Bay Area California Real Estate Blog and News

Zillow Forecast 2016 Bay Area: Oakland Wins

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Matt and I are frequently raving about Oakland and its neighborhoods and what they offer.   Zillow has just released a forecast for the hottest neighborhoods in the Bay Area and guess what?  They’re all in Oakland.

Interestingly, almost all of the hottest neighborhoods are in East Oakland.  When we get phone calls from prospective clients considering Oakland, almost everyone starts with the popular areas of Temescal, Rockridge, and Jack London. However, there are many more neighborhoods on the cusp of a transformation and Zillow’s forecast supports what we’ve been telling clients.

If value and upside are important considerations, there are definitely neighborhoods where you can get space and character if you’re priced out of the more...

Berkeley Real Estate Market Report - December 2015

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The East Bay real estate market was quite strong in 2015, and the Berkeley market was no exception. Despite the holiday season, 56 properties were sold, a 10% increase over December 2014. 

The average sold price was 14% above the list price and the median number of days on the market was 14 days! 

The average sold price December, 2015 was over $100K higher than that of last year. What a great value appreciation it was!  

If you are thinking of selling this coming Spring, this is the time to prepare for it. If you would like to be a homeowner this year, it's a great time to get in and hopefully buy before Spring/Summer...

Annual Marin Review: A Tale of Two Markets

2015 was comprised of two different stories. From 2013 to 2014, there were huge run-ups as the market regained the lost values of 2006-2012.
This past year, the first half was punctuated with rapid sales, high multiple offers, and fast moving, hard-to-find inventory. The second half told a different story: The U.S. stock market had a correction over the summer, interest rates finally began their slow climb towards 5% later in the year and China’s economy had an inevitable course correction (demand for goods and services are increasing from China’s growing consumer-based middle class while their production is dropping off).
All of these factors led to fewer Bay Area Buyers during the second half of 2015. And thus, fewer multiple offers – particularly on the Peninsula and in the City.
Marin, however, with its extremely low inventory and abundant protected open space, only had a small hiccup in the Fall season. Well presented homes continued to see multiple offers.
2016:...

Eichler Homes Iconic Midcentury Design here to stay

I’ve always found Eichler’s to be a fascinating design. The inclusion of the outside element being part of your actual living space. They are light and airy with that really cool open-roofed atrium entrance. The posted beam construction gives freedom from the conventional load bearing walls which is why you’ll see floor-to-ceiling glass through the entire home. If you are in the market for a new home be sure to include the Eichler design as part of your search. Marin county has over 1500 Eichler homes. Inspired by Frank Lyoyd Wright, Joseph Eichler a true game changer in real estate development.

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Protect Your Home From an Electrical Fire

I was awakened from a deep sleep several nights ago to a phone call from my neighbor asking if there was a fire at our house.  She heard and then saw a big yellow fire truck sitting at the bottom of our hillside property with its engine idling and the sound of voices. There weren't any sirens or flashing lights.  I leaped out of bed, threw on a coat, slipped into my tennis shoes and ran out into the rain to see if there was smoke coming from our house.  Reassured that our house wasn't on fire, I walked our property in the dark looking for trees that might have toppled thinking that might be the reason for the fire truck.

As I crawled back into bed with my heart still racing, I could see from the bedroom window the meandering beam of flashlights and vehicle lights snaking up our narrow hillside road but  no siren or flashing lights to signal an emergency. I slowly drifted into a fitful sleep. It wasn't until the next morning I heard the rest of the story.  There was an ...

415 Victoria St. San Francisco, CA 94132 - COMING SOON!

 415 Victoria Street, San Francisco CA 94132 Offered at $1,200,000 and on market Friday January 8, 2016!

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This Merced Heights home has it all! Truly a diamond in the rough. A vintage cottage transformed into a spacious view home by thoughtful and caring owners.  Perched at the top of Victoria Street, this property offers stunning panoramic views from the Ocean in the west to Mt. Diablo in the East. On a clear day you can spy the Pt. Reyes Seashore in the distance.

This 3-story split level gem offers 3 bedrooms and 3 full baths and has been updated from top to bottom. There is also a flexible 4th room that could be used as another bedroom, office or bonus room.  The 3rd Bedroom and Bath is at garage level,...

Goings on in Downtown San Anselmo. Cucina Re-opens Under "Old Management"!

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To the present and future delight of those who had for years made it their favorite neighborhood Italian restaurant, as well as legions of the as yet uninitiated, Cucina has re-opened under the original management of Donna Seymour, but with a new twist. Longtime client, Kevin Hansmeyer, has joined the management/ownerhip team. Donna and Kevin now work side by side to provide diners with enjoyable, authentic, and delicious meals that will keep them coming back and telling their friends too!

The freshly updated and remodeled restaurant opened quietly, without fanfare during the week before Christmas, and, even without advertising or promotion, has been consistently busy ever since. Several of the familiar servers have returned, and Bobby, the...

TOP 10 Items You Should Have in Your Car

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Here in the Bay Area, otherwise known to some as "Earthquake Country", most people know the importance of keeping a few essential items in your car in case of emergency.  Even if you just find yourself in a super inconvenient traffic situation, you want to be prepared.  Like most of us, I sometimes need a reminder to freshen up or re-stock the carton of supplies in the back of my car, so I figure some of you could use a reminder too.  As the New Year arrives, and El Nino seemingly gaining momentum, this is a great time to replenish emergency supplies in your car.

Here's my TOP 10 List of the non-negotiable things you need to keep in your car.

1. First aid kit

While I'm certain you have...

106 Forest Lane San Rafael CA 94903: JUST LISTED

Just Listed: 106 Forest Lane San Rafael, CA 94903

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Private End Unit

This stylish one level open floor plan condo shows like a dream. Nestled in a private natural setting with open space hillside and wooded views, this end unit is spacious and in move-in condition.  Gleaming hardwood floors throughout add warmth to a light filled home. Private patio off the living/dining room is perfect for outside dining and entertaining. The galley kitchen features slate tile flooring and Corian type counters. Smooth ceilings throughout and recessed lighting in much of...