The Houses

16006 E14th St #208, San Leandro ~ Active

Simply the cutest and most affordable condo in town!! San Leandro is Close to Everything. Just across the bridges from the Peninsula and Silicon Valley, a 45-minute drive to San Francisco & ONLY A 12 MINUTE Walk to BART. Close to shopping and freeways. A WALK SCORE OF 70. Simply a commuter’s dream! Much more affordable than renting a similar unit. This Condo is a great value!
Located in a Gated Community this Immaculate and Updated Condo Features Stainless Steel Kitchen Appliances, Granite Counter Top, Air Conditioning, Private Patio and a large community patio, exercise room, and Spa. Two Tandem Parking Spaces and a Storage Space. The sale includes all appliances. Low HOA fees in a well-maintained building. Come and Check Out one of the MOST AFFORDABLE IN THE BAY AREA.

 

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26937 Hayward Blvd, # 106 ~Sold

Nestled among Cal State East Bay, Green Belt Park, Garin Park, and million dollar custom homes you can find this convenient and affordable condo in the Hayward Hills. Enjoy ground floor access with no steps to entry from parking and a large patio that opens directly onto the pool. Hayward is known for it’s easy commute, and is central to the East Bay. Plenty of transportation and shopping options. Southland Mall is very close. This Gardenwood Terrace Condo has updated bathrooms, a fireplace, and fresh paint. The building has parking and secure entry. Clean and move in ready for you to call your own.

 

 

16006 E 14th St, #205 ~ Sold

Sweet and Affordable ~ San Leandro is Close to Everything. Just across the bridges from the Peninsula and Silicon Valley, a 45 minute drive to San Francisco & ONLY A 12 MINUTE Walk to BART. Close to shopping and freeways. A WALK SCORE OF 70. Simply a commuter’s dream! Much more affordable than renting a similar unit. This Condo is a great value!
Located in a Gated Community this Immaculate and Updated Condo Features Stainless Steel Kitchen Appliances, Granite Counter Top, Air Conditioning, Private Patio and a large community patio and Spa. Two Parking Spaces and a Storage Space. The sale includes all appliances including a washer and dryer. Low HOA fees in a well maintained building. Come and Check Out one of the MOST AFFORDABLE IN THE BAY AREA.

 

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5704 Gaskill Street~ Sold

 

I asked one of the family members, Barbara, living in this home, what is your earliest memory here?  She said,

“Well somewhere I have a picture.  I’m standing in front of the house with my Aunt and Uncle.  I think it was the day they sold the house to my mother.  The picture was taken in 1952, I was just 3 years old.”  

I had known the house had been in their family at least 65 years, but it’s been even longer.  Barbara can’t remember how long her Aunt and Uncle owned it before that day the picture was taken.

This home was built in 1908.  Back then and still today this section of North Oakland was know as the Gaskill Tract. I found one resident has written his findings of this neighborhood’s history in the following article on Slate.  Originally published as an essay on BoomCalifornia.com by Brock Winstead  

 

A gentrifier digs deep into his new home’s past in pursuit of its true historic owners.

 

The House. 5704 (5702) Gaskill Street.

This home is a fixer, no other way to describe it.  It is in need of a remodel from top to bottom.  The exterior still has many of the ornate architectural detail visible.  There is a place on the side of the house where the shingles have broken away that reveal the original wood siding is still there underneath.  It will be a labor of love for anyone that takes on this restoration.  I did find the style of this home to be a Classical Box.  Pulling from the pictures found in Oakland’s Rehab Right, How to Rehabilitate Your Oakland House without Sacrificing Architectural Assets, City of Oakland Planning Department, June, 1978.  classical box rehab right

On our listing, 5704 Gaskill the right hand side of the double door is tiled over.  It had been in use previously as the entrance to the upper half of a duplex.  One the second floor, what is now the master bedroom, was once the Living and dining room of the second floor unit.  What was the kitchen is currently being used as a bedroom, the plumbing and kitchen cabinets are still there 🙂  Please Visit 5704 Gaskil Site for more info.

