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Property Q&A in Orinda : Real Estate Advice

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Fri May 2, 2014
D Mahoney asked:
This question was asked from this property:…
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Tue Nov 19, 2013
John Arendsen answered:
Contact She'll get it handled for you.
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Mon Aug 26, 2013
Pacita Dimacali answered:
Most of us on this forum may hesitate responding to your question without knowing the reason for your interest, as we don't want to subject the owner to unwanted solicitation. Further, we wouldn't want to be identified as the source of the information that will cause them grief.

Best that you go to the public records to get this information. The clerk will request that you sign in.

Then go from there

I'm sure someone will offer to get this information for you....but....
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Mon Apr 1, 2013
Todd Scheid answered:
I didn't find anything relating to this property in the MLS, which is what we as Realtors use to sell homes. In the County Assessor's database it looks like the home last sold in 1987 and the current owners are David & Marylin Martin. How did you come about wanting information on this particular property? If you want to email me directly and tell me a bit more about what you are trying to find out I may be able to help you out, I list property for sale and help buyers purchase homes in Orinda. I actually have a Frank Lloyd Wright Original currently for sale in Orinda listed at $3,350,000, it is an amazing Estate.



Todd Scheid
Alain Pinel Realtors
1646 N. CA Blvd., Ste 101
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
(925) 323-6150 cell
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Wed Feb 6, 2013
Brian Rochford answered:
Hi Xsmith01,
The APN is 251-010-014. It is suggested that you need to inquire with the City of Orinda about the building feasibility.

Let me know if you need anything else.

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Sat Jan 19, 2013
Dave Rivera & Sheila Small answered:
Brian is correct in that the property can be shown now. Your agent should contact the listing agent for you. If you are not yet working with a Realtor, there are several excellent Orinda agents here on Trulia from which you can choose. ... more
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Sun Oct 14, 2012
brynaw answered:
Great question. Based on the books that have been written by the current authorities on U.S. straw bale construction (Bill & Athena Steen, Catherine Wanek, etc.) the answer is...

It depends on:

(a) Whether or not you are willing --and able-- to do much of the work yourself (being a skilled carpenter or at least having some building experience is a big plus). Skilled labor is, on average, the #1 cost of building most homes, so whatever you can do yourself = savings.

(b) Where you build (raw undeveloped lots in much of the East Bay is neither plentiful nor particularly cheap --#2 cost on average (however in some cities it can even be #1). Also, building near a fault line, on a steep slope, or otherwise difficult topography adds to cost and engineering challenges. Is it on an already subdivided urban/suburban lot or rural land? Are there utility feeder lines already in place? Access roads or easements?

(c) How elaborate/custom is your design? Things like multiple stories, complicated roofs and architectural features (dormers, turrets), complex building shapes (retangular = easiest/cheapest to build), and custom fixtures/furnishings can all raise the price and engineering complexity dramatically. If you keep it simple, and mainly use recycled/donated hardware and fixtures, that can bring costs down.

(d) Time frame flexibility. If you can live on site during construction (RV, yurt, etc.) and can be flexible on time, that helps immensely and buys you a lot more options. Volunteer labor (family/friends, CASBA) rarely runs on a set schedule, and even professional contractors can often be more flexible on price if you can be flexible on time.

All that said, I've seen some very simple DIY jobs done for as little as $22/sft, while some very custom/luxury contractor built houses cost $200/sft. I personally joined a CASBA plaster party for a San Diego area house several years back that ended up costing around $100/sft as I recall. Of course that was before the real estate bubble imploded, so skilled labor costs and material costs could be significantly lower now.
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Tue Oct 9, 2012
Bob Wegener answered:
Hi Mitzi,

17 Kittiwake went pending 11 days ago. If you are looking for a deal like this one in Orinda, it's best to work with a professional in the area who can keep you informed the minute a property like this one becomes available.

