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Thursday, December 5th, 2013 at 3:57pm. 30 Views, 0 Comments.
This happy little boy was a visitor last year at our yearly Highland Partners' Breakfast With Santa event. We want to invite all little boys and girls-big and little-to join us for food, fun, and festivities this Saturday, December 7th from 10:00 to noon. There will be free pictures with Santa, and he will listen carefully to all the little ones' wish lists. While waiting, Mom and Dad can enjoy our espresso cart selections.Cookies and hot cocoa will be available as well.
Please bring an unwrapped toy for our Toys for Tot Drive. As always, we look forward to seeing you and your family during this special time of the year. My family is partially represented already--that smiling little boy is my son, Kai.
See you Saturday! For more…
Wednesday, December 4th, 2013 at 5:45am. 32 Views, 0 Comments.
You are searching for just the right Montclair home, and have already looked at a lot of houses. Perhaps you are getting discouraged. What you want, you may not be able to afford, or it might not be roomy enough. To search effectively, it is time to take a break from the many good and bad choices that you may be making, and begin to focus. Here are some tips to help:
1.DETERMINE THE "MUST HAVE" ELEMENTS FOR YOUR FUTURE HOME--This may take some time, because there may be a lot of these to start with. But, with some serious consideration, a list will develop that isolates these items for you. It may start with a special school district-a real "must have", or it may be a minimum of 3 bedrooms and 2 baths, or a larger backyard. Whatever the…
Sunday, December 1st, 2013 at 11:32am. 42 Views, 0 Comments.
Christmas is about to arrive in Piedmont, and there are so many things to do to put you and your family into the Christmas mood. I have created a special list of family fun activities for the next few weeks. The good news is that some of these events allow you to "give back" to others, as well.
1.LIGHTING OF THE CHRISTMAS TREE--This Wednesday, December 4th, the annual Christmas Tree Lighting will take place at 7:00 p.m. at the Piedmont Communtity Center. Lights will be ablaze, and Santa and his elves have promised to be there. Christmas songs and melodies will be presented by the Piedmont High School Troubadours, and the Piedmont Council Boy Scouts will serve refreshments. Candy canes will be given out to all good boys and girls--young and…
Sunday, November 10th, 2013 at 8:46am. 61 Views, 0 Comments.
One of the most important events in selling your Oakland home is to have it inspected before the sale, so that both you, and the future buyers, know it's condition-both structurally and functionally. Many future negotiations will revolve around the home inspection, so it is important that it be done correctly and efficiently.
I am going to suggest that the most efficient time to have this home inspection is just before your put your home on the market. While this may be a bit concerning to some sellers because of what may result, it really makes sense in many, if not most, cases. Why? Because knowing your issues ahead of time puts you in control of the direction that will be taken. Here is why:
a. It puts you in control of what you…
Tuesday, November 5th, 2013 at 10:48am. 75 Views, 0 Comments.
While the Chabot Space and Science Center always has exciting things for nearby Oakland and Piedmont residents, these next few weeks promise more excitement as the Center prepares for the projected arrival of Comet ISON which is expected to trek around our sun in the near future. No matter what their age, children can be involved in learning about world of science and space. Events include:
1. TYKE EXPLORER PROGRAM-Designed for 3-5 year olds, these Tuesday night presentations involve lessons from instructors, self-guided learning and hands on experimentation. Advance registration is required, and this month's theme is "Flying Through Space". There are three program presentation times scheduled each Tuesday to meet the needs of the little ones.…
Thursday, October 31st, 2013 at 1:26pm. 98 Views, 0 Comments.
If you want to create the maximum interest and attention from Piedmont or Montclair home buyers, you must be prepared to invest some funds into making your property one of the most attractive to potential buyers. The good news is that it does not have to cost a great deal of money, but can, with some planning, reward you in the long run by increasing the value of your home, thus allowing you to recoup your expenses while meeting these goals.
1. Clean, Organize, and Simplify Each Room--The goal is to present a fresh, open, and easy to appreciate space in every room of the home.
2. Spend Time Creating A Pleasant Atmosphere in Every Room--Have some style or design for each room, so it is easily viewed, and is immediately appealing. Take some…
Friday, October 25th, 2013 at 11:56am. 282 Views, 0 Comments.
Every year, the delightfully titled "Boo at the Zoo" event attracts Oakland families to join in all kinds of Halloween fun centered around the zoo animals and the many scheduled Halloween themed events planned for zoo visitors-big and small.
Scheduled for BOTH Saturday, October 26th and Sunday, October 27th, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., the event promises a wealth of activities designed to maximize contact, and provide information for the children about the animals. An example is the Wildlife Theater Animal Encounter at 11:30 a.m., and 12:15 p.m.. In between these times is the Costume parade at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. with the Zoo's mascot Roosevelt joining in. All children 2-14 in costume will receive a free ride ticket.
Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013 at 10:44am. 143 Views, 0 Comments.
When Piedmont residents and schoolchildren come to Mulberry's Market in downtown Piedmont to pick up a special treat or sandwich, they may not be aware that this market was named in honor of part of the historic events surrounding an amazing historical site in the city--the Piedmont Ladies' Silk Culture Club. Created during the era of the Arts and Crafts Movement, which stressed creative and imaginative artistic endeavors, it was located just a few blocks away from the market at the top of Oakland Avenue.
At this site, were over 6000 mulberry trees, and a two story building in which more than 100 women worked spinning the thread that came from the cocoons that grew among these mulberry trees. It was in fact, the first factory in Piedmont, and the…
Saturday, October 12th, 2013 at 11:53am. 146 Views, 0 Comments.
One of the most popular parks in Oakland is Montclair Park. Located in the heart of Montclair Village, it offers a quiet place for lunch break under a tree, while listening to the water spray from the fountain in the center of the pond. This gentle, scenic pond is often seen with ducks floating on the water, and settling in amid the greenery around the edges.
This park is truly designed to serve Oakland residents, especially if they have a sports inclination. There are basketball courts, tennis courts, a softball field, and training during the year is available for youth softball and flag football. The little ones are not left out, and play structures designed for them are available, and used on a daily basis. One of the most popular…
Thursday, October 10th, 2013 at 11:43am. 146 Views, 0 Comments.
No matter where you want to buy a home, be it Piedmont, Montclair, or Oakland, the same basic rules apply once you see a home that you want to purchase. Although I will be assisting you through all these steps to assure that you present the very best offer, it is helpful to plan ahead, so that when that special event arrives, you will be ready.
1. One of the buyer's most important considerations is knowledge about the house and the neighborhood. Once you decide on that special home, I will be glad to assist you with market analyses and comparable sales information, so you will have a full sense of the marketplace that you will be working in. You will then have a sense of what other buyers have paid for similar homes in the area, and how those…