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A Craftsman Masterpiece in Alameda’s East End

March 23, 2018

Where: 1518 High Street, Alameda, CA 94501
Step inside this historic gem to find beautiful craftsmanship, exquisite design and unparalleled restoration work. The playful, circular floor plan with spacious rooms that flow seamlessly into one another are complimented by the numerous bay windows that allow ample light to pour in. Along with the aesthetic charms and whimsical accents, this home offers a host of modern conveniences that make it as functional as it is jaw-dropping. It’s no wonder Pottery Barn chose to do a catalog photo shoot here, or that Alameda Magazine decided to feature its completely renovated kitchen.
View our slideshow to see more of the home’s incredible features.
Check out the full listing for more details.
Stop by this Sunday, March 25 or next Sunday, April 1 from 2 to 4 p.m. to tour this gorgeous property for yourself during our open houses. Or join us on Tuesday, March 27 for our Brokers’ Tour from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. during our #aprcoffeecart open house.
This home is listed at $1,495,000 by The Gunderman Group of Alain Pinel Realtors’ Oakland Hills-Montclair Village office.
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Notable Listings / Sales

Featured home: 3563 Skyline Drive in Hayward

July 14, 2017

A Hayward Highlands home with exceptional views

Where: 3563 Skyline Drive, Hayward, CA 94542 (listing | tour)
Built in 1974, this Alameda County estate offers incredible views and a beautifully remodeled interior. Inside the home, tile flooring, a wet bar with attached sink and a fireplace are a few of the many amenities you’ll find. The kitchen has been updated with a granite counter and backsplash, as well as beautifully-designed oak cabinets. With three levels, the home provides different windowsill views of the sprawling landscape outside. Step outside to one of three decks or the terraced hill and the views become even more spectacular. The backyard requires little maintenance while offering a stunning setting for entertaining family and friends.
Conveniently located near miles of trails, parks and schools, and listed less than two weeks ago, this Hayward highlands home shouldn’t be on the market for long.
The 1,878 square-foot home and property include:

  • 4 beds
  • 3 baths
  • Attached 2-car garage
  • 3 decks
  • Master bedroom and bath
  • Remodeled kitchen with granite counter and backsplash
  • Tile flooring
  • Updated features throughout

Listed at $835,000 by Jo Ann Luisi of the Pleasanton/Livermore Valley office.


APR in the News

Former Gallagher & Lindsey Agents Flock to Alain Pinel Realtors

October 16, 2015

After One Year, APR’s Alameda Office Now 2nd Largest in Alameda

Former Gallagher and Lindsey Agents at APR New Agent Orientation
ALAMEDA, CA – The Alain Pinel Realtors (APR) office in Alameda has doubled in size to 28 real estate professionals after former Gallagher & Lindsey (G&L) broker and agents joined APR at the end of last month. After less than a year in operation, the APR office has grown to the second largest real estate office in Alameda in number of agents, and the brokerage has the second largest closed sales volume and closed transaction sides year-to-date.*
“Alain Pinel Realtors’ focus on high quality professionals, excellent customer service, and creating luxury experiences has proved to be a successful recipe for rapid growth, having become the 5th largest residential real estate firm in the nation with just a quarter century in the business,” said Phil Weingrow, Vice President and Manager of APR’s Montclair and Alameda offices. “We have applied the same principles in Alameda, and I’m thrilled to have expanded with the addition of so many quality agents from Gallagher and Lindsey.”
At the end of last month, G&L Broker/Owner Michael Studebaker decided to return to real estate sales and close G&L’s real estate sales arm after almost 50 years of operation. After considering several brokerages, he chose to join APR, bringing many of his agents with him.
“Our new Alameda team blends the iconic history of Gallagher and Lindsey, familiar to all of Alameda since they’ve opened in 1967, with a family-owned, nationally ranked, globally connected industry leader,” said Sally Han, Sales Manager of APR’s Alameda office. “We look forward to taking advantage of cutting-edge technologies to bring our agents and clients in Alameda the best possible real estate experience.”
Notable recruits in addition to Studebaker include former Alameda Association of Realtors® (AAOR) Presidents Ann Bracci, Angela McIntyre, and Troy Staten. With Han, the APR Alameda office now has four former AAOR Presidents in their office.
APR made a splash in the Alameda real estate market last October when they opened in the Alameda South Shore Center with an elaborate grand opening featuring a ribbon cutting by former Mayor Marie Gilmore and a generous donation to the Alameda Point Collaborative, the largest supportive housing provider for homeless families in Alameda County.
*All market statistics are from Trendgraphix: Year-to-Date 2015, All Properties, Total Sales

