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Featured home: 740 Hap Arnold Street in Antioch

January 26, 2018

Contra Costa contemporary comfort with luxurious touches


Where: 740 Hap Arnold Street, Antioch, CA 94509 (listing | tour)
This contemporary home in Antioch offers luxurious touches throughout. The formal living room and dining room stand out with gorgeous plantation shutters. Granite countertops, beautiful cabinetry, and high-end appliances highlight the spacious kitchen, which also boasts its own wine refrigerator. The family room features hardwood flooring and a fireplace, as well as large glass doors that open up to your private backyard. Outside, the sizable pool and patio space with plush landscaping becomes a personal oasis for you and your family.
Designed with an attention to detail and privacy in mind, this distinctive property in Antioch is a wonderful piece of modern real estate.
The 2,077 square-foot home and property include:

  • 4 beds
  • 3 baths
  • Attached 2-car garage
  • Hardwood and tile flooring
  • Master suite with upgraded master bath
  • Fireplace
  • Back patio and pool area

Listed at $529,950 by Hollie Guillory of the Walnut Creek office.
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Featured home: 5682 Sunset Creek Court in Pleasanton

June 30, 2017

A fantastic location offering quiet and comfort


Where: 5682 Sunset Creek Court, Pleasanton, CA 94566 (Listing | Tour)
Built in 2008, this gorgeous home sits in a quiet location adjacent to the desirable Bridle Creek and Sycamore Heights neighborhoods. The nearly half-acre lot includes an incredible in-ground pool and spa, covered patio, outdoor kitchen and entertainment area as well as marvelous landscaping. Views of the surrounding hills and Pleasanton Ridge are available from the front and rear grounds, as well as from the home’s balconies. Master suites both upstairs and downstairs offer plenty of space and a relaxing ambiance.
Positioned in a highly sought-after area near the exceptional Mission Hills Park and within walking distance of downtown Pleasanton, this home in Alameda County is as fantastic as its location.
The 5,147 square-foot home and property include:

  • 5 beds
  • 5 baths
  • Attached 3-car garage
  • Hardwood and marble flooring
  • Heated in-ground pool and spa
  • Game room

Listed as $2,395,000 by Blaise Lofland of the Pleasanton/Livermore Valley office.

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Featured home: 3381 Laureles Lane in Pebble Beach

June 23, 2017

A private paradise in Monterey County

Where: 3381 Laureles Lane, Pebble Beach, CA 93953 (Listing | Tour)
Sitting atop a private lot in Pebble Beach, this fabulous, hidden estate has sprawling views that overlook Carmel Beach, Point Lobos, Point Sur and the beautiful waters of the Pacific Ocean, as well as wonderful exposure to both the sun and night’s sky. A beautiful entryway and enormous front door greet you as you enter the home. Extremely high ceilings, an incredible stone fireplace and a multitude of windows are a few of the features that highlight the home’s grandeur. Although the home is large, it offers a cozy and comfortable feeling that is inviting to both friends and family.
The master bedroom and three en-suite bedrooms are placed in opposite areas of the home for total privacy, with one even set up as a separate guest apartment. Other features this property offers include ample storage, exquisite woodwork and beautifully crafted flooring. To top it off, the home is fitted with its own elevator and a temperature-controlled wine cellar capable of holding nearly 600 bottles.
Surrounded by decks and an outdoor living space that provide panoramic views and loaded with luxurious amenities, this Pebble Beach paradise can serve as an entertainer’s delight or your own private hideaway.
The 7,054 square-foot home and property include:

  • 4 beds
  • 6 baths
  • Attached 3-car garage
  • Stone fireplace
  • Library loft
  • Wine cellar
  • Elevator
  • Private patio and outdoor space

Listed as $11,795,000 by Judie Profeta of the Carmel office

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Featured home: 354 Encinal Ave. in Menlo Park

June 16, 2017

An endearing estate in Menlo Park
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Where: 354 Encinal Ave., Menlo Park, CA 94025 (Listing | Tour)
Charming, updated and expanded with a lovely backyard, this single-family home in San Mateo County offers vaulted ceilings, beautiful hardwood and travertine flooring and an abundance of space. A granite peninsula counter and stainless steel appliances highlight the incredible kitchen, which also opens to a lush backyard. The breakfast bar and dining area make for the perfect place to entertain family and friends. A secret, bonus room upstairs provides the owner of this home with a customizable area for whatever hobby they choose. A close drive to Stanford University and all of Silicon Valley, this estate offers comfort and luxurious living fit for any family.
The 2,679 square-foot home and property include:

  • 4 beds
  • 3 baths
  • Attached 2-car garage
  • Wood burning fireplace
  • High, vaulted ceilings
  • Hardwood and travertine flooring
  • Bonus hobby room
  • Master suite and master bath with heated floors and steam shower

Listed as $2,928,000 by Maggie Garside Heilman of the Menlo Park office

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Featured home: 201 Surfbird Isle in Foster City

