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5. Renovation is completed: Moving Walls

The trouble with charming homes built in the 1920’s is that the layout of the floor plan is not conducive to the lifestyle of a 21st Century family. Back then, visitors were received in the formal living room and most of the entertaining was in the dining room.  The kitchen, the service porch, the bedrooms…
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4. Completion of the Renovation; the Kitchen

The major portion of our renovation was the kitchen.  The floor plan of the kitchen remained the same as it had been before our project, however we made better use of the space and updated the room.  The house was built in 1926 and retained its original cabinetry!  In the 1960's some updates had been…
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3. Completion of the Renovation; the Dining Room

What a difference it makes to widen an entry! The dining room is lined with paned windows and is adjoined to the living room by double French doors. It is a gorgeous room, and the perfect setting for a dinner party. But the poor thing was divided from the kitchen by a solid swinging door,…
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2. Completion of the Renovation, the Living Room

The living room was the one room in the entire house that was not touched during the renovation. When we bought the house we fell in love with all of the paned windows, the fireplace, the high ceilings and the hardwood floors. The room had been painted a blue-grey and we had a single sofa…
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1. The Final Product; the Home Renovation is Finished

Done!  It has taken one year, however, we have finally arrived at the end of the project.  We began demolition on our home October 1, 2014 and we just concluded with an open house to celebrate. It is now one year and three weeks later. The home is modest; three bedrooms, one and a half…
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Fall Fiesta! Client Appreciation Party and House Warming 2015

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Stylish, Sleek, Centrally Located, Downtown San Mateo Condominium

SOLD!! 231 North El Camino Real #201 San Mateo With Multiple offers, and closed at nearly 15% above asking price. 231 Midway between Burlingame and San Mateo. Here is an immaculate one bedroom, one bathroom condominium.  Small, quiet building with only 18 units. Deeded parking, and elevator. Stylishly updated with designer grey-toned paint, new carpet…
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SOLD 1601 Royal Avenue, San Mateo

  We just SOLD this move-in ready south Shoreview home. Selling in San Mateo can be such a fun ride! 1601 Royal Avenue - San Mateo This beautiful property was purchased by a couple of investors looking to buy in the mid peninsula.   It was the perfect investment opportunity as the home is in…
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1125 Palomar Drive, Redwood City

Another happy buyer! I'm so pleased that this family of four has finally found their dream home. The property has tons of space for two active girls and an amazing view from the deck.
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1027 Shoreline Drive, San Mateo Listing

Listing in San Mateo SOLD to a most delightful couple from London. They are going to make a happy new home along the water in Harbortown. Congratulations! Welcome to the neighborhood San Mateo County.
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Our Home Renovation: The Finished Guest Room

Look at these beautiful French doors that we installed for the guest room. We also installed curtains to protect our beautiful dark floors in the summertime. The room gives us a lot of options now that we can open it up, but it's frustrating to get everything organized. We still have some big items in…
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Our Home Renovation: The Finished Dining Room

Our dining room is almost finished. I love the chandelier we picked, but you have to use candles with it. That's fine until you're about three quarters of the way through a meal and hot wax drips down on your guests. Yikes! We're going to replace that with a real chandelier. Next issue: paint! After…
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Our Home Renovation: The Finished Mud Porch

This is our new mud porch. You can see that we've reconfigured it a little bit. We have a new Carrara counter. We also created room for a stacker-style washer and dryer. We're going to put a cabinet over that for our modem and relevant electronics. We also added a French door and reused our…
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324 Catalpa #103, San Mateo

A pied-a-terre for Grandma in Downtown San Mateo! This peaceful retreat for those over 55 offers the perfect blend of refuge and convenience. The 1-bedroom and 1-bathroom condo features a large, open patio that flows beyond the living room to create an inviting outdoor space. Listed at $335,000 from your trusted realtor of the Peninsula.…
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Our Home Renovation: The Finished Bathroom

This is our half bath, and there's still some things I need to work out about it. The contractor hung the light above the statement mirror too low, which makes the mirror seems mushed. We didn't end up connecting the half bath and the full bath, so I created a niche instead. I'm still not…
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What’s Happening on the Peninsula: August 2015

Enjoy a full day of art, crafts, music, wine and beer at Burlingame's annual art festival, now called Burlingame on the Avenue! Visit Historic Burlingame Avenue anytime from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. on August 15th or 16th (Saturday and Sunday) to join in on the fun. Enjoy jazz on the Starbucks patio at the…
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Our Home Renovation: The Finished Living Room

Our living room is done! Well, almost. There's no furniture in it yet because we still need to choose a paint color for the walls. Mary, our colorist, helped us identify colors that match the original tile around the fireplace from 1927. The first time she was here, she helped me choose a beautiful matching…
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