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I just received this months issue of Atomic Ranch Magazine (Winter 2007) and was excited to see that we were once again recognized by another publication and its readership as a valuable resource for modern and mid-century modern homes.    This mention follows our coverage in last month's issue of Alaska Airlines In-flight Magazine which did a wonderful story on the renaissance of West Coast mid-century modern homes.  

Within the Winter 2007 issue of Atomic Ranch, a reader mentioned that they have looking for design ideas and inspiration for their California mid-century modern home and found the Landscaping a Mid-Century Modern Home page of our Eichler for Sale website to be most helpful.     The magazine editor also acknowledged that one of the Bay Area…
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The Marin Board of Supervisors has, at long last, adopted a much-anticipated blueprint for managed development in unincorporated areas of Marin County.  In an effort to accomplish sustainable growth, the plan calls for preservation of the natural environment, compromise in proposed construction projects, and includes eco-friendly requirements for new development within the county.

Seven years in the making, this plan is not without controversy. While environmentalists applaud the effort, others feel the program is too restrictive and will make it difficult to meet Marin’s housing needs.  The most hotly debated issue was a compromise that reduces a proposed senior community development from an initial plan of 1,100 acres to 30 – 40 acres.  Another area of…
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A tax benefit that often slips through the cracks when buying a new home is the Homeowner’s Exemption.  The California Constitution provides for a tax exemption of up to $7000 of the assessed value on property that is occupied as the owner’s principal place of residence.  Surprisingly this bit of tax relief often gets lost in the shuffle when buying a new home, resulting in too many Marin County homeowners overpaying their property taxes.

How do I apply for the Homeowner's Exemption in Marin?

It's important to know that the Homeowners’ Exemption is not applied automatically and is not transferred from one property to another.  It is the homeowner’s responsibility to apply for exemption.  Fortunately it isn’t necessary to reapply every year once the…
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The tables are turning in the North Bay real estate world.  Recently I have witnessed a significant increase in the number of price reduction while perusing the Marin County MLS for my home buyer and seller clients.    With this in mind, I decided to take a quick look back to see exactly how many price reductions there have been since the begining of October, 2007.  

Month to date, there have been a total of 377 homes that have had price reductions and only 282 new properties that have come on the market.  What does this all mean?    

Seller Expectations + Market Realities

The market has transitioned and sellers need to understand the importance of pricing their home properly from the beginning.

A property will garner the most interest and traffic…
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Finding the right preschool for your kids in Marin County can be a time-consuming and laborious process.  Fortunately, help is on the way for Marin County residents interested in learning about a number of schools and preschool programs in one central location.

The Marin Child Care Council will be hosting a Marin Preschool Fair on Wednesday, November 7, 2007.    During this event, parents and children will have an opportunity to learn about preschool programs available in Marin from 38 different preschools.   

If you would like to attend this one-stop shopping event to explore your Marin preschool options, event and venue details are as follows:


WHEN:       Wednesday, November 7, 2007
                     7:00pm - 8:30pm
WHERE:    Osher Marin Jewish
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Recently I was interviewed for a piece on mid-century modern homes, and I’m excited to say that you can find the article in the October issue of Alaska Airlines Magazine and Horizons Air Magazine. The article, titled Retro Renaissance – The mid-century modern home is back in style, gives a brief, but comprehensive overview of the modern movement and discusses communities that feature these very special homes, including some of those found here in Marin County.

This article has a little something for everyone. For newcomers to modern movement it provides information on some of the basic features found in mid-century homes including Eichlers, Rummers, Alexanders and Cliff Mays. For those of us who are a little more knowledgeable, there is a nice

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I just listed a move-in ready, mid-century home located in the Midtown Terrace neighborhood of San Francisco.      This is a great, updated home in a wonderful location close to transportation, shopping and more!    

    

79 Midcrest Way in San Francisco

Built in 1962, this 2 bedroom / 1 bathroom home maintains much of its original, mid-century charm but features a number of recent upgrades including:

  • Remodeled kitchen with designer finishes + new stainless steel appliances,
  • Hip, updated bathroom with magnificant tile work and modern fixtures,
  • Modern landscaping and yard including Ipe decking, custom lighting, and hot tub,
  • 1 car garage parking with ample storage space + laundry

The asking price is $795,000 with the

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Many people are asking me "How is the real estate market in Marin County?"   With all of the recent media attention that the housing market has received at both the national and regional level, it has become harder for buyers and sellers to separate fact from fiction.  

Yes, the market has slowed down but is still strong, especially when compared to other areas of the country or even other counties in the Bay Area.   In general though,  most areas of Marin County have transitioned from a seller's market to a buyer's market.   Here are some interesting month-to-date (September 1- September 25, 2007) facts regarding the Marin housing market:

  • The number of active listings in Marin County are 1,061, with only 194 homes in contract.      With only
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The Marin County Sustainability Team is hosting a free e-waste recycling event this weekend at the Marin County Fairgrounds.   This back-to-school, electronics recycling event is a great opportunity to safely and efficiently dispose of any unused electronics you may have at no cost.

Since e-waste is no longer accepted for disposal at the landfill and can be costly to recycle, this is a chance to rid yourself of electronics that you may no longer utilize.     There is no limit to the quantity of items you can bring to recycle and both broken and unbroken recyclables are welcome!   

Event and venue details are as follows:

Date + Time:   September 15 + 16, 2007, 8am to 3pm
Location:          10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael
                           

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Modern landscape design buffs should mark their calendars for the Thomas Church event in Sonoma which is scheduled for this Thursday, September 6, 2007 from 2-8pm.  

This special event honoring the father of modern, California Style landscape architecture will include a series of lectures followed by a tour of the Donnel Gardens  in Sonoma which Thomas Church designed in 1948.

Speakers and panel members for this unique event include:

  • Zahid Sardar, SF Chronicle Design Editor
  • Marc Treib, U. of CA - Berkeley, Prof. of Architecture & Landscape Historian
  • Waverly Lowell, U. of CA - Berkeley, Curator of Environmental Design Archives
  • JC Miller, Rohston Hanamoto Alley & Abey, Landscape Architect
  • Pam-Anela Messenger,
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