Category Archives: Bay Area Activities

Six Special Bay Area Events This Week

carriage rides in Emeryville
Carriage rides in Emeryville

After a brief hiatus, I’m back to writing about Bay Area Events.

Why? Because there’s something so quintessential about the variety of things to do here. To me, they seem to represent the diversity of lifestyles available when you live here.

For folks who dream of moving here, or for those who just moved in or have lived here for years, I want to present a little taste of what’s available–sometimes for kids but mostly for adults–that continue to make make life in this community sweet, enjoyable and a lot of fun.

Here’s some activities I discovered going on March 22 thru the 27th:

TUESDAY MARCH 22

People’s Park: A discussion
It was famous in the ‘60s and still in the news today. Learn more about its past and possible future.

WEDNESDAY MARCH 23

Full Moon Tibetan Chanting in Berkeley
Finding inner peace through mantra

THURSDAY MARCH 24TH

Emeryville gets romantic
Horse Drawn Carriage Rides in Emeryville

FRIDAY MARCH 25TH

Dance-off at the Independent Brewing Company
Fine small batch brews and dance moves

SATURDAY MARCH 26th

Zeitgeist Day
Berkeley festival supporting a sustainable, peaceful global society

SUNDAY MARCH 27th

Treasure Island Flea
A grown-up version of an Easter Egg hunt.

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

What’s Next: Fun Ways of Staying in Shape During the Holidays

santa-zumba

Did you, like me, spend the weekend in a football coma?

Sure, there was work to be done. Even during the holidays, when you’re a realtor, there’s no down time for us.

Home buyers, for various reasons, need to find homes no matter what the season. They need to establish or update a search profile and/or take home tours.

Buyers want advice about a property they’re thinking of selling, or want an update on their current home value.

Call me if you’d like and of these things yourself.

There’s also my own need to continually update my database to make sure my clients old and new are receiving what they need.

But in the mean time, there was a ton of football to watch.

Unfortunately, watching football and working on real estate are–generally–seated activities. These sedentary pursuits, added to the Thanksgiving feast, the office parties, and the gatherings of friends–in which rich, delicious food is always plentiful–and you’ve got the perfect recipe for adding a few more pounds to the pot (belly).

So what to do? I decided to devote today’s list of activities to those that help us get off the couch and out of the house, so here goes. We’ll start slow:

TUESDAY DECEMBER 1ST
 See the world tallest tree lit up in SF

WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 2ND
Go ice skating in Union Square

THURSDAY DECEMBER 3RD
Go dancing in Berkeley

FRIDAY DECEMBER 4TH
Head to Jack London Square for a bevy of seasonal activities 

SATURDAY DECEMBER 5TH
Stroll around block fulls of art in Oakland

SUNDAY DECEMBER 6TH
Have a snowball fight in Berkeley

ENJOY!

If you’d like to use your holiday time off to begin the process of selling or buying a home, give me a call. I’m easy to contact.  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 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 New Site to discover homes on the market–neighborhood by neighborhood–almost as soon as they’re posted on the MLS!

Whatever your real estate need,  I’m happy to help!

Chris Neddersen
Broker Associate
CalBRE R01143189
Coldwell Banker in Berkeley

What’s Next? Thanksgiving? Hard to Tell. . .

breughel_harvest_large

Sure enough, rivaling the ghosts and goblins in the local stores were Christmas trees and piles of presents. We skipped the turkeys and the autumn leaves.

I guess you can never start too soon to prepare for the holidays, but it sure does take the fun out of the season.  The early warning signs that time is running out just increases stress.

Thanksgiving is a time to be grateful, to bask in the beauty of Fall and embrace the coziness of shared meals and conversations in front of the fire.  Traditionally it’s a time to evaluate the harvest, examining what grew and what didn’t and–using the information you acquired–plan for next year’s crops.  Atavistically, it feels like a time of deep rest and contemplation.  Racing around buying gifts feels wrong somehow, for quiet, effective, deep and restorative thought takes time.

