The Marin County Rental and YOU!

by Joscelyne Alkus 25. February 2010 04:38

Finding a great rental Marin County...where do you start?  We get so many calls every day from tenants looking for great rentals out here in the North Bay, and everyone wants the same thing: a great house, a nice yard, and an easy location for commute and close to town!  And everyone wants to know how to find this!

So what is the best way to find such a great property for rent in Marin?

The first is, unless you have an unlimited budget, be prepared to compromise.  While there are a lot of rentals available at any given time in Marin, they vary in quality.  Some are dated from the 70's, some are built into hillsides and don't have much yard, and some are just not what you happen to be looking for.  We like to say that every house is somebody's hopes!  But the key to finding your best match lies in your willingness to compromise.  Maybe the yard isn't quite as large as you imagined, but the location is great and the kitchen is gorgeous.  Or maybe the kitchen is dated, and the master bath leaves a lot to be desired, but the yard is flat and sunny and perfect for your either way, make your compromise and jump on it! 

The second tip for finding a great rental is to be patient.  We run into a lot of frustrated tenants who can't find what they are looking for, and blame the landlords or the agents.  Marin County rentals are no discount product, that's for sure, and we understand the frustration.  (And believe it or not, we feel your pain - we rent here too!)    Watch the market, ask questions about the rental market so you understand what you are paying for and why, and then when you see what you want, you'll know how to get it!

The final tip when searching for a Marin County Rental, though it may seem obvious, is to be nice.  When you apply for a house, you are applying for a relationship, and that goes both ways.  As a tenant you want to find a great landlord.  And a landlord wants to find a great tenant!

So keep your eyes open, be flexible, and be positive!  There are a lot of great Marin County Rental Properties out just may take some time to find the right one for you!

My team and I specialize in the Marin County Rental and are happy to help: call anytime! (415)507-9600.


Relocating to Marin? Let's get started finding you a Marin rental!

by Joscelyne Alkus 4. February 2010 10:15

If you're new to Marin, or really just don't have a lot of time to waste looking at rental after rental, let us help!  My partners and I specialize in Marin rentals and relocation and are THE local experts when it comes to leasing in Marin! 

If you'd like to see 3 or 4 houses, check out our website and let us know what you like.  If you'd like a more intense level of service, you can hire us to be your relocation agent!

When you hire us as your agent we can work with you on many different levels: we offer quick half-day tours perfect for getting your bearings or we have full service relocation services where we're yours until we find you a fabulous place.  Tours start at $500 and can include ferry or local hotel pick up and drop off.

Of course, we're always happy to give advice or show you our personal listings free of charge anytime!! 

Visit our main website at for more information, or call our Marin office at (415) 507-9600 to talk about your options.

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NEW LISTING! Greenbrae 4bd/3ba w/Pool!! $3,995

by Joscelyne Alkus 28. January 2010 09:54

Located walking distance to highly-ranked Bacich Elementary school on a flat street near the Kentfield border, this comfortable 4bd/3ba home offers a practical lifestyle with location, location, location!  Listed at $3,995 this one will surely go quickly!

Virtual tour at

Property boasts newly refinished hardwood floors throughout much of the house.  Formal living and formal dining rooms complete with family room and eat-in kitchen gives you the space you need!

Great layout with three bedrooms on lower level.  Fourth bedroom upstairs.

Outdoor space includes in-ground pool and patio (child-proofing ok!) and private hot tub.  Front yard gets full sun, Mt Tam views and has nice, flat lawn. 

Western exposure and lots of sun!

Life in Greenbrae offers great California weather along with easy access to the rest of the bay area: just moments from the 101 for a simple San Francisco commute, or nearby Larkspur Ferry for Financial District commute!  Close to local parks and Bon Air shopping center for Mollie Stone grocery store, Peet's coffee, local restaurants and more. 

Available this spring for long term lease.   Call leasing agent Darcy Alkus at Marin Leasing Team to schedule your tour.  (415) 637-8917 or email 

Looking for more Greenbrae rentals? Other Marin rentals? We have access to lots of properties and are happy to help.  Check out www [dot] MarinLeasingTeam [dot] com.


RENTED!! in Ross! 4bd/3ba and Gorgeous

by Joscelyne Alkus 8. November 2009 07:06

RENTED at $4,500 by Darcy this January!!

this is a GREAT deal!  Warm and inviting, this fresh and remodeled home in Ross is ready for a 1- 2 year lease.

Sitting on an 8,000+/- sq ft grassy lot and fully gated, at this house you'll find access to some of the best public schools in California right along with a close knit community and easy central Marin access.

Home has fabulous open floor plan and high end lighting w/hardwood floors and "great room" living!  Open kitchen/living/dining combo - perfect for today's entertainer's. 

Gourmet chef's kitchen boasts dual Viking ovens, extra-wide Viking refrigerator and an expansive 6-burner Thermador range.

Property features four bedrooms (two up/two down), three full bathrooms.  Master suite offers great closet system, sun deck and three-way fireplace.  Downstairs additional family room opens to yard with plenty of grass, trees and play areas!  Patios for lounging.  Nice, private lot, mostly level.

