Kyle Frazier, J.D., Broker Associate with Compass | (415) 350-9440

Marin Luxury Homes Report (December 2008)

Marin County, California, Luxury Homes Report (December 2008–Sales and Inventory Analysis)   Ponzi schemes, equity markets, banking woes, mounting unemployment, diminished home values and equity, generalized fear, and a palpable spending paralysis continue to weigh down and negatively impact luxury real estate sales in Marin County, California. I struggle to find the appropriate adjective to describe Marin County’s current luxury home market. Torpid? Sluggish? Drowsing? You get the idea. The same holds true nationwide as caution and prudence carry the day (click here to view the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing’s Housing Report dated 12/12/08).

There are 85 homes on the market between $2 million and $4 million. As predicted in last month’s update, November sales slowed significantly following the mid-September meltdown in the financial sector–there were only 5 sales (down from 19 in October). Each of the following cities or towns had one sale: Mill Valley, San Rafael, Tiburon, Belvedere, and Kentfield. The average days on market for the homes that sold was 80 days and the average sales price was just over $2.58 million (roughly $849 per square foot), with an average of 3,209 square feet. Belvedere and Tiburon have 5 and 3 homes, respectively, currently in escrow. 

The inventory level in Marin County’s ultra-luxury market (homes priced in the $4 million and up range) has again dropped precipitously (as is common this time of year). There are now 34 active listings, compared with 49 in November. Belvedere and Tiburon provide a large percentage of our ultra-luxury homes. Other cities / towns with homes in this price band include Kentfield, Sausalito, Mill Valley, Ross, San Rafael, and Novato. Somewhat surprisingly, there were no sales last month (we can usually expect at least 3 sales per month during the slow season). Further underscoring the pervasive caution gripping buyers, we currently have no ultra-luxury homes in escrow.  

 

Marin Cities & Towns

$2 Million — $4 Million

$4 Million & Up

Active

Pending

Active

Pending

Sausalito

6

0

1

0

Belvedere

7

3

9

0

Tiburon

24

5

11

0

Mill Valley

15

0

3

0

Larkspur

6

1

0

0

Corte Madera

0

0

0

0

Kentfield

8

0

2

0

Greenbrae

0

0

0

0

Ross

5

1

5

0

San Anselmo

11

0

1

0

San Rafael

10

0

2

0

Novato

3

0

1

0

 

The above graph identifies the numbers of active listings and homes in contract in the Marin County luxury and ultra-luxury home market segments. Note that all homes in contract are included in the category “Pending” even though some are technically “Contingent” properties (e.g., the buyers have not removed all contingencies). This information is limited to Marin County’s Highway 101 corridor towns and cities that consistently maintain a monthly inventory of luxury and ultra-luxury homes (Western Marin coastal homes are not included). Call Kyle Frazier, Marin Realtor & CRS, Broker Associate, Frank Howard Allen Realtors of Marin, at 415/350-9440 for more luxury home market information. You can also e-mail Kyle at mailto:Kyle@ImagineMarin.com.

Kent Woodlands, Kentfield (Marin County)

Kent Woodlands is an unincorporated residential community located in Kentfield, Marin County, California. Kent Woodlands consists of approximately 550 residential lots located at the base of Mt. Tamalpais in the Ross Valley.

 

The neighborhood, with a population of about 1,700, is characterized by its large, heavily wooded home sites. It derives its name from the family of influential Marin pioneer William Kent (1864-1928), a three-term Republican congressman and friend of John Muir who played a leading role in creating both Muir Woods National Monument and Mount Tamalpais State Park.

 

Kentfield is blessed not only by good weather (when it is foggy in San Francisco and Southern Marin, it is sunny in Kent Woodlands), but also by low crime and some of the best schools in California, such as Bacich Elementary School. Hiking, biking, and fishing are right here–there is a string of lakes in the Tamalpais Watershed with virtually unlimited access.

Kent Woodlands is one of the Marin enclaves coveted by leaders of industry, actors, musicians, and sports figures.

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If you have any questions about Kent Woodlands, Kentfield, or the Marin County luxury homes market, please let me know.

My name is Kyle Frazier. I am a broker and Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) with Frank Howard Allen Realtors (the biggest and best firm in Marin County). And it is always my pleasure to be of service. I can be reached any time at (415) 350-9440.