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Just Listed!
Open House Sat. 6/24 & Sun. 6/25 from 1:30-4pm
35 Buckingham St., Hillsborough – Listed at $3,695,000
4BD/3BA, 3,390 sq. ft., 30,203 sq. ft. lot, tennis court, putting green with
3 car garage.

Just Listed!
Open House Sat. 6/24 & Sun. 6/25 from 1:30-4pm

619 26th Ave., San Mateo – Listed at $1,249,000
3BD/1BA, 1,370 sq. ft., 5,400 sq. ft. lot.

Just Listed!
Open House Sun. 6/25 from 1:30-4pm

1900 Willow Rd., Hillsborough – Listed at $8,595,000
5BD/7BA, 4,900 sq. ft., 22,561 sq. ft. lot with a pool!

Just Listed!
Open House Sun. 6/25 from 2-4pm

1701 Black Mountain Rd., Hillsborough
4BD/3.5BA, 3,925 sq. ft., .9 flat acre, pool, guest house and 4 car garage.

We look forward to working with you!

Luxury Specialists
Denise Laugesen
C: (650) 465-5742
CalBRE #01011089

Luxury Specialists
Cortney Laugesen
C: (650) 678-5084
CalBRE #01859860

Check out our new website!

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1412 Chapin Ave, Burlingame, CA, 94010

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Magnificent Tudor in Burlingame

2817 Hillside Drive, Burlingame

Serving Sibby’s, Sushi. and Sparkling Thurs 3/9 4:30-6:30pm

Open House Sat/Sun 1:30-4pm


4 beds, 3 baths

3,145 living sqft

10,088 sqft lot

The beautiful and prestigious Burlingame Hills, where the romance of early twentieth century architect imbues each neighborhood with alluring charm and stately grace. Such is the backdrop for this magnificent Tudor-style home with 4 bedrooms and 3 baths. Built in 1920s and extensively remodeled, the two-story design has been lovingly updated to blend modern convenience with period elegance. Custom-milled molding and trimwork of cherry-stained fir adorn the expansive rooms while richly textured walls present a fine array of Ralph Lauren colors that enhance the play of light. Established by the living and dining rooms, the excellent circulation of rooms on the main level welcomes entertaining. A culinary masterpiece blending functionality with beauty, the tremendous gourmet kitchen incorporates a casual dining area and showcases cherry wood, soapstone, and granite. Nearby, the inviting family room welcomes relaxation with a striking slate-tiled fireplace set in a wall of cherry hardwood floor-to ceiling book and display shelves. Graciously integrating indoor and outdoor spaces, a vast rear deck extends from these informal living areas and overlooks the delightful rear yard with private canyon views. Two main-level bedrooms plus two upper-level bedrooms cater to flexible living arrangements. Adding to the appeal, a finished basement opens to a rear patio and putting green



Call us for all your real estate needs…..

The Laugesen Team

Luxury Specialists

#1 Producing Team

Coldwell Banker

Denise: 650-465-5742  Cortney: 650-678-5084


New Listing in Palo Alto



Open House Sat. 2/18 & Sun. 2/19 from 1:30-4pm

597 Barron Ave, Palo Alto
Listed for $1,695,000

2 bedrooms, 1 bath, 1 car garage
Approximately 1,154 sq. ft. of living space

This charming two bedroom and one bath bungalow delivers 1,154 sq. ft. of fully renovated living space nestled on a quaint, tree-lined street in the highly-desired, centrally located neighborhood of Barron Park.

Surrounded by majestic neighborhood oaks and other trees, the home’s inviting exterior welcomes with a sizeable porch that’s bounded by a gracious Pergola with trailing vines. Step inside to a freshly painted living room featuring always-elegant crown and base molding, ambient recessed lighting, surround sound and beautiful hardwood floors naturally lit by a picture window.

Follow the open concept to the ample dining space featuring double glass doors that provide brilliant light and access to the rear patio and yard.  A considerable breakfast bar with seating is a fitting introduction to the beautifully renovated, brand-new kitchen.

