The Houses

405 F Street, Union City ~ Active

This home sits on a beautiful Corner Lot in Union City s Decoto neighbourhood. Built for outdoor entertainment on all four sides Come and see the huge outdoor living area/carport and brick ovens built by the original owner. Lovely wrought iron and red brick fencing. Tile and stone, a fountain, and mature Avocado, Lemon and Lime trees surround this well-loved home. Two driveways for extra parking. Inside special touches that show pride of ownership, like tile floors, arched doorways and picture-framed two-inch drop ceilings with custom texture. There is so much opportunity to modernize this home and make it your own. The interior is all freshly painted with new carpet in all of the bedrooms.
Union City is a booming, connected community. Located close to Mission Boulevard between Whipple and Decoto roads, with easy access to 680,880, or 580, you are well positioned for any Bay Area Commute. 405 F Street is exactly one mile from the Union City BART, a 4 min drive!
This is one of the most affordable single-family homes in Union City, Don’t Miss Out!!


5262 Irene Way, Livermore ~ Active

Recently Updated Multi-Level Home in Family-Oriented Community Ideal for Commuters

Did you think that it was impossible to discover a Bay Area property that is more affordable than San Francisco while also being close to the city?

It is now!

This property is located in Livermore, which offers residents a suburban lifestyle while also being known for its wineries. Its initial history stems from growth related to the missions, the planting of the original vineyards and orchards, railroads built in the area, as well as the California Gold Rush that started in 1848.

Like the nearby towns, Livermore has grown immensely since its origins primarily due to its proximity to Silicon Valley. It is part of the Tri-Valley area and is known for its temperate climate. With mild winters and an average of 257 days of sunshine every year, Livermore makes for a great place to live.

If you have been looking for a centrally-located Bay Area family home with potential for room to grow that is a great value, but don’t want to be in the middle of the cities, then 5262 Irene Way is the home you have been waiting for. Livermore is a peaceful family-oriented community full of arts, food, shopping, and fun community traditions. You’ll also appreciate living without an HOA and the home’s proximity to schools.

Enjoy the Countryside While Living Close to the City

With such easy access to I-580, you can get to Oakland or San Francisco as well as the many places in between without any hassle.

Don’t like to drive? Commuters can utilize BART to some of the major cities throughout the region and the rest of the state. Livermore also provides you with easy access to the Central Valley of California.

A vibrant downtown area offers residents numerous events throughout the year along with plenty of shopping and dining options. The year-round farmer’s market in the downtown area makes for a great place to meet other members of the community.

In addition to having a downtown that continues to be revitalized, Livermore is immersed in rich culture. The town is considered California’s oldest wine region with over 50 wineries nearby, and many of them boasting awards. Participate in an array of events, concerts, and tasting experiences year-round. Or, if wine isn’t your drink of choice, many craft beer makers have popped up in the area.

Enjoy the outdoors at the town’s hiking trails and beautiful parks that all have their own unique events and programs.

Newly Updated Private Backyard

On those days where you want to be outdoors without leaving home, you can simply step out back to the private, fenced-in backyard with new sod.

Have friends over for a cookout or just relax and keep an eye on the kids and pets as they play outside on the new cement patio, cement walkway, and driveway in back. You’ll also love that you have some fresh produce readily accessible as lemon, lime, persimmon, and mandarin trees, plus a blueberry bush and grapes fall over the fence from the neighbor’s yard.

Relax in Your Cozy Living Room

Step inside and embrace the comfort of a cozy living room. Gather around on cold nights and enjoy gazing into a lit fireplace along with the warmth you feel from the smell of wood burning.

You’ll discover plenty of room for guests to spread out or make it the perfect place for family game night, or just curl up with a good book. Hardwood flooring adds a touch of warmth while built-in shelving provides space to store books, DVDs or to accent your décor choices.

Recently Updated Kitchen & Dining Area

In addition to the living room, the main level of the home includes the kitchen and spacious dining area. The L-shaped kitchen was updated in the last 5 years, and its open layout makes it a likely gathering space for guests and family alike.

Take the party into the large dining area where you can add plenty of table space to accommodate the largest of dinner parties. Or, move everyone outdoors with a few quick steps to the sliding glass door leading out to the rear patio.

