March 12th, 2015 at 4:00 pm


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Author: Josh Foote from Team Foote
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I’ve seen the Estates at Del Sur through Jessica’s Google Glass picture tour, but last week it was time to see them on my own and one thing that stood out to me was … the stagers in these model homes used so many wine bottles!


Granted, the bottles are a part of three very nice features of the house. Downstairs there is a bar/wine area with more than ample storage space, a sink, and a tall, spacious wine refrigerator. Between the wine fridge and a beautiful chandelier is a series of metal wine racks.

Upstairs, the master bedroom has beautiful built-in cabinets including two separate spaces for storing wine.

Then, the ultimate is the outdoor sleeping balcony: The master bath opens to this beautiful space (see the panorama below) where you can look out across Del Sur as you sleep or relax outdoors in your balcony bed. Mini wine fridge included.


I noticed that every bottle in the models is empty and they are all the same wine: A Benziger Family Winery 2013 Sauvignon Blanc. And so it was right about when I saw the mini wine fridge on the balcony that the question entered my mind: How much would it cost to replace all of these, bottle for bottle? How much would I have to spend to fully stock this living space with libations?


First stop: where a bottle of Benziger Family Winery 2013 Sauvignon Blanc will run you $14. Unfortunately, I don’t know how many bottles are in the model home, but I was at least able to count all of the visible bottles in the pictures I took.

On the sleeping balcony (counting the two bottles in the mini wine fridge), there were nine bottles ($14×9=$126). In the built-ins in the master bedroom, there were two cabinets capable of holding 24 bottles each (48x$14=$672), and in the downstairs bar my count came to 143 bottles (143x$14=$2,002).


That adds up to an even 200 bottles which would cost you a grand total (without tax and shipping) of $2,800.

Now, if you want to up your game a little, you could go for the top-rated Sauvignon Blanc on That would be the Bourgeois Jadis Sancerre 2012 at $49.99 a bottle. That would bring your total to $9,998 or over $10K once you pay sales tax and shipping.

If you know my family, you know we are Trader Joe’s junkies and, you could go for the $1.99 Charles Shaw collection. That move would reduce your wine expenditures to a meager $398.

So, there you have it. Your total cost to replace the bottles in the models.


Here are my three takeaways:

  1. The Estates at Del Sur are beautiful, luxurious, well-thought-out, and would definitely set up for a wine lover.
  2. I think of strange things when I’m touring homes.
  3. Make sure you are using a good REALTOR®.

I’m just going to ignore No. 2 and skip to explaining No. 3: When you buy a home, there can be a ton of hidden costs as well as expenses that some homebuyers don’t know about or consider when making a purchase. It could be something in the cost of ownership, like how much it’s going to cost to fill all of your empty crevices with Sauvignon Blanc bottles, the energy costs (running all those wine fridges), or periodic pest-control visits.

We occasionally run into buyers who don’t realize the costs that come with purchasing a home: Paying for a home inspection and occasionally a follow-up inspection.

That’s where selecting a great REALTOR comes into play. Your REALTOR should be able to walk you through the entire home-buying process so that nothing takes you as surprise. He or she should also help you avoid unnecessary expenditures. A REALTOR should be an advantage to your home-buying journey, as this professional uses his or her knowledge in the housing market and has negotiating skills to assist you.

If you don’t have a great REALTOR yet, let us interview for the job! Visit us at We’d love to meet you!

Oh, one last thing about the Estates at Del Sur and wine: Apparently they just expect you to make your own.


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