Aug 122016
 

There is quite a storied history of this home in Oakland’s Hillcrest Estates, and if the fame of Cooperstown, NY means anything to you then that part of the story adds a whole bunch to the lore. But the home on its own is really an amazing local treasure. Built in 1980, this home was designed by the renowned architect Aaron Green whose resume includes his collaboration on 40 of master architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s projects. He was an associate architect for the Marin Civic Center and was Frank Lloyd Wright’s west coast representative for his firm Taliesin Associated Architects. What you’ll see here is an incredible custom home of over 5000sf set on a 2.66 acre lot with a gated entrance, tennis court, swimming pool, expansive bay views and a design based on a central axis that will dazzle any visitor. Please click through and look at the rest of the pictures and prepare to be amazed at this wonderful Oakland home whose legacy is truly legendary.

Aug 122016
 

What a wonderful Spanish Mediterranean-style home, with all sorts of charming elements of the classic style yet built in 1994. Amazing tile work, exposed beam interior architecture, copper light fixtures, extraordinary attention to details in ornamentation that all seems to blend the ubiquitous craftsman elements found in the area with the wonderful flair of the Mediterranean seaside home. Living spaces covering indoor and outdoors flow back and forth where the home easily and gracefully welcomes the refreshing bay breeze to fill the home. Just an outstanding execution of the concept in a fantastic Rockridge location.

Aug 122016
 

Having looked at dozens of homes in Piedmont Pines, and having been a fan of it for years, I can say one of the reasons it continues to charm and mesmerize me is when I see homes like this one. This Oakland hills neighborhood is a serene oasis on its own, within steps of some of the most amazing urban regional parks one can find anywhere. There are bay views on the west side and valley views on the east side. It’s a nature lover’s paradise, no doubt. With this home you’ll find what appears to be an Eichler in the sky. A very large (over 3400sf) Eichler-esque home with exposed beams and large geometric windows, and an open flow between rooms— but this one is on a hillside with lovely views. Take some time and really check this one out. It’s a mid-century gem of a home that’ll stand the test of time for many decades to come.

Aug 122016
 

Hillcrest Estates is without question one of my favorite neighborhoods in Oakland. Why? Well, let’s start with the minimum lot size of 1 acre. This particular home sits on a 1.63 acre lot with bay views and hosts a wonderful mid-century 5bd/4ba single level home with over 3000sf, Pool? Yep. Gorgeous park-like setting? Yep. Quiet and serene; elegant and homey; welcoming to guests yet oasis-like? All yep. Just a wonderful estate. And considering the median (yes median) in Palo Alto is $1M higher than this home’s list price, it ought to give anyone shopping in this price range pause.

Aug 122016
 

If you’re ready to fall in love click through the link in the picture and look at the rest of them. Or better yet, go tour this home just on the east side of Dimond Park. It’s such a lovely home both inside and out, and the charm is only exceeded by its comfiness. Great 3bd/2.5ba layout with lots of extra space, a big lot of over 6200sf, a detached 2-car garage, and wonderfully artistic updating throughout while preserving period details of the 1931 design. Great one!

Aug 122016
 

This 1911 brown shingle in Adams Point just makes me happy! It’s in a great location where you can walk to all sorts of restaurants, Lake Merritt, Fairyland, BART, Uptown, downtown, etc. It’s spacious too, almost 22oosf with 3 bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms. It’s got a nice-sized and level 5200sf, totally usable lot with a detached 2-car garage. And finally, it just overflows with period charm from its gleaming hardwood to its elegant trim, its diamond paned windows to its wonderful rear sunroom and more! Great home, well worth checking out!

Aug 122016
 

Just a super charmer here! Easy walking distance to the great restaurants and transportation options available in the Temescal and overflowing with period details and extra space! Cute backyard with a detached garage, gleaming hardwood, large kitchen with a breakfast nook, and a great big finished basement for entertaining! You’ll love it. Great one to check out!

Aug 122016
 

This is a lovely mid-century home (exactly mid-century since it was built in 1950) set in a wonderfully serene location that is still within walking distance to Montclair Village. I think it really calls out to those who are looking at what this price range buys in Berkeley or simply in a condo in SF. The comparison is stark. Nicely updated and well-designed to take advantage of the 5000sf lot where a large elevated patio space is right out front, the home has a nice 3bd/2ba layout with a garage and welcomes its residents and visitors with a charming shroud of mature trees. Nice one!

