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Amazing Kensington Mid-Century Home JUST SOLD!

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

50 SUNSET DRIVE , KENSINGTON, CA 94707

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.

WHAT WE LOVE:

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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5 Removable Wallpaper Tips

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Change your wall and change your space!

Here are 5 tips for successful application.

1. Go for Quality. Make sure your paper is a good weight and not too sticky…just tacky. Not in design:)) To avoid damage to the walls choose a high quality brand of removable wallpaper.

2. Wash it. Clean the wall atleast 1-2 days before hanging. It must be completely dry.

3. Painted Wall? If you have painted or primed the wall, make sure you leave 3 weeks drying time after painting, before hanging your paper.

4. Protect the wall while hanging. Use something like a 3’ ruler behind the paper to protect the wall when using a utility knife to trim the paper.

5. Changing paper location? Keep the backing from your initial installation. Pull/peel from the top corner of first tile pulling down toward the floor (not out). Your paper won’t get stretched out of shape this way.

Remember to check the manufacturers guidelines too! This is a great way to add personality and elan to any room with the ability to remove and change design at will!

Check out these removable wallpaper vendors. (many offer samples for a fee)

Photo Courtesy artfire.com

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

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Old World Elegance in Rockridge

Just SOLD!

5351 Belgrave Place No. 1C, Oakland, CA 94618

2 Bed | 2 Bath | 1414SF | 1 Garage Parking

Sold for $1,100,000

Represented Buyer

Near the Claremont Country Club, this beautifully updated Belgrave Place corner condominium offers spacious open living/dining with fireplace, wet bar, built-ins and hardwood floors throughout. Light filled, a wall of windows runs the length of the home providing access to the incredible sprawling deck.

The kitchen features quartz countertops, stainless appliances and a desk nook. A gracious master suite with updated bath includes double closets with a lovely 2nd bedroom and 2nd updated bath and in-unit laundry.

With peek-a-boo Bay and Oakland Hills views the home is steps from College Avenue shops and restaurants.

What We LOVE:

The outdoor deck is sumptuous and the entire home is spacious and on one level. The condo building is 100% owner occupied and location is superlative for shopping, socializing and dining. Removing 1 wall will make this an open plan entertainer's paradise.  

Next Level East Bay Real Estate Representation!

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

Photos Courtesy Sheila Johnson, DRE#01933417, Pacific Union International

 

 

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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.

FAST FACTS:

  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


The Last 30 Days in East Bay Real Estate

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East Bay Market Report 

A brisk market with rising sale to list prices as the spring market begins. Inventory slightly up though buyer demand for homes in 50 neighborhoods of Oakland, Berkley and Alameda remains strong and competitive. 

Here are the stats for 4 neighborhoodS:

BERKELEY

SOLD 28
New 30
Active 41
Median Days on Market 14 

MEDIAN PRICE
SOLD $1,117,500
New $1,145,000
Active $1,195,000
Sale to List Price 117% (+)

Patty: Sale to List Price rose 4% over last month as more, yet still limited inventory under $1.2m means bidding remains competitive nudging up final sale pricing. Number of homes SOLD doubled over last month with the rate of homes to market and active market remaining unchanged. 

NORTH BERKELEY HILLS

SOLD 6
New 5
Active 8
Median Days on Market 11

MEDIAN PRICE
SOLD $1,285,000
Active $1,595,00
Sale to List Price 115% (+)

Patty: The $1.2m - $1.6m price point is the most active in this neighborhood with the number of homes sold doubling over last month while inventory remains unchanged with available homes selling quickly with the sale to list price at 4% more than the prior month. 

ALAMEDA (Island)

SOLD 24
New 21
Active 31
Median Days on Market 16

MEDIAN PRICE
SOLD $815,000
New $849,000
Active $850,000
Sale to List Price 109%

Patty: A few more homes to market this month than last with the Median pricing rising slowly but steadily. Sale to list Price up 1%. With home available under $1m, buyers are well-prepared to offer competitively, with an eye on homes with added value potential.  

PIEDMONT

SOLD 4
New 6
Active 9
Median Days on Market 3

MEDIAN PRICE
SOLD $3,125,000
New    $2,075,000
Active $1,995,000

Patty: The inventory has tripled as Spring arrives with 9 active listings. Recent sales drove up the median sale price with 2 recently sales coming in over over $3.5m. New listings range from just under $1m for 1338 SF for 3 Beds to the high $3m’s for a 5,463SF home of 7 beds.

Learn More about East Bay Home Pricing >

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

 

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