Bay Area California Real Estate Blog and News

9th Annual Winter Art Walk Jingletown


Having recently sold an amazing 2 story loft with 2 bedrooms, 3 baths and 20 ft ceilings in Fruitvale, I was researching the neighborhood and found that the Jingletown Arts & Business Community is holding it's 9th Annual Winter Art Walk, Saturday and Sunday, December 6 - 7, 11 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The annual winter event highlights the work of more than 50 artists who live and/or work in the area known as Jingletown, which is located between the Park and Fruitvale Street bridges bordered by the estuary separating Oakland from the island of Alameda.  There will be food trucks featuring delicious...

Just Purchased for Under Asking in Desirable Kentfield

Ideally Located, Stylish 3 bedroom/3 bath Home - 77 Wolfe Grade in Kentfield

Contemporary sensibilities make this beautifully remodeled mid-century home situated on almost an acre, a coveted oasis for my buyers relocating from Arizona.  Quality and an understated, yet elegant aesthetic, are artfully combined to make this light-filled home a real value at $1,475,000.


The flexible split level floor plan offers a sunny, spacious living room with high ceilings, a separate dining...

10 Things I Love about San Rafael, CA 94903

10 Things I Love about the 94903 zip code

Growing up in San Rafael 94901, I didn't venture much into the Northern part of San Rafael except for an occasional trip to the bid "E" at Northgate Mall, a summer splash at the Terra Linda rec center pool and of course my annual adventure to the Marin County Fair.  In fact, as a SRHS Bulldog, Terra Linda was the rivalling land.  All that changed when I bought my first house in the early ‘90's in Terra Linda.  It was...

Tales From The Trenches Part 2

Tales From The Trenches Part 2 -

This past spring my Sellers put their Fairfax hillside home on the market. It was a lovely, mostly remodeled, 2600 sq. foot rancher with views, a small patio in the front and a lovely deck in the back overlooking Cascade Canyon. The lower level had it's own living room, small -non conforming- kitchen, bedroom and remodeled high end bath.
We were within the city limits of Fairfax which meant that there would be a city resale inspection report likely calling out the non permitted second kitchen.
So, what happened next?

The inspection report came back calling out the illegal kitchen, of course. I told my Sellers to indicate both on their disclosures and with signs over the kitchen that the kitchen was non-permitted by the Town and that the...

220 Frustuck Avenue, Fairfax. Just Sold!


Just Sold, $870,000

220 Frustuck Avenue in Fairfax. Great neighborhood, very convenient to Downtown.

The new owners are extremely happy with their new home, which they were able to purchase for below the recently reduced asking price. They also received a nice credit at closing. Persistence really does pay off! 

For effective strategies in today's Marin County real estate market, call or email today. I'm looking forward to hearing from you!


The Perfect Cup of Coffee on Berkeley's Fourth Street!

Welcome to my favorite new coffee shop located on Berkeley's Fourth Street. This is just what Fourth Street has been needing and if you have not been here yet than check it out. Artis is a great place to bring your laptop and work, grab a perfect espresso, and get your green coffee beans roasted exactly how you want them.

Ary Assadi, Realtor 415.216.5653


JUST SOLD 31-33 Cortland Ave, San Francisco, CA.

SOLD for $1,250,000.

A Beautiful Edwardian 4-plex building in San Francisco just got a new owner. The city market is still red hot. I represented the sellers and we got an over asking pre-emptive offer faster than the flashJ

This is a great income property suitable for investors long, or short term. Although I personally prefer to work in Marin, I will assist you in the city too so let me know if I can be of help to you or anyone you know.

SOLD for $1,250,000.


Kitty Camp at the Cat's Cradle in San Rafael


Who will take care of Mittens and Socks when you're out of town for the holidays?  Not to be confused with Dogs who  love you and  want to be with you.  Dogs will gladly hop in the backseat and go anywhere you go.  Better yet, most motels and hotels would rather have a dog for a guest than actual people. Cats, on the other hand, are a horse of a different color, so to speak. They don't want to go with you and you don't want to go with them!  That's not to say you don't love your furry friends but they don't take kindly to change and travel.That's why the Cat's Cradle was invented.  Conveniently located in ...

FREE Ice Skating Tickets for Marin On Ice!

‘Tis the season for twirling at Marin's outdoor ice skating rink!  Have you had the chance to get over to the Northgate Mall for some shopping and ice skating yet?  Make sure to get there before the season ends on January 11th. Hours of operation range depending on the day of the week so go here for the schedule.  Tickets are $15 per person for unlimited skating all day! You can also reserve the rink for private parties or sign up for lessons (anyone from age 3 and up) taught by certified instructors.

The first 15 people to go to like my Facebook page and follow me will win 2 free tickets to Marin On Ice!!! the first and click here

Thanksgiving Alternatives in Oakland

Will you be here in the East Bay for Thanksgiving, but don't want to deal with all the cooking and clean-up that comes with hosting a traditional Thanksgiving meal? A few local restaurants are highlighting their Thanksgiving menus this year for those of you that are looking for another option on November 27th.


Lake Chalet, 1250 Lakeside Dr. in Oakland:  Many of you will already be familiar with this well-known restaurant on Lake Merritt. In addition to their regular menu, Lake Chalet will be serving a holiday three-course prix fixe meal as well as additional holiday side dishes. They will be open from 11 AM to 10 PM, and the cost of the prix fixe meal is $46 per person. This is a great option if you want to enjoy your meal with amazing views of the lake! Visit for more information....