Mill Valley Real Estate Market Report (August 2008 Home Sales Update)

As our Summer selling season wears on, Mill Valley’s real estate market has sustained itself nicely. Across the board, this year has simply seen less inventory than the past few years as sellers have decided to wait for the real estate market to improve (although sales in Mill Valley are strong despite the media characterizations).
Home sales are strong because everyone loves Mill Valley. And here are a couple of reasons why: (1) A quick and easy commute to San Francisco, (2) often spectacular views of the Bay and Mt. Tam, (3) excellent schools, (4) pleasant weather, (4) a mellow, laid back ambiance, (5) a town square unlike any other in Marin (you have to go to the town of Sonoma for anything like it), (6) diverse social events (think Mill Valley Film Festival), (7) lots of good restaurants, (8) excellent shopping choices, including non-gentrified, family-owned boutiques and shops of all kinds, and (9) virtually unlimited access to nature. 
This is not news to anyone who follows my monthly reports. Mill Valley is simply one of the most desirable communities in Marin and its sales and prices reflect that fact.

Predictably and in line with June 2008, 53% of homes priced under $800,000 and 18% of homes between $1 million and $1.5 million are in escrow. Mill Valley’s inventory of single family homes for sale is about 102 homes currently on the market (there were 107 in July 2008). Mill Valley homes that sold during the past month averaged 56 days on the market and sold for an average price of about $1.726 million (about $724 per square foot), and averaged about 2,348 square feet.  


Price Range

Total Active Homes

Pending Listings

Up to $800K

6 (no change)


$800K – $1 mil.

17 (up 2)


$1 mil. – 1.5 mil.

40 (down 3)


$1.5 mil. – $2 mil.

19 (no change)


$2 mil. – $4 mil.

17 (down 4)


$4 mil. & Up

3 (up 1) 



Homes in Boyle Park, Middle Ridge, Homestead Valley and Cascade Canyon continue to be in low supply and high demand. If you would like me to run the exact numbers on your neighborhood, just give me a call at (415) 350-9440 or e-mail me at [email protected].