Simply Amaaaazing Kensington Mid-Century Home!

50 Sunset Drive | Kensington CA 94707

3 Bed | 3 Ba | 2646SF | 2 Parking Attached Garage


Offered for $1,388,000.

Builder and Architect Clifford Conly imagined this quintessential 2 story Contemporary mid-century "Modicum of Charm" home built in 1951, that takes in the stunning Yamaguchi designed landscaping through the huge windows throughout the home. Featuring soaring ceilings with a mix of redwood and oak on the interiors. Filtered Bay views, viewing deck, meditation bridge - a real back yard oasis. Unfinished basement, workshop in garage.

AGENT NOTE: Purchased by neighbors who long admired the home!

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PATTY ROGERS | The GRUBB Co. | Broker Associate DRE #00669968

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Chic, Ultra Industrial Home SOLD | Oakland

This Chic, Ultra Industrial home just SOLD!

Congratulations go to our wonderful buyers who get to experience Oakland’s cool urban lifestyle in true style. 
4 Bed | 3.5 Bath | 2125SF | 1 Garage Parking

Spotless brand new construction in this ultra industrial West Oakland home. The home features a suspended staircase, soaring ceilings, an elegant floor plan, luxury finishes, wide plank oak flooring, custom tile, quartz counters, radiant heating and designer lighting. Spacious backyard and views make this a true "Modicum of Charm" home. 

SOLD for $1,015,000. Buyer Represented.

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PATTY ROGERS | The GRUBB Co. | Broker Associate, Lic #00669968  

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Curb Appeal - 10 Tips!

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The first impression of a home from the street is what motivates you to look further.

Tips to spruce up your curb appeal:

1. Grab a friend. Make a list of work for the exterior. Ex. torn screen, cobwebs, chipped paint. A 2nd set of eyes helps.
2. Mount house numbers in an area of visibility that match the style of your home.
3. Look Up. Repair or replace the roof to remove any major expense for buyers.
4. Walk Around the house. Check out rain gutters, shutters, foundation footings, deck boards, plant beds. Remove, repair or refresh.
5. Stuff. Bikes, yard equipment? Put in garage or stack in corner. Try to put things out of site.
6. Clean. Rent a pressure washer. Wash everything, deck, siding, driveway, walkways. 
7. Lighting. Replace old/outdated lighting fixtures on front door/porch.
8. Paint. If you are not going to paint the entire exterior, refresh doors-trim-shutters. Touch up where needed.
9. Landscape. Trim along drive/walkways, install edging, trim plants, mulch beds, use potted plants, repair driveway, patio or sidewalk cracks, replace missing bricks.
10. Plant. Add color to flowerbeds. Add potted greenery or flower pots to front door area.

Make buyers want to view the interior of your home!

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PATTY ROGERS | The Grubb Co. | Broker Associate Lic #00669968  

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Highlights of the Tour in Oakland

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Patty Alert!

Highlights of Broker’s Tour in Oaklands’ Claremont Pines! Check out this 'Modicum of Charm' gem! #eastbayhomes #midcentury #claremontpines

What we LOVE:

Always love a fabulous Mid-Century Modern home with unique center courtyard with water feature pond, fire pit and walls of windows that make indoor outdoor living extra cool, especially at night. It’s in really great condition with a lower level bonus apartment with patio access.

It’s cool and clean to begin with, with further fab modern potential!

3 Bed | 3 Bath |2869 SF | Built in 1946 | Attached Garage
Offered for $1,595,000

Next Level East Bay Real Estate Representation! 
PATTY ROGERS | The Grubb Co. | Broker Associate, BRE#00669968 

Photo Courtesy of List Agent, Aaron Brown, Lic#01821230, The Grubb Company

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Remodeling 2018 Cost vs. Value Report

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As compiled in the Remodeling 2018 Cost vs. Value Report ( are stats for remodeling projects in all regions of the United States.

