Why Do Eichler Homes Sell So Well in Marin, CA?

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Why have Eichler homes become so popular in the Marin real estate market?

Eichler homes are a perfect fit to the Marin, California climate and lifestyle. They merge the indoors with the outdoors, allowing us to live out of doors even when were are inside. Walls of glass to the rear and central courtyards provide light, views, and easy access to nature. Flexible floor plans adapt easily to changing family needs.

A-Frame Atrium Eichler in Upper Lucas Valley

A-Frame Atrium Eichler in Upper Lucas Valley

Marin has about 1,600 Eichler-built homes, and most of them in northern San Rafael –Terra Linda, Marinwood, and Lucas Valley—plus a few higher end models in the Sleepy Hollow area of San Anselmo and the Strawberry area of Mill Valley.

Original and innovative

Eichler Homes were built in Marin from about 1957 to 1974. They are typically single level, with post and beam construction to allow for uninterrupted and flexible interior spaces. Joseph Eichler, the builder, believed in providing well designed modern homes, designed by fine architects, to people of moderate means.

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Atrium Eichler in Upper Lucas Valley

Eichler was also an innovator in home construction. Post and beam construction became his standard, and he introduced a second bathroom when most houses had only one bathroom. Homes were heated with radiant systems built into the cement floors. Kitchens were furnished with attractive stainless steel appliances. He covered the walls with elegant Philippine mahogany paneling that he had specially fabricated in Japan.

More to learn about Eichlers

There is much more to learn about Eichler homes. Recommended reading is Design for Living Eichler Homes, by Jerry Ditto, Lanning Stern, and Marvin Wax.  You can find it at most Marin Libraries (728.097 Ditto) or order a personal copy from Amazon.com. On the internet at www.eichlernetwork.com you can find current articles on Eichler houses and their restoration. Materials are available for most aspect of repairing, restoring, and upgrading these homes; for example, the distinctive exterior siding can be purchased from www.eichlersiding.com.

Two subdivisions of Eichler homes in Palo Alto were recognized for their architectural importance in 2005 by inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places.

JUST LISTED: Eichler Home for Sale

We just listed a 4 bedroom, 2 bath A-Frame Eichler in Lower Lucas Valley (Marinwood).

687 Cedarberry Lane, San Rafael

List Price: $925,000
www.687CedarberryLane.com

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Original A-Frame Eichler in beautiful Lucas Valley. 4 bedrooms and 2 baths in about 1,800 square feet, first time on the market since the 1950’s. Original mahogany paneling, beautiful gardens. Perfect for Eichler enthusiasts to upgrade, restore, or transform into a modern equivalent of Eichler’s vision for living. For more information and more pictures of this Eichler home for sale, please visit: www.687CedarberryLane.com

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Two Exceptional Sales in Marin’s Competitive Real Estate Market

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Good houses sell in a matter of days in the fast-moving Marin real estate market.

Madeline Schaider Real Estate makes sure our sellers obtain multiple offers and the best best market price.

This takes constant follow up and interaction with agents representing buyers. Our success is based on our reputation: the real estate community knows that we produce what we promise.

We give our buyers a competitive advantage and in many cases, like the example below at 28 Arcangel Way, win the property. This is a matter of flexible and innovative strategies and  our reputation in the real estate community: we are trusted and favored to get the job done right.

JUST SOLD

412 Greenwood Beach Road, Tiburon

Sold $405,000 over the list price of $3,695,000, for $4,100,000
For more photos, see www.412GreenwoodBeach.com
There were two offers on this spectacular waterfront home with a private beach on Richardson Bay. 3 BR/3.5 BA on three levels, all with panoramic views of the San Francisco skyline, the Tiburon Hills, Belvedere Istand, Angel Island, Sausalito, and the Marin Headlands. For more information, contact Madeline at (415) 515-9357 or Madeline@LivinginMarin.com.

JUST SOLD

28 Arcangel Way, San Rafael

Strategic Positioning for our buyer won this home in a field of 11 strong offers.
List price of $1,150,000, Sale price $1,415,000

This beautifully and extensively updated Atrium Eichler in Terra Linda provides 4 BR / 2 BA in about 1,814 SF. Suzannah Rose represented the buyer. For more information, contact Suzannah at (415) 971-7326 or Suzannah@liviunginmarin.com.

