Surreal Estate

Robin Williams’ estate for sale

I hate writing about fabulous wine country estates. Because it makes me think about my own little piece of the American dream here in bucolic Berkeley and how the grout in my shower is working its way from “Needs a scrub,” to “Ooh, nasty!” But because I am nothing if not selfless in my desire…

The true cost of the vine life

Maybe you’ve spent a sunny afternoon in wine country and wondered … what would it take to plant my own vineyard? Well, wonder no more because researchers at the University of California, Davis, have itemized the expenses from rootstock to disease prevention to harvest crews. So how much does it cost? The short answer is:…

For Sale: QB Joe Montana’s wine country villa

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The bargains just keep piling up in wine country real estate. As you know, the Mondavi mansion recently sold for a sum that was undisclosed but was less than the asking price of $13.9, which itself was almost half off the original sticker price of $25 million. And now, Villa Montana, home of NFL great…

Mondavi Mansion Mystery Unmasked

So now we know who the mystery buyers of the Robert Mondavi mansion are _ Jean-Charles Boisset, president of the French company Boisset Family Estates, which owns several California wineries, and his wife, Gina Gallo, granddaughter of California wine pioneer Julio Gallo. Call me sentimental but I like the idea of all that dynastic family…

For Sale: Mondavi mansion

Psst, looking for a hot deal in Napa real estate? I’ve got a good one for you, half off. OK, the minimum bid is $13.9 million. But, still. The property in question is the mountain top retreat of the late wine pioneer Robert Mondavi and his wife, Margrit. The original asking price was $25 million…

Napa sur-real estate

Want to buy a Napa vineyard? Better get ready to crack open that money box. A new report from the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers found an acre of prime Napa Valley vineyard went for $225,000 to $300,000 last year.That compares to $125,000 for prime land in Sonoma County and $38,000 in…