Category Archives: Cal

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!”

A Family Tradition: Berkeley Education & Real Estate

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Today I read that UC Berkeley was considered the Number ONE public university in the United States.  Both I and my parents went to Berkeley, and after the war my dad became a U.C. administrator.  He had lots of stories about his time there.

One of my favorites is about a banquet he was putting together. He had assigned a member of his staff to do the table settings.  She decided that native plants would be a wonderful choice, and set out picking foliage from some beautiful and colorful bushes in Tilden Park. You natives see where I’m going with this, right? She wasn’t from the Bay Area, and chose Poison Oak with which to adorn the banquet tables. A lot of Poison Oak. Dad sent her straight to the hospital, where she had a most miserable stay.

There aren’t a lot of Bay Area “Gotchas” but the deceptively beautiful Poison Oak, especially when it surrounds itself with blackberry bushes, is definitely one of them.

The lesson here is that it’s best to consult an expert when you go foraging, and that’s especially true when you’re new to the area and looking for a home. As a third generation East Bay resident, I know the Bay Area. I’ve lived in Berkeley, Kensington, San Francisco, and Orinda and am familiar with the ins and outs of the local real estate market.

Add to that, I’m a second generation real estate agent.

Both my folks were East Bay agents with Mason McDuffie.  Even before I became an agent myself, our conversations around the dinner table were all about client contentment and local home values. From our discussions I learned a lot about the importance of integrity, especially when you’re working with folks making the huge emotional and financial decisions required when they are buying a home.

One of the most important lessons they taught me is that sometimes it’s necessary to work against my own best financial interest. One example would be whenever I see my clients getting in over their heads by wanting to buy a home that may become too costly to maintain in their current circumstances. Agents have a fiduciary responsibility to protect our clients, and I take that responsibility seriously.

I learned a lot from my folks. When you hire me as your agent, you not only get the benefit of local knowledge, you get a person raised to value honesty and integrity no matter what.

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

Moving: from 23,000 Years Ago to the Present

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Did you know there’s a controversy about how people came to colonize the Americas? I didn’t, but apparently l was wrong. A new study has opened an old discussion and the scientists are at it again.

UC Berkeley scientists, statistical geneticists who analyzed data of a large genomic study of their modern-day descendants, believe the migrants crossed the Bering Straits land bridge, then split into two groups — mostly likely about 13,000 years ago, as glaciers melted and interior routes opened up — to inhabit North and South America.

According to some dissenters, the research is far from definitive: “I think there is likely to be ongoing debate about what could have happened between 23,000 and 12,000 years ago across the Beringian Land Bridge,” says Marcus Feldman, who was not involved in the study.

Of course not.  He’s from Stanford. He said it will take more genetic testing and analysis to paint a more definitive picture. He wants the ax, the ax, the ax.

We humans have had itchy feet from the very beginning.  Who knows why ancient people moved from place to place: curiosity, an opportunity for a better life, a need to get away from the relatives, scarcity of resources; there’s a lot of reasons why people move, but from ancient times to the present it all comes down to one thing: people want a better life and see that life beginning in a new home.

If you’re a home seller who wants to leave their old life behind, or a buyer who wants to move up, give me a call.  I’m happy to help make your dreams come true.

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

Moving Into the East Bay–A Guide for Relo Buyers


Sizing Up Your New Housing Needs

Lately I’ve had several buyers who are moving here from out of state (and sometimes out of the country). Many are parents of students who want to find housing for their child as they matriculate at U.C. or another local college. Those folks are going into built-in communities that any college provides: clubs, fraternities, sports, classmates, etc.

Other buyers are the California Dreamers who, having visited the Berkeley area, find that they like the East Bay Style. Now the only question is a matter of tailoring: which East Bay Community will be the best fit?

Here’s where a good local agent can be very useful.  I have a several suggestions.
  • Go to my What’s Next Homes website. There I’ve provided an overview of many local communities and pictures of some of the available high walkscore homes for sale there.
  • Once you’ve found one or two (or three) communities that you like, here is a Community Guide Link that will help.
  • When you’ve narrowed your choices down, we can talk about your budget. Based on my knowledge of the local market, I can tell you which community is the best match for your resources.
  • And, of course, location to schools, your place of business, and other amenities is an important feature. 
  • After these things have been considered, we’ll sign you up for REAlert, which will send you photos and information for homes that match your specifications. On those pages are more detailed information about schools, markets, shops, and restaurants within a certain radius of each home, including location maps that will get you oriented.
Whether you’re moving into the East Bay from across the bay or across the ocean, give me a call at 510-527-0174 and let’s get started. I’m delighted to be of help.

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.

For SELLERS, I’ll help you prepare and market your home for sale that will give it the widest appeal and even international 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.
Or, just give me a call at 510-527-0174.