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Mill Valley, a town with many communities

By: Saturday, January 4th, 2014 at 5:46pm. 1264 Views, 0 Comments.

Mill Valley, the town of many unique neighborhoods.


Mill Valley, Ca is a place that can provide so many unique living opportunities!  I love exploring the different communities within Mill Valley.  These communities provide different types of life style as well as different weather climates.  Below is a description to all the small little communities within Mill Valley.


Strawberry:  Strawberry is located on the East Side of the 101.  There are both smaller size homes that are great options for a first time homebuyer, as well as large homes on the water.  The smaller homes are on safe streets that allow kids to walk to school (strawberry school) and parks.  There are also amazing views from these…

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Sprouts Farmer's Market is coming to Mill Valley!

By: Erika Mehrer Friday, January 3rd, 2014 at 1:33pm. 2861 Views, 0 Comments.


Dreams do come true in Tamalpais Valley!  Tam Junction has been without a grocery store since December of 2010, so naturally, the neighborhood is relieved to be getting not only a grocery store, but one that emphasizes healthy food. With the place spruced up, it can only help our property values as well. 

Sprouts a farmers market-style grocery store, with an informal, wide-open store design and a strong emphasis on fresh, high-quality produce, is going to be opening there sometime in 2014. 

If you want to learn more about Tam Valley or Mill Valley, feel free to call me.


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Curbside Christmas Tree Recycling in Marin County 2014

By: Hilary Davis Friday, January 3rd, 2014 at 8:26am. 2438 Views, 0 Comments.

Curbside Christmas tree recycling in Marin County 2014:


With over 250,000 residents in Marin County, it is a good thing there are so many easy ways to recycle Christmas trees at the curb thus keeping them from going into landfill and then turning the trees into mulch. When I was a child we used to cut all the branches off the tree and toss each one into the fire with a well wish, resolution or prayer for someone or something good to happen in the New Year. Well, now we are green savvy. We have "spare the air" days and a well-organized county wide curbside recycling program to divert waste from our landfills.

Each garbage pick-up department has their own guidelines as to what, where, when and how to dispose of your Christmas tree...…

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San Rafael Children's Library: 14 Books to Start 2014 with a Smile

By: Janis Peterson Wednesday, January 1st, 2014 at 9:05am. 2519 Views, 0 Comments.


West End neighbor and San Rafael Children's librarian, Hollie Stanaland (left) and her colleague Margaret Stawowy (right) invite you to visit the Children's Room at the San Rafael Public Library. Kick off 2014 with Family Storytime at your favorite Marin Library.  You may be pleasantly surprised to find a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle, where families have fun and thrive.

Hollie's 14 Picture Books for 2014 that even adults will enjoy!

1. Badness for Beginners by Ian Whybrow - After admonishing the wolf cubs to be on their worst behavior, The Big Bad Wolf Family sets off to town.  The wolf parent's bad-behavior lessons backfire quite comically.

2. Betty Bunny Loves Chocolate Cake by Michael Kaplan - After…

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Mill Valley Listings: The Tale Of A First Time Home Buyer

By: Annalise Demuth Tuesday, December 31st, 2013 at 12:09pm. 1555 Views, 0 Comments.
If you're planning on buying a home in Mill Valley, you'll appreciate the insight this blog has to offer.  It's long, but there's lots of good information.  It's the story of a first time home buyer purchasing a home in Mill Valley in November 2013.

I recently met a young couple with two small children at an open house.  Living in San Francisco and both working, they quickly decided on Mill Valley due to the proximity to their work locations.  

At our first meeting we covered the house buying process (steps from beginning to end), how to be ready for buying (get pre approved), and what to expect in terms of bang for buck in Marin County.   I set them up for email updates, and when a house interested them they would ask to see it.  

The first house we…

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Is the Sale of 50 Rutherford Ringing in a New Sound for the New Year?

By: Anastasia Sheldon Tuesday, December 31st, 2013 at 12:51am. 1097 Views, 0 Comments.

