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Mon Mar 16, 2009
Fred Schein answered:
The Mill Valley Dog Park is about 3 acres on Richardson Bay in Bayfront Park. You can learn more about it on the Park web site:
www.millvalleydogpark.org
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Thu Mar 12, 2009
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Fri Mar 6, 2009
Robert Chomentowski answered:
Very recently the new stimulus package raised the FHA jumbo loan limit back to $729,000. So you could buy a $755,000 home with 3.5%. With the price declines you can buy a lot of the houses in Marin with 3.5% down FHA loans! ... more
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Mon Aug 25, 2008
Cathy Youngling answered:
It depends on WHERE in Mill Valley you are commuting from. I live in the Tamalpais Valley area of Mill Valley which is the furthest south. If you live downtown Mill Valley you would add 5-10 mins to the commute. If you lived up the mountain, add a little more.

My first instinct was boy, I must drive faster than anyone here! I think of the commute as 20 mins to UCSF or Mt Zion. SF General would be a wee bit further. The problem I have in the city is not the drive (especially from the southern part of Mill Valley) but parking. If you work at the hospital I am sure you would have parking provided.

Basically, we found that when we moved to Marin in 1981, our commute was shorter than from our apartment in Pacific Heights to work South of Market!
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Sun Aug 24, 2008
Sylvia Barry, MAS,CIPS,SRES answered:
Hi Susan:

Sorry, work + back to school rush - Trulia took a backseat.

You know my answer - Marin, so I won't repeat. But I have to be honest, i am not familiar with Lafayette.

I do know that a lot of families are willing to either commute and/or pay a premium to live in Marin and they won't move away once they are here unless they absollutely have to.

I think that says a lot.

Sylvia
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Fri Aug 1, 2008
Sylvia Barry, MAS,CIPS,SRES answered:
Hi Kevin:

Depending on when you go, of course.

However, assuming you are going at the normal work hour (Is there any more Normal work hour in this Internet age?), you will be looking at not much traffic from Mill Valley down to the Golden Gate Bridge. You will, of course, get a fast track pass for the Golden Gate Bridge so you can get a $1.00 discount from the toll and then use the fast track lanes.

You will then hit traffic on 19th street, but most of the lights are timed and there is no left turns there, so the traffic will be slow but steady.

After you pass 19th, the route to South S.F., whether by highway 1 or 280 are both clear.

So, I'd count 30 to 45 minutes to South S.F. during work hour.

But E. Blithedale and Sir Francis Drake can be tough also.

Sylvia
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Sun Nov 11, 2007
Caren Horstmeyer 415 794-4311 answered:
Mill Valley is a wonderful place to live and was rated #10 best places to live in the United States in 2005 by CNN/Money magazine.

The Mill Valley market is driven by great schools, an easy and convenient commute to San Francisco and south and a charming downtown with good restaurants, book stores, cafes, shops and the arts.

When you look at the stats in Marin County it shows strong appreciation over time. People want to live in Marin County and not a lot of people leave Marin County. Additionally, there is limited space for building.

Here are some Mill Valley statistics for your information:

In Mill Valley in 1966, the average home price was $30,185. In 1976, $82,855. In 1986 $256,756. In 1996, $492,113. In 2006, $1,317,504. In 2007, to date, the average home price in Mill Valley is $1,413,077.

In 2007, Mill Valley has an average 57 days on market.

Over time, history shows Mill Valley has strong appreciation.

A softening in the market? It depends on the location and the house. There are still multiple offers in the market depending on the property.

Consider these factors when buying: Statistics show we are in a buyers market, a shift from the sellers market of the last 4-5 years. The interest rates are still low. You are not fighting in multiple offers on most properties so you are the winner (the multiple offer market had only 1 winner, the one who got the property), Marin County and Mill Valley show strong appreciation over time and the Bay Area is a fantastic place to live.

Call me if you have any questions or if I can be of help in anyway, 415 794-4311.
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Sun Nov 11, 2007
Caren Horstmeyer 415 794-4311 answered:
Hi Christine,

Mill Valley is a wonderful place to live and was rated #10 best places to live in the United States in 2005 by CNN/Money magazine.

