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Victorian Homes In Placerville

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Historical Placerville Victorians

If you’re here, you are likely enchanted by the lighthearted architecture and rich history found in Victorian style houses. Placerville is loaded with these houses as well as with interesting and old business buildings and stores such as the ones found on Historical Main St. Before we get to information on careful restoration or incorporating Victorian style into your own home, we should familiarize ourselves with the typical look found in the Victorian Style homes.

The west coast of the Unites States, surprisingly, includes far more examples of Queen Anne style homes than the North Eastern US. Keep your eyes peeled as you drive around town and side streets and you’ll get an eyeful of beautiful Victorian homes of all sizes and styles.

Famous Placerville Victorians

Here are some of the more famous Victorian style houses you can find while driving around Placerville.

The Combellack-Blair House 


 The Bee-Bennett House


 The Glen Morey Country House

Glen Morey Country House

The Albert Shafsky House


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Placerville Victorians For Sale

Here are a handful of Placerville Victorian homes on the market at the time of publishing. Browse my website for current listings of Placerville Victorian homes.

Gorgeous Remodeled Victorian Close To Town 

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Original Coleman 1890 Family Homestead 


Thomas Kinkade’s Victorian Christmas III

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Victorian Style Home Series

This post is part of my Victorian Style Home Series. Follow my blog to receive updates on this series as well as helpful home tips and advice for buyers and sellers. Give me, John Conca, a call at (530) 306-3494 if you’re looking for an experienced Realtor in El Dorado County.

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Victorian Style Homes Series

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Need A Victorian Home Reality Check?

Victorian style homes offer romantic allure, but unfortunately, living in them can be more of a comedic adventure than a romance. Appreciating the beauty and visual interest of Victorian homes is easy and living in a historic building does have its appeal. Depending on the level of care put into the home and the level of desire for comfort, Victorian style homes can prove to be much more work than you’d expect. Even the most devout neo-Victorian may find themselves pining for 21st century comfort and ease.

The Good:detail

Sometimes built with novel features such as dumb waiters and brightly colored, intricate gingerbread, Victorian style homes are eye-catching and tend to launch one’s imagination. Victorian style home attributes do not begin and end here, but isn’t that what pulls the eye and heart toward this style? They’re beautiful, old, have captivating details, wonderous charm…what’s not to love?

The Bad:

  • Victorian style homes may fall victim to aging which can make them drafty, musty, and creaky.
  • They are  commonly known to have extremely odd floor plans which feel like a labyrinth.
  • Victorians often offer too much space where it’s not needed and too little where it is.
  • Staircases can be dangerously steep.
  • Doorways and hallways can be extra narrow.
  • Kitchens can be tight-built for servants.
  • The wiring can be less than safe.

The Ugly:

Since home buying is such an emotional endeavor for most people, buyers will often pay more money than appropriate for the status of the uncommon. However, that applies equally to buying price and selling price.

Follow The Series

I’m putting together a Victorian style home blog series. For the next month and a half or so I’ll be posting about Victorian style homes; how to live in them, how to update them for modern comfort, how to get away with adding Victorian style and Victorian practicality to your current non-Victorian style home, and some examples of all instances for inspiration. If you think of any other Victorian-style-home related posts you’d like to read about, please let me know and I’ll do my best to fit it in.

If you want to follow along with this blog series, click the “follow me” button on the upper right. Search properties on my website-here are the  Eldorado County , but you can give me, John Conca, a call at 530-306-3494 if you want to discuss your real estate options or if you have any questions.

Which Scents Sell Homes

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You’ve probably heard that the smell of baking cookies or pie helps potential buyers on a house tour feel at home and more likely to put in an offer. It’s common practice for sellers to pop some cookie dough into the oven or light some sugar-cookie scented candles. But now, it looks like there is a more effective way to sell your home! My wife is into essential oils and so this kind of thing is on our radar, and apparently it’s on researchers’ radar too.

Choose A Simple Scent

According to Using Scent To Make A Sale by Sanette Tanaka , researchers found that retailers using a simple scent (Orange) increased their sales around 19% compared to no scent used. Using a complex scent (Orange-basil-green tea) didn’t have an effect. The more complex notes become a distraction because some people’s brains dedicate time trying to figure out exactly what they’re smelling. Baking cookies are usually an easily recognizable scent, but it can become a distraction if someone’s subconscious is trying to figure out what type of cookies were baking.

