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$2800 - 2 BR - 1150sf - 429 Euclid - Oak - Onsite Pkg Soon


Door To Enclosed/Secured Porch

Enter secured 2 BR Apt from porch Stairs go to landing

Landing to top floor

Kitchen 8 x 13

Kitchen 8 x 13

Enter 18 x 27 Dining/Living Room From Stair
Years ago a tenant made an area the size of the bright part of the carpet in the photo into a great fenced play area for their child to explore

Bath 11 x 9.5

3 x 3 Shower at Left

Tub Not Used - Save Water

Bedroom 1 - 11 x 18

BR 1 Closet 6.5 x 6.5

Bedroom 1 - 11 x 18 - 3 Windows

Bedroom 2 - 10 x 14 - 1 Large Window

Bedroom 2 Closet 4 x 6

Bedroom 2 - With Rug

Kathleen and Paul are owners and live on site. So you'll get quick response to your needs and access to your washer/dryer in the basement.

Your apartment is only 100 feet from Grand Avenue and only 100 more to beautiful Lake Merritt where the winter birds are arriving. And runners abound.

Your Saturday Farmer's Market is closeby under/around I-580. Trader Joe's is just a few more feet. Whole Foods Market is walkable from your apartment. Sprouts Farmers Market is on Broadway and Safeway is closeby on Grand Ave.

Then there's the classic Grand Lake Theater. You'll find many good restaurants on Grand and Lakeshore. Walking Grand Ave and Lakeshore at night always reminds me of the Left Bank of Paris.

This area truly is a gem and Kathleen and I are glad and happy to live here. You will be too.


1/9/14 - Settling Down
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Oh slow down world, you’re going too fast! It's January 9, 2014 already and the days are going way too fast for us!

We still awake with the idea in the back of our heads to go over to the palapa where Ellen will probably be “up”, Caroline will probably be asleep, and the boys … who knows? Kitty will be busy at her computer and Jamie is often in the kitchen chatting with Paul ... Kilo is usually curled in his little bed, but can just as often be about, checking out stray animals in the street, or lying in the sun on the front stoop, still guarding the family!

We cherish the time we spent in PaaMul and the opportunity we had to interact with each of the four youngest members of the Hopcia family. The kids have grown so much in a year. What will next year bring? We speak of enjoying conversations and interacting with the kids, but we also had many mornings and days when we enjoyed the company of both Jamie and Kitty. On January 1, Kitty decided to do a little indoor painting!


Now they are trying to decide what final color to give the walls…...

Since our arrival at Sunbeam we’ve done little more than work on the mail waiting for us. We've tried to get in a walk each day - hoping each day to make our “exercise” a little longer than the day before, but so far we’ve only traversed the Lake only one time around - and we used to go round it three times. Our “get up and go” seems to have “got up and went.” But we ARE starting to look for it ;o)

At Christmas Granddaughter Ellen presented us with two of her own projects. This painting was the first one she did on her very first day of school! It hangs in our motor home now! Thanks, Ellen!


And Ellen, who both knits and crochets, gave us this little doll that now sits on our bed with a “fellow” Kathleen’s sister gave her a number of years ago. He used to have a tiny teddy bear to keep him company, but the bear disappeared ... soon after Kitty left us in Fremont, perhaps?


But back to El Centro, and Sunbeam Park in particular. Yesterday, as we returned from our walk there was much going on in our little neighborhood.

#1 - the large pile of wood had all been moved! Not a small task!
#2 - Our neighbors are in the process of playing “shift the sheds” (try to say it quickly three times in a row). Howard moved his small shed up the road someplace, but now has Jan’s shed. (That was moved today.)


#3 - Jan and Judy await their “new shed” from Sam and Camille. (Hopefully that will happen soon.) Jan and Sam are busy discussing the placement of Sam’s shed on Jan’s lot…


#4 - Sam the man is going to build a new shed - larger than the one he and Camille have used for awhile. (pictures to follow!)

Judy (not shown) as well as Jeanne and Howard, put all the chairs and tables in place in preparation for the afternoon “around the fire” …


During our daily “around the campfire” gathering, it was decided that this would be a good day to visit a well-known and favorite Mexican eating place - Camacho’s Place.


We read about this restaurant seven years ago and have always wanted to visit it, so we jumped at the invitation to join the others tonight.


Comache's Place



We want to return to the restaurant during daylight hours to read the commemorative plaques and to see the place in the light of day! We sure appreciated the opportunity to join our neighbors at this historic place!

Looking forward to getting out and about once Kathleen clears up her cold ...


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