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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.

Wednesday, October 13, 2004
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We finally made a decision this morning.

Much as we love this area - it's unique beauty, its remoteness and peace; it is just too much of a challenge to get into town to pick up water and other necessities.

Paul approached Doc this morning and expressed our desire to not keep the 3 month plan for here, and instead, to leave tomorrow.

If any of you have ever made a reservation to doctor, hotel, spa, whatever - the usual message on all these sites is "No Refunds" .. This is not the case with Doc - he was more than generous in letting us out of our 3-month reservation. He wants his guests to be happy, and even though his web page states clearly that this is "camping". He was as nice as anyone might have hoped. He refunded us any monies we paid in advance of the two weeks we've stayed, and helped pull us out of the sand into which "Jerry" had sunk. It took a long time, using rugs, water, stones, and digging before his trusty little car pulled us free of the sand. We parked on "Tierra firma" across the way and proceeded to clean up and repack our little motor home for whatever journey lies ahead.

We could not, in good conscience, leave this little paradise without going out to see the whale/shark (see page Whale Ho) previous posting.

So we will take a trip with Doc and cousins of Malcolm and Laura tomorrow to see these incredible creatures.

We had pretty much "spread ourselves out" between our RV and the "beach cottage" so it took us most of the afternoon to clean out the inside of the RV (thanks to all the sand deposited by the sand storm of the other day.) We repacked all our boxes and supplies properly, so we're pretty much ready to "hit the road".

We were able, however, to spend a little time visiting with our new neighbors (cousins of Malcolm) and wish we were able to have more time to know them better. We look forward to our tour of the Bay with them tomorrow morning.

We feel so fortunate in having the opportunity to visit and enjoy this place. It is indeed, one of those special places that in time will be inundated by folks seeking the peace and quiet this incredible area provides.

Looking forward, in gratitude, for whatever trails lie before us,

Paul, Kathleen and Jerry, Too

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