February 2015

Found 9 blog entries for February 2015.




Just in time for spring, experience California indoor/outdoor living in this turnkey 1,716 sqft (per tax records) Eichler home in the Rancho San Miguel.

With 4 bedrooms and 2 baths, this courtyard-style Eichler boasts a sunny and bright ambiance with clean, modern design.  Entering the home, the architectural clerestory windows ushers in the sun filling the hallways with light. Characteristic mid-century post+beam design allows for a central, high-pitched ceiling running the entire span of the family areas and glass walls makes living and entertaining a completely open experience. 

Functional updates include a new foam roof, new boiler for in-floor heating, and skylights throughout.  The baths are

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Development Solutions Seascape LLC (DSS) has filed for formal approval for a mixed use development of a 10 acre site in Richmond's Marina Bay neighborhood. Consisting of 255 live/work resdiences, the project seeks to replace a delapidated industrial building located on the corner of Marina Way South and Wright Ave. DSS has already purchased the lot, begun intitial environmental remediation studies, and provided the neighboring community and the city of Richmond with it's conceptual plans. Not only does this project seek to continue Marina Bay's growth as a vibrant and hip community sitting just across the Bay from San Francisco, but will implement the City's General Plan and add a new tax base of approximately $110 million. Now that Richmond's Marina Bay

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Congratulations to my client on the purchase of 4333 Fleetwood Dr., Richmond, located in May Valley, adjacent to El Sobrante. It has an updated kitchen, a large family room, and nice backyard for entertaining.  It is also equipped with a solar system that saves lots of energy!

We competed against four other offers but our competitive offer price with a quick close let us win this gem. 



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Congratulations to my buyers on the purchase of this new construction home in Novato. This was a very unique and unfortunate situation, as their parent's house was destroyed as a result of a mudslide in Camarillo, Californina. The heavy rains in December caused a landslide which engulfed a total of 10 homes, including theirs. The house was red-tagged as the inside was filled with up to 3 feet of mud and the parents were forced to vacate and live in temporary housing until now. Both brother and sister took it upon themselves to find their parents a new home and at the same time to move them much closer to San Francisco, where they reside. The home sold for just under $800K!

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Congratulations to my client on the sale of her condo unit located in The Sierra building in Jack London Square!

After a tremendous amount of interest and 18 offers (all over our asking price of $339,000!), this condo closed escrow in an all-cash deal at $435,000 -- well above recent comparable sales in the area and 28% over our list price.

This 841-square foot studio unit had been nicely updated with refinished wood flooring and cabinets, custom built-in bookcase and desk area, and a sliding glass partition to separate sleeping and living areas. It also featured amazing floor-to-ceiling windows that brought in lots of light and provided a view of the surrounding neighborhood and Downtown Oakland. You can also see more photos at

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Rumors have been going around for quite some time now that Water Emergency Transportation Authority’s (WETA) planned expansion of its Bay Area ferry service to San Francisco will most likely be embarking from Richmond. Sitting just next to the Craneway Pavilion, the existing ferry ramp is already being used for occasional ferry service between San Francisco and Richmond to service concerts, ball games, and other major events. Although other sites such as Berkeley, Hercules and Martinez have been vying for a similar commuter transportation alternative to San Francisco, the Richmond site has been deemed the most plausible of the candidate sites as well as the most cost-effective. In fact the Environmental Impact

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Although SF Beer Week kicked off with it’s previously sold out gala event on Friday, there are many, many more events and places to go for tasty brew,  ALL OVER the Bay Area.


What started in 2009 with 50 events has matured into an exciting extravaganza of over 700 events across  Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco and Santa Clara counties, including beer and food parings, educational gatherings for the total beer geek and charity nights focusing more on donation than fermentation.  There’s even an event tomorrow featuring Beer Ice Cream at Smitten Ice Cream, 5800 College Ave in Rockridge.


Here are just a few of the best locations/events of the Week in the East Bay:


1.     Beer

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Peace + Serenity at Home Awaits...

Enjoy Zen Mid-Century living in this stately 2,037 (per tax records) courtyard-style Eichler home in the charming Rancho San Miguel neighborhood.

With 4 bedrooms and 2 baths, this Eichler features a fantastic cul-de-sac location and spacious 11,160 sqft (per tax) lot with a park-like backyard, mature Japanese landscaping and trees. A large bonus sun room, designed in characteristic mid-century post+beam architecture with a high-pitched ceiling and soaring glass walls, extends into the side gardens, blurring the lines of indoors+outdoors.

In the living areas, the thoughtful floor plan separates the bedrooms from master suite, which is open to the rear yard via floor/ceiling glass.

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If you're interested in the growing art scene here in the East Bay, I highly recommend you check out the Norton Factory Studios in Oakland's Fruitvale District, home to a growing community of artists.

Norton Studios has a number of events throughout the year, including the upcoming BLOOM exhibition from February 21st through 28th. The opening reception for this exhibition (featuring 6 local artists) will be on Saturday, February 21st from 6 - 8 PM, and the gallery will also be open from 11-4 on each of the other days. If you haven't attended an event here before, it's definitely worth checking out -- in addition to lots of art, the brewery (Jingletown Jazz Room) next door provides a whole range of local beers. Several food trucks and live music are

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