An Insider’s View of the St. Helena Housing Market

OTSH welcomed Jordan Bentley to the Board in fall, 2020. She grew up in St. Helena and joins her mother and brother at Wine Country Consultants, a real estate firm focused on legacy vineyards and wineries. Jordan met her husband, Rob Watermeyer, at Massachusetts College of Art, where they were both pursuing a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Photography.

After graduating, they remained on the East Coast for a few years, involved in a variety of creative pursuits. They moved back to St. Helena in 2011, and Rob bought Frameworks, a custom picture framing and art gallery, in 2016.

Jordan’s and Rob’s challenge: No housing hitting the market at starter-house prices

They’ve lived in St. Helena for ten years, and they’re involved in the community. Besides being Vice President of the OTSH Board, Jordan is President of the St. Helena Cooperative Nursery School. Rob has coached Rec sports and supports Nimbus Arts. They have two young sons, ages three and seven.
Like most residents, Jordan and Rob love the quality of life that St. Helena affords, and they want their kids to grow up here. They’d like to own their own home, but it’s difficult to find a house that hits the St. Helena real estate market at the kind of starter-house prices that helps young families become home owners. They had saved money, but when Frameworks became available, they knew it was an opportunity they couldn’t pass up. Their down-payment money was redirected towards the Frameworks purchase.
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