September 21, 2019

Weekend Guide and Open House List | September 21 - 22

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If you're looking for fun things to do, let our Weekend Guide help you find the best things happening this weekend in the East Bay Area!

Save The Bay Coastal Clean Up Day
Saturday, September 21st at 9:30AM
MLK Jr Shoreline, Oakland

PCNC will continue the annual tradition of providing some spirited volunteers to join the Save the Bay cleanup event at the MLK Jr Shoreline in Oakland. The event will take place from 9:30am-12:30pm (note the half-hour shift later, relative to previous years). If it’s anything like the coastal cleanups before, it will feature background/instructions (provided by StB) and bananas/bagels (ditto) for the first 30 minutes, about 1.5-2 hours of cleanup, and a post-cleanup wrap-up where prizes are handed out for the most outlandish litter recovered. Then the Princeton crew will split off and enjoy sandwiches from Joaquin Deli (compliments of PCNC) at our traditional picnic spot overlooking the Bay.

2nd Annual Community Fun Run
Sunday, September 22nd at 9AM
638 Bellevue Ave – Lake Merritt 

Looking for a great way to spend the weekend with the family? This Community Fun Run aims to promote camaraderie and improve physical fitness for you and your whole family. Enjoy running (or walking) with neighbors and friends!

Re-Posture in The Park (A Community Stretch and Connect Class)
Sunday, September 22nd at 10AM
Lincoln Park, 1450 High Street, Alameda, CA

Sunday's Class will feature Ann Moore, CMT, CRT, and owner of Back to Life Wellness Center, leading participants in TPS (Therapeutic Posture Stretch). Ann will lead us through stretches, techniques, and exercises to help improve strength, flexibility, and vitality. TPS helps reeducate your body and mind, unlock your neck, shoulders, and back, and learn again how wonderful it feels to be pain free. Whether you're a novice or seasoned athlete, this class will be a fun, healthy way to connect!

Alameda Coastal Clean Up
Saturday, September 21st at 9AM
Crown Beach, Alameda

CASA will be tabling at the Coastal Cleanup at Crown Beach on Saturday, September 21st. Please join us to learn about what you can do to help heal the ocean and reduce the impacts of Climate Change. Look for us at the corner of Shoreline and Park. 

Beach Yoga Alameda
Saturday, September 21st at 9AM
Crown Memorial State Beach, Alameda, CA

Enjoy a day at the beach with Tianna Meriage-Reiter, Physical Therapist & Yoga Therapist of Mind-Body Movement Center as she promotes good well-being with yoga at the beach.


FEATURED OPEN HOUSE


Sunday, September 22nd at 2PM - 4PM

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Sunday, September 8th at 2PM - 4PM

For price, features and more photos, click HERE.

If you would like to set up a private viewing, please call me at (510) 506-2072

Here are the Open Houses happening this weekend in Alameda County






Didn't find what you're looking for? Visit my website for more listings. Click HERE.


Thinking of buying or selling this year? When visiting isn't enough and you decide to make our beautiful area home, let me help you! From Single Family Homes, Condominiums, Luxury Houses and more, I am positive I can find the right home for you. Call or just text me at 510-506-2072 and let's get started!

September 15, 2019

AUGUST 2019 Market Report

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🏡 Buying or Selling Your Home? It's always a good idea to know what's going on in the market. 📊📈📉

Here's how the Real Estate Market performed last AUGUST 2019 for Pleasanton, Danville, Alameda, Oakland and San Ramon.






Thinking of buying or selling this year? 
When visiting isn't enough and you decide to make our beautiful area home, let me help you! From Single Family Homes, Condominiums, Luxury Houses and more, we are positive we can find the right home for you. Call or just text me at 510-506-2072 and let's get started!



September 14, 2019

Weekend Guide and Open House List | September 14 - 15

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If you're looking for fun things to do, let our Weekend Guide help you find the best things happening this weekend in the East Bay Area!

Saturday, September 14th at 10AM
Children's Fairyland 699 Bellevue Ave., Oakland, California, 94610

Please join the Oakland Promise Brilliant Baby program for a day of family fun at Children’s Fairyland!

Sunday, September 15th
Alameda, CA

The Alameda Running Festival incorporates a Half Marathon, 10k, 5k, and Family Fun Run. The event will start and finish in the Alameda Point and highlight several beautiful areas around the island.  The event will benefit Alameda Meals on Wheels and the Alameda Education Foundation. The Alameda Running Festival will create a 2-day Expo festival around health and wellness, as well as community involvement including local schools, businesses, charities and fundraising. This year all the running events take place on Sunday.

