Midtown (Palo Alto, CA)
About Midtown (Palo Alto, CA)
Midtown Palo Alto is a fabulous neighborhood that includes the area from Oregon Expressway, south to E Meadow and between Ross Rd and Alma. We have a variety of housing styles as well as great shopping along Middlefield Rd. There is a large park, Hoover, which houses playing fields, playgrounds, and a dog park.
Midtown (Palo Alto, CA) Real Estate News
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Should I Use An Air Freshener When Selling My Palo Alto Home
Marcy Moyer, CDPE (Keller Williams Realty Palo Alto Probate & Trust Specialist)

Many Palo Alto real estate agents and stagers may suggest using a plug in type air freshener when selling your Palo Alto home. Is this a good idea?

The way a home smells can have a profound effect on how buyers feel about your home. However, some buyers are allergic  to the perfumed smell that comes out of some air fresheners, and some buyers will be concerned that you are trying to cover up a bad smell, like a musty odor.

There are arguments for and against using artificail smells. If you want my opinion, here it is:

1. If you can fill the house with fresh flowers while you are selling your Palo Alto home, that is better than an artificial air freshener. This is easier to do in the spring and summer. However, you can get good flowers all year round at Trader Joe's or the Farmers markets on Sat and Sun.

2. If you have pets with strong odors, like Basset Hounds, or very old and smelly cats then it is a good idea to get an air freshener. These smells will go away when you move so you do not have to worry about being accused of covering up a material fact of your house.

3. If some of your furniture in the home you are selling in Palo Alto is old and musty it would be worth removing it and having your home staged with more modern looking and less smelly furniture. Then add some fresh flowers or a little potpourri to give a better emotional hit from the house.

4. If your home is musty smelling because of water damage, wet soil in the crawl space, or unseen mildew then the decision is a little harder. If you believe your home will be torn down you may have a different decision than if you think the home will be lived in as is or perhaps remodeled. If your home is a candidate for tear down, like an old 2 bedroom one bath Midtown home, then it will be more pleasant to have an air freshener while it is for sale.  if the Palo Alto home you are selling smells but it is large and beautiful and just musty smelling, as many older Palo Alto homes are, do what you can to find the source and get it re-mediated before you sell your Palo Alto home. The investment will be worth it!

So the bottom line is if you are selling your Palo Alto home it should smell as good as possible. Fresh flowers are best, but if you decide to use an artificial air freshener, try to get one that smells as natural as possible. Citrus and jasmine may be better bets than cinnamon or roses.

If you have any questions about selling a home in Palo Alto please fell free to contact me.

Marcy Moyer

Keller Williams Realty Palo Alto

www.marcymoyer/com

marcy@marcymoyer.com

650-619-9285

D.R.E. 01191194

 

 

Marcy Moyer Keller Williams Realty Palo Alto, Ca. Specialist in Short Sales and Trust and Probate Sales

 

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Something For Palo Alto Seniors To Think About
Marcy Moyer, CDPE (Keller Williams Realty Palo Alto Probate & Trust Specialist)

Today I pulled into my Midtown Palo Alto driveway around 2:30. Like most of the homes in midtown there is only a one car garage, and after you put the washer and dryer in it there is no room for a car. Most people park in their driveways, which today was very fortunate.

When I opened my car door my neighbor from across the street called out "Marcy I need help!" His garage door was open and I ran across the street. Ed was lying on his kitchen floor after falling in the driveway and crawling back to the house. Quite a feat for this feisty 88 year old man. His wife Char was out shopping and he had been alone on the floor for about an hour. 

I called 911 who showed up in less than 10 minutes and took him to Stanford. Char came home and I drove her to Stanford. She was shaking and obviously quite upset. As we drove over she said, I guess we will have to move now. 

I don't know. Ed's hip is broken and he will have surgery. I don't know if they will be able to maintain their independent life style or not. I do know they have not made contingency plans.

I also know that moving from a home of 20-40 years into assisted living is a huge step. Decisions should be made carefully as the options are varied. It takes careful planning and a lot of input from family and financial advisers to make the best decisions. Buy or rent? Nursing home or continuing care? A program with steps of care? How many meals per day? Who are the doctors? How much does it cost? What city? Should you stay close to home or go to where your kids are? What do you do if you have pets?

I also know that making that decision during a crisis is not ideal. While many people say the only way they are leaving their home is in a wooden box, that is not always the case. Sometimes life changes in a heartbeat and you need to go some place to get some help even though you may be years from that wooden box.

So if you are reading this, or if you have parents that are in this position, please think about what you want to do if you need more help than you can get living at home. The choices are varied, so investigate carefully, and hopefully you will be able to make this decision methodically and not while you are in a crisis and forced to do something immediately.

Marcy Moyer

Keller Williams Realty

www.marcymoyer.com

marcy@marcymoyer.com

650-619-9285

D.R.E. 01191194

Marcy Moyer Keller Williams Realty Palo Alto, Ca. Specialist in Short Sales and Trust and Probate Sales

 

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Palo Alto Ca is a great place for runners, and dogs
Marcy Moyer, CDPE (Keller Williams Realty Palo Alto Probate & Trust Specialist)

 

