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Ira & Carol Serkes
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Thursday, October 19, 2006

Does 2 x Thousand Oaks = 2,000 Oaks?

Does 2 x Thousand Oaks Berkeley Neighborhood = Two Thousand Oaks?

Time will tell!

We just sold a Thousand Oaks home at 1711 San Lorenzo... and put another home on the market at 1837 San Lorenzo... so it means we have Two Thousand Oaks homes!

Carol and I have lived in Berkeley's Thousand Oaks Neighborhood for almost 25 years... and we love living here. It's an easy stroll to Solano Avenue (Solano Stroll?) shops, restaurants, and cafes... and just as easy a walk to Kensington Circle for dinner at the Kensington Circus Pub or Kensington Bistro.

That's why we're such supporters of Berkeley, and love selling homes in our Thousand Oaks Neighborhood.

Well, a delighted buyer just had their offer accepted on 1711 San Lorenzo yesterday... and we put another beautiful Berkeley House for sale up the street at 1837 San Lorenzo.

We wanted to personally invite you to visit this Sunday's Open House on Sunday 22 Oct 2006 2-4 pm.

1837 San Lorenzo, a beautiful home in
Berkeley's Thousand Oaks Neighborhood

$849,000 3 bedrooms 2 baths

Here's what this beautiful home offers
  • Newly Painted Interior & Refinished Floor
  • 3 Bedrooms; 2 Baths
  • Formal Dining
  • Master Suite
  • Bright Updated Eat-In Kitchen Looks Out Onto Patio & Back Yard
  • In-Counter Gas 4-Burner
  • White Cabinetry & White Tiled Counters
  • Kitchen Storage Benches
  • Office Has Built-in Desk & Shelving
  • Recessed & Track Lighting
  • Glass Paned Display Cabinetry
  • 3 Skylights
  • French Doors To Back Yard From Kitchen & Bedroom
  • Garage
  • Walk To Solano Shops, Movies, Restaurants!

And what makes 1837 San Lorenzo and the neighborhood so special... words from the heart from the owners

We love this house!

Although we’re excited about our new house - we are truly sad to be leaving this fabulous home.

We have lived here for more than ten years and started our family at this home. We now have two boys, ages 9 and 6. This house could not have been better laid out for families with young children. I could cook dinner, give the kids a bath and do the laundry all at the same time - and it never felt crowded!

The layout of the house worked well for us; the level out to the backyard from the kitchen was like having a family room outside. The circular flow of the rooms utilizes all of the square footage of the house and made the daily routines quite efficient.

The neighborhood, of course, is one of the most desirable neighborhoods in the East Bay. The home is within a short walk of Solano Avenue, where one can find some of Berkeley’s fine food, coffee, movies, and groceries.

We walk to Thousand Oaks Elementary School, where our son attends school and where the children have played (both in the tot lot and the school playground) since they were babies. We have tried to care for this property and home properly.

In the last 3-7 years we have installed a new roof, new furnace and new hot water heater. There are also a few new amenities, such as the hot water dispenser and filtered cold water.

The back yard was completely re-landscaped, so as to provide a comfortable and safe space for both children and adults. The "herb trough" in the back is a terrific place to plant herbs and vegetables - safe from the deer and most little nibbly creatures.

The new owners of this home will soon find that they could never imagine better neighbors. This has been the most difficult part of the move for us. We are surrounded - on both sides and across the street - by numerous fabulous and talented neighbors. They have done everything from been an ear to talk to; watch our house when we were out of town; bring me countless dinners when I was on bed rest; babysit; coach my boys in soccer; look out for our eldest child who has special needs; and teach my youngest son piano.

It is a remarkable community!


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