Ortrun Niesar

A Garage Is a Garage Is a Garage. Or Is it?

Saturday, April 5, 2014

One of the most undervalued features of our beloved Rockridge bungalow homes is that outmoded, humble little adjunct out back we call a "garage." Why we still call it a garage is a mystery to me. Most of these structures haven't seen a car in them since the Model T went out of style.

Rockridge Real Estate: 2013 Review

Saturday, March 8, 2014

In reviewing real estate statistics for 2013, we are happy to announce that Rockridge home values have clearly returned to pre-recession levels. In fact, we have recovered better and more quickly than most other neighborhoods in Oakland or Berkeley. It seems that, despite our endemic urban problems, Rockridge retains its appeal as a vibrant premier residential neighborhood in the East Bay.

The Growing Need for Community Fundraising

Friday, April 5, 2013

Every year, as soon as the weather warms, local fundraising events spring up like daffodils all around our community.

Fundraising is something all of our schools and 501c(3) charitable institutions rely on these days to fulfill their missions. Most missions are designed to help fill a basic human need that has fallen between the cracks in our social system.

The Rockridge Muse, by Ortrun Niesar

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Last month, Patricia Bracewell’s first historical novel, “Shadow on the Crown,” the story of 11th-Century Emma of Normandy, was launched with great fanfare and a reading at Diesel Books. Reviews have been mostly in the 4-5 star category and Patricia is “over the moon” happy.

A Writer’s Journey

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