Posts Tagged ‘BART’

 According to current data two thirds of Millennials (born 1981-2000) say living in a walkable community is important, and they will pay more for what I call “the latte factor!” . In fact, the overall trend with all age groups in the EastBay is a preference for the car-free lifestyle . Walkable neighborhoods provide a desirable quality of life and data suggest that residents of these neighborhoods are happier, healthier and more likely to volunteer in their communities.

I recently worked with two different buyers who were looking to purchase in an urban area with good walkability. One buyer purchased a super 2 bedroom condo in the Rockridge area of Oakland; it’s a reasonable walk to Rockridge BART and all the amenities of College Avenue.

5335 Broadway Terrace Rockridge; entry

The second buyer was downsizing from a house in San Francisco, and looked for several months at quieter neighborhoods in Berkeley. Eventually my client realized the sleepy streets were not for him, and he still needed that urban vibe! He purchased a home on a busier Berkeley street , close to Whole Foods and the Elmwood shopping area.

Both buyers prioritized access to transport and resources.

2948 Florence St. Berkeley

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This well-loved home has been in the family for decades, and has nice floor plan and great view out over the hills.
The seller and I worked on getting bids for various items to freshen up the home and make it look really compelling on line.
When we had a list of what could be done, we prioritized to meet the budget. Painting and staging and a couple of floor replacements were must dos. My seller did a great job shopping ebay for replacement appliances and found a low cost painter. Most homes look better on line with some color, and it’s worth making sure the on line impact will attract a buyers attention. Fixtures were replaced, curtain rods installed,windows were cleaned, exteriors and decks powerwashed. We had a super handyman fix a variety of items, and my seller invested many hours in clean up and running errands. My client is amazed at how great it looks, and I once again ask myself where else can you find what’s probably greater than a 200% return on your investment in 90 days!


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The first open house at 1807 Blake Street is this Sunday from 2:00 to 4:30 and what a great time it promises to be!
Central Berkeley continues to be a hot market according to pundits who analyze national real estate data…

Do stop by and visit if you are in the neighborhood!

Reportedly, this was originally one of 3 buildings built by a retired sea captain .
The beautiful woodwork, grand staircase and built-ins harken back to the days of quality craftsmanship, and there are huge amounts of storage to keep everything ship shape!

The 2 story format of the house displays the beauty of Craftsman detail at its best. With handsome detail in every room, upstairs and down,  functional built-in storage benches and a full size attic .

Foyer and true Craftsman staircase

This quintessential turn of the century 3 bedroom 1.25 bath home is close to BART and all the surrounding conveniences many of today’s buyers appreciate. Restaurants, extensive Farmer’s market,  shopping, cafés, theatres, schools and … more restaurants!

Kitchen leads straight out to the deck

The kitchen is open and sunny, and has a classic O’Keefe and Merritt stove.  An attractively designed deck, lawn area and planting beds offer space for outdoor entertaining and exercising your green thumb.

Yes, that’s a wisteria growing up  the garden staircase and up over the arbor!

Beautiful to look at and functionally updated, the foundation and roof were replaced within the last 10 years and a number of energy-efficient upgrades were installed, including two furnaces with separate upstairs and downstairs thermostats and a tankless water heater.

The next owners of this well-cared for home will enjoy some major pluses:

  • Wood floors, gorgeous paneling and built in details
  • Level garden and lawn, rear deck, vegetable boxes, auto-irrigation system
  • Eat in kitchen with garden access
  • Vintage O’Keefe and Merritt stove,
  • Miele dishwasher, lots of cupboards and access to back yard
  • Separate ¼ bath and laundry room,
  • Full attic, window seat and basement storage
  • New foundation, Roof, & Furnaces installed 2002–2003
  • Sewer lateral and RECO compliant

Mean time I’m going to enjoy showing this house!

Sit back and enjoy the light through the authentic windows

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3 bedroom, 1.5 bath craftsman in central Berkeley – Coming soon!

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A Berkeley Jewel!

I represented the sellers of this Berkeley craftsman

A beautiful jewel close to BART
This home is a great place to start
Remodeled with taste
So no time should you waste
There’s a hot tub and lights for your art!

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