Live Like a Local by The Joel Toller Team

The Joel Toller Team

The Joel Toller Team

Spring, 2019

Hello, friends --

When the wildflowers pop up in Napa Valley, so do the "For Sale" signs on homes!  Our team has recently launched, or is in the process of launching, several new listings.  These properties represent a great mix of in-town and country offerings.  Take a look at our latest listing below -- a modern, luxury farmhouse at 1580 Hillview Place in St. Helena.  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.

One of the local developments we've been following is the Water Quality and Tree Protection Ordinance which was just passed by the Napa County Board of Supervisors on March 26th.  Continue reading below for information on how the new regulations could impact property owners.

Coldwell Banker Brokers of the Valley is giving away $2,500 each quarter this year to celebrate its 25th anniversary.  The next drawing in the Mortgage or Rent Payment Sweepstakes will be July 1st.  Complete the entry form by June 30th for your chance to win!

The recipients of Coldwell Banker Brokers of the Valley's annual awards for 2018 have been announced and I'm proud to say that I am again in the top 1% of Coldwell Banker agents worldwide.  Many thanks to my friends, family, colleagues and clients for allowing me to continue doing what I love. Congratulations to my fellow Realtors and team members, Erin Bright Russell and Ryan Nemeyer, for receiving their awards!

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




Real Estate Roundup


Luxury St. Helena Farmhouse 

1580 Hillview Place, St. Helena


Modern, luxury farmhouse on St. Helena’s west side, located in a quiet neighborhood. Completely remodeled in 2018 with attention to detail throughout. Four light-filled bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. Details include cathedral ceilings, hand-milled trusses from locally-sourced woods, custom shiplap walls, Carrara marble kitchen and baths, Restoration Hardware lighting, wine cellar, and smart home technology. Exterior features include wrap-around porch, outdoor kitchen, concrete countertops, outdoor fireplace, and gorgeous landscaping.


Real Estate Roundup
Water Quality & Tree Protection Ordinance

According to "The Napa Valley Register", the Napa County Board of Supervisors unanimously passed the Water Quality and Tree Protection Ordinance on March 26th which raises the required woodland replacement ratio in watershed zones from 2 to 1 to 3 to 1, although applicants can receive the lower ratio by offering a public benefit such as conservation easements around a nature trail. The minimum vegetation canopy area that must be preserved also was raised from 60 to 70 percent in such areas.

The Napa Valley Grapegrowers' summary compares the main provisions of the new ordinance to those of the existing ordinance.  In my opinion, the areas that may be of most interest to homeowners are: Stream Definitions; Fire Rebuilds; and Fuel Management.

Stream Definitions:  The definition has been expanded to include "ephemeral or intermittent streams" and requires a minimum of a 35 foot setback from a stream.  This could impact homeowners who have intentions to either expand or build on properties with waterways. 

Fire Rebuilds:  There is an exemption for fire rebuilds which allows for reconstruction of existing legally constructed structures lost to fire when the rebuild area does not exceed 125% of the original footprint and does not encroach further into the stream setback area.

Fuel Management:  Although the creation and/or maintenance of firebreaks required by and completed under CalFire direction remains, the new ordinance states that there is a need to clarify the fire exemption and revise the definition of defensible space.  Until such time as further clarification and definition is available, the existing ordinance is still in effect.

We probably have not heard the last word about this ordinance and will keep you updated on further developments.


Water Quality & Tree Protection Ordinance
Spring Happenings

April 12th - 27th: I'd Kill for a Parking Space at the Napa Valley Performing Arts Center

Who-dun-it? See if you can figure out who’s the killer before the detective does! After a series of killings, a new homicide detective seeks advice from an experienced criminal attorney, now a Traffic Judge only to find that the Judge may be the murderer.

April 14th, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm: Spring Bud Break Festival at CIA at Copia

Celebrate the beginning of spring and wine grape growing season in Napa Valley! The Spring Bud Break Festival is fun for the whole family and features seasonal food and libations, kids’ activities, music, shopping, and more.

April 20th: Cycle for Sight

For over a decade, Cycle for Sight & Rotary Ride for Veterans has been the preeminent Napa Valley community cycling event for both local Napa Valley residents and visitors alike.

April 27th, 11:00 am - 5:00 pm: Art, Sip & Stroll in Yountville

This free art events starts  at the Napa Valley Museum where parking is plentiful and you can pick up your Art, Sip & Stroll Tasting Package (If you want one. The event is free). From there, you can walk or board one of our shuttles to Washington Street where you can stroll up and down visiting our 45 high quality- juried Artists, Live Music, Gallery Exhibits, Tasting Stops, Restaurants and more.


Spring Happenings