141 Upland Road, Kentfield, CA – Resort Living in the Heart of Kent Woodlands

FEATURES:

Five bedrooms, three of which, including the Master Suite, are on the main level

– Three and a half baths

– Large Chef’s kitchen with honed limestone counter tops, tiled floors, stainless steel appliances, breakfast nook and walk in pantry

– Expansive dining room adjacent to kitchen

– Stylish and elegant formal living room with view deck and fireplace

– Family room with fireplace and wet bar off pool and entertaining area

– Huge, flat play area for children

– Black bottom swimming pool, Spa

– Expansive views of the Ross Valley and surrounding rolling, wooded hills

– Totally, private and peaceful

– 3,204 square feet (per tax records)

– 0.7346 acre or 31,999 square feet (per tax records)

– Kentfield schools (Buyer to verify with school district)

– Offered exclusively at $2,695,000 by Sylvie Zolezzi, Decker Bullock Sotheby’s International Realty.

– First Brokers’ Open House: Thursday, April 24, 2014 – 10:30 am to 2:30 pm; First Public Open House: Sunday, April 27, 2014: 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

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This stylish gated estate epitomizes every bit of Kent Woodlands’s wonder, with all day sun and glorious views of the entire Ross valley and surrounding rolling hills, a perfect indoor/outdoor flow for family living and entertaining, and an exceptional residence to match.

The well-built 3,204 square-foot home is sited on a large, private three quarters of an acre lot with beautiful grounds and lush landscaping, level areas as well as a stunning pool area.  Columns, comfortable built in seats, flagstone and a spacious barbeque and eating area surround a sparkling black bottom pool and spa and complete the perfect area for entertaining. In addition, a large level area serves as an ideal play area for children of all ages and perfectly suited for a basketball hoop, a sport court, a play structure, jungle gym, or skateboard ramp…your children will love having their friends over.

Design expertise is prevalent throughout the well maintained home and accents include crown molding, hard wood floors, built-in bookcases, wainscoting and recessed lighting.  The living room’s six panel French doors lead to a charming view deck overlooking the pool area and the Ross Valley.  The formal dining room is adjacent to the warm toned chef’s kitchen with honed limestone counters, stainless steel appliances, double oven, abundant cabinet storage and a large pantry. A cozy breakfast nook with comfortable built-in banquettes provides views of the beautifully landscaped front yard and direct access to the garage. Conveniently located on the main floor, the spacious master bedroom has its own private view deck and a large walk in closet and elegant master bath accented with Carrera marble. The two additional bedrooms on the main floor boast spectacular views of the pool and the valley. Either one can be utilized as a bright and spacious home office with a view!

The family room has its own fire place, wet bar and French doors opening to the pool area on the lower level. Two bedrooms are located on this level as well: one overlooks the pool and the second, larger one has its own private deck and enables direct access to the front yard through a side staircase, providing your guests with great privacy and independence should they desire it.

Sited on a quiet street in a peaceful, wooded setting, this home is just three minutes from upscale Woodlands supermarket and cafe and just a few more minutes from historic downtown Larkspur and San Anselmo, shopping, restaurants, the coveted Kentfield schools, the Larkspur Ferry and Highway 101.

Whether you are gathering in front one of two crackling fireplaces, entertaining your friends by the pool or in your elegant living and dining rooms, or watching your children playing in your backyard, you will love calling 141 Upland HOME.

For a high resolution photo gallery, please visit the property website: www.141UplandRd.com.

Please contact me at 415-505-4789 for additional information and/or for a showing.

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White glove service - www.YourPieceofMarin.com by Sylvie ZolezziAbout the Author:   The above Real Estate information on Marin County Real Estate was provided by Sylvie Zolezzi.  I can be reached via email at Sylvie@YourPieceOfMarin.com or by phone/text at 415.505.4789.  I am an award winning Realtor specializing in luxury residential real estate in beautiful Marin County, just north of the Golden Gate Bridge.

I offer a wide range of real estate solutions for buyers, sellers and investors, attracting clients who demand excellence—in marketing, negotiations, market knowledge—and a genuine concern for their needs. My association with Decker Bullock Sotheby’s International Realty allows me to provide a high-end luxury experience to all my clients at every single price point.  It also enables me to leverage our unique combination of local knowledge and global resources, providing highly personalized service and unmatched exposure to my clients’ properties locally and worldwide.

I service all of  Marin County’s beautiful towns: Sausalito, Tiburon, Belvedere, Mill Valley, Corte Madera, Larkspur, Greenbrae, Kentfield, Ross, San Anselmo, San Rafael, Fairfax, and Novato,  with a special focus on Central Marin.


