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LAWN ALTERNATIVES ... Deva Luna, of EarthCare Landscaping, will offer a free workshop on “Smart and Attractive Lawn Alternatives” from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 15. Focus is on creating beautiful landscaping while conserving water and lowering bills. From 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, Sept. 18, a free, educational workday — a hands-on experience in maintaining a native garden — will be held at the Lucie Stern Bay Friendly Demonstration Garden. Volunteers of all ages are welcome, but minors under 18 need a signed waiver to participate, and children 12 and under require an accompanying adult. Gloves and tools will be provided; bring water bottle, sturdy shoes and long pants. Both events will be held at the Lucie Stern Community Center, Community Room, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Information: Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Call 650-329-2241 for lawn alternatives, 650-496-5910 or Paul Hepie, paulh@acterra.org, for hands-on workday.

YOGA FOR GARDENERS ... Common Ground Center Manager (and yoga teacher) Patricia Becker will offer “Yoga for Gardeners with Live Music” from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15, at Common Ground, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto. The class will emphasize how to care for knees, back and shoulders while stretching to live music by Herb Moore. Bring a beach towel or blanket. Cost is $31. Information: 650-493-6072 or www. commongroundinpaloalto.org MORE LAWN OPTIONS ... The California Native Plant Society, Santa Clara Valley Chapter, is organizing a symposium — “Lawn Alternatives: Do-It-Yourself Native Plantscaping” — from 8:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29, at Foothill College, Lecture Hall 8338, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills. Designed for both homeowners and landscape professionals, the program includes garden design, plant selection, lawn removal and maintenance, as well as a plant and book sale. The symposium is co-sponsored by Bay Area Water Supply & Conservation Agency and Santa Clara Valley Water District and hosted by the Foothill College Environmental Horticultural Department. Cost is $85 general, $75 CNPS members by Sept. 15; $100 at the door. Information: http://symposium.cnps-scv.org, symposium@ cnps-svc.org or 650-260-3450. N Send notices of news and events related to real estate, interior design, home improvement and gardening to Home Front, Palo Alto Weekly, P.O. Box 1610, Palo Alto, CA 94302, or email cblitzer@ paweekly.com. Deadline is one week before publication.

Spikes in water bills may be caused by leaky pipes by Helen Carefoot

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ills come in the mail nearly everyday, though occasionally, one contains a surprise: a charge for water you did not think you used. Leaking pipes or fixtures in your home or yard, such as a toilet or a garden hose, may be responsible for unusually high water bills. Many people become the victims of slow leaks, or small, steady streams of water dripping from faucets or showerheads when they are not in use. Though the leaks are usually small, the financial burden they add is not: A single leaking faucet can waste up to 350 gallons of water a month, while a leaky irrigation system can potentially waste up to 15,000 gallons of water monthly. “Customers are really shocked and don’t understand where (the extra charges) are coming from,” said Joyce Kinnear, manager of utility marketing services for the City of Palo Alto. “If the leak is really bad, the bill could be thousands of dollars. The bill will be higher depending on how fast the leak is.” According to Kinnear, dripping toilets and sinks are the most common cause of indoor leaks. One leaking toilet is capable of wasting up to 14 gallons of water daily, while a sink with even the smallest leak can waste up to nine gallons of water per day. “A leaky toilet can easily double or triple

the bill, while a leaky house sprinkler can increase the bill by 20 or 30 times,” she said. Outdoors, leaky sprinkler systems are the main concern because they receive a lot of wear and tear and can be easily hidden in large yards by plants or yard decorations. “People often don’t even notice their sprinkler head is broken,” Kinnear said. “Sometimes they are hidden under bushes or plants, so it’s hard to see that they are damaged or even missing a head.” Leaks are often the result of aging water systems and pipes. Old pipe or irrigation systems can develop cracks or fractures that spew water or leak. As a result, water is released from the appliance even when it is not in use. Though many larger outdoor leaks are caused by cracks and holes in aging infrastructure, the age of the appliance itself can be blamed for causing smaller leaks in more common appliances like toilets and faucets. Errant water use may also be to blame: Keeping the faucet on while it is not in use wastes money. In addition to denting your bank account, slow leaks can also cause significant damage to your home. Even a modest amount of leaking water can spill over and cause water damage to walls and floors, while broken

