2014 Year End Market Data

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2014 Year End Data SM & SC

The 2014 Year End Market Data gives an overview of Atherton, Burlingame, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Menlo Park , Palo Alto, Portola Valley, and Woodside.

Portola Valley Real Estate – Just Sold! by Ellen Ashley

Welcome to the Country!

Ellen recently represented the buyer in the sale of this serene and private country setting in the heart of Portola Valley. Manicured gardens, lush landscaping and captivating views provide the perfect backdrop for entertaining or relaxing and offer a park like setting for kids to enjoy. Featuring approximately 3200 sq ft of living space on one acre.

If you would like to know more about living in Portola Valley, just give Ellen a call. It’s a very special place. Contact Ellen @ 650-888-1886

Q3 Quarterly Market Report 2013 vs. 2014

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Nov 2014 Data

Beautiful Portola Valley Home Just Sold!

Helping You Find Your Next Home!

316 Golden Hills Drive, Portola Valley, CA 94028

Enjoy the natural beauty of relaxing California living at its best in this gated, gracious single-level home. Above the hustle and bustle of the cosmopolitan heart of Silicon Valley, welcoming and serene retreat ambience arises from approximately 2.75 award-winning landscaped acres, abundant foliage, flourishing gardens, meandering pathways, and water features surrounding.

A beautifully maintained home with thoughtful details and timeless fine designer finishes. Elegant limestone floors throughout most of the home. Marble slab used in baths and fireplaces and fiddleback maple cabinetry in master bath and kitchen. Plaster walls showcase finely finished rounded corners. Open, light-filled design affords flexible usage of spaces. Large windows and doors throughout take advantage of views of surrounding hills, gardens, pool, spa, fountains, koi pond and orchard.

An outdoor built-in BBQ center provides alfresco dining and shared moments. Other features include guest quarters, a workshop in unfinished basement, extra storage in 3-car garage and basement, and a large motor court with ample parking spaces. This home is picturesque and serene yet only minutes to top-rated schools, shops & San Francisco Bay Area business centers.

Contact Ellen Ashley to help you find or represent your home: 650-888-1886

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Greening Your Home Office

A lot easier than you may think

DeskPapersHaving a home office can be a wonderful space to have whether you work at home for a living, use your home office to pay bills, writing letters, or for researching online. Have you considered that a home office can leave huge carbon footprint and that it cost you a lot more money than you may have thought?

Greening your Home Office space is a great way to solve these problems and it can be a lot easier to do than you may think. In this article, you will learn some simple steps you can take to save you time, money, and help the environment.

Saving Energy

The first thing that most people think about when they want to be more green is how to save energy. Our homes can use a lot of electricity and by the end of the month the bill can a little shocking. However, here are a few things you and your family can do to bring down your monthly electrical bill and help make the planet greener.

One thing you can do is to let in as much light from the windows as possible. This will cut down on the need for lighting. If you have to have the lights on then you can replace all of your light bulbs with energy saving florescent or LED light bulbs. There has been a lot of debate as to which of the two energy saving light bulbs are the best. From the research it looks like LED bulbs are going to be the leader in energy saving, response, and overall safety.

light bulbYou can also shut down all the hardware you are not using like your printer or adjusting your computer screen from screen saving mode to sleep mode when not in use. You can also power down your Wi-Fi and modem when there not in use. Purchasing Smart Power Strips that automatically turn off the power when items are not in use will also help.

During the winter, you can put on more clothes rather than cranking up the heater. Most people may be home all day in their home office but they are heating the whole house. Try turning the house heater off or at least down to 65 degrees and purchase, a small energy saving space heater that will help cut down on the electrical cost and carbon footprint.

Many home offices still use a fax machine, scanners, and a printer, which are plugged in and usually left on. You can now purchase energy saving machines that fax, scan, and print all from one devise.

Saving Paper

Another easy way to make your home office greener is to cut down of the use of paper. We use paper in many of the daily things we do in our home office from printing out projects or proposals to taking notes. Below are several ways to cut down on the use of paper and save a few trees in the process.

ManInMiddleOfPaperStacksFirst thing you can do is to stop using paper. Instead, make everything a digital document. If you have projects or proposals save it as a PDF and send it to your clients via email so, they can read it on their laptops or iPads. You can use a digital signature on contracts saving you time and paper. The old way to get a contract signed was to print out the contract then fax it over to your client they in turn have it printed out on their end. They then sign it and send it back which now prints out on your end. If you had a ten page contract, that is a lot of paper.

