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415 Area Code - The End of an Era!

By: Cari Gennarelli Saturday, December 21st, 2013 at 11:48am. 2355 Views, 0 Comments.

415 Area Code - The End of an Era!

If your attached to the 415 area code and thinking about changing your number - do it before February 2015 because the 415 is coming to an end! Looks like the 415 will soon max out and a new era will begin - SF and Marin get ready for 628!

415_400 (photo courtesy of SF gate)

Never understood what the big deal was when area codes were changed and added like in Sex and the City when Carrie gets a new number, but I've ALWAYS been a 917 girl."  Now I get it. I have been "A 415 girl" my whole life. I have had the same landline phone number since I moved to SF in the late 80's and have been able to hold onto my original cell number as well.

415, created in 1947, was one of…

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San Rafael: #11 Most Exciting Small City in America

By: Marin Modern Friday, December 20th, 2013 at 11:05am. 1329 Views, 0 Comments.

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Cool things just keep happening! San Rafael was named the #11 Most Exciting Small City in America by The criteria was as follows to declare the top most exciting small cities, with a population between 50,000 to 60,000 residents:

  • Nightlife per capita (bars, clubs, comedy, etc.)
  • Live music venues per capita
  • Active life options per capita (parks, outdoor activities, etc.)
  • Fast Food restaurants per capita (the fewer the better)
  • Percentage of restaurants that are fast food (the lower the better)
  • Percentage of young residents ages 20 to 34 (the higher the better) 

Here's how we ranked in the categories above:

  1. Nightlife: 41
  2. Live music venues: 3
  3. Active life: 8
  4. Fast food: 14
  5. Non-fast food:…

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Disney's Beauty and the Beast Comes to San Francisco

By: Marin Modern Wednesday, December 18th, 2013 at 11:52am. 1869 Views, 0 Comments.


Every child has seen at least a dozen Disney movies growing up, but nothing beats the classics: The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, Cinderella, and Beauty and the Beast. It seems like Broadway may be feeling a little nostalgic since NETworks has created Disney's Beauty and the Beast. Luckily for those who live in Marin, the East Bay, San Francisco, and anywhere else in the Bay Area, Disney's Beauty and the Beast is coming to the Curran Theatre! The story we all know very well comes alive on the broadway stage.

The classic story of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped in a spell by an enchantress, comes alive through song, dance, and amazing costumes and lighting. If the Beast can learn to love…

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Marin Modern - First to Deploy imageSurge Technology in California!

By: Marin Modern Tuesday, December 17th, 2013 at 12:11pm. 2599 Views, 0 Comments.


Marin Modern Real Estate is the first real estate brokerage in California to utilize imageSurge Interactive Real Estate Storefront™ Technology. You're probably wondering what that is... Well, imageSurge's Interactive Real Estate Storefront™ Technology allows consumers to search and view real estate listings from outside a real estate office storefront using through-window, touchscreen technology.

The company's patent-pending interface technology is the only one of its kind to operate through any type of commercial windows, including Low-E and double-pane. The product can also be utilized to provide details about open houses and community events; supports video and through-glass audio; and offers street-side usage statistics. imageSurge,…

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50 Laurel Glen Terrace, San Rafael CA 94903: Just Listed

By: Hilary Davis Monday, December 16th, 2013 at 2:22pm. 2596 Views, 0 Comments.

Stunning contemporary three level single family home in a convenient San Rafael location!

Set in a convenient and peaceful San Rafael location, this 2728 square foot home (built in 1992) has been well maintained and shows beautifully. New on the market- 50 Laurel Glen Terrace, San Rafael CA 94903. Currently offered at $800,000.


  • 4 bedrooms: Large master suite + 3 spacious bedrooms
  • 2.5 baths: Master has dual sinks, jetted tub & walk-in closet
  • Approximately 2728 square feet. Built in 1992
  • Stylish redone kitchen: new cabinets, counters & appliances
  • Formal open dining
  • Eat in kitchen flows to family room with gas fireplace
  • Dual pane windows & plantaion shutters
  • Full laundry room: washer & dryer transfer with…

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5 Steps to Successful Home Buying The Bikram Yoga Way

By: Cari Gennarelli Monday, December 16th, 2013 at 10:41am. 3279 Views, 0 Comments.

