My Piedmont and Oakland Real Estate Adventures. History, Architecture and Homes

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40 offers on this house! 2 bed 1 bath - under 900 sq ft
This market is far from slowing down and buyers are in fierce competition on almost every home in the SF Bay Area. This small home in the Millsmont area of Oakland is a perfect example. Listed at $575,000 (a teaser price obviously) it garnered 40 offers and I was told the winning offer was over $800,000. Thinking of selling? Now would be a good time until interest rates start creeping up.
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This warm and welcoming hillside home is located at 7281 Saroni Drive in the Montclair neighborhood of Oakland.  As with many of the homes in this portion of the city, it is designed with the goal of creating an easy transition between indoor and outdoor living for its residents.  It offers 3 bedrooms and 2 1/2 bathroom in a generous 2084 sf of living space.  

This room is spacious and inviting.  The soft seating that is grouped around the central fireplace provides a perfect spot for entertaining friends, and, just as easily, is a soothing retreat at the end of a busy day. 

Light comes streaming in from the multiple full sized sliding glass doors that surround the living area.  All of these doors provided instant access to the outdoor porches…

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This glowing home located at 6466 Westover Drive in the Montclair neighborhood of Oakland, combines the sophistication of contemporary architecture with the soothing hillside feel that is reminiscent of Tahoe living.   It is three stories high, offers 4 bedrooms and 3 1/2 bathrooms in approximately 2725 sf of living space.  It has been designed with the goal of providing an easy transition from the indoors to the outdoors when desired.  

Situated in the hills above Oakland between Shepherd Canyon and Skyline Boulevard, it is sheltered among a hillside of trees, and yet is just moments from the pleasant shops and restaurants of Montclair, Rockridge and College Avenue.  Highway 13 at the bottom of the hills provides quick and easy transportation to…

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I'm traveling to Yosemite to hopefully see the Firefall this Sunday
It is a rare thing to see the  Firefall in Yosemite. At the end of each February, thousands of photographers and spectators alike congregate to the park to witness the Yosemite firefall, a natural phenomenon that briefly occurs when the setting sun hits Horsetail Falls. If the circumstances are just right, the reflection gives way to a magnificent illusion of a light show, seemingly causing the tumbling cascades of water to morph into liquid flames spilling over the cliff.
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High above Silicon Valley is this magnificent home and grounds at 610 Los Trancos Road in highly desirable Portola Valley.   Located above rolling hills on a prominent rise, it offers commanding views of surrounding foothills, San Francisco Bay, and the expanse below.  

It is, in essence, a private country club for a unique individual who requires the very best of amenities in a home. Placed on 13.40 acres of land,  it features 5 bedrooms, 7/4 bathrooms in a substantial 12,657 +/- sf of  space. 

Much of Silicon Valley lies below this gracious home. Located only 5 minutes from Sand Hill Road, the cities of Palo Alto, Mountain View, Los Altos, and Stanford University are close by, as are some of the finest dining and shopping venues in Northern…

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PENDING!! We got a 2nd chance at this diamond in the rough.
A few weeks ago, my buyers made a great offer on this 1918 brown shingle home in the Lower Rockridge neighborhood of Oakland. Sadly, we came in 2nd out of 27 offers and lost to a cash offer, way over the asking price of $799,000. But the home had some probate issues which delayed the sale and the first buyer backed out. Luckily, we were able to get back in contract and now my buyers are getting excited about bringing this gorgeous home back to its…
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This delightfully conceived home offers a taste of the Mediterranean with its graceful architecture, multiple private patios, arched doorways, and dramatic pair of arched front  windows   Located at 1295 Sunnyhills Road in the Crocker Highlands neighborhood of Oakland, it has 4 bedrooms, and 3 1/2 bathrooms in approximately 3,300 sf of living space.  

One could not ask for a better located home than this one.  Surrounded by equally beautiful homes, it is close to much of what the city has to offer.  Some of the  favorite shopping and dining venues of Lakeshore and Grand  Avenues are close by, and just up the hill is the equally appealing Montclair Village.  Both Highways 580 and Highway 13 are not far, and provide direct routes to downtown…

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This handsome home sits in the hills above Oakland, and provides panoramic views of the San Francisco Bay area from dual balconies, a patio, and from expansive windows throughout the home.   Located at 11 Drury Lane, Berkeley, in the Claremont Hills neighborhood of Oakland, it offers 3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms in a very generous 3027+/- sf of living space.  (Note-the mailing address is 11 Drury Lane, Berkeley, but it is a mailing address only) 

It would be hard to find a better placed home.  Situated above both Berkeley and Oakland, it is close to all that makes the area unique.  The favorite shops and restaurants of Elmwood, Rockridge and Montclair are just moments away. The nearby hills are perfect for hiking and walking, and UC Berkeley is close…

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2021 is starting out as a huge year for my business. I have listings coming up in Oakland, Piedmont, Castro Valley and Livermore. My buyers are looking in San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley, and San Mateo at the moment. The market is very competitive; one a home in Hayward received 45 offers last week. Not every house is like that but it gives you an idea about demand. Give me a ring if you have any questions about the market in your neighborhood. I would love to catch up!   ~Bruce

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This sweeping view of the Bay area is one that is available from the upper yard of the home at 4240 Harbor View Avenue in Oakland's Redwood Heights neighborhood.  It is one that is highly desirable, and provides an ever changing visual experience as the time of day and seasons change. The home offers 3 bedrooms and 2 1/2 bedrooms in approximately 1765 sf of living space. 

Ideally located, the residence is close to the shops and restaurants of Montclair Village, and just moments from the confluence of Highways 13 and 580, furnishing easy transportation south to Castro Valley and the Tri Valley area, or north to Oakland and Berkeley.  Just above the home are the the hiking and biking trails of Roberts Regional Park, and both the  Chabot Science…

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