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Our Successes in the Fast Moving Marin Real Estate Market

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Madeline Shaider Real Estate is moving with this fast paced seller’s market with four new homes for sale. While the number of homes for sale in Marin remains exceptionally low, we have been busy with listings since the first of the year. Sellers know our reputation and excellent record for bringing them the highest profit with the least effort on their part. They trust us to guide them through preparation, staging, strategic pricing, and a gratifying sale. As Madeline is proud to say, “I am from a family of 10 children, and I treat my clients like my family, with the care and consideration.”

NEW ON THE MARKET

687 Cedarberry Lane, San Rafael

List Price: $925,000
First Open House, Sunday April 17, 1-4 pm.
www.687CedarberryLane.com

Original A-Frame Eichler in beautiful Lucas Valley. 4 bedrooms and 2 baths in about 1,800 square feet, First time on the market since the 1950’s. Original mahogany paneling, beautiful gardens. Perfect for Eichler enthusiasts.

NEW ON THE MARKET
61 Bridle Path Lane, Novato

List Price: $499,000
First Open House, Sunday April 17, 1-4 pm.
www.61BridlePath.com

Bright, single level upper condo at Partridge Knolls in the beautiful rolling hills of northern Novato. Remodeled and ready to move in. Garage, laundry room and storage room. For more information, contact Suzannah Rose at (415) 971-7326 or Suzannah@livinginmarin.com.

NEW ON THE MARKET
820 Mission Ave #13, San Rafael

List Price: $635,000
First Open House, Sunday April 17, 1-4 pm.

Beautiful 2Br/2Ba Penthouse–the best location in the building for privacy and quiet.Remodeled kitchen and baths, sunny west-facing deck. Washer/dryer in unit. Two reserved spaces in building and elevator. Wonderful pool and rec. room. All within a short walk of downtown. For more information, contact Beat Bossart at (415) 279-4334 or Beat@bbossart.com.

NEW ON THE MARKET
23 Creekside Court, Corte Madera

www.23Creekside.com

Meadowcreek Park

Coming This Week
List Price: $959,000
First Open Houses, Thursday April 23, 10:30-3:00 and
Sunday April 24, 1-4 pm.

Remodeled, creek-side home at Meadowcreek Station. 3 BR/2.5 BA in about 1,610 SF. Dramatic 2+ story living room. Serene setting in quiet cul-de-sac, with ultimate convenience. Like a single family home.  For more information, contact Madeline at (415) 515-9357 or Madeline@LivinginMarin.com.

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FOR SALE: Waterfront Tiburon Home with World Class SF and Bay View

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A Rare Opportunity to Buy a Home on One of the Best Streets in Marin

412 Greenwood Beach Road, Tiburon, CA

3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths
Offered for $3,695,000

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Welcome to 412 Greenwood Beach Road

Magical waterfront home with unparalleled panoramic views spanning downtown SF, Angel Island, Belvedere, Richardson Bay, Sausalito, and the Marin Headlands. Private landing along the water’s edge with direct access to the beach. Thoroughly remodeled with exquisite finishes and spacious open floor plan providing dramatic sweeping views from every room. Entertainer’s dream with several intimate outdoor sitting areas to enjoy breathtaking scenery and natural beauty.

  • Flooded with sunlight, this extremely rare south-facing waterfront house enjoys its own beach and unparalleled panoramic views of downtown San Francisco, Angel Island, Belvedere, Richardson Bay, Sausalito, and the Marin Headlands.
  • Warm outdoor deck directly off the living/dining room lends itself to an easy indoor/outdoor lifestyle – a perfect place to BBQ, dine al fresco, and meander onto a truly magical waterfront paradise.
  • Enjoy amazing sunsets with dramatic oranges and purples over the ever-changing breathtaking scenery.
  • Private landing along the water’s edge features built-in seating, living succulent wall, and direct access to the beach for kayaking, paddle boarding, beachcombing, tide pooling, and much more!
  • Extremely private, well-sited location with amazing tranquility and natural

