Amazing Kensington Mid-Century Home JUST SOLD!


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JUST SOLD! Simply Amaaa-zing Kensington Mid-Century Home


3 Bed | 3 Bath | 2646 SF | 2 Garage Parking

SOLD for $1,750,000

In 1951 Clifford Conly, Builder and Architect, imagined this quintessential 2 story Contemporary "Modicum of Charm" Mid-Century home that takes in the stunning Yamaguchi designed landscaping through huge windows on all levels. 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 2 car attached garage in a fabulous location.


The architecture and authenticity of the preserved high end mid-century home! The unbelieveable landscape design and the satisfaction of facilitating the purchase for neighbors who long admired the home! Buyer Representation.

Next Level East Bay Real Estate Representation!

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

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12 Tips for Choosing Paint Colors

Transform your home from drab to fab by choosing the right color for your home's interior or exterior.


  1. Light colors highlight or bring forward and dark colors recede.
  2. Make paint and trim colors in the same hue or color group. Stark contrasts are not pleasing to the eye.
  3. Separate rooms? Consistent color will marry the spaces. Open floor plan? Changing color or tone, will define the spaces.
  4. High ceilings or architectural details? Use 2 shades on the same swatch to highlight the details.
  5. Does your home bring the outside in through large windows or window walls? Choose an outdoor color of the same shade, to further the look.
  6. Exterior paint? Choose within the same palette as other homes on the block. Visually standing out may not be appealing.
  7. Use eggshell primer over existing paint, for color to match swatch. Use test swatches first! Wait for it to dry before evaluating. Check at different times of day and night. Wet paint is lighter and darkens as it dries.
  8. Use deep or dark colors on a feature wall or in a room with a certain purpose, Ex. dining room, library.
  9. Sheen? On high travelled areas use satin or semi gloss. High gloss or enamel for trim in areas with water (kitchen, bath). Flat paint where the walls aren't touched (leaves fingerprints).
  10. Choose low VOC (volatile organic compound) paint to minimize paint fumes. Got fumes? Well ventilate with fans. 
  11. To shorten project time, choose a one-coat paint. Costs a little more but worth it if you are DIY-ing.
  12. Paint finishes? Faux finishing techniques add personality to a room. Use museum wax when paint is fully dried for a deep sheen. Create a pattern or border with stenciling. Trompe l'oeil is the art of painting scenes on the wall. Paint old floors in a single color or pattern.

Be as creative as you can without overdoing it, luckily it's paint and can be covered. Consider hiring a professional.

Reach out to me for an East Bay Painting Contractor recommendation. 

Visit these companies for paint color options!

Photo Credits #behrpaint

Next Level East Bay Real Estate Representation!

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

1st OPEN. Fab. Modern. Updated. Oakland Townhouse.

NEW!! Just Listed

FIRST OPEN!! Sun 6/24 2:00-4:30PM

1510 Pullman Way | Oakland, CA 94607

Directions: West Grand Ave to Frontage Rd to 14th St

2 Bed | 2.5 Bath | 1644 SF | 1 Garage Parking

Offered for $847,500


Built in 2017 and beautifully renovated, this spacious Contemporary “Modicum of Charm” 3-level townhome includes 2 top floor master suites with hall laundry.

What we LOVE:

The spaciousness of living on 3 levels with the thoughtful high-end upgrades and tasteful design choices make for a modern, upstyle contemporary lifestyle and it's a super convenient commuter home! Walking distance to BART. 8 Miles from San Francisco. Low HOA's.


  • Modern Contemporary Townhome
  • 2 Bed | 2.5 Ba | 1644SF
  • Built in 2017
  • 3 Levels of living
  • Cozy living room fireplace 
  • Wide plank wood flooring
  • Modern designer lighting & fans 
  • Quartz kitchen countertops 
  • Eat-in kitchen, breakfast bar and nook 
  • Updated Piedrafina bath counters 
  • Fab sunny private outdoor patio & garden 
  • Upgraded appliances included
  • Walking distance to BART. 8 Miles from San Francisco
  • Low HOA’s 

Next Level East Bay Real Estate Representation!

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

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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

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

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3 Different Oakland Homes JUST SOLD!

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SOLD this week!

3 very different Oakland Homes. All the positive vibes coming from my clients as they are moving on or in, makes me truly happy! It’s an honor to be part of it! 

#oakland #rockridge #eastbayrealestate #modicumofcharm #hiphomes


Reimagined Rockridge Craftsman!

