All Blog Entries by Kathleen Emrey

A native of San Francisco, I have lived in Marin County since 1963 and have loved my life here. It was a pleasure to raise my five children - The Hughes children- and see how they profited from the Marin County Schools and Marin's many programs. My sons work in professional baseball and they credit the wonderful baseball programs they participated in over the years.

I have been in real estate for over 26 years and truly enjoy helping people find a new home or be able to move on with their lives after they sell. My experience as a mother and now grandmother helps me understand how there is more to purchasing a new home than just its location.

It would be my pleasure to help you with your real estate needs.

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From the minute you step onto your garden-like deck you are captivated by the expansive views. Fall in love with the loveliness of this unique home as you enter the high-ceiling living room. You cannot help but appreciate the beauty inside and out, with natural lighting from two stories of panoramic windows that outline magnificent views.


 Your open kitchen with newer stainless appliances offers yet another a lovely view of the greenery, along with a pass thru window to the deck. Adjoining the kitchen is a cozy eating area, looking out onto the ivy-covered hillside. Two ideal-sized bedrooms – one currently used as an office - and a beautifully remodeled bath with walk-in shower complete the first floor. The

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Libraries are now so much more than loaning books. Ever expanding the Marin County libraries are also education centers:


  • Homework HelpNow! is a program that provides online homework help from 1:00pm - 10:00 pm Monday through Friday. This help is available in English and Spanish.
  • Live Tutoring: Join the online classroom and receive help from a Brainfuse tutor.
  • Skills-Building: Master an academic concept through expert tutoring and standards aligned online lessons. Brainfuse Skills Building has been designed for a variety of age groups and academic needs.
  • 24/7 Help Center: Submit a question and a tutor will provide you with a response (usually within 24 hours).
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Good news for Marin County homeowners! If you have an extra bedroom and bath in your home more than likely you can now convert that space into separate living quarters at a very low cost. Junior Accessory Dwelling Units (JADU) is a new concept that allows you to create a legal rental unit in your home that you can use to generate income, house a loved one or accommodate a caregiver/au pair. And the best part is that many Marin cities  such as Novato, San Rafael and Fairfax have streamlined the process and made it easy and affordable.


The traditional family (mother, father and one or more children) now makes up 33% of the population in California. There is a steady rise in households consisting of single-parent families, couples without children, empty

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The Novato Library is more than books. During the summer it offers a wide variety of children and teen programs. If you are wracking your brain looking for new experiences for your child or teen, the library offers so much from which to choose and it is all free


Children's Summer Learning Programs at the Novato Library include:

Plaza Nights! - All ages welcome. It is held in the Library Atrium every Wednesday in the summer from 6-8:00pm

Builder's Challenge - Children ages 4-14 are invited to build, play, engineer and destruct together. Registration is not required, but space is limited to 30 people on a first come, first served basis. Building materials will be

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AARP, formerly known as the American Association of Retired Persons, just came out with its annual list for the most livable, friendly and healthy American cities and neighborhoods for people over 50 and guess which town came up as the best small city for staying healthy - Novato, CA. San Francisco came in at number one for large cities - not bad company.


The reasons cited for Novato to come in so high for staying healthy is the access to excellent health care providers and personal satisfaction with services provided; a lower hospitalization rate; the lack of obesity among residents; a decrease in tobacco usage and the multitude of exercise opportunities.

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Marin Villages announces the launch of Novato Village on Saturday, June 6, 2015 at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging, 8001 Redwood Blvd in Novato starting at 2:00 P.M. This event is open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.


Novato Village joins the Marin Village family which includes villages in Mill Valley, Homestead, Tiburon, Ross Valley and Northern San Rafael.  Founded five years ago, Marin Villages now has over 500 members and volunteers. It is part of a nationwide movement assisting seniors to "age in place." 

Marin Villages is a non-profit membership organization that enables seniors to remain safely and

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Novato residents have another wonderful resource - The Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Facility is located at the Novato Recycling Center, 7576 Redwood Blvd (next to Shamrock Materials).

It is open the first and third Sunday and Monday of each month from 8:30 to 1:30pm excluding most holidays. No appointment is needed and it is free to residents.

HHW accepts the following:

Aerosols, of all kinds                                                Mercury thermostats & thermometers

Auto Products - polishes, brake fluids, cleaners           Paints (oil & latex), stains, solvents, sprays


Asbestos - up to two 30-gal. sized trash bags - double-bagged

Pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers

Batteries of all

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This past week Governor Brown issued a mandate for California cities and towns to cut water use by 25% after a voluntary cut of 20% failed. That means us! We are now in the fourth year of one of the most severe modern droughts and our water supplies are becoming scarce. What is more scary is that there is no guarantee that next year or the year after will bring us rain.

We have been called into action to take water conservation seriously and will be penalized financially if we don't. Ouch!! Here are some tips to conserve and save money:

1.      Install water-saving shower heads and low-flow aerators easily found at Pini Hardware, Lowe's and Home Depot. Check with your water

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This lovely, three-bedroom, two-bath home tucked into the President's neighborhood of Novato received 12 offers and sold for $650,000. The sellers, who I represented, are thrilled as are the buyers. The home has lovely curb-appeal, dual-pane windows, hardwood floors, an inviting swimming pool and an expansivie side-yard.


The President's neighborhood is identified as such because many of the streets are named after U.S. Presidents. It is an area nestled between Indian Valley Road, Rowland and South Novato Blvd. The neighborhood schools are Rancho Elementary School and Novato High School. Shopping, transporation and Arroyo Avichi Park are all close.

If you are thinking about moving to Novato or want

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Free Programs at the Novato Library

The Novato Library offers some wonderful programs for all ages. All are held at the Novato Library - 1720 Novato Blvd.                                                                           


For Teenagers: 

Free SAT Workshop for Teens - Essay Writing                                 

Saturday, March 21 from 1:00-2:00pm

This class covers strategies to improve your teen's performance and reduce some of the stress. He or she can learn how to write a top-scoring essay within the time limit.


First Thursday Review Club - for 6th-12th Graders      teen_reading_resized_300 

Thursdays from 4:30-6:00pm

Sponsored by the

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