Mary Ann Teixeira
San Francisco Peninsula Real Estate

What Can I Do to Make a Home More Suitable and Useable?

17816226_sI am continually looking at homes and learning just what elements make them feel appealing.  And then, I try to imagine that element in another home, as a renovation.

For example, I would almost guarantee that the rooms that attract you are light and bright.  I have a client who added a window on a wall in the living room where there was not one before.  This simple change not only brightened the wall, but also created a new focal point and turned a seldom visited room into the most used room in the house.

Often, the removal of one wall between rooms, or bringing the wall down to partial height, will transform the way the house flows. And, of course, don’t underestimate the positioning of furniture in a room.

I have found a few sources to help give you ideas.  Two websites that I love are and  Also, you can easily search for homes similar to yours by searching by the type of home.  For example, I live in a 1926 Spanish Bungalow.  I have been able to find a number of sources for restoration and expansion that maintain the authenticity of my home.

I also recommend Sarah Susanka’s ‘The Not So Big’ series of books for practical renovation ideas and theories for designing rooms for the way you live now.  I would strongly suggest becoming familiar with her theories as you house hunt.

Do remember that homes can change; neighborhoods and communities, not so much.  Keep your eye on what is important to you, and ask yourself: can it be created if it doesn’t exist in a home now?

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What’s Happening on the Peninsula? April 2014

Marine Science Institute in Redwood City is offering the opportunity to tour the bay for 2 hours tour aboard a research vessel, the Robert G. Brownlee.  Limited availability, sign up now!!!

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Marine Science Institute in Redwood City –

CuriOdyssey Museum in San Mateo s offer a day long list of activities for the entire family


CuriOdyssey Museum –


Eggstravaganza  in its 37th year.  The event take place from 9:00 to 1:00

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Why go through the bother of pre-sale inspections, sprucing, cleaning up and staging?

Sale of real propertyIf the market is so hot for sellers, why would I go through the bother of pre-sale inspections, sprucing and cleaning up, and staging? Won’t my house sell without the bother and expense?

Yes, your home will probably sell, however if you want a quicker sale, and a more secure sale, it would be wise to wise to remove any potential obstacles that might hinder a smooth transaction. Also, you will likely receive a higher selling price.

You want to be in a position to have all known defects or problems with the house known to the buyer before they write an offer for your home. This way, if any of these issues should come up as a concern for the buyer after you have accepted an offer, you will not find yourself having to renegotiate price and terms that you have already accepted.

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