Spring Real Estate 2012 - Section 3
The Palo Alto Weekly's Spring Real Estate 2012 special publication (section 3).
4QSJOH3FBM&TUBUF 2012 WWW0ALO!LTO/NLINECOMsWWW!LMANAC.EWSCOM *TJUSFBMMZ 8 MPDBUJPO MPDBUJPO MPDBUJPO WHAT CAN YOU FIND AT DIFFERENT PRICE POINTS? by Cristina Wong hile some people have their hearts set on a particular neighborhood -- or even a street -- others acknowledge that budget is what's driving their choice of home. But, sometimes it's handy to compare just what you can get at different price points. If you must have a minimum number of bedrooms, an excellent school district or perhaps a view, then reconsidering the location could help you find the home of your dreams. The comparisons below are just a snapshot of what was offered in March. Note that for the same price (about $1,300,000), you could find a standard Los Altos rancher or a Mountain View triplex with room to rent (and share the mortgage burden). Or, for under $800,000 you could find an entry-level cottage in Palo Alto or a good-sized home in the Slater neighborhood of Mountain View. For less than $1,800,000, you can find homes in Palo Alto and Portola Valley with an equal number of bedrooms and bathrooms. But, offered at $25,000 more, the home in Portola Valley is newly renovated and has larger interior space. Lastly, at $3,000,000, you can get a brand-new home in Atherton with more bedrooms and bathrooms, including larger interior space than its Menlo Park counterpart. PALO ALTO Address: 1433 Alma St. List price: $849,000 Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 1 Interior: 960 sq. ft. Lot size: 1,400 sq. ft. Date built: 1926 Between Kellogg and Churchill avenues, this one-story bungalow features a renovated kitchen and bath, a private back patio, a private study room, and a one-car garage. It also provides nearby access to the Bryant Street Bike Path and isn't far from the University Avenue Caltrain station. Local schools include Addison Elementary, David Starr Jordan Middle and Palo Alto High. Veronica Weber MOUNTAIN VIEW Address: 183 Ada Ave. List price: $748,000 (reduced in March from $788,000) Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 full, 1 partial Interior: 1,755 sq. ft. Lot size: 4,030 sq. ft. Date built: 1983 Nestled away from the street on a flag lot, this home is very quiet, while offering convenient access to highways 101, 237 and 85, as well as public transportation. Adding to the privacy are high wooden fences and tall persimmon trees, as well as lemon and peach trees. Features include a master suite with a private balcony, new French doors, double-paned windows and a brand-new roof. Michelle Le Michelle Le Michelle Le LOS ALTOS Address: 720 Los Ninos Way List price: $1,275,000 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 3 Interior: 2,033 sq. ft. Lot size: 10,200 sq. ft. Date built: 1952 In the North Los Altos community, this ranch-style home features a wrap-around yard, a rear patio, separate family room and a master-bedroom suite. Additional features include a two-car garage with guest parking available. The home is well-located for shopping -- just a short distance from the San Antonio Shopping Center as well as parks and schools. Local schools include Mariano Castro Elementary School, Ardis G. Egan Junior High School and Los Altos High School. MOUNTAIN VIEW Address: 325 Franklin St. List price: $1,300,000 Bedrooms: 6 Bathrooms: 3 Interior: 2,559 sq. ft. Lot size: 9,583 sq. ft. Date built: 1952 Situated in the Old Mountain View neighborhood, this multi-family home is an unusual find for downtown Mountain View property. The one-story triplex includes three units: a larger three-bedroom, two-bath unit; a two-bedroom, one-bath unit; and a one-bedroom, one-bath unit. Its amenities include a one-car garage for each of the units, original hardwood floors, and a washer