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As the local real estate market emerges from the lows of the last couple of years, some neighborhoods are bouncing back quicker than others. One neighborhood on fire for the last few weeks is the Glenview.

No, it’s not right next to BART, but the express bus to SF and casual carpool are fabulous options. I chose driving over the bridge and enjoying that wonderful view for most of my years commuting to SF… it’s SO much nicer than being underground!!

The Glenview neighborhood in Oakland has always been noted for its attractive architecture, easy commute and streets with sidewalks. Added attractions are the burgeoning restaurant scene, an upgraded market and the nearby Dimond Park.

The sellers of this home at 4145 Randolph have done a fabulous job of updating the kitchen and bathrooms with custom cabinetry and quality finishes. (Much though we all appreciate Ikea this is several steps up and made to last!)

Beautifully staged with very timely Black and Orange (!) this home was so well received the sellers listened to offers after just over a week on the market.

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One of the local restaurants I always enjoy and purchase many gift certificates from (!) is BELLANICOS

For additional Oakland neighborhoods see this map -click the GLENVIEW bubble for more on the Glenview neighborhood.

See an article on the local coffee shop, Ultimate Grounds at –COFFEE NEWS!

To find out more please visit 4145RANDOLPH.COM

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 A TWINKLE IN YOUR EYE!

There are many aspects of selling we can help with as realtors, but for some clients a potential sale or purchase does require advance planning and additional expertise. “I highly recommend you speak with your tax advisor and a real estate attorney!” at the “twinkle in your eye stage!”  is frequent advice I will give to prospective sellers…I’d love to help you sell your house as long as it makes sense for you!

For those who have owned a property for a long time, for those with a home office, and for those with little or negative equity it can pay off to thoroughly research your options. Frequently, advance planning is helpful to come up with the best strategy and avoid surprises.

Are you eligible for proposition 60 or 90?
Of particular interest to sellers who are downsizing, this can be great opportunity for some sellers to keep cost down.

http://www.boe.ca.gov/proptaxes/faqs/propositions60_90.htm#1

If you are selling income property, are you familiar with 1031 exchanges? You may want to sell – but you may be better off doing an exchange.
If you have a home office and have been taking deductions, you may want to plan in advance to avoid tax surprises

An accountant and attorney are great resources and, together with your Realtor, can help you figure out what’s best for you!


A TWINKLE IN YOUR EYE….CHANDELIERS!

I’m always able to find a theme for the brokers tours, and in line with advance planning here is my “twinkle in your eye!” slide show of some chandeliers in local homes!

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I’m always happy to answer real estate related questions and appreciate your support through referrals!

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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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