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.

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Front driveway of 65 Los Ranchitos Road San Rafael and 57 Chevy with Full Moon

March 2017 Marin County Real Estate Market Report | Trends & Market News

Welcome to my Marin County Real Estate Market Report for March 2017! The spring season has officially begun -- each day I see between 10 and 20 homes come to market in Marin. My open houses have been very busy for my new listing at 65 Los Ranchitos Road in San Rafael. Buyers are out in force after a long winter's hibernation. For those of us who love the real estate scene in Marin, this is our favorite time of year.
Bench on Gold Hill Fire Road Trail with Mt. Tamalpais in background

Gold Hill Fire Road Trail Hike San Pedro Mountain | Hiking Marin County

The Gold Hill Fire Road Trail climbs San Pedro Mountain in San Rafael and is one of the lesser-known hiking areas in Marin County. The trail features a moderate to steep climb, stunning views of San Rafael and all of Marin County, and is a great place for dog walkers as well as cyclists. Since it is a fire road to be used in the event of emergency, it is nice and wide with plenty of room for everyone. I recently hiked this trail for the first time and enjoyed it so much I decided to write an article about my new favorite Marin hike.
124 Lily Street San Francisco Living Room with fireplace and deck beyond glass doors

Marin County Real Estate Market Report February 2017 | Market News

Welcome to my Marin County Real Estate Market Report for February 2017! We continue to see evidence that the market is cooling, even as we take into account the slower winter months. It remains to be seen, however, whether this trend will continue into the normally-busy spring season.
Rodeo Beach Hike Aerial Shot

Rodeo Beach Hike | Marin County Hikes | Hiking Marin

The Rodeo Beach hike at Fort Cronkhite in the Marin Headlands has been on my list of Marin County hikes to try for years, and a few weeks ago I found a couple of hours to go with a friend. If you are looking for a hike with stunning views, easy parking, historical significance, and did I mention -- stunning views -- this is the hike for you!
Bill Bullock Making an Announcement

Golden Gate Sotheby's International Realty: A Major Announcement

Bill Bullock, President and CEO of Decker Bullock Sotheby's International Realty, today announced a strategic expansion and re-branding of Marin's number one brokerage, now called Golden Gate Sotheby's International Realty. The full news release is below, but I wanted to share with you my perspective on today's exciting news.
8 Woodland Place front entry gate and home with brown shingles and white trim

January 2017 Marin County Real Estate Market Report | Market News

Welcome to my January 2017 Marin County Real Estate Market Report. Happy New Year! I hope that you were able to take some time over the holidays to relax and rejuvenate with friends and family. The world of Marin real estate did take a bit of a breather in December on the heels of a slower fall season than the prior year. December is traditionally the quietest month of the year for Marin real estate, and December 2016 was no exception.
Front ground level terrace with seating

The Ten Most Expensive Homes Sold in Marin County in 2016

Wondering about the most expensive homes sold in Marin County in 2016? You've come to the right place! Coming off a booming 2015, we saw a moderation in the 2016 market, with price and sales increases tempering their big gains from the prior year. However it was still a very strong year and we saw some noteworthy transactions in Marin's high-end luxury real estate market.
front of home with white lights along eaves

December 2016 Marin County Real Estate Market Report | Market News

Welcome to my December 2016 Marin County Real Estate Market Report. Before I launch into this month's update, I want to wish all of you a very happy holiday season! Thank you for all your support this year -- it is very humbling. I truly mean that. It has been my best year so far in this exciting industry and I could not have done that without you. I wish you and your loved ones happiness and health in 2017.
Photo of Chef Joe Cicala in Sotheby's Houseguest Episode Four

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

In Houseguest Episode Four, renowned Philadelphia Italian chef Joe Cicala visits Via Capello, a secluded villa located minutes outside of Florence, Italy. In this stunning countryside estate, Cicala is inspired to cook one of the well-known dishes of this area of Italy, Tagliatelle with Pork Sausage and Mushroom Ragu. Having traveled to central Italy many times over the years, I really enjoyed this episode of Houseguest, but be warned -- your mouth may water when you see his creation!
chart showing homes for sale vs sold vs pended vs new listings

November 2016 Marin County Real Estate Market Report | Market News

Welcome to my November 2016 Marin County Real Estate Market Report! In last month's report I reported that the Marin real estate market is taking a bit of a breather with a less-robust fall than expected. As we are moving into the cool Autumn days (aren't they gorgeous here in Marin?), the market is continuing to wind down though we did see a bump of sales in October. With those homes now off the market and fewer coming on, we are seeing inventory continue its downward trend. Marin home sellers are beginning to focus on the holidays in November and December and Marin home buyers are also taking their time -- there is less inventory now but also much less competition.
Leaves being cleaned from a gutter for Marin winter storm preparation guide article

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.
Graph showing average listing price vs sold price

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.
Mark Mills wearing glasses with hand on his head

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.
Best of San Rafael photo of Mt. Tamalpais

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.

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