50 Rutherford,  San Anselmo, is a Mediterranean gem located in the Hawthorne Hills neighborhood.

It came on the market in early December. It showed itself well; bathed in full winter sun sporting a big, sunny back yard.

Wih only two bedrooms and one and a half baths on a lovely, quiet street near to Fairfax's iconic Good Earth Market, not  just a few

of my clients thought the price would go down, not up.

I tried to explain the tangibles and the intangibles: architecture, lifestyle, schools etc.

In addition to the style and setting, this home is located in San Anselmo's

Ross Valley School District boundaries; Brookside Elementary, I think.

This gem of a home came on the market priced at $799,000.

It closed in 20 days for..... $965,000!…

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January 2014 - Marin County - Events, Things to Do with Children and Adults

By: Kathleen Emrey Saturday, December 28th, 2013 at 1:34pm. 1660 Views, 0 Comments.

January - It Does Not Have to be a Blah Month

January is a time to explore and try new things. Marin County offers so many opportunities that there is no reason for us to hear or say, "There's nothing to do."


Do you have a budding young animator in your home?

Afterschool Animation Demonstration



Date: Wednesday, January 8

Time: 3:00-5:00pm

Location: Microsoft Store - The Village - Corte Madera

Screening of SAF shorts, questions & answers with young animators and a demonstration of Toon Boom 6.0 animation software.

Ages 8-18 - Free

For more information contact:

This is a wonderful website with lots of information on what is going on in the world of film for adults…

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90% Jumbo, 30-year fixed loans

By: Nicholas Ballard Thursday, December 26th, 2013 at 7:58pm. 3406 Views, 0 Comments.

A new loan product for the California market is offering jumbo financing with reduced down payment requirements and 30-year fixed terms. Typically, most jumbo loans (those exceeding the high balance limit of $625,500 that is extended to high cost counties) require 20% equity as collateral to secure financing. Very few lenders have offered jumbo financing beyond the 80% threshold and, of those that have, consideration has been limited to Adjustable Rate Mortgage (ARM) loans with fixed periods of between 3 and 5 years.

This new jumbo product offers loans up to$850,000 with down payments of just 10%, supporting a purchase price of $944,444. Financing of up to $1,000,000 is available to 85% of purchase prices as high as $1,176,450. Credit score…

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Holiday Recipe | Dark Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

By: Marin Modern Tuesday, December 24th, 2013 at 9:48am. 1963 Views, 0 Comments.

A great website to get recipes for anything is All Recipes. It's like a recipe box with thousands upon thousands of recipes to sift through depending on what you fancy for breakfast, lunch, and/or dinner. Since it's Christmas Eve and a lot of you are probably cooking away or trying to figure out that last dessert treat to add to your holiday table, here's a great recipe that everyone loves, with a little variation from the original recipe. 

The original recipe by All Recipe member Jackie Schmidt is titled Chocolate Mint Candies Cookies recipe, but with the variations that will be provided, the recipe is really Dark Chocolate Peppermint Cookies. 


  • 3/4 cups butter
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 cups dark chocolate chips

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Piazza D'Angelo. Mill Valley Tradition and Treasure!

By: Frederick Anlyan Monday, December 23rd, 2013 at 11:32pm. 2164 Views, 0 Comments.



One of my personal favorite restaurants is Piazza D'Angelo in Mill Valley! Opened in 1981 by Domenico and Paolo Petrone, two brothers from the southern part of Italy, the Mill Valley restaurant is an oasis for everything from a drink and a snack in the elegant bar after work, to a luscious luncheon on a lovely day, a special dinner with family and friends, or even a group from your company. Choose the elegant dining room, one of the two enclosed patios, or an al fresco table facing the downtown Mill Valley square; It's hard to go wrong!

Under the direction of Chef Andrea Giuiliani, the expert and attentive staff consistently deliver a delicious and enjoyable experience created from their friendliness, flexibility, dedication, and skill. Whether you…

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