Holly Rose, Residential Realtor

Berkeley ranked #8: Best places to live

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One more reason why it’s smart to invest in Berkeley real estate: The city review website Niche recently ranked America’s best cities to live in, based on crime statistics, public schools, cost of living, job opportunities and local amenities. Ranking is based on data from the U.S. Census bureau, the FBI, the Bureau of Labor Statistics and […]

At last! A truly large home in Albany

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When the City of Albany was developed in the early 1900’s, larger, more expensive homes were being built high up in the hills, while smaller, more affordable homes were built in the “flats.”  Few would have guessed that one hundred years later, Albany would become one of the East Bay’s most desirable walkable locations, coveted for its […]

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 […]

Thousand Oaks Ablaze with Blossoms

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I always love driving down Thousand Oaks Blvd, but right now, and for the next few days, 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 San Fernando). I suggest you add a detour to your day today, […]

The Magical Living Fence

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Walking down the 1800 block of Capistrano Avenue this morning, I stopped in my tracks at the sight of what appeared to be a fence, constructed of intricately interwoven jasmine vines, with no apparent beginning or end, yet 100% alive, dotted with green leaves and fragrant open blossoms. I was absolutely fascinated and spent several […]

A Walk Up Claremont Canyon

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  One of my favorite places to hike is the Claremont Canyon Regional Preserve. The trailhead is off Stonewall Road, near the Claremont Hotel, which means that you can combine a visit to the gustatory delights of the Elmwood shopping district with a healthy trek up a sunny slope in the same afternoon.     […]