It™s that time of the year¦most people are in the midst of their holiday shopping, a few people (like me) haven™t quite started, and a few people”like the friendly woman in line in front of me at Starbucks this week”are œdone. And she™s not the only one–just as I was kicking myself for being behind schedule, another voice chimed in, œI™ve been done for three months. Well, we all have our systems that work for us; mine relies heavily on the last minute.
It seems like people are friendlier in December. Or maybe the lines are just longer and we entertain ourselves with conversation. Last night, I stood in line at the Kaiser pharmacy for at least half an hour. The long line circled around so I was facing people in line behind me. I had such a nice time in line; I felt like I made a few new friends. Of course, none of us got to the point of exchanging even first names”but I know that the woman in front of me was anxious because she was late to pick up her elderly mother and her husband just had surgery; and the woman four people behind me received opinions from all of us on whether she could pick up her daughter™s prescription without her Kaiser card. We were all stuck behind the woman with 29 various prescriptions to pick up”how sad that something was that wrong. My own prescription was just for a lotion that is supposed to help dry skin. If they were taking people in order of urgent need, I would still be there. I left that long line (finally) feeling cheerful and thankful.
Well, I digress. I™m enjoying the friendly and festive atmosphere of December and I™m determined to start my shopping soon. Meantime, are you wondering if anyone is shopping for a new house this time of year? Tour in Alamo was very light yesterday with only three homes: one in Stonegate; one in Roundhill North; and one on the Westside.
In Stonegate, the house on tour first came on the market in August and is a rare single story. I have clients who are interested in a single story in Stonegate, so I have an alert set up for them. When this house came on the market (and again when it had a price change 2 weeks ago, now just under $1,600,000), they (and I) received an email alert saying œrare single story in Stonegate. I set this alert up some time ago, and this house is the only one that has come through”most of those homes are two story. Stonegate is a delightful neighborhood”so quiet, close to Mt Diablo, gated, and with tennis courts.
In Roundhill North, the new listing is priced at $1,600,000 with over 4000 square feet and absolutely stunning views. Like so much of Roundhill North, the lot is large but not flat”a trade off for the view. Even a day like yesterday, a bit cloudy and not perfect weather, the views were hard to stop admiring.
The Westside listing is a brand new (2009) 5500 square foot home priced just under $2,400,000. Absolutely gorgeous home on a flat ½ acre lot with pool. Nice location near Rancho Romero, a happy school that I miss now that my kids have moved on.
It™s an interesting time to be a new listing to the market. I think it™s a good strategy because the buyers may be few and far between, but they are serious buyers. And it™s a great time for relocating famlies to look for a new home. I™ve taken relocation buyers out the day after Christmas, and it™s often frustrating for them since the inventory dips so low. Currently in Alamo, we have 85 active listings across all price points. In Danville, there are 186 and in Blackhawk, 44. Last year at this time we had 90 listings in Alamo, 230 in Danville, and 58 in Blackhawk. In 2008, the numbers were 108 in Alamo, 259 in Danville, and 67 in Blackhawk. Two homes have gone pending in Alamo in the first week of December”but none have closed so far this month.
Who knows? All those efficient people who are already done with their holiday shopping may just be out looking for a new home for the new year with all of their spare time. For myself, I better get shopping, and I look forward to the friendly faces in the inevitable long line at the Alamo Post Office, where everyone says “hello” to George, and you feel that small town atmosphere. Happy Holidays!