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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I had the pleasure of representing the sellers, who are long-term clients and friends on the sale of their condo.  Purchased for the seller's mother in 2000, when she passed away they kept it as rental property for a number of years.  However, as time passed, they decided they did not want to be landlords so made the improvements needed to sell and get top dollar.  They installed a new kitchen, remodeled the bathroom, painted the entire condo and put in new carpet.  It showed beautifully and they were rewarded with 3 good offers.  Listed at $313,000, it sold for $320,000.  Conveniently located near 101 and Vintage Oaks Shopping Center, 7 Oak Crest, #C in Novato is very spacious with over 1400 square feet of living space and 2 bedrooms, 1.5 baths. 


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Wow, it's a plush new Spa for dogs.  Who could be more deserving than our furry friends whose owners are the second largest constituency in Marin County according to a recent article. The owners of K9 Scrub Club have thought of everything and seized a great business opportunity.  What happened to hip and funky Fairfax?  It's gone upscale.


Here's the perfect day in Fairfax. Drop Buddy off at the Spa for an Oatmeal facial and Gentle Berry shampoo, while you go across the street to shop at Good Earth.  When you pick up Buddy, don't forget to stop by the K9 Scrub Club Bakery for gourmet treats before you and Buddy go next door to one of the outdoor tables at the Iron Springs Pub where you can order a specialty brew and Buddy can show off. 


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It may be coincidental but two "not-to-miss" book & art events are happening in Marin on May 3rd.  The first is California Bookstore Day Celebration at Copperfield's in San Rafael. The second event is the ninth annual Art of the Book exhibition at the Seager Gray Gallery in Mill Valley.

California Bookstore Day at Copperfield's Books in San Rafael 


Located at 804 Fourth Street, Copperfield's is a new addition to downtown. If you haven't been there yet, go check it out on May 3rd. They have created a beautiful and inviting space for book lovers and have added a café run by Taylor Maid Coffee out of Sebastopol.  Besides a great selection of books, they have every magazine under the sun, greeting cards and home décor gift items. They will be celebrating

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Spacious 2 Beds/1.5 Bath Western Oaks Village Townhome in Novato with lots of light, brand new kitchen, remodeled bathroom, new carpet and paint. In addition to the 1/2 bath on the main level and the full bathroom on the upper level, there is a vanity/sink in the master bedroom dressing area with two large closets. The new kitchen opens to the dining room with sliding glass doors off the living room onto a deck shaded by beautiful old Oak trees. There's a fireplace in the living room.  In-unit laudry hookups and  a storage space in the carport.   Enjoy the clubhouse and swimming pool.  


Western Oaks is ideally situated off the Rowland Blvd. exit with easy access to 101 and to shopping and restaurants in Vintage Oaks Shopping Center.  Western Oaks

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I had the pleasure of representing the buyers for this extensively remodeled home in the Dominican neighborhood of San Rafael.  Entering the home you are greeted to an open floor plan filled with light and a living room that opens onto a front patio entertaining area. The beautifully remodeled kitchen and family room open to the back of the home with a private yard and beautiful setting. Big windows and lots of light are a defining feature of this home. It has a great flow for entertaining and indoor/outdoor living.  It features hardwood floors and 3 bedrooms and two full bathrooms on the main level, which includes the master suite.  The lower level has an additional living space and fireplace with its own entrance and a full bathroom and bedroom.

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I had the pleasure of representing the buyers, long-term clients and friends on the purchase of this hip, high tech and modern loft in the Historic District of Petaluma on the West Side next to the Theater District.  It has a great vibe! This 4 year old mixed use project is located near the river, surrounded by charming older homes turned into businesses, restaurants, street-side cafes, coffee houses, unique shops, movie theater and book store. 

Ultra-modern, the loft features 3 bedrooms and 3 full baths on three levels with an attached one-car garage.  There is a full bed and bath when you enter on the main level.  It has an open concept with a Chef's Kitchen/dining/living room on the second level with high ceilings, skylights and floor to ceiling

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I had the pleasure of representing the sellers of this home with dazzling water and bridge views... and on a clear day, San Francisco, from the exquisitely remodeled custom kitchen and family room. Extensively remodeled several years ago, this single-level Peacock Gap home features 4 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms and a guest bathroom, an oversized 2-car attached garage with built-in cabinets for storage, a level fenced yard with separate vegetable garden. This is the ideal home for someone who loves to cook and entertain.


Golf, sailing, biking, hiking, tennis, swimming.....just minutes away!  Peacock Gap Golf Club just completed a major renovation, sail or fish out of the Loch Lomond Marina, China Camp State Park has some of the best biking,

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Very cool, Mid-Century Modern office building in the heart of Gerstle Park in San Rafael.  Located around the corner from Muffin Mania, this stand-alone office space with 6 on-site parking spaces is a hidden jewel and a great investment property.  There is also a separate storage building.

storage_160_01 This is the ideal investment property for my clients who are very busy professionals yet want to earn a return on their money and have a long term investment that will appreciate.  Sold for $579,200

Janis Peterson, or 415-271-3109

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 The Taming of the Shrew opens tonight, February 28th at the College of Marin Performing Arts Building. It is runs through March 14th with evening and matinee performances. If you like Shakespeare, don't miss this wild west-style production directed by James Dunn.  This is a revival of a show James Dunn directed in 1971 that was invited to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland and won best production.  It's also part of a year-long 50th Anniversary Celebration of the College of Marin Drama Department.

James Dunn who is well-known for directing the Mountain Play, an institution produced every summer on Mount Tam that has provided endless enjoyment to many people, founded the Drama Department at the College of Marin 50 years ago.  He served as the

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The West End Neighborhood in San Rafael is home to a number of distinguished artists.  Clustered on Fremont Hill, an off-the-beaten path neighborhood, are four diverse and accomplished artists who call the West End Neighborhood their home.

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California landscape painter, Davis Perkins, has an unusual background. His art is inspired by a long career as a smoke jumper in Alaska, firefighter and paramedic where he experienced nature in its rawest form.  He would smoke jump in the summer for the BLM while attending the U. of Oregon where he got a degree in fine arts.  His early work was featured in solo exhibitions in the Alaska State Museum and the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum where they are in the permanent collection.

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