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By Barbara Reynolds | Agent in Berkeley, CA
  • Commuter's Dream: A Grand Home Close to BART

    Posted Under: General Area in Oakland, In My Neighborhood in Oakland  |  June 30, 2014 7:47 AM  |  68 views  |  No comments

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    Commuter's Dream: A Grand Home Close to BART

    Being so close to the major technology hub of the world in Silicon Valley, commuting has become quite the issue in the Bay Area.  Those who work in the San Francisco / Bay Area often commute by BART.

    With the increasing cost of homes and condos in San Francisco, young professionals and families alike are leaving the overcrowded city and are dispersing throughout the East Bay.  This has led to an increase of homes sold close to BART, casual carpool pick up locations and other public transportation

    Neighborhoods such as NOBE (North OaklandBerkeley and Emeryville) have experienced an upswing in homes sold due to the fact that they’re conveniently close to BART and freeway access.  In fact, NOBE average prices are up 25% over last year. 

    708 62nd St, Oakland, CA - Click here to find out more about this beautifully renovated Edwardian Craftsman condo for sale in NOBE, near BART.

    And just two blocks to BART, right in the heart of NOBE, you’ll find this incredibly renovated Edwardian Craftsman condominium.  Grand in scale, with over 1,400 square feet, it is like a house in itself.  Bay windows, details and high ceilings give the character for the period.  A great room/open kitchen with granite counters, stainless steel appliances and ebony-stained floors fast forward you to today.  Three bedrooms and two baths are laid out to give you privacy when desired.  A French door takes you to the delightful garden with separate studio or storage space. 

    So if you’re interested in making a change to your commute, give us a call at (510) 847-2409 for more information on this home at 708 62nd Street (www.708-62ndStreet) or other listings in NOBE and East Bay neighborhoods.  

    Barbara Reynolds, your East Bay real estate specialist
    Originally posted on my East Bay real estate blog here: 
    http://31642ee.activerain.com/post/4428993/commuter-s-dream--a-grand-home-close-to-bart.

  • Garages in the East Bay: The Unheralded Hero

    Posted Under: In My Neighborhood in Oakland  |  May 19, 2014 10:43 AM  |  188 views  |  No comments

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    Garages in the East Bay: The Unheralded Hero

    Garages in the East Bay: The Unheralded Hero - finding an East Bay home with garage space is a real treat because they can be added space for a studio, gym, workshop or guest room.

    In the race to find a home in one of the cool neighborhoods of the East Bay, garages are often forgotten.  Yet, when you stop to think about it, they’re a pretty hot commodity.  For the would-be artist, you have a work studio where you could encapsulate all your creative energy.  For the do-it-yourself fanatic, you can have your own workshop complete with a workbench and tool rack.  For the gym buff, you can have very own personal gym with all your favorite machines to build those biceps and form those glutes. 

    Of course, you could always turn it into an extra bedroom for when those …I mean wonderful in-laws come to visit.  Not only does a garage help you avoid street parking … it can be so much morel

    In fact, in the Grand Lake area of Oakland, at 762 Rand Avenue, you’ll find something unheard of in the popular areas of Oakland … a large 2-car garage!  Currently used as a home gym and storage area, there’s room for cars … classics or otherwise.  Or an art studio.  Or even a remote guest space.  And, if parking is your hot button, no worries.  There’s off-street parking for five more vehicles.  So you can have your garage and a convoy, too.

    The House and Garage of 762 Rand Ave, Oakland

    762 Rand, Oakland, CA - The exterior and garage of 762 Rand, Oakland, CA

    Incidentally, 762 Rand is a charming duplex with two classically updated flats to go with the garage.  For more info, check out www.762Rand.com.  Or just give us a call at 510-847-2409 if you’re interested in taking a look at some properties and neighborhoods with big ol’ garages. 

