Marin Real Estate Blog

34 Smith Ranch Court in San Rafael - Just Sold!

By: Heidi Phan-Peterson Tuesday, June 26th, 2012 at 10:04pm. 880 Views, 0 Comments.


I’m pleased to announce the recent sale of 34 Smith Ranch Court in San Rafael.

This property is one of ten homes nestled in a small community of homes off of Smith Ranch Road, where houses don’t very frequently come on the market. The property, which had been in the same family since it was built, had been well-maintained and did not have a lot of deferred maintenance.

I represented the sellers - three brothers. To prepare the property for sale, we did some touch-up painting, updated some fixtures throughout, refinished the hardware floors and staged the property - I believe all of this made a difference. The feedback I heard from prospective buyers and agents alike who walked through the property was about how well the property showed and how…

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33 North, San Rafael CA 94903 - Investors Save a Failed Project

By: Cari Gennarelli Saturday, June 23rd, 2012 at 10:04am. 1158 Views, 0 Comments.


33 North, San Rafael CA 94903 - Investors Save a Failed Project

33 North, San Rafael an 82 Unit Luxury Condo complex, was built with the intention of selling off the units. Located just off the North San Pedro exit, conveniently located for SF commuters, has just been purchased by investors who will offer the units for rent.

Marin needs more rentals.  I currently have several clients relocating to Marin and looking for 6-12 month rental while they search for a property to buy.

Several months ago, while on tour, I received a call from a real estate investor about this project. He was calling local realtors to gather information about the resale and rental market to see if the…

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Mill Valley Wine and Gourmet Food Tasting

By: Erika Davito Friday, June 22nd, 2012 at 2:00pm. 812 Views, 0 Comments.

This is always a fun event that I look forward to yearly.  Friends come from all over the bay area to hang out in the heart of Mill Valley.  With over 65 premium wineries, 15 craft breweries, 30 specialty food purveyors, 10 local restaurants and chefs featured this year - plus entertainment, it will be a fun way to spend this Sunday afternoon, 6/24 from 1pm-4pm. For more information, directions and ticket information, go to Mill Valley's web site. 

If you are curious about the value of real estate in Mill Valley, check out this weekend's sampling of open homes.  This will give you a flavor for the neighborhoods, values and vibe of the community.   




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Bodega Bay, California - Weekend Getaway

By: Cari Gennarelli Wednesday, June 20th, 2012 at 5:36pm. 1496 Views, 0 Comments.


Bodega Bay, California - Weekend Getaway

Bodega Bay, California on the Sonoma Coast is about 27 miles West up Highway 1 from Marin's Tamales Bay. Both Bays are worthy of a weekend visit but for now, lets venture past Tamales, past Dillon Beach and onto Bodega Bay.

According to my paper placemat from the Tides Wharf restaurant, "Bodega Bay was discovered by Don Juan Francisco de la Bodega y Quadra while exploring the coast in 1775 on the Schooner Senora".

The early days in Bodega served as storage for grain and agricultural products shipped in to the Bay Area and the home to the first commercial fishing boats. A seafood restaurant was established on the Tides property in the 1920's…

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35 Sierra Vis, Novato - Coming Soon!

By: Erika Davito Monday, June 18th, 2012 at 5:30pm. 757 Views, 0 Comments.


Situated in a quiet neighborhood, this contemporary 3 bedroom, 1.5 bath home features a new modern kitchen, pergo floors, vaulted ceilings, double paned windows, large front and back yards, wood burning fire place and a 2 car garage.

The home is located within minutes to Miwok and Pioneer Parks, shopping, transit and schools. It is also located in the coveted Pleasant Valley School District.

The home will be open for viewing during the Broker Tour Wednesday between 9:30am-12:30pm and on Sunday, June 24th between 1pm-4pm.  Don't miss it!  This one won't last long.

For more information, feel free to call me at 415-531-4945 or email me at


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100 Sunny Oaks Dr, San Rafael - Just Listed!

