All Blog Entries by Ron Parks

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Three bedrooms, two and a half baths with wonderful views of Belvedere Lagoons, Corinthian Island, Angel Island the SF skyline and the Bay Bridge.  With multiple entertaining areas, brick patios and mature landscape this luxury home is ready to provide an entertaining evening with friends or evening inside enjoying the warmth of one of the three fireplaces.  With over 3000 square feet of house and a list price of $3,250,000 it will be interesting to see how long this home stays on the market!

Talk to Ron Parks for all your real estate needs in both Marin County and Palm Springs.

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After sitting vacant for 13 years, the nearly 20,000-square-foot building has recently sold.  City officials and area residents are hopeful that the sale will create new businesses and interest in the downtown area.  While the buyer declined to disclose the purchase price, the documented transfer tax indicated a sales price of around $2.6 million.  

The new owners, Bromich LLC are looking at options for the property and are considering a mixed-use development with living and commercial space.  This certainly would bring some changes to the surrounding Novato residential and commercial real estate.  The group is planning on working with the public to access the neighborhoods needs when making the final decision on plans for the space.  

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A great example of Luxury Marin Real Estate available in Corte Madera.  Over 5000 square feet on nearly an acre of land, nothing has been forgotten on this property.  Enjoy  sweeping bay views from Mt. Tam to Mt Diablo from the expansive patio overlooking the pool.  The open floor plan, heated Loggia provide for a great entertaining space.  Contact me at 415.297.9000 to find out more about this property or any other  property in Marin or San Francisco.



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As any resident of Mill Valley (or the surrounding area) know, one of the areas unique features in Mill Valley is the historic steps, lanes and paths (SLP) that residence and tourists use to navigate the steep terrain that Mill Valley.  

The steps improve pedestrian access by bypassing the winding and twisting roads that cover the hillsides and is large contributing factor to Mill Valley's walk score of 92.  The network of almost 200 steps, lanes and paths was designed and built in the late 19th century by engineer Michael O'Shaughnessy.  

Part of the Dipsea trail is currently under construction.  The popular annual Dipsea Race has been held along portions of this trail nearly every year since 1905, making it the 2nd oldest foot race in America.

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Since many don't know the specifics on this project I thought this would be a good opportunity to share what I know about it.   Ultimately this 1.7 mile line will be connecting Chinatown to the Caltrain station at 4th and Brannan with stations at Market St and and another at Yerba Buena/Moscone.  The 4th and Brannan station will be at street level while the other three stations will be below ground.  This Subway Project will help bypass the heavy traffic along 4th st and make getting to and from Nob Hill, Financial District, Downtown, SOMA and Mission Bay noticeable easier.  Completion is scheduled for 2019.

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Lots of great firework viewing options for the 4th this year.  

Two fireworks displays in SF; one off of Pier 41 (great viewing from pier 39) and the other just off of Aquatic Park in Fort Mason.  Tons of viewing options for those displays as well.  Cruises, Angel Island amount the options if you can still find tickets.  The show starts at 9:30.  If your driving be aware that there are some scheduled street closures and don't forget that some of those parking meters are owned by the port (which means 24/7 enforcement!).  

Lots of options in the North Bay as well.  Dunphy Park in Sausalito will be having a parade and fireworks as well as some family games.  Marin County Fair will be having a fireworks display as well as all the other activities you

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SMART trains will be offering free roundtrip previews rides this Saturday and the Fourth of July.  The hopes are that a full commuter schedule in the near future (pending approval from the Feral Railroad Administration).  

The preview ride this Thursday had great reviews with passengers enjoying cushioned seats, complimentary Wi-Fi and an on-board snack shop.  This is the first passenger train to operate been Sonoma and Marin area to operate in decades.  According to the company website, "Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) is the San Francisco Bay Area's newest transportation option for travel, offering passenger rail service in Sonoma and Marin counties.  SMART's initial 43 miles of rail corridor includes 10 stations, from the Sonoma County

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Marin County Fairgrounds in San Rafael is hosting this years Marin County Fair.  This year's fair will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love with great headliners each night of the fair.  Carnival rides along with fireworks overnight as well as virtual reality and other assorted exhibits will help keep kids of all ages entertained.  Tickets are available now, but will likely sell out! Visit for more info.  

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After nearly 10 years of planning, delays and building a former parking lot has been reclaimed as a neighborhood park in the mission district of San Francisco  Located at the corner of Folsom and 17th the park is named 'In Chan Kaajel park'; which translated from Mayan means 'my little town'.  

Mayor Ed Lee said in a statement "Where we once has a parking lot, we now have a public space that will be the centerpiece of this neighborhood. What makes this special is that this a park for the community, designed by the community."

The nearly 32,000 square foot family friendly space features an adult fitness equipment area, large jungle gym, community garden and an expansive open space with a small stage for performances.   The interactive water element

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Marin single family homes homes experienced a 5.2 percent increase from the same period last year to reach a median price $1.25M.  Median prices for all homes in Marin (condos included) reached a new record as well of just over $1,132,000 (up 16.8% from last year).  

May is generally a busy month for home sales in Marin with this past May being no exception.  Low interest rates and high consumer confidence helped fuel the demand along with historically low inventory and high buyer interest.  New home construction remains at historically low levels.  

The unusually wet winter months also likely played a part in May's numbers.  Sellers who would have put their homes on the market earlier in the year waited April to list them.   

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