Mill Valley, CA Real Estate News

By Renee Adelmann
(Marin Modern Real Estate )
If you've been looking for a safe and environmentally-friendly way to dispose of your old electronics (or "e-waste") in Mill Valley, you should make a note to attend the upcoming electronics recycling event in Marin County. Recycle your EWaste in Mill Valley CA Marin residents will have an opportunity to safely dispose of their ewaste this Saturday, March 29, 2009 from 10am to 3pm. This event is being sponsored (and hosted) by the Whole Foods Market in Mill Valley which is located at 414 Miller Avenue in Mill Valley. Event details are as follows: WHAT: Electronics Recycling Event in Mill Valley WHERE: Whole Foods Market, 414 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley WHEN: Saturday, March 29, '09 Collected materials will be safely disposed of and/or recycled for re-use by Goodwill Industries and other ...
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By Kyle Frazier, Kyle Frazier , CRS & Marin CA Realtor
(Christie's Great Estates | Pacific Union International)
For several months my Mill Valley, CA, real estate report has noted that the market "is strangely out of sync," and that buyers "are taking a few pitches to see what happens," and I have also aired my suspicians about "undercover buyers" who are ready to buy and want to buy the "right" home. More than ever, I believe this is all true. At Morgan Lane we have about $12 million of closings taking place in the next week or so (and we closed a $4 million Mill Valley deal last month). If we can gather a little wind behind our sails, I believe we will be off to the races. Certainly, sellers seem to grasp the need for aggressive pricing and it appears that attractive new inventory will help drive the market in 2009.  As evidenced by the above graph, The median price per square foot has dipped t...
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By Kyle Frazier, Kyle Frazier , CRS & Marin CA Realtor
(Christie's Great Estates | Pacific Union International)
There are many reasons to love Marin County, CA. -- its great schools is just one. If you have ever wondered if there is life outside of San Francisco, we can assure you -- there is. We are just a short hop across the Golden Gate Bridge. The commute is quick and short. There is no bridge related traffic coming into San Francisco from Marin, unlike commuting over the Bay Bridge from Oakland and the East Bay. Give me a call for packet of information. It is my pleasure to be of service.    
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By Renee Adelmann
(Marin Modern Real Estate )
I proudly represented the buyers for this fabulous mid-century modern home in the conveniently located and highly desirable Boyle Park neighborhood of Mill Valley, California. The sale price was $1,040,000. 142 Manor Drive, Mill Valley Originally built in 1950, this 3 bedroom / 1.5 bath home is situated on a quiet and light-filled quarter-acre lot with sweeping views. Fabulous indoor / outdoor living in Mill Valley! The home had been tastefully updated yet still retained much of its original mid-century charm. Excellent expansion potential for this mid-century modern home in Boyle Park. Contact me if I can assist you with the purchase or sale of real estate in Mill Valley, California.    From Mill Valley luxury homes to Mill Valley condominiums, I welcome the opportunity to assist you i...
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By Kelley Eling, Realtor Extraordinaire
(Fathom Realty Group)
As of March 6, 2009 only 12% of available listings in Mill Valley are in escrow. For the month of February 2009 only 11 homes sold in Mill Valley for an average final selling price of $1,096,409. The average original asking price of these homes was $1,233,455. The range of final selling prices was from a low of $390,000 to a high of $4,000,000. Of the 11 homes that sold, 1 sold at the original asking price and all others sold for less. It took these homes an average of 69 days to sell. To see more recent sales history for Mill Valley and the surrounding areas, click here. To see everything that is currently available for sale in the area, click here. To learn more about the area visit my website or contact me directly.
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By Kyle Frazier, Kyle Frazier , CRS & Marin CA Realtor
(Christie's Great Estates | Pacific Union International)
Twice this past week a wayward owl, believed by some observers to be nesting with young behind the Mill Valley Public Library, has perched amongst the stacks. Actually, it has chosen ceiling beams to peruse the isles. It is unclear how the brown owl enters the library. Not is it clear how to get it to leave for good. Certainly, library popularity has escalated since the appearance of Owliver Twist (my name for him or her).  Moreover, Owliver does not pipe down when shushed by staff and has proven to be a somewhat messy guest by leaving droppings wherever it wants.  Because the bird has taken to snatching pencils from the children's room, there is some concern for its safety as it apparently was trying to build a nest with them. My suspicion is that if Owliver could speak, it would ask ...
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By Kelley Eling, Realtor Extraordinaire
(Fathom Realty Group)
As of February 7, 2009 only 14% of available listings in Mill Valley are in escrow. For the month of January 2009 only 12 homes sold in Mill Valley, for an average final selling price of $986,967. The average original asking price of these homes was $1,196,158. The range of final selling prices was from a low of $400,000 to a high of $2,175,000. Of the 12 homes that sold, 2 sold over their original asking price and all others sold for less. It took these homes an average of 148 days to sell. To see all homes that are currently available for sale, click here. For more information about this area visit my website or contact me directly.
