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Free piano lessons to the purr-fect Berkeley home finder (Part One)

24 Aug

I’d say I’m averaging 6 hours per day looking for the purr-fect Bezerkeley rental. In fact, I just slapped down $325 for an ad in the Daily Californian, only to discover that  the pricey paste-up landed in the Daily CLOG SECTION, about 5 pages into the rag. (Well it’s the Internet version, so it’s still a bunch of mouse clicks to get to a student blog pile-up) Basically, I’m COMPETING with eager beaver brainiacs to find a place in the “right part of town.” Might that  be  Arch, Spruce, Oxford, Bonita,  La Conte, La Loma, Milvia, etc.—or the whole Gourmet Ghetto?–with easy access to.

Did I say “ghetto?”–Apparently NOT  what I associate with certain neighborhoods in New York City, my birthplace.

In so many words,  my reserved box on Daily CAL  with ” CLASSICAL PIANIST, CAT , GROWN DAUGHTER, and PIANO,” is a  threat to the well-being of most landlords, that is,  if I’m  a renter in perpetuity. (No rent hikes for the next—–years) Fill in the blank. Did someone say “rent control?”

Go somewhere else! No Cats, besides!

A realtor friend in the know, tried to head off a housing blunder  by e-mailing ahead of my inquiry.  (It was an in-law set–up  ABOVE ground, just a stone’s throw from the GHETTO)

“Don’t worry, this neat and clean lady is seeking a short-term rental– Has plans to  buy in a year.”

Translation: She won’t get too cozy, or frame her “Home Sweet Home” embroidery on the wall.

And what about the grown daughter?

Not a boon to any rental application–with one exception–If she racked up 60K per annum.

How may other adult children had moved back with their parents as a safe haven from financial disaster.

Did I say “parents?”

In Berzerkeley,  I was on the right side of the  rental candidate curve, having no significant other–gay or straight–but only  if I promised not to PARTY or ransack the place.

Wait a minute! The same  landlord would take a student  over me who partied all night.

No doubt the tenant would  be pot-sniffing at a new location in less than a year. (automatic rent hike!)–while I practiced Chopin Mazurkas by candlelight.

He’d be bound for one of the  Co-ops–like the  infamous Cloyne Court  on Ridge, with communal refrigerators leaking rotten vegetables. (I recalled the sickening aroma when two of my CAL kids lived there)

I’d be sipping a Ginseng/Green Tea sunburst cocktail while listening to Glenn Gould’s “Goldberg Variations.” Who could care less?

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In summary, I’m willing to reward FREE, life-long piano lessons to the first home finder who lands me a nice place with the following specs:

700 Sq. ft min.–prefer North Berkeley or Westbrae–not anywhere near Tilden or Wild Canyon.. no Arlington or Kensington.

Must be BART accessible!

Can be a cottage, or  in-law (not underground and musty) that affords freedom to practice without complaint at  designated, civilized hours.

And finally, a cat  and grown daughter must be part of the package without threat of eviction for including them in my living arrangement. For the digs, I’m willing to  pay $1600 per month,  though I’d prefer to shell out $1500.

ME: High Credit score, Excellent refs–former homeowner for 25 years to 2005–immaculate rental history following. Oberlin grad and the rest.

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Back to my floating Daily CAL ad that  appears and disappears in a heart beat.

If you spot it on the fly,  click it fast enough to obtain contact info.

But just in case you have eye-hand coordination problems, here’s my e-mail address:  shirley_kirsten@yahoo.com

For bio info, click: http://elcerrito.patch.com/users/shirley-kirsten

Link: (More about my Bizarre Bezerkeley housing  adventure in its colicky infant stage)

http://arioso7.wordpress.com/2012/08/16/on-the-berkeley-housing-trail-eugene-oneill-style/