Thirty Days of Golden Gate Bridge… A Collection of Pictures of the Iconic Bridge

I recently finished my second thirty days series on Facebook: after Thirty Day of Mt. Tam, the obvious next series had to focus on the equally iconic Golden Gate Bridge. I only use photos I have taken myself, unless noted. Click on the link for the Facebook Album with all thirty photos.

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Golden Gate Bridge - www.YourPieceofMarin.com

The feedback has been wonderful and has inspired me to start another series soon.  Stay tuned and make sure to join the over 5,500 plus people who have LIKED my Facebook Page.

But before I do start the next series I want to share a bit of the history of our bridge. As usual, I headed to Wikipedia to find information to share with you.

The Golden Gate Bridge is a suspension bridge spanning the Golden Gate strait, the mile-wide, three-mile-long channel between San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean. The structure links San Francisco, on the northern tip of the San Francisco Peninsula, to Marin County, bridging both U.S. Route 101 and California State Route 1 across the strait. The bridge is one of the most internationally recognized symbols of San Francisco, and the United States. It has been declared one of the Wonders of the Modern World by the American Society of Civil Engineers.

The Frommers travel guide considers the Golden Gate Bridge “possibly the most beautiful, certainly the most photographed, bridge in the world”.[8] It opened in 1937 and had, until 1964, the longest suspension bridge main span in the world, at 4,200 feet (1,300 m).

Before the bridge was built, the only practical short route between San Francisco and what is now Marin County was by boat across a section of San Francisco Bay. Ferry service began as early as 1820, with regularly scheduled service beginning in the 1840s for purposes of transporting water to San Francisco.

The Sausalito Land and Ferry Company service, launched in 1867, eventually became the Golden Gate Ferry Company, a Southern Pacific Railroad subsidiary, the largest ferry operation in the world by the late 1920s. Origanlly for railroad passengers and customers only, Southern Pacific’s automobile ferries became very profitable and important to the regional economy. The ferry crossing between the Hyde Street Pier in San Francisco and Sausalito in Marin County took approximately 20 minutes and cost US$1.00 per vehicle, a price later reduced to compete with the new bridge. The trip from the San Francisco Ferry Building took 27 minutes, about the same time today’s ferries take today.

Many wanted to build a bridge to connect San Francisco to Marin County. San Francisco was the largest American city still served primarily by ferry boats. Because it did not have a permanent link with communities around the bay, the city’s growth rate was below the national average. Many experts said that a bridge couldn’t be built across the 6,700 ft (2,042 m) strait. It had strong, swirling tides and currents, with water 372 ft (113 m) deep at the center of the channel, and frequent strong winds. Experts said that ferocious winds and blinding fogs would prevent construction and operation.

History would prove them wrong!

Click here to read more about the history of the Golden Gate Bridge.

And if you would like to buy or sell a home in Marin County, I would love to help you!

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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 empowers me to leverage the unique combination of Sotheby’s global resources, Decker Bullock Sotheby’s International Realty’s growing market share and local knowledge with my unmatched social media networks to provide 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.

 


120 Corte Ramon – Best Value in Greenbrae, CA

 

SUMMER TIME AND THE LIVING IS EASY…and wouldn’t it be refreshing and invigorating to jump into the sparkling pool at 120 Corte Ramon in Greenbrae?

This well built and well maintained home is located on one of the most coveted cul-de-sacs in Greenbrae. The home has four bedrooms, three baths, a large kitchen with breakfast nook, and an inviting living/dining room opening to private view decks.  The sunset views from the deck and the master suite are absolutely stunning.  The backyard is totally fenced in and private, and boasts three vintage oak trees and beautiful landscaping.

The owner has extensively remodeled and updated the home as follows:

  • Remodeled kitchen with granite countertops, maple cabinets, brand new stainless steel appliances
  • Added skylights in kitchen
  • Remodeled  bathrooms with new countertops and floor tiles
  • Added custom built-in bookshelves in living room
  • Added crown molding throughout the house
  • Remodeled banister and stairs leading to upstairs bedrooms
  • Hardwood floor on main level and hallway on upper level
  • Installed new laminate floors in master bedroom and two upstairs bedrooms
  • Solar tube in upper level hallway to bring in light
  • New double pane windows throughout entire house (except in Master Bedroom: older double pane window)
  • Remodeled downstairs bedroom: added a door, new floor
  • Brand new water heater
  • New thirty-year roof installed 15 years ago
  • Resurfaced the swimming pool  with Pebble Tech (life warranty) – pool is not heated
  • Rebuilt and expanded decks in backyard; rebuilt retaining walls, added 18 foot deep piers (cost exceeded $100,000), added new staircase with banister down to swimming pool area. Staircase on left side was there when buyer purchased home.
  • Replaced garage door
  • House has central air conditioning.

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Call me at 415-505-4789 to schedule 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 empowers me to leverage the unique combination of Sotheby’s global resources, Decker Bullock Sotheby’s International Realty’s growing market share and local knowledge with my unmatched social media networks to provide 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 – June 2014

“Trends in the Bay Area lead the rest of the state by at least half a year. The reason is straight out of Econ 101: Jobs…” said John Karevoll, DataQuick analyst while describing the California real estate market. A quick look at the California and San Francisco Bay Area markets confirms that the Marin County real estate leads by a lot more. Marin continues to attract many buyers seeking our beautiful environment, warm weather, efficient infrastructure and services, and award winning schools.

