In reference to Yark's comment on 10.30.10... even though the sales office is suggesting all units are priced at $485K... its a way to get your interest...they're actually referring to the units that are completed not necessarily for future yet-to-be-built units (keep in mind we're not in a hot hot market... sales are not as agressive... builders have to sell their inventory in phases before they commit to adding more inventory for sale) there are certain nuances involved as in any every transaction which the normal everyday consumer potential buyer may not be aware of when pricing is quoted by a sales office... please make note... ITS ALWAYS BEST TO HAVE YOUR OWN REALTOR to represent you... for new and/or resale properties...
Feel free to contact me if you'd like to discuss this further...
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Monte Vista is probably your best bet in Oakland for larger townhomes. Downtown units are not quite as large. You can't beat the price either, $324k for a 4/3 ain't bad. HOAs are only $257. And of course they are new-ish, come with garages and all the modern conveniences. Feel free to em if you'd like to see the two that are currently on the market. Even if you buy at Jade, I really recommend that you have an agent. You'll save lots of money, believe me. They don't like to tell you that.
I have helped clients get into those in the past. I just spoke with one and he still loves it. I did an MLS search for you and there really isn't anything under 450k that even comes close. I have worked with the HOA there and have a good relationship with them if you need any information. I would definitely look at one of the resale properties as well. I found that there is a large price discrepancy between the new models and the homes that are a few years old. If you would like to speak with my client that lives there contact me and I will set it up. Have a great day.