Features

  • This 3 bedroom, 3.5 bathroom house has been thoroughly remodeled with many recent updates and attention to detail. Spacious open floorplan provides dramatic sweeping views from every room of the house.
  • Gourmet kitchen has custom cherry cabinetry with glass fronts, designer lighting and finishes, granite counters with breakfast bar, and top of the line Miele, DCS, and Sub-Zero appliances. Convenient walk-in pantry.
  • Dramatic living room has custom imported French stone fireplace, open beam ceiling with in-ceiling lighting fixtures, and direct access to main deck and patio areas.
  • Nook off living room has plentiful built-in bookshelves, cabinets, desk, and extra deep storage.
  • Huge master suite with hardwood floors, high ceilings, walk-in closet, and private deck with awe-inspiring panoramic views.
  • Master bath has open, spacious feeling with limestone floors, marble counters, marble wainscoting, custom maple cabinetry, Grohe fixtures, and deep soaking tub.
  • Lower level has family room area with wet bar, mini Sub-Zero fridge, custom cherry cabinetry, and sliding French doors leading to rear deck and Bay views.
  • Three levels of decks offer plenty of vantage points to take in the breathtaking panoramic views. Hot tub on main deck is ideally located to enjoy water views.
  • New Sunpower solar panels, combined with highly efficient thermal windows, means ultra-low energy and maintenance costs. The house typically generates more electricity than it uses.
  • Cozy radiant heating system on all three levels, including the living/dining areas, kitchen, all of the bedrooms, and both of the upper level bathrooms. Each zone is controlled by its own thermostat or control.
  • New professional landscaping, including landscaped terraces with newly finished retaining walls, automatic lighting and water-efficient drip irrigation, and new beachfront patio area with built-in sitting area overlooking the waterfront.
  • Flexible space on lower level allows for an additional home office, guest suite, library, media room, exercise/recreation room, or more!
  • Powder room on main level with custom cherry cabinetry.
  • Italian Travertine floors on main floor and lower level.
  • Alarm system.
  • Central vacuum.
  • Skylight on upper level.
  • Ample closets and storage, including room for a wine cellar.
  • Large garage for 2 cars side by side.
  • Large laundry room with sink, extra storage cabinets, shelves, and dog washing area.
  • Dumbwaiter connecting garage to main level.
  • Homes on this coveted street very rarely come on the market!
  • House is turnkey and move-in ready.
  • Home is located within walking distance to the Cove Shopping Center, Peet’s Coffee, Richardson Bay Audubon Sanctuary, Blackie’s Pasture, and the waterfront Bay Trail.
  • Greenwood Beach Road is a cul-de-sac with relatively little automobile traffic.
  • Walk or bike the waterfront trail to downtown Tiburon and ferry to downtown SF. Additional hiking and biking trails in the nearby Tiburon open space preserve.
  • Easy and convenient commute downtown. Quick access to Highway 101, SF, Marin, and wine country. Just choose a direction and find fun whichever way you go!

For more information, see www.412GreenwoodBeach.com

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The Most Desirable Street in Marin for Good Living

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What is the Most Desirable Street for Buying a Marin Home?

Here is our first candidate: Greenwood Beach Road in Tiburon.

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View from Greenwood Beach Road in Tiburon

Greenwood Beach Road curves gently along the north end of Richardson Bay, providing these special benefits that make it a candidate for the Best Street in Marin:

  • Spectacular views of Richardson Bay, the San Francisco skyline, Belvedere Island, the Tiburon hills, Sausalito, Strawberry Point, and the Marin Headlands.
  • Exceptional privacy and quiet: this is a no-outlet street and is protected from the traffic noise on Tiburon Blvd. by a low bluff to the north.
  • Only 22 private homes, all with waterfront locations. Some with docks (4) and most with private beaches.
  • Offshore waters are part of the Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary providing daily views of hundreds of birds.
  • Perfect location for enjoying your kayaks and paddle boats, water traffic limited to manually powered craft.
  • Beach walking and enjoyment of the tide pools.
  • Every changing and fascinating views.
  • A few minutes walk to Blackie’s Pasture and the Tiburon Bayfront Trail. From there you can easily walk or bike to downtown Tiburon.
  • Close to the Cove Shopping Center (just across the street).
  • About 1.5 miles to Highway 101, providing easy access to San Francisco and the East Bay.

See our exceptional view home for sale at 412 Greenwood Beach Road.

To see more about Greenwood Beach Road real estate, visit our photo tour at www.MarinNeighborhoods.US.

