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OPEN HOURE: 914 Aquarius Way in Monclair, Oakland

March 6, 2015

Where: 914 Aquarius Way in Montclair, Oakland (listing | virtual tour | video tour)
Open: Sunday, March 8th, from 2:00-4:30 pm
Step up to luxury with this sumptuous architectural stunners.  Elegant garden edged stairs carry you up to a world of splendor and comfort, with state of the art details, graceful design, and dramatic views from every window. This stunning Andrade Architects showpiece nestled between Montclair and Rockridge, boasts magnificent entertaining spaces, quiet retreats and  four bedrooms and three and half bathrooms. Large living room, formal dining and kitchen opens to gardens overlooking the bay.  Grand Master bedroom with walk in closet, jet tub and private deck.
The home is listed by Rick Richetta of Alain Pinel Realtors Oakland Hills – Montclair Village. See more at
Offered at: $1,650,000
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Featured Open Homes

OPEN HOUSE: 2741 Las Aromas in Oakland

September 26, 2014

Where: 2741 Las Aromas in Montclair, Oakland (listing | virtual tour)
Open: Sunday, September 28th, from 2:00-4:30 pm
This 3 bedroom and 3 bathroom sunny, custom contemporary home is located on cul-de-sac near Montclair Village. Tucked away in the surrounding trees, the home features privacy and an open floor plan. The living room has handsome built-ins around a marbled fireplace and floating hearth. The dining room is positioned to fully enjoy the view, and the kitchen, with ample marble countertops, has a greenhouse window for a handy herb garden. With many bonus spaces, including a sitting room off one bedroom and a large sunroom / office space off the master bedroom, this home will delight. A family room, wet bar and guest suite is accessible from a grand staircase. The extensive decks contribute to a great indoor-outdoor living and entertaining space.
The home is listed by Rick Richetta of Alain Pinel Realtors Oakland Hills – Montclair Village. See more at
Offered at: $849,000
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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

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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Featured Open Homes Notable Listings / Sales

OPEN HOUSE: 34 Stephens Way in Berkeley

May 2, 2014

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
Offered at: $2,750,000
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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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Featured Open Homes Notable Listings / Sales

Open House: Modern Swiss Family Robinson Oakland Hills Tree-House

July 26, 2013


Where: 3235 Brunell Drive in Oakland (listing | virtual tour )
When: Saturday, July 27th, from 2:00-4:00 pm & Sunday, July 28th, from 2:00-4:00pm.
Listed at: $1,249,000
Have you ever walked in a home that just has that magic? Where it instantly ignites an almost childlike excitement in you? This hillside estate will do it to you every time. Childhood whimsy and executive amenities find a harmony in the architectural gem at 3235 Brunell Drive that is sure to win you over. It also boasts some of the widest, most gorgeous views in the Oakland Hills (featuring 5 bridges!). 
Built in 1976 by Stanford-educated engineer (who worked on BART), the use of wood poles and timbers, large expanses of glass, and creative sliding doors create this modern-day, luxury tree-house in the Oakland Hills. At 4,588+/- square feet, this multi-level, 5bd/4ba architectural masterpiece with seamless indoor/outdoor flow takes full advantage of its surroundings with extensive decking, pathways, bridges, and terraces with lush landscaping. The gated, double-lot is tucked away among eucalyptus and oak trees, yet is minutes from Montclair Village, making this home truly an urban retreat.
Standout features include a large gourmet kitchen with cook’s island, a large wine cellar, antique wood-burning stove, dry sauna, hot tub, solarium, a waterfall-fed outdoor pool and tiled patio. With enormous redwood decks (nearly 6,000 square feet!) – this home is perfect for entertaining, dining outside, or taking a late night dip while taking in the lights of the Bay.
Perhaps most charming are the more unique details that are scattered about this adult (and child) tree-house. A Superman phone booth, private elevator, rooftop widow’s walk, Japanese soaking tub, climbing ladders throughout, laundry chutes, a built-in slide to play structure on the hillside, bridges, walkways, outdoor fireplace and lush gardens are just a few of the delightful touches that make this home truly like no other. Take the time to check out 3235 Brunell Drive – your inner child will thank you.
The home is listed by David Gunderman and Andrew Raskopf of Alain Pinel Realtors Oakland Hills – Montclair Village Office

APR in the News

WSJ/REALTrends: APR Agents Among Top in Nation

June 28, 2013

The Wall Street Journal and REAL Trends, Inc. announced the 2013 rankings of the top real estate professionals in the entire country based on 2012 sales volume. 14 Alain Pinel Realtors (APR) sales professionals were included in these prestigious rankings, with 6 individuals and 4 teams listed as the top producing agents in the country, giving APR the strongest presence of any independent real estate firm in California, based on sales volume.
Topping the list for Top Teams by Sales Volume are APR’s Mary & Brent Gullixson from the APR Menlo Park office, ranked #4 with a sales volume of over $265 million. For the past three years, Mary has been ranked in the top five in the nation on the Top Agents by Sales Volume list.
The Top Agents by Sales Volume list includes:

The Top Teams by Sales Volume list are:

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 2012.
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APR in the News

Alain Pinel Realtors Agents Rank Among Best in the Nation

June 28, 2012

18 Alain Pinel Realtors (APR) sales professionals, from all over the Bay Area, were recognized by The 2012 Wall Street Journal / REAL Trends “Top Thousand” which ranks the top real estate professionals in the United States based on 2011 sales data. With 10 individuals and 3 sales teams being honored on the prestigious by-volume lists, APR has the strongest presence of any privately-owned, independent real estate brokerage in the nation.
Topping the Top Individual Agents by Sales Volume is APR’s Mary Gullixson from the APR Menlo Park office, ranked at #4 with a sales volume of $253,485,527. This sales volume represents almost a 12% increase over Gullixson’s volume in 2010. Gullixson has placed in the top five real estate professionals in the nation for the past three consecutive years, and the top 15 each year since the list was created in 2006. This is Gullixson’s fifth time placing in the top five agents in the nation, more than any other REALTOR® since the list was created.
Also on the Top Agent list were Sherry Bucolo, of APR Palo Alto, at #59; Kathy Bridgman, of APR Los Altos, at #65; Judy Bogard-Tanigami, of APR Los Altos, at #93; Debbie Sharp, of APR Burlingame, at #108; Judie Profeta, of APR Carmel, at #178; George Montanari, of APR Los Gatos, at #188; Julie Tsai Law, of APR Palo Alto, at #229; Carol Mauldin, of APR Saratoga, at #244; and Therese Swan, of APR San Jose – Almaden Valley, at #248.
Carol Carnevale and Nicole Aron, of APR Menlo Park, were APR’s highest ranked on the Top Teams by Sales Volume list at #53 with $95,064,500 in sales. Also on the Top Team list were: David Gunderman and Andrew Raskopf, of APR Montclair, at #215; and Jan Majeski and Cynthia Anne Smith, of APR San Mateo, at #216.
“These are truly remarkable agents – and their achievements reflect this,” said Paul Hulme, CEO & President of APR. “With almost a million REALTORS® in the nation, it is an honor for any agent to be among this list. To have so many agents from Alain Pinel Realtors recognized is a testament to their hard work and dedication in providing top quality service to our clients.”
“The Thousand” is based on 2011 data and is divided into four separate lists of 250: top individuals by sales volume, top teams by sales volume, top individuals by transaction sides, and top teams by transaction side. The lists are compiled by REAL Trends, Inc. and published in collaboration with The Wall Street Journal.  To see the full lists, visit:

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