Time is the best gift you can give yourself or someone else. I saw this wonderful youtube going around about what kids really want for the holidays and realized that time with each other is what we long for.  It’s important to pay attention to our companions without our umbilical cell phones and their constant distraction, to give thanks for all that we have and to truly appreciate how lucky we are to be alive.

Without further ado, and without wasting any more of your precious time, here’s  this weeks short list of interesting and entertaining events in the Bay Area. I hope you take some time to enjoy them with friends and family.

TUESDAY NOVEMBER 19TH
Fields of Prayer Art Installation at Grace Cathedral

WEDNESDAY  NOVEMBER 20TH
Veteran’s Day Freebies for Veterans

THURSDAY NOVEMBER 21ST
Best kept secrets of local hiking in Palo Alto

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 22ND
Dance party at La Pena (lessons included)

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 23RD
Blowing up the old Bay Bridge

SUNDAY NOVEMBER 24TH
Starry Plow Matinee Concerts

Enjoy your week, and remember to take some time to relax!

If you’re looking for a new home for the holidays,or if you’re wanting to move on from your old one, give me a call. I’d love to help.

I’m easy to contact.  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 referrals–and I’ll make sure you’re glad you called.

Get to know me! Check me out on facebook, linkedIn or see my other online presences. I have two sites made just for you.If you want to get a feel for what’s going on in the East Bay Real Estate market check out my My New Site to discover homes on the market–neighborhood by neighborhood–almost as soon as they’re posted on the MLS!

If you’re a BUYER go to That House Detective
If you’re a SELLER go to What’s Next Homes.

Whatever your real estate need,  I’m happy to help!

Chris Neddersen
Broker Associate
CalBRE R01143189
Coldwell Banker in Berkeley

 

 

What’s Next: Life After “Death”–This Week’s Local Activities

DDLM skull

Halloween and the Day of the Dead are favorite holidays around our house. We love the decorations, pumpkin carving, seeing the adorable trick-or-treating neighbors, and CANDY.  Candy is definitely a rare offering in our home, so I take advantage when it’s around.

And we had a lot left over. Not as many groups going candy gathering lately, but there are a lot of other things to do in the East Bay. In fact, I love how the holiday has grown locally. Solano Avenue shops hosted a special day dedicated to safe trick-or-treating, Berkeley had a day long Dia del los Muertos festival, and the Oakland Museum has its special annual exhibition of altars created by local artists honoring the dead.  You can still catch it, and I recommend it.

Time now, though, to turn our attention away from dead ancestors and toward making our present lives worth living–starting with local fun. Here’s a partial list of what’s coming up the first week of November.

TUESDAY NOVEMBER 3RD
Free museum days starting the first week of November

WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 4TH
First Wednesday: Author’s Reading their works in Oakland

THURSDAY NOVEMBER 5TH
Gilman Game Night in Berkeley

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 6TH
Steam Carnival in San Francisco

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 7TH
Discovery Days at AT&T Park

SUNDAY NOVEMBER 8TH
Victorian Walking Tour in SF

And remember, it’s better to wake up and smell the roses then lie buried beneath them, so here’s hoping you enjoy your life every moment of every day!

If you’re looking for a new home to enjoy, or if you’re wanting to move on from the old one, give me a call. I’d love to help.

I’m easy to contact.  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 referrals–and I’ll make sure you’re glad you called.

Get to know me! Check me out on facebook, linkedIn or see my other online presences. I have two sites made just for you.If you want to get a feel for what’s going on in the East Bay Real Estate market check out my My New Site to discover homes on the market–neighborhood by neighborhood–almost as soon as they’re posted on the MLS!

If you’re a BUYER go to That House Detective
If you’re a SELLER go to What’s Next Homes.

Whatever your real estate need,  I’m happy to help!