and dryer inside each unit. Local schools include Edith Landels Elementary, Graham Middle and Los Altos High School. (continued on next page) Spring Real Estate Special Section I Page 53 SPRING REAL ESTATE 2012 (continued from previous page) Veronica Weber PALO ALTO Address: 627 Fulton St. List price: $1,750,000 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 2 Interior: 1,932 sq. ft. Lot size: 5,500 sq. ft. Date built: 1924 This two-story, Spanish-style home at the edge of Crescent Park offers the best of two worlds: mahogany floors and high ceilings as well as granite countertops, stainless-steel appliances, surround sound and central forced-air heat. Additional features include an outdoor dining patio and a detached garage. It's an easy walk downtown for dining and shopping on University Avenue. Local schools are Addison Elementary, Jordan Middle and Palo Alto High School. 47 Encino Road, Atherton - Classic Georgian Colonial This home has graced Lindenwood since 1924 and is offered for sale for the first time in 50 years. The traditional floor plan includes a grand entry foyer, gracious living room with adjoining office and a large formal dining room with French doors opening to a side patio. Remodeled kitchen has a Wolf range, Zodiac countertops, center island, pantry, and opens to an eating area and family room with garden views. s"EDROOMSBATHSPLUSAPOWDERROOM s $ETACHEDDOUBLEGARAGEPLUSSTORAGE BUILDINGS s&UNCTIONALPARTIALBASEMENT s-ETICULOUSLYMAINTAINED s5PDATEDELECTRICALANDHEATINGSYSTEMS s #AREFULLYDEVELOPEDANDNURTURED gardens have Japanese maples, oaks, rhododendrons, flowering fruit trees, camellias, wisteria vines, and a rare SPECIMENCAROBTREE&ENCEDORCHARDAREA Veronica Weber PORTOLA VALLEY Address: 2 Portola Green Circle List price: $1,775,000 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 2 Interior: 2,230 sq. ft. Lot size: 0.23 acre, adjacent to common areas Date built: 1975 In a quiet location in Central Portola Valley, this home was remodeled in 2004 and has modern aesthetics throughout, including high ceilings, stainless-steel fixtures and maple floors. The ground floor features a living room with an adjoining library, as well a dining room that opens to an outdoor deck. Common areas offer a redwood tree grove and custom landscaping with a fire pit. (continued on next page) CAROL BARTLETT 650-867-7788 cell CAROLBART HOTMAILCOM CB Previews International dre#00512313 Page 54 I Spring Real Estate Special Section Offered at $3,995,000 Spring Real Estate Special Section I Page 55 SPRING REAL ESTATE 2012 (continued from previous page) Veronica Weber Veronica Weber ATHERTON Address: 82 Lloyden Drive List price: $3,388,000 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 4 full, 1 partial Interior: 4,182 sq. ft. Lot size: 16,254 sq. ft. Date built: 2011 This brand-new home in the Lloyden Park neighborhood -- not far from the Atherton Caltrain station -- was constructed in Classic French style. On the main level is a chef's kitchen with a great room, as well as one bedroom and an office. Upstairs you'll find four more bedrooms. Amenities include three gas fireplaces, walnut hardwood and high-end finishes throughout. The backyard features a pool and landscaped grounds on more than one-third acre. MENLO PARK Address: 1158 Windsor Way List price: $2,998,000 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2 full, 2 partial Interior: 3,285 sq. ft. Lot size: 10,080 sq. ft. Date built: 1999 Situated in a private cul-de-sac off Windsor Drive, this contemporary designed home is meant to entertain guests with its high-ceilings and spacious living rooms. The ground floor also has two bedrooms, two dining rooms, a library and workshop. Upstairs features include the master bedroom, a separate office, and two balconies overlooking an expansive pool behind the property. The large