Wine Country Living! Make it your home!

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Dedicated to You! From high heels to hiking boots, Cynthia Palmer, Realtor, BRE# 01445659 with Vanguard Properties, is a lot City and a little bit Country representing buyers and sellers of fine homes, viticulture, agriculture and commercial property in San Francisco, Sonoma and Napa Wine Country. Connect with Cynthia to find out more about how to achieve success when buying or selling your home or property in the Bay Area.


2501 Mission St
San Francisco CA 94110

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CYNTHIA PALMER, REALTOR, BRE#01445659 | VANGUARD PROPERTIES | SAN FRANCISCO & WINE COUNTRY

CYNTHIA PALMER, REALTOR, BRE#01445659 | VANGUARD PROPERTIES | SAN FRANCISCO & WINE COUNTRY


How To! Drought Tolerant Gardens

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Installing a drought tolerant garden in your front or rear yard means you will be free from watering, contributing to water conservation and when done, your yard will likely be the envy of all of your neighbors. Drought tolerant landscaping uses natural features (berms, elevations, risers, mounds) and native plants to create interest.

The key item to establishing this landscape is to rent a piece of equipment called a Dingo (a piece of equipment that is like a mini Bobcat). This will help you establish your elevations and berms. Plot your garden on paper, so you know where your landscape will lie before beginning installation. 

1. Find your rocks - Locate your local quarry or rock supplier and determine which kind of rocks you will use for visual interest. The quarry will deliver and then it's up to your Dingo operator to position the rocks and soil. This can take a few days, so be patient as this is the base for your garden. Lay down flagstones for walk ways and watch as your garden matures and plants creep into the cracks. Rock-scaping will yield surprising results when integrating with your plants.

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2. Use a Landscaper - To install your drip system for those plants that require some water, and to install flagstone - it is suggested to use a landscaper. 

3. Choose your plants - Xeric (drought resistant) plants can be found at most nurseries. Think of heights and levels. Choose a few trees (serviceberry, dwarf conifers, a shade tree) and plant your flowering plants around them. Think of plants that bloom at different times of the year so you always have visual interest. Some plants may require some irrigation, so consider planting an "inferno strip" of plants that need zero water. Use a root stimulant to help establish the plants. With perennials, first they sleep and then they creep and leap, so give your garden time to fully bloom and integrate with the other plants before changing plants.

4. Some benefits - Remember xeric plants are desert plants. They can be planted in topsoil (not with compost), and don't need feeding so you can skip the expensive compost or organic mulch. Use gravel and don't use weed fabric. In affect, you will be saving money installing this landscape with out the need for amendments.

5. Some favorite drought tolerant plant varieties.

Inferno Strip:

  • Fernbush
  • Rabbit Brush
  • Apache Plume
  • Penstemons
  • Mirabilis
  • Sulphyr Buckwheat
  • Woolly Speedwell
  • Prairie Clover
  • Globe Mallow
  • Salvia azurea
  • Liatris
  • Poppy seeds
  • Scutterlaria
  • Blackfoot Daisy
  • Salvia Ultra Violet

Drought Tolerant:

  • Creeping Grey Germander
  • Hummingbird Mint - Attracts hummingbirds
  • Salvia
  • May Night
  • Cardonna
  • Walker's Low Catmint
  • Ice Plant
  • Veronicas groundcover (ots of color)
  • Penstemon
  • Dwarf Iris
  • Western Sundancer Daisy
  • Thrift-leaf Perky Sue
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Here are local Bay Area nurseries that grow drought tolerant plants. They are sure to help you determine which plants will meet your landscape design requirements for height, space, water and visual interest.

Dedicated to You! From high heels to hiking boots, Cynthia Palmer, Realtor, BRE# 01445659 with Vanguard Properties, is a lot city and a little bit country representing buyers and sellers of fine homes, viticulture, agriculture and commercial property in San Francisco, Sonoma and Napa Wine Country. Connect with Cynthia to find out more about how to achieve success when buying or selling your home or property in the Bay Area.

COLOR OF THE YEAR FOR 2017

Thinking of painting your walls with the latest trendy color choices? This year Pantone’s Color of the Year is “Greenery”, a color that will revitalize, refresh and rejuvenate. Used with other shades, it becomes a grounded neutral with vibrancy and brightness like fresh foliage. Use it as an accent color, with other neutrals or in accessories, throw pillows or a plant to re-connect with nature in your interior environment.