Sunday, September 15th at 5PM

Hap Magee Ranch Park, 1025 La Gonda Way, Danville, CA

Come walk a labyrinth in quiet meditation. Walking a labyrinth allows us to apply metaphors into our lives and walking on or near the date of the full moon is a natural time for contemplation. A labyrinth has only one path and unlike a maze, there are no tricks or dead ends to get you lost. There are no right or wrong ways to walk a maze.

Saturday, September 14th at 1PM
Pet Food Express Danville, 609 San Ramon Valley Blvd

Bring home a new furry friend at this Puppy Adoption event!

Saturday, September 14th at 10AM
Danville Park & Ride, Sycamore Valley Road and Camino Ramon, Danville, CA

We will harvest fresh backyard fruit for donation to local soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters and the food bank. Typical harvests take about 3 hours and travel no more than 25 miles from the starting location. We will have all the necessary equipment, including buckets, picking-poles, ladders, clippers, and crates with us.

Saturday, September 14th at 8AM
Encinal Boat Ramp, 190 Central Ave., Alameda, CA

We will cover equipment, paddle techniques, trip planning, on land transporting and maintenance and safety. We will develop your boat control as we paddle around the area and practice our new skills. All gear provided, recommended for ages 12+.

Sunday, September 15th
San Francisco, CA

Presidio Middle School PTSA is hosting a 5K Run and Fun Run Fundraiser on Sunday, September 15 2019.  Participants are encouraged to invite your friends and family to make a pledge per lap completed or give a flat donation to our PTSA. All funds raised return to our school to support our Music Program and keep our Full Time Music Teacher position.

FEATURED OPEN HOUSE


Sunday, September 15th at 2PM - 4PM

For price, features and more photos, click HERE.

If you would like to set up a private viewing, please call me at (510) 506-2072

Here are the Open Houses happening this weekend in Alameda County




Didn't find what you're looking for? Visit my website for more listings. Click HERE.

September 7, 2019

Weekend Guide and Open House List | September 7 - 8, 2019

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If you're looking for fun things to do, let our Weekend Guide help you find the best things happening this weekend in the East Bay Area!

4th Annual West Oakland Artisans Festival
Saturday, September 7th at 12PM
O2 Artisans Aggregate, 2311 Magnolia Street, Oakland, CA 94607

West Oakland Artisans Festival brings together local makers, craftspeople, artisans & merchants from our Eco-Industrial Park, The Neighborhood, The Town, & The Bay Area. Spend time exploring the Aggregate Artisans' studios, shopping from visiting vendors, eating the most delicious street food, & dancing to some groovy tunes. Fun for the whole family.

Sunday, September 8th at 11AM
2111 Franklin Street, Oakland, CA 

Oakland Pride Parade + Festival is the East Bay's premier LGBTQI Community Celebration and Festival that includes more than six city blocks of music + art + food + fun! Boasting four separate entertainment stages, Oakland Pride welcomes talent from the Bay Area and beyond!

Saturday, September 07, 2019 | 10:00 AM 
Jane Felker Children's Programming Room, Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak Street
We welcome babies and toddlers, with their parents or care givers to this story time.  It lasts about 20 minutes and includes age-appropriate stories, songs, and fingerplays.  We encourage parents and caregivers to participate in the activities.

Free Meditation Classes in Pleasanton CA 

Saturday, September 7th at 10AM
Nirmitee Arts, 4460 Black Avenue, Suite C, Pleasanton, CA

Introduction to Sahaja Yoga meditation for peace of mind, emotional well-being, stress reduction, and better concentration. Just 5 minutes of daily meditation can bring tremendous positive changes in life including stress reliefpeace of mind, an overall sense of well-being and better health in general.

Saturday, September 7th at 7:30amSan Ramon, CA


On September 7th, 2019 Donor Network West will host the 9th Annual Donate Life Run/Walk 5K and 10K. You will have the opportunity to run or walk the 5K or 10K through Bishop Ranch in San Ramon, California. The Donate Life Run/Walk helps to raise awareness of the need for organ and tissue donors in California and Nevada. All proceeds from the event will benefit our efforts to inspire California and Nevada residents to register on the Donate Life California and Donate Life Nevada Organ and Tissue Donor Registry and to honor the donors and their families who have already given the Gift of Life.

Yoga in the Park

Sunday, September 8th at 9AM
Bellingham Square, San Ramon, CA

Please join us for a free session of Yoga and Mediation in the Park, brought to you by certified volunteers of Art of Living.

FEATURED OPEN HOUSE


Sunday, September 8th at 2PM - 4PM

For price, features and more photos, click HERE.

