Bay Area California Real Estate Blog and News

New! K9 Scrub Club in Fairfax


Wow, it's a plush new Spa for dogs.  Who could be more deserving than our furry friends whose owners are the second largest constituency in Marin County according to a recent article. The owners of K9 Scrub Club have thought of everything and seized a great business opportunity.  What happened to hip and funky Fairfax?  It's gone upscale.


Here's the perfect day in Fairfax. Drop Buddy off at the Spa for an Oatmeal facial and Gentle Berry shampoo, while you go across the street to shop at Good Earth.  When you pick up Buddy, don't forget to...

How to House A Teenager

               What?  You don't have a teenager?  Well, the first thing to keep in mind when considering a house for your teenager is that your cute little gurgling baby will BE a teenager in the blink of an eye, so if you don’t plan ahead you’ll be selling and buying a new house in seven to ten years.If you already have a teenager, you know what you wish you had if you don’t have it.And if you’ve got the right kind of house for your teenager(s), you are probably all much happier for it!

Buying a house with some extra room that you currently don’t see yourself using can pay off big time in the future, sparing you the upset of...

16 Guisela Ct. Novato Ca 94945: JUST LISTED

Private, tranquil paradise: 16 Guisela Ct. $1,250,000 Open Sunday May 4 1-4 pm


Set at the base of a cul-de-sac and high above the open space protected wetlands sits this custom home with endless views and gorgeous upgrades. Gleaming freshly refinished Oak floors with Walnut inlay set the tone for this well-appointed 4 bedroom 3 full bath upscale country home. 

Take a few steps up from the welcoming entrance to 3 of the 4 bedrooms.  Master bedroom has incredible views with a private sitting area and personal deck.  It is large and bright with a joining master bath, huge walk in closet with separate cedar...

Marin Real Estate Activity and Multiple Offer Situations 2014


Multiple Offer Situations heating up again - 

This past week I wrote two offers for two different clients. Both were for single family residences, one in San Rafael, one in south Novato. They attracted 15, and 14 offers respectively. They both went into contract for over $100,000 OVER asking price. Both cases were a bit extreme since they were listed for a bit "under market value" which isn't that common. Yet, it tells us a lot about the eagerness among buyers in Marin right now.

It is more common with multiple offers for homes priced below $1 million. But even in the high-end segment it is common to have 2-5 offers. Any time a house is priced at or below current market value, one can expect more than one offer.

Last year was infamous for the uptick in multiple offer situations, not to mention the fast increases in real estate prices. No one has a crystal ball, and it may be too early to say if...

Just Sold 875 Tamalpais Ave. in Novato!


 875 Tamalpais Avenue #14 in Novato just sold!

I just helped my client with the purchase of this 3 bedroom, 2 bath unit with an enclosed garage. This client had been looking for several months, and had made offers on other units---then began to go to Brokers' Open Houses with me. When we walked in to this home, we knew it was the right one. We made an offer right away and it was accepted! Great location, great light, great commute location! The sale was completed in less than 30 days; The buyer even got a credit at closing and can't wait to move in!

Even in today's competitive Marin County real estate market, there are opportunities for buyers...

Two Exceptional Book Events in San Rafael & Mill Valley on May 3rd

It may be coincidental but two "not-to-miss" book & art events are happening in Marin on May 3rd.  The first is California Bookstore Day Celebration at Copperfield's in San Rafael. The second event is the ninth annual Art of the Book exhibition at the Seager Gray Gallery in Mill Valley.

California Bookstore Day at Copperfield's Books in San Rafael 


Located at 804 Fourth Street, Copperfield's is a new addition to downtown. If you haven't been...

674 Mandana Blvd, Oakland - SOLD!


I am pleased to announce the sale of my listing with Maggi Dale, Marin Modern at 674 Mandana Blvd in Oakland. We had the opportunity to list, professionally photograph, and market this historic Crocker Highlands property that closed escrow at $870,500 ($270,500 over the asking price).

After two consecutive open house Sundays, turning out 300+ viewers, this property received 23 offers submitted and a final closing price well over the $600,000 ask with a 7 day escrow.  Congrats to our sellers!

I enjoyed assisting my seller clients with the sale of their home and welcome the opportunity to assist you with the sale or purchase in the East Bay.  Please contact me at to get started.

Ken Fox...

Imagination Park-Gathering Place in Downtown San Anselmo


A pocket park, a small green lawn, plenty of inviting benches, and a shimmering fountain with statues of Yoda and Harrison Ford grace the space next to the San Anselmo Town Hall. Opened on June 20, 2013, on land donated by George Lucas, this petite parcel is a focal point for the Downtown area and a magnet for kids of all ages. Directly across the street from Marin Coffee Roasters, the Park attracts shoppers, strollers, sun-seekers, coffee drinkers, dog walkers, Moms, Dads, Kids, residents, visitors, nannies with baby strollers, and a multitude of others. Beckoning passers-by for a look, a sit, conversation, contemplation, a meetup, a play date, a stop at an impromptu lemonade stand raising money for a school project, it is an attractive addition to the extremely walkable San...

250 Butterfield Rd. San Anselmo, CA 94960: Coming Soon!


250 Butterfield Rd. San Anselmo, CA 94960: Coming Soon!

A sweet San Anselmo cottage is ready for new owners.  Built around 1948 and well maintained, this 2 bedroom 1 bath home sits on a sunny lot where fruit, vegetables and flowers can flourish. The rooms are spacious with hardwood floors underneath the existing carpet. The home is complete with a gas burning fireplace, separate laundry room, storage area and a newer 1 car garage.

A newer foot bridge crosses a lovely creek to a sunny front yard-perfect for gardening or relaxing. The quaint yard in the back has space for outdoor entertaining.


Enrica Ramm joins Marin Modern Real Estate

I'm delighted to announced that Realtor and Accredited Staging Professional Enrica Ramm has joined our Marin Modern Family!

A licensed real estate professional since 2004, Enrica practiced real estate for a number of years before becoming an Area Manager for First American Home Buyers Protection where she worked with hundreds of local real estate agents and brokerages in Marin to address their client's home warranty needs.  She'll now focus all of her energy on real estate sales and assisting her buyer and seller clients throughout Marin and Sonoma Counties.

Enrica had the opporutnity to work with (and for) many real estate brokerages in Marin County however we are excited that she chose Marin Modern, a high-tech / high-touch residential real estate firm committed to exceeding the needs of todays savvy buyers and sellers,...