A blog about the East Bay real estate scene, particularly in Piedmont, CA, of interest to buyers, sellers, and residents alike.
Monday, July 16, 2012
We Don't Miss SF AT ALL!
Every once in a while a client will walk up to me and say with a great deal of seriousness, ''Maureen, we had no idea how good this move would be for us.'' So I pass their insights on to you. Here's the most recent one--
After about 7 years in Glen Park, San Francisco, we moved to Piedmont in March, primarily for the schools. Since our move, our San Francisco friends keep asking us if we miss the City. We have to try to be diplomatic because the truth is we don't miss the City AT ALL. This has been the best move ever. The weather is consistently 8-12 degrees warmer than in the City (I check every day on my commute), plus we have an actual backyard. We love basking in the sunshine outside and can't believe we allowed ourselves to suffer through the fog in the City as long as we did. Because of the better weather, our energetic 3.5 and 5.5 year old boys can spend much more time outdoors, even in the evenings, burning off that little kid energy! Even our dog is happier. She loves hunting for squirrels in Dracena Park (she doesn't actually catch them). The wide sidewalks and beautiful trees make it a delight to go for walks and jogging, and it feels like the parks are an extension of our backyard. We love that the town is so small and has its own Rec Center with a swimming pool. It creates a real sense of community. Being next to Oakland, Rockridge, Berkeley, Lafayette and Walnut Creek, we have plenty to do without going to San Francisco, although the commute is very manageable when we do. So far, we love it!
This blog covers issues related to real estate and your home in Piedmont, California. We cover the local market, renovation ideas (particularly those of a green nature), some gardening material, local housing/taxation/development debates, what buyers and sellers want, and national trends.
Lots of good info and insight; no cattiness.
The blog includes my e-newsletter articles dating back to 2006, and blog posts while ActiveRain.Com was my blog platform. Feel free to subscribe to the blog here (go to the top of the page), or email me (Kennedy@MaureenKennedy.net) and I'll add you to my quarterly e-newsletter list. And don't forget to forward this link to your friends and colleagues thinking about moving to town, or ready to move on to the next stage of their lives. I always have time for your referrals!
I look forward to your comments, suggestions, and new information you think Piedmonters, and those thinking about moving to town, should know.
My job is to inform, listen, analyze, market, and above all close your transaction promptly and at a price with which you are comfortable. I grew up in the Washington, DC area and graduated from Mount Holyoke College and the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. After working on housing and tax issues in Virginia, Alaska, and in the halls of Congress, I managed the nation's single-family and multi-family rural housing loan programs and advised HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros on housing and urban policy as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy. I’m a licensed broker, serve on the Advisory Board of the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing (based in Dallas), and have earned designations from e-Pro, EcoBroker, the National Trust's architectural program, and the NAR’s At Home with Diversity program. I'm a member of the Council of Residential Specialists, and of course the National, California and Oakland Associations of Realtors.
No other agent or broker practicing in Piedmont has such a strong professional background.