novato: Hamilton Field, Novato CA (Market Update & Homes For Sale) - 03/02/09 11:52 AM
If you follow my writings, you know I am a big fan of Novato's Hamilton Field. With newer homes (which are relatively low maintenance), friendly atmosphere, lots of amenities, easy proximity to shopping, dining, and public transportation (even to San Francisco), it is truly an idyllic fit for many. And with the reduced commute times now that the HWY 101 widening project is largely complete, the Souther Novato location is in high demand.
 
Because of the easier commute and increased affordability, interest is very high. Hamilton Landing, the award winning business park created and effectuated by Barker Pacific is fully leased … (1 comments)

novato: Novato, California Price and Inventory Statistics - 01/20/09 01:34 PM
Below is a 90-day rolling average of price and inventory.

As you can see, over the past 9-months median prices have dropped over $80K in Novato. Although inventory is down pursuant to the seasonal cycle, the number of homes for sale will rise quickly after the Super Bowl and through June. If you have any questions about the Novato, California real estate market or any homes for sale, please call. It is always my pleasure to be of service. -Kyle
Kyle Frazier, CRS
Broker Associate
Frank Howard Allen Realtors
Kyle@Novato101.com
(415) 350-9440
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novato: Hamilton Landing and Hamilton Marketplace Win Regional Recognition - 12/18/08 07:28 AM
Projects associated with Novato's Hamilton Field continue to rack-up recognition -- Hamilton Landing (a robust business hub now occupying the former hangers (circa 1930) of the Hamilton military base) and Hamilton Marketplace (a diverse new shopping center with a mega-deluxe-Safeway (and associated gas station), Peet's, Starbucks, Jamba Juice, banking, restaurants (still to come), pet supplies, and more) were named “Top Projects in the North Bay” by the North Bay Business Journal. Both feature unique architecture and green building elements. Hamilton Marketplace also incorporated solar power.  Barker Pacific Group acquired the Hamilton hangers almost a decade ago and has shepparded the renovation of … (0 comments)

novato: Rush Creek, Novato (Marin County, California) - 10/03/08 10:49 AM
Novato's Rush Creek neighborhood is undeniably one of Marin County, California's, nicest and coveted neighborhoods. There is a lot to like. These luxury homes are newer, built in the past 10 years, and sit on giant parcels (generally, at least 1/2 acre). Many of these homes have pools and elaborate landscaping. The streets are wide and there is no through traffic. Rush Creek offers privacy and prestige.
Rush Creek's proximity to HWY 101 and a recently renovated downtown Novato with lots of great shopping, a farmers market, Trader Joe's, Whole Foods (set to open in the next few months), and various restaurants, … (0 comments)

novato: Hamilton Marketplace's New Restaurants Named - 07/21/08 03:07 PM
Everyone has been waiting, hoping, praying that the new shopping center outside of Hamilton Field would include some good dining fare (I mean, nothing could beat Nave Lanes, but food is a good alternative). Today it was announced that Toast Cafe, La Boulange and Sonoma Latina Grill will be moving in.
We already knew about the mega-deluxe Safeway (with gas station), Peets Coffee & Tea, Wells Fargo, Starbucks, and Jamba Juice. Safeway is slated to open August 22nd.
As readers of my blogs know, Hamilton Landing and Hamilton Marketplace combine to make Southern Novato's Hamilton Field a truly special place. Everything you … (0 comments)

novato: Marin County, California--Lease Options (Rent to Buy) - 11/04/07 04:27 AM
Marin County, when it comes to real estate prices and trends, is said to "march to its own drummer." This is because Marin County home prices are remarkably resilient even when other real estate markets are suffering. Nonetheless, there are neighborhoods where prices are down and/or sales are slow. Owners of homes and condos in such areas are becoming more and more receptive and lease-options (a.k.a. "rent to own")-a viable alternative to the traditional purchase agreement transactions most people and Realtors are familiar with. [Click Here For Rest Of Article] … (0 comments)

novato: Novato Real Estate - A Buyer's Market - Marin County, California - 10/11/07 03:17 PM
This article concerns itself with the relative price and value of one of Marin's most affordable towns-Novato. In other parts of California (and certainly across the country), real estate prices are down by 30% and foreclosures sky-rocketing. Yet, such phenomenon are very limited in Marin. In fact, much of Marin is experiencing a remarkably resilient home sales market trending upwards (even if just incrementally) in price. 
Yet, in Novato (Northern Marin) many home buyers (especially those in the entry level and move-up markets) are firmly entrenched in "wait and see" mode. They are waiting to see what happens with prices. They are waiting to see what happens with interest rates. They are waiting to see … (1 comments)

