Thursday, May 16, 2013

It's Official,Our Own Little Barnhouse in the Country!

We closed escrow a few weeks ago on our country property!  While this little barn house is in need of a serious makeover, the 21.5 acres it sits on is in a quaint little valley surrounded by family owned vineyards.

And I'm sharing the first "before" photo
I can't wait to tear down that street light thing :)

This will be our "family compound".  A place for our family to hang out on weekends and holidays.
We plan to renovate this little house and eventually build a European style farmhouse on the other
side of the property. We also have young adult children who enjoy wine as much as we do so we plan to plant a small family vineyard and try some wine making of our own. Why not...when in Rome right?

We have our own little country lane that leads to a large vineyard behind our property. Our dogs love it as much as we do!

We are surrounded by beautiful, picturesque vines.

We have huge heritage oaks...

and many manzanita groves.

The majority of the property remains undeveloped, so we have a lot of work to do here. 

While we'll have to call in some professionals to trim and cut many of the tall oaks around the property, Tom and our son tackled some of the branches around the house to improve the views.

And while I've been gathering inspiration for the barn house makeover, Tom has been shopping for one of these!

He bought an older tractor like this one- and OMG was this a serious mission! 

We hope to have many happy adventures here and look forward to sharing this big project with you.

Take Care and thanks for reading me.


  1. Dear Sarah -
    OMG!!! What a stunning setting! Many, many congratulations to you and Tom. I look forward to following all your projects and renovations. What will you name this beautiful property? It needs a name :)

  2. Sarah this is AMAZING. Can I get married here someday?? Haha! can't wait to see the process and results, looks like a wonderful piece of property.

  3. It does indeed need a name! What a fantastic place that is, and I don't mind admitting, I wish we could do this....
    Beautiful and peaceful and no one around but family....
    Can't wait to hear about your adventures!!

  4. Goodness Sarah, what a beautiful property you have found, and the setting!! I can so imagine Tom choosing his tractor, boy the fun he'll have with that!
    We look forward to seeing how you'll restore and decorate everything

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  6. OH MY!!!! You have the best eye for really good properties! Congratulations!!!

    Can't wait to follow this "new" project of yours and to perhaps visit one day! I would also be one super happy dog running up and down those beautiful trails!

    Hugs to you and Tom. Well done!

    oxox, Mon

  7. How Grand! Great potential and you will enjoy every minute of it. I can't wait to see each and every project. Kathy

  8. Beautiful place to live! I am now hooked on your blog. You and My French Country Home are the only blogs I currently read.

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