Top 5 Outdoor Living Trends to Attract Buyers

Homeowners have become much more aware of the importance of having comfortable and usable living spaces outdoors as well as indoors. As many of us reevaluate the priorities we have for our homes, owners are seeking to unlock more potential for their outdoor spaces. is external) recently surveyed real estate professionals to gain insight into the most popular designs and features this year. For the website’s 2021 Outdoor Living Spaces Trends report, professionals revealed what homeowners can do to increase curb appeal, attract buyers, and add value to their outdoor space. Here are some highlights from the report’s findings… READ MORE

Ready to Sell? The Importance of Staging Your Outdoor Living Spaces

During the hot days of summer in the Lowcountry, residents spend a LOT of time on their decks and patios relaxing and enjoying the marsh and ocean breezes. Whether you live in a historic downtown Charleston pied-à-terre, a beachfront cottage on Sullivan’s Island, or a craftsman-style bungalow in Avondale these outdoor spaces can be just as important as the interior spaces in a home. But, since they’re not traditionally thought of as main living spaces, they’re often forgotten by homeowners and realtors alike when preparing and staging homes for sale. It’s just as important for you to stage and “freshen up ” your outdoor living spaces as it is for every other area of your home.

  • Create Extra Living Space
  • Clearly Define Spaces
  • Showcase A Lifestyle
  • Staging Tips For Outdoor Spaces
  • Look Beyond the Porch or Patio 


2022 Warm-Season Outdoor Living Trends: The New American Yard

The American yard has changed, and for good reason. Born of this moment— pandemic, drought, climate change, migration, a booming housing market— the yard has become something altogether new. An outdoor space with impact beyond the confines of private property, creating good neighborhoods and thriving habitats. Here, we tell the story of the changing American yard using data from the over 100,000 homeowners who have shared their priorities and preferences as they reimagine their yard using Yardzen.

  • Creating Real Change With The Yard
  • Re-Thinking the Lawn
  • The Return of the English “Cottage” Garden
  • Modern Meadow
  • The New Front Yard
  • Sensory Experience
  • Blue Houses are the New Black
  • In Praise of FSC-Certified Teak
  • The Backyard Campout


Ralene Nelson, REALTOR®

FOR SALE – 13 Amador Cir, Rio Vista


PRICE CHANGE $699,900 – Your beautiful dream home is on the market!! This remodeled home has a newer kitchen & baths, saltwater pool, spa, and gorgeous bbq kitchen with bar/firepit, refrigerator, ice maker & more. RV parking for 2, so your ski boat & RV will fit in the RV garage. The garage is equipped with sewer connection & electricity. Sliding doors open up to the pool area. Home is 3 bedroom, can be 4, & 2.5 baths. The master sitting area was the 4th bedroom, so can be closed off. The Master bath has double sinks, a walk-in shower, and a bidet & master bedroom have a large deck with views of the N hills. A spiral staircase off deck takes you to the pool area. The family room has an entertainment bar w/refrigerator & sink. Step out to the backyard to a swimming pool with solar heating, BBQ kitchen with all the amenities, an outdoor shower w/tankless water heater, and a stage for a band. No rear neighbors. The home also has a double-car garage as well, with indoor laundry. READ MORE

FOR SALE – 30 S 2nd St. Rio Vista, Residence and Commercial Building


Asking $699,500 – Are you looking for a home and in need of a business space? Or perhaps a home with a possibility of in-law quarters? This home might meet those requirements. Victorian style home with partial wrap-around porch provides a cozy place for morning coffee or afternoon beverage. 2 bedrooms up with 1.5 baths on the main floor. The possible room upstairs to add at a minimum 1/2 bath. Laminate flooring on the main floor with carpeted stairway & in bedrooms. HVAC & tankless water heater with inside laundry. 2nd building has been used as a commercial, however, could be added onto & remodeled to be ADU/2nd unit. READ MORE

