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Benicia was named in honor of the wife of General Mariano Vallejo, Francisca Maria Felipa Benicia Carillo de Vallejo. General Vallejo was Mexico's last Comandante General of the Free State of Alta California. He had intended that the city is named "Francisca," but this name was dropped when the former city of "Yerba Buena" changed its name to "San Francisco."

A Town that Can't Keep a Secret
In 1848, Charles Bennett, a carpenter who worked at Sutter's Mill, and a companion, stopped at a hotel on their way to Monterey. They entered the store in the midst of a discussion about how lucky the man who discovered coal in California would be. Bennett boasted: "Coal! I've got something here that will beat coal and make this the greatest country in the world!" He then spilled out on the counter approximately four ounces of gold nuggets. With the secret out, Benicia quickly emptied of all able-bodied men.

 

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"One of California's "Wandering Capitals"
Benicia served as the state capital for nearly 13 months from 1853 to 1854 (Monterey, San Jose and Vallejo also took turns until the seat of California government finally settled in Sacramento).

Benicia's beautiful waterfront creates an air of mystery and romance as you walk along the First Street Promenade and imagine a time when robust maritime commerce filled the shoreline with bustling activity and a bit of intrigue.

As the former site of shipyards, tanneries, canneries and a ferry terminal, Benicia has seen its share of salty, nautical characters living and working along its waterfront. Jack London, who once fished the Strait near Benicia, used some of the lore surrounding the waterfront in Benicia as literary fodder. A marker at the foot of First Street recognizes Jack London as "The author who immortalized this locality in John Barleycorn and Tales of the Fish Patrol."

Today, Benicia's waterfront location remains one of the city's greatest attractions. The shoreline of the Carquinez Strait is the exclamation point to the beautiful, quaint downtown. Stroll the Promenade to the pier for bridge to bridge views and see fishermen, watercraft from sailboats to large ships, kite surfers, paddle boarders, kayakers, outriggers, and abundant wildlife. There's even a dog-friendly beach! And their human friends can get their feet wet, too! Aside from its spectacular vistas, the waterfront area is full of fun things to do, from the Benicia State Recreation Area to the Benicia Marina. Of Benicia's more than 20 parks, three are along the waterfront so you can enjoy picnicking and fishing. The Alvarez West Ninth Street Park (at West K Street) is a favorite for families and boaters. The park includes a public boat launch, playground, small beach and three kayak/canoe put-ins. The area is also part of the San Francisco Bay Trail System and the San Francisco Bay Area Water Trail.

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We see home as more than a house, so we approach real estate as more than a transaction. It's how we build relationships - by making people feel happy and confident about the biggest investment of their lives. This is more than our profession; it's our passion because our family never forgets how much home truly means to you and your family. So when you're ready for your next moment or your next adventure, call The Denson Group. We'll help you get there.

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We see home as more than a house, so we approach real estate as more than a transaction. It's how we build relationships - by making people feel happy and confident about the biggest investment of their lives. This is more than our profession; it's our passion because our family never forgets how much home truly means to you and your family. So when you're ready for your next moment or your next adventure, call The NavigateRE. We'll help you get there.

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We live in one America’s Farm-to-Fork destinations. The cities are buzzing with things to taste, see, and savor. We invite you to pick your pleasure, whether it’s our farm-fresh restaurants, plentiful farmers markets, home-grown breweries, colorful street murals, Suisun Valley Wine Country, or a sunset walk along the waterfront.

WHO YOU WORK WITH MATTERS

WORK WITH KRYSTEN

A little about me to make it easier: Antique collector and restorer, mom to one super awesome daughter, wife to one super awesome husband, licensed since 2021, long family history in Fairfield, substitute teacher, worked as a manager for both Starbucks and Peet's (not at the same time of course), coffee expert and enthusiast.

If you live here already, you know how blessed we are. If you’re considering living or investing here, you’ve probably experienced some of the area’s extraordinary possibilities: City living with country settings and small-town communities; enthralling agricultural beauty, and true farm to fork lifestyle, If Northern California is your real estate destination, you’ve arrived at the right spot. Whether you’re looking to buy your first home – or to sell an estate – expect nothing less from us than a Meritage blend of real estate expertise, professional service, creativity, and a passion for achieving your goals. 

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Better companies make better communities.
We believe our business has a responsibility to serve, connect, grow and protect the communities we operate in.

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Our independence matters more than our size. It allows us to prioritize our community involvement and better serve our agents and clients.

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Everything we do has a cause and effect. We maintain a responsibility to contribute to every community in which we operate.

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If our business has to grow at the expense of the communities around us, it isn't worth it. It is important to us to continually invest in building community.

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We grow our business to become a stronger, independent network of individuals who benefit as a result of more resources.

TESTIMONIALS

WHAT MY HAPPY CLIENTS SAY...

"Our entire experience from start to finish was just excellent, I just can't say enough positive things. Krysten is extremely knowledgeable about the area and an expert in the entire process. She is honest and friendly and talked me in off the ledge more than once during the process 🙂 ! The inspection came up with all kinds of surprises and I don't know what I would have done without her. She expertly negotiated additional $$$ off the price and closed the deal. Highly recommend. If you're buying a house in the area go with Janet, you won't regret it."

-Janet Stubbs

"Very friendly and knowledgeable of the ins and outs of the area and the builders. Was with us from start to finish and made it an enjoyable experience. Buying a home is stressful and time consuming but she made it worry free and simplified. I have honestly been singing her praises and referring at any given opportunity. Krysten listened to our requests of what we wanted in a home and helped us find our dream home. I couldn't have asked for anything more."

-Lilly and Tom Meyers

"Janet was very informative from the very beginning to the closing. She was aware of the market and extremely knowledgeable about the area and its clientele. She kept me posted on what was to be expected and if something needed to be done she was able to help . I appreciated all that she did for me and would recommend her to anyone who wanted to buy or sell a property. Her enthusiasm and friendly manner was displayed with all that she did and she always able to communicate with me."

-Bob Sanders

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For 5/27/2024

30 Year Fixed
6.75%
15 Year Fixed
6.25%
5/6 ARM
7.5%

For general informational purposes only. Actual rates available to you will depend on many factors including lender, income, credit, location, and property value. Contact a mortgage broker to find out what programs are available to you.

Mortgage calculator estimates are provided by NavigateRE and are intended for information use only. Your payments may be higher or lower and all loans are subject to credit approval.

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