home is just a few blocks from downtown Menlo Park, and other shopping off Santa Cruz Avenue. Local schools include Oak Knoll School, Hillview Middle School and Menlo-Atherton High School. Page 56 I Spring Real Estate Special Section Portola Valley ... Highway 280 ..............................6 minutes Highway 101 ............................19 minutes Facebook .................................15 minutes Google .....................................24 minutes it's more convenient than you may think! Sand Hill Business Centers .......10 minutes Rosewood Hotel ........................9 minutes San Francisco Airport ...............32 minutes San Jose Airport ......................32 minutes Approximate times from the center of town Stanford Shopping Center .......14 minutes Stanford University ..................14 minutes Stanford Medical Center ..........12 minutes Caltrain Station ........................17 minutes 280 158 Pinon Drive 5 bedrooms, 3 full baths and 3 half baths, 2-bedroom/1-bath guest house, pool, spa, 2.8 acres www.158Pinion.com Offered at $4,800,000 20 Naranja Way 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, views, guest house, pool, spa, 2.6 acres www.20Naranja.com Offered at $5,450,000 Alpine R d W estrid ge Dr 0 Arastradero Road 10-acre parcel adjoining Arastradero Open Space Preserve www.ArastraderoRoad.com Offered at $4,250,000 2 Portola Green Circle 4 bedrooms, 2 baths, extensively remodeled, .023 acre www.2PortolaGreenCircle.com Offered at $1,775,000 110 Corte Madera Road 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, updated kitchen, over � acre www.110CorteMadera.com Offered at $1,369,000 A ne i p l Rd 139 Crescent Avenue 3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, great location, just under .5 acre www.139Crescent.com Offered at $1,800,000 For more on Portola Valley & these homes for sale by Joe & Ginny, contact us and visit: TOWNOFPORTOLAVALLEY.COM | THEKAVANAUGHS.COM 650.400.5312 email@example.com 650.400.8076 firstname.lastname@example.org DRE# 00884747 Information deemed reliable, but not guaranteed w w w.Th e K ava n augh s .c o m DRE# 01351481 Find us on Facebook: The Kavanaughs Follow us on Twitter: @JoeKavanaugh & LinkedIn: Joe Kavanaugh Spring Real Estate Special Section I Page 57 Ara str ad er la rto Po Rd o Rd ��ܰ�>iv��}�U��x�����x���� to all of the generous Realtors & their affiliates who support our schools! 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Details at www.mpaef.org 1 , � � � � � U � � � � � Page 58 I Spring Real Estate Special Section � � � � U � � � � " � " � � � � U � � � � 6 7 www.ModernAtherton.com ATHERTON MODERN CONTEMPORARY Completed in 2010 | Extraordinary materials throughout | 5 bed, 4 bath | 2.6 acres Pool, spa | Outdoor kitchen Playground and expansive level lawn | Las Lomitas Schools Price Upon Request ROYCE CABLAYAN )#0%%&)#&$ ...&$ MARY GULLIXSON ## $ ,##"/*&%')&$ BRENT GULLIXSON ## ,##"/*&%')&$ gullixson.com %&)$+"&%$)#"#,+%&+ ,)%+(,)&&+ %&)) "%&)$+"&%&%+"%!)"%!*%)"-)&$*##)/"*+"% )'&)+*'')"*#*',#")&)*%&) &+!)*&,)*$)#"#&.-)%"+!)*##)%&)#"*+"% %+!*-)"2+!"*"%&)$+"&%+!"*"%&)$+"&%"*"$'&)+%++&,0)"%+)$"%"% .!+!)+&,0&)+&',)!*')" ,0)*!&,#&%,+,0)1*&.%"%-*+" +"&% Spring Real Estate Special Section I Page 59 SPRING REAL ESTATE 2012 $PNQFUJUJPO GPSIPNFT IFBUTVQ RENTS, OCCUPANCY RATES ARE CREEPING HIGHER AS ECONOMY IMPROVES by Sarah Trauben he bubble burst in 2008 didn't skip over the Peninsula's housing market, but with some sectors of the economy on the mend, the rental market seems to be booming. Yet would-be renters find little inventory of apartments, condominiums, townhomes and single-family home rentals from Mountain View north to Menlo Park. Rental agents say low supply combined with demand spurred by economic recovery is translating into rising occupancy rates and price hikes for rental property