East Bay July Events Calendar

What says summer in the East Bay more than the fireworks and Independence Day celebrations near the bay! Read on for some fun ways to celebrate the birth of our nation AND a good old fashioned county fair and opportunities for family fun. Berkeley Hills Realty wishes you and your family a very safe and fun Independence Day! Read More

Saving Bees in the East Bay

Do you enjoy gardening? Do you enjoy having bees around to help pollinate your plants? The very mild weather we enjoy in the East Bay makes our region perfect for a garden of flowers or plants that can help our local bee population. Pollinator bees, in general, have been on the decline due to a variety of environmental impacts including pesticides, changing climate, habitat loss and mites. You can help with your garden. Really! Read More

Spotlight On Albany

    Located adjacent to Berkeley, fronting the San Francisco Bay, Albany prides itself on being a safe, community-oriented city, with strong services and programs for youth, families and the elderly. It is a city made up largely of single-family homes and small businesses.  Albany’s small town character is exemplified by its “Main Street,” Solano Avenue, a pedestrian friendly business district composed primarily of small “mom and pop” shops, and home to some of the Bay area’s best eateries. Read More

Things to Do in the East Bay – February 2017

What a rainy and wet 2017 we have had, but it looks as if our concerns for a drought have been waylaid for at least the time being! Some fun things to do in February are to enjoy the spaces and places that are fun to see when there has been plenty of water in the area. Also, it’s Lunar New Year where there are plenty of ways to celebrate the advent of the Year of the Rooster in the East Bay. Here is our list of ideas for fun in the East Bay and interesting things to do in our beautiful community!       What: Celebrate Valentine’s Day All Month With Berkeley Hills When: All of February! What: Berkeley Hills Realty’s friends and past clients, Abraham and Bonnee Elterman, recently opened (January 14th) a coffee shop next to their popular frozen yogurt sundae shop called, As You Wish.  The new location was formerly the real estate office of a long time Albany resident, Hal Hoffman and is called Hal’s Office Coffee. (read about the opening)   Bonnee is offering 25% off to Berkeley Hills clients for the month of February.  Stop by our office for a coupon this month and get 25% off at As You Wish or at Hal’s Office!   Outdoor Activities   What: Sunday Stroll at Redwood Regional Park When: Sunday February 5th 10 am- 2 pm Where: The Skyline Serpentine Prairie in Redwood Regional Park, Oakland Wake up and walk into nature. Enjoy the lush green hills and forest on this 3-mile diverse loop from prairie to redwoods and back. Explore the natural wonders within this beautiful park.   What: Salamandering! When: Sunday February 5th 9:30-11:30 am Where: Sunol Regional Wilderness It’s salamander season! Cool, moist, muddy days make for perfect salamander weather! Families will gently search for salamanders with worm-like bodies, golden eyes and bumpy skins! Drop-in, meet at Wilderness Room. $5/vehicle. Wear clothes and shoes that can get muddy, dress for weather. May be handling live animals.   What: Love the Beach Clean Up When: Sunday February 12 10:30-noon ‘ Where: Crab Cove Visitor Center, Alameda Make the shoreline your Valentine and show it some love by lending a hand to volunteer to pick up the trash to beautify the shoreline. Bring your own gloves and bucket or borrow ours. Meet at the Crab Cove Visitor Center. For more information, call: (510) 544-3187.   Entertainment   What: Lunar New Year Celebration- Berkeley When: Saturday February 4 Where: Corner and Delaware and Fourth Street in Berkeley Celebrate the year of the rooster of the Lunar calendar! Delaware at Fourth Street in front of Sur La Table and the Fourth Street Flower stand. This event has charmed its’ fans for 9 years now. A great event for families and children. 12-3 pm Candy Give-aways. 12-1 pm Martial Arts Demonstrations. 1-2 pm Lion Dance by the famous performers at Kei Lun. 2-3:30pm Store Blessing & Parade.   What: Lunar New Year Celebration Where: Oakland Asian Cultural Center When: Saturday February 4 from 11 am- 3 pm. Come and celebrate Lunar New Year at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center! There will be cultural performances such as Chinese dance, traditional music, lion dancing, and many more! There will be activities for kids such as arts and crafts, book readings, and balloon animals! Also, there will be a demonstration by Jimmy Zhang on the art of food and fruit carving. Admission is free.   What: Black History Month – Frankye Kelly When: February 4 at 8 pm Where: California Jazz Conservatory, 2087 Addison St, Berkeley Frankye Kelly, a well known local jazz singer and teacher,  pays tribute to some of the great African American jazz and blues singers from the 30s, 40s and 50s. Cost: $15   What: OMCA Lunar New Year When: Sunday February 12 from 12 pm- 4:30 pm Where: Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak St. This 16th annual event welcomes the Year of the Rooster with an array of Asian traditions in arts, crafts, food, demonstrations, live music, dance, martial arts and more. Cost: $15.95 adults, $10.95 students/seniors, $6.95 ages 9-17, children under 8 FREE. 510-318-8459.   SF Beer Week: The Bay Area’s annual craft beer extravaganza includes special beer releases, festivals, meet-the-brewer opportunities, beer dinners, tastings, demonstrations and more. Find out what is happening in Oakland, Berkeley and the East Bay between Feb. 10-19.   Valentine’s Day Offerings   What: Chocolate & Wine Cruise Sip wine and sample chocolates from local chocolatiers during a two-hour cruise on the bay. Must be 21 or older. 1-3 p.m. Feb. 11. Pier 40, 89 King St., San Francisco. $50. Read More

