Monday, July 30, 2018 / by Abio Properties, Blogger
Prop. 5: Boon for baby boomers and cure for the housing shortage?
Proposition 5, a measure developed by the California Association of Realtors, is headed to the ballot Nov. 6, and advocates say it could ease not only the property tax burden on seniors, but also relieve the state’s housing crunch.
Here’s what you need to know before you vote on Prop. 5, also known as the Property Tax Transfer Initiative:
What is Prop. 5?
Prop. 5 would expand Prop. 13 to allow homebuyers who are 55 or older or severely disabled to transfer their property tax base to a replacement residence in California for any price and as many times as they want. Prop. 5 also would apply to disaster victims like those affected by the recent wildfires.
How would it work?
Let’s say you bought a home in 1988 for $300,000, sold it in 2020 for $700,000, and bought another home for $500,000 that same year. You’d keep the tax rate you had on the 1988 home.
What does ...
Tuesday, July 17, 2018 / by Abio Properties, Blogger
July is National Ice Cream Month, and in honor of this auspicious occasion we are sharing the scoop on the best ice cream in the East Bay.
We are lucky here on the sunny side of the bay, because we get a cross-section of creative gourmet shops for adventurous foodies and family parlors for ice cream traditionalists.
Check out these 18 favorites, which are listed alphabetically and not ranked by their creamy deliciousness – because, well, they allare heavenly!
1. Cookiebar Creamery
Cookiebar is a small East Bay chain that creates outrageous flavors like Fruity Pebbles and “1606” (peppermint, house-made cookies 'n cream cookies, Oreos, and chocolate fudge). For the more sophisticated palate, there’s Toasted Black Sesame and Calamansi Sorbet. And, as the name promises, they have fresh baked cookies, too. 517 8th St., Oakland and 647 Central Ave., Alameda.
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Monday, July 2, 2018 / by Abio Properties, Blogger
Forget Napa Valley for your next wine tasting tour, because we have something easier. East Bay locals can explore an award-winning wine country much closer to home – in Alameda and Contra Costa counties, where the reds, whites and rosés are ripe for sipping.
Some East Bay wineries, like in the Livermore Valley, are historic and lush with mature vines. Others are uniquely urban and located just blocks from BART and Jack London Square. (As Sunset magazine recently pointed out about East Bay wine tasting: “California’s newest wine country leaves the ‘country’ behind.”)
Hop on the Livermore Wine Trolley or walk the Oakland Urban Wine Trail. Or hit one of the East Bay's many wine and food festivals, like the annual Taste Our Terroir, Livermore Valley’s annual quest for food and wine pairing excellence. Tickets for July 26-29, 2018, are available at www.lvwine.org.
This is a perfect time to test the grea ...
Thursday, June 28, 2018 / by Abio Properties, Blogger
Quiet tree-lined streets, historic Craftsman bungalows, and the world-renowned Gourmet Ghetto make North Berkeley a unique and heavenly draw among buyers searching for Berkeley homes for sale.
Located just north of Downtown Berkeley and the U.C. Berkeley campus, this in-demand neighborhood offers a diverse mix of single-family homes, duplexes, and multi-unit complexes. The farther uphill you head, the more you will find charming Arts and Crafts styles – the kind that put famed architect Bernard Maybeck on the map.
A typical Berkeley Craftsman home
And all these North Berkeley homes are mere minutes from remarkable restaurants, coffee houses, boutiques, galleries, sidewalk dining, and easy transit options such as the North Berkeley BART station. Live Oak Park is a super friendly, easy-to-reach North Berkeley centerpiece with playgrounds, community center, Codornices Creek, tennis courts, and the site of communit ...
Friday, June 15, 2018 / by Abio Properties, Blogger
Abio Cares, the public service arm of Abio Properties that is committed to supporting our East Bay community, is thrilled to announce the launch of “Take Me Home Tuesdays.”
Each Tuesday, Abio Cares will shine a spotlight on a wonderful rescue dog or cat who needs a forever home.
Photos, fun facts, and adoption details about these sweet pups and kitties will be featured on Abio’s Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts and on our new Abio Cares webpage.
“We like to say we find homes for more than just people,” says Abio co-founder Linnette Edwards. “And we are perfectly positioned to help these animals because we can leverage our social media channels to get the word out to a lot of people.”
Abio Cares is partnering with the award-winning East Bay animal rescue organization, ARF, founded by Baseball Hall of Famer Tony La Russa. Headquartered in Walnut ...