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On September 1st, the Havens Community Service Crew kicked off it's first after school activity of the year.  Benefiting Children's Hospital Oakland, this time their teen patients, the project consisted of making fleece blankets, as well as decorating place mats and bookmarks.

There was a huge turnout, with almost 40 kids, and a large group of parents (Thank you!), who enthusiastically worked away laying fabric, cutting fringe, and tying off.

Within the hour, five cozy fleece tie blankets were made, and a large stack of place mats and bookmarks had been decorated with heartfelt drawings, sticker collages and messages.

The students were so excited about making the blankets that, while working, they discussed and requested specific

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 Everyone of these homes has a distintive feature to recommend it, whether imaginative architecture, stunning views or serene garden settings.  Each is special, and so very appealing.  


MLS® #:   40694407 Landmark Modern Masterpiece By Premier Architect Stanley Saitowitz (2.5+m Renovation). Featured I... Photo of Listing #40694407 View DetailsSave to FavoritesMap

Located Next To Tilden Park, This Stunning Colo...

Price:   $3,800,000 City:   Berkeley Beds:   5 Baths:   4 Type:   Single Family MLS® #:   40684095 Located Next To Tilden Park, This Stunning Colonial Estate Exudes Hampton Style In A Chic Berkele... Photo of Listing #40684095 View DetailsSave to FavoritesMap

Magical Estate W/spectacular Views Of Tilden Pa...

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If you have ever wanted to tour some of the more beautiful homes in Piedmont and Oakland, the 2015 Children's Support League "Heart of the Home Tour" annual event makes that possible for some choice homes in the area.  Combining fund raising, home design and decorating with delicious food, this annual event is an appealing way to enjoy a pleasant weekend in Spring.  

Each year, the CSL arranges special tours of unique homes and their gardens in the area, and then invites local decorators to recreate various rooms in imaginative and exciting ways.  This has been an amazingly attractive format, and all proceeds from the event benefit organizations in Alameda and Contra Costa County that serve children at risk.  In 2014, $132,000 was distributed to

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These classically designed Piedmont homes combine outstanding interior space with pleasant gardens, and tree lined streets. They provide gracious living close to everything, whether schools, or unique shopping opportunities in nearby Rockridge or Montclair.  
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Gracious Piedmont Mediterranean With Exquisite ...

Price:   $3,950,000 City:   Piedmont Beds:   5 Baths:   4 Type:   Single Family MLS® #:   40685148

Gracious Piedmont Mediterranean With Exquisite Details, A Grand Foyer, Hardwood Floors And A Spac...

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Fantastic Mediterranean Home In Great Location....

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You and your family are excited that you have just bought a new Oakland or Piedmont home.  It was something you all really wanted, and now you are going to settle in and enjoy it for years to come.  These years of enjoyment, however, must be tempered with a maintenance plan to assure that you will have few, if any problems over your time living there.

The good news is that, with a little bit of planning, you can save yourself a lot of money down the road by taking these following steps to create a regular maintenance plan:

1. Clean and inspect all gutters, downspouts, and other drainage areas around the home to avoid damage         from leaks-whether interior or exterior.

2. Inspect your roof regularly for cracks, loose shingles or tiles, and

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In Piedmont and Oakland, and many nearby communities, the Spring buying market is now upon us, and in many neighborhoods, available homes are being snapped up quickly.  In this competitive atmosphere, it is important that you have a plan while searching for your ideal home, so that time is not wasted, and you are ready to act promptly.

You can divide your search plan into three categories:

1. Decide what elements that you must have in your new home:  This can, and should be, easy if you have already decided that you must move.  Perhaps you want to have at least 3 bedrooms and a spacious backyard.  Perhaps you must be in a certain school district.  This list should be comprised of things that you will not give up when considering a new home.  Be

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Orinda homes offer tree lined streets, often dramatic views, cozy gardens, outside entertaining, and an amazing variety of architectural designs to choose from.  Below is just a sample of the choices available.  


Rare Opportunity To Buy A Newer Gated Estate (2...

Price:   $3,750,000 City:   Orinda Beds:   4 Baths:   4 Type:   Single Family MLS® #:   40685131 Provider:  Elena HoodColdwell Banker

Rare Opportunity To Buy A Newer Gated Estate (2010) At A Superb Location In Orinda! Phenomenal H...

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Stunning Mediterranean Style Home Sold Furnishe...

Price:   $3,500,000 City:   Orinda Beds:   5 Baths:   5 Type:   Single Family MLS®…
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You are thrilled that we have negotiated your new Oakland or Piedmont home purchase.  You and I together have come up with a final list of the ways that the home should be delivered, and now, before closing, we need to check the following elements, to see that all of the agreed conditions were met:

1. Have there been any major changes to the property since you last saw it? 

2. Are all the requested repairs that were to be made done, and done correctly?  Get copies of all warrenties and paid bills. Test each item to see that all repairs were done properly, and to your standards.

3. Are all the appliances working?  Be sure to include all the kitchen appliances, the heater, air conditioning, alarms, etc.. If possible, obtain all instructional

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Mix together two famous architects, stunning Bay area views, quiet hillside retreats among the hills, and park like estates close to everything, and you have this week's selection of Berkeley luxury homes available for your consideration.   

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Located Next To Tilden Park, This Stunning Colo...

Price:   $3,800,000 City:   Berkeley Beds:   5 Baths:   4 Type:   Single Family MLS® #:   40684095 Located Next To Tilden Park, This Stunning Colonial Estate Exudes Hampton Style In A Chic Berkele... Photo of Listing #40684095 View DetailsSave to FavoritesMap

Architectural Delight In Prestigious Claremont ...

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As the busy Spring housing market arrives this year, you may find that there is a lot of competition for some of the choicest or best priced homes in Oakland and Piedmont.  It is important that you get pre-approved for a home loan, so that you will be an excellent choice among potential buyers for that ideal home that you want.  It is especially important  that you leave nothing to chance about your ability to finance that home.

Lenders are looking at a number of things when they are considering your request:

1. Your Credit Score--While this may seem obvious, this credit score, and your credit history tells lenders a lot about you.  In essence, this score is their key indicator as to how responsible you are about acquiring debt, and then paying

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