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Erin O'Brien

Notable Listings / Sales

A Mediterranean-style marvel in Santa Clara County

August 17, 2018

Where: 744 Guinda Street, Palo Alto, CA 94301

This beautifully renovated, four bedroom, three bath Mediterranean-style home is located in the heart of the community. The first level of the home offers two bedrooms, a retro-style bath, refinished hardwood flooring, formal living spaces and a chef’s kitchen. The second level has a private master suite, featuring two terraces and a connecting bonus space, perfect for an office, nursery, or sitting area. The backyard is designed to be the ultimate entertainers spot, with an outdoor kitchen, six-person hot tub, terra cotta patio, and a detached artist studio or extra office. The basement is fully finished and complete with a great room and kitchenette, high ceilings, new carpeting and easy access to the backyard. Located near top Palo Alto schools with close proximity to the shops and restaurants on University Ave, Stanford University, Town and Country Village, Caltrain, Rinconada Park, and Lucie Stern Community Center, this property is the ultimate place for getting the most out of everything Palo Alto has to offer.

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This property is listed at $4,695,000 by Umang Sanchorawala of Alain Pinel Realtors’ Palo Alto office.

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Featured Open Homes Notable Listings / Sales

Spanish-style and simple elegance in Palo Alto

August 10, 2018

Where: 1099 Los Robles Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94306

This Spanish-style architectural gem has been updated over time to seamlessly blend simple elegance together with modern amenities, while still offering the utmost privacy on a picturesque 18,700 square-foot lot. Vaulted ceilings and multiple skylights in the formal and casual living spaces create a beautiful setting. The floorplan features an updated kitchen with quartz countertops, a family room with a fireplace, and a spacious master suite. There are many rich heritage details, including Spanish tile floors, reclaimed wood beams and wrought iron accents. The property features a two-car garage with an attached bonus office or workshop, as well as a home automation system for lights, fans and the hot water heater.

Oversized windows throughout the home are perfectly oriented to take in the natural beauty of the outdoor surroundings as well as letting in plenty of light. Multiple patios highlighted by signature trees, colorful plantings, arbors and a sprawling lawn and rock garden area make the grounds seem like a park.

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Come and see all this Santa Clara County stunner has to offer this Sunday, August 12 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. during our open house.

The home is listed at $4,380,000 by Christy Giuliacci of Alain Pinel Realtors’ Palo Alto office.

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Featured Open Homes Notable Listings / Sales

Entertainer’s Dream Home in Saratoga

August 3, 2018

Where: 13099 Brandywine Drive, Saratoga, CA 95070

With its outstanding location on an expansive, flat, cul-de-sac lot, this gorgeous one-story, mission-style ranch home boasts four bedrooms, three full baths, a separate office and bonus parking spaces. The sumptuous eat-in kitchen features a gorgeous island with granite countertop that opens up to a spacious breakfast room. The location is perfect for commuters and families, with its easy access to I-85 and award-winning Saratoga schools, plus walkability to shops and services. The fabulous, serene backyard offers loads of privacy, a luxurious jacuzzi and pool-side seating under two heated pergolas. The guest house with full bath offers the opportunity for a plethora of potential uses. An absolute entertainer’s dream home, this property is something you don’t want to miss!

Take a virtual tour to see visit this dream home online.

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Come see this exceptional space first-hand at our open houses this Saturday and Sunday, August 3 and 4, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

The home is listed at $3,198,000 by Meena Joglekar, Dana Rogers Burns & Cyndi Stewart of  Alain Pinel Realtors’ Saratoga office.

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Featured Open Homes

Elegant Edwardian Condo in Cole Valley

July 27, 2018

Where: 1141 Cole Street, San Francisco, CA 94117

This newly converted condominium is ideally located in Cole Valley. Situated in a classic Edwardian building, this unit has 3 bedrooms and 2 baths plus a remodeled kitchen that opens onto a deck above the garden. There is a large room on the garage level which is part of this unit, as well as one-car independent parking. The back garden is bright—with no building behind the unit blocking the light, it has an expansive feel. Walk down the street to shopping, Tech Buses or the N-Judah.

Take a virtual tour to see this quaint condo for yourself.

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Come experience its charms first-hand at an open house this Sunday, July 29 from 2 to 4 p.m.

The home is listed at $1,799,000 by Lance Fulford of Alain Pinel Realtors’ San Francisco office.

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Market Updates

Santa Cruz County Second Quarter Market Report

July 24, 2018

Q2 - Santa Cruz

In the second quarter of 2018, the Santa Cruz County market remained very healthy. Compared to the second quarter of 2017, sales were up 9% and sold more quickly, with days on market reduced by 24%, mirroring the same activity in the first quarter of this year. Inventory is still low and trending down, continuing a pattern of limited selection for buyers. The median price also rose again, up 4% in the second quarter and 5% year-to-date.

Market Updates

Santa Clara County Second Quarter Market Report

July 24, 2018

Q2 - Santa Clara

The Santa Clara County real estate market continued to be very strong through the second quarter of 2018. The early spring multiple-offer market has continued in specific marketplaces, but inventory has increased in most of our communities, taking some of the pressure off home buyers. The single-family median sales price for Santa Clara County now stands at $1,250,000 (up 29% year-to-date!), and the average sales price is approximately 106% above asking price. There may be good news for buyers on the horizon though, as inventory has continued to be added to the market and the available-to-purchase inventory level has improved to almost 50% over this same time last year. The increased available inventory probably won’t translate into a softening of prices as much as it will allow buyers more options in their quest for the perfect home in our valley.

Market Updates

San Mateo County Second Quarter Market Report

July 24, 2018

Q2 - San Mateo

While unit sales have slowed slightly in San Mateo County, there doesn’t seem to be relief from the ongoing trend of continued price increases. In the majority of San Mateo County cities in the second quarter of 2018, there were fewer properties sold than the same period in 2017, and on average, properties were on the market fewer days, while the median price rose 11% countywide.

Market Updates

San Francisco County Second Quarter Market Report

July 24, 2018

Q2 - San Francisco

The San Francisco market remains consistent with drastically low inventory. Nearly exact parallels can be seen between drops in days on market and increases in price. Most notably the districts in the southwest corridor are red-hot — Bernal, Mission, Excelsior, and Bayview are leading the way in demand and increases in price. These lower priced neighborhoods offer excellent freeway access to the Peninsula and Silicon Valley. In the more established higher-end districts, many homeowners see great equity in their market value, but are resistant to list and sell their homes since they do not want to become buyers in a seller’s market and want to avoid the probable higher property taxes and capital gain. The overall quarter-over-quarter price gain for San Francisco is strong, but many fear the sustainability of increases at this pace.

Market Updates

Monterey County Second Quarter Market Report

July 24, 2018

Q2 - Monterey

As a whole, the Monterey Peninsula real estate market is strong, with both sales and median price increasing nicely over the same period in 2017. The other two markers of a strong market – days on market and months of inventory available – are both on the decline which also indicates strength. Comparing the first half of 2018 to the first half of 2017, there is a steady upward trend in both number of sales and median sale price. Carmel Valley and Pacific Grove did have a slight decline in the number of sales, but this was due mostly to lack of inventory. In general, things continue to look rosy for Monterey County.