Sharon Kramlich's August 23 Newsletter


Local Bay Area News

Bidding wars plummet as Bay Area housing market cools.

Despite drops, Bay Area market is still among the nation’s most competitive.
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Mill Valley Fire Prevention & Preparedness: Vegetation Ordinance Adoption Before the City Council on September 5th
The Mill Valley city council is considering a vegetation management ordinance applying to homes in the Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) that would require the removal of certain vegetation within 3 feet of the home. The council passed the ordinance on first reading at their August 5th meeting and is expected to consider the ordinance on second reading at their City Council meeting on Thursday, September 5, 2019 at 6:30 PM at Mill Valley City Hall, 26 Corte Madera Avenue.
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Around Marin

Every Friday, May 31 to August 23, 2019

6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Gabrielson Park, Sausalito Lawn seating is free and food and beverages available for purchase
Bring your friends and family to the final Jazz and Blues by the Bay concert concert of the season this Friday at Gabrielson Park in Downtown Sausalito. This summer concert series is famous for great music, stunning views and is a great time to spend with loved ones. Eugene Huggins and Friends, a blues band, will be performing. Lawn seating is free.
Join Kiddo at the annual Strawberry Snow Party hosted by Strawberry Village, Saturday, August 24, 10 am - 1 pm. Admission is $10 and Strawberry Village will be graciously donating all proceeds to Kiddo!
August 24 & 25
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday

Watts Ranch, 16855 Bodega Highway Bodega, CA 94922
The Bodega Seafood, Art & Wine Festival has it all! A benefit for two wonderful non-profits, it features a beautiful art and fine craft marketplace, lots of delicious food of all kinds, a tasting with over 40 wineries and breweries, 3 stages of entertainment, fun kid’s activities and more.

In their ongoing quest to improve our emergency preparedness and evacuations, Mill Valley residents will receive a mailer via postal mail that will explain the most important steps we can take to plan and prepare for an emergency.
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My New Listing Coming Soon

on Summit Avenue, Mill Valley
Mid-century modern home located in the wonderful Middle Ridge neighborhood of Mill Valley. Four bedroom, two and a half bathroom main house plus a separate one bedroom apartment.

Decks, views and privacy abound!

Walk to town and schools!
Please call or email me for further information.

Sale Pending

420 Monte Vista, Mill Valley
Listed at $ 1,795,000
Fantastic 1985 built Craftsman is located in the highly sought after Cascade Canyon just up the hill from downtown Mill Valley & drenched in sunlight. The large home features beautiful vaulted ceilings & sunny decks, hardwood floors, 2 fireplaces, 5 beds, 3.5 baths + office & loft in main house plus a separate bonus room (2nd office) plus workshop underneath the garage. Ample storage, 2 car garage plus driveway. This very special home is located in one of Mill Valley’s most magical & private settings, surrounded by redwood groves, with close to an acre of land & easy access to the tenderfoot trail & the Renz steps both leading to downtown Mill Valley.

Sale Pending


27 Spring Road, Lagunitas
Listed at $ 1,475,000
This rare and exceptional home and property is located in an outdoor enthusiasts paradise offering amazing privacy and fabulous views in all directions! Close enough to the city to enjoy the offerings of San Francisco but “just far enough” to feel country.
One of the original home sites in Lagunitas with a unique combination of flat land, grand vistas, forest and sunshine. The old timers knew how to pick the prime sites. The house was built in 1910 atop a “lions paw” extending out from the mountain. It has been expanded and remodeled throughout and features an abundance of flat land, superb privacy, mature gardens and year round sun. The 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom house has an extra loft in the living room, a secret attic room (perfect for kids), a wonderful chef’s kitchen, beautiful marble bathrooms, fine vistas from every room, all of which open on to a generous wrap around deck -not to mention a separate artist's studio, a detached garage and free standing car port. The circular drive offers ample parking as well.
Located just 15 minutes to Fairfax, 20 mins to Point Reyes, 30 Minutes to Limantour Beach, 7 minutes to Spirit Rock Meditation Center, a short distance to the Ink Wells and an easy stroll to the MMWD watershed trails, up to San Geronimo Ridge Trail and many more choices from there. Approx. 0.5 miles away you can find access to the Peter's Dam Trail system (up and around Kent Lake) access to the bike path through Taylor State Park and trails up to Mt. Barnaby, The Shafter trail up to the Bolinas Ridge, Devil's Gulch Trail system.

