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Welcome to My Marin Real Estate and Lifestyle Blog!

Welcome to My Marin County Real Estate Blog! On this page I share Marin real estate market news and advice for both home buyers and sellers... and those that enjoy reading about real estate. Also you will find other Northern California…
Bay Area Things to Do - Wizard of Oz

What's Happening Around the San Francisco Bay | November 2018

Looking for a list of things to do in November in the San Francisco Bay Area? Find a curated list here!
Beautiful trail light Hoo Koo E Koo Trail

Crown Road Hike | Marin County Loop Hikes | Kentfield | Marin Hikes

Looking for a dog-friendly hike with easy access, beautiful views, and lots of options? The Crown Road loop hike is a great hike here in Marin County for you to consider. It is also one of the most popular trails in central Marin and if you live here you are likely to run into someone you know.
View of Mount Tamalpais from King Mountain Trail Hike

King Mountain Hike | Marin County Loop Hikes | Larkspur | Marin Hikes

The King Mountain Hike in Larkspur is one of the best kept secrets in Marin County. This four-mile well-maintained loop hike in the hills above Larkspur features beautiful bay, mountain, and -- on clear days -- even city views. Access is fairly easy, and the trail is dog-friendly and shaded after the initial mile or so.
Biking in the Marin Headlands

Moving to Marin County | Top 12 Reasons To Move To Marin

Are you thinking of moving to Marin County? As a Marin real estate agent, it goes without saying that I love living in Marin. I moved to Marin County from another favorite place, San Francisco, back in the late 1990s and feel so lucky to live here. For those of you who are new to Marin, or who live here and want to do a little Marin bragging with family and friends that live somewhere else, here's my Top 12 reasons why I love Marin and enjoy helping people buy and sell homes here. 
Marin County Fire Prevention Tips for Homeowners

Marin County Fire Prevention | Tips to Protect Your Home | Get Prepared

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. Last year's disastrous North Bay fires highlighted how vulnerable we are to wildfire and the importance of preparation. CAL FIRE has begun a public information campaign ("Why 100 Feet?") and operates an excellent website with lots of tips to minimize fire danger.
Tennessee Cove Beach at Tennessee Valley

Tennessee Valley Hike | Marin County Loop Hikes | Hiking Marin

The Tennessee Valley Hike in the Marin Headlands is one of the most popular hikes in the San Francisco Bay Area. There are a variety of options ranging from a level, paved trail called the Tennessee Valley Trail that goes from the parking lot to a beach, to more challenging paths that climb high in the hills and feature impressive views of the ocean, Marin County and San Francisco.
Randy Bailey Cottonwood Sunrise

Photographer Randy Bailey: Marin County Profile | Marin Lifestyle

Marin County photographer Randy Bailey has been perfecting his craft for many decades now, and his work is absolutely stunning. Many of his most impressive photos are landscapes in and around California, though as a former military pilot he has photographed the world. See his stunning work here.
Marin County Internet Providers Ethernet Cable

Marin Internet Providers | Complete List of ISP's in Marin County

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 this guide to be of some assistance. 
Flower arrangement that looks like a dress

Bouquets to Art at the de Young Museum in San Francisco | My Photos

If you love flowers and flower arrangements, the Bouquets to Art at the de Young Museum, is an annual event you won’t want to miss. Now in its 34th year, the show is billed as a “floral takeover” by the de Young, and features florists from San Francisco to Tokyo pairing their arrangements to the art on display in the museum.
Peace Corps Volunteer Thomas Henthorne Dancing at the American/Togolese Fete

My Peace Corps Experience in Togo, Africa

My experience in the United States Peace Corps when I was in my twenties was a major event in my life that has shaped everything that came after. I decided to join the United States Peace Corps as a result of a trip I took to Africa in 1988 to visit a friend who was serving in Senegal. I was mesmerized by the continent and knew I wanted to return.
Close up of a Marin Yellowjacket wasp

Yellowjackets in Marin County | Advice & Tips on Managing These Pests

Late summer is peak yellowjacket season here in Marin County, and calls for help are up considerably according to the Marin/Sonoma Mosquito and Vector Control District. I thought I would share some of my tips to minimize the impact of yellowjackets as you enjoy one of the most beautiful times of year to be outdoors here in beautiful Marin County.
Best Tomatoes to Grow in Marin County group of tomatoes

Best Tomatoes to Grow in Marin County | Marin Tomato Tips & Advice

Wondering which are the best tomatoes to grow in Marin County? Given that my article about planting tomatoes in Marin from 2016 is still one of the top non-real estate blog articles on my site, I would say there are many tomato gardeners out there. And why not? Our climate lends itself well to growing healthy, organic tomatoes with a minimum of fuss.  I thought it might be helpful for me to report out on what I consider some of the best tomatoes to grow based on my ten or so seasons of growing tomatoes in Marin County. 
a remodeled marin county bathroom

Your Marin Bathroom Remodel: Tips and Photos | Marin County Remodels

A recently-remodeled bathroom can be a major asset when selling your home in Marin County, where buyers are willing to pay premium prices for properties that have been updated. Given the scarcity of new construction in our county, remodel dollars are often money well-spent. I thought I would share some photos of our own master bathroom remodel from a few years ago along with a few tips based on lessons learned during our own remodel. Forgive the quality of the photos -- when we started back in 2010, I had no idea it would be the subject of a blog in 2017!
View of the SF skyline from Ring Mountain Hike Trail

Ring Mountain Hike | Marin County Trails | Hiking Marin

The Ring Mountain Hike in Corte Madera and Tiburon has been on my list for quite some time now and I finally got around to exploring this very popular Marin County hike. This moderately strenuous hike is well-located in central / southern Marin and provides a panoramic view of the entire bay area. In the spring, wildflowers abound.
Jim Tyson and Mike Perona Entertaining in their Home

Client Profile: Jim and Mike's Remodel in San Rafael's Fairhills Neighborhood

My clients and friends Jim Tyson and Mike Perona have been renovating homes since they moved to Marin County from San Francisco's Noe Valley neighborhood back in 2002. They transformed their first home, 22 Spring Grove in San Rafael's West End neighborhood, into a showplace, but craved a larger home with views. When they first walked through the doors of 42 Edgewood Way in San Rafael's Fairhills neighborhood, they immediately saw the potential.