Every Home Has A Story

We Would Love To Tell yours

MAKING A DIFFERENCE

About The Partners

If you live here already, you know how blessed we are. If you’re considering living or investing here, you’ve probably experienced some of the area’s extraordinary possibilities: country settings and small-town communities; enthralling agricultural beauty, and true farm to fork lifestyle, If Northern California is your real estate destination, you’ve arrived at the right spot. Whether you’re looking to buy your first home – or to sell an estate – expect nothing less from us than a Meritage blend of real estate expertise, professional service, creativity, and a passion for achieving your goals. 

With a combined 40+ years of real estate experience, I think you’ll find that we are up to the task. The Elite Partners epitomize integrity, energy, hard work, and service throughout each and every transaction they have. The Partners have been responsible for over $1 Billion in sales over the last 15 years and have ranked in the top ten worldwide within RE/MAX. Whether you’re ready to move into your first home or move on to the next one, The Elite Partners are with you at every important moment along the way.

Managing Partners

WHO YOU WORK WITH MATTERS

Don McDonald

Founding Partner & CEO

Don founded the Elite Team in 2006. As a dynamic leader and creative marketing guru, Don leads the partner’s marketing and business development efforts. After building one of RE/MAX’s Worldwide Top 10 Teams from 2007 through 2011 Don Joined RE/MAX Gold’s leadership team as their Director of Marketing and from 2015 through 2018 Don was Vice President of RE/MAX Gold the largest independent real estate company in California and #9 largest in the world. Today Don is back doing what he loves most helping agents achieve their very best results and working hand in hand with the Elite Partners The only thing that has changed is our name. We are now The Elite Partners still delivering outstanding customer satisfaction results!

Donovan Schemke

Managing Partner & President Residential

Sharp and focused, Donovan Schemke is a second generation Realtor with a strong mind for business. Practicing Real Estate for 15+ years, Donovan brings a sales background from the computer sector and has been well trained by corporate management in both sales and technology. Additionally, Donovan Schemke and his mother Pam have been among the Top Producing Realtors in Solano County. for over 40 years. Donovan clearly, understands the mindset of home buyers and sellers and has a thorough knowledge of the regional marketplace, which is what allows us to connect exceptional homes to exceptional lives.

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Local Offices

With offices located in Solano, Napa, Sonoma, and Lake County our Partners are everywhere you are.

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Homes Sold

Collectively the Partners have sold more than 4,450 homes in the last decade. We know a thing or two about selling homes.

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Elite Partners

With offices located in Solano, Napa, Sonoma, and Lake County our Partners are everywhere you are.

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Happy Clients

Our clients love us. This is more than our profession; it’s our passion because our family never forgets how much home truly means to you and your family.

Serving The Following Counties

Solano | Napa | Sonoma | Lake

Every home has a story. It's our job to tell the story. Below are our featured active stories for the homes we represent. Each is unique in its own way, stories shared from the homeowners about the way you might enjoy living, playing, working, and relaxing in your new home. You can click on the image and see the homes entire story which often includes a video walkthrough, tons more images, and a detailed description of the home, the neighborhood in which it resides, and information about the local community you'll be participating in for the next chapter in your life.

Serving The Following Counties

Solano | Napa | Yolo | Sonoma | Marin | Lake

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WONDERFUL CLIENTS

Meet them All

The road to the top was difficult but we would not be here without all these people that trusted us. We would like to say thank you so much!

Only Best Stories

Stories from about home, hesalth and wealth

Vacaville Premium Outlets

Vacaville Premium Outlets stores including Adidas, Aeropostale, Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, Burberry, Calvin Klein, Carter’s, Coach, Cole Haan, Gap Outlet, Guess, and more…

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Centennial Dog Park

This spacious off-leash dog park offers separate areas for large dogs and small dogs, so even pint-sized pups can play the day away! As Vacaville’s newest dog park, Centennial is a community effort in progress.

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Blissful Massage and Wellness Center

Blissful massage started in 2010 when Brian graduated from Bryan College. He joined Jody, who had already been working as a massage therapist graduating from the National Holistic Institute in 1994.

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Alamo Creek Bike Path

The Alamo Creek Bikeway is a shaded path along Alamo Creek in Vacaville. The trail connects residents with several parks, including Nelson Park, Patwin Park and Beelard Park.

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Soul Food Farm

Soul Food Farm is quietly tucked into the rolling hillsides of Northern California. Since 1988, the Koefoed family has continued the legacy of this historic farm, and today it is bountiful with both wild and artisan flowers, lavender fields, and an estate olive orchard where, every year, the local community gathers to help with the harvest.

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Menagerie Hill Ranch

Are you an Alpaca fan looking for something unique that will transform you wedding day into a truly memorable event?

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Backroad Vines

Welcome to BackRoad Vines located in beautiful Suisun Valley, California, bringing back the traditional “old school” art form of wine making

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Farmers Markets

At your Vacaville Farmers’ Market, the produce is always fresh, always seasonal, and always provided by your local farmers and ranchers. The market runs every Saturday from 9am – 1pm, May through October. Get more information about Farmers Markets and Produce Stand in Vacaville.

