Berkeley really celebrates Halloween!  The Claremont Hotel is lit up for the Giants World Series win … and it’s great that the colors match Halloween!

Claremont Hotel in San Francisco Giants – Halloween Colors


Thousand Oaks, Emerson, and other schools have great parades.

And pumpkins … great pumpkins!  Here’s a selection from my flickr photo page

Russell and Josephine Streets and Mariposa Avenue have wonderful pumpkins and festivities (Russell Street closes at 8:30 pm so be there early) … the house at Ashby & Piedmont has amazing pumpkins … and North Berkeley has a great Dia de los Muertos Day of The Dead Parade planned for Sunday 2 Nov 2014 5-9 pm starting at the 1400 block of Shattuck (between Vine & Rose).  The Candlelight procession starts at 7:45 pm

The photos below give a sneak preview … click on Berkeley Halloween and Day Of The Dead festivities for links to more photos and video … and map so you know where to go!

Check out my Pinterest Halloween Board!

Russell Street Puppets

Day of The Dead




1522 6th Street Unit B at Cedar – $558,000 3 bedrooms 2 baths
Open Sunday 26 Oct + 2 Nov 2014 2:00 to 4:30 pm

All on one level … no steps! Architecturally distinctive 1907 Victorian exterior; interior remodeled in 1999. You’ll enjoy coming home to a light, airy garden level condo in a distinctive Oceanview Berkeley landmark!

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Tiled kitchen counter and floors; glass paned cabinetry; appliance garage with tambour roll up door; additional cabinetry and counter space added; clever cabinetry and counter added by owner hide washer and dryer; looks out onto private garden area exclusive to this unit. The stove, refrigerator, washer and dryer stay.


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Sunday Streets in Berkeley – Sunday 12 Oct 2014

by Ira Serkes on October 12, 2014

Shattuck Avenue’s closed from Rose to Haste … and here’s your chance to be a street walker!

Details at the Sunday Streets Web Site


Sunday Streets 2014


Lunar Eclipse over Berkeley 8 Oct 2014

by Ira Serkes on October 8, 2014

Lunar Eclipse over Berkeley 8 Oct 2014

The moon is a harsh mistress … she leads me to awaken at 2:30 in the morning!

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I’ve lived in Berkeley for 40 years, and New York Times video – “36 Hours in Berkeley, Calif.” captures the spirit of living here!

Hat tip to the amazing Kelly Walter for posting the link on her facebook page!

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4th Street Shopping District


Thousand Oaks Neighborhood

Saul’s Deli Klezmer Fest


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

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

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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




Solano Stroll Sunday! Parade, music, dance, food performances and more!

TweetSunday 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 […]

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Kensington Home Sales Price Trends over the past 10 years

TweetMost 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 […]

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