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    Friday, May 26, 2017   /   by Abio Properties, Blogger

    Head for the Flats: East Bay Home Buyers Want Walkable Neighborhoods

    Remember when homes in the Berkeley and Oakland hills commanded premium prices and multiple offers because of their quiet suburban appeal and spectacular Bay and City views?

    Well, a new era of buyers have been flipping that East Bay home sales trend on its head. Now the flats are where it’s at, in part, because they are so walkable.

    Hot neighborhoods include Bushrod, Temescal and Rockridge – all easy walks to BART stations, bus stops, schools and booming commercial districts with farm-to-table dining, bookstores, craft brew pubs, funky and upscale shops, gourmet markets and children’s stores.
    Abio Realtor Elisabeth Watson says when she moved to the Berkeley Hills 12 years ago, the flats didn’t register as desirable unless they were very close to BART. Now she’s strategizing with hopeful homebuyers faced with a highly competitive market in the flatlands of western Berkeley and Oakland.
    “In a market ...

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      abio properties, neighborhoods, walkability, berkeley, oakland, rockridge, temescal

    Thursday, April 20, 2017   /   by Abio Properties, Blogger

    Take the Stairs! East Bay’s Secret Steps Will Challenge & Charm

    If this long winter and soggy spring have you climbing the walls, it’s time to get outside and climb some East Bay stairs instead.

    Roam off the beaten path to climb hundreds of steps hidden in our parks, neighborhoods and trails. Your reward for those burning glutes and pounding heartbeat?

    Spectacular views … and well-defined calves.

    We’re not exaggerating when we say hundreds of “secret” staircases dot our hills. A historic network of hidden neighborhood stairs in Oakland and Berkeley dates back to the days before everyone had cars. They were built as shortcuts from hilly homes down to the old Key System streetcars. Some flights look their age, and some are beautifully preserved in their Beaux-Arts grandeur.

    Other stairways are out-in-the-open centerpieces of public parks and are beloved by athletes and trainers.

    So, whether you are an exercise enthusiast or history buff, the East Bay has just the right st ...

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      abio properties, neighborhoods, walkability, recreation