17 Kittiwake actually stayed on the market for 21 days before going pending. The best deals go in less than a week. You need to follow a system and have a plan if you want to compete for the best homes in Orinda.

Good luck, and let me know if I can help.
Bob Wegener
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Fri Jun 1, 2012
Bryce Schumacher answered:
Hi Paul,

That property is a short sake that is currently under contact waiting for bank approval. I'd suggest looking for something else as it could close escrow sometime in the near future or become a foreclosure. I am happy to help you find an alternative rental, or for the price you are considering renting El Toyonal, you should consider purchasing something.

Bryce Schumacher
J. Rockcliff Realtors, Orinda
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Sat May 19, 2012
Debbie Johnston answered:
Sorry, no. Can I assist you in finding a different property to rent?
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Sat Jan 21, 2012
Suzanne Looker answered:
Hello Kate,
Please let a local realtor assist you with the many details involved in real estate transactions.
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Tue Jun 21, 2011
Ron Thomas answered:
You will need someone local who can advise you.
I am familiar with Lewis Bishop and recommend him highly.

Good luck and may God bless
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Fri Apr 22, 2011
Pacita Dimacali answered:
Interesting that it shows up at $475K on Trulia.

Here are more details about the property: 4 bedrooms/2,5 baths, 2808 sq ft. Owner is a licensed real estate agent. And no, this is a regular sale.

There are several other 4 bedroom Orinda properties scheduled for Auction such as
170 Glorietta - scheduled for Auction May 11
9 Williams Ct - May 2
21 Keith - May 10

If you're looking at auction properties and want to take a chance by going to the county courthouse you can either go to the county records to see what's being auctioned,or subscribe to to get a schedule.

Even better...engage a realtor to help you find the properties that meet your needs in your price range --- there are certainly enough distressed properties available for sale. Notethat some regular sales are being priced very aggressively to compete with short sales/bank-owned properties for sale. You can have some piece of mind knowing a realtor is there to assist you in your property-buying process.

Let me know how I may help. Good luck!
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Fri Apr 22, 2011
Rick Booth answered:
Sounds like your are referring to the Wilder development. You can get more details at This is a high end home development of around 240 homes. Last time I checked the developer was selling lots not finished homes. ... more
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Sat May 1, 2010
Dave Sutton answered:
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Wed Oct 7, 2009
Lisa Cartolano Ellen Diamond answered:

Without knowing the specifics of the disclosure you are speaking of it will be difficult to give you a clear cut answer.

Have you talked with your Realtor? This should be your first step. They really should be there to help you navigate this to try to come to an understanding regarding the disclosure and what measures you can take.

The second question I would ask is how do you know it is a false disclosure? Do you have some kind of documentation? Typically unless something is in writing, it is hard to prove.

Without some real specifics regarding the situation it is somewhat diffcult to provide specific advice. I highly recommend you speak with the agent who is representing you. Hopefully you are working with a buyers agent. This is one of the reasons everyone should work with a buyers agent to make sure you have someone to help represent you, the buyer, in the transaction.

Sorry to hear you are having a difficult time. Many times bumps in the road do happen and speaking with your Realtor to see what the potential solutions are would be the best first step for you.

Hope this helps!

Lisa Cartolano
Alain Pinel Realtors
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Fri Apr 17, 2009
Suzanne Looker answered:
Hi Pauline,
I'm also at J. Rockcliff as is the agent for 10 Albo. I'll ask the listing agent about the property. Please let me know if there is anything else I can do to assist you.

Suzanne Looker
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Wed Apr 1, 2009
Lisa Cartolano Ellen Diamond answered:

Hello. This property was originally put on the market on 12/10/2008 and is currently pending. Are you currently looking for a home in Orinda? If you have any questions regarding the local marketplace I can send you some information.

Take care,

Lisa Cartolano
Alain Pinel Realtors
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Thu Feb 5, 2009
Suzanne Looker answered:
What a gorgeous home! Please let me know if you would like to see others in the area or investigate the possibility of a fence on this property.
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