Chris Neddersen
Broker Associate
CalBRE R01143189
Coldwell Banker in Berkeley

What’s Next: The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly. . .and then there’s HALLOWEEN

whitches

Let’s start with the ugly first: Cal’s disappointing loss. Mistake after mistake. There’s so much potential in this team, it’s sad to see their lack of poise on a big stage. Hope they improve. They certainly have the potential.

The bad:  Niner’s performance: Can’t tackle, one (injured) runner of quality, can’t put together a passing game to save their lives, and they STILL don’t call it a building year. They didn’t even make it to the “ugly” standard, since ugly means there could be improvement. Bad is the better description.

The GOOD: What a terrifically cool surprise! the Raiders over San Diego! An absolutely fun game to watch, especially soothing after the painful losses of the two other local teams on Thursday.

Another way to ease football disappointment is to find something else to do to keep ourselves focused on the good stuff. . .like treats!  Here’s a short list of terrific Halloween activities right here in the Bay Area.

TUESDAY  OCTOBER 27TH
Dia de Los Muertos festival in Berkeley

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 28th
Walk on the Dark Side at Alameda’s Forbidden Island

THURSDAY OCTOBER 28TH
“Haunted Hornet” Ghost Stalk and Tour

FRIDAY OCTOBER THE 30TH
Zombie Pub Crawl in the Mission

SATURDAY OCTOBER THE 31ST
Annual Halloween Hoopla at the Yerba Buena Gardens

SUNDAY  NOVEMBER 1ST
Recover from Candy Overload.

Happy Halloween!!

What’s Next: Cooler Days and Cooler Free Fun

harvest moon

This morning we woke to the cool comfort of a soft gray fog. The days previous have been unseasonably warm, but now as we move into Autumn–accompanied by the incredible beauty of an eclipse of the full harvest moon–we in the Bay Area are getting ready for fall.
Many homeowners are preparing for the predicted El Nino rains and are cleaning gutters and patching roofs.  Gardeners are mulching the drought resultant bare spots in the garden to prevent soil erosion, and downslope hill homeowners are stocking up on sandbags to keep potential floodwater from their property.

No matter where we are, every Californian has their fingers crossed for rainy winter, and by our actions we’re hoping to create a wet result.  But as they say, all work and no play make Jack a dull boy, so let’s see what free fun is in store for us this week!

TUESDAY SEPT 28TH
Lemony Snicket’s final release party

WEDNESDAY SEPT 29TH
Michael Jackson Tribute Concert in Albany

THURSDAY SEPT 30TH
Volunteer for Hardly Strictly Bluegrass

FRIDAY OCT 1ST
Oakland First Fridays Art Walk

SATURDAY OCT 2ND
Oakland Octoberfest

SUNDAY OCT 3RD
Nature Walk: The Heart of Knowland Park

Enjoy these lovely fall days, and remember, if you’re thinking of buying or selling a home in the East Bay, give me a call at 510-527-0174.  I’m happy to help you with any questions or concerns about the East Bay housing market.

Get to know me! Check me out on facebook, linkedIn or see my other online presences. I have two sites made just for you.If you want to get a feel for what’s going on in the East Bay Real Estate market

Check out my My New Site to discover homes on the market–neighborhood by neighborhood–almost as soon as they’re posted on the MLS!

If you’re a BUYER go to That House Detective
If you’re a SELLER go to What’s Next Homes.

Whatever your real estate need,  I’m happy to help!

Chris Neddersen
Broker Associate
CalBRE R01143189
Coldwell Banker in Berkeley

What’s Next: Restoring Richmond and Bay Area Free Fun

110_UrbanTilth_IMG_5360

 

 

 

My wife has a love-hate relationship with our garden. It’s just a small patch, with more shade than we’d like and lots of hungry deer so vegetables are out, but what’s there she used to love to work with.  Now, the drought has put a damper on her enthusiasm.  She’s started to hate going into the garden because it’s
drying out.  We’re doing our best to preserve what’s there, and are ever hopeful that soon el nino will restore our tiny eden to its original glory.

Which brings me to Richmond. I don’t know if you know this, but if you’re looking for a gardener’s paradise, Richmond is the place. The climate and relatively flat yards are perfect for growing a lot of edible and beautiful plants.