Gem of the East Bay-Tilden Park

Located high in the hills of North Berkeley lies Tilden Park, popularly considered “the Jewel of the East Bay.” Hiking trails with names like Seaview or Skyline wind past creeks, mineral springs, and green meadows, up to the sweeping panorama offered at Inspiration Point. The numerous vistas in Tilden Park inspire and delight and provide respite from the busy city life below.   Encompassing the Tilden Nature Area, most of the park’s 2,077 acres serve as tranquil shelters for native plants and wildlife. Rangers here are serious about preserving this magnificent habitat—they even close South Park Drive to automobile traffic to protect migrating California newts who make their annual trip from dry land to streams and ponds to breed, from the end of October to the end March each year. The attention to preservation results in an abundance of natural beauty. Local residents and visitors alike enjoy the wide variety of recreational activities, including steam trains, a golf course, and an antique merry-go-round.   In an effort that started during the Great Depression, the park is part of a 100,000 acre park system with 1,100 miles of trails, preserved for and by the residents of Contra Costa and Alameda Counties. Many of the roads, buildings, trails and dam were created by the CCC and WPA in the 1930’s and add a historic aspect to this beautiful park.   We recently went on a short hike through Tilden Park to see the flowing waterfall from the runoff from Anza Lake. On the way to the waterfall, we passed under majestic Coastal Redwoods and saw many trees still with vibrant fall foliage. The sound of cascading water coming down the stream in the quiet morning belies the fact that we were only a few miles from the homes and businesses in the area.   Learn more about Tilden Park and the expanse of the East Bay regional park system, the largest in the USA, by watching this insightful and educational video  created by the  East Bay Regional Park District.   Do you enjoy biking, hiking, rollerblading, walking and running? Here is a link to all the interpark regional trails.   One of our favorite things to do during the holidays is bring our children and friends to Tilden Park to ride the  Herschell Spillman Merry Go Round which has been in the park for 60 years. It boasts four rows of hand hewn horses, cats, dogs, chariots and more! The merry go round is located at the intersection of Central Park Drive and Lake Anza Road. During the holidays, the Merry Go Round is decorated with festive lights , Santa greets children and refreshments are available.  The Merry Go Round is open each night until 8:30 through the holidays.   If you are ready to explore and discover the park and all the trails, take part in the 2017 Trails Challenge. To complete the challenge, hike five of the trails – or 26.2 miles of trails – by December 1st, and submit a trail log to receive a commemorative pin, while supplies last. As in past challenges, the honor system applies.  Beginning Tuesday, January 3 you can obtain a free Trails Challenge t-shirt and/or a printed copy of the Guidebook, while supplies last, at select Visitor Centers.   Tilden Park and the entire East Bay park system are treasures to our area. If you are considering a move to this area, we highly suggest you visit! And if you would like information about the neighborhoods and homes for sale in the area, please contact us directly, we would be glad to share our knowledge! Happy Holidays! Read More

East Bay Realtors Unite for Fire Relief Fund for Victims of Ghost Ship Oakland Fire

