Archive for March, 2012

Home is Where the Heart Is

Posted in BERKELEY, FEATURED PROPERTIES on March 13, 2012 by Julie Nachtwey, the Claremont Hills Real Estate Expert

67 Parkside Drive, Berkeley CA 94705 — List Price $1,195,00

First time on the market in 45 years!

Friendly home in coveted Parkside Neighborhood. Cove ceilings and hardwood floors circa 1916.  Near neighborhood park and many fun family-oriented activities. Comfortable layout.  Downstairs: living room, formal dining room, kitchen that opens to large deck and bedroom with half-bath (used as office or au pair).  Upstairs: four bedrooms and two baths.  Full basement, unfinished. Garage. Deep backyard that looks like a meadow. Convenient to Rockridge BART, Elmwood shops & cafes, bus lines and  freeway access. Close to Claremont Hotel & Spa, UC Berkeley and Berkeley Tennis Club.  Just steps to Star Market.

Showings begin March 25. OPEN SUN March 25 and SUN April 1. OFFERS  REVIEWED WED April 4.

Bedrooms          5

Baths                 2+

Living space       2564 sq feet

Full basement

Large deck

Flat lot                8200 sq feet

Garage / driveway


Posted in BERKELEY, ELMWOOD, EVENTS on March 9, 2012 by Julie Nachtwey, the Claremont Hills Real Estate Expert

A unique store, located at 2950 College Avenue in the Elmwood, is turning heads. It’s called “Collector,” and offers affordable original art at prices ranging from $5 to $1000. Collector’s mission is to fill the niche between high-end fine art galleries and artist-run open studios. “It is a great concept and a wonderful venue for local artists to show their work” explained Kristen Jensen, a local artist who grew up in Berkeley and specializes in abstract, landscape and figurative paintings. Below (left) is a photo of three of her playful and colorful Pears.

My husband Fred and I attended an art opening at “Collector” last month with friends of the artists and residents of the Elmwood neighborhood. We were amazed that there is something fore every taste, pocketbook and purpose. The selection included: original paintings, drawings, illustrations, prints, ceramics, jewelry noteboods, textiles and various mixed media items.

Kristen happens to be our long-time neighbor, who lives accross the street with her family. She’s also a lawyer — how does she ever find time to paint? We’re lucky she does, because we love her work. We showcase several of her paintings, including Central Park and Sonoma in our home. To see more of her work, visit Kristen is pictured below (left,center) with Fred and me.

“Collector” was opened in October 2011 by two friends, Skye Sullivan and Christina Begley. Their idea was to make original art more accessible to everyone. Visit “Collector” on Facebook make a personal visit to:

2905 College Ave, Elmwood.

Monday-Thursday * 11 – 6

    Friday-Saturday * 11 – 8

                 Sunday * 11 – 5