Adorable 2 bedroom, 2 full bathroom bungalow on almost 1/3 acre in northern Novato is coming soon! All remodeled, this little gem boasts a brand new kitchen, 2 remodeled bathrooms, hardwood floors, huge walk-in closet, a great deck for entertaining, ceiling fans, wood stove, a private side yard for relaxing .....and there's plenty of room to expand even more! Parking for 5 cars too! Priced to sell quickly at $495,000.
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My very discrimitating buyers bought a very discrimitating property in San Rafael! They agreed that it was worth the wait and all the looking we had done prior to finding this jewel!
Although multiple offers on the property, we prevailed by negotiating a deal that worked for all concerned. This impecably maintained and loved home, inside and out, was evident the minute you stepped up to the front door. With brand new siding & windows, beautiful new high-end carpet and a perfectly planted backyard, my clients had huge smiles the minute they entered the property and will do so every day when they come home from a long days work!
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In 1874, San Rafael began as a sleepy city of 160 acres and 600 residents. By 1880, the population had reached 2,276. It became the county's government seat and grew to a population of 8,570 by 1940. The north end of San Rafael, the area now known as Terra Linda, was largely ranch and dairy land. Most of this area was owned by the Manuel T. Freitas family, a Portugese family who owned and operated a large dairy.
The Terra Linda area came into being in 1954. A gentleman, Cal Wheeler, began building what was called The Terra Linda Master Plan, a planned community which included a shopping center (The Terra Linda Shopping Center), homes, community sites and local school sites. After World War II, in the 1950's and 1960s, young veterans were able to use their G.I. loans to purchase homes in the area as they were low priced properties, consistently mainly of contemporary modern homes that were built on concrete slab foundations, with hydronic (radiant) heat, cork floors, open beam ceilings and high windows (clerstory) that brought in lots of light and air. The bulk of these homes were known as either "Eichlers" or "Alliance" homes.
Construction of the second planned community, Marinwood, began in 1956 by a Jerry Hoyt. Simultaneously, a Bud Sthymmel, a realtor, met Joseph Eichler (who was working in Palo Alto) and introduced him to the area. The rest is history! Eichler became the biggest home builder in the area. His Terra Linda homes were such a hot commodity that he didn't stop building until he built what is known as Lower and Upper Lucas Valley's. Upper LV was the final phase and completed in 1966.
During this same era, the home in the southern portion of Terra Linda was built by John Kenney and in 1965, the Marin Master Builders and American Housing Guild (Perma-Built), filled in the pastures that are now known as Mont Marin and San Rafael Park.
Within this 14 year period, the number of homes went from 800 to 6,900 and the population went from 2,500 to 24,000!
In 1972, residents of the area approved a bond measure to purchase all the surrounding hills as open space. Today, these hills surround and "define" the residential areas of Terra Linda and the Santa Margarita valleys.
The first school in the area came to be in 1955 at the corner of Las Colindas and Las Gallinas. It was named Bernard Hoffman School. The County Office of Education now sits on the site. San Rafael has two school districts: San Rafael and Dixie District Terra Linda is located in the Dixie School District. The present schools are Dixie Elementary (in Upper Lucas Valley), Mary Silveira (in Marinwood), Vallecito Elementary (in Terra Linda), Miller Creek Middle School (in Marinwood). Terra Linda High School (located in Terra Linda) also serves the area as 1 of 2 high schools (the other one being San Rafael High School) in the San Rafael School District.
Present day Terra Linda is a wonderful place to live...it's an easy drive to San Francisco and Wine Country, has great weather, great schools, great community activities and great spirit! I invite you to come visit our area....give me a call or shoot me an email and I'd be happy to give you a tour!
Just what is a corn maze? Who invented such and thing...and why?
A maze or labyrinth, as it is sometimes known, is simply a complicated, irregular network of paths, which can be difficult to find one's way through. So, a corn maze is simply a maze that it cut out of a corn field.
Mazes date back at least thousands of years to the time of Greek myths. The pyramids have tunnels in them that are in the form of a maze or labyrinth. Many archeological dig sites have maze designs as does ancient artwork, floor designs in homes, buildings and even street pavements. In Scandinavia, there are over 600 stone labyrinths lining the beaches of the Baltic Sea....about 300 of them in Sweden alone! Some believe that mazes were used for rituals and processions.
As time went on, formal gardens throughout European castles and palaces included garden mazes made out of lovely bush hedges. It is believed they were created to amuse the royal families. The idea was to enter the maze, find the center and return to the beginning point. One of the most famous European garden maze is the Hampton Court Maze, planted in the 1690's on the grounds of the Hampton Court Palace, right outside of the central area of London, on the Thames River. If you saw the movie, The Secret Garden, you saw an example of a small garden maze in the English countryside.
In the 1800's, mazes emerged as a popular source of entertainment in parks and other public locations.
Englishman, Adrian Fisher is considered to be the worlds leading maze designer. He has many Guinness World records, design awards and has created more than 400 mazes in 23 countries. His company, Maize Maze, has design plans that farmers can purchase.
Making a maze begins early in the year. In early spring, the designer (can be a farmer or a formal designer) comes up with a design and plants the field in the regular grid rows so that initially it looks like just another field. Then, when the corn has grown to about 6' tall, the maze's pattern is cut out with a mower. The remaining corn continues to grow tall, around the cut out design paths.
In the U.S., since the 1970's, mazes have become very popular...especially during the Halloween season and most mazes today are found at many pumpkin patch locations! Obviously, the best view of a full corn maze is from the air! Corn mazes comes in many different shapes, signs and designs...some are customized to have a name or face in them, again best seen from the air. Some mazes even have nighttime hours, where you can go in with flashlights! Night Mazes are a favorite of teens!
There are great corn mazes throughout the Bay Area this time of the year. One of my very favorites is the Petaluma Pumpkin Patch and Amazing Corn Maze, located at 450 Stony Pt. Rd., in Petaluma. The corn maze is open until 10pm on Friday and Saturday nights....fun!
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