The transformed kitchen is bursting with updates, featuring lofty ceilings with recessed lighting and sound, new custom cabinetry with glass shelving, gleaming granite counters and stainless steel appliances. A walk-in pantry nook and a sizeable separate laundry room addition complete this space nicely.

The private quarters include two roomy bedrooms, each with fresh paint, crown and base molding, recessed lighting and sizeable wardrobes. The second bedroom features access to the rear patio through a glass slider.  A beautifully transformed bathroom features a large new vanity with appealing marble and a separate full shower showcasing spa-like tile work.

The property’s charm is further highlighted by a tall picket cottage-style fence providing a border between the one-car, detached garage that is set back on a deep driveway and access to the rear yard. A feature fountain is set in the middle of a lovingly-manicured courtyard.

  • Located on an approximate 5,350 sq. ft. lot

  • Approximately 1,154 sq. ft. renovated living space, plus 320 sq. ft., detached one-car garage

  • Two generous bedrooms featuring large double door closets, the second bedroom features private access to rear yard through glass slider

  • A centrally located full bath is completely renovated with large vanity, elegant marble top, contemporary tiling and spa-like feature details in the separate shower enclosure

  • Open living and dining room ensemble includes beautiful new, wide plank hardwood flooring throughout, new windows, recessed lighting and access to rear yard through glass sliders. A coat closet beside the front door and nearby custom built-in cabinetry provides ample storage options.  A generous breakfast bar separates the living room from kitchen

  • A reimagined kitchen with lofty ceilings, granite counters, eye-catching white cabinetry, and stainless steel appliances including an oversized refrigerator and 6-burner gas stove. The kitchen includes a sizable, walk-in pantry nook with matching cabinetry and granite counters

  • A separate spacious laundry room at the rear of the kitchen has been added with an appealing frosted glass door.  Picture windows provide ample daylight and views to the garden

  • All new windows throughout the home include pleasing window treatments and all doors have retractable screens

  • Entire home features surround sound and recessed lighting, crown and base molding throughout, newer light fixtures, attractive chrome door handles and central heating and A/C

  • Clean, one-car detached garage set back on a long driveway includes plenty of storage with a large wall of built-in cabinetry and room to park inside

  • Welcoming front porch entry with retractable feature for shade or rain cover and eave overhang has protective soffits that keep pests and inclement weather away and offer ventilation for attic space

  • Majestic neighborhood trees line the street and meticulous front and rear landscaping includes shrubs and flowers, trailing vines, a Meyer lemon tree in backyard and a feature Red Maple in front yard.  Low maintenance, realistic Heavenly Greens lawns installed in both yards, with a lovely water feature centrally placed in the rear yard

  • Set in a vibrant and beloved neighborhood of Barron Park that includes community activities and newsletters, a walkable neighborhood and ample street parking. Near prime downtown, El Camino Real, parks and award winning Palo Alto Schools including Barron Park Elementary and Henry Gunn High School.
We look forward to working with you!

Luxury Specialists
Denise Laugesen
C: (650) 465-5742
CalBRE #01011089

Luxury Specialists
Cortney Laugesen
C: (650) 678-5084
CalBRE #01859860
Check out our new website!


Gutter Cleaning Tips That Can Save Your Life

If more building owners and facilities managers knew the proper way to clean out their roof gutters, there would be fewer injuries and deaths and far less property damage.

Fall is the season when gutters are cleaned out in preparation for the rainy or snowy season ahead.

If the rainwater doesn’t flow properly through the gutter and downspout system, costly repairs can add up from rainwater damage or freezing.

It’s time to clean out those clogged gutters, and to do it safely.

There are a variety of gutter cleaning tips that can bring sanity into this tedious task.

Eight Gutter Cleaning Tips

1.   Let someone know you are cleaning your gutters

2.   Use a safe and secure ladder

3.   Rake leaves and other debris off the rooftop first

4.   Wear rubber-soled shoes when walking on the rooftop

5.   Use a plastic gutter scooping tool

6.   Wear gloves and proper eyewear

7.   Unclog downspouts

8.   Watch out for hazardous power lines

  • Practice Ladder Safety

Always let someone know you will be using a ladder to work on your building’s roof or gutters.

