2335 10th Street – West Berkeley $480,000 – 2 bedroom stand-alone condo

Open Sunday 5 + 12 Oct 2014 2:00 to 4:30

Photo Portfolio and Neighborhood Information at 2335-10th.com

A well-loved private oasis can now be your sanctuary – an easy going and secluded environment you’ll be grateful to return home to.

Jarad & Eva have put 8 years of love and effort into creating a beautiful home which integrates indoor-outdoor living with a serene garden.


A stand-alone private 2 bedroom condominium … no common walls! Catch the morning sun in the living room. The adjoining kitchen/dining room also has access to the private rear yard. The skylights brings light in the rest of the day. You’ll love using the free-standing wood stove on cool winter nights. There’s even a washer and dryer in the kitchen, and attic storage via the pull-down stairs.

An organic garden, filled with drought tolerant, fragrant plants, a three river stone patio, and newly created redwood beds to grow vegetables and fruits.

Not only a peaceful space for you and your family (two and four legged), but a sanctuary for hummingbirds, finches, native bees and monarch butterflies.

West Berkeley Neighborhood
Cafes & Restaurants – Caffe Trieste, Local123, Viks Chaat, Luca Cucina Italiana, Paisan, La Mission, Picante.

International & Ethnic Markets – Berkeley Bowl West (one of the most astonishing groceries we’ve ever seen), Mi Terra Food, Middle East Market, Spanish Table, Vik’s, and Whole Foods coming to Gilman Street.

Nearby – the beautiful new West Berkeley Library, plant nursery, post office, the West Berkeley Design Loop with unique home improvement merchants, wineries, breweries, Nolo Press and Black Oak Books, The Ecology Center, and the Sierra Club. Many of the East Bay Open Studios are nearby – meet with the artists and purchase crafts directly from them.

Parks – Aquatic Park and Berkeley Marin a short distance away

And of course 4th Street with the Apple Store, Builders Booksource, Bette’s Oceanview Diner

AC Transit Bus stops at University and San Pablo Avenue

San Francisco – Board the Transbay G Bus and be in San Francisco in less than 30 minutes.

BART – 51B Bus takes you to Downtown Berkeley BART in about 10 minutes. It’s a short car ride to North Berkeley and Ashby BART stations where you can pick up several different company buses. You can even take BART to San Francisco and Oakland Airports.

Amtrak Capitol Corridor – Take it east to Davis, or south to San Jose – each ride is about 90 minutes and the trains are comfortable, spacious and even have free WiFi

Highway – Pick up I80 at University or Ashby – head west across the beautiful new Bay Bridge to San Francisco … or east to the George Washington Bridge to Manhattan.


A fun event first done to celebrate Albany’s Centennial in 2008 … it’s been an annual tradition!

450 Tables will on Solano, between San Pablo Avenue and Talbot.

Come celebrate!  Visit Dinner With Albany 2014 Web Site for more details.

My photos from the 100th Birthday Party




Sunday 14 Sep 2014.

It’s an incredible event…. attracting 100,000 people or more every year.Wonderful Ambience, great food, pleasant neighborhood and amazing music.

Did I mention food? music? dancing?

It’s a delightful, mile long block party! It’s on Solano Avenue between The Alameda in Berkeley’s Thousand Oaks Neighborhood and San Pablo Avenue in Albany.

Parade starts at 10 am … details at the Solano Stroll Web Sites

Lots more photos at the Berkeleyhomes September event page

Eat, shop, play, live – do it here – Solano Avenue!





Most of the Kensington homes sold in the Multiple Listings Service (MLS) are 3 bedrooms, so analyzed median (half sell for less, half for more) sales price trends over the past 10 years. The 2014 numbers are year-to-date; all other values are for the entire year. The green bars are the median 3 bedroom sales price by year; the blue line is a polynomial fit of the data.

Prices climbed dramatically from 2012 to 2013 – we saw the same trend in Berkeley.

Kensington California median 3 bedroom sales prices over the past 10 years

This graph shows the ratio of the sales price to the original list price as a function of days on the market; Berkeley real estate sales show a similar pattern.

Kensington Real Estate Sales – Sales/Original Price ratios vs days on the market

Most of the homes sell between 10 and 15 days on the market; that’s the result of reviewing offers after 1 or 2 open houses. Most homes sell within 21 days on the market and generally sell for over (often a lot over) the asking price.

For the first few weeks a home’s on the market, uncertainty favors the seller – buyer’s base their offer upon how many other buyers are bidding on the home.

Once a home’s been on the market 3 or 4 weeks, the uncertainty favors the buyer. They feel that if the home’s not sold, it may be overpriced. Thus homes which sell after this period tend to sell for less than the original price.

We’ve found that the best strategy for sellers is to price the home at the lower range of the likely price, and let our marketing work to get multiple offers and overbids.


“When the Napa earthquake struck on Aug. 24, Joshua Bloom had a 5-second warning.

That’s because the UC Berkeley astronomy professor likes to tinker.”

