Berkeley Real Estate Blog

June 5, 2006

What’s the market like?

Filed under: Uncategorized — serkes @ 6:32 am


Before I bought my first property I lived in the Berkeley Hills, and always admired a home down the street.

It finally came on the market, and was as beautiful as I thought it would be. Had it come up for sale last year, it would have been snapped up – instead
it’s had several price drops.

About the same time, we wrote an offer for clients on a different home – and that one received 16 offers!

Oh.. and that first property.. I couldn’t afford a single family home, so bought a 7 plex.

Get your start in real estate with the beautifully located duplex at 2036 Vine Street. The upstairs unit should be vacant at close of escrow. Click the Vine Street Web Site at for photos and lots more information

The details: A two 2+ bedroom 1+ bath rental units in the heart of North Berkeley!

More than just a two bedroom … there’s a plus space for a study… and an extra half bath too

How to get there? Well.. here’s how I do it. Stop at French Hotel and ask Angel for a Giant Cappuchino (low fat milk). If he likes you he might just create artwork atop the foam. Keep walking north on Shattuck, stop at the Cheese Board for the best pizza in the world… then step into the Cheese Board coop for a crisp baguette, and olives. Walk to The Produce Center on the corner for fresh tofu, cherry tomatoes, and figs… round the corner and you’re home!

Other alternatives – coffee at the Peet’s flagship store on the corner of Walnut & Vine, a browse through Black Oak Books, and a pastrami, latke and egg cream at Saul’s.

Or… get some take out at Epicurious Garden.

Need to go to work? Stroll down Shattuck to the downtown Berkeley BART station or just take the corner bus.

I got started by buying a 7 plex… you can start your real estate portfolio with this superbly located property!



  1. I love the photos on your blog! The potato knishes look absolutely yummy. Great information and fun to read.
    Margaret Rome
    Baltimore, Md

    Comment by Margaret Rome — June 11, 2006 @ 1:21 am

  2. Great blog. But I can’t believe you would recommend that someone go to Saul’s for pastrami. There’s about as much meat on that sandwich as a tofu burger.

    Comment by Jeremy Chapman — September 17, 2009 @ 3:56 pm

    • Though not as large as NY Delis, it’s always been good for me!

      That said – it’s Saul’s or Brennan’s in Berkeley for Pastrami or Corned Beef. Anyplace else you can think of?

      Comment by serkes — September 17, 2009 @ 6:45 pm

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