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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.

6/29/14 - A Day at a Garden
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We really saw more than a "garden", but a garden was surely one of the big visits of the day!

Ann Marie (cousin Betty's daughter) called this morning and invited us to her home.

When she was a little girl, Paul stopped off in Akron to see Betty and her family. He returned home to wax eloquently about the little girl with the smile that "lit up the room."

So today we picked up Betty and drove to where Ann Marie now lives - (the girl with the smile that "lit up the room.")

Ann Marie and her husband, Bill greated us. We were in awe at what Bill has done to their yard. He made this waterfall and pond. The fish must have noticed us, and they swam toward us, mouths gaping open - they were hungry! Bill brought out some fish food, and those were happy fish! They consumed all Bill threw to them!

First of all, Bill is a horticulturist - if not by paper, by his work. What a blaze of color met our eyes. Bill is a master gardener and the yard proves it. It's truly a place of beauty!

He pointed out the many flowers, bushes and trees he's planted. I should have taken notes. Bill gave us a mini-tour of his outdoor handiwork, and I only remember a few of the plants and flowers he showed us. What a master planter he is! There are two large trees in one section of the garden, between which Bill has put up an inviting hammock. Bill has added a whimsical "face" on both trees.

More surprises in the home. Our first stop was to see one of his"lawn mowers" --- it is amazing!

It has an on board computer that acts much as modern day cars who are pretty much run by on-board computers!

In addition to his gardening expertise, he is an accomplished carpenter as well. He showed us some of the improvements and additions he's made to their kitchen and living area - wow! From the looks of their house, we figured that our son, Paul Jr would enjoy talking with Bill, and share with him, some of his own abilities with wood.....

While we were visiting and enjoying their beautiful home and gardens, their son, Nicolas, came in and just a little later, Nick's girlfriend joined us. So we met the whole family and had such a nice visit with them.

We all went outside to take some "family pictures" and were treated to sections of the yard, not seen earlier. Bill has created several spots where one could easily sit (or lie in the hammock) and meditate or simply relax and enjoy the scenery. For all intents and purposes, Bill has created a small park where one can relax and enjoy beauty all around! What a treat!

We really hated to leave their home and gardens, but Betty's sister, Marge and her husband invited us to join them at a restaurant. So we got in the car and drove to the restaurant. The skies here are amazing (compared to El Centro) - as we drove to the restaurant we noticed these high clouds ... harbingers of more rain? Oh no, surely not!

We enjoyed joining Marge and Joe. It's been a little more than two years since last we saw them.

And during our meal in the company of Marge and Joe, the heavens opened up and dumped more rain on this area. We were having such animated conversations that most of us did not know about the downpour. When we left the restaurant, the sun was shinning but the ground had puddles all over, proof of the recent "shower."

It's been a busy day, but the day has brought gifts of appreciation for relatives we don't see nearly as often as we'd like. Ann Marie and Bill were so hospitable and we carried away happy memories of them and their beautiful home and garden. Meeting Nick and his girl friend was icing on the cake!

Catching up with these relatives is such a great experience, and we are storing many sights and sounds from this visit to last long time!

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