60 years ago, North Richmond was such a rich growing area it was called “the Cabbage Patch”.  Now, vacant lots, scrap metal and car repair shops dominate the landscape.  Not for long, if Urban Tilth has anything to say about it. They’re determined to restore this area to its former glory and include a year around produce stand, bike repair and coffee shop with WiFi.  If you’d like to help, go to the site above to find out more.

If gardening is not on your list of favorite things to do, here are some more ideas for FREE fun in the Bay Area this week.

TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 7TH
For more gardening inspiration, free admission to the SF Botanical Garden

WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 8TH
Fans of 49ers & Raiders celebrate the beginning of football season at Pier 35

THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 9TH
Salsa dance party in Emeryville

FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 10TH
Point Richmond Summer Music Concert

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 11TH
Story Slams in Oakland

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 12TH
Opera in Golden Gate Park

If you’re looking for a Real Estate Agent, I’m happy to help.  Give me a call if you’re thinking of  buying or selling a home, and for any and all of your other real estate needs.  Just phone 510-527-0174 .  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, linkedIn or see my other online presences. I have two sites made just for you.If you want to get a feel for what’s going on in the East Bay Real Estate market

Check out my My New Site to discover homes on the market–neighborhood by neighborhood–almost as soon as they’re posted on the MLS!

If you’re a BUYER go to That House Detective
If you’re a SELLER go to What’s Next Homes.

Whatever your real estate need,  I’m happy to help!

Chris Neddersen
Broker Associate
CalBRE R01143189
Coldwell Banker in Berkeley

 

Easy to Eat in Style in the East Bay

gourmet food fish

 

 

 

 

Have you noticed how nice the weather’s been in the Bay Area lately? Sunny, but with a fresh breeze that keeps us free from the intense heat we experienced in August. It’s finally perfect for outdoor entertainment. We can take longer walks without our dog having to stop every few feet to lay panting on her belly neath a shady tree. This is our Indian Summer, and we cherish it.

Another thing we love locally is the ever-increasing number of completely excellent restaurants. I learned that, joining Berkeley in food madness, is Oakland which is becoming well-known for it’s culinary delights. Did you know that it was named the top U.S. food city in USA today?

I hadn’t realized the Bay Area had become so famous for our foodie culture until I noticed that PBS had a show about it called “A Culinary Journey” describing its evolution. And evolve it has. In my office I’m constantly hearing about great new restaurants emerging here and there around the bay. Add to that, Epicurious is right down the street, offering a variety of snacks to sample and sit down restaurants to enjoy.

Of course, eating out every day, though sometimes a necessity, is hard on the budget when you eat in style, so here’s a list of restaurants around U.C. Berkeley that offer tasty food at low prices. Bon Apetite, and for more bargain fun, let’s check out some of this month’s Bay Area Entertainments: 

I hope I’ve guided you to great East Bay eateries, but if you’re looking for a Real Estate Agent, I’m happy to help.  Give me a call if you’re thinking of  buying or selling a home, and for any and all of your other real estate needs.  Just phone 510-527-0174 .  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, linkedIn or see my other online presences. I have two sites made just for you.If you want to get a feel for what’s going on in the East Bay Real Estate market

Check out my My New Site to discover homes on the market–neighborhood by neighborhood–almost as soon as they’re posted on the MLS!

If you’re a BUYER go to That House Detective
If you’re a SELLER go to What’s Next Homes.

Whatever your real estate need,  I’m happy to help!

