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.

Photo of man and woman silhouetted at sunset for Houseguest Episode Two Article

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.
Houseguest Sotheby's International Realty image of door opening

"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.
June 2016 Marin County Real Estate Market Report Inventory Chart

June 2016 Marin Real Estate Market Report

I am pleased to present the June 2016 Marin County Real Estate Market Report, with data as of month-end May 2016, compiled by the excellent analytics team at Decker Bullock Sotheby's International Realty. We continue to see a very robust…
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The Stars Shine Brightly On The Sonoma Coast

As I have spent more time up on the Sonoma Coast preparing my new listing ready for market, I have been reflecting about what I have always loved about that part of Northern California. There is nothing like the stars at night on the Sonoma coast. Far from the lights of the big city, the sky is pitch black and reminds me of the sky when I was growing up in a small town in Alabama...
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Preparing A Home To Sell For Top Dollar: A Case Study

Properly preparing a home for sale can make a big difference in how that home is received by buyers and ultimately how much they are willing to pay for it. Even in a sellers' market where there is a great deal of competition for homes, this is still a wise investment and can yield large dividends. Given my background in design and marketing, this is one of my specialties and I thought I would share a recent case study to illustrate my point.
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Marin County Fire Prevention: Fire Season Is Here

Marin County Fire prevention season is upon us and now is the time to protect our two most important assets -- our families and our homes. CAL FIRE has begun a public information campaign ("Why 100 Feet?") and operates an excellent website with lots of tips to minimize fire danger. In Marin County we are fortunate to have more than 80% of our beautiful county as preserved openspace. However the downside of this is that we have thousands of acres of woodland abutting many homes. This is referred to as a "Wildlife Urban Interface Area" -- homes abutting open space must take special precautions to prepare for fire.
Marin Real Estate Market Report May 2016 Total Market Snapshot
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Marin Real Estate Market Report May 2016

Welcome to my Marin Real Estate Market Report May 2016, brought to you in part by the excellent analytics team at Decker Bullock Sotheby's International Realty, the premier brokerage here in Marin County. The charts in this report reflect…
Marin Islands At Sunrise

The Marin Islands

The Marin Islands are among the least-known islands in San Francisco bay. Technically, they are located in the San Rafael Bay, a part of the San Francisco bay system, and are comprised of two islands named "West Marin" (the smaller island)…
Thomas In Front Of Le Comptoir San Rafael Marin

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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