‘If the leak is really bad, the bill could be thousands of dollars. The bill will be higher depending on how fast the leak is.’ Joyce Kinnear, manager of utility marketing services, City of Palo Alto

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pipes and sprinkler heads are likely to damage the water system itself. “If the appliance leaks for long enough, the water can cause soil erosion and structural damage to the home itself,� Kinnear added. “In some rare cases, a home may need to be refoundationed to repair damage from a long-term leak.� If one finds a leak at home, the best thing to do is to call a specialist to assess the situation, she said. “Unless you are a really handy person, you should call a plumber or gardener to take a look at your home or yard,� Kinnear said. “They would have to diagnose the problem, then fix it.� The best way to avoid being struck with an astronomically high water bill is to regularly check the appliances in your home and yard, Kinnear said. “Be aware of your home. If no one is using water and you hear it running, there is still water going through your water system,� she said. “There are a variety of ways to fix leaks, but you have to be aware of them first.� N

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Home sales are provided by California REsource, a real estate information company that obtains the information from the County Recorder’s Office. Information is recorded from deeds after the close of escrow and published within four to eight weeks.

Atherton 79 Quail Court E. & R. Albini to S. Stout for $2,800,000 on 7/31/12

East Palo Alto 132 Maple Lane S. Ali to E. Shay for $535,000 on 7/31/12; previous sale 6/11, $500,000

Los Altos 691 Casita Way R. Canham to B. Hwang for $1,490,000 on 8/17/12 1015 Crooked Creek Drive Dunn Trust to A. & N. Jain for $1,515,000 on 8/17/12 1513 Julie Lane S. Weeks to S. Tholen for $1,915,500 on 8/14/12; previous sale 7/99, $952,000 706 Los Ninos Way P. Hanley to Z. Liu for $1,940,000 on 8/14/12; previous sale 4/05, $1,500,000 11652 Putter Way RNM Investments to S. Ng for $1,970,000 on 8/15/12; previous sale 5/11, $2,356,000 1286 Richardson Ave. R. Hong to L. Dsouza for $1,975,000 on 8/16/12

Los Altos Hills 26400 Purissima Road J. Stenger to J. & W. Vanderbeek for $1,795,000 on 8/16/12

Menlo Park 915 Menlo Ave. Scola Trust to H. Yang for $1,925,000 on 7/31/12; previous sale 5/88, $610,000 847 Roble Ave. K. & J. Karamchandani to S. Huffman for $1,935,000 on 7/31/12; previous sale 11/06, $1,505,000

SALES AT A GLANCE Atherton

Mountain View

Total sales reported: 1 Lowest sales price: $2,800,000 Highest sales price: $2,800,000

Total sales reported: 7 Lowest sales price: $500,000 Highest sales price: $1,612,000

East Palo Alto

Palo Alto

Total sales reported: 1 Lowest sales price: $535,000 Highest sales price: $535,000

Total sales reported: 7 Lowest sales price: $715,000 Highest sales price: $1,750,000

Los Altos

Portola Valley

Total sales reported: 6 Lowest sales price: $1,490,000 Highest sales price: $1,975,000

Total sales reported: 1 Lowest sales price: $1,200,000 Highest sales price: $1,200,000

Los Altos Hills

Redwood City

Total sales reported: 1 Lowest sales price: $1,795,000 Highest sales price: $1,795,000

Total sales reported: 8 Lowest sales price: $471,000 Highest sales price: $1,125,000 Source: California REsource

Menlo Park Total sales reported: 2 Lowest sales price: $1,925,000 Highest sales price: $1,935,000

Mountain View 184 Farley St. Canaan Taiwanese Christian Church to G. Black for $1,000,000 on 8/17/12; previous sale 12/91, $205,000 1857 Golden Way Regan Trust to W. Wallace-Freedman for $1,612,000 on 8/17/12 1547 Lilac Lane D. Hew to J. Casillas for $800,000 on 8/16/12; previous sale 7/98, $310,000 447 Lotus Lane J. Caywood to B. & A. Taylor for $530,000 on 8/16/12; previous sale 3/91, $230,000 1963 Rock St. #22 S. & Z. Morse to J. & L. Dinneen for $748,000 on 8/17/12; previous sale 10/04, $620,000

