Category Archives: Bay Area Activities

August: The Best of Times, the Worst of Times

I was born in August, and as a result had mixed feelings about the arrival of my birthday.  On the one hand: party, presents, cake! On the other hand: School was right around the corner. As I grew I began to understand that adults (unless they were teachers–and, as I later learned, there was no free time for them either), never had the long, lazy summer vacations that I enjoyed as a boy.

Growing up was always something we kids longed to do, but little did we know that one of the things we’d wave good-bye to, besides hairless skin and being really short, were summer vacations.

I noticed to my horror that in my teenage and college years, when I needed money to use the car and go on dates, my summer vacation would have to be subsumed by my summer job or no dates for me. Then, in my young adulthood when I worked in the corporate world, vacations were scheduled, and usually only lasted a week or so.

As a real estate agent, when work and time off can happen anytime, I learned the value of small vacations, staycations, and keeping my ear to the ground to find interesting things to do on a daily basis no matter how my schedule looked.

So, speaking of that, here are a few fun things that caught my eye. These Bay Area activities will ease our way as we leave August behind and welcome the beginning of September.

TUESDAY AUGUST 30TH
Comedy at the Night Light in Oakland

WEDNESDAY AUGUST 31ST
This Changes Everything Book discussion in Oakland 

THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 1ST
Wild Wildflowers last blooms at the SF Botanical Garden

FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 2ND
Last Gasp of Summer Beer Garden in Ghirardelli Square 

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 3RD
Art Break Day all over the Bay Area

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 4TH
Twelfth Night: Shakespeare in the Park

I hope you enjoy your transition from Summer to Fall. I’m here to help you find the fun, or a solution to your housing needs, no matter what the season.

I’d love to help you buy or sell an East Bay home. It would be my pleasure.

If you’re moving to another area, I can refer you to a trustworthy Coldwell Banker agent wherever you want or need to go in the US or the world. Coldwell Banker is an international real estate company.

Just call me.  I’m easy to get a hold of.  As so many of us do, I carry my office with me wherever I go, so phone or text 510-418-1306  and you’ll probably reach me. I’m never too busy to take care of you– or your referrals–and I’ll make sure you’re glad you called. 

 Get to know me! Check me out on facebook or linkedIn.

If you want to get a feel for what’s going on in the East Bay Real Estate market check out my My Web Site to discover homes on the market–neighborhood by neighborhood–almost as soon as they’re posted on the MLS!

Chris Neddersen
Broker Associate
CalBRE #01143189
Coldwell Banker in Berkeley

“Let’s Get Moving!”

 

International Vacations Right Here in the Bay Area

tea garden

Summer is slipping away and before we know it Fall will be here! If you didn’t get that vacation abroad–or even a trip to the woods–that you wanted, and you still yearn for a travel experience, you can’t beat the Bay Area for staycation opportunities.  Enjoy a taste of Japan at the Tea Gardens or Japantown, both in San Francisco.  There’s an Oakland Chinatown, too, if you don’t want to cross the bridge. In Berkeley, if you’re shopping for exotic food or fashion, you might enjoy the area near the corner of University and San Pablo. For a few more international ideas, take a look at this list.

TUESDAY AUGUST 23RD
Brush up on all things French in SF

WEDNESDAY AUGUST 24TH
Free Waffle on Belgian Waffle Day

THURSDAY AUGUST 25TH
The Starting Day of Free National Park Weekend

FRIDAY AUGUST 26TH
Annual King Tut Festival in Hayward

SATURDAY AUGUST 27TH
Oakland Chinatown Street Festival

SUNDAY AUGUST 28TH
Ukrainian music and dance in Golden Gate Park

I hope you enjoy these last days of summer, and if you and your family are planning a move, I’d love to help you buy or sell an East Bay home. It would be my pleasure.

If you’re moving to another area, I can refer you to a trustworthy Coldwell Banker agent wherever you want or need to go in the US or the world. Coldwell Banker is an international real estate company.

Just call me.  I’m easy to get a hold of.  As so many of us do, I carry my office with me wherever I go, so phone or text 510-418-1306  and you’ll probably reach me. I’m never too busy to take care of you– or your referrals–and I’ll make sure you’re glad you called. 

 Get to know me! Check me out on facebook or linkedIn.