Included are narrative descriptions of the projects and a chart of costs, projected resale value and percentage of the recouped investment for 21 home remodeling projects. #homedesign #homeimprovement

Determine which upgrades, additions or remodels may bring you the biggest return on your investment and which projects you may do “just because”.

The report states that in San Francisco, the highest return on investment recoups $179.5% for an upscale garage door replacement, 139% for a midrange wooden deck addition and 133.5% for a steel entry door replacement.

Surprisingly, in San Francisco, the lowest returns are reported at 70.9% for a midrange backyard patio and 81.7% for an upscale master suite addition.  

Connect with me to learn about current local trends, popular projects, materials, colors, finishes and for local vetted vendor recommendations to make your remodel a WOW moment!

For Stats on Kitchens, Bathrooms and more review the FULL REPORT:

© 2018 Hanley Wood Media Inc. Complete data from the Remodeling 2018 Cost vs. Value Report can be downloaded free at

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In Contract! Buyer Stories for 2 Oakland Homes

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2 'Modicum of Charm' homes just went into contract for my buyers. 

5662 Dover St, Oakland is a bigger-than-usual (1425SF) 2 Bed | 2 Bath Craftsman home with classic features on a tree lined street, with a great rear sunroom leading to a nice yard. My buyers, an adorable & super smart tech couple were okay with minor cosmetic upgrades, wanting to add their own design touches to kitchen and bath, perfect for this unique and charming home. Well located in the Bushrod neighborhood, next to Rockridges' great restaurants, shopping and close to transpo! 

We met in November and they started looking in earnest in early 2018. Less than 10 weeks later they made their very 1st offer for this home, which was one of 8 and their offer was accepted! 

3235 B Louise Street, on the border of West Oakland was designed by BaranStudio, Architects. Standing in a new development of like homes, each somewhat different, this 1747 SF, 3 bed | 3bath home has beautiful finishes and is well-appointed with a Liebherr Refigerator, radiant heat, a balcony deck and parking with no HOA and more.

My sensational buyers wanted something tastefully designed, that required no repairs or upgrades, with a huge master and closets! Though not an easy design aesthetic to find in Oakland, this home fulfilled their wish list to the "T"! "New" is the way to go when the homes are this special!

More INFO for Buyers and Sellers >

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5662 Dover St. Listed by Nancy Reichart-Burley, Coldwell Banker Real Estate, BRE #01078832 Photos courtesy of list agent

3235 B Louise St. Listed by Listed by Daniel Winkler Note* Photos courtesy of list agent of a similar home @WestOak6

Summer Memories #TBT SOLD - Alameda Craftsman


Summer Memories #TBT Off-Market Alameda Craftsman with huge lot on a tree lined street. 3 Bed, 2.5 bath home featured hardwood flooring, moldings and cabinetry with all of the charm intrinsic to the California Craftsman. Expansive yard with back deck, patio and enclosed front porch. A gardener's dream home. SOLD AT $1,080,000.

Agent Note: Seller's refinished the wood floors and painted for the buyers; a rare treat! Best SOLD off-market. Represented Buyer.

I preview properties all the time! When I come upon a home with a "Modicum of Charm", I always get the same feeling, that wow factor that makes it of special value.

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PATTY ROGERS | The Grubb Co. Realtors | Broker Associate BRE#00669968

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99 Evergreen in Berkeley SOLD: #ModicumOfCharm Mid Century Mod


It's hard to pick a favorite 2017 SOLD home, though this fabulous mid-century modern find was in a fantastic location and featured outstanding views. Move-in ready with lots of upgrade possibilities. This home has more than a "modicum of charm" it's downright fabulous. Purchased by designers and ready to reach new design heights. Represented Buyer.

Seeing the potential in real estate is all about value. Not just financially in the moment, also in future potential. That's where I find homes with a #modicumofcharm. Homes that have fantastic bones, personality, with literal room for possibilities. Location, views, room to breathe. I've got an eye for unique and functional real estate and an intuition in matching you with the home that surprises.

