Holly Rose, Residential Realtor

Whose reality is this, anyway?

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Dave’s brain cancer diagnosis was confirmed within hours after he accepted an offer to sell his home. My first impulse was to assure him that we could cancel the sale, but Dave was adamant that he wanted to continue with his plan to move to a new place on the coast. His best friend soon […]

A rat story

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I’m belly down in the crawl space, my high-tech flashlight cutting a small cone of bright white light through the murky dark. Ahead of me is the engineer in his coveralls, while behind me, the access door flaps shut in a stormy gust of wind. The soil beneath me is cool, but I’m still tacky […]

How to Make a Woman Love You Forever

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Last year, I photographed the Magical Living Fence on Capistrano Avenue in Berkeley. At that time, the homeowner invited me to come back after February 14, because every year on Valentine’s Day he buys flowers for his wife — living flowers, that he plants in a special garden spot reserved for this display, just for her. I […]

2844 Forest Ave, Elmwood

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“The Charles Axel Smith Private Garage” Click here for more information You’re Invited! Please join me and guests of the Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association for a special neighborhood viewing party, including a selection of fine wines and artisanal cheeses, on Friday, May 2, from 5:30pm-7:30pm. Other Viewing Opportunities: May 1, Thursday: Broker’s Tour (public is […]

A Pre-Emptive Bidding War in Piedmont

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      21 Littlewood was featured as an SF Chronicle “Hot Property,” but even before the article appeared, we knew this was the one. After searching far and wide for several months for a home on at least an acre, with a pool, guest accommodations, a walkable community, and magical-feeling outdoor spaces, my clients were well […]

What Not to Buy

After 25 years in real estate, it still amazes me that in every transaction, I learn something new. Recently, I got a call from a San Francisco agent who asked if I could help a young couple buy a home in Montclair. The agent said that the young couple had already identified the house they wanted […]

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Case of the Stinky Basement

“Smells good to me!” I was down on hands and knees, with my nose hovering inches above the concrete floor of Nancy’s basement. After a recent rainstorm, some seepage had occurred in the basement, and shortly after, a foul odor had emanated from that area. It was soon apparent that chemicals used to bond the […]

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the tree that tried to eat a house

It happened one dark and stormy night. Mom and Dad Putnam and their 3 small children were snug in their beds in their home bordering Tilden Park in the Berkeley hills. Suddenly, above the cracking of thunder and lightning, a different sort of loud crack was followed by a creak — and a tremendous, shuddering […]

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