Category Archives: Bay Area

East Bay City Series: El Cerrito

A short description of what it’s like to live in various cities around the Bay Area. Today I’m looking at the city of El Cerrito (94530)

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Annual Fourth of July World One Festival at Cerrito Vista Park

El Cerrito is full of surprises. At first blush it may seem like just another San Francisco bedroom community, but dig deeper. This town takes innovations and infrastructure seriously.

Have a look at the newly refurbished roads, community center, swimming pool, and high school. The middle school was moved from an earthquake sensitive area and is being rebuilt at a new location.

Add to that, El Cerrito is committed to quality of life issues like the neighborhood theater, thriving live performance venues, the vibrant visual art and music scene, and enlightened recycling policies.  Every year there is a city-wide garage sale, and the Fourth of July One World festival is a treat filled with fun for kids and adults alike.  Music lovers look forward to the El Cerrito Folk Festival, another free, annual event.

This is a city to take pride in. If you like easy access to BART, great shopping malls that appeal to our Pacific Rim culture as well as the traditional Starbucks, Ross, Boarders, and Pier One shopping opportunities, and lots of amenities for young and old, you’ll love life in El Cerrito.

Homes range from bungalows, to mid-century moderns, to architectural beauties and quirky. personality homes. View homes abound, and great walk score homes occupy the flats.

Find out more about El Cerrito at their city website.

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

‘Tis the Season of Giving–Here’s How.

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This is the time of year when we truly appreciate the comforts that so many of us enjoy: warm clothes to keep out the rain and cold, warm places to live in, warm-hearted friends and neighbors to celebrate with, and warm food on the table.

But there are those who are not so lucky. Poverty rates are at record levels in the Bay Area, even with a hot job market.  This makes the holidays a trying time for many, especially cash strapped parents, so on the principle that giving feels better than getting, here’s a list of the best organizations for donations in the East Bay.

Also, my office, Coldwell Banker in Berkeley on Shattuck Avenue, is accepting donations of new toys for needy children. They join a list of organizations with the desire to make the season bright for local kids.

I hope you will join me in feeling really good this year–because you’ve done what you can to make someone else’s holiday a bit merrier!

If selling or buying an East Bay home will make you merrier, 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

Giving Thanks and Giving Back

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Looking around at all the opportunities to work and play in the East Bay, and at how abundantly many of us live, it’s clear that we have a lot to be thankful for.  So much so that it’s sometimes easy to forget that we aren’t all equally blessed with the what-it-takes to do whatever-we-want.  There are many who are just scraping by, who are without income, home, food, clothing, hope.

Our society at large struggles to find ways of addressing this huge problem. Lately, on social medial, I’ve seen ideas that help in a small way. There’s the coat on a signpost idea (see the photo), where you leave a coat on a signpost with a note saying that the coat is not lost, it’s a free coat for anyone who needs warm clothing.

I like this idea.  It’s simple, and not embarrassing for either the giver or receiver.  No judgement or assumptions involved. If you’re cold and need a coat, here’s one.  If not, let someone else have it. Maybe leave some bills in the pocket as an extra surprise.

Another idea is something called “Handbags for the Homeless” which, at first blush, looked like a good notion, but after a little research I decided that it might not be the best use of our extra cash. Here is the blog that describes the program and sums up my misgivings about “Handbags for the Homeless” pretty well.  After reading it, I decided it was best to give a few bucks instead.

If you can’t or would rather not do that, you can give some of your time. Thanksgiving  for many has become an opportunity to give back by providing service to those less fortunate. To that end, and because most of us are too busy getting ready for the holidays to need my usual, weekly list of things to do, click here to find a list of ways to volunteer your time to help others in the Bay Area.

However you spend the holidays, I’m wishing you and yours the happiest of Thanksgivings.

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: Imperfect but Edible & Bay Area Free Fun

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Did you know that the French are making it illegal to waste perfectly good food?  Supermarkets will be barred from deliberately spoiling unsold food so it cannot be eaten.  (They do that to prevent poor people who dumpster dive from getting ill from spoiled food.)

You can read more at the link above, but in short, the idea is that supermarkets will sign contracts with charities to get edible food nearing the pull date into the hands of people who are hungry.

Here in the Bay Area, a startup is collecting “imperfect” food and offering home and office delivery of “deliciously disfigured” food at a discount prices for folks in Berkeley, Oakland, and Emeryville.  Click here to get your own imperfect produce delivered to your door at a 30% discount off supermarket prices!