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Color schemes that pair with Greenery:

FATHOMLESS:

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DEEP ROOTED:

CALM IT DOWN:

Use an eggshell base coat to match the true color of the paint swatch and paint test patches to view your wall color in different lights during the day and evening. Gray, white and beige are still popular paint colors, though shades of green are now gracing the interiors of San Francisco Homes.

For more visit: www.pantone.com/color-of-the-year-2017 (Images Courtesy Pantone.com)

Dedicated to You! From high heels to hiking boots, Cynthia Palmer, Realtor, BRE# 01445659 with Vanguard Properties, is a lot city and a little bit country representing buyers and sellers of fine homes, viticulture, agriculture and commercial property in San Francisco, Sonoma and Napa Wine Country. Connect with Cynthia to find out more about how to achieve success when buying or selling your home or property in the Bay Area.

Favorite SF Design and Furniture Stores

Almond Harzog - Lounge Chair by Richard Arthschwager

Almond Harzog - Lounge Chair by Richard Arthschwager

Having been a ranch & winery owner and homeowner several times over, I've grown to love unique design and furniture. Curating pieces that are regional and hand-made, or one of a kind, make your home design your own.

Here are 5 local, cool SF design and furniture boutiques where you will find that special piece.

1. Propeller Modern - Hayes Valley

Featuring furniture and accessories by local, emerging and other North American independent designers, their staff offers plenty of design knowledge, will let you know about each piece and are poised to help!

55 Hayes Street 415-701-7767 Website


2. Almond Hartzog - Bernal Heights

Here's well you can find collectible 20th century furniture and art. Seating, lighting, tables, accessories from the world over. 

111 Rhode Island Street 415-355-1200 Website


3. Dogfork Lamp Arts

From custom design & fabrication to antique lighting restoration, conversions, lamp repair and every type of wiring; the team at Dogfork are craftsmen and designers who provide opinions, fabricate, solve problems and meet all your lighting needs. Have an old something you want turned into a lamp? Drop by the warehouse to witness an ever-changing selection of fixtures, lamps and one-of-a-kind Dogfork designs. 

1000 Quesada Avenue 415-431-6727 Website


4. Heath Ceramics - Mission District

Check out their retail space in the Mission District. The gallery space and retail showroom with newsstand, viewing court, and Tartine for coffee, lunch and snacks is part of their factory where Heath tile is produced. Purchase dinnerware, tableware, tile and tabletop design items. 

2900 18th Street 415-361-5552 Website


5. Industrious Life - Dogpatch

Carefully curated furniture, both vintage and modern, accessories and lighting are featured by Industrious Life whose motto is "Thoughtful design for inspired living" and showcase, handmade minimalist designs. Where art and industry intersect.

1095 Tennessee Street 415-349-3479 Website

There are plenty more places to shop to bring Modern American Glamour to your home, like the Jonathan Adler Boutique on Fillmore Street in Pacific Heights or Z Gallerie on Union Street in Cow Hollow. Connect with me for more referrals.

Cynthia Palmer, Realtor with Vanguard Properties, is a lot city and a little bit country representing buyers and sellers of fine homes in San Francisco, Sonoma and Napa Wine Country. Connect with Cynthia to find out more about how to achieve success when buying or selling your home in the Bay Area.


SAN FRANCISCO MARKET UPDATE JULY 2017

Year-to-date performance has been stronger in 2017, as compared to last year. The overall transaction volume is up by 9% to approximately $3.7B, as compared to $3.4B during the same period in 2016. The overall median sale price has risen 4% year-todate, coming in at $1.25MM. The median market time is now measuring at 19 days, as compared to 24 days last year. Sub markets performing particularly well include single family homes in MLS District 5. This category which includes neighborhoods such as Glen Park, Noe Valley, Castro and Cole Valley saw the year-to-date median increase 15% to $2.4MM.

The average 30-year fixed mortgage rate is also faring better, with the latest reading coming in at 3.9%, as compared to 4.15% in January of this year. Inventory levels remain low, measuring at about a 1-month supply, much less than the 6-month level widely regarded as the equilibrium. It is expected to be an active summer selling season, with already over 100 properties going into pending or contingent status since July 1st.

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Cynthia Palmer, Realtor, is a lot city and a little bit country representing buyers and sellers of fine homes in San Francisco, Sonoma and Napa Wine Country. Connect with Cynthia to find out more about how to achieve success when buying or selling your home in the Bay Area.