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By Leslie Olson, Interior Design and Redesign - Moved to Austin!
(Leslie Olson Interiors)
  The New York Times is reporting a public outcry over the cancellation of popular home magazine, Domino. As I mentioned in my recent blog, Say It Ain't So...Are Home Shelter Magazines the New Dinosaurs?, Domino is one of several shelter magazines recently nixed because of shrinking ad dollars. In the NYT article, "A Girl World Closes, and Fans Mourn," they write: WHEN Domino magazine folded last week, another casualty of the economic smack-down, a howl of protest rang through the blogosphere. Fans of the girlish, how-to decorating magazine owned by Condé Nast were vociferous in their disappointment, posting anguished comments on design sites like Apartment Therapy, Decorno and Design Sponge (which accrued 498 remarks in just a few hours), as well as nondesign sites, like The Huffington...
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By Mark Lomas, Experience You Can Count On!
(Santa Barbara Real Estate)
The Windmill HouseIt was the summer of 1972. A couple of years earlier Rosa Burke Perez had completed construction of the hillside home that she and her then-husband, Neil E. Davis, had built a few blocks from downtown Mill Valley. Winding circularly, this unique all-redwood house has no right angles, a dozen levels, and 18 stained glass windows. On the afternoon of June 23rd, her youngest daughter's 5th birthday, Rosa was saying goodbye to small party guests when the phone rang. It was Diane Nilson, an acquaintance who knew that in a week Rosa and her four children were traveling to Mexico."I know someone who might want to rent your house while you're gone," Diane said. "It has a lot of privacy, doesn't it? Because they're very famous. You can't tell anyone...it's John and Yoko."It tur...
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By Kelley Eling, Realtor Extraordinaire
(Fathom Realty Group)
As of January 13, 2009 only 16% of available listings in Mill Valley are in escrow. For the month of December 2008 only 10 homes sold in Mill Valley for an average final selling price of $917,869. The average original asking price was $1,059,500. The range of final selling prices was from a low of $550,000 to a high of $1,300,500. All 10 homes sold for less than their original asking price. It took these homes an average of 127 days to sell. To see everything that is currently available for sale, click here. To learn more about this area visit my website or contact me directly.
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By Sylvia Barry, Marin and Sonoma Real Estate Leading Expert
(Coldwell Banker Previews International (#1 Marin_Sonoma_San Francisco_North_Bay))
Calling newly minted Marin Homeowners - Do you know.... How to shave $7,000 off your Marin county home's assessed value from property tax year-in and year-out?  By filing Homestead Exemption on your primary residency by February 15th each year. Homestead Exemption The home has to be the primary residence of the owner(s) or co-owner(s) as of 12:01 A.M. January 1 (lien date). To receive the full exemption, the application has to be filed with the Assessor's) Office by February 15th. A partial exemption will be approved, if the application is filed between February 16th and December 10th. If the home is purchased after January 1st, the exemption is applied to the supplemental assessment, unless the prior owner received the exemption on the secured bill.  The claim has to be filed within 30...
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By Kelley Eling, Realtor Extraordinaire
(Fathom Realty Group)
As of December 6, 2008 only 11% of available listings in Mill Valley are in escrow. For the month of November 2008 only 14 homes sold in Mill Valley for an average final selling price of $1,304,107. The average original asking price was $1,453,357. The range of final selling prices was from a low of $725,000 to a high of $2,510,000. It took these homes an average of 104 days to sell. Of the 14 homes that sold, 1 sold at the original asking price, 1 sold over the original asking price and all others sold for less. For more information about this area visit my website or contact me directly.  
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By Renee Adelmann
(Marin Modern Real Estate )
San Francisco Bay Area home owners can learn tips and ideas for making their home more green and ecofriendly by attending a FREE event this week in Mill Valley, California. This North Bay workshop, which is being hosted by the Eucalyptus Knoll HOA in Mill Valley,  will include presentations from: Carol Misseldie, Sustainability Coordinator for the town of Mill Valley Mark Guthrie, Water Conservation Specialist from the Marin Municipal Water District Discussion topic will include tips and ideas for making your Bay Area home more green and ecofriendly.   This Green Workshop will be held at 8pm on Thursday, November 13, 2008.    The venue for this event will be the the Shelter Bay Clubhouse which is located at 2304 Shelter Bay Ave in Mill Valley.  You can also obtain more information about...