Aug 122016
 

Looks like you’ll find a true oasis in this lovely home in the Laurel neighborhood! Built in 1939 with over 2100sf and setup with two kitchens and living areas and sitting on a meticulously landscaped 6700sf lot, this home definitely has the elements of a “gem.” Great indoor/outdoor combination for enjoying the gorgeous Oakland weather and lots of space to spread out. Lots of ways you can make this home fit your lifestyle, and a great one to check out!

Aug 122016
 

Right up in the heart of north Oakland, in what’s traditionally been called the Bushrod neighborhood, this home stands out as a lovely home for the primary occupant, but what’s also great about it is how its lower level has an in-law unit. So for those of you looking for this type of setup— maybe those considering a duplex— in this neighborhood, this one is a very nice option. Great little back yard too! Nice one to check out.

Aug 122016
 

Yep it’s the classic A-frame, Tahoe-style! And this one is within walking distance to Montclair Village. Sweet design with 2 bedrooms and 2 baths. Built for admiring and enjoying the serenity of the Oakland hills. Lovely valley views from two floors of this home as well as from the lot itself. It’s a charmer built in 1976 that’s awaiting the next chapter in its life.

Aug 122016
 

You’re going to want to be watching Toler Heights! If you’re a view-seeker, this neighborhood has them and the renovations are multiplying along the streets of these hills. This charmer was built in 1927, but it’s had a major modern restoration. Lots of space in this 4bd/3ba home with a very large 6250sf lot as well! Definitely one to check out!

Aug 122016
 

Turn of the century neighborhood with Victorians, Edwardians and craftsmans here. Once again, we’re seeing here the rough cut version of what can (and will) be. Tons of period charm, convenient north Oakland location, priced in a range where investors will likely compete to make it a rehab project. We’ve been watching the evolution of so many neighborhoods over these recent years, and this one is one of them.

Aug 122016
 

2bd/2ba home with a double garage, built in 1900 in the rapidly developing north Oakland neighborhood of McClymonds. You’re looking for a way in, and here is one. Consider the difference between renting and buying. Wouldn’t it be nice to not have your home sold out from under you? That’s one difference between renting and buying. We will help you find a way in.

Aug 122016
 

Updated 1923 craftsman 2/1 with a 5000sf lot, listed under $400k. Just think about it. When we read about the obscene prices for housing in the bay area we have to acknowledge the history of neighborhoods evolving. This neighborhood has seen nearly 100 years of evolution. It’s shined before. Look at how this home shines now, particularly for a price point that’s less than half the median in SF, nearly 20% of the median in Palo Alto.

Jul 142016
 

Yes, yes… I had to include two photos for this one because this home in the Oakland hills really fits closer to a luxury retreat than simply a home. Sitting on a half acre lot with some views to the bay and city lights this gorgeous home includes 5 bedrooms and 5 full baths with an in-law AND a separate guest cottage, also a waterfall, spa, sauna, etc. It just seems to have it all. Built in 1989 in the Italianate style, it’ll entice and enchant you as you flip through the photos. Better yet, let’s go check it out in person! A beauty!

Jul 142016
 

Let it be known that 9 times out of 10 I am going to be a fan of a home in Oakland that has a big lot. There’s nothing like having a nice helping of square footage in your yard. And this one really hits the mark because it’s actually almost 2 acres! And yes, it has a barn and is already set up for your horses. Spacious 5bd/2.5ba home looks great and feels like a home you’d find dozens of miles away from here. Charming and beautiful piece of land with a great house!

Jul 142016
 

This home is really the whole package. It has all the style and charm of an updated 1927 craftsman that actually has a good-sized yard, a garage, a plus room, an unfinished basement AND as so many homeowners demand, it has a very close proximity to public transportation (McArthur BART). Look at this one through and through. It really hits all the marks!

Jul 142016
 

Sweet mid-century view home (really a view home!) with expansion potential in the lower level already partially finished. When you look at what sort of condo you can get in SF for a similar price, just maybe this ought to give you pause to take a look. Definitely a fun spot to check out!