5701 KEITH AVE | OAKLAND, CA 94608
4 Bed | 2.5 Bath | 1978 SF | Garage

Offered for $1,495,000
SOLD for $1,850,000
Listing and Buyer Representation

What WE LOVE: The ”modicum of charm” larger than usual footprint in this 2- story Craftsman with beautifully upgraded original details and it's close to BART, perfect for the buyer! MORE>


Historic Top-Floor Firehouse Loft Conversion!

1095 59TH STREET #4, OAKLAND, CA 94608
1 Bed | 1 Bath | 1460SF | Brick Loft | 2 Parking

Offered for $865,000
SOLD for $1,000,000
Listing Representation

WHAT WE LOVE: The “modicum of charm” original brick walls and arched windows, top class remodel and WOW Oakland City and Hills views! MORE>


Tasteful Modern New Construction!

3 Bed | 3 Bath | 1747 SF | Attached Garage

Offered for $899,000
SOLD for $1,000,000
Buyer Representation

WHAT WE LOVE: Meeting our buyers wish in this “modicum of charm” tasteful new construction, very well-appointed designer home, requiring zero upgrades! MORE>

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

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Coming Soon! Grand Craftsman Home in Rockridge

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Coming Soon!

Grand 4 Bedroom, 2.5 Bath Craftsman Home in Rockridge, Oakland, CA

A quintessential reimagined 2 Story Craftsman home, blending modern elegance and traditional detail in the heart of Rockridge. Beautiful home design with a "modicum of charm" and recent remodel. So close to shopping, restaurants and transportation. Attached Garage.

Grand Home! Great Location! Easy Commute! Walk Score 92.

Next Level East Bay Real Estate Representation!
PATTY ROGERS | The GRUBB Co. Realtors  
Broker Associate Lic #00669968


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Last 30 Days in East Bay Real Estate - Stats

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Overall the East Bay continues with a brisk real estate market, improving inventory and buyers poised to leap in the 50 neighborhoods of Oakland, Berkley and Alameda. Here are the stats for 4 neighborhoods. Connect with me for more neighborhood info.


  • SOLD 15
  • New 27
  • Active 40
  • Median Days on Market 11


  • SOLD $1,375,000
  • Active $1,077,500
  • Sale to List Price 113%

Patty: A brisker market in Berkeley allows buyers to choose from more, yet still limited inventory while keeping room in the budget for a winning bid.


  • SOLD 3
  • New 4
  • Active 7
  • Median Days on Market 11


  • SOLD $1,375,000
  • Active $1,249,888
  • Sale to List Price 109%

Patty: Homes for under $1.5M are available, with a short viewing period and buyers ready to offer and compete in the market place. Inventory is slowly picking up.


  • SOLD 31
  • New 20
  • Active 27
  • Median Days on Market 11


  • SOLD $780,000
  • New $764,500
  • Active $839,000
  • Sale to List Price 108%

Patty: With a fairly brisk market in Alameda, homes are available under $1m. Buyers are well prepared to offer competitively, with an eye on homes with added value potential.  


  • SOLD 4
  • New 2
  • Active 2

Median Days on Market 3

  • SOLD $2,575,000
  • Active $1,773,500

Patty: Currently on market, only two 3 and 4 bedroom homes available for under $2m. Piedmont home purchases are at a premium with buyers poised to leap. Bring your best first.

Next Level East Bay Real Estate Representation! Patty Rogers, The Grubb Co., Broker Associate, BRE#00669968  Doing business by your referrals.

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Why Should I Stage My Home?


The benefits of Home Staging have long been debated. Everyone loves their own design aesthetic and sometimes they are right, and their home looks like a “staged” home, but that’s pretty rare. So we turn to staging professionals who understand architecture, design, colors, furniture and accessories and know the trends. They just have great taste. Important!

The National Association of Realtors weighs in with an annual survey to determine just what kind of staging works and where. From the Buyers POV, master bedroom staging is important to 51% of those queried, followed by kitchen, yard/outdoor space, dining room, bathroom, children’s bedroom and guest bedroom, in that order.


About 1/3 of buyer’s agents said that staging a home increased the dollar value offered between 1% and 5% compared to other similar homes on the market that are not staged. For a $1,000,000 home that representing a $100% to %500% return on investment in your staging cost, and in our market…possibly more.

De-cluttering, cleaning, carpet cleaning and no pets are the most important home improvement items that buyers want to see, ahead of repairs, depersonalization, landscaping and even painting.

I’m a huge fan of staging and work with my sellers to prepare their home for sale to show it in its' best light, produce world class marketing and attract the largest pool of buyers.

MORE about the 2017 NAR Profile of Home Staging HERE >

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.



