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A palatial property in Piedmont

April 27, 2018

Where: 1 Bellevue Avenue, Piedmont, CA 94611
This impeccable home near the heart of Central Piedmont is a captivating combination of natural elegance and understated grandeur. Exquisitely preserved 1930s architectural elements fuse brilliantly with the home’s newer touches. The Tudor-style facade perfectly complements its interior charms, creating a setting that’s both sophisticated and approachable. Each floor of this palatial property offers something new and exciting, including a vast, finished attic level space that extends the entire width of the house. Outside the home, a lush enclosed rear garden with terraced brick and flagstone patios is surrounded by the beautiful flora.
Storybook architecture, fairy-tale flavor, and a location in one of the country’s most sought-after cities make this Alameda home a once-in-a lifetime opportunity.
Take a virtual tour and be blown away by this exemplary estate.
Check out the full listing for more details.
The home is listed at $5,885,000 by The Gunderman Group of Alain Pinel Realtors’ Oakland Hills-Montclair Village office.
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APR in the News

Local Alain Pinel Realtors Ranked Among Top Producing Agents in the Nation

June 29, 2015

Northern California Brokerage Dominates Annual National Rankings

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SARATOGA, California — REAL Trends, Inc., in conjunction with The Wall Street Journal, have published their annual report ranking the top real estate agents in the United States, including 29 Alain Pinel Realtors (APR) sales professionals. Nine individuals and 10 teams were included in the prestigious 2015 rankings which are based on 2014 sales numbers. In categories based on sales volume, APR had the strongest presence of any independent real estate firm in Northern California. In addition to ranking sales volume and number of transactions, the 2015 report also ranks agents by average sales price for the first time.
Topping the list for Average Sales Price are APR Menlo Park’s Mary and Brent Gullixson ranked #4 with an average sales price of almost $9.4 million. The Gullixson Team also was the #12 ranked team in the nation by sales volume with nearly $308 million. Notably, while many of the teams in the top 10 include several team members, The Gullixson Team is comprised of only two licensed individuals. By looking at agent productivity on teams, The Gullixson Team are among the top three in the nation. This is Mary Gullixson’s sixth consecutive year ranking in the top six in a category on the REAL Trends list, either individually or as a team with her son Brent. She has been represented in the top of the list each year since the list was created in 2006.
Leading the Top Agents by Sales Volume list is Keri Nicholas, from APR Menlo Park, ranked #38 with a closed sales volume of almost $181 million. Also included are Kathy Bridgman, from APR Los Altos, ranked #63; Judy Citron, from APR Menlo Park, ranked #73; Judy Bogard-Tanigami, from APR Los Altos, ranked #89; Joe Piazza, from APR Los Gatos, ranked #102; Zach Trailer, from APR Menlo Park, ranked #155; and Therese Swan, from APR Los Gatos, ranked #209.
Joining The Gullixson Team on the Top Teams by Sales Volume list are David Gunderman and Andrew Raskopf, from APR Oakland – Montclair Village, ranked #71; Carol Carnevale and Nicole Aron, from APR Menlo Park, ranked #144; and Caitlin and Gloria Darke, from APR Menlo Park, ranked #222.
In the new category of Average Sales Price by Individuals are Alireza Faghiri, from APR Menlo Park, ranked #87 and Sherry Bucolo, from APR Palo Alto, ranked #133. The Average Sales Price list by teams includes The Gullixson Team, ranked #4; Mara McCain and Samira Amid-Hozour, from APR Menlo Park, ranked #12; Anne Riley and Andrew Greenman, from APR Burlingame, ranked #44; Jolaine and Jack Woodson, from APR Menlo Park, ranked #73; Caitlin and Gloria Darke, from APR Menlo Park, ranked #87; Jim and Jimmy Nappo, from APR Los Altos, ranked #99; Carol Carnevale and Nicole Aron, from APR Menlo Park, ranked #133;  Jeff Stricker and Steve TenBroeck, from APR Los Altos and APR Palo Alto, ranked #131; and John Howmiller and Rick Ardizzone, from APR Los Gatos, ranked #221.
“Through their focus and determination, these agents earned incredible results in 2014, and are among the elite in the nation,” said Paul Hulme, President and CEO of APR. “We are so proud that they represent Alain Pinel Realtors in providing the highest quality of service to our clients.”
The REAL Trends/WSJ Thousand designees are recognized as the top one half of one percent of the more than 1,100,000 licensed REALTORS® nationwide. The list includes the top 250 agents or teams in six different categories, including top individuals ranked by closed transaction sides; top individuals ranked by closed sales volume; top teams ranked by closed transaction sides; top teams ranked by closed sales volume; and new this year, top individuals ranked by average sales price; and top teams ranked by average sales price. All rankings are verified from independent sources and are based on the calendar year 2014.
The achievements from these agents are in addition to the accolades APR has previously received based on their 2014 performance in which the firm closed a record sales volume of $10.8 billion making it the fifth largest real estate firm in the nation and the largest independent broker in California.

