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Holly_nissal…, Home Buyer in Mill Valley, CA
Thu Oct 1, 2015
Holly_nissalke answered:
I thought property tax in Marin was always based on the sales price of the home. We have been in our house 10 years and the property tax continues to rise as does the stated value of our house as listed on the tax bill. ... more
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Guest, Other/Just Looking in Gilroy, CA
Mon Sep 21, 2015
Guest asked:
Is Sycamore Park in the fog belt?
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Janice,  in Los Angeles, CA
Fri Jul 10, 2015
Janice answered:
Yes. the school sits on top of the former Mill Valley Dump.
The Biggio Brothers owned the property from the 1920s into the 1950s and accepted wastes from the city of Mill Valley and private haulers. Mill Valley Middle School, Mill Valley Recreation Center, soccer and baseball fields all now occupy the old dumping ground. Soil testing done in the 1980s and 1990s revealed that chemicals, including antimony, arsenic, benzene, toluene and heavy metals had contaminated the soil and groundwater. Alarm systems were installed in the school and recreation center to alert people if landfill gases into the buildings. Pipes installed in the dumpsite collect the chemical gases and release them into the air at the rooftops.
I'm surprised and saddened that the community isn't more concerned about the health and safety of residents, especially children. who spend long hours on this toxic dumpsite.
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canyongal, Other/Just Looking in Larkspur, CA
Wed Apr 2, 2014
canyongal answered:
Don't forget to look at Madrone Canyon full of's worth looking at many families are very happy there. As a child it would be a magical place to grow up.
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Deborah Rodg…, Real Estate Pro in San Rafael, CA
Tue Feb 25, 2014
Deborah Rodgers answered:
There are some beach front properties near the Portofino Apartments. Close to water is great, higher up the hill is called Hurricane valley for a good reason. There used to be a wonderful Indian Restaurant on the water there and on warm summer nights you could hang out with all the windows open in a tank top. Truly heavenly. I love Sausalito. There are so many just have to find the best one for you! I enjoy the live music every Friday night in the Park during the summer. See You there. ... more
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Joanne Schri…, Renter in Sausalito, CA
Thu Jan 2, 2014
Joanne Schriber answered:
I moved to Lower Crescent Ave before I ever heard that this area is called Hurricane Gulch. I am glad to say that I have not experienced any bad weather…..yet???? It is sunny every day. I moved back to the Bay Area after thirty two years in the Seattle area, and believe me, you can't compare. So far, so good!! ... more
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Tom, Renter in 98033
Wed Nov 6, 2013
Tom answered:
your not getting answers to the question , your are getting sales pitches to use thier services. think of it as 4-6% of $1.2 in your example , split between the two real estate companies that represent the buyer and seller. Each agent gets a percentage of that number from the real estate company. the homeowner that is selling the property pays the commisions normally ... agents can give up commisions to gets deals done if needed... agents in a tight market are worth every penny they earn. dont get hung up on commisions pick a good agent and pay them fairly. ... more
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Mitra Niadj, Real Estate Pro in San Rafael, CA
Thu Aug 1, 2013
Mitra Niadj answered:
$675,000 on July 22/ 13.
Please let me know if you have any other question?

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mmonday01, Both Buyer and Seller in Pacifica, CA
Sat May 18, 2013
mmonday01 answered:
I would chalk part of it to the "ebbs and flows" of life. I grew up in MV mostly in the 70's and moved away with family in '79. Back then it was a different scene. I imagine this current scene will also run it's course. My personal feelings are the younger generation are not so materistic, they don't want expensive cars or huge homes. So this may cycle through in time. I'd like to move back with my own family if we could only afford it. As an aside, we drive a beat up 96 Toyota Corolla. I hope they don't sneer at us! ... more
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People Inves…, Other/Just Looking in Los Angeles County, CA
Sun Feb 3, 2013
People Investigating Toxic Sites answered:
Find out locations of closed dumpsites (landfills) before moving to Marin County. I know of homes, parks and schools built on former dumpsites in Mill Valley, Larkspur and Corte Madera. Recently, there was yet another gas leak at Mill Valley Middle School which was built on top of an enormous landfill containing carcinogenic chemicals and highly explosive, highly flammable gases. Protect yourself and your family by doing the research before you move. ... more
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Kathleen Dir…, Real Estate Pro in Sausalito, CA
Sat Dec 29, 2012
Kathleen Diringer answered:
how big of a home do you need? You can purchase a larger home in San Rafael. San Anselmo base prices are higher due to a number of different factors. Great question, many factors - suggest you look at both areas. ... more
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Liz McCarthy, Real Estate Pro in Greenbrae, CA
Wed Oct 24, 2012
Liz McCarthy answered:
If your children are indeed very young, Belvedere may be a bit harder to navigate with strollers, but on the positive side, it's very close to the services in town of TIburon and you can easily walk there. Tiburon in general also isn't known as a "walkable" town, as it encompasses a large geographic area (unless you happen to find a home at the tip of the Peninsula (near Belvedere) where you can walk to the restaurants and shops right near the ferry. You didn't ask, but down-town Mill Valley is known as one of the most "walkable" areas and is very desirable for families for that reason.