owners. "The vacancy rate I see being advertised is at an all-time low, even compared to our last cycle peak in 2008," Keller Williams Realtor Leon Leong said. A Realtor for eight years, Leong specializes in rentals and sales of single-family homes, condominiums and townhomes in the Palo Alto area and says these developments signal a good year for rental property owners in the region. "A three-bedroom, one-bathroom rental which might have gone for $2,800 to $3,000 last year now might rent for between $3,400 and $3,800," Leong said. These rent increases have been especially pronounced near area downtowns, such as surrounding University Avenue in Palo Alto, and in prestigious neighborhoods. One Old Palo Alto property, which was listed at $3,700 per month in April 2010, was listed at $4,400 in March of this year, he noted. "The number of rental properties in Palo Alto is about the same as last year, but because renters are not moving, there is less available," Leong explained. "Our local economy is booming and people are coming to the area because of job creation." Because more tenants are remaining in their rental properties, south Peninsula rental-property supply is fairly tied up and rental rates for new tenants are rising, Chuck Totah, a leasing and relocation specialist, said. The average market value for rentals has increased between 5 and 15 percent as the market has recovered from its stagnant period over the past 18 months, the J. Wavro associate with five years' experience in the area estimated. "The occupancy and rate increases are mainly due to hiring at high-tech companies, such as Google," he said. Others have noticed a recent rash of new renters relocating to Mountain View, Palo Alto and Menlo Park for positions at software and Internet-based companies. "I've received word from local property managers that they are asking for more as the economy goes up," Annette Lamarch, a relocation specialist with Dwellworks, said. Specializing in corporate relocations, she has noticed strong hiring figures for many companies and observed that economic improvement has the potential to increase demand and raise rents. Rental-property owners may reap the benefit of the rental boom across the board in Palo Alto, where the average rent growth for large complexes has increased 10 percent this year, according to RealFacts. com, which tracks rentals in buildings with 50 or more units. Rates for smaller properties and single-family residences in Palo Alto are also up, Leong noted. Whether owners in surrounding cities may see their boats lift in the rising tide for occupancy rates and rents, however, is a more volatile matter of location. Much of the new demand for rentals is shaped by that ever-present drive by working professionals with children to reside in locations served by prestigious school districts. "In Palo Alto specifically, I see people coming into the area not just because of job creation but also because of the dependable quality of local schools, more so now than in the past," he said. "Mountain View tends to be a bit more heterogeneous in the rental 5 `The number of rental properties in Palo Alto is about the same as last year, but because renters are not moving, there is less available.' --Leon Leong, Realtor, Keller Williams market. Three different school districts are covered by Mountain View, and so the rental markets in areas covered by good school districts are much like the market in Palo Alto," Leong said. Despite spotty demand in some areas of Mountain View, rent has increased by nearly 14 percent and the occupancy rate is up 1.5 percent, according to RealFacts.com. Rent increases may be tied not only to a stream of relocating workers, but to a proliferation of apartment complexes. "Larger apartment complexes may be more prone to increasing rent instead of retaining tenants," Leong