June 9, 2017

A waterfront oasis in San Mateo County
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Where: 201 Surfbird Isle, Foster City, CA 94404 (Listing | Tour)
With an unmatched end-of-island location in Foster City, this stunning home sits on a wide waterfront with ideal sun exposure. Extensively remodeled in 2005, this energy-efficient property offers luxurious amenities and a low-maintenance space ideal for entertaining and today’s active lifestyles. Gleaming bamboo and fine carpeting cover the floors, including a spacious master suite, office with prime water vistas and a tech-friendly home movie theater. The contemporary kitchen is the heart of the home and features a cathedral ceiling, opening skylight, custom white oak cabinets, natural stone surfaces and sliding doors to the outside deck. The master suite is its own sanctuary having access to a private deck and spa.
An expansive waterfront deck with bench seating allows you to entertain a crowd or to hold smaller, more intimate gatherings with close family and friends. From here you can watch passing boats or enjoy the beautiful nature of the area. Foster City provides small town ambiance with big amenities, and being just minutes away from freeways, shopping and San Francisco attractions, this estate is its own convenient oasis.
The 2,290 square-foot home and property include:

  • 3 beds
  • 3 baths
  • 2-car garage
  • Direct access to waterfront
  • Boat docking and water sports equipment storage
  • Bamboo flooring and vaulted ceiling
  • Energy-efficient and low-maintenance space
  • Home theater system

Listed as $2,428,000 by Sue Dickey of the San Mateo office


 

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Featured home: 115 Wilson Way in Larkspur

June 2, 2017

A canyon paradise in Larkspur
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Where: 115 Wilson Way, Larkspur, CA 94939 (Listing | Tour)
Close to boundless trails in Larkspur’s coveted Madrone Canyon, this property offers mesmerizing vistas from the privacy of your own home. Four back decks and a front patio provide endless ways to take in the surrounding nature. An ample amount of natural light fills the home as large windows throughout accentuate its luxurious design while maximizing the views. Other features of the home include an attached guest suite with a separate entrance, spacious workroom, loft living room and abundant storage throughout. This estate enthralls even the most meticulous buyer.
The 2,803 square-foot home and property include:

  • 4 beds
  • 4 baths
  • 2-car garage
  • Attached guest suite
  • 4 back decks and private front patio

Take a tour of the home this Sunday June 4 from 2-4 p.m. and see this canyon paradise in Marin County for yourself.
Listed as $1,995,000 by Jonathan Marks of the Corte Madera-Central Marin office

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Featured home: 14742 Via De Marcos in Saratoga

May 26, 2017

A stylish estate in San Marcos Heights
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Where: 14742 Via De Marcos, Saratoga, CA 95070 (Listing | Tour)
Enhance the way you live and move into this beautifully remodeled Saratoga estate on a 1.2-acre lot, just listed earlier this month. Located in one of the most upscale neighborhoods in Silicon Valley, San Marcos Heights, this luxurious property has an open floor plan, contemporary finishes and plenty of modern amenities. These include Italian white oak hardwood floors, a gourmet kitchen with quartz countertops and a home theater media room.
Outside the home, a sprawling yard, beautiful rose garden and breathtaking views of the nearby mountains await. This property also offers a fenced-in deck with fire pit and pergola, as well as a custom spa and swimming pool. With its private cul-de-sac location and close vicinity to the beautiful open trails of San Marcos, this home’s setting in Santa Clara County is as serene as it is sophisticated.
The 5,143 square-foot home and property include:

  • 5 bedrooms
  • 6 baths
  • Attached 3-car garage
  • Vaulted ceilings and hardwood flooring
  • Home theater media room
  • Multiple fireplaces and fire pit
  • Swimming pool and spa

Listed as $6,500,000 by Laura DeFilippo of the Los Gatos office


 

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Featured home: 14 Red Cedar Court in San Rafael

July 8, 2016

Light-filled, modern comfort surrounded by natural beauty

Spacious back patio, stoneWhere: 14 Red Cedar Court, San Rafael (listing | virtual tour)
This beautiful, well-maintained contemporary home has a cul-de-sac location and backs to open space in Lucas Valley Estates. Spacious and gorgeous, the newer kitchen has high-end finishes. The home also features a two-way fireplace to the living and family rooms, sunny skylights throughout, hardwood and cork flooring, comfortable patios on three sides, large master suite with view and huge custom closet. Outside, enjoy the sauna, hillside views, hiking access and easy access to Community Park. Falls within the Dixie School District.

  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 2 Full,1 Partial
  • Square Footage (+/-) 2,563
  • Lot Size: 15,542
  • Listed: 7/7/2016 (just listed!)
  • Year Built: 1994
  • MLS: 21613190

Offered at $1,100,000. Listed by Susan White of Alain Pinel Realtors – Sonoma.
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FEATURED HOME: 808 Walnut Ave in Charming Burlingame

June 24, 2016

Craftsman perfection in the heart of the Peninsula

Grey Craftsman home with white trimWhere: 808 Walnut Avenue, Burlingame (listing | virtual tour)
Picture perfect inside and out, this beautifully appointed Craftsman home was built in 2007. Refined millwork, plantation shutters, and hardwood floors combine for an ambiance that is timeless and luxurious.
The spacious 2-story floor plan has 5 bedrooms and 4.5 baths and a wonderful kitchen and family room combination, plus inviting venues for outdoor living, complete with built-in barbecue center.
Plus, all of this is just one-half mile to the downtown Burlingame for the best in shopping and dining.

