Archive for June, 2010

Berkeley Craftsman Now Pending

Posted in FEATURED PROPERTIES on June 24, 2010 by Julie Nachtwey, the Claremont Hills Real Estate Expert

Offers Tuesday, July 13.

1520 Ward Street, Berkeley

Offered at $549,000

First time on market in 40 years! Pretty 1912 Craftsman with 3 bedrooms and 1+ baths. 

WELCOME HOME!  Lovely front hallway and stairs.  Convenient half bath.  Remodeled eat-in kitchen has family room nook.  Back door leads to porch, with laundry hookups.  From there it’s just a few steps down into a huge, flat, fenced backyard with storage shed.  Long driveway provides off-street tandem parking.

VINTAGE DETAILS include wainscoting in both living and dining rooms. Large built-in sideboard graces dining room.  Spacious living room features built-in bookcases next to stone fireplace. Refinished oak floors are gorgeous with dark walnut trim strips.   Upstairs most floors are oak too. Updated full bath.

Pest clearance issued by Mitts Termite Control. 
City of Berkeley Sewer Lateral requirement in compliance.
Berkeley RECO (Residential Energy Conservation Ordinance) bid provided; Form C transfers responsibility to Buyer. Visit for disclosures and more information.


Posted in NEIGHBORHOOD on June 22, 2010 by Julie Nachtwey, the Claremont Hills Real Estate Expert

Last week was a milestone in community relations as two over-lapping neighborhood groups came together as one.  The official launching of “North Hills Community Assn” took place following a vote by residents during a meeting held June 16 at Hiller Highlands Country Club.  The inclusive gathering brought people together from both sides of Highway 13 who share the same issues.

After six months of discussion and planning, North Hills neighbors who strive to make life better are now centralized and coordinated within a single “umbrella” organization with a variety of committees.

“This unification eliminates confusion about where to look for leadership and help,” said David Kessler.  Kessler has served as past president and board member of NHPA or North Hills Phoenix Assn.  NHPA was a support group formed after the 1991 Firestorm. 
Joining forces is another group, formerly called North Hills NCPC or   Neighborhood Crime Prevention Council.  

“As a committee of the new North Hills Community Assn we will continue to work together to be safe and to strengthen our Neighborhood Watch groups,” said Nancy Mueller, former chair of the crime prevention group.  The police beat for the combined areas of the North Hills is Beat 13Y which straddles Highway 13.  Jim Dexter is the Pubic Safety Committee Chair of Beat 13Y. 

“The residents south of Highway 24 in Montclair have been historically under-represented,” said Dexter, who lives in that area of Montclair.
He is pleased with the broader representation bringing additional input and energy.   Problem-solving challenges cover a wide range of topics including but not limited to: vegetation management, drainage, zoning and construction issues and trail creation and maintenance.  Public Safety issues focus on crime reduction and emergency preparedness and response.

The new North Hills Community Assn can speak for the community and interface with the City of Oakland, County of Alameda and State of California.
      COMING SOON! National Night Out — TUES AUG 3
Contact for more info or to get involved in North Hills Community Assn. go to 

PHOTOS by Susan Piper

258 Alvarado Rd is Sold!

Posted in FEATURED PROPERTIES on June 8, 2010 by Julie Nachtwey, the Claremont Hills Real Estate Expert

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.

SAVE THE DATE Saturday, July 3

Posted in NEIGHBORHOOD on June 4, 2010 by Julie Nachtwey, the Claremont Hills Real Estate Expert

Last year’s July 3 concert at the Craneway Pavilion was such a success we’re doing it again! This patriotic celebration for the whole family features live music by the Oakland East Bay Symphony, food and fireworks – and it’s free! The Craneway Pavilion, located on the Richmond waterfront, has breathtaking views of the San Francisco, Oakland and Berkeley skylines. It’s the perfect place to view the City of Richmond’s fireworks display on Saturday, July 3.

 The live music begins at 7pm and will feature gospel sets and local performers. OEBS’ concert begins at 8pm with music the whole family will enjoy, including works by American composer John Philip Sousa and others, Disney classics and Broadway favorites. The Grand Finale will be patriotic music accompanying the City of Richmond’s spectacular fireworks display over the water.

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