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Large Home For Sale in Piedmont Pines Oakland CA
Ernest Villafranca, Realtor, Real Estate Oakland CA (Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate | Mason McDuffie)

Piedmont Pines Home with Panoramic Views

The Oakland Hills have nice, large homes. This one is up on Skyline Blvd. in a part called Piedmont Pines between Shepherd Canyon and Joaquin Miller Park. Many cyclists go up there for a fun, scenic, and tough ride.

8863 Skyline Blvd. Oakland CA 94611

Because of the terrain, homes here are either upslope or downslope. They require very strong foundations. This home is on the downslope with a garage and storage areas at road level, and the house set below.

This home has:

  • 4 bedrooms
  • 3 bathroom
  • 3,200 sq. ft.
  • 6,330 sq. ft. lot
  • 2 car detached garage
  • Built 1978

It's a big house. The kitchen is huge. Off the living room and dining room is a deck that overlooks a canyon and provides panoramic views of the bay.

The fireplace is two sided, that is, it heats the living room and a bedroom/office. That's an efficient fireplace. The uptairs bedroom has ceiling windows, a nice way to let more light in. Shades were installed for privacy and light control.

The living room has a small but practical wet bar, great for parties, or small get togethers.

Many people like the hills because they are quiet, out of the way. It does take extra time and energy to get up there, but for people who want to be closer to nature, a house in the Oakland hills is great.

8863 Skyline Blvd. Side by Side

Off the master bedroom is a small sauna room.

 

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Ernest Villafranca
Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate
510-418-9443, Ernest@GoErnest.com.

Traditional real estate buying and selling, specializing in flips, probate sales, and the Hispanic market covering the San Francisco bay area. www.bhghome.com/ernest.villafranca , www.EastBayProbates.com, www.CasasEnOakland.com, or www.OaklandHomeSales.com. Cal BRE #01330018

 

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Three Bedroom Two Bath Home For Rent in Piedmont Pines, Oakland CA Available November 1, 2011
Elisa Uribe Realtor #01427070, California Homes for Sale in the East Bay (Wells and Bennett Realtors)
Home For Rent. Available November 1, 2011


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$2,800
Single Family Home
Main Features
3 Bedrooms
2 Bathrooms
1 Unit
Interior: 1745 sqft
Location
14 Ascot Ct.
Oakland, CA 94611
USA

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Oakland's Tourist Attraction: The Chabot Space and Science Center
Michael Greenslade (Better Homes & Gardens | Mason-McDuffie Real Estate)

I was thinking about what to blog today and I though that I would blog about something that tied in with yesterday's posting.

Yesterday I had mentioned that to our East is a vast expanse of open land and parks that strech all the way to San Ramon and Danville.

I want to mention today that we have a wonderful atttraction high in the Oakland Hills.  The Chabot Space & Science Center is the third reincarnation of the Oakland Observatory.  The first location was located downtown in 1883.  The second location, built in 1915 was located on Mountian Boulevard in the Leona Heights neighborhood. 

They have a fantastic IMAX dome as well as a full dome planetarium.

They have viewings through the space telescopes on Friday and Saturday nights.  I am going to have to do that one of these evening. 

 Here are some links that I googled for you:

http://www.chabotspace.org/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chabot_Space_%26_Science_Center

If you would like to talk Oakland Real Estate with me sometime, please feel free to give me a call.  My contact information should appear somewhere on the page depending on where you are viewing it from.

 

 

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Castle Drive in Piedmont Pines very Yellandesque
Michael Greenslade (Better Homes & Gardens | Mason-McDuffie Real Estate)

Today was our Prudential Grand Lake office meeting.  After going over the new listings, changes and closes we went on our Prudential tour of the Piedmont, Montclair and Grand Lake office new listings

*** Another great reason to list with Prudential ***

One of the homes on today's tour was over on Osborne Court in the Piedmont Pines area of Oakland.  I noticed that many of the homes in the area ring true to W.R. Yelland as the architect for the tract!

I had never been up on Castle Drive before, but as I drove up the hill, there they were a whole grouping of Yellandesque designs.  I just love being a Realtor and exploring areas I haven't been to before.

I have been in the proximity of this area before, because on the other end of Holyrood Drive is Ascot Drive and another known documented Yelland in that tract and in the neighborhood.  The Hildreth Residence at 6165 Ascot Drive. ( http://activerain.com/blogsview/295972/Yelland-Expedition )

Back to my original suspicion that Yelland was working with developers, and not necessarily working only with custom homes.

If you remember from my earlier posts you'd have noticed that the architect's in-laws were named Holyrood. ( http://activerain.com/blogsview/348541/A-photograph-of-the )

If you're looking to buy or sell a historic home, I'm your person!  Give me a call, let's set up an appointment.

