Category Archives: neighborhoods

East Bay Cities Series: Kensington

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Kensington is an unincorporated area of Contra Costa County that borders Alameda County . It’s an intimate community with small town feel, big city sophistication and good real estate values. It rests in the hills above El Cerrito and north of Berkeley and on either side of Arlington Avenue.  That’s where the SF express and local buses stop and it’s the main drag through Kensington taking you almost everywhere you’d want to go.

The library and community park, with neighborhood tennis and basketball courts, is open to all. Other outdoor activities are just over the ridge at the magnificent Charles Lee Tilden Park and Lake Anza.  The many attractions of Berkeley city and the University of California are ten minutes away by car. The highly rated Kensington Hilltop Elementary School is right up the hill surrounded by the parks, open space and one of the most beautiful views in the East Bay.

In short, Kensington is beautiful and welcoming, the eateries are fun and first-rate, and both kids and adults have lots of places to play. It’s suburban living in an urban environment with a view, and the best-kept secret in the East Bay!

If you’re looking to buy a home in Kensington, come by my open house April 9th and 10th, or call me (or your agent) for a viewing. If you want to sell an East Bay home, I love local listings and will do a great job of marketing your home. 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

East Bay Cities Series: Albany

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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

East Bay City Series: El Cerrito

A short description of what it’s like to live in various cities around the Bay Area. Today I’m looking at the city of El Cerrito (94530)

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Annual Fourth of July World One Festival at Cerrito Vista Park

El Cerrito is full of surprises. At first blush it may seem like just another San Francisco bedroom community, but dig deeper. This town takes innovations and infrastructure seriously.

Have a look at the newly refurbished roads, community center, swimming pool, and high school. The middle school was moved from an earthquake sensitive area and is being rebuilt at a new location.

Add to that, El Cerrito is committed to quality of life issues like the neighborhood theater, thriving live performance venues, the vibrant visual art and music scene, and enlightened recycling policies.  Every year there is a city-wide garage sale, and the Fourth of July One World festival is a treat filled with fun for kids and adults alike.  Music lovers look forward to the El Cerrito Folk Festival, another free, annual event.

This is a city to take pride in. If you like easy access to BART, great shopping malls that appeal to our Pacific Rim culture as well as the traditional Starbucks, Ross, Boarders, and Pier One shopping opportunities, and lots of amenities for young and old, you’ll love life in El Cerrito.

Homes range from bungalows, to mid-century moderns, to architectural beauties and quirky. personality homes. View homes abound, and great walk score homes occupy the flats.

Find out more about El Cerrito at their city 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

Avoiding Buyer’s Remorse

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First time buyers, downsizers, workers transferring from location to location, anyone and everyone who wants to buy a house goes through some anxiety.  After all, a home purchase is a huge commitment. You plunk a bunch of money down, agree to pay a monthly mortgage payment (if you’re not an all-cash buyer) and you’re stuck with your choice to stay in one place for years to come.

Naturally, there might be some nervousness and fear of buyers remorse.

First time buyers have experienced the relative freedom of apartment living. They pay rent, but don’t have to worry about home and yard maintenance and the other costs of owning a property.

Downsizers lose a big part of their past lives defined by rooms their kids lived in, yards where they played, and weighed down by stored, multi-generational but non-essential, objects from their family life.

Transfers lose the familiarity of their original city and hope to land in a place where the same or similar amenities and pleasures that they left behind will be replaced in their new home.

The answer to avoiding buyers remorse is a good realtor, someone who listens to your needs and desires, as well as your fears, and helps solve the problems that might come up in advance of the new purchase.

First-timers need the wisdom and experience of a seasoned agent to help them understand the advantages and disadvantages of any potential purchase–someone who will tell them the truth about affordability, neighborhoods, and home value. A good agent is a pro at blending your needs with your budget and helping any first time buyer feel that they’ve made the responsible move.

Downsizers will get the benefit of an agent’s bevy of moving professionals, from cleaners who can help clear the clutter, home stagers who can weed out the gold from the straw regarding what to keep and what to get rid of, professional yard sellers who can help you sell the rest. and storage professionals who can help store anything that you can’t let go of.  A good agent will help downsizers discover that moving to the new house with a lighter load is a much happier journey.

Transfers will benefit from an agent who has listened well to the buyer and knows the local neighborhoods well enough to suggest which will be the best fit. 

I’ve had a lot of experience with all of these types of buyers, and hope, when you need an agent, that you will choose me.

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

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

The Berkeley Area: Neighborhoods with the Mostest

When my folks were looking for a home for their growing family, they moved from Berkeley to Suburbia. There they found large lots and  homes in lovely areas, but they didn’t find good public transportation, convenient stores or restaurants to walk to , or public meeting areas outside of the local PTA or swim club.

Now, advantages like these trump “living in a place away from it all”. People are evolving from a car culture to a people culture. Most of my clients want the kind of things found in this “Neighborhood” graphic, and most of these things can be found in the East Bay and Berkeley area.

