There are 24 blog entries for May 2010.
Monday, May 31st, 2010 at 9:38pm. 1154 Views, 0 Comments.
The recent influx of improved financing options for those with limited down payment funds suggests an increasing investor consensus that the housing market continues to stabilize. As an added -and necessary -vote of confidence, private mortgage insurance providers have also relaxed their requirements over the past few weeks. Although getting a loan is still challenging and income requirements remain stringent, the growing pool of lenders competing over expanded offerings will improve financing options for millions of borrowers.
Here are some loan products that were tough to secure just a few weeks ago and are now more solidly supported:
95% Purchase Money for Loans to $417,000 that Compete with FHA.
Although this product has been around for a…
Friday, May 28th, 2010 at 4:45pm. 1566 Views, 0 Comments.
I am pleased to announce that earlier today I assisted a buyer client in the purchase of a beautiful single family home in the Northview subdivision of San Rafael located at 376 Sterling Way. This is a very private, newer neighborhood located within the Dixie School District on the east side of Highway 101 overlooking the Smith Ranch open space and marsh land trails.
Built in 2000, this is a charming 2 bedroom, 2 bath single level home filled with tasteful upgrades including an updated kitchen & breakfast nook, crown moldings, hardwood floors, decorator colors & plantation shutters. Located at the end of a cul de sac, this home has an exceptional location affording the utmost in privacy. The beautiful backyard is filled with fruit trees and…
Tuesday, May 25th, 2010 at 3:24pm. 1389 Views, 0 Comments.
It's been a busy day and I'm pleased to annouce that a second set of my buyer clients closed escrow on a home today, this time a mid-century modern Alliance home in San Rafael located at 544 Whitewood Drive.
This was a Marin foreclosure listing located in the Terra Linda neighborhood of San Rafael. The property was a 3 bedroom / 2 bathroom Alliance Home that was built in 1954 and featured an updated kitchen, family room, master bathroom, thermal pane windows, numerous skylights, one car garage parking and a detached studio. Classic post-and-beam construction with walls of glass throughout. Nicely landscaped yard with the home offering convenient access to shopping, public transportation and more.
I was happy to assist my buyers in the…
Tuesday, May 25th, 2010 at 2:26pm. 1269 Views, 0 Comments.
I just assisted one of my buyer clients with the purchase of a fabulous mid-century home located at 80 Corte Baristo in the central Marin town of Greenbrae. The home just closed escrow today and the purchase price was $970,000.
Built in 1964, this architecturally unique single-family home was situated on a quiet cul-de-sac and featured a light-filled and spacious floor plan (2,016 sq ft) with dramatic views of Mt Tam. This very well kept mid-century home featured raised ceilings, walls of windows and glass and a fabulous outdoor patio/deck and level yard for dining, entertaining and relaxation. Top-notch Kentfield schools!
I enjoyed working with my buyer clients on their purchase of 80 Corte Baristo and would welcome the opportunity…
Monday, May 24th, 2010 at 8:46pm. 5299 Views, 1 Comments.
The first thing I thought about writing for this blog was a brief history of landscape design during the Mid-Century Modern period. Whenever I need to learn - or refresh my learning - about landscape design, I turn to Elizabeth Barlow Rogers' encyclopedic masterpiece, Landscape Design: A Cultural and Architectural History. If it isn't in there, it hasn't happened yet! And even though her website says it took her ten years to write, I secretly think it must have taken twenty - this book weighs a ton, and has over 500 pages of very dense text and hundreds of pictures. If you want to learn anything about landscape architecture, this is your textbook!
My other favorite resource is the remarkable Cultural Landscape Foundation whose mission is "dedicated…
Monday, May 24th, 2010 at 2:45pm. 2667 Views, 1 Comments.
I wanted to let my clients and friends know ahead of time that I have Pat Kuleto's listing coming onto the market. The floating home, he calls Lillypad, is where he began building his award-winning restaurant dynasty. Located at 2350 Marinship Way #3, Sausalito, this three-level, 3 bedroom / 2 bathroom home designed by Pat, incorporates his legendary charm, provides ample living space and is in a prime spot to spend your days taking in the gorgeous views of Angel Island, Sausalito Harbor and hills, Mt. Tamalpais and San Francisco Bay.
Enter this light and bright home, and you'll immediately appreciate the Koa wood wainscoting and finishes throughout. Enjoy Mt. Tamalpais and the passing yachts as you dine by the floor-to-ceiling bay windows in the…
Monday, May 24th, 2010 at 12:03pm. 1270 Views, 0 Comments.
I wanted to provide a quick save the date notification for this years San Francisco Modernism & Art Deco Event which is produced by Peter & Deborah Keresztury, both a client and friend of Marin Modern & San Francisco Modern Real Estate.
This years event will be held June 5-6, 2010 at the Councourse Exhibition Center in San Francisco (located at 8th & Brannan Street; see Google Map below). General admission is just $10 while San Francisco Art Deco Society members receiving a discounted admission price of $8. The event will be open 10am-6pm on Saturday and 11am-5pm on Sunday.
If you are into modernism, this is a fabulous Bay Area event that should not be missed. The San francisco Art Deco & Modernism Sale features more than 150…
Thursday, May 20th, 2010 at 6:45am. 1181 Views, 0 Comments.
Working as a Buyer's Agent for Marin Modern, I spend a good deal of time with relocating clients who are unfamilair with Marin County. I provide a customized "Lay of the Land" tour for each depending upon their needs and this comes with a mix of looking at properties for sale throughout Marin in different price ranges as well as driving neighborhoods and discussing schools, community features and outdoor activities. My tour is never complete until I've introduced the Marin County Farmer's Market and discussed the sheer number of vendors and the bounty of our local organic scene. I believe it is truly a community amenity that no other place on earth offers with regard to size, scope and sensory stimulation.
Marinites have known for years that our own…
Wednesday, May 19th, 2010 at 8:25pm. 4041 Views, 0 Comments.
I'm delighted to announce that Robert Leeper, an established & hip landscape designer, has joined our popular Marin real estate blog as a contributing editor for all things landscape and landscape design related.
Robert is the founder of Robert Leeper Designs, an award-winning landscape design firm he established in Austin Texas and subsequently expanded to address the needs of his growing clients base throughout the United States. A resident of Marin County, Robert will share his insights, ideas and knowledge on residential landscape and landscape architecture with our clients, friends, and website visitors.
While Robert Leeper Designs serves a diverse clientele, his firm has a fabulous eye for modernist landscape designs which…
Wednesday, May 19th, 2010 at 10:22am. 1341 Views, 0 Comments.
My classic mid-century modern Eichler listing in Upper Lucas Valley which was located at 332 Mt Shasta Drive just closed escrow today. The home received multipe offers within days of hitting the market and the final sale price was $799,000.
Built in 1962, this Lucas Valley property was a move-in ready, 4 Bedroom / 2 Bathroom Eichler home featuring many original and desirable design elements as well as a number of thoughtful upgrades which enhanced the overall design and function of this classic mid-century modern home. The home was 1,756 sq ft (per tax records) and was located on a spacious lot (12,160 sq ft per tax records) with beautiful views of Lucas Valley.
Recent updates to 332 Mt Shasta included designer concrete flooring, new…