Monthly Weather Report – October

No tricks this past month, only treats! While other teams might be haunted by the fall selling season, we’ve been spooktacularly successful! The main theme you’ll find this month (other than ghouls and gobblins) is that we’re working with multiple clients who are both sellers and buyers. Selling an existing home and then purchasing a new home can be a complicated process, but we’re smoothly guiding our clients to the finish line.

2508 Wilde Avenue, Pleasanton – Sold for $2,255,000

This wow house went pending after just 8 days and sold for $60,000 over list price! It was a record high sale for the neighborhood. Virtual Tour.

 

1517 Whispering Oaks Way, Pleasanton – Sold for $1,353,858

The buyers of 2508 Wilde Avenue were the sellers of this beautiful Walnut Hills home. This rarely available Carriage House model didn’t last long on the market. Virtual Tour.

 

3839 Antonini Way, Pleasanton – Sold for $2,740,000

Originally starting as a pocket listing, or off market listing, this gorgeous Ruby Hill Mediterranean inspired home now belongs to a happy family. Virtual Tour.

 

480 Montori Court, Pleasanton – Sold for $1,569,000

The sellers of this Ruby Hill home are the buyers of 3839 Antonini Way. In order to purchase Antonini, they needed to sell their home. We were able to not only sell their home, but have a 7 day close! Virtual Tour.

2425 Heritage Oaks Drive, Alamo – Pending

We’re representing the buyers of this home, who happen to be the sellers of 3839 Antonini Way. They had liked a few other properties, but this one has won them over. Offered at $2,395,000, the views go on for miles.

1121 Navalle Court, Pleasanton – Pending

Offered at $1,299,000, we’re representing the sellers of this Vintage Hills home. Located in a highly-sought-after neighborhood, it didn’t stay available on the market for long! Virtual Tour.

14 Arreba Street, Martinez – Pending

We’re representing the sellers of this adorable home. What started out as their starter home, turned into an updated charmer offered at $479,000. Virtual Tour.

 

1824 Ohlone Heights, Clayton – Pending

The sellers of 14 Arreba Street are purchasing this house, listed at $839,999. They wanted to make the upgrade from their cute single story to this completely updated Clayton home.

2245 Doccia Court – Pending

Offered at $1,800,000 we’re representing the sellers of this French Country inspired home. We worked hard to find the perfect buyers for this property. Now our clients will be able to rest easy in their new construction, Brentwood home. Virtual Tour.

We love being able to represent sellers and buyers, working to make their dreams come true!

Marketing and selling high-end Luxury Homes in the Tri Valley is what we do best, but on this real estate journey, it’s all about the people we meet on the way, connecting them to each other and the places they call HOME.

Are you feeling a little adventurous?

7 Geodesic Domes You Can Rent Right Now

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Sick and tired of your traditional antler-heavy mountain retreat? This summer, break the alpine monotony by booking a vacation in a geodesic dome. One of Curbed Ski’s 7 Essential Styles of Ski Town Architecture, geodesic domes are part kit-house, part retro, and all cool. They flourished in the 1960s and 1970s and although rare, almost every ski town has a few domes hanging around. Many of them have popped up on Airbnb and VRBO, where their…

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Attention, all you architecture lovers…

Architectural Roadtripper to Spend a Year Hopping Between 30 Le Corbusier Homes

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Step one: Come up with an art project that involves crashing in architectural landmarks for an extended period of time.
Step two: apply for fellowships and funding at all the relevant foundations you can think of.
Step three: wait for responses, and follow up multiple times (most foundations won’t be super keen on letting artists run amok in the masterworks they are duty-bound to safeguard.)
Sounds like a great plan, but sorry, it probably isn’t going to work because the Italian artist Cristian Chironi already had this genius idea, and now he’s spending the entire year in 30 different Le Corbusier buildings in 12 countries for his project “My House is a Le Corbusier.”

Tip for aspiring funding applicants: this is the sort of language that works. “‘My House is a Le Corbusier’ is intended to evolve over the long term and culminate in the totality of all the experiences that Chironi will undergo while actually living for variable periods of time in the many homes designed by Le Corbusier around the world,” the artist’s website notes. Translation: he will be inviting others into his pedigreed crash pads to “discuss and see the artist at work, partake in events, consult the assembled material or simply drink a coffee.”

The first stop on Chironi’s whirlwind Le Corbusier tour, which was just featured in Architectural Digest, was the Esprit Nouveau Pavilion in Bologna, where he spent three weeks in January working and interacting with visitors. The Esprit Nouveau Pavillion was originally built in Paris in 1925, but was reproduced in Italy in 1977, and became a cultural center a few years ago. Three weeks is more than enough time to have a big party, and indeed, the last night of Chironi’s stay there saw a live music performance inspired by the building’s architectural plans. His next stop is a studio apartment inside the glass-and-concrete Immeuble Molitor building in Paris.

According to the artist’s website, “Chironi turns these houses into ‘privileged vantage points’ to better understand how the legacy of Le Corbusier is perceived today.” He views the whole project as a year-long performance; we view it as the world’s most ingenious idea for living in architectural landmarks.

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Feeling tropical? Now’s the time to buy on the beach!

The Market Is Heating Up in the U.S. Virgin Islands

USVI Sotheby’s International RealtyVilla Whydah, a nearly four-acre estate on St. Thomas, recently sold for $8.9 million at auction.

With cold weather brewing across most of the country, getting away to a warm spot like the U.S. Virgin Islands sure does come to mind.

Single-family home sales on the island of St. Thomas are up 25 percent year over year in number of units sold, Lee Steiner, president of USVI Sotheby’s International Realty, told AOL Real Estate. Condos on St. Thomas are up 19 percent in number of units. On St. Croix, condos are up 70 percent with single-family homes up 30 percent.

