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August 31, 2023

When Updates Matter: A Look At The Sale Of 149 Forbes In San Rafael, CA

By Quinn Nichols for Chris Glave

View of a large living room with a fireplace and large windows

Located on a coveted neighborhood block, 149 Forbes Avenue is as charming as the perfectly manicured trees that line the street. This sun-drenched property in San Rafael had the perfect location but needed updating to highlight the property's true potential and appeal to today's buyers. Join me for an inside look at the transformation that helped sell the residence for $475K over the purchase price!

Street view of 149 Forbes, showing a single-family home with white facade

Managing the updates to 149 Forbes was rewarding. A team of designers, artisans, and craftsmen thoughtfully gave the property the perfect makeover. For the facade, we repainted the exterior, creatively updated hardware, and added new landscaping to provide the house with curb appeal. View before photos here.

Open floor plan view of the primary living spaces featuring wood floors and a fireplace

Once more walled-off, the public areas were opened to create a brighter, more welcoming living experience. Today, the space invites endless entertaining possibilities! 

Living room featuring a large brick fireplace with large windows on both sides

The living room is the ideal place for reading a fun book by the wood-burning fireplace. New French doors make it easy to slip outside onto a sunny back patio.

View of a sitting area near the kitchen with large windows and lots of natural light

A sitting area near the kitchen was opened to allow more light into the room, adding comfort and providing an additional social space to gather and relax. 

Kitchen showing light cabinetry and an open floor plan

New flooring, fixtures, appliances, and paint throughout the house made the residence feel extra fresh, new, and effortless - a massive bonus for buyers.

Spanning 2,234 square feet, 149 Forbes Avenue boasts three large bedrooms with unique warm and inviting finishes.

Primary bedroom with large windows and wood floors

Understanding the value of a primary suite, we intentionally added a third bathroom, creating a dedicated ensuite and a truly relaxing retreat. 

Primary bathroom suite with glass shower and custom tile

All three full bathrooms were beautifully re-done, featuring custom tile design, fine fixtures, lux cabinetry, lighting, and flooring. 

Newly painted patio with view of Mt Tam

To maximize the viewing enjoyment of nearby Mount Tam, we reimagined the outdoor living area with a newly painted and defined patio.

Rear exterior view, showing a large yard and patio

Flower and veggie gardens were added, and the detached private office was revamped to provide a cool outdoor working area. 

An outdoor office and views of veggie gardens at 149 Forbes

Let's talk.

Whether you are looking to purchase Marin County real estate, are considering selling property, or would like advice on pre-sale updates and project management help, let's have a conversation and create a plan to help you achieve your real estate goals!