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christopher papazoglow April 24, 2014 at 01:06 PM
You're quite welcome, but surely Senior A. Titude's info is as worthy of appreciation, and bearsRead Moreloo king into (e.g.,the Lamorinda-to-Martinez region). Hopefully others will chime in as well.
sassybaygal April 24, 2014 at 01:26 PM
Thought you might appreciate some numbers. We moved to Albany in the 80's for the reasons of goodRead Moresc hools and tolerable commute. You could get a decent house then for about $160,000. Now, such a house is in the $800,000 range. You can get something smaller and without a view for as low as $550,00, if you are lucky. There has been a recent return to bidding on available homes for sale. You do not want to drive to SF as a commute, one of the most congested commutes in the Bay Area. I commuted to SF, and BART does make it easy only IF you live near a station and your job is near a BART station when you get there. Otherwise, we have to wait for MUNI or walk. BART took 25 minutes to get to SF, but I had a 20 minute walk to and from the BART stations on each end, making my commute about an hour each way. I liked the walking, after sitting all day at my desk. If you don't pick a community with great schools, you'll be paying for private schools for each child. It can cost as much as your mortgage payment, so weigh that when choosing. The outlying areas in the East Bay are very suburban in feel, newly built for the most part. BART works great from there, too. Home prices are about the same, though, except for some of the burgeoning new developments. It tends to be hotter out there in summer and colder in winter than it is around the edges of the Bay itself.
Senior A. Titude April 24, 2014 at 02:03 PM
An addition to my earlier post. There are still a few remaining "up and coming"Read Moreneighborh oods in the East Bay, where one can find a home at a reasonable-ish price. There is an area is Berkeley around 10th St & Gilman, where a lot of new upscale retail is being built (Whole Foods, PHilz coffee, etc.). This, and the proximity to the Fourth Street shopping area, means those houses will jump in price fairly soon. Berkeley High isn't bad by any means and does offer lots of AP classes. The other area is on Sacramento near Ashby; not quite as ready to jump in price but again it is becoming gentrified (retail is the first sign). If you are hoping to find property that will appreciate, these are good bets. Google maps will help you. Albany housing is pretty much topped out. Piedmont is the very upscale area in Oakland, most of the homes are quite large as well as pricey but their high school is very good. If you are "urban" NY'ers used to things being open late, etc., going further out in the East Bay will be a disappointment. In Albany, things roll up by 11 pm and it's even earlier in the burbs. I don't know what your budget is, but have you considered going to the North Bay? Petaluma/Novato are commuter towns via Golden Gate transit (no BART) but the cost of living is a bit lower.
Del Price April 21, 2014 at 11:10 AM
Thanks Francisco for your continuing leadership on this and so many other issues. Tis good to beRead Moreab le to count on you to forge ahead with solutions -- knowing we can have the political and philosophical discussions later.
Francesco Papalia April 21, 2014 at 06:54 PM
Offers of donations from Berkeley, El Cerrito, Kensington and Albany over the weekend wereRead Moreoverwhelm ing but the kitchen and dining area were mostly done. We got dressers for all rooms and a start on the living room. Still NEED a good QUEEN SIZE BED. Amy from El Cerrito showed us how to apply for donations from CostCo to the Albany Community Foundation for Albany Project Hope. Very Good idea!!! I always ask poeple how they found out about this effort and I cannot remember anyone saying Patch. HuH! Next Door was very effective. Rev. Julie Wakelee from St. Albans Church sent out emails to her list and I got a very good response from them. Peggy, Jim and Erika helped transport four loads in their van, car and truck. I did one in my Mac's truck. There are many ways to help. Melissa is having an incredible response from mothers wanting to pass their outgrown clothes and toys to a new family. Emily dropped off four large new tubes of baby creams and lotions. And some unknown donor left a nice microwave on my porch. Everyone expresses their pleasure in giving and knowing it will be used right away by someone in need. It was a Verrrry Happy Easter
Lisbeth Allen April 23, 2014 at 05:41 PM
Gary, 50% of all pregnancies are oops babies. Back in the day people were just as horny as they are Read Moretoday. You've just forgotten, or else you never were much of a ladies man.
Peter Goodman April 18, 2014 at 10:02 AM
Peggy McQuaid April 18, 2014 at 05:16 PM
Wednesday, April 30, 5:30-7:00 pm, City Hall, 1000 San Pablo Avenue. Reception and mixing at 5:30,Read Morer eports begin at 6:00 pm. Light refreshments and beverages will be served. Free, no registration necessary.
Albany Chamber of Commerce April 18, 2014 at 05:31 PM
Thanks, Peter, and Peggy. The post has now been updated. Hope to see you both there.
Peter Goodman April 21, 2014 at 11:01 AM
Had a fine time, all the way from top of Solano and got as far down as Masonic. Lots of shops wereRead Moreo pen, and there was music in the street, snacks, wine, and, oh, arts and crafts. I look forward to the next one!
Albany Resident April 16, 2014 at 05:41 PM
How dare you quote the police statement directly by posting a link to said statement?!Read More</sarcasm& gt; I wonder how the Occupy groups will respond now.
Dave April 16, 2014 at 07:30 PM
"Amber's utter silence on this issue as of late is priceless." That's because she's outRead Morel ooking for new source for her habit.
Kirsten Schwartz April 16, 2014 at 08:22 PM
WOW. Thanks, Rochelle. I walked by there that morning and talked to the guys in the waitingRead Moreambula nce, and they couldn't (wouldn't, perhaps, appropriately) tell me much. This reveals that the Bulb is not a haven for the differently-abled but rather the go-to place for meth and other drugs. Thank You Albany Police for investigating this and getting some action. Thank You Rochelle for keeping up on this. Now if the Bulb could be cleared of residents soon, maybe more people than the addicts could get to use it. (Glad I stopped walking out there into the wilds last year.)
Alan Eckert April 15, 2014 at 01:18 PM
Albany Community Foundation will also be providing lunch for those who come help clean up! ItRead Moresounds like there is plenty to do to work up an appetite.