Healdsburg, California is located in California’s wine country. Not only is this a premium destination, but it has fueled the size of the area’s luxury real estate market. However, the geography and culture has led to a few differences between luxury homes in Healdsburg, CA and the rest of the country.
The Desired Views
Homes in coastal California tend to command a premium if they give you a view of the ocean, an unobstructed view of the mountains or the nearest major skyline. In Healdsburg, a view of the vineyards is a key attraction. A property will command a premium if it is surrounded by vineyards on all sides. Healdsburg is a lovely turn of the century town, and some will pay more for homes that let them look out upon charming chateaux, even if they’ve been turned into hotels.
Proximity to Amenities
In this regard, luxury homes in Healdsburg CA may not differ from those in the rest of the country in that people may pay more for a property where they can walk to restaurants and retail. However, you’ll also see people pay a premium to be in walking distance of the farmer’s market in downtown. Downtown is of course relative, since less than twenty thousand people live in Healdsburg. Yet people will pay more to live close enough to walk to three of the top wineries in the country and enjoy a night at the associated wine bar.
Healdsburg is served by Amtrack and Sonoma County buses. This gives it much better public transit than many other small towns. Properties that are in walking distance of the Depot are worth more just as homes within a mile of a bus stop are worth more in other cities. These properties also have greater value as rental properties, since they are easily accessed by tourists who don’t want to have to drive.
We’ve mentioned that people will pay more to be surrounded by vineyards or in walking distance of the Healdsburg farmer’s market. People will also pay a premium to stay somewhere where they can experience the vibrant outdoors, the colorful festivals, or local experiences. For example, tourists often pay more per night to be able to help harvest roses and distill them into rose oil, and they may pay to harvest grapes and help make wine. Properties that let you walk to and from wineries and bars are attractive to tourists who don’t want to run the risk of driving drunk to their hotel after a long night. Rentals that let you walk to the downtown area where festivals are held are worth more than rural properties that force you to drive twenty minutes to get there, unless their goal is to be closer to nature or eating authentic farm-to-fork meals made by a farmer’s wife. Note that some choose to stay in a guest house or former seasonal farm worker’s barracks in order to help fund local agriculture. In these cases, the luxury property’s value is tied to the ability to continue offering these value-added experiences. And it won’t generate as much money if you lose access to your tour guides, community supported agriculture boxes or vegan cooking teachers.