04/06/2017 Blog Post

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Lagoon Living Issue 7 

What’s happening with lagoon front properties, owners, residents & buyers in 2017 


Six detached single family homes sold on the San Mateo Lagoon last year. Not all were on the market.  Inventory of all waterfront homes  remains limited. More owners now have equity and options with their grand plans on and off the lagoon.  Planning has some key benefits. and I would enjoy the opportunity to meet with anyone considering a sale or purchase of real estate. Whether planning epair, remodeling or just enjoying the lagoon; Reach out to let me know of your interest in learning more. 

MLAC Marina Lagon Action Committee & Residents Meet with San Mateo Public Works to tour the Pump Station

Pump Station Tour with The City of San Mateo

IFour diesel engines coupled to pumps draw 150,000 gallons per minute (GPM) each, 600,000 GPM total (750,000 w/ reserve pump). In 1998,  hydraulic modeling determined that running all 4 pumps provides the capacity to draw down the lagoon from the mean summer height of 96.7” to the winter level of 94.5” in just 4 hours, that’s power!. Learn more about the lagoon & MLAC, go to www.LagoonLiving.com/MLAC.


Parkside Waterfront Ultra Contemporary

Sold March 2017

With vision, fortitude and the lack of other homes of its size available on the San Mateo Lagoon, owners in Parside on the waterfront have some amazing remodelling and reinvisioning efforts.

1520 Roberta is a generous lot with warm sun most of the day tucked in and less windy than most, minutes to fast water. A true find that is a local destination, so close, and so far away from it al at home on the Marina Lagoon in San Mateo. 

06.11.16 Parkside Wide Waterfront Estate

Sieger Architects in collaboration with Anngi Alyn Designs, produced a stunning masterpiece with water front & center from nearly every room of this 4 bedroom / 4 bath estate. Well located on a quiet, low traveled cul de sac with 78 feet of wide-water frontage, a gorgeous property on the most desirable location of any Peninsula lagoon.  

03-15-16 Latest Waterfront Remodel Sells at $2,150,000 

This Ultra Modern Rennovation has a new owner. To find your home on the water or more information on this listing, contact me today at 650-346-0900. - Andrew Lomano Alain Pinel Realtors

Listing Courtesy of J.C.Aziz and Bay One Realty. 

11-06-15 Los Gatos Mountain Vista Views of Monterey Bay 

Vista Views from the Monterey Bay! 

The Keeper of the Stars.  

Unobstructed views of Monterey Bay; Fog Blanket Below Retreats to Crystal Clear Ocean & Sky.
Imagine off grid openness, unobstructed views, newer built amenities at an untouchable value in the Bay Area. Yet it is not for the faint of heart. "Quietude" was on the order in seeking out a mountain home. This property known as, "The Keeper of the Stars", delivers a front row seat not only to the stars. Strong sustained winds howl through at night making structures sing amid an otherwise perfect night. It's as if, this is where the wind comes out to play at night.

Fortification, energy, heat, water and waste. anticipation, mindful conservation, knowledge sharing neighbors and a hearty appetite for a pioneering make it a wonderful retreat to be so close yet so far away from the hum of Silicon Valley and the Bay Area just below. For more information about mountain living, please reach out to me to exchange more about your desire for or experience with mountain and minimalist living. 

11-03-15 Latest Remodel Active on the Waterfront

This Ultra Modern Rennovation is the latest to come available for sale. This end unit single family attached home not only has wide water views, you canenjjoy gorgeous South Western mountain range sunsets.  Chek out more here. For a private viewing or more information on this listing, contact me today at 650-346-0900. - Andrew

Listing Courtesy of J.C.Aziz and Bay One Realty. 

09-18-15 Hazards in the Home CA Booklets About Dangers in the Home

How concerned should I be about my older home?  


The PDF booklets are available to all home buyers in the state of CA


Reading through them is good to do. There is a lot there. Take it all in context of how you interact with the potential dangers and assess your individual tolleration for risk. Realestateis about Location. It is great to consider new digs yet buying, demolishing and building anew can be expensive.


When considering work on your home, understand how ptentially caustic substances will be dealt with to minimise that their removal leaves any harmful residuals which could get  ingested or otherwise introduced to the blood stream where they can produce greater harm. 


Contact Andre for all things Real Estate Related not just on the Lagoon. 

