Tastefully updated Tudor in a sylvan setting

by arlene on March 19, 2018

Living room of 2577 Rose

Bringing on a new listing can be tremendously satisfying.  I especially enjoy debuting homes in the spring, as the real estate emerges from dormancy along with flowering bulb and budding trees. Last week I debuted a home that I’ve come to love ever more each time I spend time there. 2577 Rose Street sits at the top of Rose Walk designed by Bernard Maybeck, and is nestled within a coveted historic neighborhood. You see a combination of filtered Bay and Mt. Tam views, and also handsome tiled roof tops and neighboring brownshingles through the redwoods. This home has a Tudor-revival exterior, with classic Arts & Crafts period mouldings and detailed hardwood floors inside. It is rare in having an attached updated bathroom for each of the three upstairs bedrooms.

My clients were only there 2+ years, but made many tasteful and efficient upgrades in that short time. The kitchen is especially handsome, with custom cabinets and high-end fixtures and finishes. From the dining room you can look out at views of SF while having breakfast! The focal point of the living room is a gas fireplace surrounded by hand-made custom tiles in an earth-tone palette, used throughout the ground floor. The quality of choices made in this home is not what you find when a home has just been prepared for sale. My clients made all of their choices based on their discriminating taste. The buyers will certainly benefit!

2577 Rose will be open Thursday morning March 22, and Sunday March 25th, 2 – 4:30 pm. Stop by and enjoy the views from this sylvan setting! The list price is $1,370,000. Public records will show that my clients paid $1,410,000 in August of 2015, and they have invested in many additional upgrades, including:

  • High-efficiency furnace and heat pump air conditioning
  • High-efficiency water heater
  • Gas insert in fireplace
  • Induction cooktop
  • Grey water system captures water from the washing machine for garden use
  • High-efficiency Energy Star stackable washer/dryer
  • Extensive attic insulation

They also installed engineered seismic retrofitting, and updated the electrical system. I very much hope that the right buyers are in this market who will appreciate the value and attention to detail of this really special home!



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Be Prepared!

by arlene on November 15, 2017

The unprecedented damage caused by the North Bay fires has shaken assumptions about what is a “safe” area.  As we recover from the grief, as well as face the phenomenal physical damage, I hope this tragedy will serve as the most compelling wake-up call possible. Gentle readers, please make sure you take action now to make a plan with your family should fire or another natural disaster strike near your home.

*Do you have a neighborhood emergency preparedness group? If not, consider being the household that starts it up, and then keeps it going.

*Most of us, and many who lost their homes, assume that it will be an earthquake we must plan for. The speed of the fire devastation underscores the need to do advance planning of what crucial items you would take with you if required to evacuate quickly. An emergency kit with basics needs to be already packed and ready to go, and ideally you have one in your car at all times. At a bare minimum, keep copies of your most important legal documents in multiple places outside of your home. Some cash, comfortable walking shoes and socks, underwear, prescription drugs and extra glasses need to be stored in your car, and make sure you have supplies for your pets.

*Take the time to sit down with your partner or family members and develop an evacuation plan. Customize your list of key items that would keep you healthy and with some degree of comfort if a disaster hit here. You’ve all seen the coverage of families who now have only the clothes they were wearing in the middle of the night. Think about that…I’m forcing myself to plan what I would do quickly if forced to flee in the dark, without warning.

Here is one sample evacuation packing list from the City of Berkeley, with good information about emergency evacuation. It includes sobering, but important reading.

*Once your “go bags” are ready, let this be a further reminder to prepare a cache of supplies:  food, water and other basic supplies needed to survey at least a week, and ideally two weeks, without normal services being available. The experience of Puerto Rico should encourage us to be prepared for an extended period without outside help.

And then, I urge you to evaluate the physical preparation for our homes.

*Have you had brush and tree limbs trimmed away from your home? Be sure to keep your roof and gutters clean of debris as well.

*Have you done earthquake retrofitting within the past five years? If not, and you would like references for reputable contractors to do that work, or to add updates to existing retrofitting, please give me a call or send me a message.

In this time of so many forms of disasters in our world, I am comforted by the outpouring of kindness and generosity we are seeing as well.  Our office just donated $11,115 to the Redwood Empire Food Bank, thanks to conributions from me, my colleagues and our clients. Thank you!

Let there be some small positive impacts of these latest tragedies. Let’s all be more prepared. And let’s be reminded to tell our friends and family how much we love them–often.


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