By: Renee Adelmann Thursday, June 14th, 2012 at 8:10pm. 1538 Views, 0 Comments.
midcentury modern view home in san rafael located on Sunny Oaks

Are you tired of the same boring houses with no soul? If so then I have one special architectural and private property for you! 

I would like to let you know that I just listed a super unique mid-century modern home (built in 1951)  which is located at 100 Sunny Oaks Drive in San Rafael. This home is extremely unique both in terms of architectural design as well as location. This new listing on Sunny Oaks is located at the top of a quiet street on a flat level lot and has expansive views of Marin which include Mount Tamalpais, wetlands, rolling hills and meadows. There is no other property like this currently on the market.

100 Sunny Oaks Drive has both a main house (959 square feet according to tax records) and a detached…

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A Tribute to David Faw - City of San Rafael Resale Inspector

By: Janis Peterson Tuesday, June 12th, 2012 at 11:11pm. 1000 Views, 2 Comments.

Today I attended a celebration to honor the life of David Faw, who passed away on May 24th.  David is well-known to realtors who sell property in San Rafael because he's been the go-to guy for resale inspections for many years.  Being the "resale inspector" was a very small slice of who David was and why he was so well liked.  He was a people person who liked to jaw bone with realtors, see homes and keep his finger on the pulse of the market.  He liked real estate. 

Not one to retire, he contracted with the City of San Rafael for many years to do resale inspections.  At one time the City decided to tighten their belt and have a City employee take over the inspections. They quickly discovered contracting with David was much more…

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How to Find the Best FHA Lender

By: Nicholas Ballard Monday, June 11th, 2012 at 10:12pm. 6545 Views, 0 Comments.

FHA loans offer superb purchase financing for borrowers with limited down payment funds, higher debt-to-income ratios, or compromised credit ratings. They also provide some of the lowest rates available on 30-year fixed money. In several ‘high cost’ Bay Area counties, the FHA’s minimal 3.5% down payment requirement supports excellent financing on loans up to $729,750. But how does one go about finding the best FHA lender to work with? As with most loan programs, the determining factor is not simply who is suggesting the best rate but, rather, which lender is able to deliver on their promises and close your loan. With FHA loans, good clues regarding a given lender’s strengths can be found in their compare ratio and in how…

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35 Bryn Mawr Drive, San Rafael CA 94901 - JUST SOLD!

By: Cari Gennarelli Monday, June 11th, 2012 at 9:42am. 693 Views, 0 Comments.


35 Bryn Mawr Drive, San Rafael CA 94901 - JUST SOLD!

Do you use Facebook for business? Still can't figure out why you would? I have proof that if you plant the seeds, connect with friends from the past and present and then make an effort to engage - good things will come of it!

Maybe you reconnect with a few friends from your high schools days or plan your 30-year high school reunion using Facebook or maybe one of those classmates sends you an IM asking you to help him list and sell his family home?

BINGO! I did all of these things. Now, I have always been that person that likes to keep in touch with everyone so for me Facebook is a great facilitator and extension of what is the…

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105 Picnic Avenue, San Rafael - JUST SOLD

By: Janis Peterson Wednesday, June 6th, 2012 at 2:00pm. 731 Views, 0 Comments.


Just Sold:  105 Picnic Ave., 2 bed/1.5 bath Vintage Charmer for $580,000

I felt honored to represent the executor/nephew on the sale of this beautifully maintained Vintage Charmer. It was owned by a friend whose father had built the home in 1921. She grew up in this house and then married and lived there with her husband. Between the home and the garden, it had been loved and cared for over the years, always keeping the vintage charm. Picnic Valley in San Rafael has a long history with deep roots.

Buyers and agents alike were smitten with the big front porch, glass doorknobs, high ceilings, wainscoting, sunroom and big picture windows and best of all...a garden to die for. Updated in the best sense of the word, the home maintained its…

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