Another great way to cut down on the paper is to choose to receive all of your bills online rather than having the electric company send you a bill, and then you write a paper check and send it back in a paper envelope. Try just paying your bills online, which will save time, energy, and trees.
If you do need to use your printer keep in mind that many ink cartridge companies will recycle your ink cartridges which means less garbage in the landfills

Lastly you can use older printed on paper that has not been used on one side and fold it in half with the unused side out to use for notes or checklists. Once you have used all your paper up completely keep a bin or box in your office so any completely used paper you don’t need can be recycled.

Save on Travel

Having your own business may mean you need to meet with people face-to-face. With the ease of online tools like Skype or Facetime, you can now setup online face-to-face meetings saving gas, time, and money all of which help the environment.

There is nothing more fun than heading out to your local office supply store. Unfortunately, this takes up time and gas, which increases your carbon footprint. Instead, try to make an office supply list at the beginning of each quarter and order your supplies online. You can also use many of the great online green office supply stores, which sell supplies such as recycled paper and green products.

Taking green a step further

If you wish to do even more to greening your home office you can take some structural steps that would be cost effective in the long run and depending where you live may even get you tax credits.

The first thing you can do is to make sure your home office area has the highest rated insulation that your local building code requires. This also means replacing your windows with a high R-value and making sure, they are double pane insulated. Lastly, adding solar panels to your roof will help cut down on your overall electrical cost.

Taking any of the steps mentioned above to greening your home office will not only help you save money, time, and energy but will help in improving the environment and the planet we all love.

Helping You Find The Perfect Home – Just Sold!

Ellen Helped a Client Find This Newly Constructed Home in Portola Valley, CA

A private & peaceful setting with unobstructed views while living in the treetops.

Contact Ellen Ashley to help you find your next home or represent the sale of your home.

Ellen Ashley 650-888-1886

Helping You Find the Perfect Home.

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“It’s important to love where you live,” says Ellen and with over 20 years of real estate experience and a comprehensive understanding of the local marketplace, she knows her neighborhoods inside and out.

Her success comes from paying close attention to the details, understanding the clients’ priorities, interests, wants, and needs.

Her many years of real estate experience has made her an effective advocate on behalf of the buyer or seller and has helped her become a perceptive and innovative negotiator.

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In fact, just recently, Ellen helped a client find the perfect home located on a serene and private country acre right in the heart of Portola Valley. This beautifully remodeled four bedroom home features inviting decks and patios creating a perfect blend of indoor and outdoor living. It also has spectacular views of the hills including Windy Hill, a 1,335-acre preserve featuring open grasslands and beautiful redwood, fir, and oak trees perfect for hikers and equestrians.

Farmers Market

One of the amenities of living in Portola Valley is the local farmers markets, which is located at the Portola Valley Town Center and open every Thursday afternoon year round.

The Portola Valley Farmers Market features local artisan that bring a wonderful selection of fresh organic fruits and vegetables and other fine foods, crafts, and music making it a fun place to visit.

To learn more use this link: www.portolavalleyfarmersmarket.com If you would like to know more about Peninsula living or have specific questions on buying, selling or investing in 2014, please give Ellen a call. She would love to hear from you! 650-888-1886.

Breathtaking Views of Windy Hill in Portola Valley

Imagine yourself in this magical .53 acre setting in central Portola Valley overlooking Windy Hill and the surrounding open space lands. You’ll feel as if you own 500 acres! Located on Corte Madera Road, this hidden treasure offers a contemporary style 3/4 bedroom home with high ceilings and massive windows which fill the home home with natural light. The floor plan is open and flowing with the living areas seamlessly connecting to one another. The grounds include a spacious patio and lawn area framed with beautiful gardens. Centrally located with easy access to Silicon Valley, top-rated schools and the new Town Center, this property is truly one of a kind!

Living in Portola Valley, an Equestrian Lovers Dream

Portola Valley Offers amazing riding opportunities for the equestrian lover and has a variety of equestrian facilities and trails that are great for adults and kids of all ages. Below are listed a few of the local facilities:

Web Ranch provides riding instruction and events, scenic trails, programs for all level of riders, farm produce and seasonal foods. Located @ 2720 Alpine Road Portola Valley, CA 94028

Portola Valley Training Center offers Trainers and their Clients a World Class Facility. Among the amenities on the 60 acre grounds are 8 meticulously groomed and maintained jumping and flat arenas including a mirrored dressage court and a fully lighted and covered 150 foot by 300 foot arena. Completely unique is the 5/8 mile racetrack, from days past, for conditioning, 40 acres for off-training day leisure rides, and an on-site veterinary with full surgical facilities. Located @ 100 Ansel Lane, Menlo Park, CA 94028

Glenoaks Equestrian Center is a full-service riding facility in Portola Valley for equestrians of all levels: from novice to Grand Prix competition. With 3 all-weather rings, a dressage court, grass Derby field, and 1,000 acres of private horse trails, you and your horse have found the ideal home. Located @3639 Alpine Road Portola Valley CA 94028