This captivating 3+ bedroom, 3 bath contemporary home is filled with light, comfort and style. Attention to detail is immediately evident as you approach the level entry through a quaint sone walkway. The property features beautiful views and a sophisticated floorplan.
I have to admit that I have yet to see these… but I am going out today with eyes cast downward. In recent months, tiny hand painted gnomes have begun to populate the utility poles of Oakland. The artist prefers to remain anonymous, and continues to crank out nearly 100 gnomes a week according the the LA Times. The story made national news last week on NPR. Apparently the owner of the utility poles, PG&E were unaware of their existence until the San Francisco Chronicle reported on the phenomenon.
In a way too typical myopic corporate response, PG&E responded that all of the gnomes would have to be removed/ relocated: that the company could not have anything compromising the integrity of their equipment. Yeah, right. A tiny piece of wood is compromising your equipment. A public uproar ensued, included petitions, a Facebook page, and a meeting with PG&E, city officials and the mysterious artist himself. Fortunately, PG&E backed down and declared the utility poles gnome man’s land for now. According to the artist, there are currently over 2300 gnomes populating the city as of right now. Keep an eye our around Lake Merritt, Haddon Hill, and around Highland Hospital.
Tucked into the hills of the Woodminster neighborhood, this spacious family home features 3 bedrooms and 2 and 1/2 baths, a two car attached garage, master suite, eat-in kitchen, a rumpus room, and lots of greenery. This is the perfect home for a growing family.
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For the second time in as many weeks, the City of Oakland has been prominently featured in the Sunday New York Times. Yesterday’s story detailed the “Great Wall” in downtown Oakland. In conjunction with Art Murmur on the first Friday of every month, enormous movies and video art are projected onto the side of a building at Grand Avenue and Valley Street. The videos are curated by the nonprofit that now runs the Art Murmur. Last month’s show included animated films from South Korea, France and China.
If you have not yet been to Art Murmur, you must make a pilgrimage. Parking can be a huge bear, but the monthly festival is located very close to the 19th Street BART station. The next Art Murmur takes place on February 3rd from 6-9 PM.
The City of Oakland…. proving Gertrude Stein wrong every day.
A beautiful Tudor style home in the desirable Normandy Gardens neighborhood of Oakland. This is a nicely updated home. The kitchen boasts granite counters, tile floors, and an eat-in breakfast nook. With a formal dining room, a cozy fireplace and finished basement, this home is ready for its new owner to love and enjoy it.
When I was younger, my family would always pile into the car and drive to the streets where the residents really went over the top with holiday lights. I remember oooing and ahhing at how far people had gone with lights. If you are in the East Bay and want to know where to go, here are some of my suggestions:
1. Picardy Street in East Oakland. Just about EVERY house on this entire street has lights and each house is connected to each other with a strand of lights as well. Here is where it is.
2. Or you can jump over to Alameda and take a look at “Christmas Tree Lane” – Thompson Avenue between High Street and Fernside if you want to see the definition of “over the top.”
3. The Oakland Zoo offers Zoolights every holiday season. Check here for the details.
4. Here is a website that gives you some specific addresses in the East Bay to check out.
6. The Mormon Temple in Oakland always has a spectacular light show.
7. Children’s Fairyland offers Fairy Winterland each December
Whatever you do, enjoy the holiday and have a great new year!