2255 Showers Drive #152 S. White-Desilva to S. Ullman for $500,000 on 8/16/12; previous sale 2/00, $320,000 826 Tulane Drive J. & E. Nadeau to C. Ho for $1,150,000 on 8/14/12; previous sale 7/05, $900,000

Palo Alto 1431 Alma St. ALMA Limited to R. Krentler for $870,000 on 8/20/12 3973 Bibbits Drive Ranes Trust to R. Brown for $1,450,000 on 8/20/12 420 Cambridge Ave. #5 Lucco Inc. to S. Jovidan-Nejad for $1,004,000 on 8/20/12 1062 Colorado Place C. & S. Freeland to Y. Guo for $715,000 on 8/14/12; previous sale 9/02,

$475,000 3731 Egret Lane S. Soundararajan to C. Liou for $890,000 on 8/16/12; previous sale 12/07, $858,000 835 Homer Ave. A. Gansheimer to I. & R. Ohana for $1,750,000 on 8/15/12 819 Oregon Ave. R. & S. Siu to W. Chung for $1,510,000 on 8/17/12; previous sale 5/92, $399,000

Portola Valley 161 Erica Way C. Eliaser to R. Parsa for $1,200,000 on 7/31/12

Redwood City 1479 Ebener St. V. Lashkareff to J. Baron for $589,000 on 7/31/12

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Real Estate Matters Build a dream home in Palo Alto for under $550,000? by Nancy MacLeod he first question is not “how” or “why” to build a home in Palo Alto for less than $550,000, but “where”? The answer is Panama. My favorite area in Panama is Boquete, known as coffee country, which is located in the rain forest. Palo Alto is one of the neighborhoods in Boquete, which has a population of 30,000, including 7,000 ex-pats from around the world. Boquete is located between 4,200 and 4,500 feet above sea level; the year-round temperature is between 65 and 75 degrees. The entire area is blanketed with greenery and magnificent flowering plants; the air is fresh and fragrant and with each breath one feels invigorated. Land is plentiful in Panama. Areas throughout the country vary in temperatures depending on elevation. The wet season is from April 15 to Dec. 15. The usual day starts a little overcast from sunup to 8:30. By 9 a.m. the skies are blue until one hears thunder between 2:30 and 4 p.m. It may or may not rain for a few hours depending on your location. One may see lightning and

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hear thunder alerting that somewhere near the clouds are crying and magnificent rainbows are formed. The average price for a top-quality home on 1 or more acres in Boquete with amenities similar to what one would find in Palo Alto, Calif., is $550,000 — where a typical asking price could be $4+ million. Of course the California home would not be sitting on an acre or more. There are numerous reasons why one would wish to own a home in Panama. The home may be a second home or your primary residence. The people are happy and friendly, the currency is the U.S. dollar, which has much more buying power than it has in the U.S.A. Land is plentiful, extraordinarily beautiful and incredibly inexpensive. The tap water is safe to drink. Many people chose filtered water only for a more pleasant taste. It is helpful if one speaks the native

10/84, $152,000 1141 Fay St. J. & M. Hudson to J. Meisner for $810,000 on 7/31/12 175 Jeter St. J. & M. Esguerra to C. & T. Nettles for $840,000 on 8/1/12; previous sale 7/07,

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ernment agency, as a rule, the properties do not have exclusive listings with one agent. A suggested outline to follow, should one decide to purchase in Panama, would be as follows: 1. Find a lot in your favorite area of Panama. Explore the different elevations and experience the temperature changes. From the highlands one can see both the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean. 2. Employ an attorney to assist through the process of land transfer and securing your ownership. 3. Apply for a visa (which may take up to six to nine months). The Panamanian government wants to see evidence of income. 4. Employ an architect. 5. Employ a contractor. 6. Collect and choose materials for your home. Many products are available in Panama but many of your choices and preferences may be from other countries, which will need to be transported to your location. 7. Employ a landscape gardener. Many beautiful plants are readily available and flourish in this tropical wonderland. Or if you wish to purchase an existing home skip items 4 through 7. N Nancy MacLeod has run an independent boutique real estate firm, Homes2Buy.com, since 1999. She was named Palo Alto Realtor of the Year in 2011. She can be reached at nancy@homes2buy.com. She wrote this while visiting and exploring the tropical paradise of Panama. sf, 3 bd 255 S. Rengstorff Ave. #125 Wells Fargo Bank, 8/16/12, $241,209, 935 sf, 2 bd