We spend dollars and effort making sure the interior of our homes are filled with beautiful design ideas and we carefully landscape our exterior. The trend is to blend living spaces connecting the indoor with the outdoor. Make a large slider from your kitchen to a backyard patio, use a pergola to extend the outdoor space adding stylish furniture and accessories.

You can vary the cost of fusing the indoor with the outdoor by installing a simple swing bench on a patio, spending more for an outdoor kitchen and even more to add deck extensions, an out building or an outdoor roof.

Your Realtor may note the potential in your space to make a 1500SF home live more like a 2000SF home, turning a patio or large backyard into a mini oasis. Think about your area's weather pattern and how much time you or your buyer may actually spend in the yard and make sure your return on investment (ROI) is commensurate with your plan.

Weather Is A Factor

If your yard or deck is in a overly sunny location, consider that cushions and furniture may be bleached by the sun, so choosing furniture and accessories that perform well in sun, snow, hail or any kind of extreme weather is key. This can be a more expensive option than popular big box store patio set's but may be worthwhile if you are not investing in a roof or pergola cover for the space.

Country To City Choices

The design for your fusion space will be different depending if you have less square footage in an urban space or live in a rural area with lots of room to play and entertain.

In an Urban area, playing up a balcony as a focal point is important to hopefully frame a view. Use chic furniture, hanging lights, a mini bonfire pit (if allowed) and carefully placed potted plants or hanging boxes to warm up concrete and steel.

When you are in a suburban or rural area you can take advantage of extra outdoor space by installing a pergola or pagoda as an entertainment focal spot or even a hardwood deck with a bar and grilling area. Installing an oversized glass door that folds, or slides in the the wall is a dramatic way to connect a living room to a deck, pool or full outdoor kitchen.

Make It Worthwhile

Carefully evaluate you financial investment in creating an indoor-outdoor living plan to make sure you will receive an appropriate return on investment to justify the amount of usage.

If you are in a dry, sunny climate, a homeowner may consider bigger projects like an outdoor kitchen or building a new deck. If not outdoors as much, perhaps new outdoor furniture will be more appropriate. Careful planning will help the process go smoother.

What do you want your blended living space to accomplish? Make sure to determine a budget and research designers and builders who will be able to execute your vision and/or advise on the best plan for your area, neighborhood and climate. Query your Realtor for what buyers are looking for in your neighborhood to achieve the indoor outdoor lifestyle in your home that will bring you the best return for your investment.

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.

Remodel or Not? 2017 Cost vs. Value Report

Remodeling magazine published the 2017 Cost vs. Value report which documents national and regional costs and return on investment (ROI) for popular home projects. 

The good news is that the reported improvements paid back 64.3 cents on the dollar for resale value. Finding the balance between updates and return isn't simple. Remodeling is as active as ever though the major factor contributing to return on investment is still about the location of your property.

The largest returns for remodel or improvement come from low-ticket improvements of under $2,000: attic insulation came in no. 1 at 107.7% and entry door replacement (steel) at 90.7%. Having said that, the exterior beats interior and replacements over remodels win this year. 

For instance, curb appeal improvements had larger returns that interior improvements. New windows (double-paned) at both levels and new siding were winners. Believe it or not, for the single family home, stone veneer showed a large return since it is authentic looking and a fraction of the cost of real stone.

Though you may feel more comfortable with one, the lowest return on a project was for a $12k+ backup power generator for only 54% ROI. The second national looser was a $51k+ backyard patio with 20X20 flagstone, sliding door, stone veneer surround outdoor kitchen, gas-powered fire pit, pergola and lighting...maybe it was the missing hot tub that brought the low return.

Kitchen remodels make the top 10 but a bath remodel, which could come near to the costs of a kitchen remodel, had a surprisingly low return. Since these rooms are so personal, one persons design aesthetic might not be what buyers are looking for. So many seniors are aging in place or living with extended family, that a growing category is the ADA bathrooms outfitted with walk-in shower, support bars, and wheelchair-accessible sink.

In San Francisco, 21 of the 29 projects provided a return of over 100%. Clientele in the Bay area are looking for homes with up-to-date fixtures, features and the latest remodels. Discuss with your Realtor which remodeling options should result in the kind of return on investment for the dollars you spend improving your property. It may be worth making a few well advised upgrades to attract the largest pool of buyers.

A takeaway - GREIGE: Painting your walls or home in gray-beige is a current popular choice that brings a healthy return for the effort.

For 35+ years, Patty Rogers, Broker Associate, BRE#00669968 at 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.