Jun 202014

“Pick of the Week” is a home I’ve recently toured in person which I believe makes for a great buy based on its status as a Great Home Design in a Great Location for a Great Price!

2420 109th Avenue, Oakland

Hello Friends,

As you all know, I am always on the hunt for great deals in our super-heated real estate market. And I have to say, I’m LOVIN’ what I’m seeing out in the Las Palmas and Durant Manor neighborhoods near the newly redeveloped Foothill Square Shopping Center. If you haven’t been out there recently it’s really worth a new look. It’s been a pet project of city councilman Larry Reid for over 16 years to bring a large supermarket to this part of Oakland that’s been underserved by such a shopping destination for decades. And according to this article in Oakland Local his perseverance paid off this year with the opening of the 80,000 square foot Foods Co., making it the largest supermarket in Alameda County.  And just last month the Contra Costa Times posted this very kind article heralding the transformation of Foothill Square and its impact on the neighborhood. Great grocery stores really do have a huge impact on communities, serving as anchors for families and as places for neighbors to bump into one another and share a neighborly moment. It’s the very essence of community when neighbors see each other in public places and chat about the latest going on in the neighborhood. So huge kudos to Larry Reid and to the developers at Jay-Phares Corporation who put it together at Foothill Square. They did a great job, and the neighborhood redevelopment is following right behind them. In short, if you’re looking for a cute home for what— right now, at least— is a GREAT price, definitely check out these numbered streets in the 100s in the Durant Manor and Las Palmas neighborhoods. This week’s pick is an excellent example of what you’ll find. It’s a great remodel of a 1939 Mediterranean 2/1 with a great yard, a nice 1-car garage, and period details preserved to keep it bursting with charm! I’ve walked through a few homes out in this neighborhood now, all of them remodels, and I’ve poked around through the various tree-lined streets, and I’ve seen how the Foothill Square redevelopment has transformed this area to a legitimate walker’s neighborhood. So as home shoppers, as we’re assessing the development of neighborhoods around Oakland, I think it’s wise to recognize how neighborhoods like this can transform, sometimes quite rapidly, as investment takes hold. This neighborhood may turn out to be a model for many other neighborhoods in cities around the nation. Who knows? All I know is that in our high priced region for real estate this is one where affordability and livability seem to be walking hand in hand right now, which is a fairly rare thing these days. Check this one out yourself this Sunday, or of course you can contact me for a private showing! Great home!

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