Use a safe and sturdy ladder, preferably one with a small shelf strong enough to hold a five-gallon bucket to collect gutter debris, and make sure to secure the bucket with a lanyard.

A four-legged step ladder is good for a single-story structure, and an extension ladder is ideal for a two-story or taller facility.
An orchard ladder is not recommended because there are only three legs for support and they can become unbalanced.

A wooden ladder is also not recommended because they are often wobbly and difficult to safely balance.

Fiberglass ladders seem to be the sturdiest, but are also the heaviest.

If you are cleaning gutters for hours upon hours, muscle fatigue can set in from moving the heavy ladder numerous times.

If this is the case, you should try using an aluminum ladder, which is the second-choice option for strength and support.

Inspect the ladder for defects, dents or loose parts before climbing.

If your ladder is fastened together with screws and bolts, make sure all parts are tightened.

When opening up a step ladder, make sure the extension-hinge arms are fully extended and locked in place.

  • Utilize A Garden Hose

Use a garden hose with a pistol-grip trigger spray nozzle.

This type of spray nozzle allows you to adjust the water pressure with the use of just one hand.

A pistol-grip trigger spray nozzle can be easily hung over the front edge of the gutter while moving the ladder or while using a gutter scoop.

This type of spray nozzle can be purchased at any hardware store.

  • Get A Gutter Scoop

Scooping out the leafy debris seems to be the best overall method for cleaning out gutters.

An excellent tool for this job is a plastic scooping tool, which can be purchased at most hardware stores.

Plastic scooping tools are unique because the front scooping edge is very thin and forms itself to the bottom of the gutter trough, making it easy to scoop out even the toughest debris in any size gutter system.

Stay away from using a metal scooping tool because the bottom of the gutter and seams can be damaged and scratched.

Scraping the bottom of a steel gutter can introduce areas to rust, and if the bottom of the gutter is already rusting, the rusting process could speed up.

  • Protect Your Hands

Gloves can help protect hands against dirty, rotting leaf debris that often contains bird, pigeon and squirrel droppings that are ridden with bacteria.

Gloves can also prevent painful cuts from the torn metal shards of an old, ragged gutter.

Cotton gloves can soak up dirty water that exposes skin to bacteria.

Leather gloves are not as maneuverable and tend to shrivel up when they dry after cleaning.

Rubber gloves can get poked or torn by metal shards in the gutter.

Thick, suede glove material is recommended because it is superior to cotton, thin leather or rubber gloves.

  • Protect Your Eyes

Eye protection is a must because one never knows what might fly out of the downspout when cleaning gutters.

People have experienced rats, birds, frogs, wasps and bees leaving at high speeds once they start removing a clog, and the last thing they want to have happen is an eye injury.

  • Clean Off The Roof

Rake or power wash all debris off the roof first.

Otherwise, the next rain will wash all the debris down into the clean gutter, clogging it up again.

Also, debris left on the roof can lead to water damming up in valleys, around the chimney or near heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment, which can cause erosion and roof leaks over time.

  • Consider Rubber Shoes

If walking on the roof is necessary to perform gutter cleaning, it is good to use rubber-soled shoes.

Rubber soles tend to adhere best and prevent slip-and-fall incidents.

Rooftops tend to be moist in the morning, so it is best to walk on the roof after the sun is well up in the sky and has dried up all the moisture.

Late mornings or early afternoons are the best times to walk on a roof.

  • Unclog The Downspouts

Make sure the downspouts are clear.

After all the gutters are cleaned out, run the water hose down the downspout at full pressure.

If the water backs up out of the top, a clog is present.

Normally, it can be unclogged by tapping on the side of the downspout.

But, if that doesn’t work, the downspout and back need to be removed, and it should be flushed from the bottom.

If a clog is present and the downspout is connected to an underground drain, it is best to disconnect the bottom of the downspout from the underground drain.