If you would like to set up a private viewing, please call me at (510) 506-2072

Here are the Open Houses happening this weekend in Alameda County




Didn't find what you're looking for? Visit my website for more listings. Click HERE.

August 30, 2019

Why not Alameda?

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Why not Alameda?

It’s Labor Day weekend! If you are planning to spend a nice and quiet getaway for the family,
why not try Alameda, California? Alameda is a hidden gem by the Bay area, filled with beautiful
beaches, hiking trails and curio shops lining the streets. From adventurous hikes to a quiet and
peaceful day at any of the museums, Alameda has something to offer for each member of the
family.

For the Family

Crown Memorial State Beach


This place was once known as the Coney Island of the West for a
now long-gone amusement park right beside its shores. But no matter, Crown Beach is a 2.5-
mile stretch of sandy beach where the family can hang out and just enjoy the sunny day and its
warm waters. The shoreline has a bike trail and the waterfront is a haven for windsurfers and
kiteboarders.

USS Hornet Museum


For those who enjoy the thrill of the action but have never had the
chance to serve, this is a good place to start. The USS Hornet Museum is housed inside an old
aircraft carrier that once served during WWII. The museum is open to everybody and even
offers overnight trips where guests can book ahead of time to experience the life of a ship’s
crew, down to sleeping in a ship’s bunk, to eating in the crew’s mess hall. Place your
reservations and stay up to date with different events of the museum by visiting their website.

Pacific Pinball Museum


If gaming nostalgia is your thing, this is the place for you. This
museum has over 100 fully restored pinball machines to choose from, with some set to free
play. This interactive museum offers the family that precious bonding moment as they explore
different eras with their corresponding pinball machines.

Where to Eat

Scolari’s


Famous for its stacked cheeseburgers, this Alameda institution has been serving
hungry families for decades. The fried chicken with Nashville hot sauce, pork belly with collard
greens and biscuits are the all-time best sellers.

Burma Superstar

This is a Bay area favorite. Aficionados swear by the tea leaf and rainbow
salads. Book your reservations early as this place gets easily packed.

Ole’s Waffle Shop

Order a homestyle breakfast with its signature waffles and enjoy the
company of regular patrons while being served by the friendly wait staff. This Alameda favorite
has been around since 1927. Retro feels all the way.

Cookiebar Creamery


Situated off the West End, this ice cream place offers the most
scrumptious ice cream cookies and sandwiches which are a sure-fire hit for the kids. While
there, check out their bestsellers, purple ube, Vietnamese coffee and 1606 (peppermint,
cookies and cream chunks and oreo)

Nightcap

Hangar 1 Vodka

This Alameda native pays homage to the city's history as a naval hub. Try the
limited edition Fog Point vodka or better yet, experience the thrill of distilling by enjoying a
guided tour of the 60,000-square-foot facility.

Faction Brewing 

“Come for the beer stay for the view” This place’s patio offers a majestic
vista of the San Francisco skyline. Try any of their 20 plus original brews.

There you have it folks, a taste of what Alameda has to offer. So if you’re looking for a place
where the family can bond this Labor Day weekend, why not Alameda?

August 24, 2019

Weekend Guide and Open House List | August 24 - 25

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If you're looking for fun things to do, let our Weekend Guide help you find the best things happening this weekend in the East Bay Area!


Sat, August 24, 2019 at 9:30 AM – 10:45 AM
Lake Merritt, 2250 Lakeshore Ave, Oakland, CA
Join us for a high cardio waist training class! $5 off your first class with code WAISTHOOPING when booking online. Focuses include waist, lower body, and core engagement.

Sat, August 24, 2019 at 9:00 AM
Hively: Tri-Valley Conference Room, 6601 Owens Drive, # 100 Pleasanton, CA

Rossana Alves, Early Childhood Educator from Lotus Bloom, joins Hively for a fun and interactive music and dance workshop for childcare providers. This workshop presents the basic structure of a children's dance class whose main focus is creating a space for families to dance and play together, enhancing their connection, communication, and bonding.

Sat, August 24, 2019 at 10:00 AM
5800 Parkside Dr. Lot #2, Pleasanton, CA

We will harvest fresh backyard fruit for donation to local soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters and the food bank. Typical harvests take about 3 hours and travel no more than 25 miles from the starting location. We will have all the necessary equipment, including buckets, picking-poles, ladders, clippers, and crates with us.

Sat, August 24, 2019 at 12:00 PM 
Ne Ndoro, 4232 Martin Luther King Junior Way, Oakland, CA

Join us Saturday, August 24th, as Chef Baindu instructs basic piping techniques and cupcake decorating. We will be providing light snacks and Mocktails. Come in and enjoy our hands-on class for an afternoon of fun. Ages 5+. Parents are Welcome!

