1290 University Avenue in Palo Alto

Where: 1290 University Avenue in Paul Alto (listing | google map)
When: Sunday, May 20th, from  1:30-4:30 pm

Palo Alto is the market everyone is going to be watching and talking about. As of this morning, the neighborhood got a little wealthier, as Facebook officially began selling shares on the NASDAQ exchange.

1290 University Avenue is a gracious 4 bd/3 ba home and a magnificent example of the Spanish Colonial architecture practiced by so many of the mid-peninsula’s great architects in the early 1920’s. The appeal is enhanced by its signature arched windows, tiled roof, and covered balconies surrounded by greenery.  The interior is highlighted by hardwood and tiled floors, high ceilings with exposed beams, and large rooms flooded with light. French doors open from almost every room onto wonderful gardens, bursting with color.  The romantic rear garden is a quiet oasis, its sitting areas set against the whisper of a welcoming fountain.  This location on University Avenue in the Crescent Park neighborhood means downtown Palo Alto restaurants, shops, and Stanford University are mere minutes away.

Listed by Alan Dunkel and Derk Brill of the Alain Pinel Realtors Palo Alto office, you have to check it out this weekend – many listings in Palo Alto area are not staying on the market long.

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138 Ramoso Road, Portola Valley: Country & Contemporary

Where: 138 Ramoso Road in Portola Valley (listing | google map)
When: Sunday, May 6th, from  1:30-4:30 pm

The Bay Area can be a fast-paced place – from the bustling city of San Francisco to the start-up culture of Silicon Valley. For many, this is the appeal of living here. Even if you enjoy living a cultured, vibrant life surrounded by the leaders of innovation, many prefer to have their home be a place of relaxation.

This week’s open home allows for exactly that – blending the convenience of being located merely 10 minutes from Stanford, but set on a quiet 2.5+/- acres in the Westridge neighborhood of Portola Valley.

Held open by Ellen Ashley of the Alain Pinel Realtors Woodside office, this 4bd/3.5ba home is unique in both location and styling. The exterior, with custom cedar shake shingles, a standing seam metal roof, and a sprawling lawn, compliments the surrounding grounds.

The inside blends contemporary and luxury styling, having been extensively remodeled over the past 5 years with open spaces, soaring ceilings, and tall windows. A brilliant use of levels in this architecturally stunning home create an airy ambiance throughout the common areas – featuring a beautiful entry way (with an impressive mahogany door), a living room perfect for entertaining (stainless steel bar and opaque glass cabinets), a family room (with gas stainless steel fireplace), and an elegant, and functional gourmet kitchen (featuring blue-eye granite countertops).

If the open spaces of the interior are not enough for your entertaining purposes – the home also features two decks – one of which has a 2-way glass fireplace.

Ready to have relaxing break from your face-paced life? Visit 138 Ramoso Road this Sunday – but you might not want to leave this peaceful retreat.

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Sausalito Special: 158 Spencer Avenue – OPEN Sunday!

Where: 158 Spencer Avenue in Sausalito (listing | google map)
When: Sunday, April 29th, from  2:00-4:00 pm

Do you love the city but still want it to be quiet when you come home at night?
Are you a wine enthusiast that has never quite had the right place to store your treasures?
Are you an outdoor enthusiast?
Appreciate good views from a hot tub?

Then this week’s open home in Suasalito might just be for you! Held open by Jenn Pfeiffer of the Alain Pinel Realtors Corte Madera – Central Marin office, this 3bd/3ba California Contemporary home has it all.

The living area itself has all the luxuries – a beauitful kitchen with custom built-in panty, an open living room an and dining room that open to a large deck with views of the San Francisco Bay, and a stunning master suite with a rainwater shower and Japanese soaking tub. The house has custom-built maple fixtures throughout the house, including the kitchen, living room, mast er closet – including a separate built-in shoe closet, and wall panel and storage areas. The home also includes a fabulous 700-bottle wine cellar.

If the house is not enough, Sausalito has it all. From the hidden stairways and houseboats and marinas to the fabulous restaurants and art galleries, Sausalito residents love the small town charm of their city. With easy access – by bus, car or ferry –  to San Francisco (just minutes from the Golden Gate Bridge) as well as the scenic north coast with its beaches and redwood trees, you’re also just about an hour away from the world renowned wine country, and a mere 3 ½ hour drive to Tahoe. For outdoor enthusiasts who love to mountain bike, run, kayak, hike and sail, Sausalito is truly the gateway to some of the most beautiful and sought-after destinations in the world.

Treat yourself – see this treasure this weekend.

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Claremont Keeper – 496 Gravatt Drive in Berkeley

Where: 496 Gravatt Drive in Berkeley (listing | google map)
Open: Sunday, April 22, from 2:00-4:30 pm

When you talk about homes in the Berkeley Hills, almost everyone mentions the panoramic views – which is not surprising as they are quite beautiful. This 3bd/3ba gem in the Claremont Hills is no different; however the unique and open layout puts a focus on the living space inside, while also taking advantage of the views outside. Held open this weekend by Karen Nelsen of the Alain Pinel Realtors Oakland Hills – Montclair Village office, you do not want to miss this East Bay opportunity.

Originally built in 1994, this home takes full advantage of natural light – with walls of windows, high ceilings and open floor plan. But perhaps most unique about this house is the flexibility of the layout – with gliding, stylish barn doors. Create a two-room master suite on the main level, expand the living room or enjoy a home office with a panoramic view. The adjacent bedroom has built-in storage and its own set of gliding doors (see the pictures below).

This home also takes advantage of the wonderful California climate and features multiple outdoor spaces and patios. Perhaps most impressive, for you gardeners, is a 10,000+/- square foot lot with central stairs in the back yard surrounded by built in gardening beds. I can just imagine all the fruits and veggies you could grow on this hillside!

Some other impressive luxury aspects include – a two-car garage, a large storage area, elegant sliding doors, modern architecture, impressive use of wood, a slate floored kitchen, a laundry room, and an exquisite fireplace in the master suite.

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Twin Peaks Treat: 3340 Market Street – Open Sunday!

Where: 3340 Market Street, San Francisco, CA
Open: Sunday, April 15th, 2:00-4:00 PM

It is no secret that Twin Peaks has some of the best views of the entire city; it’s a common destination for tourists wanting to take in a panoramic view of the SF Bay. Can you imagine seeing and living these views each day? Now is your chance. Held open this weekend by Lynnette Giusti of Alain Pinel Realtos San Francisco – Noe Valley office, this property takes full advantage of the beautiful scenery and features many rooms with floor to ceiling windows.

Originally built in 1937, this 3bd/3.5ba has been completely remodeled. Some of the extravegant features include a Miele kitchen, a formal dining room, a master suite complete with a spa-like bath and adjacent private office,  and a custom media room with surround sound. Whether you are an entertainer (wet bar and wine cellar), environmentally conscious (solar powered radiant heat and hot water), or just want a little privacy (remote-controlled electric blinds) – this home has a luxury feature for everyone.

Fully embracing the views and California’s weather,  there are three outdoor areas – a private landscaped year with a deck, a small deck off one of the bedrooms, and a large roof deck with panoramic views of San Francisco (note: it is also plumbed for an outdoor kitchen). This home also features two separate entrances (one on Market and one in the back off a private shared driveway off Corbett) and 2 car parking.

If you are not sold already – I bet you will be after seeing one sunset from this perfect Twin Peak treat.

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