 Posted by at 2:09 pm
Apr 212016
 

Hello Everyone,

I feel compelled to comment upon the loss of both Prince and David Bowie in this short period of time this year. Perhaps my most immediate reaction this afternoon to the news of Prince’s passing has been to stagger backward a couple steps recognizing what a colossal artistic void is left in his wake after his passing, much like I did after I heard the news of David in January. And as the confirmation of the news streamed in through my usual sources on the tv and the internet I found myself acknowledging how so many people around the world will endure feelings of bereavement on this day. Many will leave work early, I think. Many will contact family and friends to share in the mourning, just as we do when a beloved family member dies. In these moments in families many members mourning the loss no doubt think of how this void can possibly be filled ever again. Many perhaps recall suddenly trivial yet vital parts played by that person and wonder things such as who will play Santa for the kids this year? Or who can even hope to bake all those pies at Thanksgiving? Indeed, with such a void, with such a gap now created that cannot possibly be filled by any single one of us, how do we bridge this loss? How do we help the young ones to understand, many will find themselves thinking.

It’s this sort of family loss that seems like the only psychological template that comes even close to matching up in these cases for many of us. For me, with David Bowie it’s always been the Ziggy Stardust record that I know best. It’s one that I played exceedingly frequently during a certain time of my life. Even now, when I hear “Ziggy played guitar. Jamming good with Weird and Gilly, and the Spiders from Mars…” I laugh and think of how the personifications of “Weird and Gilly” and I strummed guitars sitting in my living room many times at various different times in my life. And with Prince I recall feeling sparked by the lyrics “You don’t have to be rich to be my girl. Don’t have to be cool to rule my world.” And then in the last verse, with the ferocity of an unquestionably riled-up African-American woman, and in an upper vocal register I cannot even begin to hit, he exclaims: “Ain’t no particular sign I’m more compatible with!!!” Well, you know the rest. “I just want your extra time, and your kiss.”

Wow. These poetic musical moments and so many more by them both have stuck with me for many years, and I expect they’ll be around in my mind’s theater for many more years to come.

So I see these two passing as a great loss. It’s something I feel compelled to comment upon, and it’s something I think the artistic community in particular must view as one where they wonder who among them can possibly even hope to bridge the void now left in their wake. It’s a tremendous emotional experience for many of them, I believe. And I think as this mourning and acceptance sinks in with artists around the world, they will— as artists will do— respond to their emotions by creating art. Much like we saw after David Bowie’s and other artists’ passing, there will assuredly be numerous tribute performances made by many musicians. But what I suspect, and what I hope for, as we all right now feel the whoosh from the cosmic wake of the appearance and passing of these incredible talents, is that artists around the world will respond less by performing tributes of Prince and Bowie songs, and MORE by producing NEW WORKS of their own perhaps inspired by the emotions they feel— inspired by their gratitude at sharing a moment in the continuum of time with these legendary artists.

Just as with the loss of a beloved family member, we ultimately recognize how blessed we’ve been to share time with that person, for however long it lasted in life. Their wakes are often bigger than we think we can endure sometimes when they pass, and they seem to come when we think we are prepared for them least. And in the case of the passing of these two giants, I think the legacy each of them would most likely prefer to see bestowed upon them is that we commemorate their loss not by dwelling in what they take with them (and away from us), but in what NEW each of us might create that is perhaps inspired by our sharing a place in time with them. “Go be YOU,” I think they would say. You know? It comforts me to think that’s what they’d want.

Rest in peace Prince and David, and heartfelt condolences to all who love them.


Apr 072016
 

Goodness, wow! In one hundred years this home will represent our current era as “Year Built: 2016.” Incredible views? Of course. Spacious with over 3400sf, 5bd/3ba? Of course. Luxurious appointments including a stunning LED chandelier? Uh huh. It’s got a whole bunch, really. Just take some time to click through and flip through these pics. You’ll see. Wonderful home in the Montclair Hills!

Apr 072016
 

One photo cannot possibly capture how much there is here in this super stylishly updated 1914 home in beautiful Crocker Highlands. All together we’re looking at over 3700sf with 5bd/4.5ba sitting on a 5750sf lot. Take one bedroom and one bath out of that total because, yes, here you have guest quarters (or an in law, or au pair, or studio perhaps). Just click through and check out the photos. It’s an interior designer’s masterpiece. Beauty here!

Apr 072016
 

Show me the sun and the views! This spacious 2002 home will keep the eyes tantalized as you peek through windows on every level or from the numerous decks and verandas. With over 3500sf and 4bd/4.5ba, and oh yeah, a sauna, jacuzzi, solar energy, auto shades, and more, this home will comfort you in sweet luxury. Remind me what this price buys in SF again?