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100 East Strawberry, Mill Valley CA 94941: JUST LISTED

Just Listed for sale: 100 East Strawberry Dr. Mill Valley CA

Offered at :$1,000,000

OPEN SUNDAY July 13 1-4 pm


Set on a sunny level corner lot in desirable Strawberry, this brown shingled home has a lot to offer!

1.       4 bedrooms with a 5th bedroom being used as a family room, a separate bonus office room and an separate open bonus loft area make room for everyone! Living room is complete with warm gas insert fireplace and bay window. The 2 car garage is large with pull down ladder to attic providing ample storage space....

Italian Street Painting 'Pop-Up' Festival


Have you ever been to a pop-up Italian Street Painting Festival?   Whether you have or haven't, there is one happening this Saturday and Sunday in San Rafael!  The inaugural event of the pop-up Italian Street Painting Marin Festival will run Saturday from 10a-9p and Sunday from 10a-6p on "A" Street, between 4th and 5th in downtown San Rafael.  The Mission San Rafael is a beautiful backdrop to the event.  22 artists will be chalking out 12' x 12' paintings with the theme of their vision of California in the 1940's. At one end of "A" Street there will be a place for kids to work on a Disney themed chalk murals! 


428 Alice Street #628, Oakland - SOLD!



This amazing 1,197SF, 2 bedroom/2 bath corner-unit flat with 2 parking spaces at 428 Alice Street #628, just closed escrow at $665,000.  

I had the pleasure of representing the sellers of this Jack London/Waterfront unit when they purchased it in 2012 for $340,000 and this growing family decided to sell this year in search of a single-family residence to accommodate an additional kid.  We replaced the carpets in the bedrooms, freshly painted the interior, and had the place professionally staged by my designer.  After two weeks of marketing at a sales price of $615,000, we received six offers...

San Anselmo Art and Wine Festival. June 21-22, 2014


The San Anselmo Art & Wine Festival took place this weekend, June 21 & 22. San Anselmo Avenue was taken over by pedestrians for the two-day event. Thousands of people attended, attracted by the vendors, artists, musicians, rides, fun, food, and fantastic weather. Presented by the San Anselmo Chamber of Commerce, this popular annual event draws crowds from across the Bay Area and is just one of a series of public events taking place throughout the year in San Anselmo. Details of this and other events like Music in the Park, and Film Night in creek Park can be found through a link provided at

With its great weather,...

326 Greenfield, San Anselmo - First Open House Sunday, June 22nd


San Anselmo Art Deco Charmer.  This home features 2 beds/1 bath with a brand new kitchen, stainless appliances, subway tile, butcher block counters, and a view to the beautifully landscaped garden and flagstone patio.

A rounded archway between the living room and dining room adds character along with the old fashioned front porch, refinished hardwood floors, high-end wood dual paned windows and fireplace.  Updated bathroom features a double sink and plenty of counter and cupboard space.

The full basement offers so much potential with storage space galore.  There's a bonus room that is ideal for a playroom, office or guest room plus plenty of room for a workshop and a one-car garage.  The driveway can easily accommodate...

8050 Shay Drive, Oakland - SOLD!



Renee Adelmann and I just closed escrow on this stylish Eichler home in the Sequoyah Hills Eichler neighborhood located in Oakland for $800,000!

This three bedroom, two bath, model features original Eichler charm like the open-air atrium, in-floor radiant heating, and new VCT flooring.  The thoughful owners also performed a number of upgrades, still keeping in character of the original charm, like sophisticated modern landscaping with built-in seating, water feature, and garden, as well as replacing all glass with dual-pane saftey glass. It was also lucky enough to be featured in Atomic Ranch magazine as a cover...

Financing Options for Foreign Nationals Looking to Buy in the Bay Area

There appears to be a growing number of foreign nationals purchasing real estate in the San Francisco Bay Area and most are closing their transactions with all cash. Even wealthy overseas buyers may prefer financing a percentage of the purchase price rather than liquidating their accounts, or would otherwise consider a higher purchase price. The process of securing financing is a bit more complicated, but generally not too difficult, and can be worked through with reasonable speed. Foreign nationals will need to substantiate their income through income tax filings from their native country or, when unavailable, verify income through alternate means, such as with bank statements showing consistent deposits, a letter from their accountant, etc.  ...

Summer Fun in Novato and more!

Check out these upcoming events and places to go with friends and family for summer 2014.  Novato residents enjoy the benefit of being nestled in between San Francisco and the Wine Country!  Just a short drive to so many amazing destinations and fun things to do...

June 13-14: Country Summer Concert at Sonoma County Fairgrounds

June 14-15: Novato Festival of Art, Wine & Music in Downtown Novato

June 28: California Beer Festival Marin at Stafford Lake