#Stanford Student for the Day in #Palo Alto ~ #Alain Pinel Realtors

Fellow students at Stanford
Fellow students at the Graduate School of Business ~ Stanford University January 14, 2016

Wow!  What a thrill to be on the Stanford campus.  Last week myself (in the orange vest) and dozens of my Alain Pinel associates attended a Design Thinking Boot Camp at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business as part of APR’s collaboration with Stanford’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program.

graduate school sign

The first part of our 3 part APR Stanford Innovation Certificate program launched last year with an on-line Negotiation Class taught by Professor Maggie Neale which was awesome!  Last week the in-person class on the Stanford University campus in Palo Alto was even more amazing.


The Stanford campus is awe-inspiring and is so huge and spread out that the students all need to ride bikes to get around.

stairs - Stanford

Our class was on the top floor of the library and as I walked in  the circular staircase leading to all floors was front row and center.  I was running late so took the elevator, but walked down this staircase  later getting a good view of all the different floors.

Professor Sarah Soule
Professor Sarah Soule

The energetic and enthusiastic Professor Sarah Soule led us  on an amazing journey through the Design Thinking process.  She was in continual motion for the whole day-long class and kept us all on our “toes”!


There were 40-50 of us from all the different Alain Pinel offices.

our team

We were divided up into teams.  I teamed up with Rainy Hake, executive vice president and COO of Alain Pinel, Marsha Williams APR San Francisco, and Greg Albertson who is a realtor with me in our Carmel office.


We shared the results of our pre-class homework and did a lot of brainstorming.  Made me remember how effective brainstorming is when creative ideas are just allowed to flow with no judgements!


Of course, the brain needs energy to work effectively and delicious food and drink were available at all times.  Who said snacking was bad – not if you’re eating the right thing!  Our lunch that was served at another location on campus was also first class.

Our  next task was to develop a prototype to solve a “problem”.  Below is a prototype that one of the other groups developed.  This is an app for an iPad demonstrated in a very colorful fun way.


After our team’s brainstorming we developed an App for an iPad to solve a specific “problem” that one of our team members had put forth.  Her client wanted to visit open houses but wanted to look on her own without an agent “talking at her”.   We developed an app that had every imaginable piece of information about the property and community included on it.

our app

Now come the users.  Ta Tah . . . now we were going to have to explain our concept to a prospective user and get their input about our idea.


Students from a Design class were our “guinea pigs”.  Here they are just having walked into the room wondering, “what in the world are these people creating?”

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Rainy explained how it works to our “User”.  We received some valuable suggestions we hadn’t thought of and added the ideas to our design.

By the end of the class our brains had been exercised, we had enjoyed great food, we had been inspired by a wonderful teacher, we had worked as a team, and had made some new friends.  A day well spent.  The piece de resistance was receiving this beautiful Certificate of Completion from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

certificate  As I left the building I noticed this lovely quote by Philip H. Knight an MBA student from 1962 on a stone tablet inlaid in the plaza. quote

“There comes a time in every life when the past recedes and the future opens.  It’s that moment when you turn to face the unknown.  Some will turn back to what they already know.  Some will walk straight ahead into uncertainty.  I can’t tell you which one is right.  But I can tell you which one is more fun.”

By the way, in case you don’t recognize the name.  Phil Knight is co-founder and chairman of NIKE.  stanford-5

So here we go as we leave Stanford University letting the past recede and facing the unknown.  Not sure which path the others will take, but I’m going for the one that’s more fun!










Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence.

Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent.

Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.

Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts.

Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.

The slogan “press on” has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.

– Calvin Coolidge (30th US president, 1872-1933)


#Best Buy in #Pebble Beach! Come enjoy the #Pebble Beach Lifestyle

1117 Sawmill Gulch, Pebble Beach, CA

Offered for sale $1,295,000

Open House Saturday January 9th 10:00am – 4:00pm

Open House Sunday January 10th Noon – 3:00pm

Stunning single level residence in the Country Club area of Pebble Beach
Stunning single level residence in the Country Club area of Pebble Beach

Why is the Country Club area of Pebble Beach the choice of so many that move to the Monterey Peninsula?  I’m sure there are many reasons . . . for one thing, you can take a short lovely stroll and end up at the beach listening to the surf and enjoying a picnic or an amazing sunset!

Spanish Bay Beach
Spanish Bay Beach

It’s a quiet and serene way to live close to nature, yet it’s easy and quick to get to shopping in Pacific Grove or to Highway One to visit the other Monterey Peninsula cities.