The Mill Valley market is driven by great schools, an easy and convenient commute to San Francisco and south and a charming downtown with good restaurants, book stores, cafes, shops and the arts.

Christine, I know how you feel. Prices are already high, how can they go any higher? I have felt the same way, and it never ceases to amaze me that over time prices continue to rise. I have found that when I look at the stats in Marin County it shows strong appreciation over time. People want to live in Marin County and not a lot of people leave Marin County. Additionally, there is limited space for building.

Here are some statistics for your information:

In Mill Valley in 1966, the average home price was $30,185. In 1976, $82,855. In 1986 $256,756. In 1996, $492,113. In 2006, $1,317,504. In 2007, to date, the average home price in Mill Valley is $1,413,077.

Expected appreciation in Mill Valley? No one really knows. But over time, history shows it will appreciate.

Call me if you have any questions or need assistance at 415 794-4311.
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Fri Nov 9, 2007
Susan answered:
Hi Tam,

Do you know where the property taxes the lowest in the bay area?
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Tue Aug 28, 2007
Sylvia Barry, MAS,CIPS,SRES answered:
Hi Truc:

One other thing I neglect to mention is that if you have not done so already, you should go back and consult with the Realtor who sold you the property.

She should be quite familiar with the property and what happened to the previous owner and the building permit and plans and what not; as well asl some idea about working with Mill Valley which I know is a pretty tough to work with.

Sylvia
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Thu Aug 9, 2007
David duPont answered:
Halley,
Most major traffic issues commence past Mill Valley exits on 101. That said, there are the usual traffic issues in any town when dropping kids off at school and picking them up again. ... more
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Thu Aug 9, 2007
David duPont answered:
Find yourself a time machine... just kidding email me and I will put you in touch with the best mortgage borkers in the town, state and country.
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Fri Jun 29, 2007
Emily Erekuff answered:
Hi Linda,

The listings featured on Trulia have been extracted from indexed broker/agent web pages.

Please access the link below to review your submission options.

Best Wishes,

Emily Gibson
Customer Service Representative
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Mon Apr 23, 2007
Kristen O'Donnell answered:
You should speak to a local lender to determine what price ranges you should look in.
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Mon Apr 23, 2007
Kristen O'Donnell answered:
Very few homes in this area are sold successfully by owners, and we see very few foreclosures -- far less than in other parts of the country. Focusing only on FSBO's and foreclosures will result in an exceptionally long home search, possibly years, before finding the right home for your family. ... more
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Mon Apr 23, 2007
Kristen O'Donnell answered:
Mill Valley is primarily a community of single family homes. If a home is on the market for less than two weeks, a buyer should expect to pay the asking price or possibly up to 5-10% more for a home. Within 30 days of listing, the house might be able to be purchased for 1-3% below the asking price. Typically, sellers reduce their prices around 30 days on the market, so a buyer can expect to pay the reduced price at that time, starting the above timeline all over again. ... more
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Mon Apr 23, 2007
Kristen O'Donnell answered:
Mill Valley is a bit of a sleepy town. For big nights out, head to SF. The best museums are in SF, too. But Mill Valley is not light on restaurants and quieter nightlife. We have the famous Sweetwater club, where you might run into Bonnie Raitt or the remaining Grateful Dead members showing up to give an impromptu performance; regulars have reported more recent sightings of performers such as Alanis Morisette and Rob Thomas showing up spontaneously. There is a comedy club across the street where Robin Williams, Dana Carvey or other local talent might just show up. ... more
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Mon Apr 23, 2007
Kristen O'Donnell answered:
We have great access to fresh local produce. When I travel to other parts of the country, you can really see a difference in the quality of our goods. We have fabulous farmer's markets, and lots of variety, including organic products. Because the Bay Area is so innovative, we also have access to lesser known quality products and goods. We also have incredible art galleries, clothing stores including major worldwide couture designers from the world's best fashion houses, museums, great coffee and incredible restaurants that rival NYC. ... more
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Mon Apr 23, 2007
Jeannie Rorvik answered:
I like Maryanne Daly at 415 381-1869 or queenoftheloan.com. She's smart, savvy and easy to deal with.
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