said. Much of demand for rental property may be distilled into a single well-known phrase: location, location, location. Owners of Menlo Park rental complexes have seen the most drastic occupancy gains and rent rises in the past year, at 5 percent and nearly 17 percent, respectively. Rises are most apparent downtown and in the well-regarded area around Avenida de las Pulgas, Leong said. These indicators of recovery are especially high in areas served by respected schools. "The Menlo Park rental market is, in some ways, much like the Palo Alto market," Leong said. Whether the current rental boom will hold remains to be seen. Facebook's recent filing for initial public offering of its stocks is already affecting the real estate market and may further drive up the average rents, Lamarch said. And with signs that area tech companies are continuing to hire, it's possible that property owners may continue to see high demand and many applications for rentals. "It's really hard to predict the future, but as long as the jobs are still there, rents will continue to climb," Totah said. N Freelance writer Sarah Trauben can be emailed at sltrauben@ gmail.com. Page 60 I Spring Real Estate Special Section W+,6.(<H ,//R2$')W 22'6,'( ZZZ:RRGVLGH(VWDWH+RPHFRP QFUHGLEOHJDWHGHVWDWHRQDFUHVZLWK:HVWHUQ+LOO 9LHZV6XSHUEPDWHULDOVDQGFUDIWVPDQVKLSDERXQGWKURXJK RXWWKLVFXVWRPEXLOWKRPH7KHPDLQUHVLGHQFHLVVXUURXQGHG E\ORYHO\JDUGHQVSRROJD]HERHQWHUWDLQPHQWSDWLR�VZLWK %%4 RXWGRRU �UHSODFH SXWWLQJ JUHHQ DQG ODUJH PHDG RZ 7KHUH DUH WZR VHSDUDWH IXOO\HTXLSSHG JXHVW FRWWDJHV 3RWHQWLDOIRUKRUVHVRUYLQH\DUG 2IIHUHGDW , ZZZ3HQLQVXOD6SHFLDOLVWFRP 6WHYH*UD\5HDOWRU VJUD\#FEQRUFDOFRP '5( ,QIRUPDWLRQGHHPHGUHOLDEOHEXWQRWJXDUDQWHHG%X\HUWRYHULI\WRWKHLUVDWLVIDFWLRQ Spring Real Estate Special Section I Page 61 Margot Lockwood Offered at $2,600,000 presents... Kathy Nicosia & Colleen Cooley joined the Coldwell Banker office in Downtown Palo Alto in August 2011. Since then, they have represented clients in the following transactions: 746 Hermosa Way, Menlo Park New i List ng! 4 bed 3 bath home on 21,816 sq ft level lot. Unusual 1/2 acre lot in central MP. 108' wide is substandard & will require conditional use permit to build new. 1039 Twin Oaks, Redwood City Offered at $1,695,000 New i List ng! Gorgeous panoramic bay views from this spacious 4bd, 2.5 ba on home on .4 acre. Formal entry, LR w high ceilings, family kitchen. Inverted floor plan with master, 3-4 additional bds, plus 3 extra areas for office, play rm or 2nd family rm including level yard. Kathy and Colleen have been opening doors for their clients on the Peninsula and South Bay since 1995. 300 Grandview, Woodside Offered at $1,395,000 Kathy Nicosia 650.464.5527 email@example.com u Red ced Colleen Cooley www.kathyandcolleen.com DRE #70000645 650.704.6572 firstname.lastname@example.org Formal sunken living room, Kitchen with breakfast bar & breakfast nook, separate family rm, 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, separate master wing, 2 car garage, detached in law unit over 2 car garage on 1.2 acres. Menlo Park Atherton Palo Alto Los Altos Woodside Portola Valley Start with a 128 Huckleberry Trail, Woodside Offered at $799,000 Sho rt Sale dream make it your home Specializing in helping individuals buy & sell homes on the Peninsula Wonderful country style home, 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths approx. 2000 sq ft built in 2005. Separate office/bonus room on property including 2nd half bath. Kitchen opens to FR leading to deck & yard. Master bedroom suite w/walk-in closet. 