If you want to get a feel for what’s going on in the East Bay Real Estate market check out my My Web Site to discover homes on the market–neighborhood by neighborhood–almost as soon as they’re posted on the MLS!

Chris Neddersen
Broker Associate
CalBRE #01143189
Coldwell Banker in Berkeley

“Let’s Get Moving!”

School’s Starting! What’s a Family To Do? Here are some ideas. . .

kids and computers

The days of Summer are drawing to a close. Did you feel like you missed some opportunities to play while the kids were out of school? This week, I’m going to focus on finding activities the whole family might enjoy. Let’s make good use of the time before school scheduling sets in to enjoy some family time.

TUESDAY AUGUST 16TH
Your older school kids might relate to these Embarrassing Middle School Stories

WEDNESDAY AUGUST 17TH
Yo Ho Ho! Sunken Ships in SF Bay! Hear the tales!

THURSDAY AUGUST 18TH
Semi-camping on the Presidio: Off the Grid

FRIDAY AUGUST 19TH
Learn cool circus tricks (for kids 8 and up)

SATURDAY AUGUST 20TH
Festival of the Sea in SF

SUNDAY AUGUST 21ST
Free Sailboat Rides in Berkeley

Have fun, and if you and your family are planning a move, I’d love to help you buy or sell an East Bay home. It would be my pleasure.

If you’re moving to another area, I can refer you to a trustworthy Coldwell Banker agent wherever you want or need to go in the US or the world. Coldwell Banker is an international real estate company.

Just call me.  I’m easy to get a hold of.  As so many of us do, I carry my office with me wherever I go, so phone or text 510-418-1306  and you’ll probably reach me. I’m never too busy to take care of you– or your referrals–and I’ll make sure you’re glad you called. 

 Get to know me! Check me out on facebook or linkedIn.

If you want to get a feel for what’s going on in the East Bay Real Estate market check out my My Web Site to discover homes on the market–neighborhood by neighborhood–almost as soon as they’re posted on the MLS!

Chris Neddersen
Broker Associate
CalBRE #01143189
Coldwell Banker in Berkeley

“Let’s Get Moving!”

6 Days of Summer Fun in Uncertain Weather

botanical garden

Visitors to the Bay Area ask me what it’s like to live in a climate that doesn’t have distinctive seasons.  We do too have seasons.  They just get a little mixed up is all.  So far, we’ve had winter days in spring that have slopped over into summer.  Spring came in a few days before summer officially started, then the summer fog rolled in and it felt like winter until about noon when the sun came out and our clothing layers come off. Now we’re looking at falling leaves, cool, foggy nights and mornings, and warm, warm afternoons. The presence of Orb spiders on the bushes and cottontails on the trails announce that autumn is around the corner. But before we pack up our summer clothing, our indian summer, if it’s true to form, will give us some of the hottest days of the year.

That being said, it’s a good idea to plan for both indoor and outdoor fun in the Bay Area, cause you never know what mom nature will be cooking up.  Here’s a few ideas, and bring remember to bring a coat:

TUESDAY AUGUST 9TH
The fabulous Golden Gate Botanical Gardens Free Day.

WEDNESDAY AUGUST 10TH
If you’d like to explore the 60’s here’s the tour for you.

THURSDAY AUGUST 11TH
Stand up comedy night at the Stork Club in Oakland

FRIDAY AUGUST 12TH
Closing party of the Fiesta Fridas Art Show in Oakland

SATURDAY AUGUST 13TH
Biggest Ever Rosie the Riveter Gathering in Richmond

SUNDAY AUGUST 14TH
Oakland Dragon Boat Festival on Lake Merritt

If you enjoy the East Bay as much as I do and want to purchase a home here, give me a call. I love to help home buyers and sellers find a home wherever their hearts call them.

If you’re moving to another area, I can refer you to a trustworthy Coldwell Banker agent wherever you want or need to go in the US or the world. Coldwell Banker is an international real estate company.

Just call me.  I’m easy to get a hold of.  As so many of us do, I carry my office with me wherever I go, so phone or text 510-418-1306  and you’ll probably reach me. I’m never too busy to take care of you– or your referrals–and I’ll make sure you’re glad you called. 

 Get to know me! Check me out on facebook or linkedIn.

If you want to get a feel for what’s going on in the East Bay Real Estate market check out my My Web Site to discover homes on the market–neighborhood by neighborhood–almost as soon as they’re posted on the MLS!