Otherwise, the clog may move to the underground drain.

  • Schedule Semiannual Cleanings

Make sure your gutters are cleaned at least twice a year: Once in the fall and again in the spring.

One main reason for cleaning out gutters is to eliminate the possibility of water damage from rainwater runoff due to a clogged gutter.

Another reason is to reduce the possibility of rust corrosion.

Even though it may not rain during the summer, if there is debris in the steel gutters, the rusting process can speed up.

It’s difficult for rust to speed up with clean gutters.

The faster the rusting process, the sooner new gutters will be needed.

  • Be Mindful Of Power Line Hazards

When cleaning gutters around a power line cable that drops from the power pole to the roof of a building, conduct a visual inspection of the electrical cable where it connects to the roof.

This is to ensure that the protective wire insulation hasn’t rubbed off through years of wear-and-tear by weather and nearby trees.

If the cable appears to have damage, do not attempt to repair it; instead, call a licensed professional electrical contractor to fix it.

If it’s raining and there is an electrical wire problem, do not attempt to clean out the gutters until the wires are fixed; water is a dangerous conductor of electricity.

Whether it’s raining or not, it would be a good idea to have the electrical wiring repaired before cleaning out your gutters.

  • Invest In Gutter Guards

Using a quality gutter guard can eliminate the need for cleaning out gutters.

Consider carefully the manufacturer’s claims before purchasing a gutter protection system that keeps out leaves and pine needles because many promises are made that can’t be delivered.

Call us for all your real estate needs…..

The Laugesen Team

Luxury Specialists

#1 Producing Team

Coldwell Banker

Denise: 650-465-5742  Cortney: 650-678-5084


Our Recent Solds in Hillsborough

10 Victor Park Lane, Hillsborough

6 beds, 3.5 bath



575 Darrell Road, Hillsborough

4 beds, 2 baths



Call us for all your real estate needs…..

The Laugesen Team

Luxury Specialists

#1 Producing Team

Coldwell Banker

Denise: 650-465-5742  Cortney: 650-678-5084


Another Beautiful Home Sold By The Laugesen Team!

22 Madrone Ct, San Mateo
4 beds, 3.5 baths
Aprox. 3,059 sq ft
Aprox. 7,209 sq ft lot


  •  Newly Constructed
  • San Francisco Bay and Golf Course Views
  • Four Bedroom and three and a half baths
  • Approximately 3,059 sq ft
  • One of the largest corner lots in development at approximately 7,209 sq ft
  • 150k in designer upgrades
  • Welcoming foyer with tile flooring
  • Granite counter tops in kitchen
  • Stainless Steel appliances, including Wolf and Sub Zero
  • Surround sound
  • Finished basement with family room and a bedroom suite
  • Wet bar with Sub Zero wine fridge
  • Attached 2-car garage
  • Highly-sought, prestigious location near commute routes and minutes from San Francisco International Airport
  • Walking distance to Laurelwood Shopping Center where you can enjoy shopping and dining

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Call us for all your real estate needs…..

The Laugesen Team

Luxury Specialists

#1 Producing Team

Coldwell Banker

Denise: 650-465-5742  Cortney: 650-678-5084


New to the Market!

1422 Montero Avenue, Burlingame


3 beds plus an office/3 bath
2,640+/-sf of living space
6,100+/-sf lot

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Standing as a pinnacle of masterful custom design, this contemporary showpiece built in 2001 offers bespoke details throughout the home’s open and bright layout. The two-story residence features versatile living spaces, three bedrooms plus an office or additional bedroom, and three bathrooms, all in a peerless location in Burlingame’s desirable Easton Addition.

Professional lighting design coupled with thoughtfully placed recessed alcoves create perfect spaces for showcasing art pieces, as maple floors, high ceilings, and large windows enhance the residence’s open design. Common areas flow gracefully together and include living and dining rooms at the front of the home, ideal for elegant entertaining, and double fogged glass doors leading to the open kitchen, family room, and dining alcove, a retreat within the residence.