Master Bedroom Offers Privacy & Comfort

One unique part of this home is its tri-level floor plan. But you could almost call it four-level given how the master bedroom is on a floor by itself.

Just off the stair’s midway landing, the carpeted master suite offers privacy from other living space throughout the home. Windows provide plenty of natural light to pour into the room, and the adjacent master bathroom adds convenience.

Take the stairs the rest of the way to the upper level with hardwood floors throughout where you’ll find the remaining three bedrooms along with an additional bathroom. You could also transform some of the space into a playroom, home office, or study for added versatility.

Make Room with Additional Living Space in the Basement

Worried you might run out of room?

Walk down the steps into the lower level of the home where you’ll discover a basement that’s ideal for expanding on living space. The area is half-finished and can be renovated for living space as well as recreational purposes. Or, leave it be and use the room for additional storage options.

Ideal Location in a Family-Friendly Community

Surround yourself with the beautiful Bay Area countryside without sacrificing comfort or an easy commute. Enjoy the close proximity to schools, shopping, and wineries in a multi-level home with abundant living space options.

Priced at $819,000, you can move into a home that’s more affordable than other communities throughout this highly-sought after area and embrace the suburban lifestyle.

 


20374 Concord Ave, Hayward Land Lot ~ Active

Bring your builders, developers, contractors, and ideas! This large rear flag lot in unincorporated Cherryland District is zoned multi-family, driveway width may limit what can be built to 1 or 2 units. There is a long driveway behind a wrought iron fence. The property has a paved walkway leading through the entire lot. There is a one-room detached building, currently used as an office, with a bathroom. The one room is NOT considered a house and financing should be for vacant land. The condition is fair, in need of repair/updating. There is also a Garage at the rear of the lot. Tons of mature landscaping and fruit trees bordering a maintained grass lawn. These two lots have been owned by one owner. The two houses in front, belong to the seller and are part of the other adjacent lot that is not for sale.


22890 Upland Way, Hayward, Ca ~ Sold

Discover Mid-Century Charm in This Commuter-Friendly Home Ideal for Nature Lovers

 

Have you ever thought you couldn’t have a private oasis without sacrificing your commute at the same time?

This home offers an ideal atmosphere for nature lovers who dream of having their own organic garden on a massive lot and need an easy commute to the Bay area. Not only are you just a 33-minute drive away from San Francisco, but you can take in a gorgeous view of the Bay on a clear day from the kitchen or living room.

If you are looking for a unique home built for outdoor entertaining and have been disappointed by cookie-cutter houses with no originality or charm, then 22890 Upland Way is the perfect house for you!

Immerse Yourself in Abundant Activities Throughout Historic Hayward

Given it’s “upper B Street” location in Hayward Hills, this neighborhood isn’t affected by the hustle and bustle of downtown Hayward, yet it’s ideally close to public transportation and shopping. Plenty of grocery options, including a Trader Joe’s, are nearby. Or, you can take a quick walk and pick up dinner at Val’s Burgers, a neighborhood favorite since 1958.

Downtown Hayward has recently been revitalized and is filled with options for nightlife, entertainment, and a variety of cuisines. It is mostly known for its outdoor music festivals, and you can often enjoy live jazz, mariachi bands, and street parties throughout the year.

The Ohlone and Yrgin Indians, Spanish rancheros, and apricot farmers all played an integral role in Hayward’s origination and history. Because of the area’s temperate climate and fertile soil, it was labeled the “Heart of the Garden of Eden” back in the early 20th century.

With over 150,000 residents in present day, the city is now the sixth-largest city in the Bay Area and is considered to be a thriving regional center of commerce, manufacturing activity, and trade. It’s ideal proximity to Silicon Valley makes it a perfect place to live for those working in the area.

Residents of Hayward can enjoy 360° views of the entire bay area, take in a round of golf at three quality courses, or visit California’s oldest Japanese garden. If you love the outdoors and wildlife, you can visit the Don Castro Regional Recreation Area where you can partake in swimming, picnicking, and fishing. And just a few minutes away, check out the Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education programs at Sulphur Creek Nature Center where you’ll learn about how they care for injured wild animals.

