Plateau Real Estate


Real Estate in La Cresta and surrounding Santa Rosa Plateau associations can be complicated to navigate – with many variables, including views, usable land, connecting trails, habitat restrictions, accessibility, privacy…

You can easily fall into a ‘Money Pit’ – or worse, a home that does not fit your ultimate needs – if you are not fully aware of the many important details and logistics.   If you play it right, and use a knowledgeable Plateau-resident Realtor, you will find yourself in the most wonderful home-ownership of your life!

Our resident Real Estate Professional, Kelly Smith* offers the following information:

  • All properties in La Cresta and the Santa Rosa Plateau are at least 5 acres in size. Some are larger.  Santa Rosa West has a 10-acre minimum.
  • Most properties are zoned Residential Rural – RR5/10/20.
  • Some are zoned Residential Agricultural – RA5/10/20.
  • Many people refer to the entire Santa Rosa Plateau as “La Cresta”, yet there are actually several Associations, all with their individual CC&Rs and dues.
  • Property Owners Associations (POA) include: La Cresta, La Cresta Highlands, Santa Rosa West, Meadow Oaks, The Trails at Santa Rosa, and Tenaja (a Community Service District).
  • Prices range from under $100,000 for vacant land, to over $7,000,000 for grand estates.

When you study the Plateau, you will learn that different areas lend themselves to different uses.  For example, do you ride horses?  If so, what style?  If you ride trails, you must be very clear on where the trails reside, so that you are not forced to trailer your horses to a nearby trail.  If you arena ride, you will obviously need a property with an arena, or the appropriate parcel to accommodate one.

If you plan to farm, similar considerations will be in play, such as soil conditions, the presence of a well, or the ability to install a well (some areas are better than others).

Moms and Dads driving up and down the hill to schools will also want to be prepared for how far into the Plateau they live.  You may get dreamy about being a rancher / farmer, then find that you regret moving too far out with a drive that drives you nuts.  In these cases, one of the closer Plateau areas may be your choice.

The Plateau has all the property options:  View, Flat for Horses, Close to Entrance, Remote and Private, Fancy, Rustic…It is really important to understand all of the nuances of living on the Plateau before you commit.  A resident Realtor is your best bet.

“When I found La Cresta in 2002, I thought I had gone to Heaven.  It spoke to my Texas roots and my love for California weather 365 days a year.  We came from the SoCal coast, and I still tease my friends there that ‘the sun shines IN THE MORNING!’   With our  lovely clear mornings, dark night skies, sparse traffic, community feeling, activities galore, amenities just down the hill, peace and quiet, I could not be happier to call this my forever Home.

La Cresta has been a part of everything I do – from the dogs I rescue to the businesses that my husband and I have been blessed to build.  I love this place for the ability to be private, yet have the social outlets, such as potlucks, luncheons, game nights, and annual Plateau events.  I have friends that I see only monthly at functions and yet feel connected, as we all share the mission to watch out for each other and raise the bar on service and community.   I love it here and cannot wait to share our beautiful Plateau with you!”  –Kelly Smith


KELLY’S GUIDE TO THE PLATEAU – a downloadable PDF with lots of vital information you will want to know, if you are considering living on our beautiful Plateau.

OPPORTUNITY TO ENGAGE IN KELLY’S VIP PLATEAU BUYERS PROGRAM – Kelly’s proprietary program designed exclusively for serious, qualified buyers.  This program is limited to five active buyers, and is a deep dive into finding you the most perfect Plateau estate possible.



Kelly and her General Contractor husband moved to La Cresta in 2002 from Orange County.  They found a property they loved, yet knew that it needed to be made their own.  Since then, and into the future, they joyfully continue to work the land and revise the home to create their dream property, where they plan to live into retirement.

With this experience, 17 years residency, and having sold and built projects all over the Plateau, Kelly brings a depth of knowledge of this area, which is unrivaled.  She shares her passion for the Plateau with participants of her VIP Buyers Program.

If you are down for a fantastic scavenger hunt – finding the best property for you – give Kelly a call, text or email.  951-837-1650

California Real Estate License 01499934

Broker:  Allison James BRE#01885684


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