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7 Story Mixed Use Planned for Oakland's Uptown

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Among the latest newly planned developments for the ever fast growing City of Oakland is this 7 story mixed-use building slated for the downtown area. To be built on a current parking lot, this building will include 224 housing units along with retail space and over 200 parking spaces! Located just a few blocks from the 19th St. BART station this proposed mixed-use building will be an exciting new addition to Oakland's rapidly changing Uptown area.

The project is being built by the national developer Lennar, who has already committed to building another large-scale Oakland residential project as well as an additional project in Berkeley. Furthermore,...

2922 Linden St. Oakland - Just Sold!


At $449,000 this 4 bed, 2 bath, West Oakland home is a true bargain for my first time home buyers. Gina & Mitch first contacted me a couple of months ago wanting to purchase their first home in the same neighborhood as where they were renting. Just a couple of blocks from San Pablo Ave., the first property that we looked at was the one they wanted. It took a bit of negotiating and two days later we were in contract. Today, just about 34 days later I handed the keys over to Gina & Mitch!

Don't be discouraged by this real estate market as the right property is waiting for you, and I'm here to help you realize that dream!



304 Silvio Lane Novato, CA 94947: JUST SOLD!

Just sold: 304 Silvio Lane, Novato CA 94947


Tucked at the back of the complex with serene views of the Oak studded hillside, sit s this 2 bedroom 1 bath updated unit-new home to my buyer client. We were lucky to get our offer accepted in this competitive market. Being a prepared and informed buyer makes all the difference.

At the southern end of Novato, this Cheda Acres complex offers quick access to the freeway while still feeling sheltered by nature. Novato is becoming increasingly popular as if offers more bang for your buck than the rest of Marin County. If you are looking to move to Marin, make sure you give Novato a look...

103 Corte Mesa, San Rafael - Open Sunday 1-4


Not on MLS yet. Come to the Sunday Open House to get a sneak preview of 103 Corte Mesa located in a small, private complex of 28 units at the end of a cul d sac.  It features 3 good-sized bedrooms, 2.5 baths, high vaulted ceilings in the living room, views to the hills and lights of San Rafael from the deck off the living room and the master bedroom.  The laundry room is conveniently located off of the kitchen. There's plenty of storage and one covered parking space with additional guest parking.  The floor plan on 3 levels is ideal because it offers flexibility and privacy for many different lifestyles with a bathroom on each level.  New paint, carpet, fixtures, etc. 103 Corte Mesa is ready to move in and enjoy. 


The Art of the Deal

I am fresh off of watching last night’s Presidential debate thus the name of the title, a little bit about the book, and nothing to do with which candidate makes the most sense (politics and real estate do not mix). The book the Art of the Deal has some very good tidbits about thinking big, knowing your market, and maximizing your options.

So, I am now going to try and leverage some of that knowledge and provide a few good tips on how the savvy buyer should prepare and negotiate for getting the best deal on the purchase of their new home.

Firstly, you really really really need to know your finances and work with what you realistically will be able to afford. Unless you’re one of...

When Dreams Become a Reality

A few weeks ago I had the honor of receiving an invite for cocktails at a client's home! These are the moments that remind me why I love what I do and moments that I treasure. 


A little back story...My clients met in San Francisco and ended up on the East Coast for work not realizing it would take them 25 years to get back home. When I met them they were planning for their retirement and making good on their promise to themselves to return to Marin.

Their criteria included a home with 2-3 bedrooms in Sausalito or Tiburon with views. They wanted some outdoor space but really their top two desires were water views and to return to Tiburon (with Sausalito in 2nd place). They didn't necessarily want a project but they were open...

Coming Soon - Elegant 3BR/3BA San Anselmo property

Elegant Sleepy Hollow Listing Coming this week.
Enjoy sweeping hill views in a very tranquil and private setting. Dramatic architecture displaying amazing light throughout. This is a rare find that will please the most discriminating San Anselmo buyers. Terrific value for a large 3BR/3BA home, complete with an over-sized family room, multiple view decks, 2-car garage and a BIG level lawn area ideal for play and entertainment. No sign at property, no open houses. Please email me for showing instructions.


With an ideal floor plan spanning over more than 2,800 sqf, this 2-story home is situated on over half an acre, on a quiet cul-de-sac, and it backs to open space. It offers commanding views over Sleepy Hollow from several rooms and from the view decks. It also boosts a big, level yard ideal for play, entertaining and quiet relaxation.

The main level features an ample entry hallway followed by a large, light-filled living room with a fireplace. Adjacent to the...


How to recover after losing out in a multiple offer situation.

It’s September 2016.  You are trying to buy a house in Marin County.  Inventory is low.  But so are interest rates, and your finances are right, you’re pre-approved and ready to go!  Your Realtor has told you September is a great month because there will be an uptick in inventory, so you’re getting out there.  ...

JUST LISTED! 827 Smith Road, Mill Valley

I could not be more excited to represent the seller of this darling home.  There is so much to love about this 1920's vintage home in Tam Valley! Surrounded by a picket fence and an enchanting garden this property is just minutes down the hill to the hub and easy access to hwy 101. Great location for SF commuters! Beautiful floor plan with an open dining, living, den, half bath and galley kitchen on the main level. Downstairs is 3 bedrooms and 2 more bathrooms. Over 2200 sq ft of living space. The master bedroom has a large walk-in closet. Decks surrounding the back of the home offer peek-a-boo views of the bay. Dine al fresco on the sun drenched patio. Recent upgrades include a newly paved driveway, brand new windows on the main level, and a drip system for the new landscaping.  Many upgrades have been added over time but also vintage characteristics still in tact such as the original wood flooring and cozy fireplace. This comfortable feel of old world charm yet upgraded for today's living. Plenty of parking...

A Low Cost Idea for Converting Separate Living Quarters in your Home

Good news for Marin County homeowners! If you have an extra bedroom and bath in your home more than likely you can now convert that space into separate living quarters at a very low cost. Junior Accessory Dwelling Units (JADU) is a new concept that allows you to create a legal rental unit in your home that you can use to generate income, house a loved one or accommodate a caregiver/au pair. And the best part is that many Marin cities  such as Novato, San Rafael and ...