Marin Real Estate Blog

If you're thinking of buying a home in Marin County and want your children to attend the local public schools, understanding how the local public school system is ranked will help you decide which neighborhood is best for you. 

The easiest and free way to get the data is to go to the Califorina Department of Education website and search the database for the information on the specific schools you're interested in. 

To find the names of the schools and districts, follow these instructions:

1. Go to

2.Select the radio button public schools

3.Highlight the county and select search

The results page will give you a list of the school districts.  From there you can use the second set of directions

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Another fantastic Mill Valley Home sold by Helen Luttemo recently. 751 Alta Vista Road is a very special home with gorgeous views! Nicely remodeled throughout and with a knock-out chef's kitchen, this home is a winner.  Genuine charm and character defines this home. It is cozy, yet elegant, yet practical and simply stunning.  Built in 1929 it has been smartly added on to and upgraded to the highest level of standards yet incorporated the unique original features. Almost 2,200 sqf it boosts 4BR and 2 full bats. Congratualtions to my awesome clients - I know you'll be happy there for many years to come! SOLD for $1,180,000.

Interested in Mill Valley real estate? Give Helen a call (415)244-4414 or email

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Superb Mill Valley gem for UNDER $1 million!! We got in for under list price on this one of a kind property in a magical setting. Congratulations to my clients on the purchase of 450 W Live Oak Drive in Mill Valley. This is a lovely and unique home surrounded by nature, yet only 10 min to the GG Bridge.  A mix of modern and traditional architecture, this 3BR/2BA light-filled home offers a well balanced floor plan that takes advantage of every sqf. It features vaulted ceilings, expansive windows & peaceful valley views from almost every room. Hiking/biking on some of the best of Marin's trails, just around the corner... Top-rated Mill Valley school system and a quick trip to downtown. Sold for $995,000.

Contact Helen if you are

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Besides the actual house itself, what are the things a typical buyer in Marin desire? A friend of mine asked me this question and I thought about it for a while and then said: Usually it is defined by the age and lifestyle of a buyer.

But in general the following are the requests I hear most frequently:

  • Nice neighborhood
  • Good schools
  • Easy commute
  • Walking distance to amenities
  • Views

Younger buyers are of course more focused on schools and usually also on space, meaning sqf... and the usable outdoor areas for entertainment and for kids to play are often top ranked here.

Midlife buyers seem to focus more on the floor plan and actual flow and has usually more specific demands to fulfill. They are

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Helen Luttemo sells yet another fabulous home in San Anselmo. Congratulations to my clients on the purchase of 148 Oak Ave in San Anselmo. A fantastic home with idyllic views over the Seminary and hills of San Anselmo. Light and bright with high ceilings, a great floor plan featuring a generously sized kitchen, family room, breakfast area. On the same level is a separate formal dining room also with adorable views from double doors leading to a deck outside. A few steps down a formal living room, complete with its own deck overlooking the neighborhood. Add 4 bedrooms, office, workout room and several outdoor sitting areas, and you have one of the most desirable homes in the area. Short walk to down town SA. Sold for $1,815,000.

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It's raining, it's pouring, the old man is ..... and that means Marin's fabulous waterfalls should be flowing fast and furious...finally!

Round up your crew, pack some snacks and check some of these won't be disappointed!

Cascade Falls in Mill Valley's Cascade Canyon is one of the easiest falls' to get to....good for young kids on up. A relaxing walk, thru Redwoods and only about 2/10th of a mile roundtrip.  To get there from downtown Mill Valley take Throckmorton Avenue to Cascade Drive. Turn left on Cascade Drive, then follow it to the right for about a mile, just past where it intersects with Throckmorton again. Park in the dirt lot on the right marked with the sign "Cascade Falls."

Without having to drive, there's

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2402 Vista Del Mar, Tiburon 94920 - Now Available for Lease!


 This lovely 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath home is ready for a new tenant to live in and care for it until the owners are ready to relocate! With 1816 sf (per tax records) this home lives on 3 levels. Walk through the front door or attached garage to the main level. Kitchen features stainless steel appliances, 5 burner gas range and a breakfast nook. Enjoy the stunning Bay Views from the combo living/dining room or from the attached deck. Look out at Keils Cove, Angel Island and the East Bay across the water.


Upstairs you will find a master suite with high ceilings, double sinks and open tiled shower! Two additional bedrooms and a full hall bath complete the upper level. The lower level has a 4th

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At Marin Modern we have a broad reach with all of our amazing agents.   We have many different versions of our brand that focus on specific geographies, East Bay Modern, San Francisco Modern, East Bay Modern, Wine Country Modern and of course Marin Modern.  When I joined the Marin Modern team, Erika Davito and I started working together.  We soon realized there was an opportunity to focus our efforts on the Southern Marin geography (Mill Valley, Sausalito, Tiburon, Belvedere, Corte Madera and Larkspur).  I call Mill Valley home, and Erika has lived and owned homes throughout Mill Valley.  We both love sharing this beautiful part of the world with our clients. 

Erika and I now have a satellite office located in Mill Valley! 

We share the space

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Have you ever wanted to find out about a particular Mill Valley organization but not sure where to go or what they are about? On April 5th, many of these organizations will be gathering at the Downtown Plaza to hold Mill Valley's first annual Volunteer Day.

From 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., representatives from these various community groups will be on hand to answer your questions about volunteer opportunities within their organizations.  Whether your interest is in education, the environment, sports, scouting, music, or other arts, you can learn about the many opportunities available to individuals who wish to lend their services.

Here is a partial list of the service organizations that will be on hand:

The Mill Valley Historical Society, The Dipsea Race,

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I have been wanting to write about this subject for a while because I wanted an excuse to rave about my car. But, I just saw the perfect ad to compliment my article. It cracked me up.

Did any of you see the Cadillac ad that debuted during the Olympics that framed Americans as white, spoiled, Type A, overworking zealots that only take two weeks off in August so that they can buy more stuff? In the ad, the guy talks too fast, loves his stuff, his family, and his car. Kind of in that order, too. What really irked me about the ad was that I really LIKED the ad! It was so well done. The message just pissed me off. (And I am not a fan of Cadillacs.)

I am a Ford owner. I drive a Ford Fusion hybrid plug in, which is a fancy way of saying that I get between 90

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