novato: Marin County Real Estate Update (October 2007 Homes For Sale & Price Ranges) - 10/11/07 03:14 PM
As we enter the Fall selling season, the number of homes for sale (inventory) in Marin County, California continues to march onwards and upwards. There are 788 active listings (up by 49 over last month). This month we begin to see more and more homes come off the market as sellers bunker down and reassess their situations over the holidays.
Meanwhile, savvy buyers will continue picking-off the properties that remain on the market. While the air has chilled with the onset of Fall, buyers have warmed to the market and sales have increased-lots of these buyers are coming in with large down payments and short contingencies to bolster their negotiating leverage with sellers … (0 comments)

novato: Novato's Top 10 Reasons for Future Price Appreciation - 09/25/07 06:07 AM
Below are a few factors which point to Novato as a place with a bright future.
1) The widening of HWY 101, now in its final stage, is on target for a Fall 2008 completion. Because of current construction, traffic going south on HWY 101 can be bad. Traffic woes are expected to be reduced dramatically (by as much as 20 minutes from Novato to San Francisco -- and this is 20 off the commute time pre-construction when traffic was much lighter). I think this factor alone will propel prices upwards once work is done.
2) Schools. Marin has many great schools and school districts. Novato is no exception. When its schools are … (0 comments)

novato: Marin County, California, Real Estate Update / Market Report (September 2007) - 09/10/07 06:54 AM
The number of homes for sale (inventory) in Marin County, California continues marching upwards. There are 739 active listings (up by 50 from 689 active listings this time last month). As expected, we are seeing a substantial increase in the number of homes on the market this September-due in part to extended marketing periods and the traditional influx of new inventory after Labor Day. 
The graph below breaks down the current number of homes for sale in Marin County, California, as of September 1, 2007, along with the price ranges for each town/city. Also included is a note indicating whether inventory is up or down over the past month:  
Marin Single … (0 comments)

novato: Marin County, California -- Luxury Home Sales (Market Report) - 07/22/07 05:43 AM
The number of Marin luxury homes for sale continues to rise. Following the strong early Spring selling season, luxury estates, view and waterfront homes, new construction, and homes with prime locations continue to sell at a very respectable rate. Overall, about 20% of Marin County, California's luxury homes (those priced above $2 million) are in escrow-there are 166 active listings and 32 in escrow. Proximity to San Francisco continues to be the driving force behind appreciation and sales as reflected by the fact that most of these homes are located in Southern Marin (the majority are in Mill Valley, Sausalito, Tiburon, and Belvedere, and a … (1 comments)

novato: Novato Home Sales (Market Report) - 07/22/07 05:41 AM
Novato home sales and real estate values-have they hit slack tide? That's a tough question. While much of the rest of Marin continues to experience meaningful appreciation and, yes, even multiple offers. Novato home sales are a different story. Of course, Novato homes that are PRICED FOR TODAY'S MARKET, are nicely maintained, updated, and/or located in the most desirable neighborhoods continue to sell (especially those priced under $700,000). Once prices get up above $700,000, however, the percentage of homes in escrow (a good barometer of market strength) dips to about 20% until you get to the $1.5 million price range (at about 13%). These numbers clearly indicate … (0 comments)

novato: Marin County Dining & Restaurants - 07/09/07 03:30 AM
Boca Steak & Seafood340 Ignacio Blvd.Novato, CA 94945 (415) 883-0901  http://www.bocasteak.com/ Buckeye Roadhouse15 Shoreline HighwayMill Valley, CA 94941(415) 331-2600  http://www.buckeyeroadhouse.com/ Cacti Grill1200 Grant AvenueNovato, CA 94948  (415) 898-2234  http://www.cactigrill.com/  
California Grill & Rotisserie1531 S Novato Blvd # ANovato, CA 94947(415) 893-1540  http://www.califgrill.com/ The Caprice2000 Paradise DriveTiburon, CA 94920  (415) 435-3400  http://www.thecaprice.com/ The Cheesecake FactoryThe Village at Corte MaderaCorte Madera, CA 94925(415) 945-0777 Christophe Restaurant Francais1919 BridgewaySausalito, CA 94965 (415) 332-9244 Coast Cafe46 Wharf RoadBolinas, CA 94924(415) 868-2298  http://www.coastcafe.biz/ Comforts335 San Anselmo AveSan Anselmo, CA 94960 (415) 454-9840  http://www.comfortscafe.com/ Cowgirl CreameryP.O. Box 594Point Reyes Station, CA 94956  415-663-9335  http://www.cowgirlcreamery.com/ Deer Park Villa367 Bolinas RdFairfax, CA 94930(415) 456-8084  http://www.deerparkvilla.com/ Gourmet Garden Togo419 Miller AvenueMill Valley, CA 94941    (415) 381-4267   The Hilltop Cafe850 Lamont AveNovato, CA 94948-1215  (415) 892-2222  http://www.htnet.com/ Insalata's120 Sir Francis Drake BoulevardSan … (0 comments)