“St. John has not caught up quite yet, but is poised to experience similar recovery over the next 12 months,” Steiner said. “After bottoming out in 2013, our market is experiencing a recovery led by high-end buyers, where sales over $1 million in the last 12 months have exceeded the four previous years combined by roughly 500 percent.”

One homebuyer recently snatched up at auction what sellers called a pirate-themed property on the island of St. Thomas. Platinum Luxury Auctions, a specialized auction firm with a long track record of multi-million dollar property sales, announced recently that Villa Whydah, a four-acre property sitting on the westernmost tip of St. Thomas, sold well in excess of the auction’s $6 million reserve and set a record for residential properties on the island of St. Thomas. The company’s web site pinpoints the sales price at $8.9 million.

Villa Whydah consists of seven buildings spanning more than 15,000 interior square feet and 4,000 exterior square feet. The structures include a main residence with an in-law suite, an outdoor entertainment complex, a stone gazebo, two guest cottages, a stone tower, caretaker’s quarters and a four-car garage. There are a total of eight bedrooms, nine full bathrooms and two half baths, in addition to three outdoor showers.

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Totally worth the drive!

Hauntingly Beautiful Estate Near Santa Barbara Reviving a Sense Of Awe

Luxury Home in Santa Barbara Hauntingly Beautiful Estate Near Santa Barbara Reviving a Sense Of Awe

This impressive Santa Barbara luxury home occupies a four acre piece of land in a gated community between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez mountains south of Los Angeles. Located in the vicinity of Santa Barbara, the home in the Cima del Mundo (“Top of the World”) community was imagined serving as dream home for anyone who appreciates both exclusive design and inspiring surroundings. Gathering ocean, mountain and harbor panoramic views from both indoors and spacious outdoor terrace, the luxurious home in Santa Barbara boasts six bedrooms, six bathrooms, media room, a stylish game room and a a guest suite to welcome everyone who will sooner or later use all the entertaining facilities. A four-car garage extends the invitation to friends and family.

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With an impeccable outdoor appeal shaped like lawns and a pool side design fit for royalty, the this impressive home at 810 Cima Del Mundo is private and inspiring. Imagine swimming early in the morning, having breakfast on the terrace, followed by work in the elegant home office. How is that for a Monday morning plan?

The Mediterranean style estate was sold for $10,850,000 and the details showcased in photos by Jim Bartsch prove that it was worth every penny. Flooded with natural light through french doors and windows, overlooking impressive views and offering high quality in every detail, this luxury Santa Barbara home seems to have been made for entertaining and relaxing at home.

Our East Bay hills are a pretty big deal…

Hillside Dream Home Embedding Dramatic Panoramas Into Casual Californian Lifestyle

Holmby Hills Residence by Quinn Architects  Hillside Dream Home Embedding Dramatic Panoramas Into Casual Californian Lifestyle
 

Beautifully isolated to shape a luxurious environment, the Holmby Hills Residence rests on a 57,250 square feet site in Holmby Hills, Bel Air, Los Angeles, so you can see where it gets its name from. The location inspired not only its name, but its openness towards panoramic views of the Hollywood Hills beyond. Designed by London-based Quinn Architects, the luxury Californian home itself spreads over 15,250 square feet of perfectly manicured spaces. The luxurious villa built for for international property developer Estate Four as a speculative residential development can be easily seen as a hillside dream home.

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The design and architecture team worked from the ground up to create a masterfully elegant home design: “A detailed soil survey was commissioned to understand the below ground condition of the hillside, which then became a catalyst for both the architectural, civil and structural design. “The Holmby Hills Residence is surrounded by luscious vegetation and showcases a basement and first floor terrace emerging from the landscape. “The entrance sequence from the street to the house itself was designed to be dramatic, with a significant motor court and powerful 20 ft high canopy above the main entrance. A descending staircase followed by an over-sized entrance door heightens the sense of arrival to the residence.The expansive first floor level gives 7,000 sq ft of living accommodation that is set around 6,500 sq ft of terrace space, that in turn hugs the edge of the 60 ft long infinity-edged pool and Jacuzzi. The terrace gives access to over 30,000 sq ft of landscaped gardens and tennis court, via a sunken gym that is surrounded by rich vegetation. A 75 ft long gallery links the primary living spaces with a private guest suite and is designed to exhibit a significant art collection.”

Designed for an art-lover, the elegantly proportioned luxury villa has plenty of display places and natural light coming from a collection of skylights, clerestory windows and full height sliding panels. Secluded and private, the beautiful residence blends the inside with the outdoors in a successful attempt to wash away any worries.

 

Are you ready to see something really stellar in Sausalito?

‘Temple of Light’ Afloat in Sausalito

Emily Heffte | Zillow Blog | August 20, 2014 | link

Seana McGee named her floating home the Temple of Light after she walked in the first time and saw how the light streams in the windows, like a sanctuary.

“The light comes flooding through,” she said. “When I walked in there, I said, ‘this is a temple.’”

McGee and her husband lived in Southeast Asia for a decade before moving to Sausalito, CA, and they decorated the floating home with furniture and keepsakes from their travel, adding to the sense that the sun-filled home is both a living and meditation space.

Like many of the 450 floating homes in the area, 20 Gate 6 1/2 Rd has bohemian beginnings in the 1960s, as a 1-room A-frame balanced on pontoons. In the 1980s, a previous owner raised up the original house and put it on a 100,000-pound concrete barge.

That owner then added a second story and a dormer for the kitchen, squeezing 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms into the 1,748-square-foot home. The neighbors on the long pier jokingly call their neighborhood “the suburbs” because the dock is so spacious, with open water on both sides and more privacy than in some communities.

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