Pacific Grove Golf Links
Pacific Grove Golf Links

It is a mecca for golf with both public and private courses minutes away.  Pacific Grove Golf Links “offers the most affordable golf on or near the Pacific Ocean”  The back nine has breath-taking views of the coast and the course also offers a pro shop and restaurant.


The famous Monterey Peninsula Country Club is a private club near by that hosts the AT&T Pro Am that will be taking place in early February 2016.  In addition to these courses there are many public courses in Pebble Beach as well as in the surrounding area.

Monterey Peninsula Country Club
Monterey Peninsula Country Club

The Country Club area is known for privacy as well as quiet.  The parcels are much larger than in nearby Pacific Grove.  For instance the lot size of the home at 1117 Sawmill Gulch Road is a quarter of an acre allowing space between neighbors.

Rear exterior view
Rear exterior view

Ok, back to why is this amazing home the Best Buy in Pebble Beach? I confess this is a bit subjective, but look at the facts.  It is priced at a reasonable $1,295,000 (just look at the prices of some of the others!) yet is beautifully remodeled.  The owners lovingly did extensive upgrades after they purchased the home updating the kitchen, baths, windows, flooring, fireplace, and installing new baseboards, crown moldings, French doors, skylights, and Casablanca fans.  They also upgraded the things you can ‘t see like the electrical, plumbing and outdoor drainage system.

Spacious living room with vaulted ceilings.
Spacious living room with vaulted ceilings.

Why do I love this home?  I love it’s flow. It’s all single level with one room easily flowing into the next.  Also, the vaulted ceilings in the living room give it a very spacious feel – you have a sense it is much larger than the 2123 SF it actually is.

And the gourmet kitchen is amazing!

Kitchen with Cambria Quartz counters, maple cabinets, and dual fuel Wolf range.
Kitchen with Cambria Quartz counters, and maple cabinets.

Wolfgang Puck . . .  look out!

Dual fuel Wolf range
Dual fuel Wolf range

I love to kick-back and the family room is my kind of place to do just that.  Numerous windows and skylights make it a bright, light room.

Family room with slate flooring for easy indoor/outdoor ease.
Family room with slate flooring for easy indoor/outdoor ease.

The 2-car garage is extra roomy with room for storage and a work bench even with 2 cars inside.  That would make my husband very happy :)

If I have peaked your curiosity Take a Complete Tour along with a video if you hang in there.  The floor plan and Feature list is also included with the Virtual tour.  Or . . . just come by one of the Open Houses this weekend and see for yourself!!  Of course, I am always available to give you a private tour.

For a private showing contact the listing agent at Alain Pinel Realtors,  Susan Clark 831-320-6801.

Susan Clark, Realtor
Susan Clark, Realtor



Country Club West, Pebble Beach CA ~ Stop the Car and Look at this View!




Listed by Alain Pinel Realtors

Open House Saturday Jan 9th/Sunday Jan 10th 1:00 – 4:00pm

Views from 3044 Cormorant Road, Pebble Beach CA

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Experience panoramic ocean and golf course views from this fabulous *Mark Mills mid-century modern design on a premium front line Pebble Beach location in Country Club West.  Enjoy it as it is or create your own dream home in this amazing location.

Living room with fireplace.
Three bedrooms, three baths 2,558 square feet.  2-car garage  ~~ Lot size  9,400 SF

Golf course and ocean views.
Golf course and ocean views.

Country Club West in Pebble Beach  is known for its exquisite ocean views and  sprawling greens delighting golfers, ocean lovers, runners, cyclists, surfers, and dog walkers.  The seemingly endless coastline is level and great for long strolls smelling the sea air and listening to the crashing surf.  And the sunsets are . . . AWESOME.

Monterey Peninsula Shore course
Monterey Peninsula Country Club Shore course
Aerial view!
Aerial view!

Come by my Open House this weekend to view this amazing property or Call Susan to set up a special showing at 831-320-6801.  I love finding the perfect home for my clients in Pebble Beach so call me and we’ll find your dream home!

View from 3044 Cormorant Road, Pebble Beach CA
View from 3044 Cormorant Road, Pebble Beach CA

*Mark Mills was an American architect who worked during the latter half of the 20th century. He apprenticed for Frank Lloyd Wright at Taliesin West from 1944-1948. Wikipedia