Ken Mattson started out small… With a massive eyesore.
After coming to Sonoma for years as a vacationer, the Piedmont resident’s first buy in Sonoma Valley became the two water-logged and deserted 7,000-square-foot houses on Moon Mountain Road. Mattson snapped up the property in 2015 for simply under $1 million and agreed to raze the web site straight away to improve the aesthetics of Highway 12. Two large new houses on the same website online now near completion.
He quickly started to are looking for out other homes around Sonoma that he believed have been underutilized however held excessive potential. In 2016, he bought Sonoma’s Best deli and cottages on East Napa Street and Boyes Food Market and the “Lanning Structures” on Highway 12.
His tempo has picked up on the grounds that then. Mattson has quietly been shopping residential and commercial homes in addition to vacant lots, both inside the city limits and around the Valley. As of press time, consistent with CoreLogic actual property reports, he now owns all or a part of 26 Valley residences totaling nearly $80 million.
Two property dealers acquainted with the neighborhood market agreed that Mattson is now one in every of the most important (non-winery) landowners inside the Valley.
Most wonderful, were Mattson’s purchases, through his real estate corporation, LeFever Mattson, of Cornerstone Sonoma marketplace, Ramekins culinary faculty and the General’s Daughter event space from Kenwood Investments.


But Mattson additionally now owns Leland Fishing Ranch assets on Arnold Drive, the old Cocoa Plant constructing on Broadway, Cottage Inn & Spa downtown, a portion of the Mercado assets at the Plaza, the Sojourn tasting room constructing on East Napa, and the listing goes on.
The Cornerstone deal
Mattson instructed the Index-Tribune that he makes a speciality of identifying underutilized property.
“Not below-valued,” he stated with amusing, acknowledging Sonoma’s excessive real estate fees, “below-utilized.”
In order to maximize the potential of the Cornerstone belongings, LeFever Mattson purchased the close by thirteen-acre Leland Fly Fishing Ranch for $four.75 million and Mattson said he hopes to sooner or later make that property “part of the Cornerstone experience.”
In order to maximise the potential of the Ramekins and General’s Daughter houses, LeFever Mattson ultimate week purchased the large barn in the back of the houses in addition to a few neighboring residences. He said that he purchased the Cottage Inn and Spa to have get entry to to its resort body of workers.
Sonoma’s Best assignment
Mattson’s reputedly random residential purchases around Sonoma’s Best relate to his desire to take gain of the shop’s area at the pinnacle of the a lot-anticipated motorcycle trail to be able to sooner or later run from Eighth Street East all the way up to Santa Rosa. His purchases associated with the motorbike path encompass three parcels close to the intersection of Lovall Valley Road and Seventh Street East totaling 10 acres and almost $15 million. His acquisition of a residence on Apple Tree Court at the back of Sonoma’s Best will improve access to the motorcycle path and add parking.
“We’re working with the county to make the motorbike path a reality from the shop via the Springs as quickly as viable,” said Mattson. “You’ll be capable of park your motorbike adequately at Sonoma’s Best, or your automobile throughout the street, and motorbike into town – forestall to devour, go to locations inside the Springs and make a whole day of it.”
Springs challenge
Up Highway 12, Mattson’s Springs assignment centers around the transformation of Boyes Food Market right into a sister belongings to Sonoma’s Best, to be known as Boyes’ Best. Up the street, his “Noodle Springs” box complicated continues to be within the works – with an anticipated beginning this summer.

The improvement of the Boyes property is predicted to show up in waves, with eight townhouses first, then a second retail constructing, before in the end tackling the market preservation itself.
Both the brand new constructing and the refurbished food center will have small apartments in the 2d tale above them, bringing the total number of housing gadgets to 37, a few as small as 350-square-foot studios, to 1,seven-hundred-square-foot four-bedroom townhouses. Around 20 percent of those could be inexpensive housing.
Downtown purchases
Mattson’s handful of purchases around the Plaza, together with the gadgets within the Mercado and the Sojourn tasting room, aren’t tied to any of his larger tasks however they do supply him a downtown presence and voice, which he said he sees as vital, thinking about his stake now in the future of the place.
Where did the Mattson money come from?
Ken Mattson grew up in Rancho Cordova, and his spouse, Stacy, in Fairfield. He describes himself as a completely self-made guy.
“I graduated from Cal with a grand overall of $400 in my pocket,” he said. He has labored in the financial offerings enterprise for 35 years, most currently as a financial planner. He is in his 50s and Stacy in her 40s. They have been married for nearly 30 years and feature 4 children, all of whom are in their 20s.
Ken has offered the majority of those homes with Stacy, beneath the name KS Mattson. Only the purchases related to Cornerstone, Ramekins and the General’s Daughter had been conducted with the aid of the actual estate organization, LeFever Mattson, which he co-owns with Tim LeFever.

For most of the purchases, Mattson said he has obtained financing for approximately 25 to 50 percent of the purchase charge, through mortgages with a half dozen one of a kind banks. He paid for among the smaller homes in coins.
For many of the transactions, he paid at or close to the asking price. For others, like the Cottage Inn and Spa, he negotiated 25 percent off of the asking fee. For Leland Ranch, he become able to knock the fee down by way of almost a third – he paid $4.75 million even as the listing fee turned into $7. For many, he brokered a deal for properties that had been now not even available on the market.
He stated that he pays what he thinks is the right fee and that on occasion traces up with the asking price and now and again it doesn’t.
He doesn’t like to name himself a actual property investor, because, he advised the Index-Tribune, “I purchase however I don’t sell. I like solving up initiatives so they lengthy outlive me.”
Is he finished?
When reached via the Index-Tribune ultimate Tuesday, Mattson expressed each discomfort with being inside the highlight and bemused that his developing neighborhood real estate portfolio became considered news.
When asked if nevertheless more offers were within the works, he defined his recent purchases because the “tail” of his large investments.

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