Oakland Oozing With Possibilities


When I was 16 years old I worked at Emporium-Capwell's in Downtown Oakland.  This department store was on Broadway in what is now Sears.  As I was growing up I remember Oakland and its thriving retail business.  We had I. Magnin's,  Joseph Magnin's, Liberty House, Little Daisy and more.

These businesses are gone, but the beautiful buildings remain.  I yearn for healthy downtown.  I would love Oakland to model after Pasadena, California.  Their shops, department stores and restaurants are on a main street, not in a mall.


Look at the buildings, you can't deny Oakland's beauty.

Dreamy 1941 Laurel Heights (Oakland) Traditional

4145 Eastlake Avenue is my favorite house from Monday's Broker's Tour.  (Broker's Tour is a scheduled tour of homes open to Realtors.)  Eastlake Avenue located on the border of Laurel Heights and Redwood Heights is one of my favorite streets. This street features views, a cul de sac and is a tucked away street off of the beaten path.  This house has random plank hardwood floors in the living room, views, rounded corners, (a feature seen in the 1930's and 1940's) an eat-in kitchen and a large downstairs which includes a living area, an extra bedroom, kitchen and bathroom.  The master bedroom upstairs has a small balcony, a great place to catch a few rays of sun and glimpse Downtown Oakland and the Bay. This property shows pride of ownership,  is super clean, appears to be well maintained and is move-in ready.  Homes are rarely for sale on this street making this a property to see. This house is currently listed with Vicky Faulk of Coldwell Banker for $725,000, Thanks Vicky!


1950's Style Lives On In Oakland


With World War II over, America was optimistic about a new beginning. When you view 1950's houses, (that have not been renovated) you will often see cheery colors such as pink bathrooms and yellow accents.

If you are looking to paint your rooms to mirror the 50's authentically, here is your inspiration. This aqua blue mid-century home in the Redwood Heights district of Oakland is now pending, (listed by Judith Cain of Grubb Co. there were two offers.)  I like how the owner embraced this home's mid-century roots and painted the exterior in a tasteful color shade of turquoise, a nod to classic mid-century Americana.

The sunny yellow kitchen below is a Montclair, (Oakland, CA.) mid-century home. (Currently listed with Glass-Sabine with Grubb Co.) Compare this current photo of a mid-century kitchen with the vintage photo at the bottom, and you can see all of the in-tact 50's details. Classic chrome cabinet pulls, Formica with aluminum edging countertops, vibrant colors and linoleum floors.


Sleek and Sexy Oakland Hills Kitchen

I don't just jump for every sleek granite kitchen that I see, I look for quality, layout and functionality. I fell for an ultra modern sleek kitchen in the Upper Rockridge District of Oakland yesterday.  5656 Buena Vista has a fantastic open kitchen with built-in Miele espresso machine, built-in eating counter, built-in window seats, high-end energy efficient appliances and a great view from the window above the sink.  This kitchen opens up to the "family" room with plasma television and powder room.  

I am a strong believer that renovations should incorporate new innovations and "green" choices, but also stay congruent with the period of the house. This house was built-in 1995 so this sexy style lends to the house. This house is currently listed with Pacific Union by Dee Knowland. Offered at $895,000 (This house over-looks highway 24. If this home was situated in a different location it would be over a million dollars.)


This kitchen was featured in the East Bay/ San Francisco edition of Kitchen Trend Magazine

In the Green

If you have browsed through my blog, you will see various interior colors and the effects that colors have on the majority of the population.

So what do you think about green?

Touring homes for sale in Oakland and Berkeley, I think sage green is the number one color right now. I love green with lavender and red, and I even love this lime green, pictured here.

Green creates security and it has also been known to heal the heart.

By the way, this photo is from the 2006 Decorators Showcase House in San Francisco. I absolutely love this bathroom sink, as it is fabricated out of Corian. That means no rotten wood vanities in the bathroom, no grout or mildew, and it comes in five colors. The sink was designed by Steven Miller Design Studio.

One more thing!! The green walls are covered in glass, so you can Windex,(or vinegar and water) your walls clean.

Source: http://www.theoaklandberkeleyjournal.com/w...