MARIN REAL ESTATE BLOG

Marin Real Estate News and Marin County 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.

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.
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.
Photo of Alex and Jeremy with Rotisserie in background

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.
Outerlands restaurant photo daytime with diners at tables

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.
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.
Photo of Hooded Oriole Courtesy Wikipedia

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…
Milky Way photo by Derek Rowley Sonoma coast
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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...
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 | Learn More About 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 | Marin Dining Scene

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.
Oscar de la Renta de Young exhibition dress collection

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.
photo of Marin Vineyards Paul Edwards and Thomas Henthorne

Marin Vineyards: Harvest At A Local Marin Winery | Small Batch Marin County

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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