    Ninh Le & Barbara Reynolds, your East Bay real estate specialists

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    Originally posted on my East Bay real estate blog here: 
    http://31642ee.activerain.com/post/4399602/garages-in-the-east-bay--the-unheralded-hero.

  • The Classical Flats of Grand Lake

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Oakland, In My Neighborhood in Oakland  |  May 12, 2014 3:33 PM  |  248 views  |  No comments

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    The Classical Flats of Grand Lake

    The Classical Flats of Grand Lake - East Bay Real Estate

    Located just two blocks from all the happenings of Grand Lake, this charming two-bedroom Craftsman home with adjoining one-bedroom flat is offered at $799,000.  For more information, contact Barbara Reynolds 510 847 2409.

    The Grand Lake Neighborhood

    Or around the world in three blocks.  Around Oakland’s famous Grand Lake Theater, you’ll find an epicurean tour of the world otherwise known as the Grand Lake neighborhood.

    There are over 150 restaurants of every international taste and persuasion in a three to four block radius.  Some have Chez Panisse roots.  This is also home to the East Bay’s and perhaps the Bay Area’s most happening Farmer’s market every Saturday – with food, music and entertainment for all.

    On top of that, there’s an original piano bar called The Alley where people still sing their hearts out.  A neighborhood book store called Walden Books still sells books.  And, of course, one of the original Art Deco Theaters of the West Coast...the Grand Lake Theater.  What’s amazing is you have a dose of the best of national chains …. Peets, Starbucks, Gap and Trader Joes … side by side with Oakland originals, revivals and rising star chefs.

    Try Camino on Grand.  Chez Panisse without Alice Waters.  Farm to table food by a Chez Panisse alum.  The Grand Tavern -- an English pub with a 1930’s living room environment.  Boot and Shoe Service -- again a salute to Chez Panisse and the same thin crust pizza of Pizzaiolo.  Sidebar – with a 5-star burger and locovore cocktails.  Or any of about 20-0 others, including the requisite Greek, Japanese, Thai, Chinese and Mexican.

    It’s original Oakland and new Oakland all rolled into one walking neighborhood and all centered around the Grand Dame of them all, the Grand Lake Theater.

    Ninh Le & Barbara Reynolds, your East Bay real estate specialists

  • Trendy Food and Neighborhood

    Posted Under: Quality of Life in Oakland, Shopping & Local Amenities in Oakland, In My Neighborhood in Oakland  |  April 9, 2014 10:52 AM  |  509 views  |  No comments

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    Trendy Food and Neighborhood

    Whether you’ve lived in the Bay Area for a long time or you’re just visiting, there is one thing you will certainly notice: the diversity.  People have often described the Bay Area as a melting pot of culture. It’s definitely great to live in a diverse area simply because you get to interact and learn about other people - an experience that most other parts of the United States don’t often get.  One of the best perks of having so much diversity is simply the food.  It’s one thing to be great in one or two ethnic categories, but it’s a whole new world when you start talking about fusion and creativity.  From the whimsical and talented chefs of San Francisco’s high-scale restaurants to the booming hole in the wall eateries in Oakland to even the recently popularized food trucks; food trends seem to always be on the upswing in the Bay Area

    Speaking of trends, there is a particular one that has been on the rise: sausages and beer.  You might be thinking, “What? Really?”  Yes, really!  It may not seem like anything special because, honestly, we can get beer and sausages anywhere, right?  While that may be true, you can’t get specialty crafted beers from local and independent brewers or handmade schnitzels, pretzels and sausages.  Leading the sausage craze in Oakland are Hog’s Apothecary - which recently opened - and Brotzeit Lokal.  Both beer gardens boast a variety of handcrafted imported and domestic beer selections and, obviously, some of the most interesting and delicious sausages you’ll ever find.  People have flocked from all over the Bay Area just to get a bit of a taste of Germany right in their own backyard. 