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FORECLOSURES Foreclosures are provided by California REsource, a real estate information company that obtains the information from the County Recorder’s Office. The date is the recorded date of the deed when the lender took title to the property. The price is what the lender paid for it (usually the mortgage balance plus foreclosure fees). Each property is now owned by the lender and is for sale, or will be for sale soon, individually or through public auction. Individuals should contact a Realtor for further information.

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OPEN SUNDAY 1:30-4:30 1130 Hillview Drive West Menlo Park TIMELESS RENOVATION 4BR 3BA | ±2430 SF ±10,413SF LOT Impeccable Ranch-Style Home Offered at $2,395,000

COMING SOON Prime Downtown Menlo Park NEW CONSTRUCTION Three Detached Homes 3BR | 3BA Stunning Modern Design Offered at $1,595,000

ZACH TRAILER International President’s Premier Top 1% Internationally

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Open Sunday 1:30-4:30 pm

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Greenmeadow - These buyers love the Greenmeadow community, and just about any condition home will do Eichler - Lovers of contemporary architecture, looking for an Eichler in a nice, friendly neighborhood Cottage or bungalow - Looking for an older home with character and charm - Old PA, Southgate or College Terrace ideal Lot - Local, renown builders looking anywhere in Palo Alto Downtown PA Condo - Young family looking to enjoy life downtown MP Willows or Menlo Oaks - Buyers looking for a traditional style home with separate dining room and eatin kitchen San Carlos or Belmont - updated home with a view Redwood City to San Mateo - Close to the train, 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom, ideally a ďŹ xer upper

STEPHANIE SAVIDES

Broker/Owner/Attorney DRE #01177101

Cell: (650) 464-3581

Stephanie.Savides@gmail.com www.SavidesRealEstate.com

Midtown Realty, Inc. 2775 MiddleďŹ eld Rd., Palo Alto Phone: (650) 321-1596 Fax (650) 328-1809 License # 01900986

550 Ortega B323, Mountain View Exceptional light and bright 1BR/1BA condo overlooks a beautiful central courtyard in the upscale Domizile complex. This is a gated complex with amenities that include pool, sauna, gym, steam room, secure underground parking, and concierge. Super location close to restaurants,Whole Foods, Trader Joeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Caltrain/Light Rail station, and Google campus, plus Los Altos Schools!!

Open Sat/Sun, 1:30-4:30

www.550OrtegaB323.com Lynne Mercer DRE#00796211 650-906-0162 Lmercer@apr.com www.LMercer.com

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Offered at $479,000

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Friday 5:18 p.m. Stimulating Market Trends @ Philz Coffee

PALO ALTO Brian Chancellor Davena Gentry Owen Halliday Leannah Hunt Bob Kamangar Kristine Kim-Suh R. Brendan Leary Kathleen Pasin Christine Perry Laurel Robinson Chris Trapani Alex H. Wang Leslie Woods JAMES YANG Edmund Yue

REDEFINING REAL ESTATE SINCE 2006 W W W. S E R E N O G R O U P. C O M

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Just Listed! Absolutely Charming 1034 Menlo Oaks Drive, Menlo Park OPEN SATURDAY & SUNDAY, 1:30- 4 :30

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STEVE BELLUMORI

International Presidentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Premier Top 1% Coldwell Banker - Worldwide DRE# 00494595

(650) 752-0826 sbellumori@cbnorcal.com

More photos at: SteveBellumori.com CONSISTENTLY SUCCESSFUL RESULTS FOR CLIENTS IN OVER 900 HOME AND PROPERTY TRANSACTIONS.

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Palo Alto Weekly 09.14.2012 - Section 2