Category Archives: Marin

North Bay Real Estate: The Marin, Napa & Sonoma Markets

January 2014 Market Report

The real estate market recovery started in earnest in 2012 and then went red hot in spring 2013, which resulted in an additional, big, fast jump – approximately 20% – in home prices. After the spring peak, the market calmed somewhat in the second half of the year and prices stabilized, but buyer demand remained very strong by historical standards. Economic conditions have continued to improve, household net worth has increased dramatically with rising stock and housing markets, foreclosure rates and distressed property sales have plunged, the second-home market has picked up, and interest rates, after jumping in 2013, are still relatively low. Though it is impossible to predict the future, these factors typically form the foundation of a healthy, active housing market.

In the next few weeks, new listings will start coming on market in quantity, buyers will get back in home-search mode and the market will begin to wake up after the holiday hibernation. Then we’ll start to get an inkling of what the new year has in store.

Median Sales Price Appreciation, 2011-2013

This first chart above gives an idea of the scale of the rebound in home values since the recovery began about two years ago. Median prices are affected by other factors besides changes in value, and different areas experienced bubbles and crashes (and now recoveries) of different magnitudes. Median sales prices are generalizations and changes in them should be considered very approximate indicators of appreciation, but by any measure there has been a huge recovery in North Bay real estate values.

Comparative Dollar per Square Foot Values

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240 Round Hill In Tiburon For Sale, So Close To San Francisco, And Not Yet On MLS

I’m not quite sure just how many people from around the world hit this here little (20,000 monthly unique visitors) real estate blog looking for Marin real estate, but one thing I do know is that Marin is pretty damn hard to beat. It’s a hop, skip, and a jump away from one of the best cities in the world, the weather is fantastic, the commute is minor, and the schools are awesome. Because of this, I often find myself browsing Marin real estate, both on and “off market” (not on MLS), and recently came across this $3,250,000 Tiburon pocket listing.

Five bedrooms, four and one half baths, views of Golden Gate Bridge & Bay, designer kitchen, family room with fireplace, formal living room with fireplace (yes that’s two fireplaces), formal dining area, two car attached garage (no parking sticker needed), level yard & gardens (not the postage stamp variety either)…and should I go on?



If you’ve been dying to move to San Francisco, but have children and just can’t seem to figure out the logic and lottery that is the San Francisco Unified School District, then you might consider Tiburon. And if you want modern, open space, and the calming effects of water, then this property might just be the place for you, and I happen to know a damn good Realtor that can get you in before the rest.

Oh, and if you’re worried about the commute to San Francisco, don’t. You can take the ferry to work! You’ll be so green all of your friends will wonder why you never have to buy $6/gallon gas!

-Tiburon Pocket Listing [PocketListings.net]
-Agent/property website

Escape The San Francisco Fog, Buy This Home In Sausalito

The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco,” said Mark Twain, who didn’t have the luxury of hopping in his car, heading over the Golden Gate Bridge and parking in Sausalito.

Indeed, it’s that time of year when the fog starts creeping back in, the mercury drops, the cold wind picks up off the beautiful blue ocean (now gray from the fog), and ushers in the most dreaded season in San Francisco…summer. That means, it’s time to see what else is out there, and how far you have to go to find some sun.

Today, we take a trip 10, maybe 15 minutes north of the Golden Gate Bridge Toll Plaza, and find this wonderful Sausalito home tucked into the hillside just out of reach of said fog.

Back on the market as of today, four bedrooms, two and one half baths, roughly 3400 square feet, and asking $2,350,000, who’s going to be the next to attempt to snag this Old Town Sausalito Craftsman?

To those of you readers that are reading this post anywhere east of Oakland, you might be shocked to learn that although we are, in fact, in “sunny” California, we San Franciscans suffer the wrath of the fog all summer long. (Just as our nano-markets differ by the block, so does our weather.) So when you come here on your summer vacation looking for a home or just hoping to see the sights, pack your winter coats, scarves, and ear muffs. And if summer to you means lemonade stands, shorts, bright sun and dinners on your deck, you’re gonna have to go North, South, or East, because it just doesn’t happen but maybe 10 days all summer long in San Francisco (Mission, SOMA districts excepted).

