Have a guest house or suite you can donate to fire victims?

I have found the best way to offer a landing pad for those who have lost their home in the Paradise Camp fire, and possibly their business as well, is to register your in-law, cottage, or suite of rooms on the AirBNB disaster page here. I believe there will be many willing to relocate, at least temporarily.

Take the best photos you can and offer a realistic description of the home, suite of rooms, location, how long it is available and price (if any). On AirBNB, you are able to interview potential renters. I am looking for a good template for a rental agreement to protect a homeowner under these circumstances, even if no rent is charged. Contact me if you are in need of one. I hope to have one by the end of the week.

Here’s the Story… of Orange Formica….

This retro chic mid-century modern will be on display Sunday 2-4. I’m holding this home open for a colleague and will enjoy meeting potential buyers who appreciate the De Luca design, and can envision modern upgrades that would add value as well.

Spacious rooms, great indoor-outdoor flow PLUS a 3-car garage! Don’t miss this super cool home for sale by the original owners in a great Mill Valley school district.

208 Ricardo Road
Mill Valley


Sneak Peek of a Mill Valley Beauty!

This newly remodeled vaulted-ceilinged home on a large lot has it all: Easy indoor-outdoor flow, a large, flat, back yard, an open floor plan, high scoring schools and great location. Featuring wood flooring, a gas fireplace and windows on both sides, the great room is elegant and inviting. Spacious master suite with modern en suite bath. Set back from the street, this 4 BR, 3 BA home offers both a sense of privacy and solitude, and easy access to the freeway. A detached garage and plenty of extra parking on the paved drive completes the picture. A winner!

Contact listing agent for viewing times of 139 Belvedere Drive in Mill Valley.

Julie Leitzell

A gorgeous Mill Valley home before it goes on MLS!

There are a lot of Previews for new listings in both Marin County and Wine Country real estate this week-end. I am showing my off market listing linked here – http://www.3Beverly.com on Saturday. For buyers who don’t do well when there is competition, it is a chance to submit an offer for a gorgeous Mill Valley home before it goes on MLS! Close to town, remodeled, and the desirable Middle Ridge neighborhood.


Mill Valley Remodel – Not on MLS

Tired of multiple offers? Sellers want a quick, quiet sale on this gorgeous 3 BR, 3 BA Mill Valley home. Not going on MLS until the week after the 4th, so now is the time to snap up this gem. Great room with stone fireplace and view of the redwoods. Stunning master bedroom suite with huge dressing area, sitting room and sparkling master bath. Remodeled kitchen w quartz counters. Magical Middle Ridge location – close to downtown Mill Valley! Price not yet determined – somewhere between $1.75 and $1.85 for a 2,279 sq ft home. See this off market home by contacting realtor Julie Leitzell.

Contact information at: JulieLeitzell.com

Sonoma County Town Named Among ’10 Coolest Small Towns in America’

Why We Have More Real Estate Deals – Sonoma Named Top 2 Coolest Small Towns in US

The team at Budget Travel, the online destination for those of us looking to see more of the United States for less money, has spent the last thirteen years scouting out great deals across the country. As part of this effort, they’ve released an annual top 10 list of the “coolest small towns in America.” This year, the second spot goes to our very own charm capital – Sonoma.

Listed alongside nine other US towns with populations of less than 20,000 – but with plenty of “culture, community, nature and food” – Sonoma came in after Beacon “a haven for artists, artisans, chefs, and environmentalists,” in New York. Budget Travel describes Sonoma as a “wine lover’s paradise,” and a “theme park for grownups,” an expression often used by Sonoma residents to describe their neighbor to the east: Napa Valley. In Sonoma, wine tastings are half the price, and restaurants half the pretentious, of those across the county border. Good things to take into account if you’re on a budget.

As is to be expected, Sonoma made Budget Travel’s list in great part thanks to its diverse selection of top notch restaurants and the “chic wine-tasting rooms that line the Plaza.” But the town also receives praise for its “forward-thinking preservationists,” who have helped ensure that the historic San Francisco Solano Mission, as well as many other historic buildings, are maintained for generations to come, something that will please history and architecture buffs.

While many folks living in Sonoma scoff at the idea of Sonoma being “budget friendly,” Budget Traveldescribes the Best Western Sonoma Valley Inn as a “bargain” at under $200 a night and suggests the El Dorado Hotel & Kitchen for a “splurge.”

Sonoma resident Gary Saperstein, Interim Executive Director of Experience Sonoma Valley, comments on the article: “[Budget Travel’s] experts have recognized something our community, and returning travelers, have known for a long time – just how special the town of Sonoma is,” he said, “A true year-round destination, Sonoma – as well as the larger Sonoma Valley region – encourages travelers to partake in our fun, friendly and beautiful wine country lifestyle.”

Check out which other small towns made the cut here.

Looking for more things to do in Sonoma County? Click here



This week, my focus is on the $1.35 – $1.6 range. Sonoma favs are 1 modern and 1 classic East Side w unit. Two of my favorite wine country neighborhoods!

The last photo is Corte Madera – great schools, needs work, $1,345,000. Touring in both Sonoma and Marin, a big difference!

Marin May Market Report | April 2018 Data

April marked a record 91st consecutive month of job gains while the unemployment rate dropped to 3.9%, the lowest since 2000. Economic output in the form of GDP is growing as well.  The Commerce Department reported that in the first quarter of 2018, Real GDP grew at an annualized rate of 2.3%—the best first quarter growth since 2015. Interest rates have been profoundly low until quite recently but higher interest rates are expected as GDP grows and large federal deficits begin to appear.

Market Snapshot

In Marin County, April’s real estate market began its seasonal up-tick with 196 homes sold during the month, an increase of 45% from March. However, compared with the same month last year, the number of sales were down 7%. The Average Sale Price also increased to $1,735,606, up 8% from March and 8% compared to April 2017. Luxury market sales in April were soft, with 17 homes sold above $3 million, compared with 27 homes sold in April of 2017. There was one notable sale of $10 million in Belvedere—the highest sale in the county year-to-date, Golden Gate Sotheby’s International Realty represented both the buyer and the seller in that transaction. The majority of sales continue to be homes in the $1-2 million range, with 110 sold in April.

Number of Homes Sold

Sales in April were down 7% compared to the same month last year. The number of home sales in April was up 45% from last month, with a total of 196, as a result of anticipated seasonal increases in activity.

Average Price Sold

The Average Sale Price of Marin Single Family Homes was $1,735,606 in April, up 8% compared to March and up 8% compared to the same month last year. This represents the highest average price point over the last year and was buoyed by the sale of the $10,000,000 Belvedere estate.

In Contract by Area

San Anselmo had the highest percentage of Homes in Contract in April (48%), followed by Mill Valley (43%), Fairfax (39%) and Novato (38%). Less active markets included Larkspur (18%), Tiburon (17%) and Greenbrae (15%).


Home Sales by Area

San Rafael and Novato had the highest number of sales in April at 53 and 45, respectively. Belvedere had the highest maximum sale price at $10,000,000, followed by Ross at $6,539,000 and Tiburon at $5,260,000. San Rafael’s highest sale at $5,550,000 is also significant and we have seen an increase in sales in the luxury market in San Rafael.

Sales by Price Point

The highest number of homes sold (110) continues to be in the $1-2 million range. The activity in the luxury market was slow in April, with only 5 homes sold in the $4-5 million range. A notable 8 homes sold between $3-4 million.