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In 2017 I enjoyed helping clients buy and sell a variety of homes in the East Bay. I’m looking forward to another year of helping my wonderfully diverse real estate family!

Inventory traditionally picks up after Superbowl and the early Spring market is a great time to get started and prepare for a move.

I’m  happy to meet prospective clients , discuss options and put together a plan!




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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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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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Some homes really stay in your memory for one reason or another! When I mentioned to other agents that I was listing a wonderful jewel of a home on Barner place, several responded

” Ooh I love that house! ” “Super cul de sac!”

That’s always music to the ears!

My sellers had looked a long time when they purchased the home, and I recall being so impressed with the attention to detail and the quality workmanship. This time around, the stager commented on how the home is exceptionally well proportioned, with higher ceilings and a very gracious presence for a smaller home.

Technically it’s a 3/2 , the third bedroom was converted to a really practical den with beautiful built ins.The updated eat-in kitchen is a chef’s dream and the bathrooms are gorgeous with irridecsent mosaic tiled.
Lincoln Heights is one of those less well known neighborhoods in the Oakland hills. It’s a super spot, many streets have views and it’s minutes from the Montclair and Dimond shopping districts and commute options.

Added bonuses are the Mocking birds who have staked their territory on the cul de sac. They have been singing away as the house was prepared for sale and the glorious roses are in bloom!

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Full details at:   14barnerplace.com

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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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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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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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