10,000 sq. ft. level lot. 155 Canyon, Portola Valley Offered at $2,550,000 d Pen Sale g in 4 bed 2.5 bath with additional unit. 3 car garage and pool. Listed and sold same day. Office: 650-324-4456 VM: 650-566-5341 email@example.com www.suecrawford.com MARGOT LOCKWOOD 650.529.2410 Office 650.400.2528 Cell firstname.lastname@example.org For more information or Virtual Tour visit www.margotlockwood.com Page 62 I Spring Real Estate Special Section 1377 El Camino Real Menlo Park Spring Real Estate Special Section I Page 63 Page 64 I Spring Real Estate Special Section Spring Real Estate Special Section I Page 65 STUNNING VIEW HOMES IN Portola Valley 138 RAMOSO ROAD Nestled in a quiet and peaceful location, this updated 4 bedroom contemporary style home offers soaring ceilings and walls of glass with sweeping views of Jasper Ridge. OFFERED AT $2,995,OOO 3O BEAR GULCH DRIVE Custom-designed by Roger Kohler in 2004 with an emphasis on light and open spaces, this 5 bedroom Craftsman inspired home features large windows which capture the views in from every vantage point. OFFERED AT $3,875,OOO SFPENINSULAPROPERTIES.COM QXXQZ PRESENTED BY ELLEN ASHLEY DRE# 01364212 Alain Pinel Realtors President's Club Woodside Office cell: 650 888-1886 Page 66 I Spring Real Estate Special Section MENLO PARK 1339Orange.com Built new in 2002 | 5 Bed 6,250 sq. ft. lot Las Lomitas Schools Offered at $2,180,000 PORTOLA VALLEY 157GoldenHills.com Panoramic Views | 5 Bed 2.55 ac | Workshop Portola Valley Schools New Price $5,450,000 PORTOLA VALLEY 15Adair.com Wonderful Views 1 ac with vineyard Updated kitchen Portola Valley Schools Offered at $2,980,000 MARY & BRENT ,3 5'#/&&%2-)(*,)' ,!(. 5#/&&%2-)(*,)' GULLIXSON gullixson.com 4 ("),'.%)( !!'! ,!&%&! /. (). #/,(.!! +/,! ")).#! ( ), ,!#! %("),'.%)( )(.%(! $!,!%( $- !!( ,!!%0! 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There's even room for families of all sizes in the Menlo Park neighborhood's apartments, condos and houses ranging from rustic to newly remodeled. Kate Ague has lived in the neighborhood her whole life and hopes to remain. "Everything is here," she said. When she was a young girl she and her mother lived in an apartment across the street from the duplex she lives in 1 Michelle Le Michelle Le Michelle Le Rebecca Miller loves the feel of having "a little nook" of a neighborhood so close to so many amenities. Page 68 I Spring Real Estate Special Section (continued on page 70) Community Connected 1565 WEBSTER STREET, OLD PALO ALTO PRIME OLD PALO ALTO LOCATION Spanish Style Elegance 5BR + Office 4 Full BA | 2 Half BA �5,485 SF �11,250 SF Lot Built in 2001 Offered at $5,495,000 LOS ALTOS HILLS | OFF MARKET �2.25 Acre Lot Prime Cul De Sac Location | Views | Remodel Existing Home or Build New Call ZACH for details ZACH TRAILER International President's Premier Top 1% Internationally 650 906 8008 www.zachtrailer.com | email@example.com Information deemed reliable but not guaranteed. DRE# 1371338 Spring Real Estate Special Section I Page 69 D I A N E S C H MITZ R E A LTO R � SPRING REAL ESTATE 2012 Linfield Oaks (continued from page 68) THINKING OF SELLING? IT'S TIME! THE MARKET IS HOT! I just sold a house in Cupertino that received 35 OFFERS and another the following week in Mountain View with 17 OFFERS! Both sold way OVER THE ASKING PRICE. If you're thinking of selling or know of someone who may be - CALL TODAY for a complimentary market analysis of your home. now. Her daughter attends Encinal School, as Ague did. They walk or bike to the rec center, pool and library. And she feels safe with the police headquarters so close by at the Burgess Park government complex, she said. Like all neighborhoods, it goes through cycles where there are lots of young kids, and this is one of them, she said. Some older folks may soon be ready to make way for even more newcomers, she said. Elliot Krane has lived in the neighborhood since 2004 and loves the character and beauty of the older houses. Many have been restored or remodeled, he said. People know each other. "Our dogs know each other," he said. In fact, he remembers once when his dogs got loose, someone