Marin Real Estate Blog

34 Smith Ranch Ct, San Rafael - Superbly maintained home Coming Soon!

By: Heidi Phan-Peterson Friday, April 20th, 2012 at 12:09am. 2008 Views, 0 Comments.




If you've been searching for an elegant and contemporary, turnkey 3 bedroom/2.5 bathroom home in San Rafael, I invite you to consider my upcoming listing at 34 Smith Ranch Court.  I will be launching this new listing on Saturday and our first open house will be held this Sunday, April 22nd.

This is a split-level home with a really great floor plan and 2318 square feet of living space.  The house gets tons of light, helped by its south-facing orientation, many windows and the skylights in the master bathroom and the upper level hallway areas. 

On the main floor is a bright and open living room with high ceilings, a kitchen with an eat-in space, and a dining area.  Down one level is the generously-sized yet cozy family…

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Helen Luttemo joins Marin Modern Real Estate

By: Renee Adelmann Thursday, April 19th, 2012 at 9:44pm. 756 Views, 0 Comments.
I'm pleased to announce that Realtor Helen Luttemo is the latest addition to our modern family!

A tech-savvy, licensed Realtor for 8+ years, Helen has a great background in real estate, marketing and advertising and we welcome her to the Marin Modern Real Estate Team!

Helen has assisted clients with the purchase and sale of real estate in Kentfield, Tiburon, Belvedere, San Rafael, San Anselmo, Greenbrae, Novato and practically every other city in Marin County and we look forward to her building and expanding her client base with Marin Modern Real Estate.

Helen, resides in San Rafael's Forbes neighborhood, and offers her clients "high tech, high touch" representation when buying and selling real estate throughout Marin County.

Welcome Helen!


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Just Sold: 820 Mission Ave., #12, San Rafael, CA 94901

By: Janis Peterson Thursday, April 19th, 2012 at 10:48am. 854 Views, 0 Comments.


I'm pleased to announce the sale of the penthouse condo at 820 Mission in San Rafael.  My client, the buyer of this extraordinary 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo in the heart of downtown San Rafael, is minutes from the restaurants, night life, shopping, Movie Theater and central transportation hub.  It is located in a building that requires an access code, has a secure parking garage and elevator to the penthouse, pool, sauna and large clubhouse. Best of all, there are no attached walls so my client can enjoy his Baby Grand Piano. It's the ideal home for Eric and a beautiful condo for the buyer who wants to be close to the action and an urban lifestyle.  It sold for $415,000.

If you're looking for a single family home or a condo, let me put my…

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Fred Anlyan joins Marin Modern Real Estate

By: Renee Adelmann Wednesday, April 18th, 2012 at 10:20pm. 672 Views, 0 Comments.

I'm delighted to announce that Realtor & Broker Associate Fred Anlyan has joined our Marin Modern family!

A highly experienced and knowledgeable Realtor, Fred has lived in Marin County since 1988 and has been assisting clients with their Marin real estate needs for over a decade. Fred's success can be attributed to his ongoing commitment to helping clients achieve their goals by providing them with exceptional service through knowledge, resourcefulness, diligence, loyalty, and open communication.

Fred resides in beautiful San Anselmo and has demonstrated knowledge and success assisting clients with their residential real estate needs throughout Marin County.

We welcome Fred Anlyan to the Marin Modern Team and encourage you to contact him for…

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JUST SOLD : 9 Sao Augustine Way, San Rafael, CA 94903

By: Hilary Davis Saturday, April 14th, 2012 at 6:36pm. 956 Views, 0 Comments.

Just SOLD: 9 Sao Augustine Way, San Rafael CA 94903

Another happy buyer client is settled into their new digs: a mid-century classic, an Eichler-their dream home! Set on a private Terra Linda Street near open space sits this sleek updated 4 bedroom+ complete with inner court yard and enormous pool.  My clients, like many, out grew their San Francisco condo and headed across the Golden Gate Bridge for more space, better weather and better schools. Their love for mid-century architecture and warm weather lead them to the popular 94903 neighborhood in the northern part of San Rafael.

