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October 2014

Found 8 blog entries for October 2014.

A new Eichler listing in San Francisco must be setting some kind of an Eichler record for asking prices.  Listed at $6,250,000 this gorgeous 2-bedroom / 2-bathroom condominium is located in Joseph Eichler’s legendary Summit high-rise at 999 Green Street at the top of San Francisco’s prestigious Russian Hill neighborhood.  This incredible home is a corner unit on the 29th floor, and features Eichler’s signature floor-to-ceiling windows, which provide panoramic views of San Francisco from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Bay Bridge – and everything in between.

If the open floor plan that takes full advantage of the stunning views, a custom kitchen, media room, guest bedroom and bath, plus a luxurious master suite isn’t enough, there is the value-added fact

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Back when I was a kid, one of my parents’ favorite spots was the Sonoma coast, and I remember family trips that included stops at The Sea Ranch.  I always liked the rustic, but contemporary homes that seemed to blend in with the surroundings.  I also was fascinated by The Sea Ranch Chapel – which I thought had been designed by Dr. Seuss (it was actually designed by James Hubbell).

I now know that Sea Ranch is famous and had moments of controversy.  It was the vision of architect/developer Al Boeke and the result of some very mindful planning by a group of Mid-Century architects Joseph Esherick, Donlyn Lyndon, Richard Whitaker, William Turnbull, Charles Moore, and landscape architect Lawrence Halprin.  I have also learned that Sea Ranch is a

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Fall in the air and Halloween and Thanksgiving are just around the corner.  I can’t think of a better way to get into the spirit than switching up the décor of your house and yard.  This time of year, my kids love to make the yard spooky with gravestones and skeletons in the front yard and scary jack-o’-lanterns and witch’s cauldrons in the atrium.  Inside, I keep things a little more subdued, but still like to spice things up with a few touches that add seasonal interest.  A few splashes of orange brings Halloween into the house, pleasing the kids – but not overwhelming the adults; and anything that isn’t specifically Halloween themed can hang around until Thanksgiving is over.  I love this 2-for-1 way of decorating.  I can get the house ready for two

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You’ve spent a lot of time and money on your home.  You want to protect it from intruders – but you don’t want to drain the budget.  You have lots of options, but good home security starts with you and costs little more than having common sense and some good habits. There are some no/low cost things you can do to protect your home.  From there, you can add layers of protection – depending on your preferences.

Have smart habits

  • Keep your doors locked – even when you are home.
  • Close and lock all windows when you are away from home.
  • Put lights on a timer.  Burglars love an empty house and nothing says empty faster than a dark home.When you are on vacation, put all newspaper deliveries on hold – and ask a neighbor to pick up any fliers or random
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If you just can’t wait for the official weeklong Modernism Week extravaganza in February, head to Palm Springs this weekend for a 4-day preview.  The festivities kick off on Friday, October 10, 2014 with tours of the Rat Pack’s playground and an Aloha, Modernism Week celebration featuring Hawaiian music, hula dancing, and a poolside showing of Elvis’ movie Blue Hawaii.

The fun continues on Saturday and Sunday with more tours, parties, modernist art exhibits, and the very first annual Palm Springs Modernism Show & Sale.  You can meet Nancy Baron, who authored The Good Life - Palm Springs, hunt for Mid-Century treasures at the Modernism Yard Sale, or hook up with other riders for a bicycling tour of the city.  Monday morning wraps things up with a few

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This weekend is a big one for Mid-Century Modern enthusiasts.  It is Docomomo US’ eighth year of celebrating 20th century building design with a national tour day.  With tours taking place in 37 cities across the U.S., the annual Docomomo event is one of the United States’ largest modern architectural and design happenings.

Here in California we’ll be living it up, Mid-Century style, in a big way.  Always larger than life, Palm Springs will kick off the party in typical style with their Modernism Week Fall Preview, which will run October 10-13, 2014.  On the actual tour day (October 11, 2014) the Los Angeles Conservancy is offering a twilight Modern by Moonlight walking tour of Los Angeles’ skyscraper filled Bunker Hill area.  Register now to avoid

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I grew up in the mountains of Amador County and my family often traveled up Highway 88 to fish in Bear Reservoir or Caples Lake, picnic and hike around Woods Lake, ski at Kirkwood, or simply enjoy the beautiful colors of autumn in Hope Valley.  Since then, I’ve moved from my hometown and traveled the world, but I still believe there is no place more beautiful in the fall of the year than the high Sierra.

When I was a kid, Hope Valley was always a quick day trip since we just lived down the road.  Today it is a bit farther away, but it is still a place that I love to visit – and I thought you might like it too.  Hope Valley is located in Alpine County along Highway 88.  As one of the largest alpine meadows in the Sierra Nevada, its streams and tall

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I’d am so excited to announce that our sister company, East Bay Modern Real Estate, has just moved its office to a fabulous new location in Jack London Square, Oakland.  The new digs are in The Bond at 311 2nd Street and are perfectly located for us to meet with our Eichler clients in the East Bay – and, when time allows, sneak out for a quick bite to eat at one of the excellent restaurants in the vicinity.

In addition to being a great place to meet clients, the new office can accommodate our seminars.  Our most recent East Bay Eichler Home Buying Seminar was well attended and we’ve had a lot of positive feedback, including praise from clients who have since become proud Eichler homeowners.  We have plans for more seminars, so, if you think you might be

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