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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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If you like newer homes, highly rated schools and superb views ..without going way up into the hills the Upper Rockridge neighborhood in Oakland is a great place to live!

Tucked in between homes on several of the streets are hidden pathways, shortcuts down the hill for pedestrians dashing the the Trans bay bus stop for the morning commute. And a good end of day work out on the way home!

Village market offers the convenience of a very nice grocery store with imports like my beloved Marmite (!) and other delectable items. Take out Barbeque several days a week and a good deli selection.

My recent listing offered gorgeous Bay and City views and that very desirable guest suite.
…..So nice that visitors may not want to leave!

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For more detail visit: http://www.6168contracosta.com/

 

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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!

SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE!

 

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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!


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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

Lakeshore

Lakeshore  near Grand Ave and Lake Merritt

Bushrod

Bushrod

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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