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Half Moon Bay Partners to Save Surfer’s Beach

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

If you live in any of our coastal communities you may be aware of the crumpling coastline at Surfer’s Beach. In the near future, Coastside residents and visitors will be able to more safely enjoy Surfer Beach, a popular surf spot for both locals and visitors.

San Mateo County and Half Moon Bay have announced a partnership to shore up the seaside bluffs and to help create a safer passage from state Highway 1 down to the beach. The funds will be jointly provided by the County and the City.

On May 6, Half Moon Bay officials agreed to contribute $100,000 for the project while county officials will contribute $300,000 - matching Half Moon Bay’s contribution in addition to a $200,000 allocation from the 2007 Cosco Busan oil spill settlement.

The project will include the construction of a retaining wall to protect the Pacific Coast Highway embankment and the building of a stairway to connect the paved coastal trail to Surfer’s Beach. The total cost of the design and preliminary engineering work will amount to about $400,000.

Supervisor Don Horsely announced, “We have an agreement that the county will contribute $300,000 to the project and Half Moon Bay will contribute $100,000 for the environmental review and design."

Caltrans will pay for and oversee the design work, and the California Coastal Commission will also contribute $15,000 to make improvements to the nearby coastal trail, Horsley added.

The scope of this project is a 400-foot-long segment of the coastline that will be supported with sloped sheet pilings anchored with riprap rock which is used to armor shorelines against erosion and to absorb the force of incoming water.

Once an environmental review is completed during the design process, the location for the retaining wall rock slope protection, paved coastal trail and staircase will be determined to maximum longevity.

Horsley is optimistic about the improvements to the beach area under the proposal in partnership with several agencies including Half Moon Bay, which owns the land.

"The county, specifically my office together with our Planning Department and county parks, have taken the lead by agreement with the city of Half Moon Bay," Horsley said. "The Half Moon Bay City Council and City Manager Stuart Schillinger have been integral partners in the project."

If you’d like to read all the details of this project, it can be found in a great article in The San Francisco Examiner. The project was initiated after our involved residents and concerned business owners aired concerns last year that Highway 1 was threatened by constant erosion at Surfer's Beach.

If you are looking to buy a new Coastside 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.

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.

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Coastside Housing Market Shows Great Improvement in April

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

California Association of Realtors (C.A.R.) recently reported that California’s housing market is showing continuous signs of improvement. April performed higher than expectation with both median home price and home sales increasing month over month; with our Coastside communities at great levels.

C.A.R. President Kevin Brown is optimistic about the market saying, “The better than normal surge in sales activities in April is encouraging and could be an indication that we will see further improvement in the housing market in the next few months.” 

The statewide median price of an existing, single-family detached home rose 3.2 percent in April compared to the previous month. San Mateo County’s median home price rose 13 percent, positioning it among the largest increases in Northern California.

“Looking forward, it is likely that we will see a more moderate level of price increase throughout the rest of the year and further improvements in sales in the spring home buying season,” said C.A.R. Vice President and Chief Economist, Leslie Appleton-Young. “Increasing home prices, relatively higher interest rates, and tight lending standards, however, will continue to present challenges to home buyers who are facing affordability issues.  Primary home buyers may no longer have to compete with investors in 2014, but instead they need to worry about increased borrowing costs.”

With the increasing home prices, now is a great time to find your Coastside home. Especially since mortgage rates remained relatively flat in April, with the 30-year fixed mortgage interest rate averaging well below 4.5%.

Sellers are also seeing a drop in the amount of time their property is on market. The median number of days to sell a single-family home fell to 33.8 days in April compared to 35 days in March. Good news for sellers looking to sell their home this summer.

While out this Memorial Day weekend enjoying our local activities and relaxing at the beach, why not come visit one of our Open Houses on Sunday? Let us show you some great properties in our coastal communities.

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.

Gardening Brings Together Coastside Families

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

At some point in time, all of us have enjoyed digging in the dirt. Most of us who garden still enjoy the cool feel of the dirt and spending time in the sunshine while making our coastal homes more beautiful.

It’s important to instill some of these simpler joys early in our kids before they are inundated with all the gadgets that many are dependent on today.

Cultivate Creativity
A trip to your local nursery can not only be a great learning experience, it can help to expand your child's creativity beyond flower color. Let your kids become a part of the decision-making process with color schemes, foliage textures, and learning things like which plants attract hummingbirds and butterflies. An annual trip to the nursery can become a great tradition that your children will come to look forward to.

Increase Coordination
Digging holes, pulling weeds, maneuvering a wheelbarrow, carrying a water can – all of these seemingly simple gardening tasks actually help your kids to increase coordination, flexibility, and mobility. Kids see all of these things as fun activities while you know they are great ways to keep them active and fit.

Proud Gardener
Letting your children complete a garden project from start to finish will give them a great sense of pride. Give them tools such as a container, small plants they may have chosen at the nursery, dirt, and water. Your kids will be on their way to learning how to create and care for their plants during their summer vacation.

