Novato, CA, November 10, 2016 – Terra Firma Global Partners co-founders Bill Facendini and Heidi Rickerd-Rizzo announced that the firm has expanded its Marin County presence by opening its first permanent office in downtown Novato and hiring five new associates in recent months.
The new office is located at 999 Grant Avenue, Suite 103, in Novato. We have leased approximately 740 square feet on the first floor from building owner Umpqua Bank, an Oregon state-charted bank. The two-story office building is a total of approximately 20,500 square feet.
Marin County is very familiar to our co-founder, Heidi Rickerd-Rizzo. For more than 20 years she owned Bayside Management, one of Marin’s leading property management and investment brokerage services firms.
“Bill and I are absolutely thrilled to open a Marin County office in such an iconic Novato location and gorgeous building. We are excited about the talented and enthusiastic team of professionals that have recently joined the team from various other local brokerages to represent our firm throughout the communities and neighborhoods of one the best places to live in the U.S.,” said Heidi Rickerd-Rizzo.
The Marin office is our 9th location in the North Bay. We started operations in Marin County with a temporary office in San Rafael in 2014 when Jaime Pera joined the firm. Our Sebastopol-based residential brokerage services company has six offices in Sonoma County and two in Napa County. The business has been growing from its inception in the second half of 2010. That first year, we closed 19 transactions for a total sales volume of $19 million. In 2015, we closed 363 transactions for a total sales volume of $239 million. Our company now has over 55 sales associates, and as an “invitation only” firm, continues to look for like-minded professionals in key market areas with which to grow the company.
Get to Know Novato…
Love to get outdoors? With over 3,600 acres on open space, more than anywhere else in Marin County, Novato is the perfect destination for outdoor enthusiasts. Biking and hiking trails will take you through marshlands and woodlands alike, through open space and coastal hills, and up Mt. Burdell with views of Stafford Lake. Maybe bird watching is more your thing? With 500 acres of wetlands, Rush Creek Preserve is where you will find up to 196 species of birds as well as wildlife such as coyotes, mule deer, fox, bobcat and more.
One of the more unique outdoor activities Novato offers is mushroom foraging. The rainy winter months in the coastal woodlands create the perfect environment for wild mushroom growth. A little leery about picking the “right” mushrooms? San Francisco-based forageSF offers guided expeditions in West Marin and along the Sonoma Coast, the perfect way to safely explore wild mushrooms.
Are you a golfer or equestrian? Novato is home to two 18 hole public courses. Indian Valley Golf Club offers a challenging course which overlooks nearby Stafford Lake. Bay Club StoneTree Golf Club features a Craftsman-style clubhouse with views of Mount Burdell and the surrounding wetlands. Looking to enjoy Novato’s scenic beauty from horseback? Two equestrian facilities offer riding lessons, boarding and training services, camps, and riding parties for children and adults alike.
Novato also offers the charm of boutique shopping in historic Old Town as well as the convenience of bigger retail stores like Pier 1, Old Navy, and Marshalls. If you are a “foodie” you will appreciate the culinary scene with food and farm tours — exploring local wine, artisan cheese, shuck-you-own oysters and more. If you are an avid museum go-er you won’t be disappointed. Novato is home to the Marin Museum of Modern Art, Hamilton Field History Museum, Space Station Museum, Novato History Museum, Marin Museum of the American Indian, and the Olompali State Historic Park.
Lastly, if you are looking for fun for the whole family, Novato has two great parks for families. Pioneer Park offers nine acres of family fun including an updated playground/structure, BBQ/picnic tables, walking paths, and even movie nights. Miwok Park is also very popular and offers horseshoe, bocce, hiking, as well as a playgroud/structure and BBQ/picnic tables.
If you are looking for more ideas and suggestions for what to do in Novato, just stop by! We look forward to seeing you!