunately, are more difficult to find in the U.S.


Despite sharing a border with Indonesia, Davids insists the coffees of the two nations have little in common, attributable to different landscapes, farming practices and cultures. The warm days and cool nights of PNG’s lush highlands are ideal for the crop and Davids views the nation’s coffee industry as extremely promising. Indonesia is a much larger producer and home to the legendary specialty of kopi luwak, ultra-pricy coffee beans harvested from the feces of palm civets native to the area.

In this Oceanic nation north of Australia, nearly half its total population is involved in the growing, processing or sale of coffee. It is not an ancient industry in Papua New Guinea (PNG), with its commercial potential discovered just in the last century by Australians who exported products back home. “They have tremendous terroir for coffee but it’s so rugged that infrastructure is a problem,” reports Davids, who notes that some local lifestyles have not changed in 2,000 years. He indicates the best PNG coffees are

The Arabian Peninsula is often overlooked, despite the fact that the dominant arabica plant originated there. While the war-torn nation of Yemen is not on the radar of most consumers, its coffee is being rediscovered. In fact, the country is the site of the world’s oldest continuously-produced coffee for commercial purposes, and Yemen’s family farmers continue to adhere to centuries-old practices on small, terraced parcels. Davids explains that the arid climate puts stress on coffee plants, which


negatively affects yield but benefits flavor, and curious connoisseurs appreciate Yemeni coffee’s deep, rich flavor profile. KENYA “If I’m choosing coffee strictly by country of origin, I’d look for Kenya because they produce magnificent coffee at high elevations and are very consistent in quality,” maintains Davids. From the base of Mount Kenya, artisanal farmers grow beans that are enjoyed in trendy cafés around the world, recognized for their aromatic fragrance and depth of flavor. Davids explains that coffees from Kenya tend to feature a pleasantly pronounced acidity, nicely balanced in a medium-bodied cup with fruit and floral notes. MEXICO Small family farms in the southern states of Veracruz, Oaxaca and Chiapas are responsible for most of Mexico’s production. Mexican coffees are known for their delicate body and a hint of sweetness, with greater intensity exhibited in some specialty products. Mexico is the ninth largest producer of coffee in the world, but conscientious consumers note it ranks much higher for sustainability and fair trade practices. “The best, which are fine classic coffees, come from Chiapas, produced by indigenous people at very high elevations,” reports Davids. COLOMBIA A prolific ad campaign (featuring the fictional Juan Valdez) made Colombian coffee top-of-mind among American coffee drinkers for half a century. Despite massmarketing, there is a standard of quality maintained throughout this coffee-growing nation, which ranks third in production behind Brazil and Vietnam. “They did an

amazing job of promoting Colombia as one big denomination of origin,” explains Davids. And while that may result in predictable, unexciting coffees, he reports that with the encouragement of American importers, some dedicated producers are experimenting with new varieties and processes. HAWAII Puerto Rico was a major producer in the 19th century and a boutique industry is emerging in California, but the Kona district on the Big Island of Hawaii is the most significant coffee-growing region in the U.S. The volcanic soil on the slopes of Mauna Loa is beneficial, but many coffees labeled “Kona,” which are immensely popular with tourists, are not yet at that iconic status. “However, some small growers produce delicate, lyrically sweetly-bright coffees that one presumes is how Kona coffee earned its reputation in the first place,” maintains Davids. Other areas in Hawaii also show promise, such as Kau, southwest of Kona, while some coffee is grown on the islands of Oahu and Maui.

Photo: courtesy of Kenneth Davids, editor-in-chief of Coffee Review

COSTA RICA Although this Central American nation has a long history of coffee production, a new generation of Costa Rican growers has shaken up a predictable, conventional industry. “Exporters can now get small lots of coddled coffee processed in a distinctive way,” says Davids of the newfound innovation, which he observes is occurring in Panama as well. Plants tend to be cultivated on fincas (small farms) as opposed to large plantations, and despite investments in technology, there remains a commitment to handcraftsmanship. The coffee of the young innovators can be delicate and floral, with notes of honey.

