San Francisco Peninsula Update on the Housing Market

February 11, 2013

40verbaleelane-hillsboroughOn the San Francisco Peninsula there are 14 active and 16 pending sales in Burlingame. Low inventory continues to be a problem everywhere. It is amazing how agents keep coming up with properties to sell to their waiting “pent up” buyers. Our Burlingame office just had 50 offers on a pair of fixer properties in San Mateo, which sold all cash substantially over asking price. There is little new inventory coming on in Hillsborough, however the high end is starting to show movement with four properties over $10 million and two over $5 million now in escrow. This is very encouraging to see high-end buyers actively in the market. Our Palo Alto manager says the inventory is even scarcer (if possible) than last year – while the demand is higher. Lack of inventory is the biggest concern for agents and clients in the Redwood City-San Carlos area. Agents are working in a wider area in order to find properties for their buyers. In San Mateo, our manager sees a slight increase in listings. Homes that are off-market coming back on the MLS in the Woodside and Portola Valley area. Sales have picked up over the past two weeks. Everyone has lots of buyers – not too many sellers yet.

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Belmont Senior Center Hawaiian Music

August 15, 2012

A great time was had by all who love Hawaiian music. A group of ukulele musicians entertained us yesterday morning at the Belmont Senior Center. We had some special dancers as well. Click on the 2 links for a short video of the event.

Belmont

Belmont 1

 

School Star Scores Testing Program

July 21, 2012

STAR Site Click Here!

STAR Scores for Sandpiper Elementary in Redwood Shores Click Here!

STAR Scores for Ralston Middle School Click Here!

Sequoia Union High School District Click Here!

 

Sample scores from 1998 for comparison purposes between districts

TOTAL READING Grade level-Percent of Students

TOTAL MATH Grade level-Percent of Students

TOTAL LANGUAGE Grade level-Percent of Students

SCIENCE Grade level-Percent

SOCIAL SCIENCE Grade level-Percent

State/County 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 9 10 11 9 10 11
California 48 47 49 50 50 52 53 39 36 40 49 46 46 48 53 48 48 51 44 46 51 46 54 54 55 67 54 53 41 49 43 48 45 48 42 61
San Mateo Co. 54 51 53 54 55 55 57 43 38 40 49 52 49 53 57 53 52 55 48 50 54 52 57 59 59 62 58 59 44 52 45 50 56 52 43 62
Bayshore Elem. 31 48 37 21 30 39 59 51 63 36 35 55 41 34 43 59 59 45 46 46 56
Belmont/Redwood Shores Elem. 58 69 72 70 76 76 77 61 73 74 67 77 74 66 65 69 73 71 75 82 76
Brisbane Elem. 43 50 53 49 51 59 67 41 42 57 49 64 64 57 41 53 73 62 68 68 70
Burlingame Elem 72 70 73 75 77 70 76 67 69 65 75 82 75 74 79 71 75 77 82 83 83
Cabrillo Unified 54 58 60 57 62 67 67 61 43 57 53 55 52 58 52 66 54 63 46 61 54 54 64 63 64 70 68 69 48 66 56 52 58 69 54 80
Hillsborough 95 88 82 89 86 90 88 92 89 84 91 87 90 90 89 90 82 88 89 89 90
Jefferson Elem. 50 35 40 44 47 41 44 32 37 41 41 45 35 38 46 39 49 51 55 54 48
Jefferson Union High 36 28 33 51 40 43 54 38 47 43 48 43 45 35 61
Laguna Salada 60 59 60 65 59 59 67 60 55 55 60 58 61 60 63 57 68 67 67 70 69
La Honda Pescadero 39 54 59 43 34 62 64 31 33 45 42 46 51 53 38 58 38 63 19 48 50 54 60 53 35 65 38 52 30 39 41 24 30 56 30 48
Los Lomitas Elem. 71 88 85 89 82 87 84 76 83 86 90 88 87 87 71 80 91 89 85 93 83
Menlo Park City Elem. 76 81 85 85 81 84 88 73 79 81 81 82 84 83 79 78 84 87 82 84 85
Millbrae Elem 56 52 55 55 63 64 64 47 40 45 47 66 61 68 60 53 60 57 72 72 67
Portola Valley Elem. 88 94 96 96 87 98 95 93 93 91 97 93 92 94 84 92 94 95 97 100 94
Ravenswood Elem. 24 17 15 19 17 18 20 25 36 20 30 27 27 30 19 26 22 26 23 28 25
East Palo Alto Charter 22 8 12 16 32 22 26 22 16 8 20 32
Redwood City Elem. 46 41 37 41 40 42 43 42 41 35 39 50 40 38 49 39 38 43 43 47 41
Garfield Charter 5 3 12 12 14 36 21 6 21 38 19 8 16 20 19
San Bruno Elem. 56 55 57 55 59 58 54 57 60 46 48 54 54 43 62 52 58 59 60 67 59
San Carlos Elem. 65 70 74 73 76 77 78 65 60 56 68 73 72 72 72 67 75 75 70 76 70
San Mateo/Foster City Elem. 52 54 59 58 59 61 65 49 50 57 57 60 55 56 56 54 63 63 62 68 64
San Mateo Union 52 51 48 65 63 60 69 55 61 53 58 52 64 55 68
Sequoia Union 41 33 38 48 38 43 49 37 45 40 39 40 46 34 53
South SSF Unified 54 44 44 51 52 49 46 39 36 32 45 55 44 53 52 44 43 55 49 44 51 48 50 56 52 52 44 62 47 47 41 57 41 47 41 66
Woodside Elem. 82 96 88 98 84 96 95 82 96 84 90 88 98 88 80 98 88 93 93 89 83

