Welcome to Shasta County Real Estate Guide and The Redding Area Business Reviews!

Shasta County is located in Northern California. The area includes: Redding, Anderson, Cottonwood, Palo Cedro, Shasta Lake City, and smaller neighboring communities. As you can see from the photos below, Shasta County is a beautiful place to live with great views and many things to do: from hiking to boating to skiing and much more nearby.

This site will provide you with information on our current Real Estate market, lending programs available and/or in development to help stabilize the economy. You'll also find some helpful reviews of Redding Area businesses. My mission is to better educate you so that you can make the best decision for your Real Estate needs. The reviews and recommendations on local area businesses are based on my personal experience, so if you haven't yet, go give them a visit and support our local community.

If you have any comments or want to talk about anything relating to Real Estate or our local businesses, I'm here to listen and help guide you. Just drop me an email here or click on the mail icon located to the top right.

Whiskeytown Falls

Enjoy a great hike to beautiful Whiskeytown Falls in Redding, CA. More »

Moon at Day

This is actually a photo of the Moon taken during the day. More »

View of Mount Shasta

Mt. Shasta is approximately an hour drive from Redding. There are many things to do in the quaint little town of Mt. Shasta. If skiing is what you enjoy during the winter months, check out Mt. Shasta Ski Park. More »


Famous Dave’s Redding Reviewed

Famous Dave's ReddingFamous Dave’s Bar-B-Que Redding is now serving customers.

If you haven’t been to a Famous Dave’s Bar-B-Que, Redding now has this famous chain barbecue restaurant.

Famous Dave’s opened it’s first restaurant in 1994 in the town of Hayward, Wisconsin. Today, there are several chain restaurants throughout the United States. So it is a privilege to have this famous restaurant in our town of Redding.

I recently visited Famous Dave’s Redding for lunch with a girlfriend and her young daughter. Famous Dave’s Bar-B-Que has a family orientated atmosphere, is child friendly and has a separate bar area where food is also served. It can be quite loud, but that’s what makes this a family type restaurant.

Famous Dave's Lunch Plate

Our server, Bailey, was quick to greet us and very friendly. The lunch prices are about $10+ and is the same menu as dinner, but just smaller portions. Take a look at our lunch plates! I can only imagine what our dinner plates would be. Our server started with a barbecue sauce presentation accompanied with their homemade chips. She described each of the sauces as she spelled Dave’s on a plate. My favorite sauces were the Georgia Mustard and for something spicy, Devil’s Spit. And if you want something even hotter, as I like it, ask for Wilbur’s Revenge. It’s not on the table as the rest of the sauces are.

We both had the two item lunch plates; I had the chopped pork and our server suggested the beef, so I went with that. The meats were tender and not dry, thank goodness! The lunch plate is served with their homemade cornbread and a side. Let me tell you, the cornbread was way yummy!

Famous Dave's Bar-B-Que Lunch Item

So if you haven’t visited a Famous Dave’s Bar-B-Que, now is your chance.  Go check them out. Although they were busy during lunch, there was no long wait for our food.  They’ve got it together at this restaurant, no wonder their “famous”.  Great service, good barbecue, variety of sauces, and yummy cornbread!


Selling Your Home In Redding

Selling Your Home In ReddingSelling Your Home In Redding Can Be Less Stressful

If you’re thinking of selling your home in Redding or have tried to sell a home in Redding, whatever your reason may be, current market conditions may prevent you from getting your home sold sooner than later, but there are ways to getting your home sold quicker.

Here are some helpful tips to selling your home in Redding and in the shortest period of time:

  1. Evaluate your situation, what is the reason you need to sell? Can selling your home in Redding wait until the real estate market improves? Are you relocating for a job, unfortunate divorce, downsizing or family size increased?
  2. Be realistic with price, sooooo important here.  Many home sellers believe their home is worth more than current market values.  A good starting point is to look on Zillow.com.  The value is not set in stone but it gives you an idea.
  3. Ask a real estate professional for a COMPLIMENTARY Comparable Market Analysis (CMA). Be sure that the CMA does not include foreclosures or short sales, unless that is all there is available.

Sushi Restaurants in Redding – Yama Sushi Is One Of The Favorites!

Which one of the several Sushi Restaurants in Redding do you visit?

Yama Sushi Boat

There are several Sushi Restaurants in Redding, but there are a couple  I prefer over the others.  One of the Sushi Restaurants in Redding I enjoy visiting is Yama Sushi, located in the Raley’s Shopping Center off Hartnell Avenue.