Photo: Beans © 2017 VTT Studio/ Shutterstock Coffee beans through the various stages of roasting




4 BD | 3.5 BA | 3,094 SQ FT | 0.99 ACRE This stunning Montebello estate is just what you’ve been waiting for. The single-level property features 4 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms with 3094 square feet in this small gated community in Northeast Santa Rosa. Set on .99 acres, the property offers ample space to enjoy peaceful valley views from your pool and spa, built-in BBQ and outdoor fireplace. Inside you’ll appreciate spacious rooms with high ceilings and thoughtful design elements such as recessed lighting, ample storage space, built-in Wolf appliances, dual under-counter wine/beer fridge, and Acacia hardwood floors. Additional highlights include a 3-car garage, gas fireplaces, outdoor sports court and garden space, generator, irrigated landscaping and owned solar for the pool. Your hillside oasis awaits!

Offered at: $2,350,000


MEAGHAN CREEDON (707) 280-4772 REALTOR® | DRE #01911240 39


4 BD | 3.5 BA | 2,513 SQ FT This stunning farmhouse-style property checks all the boxes! With 4 bedrooms plus an office and 3.5 bathrooms, the 2513-square foot home boasts a master suite with wet bar as well as a junior suite. Completely renovated in 2022, the home now features an open-concept living space and tasteful, high-end finishes throughout, including white oak hardwood flooring, marble and quartz counter tops, a wine fridge and Thermador stove. Cathedral ceilings in the main living areas let in lots of light. Outside you’ll appreciate the circular driveway with ample space for parking, the private, level .85-acre lot that backs to a seasonal creek, and the new septic system. Set off of Earlena Lane, this property offers the ideal balance of seclusion and proximity to all that wine country has to offer.

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MEAGHAN CREEDON (707) 280-4772 REALTOR® | DRE #01911240 40


3 BD | 2 FULL BA | 2 HALF BA | 2,969 SQ FT Drive up the private drive to your secluded in-town retreat! Perfect for those working from home, or as a vacation rental, this house is convenient to everything. Finally enough storage! Work in your home office, then relax by the gas fireplace, or walk to one of the local restaurants or movies. The spacious exterior deck, and the large living room and family room allows you to welcome guests for dinner, then walk around the lake next door. Features an elegant mid-century floor plan with remodeled chef’s kitchen, and private “tree-house” views that makes the hot tub swimsuit optional. A majority of this home is wheelchair accessible. Absolutely incredible combination of walkable urban access and home privacy.


LEON GEISBERG (707) 484-7384 BROKER ASSOCIATE | DRE #01111523 41

20 ESTRELLA WAY, NOVATO 4 BD | 5 BA | 4,216 SQ FT Work and play in this custom built 4 bedroom, 5 bath, 4217 square foot home. Separate detached office, perfect for remote or hybrid work environment. Completely remodeled in 2006, This home was thoughtfully designed after a Mediterranean style villa. Attention to detail and quality of construction is unrivaled in this live/work estate. Two-story great room with comfortable indoor-outdoor flow. Master suite has fireplace, dressing area and walk-in closet. Yard includes shade structure, full bath, and Pebbletec pool. New Solar system providing energy for home and pool giving you maximum monthly savings. Offered at: $2,100,000


PAT KELLY (707) 321-6575 REALTOR® | DRE# 01472625 43



4 BD | 3 BA | 2,937 SQ FT | 0.46 ACRE Beautifully updated home nestled in the foothills. Formal living room features vaulted ceiling, custom-built fireplace, wet bar with lighted cabinet and seating, recessed lighting plus dual sliders that open to a relaxing deck with fabulous views. Kitchen has Corian counters, 4 burner gas cook top, double oven, SS refrigerator, decorative lights and breakfast bar. Spacious dining room has high ceiling and lots of light. Elegantly remodeled master bath has his and her sinks and beautifully tiled shower. Lower level has family room with separate bedroom and private full bath. Amenities include multi-zone heat/AC, dual pane windows, copper plumbing, new R39 insulation and lots of storage space. Backyard oasis features lush drought tolerant, low maintenance landscaping, sparkling Pebble Tec solar heated pool, outdoor seating area and pergola, garden space, greenhouse and storage shed. Highly sought-after neighborhood with beautiful views, serene surroundings and walking trails to new Lake Silveira Park. Offered at: $1,900,000


JEANNIE FRANGOS (408) 506-5999 REALTOR® | DRE #01907033 45

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