I have learned a lot over the past ten years in my Bikram yoga practice that helps me help my clients with the buying and selling of property. Here are 5 tips to work your way through a successful transaction without losing your peace of mind.


1.     Money, Money Money! We are in a hyper competitive sellers market with strict lending requirements. Be ready. Do your homework! Your homework, is to figure out how you are going to purchase the house. Would you go to a store to buy a new outfit without a credit card or money in your wallet? In Bikram yoga there is pre-planning for every class. I would never show up to yoga 30 or even 60-120 minutes after eating a big meal. Yoga on a full stomach is not…

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Don't Prune Your Freeze Damaged Plants...Yet!

By: Pam Theroux Monday, December 16th, 2013 at 8:57am. 2329 Views, 0 Comments.






I am sure you did your best to protect your plants from the weeklong overnight freezes we just experienced in Northern California....and even with covering them and/or watering them, some may be looking pretty sad, damaged or dead. I have a beautiful red Bouganvia and a super beautiful, double-white Angel's Trumpet that aren't looking too good right now!  But, before I cut them back, I called my garden center and they told me to hold on and not cut anything back yet!  

For many garderners, our first reaction is to get out there,cut-off and prune back any obviously damaged parts of the plant. But the word from the experts is not to. They also recommend that you tell your…

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Award Winning Play, "The Book of Mormon," Opens at the Orpheum in San Francisco

By: Janis Peterson Friday, December 13th, 2013 at 5:01pm. 1849 Views, 0 Comments.


Ding Dong! Hello, my name is Elder.....   Ding Dong!   Hello, my name is Elder.....  "The Book of Mormon" opened to a packed house at the Orpheum Theater in San Francisco last night. A beautiful old theater, the Orpheum is a designated historical landmark in San Francisco. The backdrop for the theater is the Civic Center which is backlit and glowing with red and green lights for the holidays.  Very festive.

If you like South Park humor and San Francisco edginess this play will keep you laughing and clapping.  From the set design to choreography to music and acting, it was a superb performance and a fantastic evening. A couple tips if you go:  1. Don't bring children.  For adults only.  2. Rather than waiting in line at…

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Holiday Treats!

By: Pam Theroux Friday, December 13th, 2013 at 1:40pm. 1890 Views, 0 Comments.

During this festive time of the year, we are all looking for special treats to give or to serve.

I wanted to share two of my very favorites with you: Gramma Betty's Cheesecake & Gaya's Cheeseballs

The cheesecake is my mother-in -law's recipe and is hands-down, absolutely fantastic!  I make this cheesecake throughout the year, but during this festive holiday time, it is fabulous served with chilled cherries of any sort. 

Years ago, my dear friend, Gaya, invited me to help her make 50 cheeseballs that she gives to friends and families as holiday gifts. I thought she was crazy...cheeseballs as gifts?  Well, one taste and I was hooked...they are the best!  They became my new holiday gift tradition too.  A family tradition…

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Old Town Novato; Discover Unique Toys, Gifts, Antiques and Restaurants

By: Kathleen Emrey Thursday, December 12th, 2013 at 10:24am. 2032 Views, 1 Comments.

Looking for a unique gift - Old Town Novato offers a treasure trove of gifts and ideas. This quaint business district is filled with specialty stores:

Morris & Company - This enchanting gift store is magic the minute you walk in. It carries a line of Vietri, hand-painted wine glasses, imported Christmas ornaments, baby gifts, jewelry and so much more. The owners, Jan & Austin, know the inventory and are always happy to help you find the right gift - and they have complimentary gift wrapping.

Five Little Monkeys - When you are looking for quality toys, games, costumes (what child doesn't appreciate a good costume) and children's craft projects, this is the shop. It is jammed packed with hard-to-find merchandise from such companies…

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