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General Area in Novato : Real Estate Advice

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Fri Jul 6, 2012
Sylvia Barry, MAS,CIPS,SRES answered:
I live and work in Novato and both of my boys went through the Novato public school systems. We love the town and the schools here. Give me a call at (415) 717-0293 so we can chat about Novato.

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Thu Mar 12, 2009
Mary Kay and Kathy Yamamoto answered:
There are many good neighborhoods in Novato. We could make more valid
suggestions if we had an idea of your price range, minimum number of
bedrooms and baths, school preferences (if any), etc. We tour new listings
in Novato every week, and we've sold many Novato properties over the years.
In fact, Kathy lives in Novato, and I lived there for 7 1/2 years when the
girls were younger, so we have experienced living in Novato as well!

Let us know if we can be of any further assistance!!

Mary Kay and Kathy
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Mon Mar 9, 2009
David Corbin answered:
Hi Julie!

Yes, there are other areas besides Hamilton in Novato. I would be happy to email you properties that are currently for sale in Novato if you would find that helpful. Please let me know. I have been selling homes here for over 23 years and would be glad to help you find your new home here. Please visit my website at for helpful information regarding Novato's real estate market and what it has to offer.
If you would like to discuss your real estate needs please contact me at 415-328-5186 or email me at

Dave Corbin
Frank Howard Allen Realtors
915 Diablo Avenue
Novato, CA 94945
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Thu Aug 14, 2008
Sylvia Barry, MAS,CIPS,SRES answered:
Hi Cj:

So, did you end up buying a house in Novato? - from your previous post. - just curious.

One of my clients who moved to L.A. last year has a moving company she used several times before. We requested a few others to come out for a comp (that's probably what you should do) when she moved this time, and her company won out again.

If you like, please do email or call me.

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Fri Jul 11, 2008
Sylvia Barry, MAS,CIPS,SRES answered:
Hi CJ;

The only thing i know that's fixed is Novato Disposal, which we are paying $47.25 every three month. This includes all garbage pickups, recycles and special clean ups twice a year.

The others, such as PG&E and water really depends on the usage. For PG&Es, depending on the energy conservation features you have, there can be a big difference in the usage.

Our house is bigger, huge windows, high ceilings, double pane windows, and our PG&E bills varies, two teenage boys, a few computers/laptops, all high efficiency appliances, fluorescent light bulbs, no air conditioner (we don't believe in that for Novato), and our bill is between $100 - $160 a months.

For water, we conserve water - low flow toilets/faucets/shower heads (required at point of Sale for North Marin Water District). We have a great yard, but not much great grass - the grass is sad thanks to the drought warning and Duke, ), our bill are about $20, $30 a months. A lot of people have drought resistant plants (which might allow you to get rebates from NMWD if you replace lawn with drought resistant plants). We don't have a pool.

Then you have to add Comcast / Direct TV, High speed Internet, insurance, earthquake insurance (if you want that), flood insurance (if your house is on flood zone), cell phone charges, ..etc

Both North Marin Water District and PG&E sometimes have tiered pricing structure to encourage saving energy and depends on the season and usage, you may get surcharges. Those add up. You might to call them to get the rates.

Hope this helps..

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Fri Aug 15, 2008
Sylvia Barry, MAS,CIPS,SRES answered:
When you drive from either North or South 101 into Novato, you will be awed by the breath-taking scenery as you enter. As you get to know Novato, and just look all aroudn you, you will be constantly amazed and reminded as how lucky you are to live here. There are several areas in Novato, each with their own characteristics. Novato is famous for it's surrounding hills and Open Spaces with small town feel and wonderful schools.Some noted areas are the Partidge Knolls areas, San Marin, Pleasant Valley; Indian Valley for Horse properties; Black Point and Green Point areas sites on a ridge overlooking acres of oak trees, distant petaluma river, marshland; Pacheco Creek, Country Club area; Hamilton, Ignacio, Stone Tree, Down Town (new town and old town), and many other areas, to name a few. Each suites many special needs for the residents. Depending on what you are looking for, we have the right place for you ... more
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