Send me an email and I can send you some pictures extracted from online mapping.

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Sooo....what is going on in the market??
Jeffrey Neidleman, Jeffrey Neidleman (Pacific Union Real Estate)

There are many positive signs with the nice rebound of the stock market due to the Fed lowering their rate, inflation appears to be under check, we are still experiencing job growth (although minimal), interest rates have leveled off and have even come down a bit, and it appears that the sub-prime fiasco can be managed. In spite of these encouraging trends the housing market has entered a period of a stalemate----buyers are in a state of ennui believing prices will drop further and sellers thinking they still can get the price their neighbor received six months ago. Multiple offers have become scarce in most markets with the exception of particular areas in SF and Montclair/Piedmont/Berkeley where 45% of sales were involved in multiple offers. Again showing that short supply in some areas and certain high end markets are still in demand. The gap has widened between marketplaces. Looking county by county it is clear that the first time home buyer markets and those markets that had rapid growth in new home building have become saturated with excessive inventories. The gap has also enlarged between low end and upper end properties. Here is a county by county view by months supply of inventory (MSI) for September based on single family homes only. San Francisco county has a 4.5 MSI---St. Francis Wood has 1.0/Pacific Hts 3.4/Central Sunset 2.3 vs. Bay View 12.5/Excelsior 16.2. Marin county has a 6.6 MSI---Mill Valley 4.5 vs. Novato 15.7. Sonoma county has a 12.5 MSI---Kenwood 5.5 vs. Sonoma (city) 16.3. Napa has an 18 MSI----Calistoga 11.0 vs. American Canyon 29.7. Alameda county has a 10.5 MSI---Piedmont 1.6/Berkeley 3.3/Rockridge 2.6 vs. San Leandro 14.7/Hayward 22.0. Contra Costa has a 17.4 MSI---Moraga 2.6/Lafayette 4.7/Orinda 4.9 vs. Antioch 29.6/Hercules 32.2. The gap also reflects that those counties with the highest median and average prices have been less impacted by the slowing market. Many buyers are now on hold until they feel comfortable that prices have stabilized. Who could blame them when last Thursday?s Chronicle had front page headlines shouting prices still have room to come down based on the California Assn. of Realtors forecast for 2008 projecting a 4% drop in median sales price and a 10% drop in units. What the headlines didn?t say is that there are still a number of markets where sales prices have not dropped such as San Francisco, Marin, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. The current course correcting market is quite different from previous markets as interest rates are still low and the upper tiers of most markets are still selling. So what does this mean for buyers and sellers? For SELLERS, if you don?t have a good reason to sell---don?t. This is no time to test the market. Why waste your time. For BUYERS, know the values and realize that in the vast majority of areas, there is not a feeding frenzy for homes. Now for those potential sellers in those specific areas with low inventories and high buyer demand, this could be a real opportunity before the market takes off again and more sellers come on the market. The examples are those marketplaces with inventories below 3 months. It is still a sellers? market in some of these areas. If you are a seller that must sell in this market, and are in a market of abundant inventory, you must do everything you can to present your home in a way that outshines your competition and price aggressively. This will maximize your return. Most importantly you will give yourself the best chance of selling your home. The key for sellers is to be competitively priced, no matter where your home is located. Buyers need motivation. Overpriced homes are ignored. Sellers need to be prepared to negotiate. In most cases, if a buyer is willing to write an offer, they are serious about trying to buy your home. For buyers who are waiting for prices to drop, you may be waiting a long time unless you are interested in areas with large inventories and can find those few desperate sellers. Many sellers will just take their properties off the market before giving them away. In half of our markets in the SF Bay Area, prices have not gone down. Appreciation has slowed in some markets to a low single digit. With that said, and with decreasing numbers of multiple offers, buyers have an opportunity they have not had for many years---they can negotiate. Better to be a buyer in a market where others are not buying readily, than find yourself in a market where many buyers are outbidding each other like we saw in 2004-05. That combined with low interest rates can make this current market a boon for savvy buyers. If you are a buyer trying to find a house in the most desirable neighborhoods with little inventory be prepared to find yourself in a sellers? market. You will have to present your best offer, suspend disbelief, just because the headlines say it is a slow market, a few areas are still experiencing conditions similar to those back in 2005. If you want the home, you will have to do what it takes to win. I have seen markets in the past when everything came to a standstill like 1980 when interest rates went to 18% or after the first Iraqi conflict or after the 1989 earthquake or after the dot.com bomb. This is not one of those markets. Yes, that market has slowed, but it has not stopped. There are still opportunities for both buyers and sellers.

October 15, 2007

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