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Feature Home: 20 Afar Way in Montara

November 14, 2014

Where: 20 Afar Way in Montara (listing | virtual tour)
Built on a two +/- acre lot in Montara, this beautiful constructed home sits overlooking majestic views of the ocean and hills and an expansive soccer field sized lawn. The home includes four bedrooms and three and a half bath rooms each with ample room. Two of the bedrooms are master suites; one on each level of the home. The home features hardwood floors, a two-story tall, open family room with an impressive fireplace and built-ins, and lots of windows throughout. Three-car garage with expansive parking pad and a large driveway.
This home is listed by Patrick Ryan of Alain Pinel Realtors San Mateo.
Offered at: $2,595,000
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Featured Open Homes Notable Listings / Sales

OPEN HOUSE: 3 Vineyard Hill Road in Woodside

September 19, 2014

Where: 3 Vineyard Hill Road in Woodside  (listing | virtual tour | video tour)
Open: Sunday, September 21st, from 1:30-4:30 pm
Presiding over 3 acres on the scenic corridor of premier central Woodside, this 4 bedroom custom home has been renovated with an aesthetic that is bold and modern yet graceful and warm. The exceptional craftsmanship is never more apparent than with the dramatic ceilings that span the living areas – each an architectural work of art. Extraordinary details are many throughout the property – hand-cut stone exterior walls, book-matched granite, floating glass counters, and beautifully finished white oak floors, to name a few. Tremendous walls of glass provide a seamless connection with stone terraces that wrap around the rear of the home and the wooded backdrop is quintessential Woodside. Tucked away in sheltered privacy are a pool and spa, as well as a fully fenced tennis court – everything needed for the ultimate Silicon Valley lifestyle.
The home is listed by Mary Gullixson and Brent Gullixson of Alain Pinel Realtors Menlo Park. See more at
Offered at: $8,800,000
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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

Featured Home: 1 Faxon Road in Atherton

July 25, 2014

1 Faxon Road
Where: 1 Faxon Road in Atherton (listing | property site | video tour)
This grand estate on a gorgeous 1.7+/- acre lot in the Circus Club area is reminiscent of a fine Italian manor, with 12,800+/- square feet of true old-world craftsmanship. The quality of this home is evident in every detail—from the curved millwork and fine stonework, to the Venetian plaster walls. The home features superb communal spaces, including the formal living room, dining room and kitchen.
Entering through the manicured gardens and into the grand foyer with 25’ ceilings and an imperial staircase, you will find a home that blends grandeur and comfort. Despite being able to host large galas, this home is also remarkably comfortable for everyday living. The home features 5 large bedrooms, including a spectacular master suite. Impressive outdoor features include the entertainment terrace, pool, putting green, and outdoor kitchen.
This home is listed by Mary and Brent Gullixson of Alain Pinel Realtors Menlo Park.
Offered at: $21,988,000
See more homes for sale in Atherton. | Visit our Peninsula community page.


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.
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
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
94 Laurel Grove in Ross
94 Laurel Grove Ross
117 Laurel Grove in Ross
117 Laurel Grove Ross
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

Notable Listings / Sales

Featured Home: 740 Windsor Drive in Menlo Park

April 25, 2014

Where: 740 Windsor Drive in Menlo Park (listing | virtual tour)
This stunning new construction encompassing three levels of absolute luxury in Menlo Park has 6 bedroom, 5+ bathroom (4 ensuites). The spacious recreation room, customized wine cellar, fabulous kitchen and family room contribute to its high-end and modern feel. Outside is beautifully landscaped. Located just about a half mile from downtown Menlo Park shopping and dining, it is also close to Stanford.
740 Windsor Drive is listed by Ali Faghiri of Alain Pinel Realtors Menlo Park.
Offered at: $5,495,000
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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.
Featured Open Homes

OPEN HOUSE: 502 Coos Court in Foster City

March 7, 2014

Where: 502 Coos Court in Foster City (listing | virtual tour)
When: Saturday, March 8th, from 2:00-4:00 pm &
Sunday, March 9th, from 1:00-4:00 pm.
Listed at: $1,650,000
Prime Dolphin Bay cul-de-sac location, stunning 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath plus office home, with grand entrance, cathedral ceilings, open plan living room, gourmet chef’s kitchen, luxurious master suite, large private yard with flag stone patio & pool, custom finishes make this home a rare find. Walking distance to Boothbay Park, shops, elementary school, sports fields and waterfront dining.
502 Coos Court is listed by Michelle Bodley of Alain Pinel Realtors San Mateo.
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Notable Listings / Sales

Featured Home: 60 Monte Vista Avenue in Atherton

February 28, 2014

Where: 60 Monte Vista Avenue in Atherton (listing | virtual tour)
Privately positioned on just over one acre, this magnificent property is a residence of chic sophistication and modern elegance. A striking palette of neutral colors and rich mahogany presents a timeless backdrop that allows furniture, lighting, and art to be the focal point of each room. Completed in 2007 with architecture by the world-renowned firm of Hill Glazier, the three-level home is comprised of 5 bedrooms plus a pool-side cabana with every inch of the property offering unparalleled luxury and a soothing ambiance. Cutting-edge technology provides for the ultimate in comfort and convenience, a home theatre and wine cellar have been designed by the best in the industry, and a spa bath and fitness center provide for health and well-being. Completing the setting are formal grounds that evoke a resort-like atmosphere in a palette of white and green with a sweeping limestone terrace beside a sparkling pool and spa.
This home is listed by Mary Gullixson and Brent Gullixson of Alain Pinel Realtors Menlo Park.
Offered at: $16,950,000
View this property and more incredible estates in Exquisite Living Winter 2014 – Alain Pinel Realtors exclusive luxury magazine.
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Notable Listings / Sales

Featured Home: 224 Ridgeway Road in Hillsborough

January 10, 2014

Where: 224 Ridgeway Road in Hillsborough (listing | virtual tour)
A Classic Colonial beautifully renovated in the finest materials with impeccable taste is situated on approximately .84 acres of gorgeous gardens with tennis court, pool and cabana in Hillsborough. This gracious 7 bedroom, 6 bathroom with 2 half-baths has an elegant formal living room, dinning room and front room plus a solarium and an upstairs sleeping porch.The home also features spacious sun-infused rooms with access to lovely grounds and terraces.
The home is listed by Anne Riley and Andrew Greenman of the Alain Pinel Realtors Burlingame office.
Offered at: $5,850,000
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