Walkabout: Sonoma edition, includes helicopter pad

Those of you that have read our little blog about San Francisco real estate for a while know we’ve been known to get Wanderlust from time to time and are forced to go walkabout. Today we head to Sonoma where $5,895,000 buys you one helluva sweet (green?) house at 2000 Hot Springs Rd. in the town of Cloverdale, CA.

It wasn’t the pictures that caught our eye (although they’re nice).

It was the description:

Dramatic 332 acre estate property of rolling oak-studded hills overlooking Lake Sonoma w/ 360 degree panoramas all the way to Mt. St. Helena. Eleven thousand (11,000) square foot modern residence designed by apprentice to Mies Van der Rohe with 6 bedrooms & rooms of great scale…green energy property with carbon negative footprint… an entertainer’s paradise, features swimming pool, terrace, 1700 bottle wine cellar, helicopter pad and 12 horse stable…easy access to wineries, fine dining and exceptional outdoor recreation.

We’d take it, but we wouldn’t have enough cash left to buy the helicopter to go with the pad, so we’ll have to pass. Nice pad though.

2000 Hot Springs Rd. [listing detail]

One big ass MLS

San Francisco Association of Realtors members now have access to active listing and off-market data for the following counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, El Dorado, Lake, Los Angeles, Marin, Mendocino, portions of Merced, Napa, Orange, Placer, Riverside, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Francisco, San Joaquin, portions of San Mateo, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus, Ventura and Yolo. Oh the fun to be had….

Information below provided by Damion Matthews via PR Web

“California MLS Organizations Form New Mega-Data Sharing Group

New MLSAlliance™ Provides Single Search Platform to State’s MLS Listings

Boca Raton, FL. (PRWEB) July 31, 2007 – In an unprecedented cooperative effort, 10 Multiple Listing Service (MLS) organizations in California have signed a joint data sharing agreement forming the California MLSAlliance™, a new MLS gateway providing agents and brokers with a single source for accessing real estate information throughout California.

The new California MLSAlliance system was launched today and is now available to more than 150,000 brokers and agents, providing access to over 2.5 million active listings and off-market properties combined from 10 MLSs into one system. The system was developed and is managed by real estate technology provider eNeighborhoods, a division of Dominion Enterprises.

California is a prime example of today’s real estate market. Brokers and agents conduct business throughout the state, often across the traditional MLS boundaries. With the new MLSAlliance system, brokers and agents who belong to one of the 45 local real estate associations serviced by the 10 participating MLSs can now search one system to find listings spanning across the state. The joint data access agreement between the MLSs extends a blanket offer of compensation and cooperation to all authorized users of the California MLSAlliance.

Our Bay Area Waters Just Got Sharkier

“The days of buying property with little to no information are over.”

Alameda, Contra Costa, Santa Clara, San Mateo, Napa, Marin, Solano, Santa Cruz, & Sonoma
San Francisco has already been blessed with their presence, and we’re continually asked to do what we do in other parts of the Bay Area, so we thought we’d put this up there for all you “out of towners”.
If you’d like to see a little sample of what they do for us, click here.
To look up a property in any county:
Contra Costa
San Mateo
Santa Clara
Santa Cruz
To browse the Bay Area foreclosure listings, go to:

Have fun! Of course this guy might be a little more nervous than most.