Category Archives: Festival

Come to the Berkeley Book Festival!

Book Festival Map

I’ve always loved reading. There’s really nothing I like better than relaxing with a good book. When in the midst of an especially good one, I’ve been known to stay awake in the wee hours just to find a good stopping point, but that’s the trouble with a really well-written book; there are very few good stopping points.

Before I became an agent, I thought that I’d have lots of opportunities to spend reading. I imagined bringing a book with me on floor in the office, or during open homes, but I soon learned that real estate is a demanding job with very little time to goof off, especially now, with the local market being as hot as it is.

Still, Berkeley is a book lover’s town. When I was attending the university here, the fatal attraction of Moe’s Books right across the street from the Mediterranean Cafe would often keep me in that part of Telegraph Avenue far too long enjoying a new book and a delicious cup of coffee.

I bring all of this up because this weekend is the Bay Book Fest.  It’s a free festival in downtown Berkeley’s arts district with loads of activities for all ages including author talks, a teen & children’s stage, and good food! It’s happening June 6th and 7th and it’s FREE, so come to Berkeley and scratch that reader’s itch!

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

What’s Next: Dancing with Cows & May Festivals

Hikers, bike riders and runners are still learning how to co-exist with grazing cattle along open space trails. There have been some reports of incidents between bovine and human which has resulted in the posting of new informational warning signs and the removal of problem cows or steers. (Dan Honda/Bay Area News Group)
Hikers, bike riders and runners are still learning how to co-exist with grazing cattle along open space trails. There have been some reports of incidents between bovine and human which has resulted in the posting of new informational warning signs and the removal of problem cows or steers. (Dan Honda/Bay Area News Group)

May in the Bay Area is a perfect time to hit the hiking trails, and around here there’s lots of open space to explore.  If are hiking at the right time of day and you keep your eyes open, you might catch a glimpse of some of the myriad species of wild life that inhabit this beautiful region. Hawks and buzzards sail through the air, pack rat nests are abundant, coyotes howl in the hills, turkeys gobble, foxes hunt, opossums skuttle  and racoons, our close urban neighbors, rattle around in unsealed garbage cans.

In some locations we share the hills with grazing cattle.  Believe it or not, some members of the local herds can be unpredictable and often aggressive, especially moms with calves.  Luckily, my alma mater, UC Berkeley, has come up with a trail hikers guide to dealing with cattle.  It’s called “Sharing Open Space”, and we who walk with through pastures with dogs are strongly encouraged to read it.  Your average cow sees your beloved canine, even my small terrier, as a potential threat.

Stay safe on your rambles, and if you’re in a festive mood, here’s some options for you:

Have a terrific week enjoying the beauty and festivities that abound in our marvelous 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_sig

Chris Neddersen,
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.

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.