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It’s my stomping ground, so call me if you, your friends or relatives 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. 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

Thrifty Thursday & Finding Your Dream Home

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There’s a feeling you get when you know you’re where you belong.  I see that look in the eyes of my clients when they fall in love with a home.  They start to imagine a life there, rich and full: enjoying their interaction with the neighborhood, relishing the walks they’ll take, and, if they’re parents, the playgrounds they’ll explore and holidays they’ll celebrate with their kids,

I recognize THE LOOK, not just because I’ve been a real estate agent for years, but because it this was the way I felt when we found our home, the one we still live in and the one our kids think of when they imagine being home for the holidays.

We took a risk when we bought our home.  It was a bit out of our price range, but our very savvy agent (my mom) assured us we wouldn’t be sorry.  She must have seen the look in our eyes as we happily poked around the home, yard, and neighborhood.

We were HOME, and we’ve never looked back!

If you’re buying, I know I can help you find your dream home.

If you’re downsizing–wanting to sell a home you love for a more practical choice–I can relate to the difficulty of leaving an old friend, but I’ll make the sale as smooth and painless as possible and find you a new home that you’ll love just as well but for brand new reasons.

If you, your friends or relatives 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. 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!

Chris_sig

Chris Neddersen,
Broker Associate
CalBRE R01143189
Coldwell Banker in Berkeley

Mobile Devices, Real Estate, and YOU

Having worked in IT in the very early days, before I became a real estate broker, it amazes me to see how much power and capability hand held devices have.  In the olden days, whole rooms were devoted to computer systems that still couldn’t do as much as your average I-Phone.  It boggles the mind.

For example, using my mobile  I got to stay abreast of the first game of the World Series while composing an offer for one of my buyer clients.

My clients, in fact all my buyers,  work their mobile devices to find their dream homes. These terrific tools help them them find homes that match their desires, analyze neighborhoods, evaluate schools, figure out their home mortgages, and generally make their property search simpler and more informed.

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MyREAlert, Coldwell Banker’s Home Search engine, is one stop shopping for information like that.  Properties that you specify in terms of price, size, and location show up in your email as soon as they appear on the MLS, and everything else you might want to know about the neighborhoods are also included.  Call me at 510-527-0174 and I’ll sign you up!

I’m eager to make buying or selling your East Bay Home a breeze,  AND REMEMBER: I’m never too busy, even during game days, to field your questions regarding Bay Area real estate, or to handle your referals.

If you or your friends or relatives are interested in specific information from a local agent about buying or selling a home in the Berkeley Area,  give me a call at 510-527-0174.  You’ll be glad you did.

Or check me out on facebook, linkedIn or 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.
If you’re interested in WALK SCORE HOMES go Berkeley Area Neighborhoods

Whatever you need, I’m happy to help!

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Chris Neddersen,
Broker Associate
CalBRE R01143189
Coldwell Banker in Berkeley

 

Buying a Home in the Berkeley Area? Pool or School?

When I was growing up I lived in Orinda.  It was hot in the Summer.  Really, really hot! Many people had pools, and many others joined community pools.  One way or another, it was important to get into the water and out of the sun on Summer afternoons.

Unless you were going on an outing to Berkeley or San Francisco. Then, we brought our layers.  We traded our shorts for long pants, our flip/flops for regular shoes, and carried sweaters and/or jackets over are arms–until we emerged into the fog on the other side of the tunnel.

Jackets went from over our arms to over our bodies and our Summer spoiled metabolisms shivered in the Berkeley mist.

These experiences combined with the multitude of brainiacs and intelligencia that populate the Berkeley area made this California Association of Realtors poll a no-brainer.

Pool vs School in the Berkeley Area?  SCHOOL.  Hands down.

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For up to the minute information about local happenings, real estate, free and cheap events, high walk score homes, and information about home sales and values in the Berkeley Area, keep reading this blog.

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.

Chris_sig

Chris Neddersen,
Broker Associate
CalBRE R01143189
Coldwell Banker in Berkeley

What do Many Home Buyers Want?


Short Commutes!


The California Asssociation of Realtors and the U.S. Census report came up with some data showing why people move. Among the 36 million people who moved between 2012 and 2013, 5 percent said the most important reason for moving was to be closer to work or for an easier commute.

Living in the Bay area as I do, where I learned that we’re #2 in the nation when it comes to traffic snarl-ups, I’ve always tried to work close to home–perferably in my home. As a real estate agent I get a choice, and luckily my office is only 10 minutes away if I need to meet clients or attend office meetings.

The city of Berkeley itself is traffic savvy. Long ago they created a traffic control system in high use areas that keeps neighborhoods from becoming freeways. Bike lanes, too, were established early and the bike sharing craze will come here soon. Construction of multi-use buildings (business and residential) are on the rise, car-free zones are being planned, and many neighborhoods have fantastic walk scores allowing residents to travel on foot to meet most of their needs.  

If you’d love to live in this amazing area, I’d be honored to help. I’ll set up an REALert system for you that will search MLS real estate–using requirements tailored to your individual needs. It’s the best way for you to get a look at first-time-on-the-market properties that meet your specific criteria, AND they’re delivered directly to your email courtesy of Coldwell Banker!

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.

For up to the minute information about local happenings, real estate, free and cheap events, and home sales and values in the Berkeley Area, keep reading this blog.  

If you’re interested in more 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.