Healthy Eating Habits
Every child has some limitations to their menu and what they’re willing to eat. Growing your own vegetables and fruits might open your kid’s minds to experimenting and taste-testing those things out of the garden which they may not normally be willing to try.  By planting some of their favorites, you are also ensuring that they are eating the healthiest options. It also teaches children how food is formed. There’s nothing better than letting them pick fresh berries or pull fresh carrots to eat for a healthy snack.

There’s no substitute for good old-fashioned family time to create bonds that will last throughout their lifetime and can help to foster a love for the outdoors and gardening. Not only will your kids benefit, but your coastal home will look more beautiful from the colors, the splendor, and the love that exudes from all the gardens that were created out of love.

We’ve been lucky enough to have Bryan Jersky as a client. Gardening for Bryan began at an early age and developed into a lifelong passion to help. He started the Healthy Planet Foundation USA, born in May 2012, with the goal of inspiring a new generation of conscious eaters. Check it out!

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.

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.

No Shortage of Love for Mom on the Coastside

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

Don’t forget that Sunday May 11 is Mother’s Day! It’s no doubt that Mothers are the most under-appreciated family members in your family tree. Therefore, it’s important to let all the Mom’s in your life know just how much they matter each and every day of the year. Take some time out on this special occasion to show her how much you love her.

There’s no shortage of things to do in our coastal communities. Whether it is brunch, dinner, the beach, shopping or any other activity, be sure to enjoy the day and let it lead you wherever it might to make some great memories for both you and Mom.

Here are some ideas and links for more ways to make this Mother’s Day special.

Give a Reprieve from Cooking
Mom shouldn’t have to cook on her special day, especially with all the fine cuisine options within our reach. The Ritz- Carlton of Half Moon Bay has multiple offerings for brunch and dinner. The Moss Beach Distillery has a wonderful bunch menu and has been a fan favorite for many years. Another great recommendation is the Moonraker in Pacifica for a truly elegant Sunday Champagne Brunch.

If finding a local venue or a quaint place to sit and grab a bite is more your style, you are sure to find somewhere to sit and enjoy Mom’s company along the Half Moon Bay Coastside. A few of our favorites are Sam’s Chowder House, La Costernara, Half Moon Bay Brewing Company, and in Pacifica, Puerto 27.

Shopping Anyone?
If a day of shopping with Mom is on the list, skip the big box stores at the mall and enjoy strolling among our many boutiques and shops to find a plethora of unique gifts and products. It never ceases to amaze us the great little finds and variety of items that you can find when you are least expecting it!

Get Back to Basics
There’s nothing more relaxing than soaking up some sun and fresh air. Take Mom for a leisurely walk down the pier in the harbor or on the new coastal trail at Devil’s Slide. You can also surprise the Mom in your family with a new house! We are holding an Open House this Saturday on an absolutely beautiful, large wooded lot.

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.

Coastal Communities to Benefit from Expansion of Parks and Open Space

by Kathy and Michael Rain - The Rain Team

Our coastal communities already enjoy ocean air and parks. However, what if you could enjoy a park system where you could go horseback riding or cycling from Pacifica to Santa Cruz? How about following the footsteps of the 1769 Portola expedition from Half Moon Bay to Monterey?

Marlene Finley, San Mateo County Parks Department Director, has the initiative and the vision. She is in the process of acquiring more land for the Peninsula’s park system to provide better recreational access and long-term stewardship within the parklands.

“I want to have a world-class park system,” said Finley, who leads the Parks Department, which has a budget of approximately $10.4 million and oversees 20 parks encompassing more than 16,000 acres.

“By adding more property to county parks,” she said, “we are able to provide additional public access and enjoyment.”

The Parks Department is currently in escrow for three county properties; Loma Mar, Butano Crest East and Wicklow. That would add 812 acres to the park system. Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST) was an active advocate in helping to acquire the one purchase and two transfers.

“We are witnessing an amazing collaboration across jurisdictional boundaries of State Parks, Golden Gate National Recreational Area, POST, county parks and Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District and many others to preserve the past, protect for the future and provide for recreation and appreciation,” Finley said.

POST Executive Director Walter Moore has nothing but confidence that San Mateo Parks will do a superb job in managing and opening up the Peninsula’s beautiful landscape for residents and visitors worldwide to enjoy.

The Parks Department will study the acquired areas’ natural and cultural resources to effectively become “good land stewards,” Finley said. Existing public recreational uses will certainly be taken into account with resource management and protection.

The department is planning on new signage for trailheads and creating new maps that highlight extended boundaries.  “We are leaving a legacy in San Mateo County for the next generations,” Finley said.

San Mateo County spans such a large area, it makes us proud to see public parks and officials coming together to ensure the protection of our valuable park system. Being a resident of our coastal communities has many advantages and the protection of our beautiful natural spaces is just one of them.

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.

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