recognized them and put them back in his backyard. He never found out who had performed the kind deed. Another time he was out of town and someone called to say they noticed his car's sun roof was open. Regular block parties in different locations add to the neighborhood feel. Krane wonders if the "Facebook effect" will come to bear on the neighborhood, with the company's proximity at the other end of Willow Road. He even wonders if newly minted millionaires might start knocking on his door and asking if his house is for sale after the IPO. "I think there's going to be a lot of newfound money and a lot of people are going to want to live here. This is really ideally situated." Rebecca Miller loves the feel of having "a little nook" of a neighborhood so close to so many amenities. An email list keeps people connected, she said. Just after they moved in in 2010 there was an "awesome" block party right on their block. She and her two young kids enjoy being so close to Burgess Park and the pool and library, too, she said. N Freelance writer Kathy Schrenk can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org. FACTS: DIANE SCHMITZ (650) 947-2955 email@example.com DRE # 01235034 Sereno Group Real Estate 369 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos CHILD CARE AND PRESCHOOLS: Geokids Day Care Center, 345 Middlefield Road, #204, Menlo Park; Burgess After-school Program, Burgess Kindercat Program, Menlo Park Recreation Center, 701 Laurel St., Menlo Park, Menlo Children's Center, 801 Laurel St. Menlo Park FIRE STATION: 300 Middlefield Road, Menlo Park LOCATION: West of Middlefield Road to Alma Street and San Francisquito Creek to Ravenswood Avenue NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION: Email coordinator: JoAnne Goldberg, 650-327-4716 PARK: Burgess Park, Alma Street and Mielke Drive, Menlo Park PUBLIC SCHOOLS: Menlo Park City Elementary School District -- Laurel School, 95 Edge Road, Atherton; Encinal School, 195 Encinal Ave., Menlo Park; Hillview Middle School, 1100 Elder Ave., Menlo Park Sequoia Union High School District -- Menlo Atherton High School, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton SHOPPING: Downtown Menlo Park E=@:21: /AA6C<B7<5/<2@/<167<5 1 = D 3 : = ; 3 < 2 = 1 7 < = 1 = C < B G 1 / : 7 4 = @ < 7 / true legacy ranch, the historic Hop and Barley Ranch consists of approximately 6,420 acres with 1.5 +/- miles frontage on the Middle Fork of the Eel River, a steelhead trout fishery. A rare combination of productive valley floor lands with nearly 300 acres irrigated & 600 acres dry farmed, to lush beautiful forests and meadows in the mountains, and bucolic grassy hills along the river. Teaming with wildlife, the ranch is home to trophy Black Tail deer, Tule Elk, pigs, bear, quail, turkey, Page 70 I Spring Real Estate Special Section A RANCHES, LAKES, RIVERS /BROKER THE CHICKERING COMPANY dove and soaring eagles. Per owner, the carrying capacity is approximately 500 cows year-round or 1,000 for the season. The well-rounded improvements complement the ranch well and are built of redwood siding and corrugated metal roofing for that classic rustic ranch headquarters. A ranch of this size and diversity is a rare find and only a four hour drive from the greater San Francisco Bay Area. Priced at $14 million. For more information and other ranch offerings, visit our website at www.ranchbuyer.com. For more information on this and our other offerings, please visit: w w w.ranchbuyer.com Contact: Email : ranches @chickeringco.com Terry Hundemer 530-265-5774 Spring Real Estate Special Section I Page 71 Leannah & Laurel, Your Team for Mid-Peninsula Real Estate PROVEN PROFESSIONAL COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP. UNMATCHED KNOWLEDGE OF MID-PENINSULA NEIGHBORHOODS. EXCEPTIONAL PERSONAL SERVICE. A TRACK RECORD OF OUTSTANDING RESULTS. 