Set on a tree-lined street exuding neighborhood appeal, the home boasts an incredibly convenient location near schools, parks, downtown Broadway Burlingame, El Camino Real, and both 101 and 280 access for easy commutes to Peninsula, Silicon Valley, and San Francisco workplaces.

Call us for all your real estate needs…..

The Laugesen Team

Luxury Specialists

#1 Producing Team

Coldwell Banker

Denise: 650-465-5742  Cortney: 650-678-5084


This Weeks Open Homes Presented By The Laugesen Team

446 Turner Terrace, San Mateo


3 beds, 2,915 sqft

9,365 sqft lot

1st Open Sat/Sun 1:30-4


Grand Victorian awaits the savvy homebuyer who appreciates enhancing early 1900 era estates. Only blocks to downtown San Mateo and Downtown Burlingame, the spacious, bright 2 level main home boasts high ceilings, two sunrooms, two fireplaces and a grand staircase with substantial banister leading to and from the main entry. Oversize second structure in back was most recently used as a multi purpose room for a private school Approved plans to add second living quarter and garage available to potential buyer.

1242 Millbrae Ave, Millbrae


4 beds, 2 baths

2,200 sqft

1.1 flat acre

Open Sun 2-4


Set back at the end of a private driveway, this redefined and stylish 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom home on a sprawling 1.11 acre lot is imbued with peacefulness and tranquility. The home offers two quiet top-floor bedrooms, a main-level bedroom plus versatile den, and an additional bottom-level bedroom with separate exterior access, making it perfect to serve as guest quarters or a multi-generational living area. A large stone terrace stands as a centerpiece to expansive yard, offering a gorgeous space of an alfresco dining area or living room. A seasonal creek runs through the front of the property as trails meander throughout the lot connecting the many gardens and outdoor living areas, instilling the property with a bucolic ambiance. The fruit tree and rose bush studded property includes mature redwoods, multiple lawns, rose garden, hidden back arbor, secluded deck nestled beneath the trees, a wooden play structure, and an undeveloped flat back portion of the yard ready for a pool.

408 Williams Place, San Mateo


2 beds, 2 baths

1,100 sqft, 2,430 sqft

Open Sun 2-4

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Charming home on a quiet cul-de-sac. 2 beds, 2 baths, sun filled home…First time on the market in 40 years..Walk to downtown Burlingame or downtown San Mateo, easy access to freeways. walk to school.

Call us for all your real estate needs…..

The Laugesen Team

Luxury Specialists

#1 Producing Team

Coldwell Banker

Denise: 650-465-5742  Cortney: 650-678-5084

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Charming Home on Hidden Cul-de-sac

Best opportunity in San Mateo to own a charming 2 bedroom home with close proximity to Downtown San Mateo and Downtown Burlingame.

Open Houses: Tuesday (5/2) 10-1pm, Saturday (5/7) 1:30-4pm, Sunday (5/8) 2-4pm

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List Price: $949,000

2 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms

Aprox. 1,100 sq. ft.

Lot is aprox. 2,432 sq. ft.

Great cul-de-sac location

Conveniently located walking distance to Downtown San Mateo, Burlingame Ave, and Caltrain.

Call us for all your real estate needs…..

The Laugesen Team

Luxury Specialists

#1 Producing Team

Coldwell Banker

Denise: 650-465-5742  Cortney: 650-678-5084

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5 Things I Wish I Knew When I Sold My First House

secrets to selling your house hire a real estate agentFrom listing with an agent you trust and being wary of going the FSBO route, these homeowners share the lessons they learned from their first home sales.

Hindsight is always 20-20: Heed these secrets to selling your house from those who’ve successfully sold before.

Shopping for your next dream home seems like a blissful idea, until you realize you have to sell your current home first. And as many a homeowner can attest, even if you’ve purchased a home before, there’s a lot to learn when it comes to selling your house.

Here’s what sellers around the country say they wish they’d known about the home-selling rigmarole before they listed their home for sale.

