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
East Bay living means more sunshine, more garden space...and more butterflies! These monarch caterpillars are feasting on the milkweed in my back yard, getting ready to build their brilliant green chrysalises. … [Read more...] about Monarchs thrive in the East Bay
The cost of home insurance in the East Bay is generally in the range of $1,000 to $2,000 annually. How much your actual insurance policy will cost is determined by the overall size of the house, the age of the house, the amount of updating to the … [Read more...] about How much is home insurance?
Michael Pallas, (925) 297-4202 Allstate, (510) 429-5788, Tony Huey Al Caruso - Farmer's, (510) 527-4640 Liberty Mutual - Dave Fabucci, (925) 838-6310 X58339 AAA, (510) 594-6776, Edgar de Leon Armstrong & Armstrong, … [Read more...] about East Bay Insurance Agents for Home Owners
A general contractor is responsible for handling all aspects of your home project, from soup to nuts. He deals with bids, permits, subcontractors, plans, materials, labor, communication, paperwork -- he is your one-stop shop. He will coordinate all … [Read more...] about General Contractors in the East Bay
Recently my favorite house photographer sent me some examples of a service he will be offering soon -- "virtual staging." Never heard of virtual staging? That's because it's not a thing yet. But, I have a hunch it will be, soon. When budgeting … [Read more...] about “Virtual Staging” — the next thing?
According to local lore, this home was built by Mr. Hinks of Hinks Department Store (a long-time Berkeley fixture since the 1920s), for his own family. The cheerful 2+ bedroom Mediterranean style home, located on a quiet tree-lined street, has … [Read more...] about The Hinks Home