Berkeley Hills Realty, along with the entire East Bay community is grieving the loss of 36 young lives in the recent massive warehouse Ghost Ship fire that occurred on December 2nd in the Fruitvale District of Oakland. The East Bay artist community makes the region vibrant and eclectic and many lives have been affected by this tragic event. Red Oak Realty, a fellow East Bay real estate company, has a non-profit component called ROOF-Red Oak Opportunity Foundation and quickly created a fundraiser to help those affected by the fire. ROOF started with a matching fund of $2500 and Berkeley Hills Realty stepped in create another matching $2500. From now through December 12th, all contributions to ROOF, will be matched up to $5000 and go to support the communities, first responders and families affected by the fire. “Berkeley Hills Realty has donated on behalf of our Realtor team to this fundraiser as a way to help the survivors of this terrible tragedy. Thank you to Red Oak Realty for stepping in quickly to create this effort for our artist community. We hope others will join us and show our support to those who need our help at this time,” said Berkeley Hills Realty Broker, Tracy Sichterman. If you would like to donate, please go to The local non-profit, Gray Area Foundation for the Arts, has established a fundraiser through for those affected by the fire. The Oakland/Berkeley Association of Realtors, through their Community Funds Program, is also offering a matching donation to help the victims’ families with unexpected costs up to $5000 towards the fundraising goal of the Gray Area Foundation. Our Realtor community is an amazing and caring group of people and we all are sending prayers to everyone affected by the fire. The Local nonprofit Gray Area Foundation For the Arts has established a fundraiser through for those affected by the fire. Read More

November Calendar of Events

Berkeley Events: 7th Annual East Bay Jewel Ball Location: Claremont Club & Spa – 41 Tunnel Road, Berkeley CA Date: Saturday, November 19th, 2016 The American Cancer Society’s presents a Great Gatsby themed Gala. Price: $300 Per ticket/$3500 per table. Website: Holiday Boot Camp Cooking Class in Berkeley: Everything But the Bird Date: Sat, November 5, 2016 Time: 10:00 AM – 2:30 PM Where: Rocket Restaurant Resource – 2940 Seventh Street, Berkeley, CA 94710 Price $130 What will you be cooking? Sourdough, Fennel and Sweet Sausage Stuffing Fresh Cranberry Ginger Chutney Cream of Chestnut Soup Sweet and Russet Potato Gratin Gingerbread Cake with Molasses Cream Website: Social Media Business Strategies Date: Tuesday Nov 8, 2016 Time: 2:00 pm Cost: Free Where: Berkeley Public Library – 2090 Kittredge St. (at Shattuck) Berkeley, CA 94704 Presented by the Alameda County Small Business Development Center this seminar will help entrepreneurs use social media such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Twitter to increase visibility and develop customer loyalty.= Website: 14th Annual Bay Area Firkin Festival When: November 19th from 11:30am-4:30pm, Where: Triple Rock Brewery and Alehouse What: 16 local breweries will be pouring their finest, freshest and strangest cask-conditioned ales, a phenomenon that doesn’t happen often. Breweries will be competing for Best Firkin with never-before-tasted brews, created specially for this event, and attendees will be among the first people in the world to taste them! Cost: $30.00 Website: Berkeley Half Marathon When: November 20th Where: Experience a running tour of our exceptional city starting with iconic Telegraph Avenue, tracing through UC Berkeley Campus, winding through the serene residential streets of North Berkeley, cruising along the waterfront near the Berkeley Marina and much more. Half Marathon at 8:00AM @ Milvia St. at Kittredge St., Berkeley, California 94704 10K Start at 9:00AM @ Page St and 4th St, Berkeley, California 94710 5K Race Start at 9:15AM @ Milvia St. at Kittredge St., Berkeley, California 94704 Choose your distance: The Half Marathon (13.1 miles), the 