Carrie has been a San Marino resident for the past 12 years and still has kids who attend San Marino High School. Carrie is your San Marino real estate expert, keeping abreast of all aspects of the San Marino real estate market. She loves the fabulous houses, the sense of community pride and the excellent San Marino schools. Carrie writes a blog about San Marino real estate, called the San Marino Real Estate Report, in which she talks about the city, the outstanding homes that she sees, and the state of the market. Recently, the San Marino Tribune decided to publish Carrie's thoughts in a weekly column of the same name.
Carrie was drawn to the community, because her husband, Kal, grew up in the community and attended the fantastic San Marino Schools. Carrie, an over-achiever at heart, wanted her kids to attend the very best schools, and was so impressed by all that the San Marino Schools had to offer her kids. Consistently the #1 school district in all of California, the San Marino Schools do education right!
Carrie is all about community and San Marino is a fantastic community! Some of her favorite memories are times spent at San Marino National Little League games, Friday nights at San Marino Titans Football games, 4th of July at Lacy Park and Homecoming Parades. She loves to watch kids riding their bikes to school and people walking through the beautiful Lacy Park. San Marino evokes feelings of a day gone by - a safe and family-friendly community.
Driving through the streets of San Marino can take your breath away! There are a plethora of fabulous architectural homes on large lots, and throughout the community are a huge number of trees of all kinds. San Marino residents pride themselves on keeping their homes and gardens in good shape, so the streets have a very uniform and well-kept feeling. I took the time to divide San Marino into component neighborhoods, because there are definitely differences across the city (see map below). It would be hard for me to choose favorite streets, because I love so many of them. The stretch of Sherwood Road to the West of St. Albans Road is one of my favorite family-friendly areas. I have many friends who live on this street and it is a true neighborhood! I also love Windsor Road and Warwick Road for their impressive homes and close proximity to Valentine and Carver School. Of course, my very own Ridgeway Road is fantastic, close to the local Starbucks and very convenient to Huntington Drive and San Marino High School. Finally, I have to mention the amazing Oak Grove Avenue, the true gem of San Marino. The location of one of the Pasadena Showcase Houses and filled with oppulent gated homes, Oak Grove Avenue is prime San Marino real estate.
San Marino Map
Places not to miss:
The Huntington Library and Gardens - A private, nonprofit institution, The Huntington was founded in 1919 by Henry E. Huntington, an exceptional businessman who built a financial empire that included railroad companies, utilities, and real estate holdings in Southern California. Sites include the library, an extensive art collection and beautiful botanical gardens. Set right in the middle of a San Marino residential neighborhood, people from all over the world come to our city to view all that the Huntington has to offer.
Julienne Restaurant - Located on the divine Mission Street, a fabulous place for strolling, shopping or dining, Julienne is a perfect breakfast or lunch location, especially on a warm day. Sitting on the patio, sipping a glass of their fabulous Passion Fruit Iced Tea, is a San Marino tradition. The gourmet food is to die for, and they even have a "take out" section for those of us who sometimes have trouble getting dinner on the table.