Hayward is an amazing blend of sea and city as you can stroll along the shoreline, view native wildlife, and enjoy the San Francisco skyline.

A Nature Lover’s Delight

If you prefer eating organic fruit, then you’ll love the immense options your new backyard has to offer. When you think of fruit trees, you may stop at an apple or an orange tree and count your blessings. However, with this home, you’ll have just about as many choices as you would find at the grocery store!

In addition to apples and oranges, you can choose from cherries, pears, lime, peaches, figs, olives, apricots, plums, grapes, Chilean guava, almond, and much more. And the best part is you can bask in your garden from the covered patio where you can sit and enjoy your very own freshly picked produce if the season’s right. At other times, you can have a romantic dinner for two or have friends and family over and feel as if you’ve all escaped to a Tuscan garden.

On warmer days, you can splash around in the above-ground pool. Or, if you want to really use your green thumb, take advantage of the enclosed tiers for growing vegetables, grapes and berries. You even have room to grow other plants and flowers to create your own private oasis.

Mid-Century Plank Flooring & Expansive Views

Instead of the typical contemporary style found in most homes in this area, you can take a step back in time in the living room complete with mid-century uneven plank flooring. Sit and enjoy a warm fire or take in the expansive view of the Bay on a clear day.

You’ll also discover hardwood floors throughout, and you can take a break with your favorite book in the cozy reading nook as long as you don’t get distracted by the views you’ll find there too.

A Kitchen with a View

The kitchen offers additional viewing opportunities from the kitchen window as well as in the breakfast nook area. You’ll enjoy the abundant space to work on your favorite culinary masterpieces on beautiful granite countertops.

You’ll also find stainless steel appliances, and if you prefer, you can make upgrades to match any décor or style. The kitchen area offers a peek into the laundry room, so you can easily multi-task a quick load while cooking.

Massive Master Suite Opens to Gardens

Towards the back of the home, you’ll discover a huge master suite featuring double-doors that leads you directly outside to the garden.

The room has bamboo floors, and added charm comes from the exposed wood-vaulted ceiling. You can also enjoy a view of the garden from the large bay window.

And on days when you need to soak away your troubles, head into the master bath with stone floors and settle into the jetted tub for ultimate relaxation.

The home also contains two additional bedrooms that can easily double as recreational or home office space. Another feature that isn’t typical of this area is that the home includes a total of 2.5 bathrooms.

Enjoy Your Personal Organic Garden Centered in the Bay Area

No matter when you need to be in the Bay Area, this home is ideally located for the perfect commute along with plenty of nearby shopping, recreation, and entertainment options.

Priced at $753,888, you’ll enjoy mid-century charm along with abundant opportunities to grow organic produce. Upgrade the home to add your own personal style and take in gorgeous views and outdoor living all from your private oasis.


475 Violet St, San Leandro, Ca ~ Sold

Add a Little East Bay Comfort & Ease to
Your San Francisco Routine
With this Spacious, Cozy & Updated
3-Bedroom San Leandro Home

Forget “sittin’ by the dock of the Bay.”

Sure, it worked for Otis Redding in 1967. But if you know the whole story, you know the singer penned those famous words during a short, 4-day vacation on a Sausalito houseboat. Hardly the same thing as commuting to work everyday from a houseboat-size apartment in the city (about what even Otis Redding could afford in SF these days).

Either way, you gotta love San Francisco.

From Boudin’s sourdough bread to Crissy Field and Japantown bento boxes, it is one of the most incredible cities the U.S. has built. Yet, it’s not quite the place I would go to build a home and a life outside of your 9-5.

SF area residents know the city is where you go to work and play. But a true life is built in the East Bay.

More specifically, in cities like San Leandro, which is less than a 40 minute ride on BART and just a 45-minute drive from Silicon Valley or San Jose. A “Pleasantville” type community where neighbors know each other by name and where you can enjoy a relaxing game of golf on Sundays or a Saturday walk to the farmer’s market.

Meanwhile, everyone is just a hop, skip and a jump away from one of the largest, commercial cities in the world.

