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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.

4/26/15 - A Visit From Two Special People
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Two friends we met at Sunbeam RV Park dropped by here in SKP Park Sierra on their way home to Washington state.

They've been special friends for several years, and we were delighted for such a treat.

Their plans were to spend a night in close by Oakhurst and spend a day visiting and “catching up.”

Once they “checked in” at their motel, we picked them up showed them the beautiful SKP Park Sierra where we are camped. The SKP park has a large and accommodating clubhouse, and we found it comfortable to sit in the nice sofas and chat the afternoon away! How good it was to see them (mother and daughter) and to get caught up on what was going on in their lives, and other Sun Beam friends.

After visiting much of the afternoon we drove to Oakhurst and had a nice dinner at a local restaurant (Crab Cakes.)

During our conversations around the table, we discovered that although Nancy had visited Yosemite with her husband many years ago, daughter Amy has never seen it! Well, we knew straight away we would have to change that, and offered to drive the two of them to Yosemite on Saturday. That meant that they would have to extend their stay, but it was apparent to us that they were “game” for the adventure! When we parted company, we agreed to pick them up at 9:00 am the following day.

The two of us have a long-standing love affair with Yosemite, and nothing gives us more pleasure than sharing this love with others. We made plans on what would be high on our list of “must sees” – Wawona tunnel (and the spectacular view from the parking lot, showing the whole of Yosemite Valley,) the Ansell Adams studio, El Capitan, the Awhanee hotel, and hopefully some travel on the free shuttle in the valley. We are not sure who was most excited to visit Yosemite – Amy and Nancy or us!

The weather in this area, since we arrived in February, has been DRY – like much of California. No rain, no showers, and no indication of it. Although last week the weather forecasters promised some rain/snow in the higher elevations (like 8,000 feet!) The promises were for last Tuesday, Wednesday – and for sure for Thursday. As usual, nothing came. Then, horror of horrors, when we awoke on Saturday morning, we had cold and (dare I say it?) RAIN. Not a soft, light rain, but a real downpour. Kathleen immediately checked the Internet: CHAINS on hwy 41 – snow in the valley and higher elevations – likelihood of dangerous roads. OMG!!! We reluctantly – most reluctantly - felt the need to change our plans. NO YOSEMITE TODAY! We drove into Oakhurst and informed our dear friends, that the trip was cancelled. They had plans to spend the extra night at the motel, but thankfully, were able to cancel without extra cost.

Paul suggested a decent route for them to get back to I-5 and the ability to skirt Sacramento on a weekend – traffic then being lighter than a weekday.

We bade “goodbye” to these two special friends and promised another date to take them to Yosemite. Perhaps next season when they go from WA to Sunbeam – or when they return home in the spring.

“Man proposes; God disposes” – I suspect.

We are so grateful that Amy and Nancy stopped by to see us, and we are determined to introduce Yosemite to Amy next year.

BTW, today - the day following the proposed trip has been a bright, sunny day… haven’t checked conditions in Yosemite yet.

We have some happy memories of their visit and look forward to the next time we meet! Good friends are hard to find!

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