Mimic What’s Missing

Another important consideration is the type of space you’re trying to sell. Researchers from Concordia University wanted to see if scent could counter the claustrophobia caused by small, packed, retail spaces as well as the anxiety caused by an open, minimally stocked retail space (Poon, Tina [2013] It Smells Crowded: An Experimental Investigation of Olfactory Influence on Spatial Perception. Masters thesis, Concordia University.) The findings can help you balance your space and foster a sense of well-being for those touring your home.

In the It Smells Crowded… study, it was found that when a scent associated with a cozy space-the scent of firewood-was diffused in a large, open space, the subjects felt less anxious vs no scent diffused. Likewise, when a scent associated with openness was diffused in a smaller, more cramped space the subjects felt less claustrophobic vs no scent. Comparatively, when a scent associated with openness was diffused in the large, open space, it increased feelings of anxiety in the subjects.

Conform To The Environment

One more factor to consider would be the natural environment of a home. If you diffuse cedar wood essential oil in a modern town house, the potential buyers might have to devote part of their subconscious figuring out why that out-of-place aroma is in this house. Diffusing basil may not fit a log cabin in the woods either. Just something to keep in mind.

Some ideas for scents which might apply to environments in El Dorado County

El Dorado County residential areas pretty much consists of small towns, mountain homes, farm homes, lake homes, and forest homes, so I’ll list suggestions for each variation you might want to use.

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  • Large: Cinnamon
  • Small: Lemon

Town Home

  • Large: Nutmeg
  • Small: Spearmint

Forest Home

  • Large: Cedarwood
  • Small: Rosemary

Mountain Home

  • Large: Cinnamon Bark
  • Small: Lavender


Applying the information found is relatively simple and effective. If you have a large house with minimalist decor and you think potential buyers may feel a little anxious in it, it’s wise to diffuse a scent associated with a cozy space which fits in with the natural environment of the location or style of the house. If you are selling a smaller house which might feel cramped once a couple of potential buyers are walking through it with the Realtor, it’s a good idea to help 2147693881_97dcab41c8_zthem not feel claustrophobic by diffusing one essential oil associated with open spaces which fits into the natural environment of location or style of the house. Just keep the aromas simple.

Aim For Subtle

The suggestions listed above might not fit each situation perfectly, so do some experimenting. To keep the scent subtle during a home tour, if it’s a stronger aroma then use less and diffuse it a while before potential buyers show up so there’s time for it to dissipate. Try different scents and you can think of the warmer ones as cozier aromas and the cooler/higher scents as scents associated with openness. Have fun and try this out for your next home too, and feel free to use blends, so you can enjoy a custom aroma for your own home; might be a fun family project.

If you’re diffusing essential oils in the house you’re selling then it’s best to get best quality, non-synthetic oils so it doesn’t induce unpleasant side effects like headaches. I don’t know much about it, but my wife only uses Young Living essential oils which are therapeutic grade, so diffusing those might help improve health while improving the perceived comfort of the house you’re selling. In order to ensure the scents stay simple, diffuse one essential oil instead of an essential oil blend-the ingredients should be listed on the bottle.


Thanks for your time today! I hope you found some useful information in this post. Please feel free to browse my website and follow my blog for updates on real estate news, timely home maintenance suggestions and tips for buyers and sellers.



SMART Goals For Your Home Plans

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Why SMART Resolutions?

Happy New Year! I hope you enjoyed the holidays. As per tradition I’ve been thinking about setting some goals for the new year. Have you ever heard of SMART goals? It’s a handy tool for making your goals more reachable. If you follow the SMART goal guide, you’re more likely to set goals you can reach and reach the goals you set.

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My SMART Goals

I have a goal of losing 10lbs by June. So I plan to keep my blood sugar steady by cutting back on carbs (choosing nuts over bananas and bacon and eggs over waffles), finding more ways to be active (parking out at the end of the parking lot at the grocery store and scheduling family walks at least 3 days a week), and juicing vegetables and berries for smoothies once a day.

