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Finding Value in Verissimo Valle

Time plus patience equals the perfect home for a Novato couple.

JAKOB AND ANIKO Mieritz searched for their dream house in their favorite Novato location, the desirable Verissimo Valle, located southeast of Stafford Lake, for six years. After two rejected offers on potential homes, the couple eventually decided to expand the home they were in — which was in the nearby Pleasant Valley neighborhood of Novato — to accommodate their expanding family, which included three young children.

“We added a second story to our old home and made it close to perfect, but we kept our eye on the market,” Aniko recalls. Serendipitously, just as they finished construction two years later, their dream home in Verissimo Valle finally went on the market. It was the same house Aniko had first identified when driving through the neighborhood, telling herself, “That’s the house I want.”

The almost two-acre property, located in an unincorporated area of Marin, is “quite the country setting, with the occasional sound of goats and a morning rooster,” she says. “The house is big enough for the five of us, and there’s an eat-in kitchen, a three-car garage, an amazing pool, a large garden with a tire swing and a guest house to accommodate my mother’s weekly overnights as well as visiting family from Denmark. Perfect!”

Verissimo Valle “is a little piece of heaven tucked away in the country,” confirms Jim Shroyer, the Mieritzes’ agent. “It’s known for being an upscale area with breathtaking views of hills and open space, with large lots and great schools.”

These were the qualities that held the couple’s interest. “We watched the housing market change,” Aniko says. “We watched the house go in and out of contract and watched it go on and off the market. Finally, the timing was right for us, and now we are here and happy.”

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