Now that we’ve got cheap dining covered, let’s see what fun, FREE activities are in store this week in the Bay Area.

TUESDAY AUGUST 24TH
Artists talk about using recycled plastic in their work

WEDNESDAY AUGUST 25TH
Learn about our beautiful Bay from the US Army Corps of Engineers

THURSDAY AUGUST 26TH
Soulful sounds of Clynton Oliver Cox at the Yerba Buena Gardens

FRIDAY AUGUST 27TH
Free Harbor Tours from the Port of Oakland

SATURDAY AUGUST 28TH
Destiny Art Center Street Party in Oakland

SUNDAY AUGUST 29TH
Free performance of King Lear at John Hinkel Park in Berkeley

Have a great week, and remember me if you’re looking for a Real Estate Agent.  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!

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Chris Neddersen
Broker Associate
CalBRE R01143189
Coldwell Banker in Berkeley

Once in a Blue Moon

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“Once in a blue moon” is a phrase that defines something rare. It’s that thing you never thought would happen, like a chance encounter that leads to love, or that job opportunity that fits you to a “T”, or that home you never thought you’d find now within your reach.

You never know how a dream will come true.

My wife remembers her first trip to Berkeley when she was a young girl. Something about the place captivated her. She loved the “old world” feeling of the campus, the gorgeous homes in the hills, the views of the bay, and tai chi practitioners doing the form on the North Gate lawn.

She knew she had found the home of her dreams but couldn’t imagine this dream coming true;, yet step by step, life lead her here–with a short stint in Sacramento and a slightly longer one in Los Angeles in between.

Her journey back to the Bay Area started with (a once in a blue moon) call from a friend who lived in Berkeley who presented with the opportunity to work at Fantasy Records on Dwight Street. She left L.A. at once.

I ended up working there myself as the installer of their sound system.  I needed business cards, and she was the designer who made them up for me.  After a while we married, and then came three kids and a lifetime later.  We’re now living in a home in the hills with a view of the Bay.

And, by the way, she loves her ongoing Tai Chi practice.

Wherever your dreams lead you, if you need to sell or buy a home in the East Bay to realize them, let me know. I’m happy to help.

Enjoy this evening’s gorgeous blue moon.

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,

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Broker Associate
CalBRE R01143189
Coldwell Banker in Berkeley

6 Californias? Will I have to change my Website?

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It looks like the 6 Californias initiative has acquired enough signatures to be eligible for a vote, but I wonder: If it passes, will I be a North California Realtor or a Silicon Valley Realtor? It looks to me as if the Berkeley area, and Kensington in particular, will be one of those tricky border areas.

I also wonder how housing prices might be effected. In North California, will alignment with the relatively low income farm communities around Sacramento lower the housing prices of the tonier Napa Valley? Will lumping the East Bay properties with the high-end homes of Silicon Valley raise their already sky high local home prices?

Will there be travel restrictions? I mean, will I be allowed to carry produce from North California (let’s talk wine) into Silicon Valley? And, speaking of Silicon Valley, what kind of state name has “Valley” attached to it? That doesn’t sound stately at all. Jefferson sounds presidential, and North, South and West California echo two of the Dakotas and Carolinas name wise, but “Valley”. Lets get real.

I don’t know what’s to become of California, but I for one am hoping we stick together. All those different locations is going to make the real estate market alone even more confusing than it is already.

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!

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’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,

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Broker Associate
CalBRE R01143189
Coldwell Banker in Berkeley

What’s Next: Pro Arts and Free Fun

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If you ever wanted a peek inside an artist’s studio, the annual East Bay Pro Arts Open Studio is coming up June 6th, 7th, 13th, & 14, from 11 AM to 6 PM.  Whether you want an extensive tour all over the East Bay or to simply poke around your local neighborhood artist’s digs, there are maps available on-line to plan your trip.

This is a terrific opportunity to support the work of local artists, beautify your home or garden, and gift yourself and your friends with a purchases of amazing art of all kinds, from etchings to sculptures to paintings to ceramics to glassware to weavings to quiltings and more and more.

That’s for the coming two weekends.  To amuse yourself this week, here’s the One-A-Day list of free fun events in the East Bay.

TUESDAY JUNE 2ND
It’s FREE museum day all over the Bay Area.