Another goal of mine is to save more money for retirement this year by setting aside 5% of my income and spending less money on eating out by helping make freezer meals and planning the week ahead for packed meals we need to eat while away from home.

I downloaded the Goal Tracker app to keep track of where I’m doing well and where I need to kick it up a notch. Wish me luck!

Home Goals?

Are you hoping to be able to sell or buy a home this year? If you make your goals SMART then you will probably reach it! It might look something like this:

Instead of: I want to sell my home this year.

Try: I will deep clean my house, paint the exterior, manicure the landscaping, get a home inspection, make necessary home improvements, and list my home by May in order to sell my home by September for $375,000. 

Instead of: I want to buy my first home this year.

Try: I will set aside 40% of my income for the next 7 months for a down payment and closing costs and then talk to a Realtor about buying a 3 bedroom, 2 bath home in XYZ neighborhood.

The SMART goals really make you accountable. Try them out this year for all aspects of your life.

I hope this inspires you to set SMART goals this year, it should lead to some positive changes. Give me, John Conca, a call at 530-306-3494, if you want to discuss your real estate options or if you have any questions. Follow my blog for updates on real estate news, timely home maintenance suggestions and tips for buyers and sellers. Have a great day!

Fannie Mae Has Shortened Its Waiting Period

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Fannie Mae’s Credit Policy Eased

Fannie Mae has just changed its policy-anyone whose loan origination date is August 16th, 2014 or later will now only need to wait 4 years after a short sale or foreclosure to reenter the housing market. Fannie Mae’s previous policy has people waiting 7 years until they can be eligible for a home loan. Those eligible to reenter the housing market still need to show that they have re-established credit after such negative credit events like a foreclosure, short sale, deed-in-lieu of foreclosure or bankruptcy.


Fannie Mae buys large groups of mortgages from mortgage lenders, thus securing the loans so that the lenders have more cash to lend out to more borrowers which increases the amount of lenders in the housing market. Now there should be a few more borrowers as well. If you think you’re ready to buy a home then, please, give me a call.

You can contact me, John Conca, at 530-306-3494, if you are searching for a home anywhere in El Dorado county, or if you are ready to sell your home. I’d be happy to discuss your options with you. You can find new Placerville listings here.

Waiting For A Good Snow

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It’s true- we’re in a drought. One of the symptoms is a later first snow. October in Pollock Pines is usually graced with the first snow of the year. But for the last couple of years, if there was a snow in October or November, it was light and short-lived. It is now December and, unless it fell and melted while I slept, I have seen no snow.

This is this time, last year, at Sly Park lake near my house.

I don’t usually go on about silly things like “I miss snow,” but it’s something very out of place. I may not miss shoveling snow (or snow blowing snow), but I am looking forward to the rest of it. I like the games you can only play in snow- watching my kids tobogganing, building snow men, having a snow ball fight. I miss hot cocoa for the occasion. I miss the warmth of the house in contrast to the frigid outdoors. I miss driving my truck through the snow.

I only have to wait another few weeks, maybe 6 at the most. I should really be saying, “I’m looking forward to the first real snow”, but that would miss the point. I am missing the snow that is missing.

I love living in Pollock Pines, at this elevation, in the forest. It usually snows a perfect amount. Don’t hold the lack of early snow against Pollock Pines; a long Autumn is nice too. It certainly makes viewing and showing houses easier. I live in Pollock Pines, but I’ve worked all of El Dorado County for over a decade and can help you with any of your real estate needs. Get out while the roads are clear and check out your future home before it’s covered in snow. …Whenever that may be…

Thanks for stopping by and commiserating with me! Give me, John Conca, a call at 530-306-3494 if you want to discuss your real estate options or if you have any questions. Follow my blog for updates on real estate news, timely home maintenance suggestions and tips for buyers and sellers. Have a great day and watch out for that first real snow…..any time now.

Happy Thanksgiving

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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May Your Blessings Abound And Your Turkey Be Still

Have a great Thanksgiving making memories with your family and friends. Be filled with all the turkey, elk, rabbit, beef, chicken, fish, goose, lobster, pizza, duck, escargot, or tofu you can stomach! But mostly, be filled with the warmth of thankfulness for all you’ve been blessed with. 

Best wishes,

John Conca