Bay Area California Real Estate Blog and News

6818 Paso Robles Dr. in Montclair - Just Sold

We just closed on the purchase of this fully rebuilt 4 bedroom 3 bathroom home located at 6818 Paso Robles Drive on Friday. My first-time home buyers could not believe that they got the first house that we made an offer on, and all that in the beautiful Montclair neighborhood of the Oakland Hills for only $885,000!


Taste - A New Fairfax Hang Out

Yesterday, with a bit of time to kill in downtown Fairfax, I wandered into Taste, a new bakery/small bowl place located in the old Fat Angel location near Scoop.
I ordered the Popeye which is a small bowl with black beans, fresh quacamole, steamed greens and a poached egg on top. It set me back about six bucks and change with a tip*
My meal was good and "clean"- High quality ingredients- I think organic, too.
The atmosphere has changed since Proprietress Rochelle, took over- more zinc, cosy booth like arrangements and some high tables for computer types. (I did not get out my computer so I don't know if they had wi-fi but did see a guy working away. ) The place was packed with mostly Mom's and Yoga teachers mid day.
I loved the food, the atmosphere and the pricing.
As I was leaving, I tried a gluten free almond cookie and took one to go. Then, on impulse bought a fresh loaf of buttermilk bread for the kids who have been clamoring to make...

8199 Hansom Dr, Oakland - SOLD!


Congratulations to the sellers of 8199 Hansom Drive in the Sequoyah Hills Eichler neighborhood in Oakland which closed escrow at $789,000! 

If you are looking to purchase or sell an Eichler home, we are the team to make it happen.  Please contact for a consultation.


NEW Office for our Modern Real Estate Family!


I'm delighted to annouce that we've opened another office to better serve the needs of our Bay Area home buyer and seller clients.

Our newest office is located in the East Bay - specifically the hip and fun Jack London Square neighborhood of Oakland.  Our East Bay Modern office is located on the ground floor, lobby level of The Bond, a modern & upscale condo development in the heart of Jack London Square.  

If you're not familiar with the neighborhood or area, I'd strongly encourage you to come check it out and say hello (our office is located at 311 2nd Street, Oakland, CA 94607).   It's a fantastic waterfront neighborhood in Oakland with a great vibe and has some of the best...

Floating Home Financing Update

I recently posted information about how to finance a floating home in Marin. There are some (mostly positive) changes to the options out there.

1. Financial Benefits Credit Union is currently making Floating home loans again. Since these loans are held in house, they don't always have financing available. Loans max out at $500,000 and are only at 75% Loan to Value. Interest only. Amoritized over 30 years but variable. Contact Heather Ziemer at (510) 433-9200. They are open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.) No points.

2. Best News- Bank of Marin has an excellent program now. They are lending on all Floating homes. If you have a credit score above 740, you can qualify for 25% down; otherwise, you will have to come up with more money down.This is a ten year loan amoritized over thirty years. Contact Linda directly at 415-927-2265.The rate is...

Just Sold in Novato - Condo Purchased Below List Price!

Since affordability is a big consideration for most first-time home buyers, I'm happy to share that I successfully helped a wonderful couple purchase their first condo in Novato at under asking!  Finances were a factor, so having low monthly HOA fees (UNDER $275.00) made this lovely condo even more appealing.  I was able to work with the Seller's agent to negotiate a reduced price - my clients closed with a sales price of $333,000 while the original list price was $349,000...a tidy $16,000 savings!!!

We'd been scourinng the new condo listings since early Spring and had actually made an offer on another property in July, but were beat out by a higher offer.  As luck would have it though, we persevered and discovered an even better solution for my clients when we found a great two bedroom, one and a half bath condo not far from Scottsdale Pound and the Rowland exit off 101.  An excellent commute location.

My clients love the many upgrades this unit offers including beautiful tile floors...

428 Alice Street #321 - Just Listed!


Urban Chic Living!

This stunning 1,207 SF (per tax records), two-bedroom, two-bath boasts panoramic views of the Oakland skyline and the Jack London neighborhood through full-height glass windows that span the entire living area!

Features include a newer kitchen with stainless appliances, gas range, stone counters, breakfast bar, and tons of storage. The private master suite has a walk-in closet/dressing area in the bath with double vanities, glass-enclosed shower, and separate water closet. There's also in-unit laundry, forced-air A/C and heating, fiber optic high-speed data, and assigned garage parking! 

Jack London Square Neighborhood

The Jack London Square/Warehouse Waterfront District of Oakland is full of trendy restaurants, hip coffee roasters, local...