Dave J. Higgins – Real Estate Blog

My clients found themselves in the enviable position of buying a charming off-market Glenview home from a family member several years ago – before needing to suddenly relocate out of state. Everything was in hyperspeed – they found their new dream home a little faster than expected, and made an offer – which was also accepted in less time than anticipated. However, (there’s always a caveat) – they needed to sell their old home to make the down payment on the new – and fast.

Accelerated home sales aren’t uncommon – especially in the Bay Area’s white-hot market. What made this one different was the timeline. We had to make this deal happen in one week. Time to call in the Super Heroes. 

You might know them as painters, contractors, cleaners or

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You won’t believe why this Crocker Highlands home sold for 36% over asking price

When we listed this stately French Provincial home in late June of 2017, interest was intense as inventory in Crocker Highlands real estate remains predictably low. With its bucolic grounds, classic proportions and traditional appeal, the two-story, three-bedroom home received six bids – with one in cash – before closing in two weeks. In today’s white-hot market, that’s not uncommon, however, what is uncommon was the final selling price of 36% over asking.

This home’s pedigree – and location – already gave it plenty of curb appeal, so we wanted to maximize its sale price. Our extensive pre-sale preparations included hardwood floor restoration, kitchen and eating

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 6466 Hollis Street #245, Emeryville, CA 94608. $699,000
6466 Hollis Street #245, Emeryville, CA 94608. $699,000
Spacious, three level top-floor, corner unit in the Glashaus condominium complex, located in the heart of Emeryville. This spectacular property offers ideal separation of space starting with an office or lounge level that would be ideal for home office or theater, followed by a light-filled open kitchen and entertaining level with walls of glass and vaulted ceilings. The top floor is dedicated to bedrooms, including a master suite and laundry closet with washer and dryer.  Sleek, modern finishes, walls of glass offering dazzling urban views, and elements of industrial chic, such as the timber and steel staircase, have been tastefully blended with

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1475 E. 38th Street, Oakland, CA 94602 in the wonderful Glenview neighborhood

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This renovated 1910 Glenview Craftsman home has been tastefully updated for the modern lifestyle. As you approach, you are warmly greeted by a friendly covered porch perfect for evening visits. Positioned slightly higher than street level, the home maintains fabulous privacy, and as you walk through the front door, eyes are drawn to the lovely vintage fireplace anchoring the open living area.

A versatile den space separates the living room from the kitchen and offers the flexibility to be used as den, office, or for formal dining. The spacious eat-in kitchen with stainless appliances has been designed for flow and function. Recently expanded upon, it

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Top of the world views as seen from 6033 Skyline Blvd in the Montclair District of Oakland California. Priced at $2,998,000.00  
Take the tour of this stunning five bedroom, three bathrooms home here.


Designed by award winning David Stark Wilson, this dream home offers pano views of San Francisco from almost every room, & has been recently remodeled to stunning perfection. Unique, organic elements are paired w/modern concrete, Venetian plaster & custom accents to create a zen-like atmosphere. White Oak cabinets & a stunning waterfall island with 150 yr old-growth Cedar counter top frame the kitchen, & seamless transitions from inside to out offers the ultimate in California lifestyle. Master Suite w/spa-worthy bathroom, steam shower and soaking

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Crocker Highlands French Provincial located at 716 Longridge Rd, Oakland CA 94610  Just a block up from Lakeshore Avenue with a walk score of 89.

Just listed and coming to market June 22nd is this fabulous 1927 example of French Provincial architecture.  Stately exterior and grounds with gentle set back, cascading natural rock water feature and level rear gardens perfect for play.  Access a neighborhood trail from the private rear gardens allowing direct access to Mandana Blvd and Lakeshore Avenue featuring fabulous coffee shops, restaurants, and retail.

Prominent living and dining rooms, light-filled plus room and updated eat-in kitchen can be found on the main level.  Upstairs are three bedrooms including the master suite, full hall bath and

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Over an acre of land with tree-lined canyon views, secondary buildings including a 1 bedroom/1 bathroom non-warranted guest house, and a beautiful renovated 1951 mid-century home.  Continue reading to see video below.
11310 Elvessa Street, Oakland, CA 94605, Chabot Highlands OPEN HOUSE 6/11/17 & 6/18/17 2-4:30pm

Discover Oakland’s greatest secret! Amazing, expansive country lots with tree lined canyon views, minutes from town and the Bay Bridge to San Francisco in the tranquil Chabot Highlands neighborhood. Sitting on almost an acre of land, this 1951 mid-century has been updated with meticulous detail by its current owner/preservationist. 
Aerial drone from above of 11310 Elvessa Street, Oakland, CA 94605

Floors have been laid, landscaping was

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Enchanting 1927 French Normandy Tudor on one of Crocker Highlands most coveted cul de sacs.

919 Larkspur Rd, Oakland CA 94610


Welcome to 919 Larkspur Road. Sitting at the end of one Crocker Highlands most enchanting cul-de-sac’s, this 1927 French Normandy Tudor has been lovingly owned by the current family for the past twenty years. During this time, children were raised, memories were forged and wonderful upgrades were made to kitchen and baths with careful attention to the spirit of the home. Four bedrooms including a spacious master suite, an en-suite bedroom plus two bedrooms with a jack and jill bath reside upstairs. A chef’s kitchen with breakfast area designed by Jarvis Architects is perfect for the modern bon vivant and

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I have been in the process of a reorganization of my office and a deep spring cleaning (wow does it feel good).  It's amazing how impacted your life and space can become over time when you toss things in the closet to be dealt with 'another day'.  Anyway, I was delighted to come across this letter written to be back in 2010 from a happy seller who had just closed escrow. 


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First Open House this Sunday, April 23rd 2-4:30 pm. 

Positioned just doors from the sought after Hillcrest Elementary, 123 Wilding Lane offers a lifestyle rich floorplan for a large household, with room for a home office, rumpus or even the desired theater space.  The current owners have tastefully updated the kitchen area as well as all bathroom areas.  The chef’s quarters have well-designed cabinet spaces and stainless appliances including a Thermador Range for the bon vivant of the group.  The master suite is truly a treat with an opulent bathing area featuring Jacuzzi tub centered by windows overlooking the Upper Rockridge and Claremont Pines neighborhoods. The home offers a myriad of outdoor entertaining spaces including the front

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