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Please join us to honor Gordon Bennett 2008 Environmental Leader of Marin Save the Date Where: Mill Valley Community Center, 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley, CA 94941 When: November 11 2008, 6:30 - 8:15 PM  The Environmental Education Council of Marin "EECOM" invites you and your colleagues and friends to join; Senator Mark Leno, Assembly member Jared Huffman and Supervisor Charles McGlashan at our 2008 Environmental Leadership Award Ceremony. The award ceremony will be held at the Mill Valley Community center on Tuesday evening, November 11 th between 6:30 and 8:30 pm. This year EECOM is pleased to honor Gordon Bennett as the 2008 Environmental Leader of Marin. We hope that you and your work colleagues/friends can join us for this auspicious event to honor an environmental hero, and to s...
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By Victoria Wells
(Bradley Luxury Real Estate)
Please join us to honor Gordon Bennett 2008 Environmental Leader of Marin Save the Date Where: Mill Valley Community Center, 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley, CA 94941 When: November 11 2008, 6:30 - 8:15 PM  The Environmental Education Council of Marin "EECOM" invites you and your colleagues and friends to join; Senator Mark Leno, Assembly member Jared Huffman and Supervisor Charles McGlashan at our 2008 Environmental Leadership Award Ceremony. The award ceremony will be held at the Mill Valley Community center on Tuesday evening, November 11 th between 6:30 and 8:30 pm. This year EECOM is pleased to honor Gordon Bennett as the 2008 Environmental Leader of Marin. We hope that you and your work colleagues/friends can join us for this auspicious event to honor an environmental hero, and to s...
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By Kelley Eling, Realtor Extraordinaire
(Fathom Realty Group)
As of November 6, 2008 only 12% of available listings in Mill Valley are in escrow. For the month of October 2008 27 homes sold in Mill Valley for an average final selling price of $1,390,482. The average original asking price of these homes was $1,568,515. The range of final selling prices was from a low of $500,000 to a high of $4,000,000. Of the 27 homes that sold 3 sold at the original asking price and 1 sold over.  All others sold for less. It took these 27 homes an average of 93 days to sell. For more information about this area visit my website or contact me directly. To see everything that is currently available for sale click here.
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By Foundation Rentals, Best Property Management in Marin
(Foundation Rentals & Relocation, Inc)
I think I read somewhere that 60% of Marin households have pets.  As a 2-dog/1-cat household myself, I'll believe that.  Marin is a family-friendly demographic. Families have pets.  Pets have families.  And, of course, every tenant who calls to ask about your pet policy has a "very well behaved" cat.  Or Labradoodle.  Or Cookapoo/Dachshund mix. So if you're a landlord having just installed brand new hardwood floors/new landscaping/have pet allergies/etc and have decided you want to list your property as "no pets" what can you do? First, I might ask you to reconsider. If approx 60% of the households come with pets, by marketing "no pets" you are effectively eliminating 60% of your possible tenant pool.  If you simply do not mind spending that extra time on the market and are prepared to ...
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By Kelley Eling, Realtor Extraordinaire
(Fathom Realty Group)
As of October 6, 2008 only 19% of available listings in Mill Valley are in escrow. For the month of September 2008 21 homes sold in Mill Valley for an average final selling price of $1,533,405. The average original asking price of these homes was $1,674,000. The range of final selling prices was from a low of $525,000 to a high of $3,300,000. It took these homes an average of 107 days to sell. Of the 21 homes that sold 2 sold at their original asking price and 2 sold over their original asking price.  All others sold for less. For more information about this area visit my website or contact me directly. To see what homes are currently available for sale search our MLS.
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By Leslie Olson, Interior Design and Redesign - Moved to Austin!
(Leslie Olson Interiors)
  Recently the Mill Valley Film Festival hosted a variety of activities at the historic Outdoor Art Club in downtown Mill Valley, CA, which allowed ticketholders to relax and socialize between film viewings. This Hospitality Suite, or VIP Lounge, was staged to accommodate interviews with filmmakers and actors during the festival. As the week progressed, photographs of film directors attending the festival were displayed on the fireplace grate below. Outdoor Art Club - before Staging (above) Mill Valley Film Festival Outdoor Art Club Hospitality Suite after staging by Leslie Olson Interiors.           For additional photos from Staging by Leslie Olson Interiors, please visit:   Historic Wooded Hideaway - Staging Before and After Photos Contemporary Oasis in the Redwoods - Staging Before...
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By Leslie Olson, Interior Design and Redesign - Moved to Austin!
(Leslie Olson Interiors)
  In making agreements with new staging clients (often Realtors), I always ask permission to place my business cards in the home being staged, if they are happy with my completed staging services. However after hosting my first Realtor Parade early in my staging business, I was disappointed to see that the business cards that I had placed next to the MLS flyers, often alongside literature for builders and contractors, were difficult to access with a large group attending. It occurred to me that Realtors and potential home-buyers might be receptive to knowing who staged the property as they lingered in a room further into the house, away from the cluster of business cards. So I tried to come up with more innovative -- but still discreet -- ways to provide my contact information. How abo...
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