Monday, April 10, 2006

Blah in Mill Valley


A reader sent in this total fixer with this comment:
Check out 27 Locke Lane...2 bedroom, 1300 sq ft, nearly 80 years old and falling apart. The lot is a weed choked mess. Asking $1.2 [million] and the realtor says "Value is in the land". $1.2 mil for a lot in a blah area of Mill Valley?

12 Comments:

Anonymous pothead said...

blah area of Mill Valley? Why that is only a block or two from the vaunted Sycamore Park neighborhood. It's a bargain at double the price.

April 10, 2006 11:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

$1.2 mil for a 2-bedroom crap shack, and the value is in the "land."

I'm sorry, but what is so effing great about Mill Valley? Can someone answer this for me?

April 11, 2006 2:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sorry, but what is so effing great about Mill Valley?

It's not Novato. ;)

April 11, 2006 8:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's not Novato. ;)

Doesn't really answer my question, so I'll ask another. What is so bad about Novato?

April 11, 2006 10:06 AM  
Blogger marin_explorer said...

What is so bad about Novato?

I'll venture to guess some people consider MV "real Marin", and Novato the "Stockton of Marin". It's snobbery, despite the fact MV has plenty of dumpy houses and crumbling roads.

April 11, 2006 10:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Novato has a Trader Joe's now. That makes it pretty cool in my book.

Oh, but it's not Whole Foods, now is it?

April 11, 2006 11:20 AM  
Blogger marin_explorer said...

Oh, but it's not Whole Foods, now is it?

Good--I call that place "whole paycheck foods". It makes our local Molly Stone's look thrifty.

April 11, 2006 12:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh someone just say it. Novato is trashy. Name one private school (that isn't for delinquents or the disabled) located in Novato.

April 11, 2006 12:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Name one private school..."

I can't decide which is a worse blight on civilization: simple, "working-class" Novatoans who can't afford $20K per annum grade schools--or local snobs who habitually measure people and places in terms of net worth.

Actually, the decision was very easy.

April 11, 2006 1:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good--I call that place "whole paycheck foods".

I call it "A**hole Foods."

April 11, 2006 3:10 PM  
Anonymous rejunkie said...

Don't speak too soon -- Novato city council has been reviewing tentative plans for a Whole Foods at the east end of Grant Ave.

Even we cousin-marriers gotta get the tofu salad bar!

Oh someone just say it. Novato is trashy. Name one private school (that isn't for delinquents or the disabled) located in Novato.

Um, have you been to Rohnert Park? Tracy? Elk Grove? Livermore/Antioch/Brentwood/Milpitas/Fairfield etc., etc. Novato is paradise compared to those places. OK, nobody shoots movies here but that does not disqualify it from being a relatively desirable place to live.

Oh yeah, re: the private schools -- I am a Branson grad, the most expensive school in Marin. And I would say it was not money well-spent. Plenty of my po' friends who went to TL are doing as well if not better than I am.(sorry mom and dad). Besides, when was a private school a reasonable barometer of a suburb's desirability -- what about Kentfield or Larkspur (private schools:0)?

April 12, 2006 8:43 PM  
Blogger B. Durbin said...

Elk Grove? What's wrong with Elk Grove (other than being a McMansion factory?) Maybe you're thinking of South Sacramento (which really IS trashy, what with shootings and meth and all of the stuff that usually ends up in the inner city.)

Of course, my sister lives in Novato, and I don't see what the issue is with that, either. But then, she and her husband have the RIGHT way of living in Novato— which is to work there, not in SF.

April 15, 2006 4:04 PM  

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