Hi my name is Andy Gellepis and Mill Valley is my home. I am one of the fortunate people who get to wake up in the morning to this vibrant “small town” with a big “lifestyle”. I say good morning to most of my neighbors and friends as we ride our mountain bikes, hike and run the abundant and gorgeous trails that go up Mt. Tamalpais, down through the canyons and over the hillsides to Muir and Stinson beaches. After that we congregate at one of the many charming cafes and indulge in espressos, cappuccinos and lattes (mostly organic). Then the master “hedge fund” managers make their twenty minute commute into San Francisco. The artists among us head for their studios. The realtors are on their blackberries as they make their way to neighborhood real estate offices. And the entrepreneurs get to walk or ride their bikes home to start their work day. It is an invigorating way to start the day!
Naturally, our housing in Mill Valley is as diverse and eclectic as its residents. We have beautiful craftsman style homes on “middle ridge” (see 2 Tamalpais listed for $3,125,000) and charming bungalows in Sycamore Park just waiting to be “fixed up”. People from all over the world gravitate to Mill Valley when given the opportunity to move to the San Francisco bay area. A senior level executive with Nestle from Switzerland bought the first house he saw in Mill Valley because it reminded him and his wife of the Swiss Village they came from. A prominent musician bought a “rocken pad” in the hills for the views, sun and beautifully natural surroundings. Young professionals from San Francisco pick MV as their destination (to live) because of the quality schools, recreation, lifestyle and tight knit community feel. The Mill Valley Little League and Mill Valley Soccer League’s are well run and tons of fun!
Evenings in Mill Valley can be mellow but there is no shortage of activities if one chooses to engage. We have a great selection of exciting restaurants to choose from, many of which are walking distance from our homes (The Buckeye Roadhouse to El Paseo). There are hip and happening boutiques, cafes and even comedy (Tuesday Comedy at 142 Throckmorton) and musical venues (soon re-opening of The Sweetwater) from which to choose. The Tyler Florence Shop just relocated from New York to the building were the Mill Valley-born Banana Republic once lived. Many residents dine al fresco on their decks and in their backyards with friends to enjoy the views and solitude as Mill Valley quiets down and goes to sleep.
As a realtor, it is such a natural for me to sell Mill Valley, I feel blessed. We sell lifestyles and if our clients can afford it, we will find them a home that will fit their needs. For all of the reasons stated above, Mill Valley is in high demand and relatively expensive in its housing. The average sale price of a single family home in MV year end 2008 was $1.5 million. Oh by the way, Mill Valley is surrounded by the Ocean on one side, the bay on the other and is comprised of about 80% open space (GGNRA and Mt Tam). The supply of available MV homes is always limited. So get it while you can. They are not making any more Mill Valleys…….
Posted By: Andy Gellepis