novato: Marin County, California Real Estate Market Update -- Home Prices and Inventory - 07/09/07 03:26 AM
The number of homes for sale (inventory) in Marin County, California continues marching upwards. There are 701 active listings (up from 647 active listings this time last month). We are likely at or near the high water mark (in terms of the sheer number of homes for sale). While the number of homes for sale has gone up, it is still fairly low historically.  
The graph below breaks down the current number of homes for sale in Marin County, California, as of July 1, 2007, along with the price ranges for each town/city. Also included is a note indicating whether inventory is up or down … (0 comments)

novato: Marin County Water Conservation - 07/04/07 04:33 PM
For the first time in 30 years, mandatory water conservation is going into effect in Marin County.  The North Marin Water District (which serves Novato) has enacted some mandatory measures which will remain in place until October 28, 2007.  Many of us recall the extreme water situation of 1976-1977, which required drastic measures in order to prevent Marin from going completely dry (we were within 120 days).
The North Marin Water District gets 80% of its water from the Sonoma County Water Agency and the remaining 20% from Novato's Stafford Lake.  The Marin Municipal Water District (which supplies water to most of Marin County south of … (0 comments)

novato: Marin County, California (Luxury Portfolio Homes) - 06/30/07 04:00 AM
Marketing luxury homes requires attention to detail and unique resources and talents. Frank Howard Allen Realtors' inclusion in the Luxury Portfolio Fine Property Collection's stable of extraordinary property purveyors underscores the esteemed regard of Frank Howard Allen Realtors in the real estate community, and more importantly, provides tangible and unique benefits to sellers and buyers of Marin's finest homes.
The luxury properties featured in this esteemed network are among the most exclusive in the world and include fine homes ranging from traditional homes here in Marin, to sweeping estates, to exotic retreats, to country manors, and urban pied-a-terres. Of the 1,000 most … (0 comments)

novato: Marin County Real Estate Inventory - 06/20/07 01:39 PM
The following is a brief rundown of the absorption rates and trends (based on last month's numbers) in Marin County:
Current Absorption Rates (single family homes):
As the chart reflects, absorption rates are very low in most Marin towns. Inventory has increased over the past month, as we enter into the buying season between school years. Marin County currently has 920 active listings, up by about 273 from a month ago).  Belvedere's 4.8 months of housing inventory is highest in the County, followed by Sausalito, Novato, and Ross.  At the low end of inventory is Greenbrae with just under a month's worth of inventory. Corte Madera and Larkspur are also seeing very low inventory … (0 comments)

novato: Marin County Real Estate Update (Homes For Sale & Price Ranges) - 06/08/07 11:46 AM
The number of homes for sale (inventory) continues its upward trend-countywide, there are 719 active listings (up from 647 active listings this time last month). The high point (in terms of the sheer number of homes for sale in Marin County) will likely be next month. While the number of homes for sale has gone up, it is still very low historically (especially in Greenbrae, which has only 8 active listings). 
The graph below breaks down the current number of homes for sale in Marin County, California, as of May 1, 2007, along with the price ranges for each town/city. Also included is an arrow noting … (0 comments)

novato: 360 Grandview Avenue, Black Point, Novato - 05/31/07 03:00 PM
Remodeled in 2004, this large air conditioned home (with 4 bedrooms, including the Master, on the same floor) sits on a big lot (about 2/3 acre) with views of the bay to the east and sunsets to the west. The kitchen features large granite counters, designer cabinets, a large island, and opens to a spacious Great Room.
The Master Suite is very large with a slider to a private deck with views of the bay, a large partitioned his and hers walk-in closet, and double doors opening to the amazing master bath. The Master Bath has a massive whirlpool tub, limestone floors and dual shower with bench, granite … (0 comments)

novato: Marin Human Society Turns 100 Years Old - 05/31/07 04:48 AM
What do dogs, cats, song birds, chickens, rabbits, and turtles all have in common?  A second chance provided by the Marin Humane Society ("MHS")! 
MHS turns 100 this year and is celebrating that milestone on June 3rd with festivities for all ages.   There will be contests (e.g., biggest dog, smallest dog, best dog singer (like American Idol?), demonstrations, a group dog walk at 10:00 a.m., drawings, and more.
On a personal note, about 4 years ago, my family adopted a dog from the MHS that had been rescued from a shelter in the Fresno area.  Carmen is the greatest dog I have ever had the pleasure to know.  … (0 comments)

 
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