Pacific Union Quarterly Report: Q3 2017

Bay Area home prices rose on an annual basis in the third quarter in every region in which Pacific Union operates. Get all the latest market data, plus expert commentary from Chief Economist Selma Hepp, in the Pacific Union third-quarter real estate report.


Pacific Union Quarterly Report: Q3 2017

Bay Area home prices rose on an annual basis in the third quarter in every region in which Pacific Union operates. Get all the latest market data, plus expert commentary from Chief Economist Selma Hepp, in our third-quarter real estate report. #contracostacounty #eastbay #laketahoe


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Selma Hepp – Rising From the Ashes: How Will…

Pacific Union Chief Economist Selma Hepp examines the implications of the devastating Wine Country fires on the Napa and Sonoma county real estate markets.


Selma Hepp – Rising From the Ashes: How Will…

Pacific Union Chief Economist Selma Hepp examines the implications of the devastating Wine Country fires on the Napa and Sonoma county real estate markets.


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Just Sold! 14 Sierra Circle, San Rafael, $1,500,000

14 Sierra Circle, San Rafael

You will surely be enchanted by this one-of-a-kind, magical property and masterfully crafted A-frame home located at the end of a highly coveted cul-de-sac in desirable Gerstle Park. Set back from the street, you immediately feel you have entered a private, exclusive retreat to call your own. Enjoy a leisurely walk along meandering stone paths to explore an abundance of magnificent Redwood trees throughout this ~18,000 sqft property. Relax beside the tranquil waterfall flowing into a pond or enjoy some quiet time under the large scale Redwood gazebo. The beautiful three bedroom home plus media room has the same tranquil feel as the property with a style reminiscent of Tahoe living. The grand scale A-frame living room with floor to ceiling windows and fireplace opens to the kitchen/dining area complete with granite counter tops, stainless appliances, and plentiful cabinetry. Large master suite with walk-in closet, fireplace, and bathroom with limestone counters and floors. Also on the property is a detached structure with private access. The entire home welcomes the natural surroundings into every room making it a truly special place to retreat to. The setting is prime for outdoor living and entertaining with custom amenities to enjoy including built-in stainless barbecue, stone fireplace and hot tub in private enclosure wired with outdoor speakers. This is a unique opportunity for nature lovers who crave tranquility and privacy. Although you feel like you are a million miles away the convenient location can’t be beat ~ close to downtown San Rafael, local parks, shopping, dining, transportation and close freeway access. Zoned for Sun Valley Elementary.
Property Details and Features:
  • 3 Bedrooms / 3 Bathrooms plus media / bonus room with full bath
  • Approx 2,634 sqft home / Approx 18,000 sqft lot
  • Extensively remodeled 2002 – 2005
  • Grand scale A-frame living room with fireplace
  • Open kitchen concept with adjacent dining area opens to side patio and brings in natural surroundings
  • Granite slab kitchen countertops and backsplash, stainless appliances
  • Master suite with fireplace and bathroom with tub & shower stall
  • Anderson windows
  • Oak hardwood floors
  • French doors
  • 2 Fireplaces
  • Skylights
  • Laundry closet and mud room
  • Garage
  • Extremely private grounds and spectacular setting that include meandering stone paths throughout Redwood trees, gazebo, waterfall and pond, built in bbq, outdoor fireplace, hot tub, detached cottage (unpermitted)
  • Sun Valley Elementary School
Following is a list of Seller improvements made to the property:
  • Refinished main level floors and buffed stairs and upper landing (2017)
  • Painted interior, with exception of two bathrooms (2017)
  • Stained front entry stairs (2017)
  • Planted new plants in containers at side walkway (2017)
  • Installed stone retaining walls, drainage and debris flow fence (10/95)
  • New decks, converted carport to garage and 260 Sq. Ft. addition for media room (5/96)
  • 355 Sq. Ft. addition and remodel of existing residence (10/96)
  • 1600 Sq. Ft. addition including 2nd story and whole house remodel (10/02)
Additional improvements completed during major remodel 2002 – 2005:
  • 25 year asphalt shingle roof
  • New high efficiency gas water heater and furnace
  • Replaced sewer line from house to street
  • Whole house fire sprinklers installed
  • All windows and doors are Anderson dual pane
  • Granite slab countertops and back splash in kitchen
  • Granite slab showers and countertop in 1st level bath
  • Granite slab shower and granite tile flooring in main floor bath
  • Limestone slab shower and countertop, limestone tile floor in master bath
  • 4” wide plank oak flooring on main floor and staircase
  • 20 foot high wood beamed A-frame ceiling in living room
  • 42” gas fireplace in living room
  • 9 foot wide limestone facing on living room fireplace
  • 36” wood burning fireplace in master bedroom with granite slab facing
  • Limestone flooring and granite countertop in laundry area
  • Two flat panel dual pane skylights in stairwell
  • Interior speakers installed
  • Wired for exterior speaker system
  • Wired for home theater
  • Copper gutters, downspouts and chimney shrouds
  • Cedar siding and trim on exterior
  • 2nd story bridge/ catwalk to gazebo
  • Flagstone over concrete walkway and rear patio
  • Landscape
 Over $200,000 in outdoor improvements completed over a 10 year period, including: site work, excavation, grading, stone walls, concrete walkways, spillway, pond with waterfall, outdoor stone fireplace, redwood gazebo, built-in stainless steel bar-b-que / grill with stone countertop, exterior copper path, pillar and trail light fixtures.