Housing Market Snapshot

June 3, 2012

An update on our current market counties in the Bay Area.

I hope you will find the following snapshot of local Real Estate inventory interesting. The table represents aggregated values based on MLS data for the specified date.

Housing Inventory Snapshot May 31, 2012
  Average List Price Median List Price Average Days On Market
Santa Clara County, CA
Single Family under $1M $615,884 $608,000 46
Single Family over $1M $2,425,837 $1,799,950 53
Condo/Townhome under $600K $376,989 $379,000 45
Condo/Townhome over $600K $809,957 $729,000 42
San Mateo County, CA
Single Family under $1M $645,934 $650,000 49
Single Family over $1M $3,879,677 $2,295,000 71
Condo/Townhome under $600K $418,477 $445,000 52
Condo/Townhome over $600K $908,239 $785,000 73
Santa Cruz County, CA
Single Family under $1M $598,361 $624,900 73
Single Family over $1M $2,134,907 $1,649,000 101
Condo/Townhome under $600K $338,777 $299,000 129
Condo/Townhome over $600K $904,200 $748,000 96
Monterey County, CA
Single Family under $1M $511,519 $469,000 78
Single Family over $1M $3,197,835 $2,249,000 121
Condo/Townhome under $600K $353,144 $375,000 82
Condo/Townhome over $600K $882,316 $825,000 85
Alameda County, CA
Single Family under $1M $476,432 $450,000 58
Single Family over $1M $1,818,848 $1,400,000 69
Condo/Townhome under $600K $293,270 $273,100 63
Condo/Townhome over $600K $778,781 $720,000 46
Contra Costa County, CA
Single Family under $1M $429,936 $350,000 57
Single Family over $1M $2,031,242 $1,575,000 93
Condo/Townhome under $600K $229,259 $185,000 62
Condo/Townhome over $600K N/A** N/A** N/A**
 
 
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8 Farmer’s Markets in San Mateo County

May 20, 2012

25th Avenue Farmers’ Market in San Mateo

Belmont Farmers’ Market

Kaiser Permanente Redwood City Farmers’ Market

Kaiser South San Francisco Farmers’ Market

San Bruno Farmers’ Market

San Mateo Event Center Farmers’ Market

San Mateo Farmers’ Market

South San Francisco Farmers’ Market

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Thunder Bolts on Bay Bridge

April 13, 2012

 

You have to check this awesome photo out….

 

Bay Bridge Lightning Strike!

 

My daughter,  Lizzy and I were driving home from up north of where we live last evening, not a good night to be out. Lizzy is good at driving in the torrential rains, which is actually a surprise for me.

 

Since in my younger days… when I flew for TWA, I remember being in a high rise hotel with other CA flight attendants and they all came running into my room.  I actually thought we were having a bomb scare. Not to be. They were just afraid… None of them had experience the thunder and lightening that we just had.

