Top 3 Tuesday: Best Public Golf Courses in Marin

Ready to perfect your swing? These scenic public golf courses are great local spots for a round of golf.

  1. Peacock Gap Golf Club, San Rafaelpeacock gap

  2. Indian Valley Golf Club, Novatoindian valley gc

  3. Bay Club StoneTree, Novatostone tree

Photos:

http://swedishgolfonline.com/category/travel/

https://www.greenskeeper.org/northern_california/san_francisco_and_north_bay_area/Indian_Valley_Golf_Club/

https://golfguide.net/directory.php?id=1170

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Keep Your Smart Home Safe From Hackers

As Internet-connected devices in homes grow more popular, so do the risks of unwanted intruders

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Is your refrigerator spying on you? Probably not. But online-security experts caution that homes with “smart” technology—thermostats, security cameras, lights and appliances that connect to the Internet—are vulnerable to being hacked.

In a recent survey of 4,065 adults in the U.S., real-estate brokerage Coldwell Banker Real Estate found that 45% of respondents own smart-home technology or plan to invest in it this year. Yet only recently has security become a priority. While there have been few reported incidents, online-security experts expect smart-home hacking to increase. Luxury homeowners—often early adopters of technology, executives with access to corporate data or simply wealthy individuals—can be appealing targets.

The risks range from relatively harmless (pranksters cranking up the heat) to outright criminal (disabling security cameras to orchestrate a break-in). One of the biggest dangers is that poorly secured smart-home devices could be used as a “backdoor” to gain access to more sensitive information.

Chubb Personal Risk Services, a division of the insurance firm, asks homeowners about protections on their home-automation systems as part of its initial client interview, and recommends ways to beef up security, said Don Culpepper, a premier risk specialist with Chubb based in Atlanta.

For the last couple of years, Seattle and San Francisco-based Concentric Advisors has provided corporate-level security services for homeowners. Services start at $500 a month and include setting up and monitoring home networks.
Basic steps that security experts recommend include: changing the password on your device from the default, protecting your WiFi network with a password and ensuring that your wireless router uses some form of encryption. If you have given a password to someone who should no longer have it (like a former dog-walker), it is important to change it immediately.

Architect Scott Jaffa, 53, installed a Crestron home-automation system in combination with a Lutron lighting system in his Park City, Utah, home to test the technology for potential clients. The system cost $135,000 in 2012. He chose the provider partly because of its reputation for tight security, and liked that the installation company could monitor the system remotely and shut it down in the event of fraudulent activity. “I’ve been very happy with the system,” he said

Source and Photo

http://www.wsj.com/articles/keep-your-smart-home-safe-from-hackers-1463495714

 

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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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Photos

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

http://www.oursausa…

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

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Pacific Union’s April 2016 Real Estate Update

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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

    olema farmhouse

  3. West Point Inn

    west point inn

Photos:

https://www.google.com/maps/uv?hl=en…

http://www.hotel-r.net/im/hotel/us/mountain-home-inn-22.jpg

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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https://pixabay.com/en/hammer-nails-tools-926572/

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