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Hiking Homestead Valley

March 18th, 2015 By Paula Stetler


I have lived in Homestead Valley since 1993 and there are many things I love about this part of Mill Valley. Definitely in the top five is our abundance of hiking trails. Over the years, we’ve had friends whose house it was faster to hike to than to drive. I used to leave the house every weekday morning at 6:00 am, meet my buddy on the trail and hike the “Homestead Loop” which took an hour. I don’t get up that early anymore for my walk, and have included a few others in my regimen, but my dog and I can be spotted on the trail about once a week after dropping the kids at school.


Our community is blessed to have the Homestead Valley Land Trust, and they put together a trail map that I think is an amazing resource for residents and visitors. It shows the Homestead trail where we now hike all the way to Amaranth, which then loops to four corners, and eventually drops us down on the Homestead-Lattie Lane trail (I didn’t know that was the name of it, we just call it Waterview). Then we turn back onto the Homestead trail to get home. This has evolved into an hour and a half work out that takes us through different terrains and microclimates, and is beautiful!

My family occasionally walks out the back door and hikes all the way to Muir Beach where we have snacks on the grass at the Pelican Inn or explore the tide pools (my husband drives there and runs back so we don’t have to walk both ways). While the map doesn’t take you that far, it could be the first step to many new adventures.

Yes, the Mill Valley Market Is Hot

September 29th, 2014 By George Crowe


26 Shell Rd, Listed by Bill Stewart at Alain Pinel.

In case you needed any more proof that the market in Mill Valley is super-heated due to tons of demand and limited inventory, here’s a great example. We knew 26 Shell Rd was going to get multiple offers and go well over asking, as it has an amazing lot and tons of potential. It’s on a big, sunny parcel, in the Alto Sutton Manor neighborhood that has become very hot the last few years, with good weather by MV standards, an awesome commute location, and the revamped Edna McGuire elementary school.

The original homes in the area are modest, but many have been expanded or even completely rebuilt, and prices have been shooting up. This one has a dated but pleasant 1454 square foot home, a second bonus building, a pool, and lots of flat usable space. Asking was $1,100,00, which was an aggressive price, but it got 10 offers and closed recently for $1,603,000.

New Sweetwater Now Open in Mill Valley

January 28th, 2012 By George Crowe

Like a lot of people who love music and would hate to see Marin lose the flavor that makes it so unique, we were disappointed when the Sweetwater closed a while back, but we’re happy to say it’s risen from the ashes in a new location, in the old Masonic Hall just off of Throckmorton at the other end of downtown. Bob Weir from the Grateful Dead is involved and it should be a nice addition to Mill Valley. In fact it’s looking to be quite a year for new live music venues in Marin, with two much anticipated clubs opening soon in San Rafael as well. Tickets for upcoming shows are on sale here, and there’s more info on their facebook page. It’s at 19 Corte Madera Ave.





New listing alert: Privacy amid the action in downtown Mill Valley

November 8th, 2011 By George Crowe

This 2 bedroom, 2 bath townhome at 67A Lovell in Mill Valley is a great opportunity for those who like to be close to everything. It’s literally around the corner from restaurants, shopping, and nightlife, yet it’s really peaceful and private.  A two-car garage and low HOA dues to boot.

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Moving to Marin? What can you afford to buy?

January 25th, 2011 By Ginger Wilcox

If you are considering moving to Marin County, trying to get a feel for what you can afford to buy in the different neighborhoods can be daunting, especially with some of Marin’s steep price tags. Fortunately, not every home in Marin is a multi-million dollar luxury home.

So what can you buy in Marin?

Mill Valley

Many first time home buyers moving from San Francisco start their home search in Mill Valley. It’s charming, close to the bridge, and has a lively downtown area.  Its proximity to the city also comes with a much steeper price tag then some of its counterparts.  The median list price in Mill Valley is $1,140,346.

Fortunately, not every Mill Valley home is over a million dollars.  Here are a few Mill Valley homes listed for sale under one million:

  1. 4 beds, 3 full baths
    Home size: 1,885 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,998 sqft
    Listing provided by Mary Van Dyke, McGuire Real Estate
  2. 3 beds, 1 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 1,367 sq ft
    Lot size: 12,602 sqft
    Listing provided by Audrey Shimkas, Bradley Real Estate-Tiburon
  3. 2 beds, 1 full bath
    Home size: 1,290 sq ft
    Lot size: 10,001 sqft
    Listing provided by Jane Richmond, Pacific Union International
  4. 2 beds, 1 full bath
    Home size: 702 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,098 sqft
    Listing provided by Lita Collins, Coldwell Banker Greenbrae

See all Real estate in the city of Mill Valley.
(all data current as of 2/11/2016)

Listing information deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Read full disclaimer.

View all Mill Valley Homes for Sale

San Anselmo

The town of San Anselmo is also known for it’s charming downtown area, proliferation of antique shops, and its proximity to hiking, biking and all of Marin’s fantastic scenery.  The commute times in San Anselmo are longer, but your house money will go a lot further as evidenced by the chart below.

Here are a few San Anselmo homes listed for sale under one million:

  1. 4 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 1,836 sq ft
    Lot size: 7,588 sqft
    Listing provided by Lynnette Kling, Coldwell Banker Greenbrae
  2. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Lot size: 6,652 sqft
    Listing provided by Eva Benard, Bradley Real Estate - Kentfield
  3. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,674 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,299 sqft
    Listing provided by Alexander Narodny, Decker Bullock Sothebys International Realty
  4. 4 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths
    Home size: 2,293 sq ft
    Lot size: 7,501 sqft
    Listing provided by William Byrd, RE/MAX Gold
  5. 2 beds, 1 full bath
    Home size: 850 sq ft
    Lot size: 4,792 sqft
    Listing provided by Rocky Vannucci, Coldwell Banker Greenbrae

See all Real estate in the city of San Anselmo.
(all data current as of 2/11/2016)

Listing information deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Read full disclaimer.

View all San Anselmo Homes for Sale

San Rafael

Moving on to San Rafael, the county seat of Marin, we also see more affordable homes with a median list price of $702,045.

Here are a few San Rafael homes listed for sale under one million:

  1. 4 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,748 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,799 sqft
    Listing provided by Noelle Dimare, Pacific Union International
  2. 4 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 2,288 sq ft
    Lot size: 7,810 sqft
    Listing provided by Susan Coleman, Coldwell Banker Greenbrae
  3. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 2,139 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,002 sqft
    Listing provided by Katherine Jessen, Fusion Real Estate Network
  4. 3 beds, 2 full baths
    Home size: 1,785 sq ft
    Lot size: 7,000 sqft
    Listing provided by Renee Adelmann, Marin Modern Real Estate

See all Real estate in the city of San Rafael.
(all data current as of 2/11/2016)

Listing information deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Read full disclaimer.

View all San Rafael Homes for Sale

Learn More

These are just three of Marin’s cities. If you are interested in moving to Marin, please contact us to get a more in-depth look at where you can afford to buy.

If you are interested in learning more about Marin County price trends, supply and demand and leading indicators, check out our weekly Marin Market Trends Report By City.

Social Media could kill your home purchase or sale

October 25th, 2010 By Ginger Wilcox

How Social Meda Killed the Deal- Negotiation Killers in the Social Media Age

Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn- everywhere we go people seem to be tweeting, facebooking or posting status updates on some kind of online group or social network.  Unfortunately, many of these seemingly innocuous updates could cost you as home buyer or seller thousands (or hundreds of thousands) of dollars, if not an entire deal.

Recently I have seen updates similar to these on social networks I participate on:

From a Home Buyer

From a Home Seller

“Looks like we are getting an offer on our house this afternoon. About time.”

From a Seller’s Real Estate Agent

“Sitting at an open house AGAIN.  This listing is totally over priced.”

From a Buyer’s Real Estate Agent

“Writing a counter offer for a client.  Hope they get it.  We have written 5 offers and they have to move next month!”

You can probably see how all of these different scenarios could impact how negotiations happen if the other party (or their agent) happens to see your message.  Do the updates make you appear desperate, motivated, anxious?  As a buyer or seller, your social status updates can have serious and significant ramifications in your home sale or purchase.  Your words in online forums can and will be used against you when you negotiate on a home purchase if you have a savvy and aware negotiator on the other side.  The key in negotiations is knowing the motivations of the other party.  Social status updates of both you and/or your real estate can inadvertently provide information to the other party that could be costly.

Case Study

Consider Jane (name changed for privacy sake).  Jane had been looking for a new home in the lovely town of Mill Valley for eight months.  We looked at home after home until one day, we found the perfect home.  The right number of bedrooms, a lovely back yard with a swingset, even a basement area- perfect for games, television and play.  She was so excited about the home, she ran home to tell her husband.  She also posted an update on her Facebook account about finally finding her dream home in the xxxx neighborhood.  Unfortunately, this neighborhood was highly coveted and one of her Facebook “friends” happened to have another very close friend (we’ll call her Buyer 2) looking to move to the same neighborhood.  This so called friend notified Buyer 2 about the house and at the end of the day, that second buyer, Buyer 2, was the one who walked away with keys in her hand.    Buyer 2’s agent was not aware of the home even being on the market until the Facebook post by Jane was shared.

