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

Hidden Gems

As a buyer, there are little tricks to finding that hidden gem of a home – it takes vision and overlooking undesirable details in the home. If you were to come across that gem, chances are you will have much less competition when submitting an offer.

When Phil and I bought our home, we looked beyond the dark navy paint in the living room, orange in the dining room, and standard tenant clutter. Instead, we focused our attention on brightness of the home, the high ceilings, old charm details, and basement potential.

Here are quick takeaways – ignore style choices, overlook old smells, look past clutter, disregard colors, and take note of special features.

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Oakland New Construction Recap

Oakland is thriving. Here is yet another article that speaks to the 14,000 unit additions –  broken down by areas including: Brooklyn Basin, Jack London, Uptown, Lake Merritt, the Oak Knoll set to complete in the next 3 years — not to mention the 40 vacant parking lots sitting in downtown Oakland.

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Know Local

House Condos in Oakland/Berkeley

Recently, I had the pleasure of hosting an open house at 3778 Ruby Street – in the lower Temescal neighborhood of Oakland. This unit was 1 of 3 units with a relatively low Home Owners Association fee. It was a house built in 1904 and had been formally converted into condo in 2011. The unit was on top floor and had beautiful tall ceilings with tons of light. It had shared communal space shared with the 3 units.

It struck me that these small condo associations were like a nice middle ground homes to that of the standard building condos and detached homes. It offers some balance between price point, old charm, and privacy. It gives you a chance to have a foster a tight knit community. Newer condo conversions must go through a rigorous process of being approved by the city which protects the first generation of buyers.
It’s something to keep your options open to in Oakland and Berkeley.

Monthly Picks: Browse

The cold weather is here and the very thought of cozying up with cup of coffee with a book to me sounds like a done deal. Here are a few different bookstore alternatives.

Left: Book/Shop (Temescal Alley, Oakland)
Located in the Temescal Alley – next door to Donut Dolly sits a unique store called Book/Shop. Rare vintage editions, book accessories, graphic posters grace this intimate space. Books here are hailed as pieces of art.

Right: Issues (Piedmont Ave, Oakland)

Just off Piedmont Avenue, there sits a magazine shop called Issues. They have zines and hard to find magazines you would not be able to find at your local Walgreen’s nor . It’s a nice spot to incorporate into your Piedmont Avenue stroll after having a burger at Kronnerburger or a drink at Cato’s or a matinee at the Piedmont Theater.

A Simple Thank You.

As the holidays begin to kick off in the coming week – there is a lot to be grateful for.  I am happy to say I am happy and blessed and have never felt so loved and connected in my life. I want to thank all the many people in my life that have been so open and giving to me.  I have the recipient of many things from time, drinks, resources and shared experiences. I have never felt this connected to people as 2015.  No man is an island.

Congratulations to Rob and Jenny on their Crocker Highlands home!

Congratulations to Eric and Cheryl on their Temescal bungalow!

To All – Enjoy your turkey.

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

Photo credits:
Top Photo
Personal dining room shot dated 11.16.2015

Hidden Gems

Oakland New Construction Recap

House condos in Oakland/Berkeley
Personal open house shot dated 10.18.2015

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