 

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Thinking About Your Home Insurance

One of our friends and neighbors had a garage fire recently that left the house unlivable. This made us think about home insurance. What kind of insurance should you have? How do you know if you have enough insurance? Here are a few considerations:

  • Find a good insurance agent/broker who is willing to talk to you and explain your options. Some may even charge a fee for this consultation–it’s worth the investment.
  • Buy full replacement value of your structure. Take photos of every room and put them in a safe place outside of your home. We put our photos on a CD and stored them in a bank safe deposit box.
  • Insure your personal possessions. Do you want full replacement cost or a fixed value? Again, take photos.
  • Buy a Special Form policy. It is more expensive than basic coverage, but worth it.
  • Do you want coverage for temporary living if your house is damaged? It’s a good idea. In the case of fire and smoke damage, you could be out of your house for a year or more.
  • Make sure you have plenty of liability coverage for personal injuries that may happen on your property.
  • If you live in a condo or townhouse and your homeowner’s association (HOA) covers fire insurance, make sure you have an HO6 policy (not an HO3) to cover improvements to your home and personal property. The HO6 takes over where your HOA policy leaves off. Make sure your insurance agent has read your HOA policy and your CC&Rs before writing your policy.
  • Buying Earthquake Insurance is debatable as there are so may limits and exclusions to coverage. Please speak with your insurance agent to make a sound decision.

Flood insurance is usually required by your mortgage lender if you live in a Flood Hazard Zone. If you don’t have a mortgage and you live in a Flood Hazard Zone, it is still a good idea to purchase this insurance. FEMA determines the zones and publishes zone maps. It s easy for us to look up the floor zone for your property. Just contact us at info@livinginmarin.com

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San Rafael Neighborhoods: Glenwood

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The geographical diversity of Marin County – with hills, mountain ridges, dramatic and serene coastline, and streams – gives us great variety of neighborhoods and micro-climates.

If you are planning to live in Marin or move to a new location, we hope to give you glimpses into the charm and diversity of our many neighborhoods.

Glenwood Neighborhood

Glenwood, in East San Rafeal along Point San Pedro Road, is a large level valley with California ranch-style homes along wide streets. This is an ideal family neighborhood with its outstanding Glenwood Elementary School. read more

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San Anselmo Neighborhoods: Yolanda and Calumet Parks

The geographical diversity of Marin County – with hills, mountain ridges, dramatic and serene coastline, and streams – gives us great variety of neighborhoods and micro-climates.

If you are planning to live in Marin or move to a new location, we hope to give you glimpses into the charm and diversity of our many neighborhoods.

Yolanda and Calumet Parks

This small, hidden neighborhood in San Anselmo may be the most picturesque and charming in Marin, with romantic architecture, magnificent trees, wide streets, intimate lanes, and views of Mt.  Tamalpais to the west and grass covered hills to the north.

The Yolanda and Calumet neighborhoods begin near downtown San Anselmo and extend west to Sir Francis Drake High School. The seasonal San Anselmo Creek wanders the length of the neighborhood, reduced in the summer to small ponds and gently flowing rivlets. read more

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Larkspur Neighborhoods: Baltimore Canyon

The geographical diversity of Marin County – with hills, mountain ridges, dramatic and serene coastline, and streams – gives us great variety of neighborhoods and micro-climates.

If you are planning to live in Marin or move to a new location, we hope to give you glimpses into the charm and diversity of our many neighborhoods.

Baltimore Canyon Neighborhood

Serene Baltimore (or Madrone) Canyon is in the oldest part of Larkspur, with homes dating to the late 19th century. Bordered by Magnolia Ave to the east, the primary streets of Baltimore Canyon (West Baltimore, Madrone, and Piedmont Avenues) wind through a shady canyon filled with second growth redwoods and bay trees. The top of the canyon boarders Mt. Tamalpais open space. A seasonal stream, the Arroyo Holon (or Larkspur Creek), between West Baltimore and Madrone Avenues, flows to the bay. read more

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Mill Valley Neighborhoods: Strawberry

The geographical diversity of  Marin County – with hills, mountain ridges, dramatic and serene coastline, and streams – gives us great variety of neighborhoods and micro-climates.

If you are planning to live in Marin or move to a new location, we hope to give you glimpses into the charm and diversity of our many neighborhoods.

Strawberry Neighborhood

Strawberry is a unique section of Mill Valley on a small peninsula in Richardson Bay (part of San Francisco Bay) to the East of Highway 101. A small ridge of hills through the Strawberry Peninsula provides fine views of the Bay, San Francisco, and My. Tamalpais. read more

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