CA Wine Country

Found 17 blog entries about CA Wine Country.

 

Northern California’s best-kept secret is out. Ross, a bucolic, chaparral and live oak tree-filled enclave in Marin County, sits less than 20 miles from San Francisco and has emerged as one of the most sought-after neighborhoods among Silicon Valley professionals looking to put down roots in a naturally beautiful place that offers a reprieve from city life.

Situated near San Rafael and Mount Tamalpais, Ross is just 1.6 square miles, has less than 3,000 residents and offers a genuine small-town experience. Incorporated in 1908, landmark community events include an annual Town Dinner in the Ross Common and Fourth of July parade. Ross’s access to scenic hiking and biking trails makes it a popular year-round destination for cyclists and hikers. Find


With cool winters, warm summers, NorCal’s climate supports a range of crops, from almonds and walnuts to juicy plums, peaches, tomatoes and olives. It’s no wonder some of the nation’s most ground-breaking chefs have migrated to the Bay Area and Napa Valley? to set up shop and sample the local bounty. Here, find five popular markets and fairs that offer a range of locally sourced crops and handcrafted products—make sure to stop in to support their efforts the next time you’re in the area. 

FORT MASON CENTER FARMERS' MARKET - Hosted by the California Farmers’ Markets Association (CFMA), this weekly Sunday market takes place from 9:30am to 1:30pm at Fort Mason and typically includes 35 local growers and food purveyors. It’s the perfect place to find fresh

Estancia Santa Barbara is having quite a summer. The new enclave of 72 luxury residences and townhomes situated on Upper State Street is nearing completion, with a limited number of homes available. On July 27, Estancia unveiled its final homes during a festive Spanish soirée for homeowners, brokers and prospective buyers. In the week following the event, several of the residences sold, with only a select number of unique floor plans remaining.

“The summer sales momentum has been exciting, and it's a true testament to Santa Barbara—quality, community, and fun," says Hana Cha, Managing Director of The Agency Development Group, which represents marketing and sales at Estancia. “Estancia offers the perfect blend of traditional Santa Barbara style and

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

GET YOUR FESTIVAL FIX HERE - Now in its 12th year, this summer’s annual Outside Lands Music Festival will take place August 9-11 and spotlight Paul Simon, Childish Gambino and The Lumineers, among others. Always forward-thinking, the Golden Gate Park event will also offer TED-like D.A.V.E. talks (Discussions About Virtually Everything) and a curated cannabis experience in a special area called Grass Lands. 

EAT EVERYTHING HERE - Head to The Midway in SF’s Dogpatch neighborhood on August 24 for Eat Drink SF, where you can opt for the daytime session ($120, 12-3:30pm) or the evening soirée ($120, 7-10:30pm). Both feature food, wine, and spirits

On a warm summer afternoon, guests ascended the private, tree-lined drive to 848 Hot Springs Road in Montecito to celebrate the spectacular property’s market debut. Inspired by the legendary, 13th-century Alhambra palace in Granada, Spain and represented by The Agency’s Billy Rose, this nearly 12,000-square-foot, custom-built estate gracefully melds Old World architecture with Modernist details—think tall arches and detailed mosaics in Moorish, Spanish and Italianate style. This inimitable home was recently featured in The Wall Street Journal and Mansion Global. 

Built in 2014 by MG Partners in collaboration with the owner, commercial director Kinka Usher, the estate’s entrancing 2.5-acre grounds boast gorgeous views of the Santa Barbara coast as


With natural beauty at nearly every turn, living in this part of the state is all about getting outside. No matter what part of Northern California you’re in, these tips will help maximize your outdoor living and entertaining spaces, no matter what the season or occasion. 

Add Outdoor Furniture and Lights - A well-illuminated set of table and chairs can bring a back patio from passable to perfection. See what a difference it makes to the back deck of 3116 Fox Creek Drive—a refreshing new open-air space is created for dining, game nights or afternoon kick-backs.

Extend Indoor Space - Adding a wall of glass doors will make indoor-outdoor living a total breeze—and bring in plenty of natural light. This design element will help elevate any type of patio (stone,


From San Francisco’s FiDi neighborhood to the rolling hills of Healdsburg, these seven studios, clubs and trails are sure to get your muscles moving and heart rate pumping. 

FORT POINT BAKER BEACH TRAIL - Super scenic and good for all skill levels, the Fort Point-Baker Beach Coast Trail is a 3.9-mile out and back that meanders around the bluffs above Baker Beach and provides a stunning, photogenic view of the Golden Gate Bridge and the Marin Headlands. Trailhead is at the Fort Point National Historic Site and is accessible year-round. Bring the dogs—but keep them leashed. 

WHEEL HOUSE - Wheel House’s expansive 7,500-square-foot facility offers a cutting-edge combination of indoor cycling, yoga, TRX and core strength classes in multiple studios. Busy


The head of The Agency’s Marin office and Director of Luxury Estates, Tracy McLaughlin has been named one of the year’s Most Influential Women in Business by the San Francisco Business Journal. The publication’s annual edition celebrates the region’s business leaders in a range of industries including real estate, law, tech, finance, and health care. 

The Journal awarded the honor to Tracy at the Influential Women in Business awards ceremony, which took place at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square. A host of dynamic women were honored from industries spanning healthcare, finance, technology and medical research.  

Tracy joined The Agency’s Marin office in 2019 to spearhead operations at the brokerage’s third office in Northern California and to


Our picks of places to go and things to do to make the most of your month in and around San Francisco, the East Bay, and Wine Country.

SEE FIREWORKS HERE - In honor of Independence Day, one of San Francisco’s most popular attractions, Pier 39, will hold its one-of-kind waterfront Fourth of July Celebration, which promises 180-degree views of the Bay, plus live music and access to all of the pier’s world-famous eats. The day kicks off at 3pm with the yacht rock jams of Mustache Harbor on the Entrance Plaza Stage. Get an Alcatraz Escape cocktail at the Fog Harbor Fish House bar or order a tiny bucket of Trish’s Mini Donuts and a bag of salt water taffy from the Candy Baron—you’ll want to snack on something when the firework display launches around 9:30pm.  

Sophisticated and steeped in history, these six properties—from a turn-of-the-century, knoll-top home in Montecito to a colorful Hacienda-style retreat in La Paz—combine contemporary comforts with one-of-a-kind antique elements. When it comes to these estate, the past has never felt more alive.

7935 OCEANUS DRIVE | LOS ANGELES

Under a roof crafted with imported 400-year-old Spanish tile sits this sprawling home, created by internationally renowned Dalinger Designs. Perched on a nearly half-acre lot amidst the hills of L.A.’s Mount Olympus neighborhood, this sunny estate,represented by Farrah Brittany, Mauricio Umanksy and Eduardo Umansky, melds old-world details (think hand-hewn, wood-beamed ceilings and custom lighting fixtures) with