Chris Neddersen
Broker Associate
CalBRE #01143189
Coldwell Banker in Berkeley

“Let’s Get Moving!”

Warmer Weather Means More Outdoor Bay Area Fun 4U

JH Park

July is a special month for me. It holds a couple of milestones that our family celebrates.  First, the wife and I had a July wedding on Treasure Island many, unmentionable years ago. It was a gorgeous day, a beautiful ceremony, and we’ve had many happy years since then. Also, our first child was born in July.  Again, another bright, momentous day in our lives.
And speaking of bright, July is usually one of the sunnier months in the Bay Area calendar. Earlier this month, though, it’s felt more like Fall. I hold onto hope that Summer really is here as the days are getting warmer and brighter. I’m sure the fog is lying in wait and biding its time, but this week looks to be a warm one so let’s see what opportunities for outdoor enjoyment there are and make hay while the sun shines.

TUESDAY JULY 26TH
How about a free workout session at Fort Mason?

WEDNESDAY JULY 27TH
Political Comedy with the famous SF Mime Troupe

THURSDAY JULY 28TH
Natural fireworks: The Delta Aquarid Meteor Shower

FRIDAY JULY 29TH
Curious about those Cranes? Take a tour of the Port of Oakland

SATURDAY JULY 30TH
Berkeley Kite Festival Begins TODAY

SUNDAY JULY 31ST
Get your Shakespeare on! See The Tempest at John Hinkel Park

Whatever you do, whatever you’ve got to celebrate, have a wonderful July Finale!

If you’re pursuing your dream of home ownership, or if you want to sell an East Bay home, I can help.  Summer is a great time to buy or sell a home.

Also, if you’re moving to another area, I can refer you to a trustworthy Coldwell Banker agent wherever you want or need to go in the US or the world. Coldwell Banker is an international real estate company.

Just call me.  I’m easy to get a hold of.  As so many of us do, I carry my office with me wherever I go, so phone or text 510-418-1306  and you’ll probably reach me. I’m never too busy to take care of you– or your referrals–and I’ll make sure you’re glad you called. 

 Get to know me! Check me out on facebook or linkedIn.

If you want to get a feel for what’s going on in the East Bay Real Estate market check out my My Web Site to discover homes on the market–neighborhood by neighborhood–almost as soon as they’re posted on the MLS!

Chris Neddersen
Broker Associate
CalBRE #01143189
Coldwell Banker in Berkeley

“Let’s Get Moving!”

SIX SPECIAL BAY AREA EVENTS THIS WEEK

Pink tulips for mother's day
Pink tulips for mother’s day

Of course, we all know the most special day is not, can never be, simply included in any list of special events, and that day is MOTHER’S DAY.  If you all know what’s good for you, you’ll make sure Sunday belongs to the mom, or the assortment of moms, in your life. It can be a juggling act to manage the in-law, wife, mom shuffle, but with some help you might just pull it off.  Here are some ideas and the following list of interesting things to do up to and on “The Day“.  Good luck.

TUESDAY May 3rd
Free museum entry all around the bay. Here’s the list:
Free Museums 

WEDNESDAY May 4th
Spring Bake Sale on the streets of Oakland.

THURSDAY May 5th (Cinco De Mayo!)
Cinco de Mayo Celebrations throughout the Bay Area

FRIDAY May 7th
First Fridays in Oakland

SATURDAY May 8th
Annual Pagan Festival in Berkeley

SUNDAY May 8th
Succulent garden tour FREE for moms in Walnut Creek

Have a great time this week, Happy Mothers Day, and REMEMBER:

If you’re looking to buy or sell an East Bay home, I can help you from both sides of the table. Locally, I can help you buy or sell your East Bay home. If you’re moving to another area, I can refer you to a trustworthy Coldwell Banker agent wherever you want or need to go in the US or the world. Coldwell Banker is an international real estate company.

So call me.  I’m easy to get a hold of.  As so many of us do, I carry my office with me wherever I go, so phone or text 510-418-1306  and you’ll probably reach me. I’m never too busy to take care of you– or your referrals–and I’ll make sure you’re glad you called.

Get to know me! Check me out on facebook or linkedIn.

If you want to get a feel for what’s going on in the East Bay Real Estate market check out my My Web Site to discover homes on the market–neighborhood by neighborhood–almost as soon as they’re posted on the MLS!

