Bay Area California Real Estate Blog and News

Marin County Eichler Homes Market Report

I just published the latest issue of my Marin Eichler & Alliance Homes Market Report which includes helpful information on the current pulse of the real estate market for Marin Eichler homes and Alliance-built homes in Marin County, California.  

I provide this newsletter to my active clients as well as homeowners that like to keep up on current market activity for their mid-century modern home in Marin.    If you are a prospective homebuyer interested in the possiblity of buying an Eichler or Alliance home this year, drop me a line and i'd be happy to share my knowledge with you!

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Additionally, for existing Eichler & Alliance homeowners in Marin...

Contemporary Alliance Home in Terra Linda - New Price

We just reduced the sale price of this hip and contemporary Alliance-built home located in San Rafael.      Built in 1954, this mid-century modern home in San Rafael's Terra Linda neighborhood has been extensively remodeled inside and out yet still maintains its original mid-century charm.

Terra Linda Alliance Home for Sale

Located at 360 Hickory Lane in San Rafael, this contemporary post-and-beam Alliance home features 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms plus a large bonus room.    Upgrades include new kitchen, flooring, bathrooms, appliances, and modernist landscaping.     This is a beautiful home that shows well and is move-in ready. ...

Family Friendly Hiking In Marin County; Tennessee Valley Trail


Marin County is filled with nature and has many trails for biking and hiking. In fact 80% of Marin has been preserved for parks and recreation, agricultural use, and wildlife preservation. There are many things to do with kids in Marin and taking nature hikes is one of them.

Mill Valley's Tennessee Valley Trail

One of my favorite hikes is the one in Mill Valley along the Tennessee Valley Trail in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area or GGNRA. This hike begins at the end of Tennessee Valley Road and ends at Tennessee Beach and is a 3.1 mile loop. Park your car in the parking lot near the public Miwok Stables and Livery but get there early on the weekends or you may have a hard time finding parking.

If you are hiking with small children bring a stroller...

Bargain Hunting: REO or Short-sale Listings in Marin County

On January 7, 2009, the Boston Globe published an article titled "Think twice before buying REO or short-sale listings"  which the Marin IJ published in today's Home & Garden section.   The article highlights the differences, as well as the pros and cons, of buying these types of listings.   I wanted to share some additional insight to buying these homes based on my own experience and the experience of my colleagues.

Marin Foreclosures & Short Sale Listings

In 2008, Marin had an all time high record of foreclosed and short-sale listings.  Our clients were asking us to help them purchase some of these listings.  My colleagues, Renee and Sandi, both spent months working with listing agents to try to negotiate a purchase on some short-sale properties. Some of the problems they faced were months of delays to receive a response from the banks on their submitted offers, the banks were also not willing to negotiate...