Entries by Colleen Foraker

Thinking of Remodeling?

What You Need to Know Before You Begin Like many Peninsula baby boomers, my husband and I looked at our Menlo Park home, where we’ve lived since 2005, and decided that this was where we wanted to stay. Although our house was functional with a solid floor plan, it was also 60 years old, and […]

The Alpine Inn

Burgers, brew, and the birth of the email Silicon Valley is full of technological landmarks, like the “HP Garage” in Palo Alto, or the Mountain View residence where Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak built the first Apple Computer. But did you know that Portola Valley is also the birthplace of a historic technological development, one […]

It Really Is Better to Give Than to Receive

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP) is best known for the thrift stores it operates, but less well known for the important safety net it provides to the neediest in our communities. Founded in 1833 by Antoine-Frédéric Ozanam to serve the poor on the streets of Paris, SVdP has grown into an international […]

Crown Point Press: Where Everything Old is New Again

The art we display in our homes is a powerful form of self-expression. Even if we hand over the reigns to an interior designer, the art we choose is personal. From a child’s fingerprint painting to an original piece by a renowned artist, art transforms a house into a home. My love affair with art […]

What You Get For $3,000,000 in Woodside, Palo Alto, and Los Altos

Housing options on the peninsula are as diverse as our geography and as diverse as the people who make up our community. We can accommodate a wide variety of preferences and lifestyles. Whether your definition of what constitutes home is a remote woodland retreat with acreage in the mountains, a modern turnkey pied-à-terre close to […]

The Good Agent Checklist

Much like a great hairstylist or mechanic, an outstanding real estate agent is hard to find. Authorized to act on your behalf, a real estate agent has a fiduciary duty to faithfully represent you and to put your interests first.So how do you know you’ve found the right agent you can trust to keep that […]