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We’ve recently taken a look at two Eichler neighborhoods (Upper Lucas Valley and Marinwood) in San Rafael, so I thought we’d head south and tour an exclusive Eichler enclave in Mill Valley. Just a handful of the 1700+ homes that Joseph Eichler constructed in Marin County were built in Mill Valley. Although Eichler had originally planned to build 99 homes in the Mill Valley neighborhood of Strawberry Point (aka Harbor Point), only 15 were actually constructed.

The Mill Valley / Strawberry Point Eichler homes are not typical Eichlers. Designed primarily by Claude Oakland and built in 1965, they are larger homes (between 2200 and 2900+ square feet) than the prototypical Eichler, and all have somewhat unique floor plans and custom or semi-custom

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All of you MCM fanatics out there will want to mark your calendars (if you haven’t already done so!) for the upcoming Palm Springs Modernism Week. Once the playground for some of Hollywood’s greatest celebs, including Bob Hope, Dinah Shore, Bing Crosby, Marilyn Monroe, the legendary Rat Pack; Palm Springs epitomizes the glamour of Mid-Century Modern design. Every February, the city pulls out all the stops with a grand celebration of everything Mid-Century Mod.

This year Joseph Eichler will be honored at Modernism Week with a day full of activities that include a tour of the newly constructed Desert Eichler homes, a 21st Century incarnation of Eichler’s original homes. In addition to Eichler Day, participants can attend films and lectures on

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Now that you have your checklist in hand, and you and your realtor have identified a few homes for sale that look interesting, it’s time to go house hunting. Let’s take a look at a few tips on house hunting dos and don’ts as well as some general suggestions to help make the process easier.

Just as in everything else in the world, manners count; and manners are really little more than using common sense and being respectful of other people and their property. That being said, when you are in someone else’s home as a prospective buyer you might do a few things that wouldn’t be polite if you were there as a guest; but, for the most part, the rules are the same as though you were an invited guest.

Don’t take food and drink into the house.

Do wear

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Finding the right house can take some time and patience, but being prepared takes a lot of the anxiety out of the equation. After you have decided on a realtor, worked through what your needs and wants for your new home are, established a budget and been prequalified for a loan, you are ready to start the hunt in earnest.

When you and your realtor visit prospective homes, be sure that you allow plenty of time to take a thorough look at each home you are considering. Despite seller disclosures and inspections you’ll have done if you enter into contract, it is smart to make an initial assessment of the general condition of the home. Walk through the home to get a feel for it, then start over and look at it through an inspector's eyes.  Armed with

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Now that you’ve taken the first steps toward purchasing your first home by choosing a buyer’s agent that you are comfortable with and working through the finances to determine what you can afford (and have been preapproved for a loan), it is time to sit down and set your priorities.

Before you begin house hunting, make a list of your needs and your wants. Your needs are what you absolutely must have. Wants are things that would be nice, but you can do without.

To get you started, here are a few things to consider:

  • Number of bedrooms and bathrooms
  • Single family home or condo
  • Architectural style
  • One floor, split level, or multiple stories
  • Master suite, walk in closet, master bath
  • Formal dining room
  • Family room, den, media room
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Just down the street from San Rafael's Upper Lucas Valley Eichler neighborhood that I recently profiled is Marinwood – aka Lower Lucas Valley - one of the six neighborhoods Joseph Eichler developed in Marin County. In fact, Marin is the only North Bay county where Joseph Eichler built his iconic California Modern style homes, and more than 800 of them can be found in Marinwood (Lower Lucas Valley) and nearby Upper Lucas Valley.

The first Lucas Valley community that Eichler developed is Marinwood, also referred to as Lower Lucas Valley. The 375 Eichler homes in Marinwood were built in 1957-58 and were designed by two of Eichler’s favorite architect teams – Jones & Emmons and Anshen + Allen. All the Marinwood Eichlers are 3 or 4-bedroom homes in 5

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If you are a first time homebuyer in Marin, I think you’ll be interested in a seminar being offered by Marin Modern Real Estate. While not geared specifically toward purchasing an Eichler, the workshop is specific to purchasing a home in Marin and will be helpful regardless of whether you are shopping for an Eichler, a contemporary home, or a traditional property.

I’ll be a guest speaker, as will Caprice Toledo, a mortgage advisor from Pinnacle Capital Mortgage Corporation. We’ll cover just about everything you need to know about purchasing a home in Marin; including the buying process, loan options, how to obtain financing, and an overview of the Marin real estate market. We’ll even discuss the pros and cons of buying vs. renting. Whether you come

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If you’ve decided that you are ready to take the plunge and buy your first home, the home buying process can seem intimidating. Purchasing a home is a big decision and if the thought of it gives you the jitters, you aren’t alone. To help make the process more doable it helps to break it down into stages. Take it step-by-step, put one foot in front of the other, and with a little hard work and a good realtor you’ll soon find yourself a proud homeowner!

Before you even start house hunting, set the stage for success by deciding who will represent you as a buyer and understand the finances of purchasing a home.

The first thing you’ll want to do is find a good Realtor. At first glance, this might sound like putting the cart before the horse. As a newbie

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In keeping with that old real estate adage, “location, location, location”, I’m starting the New Year off by touring Eichler neighborhoods. I thought it might be a fun project – and helpful to you buyers out there - to take a look at most, if not all, of them. First up, set in the rolling hills of northern Marin, is the Upper Lucas Valley.

The Lucas Valley is home to two Eichler neighborhoods, Marinwood (aka Lower Lucas Valley) and Upper Lucas Valley. Both are located just north of Lucas Valley Road on the outskirts of San Rafael.

The Upper Lucas Valley (ULV) is a community of around 400 Eichler homes that were built in the mid-1960s. The homes, designed by Jones & Emmons and Claude Oakland, are comfortably sized Eichlers, most ranging between

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Many of us start out the New Year with resolutions and a reevaluation of our priorities and goals. If you’ve never owned a home before, but have been toying with the idea, this is a good time for you to take stock and think about the pros and cons of owning your own home. Traditionally, homeownership has been considered a good investment and an important part of long-range financial strategy. That doesn’t mean, however, that homeownership is for everyone. If you are considering taking the plunge and purchasing a home, ask yourself a few key questions before making the decision to take on a mortgage.

  1. Am I ready to buy a house? Homeownership is a big responsibility. If you are considering homeownership because someone is pressuring you or you’ve
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