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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!


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!

Interested about our neighborhoods?  Check out my videos

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

Photo Portfolio and Neighborhood Information at

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.


Gregoire’s makes great fries … and now shakes (of the earthquake kind)

Tweet“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’s “Cal Prof Joshua Bloom make earthquake alert kit for $110“. Ira

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Thousand Oaks – Just Listed – 651 Vincente Avenue – Open House

Tweet651 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  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 […]

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