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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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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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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
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  • 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
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  • 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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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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The very much anticipated Brooklyn Basin project is taking its first major step forward towards completion. Construction of the first building is expected to begin before the end of 2016, given anticipated current design approvals, and be completed by late 2018.  Adjacent to a park, with a planned concrete, cement and glass facade, this 308,270 sq.ft., seven story building will be a dramatic step forward towards the start of this immense project.  

As envisioned in the picture above, the Brooklyn Basin project is located at the Oakland waterfront, and will offer amazing views of both the city and the water.  It is planned as a mix of both residential and retail.  13 buildings of residential housing are planned.  As projected, there will be 3100

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Alameda's Marina Shores Towns  are among the newest of townhomes to appear on the ever growing housing scene in Alameda.  Perfectly located along the Oakland Estuary in the historic Fortman Basin, these luxury townhomes offer a very wide assortment of opportunities to select the perfect home for your needs.

As an example, this community offers 27 distinctive floorplans, and homes range in size from approximately 1338 to 2280 square feet, and have choices from two to four bedrooms, and two and one half to four bathrooms.  An additional benefit is a two-bay tandem garage.  

The small town atmosphere of Alameda makes it one of the best locations for your new home. Alameda's cozy downtown offer unique shops and dining opportunities, plus a large,

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Symmetry Townhomes are a dramatic and handsome addition to the dynamic and growing Alameda Landing, which is located on the west side Alameda.  Composed of four bright and spacious townhomes, they range in size from approximately 1763 to 2303 square feet, and each has a private 2 car garage.  They offer gourmet kitchens, spacious great rooms, and bright and airy views from your balcony, porch or deck.  

Symmetry Townhomes, along with their companion Linear Condominiums at Alameda Landing, offer the height of convenience and walkability.  Both are near the attractive Village Green Park, and jogging and walking are a popular activity. Alameda Landing, as a planned mix use community is designed to offer every convenience to residents.  Shopping is

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If you are looking for a newly built and handsome condominium complex that is convenient to everything, then Linear at Alameda Landing is the place to make your new home.  Linear's bright and airy loft-style condo/flats offer choices from approximately 1043 to 2433 square feet, and up to 4 bedroom and 4 baths.  All have a private, attached 2-car garage. 

Located at the exciting new mixed use development of Alameda Landing, and near the waterfront, Linear 's location, along with its companion Symmetry Townhomes, offers you every opportunity to shop and dine, or perhaps jog and bicycle through pleasant green space along walkways of this historic part of Alameda.  Immediately adjacent to you is a Safeway, a Target, an always popular Michaels store, a

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