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Software maker Navis just landed the last of the office space in the new, 170,000 square feet Jack London Square Market, establishing the neighborhood as an employment hub as well as one of Oakland's premier loft and restaurant districts. 

According to an article in the San Francisco Business Times, Navis is a maker of logistics software will occupy 35,000 square feet on the fifth and sixth floors with over 150 employees.   The market building also houses the headquarters for law firm Kazan, McClain, Abrams, Lyons, Greenwood, and Harley, as well as solar-panel leasing company, Sungevity,  and Haven, a new eatery  by local restaurateur, Daniel Patterson.  The first two levels will be culinary-related vendors similar to the Ferry Building on the

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Architectural firms designing lofts in Oakland California. 

We frequently get asked by our architectural enthusiast clients about the history of a particular loft development as well as the specific details regarding which architect or architectural firm developed a specific Oakland loft building.

While this list is ever-evolving (and by no means designed to be all-inclusive), we did want to point out a few of the most popular lofts in Oakland and provide some insight into which architectural firms played a role in their creation.   Here goes:

  • Oakland's Pacific Cannery Lofts, 200 2nd Street Lofts and West End Commons townhouse development were all designed by San Francisco-based architects David Baker + Partners
  • The Brick House Lofts at 201 3rd Street were designed by Danville-based Flynn, Craig + Grant
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loft buildings in the East Bay. 

Many of our Bay Area real estate clients that are passionate for modern homes but want affordable modern living in an urban environment gravitate towards loft living in the East Bay.   

While residential and live-work lofts in the East Bay can be found in a few towns (including Berkeley and Emeryville), the largest concentration of loft buildings can be found in Oakland.   

If you are interested in exploring lofts for sale in Oakland, we would encourage you to take a look at some of the most popular loft developments in Oakland, including:

  • Alice Street Lofts
  • Brickhouse Lofts
  • Cigar Factory Lofts
  • Golden Bridge Lofts
  • GreenCity Lofts
  • Henry Street Lofts
  • New Market Lofts
  • Pacific Cannery Lofts
  • Phoenix Lofts
  • Portico Lofts
  • San
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In 2011, a total of 82 condominums and lofts sold in the Jack London/Warehouse District.  The average list price was $284,831 and average sales price was $274,957.  The average days on market (DOM) was 61 days.

Last year the highest price paid for a JLS unit was $749,000 (2 bed/2 bath unit in the Ellington) and the lowest was $57,500 (1 bed/1 bath bank-owned unit in Portabello).

2011 was a transitional year for the area. Sales were up, prices down and interest rates were and still are at an all-time low.  Banks started to streamline short sales resulting in fewer foreclosures, and some values were affected by litigation in one development.  Currently, we are seeing many buyers wanting to enter the market, but inventory is extremely low.

If

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With approximately 175 Eichler homes in three separate neighborhoods, Concord has the third largest concentration of Eichler homes in the East Bay.  Two of Concord's Eichler communities are located south of West Street, between Clayton Road and Wilson Lane.  The third is south of Clayton Road, off of Babel Lane - along Gainsborough, Barrington, and Merridan Drives.

Built in the early 1960s, Rancho del Diablo is an Eichler community of about fifty homes that feature three of Eichler's most popular models, designed by Claude Oakland, A. Quincy Jones, and Frederick Emmons & Associates.  Many of these homes have been well maintained and retain their mid-century appeal.  Just around the corner from Rancho del Diablo, bound by West and Salem Streets is

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Centrally located in Contra Costa County, Walnut Creek is connected to the rest of the Bay Area by BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit), I-680 which travels north to south, and Highway 24 which heads west to Oakland and San Francisco, making commuting simple and convenient. 

Built in the 1950s, Rancho San Miguel in Walnut Creek, CA was the first Eichler development in San Francisco's East Bay Area.  With more than 375 Eichler homes, Rancho San Miguel is the largest Eichler community in the East Bay. An adjacent shopping center anchored by Fresh and Easy Neighborhood Market, the 33-mile long Iron Horse Regional Trail, and the 100-acre Heather Farm Park, keeps everyday life in Rancho San Miguel uncomplicated.  Downtown Walnut Creek, a short distance

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eastbaymodernliving - guide to modern properties in the east bay. 

Our East Bay real estate clients and friends have diverse needs, budgets and architectural preferences.  Whether your into newly built residential lofts, classic mid-century modern architecture or newer designs by some of today's hottest modernist architects, we share your passion for East Bay modern living

To further assist our modern-minded clients, we wanted to share some helpful tips and suggestions with you so that you can get the most out of our East Bay Modern website and our agents:

  • To keep tabs on modern listings that hit the market in either Alameda or Contra Costa Counties, be sure to register for our East Bay Modern Listing updates.     
  • If residential or live-work lofts are your thing, don't miss the pages on our site dedicated to
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In 2011, a total of 18 Eichler Homes were sold throughout the East Bay.  Overall the average list price for an Eichler home in the East Bay was $506,285 and the average sale price was $504,995.  The average days on market (DOM) across all towns were 48 days.  

Last year the highest price paid for an East Bay Eichler home was $765,000 (a 4 bedroom home in Walnut Creek) and the lowest price paid was just $256,000 (a bank owned 4 bedroom home in Concord).  Within this newsletter we've included additional information regarding 2011 sales by town. 

Beyond Eichler sales, 2011 was a transitional year for real estate across much of the country, including the San Francisco Bay Area. We generally saw less volatility in the local real estate market -

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I'm delighted to let our clients, friends and visitors know that Marin Modern Real Estate, our sister company, will once again serve as the exclusive real estate sponsor for the Dwell Modern Home Tour in Marin.  

Similar to last year, this self-guided tour of modern homes in Marin will feature 5 architecturally distinct properties in South Marin and 5 properties in Central & West Marin.  Additionally, there will be a special "Meet the Architects" event held the evening before the tour begins.   

Mark your calendars now for this special event which will be held April 27- 29, 2012.  Clients and friends will receive 10% off registration so, please contact me or stay tuned for additional details regarding this event in the near future. I will

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Step out of your door to waterfront dining at Lake Chalet Seafood Bar & Grill and then take post-dinner twilight wine-cruise on the lake in your private gondola. Or, walk to Whole Foods and enjoy dinner on your balcony while taking in the skyline of downtown Oakland.

The Essex at 1 Lakeside Drive is a luxurious, 270-unit, high-rise condominium development located on the shores of Lake Merritt in the Oakland neighborhood sometimes referred to as the Gold Coast.  The Essex complex consists of a nine-story residential building and its landmark, 20-story high-rise tower that is topped with swanky penthouse units.

If the high-rise condominum lifestyle suits your style, be sure to check out condos for sale at 1 Lakeside Drive, Oakland - prices start

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