THE SECOND STORY | August 12th, 2010

Alameda’s Boys and Girls Club is rising rapidly!

Blog photo and post: George Phillips, Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Club of Alameda, lead a tour of the new site of the club, situated off Atlantic (aka now as Appezatto), across from the high-end BayPort single family home community. It’s a dramatic work in progress at Alameda’s west end. Here some Harbor Bay Realty agents followed the leader last Wednesday morning as he walked us through the vision as it morphs into reality.

This is not your parents’ Boys and Girls Club, most recently located on Lincoln near Willow. This new club is about serving a wide spectrum of the community. All of Alameda. But also this location will fill needs that have been ignored on the west end: services for kids and families, a safe hangout where life skills are learned, a fun place to know that when you are there, you are part of a larger family.

Here’s 3D view of what will be the finished product, perhaps by the end of this coming February.

We need to face facts. The city can barely maintain parks and roads much less increase park services. The schools are cutting back everything possible to just maintain some decent standard of educational services. Neither of those tax driven entities can do it on their own anymore.

Thank goodness for the incredible dedication of the private sector, and some measure WW funds that are allowing this project to help fill the gap, helping meet the demands of youth today and well into the future.

Want to be part of making this happen? Go to the link above and you’ll see some options that might work for you. This is one ‘feel good’ project!

Quick glimpses:

The last of the summer series (went from 3 concerts to 4 this year!) is Friday at Crab Cove 5:30-7:30. I expect to be there by bike. The series has been diverse and terrific this year. Kudos to The West Alameda Business Association and Executive Director Kathy Moehring for her tireless support of the group and the concerts in particular. Hooray! YAY! Friday’s menu, besides the food and beverages, features Casino Royale performing 60’s/70’s/80’s Rock ‘n Roll!!!!! (I have to say I always crack up when I see people are willing to walk into and stay in an orange fenced-off cage-like arena, in order to imbibe their adult beverages. It looks kinda dumb but them’s the rules.)

Alameda real estate this week…

We put one on the market on Tuesday, closed one on Thursday.

Check out the sidebar to the right. Better yet…check out 1821 Encinal right here, right now. It’s 4 legal units: 3 in the front Victorian and a small detached cottage. The website, I think, gives a fair amount of info and visuals. I’ll be there 2-4 on Sunday. Come on by!

My clients closed on 2615 Washington today, Thursday. They seem happy and excited, making plans for turning this rather dated bungalow with a deep, deep backyard into their own castle (well, not a castle – they have too much style for that) during the next years.

Active listings this week 177, 183 last report
Pending listings this week 91, 85 last report

Highest and lowest priced new listings

Tuesday Broker Tour 10 with 2 repeats

New 14

BOM (back on market) 8

Price changes 12

Pending 17

Sold 8

Expired 6

Withdrawn/canceled 5

Alameda real estate awards this week….

I only have two…I was hosting 1821 Encinal open so didn’t see many on the tour.

You have to love the oldies to appreciate the two awards….
Bang for the Buck
Out of Rehab yep, my new listing. I remember seeing it 5 years ago when the current owners bought it and what a transformation since then!

So catch you at the COVE? Carry on! Rock on! Rock out! Enjoy the weekend…maybe we’ll have some SUN!

Best, marilyn

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