marin county: Housing Affordability in CA's Most Expensive Counties - 02/20/19 08:13 PM
Twenty-eight percent of California households could afford the median-priced home in the fourth quarter of 2018, down slightly from the same time in 2017.
However, California's four million-dollar housing markets--San Mateo, San Francisco, Marin and Santa Clara Counties all saw affordability improve year over year.
(interior of a house in San Mateo County)
All four California counties where it takes seven figures to buy a home can be found in the Bay Area, and they were all among the 10 in the state that saw housing affordability increase from the fourth quarter of 2017.
The California Association of Realtors’ latest Housing Affordability Index says that 28 … (8 comments)

marin county: A study of contrasts, Mt. Tamalpais, Marin County, CA - 08/14/18 09:54 PM
As any local hiker, mountain biker, or lover of nature knows, Mount Tamalpais in Marin County, just a few miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge, is a beacon and destination in any type of weather.
Home to the world-famous Muir Woods, much of the mountain is deeply forested, with Coastal redwood trees soaring overhead creating deep shade where ferns thrive on the banks and streams burble down the ravines.
However, cross over a ridge and you'll find sunnier, more arid trails to explore and be rewarded with vistas of rolling hills and the shimmering Pacific Ocean in the distance. One such trail … (16 comments)

marin county: Wordless Wednesday-Cavallo Point - 12/07/16 01:14 PM
Early this morning at Cavallo Point, Fort Baker Marin County.  Historic lodge rooms shine in brilliant sun before the rains arrive this afternoon. Just a 10-minute drive from the Marina area in San Francisco, yet a world apart.

marin county: Wordless Wednesday (almost!) - 11/04/15 08:16 AM
There are plenty of activities to enjoy when one lives in or near San Francisco. These shots were taken a few months ago on a foggy day hike with a friend. Leaving San Francisco around 10:00 AM, we were back before 3:00 PM - but had traveled a world away.
The Zen Center's Green Gulch farm near Muir Beach, Marin County - awaiting your visit.


marin county: It's Quarterly Business Review and Assessment Time - 09/30/15 05:11 AM
Here we are, already at the end of the third quarter, 2015. As I try to do each quarter, I left San Francisco this morning and enjoyed the drive to Inverness, a tiny town on the peninsula of Pt. Reyes National Seashore.
The drive is an easy one, leaving San Francisco at 9:30, crossing the Golden Gate Bridge, and arriving here shortly before 11:00 AM. My hostess at the Abalone Inn accommodated my request for an early check in, so in less than 30 minutes, I was unpacked with computer set up, ready to have lunch and get to work.
My … (8 comments)

marin county: Is there a danger to living where you do? - 09/06/15 11:25 AM
How do you know it's time for some body work?  (I'm not talking about dents in the car!) For me, it's when my knees cry out, telling me I've done too many stairs in one week!
On Monday evening, we hiked down and up staircases to Marshall Beach in San Francisco.
On Tuesday evening, a hike at Windy Hill on the Peninsula (no stairs to speak of)
Wednesday--a bare 30 minute walk running errands--no stairs!
Thursday evening's City hike took us up and down numerous staircases in Lafayette Park, Alta Plaza, and then these, the Baker Street Stairs - 201 of them!
Friday another no-stair outing, … (16 comments)

marin county: Don't you just hate it when.... - 03/11/15 12:38 AM
Don't you just hate it when....
........ you wake at 4:45 AM, ready to start the busy day....and then computer "issues" (reboots, non-responses, forced installation of 25 new updates (!)) keeps you from starting work until 7:40???
That's how this day began.
Looking at the bright side, while waiting for the computer to close down, re-boot, finish messing around I: gave myself a home facial, cleaned up the kitchen, took recycling and composting down to the bins, got the laundry washed and in the dryer.
And then, I looked at pictures from Sunday afternoon's walk in the Marin Headlands and all … (31 comments)

marin county: Why Living in the San Francisco area is so great - Reason #7 - 03/28/12 10:26 AM
Why Living in the San Francisco area is so great - Reason #7The Mountain Play on Mount Tamalpais in Marin County
Having a wealth of outdoor activities near at hand is one of the benefits of living in San Francisco or elsewhere in the San Francisco bay area. One of the most beloved areas to explore is Mount Tamalpais in Marin County, just north of the Golden Gate Bridge.
Last weekend I was fortunate to have the bulk of a day free to enjoy, and a break in our recent rains. Over the bridge to Mt. Tamalpais we went, to … (10 comments)

marin county: Why living in the SF area is so great - Reason #1 - 01/08/12 04:39 PM
Why Living in the San Francisco area in 2012 is so great - Reason #1
#1 - We have miles of hiking trails, and the ability to enjoy them 12 months of the year!
These photos were taken on January 7, hard as that may be to believe. Shirtsleeves were the order of the day in Marin County, CA. Muir Beach is a little over an hour's drive north from San Carlos, and about 40 minutes from San Francisco.
Starting our hike at Muir Beach, we walked past the Pelican Inn, along the Redwood Creek Trail, up the … (12 comments)

marin county: A Hike on Mt. Tamalpais, Marin County, CA - 09/07/10 03:47 AM
A Hike on Mt. Tamalpais, Marin County, CA Labor Day weekend provided the opportunity to indulge in a full day hike, so off to one of our favorite hiking destinations we went - Mt. Tamalpais in Marin County, CA We started the day's hike in downtown Mill Valley, a picturesque town set in the redwood trees, near the edge of San Francisco Bay, then headed up the incredibly steep Zig-Zag trail which brought us to the Panoramic Highway, midway up the mountain. A series of other trails lead to the almost equally steep Fern Creek trail which took us up to … (12 comments)

marin county: Peninsula Living: A hike to Point Bonita Lighthouse - 03/17/10 03:47 AM
Peninsula Living: A hike to Point Bonita Lighthouse, Marin County, California Last Sunday I cleared the calendar so my husband and I could take a needed day of R&R and enjoy the gorgeous spring weather.A 45-minute drive took us from San Mateo County, through San Francisco, and across the Golden Gate Bridge into Marin County. We parked and began our hiking day heading up into the Marin Headlands, along a ridge, and down to Rodeo Valley and out to Point Bonita Lighthouse. Because of the remote, somewhat hazardous location, the lighthouse is open for tours only a few short hours on … (11 comments)





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