Fix Em Up for the New Year

As the new year approaches around the corner, many Americans think of improvement projects – mainly the self-improvement kind in the form of new year resolutions.

For 2008, how about adding the home improvement kind to the list?  Here are a few fixer uppers in the Marin area that will give you a project to focus on for next year:22094414.jpg

13 Ridgeway Ln, Larkspur - 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, 690SF - $519,000:  Described very accurately as a major fixer upper.  Take a look at the pictures – it is not for those of weak stomachs and those desiring to live in their fixer upper while working on some major repairs.  Small, but this 1913 cabin retains lots of old time architectural charm – just needs a lot of love and polish.

2036 4th St, San Rafael – 3 bedrooms, 2 baths – $850,000:  Two for the price of one on this fixer.  There are actually 2 houses – a 2 bedroom, 1 bath “main” house and a separate 1 bedroom,  1 bath rear unit.  Bungalow style house has nice interior details.  Price lowered from original asking of $899,000.  One downfall is being on a fairly busy street – a prime east west thoroughfare for San Rafael drivers.

760 Knocknaboul Way, San Rafael – 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, 1629SF - $639,000:  No pictures of this one except the front.  Marketed as a diamond in the rough.  At $393 per square foot, that’s a pretty good number and the lot at over 8,000 SF gives you plenty of land.