CA Wine Country

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Construction is now underway on the new ferry terminal at Treasure Island, which is set to provide residents of neighboring Yerba Buena Island with commuter service to and from Downtown San Francisco. The San Francisco Chronicle recently reported “the ferry is a critical element of the transportation plan the city and county officials are continuously refining.” The new terminal adds to the appeal of Yerba Buena Island, the new San Francisco residential community located on a naturally formed island in the heart of the Bay. 

“The start of the ferry terminal marks a major milestone in the story of Yerba Buena Island,” explains Andy Ardila, Managing Director of The Agency Development Group, which represents marketing and sales of the residential


Our picks of places to go and things to do to make the most of your month in and around Northern California.

SF CELEBRATES FLEET WEEK - From ship tours to air shows, this popular Bay Area tradition has something for everyone. Taking place October 6-14 around San Francisco, must-see events include the air show, which rockets over the Bay October 11-13 (for guaranteed views, book VIP tents on Marina Green) and the Parade of Ships on October 11.  

GET THE BLUES HERE - Now an iconic city event—after all, it is free—the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in Golden Gate Park will run October 4-6 and feature performances from top acts like Tanya Tucker, The Waterboys and Joan Osborne. 

GET CRAFTY HERE - The Danville FallFest is full of fun for the whole fam—cruise

From the rarefied hilltops of Bel Air to the oak tree-shaded valleys of Northern California, these seven estates were envisioned for the ultimate wine aficionados, whether accommodating an extensive collection or a private vineyard for the aspiring winemaker. 

STELLA NOVA | BEL AIR

Called Stella Nova, this 30-acre development opportunity perched on a hilltop in Bel Air boasts unobstructed panoramic views that encompass the Pacific, Downtown L.A. and the San Gabriel Mountain range. While a buyer could put their own spin on the development, the planned estate is bursting with exquisite amenities—and at the top of the list is an on-site private-label vineyard, which allows the owner to put their own stamp (literally) on the super local harvest.


Northern California’s temperate weather provides a comfortable spectrum of seasons, and the crisp, early days of autumn are a true delight. Here, we highlight eight places in and around Northern California that capture this colorful time of year. 

Napa Valley - Get a hands-on harvest experience this fall at Napa Valley’s numerous seasonal celebrations. Through October, many local wineries offer grape stomping events, harvest parties and special fêtes to honor new wine releases. Autumn is also an ideal time to bike ride through the vineyards or play a round of gold amidst the change leaves. 

Highway 395 - Hop onto scenic Highway 395 out to Mono County, located about 250 miles east of San Francisco. While the route itself is popular for its unique detours


Keeping our lives and homes organized is truly a never-ending challenge—but there are ways to make the task slightly less daunting. In addition to providing a sense of calm, an uncluttered space lets your home’s interesting design features shine and architectural elements breathe. Here, we spotlight five tips to maintain a tidy home (and a peaceful mind) from leading authors, life coaches and organization gurus.  

SET GOALS, MAKE A PLAN - Start with specific goals—this will help you create a plan, which will reduce frustration as the process picks up. Trying to make a map of all the rooms in your home and marking “clutter hot spots” you want to address. Assign each space a grade based on the severity of the clutter (for example, have a scale from 1 to

Feeling at home also means feeling at peace, and these four residences have been thoughtfully designed—some using the ancient energy-focused Chinese art of placement, Feng Shui—to maximize good vibes and positive energy. 

720 Griffith Way, Laguna Beach

Built in the 1940s, this pair of beach cottages boasts an eclectic mix of retro-chic style and breezy, new-age serenity. Crystal chimes are hung prominently in the living room, and an amphitheater yard is the perfect setting for relaxing outdoor movies or transporting musical jam sessions. Represented by Michael Caruso and Phillip Caruso, these quaint, beachy abodes will capture the heart of today’s bohemian-spirited nature-lovers. 

Oakview, Montecito

Represented by Eric Haskell,


Though summer is winding down and the kids are heading back to school, there are still plenty of opportunities for grown-ups to savor the season. From full moon sailing trips to scenic day or weekend getaways, here are four of our favorite end-of-summer activities in and around Northern California. 

SAN FRANCISCO BAY HARVEST MOON SAILING TRIP - Make the huge Harvest Moon on Thursday, September 12 one to remember by booking a two-hour evening cruise on 80-foot sailboat, the Freda B. Board in Sausalito at 6pm. Sail around the most iconic parts of San Francisco Bay—think Alcatraz, the Marin Headlands, the Golden Gate Bridge and the Bay Bridge. If weather permits, you’ll catch the Harvest Moon and the glittering city skyline before heading home. 

APPLE HILL -


From the picturesque hills of Montecito to the pristine beaches of Punta Mita, here are seven of the poshest properties available for lease right now. 

1020 PALISADES BEACH ROAD - A comfortably contemporary home with an Old Hollywood pedigree, this six-bedroom, seven-bath estate was originally built in 1928 for silent film star Norma Talmadge and was a hangout for the industry elite. While it retains the style, materials, elegance and ambiance of Hollywood’s Golden Age, the home—represented by Santiago Arana—has been tastefully updated for today’s casual resort lifestyle. Plus, the entire home has been redesigned to maximize the sweeping views that span the entire Santa Monica Bay.

350 ORTEGA RIDGE ROAD - Experience Montecito living at its finest in

This recording studio is every artist’s dream. Set amidst 24 acres of pine and redwood groves in Northern California’s Humboldt county is Sonic Temple—a dreamy, lodge-like escape perfect for musicians seeking a quiet, naturally beautiful place to create their best art. 

“Sonic Temple is a modern, magical oasis that doubles as a world-class recording studio,” says The Agency’s Karine Aslanian, who represents the property. “The setting is incredibly peaceful and allows artists to unplug and get in touch with their creative side. And it’s just a short plane ride from San Francisco and L.A.” 

During the 1960s and 70s, it was de rigueur for artists to escape to a destination recording studio like Sonic Temple to make their next record. Places like


Our picks of places to go and things to do to make the most of your month in and around Northern California.

PROST HERE - Head to Pier 35 September 20-22 for Oktoberfest By The Bay, which promises a rousing medley of beer, dancing, food and music. In addition to Bavarian beers and traditional fare, headlining the stage will be the world renowned, 21-piece Chico Bavarian Band. 

GO GREEN HERE - The 9th Annual San Francisco Green Film Festival will take place September 24-29, and will spotlight more than 50 new environmental films from around the globe as well as guest speakers, expert panels and audience discussions on topics surrounding clean energy, green chemistry, food, housing, trash, water and art in the environment. The Festival kicks off with an