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Biking for coffee and pastries in Marin County

By: Laura Slanec Tuesday, December 10th, 2013 at 7:25am. 1801 Views, 0 Comments.

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Love biking and coffee?  Each week I join a group of friends on our bikes and head off to a local coffee shop.  One of our favorite rides starts at the intersection of Las Gallinas Avenue and Lucas Valley Road.   We head south on Las Gallinas until it becomes Los Ranchitos - about three miles.  At the top of Los Ranchitos, you will see the entrance to the Lincoln bike path on your left.  This is a fairly new bike path that runs parallel to US 101 South. 

 

There is a crossroads on the path that will take you east, but for this ride, you stay straight and it will terminate at Mission Avenue in downtown San Rafael.  This part of the ride takes us off the bike path and…

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15 Jewell St. San Rafael CA 94901: SOLD!!!

By: Hilary Davis Friday, December 6th, 2013 at 6:43am. 1842 Views, 0 Comments.

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15 Jewell St. San Rafael CA 94901: SOLD!!!

I am super excited for my first time home buyers that now own 15 Jewell St. in San Rafael. This adorable home is tucked nicely on a street with more expensive homes and a quick walk to down town San Rafael. It has two bed rooms, a bath, beautiful hardwood floors and a huge basement! My clients knew the minute they walked in that this was the house for them. Priced at $599,000, we were once again in a multiple offer situation. The listing agent preformed all the inspections prior to going on the market and had a hefty disclosure package. Because of that my buyers felt confident about putting in an offer without more inspections, and as a result their offer (not the highest bid) was accepted.…

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Holiday Virtual Food Drive Benefiting Marin/SF Food Bank

By: Marin Modern Thursday, December 5th, 2013 at 2:57pm. 2699 Views, 0 Comments.

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Click Here to DONATE NOW - It's So Easy To Help Those In Need

Check out our Marin Modern/San Francisco Modern Virtual Food Drive this year! What a great way to ‘give back' for all of the excellent things that have come our way in 2013.  It's been a busy and amazing year for many in the Marin Modern/San Francisco Modern/East Bay Modern/Wine Country Modern family.  How much easier can it get? This is a virtual food drive - all you have to do is to click a few times and your contribution of $20, $50, $100 or even more goes to the Marin County/SF County Food Bank.  Please help us reach our goal of $5,000!   Every little bit helps and goes towards helping less people be hungry this holiday season.  It's a great  - and simple - way to feel good…

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The Modern Christmas Tree-WOW!

By: Hilary Davis Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013 at 6:29am. 1930 Views, 0 Comments.

The Modern Christmas Tree-WOW!

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The modern Christmas tree/Holiday tree/Memory tree is a modern piece of art that illuminates, glimmers, shines and sparkles; a truly unique take of the Christmas tree. The concept of the modern memory tree dates back to the 1960's when architect, and engineer Lawrence "Bud" Stoecker took his love for A-frame house design and combined it with his love for Christmas, family and innovation.  Now 50 years later his grandson has created a hip modern design that is sure to delight as the disco ball and crystal ornaments cast a beautiful light show around the room.

Want to take an up close look at one of these modern trees...Marin Modern Real Estate  has a beautiful blue memory tree displayed in our lobby…

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2013: A Rock & Roll Year in Real Estate

By: Anastasia Sheldon Saturday, November 30th, 2013 at 11:37am. 1186 Views, 0 Comments.

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2013 has been a very busy year in Marin Real Estate.

Marin cities homes' rose on average 16% (!) for an overall county average price of:
$1,195,823.
(SFR, YTD, YOY).

In addtion, the number of homes that sold rose 6% to 2268 (from 2133 homes the year before).
(YTD and YOY)

The Story....

It started out with low inventory and plenty of buyers.

By March it was evident that we were in some sort of super accelerated bubble. Prices were rising a full 1 to 3% monthly. While we Realtors were thrilled, we were also nervous; If the prices continued to rise, would there be another market correction in a few years?

