Archive for the ‘Montclair’ Category

We divide the market into different segments to look at data and review prices and volume.
In the charts here we compare 3rd quarters only and divide the market into above and below $800K.
The lower and upper ends of the market frequently adjust differently.

The link will take you to 6 local cities, and Oakland divided by neighborhoods.
Some quarters the data can be quite skewed by a few sales, so these brief windows are a snapshot in time and we review the whole year for a more balanced perspective!


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My new listing is a 2 bedroom jewel of a home conveniently located in Montclair near shops, restaurants and schools. It’s a super opportunity for those looking for a smaller charming home and a car free lifestyle! The 1940s house is set back from the street and has an extensive bucolic garden with mature trees, terraced plantings and some level space for gardening.  You can relax or entertain on the spacious deck, listen to bird song and enjoy our sunny days!

The interior is bathed in light from abundant windows and doors open onto a fabulous newer deck with built in seating.  All rooms feature pleasant outlooks and the attached garage leads to a huge full height basement with loads of storage and space for a workshop. Opportunities abound with the extensive yard and dilapidated outdoor shed (writers retreat?) awaiting your vision!


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This well designed 5+ bedroom 3.5 bath traditional home has all the right spaces! The newer construction offers many desirable features, including solar panels for minimal utility costs. An exceptionally functional floor plan has French doors from the open plan kitchen and dining room to the landscaped garden and level lawn. Upstairs are 3 light and airy bedrooms and a master suite complete with balcony and a peek of the Bay and Mt Tam. Downstairs is an in-law suite with separate exterior access, an office and large 2 car garage with plenty of storage space.  The spacious driveway offers additional off street parking for several cars or potential play area. Zoned in the popular Thornhill school district and conveniently located on a level street in central Montclair.  Just minutes from the village, restaurants, shops, library and all that makes this community a very special place to call home!

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Recent articles express doubts about the housing recovery but our East Bay market seems to be chugging along, and overall sentiment in the field is currently positive.

Perhaps we are all delusional, but this is spring in the Bay Area!

Many recent Sunday open houses have been mobbed, and appropriately priced homes are selling within a couple of weeks. Well over 100 groups are visiting centrally located homes. i.e those close to transportation and with my favorite “latte factor!”. A fine example is my recent listing  www.1661mountain.com in Montclair village which had excellent turnouts and multiple showings during it’s short marketing period and several nice offers. On broker’s tour today I was told they had over 500 visitors to the newly constructed million dollar townhouses in Rockridge!

All our East Bay neighborhoods are seeing increased buyer activity, and this is echoed by agents I refer clients to in Contra Costa, San Francisco and Marin. (more…)

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My new listing is a really super spacious 2 bedroom home  in a very desirable  position in Montclair village. It’s a few steps away from the library, Montclair elementary school and all the shops and nearby restaurants .
The house is on a level lot and has a couple of steps in the entry and step to garden and garage.

The weather last week was wonderful, and since all the work on the house got done ahead of schedule we moved the market date up a week. There is little inventory right now, and no reason for sellers to wait any longer for competition and rising mortgage rates!

I held it open on both last Saturday and Sunday as it’s in such an accessible spot. The house has had a great reception and seems to appeal to both older people downsizing from a large home with lots of steps, and the younger generation who desire the “latte factor” as I like to call it!

The home was tastefully remodeled by the current owner, Charles Lester, who was a well known interior designer in Stockton and San Francisco.

The living room and dining area are a great room with a cathedral ceiling, wonderful light from the many windows and a delightful outlook onto a charming patio garden.  One of the clever touches to the home was to replace the upper triangle of solid wall at the end of the house with glass so that light comes from 3 directions. It’s a wonderful idea for those darker homes in the hills! There is also an enclosed “sun room” where a retractable awning offers indoor and outdoor shade, and sliding doors open onto the patio to enjoy our sunny days!

More details at 1661mountain.com

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My new listing in Montclair features level living with a walk score of 80.
A super opportunity for those scaling down from a big house in the hills, or just wanting a smaller 2 bedroom house with a wonderful living room and patio garden.
The stager, painter, floor contractor, arborist, handyman, estate liquidator, landscaper, window cleaner are all booked. Pest inspection, general inspection, furnace and roof inspections and sketches are all done.
Moving right along!

Artistic license removed a few of the bushes!




Discussing with the landscaper which pots we need.








Shopping for pots, which would be best?










Roof inspection , should it be left as-is or fixed prior to market?








Making a list for the Handyman, replace the rug?








Remember to have the painters power-wash the bench and figure out where the hose can go!







Call the arborist to quote for the tree pruning…

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My sellers wanted to sell their lovely Bay view home before the end of the year.
In an unpredictable market accurate pricing is key.
Their home looked great, received good exposure and was priced just right. Not low enough to leave money on the table, and not so high that it would sit and sell for less than it could!
The buyers used a good local mortgage broker and it was a nice smooth transaction!

6229 Melville


6517 Chelton Dr.

I represented the buyers of this unusually well laid out Montclair hills home.
The week this came on the market the agents I tour with voted it “best pick of the day”! The outlook onto the trees is lovely, and although not totally updated it has the mid-century big windows and open plan appeal.
My buyers stayed on top of all the lender’s requests, the mortgage broker met deadlines (quite a feat!), the seller was allowed to stay in place over the holidays, and we had a delightful walk through with the seller when the rent-back ended on January 2nd!

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