Marin County Real Estate Market Update – March 2014

Market Snapshot

The active listings for Single Family Homes in Marin increased slightly in March but inventory continues to be painfully low–that is if you are a buyer of course.  Can you believe that it is actually 70% lower than at the peak in 2007? Sales are brisk with the number of listings going into contract increasing by 28% compared to February 2014. The shortage of homes on the market and sustained high buyer demand are leading to frequent multiple offers, pushing the median and average sales prices up. More on that below. Sellers who price their home realistically and provide good condition are being rewarded with quick sales, often to all cash buyers.

As we move into April and approach May, we are already seeing the number of new listings increase, as is the case every year.

Mortgage rates remain historically low and continue to be the draw for many buyers who are well aware that they will continue their upward trend in the coming months and years.  Rates have been hovering around 4.4%, up nearly a percentage point from the same time a year ago, resulting in a significant decrease in buyers’ purchasing power..

Marin County Real Estate - Market Snapshot - March 2014 - www.YourPieceofMarin.com

Home Sales by Area

On the National scene, 3 of the top 5 hottest housing markets are in California, with San Francisco in the #2 spot behind Las Vegas,  according to a recent Case-Shiller 20-city, home-price index report.

The Average Sale Price for Single Family Homes in Marin is now $1,473,416, 21% above the peak average in 2007. The Average Price Per Square Foot is $606, which is 1% higher than the peak average.

Belvedere had the highest home sale last month, at $12,000,000, which was a Decker Bullock Sotheby’s listing where we represented both sides of the transaction. The next highest priced sale was for $6,150,000 in Tiburon. The Beach Cities continue to have the longest Average Days on Market at 192. Corte Madera had the shortest Average Days on Market and continues to be one of the hottest cities in Marin County. Mill Valley, Novato and San Rafael continue to move the most inventory with double digit closings for the month of March.

Home Sales by Area - Marin County single family homes market update for March 2014 - www.YourPieceofMarin.com

Homes in Contract

For the fourth consecutive month Corte Madera continues to lead the pack with an overwhelming 69% of inventory in contract for the month of March. Seven of the 15 Marin locales in our report have more than half their inventory in contract for the month of March. The Beach Cities area remains the straggler with the fewest homes in contract at 6%. Sausalito’s, Ross’ and Fairfax’  percentages of homes in contract saw double digit increases month-over-month, with Sausalito jumping 25%.

To gain perspective on these percentages in contract, it is useful to remember that generally a market with 25% of its listings in contract is considered to be balanced.

Marin County Real Estate Update - Percentage of Single Family Homes in Contract -  March 2014 - www.YourPieceofMarin.com

Marin Market by Price Point

While 64% of active Single Family Homes in Marin were under $2 million, they represented 81% of March’s sales as the luxury market continued to improve significantly.

A quick look at this year’s first quarter market activity as compared to last year’s activity for the same period  tells the story of this shift towards the higher end in our Marin market very eloquently.  While the number of single family homes sold declined only slightly from 433 in Q1 2013 to 416 in Q1 2014 as a result of our limited supply of homes for sale, the distribution of these sales by price point clearly illustrates the shift in the market.  A look back at the first quarter of 2007 at the peak of the bubble shows that we are back in 20014 to a similar market but with a greater number of sales over $3 million.  This explains why our average sales price is higher than the peak’s and the price per square foot is similar, as mentioned above.

Marin County Single Family Home Sales - First Quarter 2007, 2013 and 2014 - www.YourPieceofMarin.com

The months of inventory dropped significantly in the $3M-$4M from 9 the previous month to 2 in March. The $5M to $7M range also saw a drop in months of inventory and had 4 pending at the time of data publication.

Marin County Market Update by Price Point - March 2014 - www.YourPieceofMarin.com

Average Sale Price

The Average List Price showed a slight reduction since February while the Average Sale Price came up. The Average Sales Price for March of $1,473,416 is 26% higher year-over-year. It is important to remember however that these numbers are skewed by the market mix, as shown above. The decline of short sales and foreclosures (generally lower priced) from 75 in the first quarter of 2013 to 34 in the first quarter of 2014 and the greater number of high end sales, have bumped up the median and average sales price significantly. Each Marin County area, city, neighborhood, street and price point is behaving differently.  Feel free to call me if you want to know what your property value is in this fast moving market.

Marin County Market Update - Average Price - Single Family Homes - March 2014 - www.YourPieceofMarin.com

Decker Bullock Sotheby’s – a strong market leader

I am proud to be associated with Decker Bullock Sotheby’s International Realty. Q1 came to a close on March 31st with some impressive market results for Decker Bullock.