 

I was at the office today and everyone was talking about the lighting and I said, “it is just like being at home”, another lady said, “just like being in Pennsylvania”…. I think we experience a lot growing up in the Midwest or East Coast and we are so grateful to be here. On the same note, I think we take our beautiful weather for granted.

 

For me, it is a joy to live here and not shovel snow, or freeze to death trying to dig my car out of snow in the parking lot, so I can drive home. And, I love flowers, we have that one all the time, don’t we?

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Memory and Ageing by Stanford Center for Memory Disorders

April 11, 2012

The San Carlos Adult Community Center is sponsoring a free “Memory and Ageing” presentation presented by Geoffrey Kerchner MD from the Stanford Center for Memory Disorders

A very usful presentation for everyone that has concerns over this topic. I feel it is always good to get as much information as possible. Dementia is an epidemic. Alzheimer‘s disease is the most common cause of dementia in individuals over 60 years of age and roughly half of all people aged 85 and up suffer from it.

You can learn: How to avoid dementia, warning signs, latest research and treatment.

This is on Tuesday, April 17  at 10:00 AM. For more information and to register call: 650-802-4384.

PET scan of a normal human brain

PET scan of a normal human brain (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

PET scan of a human brain with Alzheimer's disease

PET scan of a human brain with Alzheimer's disease (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Bay Area Easter Egg Hunts

April 6, 2012

Belmont:

Belmont’s Big Egg Adventure is Saturday @ 9 a.m. sharp in Twin Pines Park.

Burlingame:

Burlingame Lions Club annual Easter Egg Hunt and Pancake Breakfast is Saturday @ 8 a.m. in Washington Park.

Foster City:

Family Easter Egg Hunt is Sunday @ 1:30 p.m. in Leo J. Ryan Park.

Half Moon Bay:

Easter Egg Coloring Class is Saturday @ 2 p.m. at New Leaf Community Market.

City Easter Egg Hunt is Saturday @ 11:45 a.m at the Half Moon Bay High School softball field.

Menlo Park (2):

Firefighter Easter Egg Hunt is Saturday @ 10 a.m. in Burgess Park.

City Easter Egg Hunt is Saturday @ 10 a.m. in Kelly Park.

Millbrae:

Spring Festival 2012 is Saturday @ 1 p.m. in Central Park.

Pacifica (2):

City Egg Hunt is Saturday @ 10 a.m. at Frontierland Park.

Easter Egg Hunt is Saturday @ 1 p.m. at New Life Community Fellowship.

Palo Alto (2):

Children’s Easter Party is Saturday @ 9:30 a.m.,11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at Gamble Garden.

Easter Family Fun Day is Saturday @ 12 p.m. in Bell Street Park (EPA).

Redwood City (2):

Free Easter Egg Hunt is Sunday @ 11:30 a.m. at Malibu Castle.

Free Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday @ 10 a.m. at Whole Foods for ages 2-12.

San Carlos:

Easter Bunny by Helicopter is Saturday @ 10:30 a.m. at Hiller Aviation Museum.

San Mateo:

Eggstravaganza is Saturday beginning @ 9:30 a.m. in Central Park.

As with everything these days, there’s even a website for nationwide Easter Egg hunts in case you’ll be out of town. You can check it out here.

Compliments from Dave Colby

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Belmont 80 Year Old Hit While Jogging?

March 21, 2012

I am so sorry to hear this news, however it does make me wonder where in the world I am headed. I can’t jog anymore NOW… This lady is to be admired.  And, the driver 83, this could happen to anyone.  So sorry for both of them at this stage of their lives. Still driving and jogging? Driving yes, but jogging???

Maybe, they can tell me how they do it.

“An 80 yr old Belmont woman was struck by a car, while jogging on El Camino, Tuesday afternoon. The woman was crossing Middle Rd at approx. 4:00 PM when she was struck by a 1988 Toyota that was making a right turn from Middle Rd onto S/B El Camino. The jogger was treated at the scene by Belmont Fire Department paramedics and transported to an area hospital with non life threatening injuries. The driver of the Toyota, an 83 yr old Belmont man, was not injured.

