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Half Moon Bay Opens New Trail Segment

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

Earlier this month a large number of coastsiders attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony recognizing the new addition of the California Coastal Trail System (CCT).  The path is 1/3-mile long and begins at the south end of the Seymour Bridge in Half Moon Bay.  Walkers, joggers, and bicyclists can enjoy the beautiful view atop local bluffs on this new stretch of path. The CCT is a large network of trails that extend along the 1200-mile coastline of California. 

The project was completed at a cost of more than $500,000, which was funded by California Coastal Conservancy grants, San Mateo County, Coastside Land Trust, and Peninsula Open Space Trust.  The new path addition was created to allow a formal trail that sits back away from the bluffs in an effort to help fight erosion and provide more safety to those utilizing it.  In years past there were many informal trails that had been carved into the bluffs by local traffic which resulted in channelization that collected water. This water eventually spilled across the bluffs and resulted in erosion.  There are also plans for plants to be added along the path that will help with absorbing rain water and erosion.

Interpretive signs have been installed along points of the trail that allow visitors to learn about regional wildlife.

We hope to see you on the trail. If you are looking to sell your coastal home, we’d love to hear how we can help you with your real estate goals. We can also offer you a Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) of your home to advise you what it is worth. Contact us today via email or give us a call at (650) 888-6903.

The Rain Team offers unparalleled service to ALL clients in the San Mateo County, including areas such as Half Moon Bay, El Granada, Moss Beach, Montara, and Pacifica. Your complete satisfaction with our service and representation is our number one priority. 

Electric Car Stations May Soon Be Headed To Half Moon Bay

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

Owning an electric car is growing in popularity in Half Moon Bay and as a result two electric-car charging stations may soon be placed in front of City Hall downtown. As plug-in hybrid electric vehicle and battery electric vehicle ownership grows in popularity there is an increasing need for more public access to charging stations.  Most vehicles can be recharged by a domestic wall socket, but a charging station will provide more flexibility to local residents and visitors.

There is currently a notice in place in front of the parking space on Kelly Avenue which would suggest that the city may be placing the charging stations near the intersection with Main Street. Community Development Director Dante Hall will be holding a public meeting on December 4th, at 1:30 p.m. to review the new equipment.

The arrival of the electric-vehicle charging station originated with city leaders who made use of sales tax revenues from the Measure J.  It is estimated that the equipment will come at a $50,000 cost to the city, but officials are trying to think forward and are confident that the charging stations will draw more visitors to the area.

In real estate  news , Americans are once again feeling more positive about the housing market across the nation, as reported by the recent Fannie Mae October 2014 National Housing Survey. This is wonderful news for those that may be considering selling a home in the San Mateo region. Read more of the findings of the survey here.

We have extensive experience in all coastal communities and know which homes have “good bones.” If you have decided it’s your time to buy a coastside home, our goal is to guide you through the process from the beginning to the purchase of your new home and beyond. Contact us today via email or give us a call at (650) 888-6903.

The Rain Team offers unparalleled service to ALL clients in the San Mateo County, including areas such as Half Moon Bay, El Granada, Moss Beach, Montara, and Pacifica. Your complete satisfaction with our service and representation is our number one priority.

Houseplants Every San Mateo Home Should Have to Help Breathe Fresh Air

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

Did you know that the air you breathe inside your San Mateo home may be heavy with many harmful chemicals? Volatile Organic Compounds, or VOCSs, are emitted from your carpet, paints, cosmetics, air fresheners, and many other common household items. The good news is that there are many common house plants that you could have that will help absorb the VOCs in the air.  Thanks to NASA experiments conducted in the early 1980s we now know the benefits that a common houseplant can have for their owners. Studies have shown that people who have plants and are near them often are less likely to suffer from fatigue, headaches, and sore throats.

Here is the list of top house plants that help provide you with a breath of fresh air:

Purple Heart Plant (Tadescantia paillda)

Asparagus Fern (Asparagus densiflorus)

Purple Waffle Plant (Hemigraphis alternate)

English Ivy (Hedera helix)

Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum  ‘Mauna Loa’)

Variegated Snake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Laurenti’)

Red-edged Dracaena (Dracaena marginata)

Florist’s Chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum morifolium)

Enjoy the San Mateo Harvest Festival this weekend November 14-16 at the San Mateo Fairgrounds. The event will offer non-stop holiday shopping, entertainment, and fun for the whole family. More event details can be found here.

The Rain Team offers unparalleled service to ALL clients in the San Mateo County, including areas such as Half Moon Bay, El Granada, Moss Beach, Montara, and Pacifica. Your complete satisfaction with our service and representation is our number one priority.

If you are looking to buy a new home or sell your existing home, we’d love to hear how we can help you with your real estate goals. We can also offer you a Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) of your home to advise you what it is worth. Contact us today via email or give us a call at (650) 888-6903.

Dungeness Crab Sport Fishing Opens this Saturday for San Mateo County

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

San Mateo County residents who are a fan of Dungeness crab may begin casting their pots this coming Saturday November 8th for sport, and commercial fisherman may begin on November 15th.  The docks of Pillar Point Harbor, located in Half Moon Bay, tend to be a popular place for locals to try their hand at the sport. The season will run thru June 30th.

2014 marks the 100th season that the California Department of Fish and Wildlife have gathered landing data for the crab. In years past the season has yielded large numbers of Dungeness.  State Fish and Wildlife experts are expecting a more than average season. The Dungeness tend to be found in the cooler northern and central California waters near sandy or sand-mud bottoms at depths of less than 300 feet.

Last year a Dungeness crab trap limit was put into place, which outlines a seven-tiered process where commercial fisherman may purchase permits that allow them to fish with a range of 175 to 500 pots.  The size of the catch is also limited to the different fishing permits offered - sport, commercial and charter or party boat.  If you are a sport or recreational fisherman you may catch and keep up to 10 crabs per day that measure at least 5 ¾ inches.  Fish and Wildlife is highly encouraging fisherman to keep an eye on their traps because if they were to be lost it can result in the killing of crabs.

The crabs are wonderful for cooking and are known to have a slightly sweeter flavor than that of the snow and king crabs.

The Rain Team offers unparalleled service to ALL clients in the San Mateo County, including areas such as Half Moon Bay, El Granada, Moss Beach, Montara, and Pacifica. Your complete satisfaction with our service and representation is our number one priority.

If you are looking to buy a new home or sell your existing home, we’d love to hear how we can help you with your real estate goals. Contact us today via email or give us a call at (650) 888-6903.

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Kathy and Michael Rain of Coldwell Banker provides real estate services in the San Mateo County, California area including the surrounding communities: El Granda, Half Moon Bay, Montara, Moss Beach, Pacifica and San Mateo. Search for homes in San Mateo County. We list and sell residential real estate, investment properties, vacant land, lots for sale in the San Mateo County, California area.

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