Compare Listings

East Bay: How Piedmont Brings Out the Worst in Me

By Home Girl, aka real-estate blogger Tracey Taylor).

Go to Piedmont and you feel you have entered another world. That’s if you live in Berkeley or Oakland or anywhere else where you are a mere mortal.

I suppose Piedmont is the East Bay’s equivalent to Pacific Heights. Rarefied, privileged, cocooned. The median list price here for a SFH is $1,236,000 (admittedly a tad lower than Pac Height’s $3,357,000, but you get the picture).

I saw a couple of Piedmont listings this weekend. The first was a pink chateau (above) priced at $3,295,000; the second, a 1950s one-level given a complete contemporary overhaul (below), was $745,000 less expensive, but by far the more interesting proposition in my humble opinion.

If you are the old-school type who favors traditional interiors and bourgeois accommodations, the chateau is for you. If, however, you like something a little more risque — a splash of California indoor-outdoor living, a few floor-to-ceiling windows and a handful of sumptuous bathrooms thrown in — then opt for the newer model (below).

Both homes have been on the market for 64+ days, and I would want to know why the second one, at 43 Farragut Avenue, has changed hands no less than four times in the past 11 years (beginning in 1997 — a snip at $1,250,000). But if you’re after more bang for you buck than in the Heights, these are both worth investigating.

Oh, I did visit a third open house on my tour of Piedmont:  224 Ricardo Avenue is a perfectly nice house in a perfectly nice area, but it costs $1,275,000 and, to be honest, I felt like I was slumming it. That’s the effect Piedmont has on you if you spend more than enough time there.

Above: your new neighbors should you choose to buy 43 Farragut Avenue in Piedmont.


img

alexclark

Related posts

Mid Century Flare Meets Spanish Med Barrel Front In Mission Dolores

Situated in the heart-center of San Francisco in oh-so hip Mission Dolores, on a tree lined (dare I...

Continue reading
by theFrontSteps

Not on MLS | 64 Rosemont Place | Mission Dolores

Your wait is over... Situated in the heart-center of San Francisco in oh-so hip Mission Dolores,...

Continue reading
by alexclark

Supremely Located West Portal Home Sells For $2,500,000

Pleased to report the recent sale of this fantastic West Portal Home: Beautifully renovated...

Continue reading
by alexclark

Join The Discussion

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Follow theFrontSteps

Get the latest posts delivered to your mailbox: