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Smiling M Ranch, Paso Robles

A farmhouse, silos, and 711 +/- acres in Paso Robles wine country – welcome to the Smiling M Ranch. Situated on the Union Road Wine Trail and surrounded by vineyards and agricultural land, the ranch offers gated privacy, minutes from town. The property is improved with a 3,600 +/- sq. ft. farmhouse with an expansive deck to entertain or relax and enjoy vineyard and country views. Additional improvements include a manager’s home, two wells, a garage and storage buildings, corrals, a well-developed livestock watering system, apple orchard and a beautiful pond. Approximately 562.5 acres are estimated to be suitable for dry farming and the entire acreage, exclusive of the home site, is fenced for grazing. The ranch features multiple city and vineyard view building sites, abundant wildlife and astounding vistas. Easily accessed by the Paso Robles airport and paved roads, this is a one-of-a-kind opportunity with many possibilities. Priced at $4,750,000

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Sold!! 4675 Our Place, Paso Robles 

After just a few days on the market this home sold.  I can’t wait to see what to new homeowner has in store for this home on 2 acres!!  

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48750 Sapaque Valley Road, Bradley

If you have been looking for a peaceful getaway or hunting retreat, this is a must see! 

Property Highlights:

  • 198+/- acres featuring rolling terrain and oak studded fields
  • Main Residence featuring rustic rough-cut timber beams and wood finish 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms
  • Guest residence- “barn style” 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms
  • 6 stall horse barn with attached shop and equipment storage
  • 2 wells that provide water for both livestock and domestic purposes

This is a sportsmen’s paradise and/or a game preserve. Dove, quail, turkey, deer and wild boar roam the property. Close to two of the largest freshwater recreational reservoirs upon the Central Coast; San Antonio and Lake Nacimiento. There is a shopping center with a modern food market, pizza place and a gas station along Nacimiento Lake Drive at Heritage Ranch. There is also hunting and fishing on Camp Roberts Military Reservation, as well as public access to Fort Hunter Liggett Military Reservation.  

Priced at $1,699,000

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Welcome 2017!

After my holiday hiatus, I am ready to get back to the grind and make it a great year!

Interest rates went up after the elections and, now that everyone is back to work, they have dropped today. Good news for home buyers and sellers alike! If you are thinking about buying or selling Wade Taylor and I would be happy to help you!  We recently partnered with Tom Martinus in Southern Monterey County, so if you are looking for land in Lockwood, Bradley or King City… he’s very knowledgable!

Don’t forget about the Homes for Heroes Program!  Check out to see if you qualify and select Alicia DiGrazia as your agent! 🙂

Below are some of our recent sales:

309 Sequoia Street, Morro Bay- An amazing repeat client, fulfilled her dream of owning a beach home last month and purchased a very nice Condo with this amazing view and walking distance to the beach!  Sold for $409,000

7575 Monterey Road, Paso Robles- Another great cleint sold his ranchette yesterday.  He was able to get a great price and the buyers are happy with all of the great improvements he added to the property during his ownership.  Sold for $575,000

Bradley Lockwood Road- 40 private acres in beautiful Lockwood, gently rolling terrain, beautiful oak trees, well installed, power close by.  Sold for $285,000.

309 Sequoia Street, Morro Bay
7575 Monterey Road, Paso Robles
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40 Acres on Bradley Lockwood Road, Lockwood
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7575 Monterey Road, Paso Robles Open 9/20/16 9:30-11:00am

I will be sitting at this home today, come by if you can!  If you want to see the house but can’t make it this morning, just let me know and we can set a time that works for you!

Priced at $550,000

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You may qualify for a rebate of up to $3,850 by using a Homes for Heroes Realtor if you are law enforcement, a medical professional, educator, fire fighter, EMS or military (active, reserves or veteran). No additional paperwork necessary! Call, message or email and mention Homes for heroes!

For every home purchased through a Homes for Heroes Realtor, a % of the purchased is put towards assisting veterans and military families around the country with housing.

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Home improvements with the lowest return


Home Upgrades with the Lowest ROI

By: Lisa Kaplan Gordon

File these six upgrades under wish fulfillment, not value investment.

Life is a balancing act, and upgrading your home is no different. Some upgrades, like a kitchen remodel or an additional bathroom, typically add value to your home. Others, like putting in a pool, provide little dollar return on your investment.

Of course, homeowning isn’t just about building wealth; it’s also about living well and making memories — even if that means outclassing your neighborhood or turning off future buyers. So if any of these six upgrades is something you can’t be dissuaded from, enjoy! We won’t judge. But go in with your eyes wide open. Here’s why: 

1. Outdoor Kitchen

The fantasy: You’re the man — grilling steaks, blending margaritas, and washing highball glasses without ever leaving your pimped-out patio kitchen.

