Real Estate Report: The Perfect Kitchen For 2012’s Holiday Entertaining, No. 3


If you’re like us, you’ve been looking around your kitchen, thinking about the holidays, and wondering how you’re going to pull it off. This week we’ll be looking at entertaining-ready kitchens that you may not find under the tree but can still go on your wish list. Here’s one in Marin County’s Mill Valley.

The Basics: A 5-bed, 3.5-bath house in Mill Valley, built in 2000 and within easy reach of the GGNRA hiking trails. On and off the market since 2010, now asking $2.18M, down from its purchase price of $2.5M in 2008.

Not So Basic: With classic shingle-style design and white trim, on a narrow lane deep in the woods, the house looks big and welcoming enough for a holiday crowd. Plus you can send everyone off for a hike. With what might be described as a “farm kitchen” if farm kitchens had white marble and stainless steel:

What We Love: This crisp kitchen with white painted tongue-and-groove paneling has one of the best islands we’ve seen in a while. For starters, it doesn’t match everything else and it has a prep sink. We’d love it more if it contained a second dishwasher, but we’ll settle for different bar stools. The long work triangle includes a wide window over the kitchen sink and a ready-for-anything stove. There’s also a pantry, plus the space opens to both the family room and the outdoors. For when you need to get away— or need to exile teeneagers— the little hideout in the woods is sweet:

More: See the whole house at the listing— 436 Green Glen Way, Mill Valley [Redfin]