East Bay Real Estate Blog

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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Looking for even more reasons to move to the East Bay?  Oakland Restaurant Week kicked off last Friday with over 25 restaurants participating in prix fixe menus allowing more opportunities to sample the booming culinary scene happening in Oakland.  The event goes through the 29th and reservations are recommended. 

Take a look at our recently updated Buyers Guide to the East Bay and sign up to receive notifications of new listings to get familiar with the East Bay real estate market.

Click the Visit Oakland link below for a list of participating restaurants.

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Looking for rare, vintage, mid-century furniture like this Jens Risom arm chair to complement your Eichler Home, Oakland loft or other modernist dwelling?  Check out Urban Home off I-80 off the University Avenue exit.  Click the link below to take a peek at their blog highlighting the first round of deliveries for the new year.

Urban Home Consignment Furniture

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Don't miss out on a great opportunity to own in Downtown San Jose's beautiful Naglee Park neighborhood!

Within walking distance to downtown shops, restaurants, and nightlife, this 4 bedroom/1.5 bath home is great as a primary residence, or as an income investment property leasing to students attending San Jose State University a few blocks away, and yielding better returns than the long-term capital markets.

Please call or email me for more info and to schedule a showing.

Ken@EastBayModern.com

510.999.0923 phone

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On the first Friday evening of every month, over 20 art galleries in Oakland's Uptown District leave their doors open a little bit longer for a growing event for local supporters.  The Art Murmur - Art Walk brings out hundreds of art dealers, collectors, and enthusiast.

One of this week's highlights includes an exhibition by Berkeley artist Mary Curtis Ratcliff where she celebrates feminist movements from the past and present.

More info:

Oakland Art Murmur - First Friday Art Walk - 6-9pm

oaklandartmurmur.org

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In today's Travel section of The New York Times, Oakland is ranked between London and Tokyo as #5 in "The Places to Go in 2012". 

The article sites the Fox Theater as one of the Bay Area's top music venues, upscale cocktail bars, restaurants featuring top-rated chefs, and Jack London Square as reasons Oakland scored high on the list.

See link below......

 

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Now that you've returned those holiday sweaters and re-gifted petrified fruitcakes, what do you do with the rest of the week?  Check out visitoakland.org for a list of 100 exciting things to see and do in Oakland, CA.  Maybe you can get a jump start on the next holiday by signing up for a cake decorating class at the world-famous Miette Patisserie & Confiserie (#81)!

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See link after the jump.......

 

100 Things to Do in Oakland, CA

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