WEDNESDAY JUNE 3RD
First Wednesday Author Reading in Oakland

THURSDAY JUNE 4TH
The famous Clift Hotel is celebrating its Centennial

FRIDAY JUNE 5TH
Red Panda Acrobats at the Yerba Buena Gardens

SATURDAY JUNE 6TH
Sea Chanty Sing Along in San Francisco

SUNDAY JUNE 7TH
Fort Mason’s International Arts Festival

I hope you enjoy the month of June in the 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 Neddersen,

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Broker Associate
CalBRE R01143189
Coldwell Banker in Berkeley

Water Conservation Gets Serious in the Bay Area

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From Berkeleyside I read this article about local water restrictions which, in small part, said this: 

There is going to be:

  • A rate increase for all customers
  • A drought surcharge of up to 25% for customers across the board on the water flow charge only (there’s also a service charge per bill)

If approved, these would also take effect July 1.

The increased dollars will go almost entirely toward buying more water, Figueroa said.

“That’s the reason behind naming it a uniform charge to everyone, no matter how much you use. No matter how much you use, we still need to bring in more water.”

The other day I drove by a local golf course.  Giant sprinklers were insuring that the greens stayed that way,  yet houses around my neighborhood have front yards that are either fashionably brown, or planted with drought tolerant plants.

The Marin Circle fountain was going full blast the last time I drove by.  Our family has been very water responsible when it comes to our  bathroom needs.  Perhaps we can take our showers there.

Then I discover that Almond groves and Beef ranches are responsible for 80% of California’s water use, so we figured we’ll do our bit by cutting way back on either of those purchases.

Knowing that we live in California, which is not known for prodigious rainfall, we and most of our friends have been very careful with this precious resource.  Further restrictions based on area, rather than personal use to date, will be hard to manage.

I don’t know how we’ll cut back more than we are.  We have a drought tolerant yard and save our gray water for when our plants really need a drink.  Our cars have a lovely patina of dust and so do we, but we’ll try.  Reading this article helped me understand why it’s necessary for the restrictions to tighten, but I do wonder how or if or what restrictions will affect statewide businesses and farms.

Have a terrific week in the Bay Area, and, if you get thirsty and are in the city, drink more wine.  Bottled water is banned in San Francisco.

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

What’s Next: Free Fun

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Photo: Emilie Raguso

Any Old Bears like myself remember Spats?

When I was a student, I went there a few times but I remember that it was called Olegs then.  I returned when I was a bachelor working at Fantasy Records. By then it was renamed Spats.  I took my now wife there to enjoy a meal and the funky atmosphere.  It was a place that felt casual and free-spirited, reflecting perfectly the way we wanted to feel after a day at work.  

It closed up around 2009,  but now I hear Spats is coming back.  It’s great to see old Berkeley landmarks being restored to their former funkiness! I can’t wait to enjoy a meal and a beverage there.  I hope it has the same fun vibe.

And speaking of fun, let’s take a look at the FREE fun events happening this week (March 10-March 16th):

TUESDAY MARCH 10TH
Bach (not a misspelling) to the Future in Berkeley

WEDNESDAY MARCH 11TH
Town Hall to end homelessness in S.F.

THURSDAY MARCH 12TH
Irish American Festival events all over S.F.

FRIDAY MARCH 13TH
Berkeley Critical Mass Bike Event 

SATURDAY MARCH 14TH
St. Patrick’s Day Parade in S.F.

SUNDAY MARCH 15TH
Vintage Paper Fair in Walnut Creek

Have a great week!

East Bay home sellers: This is a golden time to sell your home! 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!

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Chris Neddersen,
Broker Associate
CalBRE R01143189
Coldwell Banker in Berkeley

Weird Wednesday: Wack Real Estate Facts

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Did you know:

At the time of the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake, government officials falsely reported 375 deaths to protect real estate prices, even though the figure is estimated to be at minimum 3000.

If you’re selling a property in California and within the past 3 years someone’s died on it, it’s considered a material defect and must be disclosed by the seller, unless the death was due to AIDS because that’s discrimination?

If you think Bay Area home prices are high, Monica’s apartment from “Friends” is estimated to cost $3,500,000

If you’re looking for a less expensive home. . .

And here’s the link if you want to know how weird it is to live on Treasure Island.

If any of you East Bay homeowners have a silo they’re ready to sell, or a plain old home, this is a golden time for sellers.

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

Please give me a call 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