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View from the Top: Touring San Francisco's New Tallest, Mixed-Use High-Rise

August 23, 2017

Earlier this month, APR’s director of career development for San Francisco, Marin and the Wine Country, Christi Willits, led an APR Master’s Training Group to one of the highest points in San Francisco to talk about the future.
From the 70th floor of 181 Fremont Residences in the city’s SOMA neighborhood, APR agents Nestle Lapena, Subhi Barakat and Adam Lash were introduced to the city’s tallest mixed-use high-rise with a behind-the-scenes hard-hat tour.

The APR Group (Pictured from Left to Right: Nestle Lapena, Subhi Barakat, Adam Lash, Rick Turley, and Christi Willits)
“The best way to see San Francisco’s future is to step foot into it and share these experiences with our clients,” said Willits of the tour. Touring the 70th floor, 7,000-square-foot penthouse, listed for sale for a record $42 million, the APR group also toured other to-be-completed floors of the building, and received an early preview of several two- and three-bedroom layouts planned for just above the building’s wrap-around observation terrace.
According to Willits, first-hand knowledge of San Francisco’s newest luxury developments – knowing the construction, the design elements and luxe-trends – will help prepare the area’s agents to be better informed about the changes and rapid developments across the Bay Area. “We’re experts in our industry,” said Willits. “The way we remain experts is to go beyond what we see on paper or online. We have to have these types of experiences and insights to best relate to the luxury buyer interested in new construction in the Bay Area and beyond.”
The APR Master’s Training Group was accompanied by APR Sales Manager Rick Turley, as well as representatives of 181 Fremont Residences.

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Featured home: 25021 Hidden Mesa Court in Monterey

March 17, 2017

Custom villa with panoramic ocean views
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Where: 25021 Hidden Mesa Court, Monterey, CA 93940 (Listing | Tour)
Resting on 1.4 acres of sun-soaked land, this custom villa and separate guesthouse provide the best scenery Monterey County has to offer. Breathtaking ocean views from Santa Cruz to Monterey Bay highlight the beauty of the area. An outdoor kitchen, pizza oven, and fire pit, make this home’s spacious patio great for outdoor entertaining. The inside of the residence was crafted with exquisite architectural detail and high-end finishes. A gourmet chef’s kitchen and a wine cellar with cork flooring are just a couple of the amenities this home has to offer.
With unbelievable views, extensive living space and prime location in the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District, this estate makes for a superb family compound, investment opportunity, or car enthusiast.
The 6,378 square-foot home and property include:

  • 4 bedrooms
  • 5 baths
  • 4-car garage attached to main villa
  • 3-car garage with guesthouse
  • High vaulted ceilings
  • Wine cellar
  • Pizza Oven
  • Media Room

Listed as $3,298,000 by Monika Campbell of the Carmel office

Notable Listings / Sales

Featured home: 11 Jewel Court in Oakland

November 11, 2016

The crown jewel of the court

TwilightsB_18Where: 11 Jewel Court, Oakland (listing | tour)
This Phillip Perkins-designed 4 bedroom/ 3.5 bathroom house impresses with contemporary sophistication, from its stylish street presence to its airy atmosphere to its luxurious amenities. Thoughtfully arranged with a unique, horizontal floor plan, it is part of on newly developed cul-de-sac neighborhood in the Montclair Hills that has become a showcase for custom homes from a select group of architects and home builders.
Two garages on either side of the house and different tones of stucco make a statement of balance and symmetry. Inside, the foyer welcomes you with an Italian Cambria tile balcony overlooking a canyon and dramatic bay view. The home opens to gracious spaces with high ceilings, recessed lighting and an open layout.
The chef’s kitchen includes a large island with waterfall edges, refined quartz surfaces, high-end appliances, two sinks, LED lighting and a polished, European design. Imagine enjoying your coffee in the breakfast nook surrounded by bay and canyon views. The living room has several oversized windows on either side of the fireplace, creating an incredible panorama.  In the formal dining room, two walls are formed by sliding glass doors that open onto the central patio, extending the living space and creating seamless indoor/outdoor entertaining opportunities.
The mezzanine bedroom suite is a private refuge replete with gorgeous views, a modern fireplace, generous walk-in closet and spa-like bathroom. Up a flight of stairs is a reading nook with views of city lights in one direction and hillside lights on the other.
Down the hall, the luxurious, comfortable master bedroom provides a sanctuary. A fireplace creates a cozy retreat for winter nights, while an overhead fan and access to the wraparound balcony cools down summer evenings. The sleek bathroom has fabulous details: a glassed-in shower with six jet sprays, beautiful glass tiles and vessel sinks, a free-standing tub in front of a picture window framing Sibley Park, a large walk-in closet and a separate WC with toilet and bidet.
A convenient laundry room and an office or nursery complete this level. Downstairs there are two more guest bedrooms with a full bathroom.
One of Montclair’s newest streets, Jewell Court is perched high on the hill and conveniently located equidistant from Oakland and Orinda. Privacy and quiet, comfortable level-in living, deluxe detailing and bright and modern style make this home a sparkling gem.
Listed at $1,895,000 by Rick Richetta of Alain Pinel Realtors – Oakland Hills.
See more homes for sale in Oakland | Visit our Alameda County community page.