The driver was attempting to make a right turn on a red light, when the collision occurred. While the cause is still under investigation, it also appears that the driver’s attention was focused on the on-coming El Camino traffic to his left, and he did not see the jogger, who stepped off the curb to his right. The jogger, who saw the Toyota, may have felt that she was safe as she was crossing with the light.

“It is important that both drivers and pedestrians stay alert.” “Drivers must check all around them, especially when making turns” said Belmont Police Chief Don Mattei. “Pedestrians also shouldn’t assume that drivers see them.” “Just because you have a green light or a walk signal, it may not be safe to cross.” “Try and make eye contact with drivers, whenever possible, to make sure the driver sees you” Mattei added.”

A left-turn traffic light on El Camino Real in...

A left-turn traffic light on El Camino Real in Sunnyvale. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

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San Mateo County Halloween Events

October 17, 2011

HALF MOON BAY, CA - OCTOBER 11:  A giant pumpk...

Image by Getty Images via @daylife

Compliments of ABC News Events

Now that we have really enjoyable weather, it will be great fun for our ghosts and goblins this year.
Farmer John’s Pumpkin Farm
http://www.farmerjohnspumpkins.com/
Fun, family atmosphere in a relaxing country setting off of Highway 1. Monday – Friday 9:30am – 5:30pm, Saturday and Sunday 9am – 6pm. 850 North Cabrillo Highway, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019. (650) 726-4980.

 Half Moon Bay Main Street
http://www.miramarevents.com/pumpkinfest/
41st Half Moon Bay Art and Pumpkin Festival 2011– Music stages, food, drinks, crafts, costume contests and more. October 15th – 16th, 2011. 10am – 5pm. 850 North Cabrillo Highway, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019.

Lemo’s Farm
http://www.lemosfarm.com/pumpkins.html
Halloween on the Farm– Pumpkin patches, ghost train ride, hay ride, and haunted house, and petting zoo. Open daily in October. 12320 San Mateo Rd., Half Moon Bay, CA 94019. (650) 726-2342.

Menlo Park
http://www.menlopark.org/departments/com/spevents.html
Halloween Parade and Carnival– Parade from Burgess Park to Fremont Park. Participants will receive a trick or treat bag. After the parade, trick or treat your way back to Burgess Park through Downtown Menlo Park at participating stores. The Arrillaga Family Recreation Center will then open for a carnival for children ages 12 and under. Activities are co-sponsored by the Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce. Saturday, October 29th, 2011. Menlo Park, CA 94025.

Redwood City: Pick of the Patch Pumpkins
http://www.abctreefarms.net/pumpkin#main
Pick of the Patch Pumpkins– Offer several varieties of pumpkins, interactive Pumpkin Patch Tours, bounce houses, slides, retail items (such as carving kits, painting kits, snacks) and a Halloween photograph area. Sunday – Thursday 9:30am to 9:00pm Friday & Saturday 9:30am to 9:30pm. 1301 Broadway, Redwood City, CA 94063..

San Bruno: Pick of the Patch Pumpkins
http://www.abctreefarms.net/pumpkin#main
Pick of the Patch Pumpkins– Offer several varieties of pumpkins, interactive Pumpkin Patch Tours, bounce houses, slides, retail items (such as carving kits, painting kits, snacks) and a Halloween photograph area. Sunday – Thursday 9:30am to 9:00pm Friday & Saturday 9:30am to 9:30pm. Sneath Ln & Huntington Ave., San Bruno, CA 94066.

Serramonte Center
http://www.serramontecenter.com/event/spook-parade-costume-contest/
Spook Parade and Costume Contest – Trick-or-treat with participating stores. Parade, costumes, and prizesp for children ages 12 and under. Monday, October 31, 2011 3pm – 6pm. See other Halloween events at Serramonte in October. 3 Serramonte Center, Daly City, CA 94015. (650) 992-8687.

San Carlos: Pick of the Patch Pumpkins
http://www.abctreefarms.net/pumpkin#main
Pick of the Patch Pumpkins– Offer several varieties of pumpkins, interactive Pumpkin Patch Tours, bounce houses, slides, retail items (such as carving kits, painting kits, snacks) and a Halloween photograph area. Sunday – Thursday 9:30am to 9:00pm Friday & Saturday 9:30am to 9:30pm. W El Camino Real & Arroyo Ave, San Carlos, CA 94070.

 

 

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