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The holiday season is beginning and for many of us that means travel is on the agenda. Whether it is a trip to Grandma’s for a few days or a long anticipated vacation to an exotic location, I think we all worry about leaving our home unattended – and never more so than during the holidays.

While having (and using) a home security system is at the top of the list, there are a few simple precautions you can take to help secure your home and give yourself peace of mind.

  • Let your neighbors know you will be away. Even if you don’t know them well, give them a heads-up so they can keep an eye out for anything out of the ordinary. You might want to share your contact info with them as well.
  • Don’t tell the rest of the world you will be gone. Social
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Here’s a heads up to all you Mid-Century Modern fans out there. It isn’t too early to set your plans in motion for the granddaddy of all Modernism festivals. Although the 2016 Palm Springs Modernism Week isn’t until February, tickets are on sale now. Every year the show gets bigger and better – and this celebration promises more of the same.

Events will include cocktail parties and dinners, films and lectures, shows and sales, and just about every kind of tour imaginable. Party where the Rat Pack played, join Shari Belafonte for dinner, tour homes designed by MCM architect Bill Krisel, check out a collection of vintage trailers, play pinball on classic machines, have Martinis on the Mountain, and do some Mid-Century Modern shopping at the 16th

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It’s a not-so-well kept secret in the real estate world that despite conventional wisdom, October is a good month to sell you home. That being said, if you missed the October sales-fest, it doesn’t mean that you’ve missed out on getting your home sold!

Once-upon-a-time school calendars, with their September – May schedule, controlled the residential real estate market. Moms and Dads wanted to find their new home and get the family moved while the kids were out of school for the summer. While spring and summer are still a great time for selling and buying a home (particularly if the move means a change of schools for the children), autumn and winter have come into their own.

Although families with kids are still a force to be reckoned with in the

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Heath Ceramics has long been celebrated for innovative design and a tradition of “form follows function” handcrafted stoneware. Founded in 1948 in Sausalito, Heath has expanded with the addition of a tile factory and retail showroom in San Francisco as well as Los Angeles.

The simple elegant design of Heath dinnerware, from the original Heath Coupe Line (modernism at its best) to the newest addition to its line make it a popular choice for Eichler and other MCM and contemporary enthusiasts, as well as those with traditional taste. In addition to dinnerware, Heath showcases household and decorative items designed by kindred artisans from around the world.

If you’ve always wanted to own some Heath pottery – or want to add to your collection,

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Question: What do Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Schubert and Joseph Eichler have in common?

Answer:  The Lucas Valley in Marin County, home to 1200+ Eichler homes and the Lucas Valley Chamber Orchestra.

The beautiful Lucas Valley in Marin County has a lot going for it; a bucolic setting, two well-preserved Eichler neighborhoods, and the Lucas Valley Chamber Orchestra (LVCO). While Upper Lucas Valley and Marinwood are well known Eichler communities, the LVCO has been a bit of a well kept secret – but the word is getting out.

The Lucas Valley Chamber Orchestra began in 2011 when a group of Lucas Valley residents invited a few friends and fellow musicians to get together and make music. Today it is a proudly self-directed group of 34 Bay Area

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If you love architectural tours and are always looking for an excuse to visit the Napa wine country, but you missed out on the Napa Valley Designer Showhouse this weekend, don’t despair; there is still time to join Traditional Home for their annual showcase before the event ends on November 15.  And if you are in a partying mood, tickets are still available for the gala wrap party on Friday, November 13.

This year’s affair is centered on Randolph Street in downtown Napa. The three featured properties for the 2015 tour include the renovated carriage house and gardens of an 1860 Victorian (which is now a top rated B&B), an historic bungalow, and a restored Tudor Revival home owned by winemaker Drew Neiman of Neiman Cellars. Tours are happening 7 days

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If you are looking for a stylish atrium-model Eichler home in the East Bay, come take a look at this new listing in Walnut Creek. Bold color and design as well as energy efficient upgrades - including new dual-pane glass, foam roof, HVAC, and an EV charging station - are all part of the package for this stunning Walnut Creek Eichler. Contemporary design carries through to the outside with an amazing yard that features an outdoor kitchen, fire pit and an organic raised bed vegetable garden. You can check out the listing online at 2715 San Carlos Drive – or better yet come see it in person at the next open house.

  • What: Open House
  • When: Thursday, October 22, 2015; 6 pm – 8 pm AND Sunday, October 25, 2015: 1 pm – 4 pm
  • Where: 2715 San Carlos
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California has a reputation for some pretty wild and wacky architectural trends, many of which were noted by the late, great Huell Howser in his California’s Gold TV series. In filming California’s Gold, Howser traveled the length and breadth of the Golden State taking note of places, events, and people that captured his interest. One of his early road trips took him along the famed Route 66 to Newberry Springs where he didn’t find the buffalo, pistachios, or ostriches he was expecting – but he did find a home that is one of those only-in-California kind of places.

When the home on Silver Valley Road came up for sale last month, it captured my interest, not only because it had once been owned by Huell Howser, but because the Volcano House is a

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I'm so excited about my newest Eichler listing!  It's a beautifully remodeled Eichler home in the Lucas Valley. Located at 2050 Huckleberry in Marinwood, this 4-bedroom / 2-bath home maintains the Eichler spirit with many original Mid-Century Eichler features while firmly planting its feet in the 21st Century with an updated kitchen, remodeled bathrooms, and upgraded electrical service, heating, and hot water heater.

Features of this Marinwood Eichler for sale include:

  • An elegant Eichler atrium
  • Designer features throughout, including custom paint and sleek Japanese-style sliding closet doors
  • Contemporary kitchen with stainless steel appliances, quartz countertops, a deep sink and open eat-in kitchen island
  • A large 2-car garage
  • A
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Thinking about buying an Eichler home in the East Bay?  If so, you won’t want to miss the free Eichler-specific workshop we are presenting later this month.  Hosted by East Bay Modern Real Estate, the workshop will cover all aspects of purchasing an Eichler home in the East Bay. Our past Eichler workshops have met with rave reviews – and this one promises to be the best yet!

Topics covered will include:

  • An overview of Eichler neighborhoods in the East Bay – including pricing trends
  • Financing options
  • Advice on presenting a competitive offer
  • What to expect when purchasing an Eichler home in the East Bay
  • Words of wisdom about living in an Eichler
  • And more… Stay tuned for updated details

Participation is limited to

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