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LOVE COMES IN ALL COLORS. June is Prided Month. Our niece, family and friends joined in the festivities in the Bay Area. This year’s theme was RESISTANCE–RESIST HATE and BIGOTRY. Celebrations across the nation and the world honored love and diversity. Happy Pride to everyone.

Posted in NEIGHBORHOOD on June 27, 2017 by Julie Nachtwey, the Claremont Hills Real Estate Expert



Our Visit to Rosie the Riveter Museum

Posted in FUN THINGS TO DO, NEIGHBORHOOD on March 31, 2017 by Julie Nachtwey, the Claremont Hills Real Estate Expert

See How Americans Joined Together to Win!


What a marvelous day I spent with friends at the Rosie the Riveter/

WW ll Home Front National Historic Park Open daily 10 to 5 in Richmond.

The highlight was listening to a talk by Betty Reid Soskin.  At age 95 she’s the oldest US park ranger in the nation Learn more about Betty Reid Soskin


My guest Betty Bainbridge Vitez from Ohio, and several friends enjoyed displays and films celebrating how women and minorities entered the workforce and changed America forever.  We enjoyed a tasty lunch next door at ASSEMBLE Restaurant, part of the historic CRANEWAY PAVILION

THE CRANEWAY PAVILION houses the restaurant.  The stunning 45,000 sq ft modern venue has been creatively re-tooled brought to life from the original 1930 Ford Assembly Plant. It’s where the Rosies made tanks, jeeps and armored cars.

ROSIE THE RIVETER TRUST works with the national park to expand educational opportunities and develop new ways to motivate and engage youth


Road to Rio? TRAIN to TRUCKEE

Posted in FUN THINGS TO DO, NEIGHBORHOOD on August 17, 2016 by Julie Nachtwey, the Claremont Hills Real Estate Expert

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Try it you’ll like it! My granddaughter age three and I had ball on our recent train trip to Truckee. The ride took 5 ½ enjoyable hours. Amtrack trains head for Truckee each day from the Emeryville Station. We left at 9:10am. It’s cool to give the conductor your paper ticket. The best views are from the Observation Car, with its clear-light windows and comfy cushioned seats. Lunch was available in the dining car.  We chatted with other passengers from near and far. Some folks were signed up for the sleeper cars, destined for Denver or Chicago. We arrived at 2:38pm. After exploring the train museum, we boarded the TART bus which dropped us at our doorstep in Squaw Valley. Can’t wait to take the train again!

Know Your Neighbors!

Posted in NEIGHBORHOOD on August 3, 2016 by Julie Nachtwey, the Claremont Hills Real Estate Expert

Police say that’s a key to staying safe. Help your neighbors and they’ll help you. Our National Night Out pot luck last night was fun! My Berkeley/Oakland neighborhood is a tapestry of ages. Some folks just moved in, others have lived here 50 years or more! The mission of National Night Out is to build community and better relationships with the police. Find out more!



You’re invited to Preview a Rare Property $3.7m Every SUN 2-5 through AUG 28

Posted in BERKELEY, BUYERS, CLAREMONT HILLS, FEATURED PROPERTIES, NEIGHBORHOOD, OAKLAND with tags , , , , on June 14, 2016 by Julie Nachtwey, the Claremont Hills Real Estate Expert

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92 Gravatt Drive, Berkeley 94705 (City of Oakland)


OPEN every SUN 2-5 through AUG 28

View Aerial Video Tour Here

Sweeping SF Bay Views

4+ beds 4+ bath

5200+/- sqft main house & guest house, pool & cabana


Posted in BERKELEY, EVENTS, NEIGHBORHOOD with tags , , , , , on June 1, 2016 by Julie Nachtwey, the Claremont Hills Real Estate Expert


“Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.”                             – Nelson Mandela


Berkeley Community Fund recently hosted an evening of conversation addressing the complex Barriers to Social Mobility & Educational Opportunity.


Featured guests included Christopher Edley, former dean of UC Berkeley School of Law and a leading figure in Democratic Policy circles. Joining him was Maria Echaveste, former advisor to President Bill Clinton and one of the highest ranking Latinas to serve in a presidential administration. The conversation was monitored by Jill Tucker, education reporter for The SF CHRONICLE. The event was held at the Berkeley home of two BCF supporters.


BCF provides four-year scholarships, mentoring and support for academically talented and resilient Berkeley High School students. The awards ceremony for this year’s 27 scholarship winners is Monday, June 13, 6-8pm, Berkeley City Club, Berkeley.

IMG_0273Learn more about fulfilling short-and-long term volunteer opportunities or donate http://www.berkfund.orgt/donate

BCF appreciates your generosity to help create a more equitable society, starting right here in Berkeley.

BOOKS ARE US…and more!

Posted in BERKELEY, EVENTS, NEIGHBORHOOD with tags , , , , , on April 14, 2016 by Julie Nachtwey, the Claremont Hills Real Estate Expert

Four loyal supporters of the Berkeley Public Library Foundation attended a special luncheon yesterday at SF’s elegant Boulevard Restaurant (Photo from left):  Barbara Manierre, Rachelle Owen, Toni Garrett, Julie Nachtwey.  Hostess was columnist Leah Garchik, SF CHRONICLE. Renowned Chef Nancy Oakes greeted the women as they dined on crispy squash blossoms and Chioggia Beet Ravioli. Boulevard is located at 1 Embarcadero, in the historic Audiffred Building built in 1889.  It’s one of the city’s oldest remaining buildings from early San Francisco, City landmark #7.


The luncheon was offered as an auction item at the Foundation’s annual Authors Dinner held in early February. BPLF has raised more than $3.5m to renovate Berkeley’s main library and four branches. The current goal is to create a “Teen Center” in the main library building. The Berkeley Public Library offers Berkeley residents more than 300 viable programs and services such as how to read, use a computer, fill out a job application, make a budget and much, much more.



The Audiffred Building


Boulevard Executive Chef/Owner Nancy Oakes