san rafael: Marin County Amnesty Program Gives Granny's A Break - 06/13/07 10:12 AM
This year, Marin County homeowners in unincorporated areas may take advantage of an amnesty program for un-permitted second units (so-called "Granny Units").  The goal of the program is to increase the number of housing units and ensure that the units are in good order and meet basic living requirements. 
The criteria to take advantage of this program (which puts the price of the process at 1/2 that of normal) includes:
The unit must have been built before June 3, 2003; Units must be a certain size (between 220 sq. ft. and 750 sq. ft.); Owners of the home must live there (the owner's primary residence … (0 comments)

san rafael: Marin County Real Estate Update (Homes For Sale & Price Ranges) - 06/08/07 06:46 PM
The number of homes for sale (inventory) continues its upward trend-countywide, there are 719 active listings (up from 647 active listings this time last month). The high point (in terms of the sheer number of homes for sale in Marin County) will likely be next month. While the number of homes for sale has gone up, it is still very low historically (especially in Greenbrae, which has only 8 active listings). 
The graph below breaks down the current number of homes for sale in Marin County, California, as of May 1, 2007, along with the price ranges for each town/city. Also included is an arrow noting … (0 comments)

san rafael: Marin Human Society Turns 100 Years Old - 05/31/07 11:48 AM
What do dogs, cats, song birds, chickens, rabbits, and turtles all have in common?  A second chance provided by the Marin Humane Society ("MHS")! 
MHS turns 100 this year and is celebrating that milestone on June 3rd with festivities for all ages.   There will be contests (e.g., biggest dog, smallest dog, best dog singer (like American Idol?), demonstrations, a group dog walk at 10:00 a.m., drawings, and more.
On a personal note, about 4 years ago, my family adopted a dog from the MHS that had been rescued from a shelter in the Fresno area.  Carmen is the greatest dog I have ever had the pleasure to know.  … (0 comments)

san rafael: Marin Mothers' Clubs/Groups - 05/22/07 08:30 PM
Corte Madera/Larkspur Mothers' Club:  playgroups and monthly meetings, 415/451-7234, website MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers): inspirational speakers and monthly meetings, 415/485-1497 Novato Mothers' Club: playgroups, outings, and mixers, 415/458-4203, website Ross Valley Mothers' Club: playgroups and family fun, 415/721-4576, website San Rafael Mothers' Club: meetings, 415/451-7355 Southern Marin Mothers' Club, meetings for moms in Sausalito, Mill Valley, and Belvedere, 415/273-5366 Marin Parents of Multiples Club: education, social, and emotional focus on challenges faced by mothers of multiples, website Other Groups/Sites of Note
Baby Boot Camp Mommytrack'd … (0 comments)

san rafael: Marin County Public/Private Pools - 05/19/07 10:56 AM
Community Centers
Hamilton Pool, Novato - 492-9622 McNear's Beach Park, San Rafael - 499-6387 Mill Valley Community Center, Mill Valley - 383-1370 Sleepy Hollow Pool, San Anselmo - 453-3091 Strawberry Recreation District, Mill Valley - 383-1610 Terra Linda Recreation Center, San Rafael - 485-3344 School Pools
College of Marin, Kentfield - 485-9587 Indian Valley College Pool, Novato - 457-8811 (x8260) Redwood High School Pool, Larkspur - 924-7206 Tamalpais High School, Mill Valley - 380-3585 Private Clubs
Bay Club Marin, Corte Madera - 945-3000 Belvedere Tennis Club, Belvedere - 435-4792 Lagunitas Country Club, Ross - 453-8706 Marin Jewish Community Center, San Rafael … (0 comments)

san rafael: San Rafael Real Estate Market Report (5/1/07 Sales Report) - 05/11/07 01:23 PM
San Rafael Real Estate Market (5/1/07 Sales Report) Like most of Marin County real estate markets, the San Rafael real estate market is performing well relative to the rest of the country. The bread and butter homes of San Rafael are priced between $750,000 and $900,000. These homes tend to sell fairly quickly so long as they are nicely maintained, updated, and/or located in the most desirable neighborhoods (although the percentage of homes in escrow fell this past month). 
San Rafael Home priced in the $1 million - $1.5 million range continue selling at a respectable pace (47% are in escrow). Homes that sold during the past month (there were 50 home sales) … (0 comments)

san rafael: Marin County Market Report - 05/06/07 08:51 PM
Marin County, California, sits just north of San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge, straddling Highway 101, and boasts some of the most valuable real estate in the Bay Area. Homes for sale in Marin County (cities and towns include: Mill Valley, Sausalito, Tiburon, Belvedere, Corte Madera, Larkspur, Greenbrae, Kentfield, Ross, San Anselmo, San Rafael and Novato) have, by and large, maintained their value over the past 2 years. The following is a brief rundown of the absorption rates and trends (based on last month's numbers) in Marin County, as of May 1, 2007:
Current Absorption Rates (single family homes):
  As the chart reflects, absorption … (0 comments)

