May 2015

Found 17 blog entries for May 2015.

92 Bahama Reef, Novato CA 94945 - Found New Owners!

Sometimes the house you end up buying is not the house you were looking for when you started your search. Often the city you buy that house in wasn't even part of your original plans.


Which is one of the reasons I urge my clients to take their time and not rush the process. Buying a home truly is a process and is vastly different for each client.  My clients have been living in SF for 6 years in a one-bedroom condo and when I started working with them weren't really convinced that they even wanted to move to Marin (the burbs) and leave the excitement of the city.

How do you know which city you want to live in? What neighborhood? Is walking to get coffee in your top 5 or do you

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I just listed an amazing Eichler home in San Rafael which absolutely personifies California Modern design and the best of indoor / outdoor living. 

Located at 761 Montecillo Rd, San Rafael, this 4BR / 2 BA Eichler home has been extensively upgraded yet still maintains much of it's original charm and detail including original globe lights, a large exposed cinder block wood burning fireplace, mahogany walls, and original closet doors.  Upgrades to this magnificent home include:

  • Upgraded Kitchen which features custom concrete counters with built in drain board, deep stainless steel sink, modern lighting, a Viking cooktop and oven,  and a Subzero fridge.
  • Renovated Bathrooms which feature a custom built concrete bathtub & counter, Heath Ceramic tiles,
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Green Oaks condo for sale in San Rafael. Listed by Marin Modern Real Estate. 

I wanted to let our clients and friends know that I have an upcoming condo listing in the Green Oaks development located in San Rafael's Terra Linda neighborhood.

Located at 415 Sylvia Way, this desirable end unit condo features:
- 2 bedrooms, 1.5 baths (1,288 sq ft per tax records)
- Updated kitchen with Quartzstone counters, gas cooktop, center island and stainless steel appliances
- Remodeled bathrooms
- Hardwood flooring and newer carpeting upstairs
- New paint with designer colors
- Private outdoor space for relaxing and entertaining
- Located in the desirable Dixie School District

415 Sylvia Wy will be offered for sale at $550,000. You can tour the property now by visiting

Contact me if you'd like to learn more about this property or

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1717 Novato Blvd. #14 Novato, CA 94947: SOLD!


I prepared, had professionally photographed, marketed and sold this beautiful Novato town-house quickly and for over asking.

My seller had a stylish unit to begin with and took my advice with a few preparations which really made the home shine. We received 4 offers, all over asking and closed at $460,000 ($15,000 over!)

This hip loft style unit is tucked into a sweet spot in the complex which offers privacy and is near majestic Oak Trees.  Spacious at over 1300 sq ft, this unit has two nice sized bedrooms, a bath with shower over tub, a half bath downstairs plus LOTS of storage! The updated kitchen feature stainless appliances, contemporary counters and a breakfast bar. Open floor plan from

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370 Larkspur Plaza, Larkspur CA 94939: SOLD!


I'm excited to announce that another one of my fabulous Buyer clients has secured a piece of Marin! Set near quaint downtown Larkspur, Larkspur Isle Complex offers quick access to San Francisco, Mt. Tam, downtown Larkspur, miles of bike path and is complete with a sparkling pool! The unit, 2 bed 2 full baths, is located in a fantastic school district home to Redwood High School and Larkspur-Corte Madera School District.

This transaction was the first VA loan I had ever done.  With my stellar lending team, it closed without a hitch. My buyers were able to get in without over bidding and I was still able to get them a credit back...not an easy task right now.

If you, or someone you know, is looking

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Sold for $987,500

Staging is a must!  I assisted my sellers in getting the best price for their fabulous Upper Lucas Valley home.  This 5 bedroom model is currently used as a 4 bedroom with a master bedroom retreat.  Spacious master bedroom en-suite with two separate closets.  3 additional bedrooms upstairs with hardwood floors.  Updated kitchen with granite counters, stainless appliances, large pantry and full sized breakfast area.  Step down to the tiled family room opening to the level backyard with raised planter box and custom paver patio for entertaining. Formal living and dining room with hardwood floors and fireplace. Remodeled half bathroom and separate laundry room off the family room.  2 car garage.  Large side

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1404 Buchanan St. Novato, CA 94947: SOLD!


I'm thrilled to have helped another Buyer client find, secure and close on a fabulous Novato home. Set on a large level lot in the Presidents Neighborhood, this 4 bedroom 2 bath home has new owners.  The gleaming hardwood floors and fresh paint make a clean backdrop for my buyers to personalize.

In this highly competitive market we were lucky to be able to make a pre-emptive offer, get accepted open escrow and 30 days later close! We held tight to our timelines and after a few rounds of negotiating, I was able to get my Buyers a very sweet credit towards closing costs.

Are you thinking about buying or selling? I'd love to help.  Curious about the value of your home; go to

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SMART Train - It's Coming



The long awaited, exhaustingly debated and much anticipated SMART train is really, really, really coming! There was a recent siting of the one of 7 trains ordered from an Illinois company with a test run in Cotati.


First phase will connect Santa Rose to San Rafael with second phase going further north to Cotati and south of San Rafael to the Larkspur landing area.


Check for which stops are scheduled in the first phase and which are planned for the future or second phase.

Join the Facebook Page for updates and info

Progress updates as well as contact information and more info on each phase.

I have clients who have considered purchasing and purchased homes in Novato because of the

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AARP, formerly known as the American Association of Retired Persons, just came out with its annual list for the most livable, friendly and healthy American cities and neighborhoods for people over 50 and guess which town came up as the best small city for staying healthy - Novato, CA. San Francisco came in at number one for large cities - not bad company.


The reasons cited for Novato to come in so high for staying healthy is the access to excellent health care providers and personal satisfaction with services provided; a lower hospitalization rate; the lack of obesity among residents; a decrease in tobacco usage and the multitude of exercise opportunities.

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I'm excited to present my newest listing, a wonderfully updated Alliance-built home in San Rafael's Terra Linda neighborhood.

Located at 425 Hickory Lane in San Rafael, this classic 3BR / 2 BA post & beam style Alliance home has an open and light filled floorplan which features:

  • An extensively remodeled kitchen with new cabinetry, stainless steel appliances, dual drawer dishwasher, dual oven, volcanic ash/rock counters, custom backsplash, recessed lighting and a water purification system.
  • Tastefully remodeled modern bathrooms,
  • Updated flooring (engineered bamboo laminate),
  • Energy-efficient dual pane windows,
  • Modern gas fireplace insert surrounded by floor-to-ceiling designer tile,
  • Upgraded boiler system for the hydronic radiant heating
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