Posts Tagged ‘montclair’

How refreshing it is to present a warm and inviting home decorated by a true artist with a flair for color and style!

OK, so we know we’re meant to “neutralize” and beige turned to gray over the last few years and it clings to life with a few brave stagers battling to infuse COLOR into the picture!

So YAY!!

My latest listing is this stylish and colorful, warm and inviting Traditional split-level located in the Woodminster pocket neighborhood of Montclair.

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Adjacent to Montclair, and zoned for the same schools it’s considered Montclair by many who live there but has the best of both worlds with access to Montclair village and it’s own neighborhood shopping, restaurants and even the ex Montclair Hardware store!

Regional parks are just around the corner with trailhead access to Joaquin Miller Park and Sausal Creek.
Along with the Woodminster ampitheatre just up the road for annual musicals, music in the Redwoods, and the Greek Festival  with music, dancing and food just down the road.

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It may be a rainy start to the year but we’re in a fast moving early Spring market!
9 of our listings took offers last week and all but 1 are in contract with multiple offers.

My mid January Montclair listing at 1791arrowhead.com had its first open house on a very blustery rainy day. Serious buyers go shopping rain or shine.

Over 100 people came through the Sunday open house, drawn by the popular mid-century interior, online presentation and strategic pricing.
I would expect this activity in the Temescal or Rockridge but a traffic jam in the hills is less common!

With 35+ individual agent showings and 30+ requests for disclosures in the first few days the seller decided not to wait and took offers after the first Sunday and Broker tours.
Multiple offers came in from agents all over the Bay and 2 Oakland agents  prevailed with primary and back up offers accepted. ( buyers in this market usually benefit from a local agent and should NOT count on a second open house)

Explore the end of 2016 neighborhood data below!


Do contact me if you have questions about the local real estate market, there is always more to real estate than the data!


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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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So many lovely neighborhoods in the East Bay!

I worked with many delightful clients in 2012 helping them sell or purchase in a wide variety of price ranges and neighborhoods.

From the urban hub near Lake Merritt or downtown Berkeley to treelined vistas and panoramic views in the hills there is something for everyone.

For those who are looking to sell in 2013, buyers are eagerly awaiting new inventory.

I’d love to hear from you if you’re considering selling or buying this year!

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My new listing is a stately 4 bedroom 3 bath 1930’s Mediterranean home, set on a gentle ridge looking out onto both the Bay and the surrounding Oakland hills. Enter the dramatic foyer and your eye is captured by the lovely parquet wood floor and curving stairway. The main level features a spacious living room, formal dining room, large eat-in kitchen, guest bedroom and full bath. The grand staircase leads to the upper level offering two generous size bedrooms, a bath and an ensuite master with walk in dressing room. Downstairs, French doors from the family room open out onto a patio and private garden shaded by mature Oaks. An exceptionally light and airy home, with unusually lovely and varied outlooks from all the rooms, you experience a real sense of place both inside and out.


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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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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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