-219 West Street, Sausalito, CA-$2,350,000 [agent website]
-Focus on the Volume On Your Block, Not the Median In Your City [theFrontSteps]

Claude Oakland Designed Mid Century Eichler In Marin

Oh if we had time to publish these things when they’re hot off the presses. Oh well, we’re still fans of all things architecture, especially when Eichler is involved, so we’ll throw them up for your delight. Coming soon to the Lucas Valley (Marin) real estate market (and what we’d almost consider an epicenter of Eichlers), 26 Oak Mountain Court.

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It’s a rare gallery model Eichler designed by architect Claude Oakland, which has been extensively remodeled and expanded to reach 2,400 sq ft, 4 bedrooms, and 3 full baths. This home was featured on the American Institute of Architects home tour and is truly spectacular inside and out (and the cycling down the road is nothing short of world class).

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The home will be priced at $1,550,000, is not yet on the MLS, and of course, we can always get you in early.

-26 Oak Mountain Court [Renee Adelmann]

Eichler Friday

We love it, and it’s only $660,000! Eichler fans delight in the newest gem to hit the block (outside of San Francisco of course), 104 Golden Hinde Blvd, Terra Linda a 4 bed, 2 bath original condition Eichler ready for you to buy for us. Ahhh, nothing like a few Eichler photos to take you to the weekend
[Update: “Eichler-mania is alive and well. 3 offers on this place before the first open house.”-says someone close to the sale:
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As always, you can contact us if you’d like more details. What a cool home!

Suckers For Eichler

We (courtesy of Renee) gladly give you a preview to a new Eichler coming to the market. Now, of course, when we say “new” Eichler we don’t mean they’re building more, we mean, it’s a new listing. Here is your chance to take a peek before the masses:
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The deets:
-25 Bolanos Drive, Marin County
-4 bedroom / 2 Bath home (1716 square feet)
-Large atrium with beautiful Japaneese Maple tree and wisteria
-Very private large back yard with solar heated pool
-Working radiant heated floors (copper pipes)
-2 car garage with workshop area
-Located in the Dixie School District
-Move in condition
-$749,000! (Where do we sign up?)

We are truly suckers for Eichlers and all things Mid-Century Modern, so don’t be shy sending us those tips, because you know we’d do the same.

Eichler Under $700,000 with a Pool?

No, this is not a paid post. Yes, we subscribe to many, many, many newsletters and industry publications. Yes, some get more play than others, but what do you expect…some are simply better. So let us know (thefrontsteps@gmail.com) if there is something we should be reading that we’re not.

And how could you pass up an Eichler under $700,000 with a pool! Seriously!?

Our thoughts exactly!

No, this is not in San Francisco, but it’s close enough.

-371 Devon Drive [Marin Modern Real Estate]

Marin gets More Modern (as in a new office)

From the press release:

Marin Modern Real Estate, an independent residential real estate brokerage and leading authority on modern and mid-century modern homes in Marin and San Francisco County, announced the opening of a new office in San Rafael, California.

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Since we’re spreading the love about them, maybe they’ll spread the love and keep us informed (before going to market) of a lot of those mid-century modern homes we know and love.

On a different note, it again came to our attention that we “should be doing more Marin and East Bay postings”. Truth be told, unless you’re sending us the information, we really can’t speak for the areas…yet. So start sending anything and everything “Bay Area”.

-Suckers for Mid-Century Modern [theFrontSteps...and this price is reduced from $925k to $895k]

-Marin Modern Real Estate

News from Marin of the $65M Kind

“The Wall Street Journal is reporting today that the gorgeous Belvedere estate known as Locksley Hall has found a buyer. Why is that news? Because it sold for the full asking price of $65 million!

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When the sale closes in January, it will be the highest residential real estate sale in northern California, passing a 2000 record of $52.5 million in Woodside. The listing agent, Olivia Decker of Decker Bullock Sotheby’s International Realty, was unable to give any other details of the sale to the Journal.” -Damion Matthews, SF Luxe

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That’s definitely news, and look forward to the buyer lifting contingencies, but we still want to know who is the sexiest Realtor in San Francisco, so send us your pic(k)s.

-Mining Magnate sets $65M sale [The Wall Street Journal]

-Ask Us: “Who’s the Sexiest Realtor in San Francisco?” [theFrontSteps]