Sun, August 25, 2019 at 12:00 PM
2500 Embarcadero. Oakland, CA 94606

Open to all styles of dance come and showcase your talents entry forms available from just Dance or just shoot an email to info@stiehlerdance.com

Sun, August 25, 2019 at 8:00 AM
Pleasanton Tennis Park, 5801 Valley Avenue, Pleasanton CA

This is a free event for community members. The session includes stretches, breathwork or pranayama, and Meditation. Introduction to the Art of Livings SUDARSHAN KRIYA. Please bring a yoga mat if you have and a water bottle to stay hydrated. The session is at the basketball court of the tennis park that is at the intersection of Valley Ave and Paseo Santa Cruz.

FEATURED OPEN HOUSE 



Sunday, August 25TH 1PM - 4PM

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Sunday, August 25th 2PM - 4PM

For price, features and more photos, click HERE.

If you would like to set up a private viewing, please call me at (510) 506-2072

Here are the Open Houses happening this weekend in Alameda County




Didn't find what you're looking for? Visit my website for more listings. Click HERE.


August 21, 2019

5 Practical and Proven Tips for Successful First Time Home Buyers

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5 Practical and Proven Tips for Successful First Time Home Buyers
By Izabella Lipetski



  1. Know your worth. Let’s start off with the financials. If you must get a loan to buy your dream home, it is important that you get a preapproved loan amount that fits your budget. This will show any seller that you are a serious buyer and that you come prepared. Nothing scares off a seller more than a buyer whose financials are not in order. Besides, you will only have your heart broken if you look at houses and fall in love with one, only to find out that you can’t afford it.
  2. Location, Location, Location. First time home buyers can sometimes get so fixated on the things they want in a house that they totally forget to consider the neighborhood where the house is located. Sure, the house has great curb appeal, has modern kitchen appliances, a crown molding you’ve only seen on TV, and a pool to boot. But is the neighborhood safe? How far are you from your place of work? How far are the kids from school? Or are there even good schools near the area? And here’s a deal-breaker, traffic. Selecting the right town is as important as having everything on your house wishlist. This is important not only for you but for the development of your family as well. After all, you can always make a renovation to your house if you want to improve on something but you cannot easily move house once you have committed to a neighborhood you hate. So it’s critical that the town where your dream house shares the same culture and values that you have. Find the perfect location for you here
  3. Bigger is NOT always better. It’s easy to fall in love with the biggest house that you can afford. After all, the more space you have, the better it is for your family right? Wrong. It is also important to consider how big your family is right now or how big (or small) you want it to be. You don’t want a house that’s too big you hardly see each other anymore. And don’t forget to consider the effort (or the cost!) of cleaning a large house. Owning a house takes a lot of responsibility and making sure that they are kept clean and well-maintained is foremost among them. Find the house that’s best for you here
  4. Nobody’s Perfect (And So Are Houses). You cannot find the “perfect” property. Not with a lot of variables like budget, location, and other must-haves. Looking for that perfect property will give you a wrong perception of how solid a property is and might cause you to pass up in the hope that something better comes along. What you need is to keep an open mind and see the potential of each house you visit. More often than not, a few tradeoffs will happen like not having a pool for that extra bedroom. 
  5. Use Your Head (Not Your Heart). It is easy to get too attached and make a decision to buy a house based on what you feel. You “fell in love” with the place right? But what most first time home buyers forget is that buying a house is a major lifetime decision. Sure, your house is a place where you will build lifetime memories with your family. Sure, your house is a place where you put down your roots and prosper. There’s no harm in thinking that but do note that buying a house is also an investment. It involves your hard earned money AND money that you commit in the future for house repair, mortgage payment, taxes, insurance and association dues. The key here is to find a Real Estate Agent that you trust and who can provide you with the soundest advice and find you the most value for your money. Speaking of which…
  6. Realtor Love. Your realtor can literally make or break your dream of owning your dream home. Start off by asking friends and family for referrals. You need a realtor you can trust. A good realtor is someone who has real knowledge of the area and has contacts with loan officers and real estate attorneys. But the most important trait your realtor must have is the ability to listen to your needs and fulfil what you are looking for. A good realtor will also help you until closing, a service above and beyond the sale

     

About the Author
     Izabella Lipetski is a premiere California licensed real estate agent with over 20 years experience. She has served over 200 clients with discretion, integrity, diligence and passion. You may reach her at the ff:
     Email: ilipetski@gmail.com
     Phone: (510) 506 2072