APR in the News Community Spotlights


October 14, 2015

Last month, Alain Pinel Realtors and Private Mortgage Advisors hosted an exclusive East Bay client appreciation event in the glass dome at the Rock Wall Wine Company. With over 200 attendees, the event gave VIP clients and guests the opportunity to test drive and ride in the Tesla Model S with Tesla specialists. Refreshments from local Asena Restaurant and Rock Wall Wine Company were served. Check out some highlights in the video below:

APR in the News

Alain Pinel Realtors Celebrates Alameda Office Opening

October 29, 2014

Alameda Office Ribbon Cutting with Mayor Marie Gilmore

Alameda Office Opening with Mayor Marie Gilmore

Alain Pinel Realtors celebrated the opening of their new Alameda office with a ribbon cutting event and grand opening party on October 23rd. Attendees included Alameda Mayor Marie Gilmore, who performed the ribbon cutting, and Alameda Chamber of Commerce board member Kari Thompson.
At the event, the firm gave $5k to the Alameda Point Collaborative, the largest supportive housing provider for homeless families in Alameda County. The supportive housing community uses all its resources to help families and individuals break the cycle of homelessness and poverty.
Among the 14 Realtors working out of the new office, seven rank among Alameda’s top 50 agents, including the #1 agents by dollar volume, David Gunderman and Andrew Raskopf, and the former President of the Alameda Association of Realtors, Sally Han, APR Alameda Sales Manager.
Located at 2212-B Southshore Center West, Alameda, the new 2,300+/-sf office space will showcase 21st Century technologies throughout, and will also be the first completely paperless APR office. The space will feature contemporary artwork curated by the Gray Loft Gallery, rotating on a quarterly basis, with receptions for the artists for each installation.
“With a growing part of our business coming from Alameda, our new office will serve the tremendous increase in demand, the accelerating prices of the community, and the wonderful housing option Alameda offers with its convenience to San Francisco and the greater Bay Area,” said Phil Weingrow, APR Montclair Village & Alameda Manager. “With its old world family charm, as well as a growing group of businesses, we are excited to have a new home in Alameda.”

To see more photos from the event, visit our gallery on Facebook.

2212-B Southshore Center West | 510.809.1111 .

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APR in the News

Alain Pinel Realtors Opens New Alameda Office

September 24, 2014

Alain Pinel Realtors is excited to announce our continued expansion in the Bay Area with the opening of our newest location at the South Shore Center in Alameda.
“With many of our associates already living and working in the City of Alameda, it was an obvious next step, to bring our technology and marketing expertise to a top quality location in Alameda, one of the most desirable communities in the East Bay,” said Phil Weingrow, Vice President and Manager of Alain Pinel Realtors Oakland Hills – Montclair Village.
The community, once known for its Navy base, has slowly transformed into a modern 21st century city. The geographic benefits including incredible views, beaches, and easy commutes via ferry and BART. With great school, restaurants and shopping, it’s no surprise the average price of a single family home has jumped from the mid-$500’s in the beginning of 2012 to over $850,000 currently. Earlier this year, APR announced the highest recorded sale of a single family home in Alameda’s history.
The new office is located at 2212-B Southshore Center West and can be reached at 510.809.1111 .

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APR in the News Buyer / Seller Information

What are some emerging neighborhoods in the Bay Area?

