Top 3 Tuesday: Hardware Stores in Marin

As summer approaches, it’s time to tackle some of those long awaited home improvement projects. Find your materials and supplies at one of these local hardware stores!

  1. Jim Corbet’s Ace Hardware, Larkspur

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  2. Waterstreet Hardware, Sausalito

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  3. Jackson’s Hardware, San Rafael

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http://www.corbethardware.com/gallery/

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https://www.google.com/maps/place/Jackson’s+Hardware,…

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Pacific Union’s April 2016 Real Estate Update

april 2016 marin chart

Marin County homebuyers acted with particular urgency in April, snapping up single-family homes in an average of 36 days — more than twice as fast as in rainy February. The median sales price rose to $1,225,000, slightly surpassing levels recorded last fall.

The MSI has been dropping for the past couple of months and ended April at 1.4. The average Marin County seller took in 101.8 percent of the original price after eight straight months of getting a bit below list.

Defining Marin County: Our real estate markets in Marin County include the cities of Belvedere, Corte Madera, Fairfax, Greenbrae, Kentfield, Larkspur, Mill Valley, Novato, Ross, San Anselmo, San Rafael, Sausalito, and Tiburon. Sales data in the adjoining chart includes single-family homes in these communities.

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Top 3 Tuesday: Bookstores in Marin

With the amount of time we spend looking at screens, it can be a welcome change to crack open a book. This week’s Top 3 Tuesday features local bookstores that have managed to survive and thrive in a digital age.

  1. Book Passage, Corte Madera

  2. Depot Bookstore & Cafe, Mill Valleydepot bookstore

  3. Whyte’s Booksmith, San Anselmowhytes booksmith

    Photos:

    http://laviniaspalding.com/event/the_book_passage_travel_writers_photographers_conference

    http://mapio.net/s/1830126/

    http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/whytes-booksmith-san-anselmo

 

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Top 3 Tuesday: Mother’s Day Brunch

Treat your mom to a great brunch on Mother’s Day! These fun spots are in close proximity to phenomenal trails and would be a special treat after an invigorating hike.

  1. Mountain Home Inn

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  2. Olema Farmhouse Restaurant

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  3. West Point Inn

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Photos:

https://www.google.com/maps/uv?hl=en…

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https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:West_Point_Inn,_Mt._Tamalpais_State_Park,_Mill_Valley,_CA_5-11-2013_4-58-49_PM.JPG

 

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Top 3 Tuesday: Bakeries in Marin

Sometimes the craving for a treat or fresh bread is too much to resist. This week’s Top 3 Tuesday includes the best bakeries in Marin to indulge your sweet tooth.

1. Sweet Things, Tiburon

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2. Bordenave’s, San Rafael

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3. Flour Craft Bakery, San Anselmoflour-craft-bakery

Photos:

https://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/sweet-things-tiburon?select=EUYJ8nvh_0xY5M4Rtn1lNAhttps://macreativenonfiction.wordpress.com/2014/04/29/bordenaves-bakery-kevin-mellin/https://www.tripadvisor.com/LocationPhotoDirectLink-g33007-d4092669-i106783883-Flour_Craft_Bakery-San_Anselmo_Marin_County_California.html

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Top 3 Tuesday: Trending Restaurants

Marin is home to dozens of great restaurants and cuisine. This week’s Top 3 Tuesday features a few trending local eateries.

1. Burma Town

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2. Rancho Nicasio

rancho nicasio

3. Village Sake

village sake

Photos:

https://www.yelp.com/biz/burmatown-corte-madera

http://mapio.net/s/1687013/

http://www.sfchronicle.com/restaurants/article/Village-Sake-Fairfax-s-3-star-Japanese-pub-6675611.php

 

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Bay Area Earns High Marks for Home-Improvement Returns

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In its 2016 Cost Versus Value Report, Remodeling magazine ranks 27 midrange and high-end home-renovation projects based on how much of the improvement’s cost can be recouped if the home is sold within the next year. Nationwide, those projects are expected to generate a 64.4 percent return on investment in 2016. Here on the West Coast, home-improvement jobs are projected to deliver larger paybacks than anywhere else in the country — an average of 77.5 percent.

The Bay Area shines when it comes to home-renovation returns, and Remodeling’s report says that is likely due to inventory constraints. In fact, of the 100 U.S. metropolitan areas included in the analysis, San Francisco was the only one where all 27 projects in aggregate generated a return of more than 100 percent.