Lagoon Living Phone: Andrew 650-346-0900   |   Email: LagoonLiving@gmail.com


EPA Lead in Your Home
EPA Lead in Your Home
EPA Lead in Your Home.pdf
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California Homeowner´s Guide to Earthquake Safety
California Homeowner´s Guide to Earthquake Safety
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Department of Health Services Mold FAQ
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Department of Health Services Residential Environmental Hazards
Department of Health Services Residential Environmental Hazards
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Energy Rating Booklet
Energy Rating Booklet
Energy Rating Booklet.pdf
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The government Commercial Property Owner´s Guide to Earthquake Safety
The government Commercial Property Owner´s Guide to Earthquake Safety.
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09-17-15 31st Annual By Front Clean Up Day on the San Mateo Lagoon

Calling All Lagoon Volunteers 

SATURDAY,  SEPTEMBER 19,  2015 - 9:00 am 

MARINA LAGOON CLEAN UP The cleanup is from 9:00 am to till noon. Convenient registration will be available on-site.  

Our anticipated rally points for the Marina Lagoon will be:

Virgo Lane (at Beach Park Blvd), Foster City

(this is where most of the trash comes in from the Bay and Laurel Creek)

Harbortown, San Mateo | Mariners Green 1 (Starboard Dr.) | Mariners Green 2. 

Provided: Gloves, trash pickers, trash bags, Kayaks & Debris boxes. 

We will have our thank you BBQ for all the volunteers who helped pick up trash and our "Catch of the Day Contest". 

Full event details can be found at:  http://www.cityofsanmateo.org/bayfrontcleanup

Contact Lagoon Living for Lagoon Front Clean Up, Areas of Need and Offers to Help

Lagoon Living Phone: Andrew 650-346-0900

Lagoon Living Email: LagoonLiving@gmail.com or www.LagoonLiving.com


09-16-15 Know of anyone interested in moving to San Mateo Lagoon? 

With brand new modern accommodations in the $1.6 to $1.8M range these newly remodelled homes are sure to impress. Two amazing remodelled homes will soon be ready for their new owners. Do you know of someonelooking to move to the water in brand new accomodations over 2000 square feet? If so call me so that I may further introduce to new prmarket waterfront home ownership opportunities. Call 650-346-0900 today and speak with Andrew Lomano.    

03-05-14 Marina Lagoon Action Committee (Update) CVS Planned for Water Frontage / Switch of Lagoon Maintainance

Update from Rick Secuda:  

The Lagoon maintenance contract was awarded to another contractor who lost the bid last time.  They were terrible players when they lost the last bid and it has cost the City and our contractor a pile of money to explain what we are doing and apply for new permits.  Our current contractor, AEI, had set the stage for spot dredging and they have the experience and capability to get the work done at a low cost.  We cant' afford to lose them now.  It will come before City Council on Mar 10 unless we can get it removed from the consent calendar.  I'll be working on this,  Rich Hedges will spearhead the CVS discussion.   

03-01-14 Marina Lagoon Action Committee (Update)

One of our residents has asked that the lagoon be kept down before the first water level increase of 2014 so that work can be performed on his dock. While it is great that we have flexible city management, we want to keep these requests to a minmum and MLAC will continue to encourage homeowners to plan their dock and aterfront repairs well in advance. 

South end of the Lagoon would benefit greatly from a dredge

Dept of Public Works is getting settled in. We have a new Lagoon Manager and Co-Deputy Director, Gary DeJesus and and a new Lagoon Manager.(5th in the last 5 yrs) Sarah Scheidt.  Rich Hedges and Rick Secuda will meet with them for a briefing on Lagoon matters as soon as time is available.

Susana Chan, a big ally of ours, remains as Co-Deputy Director.  Larry Patterson, the Director of Public Works is serving as the interim City Manager and is currently interviewing for the permanent position.  We hope to be appointed to the interview panel.  

02-27-14 Marina Lagoon Waterfront Realty

One of the more recent lagoon sales, 551 Starboard, overlooks the bird sanctuary and the mountains to the Northwest. It is a 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath, attached single family residence that sold for its asking price of $1,095,000 in 37 days. While at the South end, actively listed is 3299 Los Prados; a completely remodeled 4 bedroom 4.5 bath detached SFR with 3,320 square feet on one of the largest lagoon front lots asking $1,760,000. This comes to market just as 3149 Los Prados, located at the opposite end of the row of SFRs on Los Prados a 3/2 SFR at 2052 sf/ 7750 sf lot  sold for $1,188,000.


Our Eastern shoreline has done well with strong sales on the Shoal properties (A SFRs )and even distressed properties including 2305 Clipper which sold for $805,000 as an REO. The price is strong as compared to the value that can be created within 1467 sf of living space by remodeling the 3br 1.5ba SFR on it’s nice sized, 6,600 sf lot. The market low SFR sold in February of 2012 when 1740 Roberta Drive was sold as an REO for $722,200. It had sold last in 2005 for S1,088,000. The 3/2, 1380 sf home sits on a wide 9,300 sf lot  and the new owner is well underway with remodeling and expansion to their waterfront estate.  With a low number of waterfront sellers  and steady demand from those seeking lagoon frontage, buying enthusiasts understand the scarcity and many are valuing it.


