Category Archives: East Bay Activities

What’s Next? Walk Don’t Walk (or Drive)

Newts

We have a plethora of wilderness areas in the East Bay. The one I like best–based on proximity to my home and office–is Tilden Regional Park.  There are hiking trails galore here, and these crisp Autumn days are perfect for a trek through the “wilderness”.

Driving to get to a trail head is a little more complicated now.  South Park Drive, one of the main routes to many of the park’s attractions, is closed through April 1st in honor of the mighty mating migration of the newt. Not THAT one, and not an April Fool’s joke.  Really.

Another detour to be aware of this weekend involves driving around Berkeley on the 22nd.  It won’t be easy.  There’s going to be a four race half marathon that takes runners on a tour of the city.

If a walking tour sounds better to you, you might want to buy this book.  “Berkeley Walks: Revealing Rambles through America’s Most Intriguing City” by Janet Byron and Bob Johnson outlines some interesting and historical routes.  In it you’ll find walks that take you by Bill and Hillary Clinton’s love nest and the abode of the Unabomber when he spent time here as a UC prof.

Here are some more pre-Thanksgiving activities that might also serve as post Thanksgiving ways of helping your body balance out the eating of mass quantities of delicious food.

TUESDAY NOVEMBER 17TH
Hike with a ranger at Muir Woods

WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 18TH
Ice Skate in Union Square

THURSDAY NOVEMBER19TH
Learn about River Otters in Oakland

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 20TH
City of Albany Camp Out and s’mores

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 20TH
Renegade Craft Fair at Fort Mason

SUNDAY NOVEMBER 21ST
Afternoon Bluegrass Jam in Bernal Heights

Have a great week in the East Bay!

And speaking of walking, if you’re interested in moving into a high walk score home, you can make that evaluation by plugging the address of any property of interest into the space provided in the web site called WalkScore.  If the property looks like a winner, give me a call and I’ll find out what I can from the listing agent and get you in for a private tour.

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: Henry IV & Other Fun Free Bay Area Activities

JH Park

Summer is Shakespeare time at our house. Our interest in the Bard was inevitable. Our youngest, an actor living in Seattle, has had the good fortune to be cast in multiple Shakespearean plays from his college days onward.  We routinely travel up north to see him do his thing. Last summer we saw a delightful production of Two Gentleman from Verona, and this summer he’s playing Prince Hal in Henry IV (part 1).

What does this have to do with the Bay Area you ask? I’m happy to tell you. You too can experience the joy of a free outdoor Shakespeare play. The Shotgun Players, a Berkeley Troupe we’ve enjoyed for many years, offer FREE plays in John Hinkel Park. This summer they, too, are presenting an outdoor production of Henry IV (part 1) at the park for the next few weekends.

Looks like I’m going to get a major dose of Prince Hal this summer. If you are not a fan of Shakespeare, let’s see what else is going on:

TUESDAY JULY 14
Golden Gate Youth Choral Festival begins in Berkeley

WEDNESDAY JULY 15
Tour the USS Pampanito and see what Sub life is all about

THURSDAY JULY 16
Yerba Buena Gallery Crawl

FRIDAY JULY 17
Free Harbor Tours on the SS Potomac

SATURDAY JULY 18
Saturday Art Tour in Oakland

SUNDAY JULY 19
Eats, Beats, and Brews Block Party in Berkeley

Have a terrific week!

Want to get a feel for what’s going on in the East Bay Real Estate market? Check out my latest Web Site and sign up to find properties on the market–neighborhood by neighborhood–almost as soon as they’re posted on the MLS  delivered fresh to your email inbox!

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,

Broker Associate

CalBRE R01143189
Coldwell Banker in Berkeley

 

 

Fun Without the Fat: Monday One A Day Fun Day

Wayne Thiebau
Wayne Thiebaud

Many of the restaurants in Napa are know for their fine food and gorgeous presentations.  Desserts in this land of Wine and Money are memorable, but also way too hard on the waistline.
You can, however, wallow in deliciousness without adding a pound if you head for the Napa Valley Museum in Yountville.  There you can indulge in the sight of 100 of Wayne Thiebaud’s works on paper, many appealing to our taste buds as well as our eyes with his lucious representations of fruits, vegetables and desserts.  See the art and subject matter that launched the artist to his current fame.  There is a price of admission (only $3.50 for seniors) so those of you with a taste for FREE FUN will appreciate the following selections:

TUESDAY August 19th
Free sneak preview of “When The Game Stands Tall”

WEDNESDAY August 20th
Free Astronomy Lecture at the Randall Museum

THURSDAY August 21st
Third Thursday Piedmont Avenue Stroll

FRIDAY August 22nd
Taiko Drumming at the Hotel Nikko in SF

SATURDAY August 23rd
Annual Oakland Chinatown Street Fest

SUNDAY August 24th
The SF Mime Troupe comes to Berkeley

Enjoy your week in the beautiful Bay Area!

