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Quality of Life in Alameda County : Real Estate Advice

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Fri Sep 29, 2017
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Mon Sep 5, 2016
FremontNiles answered:
well - found the answer here:

... but definitely interested in how the residents would rate the area. especially anyone on sunnyslope near sound wall. ... more
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Mon Sep 5, 2016
Renee Vargas answered:
I will say as a Realtor and Resident of Newark there are only a few neighborhoods that are not effected by trains, when I first moved here I moved right next to the tracks and found, I started not noticing them and knew the time of day according to what train whistle went by LOL. Sorry but the schedule is very frequent at times. here is a link that may help you. Should you still be looking around Newark
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Sat Oct 31, 2015
Arpad Racz answered:

Yelp has a moving map that you can pull up for that area, click on "redo search when map moved" and scroll around the area with reviews and details of many places.

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Tue Jun 16, 2015
Roby Thomas answered:
Ardenwood homes have always commanded attention, Primarily due to the schools and the closed community that fosters a very healthy neighborliness . It has a little bit of everything and choices of floor plans that command attention. These homes were built by KB homes and are designed for more functionality versus luxury. Prices have gone higher at an average of 35% -$40% since 2008.

A lot more Buyers are looking to buy into this community , especially with two parks, proximity to the Freeway, Schools, and and the friendly neighbors.
The demography is mixed and with average incomes over$120,000 annul, a leading contributing factor to the demand for housing in ardenwood . There are new homes being built by KB homes across Peralta road , that used to be open fields.

Ardenwood area is a place where one can settle down for a few years, save money and grow their home equity then move on to more luxury homes after.
contact me for more detailed info .
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Sat Feb 7, 2015
Tee Hernandez answered:
I have lived here in the King Estates area since 2007. Yes we have crime like anyplace in Oakland. Just not as much. There is a neighborhood watch program and it works. The home prices are climbing and most of the homes look very nice. It's a very diverse neighborhood if you ask me. Many dog walkers and children at play. Neighbors are friendly. Block parties every year. Going to the grocery store is a bit of a hassle but you don't see homeless folks around like you would near the stores and fast food chains. Or near the coffee shops of the Laurel district. Public transportation is close by. Never had problems on the bus. One agent that lived in the area for several yrs regrets he moved. He can help you find a new home in the area now that the market is picking up. Some of my neighbors are preparing to sell. Some retiring and some relocating for work. I do not know of anyone who moved because of ongoing s in the area. My only regret about this area and Oakland as a whole is the high taxes.

Overall, King Estates is an awesome place to live. Property value will increase dramatically when ground breaks at Oak Knoll. Contact Ernie Sexton of the Sexton Group Realty when you ready to purchase in this area. A super great, honest and loyal agent.
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Thu Nov 7, 2013
Murline Monat answered:
See for yourself:
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Thu Nov 7, 2013
Steve Davis answered:
Low. Like any suburb. It's not a very industrial area. It's mostly commercial and residential.
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Sun Oct 6, 2013
Thiagarajan Hariharan answered:
Thanks everyone for your helpful answers!
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Sat Apr 6, 2013
Jackie Care answered:
The Lake seems to improve every year and now that the connection to the tidal water has imrpoved it should get even better. Below is link to an Oaklander who has been tracking the work in progress!
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Tue Apr 2, 2013
Rayne Palmer answered:
Staten Island is to NYC
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Tue Apr 2, 2013
Ellen Lynch answered:
Oakland already IS Brooklyn! The area from lower Park Blvd to lower San Antonio is on the old maps as Brooklyn. It tried to succeed from Oakland a long time ago. If you look on property records, and do some research about Oakland, particularly through The Cultural Heritage Survey,,, headed by City of Oakland's own historical expert Betty Marvin , you can learn a lot about Brooklyn, in Oakland.

Many of us were part of the Brooklyn Neighborhood Preservation group, that planted trees, worked on neighborhood issues, etc. and, that group will be starting up again!

Many of us still call our area of Oakland, Brooklyn! As someone born and raised in New York, (along with a lot of Oaklanders), I love this! I've lived here, in the Brooklyn area of Oakland for thirty five years.

Our area, just east of lower Park Blvd, has always been culturally diverse, with lots of community-involved folks. Now we have a few cafes and the great Champa Garden restaurant.

Oakland is still the most diverse city in the entire country!
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Tue Apr 2, 2013
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Mon Jan 7, 2013
corymoto answered:
The smell that I smell is the one that comes from the evaporation of the marsh area. It's very sour, like a dirty diaper, and happens about 2 to 3 times per week, especially after a rainy day. I've driven by the dump and that smells too (of course), but it's not that same "Fremont" smell that I detect all the way up to Mowry. As for any real estate people, of course they don't smell anything, that would effect their livelihood. ... more
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Sat May 19, 2012
John Arendsen answered:
Sounds like a very sound career move. Did you get Bruce to sign your hat? LOL!! I hope you have a since of humor because I'm having fun with all your questions. But, truth be known I really do love HATS!!. I haven't missed an "Annual Dad and Chad Day At The Races" with my 32 year old son in 28 years. We always vote on the best HAT award and usually win. Have fun and lots of prosperity with your new move, ... more
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Sat May 19, 2012
Saundra Allman asked:
I am so happy to be back in the San Francisco Bay Area real estate and job market. My friends are posting multiple offers and compitition for their buyers, and they are reporting properties…
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Wed Jan 18, 2012
Tomi Thomas answered:
I work in both the East Bay and Marin, and they are very different. All of these communities have real strengths, and weaknesses, of sorts. I would say that you might be better served to analyze what types of educational programs you feel like your children will be best served by, and look for the school that serves those specific needs, and then search for the house within the school system that you want. Start with the stats on the websites of the local boards of education for each city. I find that if I ask 10 different parents for an opinion, they will all give me a different answer based on their specific slant.

I also advise my clients, when they are moving to a new community they have not lived in before, to call local community groups, like neighborhood associations and parents groups, can be very helpful for identifying the strengths of individual education environments. These groups can be identifed through the school board, and through the poiice department community liason program. They usually have the names of the emergency preparedness groups, which plug you in to the specific neighborhood very quickly.

To the question of diversity, the East Bay definitely has a stronger Asian American presence, in Berkeley, Albany, Piedmont, Orinda, and Lafayette, as well as many other racial and cultural groups. I loved Mill Valley when I \lived there, but often felt hungry for greater the East Bay, you have the entire world community at your fingertips. It's a rich and wonderful tapestry, with strong cultural groups combined with a high level of integration. Marin, overall, is considered tonier, and more prestigious, but also much more homogeneous. Marin will generally feel more small town, though it offers less commute options and is more of a car culture, where the East Bay has a more urban flavor, and offers a multitude of easy commute options. San Anselmo is an area you may want to explore, more than Mill Valley. SA is a very kid friendly area, with lots of young families having moved there for the schools. Piedmont is a city within a city. Orinda feels entirely upscale rural suburban. Big lots, lots of trees, few sidewalks, very kid oriented. Housing stock is \very pretty different in terms of age and architecture from community to community.

I would also want to hear what climate you hope to find, as the Bay area has a multitude of microclimates. Do you you like the cooler, occasional fog belts where things are more temperate, or do you want a hot, tomato growing climate?

So, it comes down to what specific educational programs you want to have access to, and what your personal aesthetic is for what will feel most like home. The agents you interview should be asking you many more questions, before offering advise. Good luck in your search!
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