Oakmont Village Santa Rosa by Lisa Doyle, The Doyle Team

The golf-inspired Oakmont Village in Santa Rosa is among the most desirable, affordable communities for active lifestyle seniors in Sonoma. Seniors 55 and up can choose from a vast array of attached and single family units in this village of 3,000 homes. People in need of extra care are fully accommodated in the village’s Oakmont Gardens Assisted Living Apartments.  Home sizes run between 940 and 2,600 square feet. Some homes have three-car garages. Home prices at Oakmont Village range from around $300,000 to more than $700,000.


Established in 1964, Oakmont Village continues to grow, with new homes still being built on its 1,255-acres of landscaped grounds and the gently rolling hills of two gorgeous, 18-hole golf courses, all of it surrounded by Sonoma’s picturesque wine country. On site amenities for active lifestyle seniors include tennis courts, an outdoor heated swimming pool and three spacious clubhouses. Here you’ll find game rooms, fitness centers, libraries, business offices, catering kitchens, an art studio, an auditorium, and the popular Quail Inn Restaurant. The village also features more than a hundred social clubs.


Oakmont Village is perfectly located just an hour north of San Francisco, and just a few miles from the city of Santa Rosa, which is replete with restaurants, retailers, entertainment venues, and a full range of professional services for active lifestyle seniors.

Cardinal Point at Mariner Square – Continuing Care Retirement by Lisa Doyle, The Doyle Team

Cardinal Point at Mariner Square is a Continuing Care Retirement community located in sunny Alameda, also known as The Island City. Residents enjoy the cool sea breezes that wash across the landscape, with an ongoing parade of catamarans, cruise ships and fishing boats on the Marina. Choose from several comfortable apartment-style homes, featuring several different floor plans.


Cardinal Point is a popular, resort-style, continuing care retirement community for active seniors, but also provides for people in need of assisted living.  Included in the monthly fee are weekly housekeeping service, concierge service, grounds maintenance, and 24-hour professional staffing.


The well-appointed, upscale property features posh amenities like spa treatments, an outdoor heated swimming pool, and even a private theater. Choose from a variety of elegant dining options. Visit the Cardinal Point cocktail lounge. Express your creativity at the on site art studio.


Or take a day trip away from Cardinal’s cozy crib of continuing care, and enjoy all that Alameda has to offer. A range of transportation options will get you to all of your favorite specialty shops, gourmet restaurants, theaters, vintage architecture, flower gardens and  beaches, to name just a few local attractions. Enjoy our stunning views of San Francisco, located a mere stone’s throw across the sparkling bay.  As tempting as it may seem, swimming to San Francisco is not recommended, but a bus will get you there in 25 minutes.

PLEASANTON’S MOST PLEASANT RESTAURANTS by Greg & Lisa Doyle, J. Rockcliff Realtors


Pleasanton offers a broad range of dining options, from fast food to casual cuisine to upscale eateries overseen by some of California’s top chefs.  Here’s a list of five local favorites.

The Texas Roadhouse is actually in Union City, but well worth the short trip.  The Texas Roadhouse is one of the best steak houses in Contra Costa County, with many hand-cut meats to choose from, served in generous portions.  They use their own special blend of seasonings.  Try their award winning Texas Red Chili.

The Red Smoke Grill is a barbecue restaurant serving classy New American cuisine.  Enjoy the casual ambiance and an affordable, family-friendly menu featuring items like grilled chicken, pulled pork and baby back ribs.

Stop by Stacy’s Cafe, a popular local eatery serving fresh, healthy New American recipes with unique little twists.  Try the house salad with cranberries and candied walnuts, or baked brie with sliced pear.

Looking for a hearty, home-style meal?  At Sweet Tomatoes, the chicken pot pie stew and home made buttermilk biscuits are to die for.

Elephant Bar Restaurant in Dublin serves Asian Fusion cuisine.  Expect swift, friendly, pleasant service and scrumptious menu offerings like the Thai High Spicy Chicken Stir Fry.

SAN FRANCISCO REAL ESTATE DEMOGRAPHICS 2014 by Greg & Lisa Doyle, J. Rockcliff Realtors

A recent comparison study of Sperling’s Best Places (bestplaces.net) reveals many interesting things about the city of San Francisco.

In sharp contrast to surrounding cities, the median age of a home in San Francisco is 67 years.  Almost half of the homes in San Francisco were built before 1939.  Nearly seventy percent were built prior to 1950.

At this time, there are roughly 400 single family homes for sale in the city of San Francisco.  The cost of a house in the city is anywhere from about $300,000 to about thirty million dollars.  Property taxes run about $5.04 per $1,000 of home value.  This is well under half the national average of $11.20.  More than forty percent of San Francisco homes are owner occupied.

The median home price in San Francisco is more than $684,000, with about seventy percent of San Francisco residential units valued at more than half a million.  Roughly one in four San Francisco housing units is worth more than a million dollars.  Housing in San Francisco (renting and owning combined) costs more than four times the national average.  This is especially surprising when you consider the relative small size of the living units, as compared to the sprawling homes of other Bay Area cities.

Still, who can resist this amazing city?  As any San Franciscan can tell you, the three Golden Rules of real estate are Location, Location, and Charm.