Melody Yip 
East Bay Realtor  “Connecting Heart With Home” | | 510.629.0360
Alain Pinel Realtors | License # 01970144

Alameda County Update

Real estate in the Bay Area is still strong. In many ways, the East Bay market is the most affordable part of the Bay Area as compared to its counterparts – San Francisco, South Bay and the Peninsula.

Demand in the homes listed at $600-900,000 tier continues to have multiple offers and the selling price typically soars over asking. Homes above $1,500,000 have been staying on the market a bit longer.

Alameda County (Alameda, Albany, Berkeley, Emeryville, Oakland) home prices have rose 15% rise as a whole as compared to 2014 with Berkeley leading the pack at 20% appreciation.
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Options For Commuting Into San Francisco

As Bay Area density increases – it is important to consider alternative options to riding into work. Here are some alternatives to hoping into your own car or using Bart.

Transbay Bus. If commuting into San Francisco is the goal – the Transbay bus is a solid choice as it is economical and efficient. All Transbay buses descend into the Financial District at $4.20 a ride. Berkeley alone has 8 lines – each line with multiple spots. Oakland has 9 lines.  Cities further afield such as San Leandro have 3 lines. During busy commute times, buses run every 10-12 minutes. Click here for further details.

Casual Carpool. For the adventurous, casual carpool is great way to save at $1 a ride. Getting across the Bay Bridge requires a minimum of 3 in the car, casual carpool is a creative way for strangers to get across the bridge. Most casual carpool spots are situated nearby Transbay bus stops. You would have to take a Transbay bus back to the East Bay as there no carpool incentives for drivers headed back to the East Bay. In my last few years at Linkedin, I happily rode in many a Toyota Prius.  Click here for more details to casual carpool stops. Be cautious and keep safe.

Ferry. For those nearby waterways – the Ferry is great alternative to commuting by land. There are two terminals in Alameda, one at Jack London Square, and one in Vallejo. During heavy commute hours – boats run twice an hour and can arrive into San Francisco and can arrive to the Ferry building as quickly as 20 minutes. The Ferry is $4.80 with a Clipper Card. Click here for more information.

Work from home.  Working from home 1-2X a week can be a huge value add to saving on commute time and getting more work done.Talk to your team at work. I am a huge proponent of  – it doesn’t hurt to ask.

Know Local

South Berkeley

South Berkeley is a colorful neighborhood that is framed by the streets Dwight, Telegraph, Sacramento and 62nd St. It is surrounded by the neighborhoods: North Oakland, Central Berkeley, Downtown Berkeley, and Elmwood. Many of these homes are cozy 2 bedroom and 3 bedroom bungalows built in the early 20th century to 1930s. 

The original and esteemed Berkeley Bowl sits smack dab in the center of South Berkeley. The Ashby Bart station sits right by the meeting of Adeline and Martin Luther King. Other important establishments include: Crixa Cakes, Kirala, a few coffee shops (Rasa Coffee and Alchemy Collective Cafe) and the Thai Temple – Wat Mongkolratanaram where many congregate for Sunday lunch. There is a quaint and beloved Tuesday Farmers market at Adeline and 63rd Street
The 6 month average for a detached 2 bedroom is $750,000 and a 3 bedroom is $874,000.

Monthly Picks: Off the Mall Path

Here are some home decor shops that will take you off the beaten path as you find gifts for friends and family. Both stores have gifts that embody all price points.  If gift giving is not your thing, consider spending a few hours to catch up with your loved ones. 

Located in the Temescal Alley is the green and lush Crimson Horticulture Rarities. Staff is friendly and ready to talk plant shop.  Many of the plants here are different sizes and textures of greens. They also make arrangements for special occasions.

Right: Neighbor (Piedmont Ave, Oakland)

Located on Piedmont avenue – this lovely general home decor store sells small home oriented gifts like soaps, candles, and kitchenware.  The aesthetic of the store is blend of vintage and new with a feel of cozy cabin decor. They have a back patio which houses yet small retail shop called Preserve that sells supplies for canning and fermenting various things.

Happy Holidays!

December is the time to socialize and gather with friends and family as well as the perfect time to be alone to reflect and ponder the past year. We have the golden opportunity to reconnect and share our stories.

Thank you Katherine for always being up for an adventure. Thank you Robert for being a great sounding board. Thank you Anita for being a such a positive force in my life for the last 3 years. Relationships like these are priceless.

Congratulations to Deb and Keenan on getting into contract in the East Oakland Hills. I am so very excited to see it how your home evolves.

If you or someone you know are looking for a thoughtful, responsive realtor in the East Bay – please do not hesitate to contact me! 

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Personal front door shot dated 12.13.2015

Alameda County Update

Options For Commuting Into San Francisco

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