Just Sold! 25 Hawthorne Ave., San Anselmo, $1,491,000

25 Hawthorne, San Anselmo

Prepare to be completely captivated by what is sure to be San Anselmo’s hottest new listing in the highly coveted Hawthorne Hills neighborhood. This masterful renovation of an iconic vintage home is the perfect creation of modern farmhouse while honoring the period details of yesteryear. Every inch of this 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom home is magazine worthy with high-end finishes and custom design elements emanating style and sophistication while still evoking a warm and inviting place to call “home”. The stunning living room with impressive vaulted tongue and groove cedar plank ceiling is the ideal setting to relax by the stone fireplace or soak in the sun shining through the oversized picturesque windows. The spacious kitchen with stainless appliances, custom wood paneled ceiling and new hardwood floors opens through French doors to the outdoors with grassy lawn and covered dining area to enjoy the warm San Anselmo weather dining al fresco. The four bedrooms are all generous in size and boast custom closets while one bedroom has a little secret hide away thoroughly enjoyed by children. Both bathrooms have been exquisitely remodeled using the finest materials including ceramic tiles, cast iron glazed bathtubs, custom wood panel walls and fixtures and hardware that elevate the style to the next level. From the artisan lighting throughout to the gorgeous interior solid panel doors nothing has been overlooked. Indoor / outdoor living is an absolute created for the complete enjoyment of children and adults alike with custom brown shingle playhouse (affectionately called “The Roost”), oversized chalk board and built-in sandbox amongst plentiful fruit bearing trees. The lifestyle to be enjoyed here is further enhanced by an idyllic neighborhood with a strong sense of community, walking distance to schools, hiking trails, town, transportation and more. This very special property is the epitome of what a “home” should feel like. This opportunity doesn’t present itself often, now is the time to seize it.

Following are additional features and details you can expect to see during your visit to 25 Hawthorne Avenue:

  • Refinished Oak hardwood floors as well as recently installed wood floors in kitchen, playroom, stairs, and hallway
  • Garage with an abundance of storage and 3 off street parking spaces
  • Walk to Brookside Elementary school, hiking trails, town, transportation and more!
  • Air conditioning and Nest controller
  • Newer appliances including: (chef’s 18,000 btu Thermador range Samsung refrigerator, LG oversized front load washer and dryers
  • Custom paneled walls in 1st-floor bathroom and kitchen ceiling
  • Cast iron, period vent covers
  • Period push-button electrical switches
  • Screen printed wallpaper in the kitchen
  • Custom cedar handrails
  • Landscaped front and back yard with low-water plantings and irrigation system
  • Two historic cedar trees as well as fruit bearing trees including pear, fuji apple, mandarin orange, blueberry bush and edible garden

Additional improvements / upgrades include:

  • Upgraded electrical panel
  • Freshly painted exterior
  • Replaced all interior doors with solid panel doors & new period hardware
  • Replaced all ductwork and venting
  • Upgraded all bathroom ventilation systems
  • Smoothed ceilings throughout house
  • Copper landscape, path lighting

Kitchen Renovations Offer Homeowners the…

Homeowners who are tackling a few remodeling jobs before putting their properties on the market would do well to consider completely overhauling or upgrading their kitchens, the projects that offer the biggest returns on investment at the time of sale. Learn more on the Pacific Union blog. (Photo: iStock/EpicStockMedia)


Kitchen Renovations Offer Homeowners the…

Completely overhauling or upgrading a kitchen are the home-improvement projects that offer the biggest returns on investment at the time of sale.


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