Sedge Thomson always has a reading of the Declaration of Independence on West Coast Live around the 4th of July

“And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.”

Wow – what it must have felt to have signed this document.

My favorite places to celebrate the 4th are at the Berkeley Marina, the Marin County Fair, and the wonderful parades in Alameda and Piedmont.

Lots more photos on my Pinterest 4th Of July Page

Fireworks?  The best are also the Marin County Fair and the Berkeley Marina

Visit the Berkeleyhomes.com July Events Page for more information.

Fort Mc Henry – The Star Spangled Banner

 

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Iconic 50s modernism in Berkeley’s wonderful Thousand Oaks neighborhood

The Hellbaum House in Berkeley’s wonderful Thousand Oaks neighborhood!

3 Bedrooms 2 Baths … and much much more – $1,100,000

Open Two Sundays -  15 + 22 Jun 2014 2:00 to 4:30 pm

UPDATE: Pending with 4 offers


 

Robin talks about growing up across the street

Walt talks about the elevator at the bottom of this blog post!

Photo Portfolio on our custom web site 619vincente.com, which also has extensive information and photos of Thousand Oaks (Berkeley) and the nearby communities of Albany & Kensington.

Be sure to visit the 619 Vincente sites on Pinterest and Foursquare … and “check-in” when you come to visit!

This amazing home was features in the San Francisco Chronicle “On The Block” Blog and in Berkeleyside, our favorite hyper-local #Berkeley Web Site

At a massive street side boulder, rising tiers of Arizona flagstone walls, steps and handmade bronze railings lead you up to the front entry (note the tiled inset of the builder/owners’ initial!); the same flagstone is repeated inside at the fireplace, its raised hearth and floor to ceiling detail, and outside at walls and chimney – it’s the perfect home to binge-watch Mad Men in!

 

 

Three bedrooms, two and a half baths at main living level; half bath in garage; elevator from garage to kitchen 

Huge kitchen has terrific storage (auto shop painted cabinetry with chromed hardware!); an island counter; breakfast area space; 


Large room off kitchen includes laundry and a built in desk across one wall; ideal study/art/office space 

Filtered Golden Gate, Bay Bridge, San Francisco, Mt. Tam and westward views are seen through large windows; half bath off kitchen 

Two full bathrooms have the original naugahyde wall covering, enclosed bath tub/shower combos and vanities with chromed tube lights and mirrors 

Through a wide central hallway, access three good sized bedrooms: master suite has one large closet with built in drawers, a second smaller closet and opens through sliding glass doors to a mahogany deck and back garden with plantings amid more rock; another bedroom has a built in desk, shelving and glass paned display cases 


Detached garden studio built of clear heart redwood: originally used as a BBQ shed with a fireplace, sink, built-in cabinetry and windows all around, it’s now the perfect art/meditation/separate office space 

 

At the garage level (more of the street side rock … and another behemoth rock!) there’s a half bath, utility closets housing elevator machinery and radiant/water heating equipment, and many storage spaces; think installation of a translucent garage door to brighten this area for multiple uses; art; kid playspace; workshop….or park two cars and maybe a third! 

 

More about our wonderful Thousand Oaks Neighborhood!

 

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Pretty Thousand Oaks 2 Story Dutch Colonial with filtered views of San Francisco and city lights. Updated kitchen with granite counters and copper vent hood opens to formal dining room with beamed ceiling.

Open Sunday 25 May + 1 Jun 2014 from 2:00 to 4:30 pm

Offered at $865,000 – Spacious 2 Bedrooms 1+ bath home on a large lot

Photo Portfolio and more information at @ 600Arlington.com and MLS Link (active until the winning offer is accepted!)

Check out our 600 Arlington Pinterest and Foursquare pages!  Check in when you check in to see this wonderful home!

The living room and larger bedroom have wonderful light – they face south, with windows on the east and west!

Living room with fireplace, built-ins, and french doors to the sunny deck, brick patio, lawn and deep back garden

Main Level
Light and bright living room, dining room, kitchen and half bath

 

Upper Level
Two Bedrooms, full bath, with wonderful bonus space perfect for a home office or play room.

Easy commute to UC Berkeley and San Francisco. The #7 Bus on the corner takes you to Downtown Berkeley in about 15 minutes; the Transbay #H Bus arrives in San Francisco in about 45 minutes.

Location
Kensington Village is up the road (Inn Kensington is our favorite place for breakfast); Great Stone Face Park a few blocks away, and Solano Avenue shops, restaurants, and book stores is just down the hill!

Sun on the shortest day of the year!

 

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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 Thu 15 May 2014 5-7 pm for a twilight open, and Sunday 18 May 2014 2:00 to 4:30 pm

Be sure to visit 1311Henry.com and read about what makes this serene townhome so special!

Ira

 

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)

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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)

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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.

Ira

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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!

http://www.berkeleyside.com/2014/04/14/nosh-list-who-makes-the-best-burger-in-the-east-bay/

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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More photos and information at http://www.pinterest.com/serkes/eclipse-moon/

 

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!

More photos and information at http://www.pinterest.com/serkes/eclipse-moon/

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

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

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

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 […]

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