1. How much is your home really worth?

“I didn’t do my homework about comp prices, so I had an unrealistically high number in mind,” says Jack, who recently listed his Miami, FL, home for sale. “I also wish I knew more about trending prices.”

In robust markets, it’s easy to get excited about your potential listing price, especially if you’re planning to put all that newfound equity into your next home purchase. But the worst thing you can do is have an unrealistic expectation about your home’s value — you’re only setting yourself up for disappointment. So do your research to find out what your home is worth: look at local comps, consider nearby home sales over the last six months, and then really narrow it down to properties that most closely resemble your own. If you suspect there’s something wrong with your foundation or that termites might be in the picture — the kind of thing you’ll most likely have to pay to fix later on in the selling process — it might be worth it to get a presale inspection (or at least fix some of the larger, known issues so you don’t have to tackle them on someone else’s timeline).

2. How important is your listing agent?

“There are several things I wish I had known, but far and away the biggest was to interview more than one real estate agency,” says Suzanne, who sold a home in Los Angeles, CA. “I went along with a relative’s advice: ‘This is the only agent who really has your best interest at heart, plus he’s only handled the more expensive properties in the area’— and my place sold for easily $25,000 less than it could have.”

Once you’ve decided to list your home for sale, the biggest decision you’ll make is choosing a real estate agent. Choosing a listing agent can be challenging, especially if you’ve never hired one before, but working with a recommendation can have its own pitfalls. Interview several real estate agents, and do it before you need to list your place so that you have plenty of time to make a decision. Judge them for their knowledge of the local market rather than their flashy presentations, and be wary of both pie-in-the-sky promises and a lack of enthusiasm for your place.

3. Does anyone even read listing descriptions?

“I wish I’d known that I really should have just written the description for the listing myself, because my real estate agent’s spelling and grammar errors were so egregious that as a buyer, I would never have looked at a house that was so poorly described,” says Dana in Portland, OR.

Just because your real estate agent is a professional doesn’t mean they’re also a professional writer or photographer. If you otherwise love your agent but cannot handle the typos in the listing (or the glare in those all-important listing photos), gently ask for revisions to the listing.

4. What’s the best home-staging tip?

“I wish I’d known that to sell a family home to another family, you have to declutter it of anything a family would ever use. Which means every toy, baby bouncy seat, and stroller has to get shoved in the back of your car for every showing,” says Hadley, who had a home for sale in Boston, MA. And don’t overlook the small details either. “Get the windows professionally cleaned!” says Kerry, also selling in Boston, MA. “Man, it made a world of difference. It also made me mad we lived with dirty windows for so long!”

Obviously, you want your home to be tidy. But when your home is for sale, it should be pristine. That means gleaming refrigerators, organized closets, sparkling surfaces, and nary a piece of clutter anywhere. In fact, sellers are often best off throwing as much as they can into storage bins and living an austere life until the place goes under contract. And don’t forget: You have to keep it clean. So you might want to put a cleaning service on speed dial.

5. Should I make plans for the pets during home showings?

“When I sold my first place, I had two cats and a dog. Somehow I had it in my head that it wouldn’t be hard to hustle them out before a showing. Of course, that was ridiculous — potential buyers stopped by during the workday all the time, which meant I had to leave my office, dash home, bundle all three pets into the car, and then drive around for an hour with the cats yowling before dumping them back at our place,” says Dan in Denver, CO.

In the rush to get your house listing-ready, the pet factor can be easily overlooked. But it’s a big one! For starters, no matter how clean your place is, pets can often find (creative) ways to undo your hard work. And a smelly litter box is no seller’s friend. Never mind that some potential buyers might be allergic to pets; that would be a terrible way to lose a sale. Your best strategy is to find a place for your fur children to stay while your place is on the market, then shower them with apologetic treats later. If that’s not in the cards, make it as easy as possible to remove the pets and all of their things from your home quickly so you can do one final sweep (literally) — and take that litter box with you!

Call us for all your real estate needs…..

The Laugesen Team

Luxury Specialists

#1 Producing Team

Coldwell Banker

Denise: 650-465-5742  Cortney: 650-678-5084

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