Marin County Real Estate Market Blog | Marin Market Trends

redwood-tree-2004-07-19-250w_333Mill Valley is in the heart of southern Marin County, and has a magic all its own. The town is located near the bay, and is occasionally concealed in fog, but for the most part it is well known for its wonderful climate. Summer days almost never go above 90 degrees and generally stay in the mid 70’s, and the winter temperatures average in the mid 50’s. The rainy season runs from November through March, and the summer time can be quite dry.

The Mill Valley California real estate market is a luxury market, well known for its upscale homes and lifestyle. Part of the reason for this is the incredible landscape surrounding the town. Bordered by State Parks and recreation areas, the surroundings are full of hiking and nature trails, and is home of the annual

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Here we are into December and our last update called the economic outlook as "guardedly optimistic" and that opinion still holds. There is hope for recovery although no one expects the economy to spiral upwards in the coming year. There are too many unknowns with tenuous Wall Street reacting to every bit of news that comes out of the White House and the Commerce Department.  As far as Marin real estate is concerned we are seeing a warming trend in sales and home prices. We are seeing homes in every price range selling and buyers picking up some incredible buys with cheap money. The fact that rates are at an historical low (5 year ARM's at 4%!) is keeping us busy and with the right guidance in pricing and marketing, sellers are moving on and putting on the

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115van_winkle_400Incredible contemporary one-Level home completely rebuilt with open floor plan and fabulous finishes. Separate guest house, pool, gated with lawn areas front and back. A rare opportunity in Sleepy Hollow.

•4 Bedrooms, 3 Baths - plus Gym/Den

•Guest house has loft bedroom and lanai

•Approx 3,241 sq feet on almost 1/2 acre lot

Price: $1,850,000
Square Ft: 3,241
MLS #: Not on MLS
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 3
Year Built: 1992
Stories: 1

For more pictures click here. 

Property Features:

  • Breakfast Room
  • Central Heat
  • Family Room
  • Formal Dining Room
  • Garage
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Granite Counters
  • Hardwood Floors
  • Hood over Range
  • Level Lot
  • Living Room
  • Master Suite
  • Remodeled
  • Separate Guest Cottage/Studio
  • Single Level Home
  • Storage
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    marin_home_sold_361We just sold a home in San Anselmo at 26 Berlin Ave. in 14 days and have had several inquiries as to how that was done in this market. Here is the advice we give all sellers when they are faced with the decision of whether to sell their home or wait for better times.

    First, as a seller, your motivation has to be high. Your reason for moving has to be compelling and one that moves you both emotionally and/or financially. This is not a market to test to "see what I can get." An improved quality of life both mentally and financially are good strong motivators.

    Second, hire a professional who has experienced tough markets. Newer agents of the last couple years have only had the experience of being an "order taker" and not one of understanding what is

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    Well known as one of the nicest communities in the country, Mill Valley is a small town with the conveniences of living close to a big city. The town is located just 12 miles from San Francisco, on the other side of the Golden Gate Bridge, making it a popular spot for affluent city people looking for an escape from the daily hustle and bustle. Mill Valley, CA homes for sale are a hot commodity for those in the market.

    Part of the areas appeal is its mild climate, similar to that of the Mediterranean. Summer temperatures remain in the mid 70’s for the most part, and winter temperatures rarely dip below 40, and average in the mid 50’s. November through March are the rainy months, with summer being the driest period of the year. It is normal for fog to

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    If you are looking for the perfect place in California’s San Francisco Bay area to raise a family or buy a home, San Anselmo may be the perfect destination.  This upscale area offers some of the most uniquely designed and architecturally wondrous homes in the state.  With a starting price around $800,000, these homes are truly something special.  San Anselmo real estate is rather diverse, much like the landscape of the town itself.  Whether you are seeking a scenic home high in the hills or a quiet family destination in the beautiful flats, you can certainly find it here.

    There are many marvelous homes to choose from in San Anselmo.  Many of these architect designed properties offer ornate embellishments, modern designs, and lavish features.  Whether you

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    Located in Marin County, California, Mill Valley is known for its beautiful homes nestled among the redwoods. The town is just 12 miles from San Francisco, across the Golden Gate Bridge. With Richardson Bay to the southeast, and Mount Tamalpais to the east, Mill Valley is one of the most picturesque areas in California.

    One of the reasons people search for Mill Valley homes for sale, is to live in the mild climate. Average temperatures in the summer stay in the mid 70’s and winter temperatures average in the mid 50’s. The extremes rarely go above 90 or below freezing. Fog often evades from the bay in the mornings, keeping the temperatures cool, but burns off as the sun climbs into the sky. The wet months fall between November and March, with the drier

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    Sleepy Hollow in Marin County is one of the most sought after neighborhoods in Marin. With a population of approximately 3000, it is close to the towns of San Anselmo and Fairfax. The large lots and spacious homes along with the excellent schools, the weather, the safety and the sense of neighborhood which it offers, makes it most desirable. Surrounded by open space it is a hikers and bikers paradise and  it offers tennis, hiking and its clubhouse and pool has consistently produced one of the top swim teams in the county.

    The average price of a home in the Hollow is approximately $1.2 million with an inventory of 12-14 homes. There are homes for every need and taste, from the ranch style home on a flat lot to a modern Mediterranean with spectacular

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    ca_sunset_400As we head into the end of the year we are seeing positive activity in real estate sales. We have a high of 34% of the 1350 available homes in escrow. We realize that the scramble of first time home buyers for the $8000 credit is part of that along with the number of short sales and foreclosures being snatched up by investors. Nevertheless the high end - over $2mill - is also moving with 12% of the 200 homes in escrow. We are optimistic about next year, not that prices are going up but that interest rates will stay down and activity will increase. This is all good and if you're a buyer or seller there are some things to consider in your decision making for the next few months.

    Marin County Home Buyers, don't wait to buy. There has never been more

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    014californiahills_400A Marin County, CA realtor faces challenges similar to those faced by realtors in other regions of the Bay Area but has the benefit of having some of the best inventory on the market. The homes in this area tend to be upscale and inventories tend to be low. This county boasts extensive tracts of land appropriate for outdoor activities, school districts with a commitment to excellence and a sense of community which is rare in areas as large and as bustling as is the Bay Area. For home buyers, finding the right realtor is essential.

    A Marin County, CA realtor has to have an extensive knowledge of the area and a constantly updated list of the inventory on the market. The homes here tend to not be available for long and the real estate in this area is

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