Notable Listings / Sales

401 Palomar Drive in Redwood City

October 21, 2016

Elegant Palomar Park manor offers a charming escape

EntranceWhere: 401 Palomar Drive, Redwood City (listing | tour)
Just listed! This impeccable five-bedroom, three-bath Palomar Park manor is offered for sale for the first time in 30 years. A design jewel of the West, the classic English kitchen has been featured in Sunset Magazine. The home offers nearly 3,000 square feet of living space on beautifully landscaped third of an acre.
From the master bedroom, enjoy enviable views of the San Francisco Bay and Stanford’s famed Hoover Tower. The formal living and dining rooms afford ample opportunities to entertain family and friends in style, with large bay windows and intricate picture molding. White wood paneling lends the bonus room and light and airy feel—with plenty of natural light.
Tinker freely in the detached artist’s studio soaking up inspiration by the natural surroundings. The quiet back garden truly is a tranquil retreat populated by roses, bougainvillea, and azaleas.
To top it off, the home is just minutes to highway 280, highway 101, shops, restaurants, miles of trails, and state parks. It’s an ideal central location for exploring the best the Bay Area has to offer.
Listed at $2,088,000 by Vanetta Wiseman of Alain Pinel Realtors – Los Gatos.
View more homes for sale in Redwood City | Visit our Redwood City & Woodside community page

Featured Open Homes Notable Listings / Sales

Featured Home: 3 Heron Drive in Mill Valley

September 26, 2016

Classic Mediterranean home with luxurious details

Front of home3 Heron Drive, Mill Valley (listing | tour)
Located in the Strawberry Point neighborhood in peaceful Mill Valley, this is a beautiful and majestic Mediterranean home with exquisite designer features. Enter into the grand two-story foyer with split staircase. Upstairs, find the spacious private master bedroom suite, two additional bedrooms (each with private updated bathrooms), and an office/den. The two formal living rooms are detailed with intricate inlaid wood floors, fireplaces, and crown molding. Each room includes a private tiled terrace.
Offered at $2,750,000.
See more homes for sale in Mill Valley | Visit our Marin community page

Notable Listings / Sales

Featured home: 1530 North Lake Boulevard in Tahoe City

July 15, 2016

Rustic luxury with stunning lake views (and access)

1530 North Lake Blvd TahoeWhere: 1530 North Lake Boulevard, Tahoe City (listing | tour)
Luxury lifestyle at the lake in this beautifully handcrafted lake front home. Lake views from every room. Wonderful for entertaining and includes a gourmet kitchen, game room, and a spacious great room with lake views. Smart home security system, heat and sound system. Private 100′ beach, pier and 2 buoys. Great location just outside of Tahoe City. This is the luxury lifestyle you are looking for!

  • Bedrooms 5
  • Bathrooms 7+ Full
  • Square Footage (+/-) 6239
  • Lot Size -1
  • MLS 20161024

Offered at $6,950,000. Listed by Linda Granger
See more homes for sale in Tahoe City | Visit our Lake Tahoe community page

Featured Open Homes Notable Listings / Sales

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.
See more homes for sale in Burlingame | Visit our Peninsula community page

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Alain Pinel Realtors: Exquisite Living Summer 2014

July 30, 2014


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Alain Pinel Realtors is proud to present our Summer 2014 Exquisite Living – our premier digital luxury lifestyle magazine. The magazine allows readers to immerse themselves in the luxuries of the Bay Area by browsing through visually rich and engaging content. Using the latest technology, flip through it just like a regular magazine, and get a tour of the Bay Area and beyond. In addition to featuring the greatest and most luxurious properties and estates from all the regions we serve, we made sure it included information about the latest trends in luxury, market information, and both property and community spotlights. With easy to use sharing features, the magazine can be shared through social media, on websites, and by email – this is another way Alain Pinel Realtors brings widespread exposure to our listings.
The winter edition takes a special focus on the Peninsula – including a look at its many new restaurants, the best museums, and a look at how the Peninsula is changing the luxury bathroom. It also features 1 Faxon Road –  a grand estate reminiscent of a fine Italian manor on a gorgeous lot in the Circus Club area of Atherton.
Don’t take our word for it – start exploring Exquisite Living today – and experience the APR difference.
 

