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Marin County - May 2016
The Real Estate Update

Market conditions in Marin remain tight and seller favorable. Sales activity continues to be active, but has edged lower in recent years due to inventory constraints. Single family and condominium sales probably reached their cyclical high in 2013 when nearly 3,100 homes were sold, compared to 3,000 in 2014 and 2,900 in 2015. With current inventory at 1.4 months of supply for single family homes and 1.3 months for condominiums, the...


 
May 27th marks the 75th Anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge.  There are dozens of celebrations planned by different Bay area groups.
I marvel at the Bridge. It's majestic, it's beautiful.  The views from the Bridge are captivating.  Driving over the Bridge is always a wonderful experience. Yes, even when you are stuck in traffic.  The Bridge is one of the major connectors between San Francisco and Marin (swimming or taking the ferry are also fun options, too!).  How will you celebrate? ...

We are often asked by clients if they should remodel their homes.  The answer, of course: it depends!  Is your objective to quickly increase the value of your home?  Is your objective to make living in your home more enjoyable for your long term use?  Will your remodeling project add to the size of the home, perhaps by adding space with permits and permission from local governing authorities?  Are you removing walls, reducing the number of bedrooms in your home? 
The National Association of...

We find that many home-buyers are interested in moving to Marin from the city.  Some are attracted to the natural setting and beauty of living among trees.  Others are awed by views of San Francisco.  Some are addicted to the outdoors and love the hiking and running trails, surfing, rowing and other activities that are so easy and accessible in southern and western Marin.  Some are parents of young children who want their kids to grow up in a less urban environment in the city, where the...


I recently completed my first open water swim.  That is, the first open water, out of cove swim, meaning my first swim outside of the safety of San Francisco's Aquatic Park.  The swim was about a mile, from Gas House cove, the area right behind Green's restaurant at Fort Mason back to the beach between the Dolphin Club and the South End Club at Aquatic Park.  My swim was evidently much longer than that as I kept wanting to swim towards Alcatraz.  Safely back to the Club in a reasonable...

 
 
Creekside Fridays is a really fun event, and Stacey and I are pleased to sponsor two weeks of this event this year: Friday June 24th and Friday July 29th from 6:30 to 8 PM at the Tam Valley Log Cabin at 60 Tennessee Valley Road.  It's a great event and a terrific way to start the weekend--and for those coming from the city, it is likely a great way to escape the cold and fog.  Bring a blanket to sit on, a picnic and a bottle of wine, or feel free to purchase BBQ dinner there (it varies...

Mill Valley - Northwest neighborhoods
 
For a good map of the neighborhoods, check out:  http://neighborhoods94941.org/mvndp/mvMap.htm
To see Mill Valley Neighborhood Associations:  http://millvalleylibrary.org/Index.aspx?page=840
Blithedale Canyon:  Blithedale Canyon is one of two canyons that separate the “valley” of Mill Valley.  The other canyon being Cascade Canyon – but more about that area later!  Blithedale Canyon has long been an area many people are drawn to because it calls...

 
Wow, check out this amazing tour of San Francisco.  It is the brilliant work of Scott Weaver who spent countless hours building this amazing kinetic sculpture.
I love hearing the laughter and delight of the audience. I found this amazing video online.
 

 
Kudos to the artist, Scott Weaver, who has put over 30,000 hours of work into this sculpture over almost 35 years.  It's brilliant and fun!

What’s all the hype about the STAR testing?  Is it in Marin or just San Francisco?  What does it measure?  Should my child prepare for it?  These are a few questions we get asked, especially this time of year with the tests around the corner, and with people exploring whether or not to move.  So, I decided to venture out and do a little research of my own.  Here is what I learned.
As a precursor to my explanation, I will say:  we are not school officials, nor are we associated with the...

As a city dweller, I am always delight in driving over the Golden Gate Bridge and heading to Marin.  During foggy days in the summer (when it is foggy, gray and cold in San Francisco), I occasionally like to get to Marin for sunshine and warmth.  Lunch in Mill Valley with a friend?  Or one of my favorite places, Panama Hotel in San Rafael great atmosphere, good food, or to feed my Puerto Rican cravings at Sol Food Restaurant.  Or, perhaps a hike on the Tennessee Valley trail.
One of my...

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