While this was an exciting time for Realtors and homeowners, it was very frustrating for our buyers as properties were…

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Winter Lawn Prep: 4 easy tips

By: Hilary Davis Saturday, November 30th, 2013 at 7:28am. 1334 Views, 0 Comments.

Winter Lawn Prep: 4 easy tips

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Did you know that doing a few things at the beginning of winter can give great results for your lawn next spring? Your lawn will continue to grow roots even during the dormant season so take a little time now to reap future benefits.

1.       Utilize a mower deck system that mulches leaves and blows them back onto the lawn.

2.       Aerate the lawn especially if it has received heavy traffic and has become compacted.

3.       Utilize a vertical cutting machine for dethatching scores about ¼" to ½" and then reseed.

4.       Don't forget to fertilize and water after aerating or dethatching.  This allows nutrients to reach the root system.

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Lawns add…

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The Anlyan Report. 11.24.13 Marin County Real Estate. And two Holiday real estate stories!

By: Frederick Anlyan Wednesday, November 27th, 2013 at 12:21am. 1198 Views, 0 Comments.

This month's report begins with a couple of timely and relevant Holiday real estate stories. The author promises that there are actual statistics contained in this report, and those who are eager to find them sooner, rather than later, may, of course, scroll down!

People often ask me about the state of our local real estate market. This year, I've been telling them about the tremendous opportunities for sellers due to the low inventory of homes for sale, escalating prices, and frequent multiple-offer situations. Last week, on my way to a class, I picked up my friend Anne in the East Bay, and it wasn't too long before the conversation turned towards real estate. I told her things were slowing down a bit, with lots of buyers and…

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Holiday Recipe | Thanksgiving and Hanukkah

By: Marin Modern Tuesday, November 26th, 2013 at 2:44pm. 1218 Views, 0 Comments.

What's interesting about Thanksgiving this year is that it's also the first day of Hanukkah! This hasn't happened since 1888, so as you can tell, it's rare that Thanksgiving and Hannukah fall on the same day. The next time this will happen will be 70,000 years from now. That is a very long time. 

For those who may be celebrating the two holidays together, there are some great recipes that incorporate the tradiational Thanksgiving foods and flavors with Hanukkah ones. Some recipes include potato latkes with cranberry sauce, Maneschewitz brined turkey, sweet potato bourbon noodle kugel, horseradish-chive mashed potatoes...There are some other great ones, too.

One recipe that really stands out is the challah-apple stuffing. Here's the recipe (which can…

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2790 Heatherstone Dr. San Rafael, CA 94903: SOLD!

By: Hilary Davis Thursday, November 21st, 2013 at 12:52pm. 1202 Views, 0 Comments.

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My 2790 Heatherstone Dr. listing in Marinwood sold in a heartbeat! My sellers were smart and got inspections done up front before the house hit the market. This enabled perspective buyers to know what they were buying prior to making an offer. This tactic is worth the money spent as it really helps to eliminate escrows falling apart after inspections and additional negotiating. We closed escrow today @ $625,000.

This fantastic Marinwood single story "diamond in the rough" has a lot of potential with 4 bedrooms 2 full baths, multi-purpose room and pool. Harwood floors were under carpets in living room, hall and bedrooms and the location can't be beat-Dixie School District easy access to open space, 101, shopping &…

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What started as an interview with Lou Thoelecke about the "Traffic Circle" in front of his house on Santa Margarita in San Rafael turned into a fascinating conversation with a West End neighbor who is a passionate environmentalist, accomplished winemaker, a Bronze Life Master at Bridge, a musician, trained chef, former competitive tennis player, real estate investor and one-time neighbor to Jerry Garcia.  Between sipping Six Corners Zinfandel, I took notes for the Neighborhood Spotlight column in the West End Neighborhood Newsletter.

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Where to begin....  Lou attended school in San Anselmo, graduated from San Francisco State and drove taxi for DeSoto Cab in San Francisco before going to work in the office at DeSoto. Somewhere along…

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