Monthly Archives: September 2011

October Events in Placerville, El Dorado County, Sacramento and Surrounding Areas

The fall season is now upon us and I would like to share some very exciting upcoming events that are scheduled in and around Placerville, El Dorado County and the surrounding Northern California Counties in the month of October. Beginning September 30 and continuing through October 2 the Sportsman Outdoor Expo will be held at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds  in Placerville CA. The Women of Faith conference will be held at the Power Balance Pavilion (formerly Arco Arena) from October 14-15. You also do not want to miss the 1st annual Sacramento Aloha Festival being held at the Cal Expo on October 22. The Power Balance Pavilion will also host the Disney on Ice skating spectacular from October 26-30. Some of the later events for October are the Winterfaire Craft Show at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley from October 22 through October 23 and the Fallfest which is held on the streets of Historic Folsom on October 29th from 10am until 4pm.  

There are a number of safe and fun alternatives for Halloween and here is a list of some special events that we found to be popular for all ages. The Hands of Hope Haunted House being held at the Town Center in El Dorado Hills from October 10th through October 13th. The Halloween Spooktacular also being held at the Town Center in El Dorado Hills on October 31. There is also Night of 1000 Pumpkins being held on Historic Sutter Street on October 28th, Halloween in the Park in Coloma on Saturday October 29, Halloween at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley, and the Trick or Treat on Main Street in Placerville on October 31 from 4pm until 6 pm.  For more information click on this link for a detailed list of events – October events flyer

Compliments of the Placerville Real Estate Guy


What’s the Value of a Community – It’s Priceless!

When it comes to Real Estate it seems that we often focus our attention on numbers and statistics because in so many ways they become the method we use to determine the health and strength of a particular local Real Estate market. We use price, square footage, bedroom and bathroom totals, pricing on various amenities, distance to public facilities, lot size and a host of other “numerical” configurations to determine the value of Real Estate. These are still good factors to consider and remain the benchmark for setting value on land and homes. These values become the statistics that we use over the course of time and result in what we most often see as a positive increase in equity and at times a decrease in equity. In so many ways Real Estate can be controlled by numbers but I think there is more to it than that.

We have faced a significant loss of equity in our homes these past several years and our economy and job stability has taken a significant hit as well. The results from this decline has caused a number of things to get lost in our dialogue and in our consideration of what “true value” really is when it comes to Real Estate. Some say that we have a long way to go before we fully recover and although that may be true on some points, I question that continued negativity. I think that we have been given a second chance to see what makes this country a great place to live and why value is just not always in the statistics. Everything is not lost and there remains a strong foundation to what makes us who we are.

One of the things that really struck me last week was that I think we have forgotten the value of community. Let me share a little story. I along with my wife attended a local football game at Union Mine High School who hosted the Ponderosa Bruins. We had no other reason to be there except we just wanted to support our local Union Mine High School football team. We are fairly new to the community and decided it was time to get out of our comfort zone and cheer on our local team. It was a great experience and I have to say that the student body was well behaved, courteous and showed great character. The game was very enjoyable and we walked away very glad that we had attended. I even wrote the principal (Mr. DeVille) to let him know he should be very proud of the student, athletes, coaches and staff. Mr. DeVille was kind enough to respond to my e-mail with appreciation that it was noticed. I share this story because it is just one example of what a community offers that you just can’t put a price tag on. It’s easy to focus on the negative news, but why not take some time and recognize that we all have neighbors, friends, students, teachers, public service personnel and a host of others that make living in this community a genuine treasure.

So to the students of Union Mine High School; from the marching band to the players on the field, I believe that you helped one person see that this little piece of our community is truly priceless! With this in mind let’s not lose sight that although statistics and numbers will continue to be our benchmarks for valuing our properties, there are other factors that make living here a benefit that we just might not be able to put a price tag on.

Written by:
Mike Southwick
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Apple Hill in Camino – Where Everything Comes Up Apples

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If you are looking for some fun in the Sierra Foothills then you need to visit Apple Hill in Camino, CA anytime from Labor Day on through November. This year’s festivities have kicked off and you just don’t want to miss out. Bring the whole family for a day of fun and be sure to visit all of the various farms and orchards. There is food and fun for all (even fishing where you are guaranteed to catch something) and the weather is just perfect! I have attached a few pictures for you to view. Be sure to check out the Apple Hill Maps, (Map – West Side of Apple Hill and Map – East Side of Apple Hill) so that you can plan your day ahead of time or visit the Apple Hill Web site for a schedule of events – Events calendar.