Category Archives: Berkeley Area Notables

Bowles Hall: UC’s Hogwarts refurbished

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Of any of you who saw the Harry Potter movies or read the books, I wonder if you had this atavistic feeling that the ideal college experience was, in a way, captured there. The idea of living and studying with groups of like-minded people surrounded by a long tradition of cultural quirks and intellectual distinction that made it, somehow, magically different from what most college experiences turn out to be–a much bigger high school campus, the only difference being the classes were harder and you (if you were lucky) lived either in the student storage units that we called “dorms” or in off campus in apartments. Either choice was, for the most part, isolating and incohesive.

Now, Bowles hall is reviving that old-time ivy tower campus ideal by providing the means for a formation of a family of fellow students who have access to an in-house library, live-in graduate students, and other academics to aid and guide their college experiences. From the website, this:

The mission and vision of the Bowles Hall Foundation is to re-establish the Bowles Hall experience in a restored Bowles Hall—breathing life back into a noble dream of a robust residential experience for male and female undergraduate students at UC Berkeley and restoring key aspects of the residential college model and the rich heritage of Bowles Hall“.

Today (August 27th) there’s going to be a reopening celebration.

Bowles Hall lives large in the history of my family. The photo above is a picture of the heavy brass ashtray representing Bowles Hall that my dad received; a souvenir of the part he played as a housing manager when the castle on the hill reverted to a UC residence hall at or around 1945.

I like to see myself as a “housing manager”, providing those wishing to live in the Berkeley area with suitable accommodations. If you want such, or have such to sell, give this long-time east bay native a chance to apply my ample local knowledge to your housing need.

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!”

Bay Area Jewels: Sparkle & Tarnish

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The University of California, an educational jewel in the East Bay crown, once again emerges as a science powerhouse. Last year, President Barack Obama awarded the National Medal of Science to (among others) U.C.’s Professor Bruce Alberts “For intellectual leadership and experimental innovation in the field of DNA replication, and for unparalleled dedication to improving science education and promoting science-based public policy.”

Today I learned that THREE of UCs’ finest; Christopher Chang, professor of chemistry; Ali Javey, associate professor of electrical engineering and computer sciences; and Michael Rape, associate professor of molecular and cell biology, won the prestigious Blavatnic Award for young scientists.  It’s great to know that the University–and by extension the Bay Area–can attract and keep such interesting and innovative minds.

On the “Tarnish” side of the ledger, the western span of the Bay Bridge, a visual jewel as lovely as a diamond necklace connecting the East Bay’s Treasure Island with San Francisco, is having more problems with rods, which are cracking and  creating weaknesses that could compromise the structure during an earthquake.

I have high hopes that other great and innovative minds can solve the problems plaguing the Bay Bridge. Innovation in general and particular, solving problems in creative ways, and thinking outside of the box is a Bay Area tradition.

If you’re at a loss as to how to buy or sell a home in the East Bay, I hope you’ll give me a call. I pride myself in creating solutions to any of your real estate problems.

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.

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: This Weeks Fun For YOU

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I hope you all had a great Father’s Day experience with either your dads or children or both.  My dad is gone, so it’s a melancholy time for me when I think of those days of used-to-be, but now that I have my own children to celebrate with, it certainly isn’t lonely.

My daughter took us to the Royal Cafe in Albany for breakfast. The Mama’s Royal Cafe in Oakland used to be a haunt of mine, but the newer one near my house is a terrific substitute.

After breakfast we went to see “Inside Out” brought to us by our favorite local filmmakers, Pixar.  It was a wonderful film that taught  while touching our hearts. Unforgettable!

The whole time we took advantage of modern communication to include the out-of-town youngest in everything we did, so it really did feel like the whole family was together.

In short, it was a great Father’s Day for me, full of fun and family. Now let’s plan for more with a selection of this week’s Free Fun Activities in the Bay Area.

TUESDAY
Author Alex Dolan discusses his latest thriller.

WEDNESDAY
Ever wanted to search for Bigfoot? Come to Berkeley

THURSDAY
Adventure Run Scavenger Hunt and Beer Garden

FRIDAY
Free Circus at the Yerba Buena Gardens

SATURDAY
San Francisco Pride Festival 

SUNDAY
Scottish music and dancing at Golden Gate Park 

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.