Additional features include:great temperature-controlled wine storage, kids play set outside, 2-car garage,  possible outdoors billiards table.

Owners can offer the home partially furnished if desired for additional fee.  Otherwise, home can be rented unfurnished.  Tenants pay all utilities.  Small pet possibly negotiable.  Non-smokers only, please. 

Call Marin's Leasing Team to schedule your tour: Leasing Agent Darcy Alkus at (415) 637-8917.

Looking for a rental in Ross?  Check out Marin rental properties for lease on MLS available at www [dot] MarinLeasingTeam [dot] com.

RENTED at $7500 in Tiburon!!!

by Joscelyne Alkus 8. November 2009 06:59

RENTED!!  Less than one month on the market, this gorgeous Tiburon rental leased at $7500 by Darcy and Christopher 

Our thanks also to Jim Fraser for repping the tenants!

Available in November for a long term lease, this sophisticated 3,897* sq ft home in Tiburon sits on a quiet cul-de-sac with wonderful bay views.

Built in 1989, this modern home offers the convenience of today's living along with a layout that makes sense for an easy lifestyle.  Maple floors and soaring ceilings create an airy, open feeling.  With a formal entrance offering hand blown sconces, and formal living room and formal dining room with recessed lighting, there's plenty of room for both casual or sophisticated entertaining.

The open kitchen/family room boasts expansive center island, double ovens, gas Fisher Paykol range and tons of cabinet space.  Built-in desk perfect for mail or homework center.  Comes complete with bar and bar stools.

Offering 5bd/3.5ba, all bedrooms on same level.  Master suite boasts private deck with hot tub, spacious walk-in closet and luxurious jacuzzi tub.  Comes equipped with flat panel bathroom television.

This home additionally includes:

-3 fireplaces

-central vacuum


-plenty of storage

-wine storage

-multiple decks with views

-Grand Piano


-3-car garage

Outdoor space includes newly re-done "sport court" with basketball hoop, playhouse and room for imagination!  Plenty of deck space off main house to enjoy the sun and the views.  Great end of the cul-de-sac location offers quiet street with low traffic.  Close to Ring Mountain Preserve and local hiking, biking etc trails.

Life in Tiburon offers access to fantastic public Reed school district and a simple San Francisco commute via 101S or the local Tiburon ferry.  Easy access to Marin County Day or the Corte Madera Montessori as well.  Charming downtown Tiburon includes shops, restaurants, movie theater, library, yacht clubs, tennis & swim clubs. 

Call Marin's Leasing Team to schedule your tour: Darcy Alkus (415) 637-8917 or or Christopher Barrow (415) 637-8934 or


RENTED!!! Price Reduced! $1995 Waterfront Larkspur Condo!!!

by Joscelyne Alkus 19. October 2009 04:35

RENTED by Darcy and Joscelyne!!!  11/7/09 at current asking price.  Just two weeks on market!! 

I looooove this Larkspur condo, and if I had to move right now, this would be the one.  It has everything you want in a condo and one of the best locations in Marin with restaurants, gym and shopping all waking distance away.

Price dropped to $1995 for a quick rental, this is a great 2bd/2ba top-floor condo on the creek now available for long term lease.  VIEWS!!

Kitchen and baths are upgraded: granite counters, gas stove, newer appliances.

Bamboo hardwood floors and cathedral ceiling in living/dining. Custom paint. Nice deck over looking the creek for enjoying an evening glass of wine!

Spacious walk-in closet in master bedroom and private washer/dryer. 2nd bedroom has bathroom and closet.

Walk to charming downtown Larkspur. Easy commute for San Francisco via freeway or ferry. Condo community has pool, large hot tub, small "workout room" and clubhouse. Quiet cul-de-sac, great neighbors.

Sorry, dogs not allowed per condo association but cat considered for very well-qualified applicant. Water and garbage included. One car parking. Spacious storage unit included as well.

Call me at (415) 450-0338 or email to schedule a time to view.

My team and I specialize in Marin and Larkspur rentals.  We offer consultation packages for Larkspur rental owners, and relocation packages for Larkspur relocation.  Call anytime!

Available for 1 yr+ lease starting now!

RENTED!!! Super Cute Sausalito 3bd/2ba Lower Unit Duplex w/Views

by Joscelyne Alkus 6. October 2009 05:51

RENTED at asking price!!!  10/19/09

Now available at $2,350 per month, this great 3bd/2ba lower half of a duplex (approx 1500+/- sq ft per owner estimate) is ready to go in Sausalito.  Formal living room and formal dining room.  Eat-in kitchen.   Hardwood floors in main living area; carpet in bedrooms.  Fireplace in living room.  Walk-in closet in master. 

Corner views!!  Lots of morning sun!

Just about a block to great shopping, coffee & dining on Sausalito's favorite Caledonia street.  Nearby local parks, too.  Easy San Francisco commute!!

Private, full size washer/dryer.

Easy street parking.

Extra storage.

Now available for long term lease.  Owner pays water; tenant covers PG&E, garbage, communication.  Small pet possibly considered with great references and higher deposit.

