Archive for January, 2011

A week in Maui full of Fun & Sun!

Posted in Rentals on January 31, 2011 by Julie Nachtwey, the Claremont Hills Real Estate Expert

Sunset in Lahaina

Mom and me at Maalaea Harbor

Maui Schooner Resort

Get ready to enjoy a week of fun & sun in Maui from Sat March 12 thru Sat March 19. 

Here’s an offer that’s hard to refuse…

My parents’ 3 bed / 3 bath timeshare is available at the bargain price of $895 (regularly $1750).  We’ve met them in Kihei for years and enjoy the convenient location.  Our favorite activities include whale-watching and so much more.  We also love the Maui Ocean Center – – and touring around the island.  I’ll never forget the time we drove upcountry and saw a beautiful mansion on the hill – which looked somewhat like The Claremont Hotel.  It turned out that the same architect, Charles Dickey, designed them both!  Now the mansion is dedicated to artists and called Hui No ‘Eau Visual Arts Center.

This year the dates don’t work for my family but somebody can have a great time.  Contact me for more information…


Julie Nachtwey 510.376.7440

Hidden Hillside

Posted in CLAREMONT HILLS, NEIGHBORHOOD on January 17, 2011 by Julie Nachtwey, the Claremont Hills Real Estate Expert



Waiting to be discovered by YOU. Help support our unique neighborhood native park! 


View from Vicente Hillside Open Space

The Vicente Canyon Hillside Foundation (VCHF) mission is: “…to preserve a natural area within the cities of Berkeley and Oakland as permanent urban open space not for future development, to be open to the general public, to be actively managed as a fire safety demonstration zone, for the restoration of native plants and animals, for compatible recreation and for the enjoyment of natural beauty…”

 The annual get-together of the Vicente Canyon Hillside Foundation was “a smash hit,” said Georgia Wright, VCHF president. “As long as the group stays financially solvent, this land will remain open and undeveloped.”  



In 1976 like-minded residents of The Claremont Hills purchased the 2 1/2-acre parcel overlooking Vicente and Alvarado Roads. The property had been slated for construction of 25 houses. Instead, the “Hidden Hillside” has become a model for other native parks in the area. Open to the public, the open space features deer paths and trails, grassy slopes, native vegetation and fabulous vistas — including views of SF Bay. There are also several wood-bench seating areas provided by neighbors. Children and dogs on leash are welcome.







Claremont Hills residents range in age and tenure: Danny Aarons (center) was born, raised - and still lives on Vicente. New residents are: Peter Maag (left) and family.

In order to continue the preservation and enjoyment of this Hidden Hillside, more tax-deductible memberships are required. Dues pay for the following expenses: maintenance of the hillside so that it does not become a fire hazard, upkeep on the community vegetable garden, clearing footpaths of poison oak, repair of the stairs on the Vicente easement access, liability insurance, and city assessments from Berkeley and Oakland. “In addition some legal expenses were paid last year,” explained Georgia. “As a result, our expenses now run a little bit more than our annual income.



Alvarado neighbor Marcia Tanner (left) is greeted by Les Goldner (right) who hosted the VHCF party with his wife Elaine Cooper (not shown) at their home

 Georgia outlined two ways to hold membership: (1) Full voting membership is $250/year for four years or $1000 one-time initiation fee.  After that, yearly dues are $100 per member household or $200 for owners of property contiguous to the land. (2) Annual members pay $100 per year if not contiguous, $200 if contiguous. The annual membership meeting occurs on the first or second Sunday of June (with a party, of course!)

For more information contact Georgia (pictured standing at far right) at or Bill McClung (seated in white)  Bill is happy to take you on a private tour of this native park.