Category Archives: East Bay

East Bay Cities Series: Albany

Solano Stoll

Albany has a small town feel with big city convenience.  You’ll enjoy the tree lined streets,  charming homes,  level roads and the proximity to public transportation and freeway access .  Solano Avenue, Albany’s main street boasts charming shops and wonderful restaurants.  Many homes have high walk scores in this community.

The yearly festival, Solano Stroll, attracts thousands of people who come to enjoy the venues and activities that Albany has to offer.  Albany also boasts its own yearly film festival, and there are lots of things to see and do at the Albany Community Center and the Albany Library—including movie and music nights.

If you’d like a convivial spot for a beverage after work, Kingman’s Ivy Room is very close. if you like Sushi head for Sushi Solano. Zand Market provides you with exotic Mediterranean and middle eastern food. A cool brew awaits at Schmidt’s Pub, and the Landmark Albany Twin is a great place to see a movie. Happy Produce Market will help you keep your larder stocked, and Jodies Restaurant, Renee’s Place and The Solano Grill and Bar are conveniently close if you’d rather not cook.  These are just a few of the terrific shops and restaurants in Albany.

The schools have a well deserved reputation for excellence.  The elementary, middle, and high schools are all first-rate.

If you’d like to find a house for sale with a small-town feel, intimate shops, great meet & greet areas, and convenient amenities, Albany in area code 94706 is the place for you. Head for my website and plug in Albany or the area code in the space provided and find the list of current homes for sale in Albany.

Find out more about Albany at their 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

Easy to Eat in Style in the East Bay

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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

Where in the East Bay Should I Live?

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Last blog, I talked about out-of-towners wanting to know what the Bay Area has to offer by way of entertainment.

Another thing they want to know is “what are the neighborhoods like?”

There are several ways I can help answer that question.

  1. Go to my Super Site.  You’ll see sections titled “Activity in (say) Berkeley” .  Click “view all listings” for the city of your choice and you’ll find homes organized according to price.  Find a home you like that fits your price range and click the photo. This will take you to more photos and information about that listing.  Scroll down and find the “Community around”, “Schools” and “What’s Near” links.  read any or all of those and you’ll get a pretty good idea of what the home’s neighborhood is like.
  2. Want more info about schools? Click here for –> another site with more facts and figures about local schools
  3.  If you’re interested in HIGH WALK SCORE HOMES click HERE. You’ll find a page on my What’s Next Homes site that is devoted to walk score homes in East Bay neighborhoods.
  4. If you want to know how far the home is from your place of business via public transportation, here’s a trip planner that will help.
  5. There’s also a site, if you’re driving, that lets you know the peak commute times from home to office.
  6. Web sites, however, can only provide you with so much information.  I tell my clients that the best way to tell if a neighborhood suits them is to hang out there at different times of day. Check out the people that come and go, feel the energy in the air, enjoy the ambiance, stroll the streets, eat in the cafes, drink at the local pubs . Every East Bay neighborhood has it’s own pluses and minuses, and only you will know the best fit for you.

Out of towner or local home buyer or seller, 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.

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

Chris Neddersen,

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Broker Associate
CalBRE R01143189
Coldwell Banker in Berkeley

Weird Wednesday: What Do Millennials Want? Clean Clothes

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This may come as a surprise to those of you who have raised a millennial.  I have, and judging from their bedrooms, cleanliness was not necessarily their top priority , but what they want most in a home is a laundry room.

This comes as no surprise to their mother, who believes that many visits home occur only if their laundry needs to be done.

I remember the apartment days. Many buildings didn’t have built-in laundry rooms, so pillowcases full of my laundry would either end up in MY folks laundry room, or I’d sit around shoving quarters into washers, dryers, and soap dispensers at the local laundromats.

Then I discovered Wash and Fold (here’s a list of some East Bay outfits).  It was like the heavens opened and golden light poured down.  Someone else would do this tedious task! Life changed for me on that day. I was a free man in Berkeley.

Long story short, I empathise with those millennials.  A decent laundry room is a wonderful thing.   Here’s a brief list of other home priorities. Don’t these sound like many homes right here in the East Bay?:

  • Separate laundry room
  • Storage: linen closets, a walk-in pantry and garage storage
  • Energy Star certifications
  • 75 percent want single-family homes
  • 66 percent of them prefer to live in the suburbs
  • 10 percent say want to stay in the city
  • Less expensive, low-maintenance choices like brightly painted front door, strings of garden lights, and landscaping that needs less watering and mowing, like succulent plants and larger patios

Here’s a link to the article if it’s of interest to any of you potential home sellers out there.  If you’re thinking of moving, and your home has a few of these requirements, give me a call.

If any of you East Bay homeowners are ready to sell, 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!