Just Sold

218 Amicita Avenue, Mill Valley
Sold for $ 1,699,300
Sycamore Park home, white picket fence BEAUTY!
This gorgeous property was built in 1945 and has been extensively remodeled throughout, offering an easy one-level floor plan in the heart of this prime neighborhood!
The open plan living, dining and kitchen offers a flexible floor plan. Features include hardwood floors, a remodeled gourmet kitchen, breakfast bar, custom cabinetry and custom built in's, wood stove, high ceilings and French doors to lush landscaped gardens. The bright master suite features doors opening up to the landscaped garden. Two additional bedrooms with charming windows and painted wood floors and a full guest bathroom complete the floor plan. The front and back garden offer ample opportunity for family fun and al fresco dining. The spacious garage has a painted floor and offers an extension of the living space if desired. The gated, long driveway allows children to play ball and remain safely tucked behind the gate.

The US Economy from BofA


In an interview with Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan, the following summary of the current state of the US economy emerged:
  1. There is a flight to quality right now, and tons of money is flowing towards the USA in an unstable global economy.
  2. The US consumer is everything: right now they are employed, earning more and spending more. (Recent Target and Lowe's results confirm this.) 
  3. Consumer spending with BofA clients alone is up 5.9% over 2018. Consumer spending is STRONG, representing around 70% of the entire US economy.
  4. The odds of a recession are always around 20%, even when the economy is strong.
  5. The combination of the China-US trade wars, Euro slowdown and Brexit are driving anxiety and draining business energy.
  6. The US economy must do well to hold up the world economies. The US economy is HUGE: US healthcare alone is the size of all of India's economy.
  7. Current economic data don't indicate a need for extreme measures.
  8. Large corporations with global reach are more impacted by economic weakness outside of the US.
  9. BofA predicts GDP growth of around 2.3% for 2019. (CNBC)

A Trailblazing Plan to Fight California Wildfires

Throughout the twentieth century, federal policy focused on putting out fires as quickly as possible, but preventing megafires requires a different approach.
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New Yorker article.

Climate Changes Driving Up Insurance Rates

Climate change is driving up insurance costs for homeowners. From fires in California to flooding along the Atlantic, homeowners are going to have to brace themselves for higher bills as climate change leads to extreme disasters.
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August Home Checklist

With the transition from summer travels to the beginning of a new school year, August can feel like a sudden downshift from the fun of vacation. Stretch out these last days of summer by squeezing in a few more home projects, savoring simple pleasures and, when the time comes, cleaning up the beach toys and preparing the house for a busy fall. Pick from these 13 to-dos to create your perfect August plan.
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Feeling philanthropic, consider donating to Climate Ride!

Hi Friends!

I am so excited to be leading a team in a fundraising ride organized through Climate Ride here at Walker Creek, Marin County on Sept 27-29, 2019! This event will draw over 200 participants from across the United States in a 2-day event which encompass speakers, farm-to-table cuisine, activities for the family and of course, cycling around beautiful Marin Country and beyond.
Please consider supporting my effort to raise awareness of climate change, sustainable solutions, and active transportation advocacy!

The health of our planet, economy, and communities is at stake. Right now, it is more important than ever to work toward a sustainable future. A great way that you can help do something meaningful, substantial and concrete is to support my fundraising. Your generous donation is an investment in a healthier, safer future and will help Climate Ride to make this a reality.
Thank you for your consideration!

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