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Saturday, May 11th, 2013 at 10:45am. 64 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. 66 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…
Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013 at 11:46am. 123 Views, 0 Comments.
Once you make the commitment to place your Oakland home on the market, you realize that there will changes that you will have to make to its current condition to appeal to potential buyers. Whether your home is located in Redwood Heights, Montclair, or Rockridge, you will need to consider your selling presentation. Some things will be easy to do, and others may require some financial investment to make your home competitive in the current marketplace. I, as your Oakland real estate agent will be going over many of these things to assist you in making the best presentation possible. Here are some of the ideas for consideration:
1. Tour Your Home As a Visitor Would--Go through your home as if you were a brand new visitor.…
Wednesday, December 12th, 2012 at 11:08am. 390 Views, 0 Comments.
For longtime Oakland, CA homeowners, the annual showing of the Christmas lights at the Oakland Mormon Temple has been a special holiday event. Sitting high atop the Oakland hills, next to Joaquin Miller Park and Highway 13, the temple is visible from much of the eastern San Francisco Bay area.
While it is beautifully lit with handsome lighting during the year, the lighting becomes truly spectacular during the Christmas season. Colorful lights adorn every tree, pathways are highlighted, small waterfall like ponds are enhanced, and everything shines and glows as you travel through the lovely gardens and displays.
Parking is on site or immediately nearby, but many neighborhood residents from nearby Redwood Heights homes and…
Tuesday, August 28th, 2012 at 2:46pm. 168 Views, 0 Comments.
There are so many homes in the San Francisco Bay area that are located on, or adjacent to, some form of water. They could be located on a small estuary with Alameda homes, or in Alameda Bay Farm Island homes facing the bay. They could be alongside a stream in an Oakland hills home, or right on the ocean in San Francisco.
With all the many options, it is important to consider the elements that surround a home purchase adjacent to water. Generally, these homes are in demand because they are often quite appealing, so purchasing one becomes a bit more expensive, hence the need to make sure that you get the best value for your money.
The Pluses of Purchasing a Home On The Water:
1. The presence of water in any form is prized because it…
Thursday, August 23rd, 2012 at 9:12am. 122 Views, 0 Comments.
It is true, when presenting your Berkeley home to future buyers, that first impressions are the most lasting. That is why it is so important to have all of your potential issues dealt with before you invite them to tour your home. I, as you agent, will suggest many simple and easy tips to make your home extra appealing, but there are some basic things that will always need attention.
Below are suggestions to deal with the most common mistakes in failing to prepare your home for showing to potential buyers:
a. Deal With Your Plants and Gardens.- Make sure that the dead plants are removed, trees are trimmed and old branches removed. Consult with your nurseryman to see what plants are in season, and will be for a few months, and plant them. It…
Saturday, August 11th, 2012 at 8:20am. 181 Views, 0 Comments.
As you begin your search for that perfect Tudor style Oakland home in the hills, there is always the concern about whether or not you will qualify financially, so that you can buy it. This is not uncommon concern, and below are some tips on how to analyze where you are financially, and get a sense of just "how much home" you will be able to afford. While it is not the final say, and there are many more elements involved, it will give you a general sense of what the banks will be looking for.
Overall, the lenders are concerned about three things regarding future borrowers:
1. Credit Rating: In an earlier blog, on July 13th, I wrote a detailed blog on how a credit rating is arrived at. But, in quick summary form, a credit rating is based on a…
Monday, April 13th, 2009 at 4:41pm. 492 Views, 0 Comments.
One thing that often gets overlooked is cracks. Cracks can mean a lot of things, and can make people anxious about the condition of the home. A house can look fresh and newly painted, but if cracks-even very small ones- are showing up in the floors, on the…
Friday, April 10th, 2009 at 9:37am. 492 Views, 0 Comments.
“Doing your homework” has a special meaning when buying a house. There is a tendency to focus on the home itself—it's size, it's backyard, the kitchen and family room, etc.. The buyers will concentrate on the number of bedrooms, and baths, and how they can negotiate the best price for the home once they have found the ideal place.
While that is normal, and eminently practical, there is another consideration that often is not fully included in the consideration. That element is the neighborhood. This may seem obvious, and most parents have already checked into the school district and looked up and down their street for any obvious issues for discussion with their agent.
But there is more—the extended neighborhood. That extended neighborhood…
Thursday, January 8th, 2009 at 8:16pm. 462 Views, 0 Comments.
There are many wonderful places to go on walks in the East Bay. Nature jaunts within the many East Bay Regional Parks, and architectural walks through gorgeous old neighborhoods, will entice you to while away the better half of the day.
When in the mood to get away from it all, I usually head to one of the beautiful East Bay Regional Parks that reside within the Oakland hills.
One of my favorites is Redwood Regional park, where you can really feel miles away from the urban hubub. Beautiful old Redwoods and grassy meadows make it a perfect place to hike, workout, picnic or just play with your kids in an oxygen rich and car free zone.
Equally as beautiful, is Joaquin Miller park just south of Montclair on Highway 13. This park provides wonderful hiking…