While in the world of transparency and social networking it might be tempting to talk about the ups and downs in your home sale or purchase, it might pay to keep quiet until the transaction is closed.

“Have to vacuum and clean up the kids toys AGAIN.  So tired of showing this house, I hope we sell it soon.”

While we like to think we have some sort of privacy in online forums, our social networks may not be as tight as we deem them to be.  This same situation applies to our offline activities and interactions as well, but social networks magnify your message, however unintentional it might be.  Use your words cautiously as you make a move- it is possible it could have a significant impact on your bottom line and the success of your real estate transaction.

P.S. Before you hire your real estate agent, you may want to look and see what they are posting on Facebook, Twitter, etc. Do they talk about their clients and transactions?  Even “generic” complaints or comments can harm a transaction.  Sure, they didn’t post the client’s name or address, but hey, they only had one listing!  Which listing do you think they might be talking about?  Yours?  Make sure their words in online forums don’t cost you too!

Mill Valley Real Estate Market Report

June 2nd, 2010 By Ginger Wilcox

90 Mill Valley Real Estate Market Statistics

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Mill Valley Real Estate Market Update- week of Jan 22, 2010

January 26th, 2010 By Ginger Wilcox

What is happening in the Mill Valley real estate market?  The charts and stat table below reflect single family homes in Mill Valley.

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Listing inventory in November and December dropped dramatically as is typical when sellers pull their homes off the market for the holidays.  We have a spike in new inventory as homes come back on the market post holidays.  We expect those numbers to continue to rise as we head into spring.  There are a large number of homes “not on mls” but available to show. As with Tiburon, you will notice a heavy concentration of home sales are under the $1,200,000 price point.

Mill Valley home sales since January 1, 2010

  • 242 Eldridge Ave Mill Valley, CA 94941 $514,800
  • 764 Panoramic Hwy Mill Valley, CA 94941 $612,000
  • 23 Mono Way Mill Valley, CA 94941 $635,000
  • 23 Strawberry Cir Mill Valley, CA 94941 $775,000
  • 220 Julia Ave Mill Valley, CA 94941 $855,000
  • 45 Mountain View Ave Mill Valley, CA 94941 $895,000
  • 89 Alta Vista Ave Mill Valley, CA 94941 $987,000
  • 37 Matilda Ave Mill Valley, CA 94941 $990,000
  • 324 Deertrail Ln Mill Valley, CA 94941 $1,000,000
  • 65 Ethel Ave Mill Valley, CA 94941 $1,010,000
  • 297 Ricardo Rd Mill Valley, CA 94941 $1,150,000
  • 38 Birch St Mill Valley, CA 94941 $1,163,000
  • 137 Sunnyside Ave Mill Valley, CA 94941 $1,813,000
  • 647 Glenwood Ave Mill Valley, CA 94941 $1,875,000
  • 460 Summit Ave Mill Valley, CA 94941 $1,950,000
  • 57 South Knoll Rd Mill Valley, CA 94941 $2,075,000
  • 10 Kite Hill Ln Mill Valley, CA 94941 $2,165,000

Mill Valley Real Estate Market Data effective as of January 22, 2010. Data provided by AltosResearch. Are you a Marin real estate junkie? Sign up to receive very detailed real-time market reports in your email. Just register and let me know which neighborhoods you are interested in.

Interactive Mill Valley Real Estate Data

September 24th, 2009 By Ginger Wilcox

I am testing out some new features for my site. The chart below is an interactive chart of what is happening in Mill Valley Real Estate. You can move your mouse across the charts to find see how the market has changed. If you hover over the data point for September 18, 2009, you will find:

  • Average Days of Market for Mill Valley – 127.98
  • Median Mill Valley Home Price $1,280,384.62

At the top of the chart you can change the time frames from 1 month, 3 months, 6 months, 1 year and maximum available data.

Play around and see what you find!
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Mill Valley, CA Real Estate Market Statistics (August 21, 2009)

August 25th, 2009 By Ginger Wilcox

What is happening in Mill Valley Real Estate?

Mill Valley home prices have dipped down while the number of Mill Valley homes for sale seems to be at a plateau.

7-day stats for Single Family properties in
MILL VALLEY, CA as of August 21, 2009
Median List Price $1,275,000 Average List Price $1,592,352
Total Inventory 145 Price per Square Foot $610
Average Home Size 2,300 Median Lot Size 9,017
Average # Beds 3.48 Average # Baths 2.78
Homes Absorbed 8 Newly Listed 8
Days on Market 129 Average Age 49


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