You’re family’s growing, your space is shrinking and you can’t help but feel like maybe it’s time for a serious suburban upgrade? You’re not alone! Countless families are making the leap to Marin County each year, from the Bay Area and beyond. And who can blame them? The weather is amazing (barring the recent rainy weekends—ugh!), the lifestyle is equally incredible, and it’s close enough to the city to get your fix when you need it. Plus, in Marin County you’re surrounded by countless outdoor activities and the area’s stunning beauty, which you used to pack up the family on the weekends to visit, especially during the City’s foggy summer months.
So how do you know when it’s time to consider the Big Move? Here are some signs we hear over and over from city mamas as well as our friends and neighbors in the area. If you’re considering a move to Marin—or have already made the leap—chances are these will sound very familiar…
#1. You’re getting creative with space—a little too creative
How did the Marin real estate market fare in 2013? Marin Realtor Kevin McGinnis takes a look at the year in Marin housing in this guest article.
The Marin real estate market continues to show strong gains. All the data from 2013 are in, so here’s a look at where we stand, by the numbers:
Marin Real Estate Prices
In 2013, the average price for a single-family home was $1,191,748. That’s an 18% increase in just one year. To the average home seller, that meant an extra $182,103 in their pocket compared to 2012. For a breakdown of average Marin home prices by city, scroll to the bottom of this article.
The graphic below shows Marin real estate home prices over the past decade. As a result of the Great Recession, prices fell starting in 2008 and continued to tumble through 2009. The year 2010 saw improvement, but then 2011 gave up the modest gains and proved to be the low point for prices in the Marin real estate market (for single-family homes).