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Century 21 Top Producer, Northern California Coast 2012
Century 21 Top Producer, Fort Bragg Realty 2010
Century 21 Top Producer, Fort Bragg Realty 2009

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Susie did an outstanding job in a delicate dual agency role managing both positions (buyer and seller) and the dynamics that go along with that, particularly in a challenging market. Susie, as importantly, showed a great level of dedication to seeing the transaction get closed. She did a very good job to shepherd this closing for all parties. S.B. -- Santa Rosa
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Just to the left are my featured listings. If you are planning to purchase a property, take a look through these listings to see how they fit your requirements.

A little further down the page are some general thoughts about Mendocino Coast real estate. If you are thinking of purchasing Fort Bragg real estate, Mendocino real estate, or coastal Mendocino County real estate, you may want to review this section. You'll find some historic information as well as current trends regarding the development of the real estate markets in Fort Bragg, Mendocino, and the nearby Mendocino County area.

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Featured Mendocino Coast Property

Aerial View of the Home Regal Estate - Superior Panoramic Views ...
This 4 bed, 5 bath (3 full, 2 half) home brings superb views into almost every room. Beautiful Swedish junckers flooring enhances the tasteful foyer and the elegant dining room. An impressive balustrade invites you upstairs. Living room is open and inviting with custom windows framing the spectacular views. Radiant heat and 3 fireplaces. The well appointed kitchen is equipped with a DCS Range, Sub Zero refrigerator, Thermador warming oven, large island, hearth fireplace, ample windows for your gazing pleasure, and access to the south and west facing decks. The south facing deck is protected from the wind by glass partitions. There's a laundry room with lots of storage, a sunroom, and an attached 2 car garage with a wonderful bonus room above. Built in vacuum system for ease of cleaning. Property includes an impressive barn with corral, workshop and guest unit with kitchenette and bathroom. Automatic generator for power outages. Located near the Little River Airport, the Little River Golf Course, and the charming Village of Mendocino.
23.16 Acre, $3,500,000 Video
Slideshow Tour  Listing 24460

Select Mendocino Coast Properties

Front of Home Classic Dutch Colonial Built in 1920 ... Large 2 bed/2 bath family home, over 2000 sq.ft. built with old growth redwood. Downstairs: living room, family room, bonus room, country kitchen, utility room, and bath. Upstairs: 2 bedrooms, bonus room, and bath. Near shops and schools. Some TLC and this could be a wonderful family home! 0.16 Acre, List Price $245,000
Slideshow Tour  Listing 24497
Sweet Home Built in 1910 Sweet Fort Bragg Home ... 2 bed, 1 bath home built in 1910 has the charm of yesteryear but offers upgrades such as dual pane windows and a monitor heater for warmth and comfort. Nice neighborhood close to schools, churches, and shopping. Nice sized lot with alley access and an outbuilding you can use as a single car garage or workshop. 0.17 Acre, List Price $185,000
Slideshow Tour  Listing 24336
Corner Lot With Beach Access ... Sited in Ocean Meadows Circle subdivision, lot offers remarkable views of the Pacific and it's rugged coastline from the north to the south sides of the property. Gentle, rolling hills provide the backdrop and add to the serene setting. Few vacant lots are left here. Don't miss this opportunity! 1.01 Acre, List Price $249,000
Slideshow Tour  Listing 24122
Truly Exceptional Location Amazing 2-Acre Oceanside Lot ... 150 ft.to the beach! Gorgeous white water views. Access to miles of sandy beaches. Horse back riding OK on the beach. Enjoy whales, surfers, and wildlife from this special property! Approved Coastal Permit for a 2400 sq.ft. home with a 3 car garage. Build your dream home and never leave! 2.00 Acre, List Price $485,000
Slideshow Tour  Listing 23381
View Property From The North 11 Acre Ocean Front Panorama ... Gentle to level terrain, extends from Hwy. 1 to the bluff top, 1400 feet of bluff top ownership, access from Hwy 1, several perfect home sites. Adorned by groves of eucalyptus, pine, and fir. California Coastal Trail easment near Hwy 1. See property website at www.acresbythesea.com. 11 Acres, List Price $995,000
Slideshow Tour  Listing 23091

Thanks for stopping by my website.

I'm a licensed REALTOR® operating out of the CENTURY 21® Fort Bragg Realty office. I'm here to help you find that special property you're seeking or to assist you in the sale of property you own.

I serve all of the Mendocino Coast. The majority of my sales and listings originate in Fort Bragg or Mendocino due to the local population and business activities in these areas. There are however many opportunities in the surrounding areas of Mendocino County. I've broken out a few observations for these communities below.

Mendocino Real Estate

Including Little River

Mendocino was founded in 1852, the first town on the Mendocino Coast, . While attempting to salvage cargo from a shipwreck, the men of the salvage expedition discovered giant redwood trees along the Mendocino coast. Within a couple of years, a lumber mill was set up and operating at Big River. Mendocino City had it's beginnings. Lumber was the name of the game for most of the next century. Just before World War II, the mill closed and Mendocino became a quiet peaceful village. To some extent, it also became locked in time.