What makes Yama Sushi different from other Sushi Restaurants in Redding is their unique niche.  Yama Sushi has these “floating boats” that go around the sushi bar with several sushi items and non-sushi items on a plate to choose from.  This unique style is less intimidating for customers not too familiar with ordering sushi.  The “floating boats” display several different variations and combinations of sushi as well as other Japanese foods items.  Note:  For those who don’t eat sushi, not all sushi is raw fish; there is crab, shrimp, smoked salmon, and other fish that are cooked.


Breakfast In Redding At Brick’s Smokehouse BBQ & Grill

Brick's Smokehouse BBQ & GrillDid you know Brick’s Smokehouse BBQ & Grill serves breakfast in Redding?

As many of us enjoy going out for brunch or breakfast in Redding on Sundays, I wanted to take my little one out for her favorite, chocolate chip pancakes. We planned to meet up with my brother and his kids at Denny’s, but as we all have the same idea, many breakfast places in Redding were busy and Denny’s was no exception.

Since Denny’s had quite a long wait, my brother suggested we have breakfast at Brick’s.  I didn’t even know they served breakfast, but  I’m glad I know now.  The food was not only generous portions but made just the way I wanted.  Sharing one order on the breakfast menu was plenty enough for two.


Get Put Back Together With Massage Relief In Redding

That’s what I call it, getting “put back together”, when going to get a massage.  I carry a lot of my stress in my neck and shoulders so for me, getting a massage is more for therapy to help relieve muscle tension.

I’ve been to several places for a massage  in Redding with no luck finding the one who could “put me back together”, the massages were just ok.  It was more of the “feel good” kind of massage rather than the “put your back into” kind of massage which I prefer.  I’ve even been to a massage place where it felt like it was one of those “happy ending” places, yikes!  Sorry guys, I’m not naming the place of business ;) .


Progress Update on HARP 2.0

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As mentioned on a previous post, Refinance Your Underwater Home with HARP 2.0, I indicated that I would provide an update on my progress as well as what other underwater homeowners are experiencing now that the new guidelines have been updated.

My mortgage was previously owned by Bank of America for several years and just late last year my mortgage was sold to M&T Bank.  I had contacted M&T Bank early in March, just as HARP suggests to find out if they participate in the program.  I was told to call back mid-March which is when M&T Bank said they would have HARP system up and rolling.


Have You Met M&M From Moseley Family Cellars?

It took us several tries, but my husband and I finally got to meet “M&M”.  So who am I talking about? Marty and Mimi Moseley, the owners of Moseley Family Cellars.  They opened up a wine tasting room in the downtown Redding area last year. Referring to them as “M&M” was my easy way of remembering their names.

My husband and I had noticed Moseley Family Cellars wine tasting room several months back and being that we both enjoy discovering new wines we were looking forward to visiting on one of our date nights.  We’ve made several attempts to visit the wine tasting room, but we could never make it during the hours Moseley Family Cellars would be opened.  The hours were from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm, since then I believe the hours have changed to 4:30 pm – 8:30 pm according to their website. We would either be in downtown Redding for lunch (what, no wine tasting during lunch?) or make our way over after dinner.


Can Rental Properties Finally Cash Flow in California?

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Can Rental Properties Cash Flow in Redding, California?

With real estate at an all time low there are many rental properties in California that are actually cash flowing.  Surprisingly, since just a few years ago it was almost unheard of.

A real estate investor would be fortunate to get enough rental income to cover all the expenses, which included principle, interest, taxes, insurance, maintenance, repairs and in some areas, Homeowners Association fees or Mello Roos.


Peter Lopez Salon In Redding

Looking for a great Hair Stylist in the Redding Area?

If you haven’t yet heard about Peter Lopez Salon, let me tell you….Peter Lopez is absolutely fantastic! Peter Lopez Salon is located on the Westside of Redding, off Eureka Way, inside Bellissima Day Spa.

I’ve been in Redding since 1999 and I no longer have to go back to my hometown of Fairfield to get a hair cut. I would literally go for months without even getting a trim and then finally give in when I couldn’t stand my hair any more :( . For the record, I did try different hair stylists in Redding, but just never really found one I really wanted to come back to, and if I did find someone pretty good, they were no longer at the salon.


Obama Refinance Plan Makes It Easier To Refinance Underwater Homes

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In an attempt to help more borrowers refinance their underwater home, President Obama has developed a plan to make it easier for homeowners to refinance their equity challenged home.  The plan is to help “responsible” homeowners who’s mortgage loans do not meet HARP guidelines refinance and  obtain lower interest rates.  The proposed Obama Refinance Plan is to save thousands of dollars for homeowners on their mortgage payment which will allow them to be in a more comfortable payment and perhaps spend more to help boost the economy.