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Wed Aug 23, 2017
Danielle Miller answered:
Tue Oct 4, 2016
Matt answered:
I live on the south facing side of Tam Valley in the back. It is about 10 degrees warmer than the city, but about 10 degrees colder than San Rafael. However, this is most often only true in the summer. It can be very hot as well. Most days in Spring, Fall and even Winter are warm to extremely hot. It is currently 4pm and 75 degrees in my house. ... more
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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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Mon Sep 21, 2015
Guest asked:
Is Sycamore Park in the fog belt?
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Sun Jul 19, 2015
Richard Richardson answered:
You agents must be delusional - all the people who actually live there are saying there's a lot of crime and to lock your property and yet everyone saying "there's not crime here" are agents... Seems like most agents just care about selling than actual reality. ... more
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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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Tue Sep 16, 2014
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Mon Jun 23, 2014
Truliaanswers answered:
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Wed Nov 20, 2013
chefmail23 answered:
Good for kids=safe?
Sure. But the vacuum / bubble / Stepford aspect can be a harmful formative influence.
Drug use is prevalent among teens and preteens as there is nothing for children to do here.
Add to that the absentee parenting / nanny-will-do-all-the-work mentality and you end up with kids that
feel entitled and neglected.

Speaks volumes that most young adults leave immediately after high school.
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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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Mon Oct 28, 2013
Dianne Andrews answered:
I recently sold a home to a client at the tip of Strawberry and she absolutely adores it. It is a favorite walking spot for dog owners, and has dramatic San Francisco and water views. It is a very quiet neighborhood, and does not have the freeway noise. It has not only the great shopping center for convenience of boutiques, Safeway, and great restaurants, but also the ever so popular Rec Center with its swimming pool, and baseball field, where the schools play on the weekends. It is also appealing for commuters to the City or the North Bay, or East Bay, as access to the freeway is so nearby. Again, as others have mentioned, if you prefer the cozy downtown feel of Mill Valley, and the trees, coffee houses, and boutiques, the other side of the freeway is probably a better bet. Best to drive around and walk around to see what appeals to you. I am a 20 year Mill Valley agent so if you need any help finding your next Dream Home, I would be happy to help you ... more
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Fri Aug 30, 2013
Audrey Moira Shimkas answered:
May is lovely, but from June through August the skies are overcast and the temp is cool until about August when the sun finally shines on through the fall. But you can't beat the beauty of the area all year long. ... more
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Mon Jun 24, 2013
Kelley Eling answered:
In addition to spiritual and cultural life in Marin, it's beautiful and it's safe. Very family-oriented. I know of no better place to live.
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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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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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Mon Jan 16, 2012
Madeline Schaider answered:
Hi Sue,
I have also sold many homes on Shoreline and off of Shoreline in Tam Valley - and used to live on Shoreline Hwy. for a short while. I really enjoyed living there but yes, traffic can be an issue - esp. on the weekends and sunny days, but there are alternate routes to take to mitigate the problem. If you google the area and look at the routes, you could probably see the various backroads off Marin Ave. and/or Loring.

The benefits to living in that area are that you are closer to SF, 101, the beaches, Muir Woods and great hiking.
Prices are a bit less per sq ft than say downtown Mill Valley, Middle Ridge, and other areas. Resales are usually more days on market in general, esp. if the addresss is Shoreline, so pls. consider the overal picture when you decide.
Good luck,
Madeline Schaider
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Tue Nov 29, 2011
Janice answered:
I suggest staying clear of Mill Valley Middle School and adjacent Mill Valley Community Center as they were both built on top of an old dumpsite containing carcinogenic chemicals and generating highly explosive, highly flammable landfill gases. ... more
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Tue Sep 13, 2011
Sunnyview answered:
I would suggest asking this question on the Marin City-Data forum and seeing if you can look up the point to point commute information on a site like Walk Score

I have had really good luck on the city data forum for street level commute information in getting replies from people who have experience driving from different a communities at different times. Hope it helps.
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Tue Jun 21, 2011
Dallas Texas answered:
Recommend for you drive it yourself determine truth of how you can handle this situation OR find alternate routes
Lynn911 Dallas Realtor & Consultant, Loan Officer, Credit Repair Advisor
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Tue Jun 21, 2011
John Arendsen answered:
If you really have to relocate to Mill Valley I can't help you. But if you should reconsidering a move to San Diego please give me a call.
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