Chris Neddersen
“Let’s Get Moving!”

Broker Associate
CalBRE R01143189
Coldwell Banker in Berkeley

SIX SPECIAL BAY AREA EVENTS THIS WEEK

happy-may-day

It doesn’t always follow that having my listing in escrow frees up my weekends.  As most agents will tell you, real estate tends to be a full time job in the fullest sense of the word, but the positives are how flexible my time can be.  Like many who work from home, I can work when I feel like it and play when I want. I’ve learned that there are many times when I actually feel like working, and when they come along I can call my clients or devise marketing strategies or organize a buyer home tour. I find I’m at my most productive and enjoy work more at these times.

I’ve learned that to everything there truly is a season, a time to work and a time to play, and speaking of playing, here’s what’s going on in the coming week.

TUESDAY April 26TH
Jazz and Funk in Albany? You bet. It’s at the Ivy Room.

WEDNESDAY April 27TH
Celebrate the life of Prince at the Elbo Room 

THURSDAY APRIL 28th
If you love dance you’ll love come to the Starry Plow in Berkeley

FRIDAY APRIL 29th
Candlelit Labyrinth Walk in Berkeley

SATURDAY APRIL 30th
Soul Sanctuary Dance at AshKenaz

SUNDAY MAY 1st
Lot’s of Free first Sunday Museums to enjoy. Here’s a list:

Have a great time this week, Happy May Day, and REMEMBER:

If you’re looking to buy or sell an East Bay home, I can help you from both sides of the table. Locally, I can help you buy or sell your East Bay home. If you’re moving to another area, I can refer you to a trustworthy Coldwell Banker agent wherever you want or need to go in the US or the world. Coldwell Banker is an international real estate company.

So call me.  I’m easy to get a hold of.  As so many of us do, I carry my office with me wherever I go, so phone or text 510-418-1306  and you’ll probably reach me. I’m never too busy to take care of you– or your referrals–and I’ll make sure you’re glad you called.

Get to know me! Check me out on facebook or linkedIn.

If you want to get a feel for what’s going on in the East Bay Real Estate market check out my My Web Site to discover homes on the market–neighborhood by neighborhood–almost as soon as they’re posted on the MLS!

Chris Neddersen
“Let’s Get Moving!”

Broker Associate
CalBRE R01143189
Coldwell Banker in Berkeley

Six Special Bay Area Events this Week

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gorgeous “great room” off living room at 9 Westminster

These last weekends have been busy for me.  I’ve been holding my new listing in Kensington open.  Holding an Open House is like having a little party. No food, or alcohol to break the ice, but no shortage of topics of conversation. I’ve discussed the local schools  & neighborhood, flow of traffic, commuting convenience, walk score, recreational opportunities and more. Sometimes these questions aren’t easy to answer if the answers are, well, not so great; but this house, with so many positives, is really fun to talk about.

If you’re free this next weekend, stop on by and check it out. For the other days of the week, here’s a list of some fun events and activities:

TUESDAY APRIL 19TH
The NOW festival is in full swing. Click HERE for a list of all the events.

WEDNESDAY APRIL 20TH
If you’d love to “Bring back the ’60s, man”,  you’ll have your chance on Hippie Hill in the City

THURSDAY APRIL 21st
If you love dance you’ll love this: 20/20 in Berkeley

FRIDAY APRIL 22nd
Celebrate Earth Day in Oakland’s annual festival

SATURDAY APRIL 23rd*
Celebrate John Muir’s Birthday

SUNDAY APRIL 24th*
See Historic Race Cars on Nob Hill

*You’re invited to see my  listing this weekend. It’s located in Kensington on 9 Westminster Avenue.  Open House dates are Saturday April 23rd and  Sunday April 24th from 2:00 to 4:30.

If you’re looking to buy or sell an East Bay home, I can help you from both sides of the table. Locally, I can help you buy or sell your East Bay home. If you’re moving to another area, I can refer you to a trustworthy Coldwell Banker agent wherever you want or need to go in the US or the world. Coldwell Banker is an international real estate company.

So call me.  I’m easy to get a hold of.  As so many of us do, I carry my office with me wherever I go, so phone or text 510-418-1306  and you’ll probably reach me. I’m never too busy to take care of you– or your referrals–and I’ll make sure you’re glad you called.

Get to know me! Check me out on facebook or linkedIn.