Palo Alto dogs

So I left my Midtown Palo Alto home this morning with my Labradoodle Demi for our morning run. We ran by El Carmelo Elementary where she was admired by parents and children, then stopped to give her friend Luna, a wild yellow lab, a big kiss and a treat. Down Bryant to Demi's niece Mowgli's house. Of course we had to stop to say hi to Mowgli and get another treat. Across Oregon to the frontage road and we had stop to say hi to Teddy, a huge goldendoodle who loves our organic chicken treats from Pet Food Express in the Piazza's shopping center. From there we went to the corner of High and Oregon and the rat terrier on the roof barked his head off at Demi. Of course Demi had to stop and  try to stare the dog down. Through the park and underpass to California Ave, and then Demi had to stop and sniff. She was checking to see if it was a Farmer's Market day when she gets treats from the Avocado lady, Fontana Farms, the cucumber guys, the flower lady, and assorted kids and parents. I think the explosion of labradoodles in Palo Alto can be attributed in part to Demi's Ambassadorship for California Labradoodles in Woodside at the Farmers market every week. It was not Sunday so on to Peers Park, where she had to look for tennis balls for her BFF Kiely, a brilliant Border Collie. Demi will only play with the soft latex balls from Pet Food Express, but we did find a stray tennis ball from the courts at Peers Park for Kiely. Next we ran to Stanford and stopped to chase squirrels in a Eucalyptus grove. We turned around, followed the same path back, treat with Teddy, no Mowgli, Luna was out again and ready for another treat, then home.

I think I am beginning to figure out why I am not getting any faster.

So if you have any questions about running, dogs, or living in Palo Alto please feel free to contact me.

Marcy Moyer

Keller Williams Realty

www.marcymoyer.com

marcy@marcymoyer.com

650-619-9285

D.R.E. 01191194

Marcy Moyer Keller Williams Realty Palo Alto, Ca. Specialist in Short Sales and Trust and Probate Sales

 

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Our Crazy Market! It is True that Things Work Out Just the Way They are Supposed to!
Ginna Arnold-Lazar (Oliver Luxury / Exclusive to Christie's International)

 

My dear sweet Buyers had lost out on several homes in bidding wars. When we were successful last week in purchasing this home my client cried and thanked me. I felt like a million bucks! I shot a thank you yo the GUY upstairs for giving me the gift of this line of work. There were four offers...and this home was meant to be. My clients like this more than the others that we had lost out on. There is always a plan and things always work out just the way they are supposed to! 

 

Thanks to Anne Ward one of the ladies of Seville that brought me up in the business! They taught me the ropes. Always give credit where credit is due!

 Ginna Arnold-Lazar

  Oliver Luxury/Christie's International

  525 Hamilton Avenue A

  Palo Alto, Ca 94301

  O. 650.853.7101     C. 650.302.6666        

   ginna@lazarhomes.com      www.lazarhomes.com

                                      DRE     01202746

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Open Sat/Sun April 30/May 1 1-5 Midtown Palo Alto
Marcy Moyer, CDPE (Keller Williams Realty Palo Alto Probate & Trust Specialist)

 

 

 

2992 Ramona St Palo Alto

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Midtown Palo Alto At its Finest

 

Welcome to 2992 Ramona St. where you can enjoy all the best that Midtown Palo Alto has to offer.  This attractive home features 4 bedrooms  and 3 baths with one bedroom and a full bath downstairs.  The lovely white kitchen with green granite opens up into a spacious family room and then onto the newly landscaped back yard.  The lovely home is ideally located on a 5,200 sq ft lot on a cul-de-sac. The master bedroom and bath are luxurious and there is even a bonus paly room.  Excellent Palo Alto schools include El Carmelo, JLS, and Palo Alto High (buyer to verify)

 

Offered for $1,598,000

 

 

 

Marcy Moyer

Keller Williams Realty

www.marcymoyer.com

marcy@marcymoyer.com

650-619-9285

D.R.E.  01191194

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Marcy Moyer Keller Williams Realty Palo Alto, Ca. Specialist in Short Sales and Trust and Probate Sales

 

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Open House Sat/Sun April 16/17 Palo Alto Ca
Marcy Moyer, CDPE (Keller Williams Realty Palo Alto Probate & Trust Specialist)

Open House This Sat/Sun 1 - 5!

Beautiful Home in an Ideal Location. 
2908 Sevyson Court, Palo Alto


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Welcome to this ideal home on a lovely cul-d-sac in south Palo Alto.   This lovely rancher has 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, a family room, dining room, attached 2 car garage, mature landscaping, a covered patio, hardwood floors,  new exterior paint, new light fixtures, corian kitchen counters, with an integrated kitchen sink,  and refaced maple cabinets.  This lovely Palo Alto neighborhood is ideal for the home buyer looking for a peaceful place to call home. 

Offered at 1,200,000.00

Marcy Moyer
Keller Williams Realty
www.marcymoyer.com
marcy@marcymoyer.com
650-619-9285
D.R.E. 01191194
Marcy Moyer Keller Williams Realty Palo Alto, Ca. Specialist in Trust and Probate Sales

Marcy Moyer Keller Williams Realty Palo Alto, Ca. Specialist in Short Sales and Trust and Probate Sales

 

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Palo Alto Residents, Do a Second Gutter Cleaning
Marcy Moyer, CDPE (Keller Williams Realty Palo Alto Probate & Trust Specialist)

I hope all my fellow Midtown Palo Alto residents made it through the storm last night. It was pretty wild out there. Since it looks like we are in for a prolonged period of wetness I hope everyone gives their gutters a second cleaning for the season.  I know most people will get their gutters cleaned in Nov or Dec after the leaves fall and before the big rains.  However, since we are getting so much rain at the end of the season it is a good idea to get them cleaned again this week because there is probably a big accumulation of debri in them by now, and the rain could cause problems with the leaking into the house.

 

Marcy Moyer Keller Williams Realty Palo Alto, Ca. Specialist in Short Sales and Trust and Probate Sales

 

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