836 Spruce Street, Berkeley: $1,695,000 3,177 square feet, 3++ bedrooms, 2+ baths Represented by Holly Rose, Marvin Gardens Real Estate This Spanish “Castle” with spectacular bay views was designed by architect WH Hooper in the early 1900's. … [Read more...] about Would you like to live in a castle?
What if you could walk out your front door, and within a few minutes be in a gently rolling parkland with hiking trails, a lake, botanical garden, jogging paths, a little farm, picnic areas -- even a merry-go-round? You would be living near Tilden … [Read more...] about Would you like a 2,000-acre back yard?
Oakland's Bushrod neighborhood, roughly bounded by Telegraph Ave, Ashby Ave, Adeline St, and Highway 24, has long awaited it's turn as a hot real estate location. Historically overshadowed by Lower Rockridge just on the other side of Telegraph, … [Read more...] about Oakland’s Bushrod neighborhood, before and after
"Estate Liquidation" is a term few people have heard, unless they have faced the prospect of clearing out a house full of possessions -- their own, or a loved one's. In a nutshell, Estate Liquidation is the process of finding a new home for every … [Read more...] about Estate Liquidation Resources for the East Bay
Everybody wants to live in Thousand Oaks. When I meet with new clients who wish to buy a home in Berkeley, it seems that whatever their targeted neighborhood (Solano Ave, Gourmet Ghetto, Northbrae, Elmwood), they always toss in "or Thousand Oaks." … [Read more...] about 1797 Thousand Oaks Blvd: $1,695,000
I always love driving down Thousand Oaks Blvd, but right now, and for the next few weeks, it is a rare treat indeed, as brilliantly blooming plum trees frame the gorgeous homes along the boulevard. This image was taken near Great Stone Face Park (at … [Read more...] about Thousand Oaks Ablaze with Blossoms
Berkeley says it's OK!? Can’t you imagine your mother’s voice: “Just because Timmy jumped off a cliff, does that mean you should jump off a cliff too?” We all feel tempted to do what we see others doing, but at the same time, we’re afraid those … [Read more...] about Why You Should Build that Backyard Cottage
The new listing at 935 Fresno Avenue in Berkeley is a perfect example of the type of home that would have been sniffed at 20 years ago. It would have had 3 strikes against it: It needs a lot of work, it's in the flats, and it's less than a block … [Read more...] about Fixer-Upper in the Flats: the new gotta-have-it
This gracious home, sited on almost one-quarter acre at a private cu-de-sac, overlooks a beautiful valley and rolling hills. Soaring interior spaces, with an open floor plan and cathedral ceilings, create a feeling of expansive airiness. Modern … [Read more...] about Italianate Villa with Views
This list is compiled of tradespeople I know and trust, as well as those highly recommended to me by others. Please feel free to send me your feedback about anyone on the list, so I can keep it up to date. Appliances, New Home … [Read more...] about All-Around Resource List
It takes one to know one! This review is especially meaningful to me, because it comes from somebody within the real estate industry, who has first-hand knowledge of what really happens behind the scenes. … [Read more...] about Video: An industry insider reviews Holly Rose