#1 Marin County Sales Office – Highest Dollar Volume
#2 Marin County Sales Office – 2nd Highest Dollar Volume
#1 Highest Average Sales Price in Marin at $3.1M
#1 Highest Priced Sale in Marin at $12M – Decker Bullock Sotheby’s International Realty represented both the Buyer and Seller.

“We’re strongly optimistic about our first quarter results and our company’s market growth,” said Chief Operating Officer Heidi Pay. “Most importantly it validates our impressive roster of real estate professionals and the extraordinary results they produce. Our offices outpaced competing brands by over 30%, and our Average Sale Price was over $1.5 million higher than the Marin average.”

 

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White glove service - www.YourPieceofMarin.com by Sylvie ZolezziAbout the Author:   The above Real Estate information on Marin County Real Estate was provided by Sylvie Zolezzi.  I can be reached via email at Sylvie@YourPieceOfMarin.com or by phone/text at 415.505.4789.  I am an award winning Realtor specializing in luxury residential real estate in beautiful Marin County, just north of the Golden Gate Bridge.

I offer a wide range of real estate solutions for buyers, sellers and investors, attracting clients who demand excellence—in marketing, negotiations, market knowledge—and a genuine concern for their needs. My association with Decker Bullock Sotheby’s International Realty allows me to provide a high-end luxury experience to all my clients at every single price point.  It also enables me to leverage our unique combination of local knowledge and global resources, providing highly personalized service and unmatched exposure to my clients’ properties locally and worldwide.

I service all of  Marin County’s beautiful towns: Sausalito, Tiburon, Belvedere, Mill Valley, Corte Madera, Larkspur, Greenbrae, Kentfield, Ross, San Anselmo, San Rafael, Fairfax, and Novato,  with a special focus on Central Marin.


Mortgage Rate Update – April 7, 2014

MORTGAGE MARKET WEEK IN REVIEW

bigstock-Black-Percent-Symbol-With-An-A-45790717 (2) (400x300)Rates have improved following last Friday’s jobs report. This week’s economic calendar is light with the Producer Price Index and Consumer Sentiment due near the end of the week.  The Fed minutes from the March 19 meeting may offer some volatility when released on Wednesday at 2:00 pm.

 

CURRENT INTEREST RATES | APRIL 7, 2014

CONFORMING RATES
($200,000 – $417,000) 0 POINT
30 Year Fixed: 4.500% (4.58% APR)
5/1 ARM: 3.125% (3.20% APR)
JUMBO RATES
($625,501 – $2,000,000) 0 POINT
30 Year Fixed: 4.375% (4.43% APR)
5/1 ARM: 3.125% (3.18% APR)
CONFORMING (HIGH-BALANCE) RATES
($417,001 – $625,500 cap by county) 0 POINT
30 Year Fixed: 4.375% (4.44% APR)
5/1 ARM: 3.375% (3.44% APR)
RATE TRENDS
Rates are DOWN compared to last week.
Rates are DOWN compared to last month.
Rates are UP compared to one year ago.

 

INDUSTRY NEWS

Consumer Confidence and US Home Price Data Nod to Stronger Growth

American consumer confidence surged to a six-year high in March and house prices rose solidly in January, positioning the economy for stronger growth after a soft spot attributed to bad winter weather.

The Conference Board said its index of consumer attitudes rose to 82.3, from 78.3 in February. That is the highest level since January 2008, just as recession started to take hold, and it beat economists’ expectations for a reading of 78.6.

Separately, the Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller composite index of home prices in 20 metropolitan areas rose 0.8 percent in January on a seasonally adjusted basis. It followed a similar increase in December. Prices rose 13.2 percent from a year ago.

The house price gains, driven by a shortage of homes for sale, are bolstering household wealth and helping support consumer spending.

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If you are thinking of buying a home in Marin County, there are great new listings coming on the market every day.  The inventory of homes for sale is a bit higher than it was last year at this time with 388 active listings compared to 335 at the end of March 2013.  Rates are still great and the cost of home ownership remains relatively affordable.

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This article was reprinted courtesy of Gina Kemsley – Copyright © 2014 Gina Kemsley, Terra Mortgage Banking, All rights reserved.

Gina Kemsley – Senior Vice President – Loan Consultant, Terra Mortgage Banking

Office: (415) 464-3144 – Cell: (415) 828-0218 – Email: gkemsley@terramb.comWebsitewww.terramortgagebanking.com/loan-officers/gina-kemsley

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White glove service - www.YourPieceofMarin.com by Sylvie ZolezziAbout the Author:   The above Real Estate information on Marin County Real Estate was provided by Sylvie Zolezzi.  I can be reached via email at Sylvie@YourPieceOfMarin.com or by phone/text at 415.505.4789.  I am an award winning Realtor specializing in luxury residential real estate in beautiful Marin County, just north of the Golden Gate Bridge.

