6816 Tahoe Place, El Cerrito – Open Sunday 29 Mar + 5 Apr 2:00 to 4:30 pm

You’re probably wondering why this 2 bedroom homes offered at $500,000.   It’s a great home in a convenient location and we wanted to attract buyers who love the idea of having the BART Station 2 blocks away and Albany School Field just over the fence.

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Sweet 2 bedroom close to El Cerrito Plaza BART station, shops & dining and Cerrito Theater.

One level living with minimal entry steps; garage interior access; big back garden with detached studio/workshop.

First time on the market in 50+ years! Newer paint & refinished hardwood floors.

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2014 Hearst Avenue #C – Town Home style condo just blocks from UC Berkeley, North Berkeley and Shattuck Avenue Shops.  Photo Portfolio and Details at NorthBerkeleyCondo.com

North Berkeley $780,000 – 3 Bedrooms; 2-1/2 Baths

Built in 1992, this centrally located condo complex is convenient to UC campus, North Berkeley, Shattuck Avenue shopping, movies & restaurants; easy SF commute –- BART & Transbay express bus

Main Level: living room; fireplace & recessed lighting; large kitchen: breakfast bar & dining area; big pantry/storage; stack washer/dryer; stone counters; 4 burner gas GE stove; Bosch dishwasher; refrigerator (appliances included); white cabinetry with roll out trays; large understairs closet; guest half bath

Upper Level: 3 bedrooms; 2 baths; hallway skylight; two linen closets; the master suite looks out over a wooded common area & has two double door closets & one bifold door closet; skylight in bathroom;

Throughout: dual paned windows; flooring upgrade – pale oak on both levels; all is beautifully maintained!

Common Area: units surround a grassy central courtyard with mature trees; entirely fenced with security gate; covered parking for one car in a marked space at south end of the garage; remotely controlled garage gate

HOA: Hearst Commons: Monthly Dues: $525; water; insurance; garbage & common area maintenance are included in dues

Disclosure package is available online

Interior Sq.Ft: 1,413; Units In Complex: 12

Square footage is not verified by agents or seller

Photo portfolio & more info at NorthBerkeleyCondo.com


This small neighborhood shopping district has some of the best shopping in town. Paris might have Rue Cler, but Berkeley has Hopkins Street!

My Northbrae Neighborhood Video shows what makes living here special.  More photos and info at our Northbrae Web Page

The Monterey Market can’t be beat for fresh produce, there’s a nearby fish and meat market, and Espresso Roma for the sheer pleasure of hanging out on a sunny day.

Coffee, Fish, Produce, Meet, Wine, Pizza, Flowers, Cheese, Pastries and more on two short blocks. Heaven!

Berkeley Horticultural Nursery (Berkeley Hort) on Mc Gee is one of the best nurseries around, with a highly knowledgeable staff.

Northbrae is on Hopkins Street (between Gilman and The Alameda). Westbrae is just west on Gilman Street (roughly between Santa Fe and Hopkins). They’re so close to one another, I included them together. These are two of the most affordable of Berkeley’s pleasant neighborhoods. As an extra bonus, they’re both within walking distance of North Berkeley BART and the North Berkeley Library, which was beautifully restored in early 2012.

There’s even a running track, pool, and tennis courts at the King School Park on Hopkins

And did I mention Gioia Pizza, the best pizza west of Lexington Avenue? It’s true! When you stop by, tell the hard working crew that Ira says hello.

These are just some of the reasons that Berkeley’s Northbrae Neighborhood was named one of the American Planning Association (APA) “Great Neighborhoods in America” in 2011.


The 2014 Berkeley Real Estate Market Research Report!



Full Report
Click the above graph or the 2014 Berkeley Real Estate Market Report link to see the details. Here’s a quick summary”.


Price Trends
I researched Berkeley Sales Prices over a 15 year period.

Berkeley homes prices are now greater than 2006 values, and up significantly from the 2011 prices.

The trend shows Berkeley home prices will likely increase in 2015, albeit probably at a slower rate than we saw in the 2012-2013-2014 period.

2015 looks like it will be a good year for selling … particularly if you’re planning to downsize or relocate as so many of our other sellers have done.

Berkeley Fine & Luxury Homes
Over the past 15 years, Berkeley fine and luxury homes (those in the highest 5%) have sold for about twice that of Berkeley’s median price.

What’s interesting is that the difference between the median price and top 5% increased in 2014.

High Net Worth Individual (HNWI) value both time and money, and time is the more precious commodity. Thus, since they have the resources, they’re able and willing to pay a higher price for a home because they’re limited in time.

The Next Step
Thinking of selling? Call us at 510-526-6668 or email serkes@berkeleyhomes.com. We’ll prepare detailed market research and analysis customized for your home, and discuss the options best for you!

Ira & Carol Serkes, Certified Residential Specialists


Read the Full Report
Click the above graph or the 2014 Berkeley Real Estate Market Report link.


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  berkeleyhomes.com/seminars/downsizing .  You may also email serkes@berkeleyhomes.com 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!

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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




Just Listed – Oceanview Berkeley Light Bright Airy Garden Level Condo

Tweet1522 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 […]

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

TweetCurious 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 serkes@berkeleyhomes.com Ira

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