I just sold this wonderful mid-century Modern home in the heart of Wine Country.
Santa Rosa is the hub of Sonoma County. Sonoma County is epitomizes the beauty and life style of the wine country lifestyle.
This mid-centrury modern style of allows the outside to come inside to fully enjoy what Sonoma County has to offer.
It's a good life - let me know if you would like to know more.
Who would have guessed, certainly not Tim Bowen, that he would start his own business, Play-Well TEKnologies, and be adored by parents and kids alike? A 20-year resident of the West End Neighborhood of San Rafael, Tim's circuitous route to fame included turning the master bedroom of his home into a LEGO® incubator. Instead of planning his career path, he let his inquisitive mind lead to jobs and projects that he found interesting and challenging.
You might call Tim Bowen the Steve Jobs of LEGO® except he started in a bedroom instead of a garage. The mission for Play-Well TEKnology mirror's Tim's own life experience and his desire to nurture the skills he found valuable: an inquisitive mind, creative expression,…
A snow advisory is expected in downtown San Rafael the weekend of November 23 and 24 at the annual Parade of Lights and Winter Wonderland holiday celebration. There will be a Parade of Lights and Winter Wonderland, a Holiday Marketplace, arts and crafts, live entertainment, children's activities, a Tree Lighting Ceremony, and SNOW.
Schedule of Activities:
Friday, November 23rd 2012
• Snow Sledding: A Street between Fourth Street and Fifth Ave.; noon to 4:30pm and 6:30pm to 8:00pm (kids only)
• Holiday Marketplace, Fourth Street between B Street and Lootens Place;
Noon to 8:00pm
• Parade of Lights, Fourth Street from E Street to the City Plaza; 5:30pm (everyone is welcome to join the parade. Parade participants meet in…
Just Sold! Last week I closed a deal representing the buyers of a lovely ocean view cottage in the West Marin town of Bolinas, CA. This quaint brown-shingle beach cottage is just a few short blocks to the historic "downtown" area of Bolinas and the close to the Brighton Beach steps. From the deck there are views of the Pacific and San Francisco in the distance. The property had been on the market for a very long time due to unmotivated sellers and numerous other challenges such as tenants, incomplete lot splits & utility easement puzzles. Luckily, my buyer clients loved the house enough to persevere through months of negotiations with surveyors, title company advisors, attorneys and reluctant sellers & we finally closed the deal after months of…
Regenerative Design Institute, Bolinas CA 94924
What is Permaculture?
My youngest sister (now 28 yrs. old) is taking a course at the Regenerative Design Institute, Commonweal Garden in Bolinas, CA 94924. I have a basic understanding and appreciation for sustainable practices in relation to building and real estate and general lifestyle choices like composting, recycling and minimizing waste, however, before Thursday night I had no idea what Permaculture was and what they taught at the Regenerative Design Institute (RDI) in Bolinas.
My memories and experience with Bolinas are trips to the beach and small town, trolling beach houses for sale on the MLS and my favorite event from the past was…
Ever wonder what a real estate agent sees when looking at a home?
Most of us see hundreds or even thousands of homes per year between our actual in-person visits and our online searches and, over a period of time, our view of a home changes.
Of course we are always thinking about whether this or that property is right for buyer A, B, or C. What is the neighborhood like? Does the location meet the needs for commuting--- for schools? Is it convenient to shopping, transportation, etc. Are the bathrooms and kitchen up-to-date or will they need remodeling? How about interior and exterior paint? Carpet? All the usual things. But it doesn't stop there. Speaking for myself, and based on conversations I've had with colleagues, we find…
I am excited to announce the sale of my client's home at 6040 Diane Court in Rohnert Park. I was able to assist the seller with pre-sale inspections, home preparation and staging. This coupled with the seller's great pride in ownership in caring for the property for the past 28 years made the home highly desirable and sold yesterday for $425,000.00.
Located in a cul-de-sac in the coveted D section of Rohnert Park, it featured beautiful landscaping with a waterfall and koi pond. The interior amenities included 2,145 square feet with 4 bedrooms and 2 ½ baths, with a family room, formal living room and separate dining room. The master bath was tastefully remodeled recently and even boasted a steam shower.
Ice skating and Marin County aren't two words you'd typically utilize in the same sentence however I'm excited to let our friends and clients know that this will change in the very near future (at least temporarily)!
From November 10th, 2012 thru January 5th, 2013 there will a temporary ice rink setup outside of the Northgate Mall in San Rafael. Known as "Marin on Ice" this temporary outdoor ice skating rink will be open 7 days a week and will feature more than 5,000 square feet of real ice. If you don't have your own ice skates - no need to worry - skate rentals will be available.
If you're interested in getting your ice skating groove on either before or after the Marin on Ice Event, there are a few ice…
Marin Landscape Design Ideas
As I am sitting here writing this blog, the contractors are jack hammering my concrete patio in the backyard - so it's a little hard to concentrate at the moment, but perfect time to write about my current dilemma. What to do with the backyard?
The backyard is HUGE and it has so much potential. There is enough space for a pool, lawn, deck and even a bocce ball court. Backyards are a huge part of California year round living and the way I end up designing this backyard can make or break my budget. So I am going to have to consider a few things. How will we be using the yard? How much maintenance do we want? And what is our budget?
How to add more living space to your Marin home on a budget? There is the traditional way of adding on to a home such as adding a second story, finishing off a basement or knocking down walls and extending the foot print. Most often a team of specialists is needed, not to mention countless design revisions, permit applications, lots of money, lots of time and what seems like never ending delays and a whole lot of patients.
And there is the new hip way-modernly designed pre-fabricated spaces. From storage sheds to full blown houses, the choices are numerous. Recently, the Marin Modern team was fortunate enough to tour one of the design homes by Blu Homes up in Healdsburg, CA. The property was an exquisite pre-fab home utilizing state of the art green…