2012 has been one of the best years in the last decade to sell a home on the Peninsula. Thinking of selling this year? We have an excellent network of industry specialists to help prepare your home for the market, such as painters, stagers, landscapers, handymen, and inspectors. Call Leannah and Laurel now to find out how you can capitalize on this amazing sellers market. LEANNAH HUNT ` Over 25 years experience as a Realtor. SRES Certified (Specialist in services for Seniors). Past President, Silivon Valley Association of Realtors. Mid-Peninsula School Specialist. We are very pleased ... -- Jay and Liana Boyarsky I wouldn't use anyone else. -- Ray Bacchetti L aurel Hunt Robinson PALO ALTO LOS ALTOS LOS ALTOS HILLS L eannah Hunt ' LAUREL HUNT ROBINSON Born, raised, and lives in Palo Alto. Mother of twin boys ... Laurel understands needs of young families. Internet Marketing Specialist. LEANNAH HUNT & LAUREL HUNT ROBINSON www.LeannahandLaurel.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com (650) 475.2030 (650) 475.2035 DRE# 01009791 ATHERTON PORTOLA VALLEY DRE# 01747147 WOODSIDE MT. VIEW REDWOOD CITY ...AND THE ENTIRE MID-PENINSULA MENLO PARK 4HE,IFESTYLEYOU�VEBEENWORKINGSOHARDFOR "EAUTIFUL/CEANFRONT,ANIKAI(OMES 0ALO!LTOLOCALANDCLIENTOF*OEL#AVASSO9OUNG3OHN CATCHESAIRWHILEVISITINGHISSECONDHOMEONTHEBEAUTIFUL %AST3IDEOF/AHU(AWAII +AILUA"EACH +ITESUR� NG&AMOUS+AILUA"AY Joel Cavasso (R ) Cell: 808.216.9988 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org For comprehensive Hawaii info, go to: www.Lanikailua.com Search for properties at www.househunt.com/agent/Joel-Cavasso Page 72 I Spring Real Estate Special Section I specialize in buyer representation for clients coming from out of state. Not only do I know the Hawaii market very well, I also know a lot of the sellers and their property histories. I have excellent problem solving skills and an impeccable reputation with my peers, especially when it comes to contract negotiations and the escrow process. By utilizing my representation, you will dramatically strengthen your buying position without incurring any additional costs. At least 20% of my clients purchase properties I find for them that not yet listed on the open market. If you are considering in investing in Hawaii Real Estate or in a second home, contact me and I will work hard to find you the perfect home on the beautiful island of Oahu. Vinedo Lane /26$/726+,//6 9,1('2/$1(&20 MARY GULLIXSON Alain Pinel Realtors DRE# 00373961 650.888.0860 email@example.com DAVID BERGMAN Intero Real Estate DRE# 01223189 BRENT GULLIXSON Alain Pinel Realtors DRE# 01329216 650.948.1100 www.DavidBergman.com 3ULYDWHDFUHHVWDWHZLWKYLQH\DUG7KHPDLQ KRPHRIIHUVDSSUR[LPDWHO\VTIWRI OX[XU\ZLWKEHGURPVDWKHDWUHRIILFHVELO OLDUGURRPOLEUDU\ZLQHFHOODUDQGPRUH7KHUH LVDVHSDUDWHEHGURRPEDWKJXHVWKRXVH7KH JURXQGVDUHEHDXWLIXOO\ODQGVFDSHGDQGLQFOXGHD SRRODQGHOHYDWHGVSD6KRZQE\DSSRLQWPHQW 2IIHUHGDW Information deemed reliable, but not guaranteed. 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CENTRAL MENLO PARK 4 beds minimum; up to $2.5M HOME with Portola Valley or Woodside school district; fixer ok; up to $1.5M ATHERTON tear-down or lot on one acre for builder MENLO PARK OR ATHERTON large family room/kitchen a must; up to $8M Our exclusive affiliation with Christie's International Real Estate offers you unparalleled, PENDING SALE 325 Princeton Road Menlo Park $1,950,000 800 High Street, #205 Palo Alto $1,050,000 world-reaching exposure for your home. Our elevated marketing � whether public or Sharon Park Drive Menlo Park $385,000 private placement � includes diverse venues and effective approaches on a local, national, and international COMI NG SOON SHARON HEIGHTS .3 level acre 3,000+ sq. ft. home scale. Cashin Group � your real estate connection for today's market. 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