In the 1960's and early 70's, artists and other creative people came to the Mendocino coast seeking a peaceful and better quality of life. Others more intent on financial gain and development also arrived. The influx of these diverse groups put pressure on the small community of fewer than 1000 people. Members of the old families and the newcomers banded together in the mid '70's to form the Mendocino Historical Preservation District and Review Board which were charged with the preservation of the architecture and character of Mendocino. Establishment of the Preservation District had an immediate positive impact on property values that continues today. Mendocino and nearby locations are highly desirable places to live, work, and play.

Residential real estate near Mendocino is clustered along the coastline or near several roads that lead inland from the coast. As you would expect, there's a wide range of property values from a one bedroom cabin on a dirt road to a several thousand square foot oceanfront home on a private cove. In the town of Mendocino itself, there are two or three streets of mostly business establishments with the remainder of the town being residential or mixed-use. The town is almost completely surrounded by a state park. As a result, there are no truly oceanfront properties although many properties have ocean views.

There are fabulous coastal properties both north and south of Mendocino with some of the most sought after near Little River to the south. There are several residential communities near the Little River Inn and Golf Course with some residences bordering the golf course. Roads leading inland in the Little River area are lined with redwoods, family ranches, and lots of horses. As a general rule, once you get five miles inland from the coast, residential structures begin to thin out and open land is readily available. This is country living with convenience.

Commerce is the very foundation of Mendocino. At one time, the town was surrounded by a lumber mill. Now, it is surrounded by a state park. The town's new commerce is tourism with its attendant small business enterprises. From time-to-time, both the businesses and business structures are on the market. Art galleries, book stores, restaurants, grocery stores, hotels, bed and breakfasts, vacation rentals, real estate offices, and financial institutions are all represented. Mendocino looks like it's stuck in the 1940s, but it is full of modern commerce.


Fort Bragg Real Estate

Including Caspar, Cleone and Westport

The City of Fort Bragg was incorporated in the late 19th century having gotten it's start as an Indian Reservation and an associated military post. Both the military post and reservation were abandoned soon after they were formed. Lumber and commercial fishing were the major industries during the 20th century. Around 1920, the city had become a popular place to visit and to settle. By 1970, Fort Bragg was emerging as a diverse residential, recreational, and growing commercial center on the Mendocino County coast. The values of commercial and residential properties began to rise significantly at this time.

Today, the lumber and fishing industries have declined and have been replaced by light industry, recreation, and tourism. The larger lumber mills have closed. The extraordinary, one of a kind, ocean front property formerly occupied by Georgia Pacific is in the planning stages for substantial future development. A new world class Aquatic Center has just been completed. Tourism is booming.

Fort Bragg real estate will continue to appreciate as the renaissance continues. With a history as a "company" town, Fort Bragg has a reputation as a city where business gets done. There's a thriving business section with banks, savings and loans, retail stores, health care facilities, and building supplies. Fort Bragg residential real estate covers the full spectrum of housing. From older manufactured housing to brand new ocean front mansions, Fort Bragg residential real estate is very diverse. In general, Fort Bragg real estate is considered a little more affordable than properties in the Mendocino area.

Just north of Fort Bragg along some of the most beautiful coastline in California are the communities of Cleone and Westport. Cleone is the home of MacKerricher State Park and offers access to 10 Mile Beach Preserve by foot or horseback. Some of the most beautiful oceanfront homes are located in this area. A little further north is the community of Westport. Country living, plenty of horses, clean air, and wide open spaces bring residents to Westport. Just a wide spot in the road for some folks, Westport brings happiness and peace of mind to others. Homes are available along the coast as well as the low lying hills to the east.

Just south of Fort Bragg about half way to Mendocino lies the small community of Caspar. Like most of the other towns along coastal Mendocino county, Caspar had it's beginnings in the lumber industry. With the mill long closed, Caspar is now mostly residential with a few businesses and a community center. Caspar residential properties are clustered along the rocky coastline and in the foothills to the east. Some of the coastal properties are spectacular with names like the Wave House and the hand crafted Dolphin House. These properties are built along the rocky coves and inlets of the Pacific. There's plenty of available open land in the Caspar area as well.


Mendocino County Real Estate

Including Albion, Elk, Pt. Arena, Gualala and Comptche.

Just south of Little River is the community of Albion. Albion has a small commercial center, with residential sections stretching along the western ridges of the low lying hills of the coastal mountain range. Some properties in this area have spectacular elevated views of the Pacific. Further south along Highway 1 (Shoreline Highway) and across the Navarro River are the communities of Elk, Pt. Arena, and Gualala. These communities are a little further from the tourism activities of Mendocino and Fort Bragg. The pace of life is a bit slower and simpler. Plenty of larger parcels in this area.

Sixteen miles Inland from the coast lies the community of Comptche. Those interested in rural living, a warm climate, and an accessible Mendocino coast should consider Comptche. Living there, you will have two or three small businesses, artists, small farms and ranches for neighbors. A good life.

If you are new to the Mendocino coast, I hope my thoughts above will give you a feel for the various communities in the area and what they have to offer. Coastal Mendocino is growing but, fortunately, we have the space and infrastructure to accommodate our new neighbors. Please give me a call if I can assist you with your Mendocino real estate purchase or sale.


Thanks again for your interest.

Susie Francis
45050 Little Lake St. P.O.Box 583
Telephone: 707-964-2194
CENTURY 21 Fort Bragg Realty
Mendocino, CA 95460
email: susie@susiefrancis.com
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