All Blog Entries by Janis Peterson

Janis Peterson is a Marin County real estate veteran with Marin Modern Real Estate that has assisted buyers and sellers in virtually every commmunity in Marin.    Contact Janis for knowledgeable representation when buying or selling residential real estate in Marin, California.

Found 135 blog entries published by Janis Peterson.

Sleek & Modern with Sensational Views

Sleek, modern, sexy with high-end finishes, and environmentally friendly! Once an ugly duckling this home has been transformed into a show stopper. Every surface has been touched. This completely remodeled 2 bed/1 bath Mill Valley home with unobstructed views of the Marin Headlands and valley below packs a punch with a large 2-car garage and SunPower solar panels with 2-240v outlets for Electric Vehicle charging.

The open floor plan, wall of windows and large decks are part of a larger drama where sun drenched days can quickly change to wind and swirling fog that clings to the hills to spectacular sunsets. You won’t want to leave home when you can sit in front of a cozy fireplace, entertain friends in style

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I had the pleasure of representing the buyer on the purchase of a “view home” in the Marin Country Club Neighborhood in Novato. Situated at the top of a long, private driveway, 66 Capilano Drive, has panoramic views of the golf course and surrounding hills. The kitchen features a floor to ceiling greenhouse window and the living room has sliding glass doors along the one wall opening to the view. Built in the late 1970’s, this home has a great floor plan and features 2 beds, 2 baths, a big open loft ideal for an office.  There are decks off each room.

I also want to give a shout-out to the listing agent who is a seasoned professional and was a pleasure to work with. Working  together, we were able to create a win-win for both buyer and seller. 

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 I had the pleasure of representing the sellers for the second time in 4 years.  These are the sellers from heaven who have good karma sending out positive vibes that comes back to them in spades.

 Their highly sought-after ground level 2-bedroom/2-bath condo with 1-car garage was snapped up quickly by a buyer who can hardly wait to move in.  Built in the early 1990's, the Marin Lagoon condos in San Rafael are new construction by Marin standards and have a nautical theme on a man-made lagoon.  The condo has architecturally interesting features, an open floor plan, lots of light and a large outdoor space for entertaining.  There is a pool and clubhouse.  The Marin Lagoon community is so convenient to the Marin Civic Center, Northgate Shopping

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Unlocking inventory, increasing the number homes for sale and creating more homeownership opportunity for younger buyers is the goal behind the California Association of Realtors (C.A.R.) 2018 Property Tax Portability Initiative. Realtors throughout California are collecting signatures to get this Initiative on the November 2018 ballot. It's my understanding that the Initiative is supposed to remove the barriers that keep Seniors 55 and older from selling their homes.  That would mean allowing Seniors to carry their property tax base to a replacement property anywhere in California and removing the restriction that the replacement property be of equal or lesser value.

Here’s the story behind this initiative. Seniors throughout California (Marin has

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Cute as a bug!  I had the pleasure of representing the seller, a long-time repeat client, on the sale of her remodeled 1 bedroom, 1 bath light filled condo on the ground level in Terra Linda. There is a wall of windows east facing for morning sun across the front with a sliding glass door that opens to a nice size patio. The kitchen opens into the living room and has been stylishly remodeled with creamy white cabinets, tiled backsplash in brown tones and stainless steel appliances. There are engineered wood floors throughout except for carpet in the bedroom. The bathroom features a large walk-in shower, new vanity with higher-end faucets and fixtures from Restoration Hardware. A fabulous closet organizing system has been installed in a closet that

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I had the pleasure of representing the sellers, who have been long-time business owners in San Rafael. At the end of December, they decided to embark on a new phase in their life and in January made a trip to Southern Oregon where they found the perfect home. Everything happened more quickly than they expected.

Fortunately, their 4 bed/2.5 bath home in the rural Black Point neighborhood of Novato was in beautiful showing condition and ready to go on the market. Timing is everything. My clients were ahead of the spring market when there was every little inventory and the buyers, a young family, were decisive and ready to go. It worked out beautifully for everyone.

If you are ready to retire and thinking about relocating to Southern Oregon or

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There are some businesses and business owners that make you want to cheer for their success and do everything you can to promote their business. Fairfax Backyard Farmer and the owner Jim Normandi is one of the those.

Backyard Farmer resonates on so many levels. Marin has a growing community of “urban” farmers and hobbyists who want to produce their own food, make their own beer, eat fresh eggs, become beekeepers and make honey…you name it. Jim, the owner, has found that sweet spot fostering community, providing education and workshops along with selling the tools, kits, guides and equipment needed to pursue whatever your heart desires. Go to the calendar and you will find workshops from homebrewing beer, beekeeping, home roasting coffee beans,

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Beautiful, turn-key home in rural setting; perfect for downsizers, City folks looking for weekend get-away or anyone who loves the outdoors, nature and being in close proximity to Sears Point Raceway, Sonoma and Napa Wine Country or commuting to work or school in Novato, North to Petaluma or Santa Rosa, East to Solano or South to Southern Marin or San Francisco.  Hiking, biking, bird watching….are just outside the front door.

This 4 bedroom/2.5 Bath home features the Master Bedroom, guest bath, living, dining and kitchen on the main level and can be accessed through the 2-Car attached garage.  There are 3 bedrooms, a full bathroom and media/family room on the lower level with access to a beautiful garden and hot tub.

The main level features an

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I had the pleasure of representing the buyer on this 2- bed, 1.5 bath bungalow located in the heart of Gerstle Park. This house checked all the boxes for the buyer; friendly and welcoming neighbors, an active neighborhood association, walking distance to downtown San Rafael without being too close to noise and traffic, renovated older home with  big windows and lots of light, the perfect size yard and a new 2-car garage with enough space for a workshop.

The first time I showed the house to my client, we struck up a conversation with an older neighbor who was in his workshop building pedestals for the San Rafael Mission and birdhouses and bird feeders. He was delightful and represented the character of the Gerstle Park neighborhood. My client was

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The joy of being a realtor is when your experience, knowledge of the market and relationships enables you to be a matchmaker for a unique property in search of a very specific buyer.  That's what happened with 17 Redwood Road in Fairfax.

Sweeping views of Ross Valley compliment this magical and private 2 bedroom/1 bath hillside retreat in Fairfax.  What started out as a summer cottage in 1922 evolved over the years adding a little bit of serendipity and quirkiness with each owner.  When my client, the seller, called to say she had taken a new job and wanted to sell, I had just started working with the perfect buyers in search of a peaceful and private lifestyle in the Fairfax hills. They were invited to the Redwood Road Annual Block party before

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