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Two West Sonoma County Properties Get Conservation Label

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Nearly 700 acres in West Sonoma County are getting the conservation treatment. Sonoma County Ag + Open Space has announced they are conserving the entirety of the 489-acre Denner Ranch and 187 acres of the neighboring Lafranchi property. This will increase the possibilities for restoration work within the historical footprint of the Laguna de Santa Rosa – one of the most critical watersheds in the county. Denner Ranch was officially conserved on November 9th, while the Lafranchi project will go before the Ag + Open Space Board of Directors on December 5th. In total, the purchase of these two conservation easements will be $15.9 million.

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Housing, grocery store among proposals in play as Santa Rosa council seeks to transform 2 downtown parking sites

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After months of staff work, the Santa Rosa City Council is set to advance a pair of potential deals with developers that could transform two prominent city-owned downtown properties into housing.

The city seeks to redevelop the parking garage on Third Street just east of Old Courthouse Square and the former White House department store site on Third and E streets, which has been a parking lot for decades.

In doing so, the council faces hefty opposition from business and property owners over plans for the Third Street garage, which merchants and office tenants say they rely on — pressure that underscores the tension between meeting the expectations of longtime businesses and the acute need for more housing.

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George Lucas sues to secure San Anselmo parcel ownership

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“Star Wars” director George Lucas has a net worth in the billions of dollars, but a recent court filing demonstrates that the movie mogul still keeps a close watch over even his smallest real estate holdings.

Lucas has filed a complaint in Marin County Superior Court to ensure that ownership of a strip of land that he has been using as a driveway to one of his many San Anselmo properties isn’t claimed by the heirs of several of his deceased neighbors.

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Iconic Raford Inn, pinot noir vineyards up for sale in Healdsburg

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Visitors to The Raford Inn in Healdsburg know the six-room hotel for its stunning views, homemade breakfast and wine experiences that its two owners have cultivated for nearly 19 years.

But owner Rita Wells is ready to retire and has put the bed-and-breakfast up for sale.

Wells and her late husband, Dane Pitcher, purchased the property in 2004. She was working as a dental hygienist at the time, and Pitcher worked with the city of Santa Rosa.

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Santa Rosa approves new limits on vacation rentals but existing operators largely protected

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Santa Rosa will limit the number of short-term rentals an operator can own but existing operators with more than one property will be allowed to remain in business under prior rules.

The carve-out should appease the roughly two dozen operators who own more than one rental and would be affected by the rule change. Some had threatened legal action if the council imposed regulations that would force them to stop operating.

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House sells in Santa Rosa for $708,000

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A house located at 427 Alderbrook Drive in Santa Rosa has a new owner. The 1,617-square-foot property, built in 1945, was sold on April 24, 2023. The $708,000 purchase price works out to $438 per square foot. The property features three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a garage as well as one parking space. The unit sits on a 6,969-square-foot lot.

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1-bedroom house with pool sells for $480,000 in Santa Rosa

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A spacious house located at 470 Millbrae Avenue in Santa Rosa has a new owner. The 7,705-square-foot property, built in 1946, was sold on Feb. 24, 2023, for $480,000, or $62 per square foot. The property features one bedroom, one bath, a detached garage, and two parking spaces. It sits on a 3.5-acre lot, which also has a pool.

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Planned for two decades, construction begins on Cannery housing project in Santa Rosa

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After more than two decades in the making and several setbacks, construction on the long-awaited Cannery project near Santa Rosa’s Railroad Square has finally started.

The project, being developed by San Francisco-based the John Stewart Company, will transform the more than century-old former fruit-packing site on West Third Street, just west of the SMART station, into 129 affordable apartments.

Work on the 2-acre property began Oct. 31 and building is expected to start in the summer.

The Cannery project is one of the largest planned or underway developments in Santa Rosa and, along with the 5.4-acre former rail yard adjacent to it, it represents the largest such site in downtown. The rail yard property, previously owned by SMART, was sold in 2018 to Petaluma-based Cornerstone Properties, which plans to build up to 500 apartments.

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Sonoma County Selects Village Partners As Top Bidder For Chanate Road Property

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Santa Rosa, CA – October 14, 2020 – The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors today voted to select Village Partners, LLC as the high bidder to purchase the 71-acre Chanate Campus property, the former home of Sutter Hospital, for nearly $7.8 million.

“I’m thrilled that the board is moving forward with this bid by Village Partners,” said Susan Gorin, Chair of the Board of Supervisors. “We believe that we have secured the best deal possible for Sonoma County taxpayers, and while our Board is only approving a land sale and not the development, we do hope to see this property used to address Sonoma County’s housing shortage.”

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Sonoma County poised to sell troubled Chanate Road campus after legal battle, other delays

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A guard with Securitas checks on the old entrance to Community Hospital on Chanate Road, Monday, Oct. 12, 2020 in Santa Rosa. (Kent Porter / The Press Democrat) 2020

More than five years after first proposing the sale and development of more than 70 acres of prime, infill land in northeast Santa Rosa, Sonoma County appears poised to advance a sale of public land that could kickstart housing development long-envisioned for the area.

County supervisors on Tuesday afternoon will weigh seven offers, ranging from $5,000 to $7.8 million, for all or parts of the 72-acre Chanate Road property, site of the former county hospital and present offices for health agencies, the county morgue and some nonprofits.

Village Partners Investments, a Newport Beach-based development group, is the favored buyer and top bidder, putting forward an offer of $7,795,000, nearly $1.5 million more than the second leading bidder. But the top bid is still far less than what the county was prepared to accept four years ago, before local developer Bill Gallaher’s original $12.5 million purchase deal was derailed by a neighbor-led lawsuit.

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