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Sold | 208 Maple Lane, Winters, Ca

Within walking distance of downtown Winters! Home features 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths, and an open plan. As you walk in, you will see laminate flooring and a nice fireplace. The master bedroom also has a walk-in closet.

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Buckhorn Steakhous

The Buckhorn Steakhouse is located in the turn of the century DeVilbiss Hotel on Main Street in historic downtown Winters. The restaurant’s reputation is distinguished by its casual roadhouse appeal. With a warm buff interior, oak tables, booths and trophy game heads. Famous for its 42 day aged, hand cut on premise, Certified Angus Beef steaks.

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Preserve Winter

Surrounded by some of the richest agricultural land in existence, Winters is also uniquely rich in culture, history, family and community.

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Winters Cheese Company

Located inside Turkovich Family Wines Tasting Room, select your favorite cheese to pair with wine and enjoy a block of heaven! Chipotle Jack, Sage Cheddar, Smoked Cheddar, Gouda, Tomme and more await!

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Park Winters

Park Winters is a celebration ready, Boutique Inn located in historic Winters, California. Come relax and be inspired. Recharge in the country while staying in one of our deluxe suites or plan the celebration of your dreams.

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Field and Pond

80 acres of picturesque retreat space and lodging will delight your stay on this quiet country road. Weddings and events captured here, but the stay in the gorgeous country home will bring you warm delight.

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Lake Solano Recreation

Take the family to Lake Solano because it has everything for a fun trip – camping, fishing, horseshoe pits, sand volleyball courts, paddleboats and canoe rentals. Go for the day or camp for a week and be sure to take some time to visit Winters.

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Turkovich Family Wines

Surrounded by rich agricultural land and soaked in the warm California sun, Turkovich Family Wines produces quality small-lot wines from the best vineyards in Western Yolo County. Winemaker and third-generation farmer Christopher Turkovich returned to his hometown after traveling the world making wine.

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Ciarlo Fruit & Nut Olive Oil

Over 30 wineries and 9,000+ acres of vineyards are awaiting your arrival in one of the fastest growing winemaking regions in America. Vines and views are abundant, as are the accolades that Lake County wines continue to receive.

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Solano County Housing Report November 2020

Suisun Valley, California & Northern California. – (BUSINESS WIRE)—Elite Partners. Powered by RE/MAX Gold (“Elite Partners”) announced today that they have launched their Commercial Division, expanding their operating footprint and range of services across the State of California. The Carmen Gray Team, recently highlighted as one of RE/MAX’s top four small commercial teams nationally, is focused exclusively on Commercial Real Estate, Vineyard Estates/Wineries, Luxury Properties and includes Business Sales.

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Elite Partners, powered by RE/MAX Gold Launches Commercial Division

Suisun Valley, California & Northern California. – (BUSINESS WIRE)—Elite Partners. Powered by RE/MAX Gold (“Elite Partners”) announced today that they have launched their Commercial Division, expanding their operating footprint and range of services across the State of California. The Carmen Gray Team, recently highlighted as one of RE/MAX’s top four small commercial teams nationally, is focused exclusively on Commercial Real Estate, Vineyard Estates/Wineries, Luxury Properties and includes Business Sales.

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14047 Rosewood Ln. Clearlake, Ca

Lakefront exquisitely remodeled dream home features 4 Bedrooms, open spacious floor-plan & wonderful grounds. Welcoming entry foyer w/tile floors doors with intricate detail. Step into the living room with lake & Mt. Konocti views as a dramatic backdrop through the panoramic windows. The vaulted ceilings and stone floor-to-ceiling fireplace adds character & elegance.

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Wine Tasting in Lake County California

Over 30 wineries and 9,000+ acres of vineyards are awaiting your arrival in one of the fastest growing winemaking regions in America. Vines and views are abundant, as are the accolades that Lake County wines continue to receive.

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Tatonka Land Mini Golf

Tatonka Land Mini Golf offers family fun through a good old-fashioned American classic – miniature golf, or putt-putt for those you from the Midwest. Make your way through a maze of 18 holes!

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Brassfield Estate Winery

With a Tuscan-style winery located at his vineyard estate in High Valley, Jerry Brassfield has an idyllic setting for grapes and guests alike. The valley’s topography has created several distinct microclimates and its geology has resulted in a combination of volcanic soils along the hillsides and alluvial soils on the valley floor, which sits at an elevation of 1,800 feet. Excavation is underway on one of the largest wine cave systems in North America.

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Zephyr Zen Art and Antiques

Zephyr Zen Art and Antiques is loaded with treasures of all types, from furniture to fine art to jewelry to knick knacks to coins. The owner is friendly visitors have said he is always ready for lively political discussion. If you’re looking for antiques and collectibles in Lake County, this is a must-visit shop.

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