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Chris Neddersen,
Broker Associate
CalBRE R01143189
Coldwell Banker in Berkeley

Ok, Everybody, it’s EXERCISE TIME!

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New Year’s resolutions really should take place after Thanksgiving. That’s when we’re all feeling stuffed and a little guilty as we examine the damage done from the Holiday feasts.

The dog looks us up and down and says: “Ok, boss, let’s get rolling!”

Yep, time for some exercise.

It’s a good thing we have dog.  We HAVE to walk her, so we have to walk ourselves.  In order to alleviate the round the block for the millionth time boredom, we checked online to find some dog-walking variety.  We discovered The Dog Trecker, a great little site that not only alerts you to local dog-oriented entertainment and lodging, but helps you find spots to vacation with Spot.

I’m sure these places allow dog-free folks as well.

If you, your friends or relatives need a new home for your pets and people, and are interested in buying or selling a home in the Berkeley Area,  give me a call at 510-527-0174.  I’m never too busy to take care of you or your referals, and I’ll make sure you’ll be glad you did.

Please check me out on facebook, linkedIn or see my online presence. I have two sites I 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!

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Chris Neddersen,
Broker Associate
CalBRE R01143189
Coldwell Banker in Berkeley

When Home Buyers Fall In Love


The Power of the Love Letter


The “Love Letter” is a personal note that buyers often send along with their offer. It’s an appeal to the emotions in a very emotional situation: buying a home, and it just might make a difference when there is competition with other, similar offers. 

Sometimes, and rarely indeed in my experience, the love letter is so good that sellers disregard the other factors in an offer and award the home to the buyer who makes the best appeal. After all, the seller may have many fond memories of their life in that home and want their emotional investment honored by the new owners.

For that reason, many agents representing the seller can be reluctant to present love letters to their clients. They have a fiduciary responsibility to their sellers, and that means getting the very best deal they can for their home. Most agents take that responsibility very seriously.

But love is a many splendored thing, and when buyers fall in love with a home they begin dreaming of what life will be like living there. It’s very like the dreams that arise when courting a potential mate. In this way, proposing marriage and making an offer on a home are very similar.

Both are the hopeful beginnings of a life-long commitment, and both often start with a love letter.

Whether you are selling or buying an East Bay home, I’m happy 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
  • 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

Quake Clusters, Real Estate, and YOU


It’s YOUR Fault: What’s Shakin’
in Bay Area Real Estate


Home inspections are a fact of life in East Bay real estate, and earthquake inspections factor large in the Berkeley area, but I discovered that they’re not insisted upon over the hills in LaMorinda.  

I’m not sure why. I was raised in Orinda, and we had our share of earthquakes large and small, just as we do in my hometown of Kensington. In fact, we live just a few blocks above a major fault line.

Everyone in the Bay Area worries about “The Big One”, but this morning I discovered some interesting news. The threat of a big distructive earthquake has turned into concern about “quake clusters”
Quoting from the local paper we read that:

“CBS SF) — Earthquake research into scenarios for the next ‘big one’ to hit the Bay Area suggests that the region may by hit by more than one large earthquake within a handful of years instead of a single great earthquake which happens once in a century.

The study to be published in the Bulletin of The Seismological Society of America indicates a cluster of closely-timed major earthquakes in the Bay Area in the 17th and 18th centuries released as much stress accumulated on the region’s major faults as the 1906 San Francisco great earthquake.

The authors of the study say at least two modes of energy release – a great earthquake and a cluster of large quakes closely-spaced together are both possible, and a cluster of large earthquakes is more likely than a single great earthquake.” 

Long story short, no matter where you live in the East Bay, an Earthquake inspection is an important and intelligent part of home ownership.

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 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.

Discovering Berkeley Area Neighborhoods


The Unique, Multi-cultural & Beautiful East Bay 


If you live in the Bay Area, you know why it’s a tourist Mecca. It’s an astoundingly beautiful and incredibly interesting place. It’s not one of those places of which it’s said “It’s a nice place to live, but I wouldn’t want to live there.” 

EVERYONE wants to live here

At least that’s the way it seems. Many of my buyer clients are from out of the area, and I mean way out of the area, like India and China (or Southern California, which is on a whole other planet as far as I’m concerned.) 

Most want to know what it’s like to live in and around Berkeley, so I’ve provided some details about life insome of my favorite East Bay neighborhoods on my website.  In each area, which I’ve defined by zip code, you’ll find photos of high walk score homes currently on the market and short descriptions and/or links to a variety of shops and restaurants located there. 

If you or a friend want to know more about some of my favorite East Bay neighborhoods, take a look at my website or keep reading this blog. As a life long resident of the Bay Area, having lived in San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley, and Orinda, now in Kensington, I know the East Bay and would love to share my knowledge with you! 

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 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.