Bay Area California Real Estate Blog and News

Net Zero Energy Building, the Way of the Future?


Last week I was lucky enough to be invited to a talk that was being held at the headquarters of DPR Construction in San Francisco. The discussion was all about Net Zero Energy building practices and the gradual trend towards energy efficient design and building. What better place to have this discussion than in San Francisco’s first Certified Net Zero Energy Commercial Building. The panel was made up of several industry leaders in this particular field as well as the well renowned author Chip Conley.

As our industry gradually...

How low is the housing inventory in Marin County?

How many homes are for sale in some of the towns in Marin right now?

I just pulled the fresh stats and as of today, there are:

  • 10 homes for sale in Belvedere ranging in price from $2,5M-$8M
  • 39 in San Rafael ranging from $675K-$7M
  • 16 in Mill Valley ranging from$890K-$7M
  • 7 in San Anselmo ranging from $675K- $4M

Are they selling fast? Yes, but ONLY those that are priced right. The Marin market has been plagued by low inventory for years which has favored sellers. But what I experience right now is an interesting combination of a "sellers market" and ultra discriminative buyers. More than ever, this puts pressure on us realtors to ensure that homes are listed at "the right price".  

High-end homes usually takes a bit longer to sell, which partly explains why the 10 homes currently listed for sale in Belvedere has been sitting there quite some...

213 Los Palmos Drive in San Francisco - Coming Soon!


Renee Adelmann and I are thrilled to announce our stunning new Coming Soon listing in San Francisco's Miraloma Park.

This newly built (2014) modern home with views is located at 213 Los Palmos Drive in San Francisco. Its spacious floorplan boasts 3 bedrooms and 3 ½ baths with 10 foot ceilings, the latest home technology, yard and 2 car garage.

Please visit our property website for more details and take a virtual 360 tour:

We are pricing this spectacular home to sell at $2,175,000.


2016 Interior Design Trends


Thinking about doing some redecorating or remodeling in 2016 and not sure where to start?

Elle Decor recently wrote an article about the design trends they predict will be huge this year, some of which have been popular for several years, while others are a relatively new trend. Paying attention to design trends can be key, especially if you're thinking about selling and want your home to show at its best.

Included in the 2016 list:

1. Black stainless steel appliances (this is a newer trend that is becoming popular)

2. Formal Dining Rooms (Making a comeback, versus the open concept layouts that have been popular for many years)

3. Mismatched cabinets 

4. Heated entryway floors (Less common in California)

5. Bold bathroom mirrors...

Are You Considering a Floating Home Purchase? Part 2

Are You Considering a Floating Home Purchase? Part 2

Ready to make an offer?


The floating home real estate market has drastically changed over the past several years as the homes have become a viable alternative for affordable water front vacation homes and retirement/empty nester destinations. The increased interest, along with a limited inventory has driven the prices up. However, they are still selling at a lower price per square foot then other Marin water front homes and homes in Sausalito.

In the past it was possible to purchase many of the homes in the $500-700k range but those averages have changed with the recent sales of homes in...

[New Construction] Hayes Valley Modern+Luxury @450 Hayes

I finally had a chance to visit the highly anticipated luxury new construction at 450 Hayes St today, and here are all the juicy details!


Address: 450 Hayes St. SF/btw Gough & Octavia

Developer: DM Development & DDG (Previous projects include 8 Octavia and 400 Grove)

Designer:  Handel Architect (Previous projects include Millennium Tower, NEMA)


(Hayes St view from one of the 4th floor unit!)

The building will have a total of 36 units, featuring...

106 forest Lane, San Rafael CA 94903: SOLD!



I had a blast preparing, marketing and selling 106 Forest Lane in San Rafael, CA 94903 for my wonderful seller clients! Within moments of closing escrow, my client posted the following review on Yelp.

"Thanks to Hilary Davis of Marin Modern Real Estate, my husband and I just closed escrow on a San Rafael rental condo today. Having bought and sold many houses and condos in Novato, I had experienced many realtors but never someone with Hilary's skills. Believe it or not, I found her via rave reviews on Yelp (thank you, Yelp!).

Hilary is patient, thorough, and relentless in selling a property....

San Francisco Market Review- What Will Happen in 2016?

Happy New Year!

As we enter a new and exciting year in 2016, I just wanted to share with everyone a quick summary of what SF real estate market would look like in 2016, as I've been recently reading many reports released by various sources including San Francisco Association of Realtors, California Association of Realtors, Fannie Mae etc.

Price: The San Francisco median sales price was up 15.7 percent(y-o-y) to $1,150,000 in 2015Home prices should continue to rise in 2016 but perhaps at a tempered pace as the market approaches a natural balancing point. As Fannie Mae sees it, the year ahead will be less like a person in love and more like one in a satisfying long term relationship.

Inventory: Inventory went down by 3.7% in 2015. It...

200 Second Street #213, Oakland - Just Listed!





Live at the center of it all in a modern, thoughtfully designed Jr. one-bedroom in the Jack London/Waterfront District of Oakland!

With 577 square feet (per tax records) of efficiently designed living space, the unit features a stylish European-style StudioBecker kitchen with granite counters, ceramic tile backsplash, under counter lighting, stainless steel...

585 9th St. #443, Oakland - Just Sold!


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Congratulations to our buyers that just closed escrow on their new home at 585 9th St., #443 in Oakland for $715,000!

The Condo

This spacious unit featured 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, as well as a separate den/office area. Built in 2009, it was in excellent condition with hardwood floors and upgraded finishes throughout. Both bedrooms and the living room featured views...