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Featured Home: 130 Laurel Grove in Ross

March 13, 2015

Where: 130 Laurel Grove in Ross (listing | virtual tour | video tour)
Perfectly sited on nearly an acre of level land facing southwest! Turnkey gated oasis offers ideal indoor-outdoor lifestyle. Grand scale public rooms, including two family rooms, open to sweeping level lawns, blue stone patios, verandas, sparkling pool, gardens, BBQ area and outdoor fireplace. Remodeled and expanded 2008. Four bedrooms including master suite upstairs, and a guest bedroom and library on the main level. Nana Doors, 3-car garage, solar heat, wine room. This is truly a rare delight.
The home is listed by Stephanie Lamarre of the Alain Pinel Realtors Corte Madera – Central Marin office.
Offered at: $7,995,000
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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

Featured Open Homes

OPEN HOUSE: 555 Oak Avenue in San Anselmo

April 18, 2014


Where: 555 Oak Avenue in San Anselmo (listing | virtual tour)
When: Sunday, April 20th, from 2:00 – 4:00 pm.
Magical panoramic views across the Bay through the entire Ross Valley enchant you from this over 1.5, mostly level acre, retreat. The gated compound consists of a charming three bedroom, two bath updated main house with open floor plan, separate office, one bedroom, one bath apartment and two car garage. There is an expansive patio with center fountain and big stone fireplace, pool and large parking area. This very special property inspires peace and creativity.
The home is listed by Lindy Emrich of Alain Pinel Realtors Corte Madera – Central Marin. See more at
Offered at: $1,275,000
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Notable Listings / Sales

Happy Valentine's Day: The Love Story Behind Exquisite Ross Estate

February 14, 2014

Where: 94 Laurel Grove in Ross (listing | property site)
Located in one of three estate areas of Ross, 94 Laurel Grove features a peerless location, exquisite new construction, acreage, and accessibility. This coveted grey shingle home is listed for $7,495,000 by Donna Goldman of Alain Pinel Realtors Ross office, a top agent handling purchases and sales for her many satisfied clients, who is also known for securing superb off-market properties for her buyers.
The seller of 94 Laurel Grove, Dr. Frederic Newton, thought it would be a fun adventure to develop the property, and set out to create a home that would take full advantage of its sunny and private park-like setting. Every last detail was incorporated to enable a family-oriented lifestyle.
“This is a story of how dreams really do come true,” said Goldman. “My client built this incredible home, all the while noting that it was fabulous in every way – except he was lacking what he considered the most important finishing touch: a wife to enjoy it with.”
And that’s just what happened when Newton built his dream home. Newton lived as an eligible bachelor in the original Laurel Grove home for many years with his children. As fate would have it, while the house was under construction, Newton met his wife through a blind date. During their courtship they often stopped by the house during construction and enjoyed discussing the numerous finish options and making the seemingly daily decisions on one thing or another. The result of this effort is indeed exactly what Newton set out to create.
The couple is off to new adventures, circumnavigating the world on their luxury residence at sea. Thus, the sale of 94 Laurel Grove.
The exceptional, single-story 5bd/4.5ba home features 10-foot-high ceilings, black walnut floors, CATV wiring, and air conditioning throughout. The formal living room and dining room, and large front porch and poolside patios are spacious gathering spots perfect for entertaining. The eat-in kitchen features marble countertops and an adjacent media room. The multi-functional suite could be used as an office or guest room, or fifth bedroom. In addition, a separate guest house with a full kitchen sits over the carriage house-style 3-car garage.
The 1+/- mostly level acre offers lush, manicured grounds including extensive use of Connecticut blue stone and New York cobblestone. The heated pool and spa area are reminiscent of a private resort. For animal lovers, the spectacular property also includes a private dog run.
For more information about the property, visit
Listed at: $7,495,000
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Featured Open Homes

OPEN HOUSE: 1 El Camino Bueno Avenue in Ross

August 9, 2013

Where: 1 El Camino Bueno Avenue in Ross (listing | virtual tour )
When: Sunday, August 11th, from 1:00-4:00 pm.
Listed at: $3,600,000
Reminiscent of Napa Valley, this fabulous Steve Wisenbaker-designed renovation is perfectly sited on a sunn and private .67 acre in the coveted flats of Ross.
All the main room of this 5BR/5BA home open directly to the resort-like grounds complete with a pebble tec pool, stone wood-burning fireplace and built-in BBQ, spacious patios, lawns, fruit trees, and vegetable gardens. The grounds also include a quaint pool house – perfect for guests, au pair, office, or gym.
The grand scale living, family, and dining rooms – the latter has hosted dinner parties for 24 — feature vaulted ceilings and flow to the outdoors. In the state-of-the-art kitchen you will find a window-seat banquette with easy views of the yard, honed calacatta marble counters, Subzero refrigerator, Bosch dishwasher, Wolf range with grill, and an adjacent butler’s pantry with a wine vault and “drop-zone” desk. Nicely separated from the public spaces are the four large bedrooms and three full baths, including a spectacular master suite with adjacent dressing room (or office/exercise room) and limestone bath with a 6-jet shower.
No detail was missed in this renovation: high end finishes, intricate millwork, custom cabinetry, dual pane Loewen windows and doors, hardwood floors, plantation shutters, custom built-in AV system (including a drop-down movie screen in the family room), and even the perfect mudroom.
1 El Camino Bueno Avenue is truly special home has been a popular gathering place for parties and events. Ideally located in the desirable Winship Park neighborhood, near Ross School, the Branson School, and the popular shops and restaurants of Ross and San Anselmo.
The home is listed by Stephanie Lamarre of the Alain Pinel Realtors Corte Madera – Central Marin office.
See more homes for sale in Ross. | Visit our Marin County community page.


APR in the News

Alain Pinel Realtors Growth into Marin County Continues With Opening of New Ross Office

September 17, 2009

Alain Pinel Realtors (APR) is pleased to announce further growth in the Marin County real estate market with the opening of a new boutique office in Ross. This comes on top of the opening of two offices in Marin County earlier this year, with new branches opening in both Corte Madera and Novato in March. There are now 31 APR offices in Northern California and approximately 1,300 agents.
The new APR Ross office, a space shared with SL:ID STUDIO, founded by principal designer Samantha Lyman, is a place where Ross Valley homeowners and prospective homeowners can obtain information and advice about Ross Valley real estate. Visitors can view a slide show of Ross Valley homes for sale as well as samples of Lyman’s furnishings and accessories. In the conferencing area, real estate counselors will provide information about the Marin marketplace, Ross Valley amenities such as schools, shopping, police and fire protection, parks and recreational facilities.
“We’re very excited to announce the opening of our third Marin office,” said Larry Knapp, President of Alain Pinel Realtors. “It establishes a stronger presence in the luxury Marin market where our plans include more offices in the future.”
Steve Dickason, Vice President of Alain Pinel Realtors Marin office, will oversee the Ross office and ensure delivery of our comprehensive services and support to local agents and clients. “We are delighted to be opening an office in Ross and, with Samantha’s vision, to be able to provide such a uniquely pleasing, living room environment for our local clients to meet with their agents,” said Dickason.