San Francisco's East Bay is loaded with homes with potential. 
Patty Rogers, Broker Associate, BRE#00669968 provides Next Level East Bay Real Estate Representation! 

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Is a Fixer-Upper Worth it?


Fixer Upper or Faller Downer

Is it Worth it???

During your house hunt, you've probably visited a few fixer-uppers along with dozens of other buyers who are thinking about doing some light remodeling, painting and DIY to save a few dollars over the purchase of a home that is move in-ready.

1. Understand Your Fixer Upper

There are 3 distinct types of fixer-upper's. The first type are the 'easy solution' fixers with old carpet, no kitchen backsplash and curtains that need to be removed from windows. A bit of refreshing will make this home ready to live in. The 2nd type requires a little more remodeling, removal of wall-paper, new or re-finished flooring, new windows, removal of pop corn ceilings and possible re-configuration of rooms. The third type is the 'faller-downer' which requires re-building. Although the bargain may be tempting, getting to the TV home makeover version of a fixer-upper may be a long road, depending upon how carefully you evaluate the home you are considering for purchase.

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2. Budget For Renovations

A modest bath redo or family room addition costs $100 to $200 a square foot, said Oliver Marks at In the Bay Area you may be looking at more like $300-$400 per square foot.

For a kitchen renovation, Remodeling Magazine’s annual survey puts the national average cost at $59,999. A high-end kitchen remodel, HGTV estimates, is upward of $80,000.

In addition to labor and materials, renovation costs include architect and engineering fees, inspections, plus permit and licensing fees.

3. Extras

Remember that there are usually unwelcome surprises during your renovation. The plumbing that needs to be replaced, irrigation you forgot to add into the budget, a roof replacement or repair, or that Carrera marble countertop that you can't live without. Things come up and add up. Add 20%+ to your budget to earmark for unanticipated occurrences. 

4. Remodeling Loans

The difference between the purchase price and the market value of the home after improvements is set by an appraiser and this is the amount lenders are allowed to lend. There are limitations from mortgage companies on how much a buyer may receive in construction loan funds. Walk through this with your mortgage professional and lender to determine if a fixer's remodeling projections will be met by available funds.

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5. Safety

Make sure you use the correct safety procedures when remodeling an older home. Consider dust, paint toxins and other materials that could be hazardous and properly seal-off the home from the areas of construction.

I have prepared dozens of homes for sale and can ballpark the renovation costs and make referrals to reliable vendors for your project. Partner with an experienced local Realtor and together, find and evaluate a few different types of fixer-uppers as well as a few turn key, move-in ready homes to make a cost comparison. You may find that spending a few more dollars for a home that is ready for move-in, may save you both time and money.

Excerpts for this post from "6 hard truths about buying a fixer-upper" by Zeta Cross

For 35+ years, Patty Rogers, Broker Associate, BRE#00669968 with Abio Properties, has been previewing and matching stylish homes to satisfied Bay Area homebuyers and breaking sales records with her listings. She is known for finding and selling unique homes with a "Modicum of Charm" and is a shrewd negotiator who understands how to successfully orchestrate deals.

Patty's Real Estate Tips "Fixable Flaws"


Sometimes a home has a fixable flaw. Many properties would be greatly enhanced by taking down a wall between the kitchen and dining room. Talk about adding to value! It can be as simple as upgrading a roof or adding closet space. Wonderful cosmetic upgrades that you have done to kitchen or bath get lost when there’s a big issue that needs to be solved - Ex. most people won’t buy a house without decent closet space. As a Seller, take away as many objections as you can.

For 35+ years, Patty Rogers, Broker Associate, BRE#00669968 with Abio Properties, has been previewing and matching stylish homes to satisfied Bay Area homebuyers and breaking sales records with her listings. She is known for finding and selling unique homes with a "Modicum of Charm" and is a shrewd negotiator who understands how to successfully orchestrate deals.