August 25, 2014
Agents Sound Off

Philip Weingrow
Oakland Hills – Montclair Village

Question: What are some emerging neighborhoods in the Bay Area?
Answer: While many may point to a specific neighborhood and talk about how it is changing, the biggest example of this I’m aware of is the City of Alameda. This area, once known primarily for its Navy base, is in the process of transforming itself into a modern 21st century city. With room for development and the geographic benefits of incredible views, beaches, and easy commutes via ferry and BART, the future is looking spectacularly bright!
People are noticing and coming to take advantage of the great schools, restaurants, and shopping, both in the commercial streets bordering residential neighborhoods as well as re-developed shopping centers like South Shore.
The potential of the base development is something long awaited and will bring additional parks, housing, and other development. The area already has a growing number of tech companies bringing new jobs to the city, along with micro-breweries and outdoor concerts.
But most of all, Alameda has been able to maintain a bygone charm in the architecture, neighborhoods, and community involvement that is hard to beat. Perhaps that’s why the average price of a single family home has jumped from the mid-$500’s in the beginning of 2012 to over $850,000 currently, with a record sale this year in excess of $3 million.
While this may make it appear Alameda has already emerged, I’d suggest it still has room for significantly more opportunity.
Read more opinions on SFGate.

Market Updates

Bay Area Market Summary 2013

February 12, 2014

Overall, 2013 was a banner year in the Bay Area real estate market – especially in the luxury and higher end markets our region is known for. While we have known the real estate market has been rebounding, this past year we saw that recovery dramatically accelerate. While the numbers showed limited inventory and historically low interest rates, the headlines told stories of multiple offers and bidding wars. With an influx of cash from booming tech companies and international buyers, sales and prices reached or exceeded pre-recession peaks in many of our communities. In some areas, year-over-year numbers show double-digit increases. For Alain Pinel Realtors, this meant a record breaking year in which we closed $10.5 billion, a 19% increase over our 2012 sales.
For a more detailed look at 2013 and the year ahead, check out our summaries on specific regions below:
East Bay: Limited inventory of homes for sale continued to keep a lid on the number of sales while driving sales prices upward and time on the market downward. Unlike buying frenzies of the past, overpriced and/or poorly prepared properties didn’t attract buyers, while properties that were priced well received a lot of attention, resulting in many multiple-offer situations.  We anticipate a more moderate increase in home prices as inventory begins to increase and the anticipated increase in interest rates somewhat dampen demand compared to 2013 levels.
Marin: 2013 was the best of times, and it was the worst of times. We struggled with a low inventory of houses all year, yet the number of homes sold was very good. In terms of homes sold, 2013 was significantly ahead of 2012 (California’s first year of recovery after the recession), and in May, July and December, even outperformed pre-recession numbers. All-in-all, this is a very strong indication that the recovery is alive and well.
Monterey Bay: The Monterey Bay is probably one of the most diverse areas of California, with prices ranging from $80,000 to $80,000,000. While total number of sales remained relatively level, we’ve seen an increase in median home price. In Santa Cruz County, we have seen a new energy in sales of $1 million or more. In Monterey County, we are experiencing more sales and fewer listings, which means that prices will go up even more. The overall market is now on solid footing and we project that 2014 should show continued growth.
Peninsula: The entire region is experiencing one of the shortest inventory selections in years. Multiple offers still abound, yet in most cases, fewer than earlier last year. Agents are finding themselves reaching out to their co-workers for upcoming offerings and priming their clients to react as quickly as possible when the right property comes on the market. The coastal area had a phenomenal increase in activity in 2013 and offers tremendous value in 2014 compared to many Peninsula areas. Although multiple offers are somewhat common in that market as well, they are not experiencing the frenzy that many Peninsula communities are.
San Francisco: The market continues to be a seller’s market with price appreciation continuing to rise in 2014. In most San Francisco neighborhoods, there is a shortage of available homes; however, record-low rates continue to drive buyers into the City. In addition, cash offers are plentiful, fueled by Silicon Valley and Pacific Rim buyers. New condominium developments will provide much needed product in 2014 on the Van Ness Corridor and Market Street. Multi-family and apartment buildings will continue to be sought after by value investors, motivated by record high rents paid by newcomers.
Silicon Valley: Because of the shortage of inventory and an excess of buyers, many transactions experienced multiple offers, with most properties selling over the listed price. Although the total number of sales was off slightly from 2012 (-5%), there was a dramatic increase in the median sale price (+23%). It is expected this robust marketplace to continue into 2014, especially during the first six months. Elements that will influence the rate of appreciation and level of activity in 2014 are: interest rates (it is anticipated they will rise), scarcity of inventory, and overall economic health.
Wine Country: While generally speaking the number of sales in the region was slightly fewer in 2013 than 2012, the average sales prices were significantly higher. 2014 is starting very strong as dryer conditions and warmer weather have resulted in many consumers flocking to the region. The hills may be brown instead of their lush winter green, but it’s great for wine country real estate, which traditionally doesn’t take off until the second quarter.
Overall, as we look towards 2014 in the Bay Area, we expect a healthier, balanced market. Lured by increasing prices, and new-found equity in their homes, we expect more sellers to enter the market, slowly increasing inventory. Some wild cards for buyers include interest rates, interest deductions and mortgage reform, and the actions of the Federal Reserve, which all can impact housing affordability. However, we expect sustained demand for home ownership and continued, but slower, growth in sales and home prices – leaving plenty of opportunity for buyers and sellers in 2014.
This article recently published in the Winter 2014 Exquisite Living.

