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




Posted in EVENTS, FUN THINGS TO DO, NEIGHBORHOOD, OAKLAND on February 11, 2016 by Julie Nachtwey, the Claremont Hills Real Estate Expert

Community Celebration Wednesday, March 9th

Oakland Leaf works with deserving students in Oakland to cultivate creativity, love and leadership.

“These children, today’s students and tomorrow’s leaders, are a good investment” — Odiaka Gonzalez, Oakland Leaf Executive Director.

If you wish to be inspired, join the celebration Wednesday evening, March 9th at Oakland’s Starline Social Club.


Tickets for “Love is an Action” Wednesday, March 9th, Starline Social Club



It’s Never Too Late!

Posted in BERKELEY, BUYERS, OAKLAND on January 20, 2016 by Julie Nachtwey, the Claremont Hills Real Estate Expert

It’s Never Too Late for New Year’s Real Estate Resolutions


The year 2016 is already almost three weeks old, but it’s never too late to adopt a smart set of resolutions to help guide you through the year ahead. Whether you are a homebuyer or a seller – or might become one or the other over the course of the year – take a look at Pacific Union’s roundup of real estate resolutions for the new year. They’re online at


Get to Know Your Friendly Ferns

Posted in NEIGHBORHOOD on January 7, 2016 by Julie Nachtwey, the Claremont Hills Real Estate Expert

Fern Canyon in Prairie Creek RedJoin volunteers on SAT Jan 16 at the Fern Glade in Garber Park.
Stewards of Garber Park plan to walk the Loop Trail and identify many native ferns along the way. They will gather at the Fern Glade and work together to remove any invasive species. The morning workshop will be held 9:30-12:30 with a speaker from Golden Hour Restoration Institute. Wear sturdy shoes and be prepared for changing weather. Refreshments will be served. Questions or RSVP to our dedicated neighbor
Shelagh Brodersen:


For those who aren’t familiar with the park a map and directions can be found on the website                                       Click on Directions in the Menu Bar at the top.

I’m thankful for…these organizations that make a difference!

Posted in NEIGHBORHOOD on November 26, 2015 by Julie Nachtwey, the Claremont Hills Real Estate Expert

Im thankful for... Thanksgiving Greeting


Posted in NEIGHBORHOOD on November 25, 2015 by Julie Nachtwey, the Claremont Hills Real Estate Expert

Our long-time neighbors, Nancy & Phil Polakoff, hosted a small group of friends at a fundraiser for the Scott Hamilton Cares Foundation  Hamilton is himself a cancer survivor. The Olympic Gold Medalist hosted skaters, both professional and amateur, plus guests of his foundation, on a hotel rooftop ice rink in Las Vegas. We were delighted to be among the supporters! Hot cocoa and s’mores were served around the fire pits.

LAST OPEN HOUSE: 1920 Julia Morgan

Posted in NEIGHBORHOOD on October 27, 2015 by Julie Nachtwey, the Claremont Hills Real Estate Expert

1 Eucalyptus EXT 1

OPEN HOUSE THURS Oct 29. Stop by 10:30am to 1:30pm. Last chance to see Julia Morgan’s 7+bed/6bath Colonial Revival 1920. Concrete reinforced walls, brick veneer.  SF Bay Views upstairs. Flat sunny yard.

Photos & more