SonomaRE.com - Buying Property with Water Features 
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Charlene Schnall
Broker Associate
DRE# 00825564
(707) 483-3192
Selling Real Estate Throughout Sonoma County, California for 30 Years
HEALDSBURG, SANTA ROSA, PETALUMA, SONOMA, SEBASTOPOL, THE SONOMA COAST
Charlene Schnall
Broker Associate, DRE # 00825564
Healdsburg Sotheby's International Realty
409 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg, CA 95448
(707) 433-4800 - (707) 483-3192 Cell
e-mail: CSchnall@gmail.com

This page was last updated: June 11, 2019
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STREAMS, PONDS & LAKES
We have represented and sold many properties in Sonoma County with what we refer to as 'water features'.  This does not mean wells or water supply but rather to streams, ponds and lakes on the property or to which the property has deeded access.  

One of the most significant changes that has taken place over the last thirty years is the increased difficulty of obtaining permits to impound water when constructing a pond or lake as well as the increased environmental regulations regarding natural streams that flow through property.  

As with rare art works, it is difficult to establish a value for something that cannot be replaced.  Whether used for recreation, views or irrigation, properties with 'water features' 
are in demand.  
Whether your plan is to use a stream, pond or lake on your property - or the beach if your property is on the ocean - for recreation, irrigation, income - there can be government regulations and insurance considerations to take into account.

An agent representing Sellers or Buyers should be aware of regulating agencies and be able to suggest the appropriate type of professional to review that element of the property.

As an example, many ponds in the county constructed decades ago for irrigation, need to have permits in place for agricultural use of the water and file annual reports of the amount used.   

Water attracts sensitive species - and many ponds and streams have interesting past studies which are available.
POINTS TO CONSIDER
​In addition to property which is on the market, we are also aware of property that is either coming on the market or that the owner would consider selling if presented with an offer.

If you would like help from an agent familiar with this type of 
property, please call and tell me: 

  • ​The area of Sonoma County you want
  • Do you want vacant land or residence in place
  • Do you want pond, stream or lake
  • Your intended use - agriculture, recreation,
              wildlife conservation
  • Amount of acreage and your budget

TELL US WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING FOR
WE LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH YOU