Owner’s who would like to better inform their “Seller’s Perspective” may enjoy reviewing a quick Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) of their Home’s value from Lagoon Living. A quick comparable is never a Zestimate, It is an informed, property specific, opinion of value from  a licensed, local Realtor immersed in the market with specific knowledge about the subject and comparable properties. The CMA is complimentary. One does not need to list their property to receive a CMA. Owners may need to refinance, understand what their property is worth. It is utilized to inform other goals and needs of a homeowners life. By keeping you informed, you may find me to be ideal in helping you achieve your real estate goals. 

02-27-14 Create, Mix & Mingle

Our lagoon neighbor, Deb McNamera & business partner Angela Kilkenny opened their art studio, “Create, Mix and Mingle” this Fall.  I wandered into the studio, located in the Parkside Plaza, at Fashion Island Boulevard & Norfolk.  They were holding an art class that evening, and my wife and I were invited back to attend. We appreciate art, yet are not particularly artistic and wondered if we would feel


intimidated. Turns out, we had a blast! Greeted enthusiastically and offered a variety of beverages, we toured their beautiful studio which includes a separate wing just for children’s art parties.  The adjoined studios offer parents a creative night out while the children are occupied with their own artwork close by. We met Parkside neighbors, walk-in customers and those who had reserved ahead. We discovered that we were not the only ones who hadn’t picked up a brush in a while. Chan, our professional art instructor, introduced the painting that we would masterfully recreate. As he guided us through each artistic step, our hosts ensured we were never without a bit of liquid courage in our glass. The evening brought admiration from new found friends and we each posed with our masterpiece. The experience of enjoying a night out, gaining artistic experience and creating  a work of art was delightfully different & fun.  Call or stop by to create your next masterpiece! For VIP treatment bring in this issue of Lagoon Living.  Create, Mix & Mingle 650-434-2781


02-27-14 Water Quality: We Can Improve It

Be a Champion of a Healthier, Cleaner Marina Lagoon:

By understanding the dynamics of our water quality, and communicating a few basics with each other as to how we are doing, we can help improve our waterway , and the experience for all who enjoy it.


To read more about the current state of the Marina Lagoon Waterway and for a live waterfront cam feed; Please logon to: www.lagoonliving.com.

 Broken Sewer Lateral Pipes drawing waste water from homes can leach bacteria into the soil and  waterway. Get a Free Sewer Lateral Inspection from the City of San Mateo. With the video snake, homeowners can view the inside of the wastewater line. For broken pipes, grants can cover half the cost may still be available.


No Dumping

  •  Oil, grease 
  •  Antifreeze
  •  Paint, chemicals
  •  Yard waste
  •  Pesticides, 
  •  Fertilizers,
  •  Animal waste
  •  Sewer leaks
  •  Construction debris

National Association of Realtors Advertisement: (Lack of Homes for Sale)

2012.10.06 FEMA Flood Insurance Workshop (Opportunity to drop mandatory coverage)

Dear Parkside and Shoreview Residents,


The PDF link below contains the full package provided by the City of San Mateo at the recent FEMA flood meeting about the levy improvements. Basically, if you have amortgage, you need to write your lender and let them know that "There has been a PHYSICAL MAP CHANGE",  (Not just a Lomar, C Loma or Loma change) BUT A PHYSICAL MAP CHANGE (Got it?!). We have now moved from A99 to X (see PDF Map 1st page). You will want to send them a letter stating that you are no longer in a mandatory flood zone and that you would like them to send you a letter stating so. You will then provide this letter to your insurer and either request to cancel you flood insurance with a request for A FULL REFUND OF THE CURRENT YEAR PREMIUMS or request to convert to a Prefered Risk Policy PRP Policy which brings a much lower cost and still provides flood coverage if that is your preference.


I hope that this information is beneficial. If you should need any help or have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me at amlomano@gmail.com or at 650-346-0900.


Congratulations on your liberation from mandatory FEMA flood Insurance!



Flood Awareness Workshop Information (How to dump your flood insurance)
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2012.04.17 Do you Remember when it snowed on the lagoon?


Do you remember when it snowed on the San Mateo Marina Lagoon? (Tue, 17 Apr 2012)
  Do you remember when it snowed this much on the San Mateo Marina Lagoon? Mr. Lelio Giorgi does. He took this shot in the 1960s from his home on Roberta Drive. The picture looks across to area where Fathom meets Shoal. You can see that all of Mariners Island is a pasture at this point in time. In the 1970s they would build out Mariner's Island. I have posted a few more pictures below. Mr Lelio Giorgi Left Picture (He is on the right and a picture of him today). If you have ones that you would like to share, please email me (Andrew Lomano) at lagoonliving@gmail.com, For more about the San Mateo Marina Lagoon please visit: www.lagoonliving.com
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