 

Chris Neddersen
Broker Associate
CalBRE R01143189
Coldwell Banker in Berkeley

What’s Next: Dancing with Cows & May Festivals

Hikers, bike riders and runners are still learning how to co-exist with grazing cattle along open space trails. There have been some reports of incidents between bovine and human which has resulted in the posting of new informational warning signs and the removal of problem cows or steers. (Dan Honda/Bay Area News Group)
Hikers, bike riders and runners are still learning how to co-exist with grazing cattle along open space trails. There have been some reports of incidents between bovine and human which has resulted in the posting of new informational warning signs and the removal of problem cows or steers. (Dan Honda/Bay Area News Group)

May in the Bay Area is a perfect time to hit the hiking trails, and around here there’s lots of open space to explore.  If are hiking at the right time of day and you keep your eyes open, you might catch a glimpse of some of the myriad species of wild life that inhabit this beautiful region. Hawks and buzzards sail through the air, pack rat nests are abundant, coyotes howl in the hills, turkeys gobble, foxes hunt, opossums skuttle  and racoons, our close urban neighbors, rattle around in unsealed garbage cans.

In some locations we share the hills with grazing cattle.  Believe it or not, some members of the local herds can be unpredictable and often aggressive, especially moms with calves.  Luckily, my alma mater, UC Berkeley, has come up with a trail hikers guide to dealing with cattle.  It’s called “Sharing Open Space”, and we who walk with through pastures with dogs are strongly encouraged to read it.  Your average cow sees your beloved canine, even my small terrier, as a potential threat.

Stay safe on your rambles, and if you’re in a festive mood, here’s some options for you:

Have a terrific week enjoying the beauty and festivities that abound in our marvelous Bay Area!

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

Give me a call if you’re thinking of  buying or selling a home, and for all your other real estate needs.  Just phone 510-527-0174 .  I’m never too busy to take care of you– or your referrals–and I’ll make you glad you called.

Get to know me! Check me out on facebook, linkedIn or see my other online presences. I have two sites made just for you.

If you’re a BUYER go to That House Detective
If you’re a SELLER go to What’s Next Homes.
If you’re interested in HIGH WALK SCORE HOMES click HERE.

Whatever your real estate need,  I’m happy to help!

Chris_sig

Chris Neddersen,
Broker Associate
CalBRE R01143189
Coldwell Banker in Berkeley

Be It Ever So Humble, ANYPLACE but a Dark, Cold Home.

Vasco Caves

We all need a roof over our heads.  It seems to be in our DNA to find or construct some kind of shelter.  From igloos to Teepees, to bungalows to high rise apartments, we look to our homes for security, warmth, safety, and comfort.

The only home I have issue with is a cave.

Our son, when he was very small and we were traveling around California’s Gold Country, stopped by Moaning Cavern to check it out.  Neither the wife nor I were comfortable with dark, small, deep spaces, but the boy-child was eager, so down, down, down we went.

It was an awe inspiring and striking experience, one of those experiences that, for me, would be like bungee jumping, where you try it just to say you did. After you do it, you have this feeling of euphoria for just having survived it.

I never want to do it again.

For those of you who would love to explore a cave, and don’t want to travel so far to so spelunk, I stumbled across a local East Bay cavern in Mount Diablo called Vasco Caves Regional Preserve.  It’s a delicate, ecologically sensitive area, so you need to schedule a tour, but if you have a game 4 year old who loves the dark, this is a trip at least he or she will enjoy.

East Bay home sellers: This is a golden time to sell your home! Even a cave might command a good price in this market where demand is high and inventory and mortgages are low.  It can’t last forever, you know, so give me a call and let’s talk!

If you’re looking for a home in this amazing area, I can help you strategize for a successful purchase.

Call me for all your real estate needs at 510-527-0174 , I’m never too busy to take care of you– or your referrals–and I’ll make you glad you called.

Get to know me! Check me out on facebook, linkedIn or see my other online presences. I have two sites made just for you.

If you’re a BUYER go to That House Detective
If you’re a SELLER go to What’s Next Homes.

If you want to get a feel for what’s going on in the East Bay Real Estate market, check out my Company Super Site.

If you’re interested in HIGH WALK SCORE HOMES click HERE.

Whatever your real estate need,  I’m happy to help!

Chris_sig

Chris Neddersen,
Broker Associate
CalBRE R01143189
Coldwell Banker in Berkeley