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Feb
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EXCEPTIONALLY MODERN IN LOS ALTOS

Where: 25 West Portola Avenue in Los Altos (listing | virtual tour)
Open: Sunday, March 1st, from 1:30 to 4:30 pm

A masterful expression of contemporary design in one of the most sought-after cities on the Peninsula. Built in 2008, the home presents a wonderful flow of energy with a curvilinear theme inside and out and an array of amazing amenities – from an interior footbridge across a koi pond to the 39-foot indoor saltwater pool that fully integrates with the lower living areas. The open design is remarkable, surprisingly spacious, the floor plan spans over 5,400+/- square feet of living space with a GreenPoint rating.

This home is listed by John Forsyth James and Lizbeth Rhodes of Alain Pinel Realtors Palo Alto.

Offered at: $4,988,000

See more homes for sale in Los Altos. | Visit our Silicon Valley community page.

 

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Feb
20

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180-DEGREE VIEWS IN CARMEL MEADOWS

Where: 2925 Ribera Road in Carmel (listing | virtual tour)
Open: Saturday, February 21st, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm and
Sunday, February 22nd, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm

In the highly desirable neighborhood of Carmel Meadows, this home has it all! 180 degree pastoral & lagoon view, it’s bird watchers Paradise. Beautifully renovated with sophistication and style this modern open plan living inspires entertaining, Indoor-outdoor spaces are seamless. Gourmet kitchen with a huge island. Boasting four bedrooms and three full bathrooms, don’t miss this one!

This home is listed by Aimee Darby of Alain Pinel Realtors Carmel.

Offered at: $1,795,000

See more homes for sale in Carmel. | Visit our Monterey Bay community page.

 

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Feb
13

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QUIET SERENE CALISTOGA HOME WITH MERLOT VINES

Where: 3088 Foothill Boulevard in Calistoga (listing | virtual tour)

Very quiet serene setting with seasonal creek, 25 year old Merlot Vines on 2.25+/- level acres. Tastefully remodeled home. Kitchen with tile floor, new cabinets with granite large island. New stainless steel appliances, Kenmore Elite brand. Double oven, refrigerator w/water, microwave & dishwasher. All baths remodeled with Travertine, tile and slate. Wood accent ceilings and a large barn. Wonderful location close to downtown Calistoga and wineries.

This home is listed by Britt and Barbara Johnson of Alain Pinel Realtors Novato.

Offered at: $1,395,000

See more homes for sale in Calistoga. | Visit our Wine Country community page.

 

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Agents Sound Off

 

Julie Leitzell
Mill Valley
415.309.7074
jleitzell@apr.com

Question: How important is it for Bay Area residents to carry earthquake insurance? Why or why not?

Answer: Whether a homeowner should carry earthquake insurance depends on where the home is located, how it is built, the level of retrofitting and the kind of soil it sits on.

In Marin County, the majority of older neighborhoods are built on rock and solid soil. That’s one reason most of my clients forgo the earthquake insurance. Another big factor is how much equity they have in their home, and also the amount of damage that would have to happen to meet their deductible.

Given that our median price in Marin is hovering around $1 million, and many homes will cost at least that much to rebuild, those homeowners who have earthquake insurance will spend at least $100,000 on repairs or rebuilding before an insurer begins to pick up the costs. Given the history of Marin County’s earthquake damage, many residents feel it’s more financially prudent to ‘self-insure’ and have funds in the bank for repairs should they be necessary.

However, everyone should consider the possibility that their home could be a total loss in an earthquake. The Earthquake Authority has made its insurance more attractive in the last decade, adding content insurance, an allowance for temporary housing and an option for a lower deductible. Log on to the California Earthquake Authority website to find an easy-to-use calculator that estimates premiums based on various scenarios.

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Feb
06

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PEACEFUL TRUCKEE ESCAPE

Where: 12648 Greenwood Drive in Truckee (listing | virtual tour)

This light and bright home offers plenty of south sun exposure and room to play! A perfect full-time residence or mountain-escape to create lasting memories. A quiet street and yard full of beautiful pine and fir trees allows for a peaceful and private setting, while entertaining on the deck or running around the large backyard. Convenient to hiking trials, mountain biking, cross-country skiing, downtown Truckee, Boca-Stampede recreation areas and Northstar ski resort. Only 30 minutes from downtown Reno!

This home is listed by Linda Granger of Alain Pinel Realtors Lake Tahoe.

Offered at: $425,000

See more homes for sale in Truckee. | Visit our Lake Tahoe community page.

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