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    Abio Properties Blog

    Monday, November 20, 2017   /   by Abio Properties, Blogger

    7 Celebrity Chef Recipes for a Mouthwatering Thanksgiving

    If you haven’t set your Thanksgiving menu yet, add one of these must-try recipes from Bay Area celebrity chefs. We think we collected some superstar dishes here. Your guests will thank you!
    1. Thomas Keller’s Crispy Roast Turkey

    Don’t be intimated by the famous chef’s name on this recipe. Thomas Keller of the award-winning French Laundry restaurant in Napa Valley uses basic techniques like brining for 24 hours, high-heat roasting, and clarified-butter basting. See the recipe

    2. Gary Danko’s Moroccan Spiced Roasted Root Vegetables

    Coriander, paprika, and cumin aren’t traditional Thanksgiving ingredients, but that doesn't mean they aren't delicious! See the recipe

    3. Darius Somary’s Brussels Sprouts With Bacon and Lemon Aioli

    Even brussel sprout haters will fall in love with Chef Darius Somary’s combination of fried brussel sprouts, lemon, and applewood-smoked bacon. Somary hails from Hotel Sutter in ...

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    Tuesday, November 14, 2017   /   by Abio Properties, Blogger

    5 Ways to Love Lafayette: Meet the Neighborhoods

    Another article in our ongoing series about East Bay neighborhoods…

    If you've been eyeing a move to Lafayette, you know that neighborhood flavors range from downtown chic to semi-rural with rolling hills and horses. Choices, choices choices... How do you pick the right one for your family?
    Let us help! With many of our Abio real estate agents living and working in Lafayette, we already  discovered the best places to live.
    Let's start by describing why today's homebuyers are making Lafayette one of the East Bay's most sought after communities.
    Lafayette has variety: older homes, newer homes, gated communities, downtown neighborhoods, trailside neighborhoods, vineyards and horse properties. Lafayette has the schools: Most homes are located in one of California’s best districts. Lafayette has a Mediterranean climate ideal for outdoor living, recreation, barbeques, and gardening. ...

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      neighborhoods, lafayette

    Thursday, November 02, 2017   /   by Abio Properties, Blogger

    7 Essential Homebuyer Tips: The Need for Speed in Today's Market

    Want to buy an East Bay home for sale? You’ll have to be lightening fast to win the home of your dreams in today’s competitive market, and we have 7 essential tips for ramping up your speed.
    It’s a sellers’ market, where the number of property listings has plunged and the relative number of bidders has skyrocketed. Today’s sellers can confidently ask bidders for a lot -- including a quick close.
    Nationally, the average home sits on the market for about 73 days, according to Realtor.com. But in the Bay Area, it’s more like 31 days or less. Abio agents are seeing some deals close within two weeks!
    Your best strategy in such a fast-paced environment is to be ready. Here’s how:
    1. Partner with a real estate agent, if you haven’t already
    Interview potential agents and ask about how well they know your target neighborhood, their fees, and what services they offer beside negotiations and escrow. Request references from p ...

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      buyer's tips

    Monday, October 23, 2017   /   by Abio Properties, Blogger

    Want to See a Ghost? 13 Most Haunted Places in the East Bay

    Want to see a ghost this Halloween? The East Bay is filled with haunted places for cranky poltergeists and benevolent spirits, according to local paranormal investigators. Check out our Top 13. But, please, don’t go alone …
    1. USS Hornet - Alameda
    Voted the most haunted attraction in the East Bay, this decommissioned naval aircraft carrier ship could be home to as many as 50 spirits. Dozens of witnesses have told tales of unexplained sounds, moving objects and encounters with officers and enlisted men who suddenly vanish. Could it have something to do with the fact that the Hornet earned nine battle stars during WWII, with 300 lives lost? Spend the night if you dare. If you’re too scared to visit this floating museum in person, watch the video “The Haunting of the USS Hornet” by East Bay ghost-hunting expert Loyd Auerbach, available here. 707 W Hornet Ave., Alameda
    2. Black Diamond ...

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    Thursday, October 12, 2017   /   by Abio Properties, Blogger

    Cute Ghouls & Halloween Horrors: We Scared Up This List of East Bay Halloween Fun

    Whether you are searching for a good scare, pumpkin pickings, zombie pub crawls or the best neighborhoods for trick-or-treating, we have the skinny on Halloween fun in Alameda and Contra Costa counties.
    Let’s start with the free candy:
    The best ‘hoods for East Bay trick-or-treating and spooky sightseeing, according to our insiders, include Berkeley’s Mariposa Avenue and Russell Street (between College Avenue and Claremont Avenue); Oakland’s Cleveland Heights/Haddon Hill and Trestle Glen Street (off Lakeshore); Lafayette’s Victoria Court and the loop along Merriewood Drive and Silverado (near Burton Valley Elementary); and Alameda’s Haight Street (the 300 block).
    Our families are always on the hunt for favorite trick-or-treating streets, so if we missed yours, leave a comment here or contact us at Abio!
    For more spook-tacular Hall ...

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      east bay lifestyle, halloween