Archive for May, 2010


Posted in FEATURED PROPERTIES, NEIGHBORHOOD on May 25, 2010 by Julie Nachtwey, the Claremont Hills Real Estate Expert

“New” is a great word that can mean different things.

 For example, there’s a “new price” – now $1,595,000 – for my listing at 258 Alvarado Road in The Claremont Hills. Such beautiful SF Bay Views and so much house! 5 bedrooms, 4 baths including a luxurious Master Suite, gourmet kitchen/family room, rooftop patio and even an elevator.  All tucked away on a private cul du sac, adjacent to 2 ½ acres of open space owned by a neighborhood foundation.  For more details, on this website under INFORMATION, click CURRENT LISTING and/or visit

 “New” also applies to the “new” but not-so-new Elmwood Café, born again following the tradition of Ozzie’s Soda Fountain at 2900 College in The Elmwood. The Elmwood Café’s coffee and delectable treats are simply divine – breakfast, lunch, dinner or anytime! On this website scroll down to “Déjà Vu” for a story with photos and/or visit

Déjà Vu

Posted in ELMWOOD on May 20, 2010 by Julie Nachtwey, the Claremont Hills Real Estate Expert

My new favorite place to meet clients and friends is The Elmwood Café (510) 843.1300.  The old days at Ozzie’s Soda Fountain are born again, complete with marble counter and little red stools.  The restoration looks and feels very much like the lunch counter Ozzie first opened in the 1950’s only better.  The Elmwood Café’s wood-roasted coffee tastes rich and the delicious gourmet menu changes daily. It’s open every day of the week 7am till 10pm. That should get you through breakfast, lunch, dinner and all snacks in between! It’s another wonderful reason to stroll in The Elmwood Shopping District

Elmwood Café Owner Michael Pearce is a CAL graduate who remembers hanging out at Ozzie’s while a student, tending his laundry at the Laundromat across the street.  When the pharmacy closed a few years ago, Michael felt the place was too special and historic to be lost forever.  Pearce always wanted to own a restaurant, so he became committed to bringing the corner soda fountain back to life – and then some. Pearce partnered with the adjacent bookstore that needed more room, Mrs. Dalloway’s Literary & Garden Arts  Pearce met with Mrs. Dalloway’s owners, Marion Abbott and Ann Leyhe.  They divided up the old pharmacy space so it worked well for both small businesses.  

The restoration took five months and is impeccable, thanks to the excellent work of two contractors: Ron Butier, Butier Construction, and Leif Loe, Leif Loe Construction (510)501.8131  Michael Pearce has taken his good will one step further.  Patrons at The Elmwood Café may use their receipt as a ballot, to vote for a favorite charity. Half of the profits from the café will be donated to the charity with the most votes!


Posted in FEATURED PROPERTIES on May 20, 2010 by Julie Nachtwey, the Claremont Hills Real Estate Expert

OPEN SUNDAY MAY 23 from 2 – 4  Near The Claremont Resort & Spa. San Francisco BAY VIEWS. So much room, so much house. Mediterranean 5BD/4BA on cul-de-sac. Luxurious Master Suite. Gorgeous kitchen/family room. Magical rooftop patio. Adjacent to neighborhood open space.


Posted in FEATURED PROPERTIES on May 4, 2010 by Julie Nachtwey, the Claremont Hills Real Estate Expert

to see this stunning house.  She’ll love the SF BAY VIEWS, huge kitchen & gorgeous Master w/ fireplace.  She can ride the elevator from the garage. Spacious 5BD/4BA with rooftop patio. Rich architectural details.  Adjacent to “open space” owned by the neighborhood.  Convenient to shops, cafes, BART and highways. Visit OPEN SUNDAY MAY 9th from 2 to 4