10K (6.2 miles) and the 5K (3.1 miles). All offer rewarding and fun experiences for runners of all types. Website: Oakland Events: “Jack of All Trades” Indie Craft & Antique Market Location: Jack London Square Date: November 12 Time: 11 am- 5 pm The every 2nd Saturday market features: What: 95+ local vendors (makers, artists, antiques, start-ups and more!) DIY Workshops: over half a dozen workshops from “make your own terrarium” to “make your own leather belts” Local Eats: Not only is Jack London Square home to some of the best restaurants on the water, but the market also features local food startups and food trucks. Live Entertainment: free local bands and musical performances, magicians, and street dancers. Bay Area Bead Extravaganza: When: Saturday November 12 Where: Oakland Marriott City Center What:  Jewelry makers, designers, shoppers…get set for two days of inspiration, creativity, shopping and fun! Price: $10 The Bay Area Bead Extravaganza, the largest bead event in the West, is two days of inspiration, classes/demos, creativity, and shopping fun. Browse 130 booths of unique jewelry-making treasures. For makers there are beads, components & supplies (handmade, upcycled, natural material, stones, glass, metal, and pearls) Classes are November 11th. Website: Black Friday 5K Fun Run When: Fri, November 25 Time: 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM Where: See Jane Run, 5817 College Avenue. Oakland Cost: Free Join us at our Rockridge location for a free 5K adventure run with T-shirt giveaway (limited to first 100 to register), goody bags, prizes, raffles, food and drinks. Organizers will send you on a team adventure through Rockridge/Oakland, gathering goodies, shooting pictures, running / walking stairs, meeting cool people and just having a great running adventure. This is a free event and open to all. Grab your friends and come run off some of that turkey with us. This is open to all levels, genders, ages and abilities. Walkers are welcome. Piedmont Turkey Trot When:  November 24 Time: 8:30 a.m Where: Piedmont High School. 800 Magnolia Ave., Piedmont Cost: $15-25 Website: Gear up before your big dinner with a five-kilometer (3.1 miles) course through some of Piedmont’s most beautiful streets. Meet in front of Piedmont High School bright and early and then run, jog, walk, or stroll with family, friends, and neighbors. Plus, the race benefits the PHS Cross Country and Track Teams.   Albany Plant natives on historic Cerrito Creek at Albany Hill Rain has come — hooray! Let’s get plants into soil so roots get down before summer’s drought. Help wildlife, control erosion — and learn about the exciting history of Native American settlements, Spanish land grants, dynamite making — even a train robbery! All ages welcome. Snacks, tools, and gloves provided. Wear closed-toed shoes with good traction and clothes that can get dirty. Dress in layers, prepared for changing weather. Meet at 10 AM at Creekside Park, S. end of Santa Clara Ave., El Cerrito (3499 Santa Clara). Short walk from AC Transit 72 or 25 or El Cerrito Plaza BART. Heavy rain moves to Sun.Nov. 13, or Sat. Nov. 19 if that is rained out. Click here for full schedule. Alameda County Community Food Bank Food Drive Starting on November 19, the Food Bank needs your help kick starting one of their biggest food drives of the year at Safeway stores across Alameda County. Donate food or consider volunteering to distribute. In 2015, 15,000 volunteers were instrumental in helping the Food Bank distribute more than 30 million pounds of food throughout the County. Want to make a bigger impact? Organize a Food Drive! It’s easy, it’s fun and it helps our community! There is a shortage of donated food and the Food Bank needs your help. Consider a Food Drive at your work, school, church or with your community group. Go to for more information. Berkeley Hills Realty is organizing a food drive! We are a drop off center, so folks can bring by non-perishable food items to our food drive for the Alameda County Community […] Read More