FOR SALE – 303 Center St, Rio Vista, 4 bed 1.5 bath 1,775sqft

Asking – $380,000. Are you looking for a project, look no further. This 3 bedroom, 1.5 bath home is a perfect match for that project. Spacious with 1776 sq feet, needs some TLC, can be lovely home. Flooring is mixed, laminate, wood and carpet in bedrooms. This home does not have cental heat/air, but has wall air unit & gas unit. No garage, has large side yard for play or entertaining area. READ MORE

 JUST SOLD – 711 Rolling Green Dr, Rio Vista

Located in a well-established neighborhood on the north side of town. This 3 bedroom 2 bath home has a remodeled kitchen with new cabinets, black appliances (gas stove), quartz counters, farmhouse sink & tile floors. Baths have been remodeled as well. Geremia Pool built/finished swimming pool with waterfall in summer 95, with aggregated stone decking, looks new. There is a shed for pool equipment & chemicals. The Master bath has access to the backyard so eliminates swimmers from walking thru the house. The main bath has a jetted tub. The home has oak hardwood floors, 2 sliders, (living room and kitchen) with laundry in the garage. READ MORE

JUST SOLD –  470 Belvedere Dr. Rio Vista


Located in the Active Adult Community, Trilogy, this beautiful Reflect model, with a larger lot, has been professionally landscaped with paver stone patio and walkway on side of house. Artificial turf side yard, & piped electricity to BBQ area. The backyard is a beautiful area for entertaining your family & friends. Close to the dog park, and there’s path around the lake. This 2 bedroom 2 bath home has granite counters with expresso cabinets, convection microwave & oven, and island. Tile throughout with carpet in bedrooms. Laundry has space for additional refrigerator/freezer & garage has a utility sink. Water softener & water filtration system under kitchen sink. Just bring your toys and enjoy the activities that include 2 swimming pools/spas, tennis & bocce courts, 18 hole golf course, & more while enjoying a low HOA fee. READ MORE

Events in Northern California this Week-End

Crawdads River Fest 2022 in Sacramento

Sun, Jun 5, 1 – 7 PM, 1375 Garden Hwy, Sacramento, CA

Crawdads River Fest 2022 presents Red Voodoo, Maroon Vibes, and Boys of Summer Tribute to the Eagles. READ MORE ~ BUY TICKETS

50’s Roadhouse classic car benefit & 50’s festival for local veterans

Sat, Jun 4, 3:00 – 9:30 PM, 18341 Kennedy Rd, Knights Ferry, CA

Let’s celebrate the fabulous 50’s and Americana. The Jet Age swept in a great time of prosperity and innovation to America. Fins, chrome, Elvis, Marilyn Monroe, Rock N Roll, pin up’s and American Graffiti are all synonymous with the era. So let’s celebrate all that was great about the 50’s. Located on a beautiful grass field adjacent to the 50’s Roadhouse restaurant in historic Knights Ferry. Plenty to do in this little town besides just the car show and 50’s festival. Feel free to dress up in 50’s attire. Covered bridge, ice cream shop, 2 great restaurants and park your classic on the lawn. Bring the family. READ MORE

Pipe Down Official @ El Dorado County Fair Event Center

Jun. 3rd, 2022, 3:00 PM 100 Placerville Dr, Placerville

Bringing a chill, groove-based California reggae vibe created from the culmination of global talents, experiences and passion; Pipe Down was founded in the throes of the global pandemic in the Spring of ‘21 on the north shore of Lake Tahoe. With a distinct sound drawing together reggae, indie rock and hip hop, the group’s since dominated the local live music scene with their energy and memorable live performances.  READ MORE


Redwood Mountain Faire in Roaring Camp Railroads

June 4th – 5th, 11:00 am and ends at 8:00 pm, 5401 Graham Hill Rd. Felton

Join us for a weekend-long, family-friendly music festival with 20 bands and arts & crafts fair that benefits local nonprofit organizations. Join us for a weekend-long, family-friendly music festival with 20 bands and arts and crafts fair that benefits local nonprofit organizations. The Faire features live music on two stages, kids’ area, locally made food, beer, cider and wine in an open field surrounded by redwoods in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Kids 12 and under FREE! READ MORE

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