Our Steal: 7432 Deerwood Avenue, Oakland, California, listed by Mark Lederer and Derrick Tyler of The Lederer Team, Red Oak Realty for $589,000.

Real estate can surprise you in unexpected ways. Such is the case in Oakland, California. Movers and shakers in the industry are suddenly seeing the Oakland housing market transform. Prices keep going up, demand continues to surge, and a nice crop of wonderfully updated older homes and new construction beauties are changing the face of Oakland as we know it. So this week, we zeroed in on two fantastic Oakland offerings for our latest Splurge vs. Steal. Why Oakland you ask? We say, why not?

Take your pick on SecondShelters.com.

 

“Government forcing citizens to purchase products that cost more than $15,000, offer no safety benefits and paybacks not usually realized for a decade or more is hardly cause for celebration. In California, lobbyists for the solar industry succeeded where their innovation and marketing efforts failed.”

That’s what Phil Crone, Executive Officer of the Dallas Builders Association had to say about the new law passed last week to require solar power installations on all new homes (including townhome) builds in sunny California. It’s a real headscratcher that, in a state where housing is already the highest in the nation, lawmakers would add on yet more cost that will, obviously, be ultimately covered by the consumer.

 “New homes built in the last 20 years account for less than one percent of green house gas emissions,” says Phil. “Homes built today are 30 percent more energy efficient than those built ten years ago. Hundreds of new products have contributed to these milestones. Picking one prevents others from emerging.”

The measure solar mandate will apply to all homes, condos, and apartment buildings up to three stories high as of January 1, 2020, with exceptions for structures built in the shade (how will they define this one?) and offsets available for other energy-saving measures, such as installing batteries, such as the Tesla Powerwall. 

What Elon Musk is losing on his cars, he might be gaining on his solar roofs.

Only 15 to 20% of new single-family homes in California include solar installations currently. The mandate is expected to add $25,000 to $30,000 more to the cost of a new home than those built to the current 2006 code. Experts insist that extra cost, which accounts for both solar installation and improved insulation, would be recouped over the life of the home in savings on energy bills.

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2373 N 3rd Ave, Napa, California, is listed for $7.85 million by Cyd Greer of Coldwell Banker Brokers of the Valley – St. Helena.

This week has us dreaming of a wine country getaway, so what better way to appease those cabernet-colored dreams than a Splurge vs. Steal Resort Edition in Napa Valley! From hiking and biking, to boutique shops, restaurants and a flourishing arts scene, Napa is filled with things to do, including owning and operating your own vineyard. For this week’s Splurge vs. Steal I narrowed down Napa’s incredible offerings based on location, acreage, and ability to produce quality fruit. What I found may surprise you.

See them both and then choose your favorite on SecondShelters.com now!

 California midcentury modern with views for days, tucked into an 11-acre property studded with pine, in the heart of a newly-designated AVA (American Viticultural area) designated area sounds like an amazing second shelter — especially when you see all the room it has for entertaining.

Check it out on SecondShelters.com.

One of the stars of Basic Instinct is for sale.

The California home where parts of the 1990s thriller were filmed got a lot of attention as one of the more stunning sets in movie history. It is on the market – and the buyer will have not only a piece of cinematic history but a home with gorgeous, jaw-dropping views of the ocean and Point Lobos.

Check it out on SecondShelters.com.

Cary Grant

This pool house was built for Cary Grant – and it’s nestled in a four-acre compound in Palm Beach, California, surrounded by mountains.

He called it “Villa Paradiso,” and the pool house at this eight-bedroom, 14-bathroom, 15,000-square-foot compound in Palm Springs, California, was designed just for Cary Grant, who was just one of several old Hollywood royalty to vacation at the lush abode.

Today, we take a look at some stunning views and Old Hollywood charm on SecondShelters.com.

Planning a fall trip to California wine country? Resident oenophile Valerie Jarvie has the story on a Sonoma County winery with a North Texas connection — a local entrepreneur and the investor group who made the jump into serious wine making with aplomb.

Click here to read about Cast Wines of Dry Creek Valley.

Photo courtesy of Robert Hensley via a Creative Commons license

Photo courtesy of Robert Hensley via a Creative Commons license

Dallas is one of 15 top markets poised to attract baby boomer homebuyers because of an affordable cost of living, sunny weather, and friendly business climate, according to new research by the National Association of Realtors (NAR).

NAR looked at 100 metro areas with lower state taxes (or none at all, as is the case in Texas), stable job market conditions, and strong migration patterns of “leading-edge baby boomers” (those 60-69) moving to that area. By doing this, they predicted which housing markets are likely to see a boost from baby boomers. Cost of living, housing affordability, and housing inventory availability were also factors in their rankings.

For these reasons, Dallas was identified as one of five markets with strong potential for attracting baby boomer homebuyers.

“It comes down to housing affordability, and lower tax rates in the Dallas area and the state as a whole,” said Adam DeSanctis, NAR economic issues media manager. “More boomers after 65 are working, some because they have to, or feel like they have to, but also those that are healthier and want to maintain an active lifestyle. Those [baby boomer] business owners come to Dallas for its dynamic local economy.”

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