I offer a wide range of real estate solutions for buyers, sellers and investors, attracting clients who demand excellence—in marketing, negotiations, market knowledge—and a genuine concern for their needs. My association with Decker Bullock Sotheby’s International Realty allows me to provide a high-end luxury experience to all my clients at every single price point.  It also enables me to leverage our unique combination of local knowledge and global resources, providing highly personalized service and unmatched exposure to my clients’ properties locally and worldwide.

I service all of  Marin County’s beautiful towns: Sausalito, Tiburon, Belvedere, Mill Valley, Corte Madera, Larkspur, Greenbrae, Kentfield, Ross, San Anselmo, San Rafael, Fairfax, and Novato, with a special focus on Central Marin.


The Rebels Who Changed the Fate Of Marin County’s Open Space

REBELS WITH A CAUSE is a stunningly beautiful film narrated by Frances McDormand. The film spotlights a battle over land in our beautiful Marin County that changed the American landscape forever.

The Marin History Museum Historical Film Series is presenting “Rebel with a Cause” on April 8, 2014 at 7:30 pm. No reservations are required and the viewing will be followed by a post-film discussion with filmmaker Nancy Kelly. I highly recommend it: I saw it when it was playing at the Rafael a few months ago and I will go back to watch again next week.  It is a fascinating film about the history of Marin and as a bonus it has extraordinarily beautiful images of the rugged beauty of Marin, Pt. Reyes and incredible wild life footage.

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You can watch the trailer here and scroll down to ready a synopsis of the film. You can also visit and like The Rebels with a Cause Facebook Page for more information.

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The Film: Synopsis

A stunningly beautiful film narrated by Frances McDormand, REBELS WITH A CAUSE spotlights a battle over land that changed the American landscape forever.

“We drew up a petition which said only this: Dear Mr President, only you can preserve this magnificent seashore for all generations of Americans. It’s NOW or NEVER!”
–Peter Behr, California State Senator

Beginning in the 1950s, a national movement was born of principles that may seem obvious today. Unconvinced by land developers who promoted residential construction as unmitigated progress, citizens began banding together to preserve open spaces near urban areas for parks and farms — and took the fight all the way to the White House.

Deeply mired in an expensive war in Vietnam, Nixon determined that even if the Congress had appropriated the money, the Park Service would not get it. But petitions soon began arriving in Washington and Nixon knew the power of public opinion and the  voices of the country’s nascent environmental movement were gaining traction.

REBELS WITH A CAUSE is the story of a regional California effort that grew into an astonishing system of fourteen National Seashores — the result of garden clubs, ranchers, farmers, conservationists, politicians from both parties, widows, and volunteers working together through compromise and negotiation, with the American public coming up as the winner.

It’s a fascinating example of a hard fought campaign to preserve something important to all of us — our public land. And it is a powerful tool to illustrate that the personal is political, and the local is global. REBELS is a feel-good cinematic experience that conveys an inspiring truth about how ordinary individuals have the power to change the rules.

REBELS WITH A CAUSE had its World Premiere at the 2012 Mill Valley Film Festival where it won the Audience Favorite Award for Best Documentary – Active Cinema. Kelly+Yamamoto Productions received a Special Award for Environmental Leadership for REBELS WITH A CAUSE from the Marin Conservation League.

REBELS WITH A CAUSE has also been in the Cleveland International Film Festival, the Miami International Documentary Film Festival, the Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival, the Sonoma International Film Festival, the Mendocino Film Festival, the United Nations Association Film Festival, the San Francisco Green Film Festival and the Ecofalante Environmental Film Festival in Brazil.

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White glove service - www.YourPieceofMarin.com by Sylvie ZolezziAbout the Author:   The above information on Marin County Real Estate was provided by Sylvie Zolezzi.  I can be reached via email at Sylvie@YourPieceOfMarin.com or by phone/text at 415.505.4789.  I am an award winning Realtor specializing in luxury residential real estate in beautiful Marin County, just north of the Golden Gate Bridge.

I offer a wide range of real estate solutions for buyers, sellers and investors, attracting clients who demand excellence—in marketing, negotiations, market knowledge—and a genuine concern for their needs. My association with Decker Bullock Sotheby’s International Realty allows me to provide a high-end luxury experience to all my clients at every single price point.  It also enables me to leverage our unique combination of local knowledge and global resources, providing highly personalized service and unmatched exposure to my clients’ properties locally and worldwide.

I service all of  Marin County’s beautiful towns: Sausalito, Tiburon, Belvedere, Mill Valley, Corte Madera, Larkspur, Greenbrae, Kentfield, Ross, San Anselmo, San Rafael, Fairfax, and Novato.

 

 

 

 


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