If low rates and great economic news lead you to consider a purchase:
Imagine waking up to a great Bay view, marveling at it while eating breakfast out on the deck, and then descending a classic city path for coffee at Peets, only to catch a bus ride to BART, the University, or the Financial District.
Imagine working at your home office with a great Bay view, needing a break, and heading down to Rick and Ann’s for lunch.
Imagine having friends over for drinks on the cool east-side patio in the summer, and then shifting to the dining room for dinner and a great Bay view. Soak in the hot tub overlooking San Francisco on the deck afterwards (ah, yes, the timer makes sure it’s nice and hot)?
Imagine reading a book in your living room with the great Bay view to your left, while enjoying a fire in the fireplace that anchors the north wall.
Imagine admiring the great Bay view as you head down to meet friends for tennis, a spa date, dinner at Meritage or Paragon, or a play date at the Claremont Club pool.
If you’re looking for great value, take a look at 26 Slater Lane, Berkeley:
--A stupendous location:
• 250 feet above Rick and Ann’s (according to Google Earth--see this GoogleMap mashup);
• Just a short distance from the Evergreen Path AND the Eucalyptus Path which end near the express E bus to San Francisco’s Financial District;
• Facing the end of a small private cul-de-sac enveloped by oaks and bay laurels;
• Easy access through the tunnel to Lamorinda and beyond, OR avoid the traffic and go over the tunnel and down Fish Ranch Road!
• Berkeley address, Oakland taxes (and schools);
• In a neighborhood whose sales prices averaged over $1.3 million over the last three years (according to the MLS).
--Wonderful mid-century design in a mid-century enclave that survived the East Bay Hills fire;
--Shares many elements with an Eichler: Lots of built-ins, Philippine- or luan mahogany-paneled walls, open floorplan, and dramatic roofline;
--Just a couple steps below the carport level, the house is otherwise level-in, on a single story, and offers effortless indoor-outdoor flow;
--Big windows let the east, west, and north light pour in;
--Cathedral ceilings allow this space-efficient house to “live big”;
--A “killer” Bay view from the master, living room, north-side deck, and third bedroom/den;
--cedar hot tub on the deck overlooks the Bay and San Francisco beyond;
--Private and pet-friendly enclosed patio adjacent to the second large bedroom; Garber Park is closeby and dog-lovers abound;
--Ned Clyde seismic retrofit and piers installed 10 years ago; updated kitchen; entire roof and hot water heater replaced in November, 2009. Pest inspection, home inspection, seismic work outline, and deck repair estimate available.
Three bedrooms, one bath, washer-dryer, two-car carport, and plenty of storage for $575,000.
Act now: The sellers found a perfect home in Sonoma and want to sell their long-held home first. A departing relative of the owner, and a roommate, currently live in the home. No time for staging, and no photos yet! Offers, if any, Sunday, December 13th.
Don’t forget: 26 Slater Lane faces a private cul-de-sac drive. Tunnel Road to Alvarado. Left off Alvarado onto Slater. You’ll pass the For Sale sign. At the end of Slater, turn right onto Evergreen, and then take the first hard right turn into the cul-de-sac. Or better yet, park on Slater and wander around the neighborhood and private trails! We're organizing open houses for Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. Email me (Kennedy@MaureenKennedy.Net) for a schedule. As I never represent both sides of a transaction, if you decided to get serious, I'd refer you to an excellent colleague for representation.