san rafael: Marin County Real Estate Update (Homes For Sale & Price Ranges) - 05/04/07 03:33 PM
The number of homes for sale (inventory) continues marching upwards--countywide, there are 647 active listings (up from 549 active listings this time last month). The high point (in terms of the sheer number of homes for sale in Marin County) will likely be next month. While the number of homes for sale has gone up, it is still very low historically (especially in Greenbrae, which has only 8 active listings). 
The graph below breaks down the current number of homes for sale in Marin County, California, as of May 1, 2007, along with the price ranges for each town/city. Also included is an arrow noting … (0 comments)

san rafael: Marin County Population Growth Surges in Novato - 05/04/07 10:27 AM
As noted in a recent news report in the Marin Independent Journal, growth rates in Marin were relatively low over the past year.  Overall, population growth was 0.9 percent last year (for a total population of 255,982). 
In Novato, however, the population grew by 2.4 percent to 52,426, largely due to new housing in Hamilton Field and Atherton Ranch.  Over the past seven years, Hamilton has seen over 2,100 homes built.  The large increase in population (mainly young families) has resulted in rapid increases in the number of children attending Hamilton Elementary School, which has grown from 365 children to 488 … (0 comments)

san rafael: Terra Linda, San Rafael Home For Sale - 04/26/07 11:35 PM
Fabulous expanded Eichler home in Terra Linda.  A classically contemporary design and modern touches, highlight this very private corner lot home.  Property features include:
4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms Enclosed and landscaped, private corner lot, Efficient upgraded dual-paned windows, Sparkling pool with covered cabana area and sun-drenched patio, Galley kitchen with some newer appliances, Master bedroom open to pool and cabana, Newer paint highlights both inside and out, Glorious newer hot tub, Open and spacious flowing interior with many floor-to-ceiling windows, Garage and exterior storage area, Huge recreation room, Cozy radiant heating system throughout, Close to parks, playgrounds, community pool, open spaces & a terrific community center, Excellent location in the award winning Dixie School District Listing Price: … (0 comments)

san rafael: Waterfront Outdoor Dining -- Marin County - 04/26/07 11:09 PM
Marin County Outdoor Dining -- Waterfront
Nothing beats the feeling of eating and relaxing outdoors in a waterfront setting--or even better, on patios situated over the water.  Below are a few Marin County restaurants offering outdoor dining with a watery twist.
In Sausalito:
Cafe Il Piccolo, 660 Bridgeway, 415/457-2460Fish, 350 harbor Dr., 415/331-3474Horizons, 558 Bridgeway, 415/331-3232Northpoint Coffee Co., 1250 Bridgeway, 415/331-0777Paradise Bay, 1200 Bridgeway, 415/331-3226Saylor's Landing, 305 Harbor Dr., 415/332-6161Waterfront Cafe, 85 Liberty Ship Way, 415/332-5625In Tuburon:
Ginza Sushi, 41 Main St., 415/789-5123Guaymas, 5 Main St., 415/435-6300Sams Anchor Cafe, 27 Main St., 415/435-4527Servino's, 9 Main St., 415/435-2676Sweden House, 35 Main St., 415/435-9767Mill Valley:
Piatti, 62 Redwood … (0 comments)

san rafael: Marin County, CA. Neighborhoods -- Terra Linda and Marinwood, San Rafael - 04/22/07 09:15 PM
Marin County Neighborhoods -- Terra Linda and Marinwood, San Rafael
At the northern portion of San Rafael, sit two neighborhoods worth a long look for both young families and those thinking of downsizing--Terra Linda and Marinwood.  These neighborhoods are established communities with history.  There are still original owners who tell stories about how Joseph Eichler would tour the neighborhood offering opinions to homeowners regarding their landscaping, home maintenance decisions, and other musings.  Meanwhile, there has been lots of turnover over the past few years as many long-time residents cashed out and a younger demographic began making its presence felt.  Terra Linda and … (2 comments)

san rafael: Marin Luxury Home Market (Sales Report) - 04/20/07 01:40 PM
The past month has seen a significant rise in the numbers of homes entering the market, especially in the $2 million to $4 million range (the number of active listings is up by 26 for a total of 96 homes).  That may seem like a lot.  But, 23 homes in that price range sold in Marin last month.  Mill Valley boasts the largest number of homes sold last month in this market segment - 6 homes sold (the average days on market was 45, the average sales price was $2.76 million,and the average price per square foot was $797).  Tiburon was next - 4 sales (the … (0 comments)

