Oct 282016
 

If you’re okay with being transported to the Mediterranean— while just over the hill from Oakland in Orinda— I think you’ll like what you see, feel, and soak in here at this beautiful home on Moraga Via. My shopping for clients has recently taken me through the Caldecott tunnel for homes in our wonderful and amazing valleys west of Mt. Diablo in Lafayette and Orinda. What I’ve found in my searches for homes in these neighborhoods has been a journey that grows more and more interesting as these serene locations reveal themselves to me. The canyons and the hillside forests;  the sprawling valley views where Mt. Diablo pokes out above the tops of nearer hills; the seasonal creek beds just recently flowing with water; and probably most of all, the free spirit of the bay area alive and well deep up into the windy streets of many of these suburban oases. Please be sure to click on the photo above and take your time clicking through the photos of this charming home in the MLS listing. Needless to say, it’s one of the high end examples and its attention to luxury (and perhaps some regal history) is perhaps another world for many. But its setting on a half acre with its embrace of the valley lifestyle just seems to be an extension of someone’s dream— a dream that may be exactly yours, or maybe not. It’s just cool to see yet another thread in the local tapestry, this time valley-style.

Oct 282016
 

This is one of those homes built in our own age (2016) that will come to represent our era, and perhaps in many ways it’ll represent our values. This is a “green rated building” with hydronic heated floors, Fleetwood windows, a rare 5-bridge view from its hilltop perch, an elevator to ease the burden of traversing its three floors and over 3600sf of living space. 3bd/3.5ba and appointed with the best materials and fixtures, this one will delight you with its quality and luxury. It’s a beauty!

Oct 282016
 

This lovely home built in 1927 is a really interesting pick. Awesome views, period charm, updated kitchen and baths, beautiful outdoor deck and patio spaces to hang out, solar and energy efficiency upgrades, and all just a short drive to great spots in Oakland such as College Ave, Lake Temescal, The Claremont Hotel, Rockridge BART. Lovely location in one of the gems of Oakland living!

Oct 282016
 

Really cool and interesting mid-century design with so much to take in. Waterfalls and walking paths along the grounds, floor to ceiling windows with natural light galore, amazing period details including light fixtures that are works of art by themselves, etc. The art of geometric shapes in line and in light, this one is a different level of design than the typical mid-century and deserves to be considered on its own as a work of art of the 20th century. Really an interesting home, seems worthy of being a character in a movie to me!

Oct 282016
 

Well, gosh… it’s so big, and it’s in such a fantastically convenient location, and it’s super cool in its concept, in its updating, and in its possibilities! It’s hard to look away, you might even say. Built out of a former church, this home adds another storyline to the wave of renovations taking place all over Oakland. Over 3800sf of living space here! 4bd/2.5ba including an au pair/in-law quarters. Look at the entertainment possibilities. Look at the uniqueness of the concept. It’s really something and a really great representative of how we can repurpose our community. I’m a fan!

Oct 282016
 

This one is really cool. Brand new, built in 2016, this home’s mission is to capture the Victorian vibe of the neighborhood in a modern context. And I think they’ve done really well with it. The basic stats are it’s a 3bd/2.5ba with 1550sf located just a few blocks from the West Oakland BART station. The long term investment value here is tremendous, and in the short term your chance to get into this extremely convenient location to practically everything looks pretty darn reasonable especially compared with such digs in San Francisco. My advice is to give it some real consideration.

Oct 282016
 

This one is a super charmer! This lovely mid-century mountain home in the Montclair hills really captures the vibe of living high above the clouds, but just minutes from town. Soaring views make it an entertainer’s dream house and the separate au pair/studio unit adds immensely to its appeal as a family home. You’ll find lovely updates to the kitchen and baths, warm and pleasing wood lines and textures, and great places to hang out outside as well in the nearly quarter acre lot.

Oct 282016
 

First off, you just don’t see a lot of homes come on the market in this super charming Cleveland Heights neighborhood near Lake Merritt. So that alone caught my eye. But after clicking through the images and getting a feel for it I could tell right away this one was a gem to check out. It’s just beautiful, inside and out, and it has a wonderful sort of entertainer’s paradise for a backyard too! Yet another well updated and maintained 1918 craftsman in a very convenient location, it’s easy to give this one a very high grade.

Oct 282016
 

This is a super-stylishly remodeled and spacious mid-century home in the Montclair hills that seems to evoke a lot of fun in a serene atmosphere. 4bd/2ba with just under 2400sf plus a 2-car garage, this home offers lots of room for a growing family in a quiet and tranquil neighborhood that’s an excellent long term investment. The stylish updates just make it as easy as can be too, where you can see for yourself that your weekend home projects can be minimal if you choose— which is music to many a new homeowner’s ears!

Oct 282016
 

This West Oakland Victorian just has it all. It’s a 4bd/2ba with over 1800sf, a garage, a nice but manageable backyard, and really great updates! Add that you’re just a short walk to the West Oakland BART station and you know you’ve got some excellent long term value here too. The Victorians in West Oakland have always been a gem, and nowadays the rate of their return to glory has accelerated to near Renaissance level. If you’re interested in this area it’s a great time to invest for the long term.

