Alain Pinel Realtors Growth into Marin County Continues With Opening of New Ross Office

September 15, 2009 - (ROSS, CA) - Alain Pinel Realtors (APR) is pleased to announce further growth in the Marin County real estate market with the opening of a new boutique office in Ross. This comes on top of the opening of two offices in Marin County earlier this year, with new branches opening in both Corte Madera and Novato in March. There are now 31 APR offices in Northern California and approximately 1,300 agents.

The new APR Ross office, a space shared with SL:ID STUDIO, founded by principal designer Samantha Lyman, is a place where Ross Valley homeowners and prospective homeowners can obtain information and advice about Ross Valley real estate. Visitors can view a slide show of Ross Valley homes for sale as well as samples of Lyman’s furnishings and accessories. In the conferencing area, real estate counselors will provide information about the Marin marketplace, Ross Valley amenities such as schools, shopping, police and fire protection, parks and recreational facilities.

“We’re very excited to announce the opening of our third Marin office,” said Larry Knapp, President of Alain Pinel Realtors. “It establishes a stronger presence in the luxury Marin market where our plans include more offices in the future.”

Steve Dickason, Vice President of Alain Pinel Realtors Marin office,, will oversee the Ross office and ensure delivery of our comprehensive services and support to local agents and clients. “We are delighted to be opening an office in Ross and, with Samantha’s vision, to be able to provide such a uniquely pleasing, living room environment for our local clients to meet with their agents,” said Dickason.

About Alain Pinel Realtors

Alain Pinel Realtors (APR) is the largest privately-owned and independent residential real estate company in California. APR was ranked the eighth largest residential real estate firm in the United States based on its sales volume in 2008, and has been consistently ranked in the Top 10 firms in the country. The firm has approximately 1,300 agents in its 31 offices throughout the Bay Area. APR was founded in 1990 by Chairman and CEO Paul Hulme, and is based in Saratoga, Calif. For more information about APR, please visit our website at


Founded by Samantha Lyman in 2005, SL:ID STUDIO is an interior design practice based out of Ross, Calif. The studio offers comprehensive interior design and interior architectural detailing for both new construction and renovation projects, primarily in the San Francisco Bay Area. Although relaxed modernism is the signature of SL:ID STUDIO, Lyman and her partner Sam Penman are fluent in several styles and periods. Projects evolve from a client’s personal style, the architecture and the site itself. Lyman studied journalism at NYU and launched her career at fashion magazines in New York. This early experience continues to exert a major influence on her work today.