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New Ross Valley Sewer Lateral Ordinance Means Substantial Cost for Many Home Sellers

January 12th, 2015 By George Crowe


Selling a home in areas served by the Ross Valley Sanitary District got a little more complicated as of January 1st. Thanks to the new Ordinance 66, when you list a property in Fairfax, Greenbrae, Kentfield, Larkspur, Ross, or San Anselmo you now will have to have a pressure test performed on the sewer lateral if the home is more than 20 years old or the lateral hasn’t been replaced in the last 20 years. Then if the line doesn’t pass the test it will have to be replaced, and as they are saying that pretty much any older sewer lateral will fail that test, basically it’s going to mean that everyone selling a home with an older line in the RVSD will need to replace it or negotiate with the buyer to take on that responsibility. This testing requirement is also triggered by any remodeling project that costs $75,000 or more or involves adding a bathroom.

This is a big deal. Replacing a sewer lateral is often a $6,000 to $10,000 job, but can be more than that if it’s a long run or a complicated situation. And to make matters worse for some sellers, the ordinance also says that shared laterals are no longer acceptable, so if your property shares a line with a neighbor you will need to create a whole new lateral, which could get really messy if that means you need permission to dig up your neighbor’s yard and there is no easement in place.

Sellers should keep in mind that RVSD has a lateral replacement grant program under which they will pay for half the cost of replacement up to $4,000, as long as money is available in the fund for the fiscal year. Since this new ordinance will mean a lot more people will be taking advantage of that program, it might be wise to get a jump on applying if you’re going to be selling a home with an older lateral and you’re considering just doing the work up front.

While we applaud efforts to fix faulty sewer lines and think it’s an important health and environmental issue, we’re not fans of placing the burden on homeowners at the time they go to sell their property. There should be a better way to handle this than making it a point of sale requirement.

As of this writing there is no info on Ordinance 66 on the RVSD website, which is a little surprising, but here is a link to the FAQ they have made available. We have a feeling you’ll be hearing a lot more about this issue in the coming months. Feel free to get in touch with us if you need advice about the best way to approach dealing with the issue when selling your home.

Lisitings We Like: 178 Morningside Dr, San Anselmo

March 14th, 2014 By George Crowe

Kathleen Hilken from Coldwell Banker just brought on this new listing in San Anselmo and it’s one out favorites of the week. It’s a house that will fit what a lot of San Anselmo buyers are looking for, with charm, a nice yard, a good layout, great schools nearby, and in a neighborhood that everyone loves. Good homes have been scarce in the Morningside area of late (and San Anselmo in general), so at $1,049,000 it should get a lot of interest.

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New Listing Alert: 11 San Rafael Ave, San Anselmo

December 5th, 2013 By George Crowe


Stephen brought on a great new property this week. It’s a 3/2 Victorian home zoned for mixed use, plus a 2/1 apartment above the 3-car garage in back. The main house has period charm, including clawfoot tubs and beautiful wood details, and the location is amazing for those wanting to be near downtown. Open both Saturday and Sunday this weekend, 1-4. Asking price is $1,050,000.

Pizzalina Now Open in San Anselmo

October 4th, 2012 By Stephen Pringle

A new Pizza restaurant just opened in Red Hill shopping center across from the Yolanda/Calumet neighborhoods called Pizzalina. Super yummy wood-oven pizza and salads. It has a really nice ambiance, excellent service, and they have a great selection of local brews. The server said they are working on better kid selections, which we think would be nice. We love supporting small mom & pop establishments and the San Anselmo town council is working on limiting chain stores in town, which we support. Pizzalina is in a great location near Memorial Park and is a perfect place to grab a quick bite on the way home from the park. Support local!

A New Name and New Principals for San Anselmo Elementary Schools

August 29th, 2012 By Julie Segura

The new school year is just underway, with some big changes.  San Anselmo’s Brookside Elementary School was previously divided into two campuses. Lower Brookside was kindergarten through second grade, and third through fifth grades were at the Upper Brookside campus.  With the big increase in enrollment of younger students, and after much thought about how to accommodate everyone, the district decided to split the two campuses into separate schools altogether.  With last year as the transitional year, for this 2012-2013 school year Upper Brookside has been renamed Hidden Valley, and will be K-5. Lower Brookside will keep the Brookside name and is still in transition, with K-4 classes for now, and plans to become a complete K-5 next year.

Brookside Elementary has a new principal, Billy Cameron, who was previously assistant principal at Bacich Elementary School in Kentfield.  Hidden Valley Elementary also has a new principal, Kristi Fish, who was previously a dean of students, assistant and interim principal at Ross Elementary in Ross.  To read more about her and the new school check out the PTO website.

