Every Home Has A Story

We Would Love To Tell yours


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


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.

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.

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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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

Austin Park in Clear Lake California

Austin Park is located in Clear Lake and is one of the 29 parks managed by Lake County. Is spreads out over 20 acres and activities include: canoeing, kayaking, swimming, picnic area, playground, restrooms, softball fields, biking and skate Park.

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Clear Lake Cottages and Marina

Located directly on the lake, our modern cottages and cottage suites are welcoming retreats. We offer a variety of floor plans, including those which feature full kitchens, so you are sure to find one that is perfect for your next visit. All of our cottages and suites have air conditioning, designer linens, luxurious plush towels and most feature relaxing patios or decks.

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Konocti Vista Resort & Marina

Located in beautiful Lake County, California, the hotel overlooks our private marina on historic Clear Lake, one of the premier largemouth bass fishing areas in the United States. Our sheltered marina is host to many top bass fishing tournaments each year and has become a haven for bass anglers and water sports enthusiasts.

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Konocti Vista Casino

This is Lake County’s only casino resort located on the shores of beautiful Clear Lake. It features an 80-room hotel, 90-slip marina, 74-space RV Park, an events center and all your favorite slots, and table games. Live entertainment can be found in their showroom and their cafe serves breakfast all day long!

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Clear Lake State Park

This magnificent California state park is home to amazing options for hiking, fishing, boating, mountain biking, camping, swimming and more. And it’s all in Lake County, where you’ll be breathing the cleanest air in North America, and enjoying the oldest lake in the New World.

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Blue Wing Saloon & Cafe

From the Blue Wing Saloon and Cafe, Danny’s Roadside Chicken, and Juicy’s Pizza you’ll find dining destinations lakeside, waterfront, in the hills, and mountains to the towns we congregate in. Something for everyone. Breweries, wineries, snack shacks, and formal affairs all await.

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Hardester’s Market

At Hardester’s it is our goal to stock a relevant mix of essential grocery products with a focus on quality and value.

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Mountain High Coffee

Full-Flavored Coffee
The Taylor Maid Farms roast is full-flavored without lingering bitterness. We work to find the sweet spot of the coffee, capturing the aroma, body, and acidity that is characteristic of the farm and the bean, not the roast. What you will taste in our coffee is what we feel best represents the care and attention paid to it on the farm

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Coyote Valley Plaza

Coyote Valley Plaza is a small stripe mall type center full of all kinds of amenities one might want living in the country area of Hidden valley Lake, California.

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Hidden Valley Lake Activities

The Lake is used for fishing, swimming, sailing and low or no-powered boating. Boats used on the Lake must have a Current HVLA Boat Sticker, and a Quagga Mussel Sticker, available from most Lake County bait shops or from the HVLA Administration Office.

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Hidden Valley Lake Equestrian Center

Each 12’ x 12’ barn stall has an attached 12’ x 16’ paddock and large, shared exercise turnouts. All turnouts have been upgraded with non-climb wire and peeler poles. A tack room, feed storage barn,

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Lake County Farmers Markets

Lake County California farmers Markets can be found in many of our communities. Locally grown and farmed fresh produce, fruits and homemade/baked goods

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Greenview Restaurant

Greenview restaurant is the local Hidden Valley Lake, California best restaurant. Not just a golfer snack shack this place rocks full dining.

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All About Yoga

Yoga unites the mind, body, and soul in a way that eases tension, reduces inflammation, and promotes health and well-being. Regular practice is so valuable to your health and well-being. We offer many classes from basic to advance, heated and non-heated for all levels.

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Hidden Valley Lake Golf Course

Nestled against spectacular coastal mountains that keep the fog, smog and congestion at bay, Hidden Valley Lake is a golfing oasis in lightly populated Lake County.

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4876 Summer Grove Cir. Fairfield, CA

Enjoy Cordelia living in this 4 bedroom 3 bathroom home. Main level features an open floor plan with a spacious brand new remodeled kitchen including Stainless Steel appliances, Quartz countertops and White Shaker soft closing cabinets.

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Hidden Valley Lake Campgrounds

Hidden Valley Lake Campgrounds 19234 Hidden Valley Road, Hidden Valley Lake, CA 95467 Campers can enjoy restful nights, hot showers and modern facilities. RV’s can just drive

Anderson Marsh State Historic Park

Anderson Marsh State Historic Park The Park is located at the southeast corner of Clear Lake, at the formation of Cache Creek, on Hwy 53 between the

Jelly Belly Factory

Jelly Belly Factory This is where the magic happens! The Jelly Belly Candy Company is the home of Jelly Belly® jelly beans and more than 50 other

Suisun Valley Antiques

Suisun Valley Antiques Located in the heart of the beautiful Suisun Valley wine country at Mankas Corner, a picturesque hamlet at the junctions of Mankas Corner, Clayton and

Blue Victorian Winery

The beautiful Blue Victorian Winery, owned by the Vezér family, is surrounded by acres of lush vineyards and palm trees. Enjoy special tours, tastings, and blends in the barrel room of this majestic winery or inside the beautifully restored Victorian home that serves as its tasting room.

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