If you want to get a feel for what’s going on in the East Bay Real Estate market check out my My Web Site to discover homes on the market–neighborhood by neighborhood–almost as soon as they’re posted on the MLS!

Chris Neddersen
“Let’s Get Moving!”

Broker Associate
CalBRE R01143189
Coldwell Banker in Berkeley

Six Special Bay Area Events This Week

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So far, the April skies have been clear and bright, perfect weather to enjoy many of the local activities that abound in the Bay Area.  Here’s a list of 6 days of delightful entertainments, AND an invitation to my Open House in Kensington.*

TUESDAY APRIL 5TH
The Opening of the Giant, Glow in the Dark Bunnies

WEDNESDAY APRIL 6TH
Oakland Earth Expo

THURSDAY APRIL 7TH
Theater of Others Presents “Cymbeline”

FRIDAY APRIL 8TH
Last Day of the annual Bouquets to Art at the DeYoung

SATURDAY APRIL 9TH*
Cherry Blossom Festival in Japantown

SUNDAY APRIL 10TH*
Diva Day in Emeryville

*You’re invited to see my new listing this weekend. It’s located in Kensington on 9 Westminster Avenue.  Open House dates are Saturday April 9th and  Sunday April 10th from 2:00 to 4:30.

If you’re looking to buy or sell an East Bay home, I can help you from both sides of the table. Locally, I can help you buy or sell your East Bay home. If you’re moving to another area, I can refer you to a trustworthy Coldwell Banker agent wherever you want or need to go in the US or the world. Coldwell Banker is an international real estate company.

So call me.  I’m easy to get a hold of.  As so many of us do, I carry my office with me wherever I go, so phone or text 510-418-1306  and you’ll probably reach me. I’m never too busy to take care of you– or your referrals–and I’ll make sure you’re glad you called.

Get to know me! Check me out on facebook or linkedIn.

If you want to get a feel for what’s going on in the East Bay Real Estate market check out my My Web Site to discover homes on the market–neighborhood by neighborhood–almost as soon as they’re posted on the MLS!

Chris Neddersen
“Let’s Get Moving!”

Broker Associate
CalBRE R01143189
Coldwell Banker in Berkeley

Six Special Bay Area Events This Week, NO FOOLIN’!

botanical garden
Berkeley Botanical Garden

March is going out like the proverbial lamb after a rainy, leonine beginning.  El Nino did much of what was promised. The flowers abound, bringing cheerful bursts of color to the hillsides (and local gardens), the reservoirs are filling up, and the snow levels near Lake Tahoe are pretty much where they should be.

Still, we need to conserve our water reserves just in case, but for now let’s celebrate the joy of the season with some special Spring activities.

Here’s this weeks list of activities around the Bay Area.

TUESDAY MARCH 29TH
If you love poetry, imagery, and activism, head to Oakland

WEDNESDAY MARCH 30TH
Herons: find out more about these beautiful birds at Stow Lake

THURSDAY MARCH 31ST
Mama’s Royal Cafe Annual Napkin Art contest

FRIDAY APRIL 1ST
Weird and wild flowers at the SF Botanical Garden

SATURDAY APRIL 2ND
Fantastic Cambodian New Year Festival in Oakland

SUNDAY APRIL 3RD
FREE museum days. Check this list to find one near you.
 AND:
Come and see my new listing in Kensington on 9 Westminster Avenue. I’ll be there for the first Open House Sunday April 3rd from 2:00 to 4:30 to show you around.

If you’re looking to buy or sell an East Bay home, I can help you on both sides of the table. If you’re wanting to move to another area, I can refer you to a trustworthy Coldwell Banker agent wherever you go. Coldwell Banker is an international real estate company.

So call me.  I’m easy to get a hold of.  As so many of us do, I carry my office with me wherever I go, so phone 510-527-0174.  and you’ll probably reach me. I’m never too busy to take care of you– or your rmeferrals–and I’ll make sure you’re glad you called.

Get to know me! Check me out on facebook or linkedIn.

If you want to get a feel for what’s going on in the East Bay Real Estate market check out my My Web Site to discover homes on the market–neighborhood by neighborhood–almost as soon as they’re posted on the MLS!

Chris Neddersen
“Let’s Get Moving!”

Broker Associate
CalBRE R01143189
Coldwell Banker in Berkeley