Notable Listings / Sales

FEATURED HOME: 25 Tanglewood Road in Berkeley

May 1, 2015

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MODERN MASTERPIECE BY PREMIER ARCHITECT
Where: 25 Tanglewood Road in Berkeley (listing | virtual tour | video tour)
Welcome to 25 Tanglewood Road, a modern masterpiece by distinguished Architect Stanley Saitowitz from the original home by Hans Ostwald. As seen in the pages of  Metropolitan Home Magazine, the home is a 2.5 million dollar renovation with finishes by notable interior design firm Hulburd Design and landscape architecture by Blasen Landscape Architecture.
Uniquely situated on a vast, park-like double lot featuring a 4+ bedroom, 4.5.5 bath main residence and a private, detached 1 bedroom, 1 bath guest house with dedicated parking for three. It is a magnificent sanctuary (no neighbors on either side) situated on a quiet dead-end street around the corner from Claremont District shops and restaurants, the popular Claremont Hotel, Spa, Swim and Tennis Club, and the Berkeley Tennis Club. It is an extraordinary location within walking distance of the UC Berkeley campus, College Avenue shopping, the Rockridge BART station, and the Market Hall.
The home is listed by David Gunderman and Andrew Raskopf of Alain Pinel Realtors Oakland Hills – Montclair. See more at www.25Tanglewood.com.
Offered at: $4,250,000
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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 Buyer / Seller Information

What's the most challenging part of the transaction process?

July 7, 2014
Agents Sound Off
 

David Gunderman & Andrew Raskopf
Oakland Hills – Montclair Village
510.205.4369
dgunderman@apr.com
araskopf@apr.com

Question: What is the most challenging part of the transaction process?
Answer: The most complicated part of the transaction process is managing people. Closing a real estate deal is about building consensus among sellers and buyers, as well as their representatives and advisers.
One of the greatest values a real estate professional can bring to a transaction is knowing when to be a diplomat or an advocate; knowing when to push, when to stand ground and when to back off. It is ultimately a people business, and people can be complicated, especially under financial and emotional stress. Managing emotions and expectations can be difficult, especially from an arm’s length when dealing with the clients of a cooperating agent. Emotions can get the best of people and their goals. Understanding human nature and knowing how and when to adapt, listen, debate, influence or appease is key.
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APR in the News

Alain Pinel Realtors Ranked Among Top Real Estate Professionals in U.S.

