The Art Of Downsizing

by Ira Serkes on January 17, 2015

Join us for “The Art of Downsizing”

The Art Of Downsizing … accomplishing a major life transition when you thought you wouldn’t, shouldn’t or couldn’t … by selling your home for the highest possible price in today’s vibrant real estate market.

Is it time for a change? Want to move closer to loved ones, pay off your mortgage, or just simplify life? We can help!

We’ve assembled a team of specialists – tax advisor, attorney, organizer and stager to address all your real estate concerns and questions.

• What’s the best way to downsize years of well-loved possessions?
• When’s the ideal time for me to sell?
• How does Zillow’s Zestimate® compare to my home’s true value?
• How can I move my low Proposition 13 taxes to my next house?
• What home improvements give me the best return?

Space is limited to reserve early at .  You may also email or call us at 510-526-6668

Wednesday, January 28th: 6:00 – 8:00 pm at Julia Morgan’s Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant.

Refreshments served from 5:30 pm; speakers begin at 6:00 pm.

Julia Morgan Berkeley City Club



Veteran’s Day … Thank You!

by Ira Serkes on November 10, 2014






I caught the excitement last year!

Visit for more information and my Berkeley Half Marathon Pinterest Page for more photos!





Berkeley really celebrates Halloween!  The Claremont Hotel is lit up for the Giants World Series win … and it’s great that the colors match Halloween!

Claremont Hotel in San Francisco Giants – Halloween Colors


Thousand Oaks, Emerson, and other schools have great parades.

And pumpkins … great pumpkins!  Here’s a selection from my flickr photo page

Russell and Josephine Streets and Mariposa Avenue have wonderful pumpkins and festivities (Russell Street closes at 8:30 pm so be there early) … the house at Ashby & Piedmont has amazing pumpkins … and North Berkeley has a great Dia de los Muertos Day of The Dead Parade planned for Sunday 2 Nov 2014 5-9 pm starting at the 1400 block of Shattuck (between Vine & Rose).  The Candlelight procession starts at 7:45 pm

The photos below give a sneak preview … click on Berkeley Halloween and Day Of The Dead festivities for links to more photos and video … and map so you know where to go!

Check out my Pinterest Halloween Board!

Russell Street Puppets

Day of The Dead




1522 6th Street Unit B at Cedar – $558,000 3 bedrooms 2 baths
Open Sunday 26 Oct + 2 Nov 2014 2:00 to 4:30 pm

All on one level … no steps! Architecturally distinctive 1907 Victorian exterior; interior remodeled in 1999. You’ll enjoy coming home to a light, airy garden level condo in a distinctive Oceanview Berkeley landmark!

View photo portfolio, neighborhood videos and more at









Tiled kitchen counter and floors; glass paned cabinetry; appliance garage with tambour roll up door; additional cabinetry and counter space added; clever cabinetry and counter added by owner hide washer and dryer; looks out onto private garden area exclusive to this unit. The stove, refrigerator, washer and dryer stay.


Curious about the value of your Berkeley/East Bay Home?

We’ve created a quick way to find out what homes near yours have sold for!

Need more precise information? Call 510-684-3334 or 510-526-668 or email



Sunday Streets in Berkeley – Sunday 12 Oct 2014

by Ira Serkes on October 12, 2014

Shattuck Avenue’s closed from Rose to Haste … and here’s your chance to be a street walker!

Details at the Sunday Streets Web Site


Sunday Streets 2014


Lunar Eclipse over Berkeley 8 Oct 2014

by Ira Serkes on October 8, 2014

Lunar Eclipse over Berkeley 8 Oct 2014

The moon is a harsh mistress … she leads me to awaken at 2:30 in the morning!

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Just Listed Berkeley – A well-loved private oasis can now be your sanctuary

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