  • Square Footage: (+/-) 3,163
  • Lot Size: 6,300
  • Listed: 6/17/2016
  • Year Built: 2007
  • Elementary School District: Burlingame Elementary District
  • High School District: San Mateo Union High District
  • MLS: ML81591174

Offered at $2,998,000.
Listed by Joanne Norris of Alain Pinel Realtors – Burlingame.
Stop by an open house on Sat. June 25 or Sun. June 26, from 1:30-4:00pm.
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Market Updates

Bay Area Market Summary 2013

February 12, 2014


Overall, 2013 was a banner year in the Bay Area real estate market – especially in the luxury and higher end markets our region is known for. While we have known the real estate market has been rebounding, this past year we saw that recovery dramatically accelerate. While the numbers showed limited inventory and historically low interest rates, the headlines told stories of multiple offers and bidding wars. With an influx of cash from booming tech companies and international buyers, sales and prices reached or exceeded pre-recession peaks in many of our communities. In some areas, year-over-year numbers show double-digit increases. For Alain Pinel Realtors, this meant a record breaking year in which we closed $10.5 billion, a 19% increase over our 2012 sales.
For a more detailed look at 2013 and the year ahead, check out our summaries on specific regions below:
East Bay: Limited inventory of homes for sale continued to keep a lid on the number of sales while driving sales prices upward and time on the market downward. Unlike buying frenzies of the past, overpriced and/or poorly prepared properties didn’t attract buyers, while properties that were priced well received a lot of attention, resulting in many multiple-offer situations.  We anticipate a more moderate increase in home prices as inventory begins to increase and the anticipated increase in interest rates somewhat dampen demand compared to 2013 levels.
Marin: 2013 was the best of times, and it was the worst of times. We struggled with a low inventory of houses all year, yet the number of homes sold was very good. In terms of homes sold, 2013 was significantly ahead of 2012 (California’s first year of recovery after the recession), and in May, July and December, even outperformed pre-recession numbers. All-in-all, this is a very strong indication that the recovery is alive and well.
Monterey Bay: The Monterey Bay is probably one of the most diverse areas of California, with prices ranging from $80,000 to $80,000,000. While total number of sales remained relatively level, we’ve seen an increase in median home price. In Santa Cruz County, we have seen a new energy in sales of $1 million or more. In Monterey County, we are experiencing more sales and fewer listings, which means that prices will go up even more. The overall market is now on solid footing and we project that 2014 should show continued growth.
Peninsula: The entire region is experiencing one of the shortest inventory selections in years. Multiple offers still abound, yet in most cases, fewer than earlier last year. Agents are finding themselves reaching out to their co-workers for upcoming offerings and priming their clients to react as quickly as possible when the right property comes on the market. The coastal area had a phenomenal increase in activity in 2013 and offers tremendous value in 2014 compared to many Peninsula areas. Although multiple offers are somewhat common in that market as well, they are not experiencing the frenzy that many Peninsula communities are.
San Francisco: The market continues to be a seller’s market with price appreciation continuing to rise in 2014. In most San Francisco neighborhoods, there is a shortage of available homes; however, record-low rates continue to drive buyers into the City. In addition, cash offers are plentiful, fueled by Silicon Valley and Pacific Rim buyers. New condominium developments will provide much needed product in 2014 on the Van Ness Corridor and Market Street. Multi-family and apartment buildings will continue to be sought after by value investors, motivated by record high rents paid by newcomers.
Silicon Valley: Because of the shortage of inventory and an excess of buyers, many transactions experienced multiple offers, with most properties selling over the listed price. Although the total number of sales was off slightly from 2012 (-5%), there was a dramatic increase in the median sale price (+23%). It is expected this robust marketplace to continue into 2014, especially during the first six months. Elements that will influence the rate of appreciation and level of activity in 2014 are: interest rates (it is anticipated they will rise), scarcity of inventory, and overall economic health.
Wine Country: While generally speaking the number of sales in the region was slightly fewer in 2013 than 2012, the average sales prices were significantly higher. 2014 is starting very strong as dryer conditions and warmer weather have resulted in many consumers flocking to the region. The hills may be brown instead of their lush winter green, but it’s great for wine country real estate, which traditionally doesn’t take off until the second quarter.
Overall, as we look towards 2014 in the Bay Area, we expect a healthier, balanced market. Lured by increasing prices, and new-found equity in their homes, we expect more sellers to enter the market, slowly increasing inventory. Some wild cards for buyers include interest rates, interest deductions and mortgage reform, and the actions of the Federal Reserve, which all can impact housing affordability. However, we expect sustained demand for home ownership and continued, but slower, growth in sales and home prices – leaving plenty of opportunity for buyers and sellers in 2014.
This article recently published in the Winter 2014 Exquisite Living.


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