Oct 282016
 

Just a gorgeous craftsman here with a great yard and a super convenient, easily walkable location to the shops and restaurants of the Dimond neighborhood. For commuters to San Francisco, casual carpool picks up just a block or so away. Bus line to Fruitvale BART is just a couple blocks away. But aside from the location what you have here is a lovingly updated and maintained 1924 craftsman 3bd/1.5ba home with over 1400sf of living space and a 4370sf lot. Really a charming home in a great spot!

Oct 282016
 

Fully updated 2bd/2ba 1895 Victorian with a nice yard and a great location with easy access to downtown Oakland, San Francisco, Emeryville and Berkeley. It’s really the quintessential hope for most everyone shopping for a home in West Oakland. Over these recent years the demand in West Oakland has inclined dramatically and the volume of amazing renovations just seems to have gained year after year. There’s been a Renaissance occurring in West Oakland for a while now, and if you want to get in I’d say this one is a great one to check out!

Oct 282016
 

I just really like the interior vibe of this home; lots of great woodwork and lots of natural light with open vistas between rooms makes this one a winner for me. Its location definitely doesn’t hurt as well, with a nice though small plot near Edna Brewer Middle School in the coveted neighborhood of Glenview. Transbay bus line is nearby for those who commute to San Francisco. Easy walk to Glenview restaurants, Dimond Park, and Dimond neighborhood attractions such as the Oktoberfest beer festival! Great spot in a great neighborhood!

Oct 282016
 

Near the Emeryville border in northwest Oakland is one of the areas where demand has created new communities. This particular building dates back to 1964, but it’s now turned into 11 units with a great modern touch and with great access to Berkeley, Oakland, Emeryville and San Francisco. It’s spacious too, with over 1100sf and considering its accessibility to transit this home provides its new owner with an opportunity to live a no-car lifestyle.

Oct 282016
 

Really nice-looking renovation in the San Antonio Park neighborhood. Great proximity to lots of Oakland’s highlights such as Lake Merritt, downtown, Jack London Square and more. Check out the updates and acknowledge as a new home owner how many weekend projects you WON’T have to do with this home! Very nice opportunity for a home with a great style all its own in a neighborhood that will continue to grow in demand.

Oct 282016
 

Fairfax, Seminary and Havenscourt are all neighborhoods we need to keep our eyes on right now. I watch these for their relative affordability, their convenience of location, for their predominantly early 20th century era of construction with all the period charm that brings, and for their future growth prospects. These neighborhoods could easily mirror what’s happened in West Oakland and in NOBE where the wave of renovations has created such a change in the market that in many cases the prices have more than doubled in the last 3-4 years. Please click the picture and look at the potential this home has.

Oct 142016
 

I recommend taking a few minutes to click on the pictures in the MLS listing of this one. Really. It’s an amazing architectural design built around a central courtyard and takes wonderful advantage of the bay views of this location. Spacious and modern, it supports 4bd/3.5ba and over 3100sf of living space. A California dream house, for sure!

Oct 142016
 

Wonderful, spacious Tudor-style home built in 1930 in the gorgeous Crocker Highlands neighborhood! Lovely period details, great updating in the kitchen and bathrooms, stylish and sophisticated. Excellent location enables easy access to so much of what’s great in Oakland including walking access to Lakeshore and Glenview. Great one!

Oct 142016
 

Part of the incredible wave of renovations occurring all over Oakland, this one in Highland Terrace is an amazing standout. This spacious, over 3000sf, Victorian was built in 1895 and currently boasts 5bd/3ba, including two master suites. 5600sf lot, garage, view deck and a very stylish remodel. Great one to check out in this rapidly developing neighborhood!

Oct 142016
 

This one is really stunning. First off, you’re really going to love this home’s Haddon Hill location with its amazing views of downtown Oakland and the Lake Merritt area. Then you can’t help but fall in love with this stylish and spacious 1923 Mediterranean gem with great updates and an in-law space on the lower floor. Just a great one!

Oct 142016
 

Very spacious home with just under 3400sf and located in the Oakland hills neighborhood of Oakmore with views. Built in 1978 and generally setup on a vertically oriented footprint, you’ll find lots of room for an extended family and you’ll love the centrally located neighborhood with easy access to lots of great stuff in Oakland!

Oct 142016
 

I’m really liking this charming 1912 Edwardian in one of the most sought after neighborhoods where renovations are coming in rapid succession. Great big yard, nice detached studio, garage, great period details including the box beam ceilings you see in the pic above. 3bd/2ba with over 1300sf in one of the most convenient neighborhoods in the east bay.

Oct 142016
 

Check out this wonderful Victorian charmer in West Oakland. Easy access to the West Oakland BART, and located in one of the fastest growing neighborhoods in the area. Room to expand in the large basement area here too. Great chance to get into the quickly rising West Oakland scene!

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!