MARIN REAL ESTATE BLOG

Marin Real Estate News and Lifestyle Blog

If you are looking for the latest Marin real estate and lifestyle news, you have come to the right place. My Marin real estate blog features 100% all-original articles you won’t find anywhere else with the latest news and developments in the ever-changing Marin County luxury real estate market. Also you will find other Northern California lifestyle articles, such as my favorite places to hike, weekend getaways, restaurants, shopping and other aspects of life in our wonderful county.

If you have any questions on any of the articles, please don’t hesitate to contact me for further information. As always I am available via text or phone 415.847.5584.

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Marin County Winter Storm Preparation Guide | Winter Storm Checklist

Marin County winter storm season is right around the corner - are you ready? While winters in Marin County are not as severe as in other parts of the country where residents must contend with snow and months of freezing temperatures, we do receive a fair amount of rain and on occasion extreme cold and some high winds. I advise my friends and clients to take a few precautions in the relatively mild weather of the fall before the winter rains begin.
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October 2016 Marin County Real Estate Market Report | Market News

Welcome to my October 2016 Marin County Real Estate Market Report! In last month's report I said, "it remains to be seen if we will see a recovery from the summer slowdown in September as we have in the past few years," and I think it's safe to say at this point that we are definitely seeing a plateau in the market, especially at the higher price points (above $2.0mm).
Photo of Liz O'Neill and John Nelson catching a fish from trout pond in Houseguest Episode Three

Houseguest Episode Three: The Series by Sotheby's International Realty

In Houseguest Episode Three, New York public relations and communications executive and entrepreneur Liz Najarian O'Neill trades her hectic urban life where she "works to live and lives to work" for the serenity and solitude of the Berman Buckskin Ranch in Telluride, Colorado.
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Architect Mark Mills - A Brief Overview | 1921-2007

I must confess - prior to listing 215 Locust Avenue in San Rafael, California for sale, I had not heard of the talented architect, Mark Mills (1921-2007) who designed it. As I began to research the history of the home, I learned so much about this understated and talented man that I decided to write a blog article focusing on his work.
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Best of San Rafael | Best of Marin

San Rafael is Marin County's largest city, with a population approaching 60,000 people, and is a great place to kick off my new "Best of Marin" series featuring some of my favorite spots in our beautiful county. This list of the best of San Rafael is by all means not all-inclusive but is a great place to start! The city of San Rafael is undergoing a renaissance, with exciting new restaurants and shops opening along the revitalized 4th Street corridor.
September 2016 Marin County Real Estate Market Report Average price sold
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September 2016 Marin County Real Estate Market Report

Welcome to my September 2016 Marin County Real Estate Market Report! Summer is drawing to a close and the next "mini real estate season" is set to start now that the Labor Day holiday has passed. So far this year we have seen a fairly typical story -- a robust spring season followed by a quieter summer. The weeks after Labor Day typically feature more activity from sellers and buyers eventually tapering off in mid-November as people begin focusing on the holiday season. It remains to be seen if we will see a recovery from the summer slowdown in September as we have in the past few years.
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Marin Luxury Real Estate: Built-In Coffee Makers

When I first began selling Marin luxury real estate, I had never seen a built-in coffee maker. I was meeting with a seller and she was giving me a tour of her kitchen, and all of a sudden she pointed to this shining brushed-aluminum contraption…
July 2016 Marin Real Estate Market Report Total Market Snapshot
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August 2016 Marin County Real Estate Market Report

Friend: "Is this what you call a slowdown???" Thomas: "No, this is what I call August." That's the discussion I have with friends and clients like clockwork every year at this time. I thought it an appropriate way to start my August 2016 Marin County Real Estate Market Report. In Marin County, the only time of year to determine if the market is softening is during the spring mega- season or the fall mini-season.
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Houseguest Episode Two: Next in the Series by Sotheby's International Realty

Sotheby's International Realty presents the first episode of their groundbreaking new "Houseguest" series. This four episode series follows influential and inspirational people as they become houseguests in homes represented by the Sotheby’s International Realty brand and meld their lives with the unique lifestyle found within their extraordinary accommodations.
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Le Comptoir Updates Their Menu | Marin Dining Scene

Since my original blog article on the opening of the then-new French restaurant & epicerie in San Rafael, Le Comptoir, I have dined there countless times. I have also been asked repeatedly if I have an ownership share in the restaurant (I don't!) because I'm there so often. I just love the food and the ambience, and the friendly team that skillfully welcomes big crowds each evening. I was excited to hear they have updated their menu this week and thought I would share it with you.
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Outerlands San Francisco | Dining Out

Outerlands San Francisco has been one of my favorite restaurants since its opening seven years ago. It has been through several chefs, an expansion, and an ever-changing menu, but it is still an excellent restaurant with creative cuisine featuring…
July 2016 Marin County Real Estate Market Report Chart of Number for Sale and Sold
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July 2016 Marin County Real Estate Market Report

Welcome to the July 2016 Marin County Real Estate Market Report, with data compiled by the excellent analytics team at Decker Bullock Sotheby's International Realty. Thank you for all the positive feedback on prior months' reports -- it's great to know that you find the information useful and informative.
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Marin Grocery Delivery | The Complete List

Marin grocery delivery is becoming a popular option for an increasingly time-starved population that would rather go hiking or spend time with family than navigate a grocery cart up and down the aisles each week. This month marks the advent of a new player in Marin County, Amazon Fresh, so I thought it would be helpful to compile a list and description of the services.
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"Houseguest": A Four Part Series by Sotheby's International Realty

Sotheby's International Realty presents the first episode of their groundbreaking new "Houseguest" series. This four episode series follows influential and inspirational people as they become houseguests in homes represented by the Sotheby’s International Realty brand and meld their lives with the unique lifestyle found within their extraordinary accommodations.
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Marin Birds | Make Your Garden Bird-Friendly

"Where have all the Marin birds gone?" lamented one of the guests at a garden party I recently attended in Kentfield, "There used to be many more years ago." I was surprised to hear this, as my own garden is teeming with a variety of birds, putting on quite the show for us each year. I decided to write this article on attracting birds to your garden here in Marin County.

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