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Marin celebrates Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)


An age old festival, particularly celebrated in Mexico, Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebrates and honors loved ones that have died. Traditionally taking place on November 1 (All Saints Day) and November 2 (All Soul's Day), the celebrations are lively and festive. The rituals consist of friends and family gathering to build private alters where they prey, adorn with sugar skulls, marigolds, mementos, food and beverages. Then continue to the graves honoring those that have passed before them. 

Marin offers two great places to participate in this celebration of life.

San Rafael and ...

201 Albion Ct. Stylish 3 bedroom end unit townhouse in S. Novato coming soon!


I am excited to tell you about a fantastic new listing I have that will hit the market soon! Located in the desirable Redwoods Complex in southern Novato, this upgraded end unit shines! Enter through a custom front door to a beautifully tiled, sun lit open floor plan. Nice sized living room, elegant dining area and gorgeous kitchen with gas stove and granite counters are just of few of the stunning upgrades. Designer carpet and paint show off the three upstairs bedrooms. This home exudes style and class. Two car covered parking, private patio and pool make this a complete package! You are welcome to call me for more information or a private showing. It will be priced to move! 

Hilary Davis, REALTOR 415.235.3133...

San Francisco Neighborhoods - Cow Hollow + Marina District Part 3: The Blue Angels

San Francisco Neighborhoods - Cow Hollow + Marina District Part 3: The Blue Angels


Fleet week, which starts on Wednesday and culminates with the exit of the Navy ships on the following Tuesday, reminded me of just another benefit to living in The Cow Hollow & Marina districts or in San Francisco Real Estate terms, District 7.

Fleet week brings back memories from my high school days bussing tables at a popular tourist restaurant on Fisherman's Wharf. That experience soured Fleet week for me because it meant the streets and restaurants on the wharf were literally filled with drunken sailors. A little much for a shy...

Marin County Upcoming Kid-Oriented Halloween Events

If you are looking for something festive to do with your kids in these final few days until Halloween - maybe something a little bit spooky, sweet, something to elicit giggles and gasps - our family-friendly county of Marin is abundant with options.  And it's nice that not only do they tend to be fun, but many are free to attend, including most of the ones listed below:

Farm-Hosted Pumpkin Patches

If you are up for a change in your pumpkin patch experience, and haven't been to one of the farm-hosted pumpkin patches, you should consider going to one.  Your kids will be in for a treat, as they trade the bouncy house of parking lot-variety pumpkin patches for something different - a hay maze, hay ride, tractor ride and/or a giant haystack to climb on.  Additionally, they may get to milk a cow, or pet other farm animals (don't forget the hand wipes or sanitizer), and perhaps enjoy deliciously creamy homemade ice cream!  Of course, you and/or your kids are also likely to get to pick your own pumpkins right...

SOLD: 2160 Falcon Ridge, Petaluma CA


I am excited to announce that I was able to help another buyer client purchase their ideal home. This 4 bedroom 3 bath house is beautifully situated on the lush greens of Adobe Creek Golf Course in Petaluma. My clients found that by going just a few miles north of Novato in Marin, they could get everything they wanted for a nice price!

The home has a versatile layout. It acts like a single story home with the added bonus of extra bedrooms and a bath upstairs. The main level hosts the master bed and bath, another bedroom and full bath and a spacious open floor plan, complete with dining, living, family room and kitchen. A wonderful...

San Rafael Resident with a Lifetime of Stories

If you're looking for a guide to the West End and San Rafael or a personal history of the Great Depression and World War Two, or maybe a unique garden tour, a musical evening, just the right screw for that broken door hinge or perhaps just some fatherly advice, then all roads should lead you to Stan Kosta's home on a quiet cul-de-sac above the Miracle Mile.


Stan, who turned 93 last year, has lived in his two-bedroom house since he bought it for $10,000 in 1948, bargaining with the builder as its wooden frame was being erected on a hilltop above the Miracle Mile. It had a wonderful panorama of San Rafael and the bay to the East, and Mount Tam, San...

Just Sold! 223 Sylvia Way, San Rafael


I'm pleased to announce another closed sale - I represented the buyer on the purchase of a 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath townhome in the Green Oaks community in Terra Linda.  It was a very good value for the buyer at $322,000 for an end unit with lots of light and over 1500 square feet.  The monthly homeowners association dues at Green Oaks is one of the lowest in Marin at $271 per month.

It was a pleasure to assist the buyer, a 96 year old woman....and proud of it, so that she could be three doors away from her daughter in the Green Oaks Community. The daughter, an "almost" original owner, loves the proximity to Scotty's Market, Open Space hiking trails and Kaiser.  Amenities include a swimming pool, clubhouse and the highly regarded Dixie School District.

I would be happy to provide...

58 Mount Whitney Drive, San Rafael - Sold! Eichler in Lucas Valley


I'm pleased to announce the sale of my mid-century modern Eichler listing at 58 Mt Whitney Drive in San Rafael's Lucas Valley community which closed escrow earlier this week for $835,000.

This 4 bedroom courtyard-style Eichler home on Mount Whitney featured concrete floors, upgraded windows, new paint and a swimming pool.  

I enjoyed assisting my clients with the sale of their Eichler home and would welcome the opportunity to assist you!    As the #1 Eichler Realtor in our area (since 2007!), I have the experience and know-how to list and sell your Eichler home for maximum value.    If your an Eichler homeowner and would like to receive a free assessment of your  home's current market value, either give me a call at 415-EICHLER or simply visit ...

Just Sold! 2169 Green St. #3 - a Pacific Heights GG Bridge View Condominium


I'm pleased to announce another closed sale - I represented the buyer of a one bedroom, one bathroom top floor unit in a 1900 Queen Anne Vicorian building at 2169 Green St. #3, located in the highly desirable Pacific Heights neighborhood.

This was an exceptionally unique property due to it's architectural style and expansive water and bridge views. Situated high up over street level at the very top floor, the remodeled modern interior belies the Queen Anne exterior, with an open floorplan that allows light to flow in from every direction and calls attention to the stunning Bay views. The pitched ceilings...