June 27, 2014

Nationwide report based on sales volume

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SARATOGA, California (June 27, 2014) — The Wall Street Journal and REAL Trends, Inc. have announced the 2014 rankings of the top real estate professionals in the entire country based on 2013 sales volume. Ten Alain Pinel Realtors (APR) sales professionals were included in these prestigious rankings, with four individuals and three teams listed as the top producing agents in the country.
Topping the list for Top Teams by Sales Volume are APR’s Mary and Brent Gullixson from the APR Menlo Park office, ranked #6 with a sales volume of over $323 million. This is Mary Gullixson’s fifth consecutive year ranking in the top six by sales volume, either individually or as a team with her son Brent. She has been represented in the top of the list each year since the list was created in 2006.
The Top Agents by Sales Volume list includes:

The Top Teams by Sales Volume list includes:

“Through their determination and hard work, these agents earned incredible results in 2013, and are among the best in the entire nation,” said Paul Hulme, CEO & President of APR. “We are proud that they represent Alain Pinel Realtors in providing top quality service to our clients.”
The Wall Street Journal Top 1000 designees are recognized as the top one half of one percent of nearly one million licensed REALTORS® nationwide. The list includes the top 250 agents or teams in four different categories, including top individuals ranked by closed transaction sides; top individuals ranked by closed sales volume; top teams ranked by closed transaction sides; and top teams ranked by closed sales volume. All results from the study are based on calendar year 2013.
Visit http://www.realtrends.com/products/rt1000 to see the full lists.

Featured Open Homes Notable Listings / Sales

OPEN HOUSE: 34 Stephens Way in Berkeley

May 2, 2014


SPECTACULAR CLAREMONT CONTEMPORARY; 5 BRIDGE VIEWS
Where: 34 Stephens Way in Berkeley  (listing | virtual tour | video tour)
When: Sunday, May 4th, from 2:00 – 4:00 pm.
Perched on the edge of a private bluff, surrounded by level-out patios, a Zen garden, and lushly landscaped terraces, this 3+BD, 3.5BA contemporary masterpiece by notable architect Alexandra Martynetz is a one-of-a-kind, 5 bridge view home located in the hills above the Claremont Hotel in surprising proximity to College Avenue and Rockridge BART.
Built in 2003 utilizing the finest materials and workmanship, this architecturally dramatic, light-drenched home enjoys the finest amenities one expects from a world-class executive retreat. Approximately 4755 square feet of extraordinary living space is enhanced by tasteful architectural details and finishes from gleaming Brazilian cherry flooring to soaring open spaces; from sensuously curved walls to the custom built-ins that create function from their form. Every meticulous detail has been thoughtfully and elegantly crafted to provide not just a warm and practical living space, but a work of art.
The home is listed by David Gunderman and Andrew Raskopf of Alain Pinel Realtors Oakland Hills – Montclair. See more at www.34Stephens.com.
Offered at: $2,750,000
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Notable Listings / Sales

Featured Home: 1466 Grand View Drive in Claremont Hills

March 21, 2014


Where: 1466 Grand View in Berkeley (listing | virtual tour | video tour)
The story of 1466 Grand View in the Claremont Hills above Berkeley is an extraordinary one. The land was purchased by Rita Moreno who retained the award-winning Modernist Architect Regan Bice to design this 4+ bedroom, 3.5 bath home with separate au-pair apartment. With some modifications, and the design consulting of David McDonald, this exquisite 5797 square foot steel and wood-based home was completed in 2006 by the respected builder W.B. Elmer and Associates.
Since its completion, 1466 Grand View has captured the imagination of the public and the marketing/design community with its unparalleled three bridge views, grand scale, custom designer finishes, and surprising proximity to the Claremont/College Avenue neighborhoods. It is nearly 6000 square feet of bold, sleek and inviting architecture in concert with the changing landscape of its sweeping bay views; the perfect backdrop for an extraordinary life.
The property also employs some of the most cutting edge technologies in home building including a hidden photo-voltaic solar system, smart 11-zone radiant heat flooring system, fresh air system, a state-of-the art A/V system, intercom system, and Logitech security camera near front door.
1466 Grand View Drive is listed by David Gunderman and Andrew Raskopf of Alain Pinel Realtors Oakland Hills – Montclair.
Offered at: $2,975,000

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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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