SF Gate: Mill Valley | Location is everything at the intersection of redwoods, bay shore, shopping, and dining

SF Gate: Mill Valley | Location is everything at the intersection of redwoods, bay shore, shopping, and dining

The proximity to streams, trees and hills makes Mill Valley an iconic location for trail adventures from bicycling to hiking, or even running. The grueling Dipsea trail race over the hills to the sea started in 1905. It includes 7.4 miles of trails, from downtown Mill Valley to Stinson Beach, but it's quite exclusive. Only 1,500 runners are allowed, mainly locals.

Forbes: The Most Beautiful California Town You've (Probably) Never Heard Of

Forbes: The Most Beautiful California Town You've (Probably) Never Heard Of

Just a ferry hop from San Francisco, but world’s away from the city hustle, Tiburon is arguably California’s best kept paradise—where un-hurried New England charm meets Italian riviera seascapes, miles of unspoiled coastal trails, and laid-back luxury that’s refreshingly un-flashy (aka the world’s wealthiest live here….but keep it on the down-low). Not to mention a quaint downtown so adorable it's straight out of a storybook. Here’s how to take the perfect weekend escape in this bucolic Bay Area haven.

Q2 2019: See what's happening in the Marin County Real Estate Market

Q2 2019: See what's happening in the Marin County Real Estate Market

Home sales activity in Marin County in the second quarter picked up solidly compared to the challenging start to the year. And while overall sales still trended slightly below last year’s second quarter, sales of homes priced above $2 million saw a stronger rebound finally falling in line with last year’s sales.

Q1 2019: See what's happening in the Marin County Real Estate Market

Q1 2019: See what's happening in the Marin County Real Estate Market

As in most of the Bay Area, first quarter housing market activity in Marin remained challenging, leading to fewer overall sales compared to last year. However, most of the decline in sales came from homes priced above $3 million, while lower priced homes fared relatively better than in most of the other Bay Area regions.

Q4 2018: See what's happening in the Marin County Real Estate Market

Q4 2018: See what's happening in the Marin County Real Estate Market

While 2018 home sales activity in Marin County generally maintained a steady momentum, the pace of sales slowed in the fourth quarter, with most price ranges posting fewer transactions than at the same time last year. However, sales of homes priced between $2 million and $3 million posted a solid gain compared with the fourth quarter of last year.

5 Mistakes City Families Make When Moving to the Suburbs

5 Mistakes City Families Make When Moving to the Suburbs

We get it—when it’s time to go it’s time to GO. But, at the same time, making the move from the city to the suburbs is the biggest decision you’ll ever make for yourself and your family—and it’s one you shouldn’t take lightly. 

Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup

Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup

The four us are all about cooking, gathering around a table and eating (and drinking) the night away. So when we find a crowd pleasing recipe that can be made ahead of time AND taste ridiculously awesome, we file it under #cookthisagain. If you’re looking for a show stopping dish to bring to Thanksgiving this year, here’s a roundup of our tried and true holiday favorites that will never steer you wrong. Happy Thanksgiving from Own Marin!

Q3 2018: See what's happening in the Marin County Real Estate Market

Q3 2018: See what's happening in the Marin County Real Estate Market

Third-quarter housing market activity in Marin County struck a new balance between buyers and sellers following a period of strong buyer competition and depleted inventories. Sales of homes priced below $1 million slowed notably, as budget-conscious buyers faced higher mortgage rates and a shortage of homes for sale. As a result, sellers were more likely to reduce their initial asking prices than at the same time last year.

Q2 2018: See what's happening in the Marin County Real Estate Market

Q2 2018: See what's happening in the Marin County Real Estate Market

Second-quarter home sales activity in Marin County mostly reflected typical trends observed in the previous few years. Nevertheless, sales of homes priced higher than $3 million started off slightly slower before catching up toward the end of the quarter. The strongest demand was for homes priced between $1 million and $3 million.

Fairs, Festivals, and More: The Best Bay Area and Lake Tahoe Spring Events

Fairs, Festivals, and More: The Best Bay Area and Lake Tahoe Spring Events

We don’t know about you, but we always look forward to spring in the Bay Area, which officially begins next week. The whole region comes alive with a variety of festivals, fairs, and events. Below, we’ve compiled a selection of exciting events from each of our Northern California regions, including Lake Tahoe. So shed your winter skin and get ready to enjoy good times, good food, and celebrations!

Will Increased Savings Drive Millennial Homebuyer Activity in 2018?

Will Increased Savings Drive Millennial Homebuyer Activity in 2018?

A new report forecasts that first-time homebuyer activity will increase this year, and if that comes to pass, one reason may be because millennials’ financial-planning habits have notably improved over the past few years.