And he put it all into a Gregoire’s Box

Read all about it in Berkeleyside’sCal Prof Joshua Bloom make earthquake alert kit for $110“.



651 Vincente Avenue, Thousand Oaks Berkeley

3 bedrooms 2 bath plus extra bonus space with a full bath

Offered at $1,000,000

Photo Portfolio at 651Vincente.com 

651 Vincente Avenue, Thousand Oaks Berkeley
Open Sunday 27 Jul 2-14 & Sunday 3 Aug 2015 2:00 to 4:30 pm

3 bedrooms 2 bath plus extra bonus space with a full bath

Offered at $1,000,000

Photo Portfolio at 651Vincente.com 

Large living room has built-ins, fireplace insert & opens to large dining room … perfect for entertaining, family gatherings!

Updated kitchen has sunporch addition, Franklin stove & opens to back deck & garden. 

Filtered views of the Bay, Golden Gate/Bay Bridges, city lights & Mt Tam. 

Don’t miss: dual paned windows; gumwood details, hardwood floors, master suite on the main level, flexible bonus space & 3rd full bath below. 

Interior: 1,668 sq ft; Lot Size: 5,000 sq ft; Built: 1924; MLS #40667078. 

Neither Sellers nor Agents have verified square footage. 

Visit 651Vincente.com for extensive photo portfolio and Thousand Oaks Neighborhood photos and videos 

California Real Estate License # 00936453/01143916 



Map from 651 Vincente to Kensington’s Colusa Circle and Farmers’ Market – Driving

Runkeeper Map – http://runkeeper.com/user/serkes/profile


Map from Kensington’s Colusa Circle to 651 Vincente – Driving

Runkeeper Map – http://runkeeper.com/user/serkes/profile

Map from 651 Vincente to Peet’s Coffee on Solano – Driving

Runkeeper Map – http://runkeeper.com/user/serkes/profile





Sedge Thomson always has a reading of the Declaration of Independence on West Coast Live around the 4th of July

“And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.”

Wow – what it must have felt to have signed this document.

My favorite places to celebrate the 4th are at the Berkeley Marina, the Marin County Fair, and the wonderful parades in Alameda and Piedmont.

Lots more photos on my Pinterest 4th Of July Page

Fireworks?  The best are also the Marin County Fair and the Berkeley Marina

Visit the Berkeleyhomes.com July Events Page for more information.

Fort Mc Henry – The Star Spangled Banner



Iconic 50s modernism in Berkeley’s wonderful Thousand Oaks neighborhood

The Hellbaum House in Berkeley’s wonderful Thousand Oaks neighborhood!

3 Bedrooms 2 Baths … and much much more – $1,100,000

Open Two Sundays –  15 + 22 Jun 2014 2:00 to 4:30 pm

UPDATE: Pending with 4 offers


Robin talks about growing up across the street

Walt talks about the elevator at the bottom of this blog post!

Photo Portfolio on our custom web site 619vincente.com, which also has extensive information and photos of Thousand Oaks (Berkeley) and the nearby communities of Albany & Kensington.

Be sure to visit the 619 Vincente sites on Pinterest and Foursquare … and “check-in” when you come to visit!

This amazing home was features in the San Francisco Chronicle “On The Block” Blog and in Berkeleyside, our favorite hyper-local #Berkeley Web Site

At a massive street side boulder, rising tiers of Arizona flagstone walls, steps and handmade bronze railings lead you up to the front entry (note the tiled inset of the builder/owners’ initial!); the same flagstone is repeated inside at the fireplace, its raised hearth and floor to ceiling detail, and outside at walls and chimney – it’s the perfect home to binge-watch Mad Men in!



Three bedrooms, two and a half baths at main living level; half bath in garage; elevator from garage to kitchen 

Huge kitchen has terrific storage (auto shop painted cabinetry with chromed hardware!); an island counter; breakfast area space; 

Large room off kitchen includes laundry and a built in desk across one wall; ideal study/art/office space 

Filtered Golden Gate, Bay Bridge, San Francisco, Mt. Tam and westward views are seen through large windows; half bath off kitchen 

Two full bathrooms have the original naugahyde wall covering, enclosed bath tub/shower combos and vanities with chromed tube lights and mirrors 

Through a wide central hallway, access three good sized bedrooms: master suite has one large closet with built in drawers, a second smaller closet and opens through sliding glass doors to a mahogany deck and back garden with plantings amid more rock; another bedroom has a built in desk, shelving and glass paned display cases 

Detached garden studio built of clear heart redwood: originally used as a BBQ shed with a fireplace, sink, built-in cabinetry and windows all around, it’s now the perfect art/meditation/separate office space 


At the garage level (more of the street side rock … and another behemoth rock!) there’s a half bath, utility closets housing elevator machinery and radiant/water heating equipment, and many storage spaces; think installation of a translucent garage door to brighten this area for multiple uses; art; kid playspace; workshop….or park two cars and maybe a third! 


More about our wonderful Thousand Oaks Neighborhood!


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