It started with a mud-wrestling contest, then an outhouse enhanced the scene until the job was done. This was well-worth the investment in our home. CLICK HERE for more info about having pavers installed at your home!
This August we’re hosting a wedding reception at our home and there are several more things that still have to be done. NEXT MONTH: A paint-job will occur. Stay tuned!
The year 2013 started off with my stepson Taylor visiting from Atlanta for the weekend. The first thing he said when he walked into our house was, “There’s no life in this place. You need a dog!”
We responded by visiting the animal shelter with him the next day. A quiet little white and pink pit bull terrier gently crawled into Taylor’s lap, curled up and laid there, as if it was his very own lap-bed. The little guy manipulated us into adopting him! We named him Piglet, after a lot of negotiation with my husband about giving him such a name.
Piglet helped get us started with our home improvement projects for the year. He started by going spider-hunting and tearing up the white linoleum that my husband hated because he always felt compelled to clean it. I deliberately chose that floor because I like walking around barefoot and wanted to know when it was too dirty to do so. Piglet fixed that for us and we now have beautiful tile. It is NOT white and my husband Greg still feels the constant compulsion to make sure it gets cleaned.
We also had roofers, solar installers, electricians, landscapers, and installed a new stove and exhaust fan in the kitchen. The exhaust fan was installed after more husband-and-wife negotiations about putting in a microwave vs. exhaust. The wifey won again. CLICK HERE for a photo of this accomplishment.
The caveman of the house also did some patching & painting, which came as a surprise to me the talent he has. I am a lucky woman!
This year has some interesting things in store for us, including more home improvements to be completed in time for a wedding reception we’re hosting for good friends of ours.
We’ll keep you posted as the improvements take place this year. Happy 2014!
Laura Lam, daughter of Sally- buyer of our previous listing is now a fantasy novel writer and will be visiting the Bay Area this holiday season. She will be doing two readings from her second novel, Shadowplay, while in the area.
An author’s reception will be held in Sally’s Prospect Hill neighborhood home after the reading and book discussion.
We’re happy to see Sally celebrate her daughter’s accomplishment in her beautiful home and we wish Laura more success in her career!
Slap a little make-up and color on it, scrub it clean, polish it up and voila! You have a goddess!
A couple weeks ago, we threw a party that started at 8 p.m. because everyone looks better in the dark! We figured that after 8 p.m., our guests wouldn’t be able to tell we needed a paint job.
The week before the party, however, the husband AKA “Caveman” did make time to paint. Why? I asked him if he was making an excuse to stay home while I slaved away at work. He insisted that he needs to be surrounded by beauty and that our work is what makes our home life worthwhile.
No argument from me! Let him paint, scrape, patch, plant, tear up, put back together, cook those tomatoes in the bowl before they go bad, etc.
In the last month, our goddess has had a new interior paint job, a new roof and solar and an electric car charger installed, new tile floor*, stove and exhaust hood in the kitchen and staining some of the wood and wood cabinets throughout the house.
There will always be more to do but better to do it now and enjoy it than do what many folks do and wait to sell before making improvements…
Realty World Neighbors’ Anna May, Greg Jones and Associate Simon Wong helped negotiate the purchase of this Historic Prospect Hill home!
This neighborhood has a very active neighborhood association that helps keep up the quality of life for its residents. This 1438 square foot home built in 1920 recently sold for $525,000.
Our agents actively promote the Prospect Hill neighborhood. CLICK HERE for an article written by Simon Wong quoting Anna May and mentioning Greg Jones who are both Prospect Hill residents. Anna May currently serves as the neighborhood association president; Greg Jones is a past President.
Think “zen” when you approach this home in the historic Prospect Hill neighborhood of downtown Hayward! With a very active neighborhood association, this oasis is only a few blocks from the downtown Cinemark theatre, farmers market, post office, city hall, BART, restaurants, shopping, coffee shops, etc. Only a few extra blocks away are the Japanese gardens and the Senior Center.
A glass-walled living room looks onto a koi pond in the back yard. Bamboo floors and rich Philippine mahogany complete the scene in the living area. The kitchen is inspired by the best 5-star restaurant kitchens in San Francisco. To add nostalgia to the scene, the bathrooms are decorated in hot retro tones. The overall scene will be appreciated by the most artistic and eclectic folks in the bay area who work hard, play hard and rest with equal fervor.
This home will be available by March 31st. Stay tuned for Open House dates!