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There are lots of older added onto remodeled and rambling floor plans in the Oakland Hills, and this house is a really nice exception!

This is the perfect ” grown ups” house for folks who have enjoyed spending time in their San Francisco loft but now need more room and more bucolic surroundings.

Not to mention the highly rated local elementary school run by one of my favorite principles!
( space subject to availability)


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And so many wonderful walks in the nearby Regional Parks!
Enjoy one of the nearby regional parks

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Not so laid back Summer!

July and August are historically slower months as agents and clients take vacations.
However, in the East Bay inventory has been on the lower side but committed buyers are still looking and writing often in multiple offer situations.

03 without cans

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My recent listing in Maxwell Park had good interest after the first open house and the sellers opted for just the one Sunday Open. They received 6 very nice offers. Why wait for more competition to come on!

I’m often asked what is the percentage to overbid…. there is no magic number!
Some homes are coming on priced too high or pretty much at market value.

Most buyers expect to bid over and may be scared away from writing on properties which come on at what is perceived as too high!
One characteristic of this market is sellers sometimes not letting their agent know what they really expect. It’s easy to get carried away with the value of your home when there have been several high price sales which may or may not be good comparables to yours.
If the seller comes on low and does not get the higher price they hope for, then we sometimes see a big jump up in list price to what they really want.
Conversely, sometimes a small price reduction will often encourage a couple of buyers to compete and bid the price up.

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Once upon a time you paid more money to live in the Oakland Hills than in most parts of the flatlands. Schools had the better reputation, you were away from the urban bustle and grittier parts of city living and maybe you even got a lovely view of the Bay!

OK, so Rockridge hasn’t been cheap for a long time, but the boundary lines between which areas sell for more and which sell for less are shifting.
The bike riding 20 something and the down sizing 60 something continue to gravitate to the urban hub.

A few clips from recent sales showing the list price above and sale price….SP is the sale price. Multiple offers and strong competition for these  homes in hot Oakland neighborhoods!


Rose Garden

Rose Garden

The Rose garden near Grand Ave and Lakeshore



Lakeshore  near Grand Ave and Lake Merritt



North Oakland not far from Ashby and MacArthur BART

Piedmont Ave

Piedmont Ave near shopping district and restaurants



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The Berkeley Hills has always been one of the East Bay’s most desirable places to live. Certainly up in the Berkeley hills the rain does not keep the serious buyers away! Despite the complete absence of ANY view, and the police blockade on Grizzly Peak there was a stellar turn out at the first open house. Don’t let the weather delay plans to sell, buyers are out looking and they will come back to visit if they like the house!

The glamorous life of a realtor involves dressing for the weather and all hands on deck!!  ( Thank you honey!)

shoes at open Sign of Rain


Visitors big and small and plenty of towels on hand… plastic covers all  round!

Beautiful views of the ever changing sky and bay from my listing at 30 Hill Road near Tilden Park in Berkeley

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Our wonderful East Bay Parks, live in the hills and step outside to Tilden and beyond

Click here for info on Tilden Park

Click here for info on Tilden Park

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Newer homes in Oakland are almost non existent with the exception being the post fire rebuilds of the early 1990s , a few higher end custom homes and occasional urban infill.

One spot where there is more contemporary development is in the Old Leona Quarry.
My new listing is one of the rare re sales, a stunning light and bright unit with extra high ceiling and lovely bay outlooks!  There is plenty of fascinating history behind the development, and some beautiful nature walks close by!

Below is an article on the initial development of Oakland’s Leona Quarry.

Quarry construction


A step back further in time to the Leona Quarry and other mining operations in Oakland’s past!

screenshot of Leona Miner


One of Oakland’s many lovely hiking trails Leona Trail is quite close by.



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Some of our markets have already seen big jumps in value over the last year, others climb a little more slowly.

In the half a million dollar price range The Laurel and Dimond districts of Oakland and also El Cerrito showed large average price increases this quarter. I personally pull some of this data and do it three times to make sure it is correct!! The under half million dollar price range where more homeowners were more financially vulnerable and prices fell further is definitely ticking up.

Investors who scooped up properties in Maxwell Park and below Martin Luther King are revamping them to appeal to the out priced San Francisco buyers looking for more than a one bedroom condo!
Laurel Dimond sales 4

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When new buyers ask about areas of Oakland many do not know about the Upper Oakmore, or Oakmore Highlands as it was originally named. My eyes always light up when talking about this lovely part of Oakland!

To start with the terrain is gorgeous, rolling hills studded with mature Oaks, and then there are the stunning Bay views as you crest the top of some streets and swoop down others.

All this and a wonderful selection of vintage homes, some estate size with large parcels of land. It’s perfect neighborhood walking (just hug the roadside on the curves) and there are flights of public steps and access to the Sausal Creek trail when you need a shady spot!

My new listing  at 2008 Bywood Drive is a lovely warm home with beautiful light and superb outlooks from all the rooms. The location feels exceptionally private with little intrusion from the neighboring homes.

Just minutes from both Montclair Village and the Glenview shopping districts, and  close to great schools and commute access. The neighborhood community is an active one with listserve and a legendary turnout for Halloween trick or treating!

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Below is some text from the original developers marketing!

The Oakmore Homes Association is an intriguing resource, to visit click here!

~from the marketing materials of the Walter H. Leimert Company, c. 1926.
“Here is the natural beauty of the wooded hill slope, the sunny plateau, the pleasant glen. Below is the City of Oakland spread out fan-like, and to the west, the glorious panorama of San Francisco Bay . And yet, there is no sacrifice of convenience. Particular care has been taken in the plotting of the property. The lots have been apportioned more on the basis of beauty than upon the arbitrary basis of so many square feet constituting a homesite. In every instance, the homesite’s have been apportioned in conformity with the contours of the property and the natural features. It is in this new residential park that the elements of a desirable homesite find superior and practical expression.”

The Oakmore Highlands

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