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.

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Enchanting and affordable this 2 bedroom, 1 bath single family home is snuggled on a sunny hillside in Fairfax, Marin's favorite small town. Stargaze by night while relaxing in the hot tub or revel in the sunshine and panoramic views during the day.  It is truly a magical spot that is private yet has a close knit community of hillside neighbors.  On the lower level there is a big deck off of the updated kitchen ideal for entertaining.  The updated kitchen features Maple wood floors, stainless steel appliances and a breakfast nook with wood cased windows across the front looking out over the valley.  The upper level is open and bright with French doors that lead from the living room to the hot tub and where the two bedrooms and bath are located.

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 Surrounding Neighborhood Homes

Opportunity knocks to restore and update this charming 1930's Spanish Bungalow.  It is surrounded on all sides by beautiful homes of the same vintage and character.  The main home is 2 bedrooms and 1 bath with an interior courtyard that leads to a separate studio/office/bedroom with bathroom.  Many period details including charming courtyard between house, studio and garage, Spanish tile roof, rounded archways between rooms, high open beam ceiling in living room, hardwood floors, steel cased windows....loads of charm, just waiting for the right buyer.

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Fabulous West End neighborhood and great location half-way between downtown San Rafael and San Anselmo. It's is an easy walk to either town.

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People Moving In - People Moving Up - People Moving Down - People Moving Out

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There have always been more people who want to live in Marin than there are homes to sell them.  That's nothing new.  A common refrain these days from "fence sitting" sellers is, "I don't want to put my home on the market because I might not find a replacement property."  It seems to be creating a self-fulfilling prophecy of low inventory and off- market match-making. The real estate PR machine keeps stoking the fire.

What feels a little different about the current real estate market is the imbalance in the type of housing and the demographics driving the market. A healthy real estate market depends on people moving in, moving up, moving down and moving out. The

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Decorating and accessorizing your home just got a lot more fun with San Rafael's newest furniture store, Port & Manor.  Located in the West End of San Rafael on Third Street just before Arrivederci Café. it's easy to miss as you whiz by on your way somewhere else.  I had passed it many times always curious as the showroom window flashed by.  Finally, I made a point to check it out this past weekend on a walk to downtown San Rafael. What a pleasant surprise!  It was so different than what I expected and totally worth a visit. It had very fun, whimsical and colorfully painted furniture, cool and unique hanging light fixtures, accent pieces, lots of accessories to dress up and accessorize your home and much more.

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What I discovered by talking to one of

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I had the pleasure of representing the buyer, a long-time renter who no longer wanted to be at the mercy of the skyrocketing rental market in Marin.  She was ready to put down roots and found the perfect condo to fit her lifestyle and budget.  66 Hector Lane is 2 bedrooms/1 bath with a detached garage, wood burning fireplace, engineered wood floors, remodeled kitchen and bath. Located on the Southern end of Novato near Pacheco Plaza, home to Paradise Foods and a hub for community events, it is also minutes from public transportation making for an easy commute to San Francisco. My client paid $345,000 for her condo which will COST LESS MONTHLY than what she was paying in rent for a 1-bedroom apartment.

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If you're tired of making your

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I had the pleasure of working with my colleague, Marin Modern Realtor Enrica Ramm to create a perfect match with her buyer and my seller.  My client, wanted to retire and move to her home in Nevada.   Enrica's client, priced out of the rental market where she lived in Larkspur, was ready to become a homeowner. My client preferred to sell "off-market" so when I told Enrica about 307 Silvio Lane and showed her some photos she immediately contacted her client and showed her the condo.  It was exactly what her client had been looking for so they wrote an offer that day. The rest is history.  It sold for $350,000, the highest price in Cheda Acres since 2007.

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Cheda Acres is a very nice small condo development in Southern Novato. 307 Silvio Lane is an

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I had the pleasure of representing the buyer who relocated to Marin from Watsonville a year ago to be near her daughter and two grandchildren. Roslyn was referred to me by Scott Sohle of US Bank in Mill Valley. We hit it off immediately. Roslyn had been renting an apartment in Larkspur Landing and was anxious to be a homeowner again.  She knew what she wanted and it didn't take long to find the ideal home for her in San Rafael; a light, spacious 3 bedroom, 1.5 bath townhome with a large enclosed patio for gardening. The front opens onto an expansive lawn area and view of the pool, perfect for her grandchildren this summer. It was a good value at $412,500.

 

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Conveniently located off Freitas Parkway near 101 and Northgate Shopping Center, San

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Finding a home in San Anselmo in a very competitive Marin real estate market has been a supreme challenge and year-long search for Greg and Jenn that started before they were expecting their first child.  With a little luck, patience, a positive attitude and the willingness to stretch they purchased a home they both love in the Morningside neighborhood of San Anselmo, just one month before their daughter is due. It's a home they can grow into over the next 10-12 years.  There were 9 offers and they had the winning offer at  $890,000. Their new home has loads of charm with period details, 3 beds/2 baths, a bonus playroom or office, big open kitchen, formal dining room, backyard for kids and dogs and a big garage for storage. 

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Although no one,

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West End neighbors, Helen Stanley and Lori Davis teamed up to create signs for the Davidson Middle School Garden Club.  Built in 2005 by the San Rafael Harbor Rotary Club, P.E. teacher Leilani Siri started the Garden Club to teach kids where their food comes from and to promote healthy eating.  Lori Davis, the Director of Environmental Education with LIFT-Levantate wrote a grant for $2500 to build an outdoor kitchen in the garden. Together Leilani, Lori and partners such as Kaiser, Whole Foods, San Rafael Harbor Rotary and others,  have created an outstanding teaching opportunity for students and teachers at Davidson Middle School.



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Back to the signs!  Lori asked Helen whose Art Studio is near Davidson, if she would paint

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Clients Sharlene and Joel purchased their Upper Lucas Valley Eichler in the summer of 2011.  Over the past couple of years they have completely transformed the landscaping to compliment the clean lines of their home. Since many Marin Modern clients are Eichler homeowners or drawn to modern architecture, I asked Sharlene to share her vision and inspiration for the design.

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Sharlene's vision started from the point of view that an Eichler is like an Ikebana - less is more, and empty space is just as important as the flower. The landscape should draw your eye to the architecture. With all of the glass along the back of the home it's important to have something interesting to look at while inside. When done right, the

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