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371 Cascade Dr., Mill Valley
$1,999,000
5BD/3.5BA
Approx 2574 sq feet
Lot Size Approx 1.3 acres

One acre of exquisite beauty and groomed vistas mark the spot of this dramatic contemporary home.  Elegant and formal yet with an easy flow this home has 5 bedrooms and 3.5 baths including an isolated office/au pair suite with a full bath and outside access.  gegqna_400

Purchased new by the owners, this fabulous home carries you away with its congruency to nature. The vistas from the windows will charm and delight.  The home is oriented to its setting in a carefully planned fashion and the current owners have maximized this relationship to nature. Wide decks with outdoor seating, a hot tub and a path leading to another retreat like setting offers incredible serenity and

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The first 2 months of the year were highlighted by torrential rain which help fill our tanks and made everyone head for the mountains, but it didn't seem to dampen the real estate activity in Marin. The first two months of the year are typically fairly slow and  yet  buyers  have started to take their hands out of their pockets and moving on buying a home in the most desirable county in the Bay Area. Yes, prices are down by 20% in some areas and yet so are interest rates - as low as they've been in many years. Yes, the country is still trying to pull out of its recession and stop the rising unemployment and yet there is money out there and no matter what the market conditions are, some  people just  have to move.

We have 29% of our 853 homes in escrow.

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950 Butterfield Rd., San Anselmo     $1,089,000 

Enter through a private gate into a delightful setting with a curved path set off by mature landscaping and a gorgeous magnolia leading to the entrance of this one level four bedroom, three bath ranch style home. gezssz_still_2dk_400

This home has a great floor plan– one wing has three bedrooms including the master suite that has a wall of glass with access to the yard and a large deck that connects all the rooms along the back of the house.

At the other end, there is a guest suite or office with large full bath off the family room with views of the grounds.

gezssz_400The rooms are all ample and most take full advantage of the gorgeous setting with private expansive lawn areas and a pool set at a pleasing angle away from the house…
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18919 Riverside Dr., Sonoma     $759,000
A ranch style home with a second unit in excellent  condition with large rooms and an open floor plan on  a flag lot. VERY PRIVATE! dsc_0013_120_01

Lovely creekside setting with long wrap around decks and a large yard. Incredibly versatile floor plan with the potential for 7 bedrooms and 4 baths or five bedrooms, 3 baths and a second legal two  bedroom unit which rents for $1250.00. It is also a three bedroom home with a second 2 bedroom guest suite which is currently the configuration. Each living area has a fireplace and easy access to the yard. Recently painted both inside and out.

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Excellent wheel chair access to the entire property. Four car garage plus additional off street parking.    Centrally located, minutes to…
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Looking at activity in the first half of January our optimism about the coming months is confirmed as we look at the increasing sales figures and the general attitude of the buying and selling public. Here are some interesting facts about 2009 taken from the Marin Association of Realtors:

  • The average home price in Marin at the end of 2009 was 17.9% greater than at the start of the decade. The DOW was down 3.3% during that same time period.
  • The 4th quarter for 2009 was much improved in many areas from 2008.
  • Homes sales were up 44.1% in the 4th quarter and Kentfield, Larkspur, Novato, San Rafael, and Tiburon had median and average price sales increases during this time period.
  • For the full year of 2009, more homes sold in Marin than in 2008.
  • The
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Breaking news from Wells Fargo:

The median price of a home in California experienced its first year-to-year gain in over two years during the month of November, as the California housing market continued recent trends in terms of prices, supply, and sales. The monthly median price crossed the $300,000 threshold in November with a median of $304,520, up 2.4 percent from the October median price of $297,500 and up 5.8 percent from $287,880 a year earlier. The situation has improved greatly from a year ago during the worst of the financial crisis, when the median price had registered 41.3 percent year-to-year decline.

After a 59 percent peak-to-trough decline, the California median price has increased 24.1 percent from a trough of $245,170 that occurred in

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We are optimistic about the coming year in Marin real estate. From a seller's standpoint the next few months are going to be very active. Because  inventory is down and we expect a 35% jump in the spring, acting sooner rather than later would be advisable and the three factors that will affect you the most as a seller are timing, pricing and marketing. Keep in mind that the more choices a buyer has, the less your home will be worth and if you have something good to offer, make sure the world knows about it.
From a buyer's standpoint, 2010 is the year to buy a home for the reasons outlined below. U.S. News and World Report  just came out with an article on why they think that this the year to buy but be careful about procrastinating, because that will hurt

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Buying a home is always an exciting decision, but it is one that takes a bit of diligence and a great deal of patience.  There are many homes available in towns across California and even in Marin County alone.  San Anselmo homes for sale offer the ideal blend of modern sophistication and suburban charm, providing prospective home buyers with a location that is certainly something special.  Whether you are seeking a glamorous and sprawling home or a smaller family accommodation, you will find that San Anselmo offers it in style.

The many San Anselmo homes for sale are quite unique, but each offers a special design.  There are certainly a fair share of prefabricated homes in the town, and especially in the Sleepy Hollow area, but even these homes offer a

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