THE SECOND STORY | October 16th, 2008

Home sweet home…

A variety of events have culminated in family being the focus of much of my attention this past week. For the past four years I’ve made a trek to Newport Beach during autumn. I make a home at the Marriott Newport Coast Villas , a quick walk to Crystal Cove State Beach on Pacific Coast Highway, between Corona del Mar and Laguna Beach. The blog header photo was an extraordinary sunset painted before my eyes Wednesday evening at Crystal Cove.

Being there gives me a chance to see my dad and his wife over the course of a few days and meals. I remember the ‘good old days’ of middle school (not so good) and high school (very good), and fondly recall how Carl and I met at Balboa Yacht Club.

As the photo shows, I still have my megaphone from senior year cheer leading, topping a shelf in my home office. A friend hand-painted them for us back then and while I hardly notice it, it fills the space nicely and adds some color. Maybe I should just give it up….
Each visit I enjoy at least one bike ride from the Balboa Pier to the Huntington Beach Pier and back, midst locals rather than loads of tourists. And I definitely make time to do work! Thank goodness for the Internet!

Evan and Erin typically make a visit from San Diego for part of a weekend. And this year Sutter joined me from New Zealand! As of yesterday, Sean is now in Alameda too!

And why are we all together? E&E are getting married Friday afternoon in a smallish ceremony. After 8 years of being together starting in college, Evan popped the question last December, and here we are. So we broke bread with both families tonight.

What about the ‘home sweet home’? Alameda is home. Newport is a nice place to visit. Even Sean got a sense of Alameda as ‘home’ when he and Sutter went to one of their favorite eateries on Wednesday, Ramirez Taqueria on Alameda Ave. It’s been over a year since Sean was there. When they walked in one of the amazing workers asked if Sean wanted his regular and then told him what it was. Even though NZ is home to S&S now, they clearly have a second home here.

Real Estate this week in Alameda…

Active listings 195, 188 last report

Pending listings 69, 70 last report

Highest priced new listing Click Here to View Listings 3 large apartment buildings, listed with the same company, leads me to believe common owners (different LLCs) are making big moves either out of the market or into other less management intense investments. Interesting.

Lowest price new listing Click Here to View Listings

Tuesday tour 12 w/ 2 repeats Click Here to View Listings

New 16 Click Here to View Listings

Price changes 14 Click Here to View Listings

Pending 7 Click Here to View Listings

Sold 5 Click Here to View Listings

BOM (Back on Market) 1 Click Here to View Listings

Expired 4 Click Here to View Listings

Withdrawn / cancelled Click Here to View Listings

Listing awards this week….none, since I was out of town when the tour took place.

So have a good weekend! I’ll be checking voice mail in between the wedding celebration events of Friday and Saturday. Patience, please!

Carry on! Marilyn

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I arrived in Alameda in 1973, as a new bride...with husband Carl Schumacher, both of us from Newport Beach. He was embarking on his career as a Naval Architect (i.e. yacht designer) under Gary Mull. Please see the 'ABOUT ME' page in this website! to see how it has all turned out! I'm so blessed!