If you’re interested in specific information about buying or selling a home in the Berkeley Area, you can give me a call at 510-527-0174. Or check me out online. I have two sites made for you.

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

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Chris Neddersen,
Broker Associate
CalBRE R01143189
Coldwell Banker in Berkeley

Monday’s One-A-Day Fun


The Dawn of Summer 

June is the month when our thoughts lightly turn to VACATIONS.  Those of us on a budget welcome fun ideas that don’t cost a lot, so in light of that here’s something I ran across the other day: FREE museum passes courtesy of the Contra Costa County library system.  It’s called “Discover and Go”. It’s a program where you use your library card to reserve free tickets to local participating museums.
 
This will come in handy for us soon.  My wife and I will be attending a real estate seminar in San Jose mid June. She’s interested in quilting, so we’re going to use her library card to get free admission tickets to the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles.

I’m anticipating a very good Summer.  Let’s begin with this list of free fun for this week.

TUESDAY JUNE 3RD
WEDNESDAY JUNE 4TH
Discovery Museum Free Admission Day
THURSDAY JUNE 5TH
Free First Thursdays at the Berkeley Museum
FRIDAY JUNE 6TH
Jack’s Night Market at Jack London Square
SATURDAY JUNE 7TH
SUNDAY JUNE 8TH
Eats, Beats, and Brews in Downtown Berkeley

Enjoy your first week of  June, and remember: whether you’re moving in or out of this amazing Bay Area, I’d be honored to help. 

For SELLERS I will:
  • Help you prepare and market your home for sale
  • Shine up your home boosting “curb appeal”–with your economy in mind 
  • Provice access to all the exposure and marketing materials that Coldwell Banker, an international brokerage has available
  • Use my experience to help you decide upon a sensable sales price with the best chance for multiple offers and competitive bidding. 
  • Set open homes, showing times and directions with your comfort in mind
  • 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
  • Use your requirements to search for properties that meet your needs.  
  • Send pictures and details of homes directly to your email courtesy of Coldwell Banker!
  • Set up an appointment for you to view the home
  • Help you decide on your offer price and negotiate strongly on your behalf
  • To learn more, go to That House Detective

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. 

Give me a call at 510-527-0174.

1-A-Day Free Fun in the Bay Area


Super Sunday in the East Bay

Sunday was a pretty amazing day. The views from the Berkeley Hills home I was holding open were sparkling clear, and the home itself is lovely.  There were so many eager buyers I wasn’t lonesome at all or lacking in good conversation.  The place was packed. I felt like I was hosting a party, and all this despite, and possibly because of, the wonderful Himalayan Faire that was also taking place at nearby Live Oak Park in Berkeley. 

Let’s see what free activities the coming week has in store:

TUESDAY MAY 20TH
Yoga at the Grace Cathedral Labyrinth

WEDNESDAY MAY 21ST
Free Circus Class at Circus Center in SF

THURSDAY MAY 22ND
$5 Night at the Asian Art Museum

FRIDAY MAY 23RD
Bites Off Broadway: Food Truck Block Party in Oakland

SATURDAY MAY 24TH
Free comedy showcase in Pappy’s Bar in Berkeley

SUNDAY MAY 25TH
Carnival Grand Parade in SF

Whether you’re moving in or out of this amazing Bay Area, I’d be honored to help.

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 occurrence 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.

1-A-Day Fun this week in the Bay Area


5th of May & Every Day Fun

The Cinco de Mayo festival in Richmond has grown in popularity. I regret to say I’ve never been, for Sunday–when they usually hold the celebration whether it’s the 5th of May or not–is a realtor’s busy day. 
Each year I’m determined to take a break and enjoy the food, the sights, and the dancing that remind me of the many wonderful trips I’ve taken to Mexico. In fact, right now, just thinking about it fills me with the desire to begin trolling online vacation deals that will take me south of the border once again.
  

In the meantime, here’s a list of this weeks fun, FREE, or very cheap events right here in the Bay Area. 

But first:
DON’T FORGET TO RESERVE YOUR RESTAURANT SEATING EARLY FOR DINNER OR BRUNCH ON MOTHERS DAY!

TUESDAY MAY 6th
Eta Aquarids meteor shower from May 5-7, 2014

WEDNESDAY MAY 7TH
SFMade festival: see what’s being manufactured locally

THURSDAY MAY 8TH

FRIDAY MAY 9TH

SATURDAY MAY 10TH

SUNDAY MAY 11TH
MOTHER’S DAY; YOU KNOW WHAT TO DO

It you’re moving in or out of this amazing Bay Area, I’d be honored to help. 

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 the 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.