Who Pays What in Santa Clara County?

Confused about what the buyer and seller typically pay in a real estate transaction?  This info-graphic shows which side generally pays what in the sale of a home in Santa Clara County.

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What Are You Doing This Weekend?

The weekend is almost here!

Get your dancing shoes on for the 19th Annual Dancin’ on the Avenue in Willow Glen


Check out The Darren Wilford Real Estate Weekender for everything going on around town!


Big news for Manresa – congrats for our Los Gatos culinary stars!

Manresa scores big with three 2014 James Beard finalist nods

Jackie Burrell | Mercury News | March 18, 2014 | link

It’s a happy day at Manresa, the Michelin-starred restaurant in Los Gatos, where two chefs — and a book — are basking in James Beard glory.

Thousands of chefs, restaurateurs, writers and foodies were glued to their laptops this morning for the announcement of the 2014 James Beard finalists in Chicago, which got off to a late start, due to the tardy arrival of a “special guest.” (Tweets began ringing out, theorizing about who the guest was and then “paging Julia Child.”)

When all was said and done, more than a dozen Northern Californians were among the finalists, including Manresa’s David Kinch for outstanding chef and his chef de cuisine, Jessica Largey, for Rising Star Chef. Kinch’s glossy cookbook, “Manresa: An Edible Reflection,” also scored a finalist slot in the “cookbooks from a professional perspective” category.

Exterior of the Manresa restaurant, Los Gatos, Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2006. (LiPo Ching/San Jose Mercury News)

Exterior of the Manresa restaurant, Los Gatos, Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2006. (LiPo Ching/San Jose Mercury News) ( LiPo Ching )

Winners will be announced at a gala awards ceremony on May 5 in New York City.

Here are the Northern California finalists:

Rising Star

Jessica Largey, Manresa, Los Gatos

Outstanding Chef

David Kinch, Manresa, Los Gatos

Best New Restaurant

Coqueta, San Francisco

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A sign of the times…

Palo Alto Home Sells For $1.6 Million Despite Cracked Foundation, Nearby Train

Andria Borba | CBS San Francisco | February 19, 2014 | link
This home Emerson Street in Palo Alto sold for $1.6 million. (CBS)

This home Emerson Street in Palo Alto sold for $1.6 million. (CBS)

PALO ALTO (KPIX 5) – Two recent Palo Alto home sales give a better understanding of just how crazy the Bay Area real estate market has become.

A buyer snapped up 202 Emerson Street in an all-cash deal for a cool $1.6 million, which included the bars on a door, cracks in the foundation and some missing bricks on the 1,100 square foot home. The house is also just steps from noisy Caltrain tracks.

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Don’t forget! Los Gatos is now BYOB…

BYOB: Bring Your Own Bags, Los Gatos

Did YOU remember your reusable shopping bags?

 Renee Schiavone | Los Gatos Patch | February 03, 2014 | link
        Monday officially kicked off a new era in Los Gatos, as shoppers in town can no longer bag up their goods in single-use plastic bags.
As of Feb. 3, store patrons are required to either bring their own reusable shopping bags, or pay 10 cents per paper bag.
So, how do YOU feel about this new policy?  Tell us in the comments below.
Here’s more on the new ordinance, from the city’s website:
The Single-Use Carry-Out Bag Ordinance was approved by the Town Council after considering an Environmental Impact Report in which Los Gatos joined 23 other cities to study the effects of single-use plastic bags on the environment.  The intent of the ordinance is to reduce the environmental impacts and pollution from plastic bags, reduce waste, and promote a shift towards reusable bags as a Zero Waste measure.   The Ordinance also helps the Town meet requirements to reduce plastic bags found in waterways under the Municipal Stormwater Permit issued by the Regional Water Quality Control Board. 

Is the new Warriors stadium in danger?

Ballot proposal would change development process for SF waterfront

  Joshua Sabatini | The Examiner | December 31, 2014 | link

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San Francisco’s waterfront has become the epicenter of development battles as the prized land has become increasingly desirable for hotels, commercial space and luxury condos. However, a new proposal has raised the stakes and could dampen ambitious plans such as the Warriors arena or the Pier 70 housing and retail development.

A ballot measure proposed for the June election would require voter approval if developments exceed existing waterfront height limits, which generally range from 40 to 105 feet.

While critics may lambaste the effort as anti-development, proponents say the measure is necessary to protect the beloved waterfront.

Under the measure, the existing height limits on Port of San Francisco property would be enshrined. If a development were proposed that would exceed those height limits, voters would have to approve it. Currently, developments that seek to increase height limits can do so with approvals from the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors.

Supporters of the proposal say the current practice isn’t working. They point to the recent 8 Washington St. luxury condominium waterfront development. The contentious project was approved by the Board of Supervisors and city commissions, but when opponents took the project to the ballot in November they won, overriding City Hall’s decision makers.

The official proponent of the measure is Rebecca Evans, chairwoman of the Sierra Club’s San Francisco chapter, who’s long been at the forefront of waterfront issues. Evans said she was asked by Jon Golinger, who led the anti-8 Washington campaign, to take the lead. The new effort is an “outgrowth” of that campaign, said Jim Stearns, the measure’s political consultant.

Evans predicted that voters would support the measure.

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