Green Living in Marin

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Charming Marinwood Cape Cod!  This light filled home boasts a remodeled kitchen with granite counters, tile back-splash, stainless appliances and tons of storage.  The inviting living room has custom built-in cabinets and fireplace mantle with a  gas fireplace.  Think snuggling on a cold day!  Sparkling remodeled bathrooms.  Expanded master bedroom with custom closets. 3 additional bedrooms make this a perfect home.  Large, level backyard with covered patio and huge composite bamboo deck for outdoor entertaining, but still enough grassy area for croquet or badminton. Decorator paint, carpet, hardwood floors, dual-pane windows make this home move-in ready. The large storage shed could be converted to an office or exercise

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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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With inventory continuing low and with plenty of demand out there, there is NO bad time to sell your home in Marin, Sonoma or San Francisco counties..we are so fortunate to be in such a high-demand desirable area! To that end, Fall 2017 is just around the corner and there are buyers out there looking for their new home.  As a realtor, I see homes and homes for sale year round and although spring tends to be the busiest selling season, real estate in Marin, Sonoma and San Francisco counties is well worth pursuing this time of the year.....there are always folks who need to move and are out there looking for their new home!

Folks are back from vacation, feeling refreshed and looking forward to upcoming fall activities as the season changes and with

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Mt. Tam (Mount Tamalpais) in Marin County is considered by many to be the birthplace of modern day mountain biking, but the truth is that some form of mountain biking has been around for almost a century. 

The word "infantry" refers to the division of the army that enters fighting/combat on foot and In the 1800’s there was an army division called the 25th Infantry Bicycle Corp whose job it was to put together bikes that could carry their gear over rough ground and terrain. In August of 1896 a group of riders from this infantry rode from Missoula, Montanat to Yellowstone National Park…and then back. Their goal was to test a new bicycle to see if the military could use it for traveling mountainous areas. This test went so well that the next year

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Have you seen the folks in bright yellow shirts sweeping our downtown San Rafael sidewalks? Have you seen the purple meters scattered around downtown San Rafael?  The folks in yellow shirts are part of the Downtown Streets Team and the purple meters are part of Put Your Change To Work program, which is a way to discourage panhandling.  What?  Read on!

The Downtown Streets Team is an organization that believes that by having a job and being able to take care of ones’ own basic needs is the center piece to helping folks transition to a better life…and get them off the streets.

The Downtown Streets Team organization has changed lives in at least 6 bay area cities since 2007, and have been doing so in San Rafael, since 2013.  

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Christmas Tree Disposal in Marin County:

Marin County does a great job on recycling Christmas trees. Most of the sanitary districts will pick up your tree from the curb on green can pick-up days. There are a few rules like cutting the tree down if it’s over 5 or 6 feet and no flocked trees. Of course, remember to take off all the ornaments, lights and stands. If curbside does not work for you, all Marin County Fire Department stations (through January 21), have an area where you can drop off your tree. Click here for detailed information.

Want to help fund a safe grad night? There is a tree drop fundraiser going on as part of the San Marin High School Safe Grad Fundraiser. A suggested $5 donation ($15 for a flocked tree) at the San Marin High

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Searching for your new home anytime of the year is exciting and just as falling leaves, pumpkins and cooler temps are part of our fall season in the Bay Area, so too, are some truly great film festivals!  There's a little something for everyone, so check out the links below for lots of information and schedules.....and then, go see some great, new movies! 

Oct. 6-16                                 Mill Valley Film Festival                    www.mvff.com

Oct. 15-22                               Greek Film Festival                          www.grfilm.com

Oct. 28-30 & Nov. 4-6               Berkeley Video Film Festival             www.berkeleyvideofilmfest.org

Oct. 13-16                               SF Shorts Film

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biketober-01_500What better way to kickoff the upcoming holiday season than at Biketoberfest? Grab your bike and join us on October 15th for a day of brews, bikes and music. Biketoberfest combines the celebration of bikes with food, music, family fun, and most importantly a brewfest. It doesn't matter what kind of biker you are, Biketoberfest celebrates it all. Mountain bikers, BMXers, commuters, speedy bikers and slow bikers are all invited to Fair-Anselm Plaza on Saturday, October 15th from 11:00 am - 5:00 pm.

Biketoberfest is full of bike related activities. For those looking for a new bike, there will be 70 bike exhibitors and a handmade bike show. Different bike events will be happen throughout the day. There will be a 32 mile bike for the more experienced riders,

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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.

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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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It¹s time to tune up your bike for this fall¹s cycling reducex2_300events. Sustainable Fairfax, a nonprofit organization that focuses on teaching sustainability and bringing the community together, has put together a community challenge for Marin Residence to replace car trips with other forms of transportation. ReduceX2 is a 3-week challenge full of fun activities and lots of encouragement. Sustainable   Fairfax has set up various community events to help residence discover beautiful walking and biking routes, as well as easy public  transportation that will make you want to ditch the car.


 I am excited to present to you Fairfax Slow Riders. Slow Riders is a group bike ride led by a friendly volunteer aimed to help the community with the ReduceX2 challenge. I will

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