San Francisco is also tied for first in the country for number of home-improvement jobs — 18 — that are projected to recoup 100 percent or more of their costs. The San Jose metro area ranks No. 3 in the country in that respect, with 15 jobs expected to return all of their costs or generate a profit.

For both midrange and upscale improvement projects, San Francisco homeowners will most likely get the biggest bang for their buck by replacing the garage door. With an average cost of $2,077, a new midrange garage door is expected to recoup 165.3 percent of its cost. A high-end, $3,353 garage door should return 141.3 percent of the money spent.

In San Jose, fiberglass attic insulation tops the list for midrange-project returns, with a $1,381 job recouping 151.5 percent of costs. For upscale projects, the garage door is again a winner, costing an average of $3,325 and returning 147.8 percent if the owner sells the home in the next 12 months.

No project in either Bay Area city is expected to recoup less than 70 percent of its costs. In San Francisco, the improvment with the smallest return is a backup power generator (74.6 percent); in San Jose, it’s adding a deck (74.4 percent). In both areas, the addition of a high-end master suite was the priciest improvement: about $270,000 in San Jose and $285,000 in San Francisco.

To check out the full list of all 27 projects’ costs and returns in the San Francisco, San Jose, and Santa Rosa metro areas, download full copies of the 2016 Cost Versus Value reports.

 

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Top 3 Tuesday: Marin Start-Ups

Silicon Valley isn’t the only place with an entrepreneurial spirit, Marin is home to countless extraordinarily successful start-ups. This week’s top 3 features widely recognized companies that were founded in Marin.

1. Restoration Hardware

restoration hardware

2. Method Home

method

3. True Nature Botanicals

true nature

Photos:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Restoration_Hardware

http://www.wired.com/2012/07/method-soap-bottle-from-ocean-plastic/

http://hellodollface.com/2015/07/boost-your-skin-routine-with-true-nature-botanicals/

 

 

 

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What Trends Will Dominate the Next 10 Years of Home Design?

trendsWhat will the modern home of 2026 look like? What gee-whiz features of today will be standard 10 years from now? Having a better understand of emerging design trends could be useful for today’s house hunters hoping to buy ahead of the curve — and for sellers hoping to entice buyers with home features that are out of the ordinary.

Some clues about tomorrow’s homes are revealed in the latest Home Design Trends Survey from the American Institute of Architects. More than 500 residential architects offered insights into what they think will be the most significant home design elements over the next 10 years.

The 10-year forecast for home design can be summarized in three words: functionality, accessibility, and sustainability — everything from healthier building materials and furnishings to homes that will be more resilient to bad weather. Here are some home design trends to watch for over the next decade:

HOMES THAT ARE SMARTER: Smart-home technology — automated controls and remote access via the Internet — will play a bigger role in managing home systems such as heating, cooling, security, and lighting.

HOMES THAT ARE HEALTHIER: Environmental health issues will grow in importance. Homeowners will steer away from volatile organic compounds in paint and composite wood, opting instead for natural-fiber upholstery, carpets without polyvinyl chloride backing, and air-purification systems.

STORMPROOF HOMES: Demand will grow for homes that can hold up better against natural disasters. That may mean elevating residences, windows with impact glazing, dedicated safe rooms, and backup power generation.

ENERGY EFFICIENCY: Solar panels, water-reclamation systems, and tankless water heaters will become more popular.

AGING IN PLACE: Universal design elements will help an aging population stay in their homes longer — think wider hallways, added handrails, and one-level living spaces.

KITCHENS, KITCHENS, KITCHENS: Kitchens will increasingly be the focal point of the home, encouraged by open-design concepts and extra kitchen space.

OUTDOOR LIVING: Outdoor grills, patios, and decks are just the beginning. Outdoor kitchens and fully furnished outdoor rooms will increase in popularity.

WORKING FROM HOME: Telecommuting will continue to expand, and so too will the need for home-office space.

SMALLER, BETTER-DESIGNED HOMES: Access to public transportation and to commercial and entertainment districts will lure homebuyers to crowded urban areas. To compensate for smaller homes and lots, buyers will seek more innovative designs and personalized design features.

 

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Image: Flickr.com/Steve Larkin

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