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Real Estate professional recommendation for SF East Bay Area

Postby Slim and Gabby » Mon Jan 17, 2011 1:07 pm

LL'ers ...............

Yep, Slim and I are picking up stakes and moving back to the Bay Area.
Looking at Oakland/San Leandro in the East Bay.

Any of you Bay Area folks have a recommendation for a real estate professional in that neck of the woods?

We like what we're seeing on line as far as grandma's house without too many remuddles. Aw, heck-you all know what our modest Sunset magazine MCM aesthetic is.

If you've got a bead on someone who is worth working with, we'd love your input.

Thanks!

Gabby
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Postby scowsa » Mon Jan 17, 2011 5:18 pm

Well, here's an Oakland/Berkeley realtor who specializes in MCM.

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Postby Slim and Gabby » Tue Jan 18, 2011 7:34 am

Thanks, folks for the recommendations!

I suspect she is a bit high rent for us-an architect designed home is definitely not in our price range. Nor are any of the Eichlers around Mtn. Blvd in Oakland.

The focus is on getting closer ( MUCH closer!) to the airport, so the Eichlers farther east are not for us.

Thanks, and we'll keep you posted on our progress.

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Postby Slim and Gabby » Thu Jan 20, 2011 6:47 pm

Blasphemous dog that I am, I'm really wanting a 1920's Spanish style! Last year Gabby and I went to the William S. Hart House, and I've realized it's the coolest house I've EVER been in. Here are some pix:

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Probably the best cowboy actor ever, and from what I hear a truly good guy to boot, his house isn't as over the top as most actors houses. I have no pretenses that I'll ever get anything close to this, but I really miss the craftsmanship of the old houses, stuff like attics, basements and crawl spaces so you can actually access what you need to fix. We want something that is mostly original so we don't have to take it back to what it was.
Slim

BTW If'n yer ever in Newhall CA, check it out, very, very cool!
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Postby redneckmodern » Thu Jan 20, 2011 7:59 pm

anywhere terribly close to the oakland airport is a bit of a war-zone (imho). we used to live in west-oakland and on christmas night 2004, a stolen, runaway van full of porno crashed into our house at 3AM... and it took the OPD 2-hours to respond.

do you need to be close to the airport or just have easy access to it? specifically, which airport? in concord, eichlers are selling for about $400K and the BART line from concord gets us to SFO in about an hour and a quarter and to the oakland airport in about an hour... and it's an easy ride (especially SFO... just sleep all the way there).

sam benson was our agent and he's a good guy: http://realestate680.com/ ... one of the "eichler guys" in the easy bay.

simply for "cuteness", check out the town of niles (which is now part of fremont). many early chaplin films were filmed in niles canyon and the town was sort of built up around the scene.

also check out the town of alameda... there's some brady-bunch MCM on the east side (north of otis @ grand) and just some neat stuff throughout.

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Postby Slim and Gabby » Wed Jan 26, 2011 9:12 am

Thanks, Redneck.

Wow- Porno-truck crash is pretty dramatic!
Sorry you had such a bad experience in Oakland.

I like Concord fine: there are some really cute neighborhoods where you are. We want something super walkable, so most of what we can afford in Concord would be out.

I am going to date myself if I tell you I remember gala events at Sun Valley Mall when it was a classy joint!- but it was definitely THE place to shop when I was a kiddo.
This was the only photo I could find of the old fountain with the bronze dandelion sculptures:
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And here's the roosters, which apparently may still be there? That mall had great "bad public art"!
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LOTS on Sun Valley here:
http://bigmallrat.blogspot.com/search/l ... ley%20mall


But I definitely want to be in closer. BART is great, but I am trying to build time for a Master's program into my schedule so an extra 20-30 minutes each way actually matters. I was born at the old Kaiser on Broadway and spent many weekends with family in Oakland before living there through most of my 20's.

We're leaving our place without much profit, so Alameda and environs are a bit spendy for us. We're specifically looking for urban vs suburban.
Oakland is patchy for sure. Extreme west Oakland and extreme East Oakland will do plenty to make folks unhappy. I love the area around Laurel, Fruitdale and Hiller Highlands. And San Leandro is pretty sleepy, but the PD hops right to it when you need 'em.


Thanks for the suggestions, though.
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