My Piedmont and Oakland Real Estate Adventures. History, Architecture and Homes

 

There is exciting news for those watching the development plans for the Brooklyn Basin project on the Oakland estuary. Potential residents know that  Brooklyn Basin's dramatic mixed use retail and housing development will be a remarkable addition to Oakland's waterfront.  As recently reported by Mark Hedin of the Bay Area News Group , Oakland's Planning Commission, on September 7th, approved the first project for this site.  Designated as the Brooklyn Basin Terraces Apartments, they will feature a mix of 2800 sq. ft. of ground floor retail space, and 241 market-rate apartments.  The builders expect to break ground for these units in early 2017. 

As can be seen by the  illustration above, Brooklyn Basin will be a mixed use residential and

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If you would like an imaginatively updated loft in Oakland, located just moments from busy and popular Jack London Square, you will certainly want to consider this beautifully light and airy home.  The wall of South facing windows and industrial skylights, let in pleasing natural light, and create a sense of welcome, whether you are entertaining, or just relaxing at the end of the day.

As with many buildings in the area, this building also has an interesting architectural history, much of which remains in evidence today.  Once the Oakland Plumbing Supply Company, the original concrete floors remain, but are now burnished to a handsome sienna brown.  The original safe door still remains in the corner, and is unique to this unit.  

The

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When you are selling your Oakland or Piedmont home, you can increase its appeal dramatically by the effective use of curb appeal.  Just as many sellers stage the interior of their home, they need to consider the effect that a handsome exterior will have on potential buyers.  The good news is that many of the ideas below can be done without a large financial investment.

Your first step is to look at your home the way others may see it.  How will drive by buyers see it?  What impression are you giving about the home in general?  Here are some top tips:

1. The yard must look clean and neat.  Remove all debris from the front yard, and be sure to include the sidewalks, garden beds, gutters and porches in your cleanup.  Weed and remove all dead

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Whether you want a dramatic SF Bay view, or one of  a quiet tree filled hillside, there is something here for you in Berkeley.  I look forward to speaking with you about any questions or interests that you may have regarding these stunning homes.

Built Originally For A California Oil Baron, Th...

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$4,750,000

  • 8 Beds
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  • 5½ Baths
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  • 8,639 SqFt

Residential

Berkeley, CA

Built Originally For A California Oil Baron, This Magnificent Residence Is In The Coveted Claremo...

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Open Sun Sept 4 + 18 + 25 2-5pm Or By Appt. Rar...

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$3,700,000

  • 4 Beds
  •  
  • 4½ Baths
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  • 5,200 SqFt

Residential

Berkeley, CA

Open Sun Sept 4 + 18 + 25 2-5pm Or By Appt.

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Courtesy of Realtor Magazine,  here is a brief summary of some of the most important paperwork that you will be seeing, whether buying or selling your Oakland home.  You will be seeing more as the negotiations progress, but be assured that I will go over each page with you carefully, so you are comfortable as you move forward.

Vocabulary: Transaction Documents

Property disclosure form

This form requires you to reveal all known defects to your property. Your real estate agent will let you know if there is a special form required in your state.

Purchasers’ access to premises agreement

This agreement sets conditions for permitting the buyer to enter your home for activities such as measuring for draperies before you move.

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This current selection of Piedmont homes offers you a excellent choice of interior designs and classic architecture.  Be sure to contact me when you find the one that interests you.

Rare Opportunity To Enjoy A Private Estate In C...

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$6,950,000

  • 7 Beds
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  • 7 Baths
  •  
  • 7,312 SqFt

Piedmont, CA

Rare Opportunity To Enjoy A Private Estate In Central Piedmont! Two Parcels Combine For Over An A...

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Only Rarely Does A Home As Beautifully Designed...

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$5,685,000

  • 6 Beds
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  • 5 Baths
  •  
  • 7,408 SqFt

Piedmont, CA

Only Rarely Does A Home As Beautifully Designed As This One Come On The Market, Even In Piedmont....

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Built For The

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There has, and will continue to be, a steady growth in Oakland condominiums.  Whether you want a stately condo alongside Lake Merritt, or a cozier historic building close to Jack London Square, you are sure to find a wealth of choices.  

While choosing a condo is very similar to choosing a home anywhere, there are some specific things that you should look for, and get answers about, before you move ahead.  While I will make sure that you have the details that you need, here are some things to review before selecting your new home:

1. A condominium, while it often looks like an apartment complex from the exterior, is very different from an apartment.  Unlike apartments, each living unit is owned outright by the resident.  In addition, these

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At this time of year, especially, there is a strong competition among buyers in the Oakland and Piedmont housing markets to purchase homes. In fact, in some market areas, there have been multiple offers on available homes, often disappointing many buyers who felt that their ideal home slipped through their fingers.  

The best solution to this problem is to be ready to move ahead right away when you see the home you want. To do this, it is important that you have a pre-approved loan in place. This takes a bit of advanced planning.  You should know what it will take to have a lender consider you, and what elements are involved in setting your mortgage rates.  

Here are some of the major considerations that come into play:

1. Your Credit

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This charmingly updated Maxwell Park home is ideal for those who want to enjoy a well located home that allows immediate access to nearby restaurants, excellent grocery stores, boutique shops, stores and transportation.  And yet, in addition to all that the nearby Dimond and Laurel districts have to offer, there is a small town charm to be found in this cozy and desirable neighborhood.

Many amenities makes this Craftsman style home especially appealing.  It has a freshly painted exterior, and hardwood floors throughout.  An attractive living room features the classic Craftsman style fireplace, and the adjacent dining room offers ample space for entertaining friends and family. 

Just steps away is a pleasant kitchen that is updated to

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 Over the last decade, Oakland has made a commitment to reinvest in the downtown area, with the intention of revitalizing its shops, stores, and overall ambiance.  This has been done with the very specific goal of attracting visitors and Oakland residents alike, to play, live, and enjoy the city.  The result has been new condos, lofts, restaurants, and art venues, all highlighted by the Jack London Square complex, and the soon to be developed Brooklyn Basin complex.  

Much of this development has been tied to a steadily developing concept--a "Walkability Score".  This is a measure of how friendly a neighborhood is to its residents.  How convenient is walking to its shops, parks and schools?  How convenient is its access to transportation to

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