As a lifelong Marin resident, long term Realtor and Eichler owner I am considered a trusted real estate advisor. I help buyers, sellers and investors make the right move…

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3940 El Molino Lane, Sebastopol - Just Sold!

By: Lea Kuehnhackl Friday, April 13th, 2012 at 6:36pm. 685 Views, 0 Comments.


I am pleased to announce that I assisted my buyer in closing escrow on 3940 El Molino Lane in Sebastopol.


This beautiful, private 10+ rolling acres, has panoramic views, seasonal creek, an updated 3 bedroom, 2 bath home, barns, greenhouse and a spectacular swimming pool.

This property was originally listed at $1,150,000 and closed at $1,100,000.

If you are interested in country property or real estate in Marin or Sonoma County please feel free to contact me.

Lea Kuehnhackl - Realtor 415-381-9394 or


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JUST SOLD: 305 Prospect Dr., San Rafael, CA 94901

By: Hilary Davis Thursday, April 12th, 2012 at 7:52pm. 687 Views, 0 Comments.


I am so glad to have helped another first time homebuyer become a home owner in Marin. This charming San Rafael Hill cottage with hardwood floors, brick paths, fruit trees and a fireplace has proud new owners! The patience and enthusiasm of my buyer paid off; yep it was a short sale! My client had a good eye and could see not only the property's potential but great value- a house in central San Rafael on a private lot for $395,000.

The market is heating up as buyers are realizing it is time to get off the fence and into a house! Successful buyers always follow these 3 points:

  • 1. Get pre-approved by a local lender or have all cash.
  • 2. Commit to working with only one experienced realtor.
  • 3. Trust that the right home for them will be the one they end…

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Summer's Almost Here, Come Cool Off at Marin Community Pools!

By: Renee Adelmann Tuesday, April 10th, 2012 at 3:24pm. 1817 Views, 0 Comments.




Summer's coming and with it brings months of abundant sunshine and warm weather (we hope soon!)... to Marin. Even if you live in San Francisco, you can come up north to have a real summer, and relax at one our community pools. Below is a list of towns with pools that are open to the public:


  • College of Marin: Kentfield Campus Pool
    Physical Education Facility
    835 College Avenue, Kentfield
    (415) 457-8811

Opens: June 20 - August 14 : Monday-Friday 1:30-5:30 pm, Saturday-Sunday noon-5 pm
Extended Fall Public Swim (August 20-September 25) Saturdays and Sundays only 1-6 pm
Drop-in Fees: Adults $5, children ages 13 & seniors $3 per day

Mill Valley

  • Homestead Valley Community Association Pool

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29 Alta Vista, San Rafael - Just Sold!

By: Erika Davito Tuesday, April 10th, 2012 at 8:57am. 2277 Views, 0 Comments.


What an amazing buy!  I assisted my first time home buyer client in purchasing this charming and updated 2 bedroom 1 bath for $470,000 in a multiple bid situation.  This home is perched up on a hill in Happy Valley and has views of Mt. Tamalpais, beautiful dark walnut wood floors, nice backyard and is within walking distance to Whole Foods, Montecito Plaza and the waterfront.

If you are looking to purchase a home in the San Rafael area, and would like to figure out which of the 25+ neighborhoods would be right for you, give me a call.


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90% Jumbo Financing Available for Purchases to $972,775

By: Nicholas Ballard Thursday, April 5th, 2012 at 10:52pm. 878 Views, 0 Comments.

A great new jumbo loan product offers 90% financing on purchase prices as high as $972,775. Qualified borrowers with limited down payment funds are now able to support significantly higher purchase prices. Until recently, buyers with 10% down payment funds buying in this range were relegated to FHA loans, which top out at $729,750 and limit purchase prices to just $810,833. This new loan not only increases purchase power by over $160,000, but also carries lower closing costs and mortgage insurance premiums, and does not mandate impounds for monthly collection of property taxes and hazard insurance.

The program's maximum loan amount ranges county-by-county and is calculated by adding $250,000 to a given county's…

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