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19 Hillcrest Road
Berkeley, California

Sick and tired of living in a dark Victorian house for nearly 10 years, I decided to look for a new home. Initially, I was set on finding something with a view or a spacious backyard in San Francisco. After three months of visiting Sunday open houses, I came to the conclusion that it would be expensive and I will get very little for my dollars.

For fear I will rot in cultural isolation. the East Bay neighborhoods were never a consideration. it was the "East Bay" afterall and the thought of dealing with the Bay Bridge traffic just scared me. Someone at work knew I've been on the hunt and suggest that I'll have better luck finding what I want in Berkeley or in the Oakland Hills. She also told me that the bridge commute is around 20-minutes. How is that different from a 20-minutes cross town commute in San Francisco? Furthermore, real estate prices over on the East Bay was undervalued at that time and I can easily find a property twice the size I have in San Francisco. The arguement was appealing and I decided to at least give it a try.

It was a rainy afternoon in late March when I decided to check out a listing over in the Claremont neighborhood of Berkeley. My friend saw it earlier on the weekend that it was a "fix-it-upper". With a little work, it could be quite charming. I had no idea the word little can be interpreted so differently over time.

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