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Keeping our lives and homes organized is truly a never-ending challenge—but there are ways to make the task slightly less daunting. In addition to providing a sense of calm, an uncluttered space lets your home’s interesting design features shine and architectural elements breathe. Here, we spotlight five tips to maintain a tidy home (and a peaceful mind) from leading authors, life coaches and organization gurus.  

SET GOALS, MAKE A PLAN - Start with specific goals—this will help you create a plan, which will reduce frustration as the process picks up. Trying to make a map of all the rooms in your home and marking “clutter hot spots” you want to address. Assign each space a grade based on the severity of the clutter (for example, have a scale from 1 to


Though summer is winding down and the kids are heading back to school, there are still plenty of opportunities for grown-ups to savor the season. From full moon sailing trips to scenic day or weekend getaways, here are four of our favorite end-of-summer activities in and around Northern California. 

SAN FRANCISCO BAY HARVEST MOON SAILING TRIP - Make the huge Harvest Moon on Thursday, September 12 one to remember by booking a two-hour evening cruise on 80-foot sailboat, the Freda B. Board in Sausalito at 6pm. Sail around the most iconic parts of San Francisco Bay—think Alcatraz, the Marin Headlands, the Golden Gate Bridge and the Bay Bridge. If weather permits, you’ll catch the Harvest Moon and the glittering city skyline before heading home. 

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This recording studio is every artist’s dream. Set amidst 24 acres of pine and redwood groves in Northern California’s Humboldt county is Sonic Temple—a dreamy, lodge-like escape perfect for musicians seeking a quiet, naturally beautiful place to create their best art. 

“Sonic Temple is a modern, magical oasis that doubles as a world-class recording studio,” says The Agency’s Karine Aslanian, who represents the property. “The setting is incredibly peaceful and allows artists to unplug and get in touch with their creative side. And it’s just a short plane ride from San Francisco and L.A.” 

During the 1960s and 70s, it was de rigueur for artists to escape to a destination recording studio like Sonic Temple to make their next record. Places like


Our picks of places to go and things to do to make the most of your month in and around Northern California.

PROST HERE - Head to Pier 35 September 20-22 for Oktoberfest By The Bay, which promises a rousing medley of beer, dancing, food and music. In addition to Bavarian beers and traditional fare, headlining the stage will be the world renowned, 21-piece Chico Bavarian Band. 

GO GREEN HERE - The 9th Annual San Francisco Green Film Festival will take place September 24-29, and will spotlight more than 50 new environmental films from around the globe as well as guest speakers, expert panels and audience discussions on topics surrounding clean energy, green chemistry, food, housing, trash, water and art in the environment. The Festival kicks off with an

 

Northern California’s best-kept secret is out. Ross, a bucolic, chaparral and live oak tree-filled enclave in Marin County, sits less than 20 miles from San Francisco and has emerged as one of the most sought-after neighborhoods among Silicon Valley professionals looking to put down roots in a naturally beautiful place that offers a reprieve from city life.

Situated near San Rafael and Mount Tamalpais, Ross is just 1.6 square miles, has less than 3,000 residents and offers a genuine small-town experience. Incorporated in 1908, landmark community events include an annual Town Dinner in the Ross Common and Fourth of July parade. Ross’s access to scenic hiking and biking trails makes it a popular year-round destination for cyclists and hikers. Find


With cool winters, warm summers, NorCal’s climate supports a range of crops, from almonds and walnuts to juicy plums, peaches, tomatoes and olives. It’s no wonder some of the nation’s most ground-breaking chefs have migrated to the Bay Area and Napa Valley? to set up shop and sample the local bounty. Here, find five popular markets and fairs that offer a range of locally sourced crops and handcrafted products—make sure to stop in to support their efforts the next time you’re in the area. 

FORT MASON CENTER FARMERS' MARKET - Hosted by the California Farmers’ Markets Association (CFMA), this weekly Sunday market takes place from 9:30am to 1:30pm at Fort Mason and typically includes 35 local growers and food purveyors. It’s the perfect place to find fresh

Our picks of places to go and things to do to make the most of your month in and around Northern California.

GET YOUR FESTIVAL FIX HERE - Now in its 12th year, this summer’s annual Outside Lands Music Festival will take place August 9-11 and spotlight Paul Simon, Childish Gambino and The Lumineers, among others. Always forward-thinking, the Golden Gate Park event will also offer TED-like D.A.V.E. talks (Discussions About Virtually Everything) and a curated cannabis experience in a special area called Grass Lands. 

EAT EVERYTHING HERE - Head to The Midway in SF’s Dogpatch neighborhood on August 24 for Eat Drink SF, where you can opt for the daytime session ($120, 12-3:30pm) or the evening soirée ($120, 7-10:30pm). Both feature food, wine, and spirits


With natural beauty at nearly every turn, living in this part of the state is all about getting outside. No matter what part of Northern California you’re in, these tips will help maximize your outdoor living and entertaining spaces, no matter what the season or occasion. 

Add Outdoor Furniture and Lights - A well-illuminated set of table and chairs can bring a back patio from passable to perfection. See what a difference it makes to the back deck of 3116 Fox Creek Drive—a refreshing new open-air space is created for dining, game nights or afternoon kick-backs.

Extend Indoor Space - Adding a wall of glass doors will make indoor-outdoor living a total breeze—and bring in plenty of natural light. This design element will help elevate any type of patio (stone,


From San Francisco’s FiDi neighborhood to the rolling hills of Healdsburg, these seven studios, clubs and trails are sure to get your muscles moving and heart rate pumping. 

FORT POINT BAKER BEACH TRAIL - Super scenic and good for all skill levels, the Fort Point-Baker Beach Coast Trail is a 3.9-mile out and back that meanders around the bluffs above Baker Beach and provides a stunning, photogenic view of the Golden Gate Bridge and the Marin Headlands. Trailhead is at the Fort Point National Historic Site and is accessible year-round. Bring the dogs—but keep them leashed. 

WHEEL HOUSE - Wheel House’s expansive 7,500-square-foot facility offers a cutting-edge combination of indoor cycling, yoga, TRX and core strength classes in multiple studios. Busy


The head of The Agency’s Marin office and Director of Luxury Estates, Tracy McLaughlin has been named one of the year’s Most Influential Women in Business by the San Francisco Business Journal. The publication’s annual edition celebrates the region’s business leaders in a range of industries including real estate, law, tech, finance, and health care. 

The Journal awarded the honor to Tracy at the Influential Women in Business awards ceremony, which took place at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square. A host of dynamic women were honored from industries spanning healthcare, finance, technology and medical research.  

Tracy joined The Agency’s Marin office in 2019 to spearhead operations at the brokerage’s third office in Northern California and to