What’s Happening in the East Bay?

Upcoming Community Events: Berkeley, Albany, Kensington, Alamo, El Cerrito, Martinez and Oakland   Oakland First Fridays Festival When: September 2nd 5:00pm-9:30pm Where: On Telegraph Ave. from W. Grand to 27th St. An immersive art and community experience. Thousands of people come from across the Bay Area and beyond to see and experience art, be inspired, eat great food, enjoy live music, and stroll through the amazing, eclectic city of Oakland. Cost: Free / Donation   Oakland Art Murmur When: September 2nd 6:00pm-9:00pm Where: Various Oakland Art Galleries ( Every month – rain or shine! On the first Friday of every month, Oakland Art Murmur hosts an evening art walk featuring member galleries and mixed-use venues collectively open to the public. Cost: Free   Go Medieval For A Day When: Sunday September 5th 11:30 am- 7 pm Looking for fun, fellowship, exercise, and the opportunity to hit someone with a foam sword? Join Aureus Saltus for a day of medieval themed magic and hand to hand combat! There is no fee to play, the rulebook is free to download, and extra equipment is on hand to loan anyone who wants to participate. Where: The Barony of Aureus Saltus meets every Sunday from 11:30 am – 7:00 pm at Hidden Valley Park in Martinez, CA 94553. Cost: Free   Family Story Time When: Tuesday September 6th 6:30 pm-7 pm Where: Kensington Library, 61 Arlington Avenue, Kensington Welcome to kids of all ages and their grownups for Family Story Time! Stories, songs, fingerplays! Stay for free play after Story Time to meet other kids and their families. Cost: Free   Bike the East Bay! When: Saturday September 10th – 10 am-1 pm Offered by Bay Area Green Tours, “Into the East Bay Bike Tour: The Land and its Stewards” invites you to explore pathways of time and place on this bicycle journey through the East Bay’s least visited and most enchanted landscapes. More info: Cost: $30   Berkeley Boogie – A Historic Reunion Concert When: September 10th 8:00PM Where: Ashkenaz 1317 San Pablo (at Gilman) A benefit for the Fall 2017 of the Berkeley Historical Society Cost: $20      42nd Annual Solano Avenue Stroll When: September 11th 10:00am-6:00pm Where: Solano Avenue Over one mile of family fun! This family event promotes the unique traits of Solano Avenue, helping independently-owned businesses, artists, and community organizations to thrive by exposure and fundraising. Cost: Free   Oakland Creek to Bay Day When: September 17th Where: Click here for times and location. Oakland Creek to Bay Day is part of California and International Coastal Cleanup Day, the largest volunteer day in California and the world. On this day, thousands of volunteers remove litter from waterways and shorelines across California, the nation, and in about 100 participating countries.   Cerrito Creek Cleanup on Coastal Cleanup Day When: Saturday September 17th 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM Where:  Creekside Park, El Cerrito On Coastal Cleanup Day, join El Cerrito Green Teams and Friends of Five Creeks removing trash and invasive species along Cerrito Creek. Meet at El Cerrito’s Creekside Park, south end of Santa Clara Ave. (3499 Santa Clara on Internet maps). All ages welcome; there’s a play structure for very young children. Tools, gloves, bags, snacks, and water supplied. For more information about Coastal Cleanup Day, visit Cost: Free   Walkers 50+: Discover Albany Hill When: September 22, 9:00am-11:00am Explore amazing Albany Hill with Margot Cunningham, head of Friends of Albany Hill. On this walk, you will ford the creek on stepping stones and gain 300+ ft. elevation, some on harrow trails with nearby poison oak. Where: Meet at El Cerrito’s Creekside Park, south end of Santa Clara Ave. (3499 Santa Clara on Internet maps; easy from AC Transit 72 or 25, or El Cerrito Plaza BART) Cost: Free   Small-group walk in Tilden mapping invasives with cell phones When: September 22, 10:am-12:00pm Join a small group mapping invasives in beautiful Tilden Regional Park, using CalFlora’s cell-phone apps. Learn about natives and enjoy the outdoors while you help!. Where: Email [email protected] with questions, or to RSVP and get meeting location and instructions. Cost: Free   Tour the Sunset Magazine Bay Area Idea House When: Saturday September 24 and Sunday Sept. 25 10 am- 5 pm Nestled in the premier hilltop neighborhood of Claremont Hills, bordering Oakland and Berkeley, the 2016 Sunset Idea House includes eye-popping views of the San Francisco Bay Area and a contemporary, artisan-designed Craftsman home. Discover casual, beautiful, and innovative design ideas as you tour the house, which is filled with the creativity and diversity of the East Bay Area. Cost: Tickets are $25   Tour Architect Julia Morgan’s Berkeley City Club When: Sunday, September 25. Drop-in tours of 45-minute duration are offered between 1 pm and 3:30 pm. The club docents will introduce you to Miss Morgan, who was the first woman architect certified by the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, and will lead you through the vaulted halls and arcaded courtyards of this medieval fantasy that was built in 1930 as a women’s community clubhouse. Where: 2315 Durant Avenue, Berkeley, between Dana and Ellsworth. Cost: $10 per visitor, with student discount available. For special group tours, call the Docent Coordinator at 510-540-0444 or [email protected]   Berkeley Hills Realty provides this calendar of events for the community each month. If you have an upcoming event that benefits the community, showcases the lifestyle of the area, and provides opportunities for family fun, please send the information to [email protected] Read More

Plant Swap This Weekend 4/2/2016 at Berkeley Hills Realty!

Welcome Spring by coming to Berkeley Hills Realty’s Plant Exchange!  This Saturday April 2, 2016. 1714 Solano Avenue, Berkeley. We will be digging up treasures from our collective gardens.  Come get your hands dirty! BrushStrokes painting studio is hosting a hands-on workshop at the event. Read More
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