San Leandro might have first become famous in the 1800’s for it’s delicious cherry harvest (and annual Cherry Festival, which is still held today). However, these days it’s bearing “fruit” of a different kind, attracting Silicon Valley execs and long-time SF residents who are eager to escape the hustle, bustle and expense of the city.

San Leandro may truly be the last affordable community in the Bay!

Thankfully, nestled in the middle of one of these idyllic San Leandro communities is a 3-Bed, 2-Bath home packed with modern upgrades, situated in a family-driven neighborhood, yet just a minutes’ walk from the local BART.

If you have been looking for a centrally located family home with plenty of value and growth potential but have been disappointed by high Bay Area prices, then look no further. This is the home for you!

From the minute you step up the front walk, you’ll notice the pristine landscaping and attention to detail that comes from having pride in one’s neighborhood. The well-maintained landscaping and brick-lined front porch create an instant feel of warmth.

In fact, it was this cozy warmth and “Pleasantville” neighborhood atmosphere that attracted the current owners to this home in the first place.

After spending 12 years living abroad with the Air Force, from the Middle East to Japan, they were eager to plant their feet somewhere they could really call “home” – a place where they could build a strong, peaceful foundation for their family of four. That’s exactly what they found here – at 475 Violet Street.

But don’t take our word for it. Experience it for yourself when you take a peek inside!

The front door opens up to the living area, which offers a wealth of natural light, brand new laminate flooring and bright, freshly painted walls. It’s more than move-in ready. It’s move-in and lounge-around-on-a-Saturday-afternoon ready. Whether you’re planning your next movie marathon or cocktail party, you won’t have to lift a finger to get this home ready to impress. Just kick off your shoes, enjoy a glass of wine and let the worries of the week melt away from your corner chair.

Then, when it’s time to enjoy a bite to eat, you have to see the eat-in kitchen!

The true focal point of the home, this kitchen is both cozy and modern. Upgraded with brand new quartz countertops, tile floors and a new undermount sink, you’ll have your “Saturday chef” game down in no time. Whether you’re making homemade sushi rolls for friends or whipping up a pancake brunch for the fam, you can do it in style. And you don’t have to do it alone either!

The attached dining area (which opens up to a lovely view of the backyard) creates an instant space to connect. Just imagine sharing stories about your day over crackers and brie or sipping mimosas with your neighbor while watching the sun set in your own backyard. Have little kiddos around? This will be their center point, too!

Imagine your little ones pitching in to help mom cook or finishing their homework at the dining table while you bring them carrot sticks and juice, sharing a “knock, knock” joke or two just to see them smile.

After dinner and the homework’s done, they’ll be eager to burn off some steam outside. And, in this house, they’ll have plenty of room to do it! Situated on a sizeable lot, this home comes with one of the largest backyards you’ll find anywhere in the Bay! Toss around the ball with your kiddos on the weekend, or host an annual 4th of July BBQ for the family. Everyone will want to spend hours here, soaking up the cool Bay weather in style and spacious comfort.

Speaking of comfort, did we mention that an expert garage conversion gave way to a generously-sized master suite? Complete with vaulted ceilings, a skylight and a private entrance all your own!

It’s perfect for a romantic “date night in” for you and your partner. Just get the tiki torches and champagne glasses ready!

Or, instead of in-home R&R, you can take the party down the road, enjoying a meal at one of the Bay Area’s classic eateries – Harry’s Hofbrau or Mel’s Diner. Then, take an even strong along nearby Halycon or Floresta Park. When you’ve taken in all San Leandro has to offer, just jump on BART and head into the city for an A’s baseball game or a Saturday morning walk down Pier 39.

Nowhere else in the Bay area will you find such charming homes in a safe, friendly community with top-rated schools, a 450-berth Marina, easy access to BART and all the city has to offer. It’s a true neighborhood of homeowners. No renters or “dock sitters” here!

It also happens to be a commuter’s paradise. Just 36 minutes to Google headquarters. 41 minutes to Apple. 27 minutes to Facebook.

Are you ready to enjoy the peace and quiet of a family neighborhood while still soaking up all the excitement of life in the Bay?

If so, then look no further than 475 Violet Street.


16006 E14th St #208, San Leandro ~ Sold

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