On a side note: The weather in general in Tiburon and Belvedere (and Mill Valley) has MANY micro-climates, depending upon where your house is. It's important to understand this phenomenon that many folks moving to Marin from other parts of the country don't anticipate.

Last summer, all of Southern Marin (Mill Valley, Tiburon, Belvedere and Sausalito) were exceptionally cold and foggy for the most of the summer. Towns just north, (starting at Corte Madera, Larkspur, Greenbrae, San Anselmo , Ross and Kentfield.are MUCH warmer in the summer). The winter weather tends to be similar wherever you live. If you do enjoy warm summer weather, this should be taken into account when you are looking for the best place to end up in Marin County.

As it sounds as if you are a mom to young children, I'd highly recommend joining the Southern Marin Moms Club. For a small annual membership fee, you can ask MANY moms their opinions of all the different towns in Marin. the link for the mom's club is:

Liz McCarthy
Broker McGuire
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John Arendsen, Real Estate Pro in Leucadia, CA
Wed Oct 10, 2012
John Arendsen answered:
You may find this useful, however, no one has a crystal ball when it comes to predicting where and when earthquakes will hit or the severity therein. This link will give you a breakdown on the areas that are considered most vunerable.
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David Hatch, Home Buyer in San Anselmo, CA
Wed Sep 12, 2012
David Hatch answered:
I work for Trulia and live in the Sleepy Hollow area of San Anselmo. To me it feels like a small town. Although its only 45 mins from San Francisco, it has a very "country" feel. You are definitely surrounded by nature and its not uncommon to see deer or turkeys strolling through your yard. At night, since there is very little background light, you can see the stars very clearly. Often you can hear owls and coyotes.

The schools are awesome and the people/community is very kid friendly. You can see more info Trulia has on this area here:
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Mark Adams, Real Estate Pro in Novato, CA
Fri Jul 6, 2012
Mark Adams answered:
Below is a link to governments of Marin website is a good starting point. This talks abut all the cities located in Marin County. Also, a link to the Marin Office of Education. Please feel free to contact me if you need any other help. Below is my webpage.
all the best,
Mark Adams
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Michelle McC…, Real Estate Pro in San Rafael, CA
Thu May 24, 2012
Michelle McCarthy answered:
Dear Angie,

Marin County has all together has about 13 cities and towns. Each city has its own unique flavor or style and depending on what your needs are its hard to say which one is best for you. They all have their own little personalities. For example, San Anselmo is a great family community and bohemian and quaint, and close to all the things you mentioned above. Where as Sausalito is more of a boating community and I would say has fewer families in that area and that is also because the school district is rated a bit lower. You have to also consider the "weather" ,if that is important to you because if you choose Sausalito, Mill Valley or Tiburon you will have cooler temperatures and fog in the summer. If you go North of there the temperatures are much warmer and no fog in summer.

So it is really a more personal choice as far is what is the best city. Also, all the cities are in close proximity so parks and family friendly places are very accessible and each city has its own holiday parades, art shows, and events. It would be best if you came here and you were driven around Marin so you could see which is best fit and feels right to you.

I assist with Dominican University in Marin County with their potential candidates for deans. When they relocate here I give them a tour of Marin so they can see all the cities. The other thing to consider is prices. The highest price homes in Marin are Belvedere, Ross and Tiburon based on the best school ratings and location.

If your interested I can send you a relocation package.

Thank you.
Michelle McCarthy
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Liz McCarthy, Real Estate Pro in Greenbrae, CA
Tue May 22, 2012
Liz McCarthy answered:
The best map to look at this time of the year is wunderground, here is the link. I like this map a lot as it shows LOCAL weather in different parts of Marin and you can watch as the fog comes in and the different temperatures in such a small County.

You'll likely have to plug in our zip code to center the map:

I LOVE this map! I use it at my Marin Seminar:

Liz McCarthy
Broker, McGuire
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Oggi Kashi, Real Estate Pro in San Francisco, CA
Mon May 21, 2012
Oggi Kashi answered:
Tiburon has a good public school system. The crime rate is very low throughout with respect to the rest of Marin County. Depending on the age of your children, access to parks and water, views, weather, avoidance of the tourist areas and quick access to the freeway, there are many options to consider.

I recommend renting for a while in order to make the best decision for your family.

Oggi Kashi
Broker Associate, Paragon Real Estate Group CA DRE 01844627
All data from sources deemed reliable but subject to errors and omissions, and not warranted.
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Carefreesale…,  in San Marin, CA
Wed Apr 18, 2012
Carefreesales23 answered:
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