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Fall in the air and Halloween and Thanksgiving are just around the corner.  I can’t think of a better way to get into the spirit than switching up the décor of your house and yard.  This time of year, my kids love to make the yard spooky with gravestones and skeletons in the front yard and scary jack-o’-lanterns and witch’s cauldrons in the atrium.  Inside, I keep things a little more subdued, but still like to spice things up with a few touches that add seasonal interest.  A few splashes of orange brings Halloween into the house, pleasing the kids – but not overwhelming the adults; and anything that isn’t specifically Halloween themed can hang around until Thanksgiving is over.  I love this 2-for-1 way of decorating.  I can get the house ready for two

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You’ve spent a lot of time and money on your home.  You want to protect it from intruders – but you don’t want to drain the budget.  You have lots of options, but good home security starts with you and costs little more than having common sense and some good habits. There are some no/low cost things you can do to protect your home.  From there, you can add layers of protection – depending on your preferences.

Have smart habits

  • Keep your doors locked – even when you are home.
  • Close and lock all windows when you are away from home.
  • Put lights on a timer.  Burglars love an empty house and nothing says empty faster than a dark home.When you are on vacation, put all newspaper deliveries on hold – and ask a neighbor to pick up any fliers or
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If you just can’t wait for the official weeklong Modernism Week extravaganza in February, head to Palm Springs this weekend for a 4-day preview.  The festivities kick off on Friday, October 10, 2014 with tours of the Rat Pack’s playground and an Aloha, Modernism Week celebration featuring Hawaiian music, hula dancing, and a poolside showing of Elvis’ movie Blue Hawaii.

The fun continues on Saturday and Sunday with more tours, parties, modernist art exhibits, and the very first annual Palm Springs Modernism Show & Sale.  You can meet Nancy Baron, who authored The Good Life - Palm Springs, hunt for Mid-Century treasures at the Modernism Yard Sale, or hook up with other riders for a bicycling tour of the city.  Monday morning wraps things up with a few

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This weekend is a big one for Mid-Century Modern enthusiasts.  It is Docomomo US’ eighth year of celebrating 20th century building design with a national tour day.  With tours taking place in 37 cities across the U.S., the annual Docomomo event is one of the United States’ largest modern architectural and design happenings.

Here in California we’ll be living it up, Mid-Century style, in a big way.  Always larger than life, Palm Springs will kick off the party in typical style with their Modernism Week Fall Preview, which will run October 10-13, 2014.  On the actual tour day (October 11, 2014) the Los Angeles Conservancy is offering a twilight Modern by Moonlight walking tour of Los Angeles’ skyscraper filled Bunker Hill area.  Register now to avoid

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I grew up in the mountains of Amador County and my family often traveled up Highway 88 to fish in Bear Reservoir or Caples Lake, picnic and hike around Woods Lake, ski at Kirkwood, or simply enjoy the beautiful colors of autumn in Hope Valley.  Since then, I’ve moved from my hometown and traveled the world, but I still believe there is no place more beautiful in the fall of the year than the high Sierra.

When I was a kid, Hope Valley was always a quick day trip since we just lived down the road.  Today it is a bit farther away, but it is still a place that I love to visit – and I thought you might like it too.  Hope Valley is located in Alpine County along Highway 88.  As one of the largest alpine meadows in the Sierra Nevada, its streams and tall

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I’d am so excited to announce that our sister company, East Bay Modern Real Estate, has just moved its office to a fabulous new location in Jack London Square, Oakland.  The new digs are in The Bond at 311 2nd Street and are perfectly located for us to meet with our Eichler clients in the East Bay – and, when time allows, sneak out for a quick bite to eat at one of the excellent restaurants in the vicinity.

In addition to being a great place to meet clients, the new office can accommodate our seminars.  Our most recent East Bay Eichler Home Buying Seminar was well attended and we’ve had a lot of positive feedback, including praise from clients who have since become proud Eichler homeowners.  We have plans for more seminars, so, if you think you might

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Sixty years have passed and Joseph Eichler’s Greenmeadow neighborhood in Palo Alto is still going strong and, in fact, recently celebrated it’s birthday in the community-oriented style that Joseph Eichler envisioned for his developments.  Keeping with a Hawaiian luau theme, residents enjoyed a day of fun, food, and hula.

Palo Alto’s Greenmeadow is an Eichler development of 270 homes that were built in three stages, with the first two constructed in 1954 and ’55.  It was one of Eichler’s first efforts to attract a more upscale market and features larger 4-bedroom homes with six different floor plans, all designed by Jones & Emmons.  The Greenmeadow neighborhood centers around a community center and park that is the hub of social activity – and was the

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The Golden Gate Ferry’s Fall Schedule is returning with a most welcome addition for commuters who make the trek between Larkspur and San Francisco.  Last summer when I mentioned the possibility of more commuter options between the North Bay and San Francisco, approval of the plan had not yet been published.  Since my last report, the new schedule has been authorized, and I think it will be a welcome change for those of you who travel between the North Bay and the City on a regular basis.

Although one mid-day run has been eliminated for the fall season, the schedule has added a new 4 pm weekday departure from San Francisco, meaning that commuter ferries will run between San Francisco and Larkspur every 30 minutes during the evening commute hours. 

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This is the year for Heritage Homes of Petaluma’s Biennial House Tour and it promises to be an all day affair of fun and architecture.  The 2014 Petaluma House Tour will include 6 private homes and 2 historic buildings.  What is of special interest to all of us Eichler and Mid-Century Modern fans is the fact that one of this year’s featured homes is a home built in the early 1960s.  Other homes open for show will include a charming 1918 cottage, a 1929 Craftsman home, and a Greek revival home built in the 1870s.  The two historic buildings in the show are a Mid-Century (built in 1948) “work in progress” live/work space and a 1920s building that is currently home to a French farmhouse antique shop. 

The rules for a home to be considered for status as

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If you’ve ever wondered what living in a floating home would be like, you’ll have your chance to find out this Saturday when the Sausalito Floating Homes Association presents the 29th annual Sausalito Floating Home Tour.  This year, the tour’s theme is The Artistry of Waterfront Living and we’ll be treated to the talents of resident artists as well as being introduced to the art of living on the water.  And, yes, I imagine it is a bit of an art.  Just as living in an Eichler home is unique – living on the water is even more unique and, I imagine, comes with its own set of delights and challenges.

If you have already taken in a tour or two, don’t be too quick to have the “been there, done that” attitude.  This year there will be at least 16 floating

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