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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

Q2 Quarterly Market Report 2013 vs. 2014

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Q2 Stats

Portola Valley Realtor Ellen Ashley

Helping you find the perfect home

Contact Ellen to help you find your next home or represent the sale of your home 650-888-1886

Wait! Do Not Cut Down That Tree!

Woodside Trees 02Everyone loves a beautifully manicured landscape. It takes a lot of planning to get your lawns, plants, and flowers designed just perfectly to create your desired results. Even the proper placement of your trees is extremely important. Many property owners bring in new trees to help add foliage to the grounds and sometimes there might even be a need to remove your trees due to a remodel or a landscape design.

This is where you, as the owner of the property, can run into problems. Did you know that many cities in California require a permit before cutting down a tree? Your city can take this extremely seriously. If your city requires a permit and you do not have one you might be ordered to pay costly fines as well as replace any trees that were cut down. The fines can be as much as $5000 for one tree and up to $10,000 for each additional tree.

Being a Responsible Homeowner

It is important to know your local laws and to be careful about taking second hand advice as fact.  Just recently, a property owner was fined over $52,000 for cutting down six trees without a permit. Apparently, a hired tree-trimming contractor told him it was okay to cut down the trees without a permit. The contractor was wrong and the homeowner was responsible for the fine.*

Each city has their own specification of what size and type of tree can be cut down and which type of trees needs to be protected. It would be advisable to contact your local city building department where you live to inquire about the laws and permit requirements before cutting down any trees on your property.Woodside Trees 01 For an example of a tree destruction, permit click here

It is with careful care and reason that California, along with other states, ask to be careful when dealing with trees. It isn’t to be a challenge, even if it can present extra steps, but a way to ensure a balance. The benefits of trees, for bio diversity and your own health, are why there is such an interest in keeping them. And like any good law, it is easy to see the beauty within it.

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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

Q1 Quarterly Market Report 2013 vs. 2014

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Q1 2014 Report