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Subdivision Names

Cortina at Villa Lago at the Promontory
Cortina at Villa Lago
at the Promontory

Espirit at Dublin Station
Espirit at Dublin Station

Windsong at Madeira East
Windsong at Madeira East

One of the things I love about the area that I live and work in is the names of our neighborhoods. Places like Westbrae, Thousand Oaks and Rockridge have these names because they actually mean something (i.e Westbrae is in West Berkeley, Rockridge for actual outcroppings of rock, Thousand Oaks really is oak-studded). Compare this to such places as “El Sol at Palmilla”, or “Villa Lago at the Promontory”, or “Esprit at Dublin Station”, and “Windsong at Madeira East.” Gag me! When asked where you live, how could anyone answer these places with a straight face?

How do you know you’re not in Berkeley?

When you see this address:
8113 War Glory Place
And for all its Glory, the house for sale at this address in Pleasanton had its original asking price of $3,250,000 defeated, and has now surrendered to an asking price of just $2,999,000.

glory war

P.S. While it is probably obvious that I don’t think war is glorious at all, I actually woke up in the middle of the night with the thought that “War Glory” might have a slightly less ominous pedigree.  A groggy stumble over to my computer proved me right.  War Glory is also the name of a race horse from 1930.  But still…


New Website

Today we launch the revised Realty Advocates website. Along with a new look, the site features the latest search tools and other resources to assist both Sellers and Buyers in their real estate needs.

We hope you like it, and welcome your continued use and feedback.

Brett Weinstein, Broker

Rare, Architecturally Intact, 1914 Arts and Crafts Style Home in Rockridge

Coming on the market July 18, 2013, and with two public open houses on Sundays July 21st and 28th from 1:30-4:30pm, 5323 Broadway is a stunning 3Br/1.5Ba two-story Arts and Crafts Style home.  Original details include unpainted wood mouldings an built-ins, leaded and stained glass cabinet doors, oak floors and a functioning fireplace. The bedrooms are all spacious and the there is also abundant storage in the basement. Upgrades and/or replacements were made in the last 15 years to the foundation, electrical, plumbing and furnace systems, and there are also french doors leading to a deck and stairs to a lush and private rear yard. The kitchen was elegantly remodeled and featured in the 1999 Rockridge Kitchen Tour.

Please stop by on either of the Sunday open houses and enjoy viewing this beautiful home.