The Point Bonita Lighthouse is 2 Hours From Sacramento

Point Bonita Lighthouse rocksThere is no escaping the extreme heat in Sacramento unless one leaves town. All this week, the forecast is for temperatures above 100 degrees. Granted, it’s a dry heat, but it’s still blazing hot all the same. That’s why it was so enjoyable yesterday on our way back to Sacramento after a lovely weekend in Sausalito to take a detour and discover a hidden gem: the Point Bonita Lighthouse in the Marin Headlands.

Point Bonita Lighthouse BridgeImagine the cool wind blowing across your face and through your hair. Imagine not thinking about what goes down must come back up. Imagine the trail, which is almost a straight shot down to the newly restored bridge that leads to the lighthouse, after it winds a path through a hand-dug tunnel covered in algae. It doesn’t seem like the 1/2 mile, which the National Park Service says it is, yet you know in your head, your aching feet and panting lungs coming back up the hill that it is almost twice that distance. If you were standing, say, a 1/2 mile away from the Lighthouse when you measured the distance, it would be a 1/2 mile, but it is NOT a 1/2 mile from the parking area. It never is. read more

A Weekend in Sausalito

GGBSHORE-FTLiving in downtown Sausalito would be pretty cool if it weren’t for the close quarters that people have to share. In the summer, there are even more people. In some ways, it reminds me of Newport Beach, kind of laid back without all of those pesky beaches. The residents and tourists seem fairly well behaved and low key, kind of like being in the company of adults in Davis without the college kids around. But some of them, well, they make you want to stick a sharp object into their bicycle tires. read more

You Can Buy and Sell at the Same Time

Real Estate Sold Insert over For Sale Sign and HouseYou may read about this remarkable real estate transaction in the Kiplinger Newsletter this fall. It’s a story about clients who decided to buy and sell at the same time, with odds against them. The thing that makes it unusual is the fact it is hard, if not pretty much darn impossible, for a home seller in Sacramento to sell his home and then buy another home concurrently with an FHA loan. Throw in the fact that the home the seller/ would be-buyer is buying is a short sale in Elk Grove, and it becomes even more unlikely. Complicate this further by the fact the home the seller is selling is located in a somewhat not so desirable location, and the scenario sounds almost crazy nuts. read more

The Birthday Post From Elizabeth Weintraub

birthday post from Elizabeth WeintraubToday is my 61st birthday. That means it’s time for the birthday post from Elizabeth Weintraub, something I do every year. This year, I almost didn’t celebrate it. Because let’s face it, what’s one more year? What does turning 61 mean? It’s not a milestone birthday. It means I better be over the fact that I turned 60 last year because it’s all older from here on out. Choices that I may have once had the option to choose among are becoming leaner and fewer. I no longer have all of the time in the world to do whatever my heart contends. The clock is ticking on. read more

Closing Tip for a Sacramento short sale

Pica the Ocicat-300x200The closing tip for a Sacramento short sale today is brought to you by Pica, the Ocicat, who lives in Land Park with this Sacramento real estate agent. He asked me to shoot his photograph and post it here. He wants to say: “Nation, don’t listen to Stephen Colbert when you can find out everything you need to know about the world from this cat.”

Pica knows a lot about Sacramento short sales. For example, Pica can tell you that when it comes time to close that short sale, you can’t simply sashay into the escrow office to sign documents and close. That’s not how it works, regardless of how many dead fish you drag to the title company’s doorstep. read more

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