The Kindergarten Readiness act of 2010 will start to be implemented this year, which gradually will move up the eligibility cutoff so that in 2014 kids will need to be 5 years old by September 1st, where they previously had to be 5 by December 2nd to be eligible for Kindergarten admission. There is a Transitional Kindergarten program at Brookside that will allow children affected by the change to have a pre-kindergarten class on campus before their year in actual kindergarten.  Further information on the requirements can be found here.


New Listing: 31 Santa Barbara Ave, San Anselmo

July 28th, 2012 By George Crowe

Stephen brought on a great new listing this week in the San Francisco Blvd area of San Anselmo, one of our favorite neighborhoods. It’s a really cool, sunny 3/2, with lots of updates, a family room and office, and a big yard. Asking price is $879,000. It’ll be open Sunday July 29th from 1-4. More info here.

Ross Valley Sewer Lateral Replacement Grant Program on Hold

March 6th, 2012 By George Crowe

We’ve talked before about the cool program the Ross Valley Sanitary District has had in place for the last few years, where they’ll pay for half the cost (up to $4000) of a new sewer lateral for homes in the district that qualify. Unfortunately the money has dried up for now. I talked with someone at the office who said to keep checking back as they think they’ll have funds again sometime before July, so it sounds like this might be a temporary situation.

You can get more info at their website,, or by calling (415) 259-2949.

Sweetlife Bakery & Café: Tasty New Eats in San Anselmo

December 13th, 2011 By Stephen Pringle

Sweetlife Bakery & Café just opened a couple weeks ago in San Anselmo and it’s a fun place to have a casual lunch or dinner. Their pastries are super yummy and the kids will love the pizza. We went for lunch the other day and it was very busy, the food was very good, and the service was excellent. I love the light and bright design of the restaurant, and they have large windows that allow you to peak in and see the fresh breads and pastries being made. Looking through the glass is like getting a behind the scenes peek at Willy Wonka’s factory, without the Oompa Loompas…our kids loved it. They also have a parking lot and there is also a lot of street parking out front, a rarity in downtown San Anselmo. We look forward to many more yummy meals there.

Sweetlife Bakery & Café.  101 San Anselmo Avenue San Anselmo, CA 94960-2800.  Phone: 415-456-4580

“Style Swap” for a good cause this Saturday in San Anselmo

September 16th, 2011 By George Crowe

From the Style Swap press release:

Marin County women will be swapping their jewelry and scarves to raise money to help less fortunate women re-enter the workplace at the first annual Style Swap this Saturday, September 17, in the parking lot next to the The Great Acorn Company located at 800 San Anselmo Avenue in downtown San Anselmo from 10 AM to 4 PM.

Sales and donations of jewelry and scarves will go to benefit Image for Success, a not-for-profit organization that provides two-week wardrobes to disenfranchised people in Marin County who are transitioning toward self-reliance. Image for Success not only provides the suit for the interview, but also clothes for everyday use – a critical need when someone is making the effort to change their life by re-entering the workplace.

How To Participate

There are three ways people can participate in this weekend’s Style Swap:

1. Bring jewelry and scarves that ‘just aren’t you’ anymore to The Great Acorn this week, or the day of the event on September 17, to redeem tickets that can be used to shop for other items at the event;

2.  Donate jewelry and scarves to receive a tax deduction;

3.  Just stop by and shop.

Additionally, Image for Success will accept other clothing donations during the Style Swap event.

“One woman’s fashion past can be another’s fabulous future,” said event co-organizer Laura Adler of Women of Inventions.  “We all have things in our wardrobes that we just don’t wear anymore.  We loved them at the time we got them.  Now, instead of collecting dust, why not pass on the love to others.”

Big Changes in the Works for the Ross Valley School District

March 9th, 2011 By George Crowe

In order to accommodate rising elementary school enrollment in Fairfax and San Anselmo the Ross Vally School District Board is in the process of redrawing the boundaries that determine which school goes with which neighborhood. It’s part of a process that will also split the two Brookside Elementary campuses into separate K-5 schools.

According to the RSVD website the aim of the changes will be to:

  • Create and maintain four, independent “k-5” schools of similar size
  • Prioritize enrollment for residents who live closest to a school site and within its boundary – taking into consideration natural geographic boundaries – to:
    • enable and encourage walking and biking to school, and
    • minimize the number of people traveling by car.
  • Align with Safe Routes to School for students who walk or bike to school.
  • Maintain accessibility to District-wide programs (e.g., MAP and the Learning Center).
  • Minimize the number of current students who must change schools during the transition phase as a result of these boundary adjustments.

Jack Schreder & Associates, the consulting firm the board hired, has come up with four scenarios for redrawing the boundaries. They say that they’re now going to look at more tax assessor and census data, get input from the Board of Trustees, district staff, and the community, and then do some recalculating before presenting a final scenario.

There’s a special board meeting tomorrow night at White Hill Middle School to discuss the process. The Powerpoint presentation outlining the four enrollment boundary options is available here.  For more info visit the RVSD website or contact the district office at 415.454.2162.

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