I recently answered a forum question about moving to San Francisco, CA vs. Marin, CA and what would be best for this family. What I know is the dad is in sales, based out of Petaluma with a territory that heads south toward San Francisco. What I garnered from his posted question was they wanted the urban life of San Francisco, "think tattoos, Buffalo exchange and single pour coffeehouses" his words, "with the ease of family friendly walkable neighborhoods and excellent public schools".
Does this place exist in San Francisco or Marin? If it does, I want to be the mayor. When I think tattoos and single pour coffeehouses, my mind goes straight to Sacramento. Not an option for them.
Just Sold! 1935 28th Ave - I helped some first-time buyers get a excellent deal on this 2+bedroom/2bathroom house in the Parkside neighborhood of San Francisco. This challenging transaction finally closed last week after three months of manuvering through numerous obstacles that arose during the escrow period. My clients were very happy to have been able to purchase this property for only $512,000 which is an amazing price for a single family home in this part of the City.
This deal was extra tough for many reasons: the seller was a bank, the property needed cosmetic upgrades & the first-time buyers were obtaining not only a primary loan, but also a second loan in the form of financing assistance from the City of San Francisco's…
What a great way to begin the new year! I am pleased to announce my client's successful purchase of this lovely 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath home with bonus room on the Madera Garden's Lagoon. The final sales price was $1,299,000 and sold on December 30th, 2011.
The lagoon location is one of the most desirable locations in West Corte Madera. Although the lagoon is not attached to the bay, bay water flows in and out of the two landlocked lagoons in Corte Madera. Every year, residents have a 4th of July party on the water. You can swim right off your own dock, fish, kayak and canoe too! I look forward to be included in my client's fun summer parties on the lagoon.
Lastly, did you know that Madera Gardens is so centrailly located that kids can…
I don't have a crystal ball and would never be so presumptuous as to predict the future. Instead I'll defer to the expert, Karl Case, co-creator of the Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller Home Price Index, considered the Dow Jones Industrial average of real estate.
In a recent article in the New York Times, it said the relentless decline in the Case-Shiller home price index since the financial crisis has many experts predicting a further decline in home values in 2012. "People are discouraged and fearful," Mr. Case said. "They thought home prices would never go down and now they think they'll never go up." Even though home prices on average are where they were in 2003, Mr. Case thinks the data masks signs that point to recovery.
Another reason I like Marinwood-cheap gas at the new 76 station on Marinwood Ave. @ Miller Creek Rd. The gas station is conveniently located right off the 101 Highway (Marinwood/St. Vincent exit) in the 94903 area of San Rafael; regular is $3.35 per gallon. There is also a great smog check and certification at the station (I go there every time I need to renew smog). It is easy, cheap, local...a winner!
Hey and if that's not enough to entice you, across the street from the 76 gas station is the new Marinwood Market. This is a fabulous new market with excellent produce, meat and fish counter, deli and sushi bar...plus they sell the most amazing chocolate chip cookies-yum! The staff is helpful and friendly and eager to stalk just what you need.
When deciding to move to Marin County from New York City a few years
ago, my husband and I knew we wanted to live in a place that was beautiful and
temperate all year round. Frankly, we were tired of the cold winters and
knowing our family would be growing we wanted to be somewhere very kid
friendly. A few years later, we are settled into San Rafael and couldn't
imagine our lives anywhere else. The ease of life whether it's going to the
park in the middle of winter, being close to shopping or going out to a great
dinner; it's all within our reach.
I joined a Mothers Club in Marin when my daughter was born and was fortunate to meet many families who live in Marin for similar reasons. As a Realtor, I felt it was important to blog why residents…
Photo: Erika Davito, Agent of the Year (right) & Renee Adelmann, Owner of Marin Modern Real Estate.
I'm delighted to announce that Realtor Erika Davito has been named the 2011 Agent of the Year at Marin Modern Real Estate!
Erika's hard work and uncompromised client-focus earned her this distinction (as well as a new Apple iPAD 2!). While Erika has been a consistent top performer since joining our company in 2008, her 2011 accomplishments include:
- Exceptional Sales Performance
- Induction into Marin's exclusive Top Agent Network
- Nomination and Induction to the Board of Directors for the Marin Association of Realtors
- Evangelical reviews and testimonials from her home buyer and seller clients
- A modern-minded, "high…
I had the pleasure of assisting my wonderful buyer client secure new digs in Tiburon. The home sits high on the hill with a breathtaking panoramic view of the San Francisco Bay; from the Bay Bridge to the Golden Gate Bridge and clear to Mt. Tamalpais. The home is a real gem, quality craftsmanship though out; gleaming hardwood floors, high end finishes indoor outdoor flow and yes again, drop dead gorgeous views in every direction. We took our time and looked throughout Marin County until the perfect home spoke to them. As often seen with past clients, the home you fall in love with may be quite different from what was on your initial wish list. Keeping an open mind when home buying truly pays off. I believe in taking the time needed to discover…
$929,000 - Wonderful Mt. Tam view home with 3 beds/3 baths and a bonus room. Move-in condition, large patio, re-done hardwood floors, new paint, carpet and crown molding, picture views of Mt. Tam from 4 rooms! Close by Bon Air Shopping Center, Larkspur Ferry, 580/101, an easy commute in any direction, and it's located in the coveted Bacich Elimentary, Kent Middle School and Redwood High School Districts.
Here's what the sellers say about living in this house, "Security, privacy, views and the school district were paramount for us when we were looking for a home. 240 Eliseo Drive, Greenbrae turned out to be the perfect house because of how it is sighted on the lot. Perpendicular to the street, there are only two windows facing the street. The house…
You live in a cacophony of sounds, from city streets to your own old house. Over time, you live your life and get used to it, letting the chaos blend into the background of your life as you tune out that which takes over your senses of distraction, and instead keep the melodious qualities that bring music to your ears.
It might be difficult to comprehend--having put up with this for so long, but it is possible to find a new home that brings your dreams to life, so that you are left with peace and nothing short of a smile.
House hunting can range from scary, as you feel the need to fit in a major change in your life, to exhilarating when you hear the new sounds, feel new textures and try on your new dream in your…