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


This spacious and dramatic family room is located in a captivating home that has just been listed for sale at 1608 Mountain Boulevard.  It is just one of many engaging rooms featured in this residence that is located the popular Fernwood neighborhood of Oakland.  This room offers a desirable open beam peaked ceiling, a dramatic central fireplace with room for side cushion seating, and beautifully styled inset windows along the side wall.  Of further appeal is that its floor plan provides a variety of potential design combinations, depending on preference and need.   

Nestled among well established greenery and a wide variety of selected trees and plants, this imaginative home is surprising in its charm and design.  It offers 3 bedrooms, 2

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The traditional Summer selling season is now about to begin.   Homes will begin to appear for sale in every neighborhood in the area, and as such, furnish competition for you as you begin to make important decisions about putting your home on the market.  

One of the most important considerations for you to make, is the price that you will be asking for your home.  Many sellers, especially those who have invested a lot of time, and perhaps a great deal of money into their home, will have a tendency to overprice their home at the outset, and hope for the best when putting it on the market.  This is just not practical or realistic, and overpricing will fundamentally affect how quickly you are going to sell that home.

 My role as your

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This dramatically placed home sits high above Oakland in the very popular Broadway Terrace neighborhood, and is located at 9056 Broadway Terrace.  Close to the many and varied shops and restaurants of Rockridge and Montclair, it is equally ideally placed for commuting to downtown Oakland, San Francisco, and Contra Costa County.  It offers 3 bedrooms, and 2 1/2 baths in approximately 2708 sf of living space.  

The sweeping view of San Francisco, and San Francisco Bay that is associated with this home is stunning, and may be seen from both the upper and lower levels of the home.  

Turning northerly, one can view the Bay Bridge, the Golden Gate Bridge, and Marin County.  This exceptional visual experience changes as the sun rises and sets,

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If dramatic curb appeal is of importance to you, this Tudor cottage style home located at 335 Magnolia Avenue in Piedmont,  is meant for you.  Everything about it evokes charm, from its flowering hanging wisteria, to its peaked roof, leaded glass bay windows, and brick frontage.  Even though it has cottage appearance, it is far from small, featuring 4 bedrooms and 3 1/2 bathrooms in approximately 2656 sf of living space.  

Guests will arrive at this home up a stone pathway, past a small street side picket fence, through an impressive wooden front door, and enter the front room under an spacious entry archway.  Every detail here is has been developed with considered thought.   

This exceptional living room has been designed to highlight

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This dramatic entryway is just the beginning view of a this dazzling Mid-Century Eichler home located at 8010 Shay Drive in Oakland's Sequoyah Hills neighborhood.  It has been impressively remodeled, and now is one of the largest Eichler homes in the East Bay.  It features 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and a spacious 2421+/- sf of living space.  An additional benefit is a delightful in ground pool and hot tub.  

 Entry through the front door reveals this delightful and welcoming interior garden that is visible from virtually every room in the home.  This home epitomizes all that is expected of a Mid Century Modern home design.  Elements, seen here, include large glass windows-virtually walls of glass, integration with nature where sliding glass

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This charming home, with its pleasing curb appeal and Tudor styling, is located at 4142 Lyman Road in the popular Oakmore neighborhood of Oakland.  It offers 2 bedrooms, and 2 bathrooms in a comfortable 1620 +/- sf of living space.   It is just moments from the venerable Rocky's neighborhood market, and the restaurants and shops of Glenview and Montclair.  

This home is characteristically Tudor in architecture.  Note the steeply pitched roofs, overlapping front gables of varying heights, and decorative half timbering trim across the entire front of the home.  Add to this the sturdy front door with a mullioned view window, and a delightful entry lamp, and the picture is complete.  

 This welcoming living room is anchored by a dramatic

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Located among the long established woodlands of the popular Piedmont Pines neighborhood of Oakland, this impressive home offers an imaginative and inviting welcome to both guests and residents.  Situated at 6643 Aitken Drive, it features a total of 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, and approximately 1910 sf of living space.  Just moments from the favorite shops and dining of Montclair Village and Rockridge, it is close to schools, and multiple public parklands.  

 A front hall entryway leads to the steps downward into this striking sunken living room scene  that is paired with a spacious sliding glass doors to the outside view porch that is seen in the view above.  Additional light flows into the room from the the multiple skylights that are placed

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Located  at 2251 Melvin Road in the hills of Oakland in the popular Oakmore neighborhood, is this spacious view home that is just moments from the shops and dining of Montclair Village.  It offers 4 bedrooms and 2 and 1/2 baths in a very roomy 2696 +/- sf of living space.  

Not many homes in the Oakland hills can offer the completely unobstructed view of the Bay area that is seen here.  This view is always there, changing in effect from day to night, season to season, providing neverending variety.

 A  entry stairway, surrounded by well established and varied plants, leads down to the front yard and home entrance. 

 A reverse angle of the stairs reveals the lushness of the gardens on either side of the descent.  

There is a

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Located in the hills of Oakland, this exceptional home located at 6048 Chelton Drive in Oakland, was designed in the Bauhaus style by recognized architect Francis Harvey Slocombe, and, due to the fact that it sits on a third of an acre of land, affords the serenity that only a forested estate can offer.  It features 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms in 2963 sf +/- of living space.  

As one descends the entry stairs, the scene of the home ahead is one of imaginative styling -from its dramatic peaked windows above the entry door, to its multi-level floor plan.  This creativity allows views of the well established, and varied, gardens and patios from virtually every room in the house.  

The entryway is especially welcoming, with its view to the

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This gracious Rockridge home at 58 Sonia Street is optimally located in the hills directly above Piedmont, and moments from Montclair Village.  Offering dramatic San Francisco Bay views, it is ideal for gracious entertaining and quiet retreats.  Featuring 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms in approximately 2733 sf of living space.  

One of the finest benefits of living in the Oakland hills is access to this stunning view, and this home features this panorama 24 hours a day, every day of the year.  Included is the Bay Bridge, The Golden Gate Bridge and various marine venues. 

Visiting guests are welcomed by this delightfully groomed entry that is awash with a variety of well established plants and flowers.  The colorful brick pathway leads down

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