October 2015

Found 16 blog entries for October 2015.

50 Cresta #4 San Rafael, CA 94903: Coming Soon for sale

Hip, modern and sophisticated loft

Be prepared for wow factor with this meticulously maintained custom open living concept on 3 levels. Dramatic 30 foot ceilings with a wall of windows bring in beautiful light to an over 1700 sq-ft. living space. Enter through a hip patio to a bamboo floored great room featuring a chef's kitchen with granite counters, gas range, stainless appliances plus more to an open dining and living room with gas fireplace and a huge slider to the balcony.Custom features througout!

Continue upstairs on soft carpet to 2 master suites (top floor bedroom currently being used as a family room) with pristine limestone tiled baths and an office area. Additional benefits

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NOVEMBER 1ST marks the end of this years daylight savings!

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Remember that hour of sleep you lost in the spring...Guess what? You are getting it back on Halloween night! Think of it as a gift of one extra hour to celebrate or if you're not usually awake after midnight you can enjoy it in the morning.

I have never been a fan of the time change. Changing the time? It seems pretty arrogant and useless and seems to just mess with people's rhythms and schedules.

According to this article on the History of Daylight Savings, the origins seem valid.  However, does the practice of changing time have any real benefit? There doesn't seem to be any support or data to say it does. If fact, all the articles I found say it causes more harm then good.

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Marin or bust!  It wasn't hard for my buyers to leave Tomball, TX but it was hard to say good-by to their labor of love, a Frank Lloyd Wright home they had restored over the past several years.  When I first started working with John and Mike, they told me what they enjoy most is finding a home in need of love and transforming it, leaving it in better condition than they found it. In other words, adding value.  They extend this same philosophy to their older pets that they have adopted.

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We looked at many homes, mostly Eichlers in San Rafael, since the mid-century modern aesthetic is more their style.  However, they were drawn to living in Mill Valley so at the last minute, even though the photos weren't appealing, we decided to go see 1077

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Beautiful Home, Magnificent views, Outstanding floor plan…Master bedroom located on the main floor along with Living room, Dining room, Office, and a  large Gourmet Kitchen/Great Room. This home is located on a cul-de-sac in a gated community in the hills just above the Bay Club Stonetree golf course. Boasting nearly 5000 Square Feet with 4 bedrooms, 3 1/2 baths, solar, hot tub, and surround sound throughout the entire home. Luxury Lifestyle Living and very low maintenance…A Must See!!!
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420 El Faisan will be on the market October 26th. It is an end unit with over 1800 sq. feet of living space, a large 2-car attached garage, a wall of windows across the living room and a sliding glass door that opens to a wrap-around deck and views to the hills. It features 2 bedrooms, 2 baths plus a large bonus room ideal for an office and also a large laundry room with built-ins that would make a nice craft room.  Sliding glass doors open to a deck off each bedroom.

Quail Hill is an upscale, gated town home community in San Rafael near shopping, public transportation and 101. Sitting on a hilltop, these wood shingled town homes have a woodsy feel and are peaceful and private with views to the hills a community swimming pool and clubhouse, If you

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 Most of what we take for granted as normal amenities in a home are actually very new historically, including such basics as separate bedrooms, a hot shower and temperature control.

 In Ken Follit’s outstanding book, Pillars of the Earth, he writes about the expansion of the field of architecture through the lens of the growing wealth and power of the church.  It was normal for the people to live communally in town, or for the farmers and peasants to come into town to conduct business and for all to sleep in a communal hall together.  “In the communal societies of the Middle Ages, the concept of privacy simply didn’t exist. There was strength in numbers and to keep the community strong, people within a community centered their life and livelihood in

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Marin County officials’ latest discussion item is about having an aggressive strategy towards the preservation of affordable housing. Issues highlighted, housing prices at record highs, rental vacancy rates at historic lows, and limited opportunities for new residential development require a deeper dive into an equitable quality of life for all…Proposed solutions have some serious side effects, good or bad? All depends on which side of the debate you are for? At minimum we all should be aware of our county official’s latest discussion of the Marin County housing market. Full Artical http://www.marinij.com/general-news/20151011/marin-county-officials-rent-control-among-strategies-to-preserve-affordable-housing 
Source: By Nels Johnbson, Marin Independent Journal
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San Anselmo flood 2005

San Anselmo Flood December 31, 2005

 

After four years of drought, Californians could soon be contending with a wet winter as one of the strongest El Niños on record is brewing in the Pacific Ocean.

Here are five tips for preparing for the possibility of a season of heavy storms:

1) Have any trees that appear weakened by drought inspected by an arborist. In high winds, downed trees and branches can knock out power or seriously damage homes and vehicles.

2) Have roof repairs made and other leaks fixed before it starts to rain.

3) Make sure gutters are clear of leaves and other debris.

4) Consider flood insurance. Homeowners policies typically do not cover

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Lower Lucas Valley Eichler home for sale.   

I'm excited to present my newest listing, a fabulous atrium model Eichler home in San Rafael's Marinwood / Lower Lucas Valley neighborhood. 

Located at 2050 Huckleberry, this newly updated Eichler home features:

  • Light-filled atrium model Eichler floorplan featuring 4 Bedrooms / 2 Remodeled Bathrooms
  • New VCT flooring over cozy, infloor radiant heat
  • Updated kitchen featuring quartz countertops, stainless steel appliances, a new deep steel sink and faucet, a contemporary tile backsplash, and an open eat-in kitchen island.
  • Tastefully remodeled bathrooms featuring low flow water fixtures and toilets, new vanities, a sheet rocked master bath, a new shower enclosure, and all new flooring
  • Designer paint colors throughout 
  • Newer radinat heat boiler,
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