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Old 04-19-2011, 10:50 PM
 
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We want to buy a house close to the Berkeley area. Oakland seems to have lots of properties for sale at good prices. We would appreciate any guidance regarding the safer and still affordable areas in Oakland or nearby areas. We are retired and not interested in shopping/bars restaurants etc or good schools. We are told that Oakland has some very nice areas along with some rough ares. We will be driving our own car so public transportation is also not an issue.
Thanks for any leads.
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Old 04-19-2011, 11:02 PM
 
Location: ABQ
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Polestar,

Can you give a price point? You don't have to be too specific and I don't ask for being nosy, but knowing your general ability to purchase will help narrow down the list. Oakland has a lot of neighborhoods!

All Things Oakland: Exploring the Sunny Side of the Bay is my blog that is in its infancy stages but will soon be a compilation of a great deal of neighborhoods - I think it might be good for someone like you trying to navigate and get acclimated.

Museum of CA neighborhood map of Oakland: http://collections.museumca.org/search_map.jsp (broken link)

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&sour...,0.205994&z=11 - Neighborhood map colored by district (pretty close)

Once you're a bit more specific, we'll be able to paint a better picture for you so you narrow it down by area/neighborhood on redfin en route to finding your ideal area/home

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Old 04-19-2011, 11:05 PM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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What's your budget? Do you want to live somewhere mainly residential or more walkable? What kind of home do you want, size? style?

What kind of yard (if any) do you want?
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Old 04-21-2011, 09:27 AM
 
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Default Thanks Jade

HI :
Thanks for your interest. Ours is a very modest budget for the Bay area. We are looking for a price about $200000/ max. $250000. Away from very busy places/ more residential Single family with a little yard/ no HOA fees, a little secluded from busy places would be great. Also this is for retired senior persons so not too many steps and stairs. We appreciate all the help in selecting a suitable area. By the way is Concord much warmer- in winter-then Oakland?
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Old 04-21-2011, 12:43 PM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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HI :
Thanks for your interest. Ours is a very modest budget for the Bay area. We are looking for a price about $200000/ max. $250000. Away from very busy places/ more residential Single family with a little yard/ no HOA fees, a little secluded from busy places would be great. Also this is for retired senior persons so not too many steps and stairs. We appreciate all the help in selecting a suitable area. By the way is Concord much warmer- in winter-then Oakland?
Oakland/Berkeley are coolest in Summer and warmer in Winter. Concord is hotter in summer and cooler in winter (5 degrees or so, more potential overnight frost a couple times a year).

Summer temps vary by 10-15 degrees, with Concord being hottest.
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Old 04-21-2011, 12:52 PM
 
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Oakland is cheap compared to San Francisco but houses there are still pricey. Parti Rhinocerous recently made a post in this topic about real estate in the East Bay that you should read, it's the 2nd post:

//www.city-data.com/forum/san-f...putations.html

He says Pinole and Hercules have houses a bit higher than the 250K zone. Concord might work too. Otherwise you might need to look north of the Carquinez to places like Fairfield. 200K is a really low budget for a house in the Bay Area and is pushing it in a lot of other parts of the US too these days.
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Old 04-21-2011, 01:14 PM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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3720 38TH Ave, Oakland, CA 94619 | MLS# 40476220 2 br in Laurel neighborhood Oakland

125 WOY Cir, Pinole, CA 94564 | MLS# 40515471 2 br in Pinole

132 CANYON LAKE Dr, Port Costa, CA 94569 | MLS# 40514388 3 br in Port Costa

http://www.redfin.com/CA/Martinez/21...3/home/1199762 2 br in Pleasant Hill

Here are some single family homes in your price range to give you a better idea.
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Old 04-21-2011, 01:34 PM
 
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Oakland is cheap compared to San Francisco but houses there are still pricey. Parti Rhinocerous recently made a post in this topic about real estate in the East Bay that you should read, it's the 2nd post:

//www.city-data.com/forum/san-f...putations.html

He says Pinole and Hercules have houses a bit higher than the 250K zone. Concord might work too. Otherwise you might need to look north of the Carquinez to places like Fairfield. 200K is a really low budget for a house in the Bay Area and is pushing it in a lot of other parts of the US too these days.
You're right on about Pinole having value. I think OP is in a good spot, though, because he's looking for something pretty modest. Pinole and Hercules, you can find things over $250 for the young family that wants more space, but Pinole is great because there are also modest, early 1960's stock like what Concord has at bargain prices too (and MUCH better neighborhoods than comparables in say, San Pablo, Richmond, etc.)

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I reaaaaally like that little Port Costa house. It definitely fits OP's idea of a more secluded home with the hillside just behind.

Here are a few ideas:

Since OP is looking anywhere in the East Bay, here are a few. As Mayor mentioned, Pinole is a bargain. I know OP doesn't want an HOA, but I included two small HOA properties since one is turn-key and is priced below comparabe houses (the HOA essentially brings down its value).

PINOLE / HERCULES

103 Cardoza, Hercules, CA 94547 | MLS# 40510743
$189,000 | HOA $198 (over a 10-year period: $23,000) - 2br, 2ba

125 WOY Cir, Pinole, CA 94564 | MLS# 40515471
$184,500 | HOA: $65 (over a 10-year period: $7,800) - 2br, 2.5ba

811 SUNNYVIEW Dr, Pinole, CA 94564 | MLS# 40503841
$189,000 - 3br, 1ba

715 2ND Ave, Pinole, CA 94564 | MLS# 40509884
$186,000 - 3br, 2ba

417 GARRETSON Ave, Rodeo, CA 94572 | MLS# 40509924
$164,900 - 2br, 1ba


EL SOBRANTE / RICHMOND (east of 80)

5316 SOBRANTE Ave, El Sobrante, CA 94803 | MLS# 40495325
(This house has been on the market foreeeeeever and it's under its second sale since I've been in the Bay Area. It was nearly $300,000 when I was looking for homes myself) - $199,000 | 3br, 2ba

1514 Olive Ave, Richmond, CA 94805 | MLS# 40517982
$199,000 | 1br, 1ba (This might just be the cutest thing ever, though it's really, really small.)


CONCORD (these are ALL Holbrook Heights, Sun Terrace, Hilcrest Park, Baldwin Park, Cowell - nothing in Ellis Lake, Four Corners, off Monument - you can save money there, but neighborhood wise, I'd go with these)

1190 KASKI Ln, Concord, CA 94518 | MLS# 40514280
$199,000 | 3br, 2ba

3514 HILLSBOROUGH Dr, Concord, CA 94520 | MLS# 40517713
$219,000 | 3br, 2ba

3578 FALCON Dr, Concord, CA 94520 | MLS# 40519043
$220,000 | 3br, 2ba

2900 GILLET Ave, Concord, CA 94520 | MLS# 40507897
$214,900 | 3br, 1ba

3117 ATHENE Ct, Concord, CA 94519 | MLS# 40509957
$214,900 | 3br, 2ba

1883 GRANADA Dr, Concord, CA 94519 | MLS# 40518828
$199,000 | 2br, 2ba

Oakland is tougher being that 200,000 is going to put you in some of the iffier neighborhoods still, though I'll dig up some 2/1s with back yards in as good of neighborhoods as I can, but Concord and Pinole will have some really good value.
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Old 04-22-2011, 02:57 PM
 
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We want to thank all of you for your very helpful suggestions and listings.
All good wishes and regards
Polestar
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Old 04-24-2011, 05:59 PM
 
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The Concord areas that you have listed I assume are the desirable safe areas. Please let me know. Anything in Pleasant Hill and is PH an OK area? ? Thanks
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