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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Le Comptoir French Bistro Review | San Rafael

Le Comptoir is a new French bistro in San Rafael that opened in early April 2016. Given my love for all things French, including French food, wines and cheeses, I decided to try it and ended up returning for dinner four nights in a row! It's a great addition to the Marin dining scene and worth a visit.
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Oscar de la Renta de Young Retrospective

"Oscar de la Renta: The Retrospective" is showing at the de Young Museum in San Francisco through May 30, 2016 and is definitely worth seeing. The exhibition follows the famous designer's career from its humble beginnings in Spain through his formative years at some of the most prestigious fashion houses to his illustrious career outfitting high-society and film stars.
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Marin Vineyards: Harvest At A Local Vineyard

Last fall I was invited to join Paul Edwards and Bonnie Balliet at their beautiful home and vineyard on Fawn Drive in San Anselmo for their annual grape harvest. Located in a very warm micro-climate, their land is perfect for growing grapes, says Paul, who is co-owner of Marin Vineyards along with his wife Bonnie...
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Marin Tomatoes | Marin County Tomato Tips

Springtime in Marin County is one of my favorite seasons in the garden. After a long winter's rains, all of the plants are sprouting new growth and blooming. This is also the season when I plant my annual tomato crop, an assortment of 20 or so varieties that provide an abundance of tomatoes in the summer. From what I saw last week, Marin gardeners are out in full force buying plants and fertilizers. I thought I'd write about my own experience and provide tips on how to have a winning crop of delicious Marin tomatoes...
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Marin Real Estate Market Report April 2016

I am pleased to present the Marin Real Estate Market Report April 2016 from the excellent analytics team at Decker Bullock Sotheby's International Realty. If you are a regular reader of this report and of national real estate news, you…
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Ridgewood Trail San Rafael | Hiking Marin

The Ridgewood Trail has many names and is a popular hike in Central Marin County. Also known as the Sleepy Hollow Trail, the Terra Linda / Sleepy Hollow Divide and the Ridgewood Fire Trail, this trail is an easy hike that is popular with dog owners and bicyclists. Because it runs east / west, it is a wonderful hike for mornings and afternoons especially, though it really is a great hike anytime of the day. It is seldom crowded - the above photo was taken at 10 am on a weekend morning.
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Long Weekend in Montecito At The Four Seasons

The seaside town of Montecito, California, a small town just south of Santa Barbara, is next in my weekend escapes from Marin series. Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountain Range, Montecito is known for mild weather…

Joseph Phelps Vineyards

Joseph Phelps Vineyards is next on my series of day trips from Marin County. Just about every time I drive up to Napa I remark how lucky we are to have a world-class wine region just 45 minutes drive from Marin. I was excited to tour Joseph Phelps as I have been a big fan of their Insignia and Backus blends for quite some time...
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2016 Home Buyer and Seller Generational Trends

If the Millennial generation (ages 18-35) is so attracted to city living, why are many of them moving to the suburbs according to a new report from the National Association of Realtors®? The 2016 survey on home buyer and seller generational trends indicates that Millennials, which make up the largest home buying group nationally, for the first time are shifting to the suburbs and shifting away from multi-family homes to single-family homes.
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Solar Energy Marin County | My Own Experience

Several of my clients have asked me about installing solar panels on their home. When it comes to solar, there are many decisions - buy or lease? Which company to use? Where to place the panels? I thought I would share my own experience…
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March 2016 Marin Real Estate Market Report

I am pleased to present the March 2016 Marin Real Estate Market Report, courtesy of the excellent analytics team at Decker Bullock Sotheby's International Realty. This latest market report reflects data as of month-end February 2016.
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Round Pond Winery | Round Pond Estate

Round Pond Estate is one of my favorite wineries in Napa County to visit. Set on 362 acres in the acclaimed Rutherford Valley region, Round Pond is famous for their Cabernet Sauvignons but also produces a variety of impressive wines including…
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Marin Internet Providers

You have just purchased your new home in Marin County and need a list of Marin internet providers? You have come to the right place. This is one of the most frequent questions I receive from Marin home buyers so I thought I would put together…
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Marin Estate Sales | Advice & Tips On Emptying Your Home To Sell

Marin estate sales are a great way to empty a home to prepare it for sale. When I first moved here years ago, I attended many estate sales in Marin and furnished one of my first homes with great mid-century modern furniture I found at an…
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Luxe Valet Service San Francisco - My Review

Recently I had the opportunity to try a new service in San Francisco called Luxe valet and thought I would write about my experience. One of the many things that tempted me to move from San Francisco to Marin County is the abundance of parking…

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