Restaurant Review: Juanita and Maude

By November 6, 2017 @ 2:24 pm

HOT AND NEW TO ALBANY!

The newest addition to the local restaurant scene is the hot and trendy “Juanita and Maude,” which made its debut in October. Former Corso chef Scott Eastman, with his wife, Ariane Owens, takes New American cuisine to the next level. The setting is warm yet classy, the food is creative yet comforting, and the cocktails are inventive yet classic. Although the menu changes daily you can find dishes like ahi tuna carpaccio, carrot + ginger soup, roasted pumpkin gnocchi or house-made bratwurst. There isn’t a kid’s menu, but my two girls were more than happy to share the warm bread with rosemary butter and the lasagna, plus a house-made beverage. The dessert menu features seasonal ingredients, and the chocolate torte (covered in sea salt and cacao nibs) is not to be missed. Juanita and Maude is open for dinner Tuesday – Saturday for dinner and is located at 825 San Pablo in Albany. Bon Appetit!

Food Drive For The Alameda Community Food Bank

By November 1, 2017 @ 8:15 pm

Feed Me!

Every year, Berkeley Hills Realty commits to filling up a food barrel from the Alameda Community Food Bank to help them in their mission to provide healthy meals to those who are in need.

We would like to invite our friends and family to get involved in giving back to the community by helping us fill the food barrel with their most needed food drive items: canned tuna and chicken, natural peanut butter, nuts and beans, brown rice, quinoa, low sodium soups and stews, whole grain cereal and oatmeal. We could pick up your donations if you live close by or you may drop them off at our office on 1714 Solano Ave.

Thank you for your generosity.

The Heat of the Market

By October 4, 2017 @ 5:44 am

Home Sweet Home

Summer is over and the market is still hot, hot, hot.  However, it isn’t as hot as it has been over the past 6 months.  But here is the thing: our market is hyperlocal and it changes week by week.  How can this be?

In a market with low inventory all it takes is for a handful of the same houses to come on the market at the same time.  Late August the inventory in Berkeley and Albany was low.  Yes, it was a seasonal low, but there were still enough buyers to make these homes receive multiple offers and sell for over asking.  The week after labor day that all changed: 18 2 bedroom, 1 bath homes came on the market in Berkeley alone, an uptick in inventory like we haven’t seen all year.

What happened was that for each house that was previously receiving 6-10 offers, there were now enough houses for all of the buyers.  As a result, some homes in El Cerrito, Kensington and Berkeley did not receive offers on the anticipated offer date.

The past two weeks saw daily emails from agents who had sent out emails saying “No Offers,” “Offers as they come,” and “Transparent Pricing.”

In looking at the data many of these homes are now in contract, but only time will tell whether these homes sold for the anticipated price.  This is one of the dangers of a market with low inventory.  If you are considering selling then be sure to consult with a hyperlocal agent who knows your area and understands the inventory trends.  This week?  Inventory is back to normal {low} levels.

 

Albany September Market Stats

By October 2, 2017 @ 12:51 pm

Albany Market State September 2017

Here are the stats for Albany, CA for the month of September 2017.  Market data is provided by Redfin and Bridge MLS and includes sales for only Single Family Detached Homes for the month of September. Data does not include condominiums or off-MLS sales – call us for more details.

Peaceful Retreat in the Heart of Hercules

By September 27, 2017 @ 11:00 am

Affordable housing in the East Bay?  We’ve got it covered!  Our newest listing, centrally located in the heart of Hercules, exudes charm, character, and serenity.  Welcome to 708 Forest Run, a peaceful retreat tucked amidst a wooded, park-like setting in the heart of Hercules.  Located on the top floor at the end of a 4 unit building, you’ll love this private and serene home.

Built in 1990, this chic 2 bedroom, 2 bath home has been tastefully updated to enhance modern-day living.  With vaulted ceilings and large, dual-pane windows light shines in from all directions.  The living room and stylish dining room are perfect for hosting friends and family; the sunny kitchen features a new stove, updated countertops and a garden window that looks out into the trees.  The spacious master bedroom features vaulted ceilings, new carpet and two large closets with custom closet organization shelving.  Fresh paint, updated floors, and in-unit laundry make this home move-in ready.

Off the dining room is access to a sunny balcony framed by wooded trees.  Leave the door open to create easy indoor-outdoor entertaining or simply allow the breeze to blow through.  This unit is one of 8 units that feature its own driveway leading to a private garage.

The complex is set in an enchanting eucalyptus grove and provides a cozy retreat from the daily routine.  There is a community pool and hot tub, perfect for relaxing in the afternoon.  The neighbors are friendly and greet each other with hello; the community is active and you will often see people walking their dogs, jogging or pushing strollers along Village Parkway Circle, a perfect 2 mile loop.  The clubhouse is ideal for small meetings.

The location is simply ideal: the building itself is its own private oasis but within minutes of incredible shopping, top-rated restaurants, and public transportation.  Shop at Sprouts and Trader Joe’s, dine in at Hunan Villa or grab some chicken wing from Mountain Mikes.  Looking for things to do at night?  Listen to live music at East Bay Coffee and grab a cocktail from Pear Street Bistro.  Commute to work?  Casual carpool and the SF Express Lynx bus are around the corner.  And you can’t beat the near-perfect weather year round.

Whether you are looking for a space to host friends and family, a peaceful retreat to come home and unwind, or a community-focused lifestyle to raise a family, this home has it all.

Oh, and the best part?  This stunning home is listed at $315,000.  You read it right.

For more information visit www.708ForestRun.com

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