    Something else that is on the upswing are homes in North Oakland, Berkeley and Emeryville, also popularly known as “NOBE.”  What used to be underdeveloped neighborhoods are now coveted by young business professionals, “hipsters” and families alike for its central location and cultural diversity.  NOBE emcompasses neighborhoods that fall under 94608, 94609 and 94703; all of which have experienced a significant surge of home sales in the past year.  In fact, the combined median sales prices in these neighborhoods is $505,000, according to Trulia - which is an affordable price point for anyone in the market for a Bay Area home.  Home prices in Emeryville, North Oakland and Berkeley have all dropped 3.1%, 0.2% and 33.6% respectively since the end of 2013.  All of these have also appreciated an 27%, 33.2% and 20% in price increase since the prior year.  What does that mean for you?  It means you should buy a home now and see it increase in value! 

     NOBE (North Oakland/Berkeley/Emeryville) is a trendy East Bay neighborhood offering great homes at fantastic prices with an ethnic diversity that shows in everything, including its food selections.

    This home in NOBE sold for more than $800,000

    If you’re looking to move and add some diversity to your life )and your stomach), give us a call at 510-847-2409 for more information on NOBE. 

    Ninh Le & Barbara Reynolds, your East Bay real estate specialists


    Barbara Reynolds, East Bay real estate

  • Own 88 Starview, Own the World

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Oakland, In My Neighborhood in Oakland  |  March 31, 2014 8:19 AM  |  473 views  |  No comments

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    Own 88 Starview, Own the World

    Working in Berkeley/Oakland real estate, you come across some very interesting homes.  Some might cause you immediate disgust, some you grow to love and some you immediately love.  But every once in a while, there’s one that just leaves you in sheer awe; which is what I felt when I first stepped into 88 Starview Drive in the Oakland Hills.  

    88 Starview Dr, Oakland, CA - Click here for more info on this magnificent Oakland Hills townhome

    Before I actually visited, I looked up the property on the MLS.  Judging from the photos posted by a previous agent, I instantly deemed the property as another run of the mill townhouse.  I, like most people, think of townhomes as this compact, cookie-cutter layout of an apartment complex.  But 88 Starview Drive is so much more.

    Upon entering, you might find yourself thinking “well this isn’t as grand as I thought it would be,” and believe me, I thought that same thing.  However, as soon as I walked up the stairs to the second floor, I immediately thought otherwise.  Firstly, this Oakland Hills townhome received tons of natural light from all angles throughout the entire day.  In fact, you may never even need to turn on a lightswitch until after sunset, and almost certainly eco-friendly residents of Oakland and Berkeley will appreciate you for it. 

    Walking upstairs to the living room, you’re greeted with a grand view that overlooks the Caldecott Tunnel and neighboring homes and hills from all angles.  I know what you’re thinking: it’s not a Bay View, right?  It’s not, but it doesn’t need to be and I’ll tell you why.  As you stand on the balcony adjoining the living room, you feel this overwhelming sense of freedom. Y ou look down the hillside and realize there’s nothing to catch you as if you were soaring like a majestic eagle.  Suddenly, your personal problems and the world just grows small and seemingly melts away.  When you look at Bay and city views, you tend to feel small as you share the world with others. You realize that you are only one of billions of people on this planet, but not at 88 Starview Drive

    Here, you find yourself sitting at the top of the world and that you are one of the lucky few that have the luxury of owning this all to yourself.  At 88 Starview Drive, you don’t share it with the world, the world shares with you. 

    Visit www.88Starview.com for photos and more information.

    If you’d like more information on homes and neighborhoods in the Oakland or Berkeley Hills, give us a call at 510-847-2409.

    Ninh Le & Barbara Reynolds, your East Bay real estate specialists

    Ninh Le & Barbara Reynolds, your East Bay real estate specialists

    Originally posted on our East Bay real estate blog here: 
    http://31642ee.activerain.com/post/4361912/own-88-starview-own-the-world.

