Sunset Magazine is Moving to Oakland!

Oakland just keeps getting cooler and cooler.  It's not just people that are moving here, businesses are also seeing the light and coming to Oakland.  

A few months ago, news broke that Millennium, the legendary San Francisco vegan restaurant, was leaving its San Francisco location and moving to Rockridge. Now Sunset Magazine is the latest Bay Area business to announce a relocation to Oakland. 

Here's a blurb from the magazine's blog

Though we will all miss the gorgeous campus and gardens we have called home for so long, the move is consistent with Sunset’s longtime mission to reflect our readers’ lives and aspirations. In 1951 when Sunset moved from San Francisco to the south Bay, people all over the United States were leaving cities for the wide-open suburbs. Now the trend has reversed and Westerners—young people starting careers and empty-nesters alike—are opting to live where we can walk, bike or take public transit to work and experience new restaurants, shopping and culture out our front doors. We’ve documented this migration all over the West, from Denver to Portland, Seattle to San Francisco, Phoenix to LA. And now we’re part of it. 

The magazine is moving to Jack London Square and will be in the same building as a new artisan food market that is slated to open in 2016.  

Scary Market Data - Knowing is Half the Battle

I really wish I could keep this blog gorgeous, light and airy for the simple fact that you, I and most of the rest of the world probably would rather see that than scary, sad and depressing.  Unfortunately, harsh news is sometimes unavoidable if we’re being totally real about the crazy East Bay real estate market. And since I’m an East Bay Realtor, I kind of have to go there sometimes.

So today, I’d like to be of service to anyone who is having trouble sorting out the insanity that is the East Bay real estate market.  This San Francisco Chronicle article gives some insight into the madness that is the huge disconnect between asking and sold prices and how appraisals don’t always match what buyers are willing to offer.   

The good news is that buyers who understand or who have a Realtor who can help get them up to speed can develop a much better plan of attack than those without this critical info.

Okay, that wasn’t that bad, was it?  Now here’s a photo of a little buddha from my trip this weekend in Ojai to help restore calm and beauty. 

Duplexes are hot hot hot!

As prices continue to rise, homebuyers are looking for ways to mitigate ever higher mortgage payments.

Enter the duplex. 

Rather than move to a distant 'burb, buyers can offset some of the expense of homeownership in the Bay if they buy a duplex and rent out one unit.  Of course, there is the added work of being a landlord and all the attendant laws that go with that. But then again, the extra income can be very helpful. Plus, a group of friends or multiple generations in a family can be close to each other but not too close (read: under the same roof). 

And if you happen to be looking for a duplex in the East Bay, we just so happen to have a duplex listing right now, check it out at www.3437henrietta.com