Napa Valley Land Brokers
Michael Crane, Broker
Michael Crane is a third generation Napan and a wine industry real estate specialist. During the past 25 years, he has sold more than $180 Million in Napa Valley real estate.
In 1998 Michael founded Napa Valley Land Brokers to specialize in land, vineyards, wineries, country homes and estates. In that same year Michael and his wife Chyrle purchased their own small ranch and vineyard property between Napa and Yountville where they continue to live, grow grapes, and operate Michael’s real estate office. In 2003, Michael and his brother Robert fulfilled their life long dream with the release of their first commercial wine, 2001 Crane Brothers Syrah. They now produce four red varietals annually from Crane Ranch Vineyard estate grown grapes.
Michael’s real estate practice at Napa Valley Land Brokers is focused solely on representing buyers and sellers of Napa Valley properties. He has knowledge and experience regarding Napa Valley country property and vineyard values as well as Napa County's land use and zoning regulations. He is experienced in and understands the regulations and approval process to develop vineyards, obtain and modify winery permits, and complete lot line adjustments which are unique to the Napa Valley.
Michael’s previous real estate experience also includes hundreds of residential transactions, commercial and residential investment properties, subdivisions, estate sales, 1031 exchanges, and bank foreclosures. Earlier in his career, Michael owned and managed a successful Napa real estate company with 11 Realtor associates, which he later sold in 1995.
Michael attended Napa High School, Napa Valley College, and California State University, Sacramento. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in real estate and has held a California real estate license since 1983. He began his full time real estate career in 1985 and obtained his brokers license in 1988. He is a member of the North Bay, California, and National Associations of Realtors, Farm Bureau and Napa Valley Grapegrowers Association. Michael and Chyrle have two married daughters and five grandchildren, all living in the Napa Valley.
Michael’s passion and experience as a land owner, grower, and vintner, coupled with his extensive Napa Valley real estate experience, give him unique qualifications and insights as a wine industry real estate broker. As such, he is frequently asked to evaluate potential vineyard land, vineyards, wineries, and vineyard estates, and often knows of properties and works with buyers of properties that never reach the market. His list of satisfied clients includes many long term repeat customers and names you are sure to recognize.