Home Front
Publication Date: Friday May 24, 1996

Home Front

FROM OUR BACKYARD . . . Yes, the San Francisco Flower Market is great. But so is the Half Moon Bay Coastal Flower Market, which sells a dazzling array of plants, herbs and flowers grown in San Mateo County. (The county, by the way, has the second-largest floriculture industry in the state.) The market opened last week and continues the third Saturday of the month through Sept. 21. The market is held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Kelly Avenue between Main and Johnson streets in downtown Half Moon Bay. Admission is free. For information, call 712-9439.

BOOK BEFORE YOU LEAP . . . So you want to buy a house, but your nest egg is practically eggless. Before you scrap the idea of buying altogether, you might want to peruse a few books that offer advice on how to get around the too-small downpayment dilemma. Two that come to mind are Peter Miller's "Successful Real Estate Investing" (Venture 2000, $24.95) and Marilyn Sullivan's "The Complete Guide to Equity Sharing" (HarperCollins $15).

NOW WE'RE COOKING . . . Well, Judith Ets-Hokin's HomeChef store has opened and already the whisks are whisking and the souffles are rising. Cooking classes begin next week, starting with Stocks & Broths on June 3, and Sauces on June 10. Individual classes cost $39; the full, 13-week Basic Cooking series (everything from soup to nuts) costs $392. If you want to investigate before signing, drop in for a free class May 28-29 at 10 a.m. or 6:30 p.m. HomeChef is located at 451 University Ave.

A RISE IS A RISE IS A RISE . . . According to TRW Redi Reports in Anaheim, home values in Santa Clara County rose 0.3 percent during the first quarter of the year. Realtors are hailing it as promising sign of life in the housing market.

THE LAST DETAIL . . . Anyone interested in perusing the "1996 Study of Housing Costs" on the Internet's World Wide Web can find it at http//www.realpage com/gallen/eykl/housing.html. If that's too much typing, call 510-268-9848 for a hard copy.

Send notices of news and events related to real estate, interior design, home improvement and gardening to Home Front, Palo Alto Weekly, P.O. Box 1610, Palo Alto, CA 94302. Deadline is Thursday at 5 p.m.

Midpeninsula Home & Real Estate is published every Friday by the Palo Alto Weekly and the Country Almanac, P.O. Box 1610, Palo Alto, CA 94302, 326-8210. It circulates by mail to 70,000 homes from Mountain View to Redwood City, as well as through local real estate offices.

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