 

 

 

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1611 Harmon Street

1611 Harmon St ~Sold

Berkeley’s Lorin District. A flourishing urban neighborhood full of historic homes and culture, Berkeley style.  

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Alcatraz Station in 1910

The Lorin district is the historical name for the neighborhood of South Berkeley sitting between Ashby and Alcatraz Avenues. This area’s other name of NOBE, an acronym, nickname standing for, North Oakland – Berkeley – Emeryville, some would say was created by the real estate industry to help create marketing buzz.  An interesting area full of handsome old homes, convenient to Bart, freeways, great food, and eclectic small businesses that appeal to urbanites and lovers of East Bay culture.  Read all the way down for more about this awesome area.  

South Berkeley has a rich culture and a rich history.  When you are choosing a place to live, you realize that our homes are not just places to eat and sleep but places you raise your family. Each home is a part of creating a local community.  When you move to a new area there is a certain feel, and certain ambiance created by the people who live there.  This part of Berkeley looked a bit different when this home was first built in 1909.  

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The McFaddens

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In the Back Yard

The family home at 1611 Harmon Street was originally purchased by the McFadden’s in 1957.  Together they raised 5 children and now Bernice McFadden at the age of 97, has 12 grandchildren, a bunch of great-grandchildren, and even some great-great-granchildren.  Over the years they have had many large holiday celebrations in this home, a typical family gathering is at least 50 people.  Imagine the decades of family gatherings that have turned this house into a family home.

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McFadden kids playing at the old fish pond.

The McFaddens came from Texas during the war for work at the shipyards.  When they looked to purchase the house on Harmon St, the white Real Estate Agent told them they needed to purchase in South Berkeley because that was the ‘colored’ neighborhood.  

It is interesting when you look into the History of South Berkeley. One of it’s most prominent citizens is William Byron Rumford.  Rumford was an Assemblyman, a UC Berkeley alumni, and owned Rumford Pharmacy.   Because of his work The Rumford Fair Housing Act was passed in 1963 by the California legislature to help end racial discrimination by property owners and landlords who refused to rent or sell their property to “colored” people. It was drafted by William Byron Rumford, the first African American from Northern California to serve in the legislature. The Act provided that landlords could not deny people housing because of ethnicity, religion, sex, marital status, physical handicap, or familial status.  

For the full story of this home in pictures and all of the property details please click here.

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The Entry and Dining Room

Let’s talk about the home…  

As you walk in you will notice beautiful, original hardwood floors in the living room and dining room with a lovely dark wood inlay.  This home’s entrance is classical in style.  The sunny living room and entryway open into a formal dining room.  

Walking through the dining room you will come to a spacious kitchen with room for a kitchen table.  The kitchen was recently updated with new wood cabinetry, flooring and granite counter tops.  There is a good sized laundry behind the kitchen with access to the back yard.

 

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The Living Room

 

Are you looking for room to spread out?

This home has been expanded and could easily accommodate even more. Original records showed two bedrooms and one bathroom on the main level.  Imagine you need some extra income?  The main level was then expanded in back to add a large family room, bedroom and second bathroom, with it’s own separate entrance to the back yard.  There is potential to convert this space for use as a separate unit or to run a business from home.   

 

 

Need even more space?

A staircase from the kitchen leads to the attic, which was finished to include two more bedrooms and bathroom.  There is also a full unfinished basement.  With a large lot this home has two driveways, one on each side of the house, heading back to a good sized, level back yard.     Once upon a time there was a fish pond in the back yard. Now there is room, a big blank slate, to create a mini urban farm, a play structure for kids, or an outdoor living space for entertaining.

 

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The Spacious Back Yard

For the full story of this home in pictures and all of the property details please click here.

Long before I was in Media and Real Estate, I was a Berkeley native myself.  I was born and raised in Berkeley and it was a great place to grow up.  Just a few of the local gems within walking distance:

Food: Vault Cafe

Style: Revival Barber + Beauty

Nightlife: Nick’s Lounge

Grocery: Farmers Market

Community:  Mothership Hackermoms

Everything Else: Ashby Flea Market

 You can read a more about the Lorin District as it appeals to families at 510families.com in the blog article A Parent’s Guide to South Berkeley: The Lorin District