March 2013

Found 16 blog entries for March 2013.


Golden Gate Bridge no longer takes cash at  toll booth starting March 27, 2013. In effort to save the bridge district money ($16.8 million over the next eight years) and speed up the traffic flow, all bridge crossers from Marin County will be paying their tolls electronically.  Also, for the first time ever there will now be a carpool lane (second lane from the right).  Please check this link for the carpool rules.

Basically there are several methods for paying the toll.

1: Open a Fas Track account : This is great for those who frequently cross the bridge and want a discounted price and are willing to prepay an account.

2: Pay-By-Plate :  This is good for those who cross less frequently but want the fee charged directly to their credit card

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Amazing south facing views of the Tamalpais/Tennessee Valley Ridge from this stylish contemporary home in Marin Terraces. This beautifully appointed 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath split-level home features vaulted ceilings, hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances, fireplace in the living room, spacious bedrooms, walk-in closet in the master bedroom, Jacuzzi tub in the master bath, separate office, large laundry room and a 2 car garage with additional space for storage.

Enjoy entertaining in the open kitchen, dining and living rooms or relax on one of the homes many decks to enjoy the view and peaceful setting. The backyard offers areas for outdoor dining, gardening or playing. The location is also ideal for those commuting to San Francisco or outdoor

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Marin County Homes for Sale - New & Noteworthy: March 21, 2013

56 new listings this week in Marin County! The Spring selling season has officially begun! This is great news as we continue to have below average levels of inventory. In fact in February we had .8 months of inventory compared to 4-5 months last year, same time.

There were some standouts this week on broker's tour:

10 Currey Avenue, Sausalito CA 94965 - Listed for $1,650,000  

This 4 bedroom, 3-1/2 baths home is in the coveted and warmer Banana Belt area of Sausalito. The house had a hint of Southwest style and drop dead gorgeous views of the Sausalito Marina. The floor plan is super functional with the 4th bedroom below, en suite with a separate entrance door -

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10 Diverse Marin Hiking and Biking Trails

Hiking and biking in Marin is one the best ways to experience our amazing open spaces, panoramic views and unique neighborhoods.  With Spring just around the corner, it is time to get out and discover the over 100 trails along the coastal hills, parklands and through Marin's picturespue towns.

Below is a well-rounded list of links for hikers, cyclists, runners, dog-walkers, equestrians and birders - a little somthing for everyone.



  • Hill 88 - Hike/Bike Trail: Marin Headlands from Fort Cronkite/Rodeo Beach to the top of Hill-88 - Spectacular Views.   
  • Tennessee Valley: Mill Valley to the Pacific Ocean.  Offers wide partially paved trails with one fairly large hill to climb -Round Trip
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I have a very special new listing coming on the market this week.  Enjoy prime location in the highly sought after Forbes Neighborhood of San Rafael. Walk to down town, Sun Valley Elementary School, Rafael Racquet Club, Andy's Market, Open Space Hiking Trails etc. The  "welcome home" curb appeal keeps its promise when you enter. This spacious 4BR/3BA home is well cared for and has been extensively remodeled over the years, including kitchen with top-of-line appliances, bathroom remodels, hardwood floors etc.

  • 4BR/3BA
  • Fantastic huge family room w/ balcony
  • Lovely back yard with fruit trees, berries etc.
  • Practical floor plan
  • Great indoor-outdoor flow
  • Prime location in desirable Forbes near down town

Rarely do you

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Today's SF Chronicle ran a most interesting article on the rebounding real estate market.  In brief, buyers are vying for limited inventories of properties which is creating bidding wars with multiple offers on properties and area median home prices rising 24.6% over last year.  The article contributes the surge to an improving economy, job growth (read that as buyer confidence again), which is extremely strong in the SF Bay Area.  Therefore, the San Francisco Bay Area seems to be the hottest market in the U.S. right now.

To read the full SF Chronicle article, go to:




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This beautifully and completely remodeled and expanded home in the Mt. Marin area of San Rafael boasts a huge kitchen with granite counters and high-end appliances, 4 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, hardwood floors, 2 fireplaces, skylights, lovely landscaping, solar heated saltwater pool with a waterfall, outdoor kitchen, and an outdoor workshop area... Dixie School District too!

Offered at $929,000.

Open Houses: 

Sat., March 16th from 1p-3p  &   Sun., March 17th from 1p-4p

For more information, feel free to contact me:

email:  cell: 415.640.0336 

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I recently received a query from a new Marin resident. He is renting in Southern Marin. The question went something like this:"While I am from the metropolitan East Coast and used to high home prices, I was simply unprepared for the sticker shock of homes in Southern Marin. Why should I even consider a home purchase in Marin? These prices are outrageous."

I am posting my reply: There is a very simple reason Marin is so unique and thus so expensive.

With very strict zoning and environmental laws, Marin is a Mecca of natural beauty and healthy living yet close to one of the most exciting major metropolises in the world. In a nutshell: Marin is utterly unique.

How did it get to this point? It almost didn't.

In 1968-71, the County Supervisors in

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96 golden hinde blvd san rafael 

Hopeful Eichler homeowners should check out my newest Eichler listing lcoated at 96 Golden Hinde Blvd, San Rafael.

Listed for sale at $785,000 and open to the public for the first time this weekend, 96 Golden Hinde is a light-filled, 3 bedroom / 2 bathroom Eichler home in San Rafael's Terra Linda Neighborhood.  Property features include:

  • Courtyard style, 3 BR / 2 BA Home,
  • Open floor plan,
  • Updated kitchen, flooring, bathrooms; dual pane windows,
  • Nice lot which backs up to open space - ample room for relaxing and entertaining,
  • 2 car garage parking,
  • Convenient location to shopping (Farmers Market, Northgate Mall), public transporation and top rated school.

Offered for sale at $785,000, 96 Golden Hinde Blvd will be open this Sunday (3/17) from

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I'm extremely pleased to announce the official launch of Wine Country Modern Real Estate, our newest brand which extends our reach and "high tech, high touch" service-oriented approach to residential real estate sales in both Sonoma and Napa County.

Wine Country Modern represents a distinct brand within our family and better positions us to meet the needs of clients interested in purchasing or selling property in California Wine Country (Sonoma & Napa County).    To correspond with the official launch of Wine Country Modern, we've also introduced a new website to support the brand which can be found at    The website has been a labor of love and we've invested several hundred man (and woman!) hours developing a unique,

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