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Monday, May 13th, 2013 at 10:57am. 91 Views, 0 Comments.
If there was ever a small town neighborhood within a larger town, it would be the Glenview District, in Oakland. Located adjacent to the the Trestle Glen and Oakmore neighborhoods, it, like all small towns, has it's "main street" --in this case, Park Boulevard--which is filled with local shops and small merchants that serve the needs of its residents. For most of these residents, these amenities are within walking or biking distance. Many of the restaurant in the small complex are highly rated, the market is handy and well stocked, and an excellent coffee shop attracts Saturday and Sunday morning get togethers among friends.
Developed the 1920's and 1930's along the trolley lines running up and down Park Boulevard, it grew,…
Saturday, May 11th, 2013 at 10:45am. 89 Views, 0 Comments.
In Oakland, California, there is a neighborhood tucked into the hills called Montclair. It is one of the most heavily forested neighborhoods in the city. It reminds a visitor of Tahoe with its winding tree lined streets. Views of San Francisco are available peaking through the trees at many locations, especially among those Montclair view homes that are perched high atop the many canyons that are found descending from the high hills above.
Immediately adjacent to the city of Piedmont on one side, and Oakland's Woodminster and Oakmore neighborhoods, it is the location of Montclair Village-an enclave of small shops, and excellent restaurants which are visited by Oakland residents from throughout the city. To add to the food…
Thursday, May 9th, 2013 at 10:43am. 80 Views, 0 Comments.
The hills above Oakland, California were, at one time, full of huge forests of trees, some of which were over 30 feet in diameter. With the demand for lumber by growing San Francisco and Oakland around the turn of 19th century, the lumber industry established itself in the area. Redwood Road, one of the boundaries of the Redwood Heights neighborhood was a major logging road. As the nearby Oakmore and Laurel districts began developing along the trolley lines transporting their new residents, Redwood Heights began to grow as well. One of the first developments was Avenue Terrace, built in the early 1920's. It's entrance can be seen on 35th Avenue and Victor, where a stone obelisk , believed to be the marker for the area homes…
Monday, May 6th, 2013 at 4:52pm. 89 Views, 0 Comments.
On the last blog, I offered some ideas about a few ways to evaluate the neighborhoods surrounding some Berkeley homes for sale that you might be considering. While it is important to choose a home just for itself, there is no doubt that the choice of a neighborhood plays a crucial role in your family's happiness once the home is purchased. Yesterday, I mentioned the importance of choosing the right school district, and the quality of the neighborhood location as to amenities and services.
In this blog, the suggestion for a criteria has to do with a financial consideration of the home's appreciation possibilities. No one wants to buy a home to find out that within a year or two, it will be worth less than its original purchase…
Saturday, May 4th, 2013 at 10:34am. 78 Views, 0 Comments.
As you begin to search for a Berkeley home for sale , it becomes obvious, when looking around, that in addition to considerations about the home itself, the neighborhood surrounding that home is certainly worthy of serious evaluation as well. Whether you are looking around the University of California, or down by the Berkeley/Albany home border, there are some things that need review.
Each family, in beginning the search, has different priorities as to what things comprise their most important needs. For some, it will be the school district, for others closeness to family or friends or work. However, when all is said and done, each family member wants to feel safe, comfortable and welcome in their new home.
Wednesday, May 1st, 2013 at 12:02pm. 84 Views, 0 Comments.
Sitting immediately adjacent to Alameda, California in San Francisco Bay, is tiny Alameda Bay Farm Island. It was originally farm land, and known for producing two unique products for the nearby city restaurants--asparagus and oysters. Originally known as Asparagus Island, it also supported large oyster beds,( along with other portions of the Alameda island coast) which produced what was then considered a great delicacy to Edwardian San Francisco.
Although separated by an estuary in the 19th century from mainland Alameda, it is now connected to both Alameda and Oakland. By extension, it is connected to the Oakland International Airport, which was opened by Charles Lindbergh in 1927. What was once a quiet agricultural area,…
Sunday, April 28th, 2013 at 10:35am. 110 Views, 0 Comments.
The recent Bay Area Market Report for the first quarter of 2013 has just been released, and the results are very exciting for Oakland homeowners, and Piedmont home sellers who have been considering putting their home on the market. Right now, there is a drastic shortage of homes for sale on the market. As of March 31, 2013, there are only 4098 existing single-family detached homes were listed for sale in the entire nine-county Bay area. While this is an improvement from the 3.370 homes available as of 12/2012, it is still down 55 % from the 10,282 homes available a year ago to date.
While home sales have fallen to their lowest level in five years in the Bay Area, once homes are placed on the market, all nine Bay Area…
Thursday, April 25th, 2013 at 7:42am. 103 Views, 0 Comments.
It is an old saying, but still, unfortunately true, that first impressions are the most lasting. It is especially true when you are presenting your home for sale. Whether you live in Alameda Victorian or on Alameda Bay Farm Island townhouse, you want to make the very best impression to future buyers the moment they arrive at your door. I, as your selling agent, will be helping you to prepare for a brokers tour or open house, but here are some general suggestions that you can implement to get you started:
1. Be A Detective- Look at your home quite frankly. You have lived in it for a long time. You know what it's real problems are, and what needs immediate attention. Tour your home the way outsiders will be doing. Make a…
Monday, April 22nd, 2013 at 10:06am. 122 Views, 0 Comments.
For those Piedmont and Oakland area residents who treasure the stunning historical and architecturally varied homes in the area, an opportunity arrives each year to tour some of the most amazing ones. This year, the annual Heart of Home Tour celebrates its 25th year of providing just such an opportunity.
This week, on April 26th and 27th, four Piedmont homes, and one Oakland home, are on the schedule. The tour is sponsored by the Children's Support League of the East Bay, who, since its founding in 1986 have given $2.9 million in grants. One of the homes featured as the designer showcase home is a Georgian Colonial Revival home . The owners of this home have generously allowed local designers to come in and redesign some of…
Saturday, April 20th, 2013 at 4:04pm. 210 Views, 0 Comments.
While Oakland's Jack London Square is always busy with events for people of all ages, this week is especially active. The weather is going to be warm and inviting, and the views across to San Francisco are always pleasant at any time of the year. In the last few years, the Square has become one of the major social centers of a reviving Oakland downtown. It is visited by boaters, by tourists off the latest San Francisco ferry which stops there, and young couples with their children arriving from all over the area. For the more adventurous, they can choose to rent a kayak, and get out on the water on their own.
Located at the foot of Broadway, here are some things that are scheduled for this week on the Square: