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HOUSE HUNTING IS never easy. However, it gets exponentially harder with a tight budget and a mandate to eliminate any home not within walking  distance of your children’s current school and downtown Mill Valley. And yet this was the directive Mill Valley resident Jill Melchionda gave to her realtors. “I was willing to give up a lot of things, but location wasn’t one of them,” ...more

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The Sweetest Retreat In Napa, $2M

Where: 345 Randolph Street, Napa Asking: $1,999,000 What: A warm, welcoming Craftsman Style in the middle of Napa’s Old Town, this classic  3-bed, 2-bath 1911 bungalow is perfect for entertaining. Plus it has a legal studio cottage with a bath and kitchenette, perfect for guests or short-term rentals. The interiors are exactly what you’d expect (or hope for) in a bungalow, with refinished wood trim and an open ...more

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Walk-through: Craftsman in downtown Napa has traditional details, inviting rear patio

Twice a week, The Chronicle features a home on the market that caught our eye for its architecture, history or character. More photos: www.sfgate.com/columns/walkthrough Address: 345 Randolph St., Napa Asking price: $1.99 million Description: This three-bedroom, two-bathroom home in downtown Napa pairs original Craftsman details like oak plank flooring and the living room’s coved ceiling with inviting gardens built for entertaining. The living and family rooms connect to an ...more

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Moving On Up Millennials and young Gen Xers are changing the face of luxury real estate in Silicon Valley and beyond. The Mediterranean home located in Palo Alto’s Midtown neighborhood sat on the market for more than a year with only four viewings and no offers—during one of the hottest markets in the area’s real estate history. “It wasn’t selling because no one wants that style,” ...more

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Getatway: Penthouse flair defines San Rafael five-bedroom overlooking Peacock Gap Golf Club

Chic finishes like brass fixtures, Walker Zanger tile and herringbone-patterned flooring lend upscale elegance to 184 Peacock Drive in San Rafael, a freshly completed five-bedroom overlooking the Peacock Gap Golf Club. “It blends the sophistication of a New York penthouse with one of Marin County’s most coveted locations,” said Tracy McLaughlin of Pacific Union Real Estate, who is listing the two-story for $2.695 million. Four ...more

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