Notable Listings / Sales

12 Bay Area Pools on the Market Now

May 1, 2014

Luxury comes in all shapes and sizes – different things appeal to different people. But as the Bay Area is reaching record temperatures as we enter May, I think most us can agree – it certainly would be nice to have a pool. We’ve taken a look at our current inventory and found our favorite Bay Area pools from homes that are currently on the market. It’s worth taking a look and perhaps a warm day dream.
PENINSULA
1 Faxon Road in Atherton
1 Faxon Road in Atherton
91 Isabella Avenue in Atherton
91 Isabella Avenue Atherton
166 Olive Hill Drive in Woodside
166 Olive Hill Drive Woodside
SOUTH BAY AND MONTEREY
9548 Estates Drive in Gilroy
9548 Estates Drive Gilroy
499 Aguajito Road in Carmel
499 Aguajito Road Carmel
11640 Jessica Lane in Los Altos Hills
11640 Jessica Lane Los Altos Hills
19711 Canon Drive in Los Gatos
19711 Canon Drive Los Gatos
MARIN
94 Laurel Grove in Ross
94 Laurel Grove Ross
117 Laurel Grove in Ross
117 Laurel Grove Ross
EAST BAY
25 Macomber Road in Danville
25 Macomber Road Danville
5239 Blackhawk Drive in Danville
5239 Blackhawk Drive Danville
1632 Via Romero in Alamo
1632 Via Romero Alamo

Market Updates

Luxury is Alive on the Peninsula

April 21, 2014

Author: Rainy Hake, Executive Vice President, Alain Pinel Realtors
This article ran in the April 18th, 2014 Palo Alto Daily News publication Premier Homes, pg 10.

Last week, it was announced that the “Copper Beech Farm” estate in Greenwich, Connecticut sold for $120 million. While the property sold for $70 million below the original asking price of $190, the 51-acre estate still captured the title as the single most expensive home sale in the country ever.
While the Bay Area might not be home to the highest single-family home sale in the nation, it is no stranger to luxury. The highest property currently on the market is the impressive $69.8 million “Flood Estate,” sitting on over 90 acres in Woodside. Communities in the Bay Area – including Atherton, Menlo Park, Los Gatos, Los Altos Hills, and many more are known for their high-end homes that fetch some of the highest average prices in the country. It is no surprise that they are consistently among the most expensive zip codes in the nation.
As we wrap up the first quarter of the year, the report remains much the same as it has in the previous year – with constrained inventory, prices are continuing to elevate, while the number of sales are slightly down when compared to last year. It will really be this next quarter that communicates the true economic direction for the year, as warmer weather and seasonal changes usually draw more sellers to the market.
While this is the case for the general real estate market, when you look at the highest price points in the Bay Area, you will see a more favorable story. If you look at Santa Clara and San Mateo counties – there are a considerable number of homes over $3 million on the market (94 and 95, respectively). While this may not seem like many, when you look at supply and demand at this price point it is reflective of a relatively healthy inventory.

What is most interesting in the numbers is the year-over-year increases we are seeing. While the rest of the market is slightly down when it comes to number of sales (-9% in Santa Clara County and -6% in San Mateo County), we are seeing high double or even triple-digit increases in the number of sales of homes priced over $3 million and $5 million – and 2013 was a good year! For both Santa Clara and San Mateo counties almost half of the quarter’s sales over $5 million happened in March alone.
While these numbers are fairly impressive, they are actually understated because these numbers are taken directly from the MLS – and at the highest ends of the market, we see more “off-market” listings and transactions. So, if anything, this means that the actual activity in the luxury market is even better than statistically reported.
As we enter the spring, one thing is clear – the luxury and high-end market is alive and well in the Bay Area.


rhakeAbout Author:

Rainy Hake currently serves as the Executive Vice President of Alain Pinel Realtors where she plays a role in managing the strategic direction of the company, and also oversees the Marketing, Technology, Training and Strategy departments. She has over 15 years of experience in the real estate industry and holds and MBA from the University of Oxford.