san rafael: Marin County Farmers Markets (Corte Madera, San Rafael, Larkspur, Ross, Point Reyes, Novato, San Anselmo, Fairfax, San Gernonimo) - 04/17/07 10:46 PM
Marin County Farmers Markets
Nothing beats a sunny morning at the local Farmers Market.  And Marin has some very good ones with lots of seasonal local and organic produce.  Here are some worth checking out:
Corte Madera (Town Center Courtyard, noon to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays, year-round)Civic Center (at the Civic Center, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursdays and Sundays, year-round)Downtown San Rafael (on Fourth St. between B St. and Lincoln Ave., 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., April 5 through September 27)Fairfax (Peri Park, Wednesday nights)Larkspur (Larkspur Landing, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturdays, May 19 to October)Novato (Grant Ave. between Machin and … (0 comments)

san rafael: San Rafael Real Estate Market Overview (Home Sales Market Report 4/5/07) - 04/12/07 09:13 PM
San Rafael Real Estate Market Overview (Home Sales Market Report 4/5/07)
Despite some of the numbers in the snapshot graph below, San Rafael homes continue to sell across the board. The bread and butter homes of San Rafael are priced between $700K and $900K and sell fast so long as they are nicely maintained, updated, and/or located in desirable neighborhoods.  Indeed, the percentage of those in escrow rose again this past month-44% of these homes are in escrow indicating a pretty balanced market. 
As with the rest of Marin, homes priced correctly may or may not get multiple offers-note: the winning bid (which is not … (1 comments)

san rafael: Marin County Absorption Rates (Real Estate Update) - 03/31/07 06:40 PM
MMarin County, California, sits just north of San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge, straddling Highway 101, and boasts some of the most valuable real estate in the Bay Area.  Homes in Marin (cities and towns include: Mill Valley, Sausalito, Tiburon, Belvedere, Corte Madera, Larkspur, Greenbrae, Kentfield, Ross, San Anselmo, San Rafael and Novato) have, by and large, maintained their value over the past 20 months.  There are a number of neighborhoods that have continued to see prices appreciate (albeit, moderately) and other isolated neighborhoods where prices have dropped.
The following is a brief rundown of the absorption rates and trends (based on … (0 comments)

san rafael: Marin County Real Estate Update (Homes for Sale & Price Ranges) - 03/31/07 06:22 PM
Marin County Real Estate Update (Homes For Sale & Price Ranges)
The number of homes for sale (inventory) continues marching upwards as Spring beckons-countywide, there are 549 active listings (up from 459 active listings this time last month).  The high point (in terms of the sheer number of homes for sale in Marin County) will likely be May.  While the number of homes for sale has gone up, it is still very low historically (especially in Greenbrae, which has only 9 active listings). 
The graph below breaks down the current number of homes for sale in Marin County, California, as of April … (0 comments)

san rafael: San Rafael Market Report (Home Sales Survey as of 3/1/07) - 03/04/07 05:27 PM
San Rafael Market Overview (Home Sales Report as of 3/1/07)
San Rafael homes continue to sell at a good pace across the board, particularly in the under $700K range.  While many of these homes tend to be smaller and/or in poor condition, in less desirable neighborhoods, and/or located on a steep hill, etc., they provide the least expensive housing (especially for entry level Marin buyers) in Central and Southern Marin.    
The bread and butter homes of San Rafael are priced between $700K and $900K and sell fast so long as they are nicely maintained, updated, and/or located in desirable neighborhoods.  Indeed, the … (0 comments)

san rafael: Marin County Absorption Rates (Homes For Sale) - 03/01/07 02:23 PM
Marin County, California, sits just north of San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge, straddling Highway 101, and boasts some of the most valuable real estate in the Bay Area.  Homes in Marin (cities and towns include: Mill Valley, Sausalito, Tiburon, Belvedere, Corte Madera, Larkspur, Greenbrae, Kentfield, Ross, San Anselmo, San Rafael and Novato) have, by and large, maintained their value over the past 18 months.  There are a number of neighborhoods that have continued to see prices appreciate (albeit, moderately) and other isolated neighborhoods where prices have dropped.  Many condominiums, in particular, have experienced such declines in value-especially those located in Novato.  … (0 comments)

san rafael: Marin County Real Estate Update (Homes For Sale/Price Ranges) - 02/26/07 01:38 PM
The graph below breaks down the current number of homes for sale in Marin County, California, as of February 26, 2007, along with the price ranges for each town/city:
Marin Single Family Homes For Sale
The number of homes for sale is edging upwards as the year progresses-countywide, there are 459 active listings.  The high point (in terms of the sheer number of homes for sale in Marin County) will likely be May. While the number of homes for sale has gone up, it is still very low historically (especially in Larkspur, which has only 5 active listings). 
There are a couple anomalies … (0 comments)

 
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