December 2014

Found 10 blog entries for December 2014.

Even though there are many single family homes available in Oakland, the supply in the last few years has been significantly lower than the demand, thus creating a great deal of interest, and in many cases, serious competition among buyers, ultimately raising prices for the existing stock.  

However, as this trend has developed, Oakland has also been the source of an evergrowing selection of condominiums, townhouses and lofts, especially in the new and vital downtown area, that is proving to be quite attractive to potential buyers and homeowners. With the Booklyn Basin project in development, there is, and will be, an amazing range of housing opportunities to choose from.   

 There are many reasons to consider this housing choice:

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Search for Oakland Real Estate By Neighborhood

Use this list to search the diverse Oakland neighborhoods for homes and condos. Oakland is a great city, and offers unique experiences and architecture in each and every community. Here are just a few of the 100+ neighborhoods in the city. 

Oakland Neighborhoods

 Upper Rockridge  Montclair  Lakeshore Maxwell Park 
 Glenview  Millsmont
Lower Rockridge 
 Grand Lake  Oakmore Hiller Highlands Crestmont Claremont
Redwood Heights  Oakmore Laurel 
 Trestle Glen  Temescal Crocker Highlands

 

E-mail or call me on my direct line (510) 517-6280. I can arrange immediate viewings or provide additional information any Oakland

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When it comes time to sell your Oakland or Piedmont home, there are four guaranteed problems that future buyers will be concerned about.  These are not surprising, but are often overlooked while you looking for a new home, and preparing to move forward elsewhere.

1. Clutter-As I have indicated in the past, paring down your home to its most basic design, and showing off it's original floor plan it highly desirable.  Potential buyers want as little of your influence in the rooms as possible.  They want to see lots of space, and also want to imagine their things in the home to see if it will fit their needs.  Keep the rooms handsome, but simple.  

2. Outdated Fixtures-Many times, especially if you have been in your home for years, you have

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For much of the rest of the United States, snow and ice are not much fun during the holiday season.  But for those who have moved here from colder climes, or have always wanted to ice skate in the San Francisco Bay area, opportunities exist for friends and families to don skates and glide around an ice rink especially designed to bring winter to town.  All of these venues have hours that should meet the needs of the most determined skater, and many offer skating lessons as well.  

1. San Francisco--Union Square Ice Rink-This rink makes an appearance during December, and is a classic site each year for those shopping in downtown San Francisco.  Sitting in the middle of wonderful shops, stores and boutiques and facing Macy's famous Christmas

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Here is an excellent choice of Oakland Montclair area homes, many of which offer San Francisco Bay views, or cozy hillside settings.  The selection is very appealing, and the opportunities high, so enjoy your visual tours here, then contact me to arrange an on site visit.  

Charming Montclair Contemporary Offering Multi ...

Price:   $799,000 City:   Oakland Beds:   3 Baths:   2 Type:   Single Family MLS® #:   40681080 Charming Montclair Contemporary Offering Multi Levels Of Open Spaces. Features Include, 2 Firepl... Photo of Listing #40681080 View DetailsSave to FavoritesMap

Move Right In And Update At Your Pace And To Yo...

Price:   $799,000 City:   Oakland Beds:   3 Baths:   2 Type:   Single Family MLS®…
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When the time comes to sell your Oakland or Piedmont home, you will receive all kinds of advice from friends and family as to the price that you should be selling it for.  While all of this advice is well meant, the final price should be based on hard facts that take into account the current marketplace which includes your neighborhood, your competition, and the vitality of the area economy.  

If you are going to move ahead in the most effective manner, you need information, and lots of it.  Here are some excellent sources:

1. Start With My Website: www.brucewagg.com- Here is where we begin work together to begin your pricing process. My site allows you to view the most comprehensive, and up to date Multiple Listing Service information about

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 Each year the Dunsmuir Hellman Historic Estate holds a memorable Christmas holiday celebration at this handsome 37 room mansion in the Oakland hills.  In keeping with the history of this home, an Edwardian holiday theme has been created so you can experience the Christmas of the period.  Each room will be decorated with holiday trees, festive decorations, garlands and antiques to truly put you into the mood of the season.  It will be held on December 13th and 14th from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  

After your tour, there are a number of places to visit and browse.  You can have a lunch at the Winter Cafe, and, if you reserve a space ahead of time, you and your family can share a Morning Brunch With Santa, which also includes planned activities for

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Whether you want stunning contemporary design, or a more classical look, these homes offer amazing space, open floorplans, large yards and patios, and the majority offer sweeping bay views for your daily appreciation.      

 

The "Morgan Estate" An Iconic Architectural Mas...

Price:   $2,900,000 City:   Oakland Beds:   4 Baths:   4 Type:   Single Family MLS® #:   40649625

The "Morgan Estate" An Iconic Architectural Masterpiece On 2.67 Acres Overlooking San Francisco B...

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Stunning Mediterranean Estate Home On 3.92 Acre...

Price:   $2,250,000 City:   Oakland Beds:   5 Baths:   4 Type:   Single Family MLS® #:   40674111

Stunning Mediterranean

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Whether you are selling a Montclair view home, or an cozy Oakland bungalow, you want to create instant appeal for potential buyers.  No matter how handsome your home is on the inside, if the outside creates a poor initial impression, buyers will never want to see the inside.  With the advent of websites listing homes for sale in every area, they are going to drive right by your home well before they put it on a list for viewing, so be prepared for them.

Many of the suggestions below do not cost a great deal of money. The most difficult part in this process is to step away from your home, and view it as a neighbor or future buyer might see it for the very first time, and be willing to accept that changes may have to be made to sell the home.

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There are many annual tree lighting ceremonies in and around Oakland, but one of the most consistently popular ones has been the annual Lighting of the Christmas Tree in Jack London Square, located at the foot of Broadway in Oakland.  There will be so much going on from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. designed for all ages, that the choices will be difficult.   

If Christmas shopping is your intent, local artisans will be on hand with their crafts at 90 Holiday Pop Up sites for your consideration.  If you are looking for delightful entertainment, you can choose from the Tap Dancing Christmas Trees, the Oakland Ballet Sugar Plum Fairies, a  Jingle Bell Dance Contest, plus seasonal music and costumed Christmas characters to put you in the holiday mood.  Other

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