  • New Listing: One of the First Settlers in Rockridge

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Oakland, In My Neighborhood in Oakland  |  March 5, 2014 1:05 PM  |  489 views  |  No comments

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    After the 1907 earthquake, Rockridge was one of the first neighborhoods settled in Oakland, with its proximity to San Francisco being one of the drawing cards...just as it is today.  It was just a couple of years after the  earthquake that this charming Victorian was built at 5261 Miles Avenue.

    5261 Miles, Oakland, CA - Click here to find out more about this beautiful Victorian for sale in Oakland's Rockridge neighborhood

    It has all the details of the period: box ceiling, built ins, wainscoting and large moldings plus a basement.  It has all the accoutrements people were used to in the city.  Additionally, it has 2 bedrooms, 1 1/2 baths, an updated kitchen that opens to a family room and a wonderful deck and backyard.  Today, it's even closer to the city: just three blocks to BART and all the restaurants and stores of Rockridge and Temescal.

    For a closer look, check out www.5261miles.com.

    Give us a call at 510-847-2409 for more information on this or on great neighborhoods to buy a home in the East Bay.

    Barbara Reynolds, your East Bay real estate specialist

    Barbara Reynolds, East Bay real estate
    Originally posted on my East Bay real estate blog here: http://31642ee.activerain.com/post/4342228/new-listing-one-of-the-first-settlers-in-rockridge.

  • Two New Berkeley/Crocker Highland Listings - Off MLS

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Oakland, In My Neighborhood in Oakland  |  February 25, 2014 9:05 AM  |  486 views  |  No comments

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    Two New Berkeley/Crocker Highland Listings - Off MLS

    If you’re tired of being beat out in multiple offers in Berkeley and Oakland, this could be your opportunity to lock down a great home … with a "below multiple offer" price.  

    The situation is this: both homes are presently leased, with tenants moving out in the next couple of months.  Both Sellers would rather sell now than wait.  They are both able to be shown by appointment.  Give us a call or have your agent call if you’d like to view them. 

    Stunning Mediterranean in the Claremont Hills - $1,250,000

    6919 Bristol, Claremont Hills, Berkeley - Click here to take a virtual tour of this stunning Mediterranean for sale in the Claremont Hills neighborhood of Berkeley

    This stunning Mediterranean home overlooking Oakland and the East Bay is filled with majestic spaces, ultra high ceilings and incredible details.  You can’t help but wonder, is this the East Bay or Southern France?

    Within in its grand 3800 square feet are five bedrooms, including a majestic Master Suite with a balcony overlooking the world, and four baths.  A high end chef’s kitchen opens to a family room and dining room, also with balconies.  And, in a complete antithesis to the hills, the top floor takes you to a terraced, landscaped garden and patio with plenty of room for play and parties.

    Storybook Tudor in Crocker Highlands - $799,000

    1071 Brookwood, Crocker Highlands, Oakland - Click here to find out more about this beautiful Storybook Tudor for sale in the Crocker Heights neighborhood of Oakland.

    Nestled on a tree-lined street in Crocker Highlands, you’ll find this charming storybook home.  This Tudor home has three bedrooms plus a family room along with great details befitting the era.  With one and a half stories, it feels surprisingly spacious, yet comfortably “homey.” 

    And besides being in one of Oakland’s most sought after neighborhoods, it’s just a short walk to everything: five blocks to Crocker Elementary and six blocks to PEET’s, Starbucks and a multitude of restaurants.

    If you’d like more information, give us a call at (510) 847-2409 for more information or to find out more agbout great neighborhoods to buy a home in the East Bay.

    Barbara Reynolds, your East Bay real estate specialist

    Berkeley - Alameda and Oakland Area Real Estate - McGuire Real Estate

    Originally posted on my East Bay real estate blog here: http://31642ee.activerain.com/post/4335691/two-new-berkeley-crocker-highland-listings-off-mls.

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