 Call Sausalito Marin rental agent Joscelyne Alkus at (415) 450-0338 to schedule your tour.

Relocating to Sausalito?  Looking for a Sausalito Executive Rental?  Sausalito condo rental?  Call us at Marin's Leasing Team and we're happy to chat!  (415) 507-9600.

RENTED!!! $2,150 for a Gorgeous Mill Valley In-Law Unit!!!

by Joscelyne Alkus 17. September 2009 03:59

RENTED!!!! At asking price of $2150 in October, 2009. 

Listed at $2,150, this Mill Valley guest house property is so much nicer than the condos out there!

Just fully rebuilt and remodeled in 2006, this 2bd/1ba in-law unit in Mill Valley features an open floorplan with good lighting, gorgeous stonework, granite countertops, surround sound, great outdoors space with room for a gas grill, and plenty of off street parking.

Two bedrooms, one bathroom. 

Lower unit with separate entrance, separate utilities, etc.

Gorgeous yard!!  (Main house has yard in photo, in-law has separate yard to the left.)

Available now for 1+ yr lease.  One small pet considered with great references and additional deposit.

Call Marin's Leasing Team at J. Wavro Associates for more info.  Agent Joscelyne Alkus: 415.450.0338. 

More MLS properties & pics on our website: 


RENTED!! Spectacular 1894 Queen Anne Victorian

by Joscelyne Alkus 1. September 2009 06:08
RENTED!!!  at $6,000 on  9/16/09 by Christopher and Joscelyne 

Now listed at $6,500 per month, this is truly an amazing living opportunity! Set in the heart of Dominican is this spectacular 1894 Queen Anne Victorian. Meticulous architectural detail. Property boasts landscaped gardens with fruit trees, flowers, a lush lawn and a three floor home with well over 3400* sq. ft of luxurious living space.

Original oak hardwood floors throughout most of the house. Kitchen features Hickory wood floors, stone counter tops, Sub-Zero fridge, Dynasty 6 burner gas range and stove, large center island, custom restored cabinets with refurbished hinges and knobs, in-kitchen eating area with back patio access (perfect for outdoor cooking). Formal dining room is intimately painted red, seats over 12 people and features a gas fireplace. Formal living is first place you walk into through the front entrance features a  fireplace  with wrap around porch that over looks the front yard and pool. Second floor has three bedroom and 3 bathrooms. Master bedroom has a separate sitting room complete with fireplace, 2 walk-in closets and marble bathroom with shower, tub and vanity. Second bedroom features private bathroom with an iron claw foot tub. Third bedroom has a balcony. Attic area has a half bath, office and second room. This area was used as a "classroom"  at one time for home schooling.

Home also features: Pool, flat level lawn, a basement area for storage.

Available for a July move-in.

Call my partner Christopher Barrow at our Marin Leasing Team for an appointment: 415-637-8934

More MLS properties available at   My team and I specialize in Marin rentals and are happy to answer your questions anytime!  Email me at if you'd like to chat.



RENTED!! Spectacular $4500 Remodeled Loch Lomond Highlands Home!

by Joscelyne Alkus 12. May 2009 14:43

RENTED by Joscelyne!!!  Two offers at full price.  6/15/09 

Spectacular Remodeled Loch Lomond Highlands Home!  Available June 1st for a 1 yr Lease.

Fabulous views surround this luxurious designer five bedroom, three bath home situated in the desirable Loch Lomond Highlands area. Enjoy a state-of-the art kitchen overlooking pool, lovely gardens and Bay views. Large living room with fireplace and huge views of Mt. Tam. Entertain in lovely dining room with bay window overlooking pool and gardens. Master suite with Jacuzzi and views from windows of Mt. Tam. Huge family/entertainment room with fireplace and wired for surround sound. Guest/au pair quarters downstairs with own patios and a full bath. Designer touches used throughout such as cathedral ceilings on entire top floor, granite counters, pecan floors, French doors and much more. Truly a must-see!

Great location! Near the Peacock Gap Golf Course, close to great hiking and biking paths along China Camp and the wetland preserves.  Surrounded by green hills but just minutes from the freeway for easy access to all Marin has to offer.

Come experience the best weather in the North Bay!

Call Marin's Leasing Team at J. Wavro Associates to schedule your private tour.  We're happy to show other local homes (listed and unlisted!) for lease as well. Joscelyne (Agent) 415-450-0338

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Born and raised in Malibu, CA, Marin rental agent Joscelyne Alkus has lived in the Bay Area for over four years.  She spent time in La Jolla, CA and Aspen, CO working in sales and customer service before settling in Marin. 

One of the founding team members at Foundation Rentals and Relocation, together with Broker Christopher Barrow and partner/sister Darcy Alkus Barrow, Joscelyne and the team specialize in leasing mid- to higher-end Marin properties. No sales: just rentals!! Joscelyne brings to the company excellent client satisfaction skills and a steady sense of calm to the often hectic world of rentals.

Now based out of Tiburon, in Joscelyne's spare time you'll find her exploring the many hiking and jogging trails of central Marin, or enjoying one of the county's many excellent waterfront restaurants. 

Feel free to contact Joscelyne anytime at

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