About Exquisite Living

Exquisite Living is a premier digital luxury magazine presented by Alain Pinel Realtors. The magazine immerses readers in the luxuries of the Bay Area and beyond as one flips through luxury trends, market updates, community spotlights, and of course some of the most magnificent homes and estates.
Notable Listings / Sales

Highest Home Sale Ever Recorded in City of Alameda

February 10, 2014

Where: 1200 Saint Charles Street in Alameda (listing | virtual tour)
Alain Pinel Realtors (APR) announced at the end of January that it had closed escrow on a $3.4 million home, setting the record for the highest recorded sale of a single family home ever in the City of Alameda. 1200 Saint Charles Street, in the heart of the Gold Coast, was listed by David Gunderman and Andrew Raskopf of the APR Oakland Hills – Montclair Office. 
The property made a splash last December when it was listed at $3.3 million, becoming the highest priced listing ever on the market in the City of Alameda. The four-level Colonial revival features 6,000-7,000+/- square feet of living space and sits on around three-quarters of an acre. Built in 1898 by the celebrated Bay Area Victorian architects, Marcuse and Remmel, the property has been thoughtfully designed and updated by the seller, a notable interior designer. 
The estate was on the market for less than two weeks before being sold. Gunderman, who along with Raskopf also represented the buyers in the transaction, thinks it is indicative of larger trends in the City of Alameda. “Alameda’s luxury market is coming out of the shadow of Piedmont,” Gunderman explained. “More and more, people want to be part of this community, and with the limited luxury inventory, supply and demand economics are aggressively kicking in.”
The closing builds on APR’s rapidly growing market share in Alameda from 2013, when the firm nearly doubled their closed sides and more than doubled their closed sales volume over 2012. “The luxury branding of Alain Pinel Realtors, coupled with the marketing genius of agents like David and Andrew, has really resonated in Alameda,” noted Phil Weingrow, Vice President and Manager of the APR Montclair office.
See more photos of 1200 Saint Charles Street here.
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Notable Listings / Sales

Alain Pinel Realtors Lists Most Expensive Home in Alameda History

December 13, 2013

Where: 1200 Saint Charles Street in Alameda (listing | virtual tour)
Often called the “finest estate in Alameda,” 1200 Saint Charles Street has a new superlative: the highest priced listing in Alameda history. The Colonial revival is listed at $3,300,000 by  David Gunderman and Andrew Raskopf of the Alain Pinel Realtors Oakland Hills – Montclair office.
Situated on around three-quarters of an acre in the heart of the Gold Coast overlooking a lagoon, the grounds feature a swimming pool, sport/tennis court, guest house, adult-sized Victorian playhouse on own foundation, detached garage, and lush landscaping. However, the true jewel is the four-level 6,000-7,000+/- square mansion built in 1898 by Marcuse and Remmel. Every square inch has been thoughtfully and sumptuously designed by the home owner and notable interior designer. With two to three million dollars spent renovating and updating the home, the trophy estate honors the historical elements with some of the most exquisite period details while including modern amenities.
The estate’s artful design has garnered attention in the past, having been highlighted in several publications and tours, including: The San Francisco Chronicle, Alameda Magazine, Alameda Historical Home Tour, St. Joe’s Garden Tour. The estate has also hosted numerous community events, including the Alameda Hostpital Board Annual Luncheon and public school fundraisers.
Offered at: $3,300,000
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