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

Chris Neddersen,

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Broker Associate
CalBRE R01143189
Coldwell Banker in Berkeley

 

Closing In Berkeley: Oscar’s & The Sellers Market?

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Those of you who are long time Bear Backers will understand the pain I felt when I found out that Oscars–the funky hamburger place on Shattuck that was a hungry young (and older) person’s port in the storm–is to be closed in a couple of months. Never a gourmet dining experience, yet on the fringes of Berkeley’s Gourmet Ghetto, Oscar’s was a burger and hot dog lover’s dream. For 65 years it served as after or pre game hangout, a cheap place to take a date, and a Berkeley tradition. I’m surprised, with it’s history and 50’s styling, it hasn’t been designated a historical attraction.

It’s being replaced by an outfit called “Sweetgreen”, which is more in alignment with current Berkeley dining: local fresh produce and a strong vegan, vegetarian menu. Still, I’ll miss the Oscars, an oasis in the politically correct dining that is the Gourmet Ghetto standard.

Now you might ask, “is it true that the Seller’s Market is closing as well?”

Well, if you’re looking to sell, my SENSE is that you may already have missed the crest. You’d have had a better chance a week ago at transacting at the peak.  Why? Well, I’ve observed and many of my colleagues are telling me that:

  • There’s more inventory on the market, thus more competition for fewer buyers
  • There are lots of inspection packets going out, but fewer actual offers coming in
  • More properties are lowering their price after spending a longer time on the market without a sale
  • Many buyers are giving up due to inflated prices and the (formerly) low inventory
  • If the Federal Reserve decides it needs to check inflation with a rate increase, the end-of-the-summer bump won’t be happening.

I should be very clear, if I haven’t already been: if you want to sell this year or even next, you’re unlikely to improve your results by waiting.  Now is the time, and the window is showing signs of closing.

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,

Chris_sig

Broker Associate
CalBRE R01143189
Coldwell Banker in Berkeley

 

They Call it Gourmet Ghetto, But it’s Not Just About the Food


Good Times in 94709 

The Berkeley Coldwell Banker office is located in one of my favorite zip codes, 94709. In fact, this office location is one of the reasons I became a Coldwell Banker Associate Broker. It’s about the FOOD.  Alice Waters inspired Gourmet Ghetto by creating her famous restaurant Chez Panisse as a reflection of of French Country life. 

All the other shops and restaurants in the ghetto have a reputation for choosing their quality goods as carefully as Alice does her produce. It’s a shopper’s paradise and close to some of the nicest homes in one of the most quintessential areas to live in Berkeley. 

I mention it today because this Saturday is the 18th annual Chocolate & Chalk Art Festival on Saturday, May 31, 2014. Anyone who has a hunk of chalk (or for $10 you can buy some) can make art on the sidewalks along North Shattuck Avenue and Vine Street.

There’s also music for your enjoyment including The Dylan Platt Band, Lee Waterman Trio, Kathryn Rayne, The Queue, The Elderberries Irish Band, Cathy Morris the Violin Lady, Sean Lee’s One Man Band, Adrian West Trio etc, etc.  For the kids there will be pony rides, inflatable bounce houses, jugglers, face painters and many more surprises.

Come enjoy one of my favorite zip codes at this really fun family event.

Whether you’re moving in or out of  94709, or any other great East Bay Area, I’d be honored to help you. 

For SELLERS, I’ll help you prepare and market your home for sale that will give it the widest appeal and best exposure; thus attracting a bevy of buyers and the best chance for multiple offers and competitive bidding. To learn more, go to go to What’s Next Homes.

For BUYERS I’ll set up an REAlert account that will search the MLS real estate site–using requirements that you provide–for properties that meet your needs.  Once found, pictures and details will be delivered directly to your email courtesy of Coldwell Banker! 

It’s the best way for you to get a look at first-time-on-the-market properties; and this saves you wasted time and disappointment that happens when you find the perfect home but discover it’s already been sold, a common occurance when using the usual home finding sites like Trulio, Zillow, etc.  They are fun to search, but their information is often out of date. Not so with REAlert.

If you’re specifically interested in high walk score homes, click here to find those that are currently on the market in great East Bay neighborhoods. To learn more, go to go to That House Detective

Or, just give me a call at 510-527-0174.