California Market Update

According to data released by DataQuick,  a leading global property information, analytics and data-enabled services provider,  the California real estate market continues along a slow path of recovery: June 2014 saw a slight decrease in the number of home sales and an uptick in the median price year over year state wide.

California home sales have not been above average for any particular month in more than eight years. An estimated 39,254 new and resale houses and condos sold statewide in June. That was up 4.0 percent from 37,734 in May, and down 4.3 percent from 41,027 sales in June 2013,

The median price paid for a home in California last month was $393,000, up 1.8 percent from $386,000 in May and up 11.6 percent from $352,000 in June 2013. Last month’s median was the highest for any month since December 2007, when it was $402,000.

In March/April/May 2007 the median peaked at $484,000. The post-peak trough was $221,000 in April 2009, which means that on average California homes lost over 50% of their value during the recession.

Bay Area Market Update

Bay Area home sales rose slightly in June but remained well below long-term norms, while prices continued to increase but at one-third of the year-ago pace. Potential buyers are still struggling with a limited supply of homes for sale, prices near or at new peaks, and a still-constricted mortgage environment.

A total of 7,915 new and resale houses and condos sold in the nine-county Bay Area last month. That was up 0.2 percent from 7,898 in May and up 0.2 percent from 7,897 in June last year, according to DataQuick.

The median price paid for a home in the nine-county Bay Area rose last month to $618,000, the highest since it was $629,000 in November 2007. Last month’s median increased 0.2 percent from $617,000 in May, and rose 11.4 percent from $555,000 in June last year. In June last year the median rose 33.1 percent from a year earlier.

The Bay Area’s median sale price peaked at $665,000 in June and July 2007, then dropped to a low of $290,000 in March 2009.

Marin Market Snapshot

Marin summer is in full swing and we have observed an increase to the cyclical pattern of families purchasing for school districts. We anticipate the market to remain healthy throughout the Summer and into late Fall. Just like in the rest of the Bay Area, buyers continue to struggle this summer with a limited inventory of homes for sale, even though the active inventory for Single Family Homes in Marin increased again month-over-month in June. Despite this increase, there are still many buyers competing for the same properties: in the last five transactions with which I have been involved this spring/summer there were multiple offers! Sales quantities increased from May to June. The Single Family Home Average Sales Price edged slightly higher from the previous month at 14% above the 2007 peak average.

Marin County Real Estate Market Snapshot - June 2014 - presented by www.YourPieceofMarin.com -

 

 

Home Sales by Area

Kentfield, Mill Valley and Tiburon had the top three largest sales for the month of June. Novato, San Rafael and Mill Valley continue to command the majority of sales in Marin with double-digit closings for the month of June. San Anselmo saw a major uptick in number of homes sold from 13 in May to 30 in June.

Marin County Market Upate - June 2014 - Home Sales by Area - www.YourPieceofMarin.com

 

Homes in Contract

Five of the fifteen Marin locales in our report have half or more of their inventory in contract for the month of June. Of the fifteen Marin areas, fourteen are showing that 25% of their inventories are in contract. Fairfax continues to be Marin’s market of choice for the 2nd consecutive month in a row with 70% of the inventory being under contract, up 6% from May. Kentfield saw the largest gains month-over-month with 43% of Kentfield homes under contract, up 16% from the previous month.

Marin County Real Estate Market Update - June 2014 - Percent of Homes in Contract - www.YourPieceofMarin.com

 

Marin Market by Price Point

Nearly 63% of active Single Family Homes in Marin are under $2 million, they also represent 82% of June’s sales. Months of inventory remained relatively unchanged from the previous month with the exception of the $4M-$5M range, which dropped from 28 months to 4 months.

Marin Single Family Homes Market Update - Home sales by price point - www.YourPieceofMarin.com

 

Average Sales Price

For the fifth month in a row, Average List decreased while the Average Sold price increased. The Average Sales Price for June of $1,391,536 was 14% higher than the 2007 peak average.

Marin County Real Estate Market Update for June 2014 - Single family homes average listed and sold - www.YourPieceofMarin.com

 

Number of Homes Listed and Sold

Despite the fact that the number of single family homes in Marin for sale in June was down 12% from the same time last year, sales were up by 2% as demand remained high. The iventory of homes for sale and the number of homes sold were up slightly month over month.

Marin County Real Estate Market Update - June 2014 - Number of homes for sale and sold - Single family homes - www.YourPieceofMarin.com

Are you thinking of selling your home? Are you looking for your very own Piece of Marin? Feel free to reach out to me for a no pressure, no obligation consultation. You can reach me at 415.505.4789 or Sylvie@YourPieceofMarin.com

 

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Sylvie Zolezzi - www.YourPieceofMarin.com About 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 empowers me to leverage the unique combination of Sotheby’s global resources, Decker Bullock Sotheby’s International Realty’s growing market share and local knowledge with my unmatched social media networks to provide 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.