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For some uncanny reason the last 2 Oakland homes I lived in are on the market at the same time!

When we sold our home in 2006 we caught the market as it was starting to drop, not catching the highest price but happy we timed it when we did.

Below are charts showing the rise and fall of several east bay neighborhoods from 2005-2015!

If you’ve been waiting to sell the sellers market does not usually last for a very extended period of time!


Berkeley home prices have soared to new heights in the last couple of years. Always tight on inventory, prices never dropped as significantly as in some areas.

berkeley historic sales


Piedmont prices have risen astronomically, with quality homes, easy commutes and schools ranked top 10 in the nation.

Piedmont historic sales


Rockridge homes have increased significantly in value due to proximity to urban amenities and the desire for convenience.  Their fall was less precipitous than in many areas.
Rockrdige historic sales


Glenview homes are being sought by buyers priced out of Crocker Highlands.
glenview historic sales


Montclair homes rose a little more slowly with many buyers liking the good schools but preferring walkable locations with a more urban vibe.
Montclair historical prices


94602 includes The Oakmore, The Laurel and Dimond areas. Many of these homes are selling at record highs with the less pricey areas within 94602 still moving up in value.
Areas below MacArthur took a big hit when prices fell and had more ground to recover.

94602 historic prices

Redwood Heights has been slower to rise in value, despite the well regarded elementary school there is no central destination which drives other neighborhood prices.
redwood heights historic prices


Many homes in the 94605 zip code have not overtaken the height of the market but many have fully recovered values.
94605 historic sales

Expect to see the lower end of the market and condos continue to climb in 2015 as buyers are priced out of neighborhoods and compete for the more moderate end of the market.



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If you’re interested in some of the more urban spots in Oakland I’ve recently helped buyers purchase in these central locations. They all fulfill what I call “The latte factor” requirement!
Many buyers moving to the East Bay are hoping to maintain easy access to San Francisco and at least some of the urban buzz! They want  to purchase at a decent discount compared to the city prices, but they don’t want complete suburbia and a car drive to pick up milk and a few groceries!

181 Glen Ave.

Glen Ave is one of the little streets just off Piedmont Ave, the homes are mostly older and many are very charming craftsman style buildings. Parking can be limited depending on the street, certainly better than many areas in San Francisco… I remember driving around!
You can click on the photo of Piedmont Ave below to access neighborhood resources all over Oakland including the Piedmont Ave district.

And by the way, Piedmont Ave is not in Piedmont!

525 Mandana Blvd. #329

Mandana Boulevard is superbly located between the thriving Grand and Lakeshore avenues. Super close to Lake Merritt, and does any other location have anything quite like the Grand Lake theater? They frequently post some neon political commentary, and the bus to SF stops outside.

Click on the link below to catch a show!

1936 Market

One  neighborhood that helped put Oakland 5th on the “Time’s” list of places to visit in the world is the appropriately named “Uptown district”. Amazing restaurants and nightlife, WholeFoods and on the first Friday of every month the unique ambiance of Art Murmur. All close to one of our few districts with Victorians, including this roomy Queen Anne. Click on the link below to explore some art!

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