Live Like a Local by The Joel Toller Team

The Joel Toller Team

The Joel Toller Team

Spring, 2018

Hello, friends --

As the temperatures heat up in Napa Valley, so does the real estate market.  Our team has recently launched, or is in the processing of launching, several new listings!  The properties range in price from $1.5 - $4.5 Million -- a great mix of in-town and country offerings, some with vineyards.  Take a look at a few of the latest listings below. Please let me know if you would like to be alerted as soon as our listings hit the market and I will sign you up for an automatic email notice.

We are thrilled to announce that Erin Bright Russell is working with our team.  Erin was born in Napa on a ranch in the southeast part of the County, where her family continues to grow wine grapes for several highly-regarded wine brands.  She brings a great love and knowledge of Napa Valley, a community-minded spirit, and extensive real estate expertise to help our clients.

If you are thinking about putting your home on the market, I always encourage sellers to improve the curb appeal and refresh the interior.  Our team offers an initial complimentary "Home Refresh"  consultation when we list your home.  You will find our Top Twelve Home StagingTips below.

Coldwell Banker recently announced the recipients of their annual awards for 2017.  I'm proud to say that I am again in the top 1% of Coldwell Banker agents worldwide.

As always, I appreciate your friendship and your business. Please feel free to contact me at any time to discuss your real estate needs.






Real Estate Roundup

 Enchanted Farmhouse

710 McCorkle Avenue, St. Helena

This 1912 farmhouse has been completely updated and is ready to win your heart! It is close to all downtown St. Helena has to offer, yet is on a quiet cul-de-sac among beautiful and historic properties and next to vineyards. Sited on a .175 acre lot, this 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath house is approximately 2,601 sq.ft.


Favorite West Side Neighborhood

1830 Quail Court, St. Helena

Welcome to one of St. Helena’s favorite neighborhoods. This desirable, 2,517 sq. ft., contemporary home with 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms is located on a quiet west side cul-de-sac.  Just blocks from downtown, this property is proximate to shopping, world-class restaurants and wineries, excellent parks, and highly-rated schools.

Real Estate Roundup
Home Staging Tips

Here are some great ideas from top designers on how to stage your home with your own furniture and a few key accessories.

  1. Make your bed a sanctuary. “The key to making it feel luxurious and hotel-like is simple when using crisp white linens and plump bedding and pillows. Plump, fresh white bedding is easy to find at most major home goods stores (can be a bed in a bag or a comforter and duvet and crisp sheets) and then simply layering in two or three of the same accent pillows in front, which is easy to change seasonally.” ― Karen Otto, chief staging officer at HomeStar Staging

  2. Scent matters. “Splurge on a great scented candle. This isn’t where you can go cheap ― scent is everything. Done right, they make a room feel warm and inviting.” ― Joni Rentz, co-founder and design director of StylHaus

  3. Mirrors make a difference. “Brighten and amplify the light in a room with mirrors on walls opposing light sources. I love mirrors because they double the visual square footage of any room. Hang a series of three or four mirrors opposite a window to reflect the incoming light as well as the view.” ― Cheryl Eisen, founder and CEO of Interior Marketing Group

  4. Don’t forget the lights. “Lighting ― table lamps, chandeliers, etc. ― brings a lot of style into a room! Go BIG vs. smaller table lamps!” ―Kathy Burke, founder of Sensational Home Staging

  5. Think about texture. “Layer and mix textures to create visual interest. For instance, add textured pillows and a fur throw to create an inviting sofa.” ― Rentz

  6. Go big with your art. “Bigger is better when it comes to art. Large canvases add a statement to any room and can even make wall space appear larger.” ― Eisen

  7. Drapes can create an illusion of height. “Create the illusion of higher ceilings with simple floor-ceiling drapes. Plain, white sheers can go a long way on a budget, but make sure they’re hung properly. Drapes should start all the way at the ceiling and just kiss the floor.” ― Eisen

  8. Don’t overlook bathrooms. “Add beautifully folded fluffy white towels, eucalyptus, a chunky bar of soap and a few, well chosen, decorative items to create a spa atmosphere.” ― Rentz

  9. Less is more. “De-clutter and de-stress. Too many items on coffee tables, pillows on chairs and art pieces on walls make a space feel cramped. Stick to a few statement pieces and oversize art to give your room a clean, modern look.” ― Eisen

  10. Consider color. “To add new life to your seating areas, use some new throw pillows in colors that complement the art or wall decor on nearby walls.” ― Bray

  11. Paint and repaint. “A fresh coat of paint is inexpensive (and DIY-friendly), but the effect can be HUGE in the way a space looks and feels.” ― Attinger

  12. Create centerpieces. “When creating a centerpiece for your tables, start with a tray and select three objects of varying heights: a hardcover book or two, a plant, and an interesting object work well together. Large coffee-table books also work well when two or three of them are stacked on a coffee table.” ― Bray


Home Staging Tips