The reality: For what it costs — on average $12,000 to $15,000 — are you really gonna use it? Despite our penchant for eating alfresco, families spend most leisure time in front of some screen and almost no leisure time outdoors, no matter how much they spend on amenities, according to UCLA’s “Life At Home” study. And the National Association of Home Builders’ 2013 “What Home Buyers Really Want” report says 35% of mid-range buyers don’t want an outdoor kitchen.

The bottom-line: Instead, buy a tricked out gas grill, which will do just fine when you need to char something. If you’re dying for an outdoor upgrade, install exterior lighting — only 1% of buyers don’t want that.

2. In-Ground Swimming Pool

The fantasy: Floating aimlessly, sipping umbrella drinks, staying cool in the dog days of summer.

The reality: Pools are money pits that you’ll spend $17,000 to $45,000+ to install (concrete), and thousands more to insure, secure, and maintain. Plus, you won’t use them as much as you think, and when you’re ready to sell, buyers will call your pool a maintenance pain.

The bottom-line: If your idea of making it includes a backyard swimming pool, go for it. But, get real about:

  • How many days per year you’ll actually swim.
  • How much your energy bills will climb to heat the water ($760 to $1,845 depending on location and temperature).
  • What you’ll pay to clean and chemically treat the pool ($20 to $100 per month in-season if you do it yourself; $75 to $165 per month for a pool service).
  • The fact that you’ll likely need to invest in a pool fence. In fact, some insurance carriers require it.

Related: Natural Swimming Pools: 9 Myths Busted

3. In-Ground Spa

The fantasy: Soothing aching muscles and sipping chardonnay with friends while being surrounded by warm water and bubbles.

The reality: In-ground spas are nearly as expensive ($15,000 to $20,000) as pools and cost about $1 a day for electricity and chemicals. You’ll have to buy a cover ($50 to $400) to keep children, pets, and leaves out. And, like in-ground pools, in-ground spas’ ROI depends solely on how much the next homeowner wants one.

The bottom-line: Unless you have a chronic condition that requires hydrotherapy, you probably won’t use your spa as much as you imagine. A portable hot tub will give you the same benefits for as little as $1,000 to $2,500, and you can take it with you when you move.

4. Elevator

Your fantasy: No more climbing stairs for you or for your parents when they move in.

The reality: Elevators top the list of features buyers don’t want in the NAHB “What Buyers Really Want” report. They cost upwards of $25,000 to install, which requires sawing through floors, laying concrete, and crafting high-precision framing. And, at sales time, elevators can turn off some families, especially those with little kids who love to push buttons.

The bottom-line: If you truly need help climbing stairs, you can install a chair lift on a rail system ($1,000 to $5,000). Best feature: It can be removed.

5. Backup Power Generator

Your fantasy: The power in your area goes kaput, but not for you. You were smart enough to install a backup power generator. While the neighbors eat cold hot dogs by a flashlight beam, you’re poaching salmon in your oven and pumping out Red Hot Chili Peppers tunes.

The reality: Power outages may seem to go on forever, but they don’t. Fifty dollars worth of batteries can power portable lights, radios, and TVs; a car adaptor will charge your cell phones and iPods; and some dry ice will keep freezer food cold for at least a couple of days.

The bottom-line: If you live in areas where power shortages are the rule, not the exception, spend the money for reliable backup power: Your still-frozen steaks, home office fax, and refrigerated medicine will thank you. But if the power goes out rarely, then installing a standby generator is overkill.

6. New Windows

The fantasy: Brand new windows that don’t stick, and slash energy bills.

The reality: A $15,000 vinyl window replacement project will return about 80% of your investment at resale, according to the “2015 Remodeling Impact Report” from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®. And if they’re Energy Star-qualified, they can save you around $300 in energy bills per year.  So, plan to live in your house about another 10 years to recoup the cost of new windows.

The bottom-line: We get it — new windows are sturdy, pretty energy savers. But unless old window frames are thoroughly rotten, most windows can be repaired for a fraction of replacement costs. And if you spend about $1,000 to update insulation, caulking, and weather-stripping, you’ll save 10% to 20% on your energy bill.


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3787 Squirrel Place

Enjoy stunning views from this manufactured home on 10.5 acres in Rural Creston, just a short distance to either Paso Robles or Atascadero.   Rent out the house or live in it while you build your dream estate.   If you are looking at lots, this is perfect as the well, septic and power are already to the home reducing expenses!

Price $250,000

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