1311 Henry Street – Luxury Townhome
Photo Portfolio at 1311henry.com

3 Bedrooms; 2-1/2 Baths; Bonus Office Space
North Berkeley’s Restaurant, Cafes & Shops Nearby

Offered at $925,000

Open Sunday 27 Apr 2014 and Sunday 4 May 2014 2:00 to 4:30 pm


Top Level
Bedroom & full bath; bonus office/guest space opens to a small balcony perfect for watching sun (or moon) rise over the Berkeley Hills;

Mid Level
Two bedrooms; full bath; laundry room; stack washer/dryer;

Main Level
Kitchen, half bath & dining room; glass doors open to back garden; living room opens to front garden; gas fireplace.

Enjoy coffee morning coffee in the dining room garden, afternoon wine in the living room garden, and the cozy living room fireplace on foggy evenings.

Live Oak Park around the corner features wonderful creekside festivals and theater; basketball and tennis courts too; Berkeley Art Center is a block further.

Commuting to San Francisco? Your options include Trans Bay AC Transit buses that stop at Henry & Berryman and Berkeley’s downtown BART station.

Teaching at the University of California? Cal’s about a mile away.

Not far: The very first Peet’s Coffee, Cheese Board, Saul’s Deli, Epicurious Garden, Gregoire’s & Chez Panisse … and downtown’s Berkeley Repertory & Aurora Theaters, Freight & Salvage, Jazz School and first run movies!

Enclosed parking, dual paned windows; 4 unit complex; all appliances included.

Built: 1992 ; 1,696 Sq Ft Per Tax Records (Not verified by sellers or agents)


As we recognize the anniversary of the 1906 earthquake, I thought you’d like to see what the 100th Anniversary was like.  Several survivors were there … alas, I think they may all be gone.

Let us know if you’d like tips to prepare for the next one .. and referrals for contractors and engineers who can retrofit your home.



Who do you think has the best burgers in town?

by Ira Serkes on April 14, 2014

Visit Berkeleyside’s Nosh to vote!

“It’s time to reach some important conclusions in Nosh-land. We want to know where you go to eat what you consider to be the best burger in the East Bay.

It’s not like we’re not spoilt for choice: when Berkeleysider Ira Serkes recently turned to his friends on Facebook to ask them where he should go for a burger, he was inundated with suggestions. Some of those recommendations included Café Rouge, Eureka, Smokehouse, Zut!, Al’s, Sidebar, TrueBurger, Fat Apples, In ‘n Out, Bongo Burger, Yoshi’s, Christopher’s, Chop Bar, the Paragon, The Station, Gather and Rudy’s Can’t Fail Café. ”

Read all about it here … I’m looking forward to finding out your favorites!


For fries … my absolute favorite is Gregoire’s (pictured above) which are soooo good I go out of my way to not eat there – it helps keep me from expanding from Ira 1.2 to Ira 1.3

#Berkeley #Restaurant



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Lunar Eclipse from the Berkeley Hills – 10 Dec 2011









I took this photo from the Berkeley hills 10 Dec 2011 – and we’ll be in for another treat tonight – another reddish lunar eclipse.

Stay up – it’s worth it!



My favorite photo – Taken from Buena Vista Way in the last 70s!

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Things to do with kids (of all ages) this weekend!

by Ira Serkes on January 24, 2014

510 Families and Berkeleyside put out great lists of things to do!

For kids … here’s your weekend planner from 510 Families

And for kid of all ages … the Berkeleyside “It List” of Five things to do in Berkeley this Weekend

Have fun!

Ira & Carol


Fiddler at 50 – Sing-Along at the Berkeley California 3 Theater, then Klezmer Music & Dance at the Magnes

What a joyous event … from the first audience sing along of “Tradition” to the marching Klezmer parade and dance … it was just a delight!

Hope we won’t have to wait another 50 years for this to happen again


Fiddler at 50 Klezmer Band arrives at the Magnes Museum in Downtown Berkeley

Dancing in the streets!


Just read about it this morning … and wanted to get the word out right away

Fiddler at 50 Events around the Bay Area … and what’s happening in Berkeley.  Theodore Bikel is at the Freight & Salvage too!

See you there



Here’s what you can do this weekend!



My pick – the Great American Train Show at the Craneway Pavilion – it’s a fascinating space with great view of San Francisco Bay!

For kids – 510 Families

For kids of all ages – Berkeleyside’s list

Have fun!




Snow Day in North Berkeley Sunday! – 8 Dec 2013

by Ira Serkes on December 7, 2013

Come to Snow Day in North Berkeley’s Gourmet Ghetto – 1679 Shattuck between Virginia and Cedar Street

Here’s what’s in store!



Attending NAR – National Association of Realtors Convention in San Francisco – some things to do!

This just in … “Mist” opportunities along the San Francisco Embarcadero     Map of places to take photos   Treasure Island – Bliss Dance Treasure Island – new Bay Bridge Tower Palace of Fine Arts – Near Golden Gate Bridge    Bay Bridge Lights Golden Gate Bridge Painted Ladies  

Read the full article → San Francisco

Spanish Med Just Listed in Berkeley’s Thousand Oaks Neighborhood

670 Santa Rosa – Berkeley’s Thousand Oaks Neighborhood 3 Bedrooms 2 Baths – $900,000 Photo Portfolio at 670SantaRosa.com Open Sundays 3 + 10 Nov 2013 2:00 to 4:30 pm Offers Wed 13 Nov 2013 1925 Thousand Oaks Berkeley bungalow set amid magnificent oaks & native stone – beautifully updated kitchen/family room with center island kitchen, […]

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