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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.


4/29/15 - Yosemite!
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We wanted to go to Yosemite National Park while Amy and Nancy (Amy's never seen it) and we felt duty bound to make sure she visits there. As mentioned in our previous posting, weather made canceled that trip.

The following day (as Amy and Nancy motored toward Washington state) we decided to visit the park and to encourage our friends to plan on visiting it next season. Spring is really the best time to visit the valley, for “normally” the winter has favored the Park with snow and the falls are fantastic.

Coming into the Valley, we stopped at the Wawona Hotel. It is just at the southern edge of Yosemite Valley. In the mid 1800s Wawona was called Pallahchun (meaning a good place to stop) by early tribes - because it was a logical midway site between the foothills and Yosemite Valley.

In 1856, Galen Clark built a crude 12-by-16 foot log cabin near a spring on the west end of the meadow. The main trail into Yosemite Valley ran near his place, making it inevitable that travelers would stop along the way. That was the beginning of Clarks Station, later called Big Tree Station and the predecessor of the Wawona Hotel. The present-day hotel is located on the far side of the meadow where Clark moved his inn before 1860.

A large two-story building with a lobby, sitting room, dining room, office and 25 guest rooms was ready and open for business in the summer of 1879.

In 1882, it was suggested that the Indian word, Wah-wo-nah - meaning Big Tree was a more fitting name for the hotel complex than Big Tree Station. Today Wawona is a self-sustaining mountain resort of importance and appeal.


We drove toward the Valley floor and were impressed and surprised by two things: snow along the edge of the road at 5,000 ft and higher


And so many dogwood trees in bloom! It’s difficult to take a “good” picture of the flowering trees, as any of the “pull outs” along the way were not close enough to the trees. This is the best we could do!


We wondered what the falls looked like now. We were surprised at the amount of water that cascaded down Yosemite and Bridal Veil Falls!


Yosemite was “packed” with visitors, and it’s not even “high season.” These flatbed trucks take visitors all along the valley floor and up to the Wawona Tunnel!


In an effort to restore the Valley, there are several meadows in Yosemite Valley, all of which have boardwalks that allow visitors to see the valley in as natural a state as possible. You can see the nice boardwalk where Paul has been walking.


Stopping in Cook’s Meadow, we were able to walk to the Merced River.


From the boardwalk, we were better abled to view some of the rock formations and Falls for which the Valley is known. We think that’s “Three Brothers” formation behind Kathleen.


The meadow from which El Capitan is best viewed is one of our favorite places in the park. Viewers bring chairs or blankets and create a viewing area of their own from which to spot the climbers. We did not expect to see any climbers, but Paul had brought his binoculars today and we did actually see several climbers.


If you look carefully, this enlarged shot shows one climber below another climber just above. We hope they have a safe and successful climb! The lower climber is just to the right of the center of this photo (left to right) and just above the center top to bottom.


Yosemite Formations



Happy Trails!!!


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