Alameda CA: Island Fun in the Sun While the Business Still Runs

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Fun in the Sun While the Business Still Runs in Alameda CA

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I think I achieve balance in life by taking time to love living the beach life style in my island city of Alameda CA.

Fun in the sunAlameda CA

I live in Alameda CA. It’s an island of approximately 70,000 people. Yes, we have a fabulous beach with fantastic views of San Francisco. We’re surrounded by many marinas. The climate is heavenly. Today, it was windy, sunny and clear, around 61 degrees. This was a day avid kite boarders dream of --- and dozens of them showed up on the beach, dotting the blue sky with brightly-colored kites.

...What could be more enjoyable than that proverbial walk on and by the beach?

...What could be more relaxing than walking the dogs with someone you love?

...Best of all, I didn’t have to go out of town to have a grand old time.

… Living in my island city is like living in a resort.


Fortman Marina

Oh, joy!

Furthermore, my phone didn’t ring once during that walk . Seems like my clients are taking the time off, too, and achieving balance in their lives as well.

More fun in the sun

I have already marked my calendar for the sand castle bulding contest and the outdoor summer concerts at Crab Cove.


My idea of “fun in the sun” took on a different meaning due to recent circumstances.

Last year, my 87-year old mother became seriously ill and was in and out of the hospital. We nearly lost her a couple of times. As such, it was not advisable for me to leave for an extended period of time, not knowing what may happen in my absence. A year later, Mom is doing so much better, and is able to get around using either a walker or a cane.

Yesterday, I wanted to get them out of the house and do something different. I took them to Berkeley Bowl -- one of the largest and finest organic grocery stores in Berkeley, featuring a multitude of varieties of fruits and vegetables. Ever see a vegetable called the Hand of Buddha?

We had a blast. For us, it was like a vacation.

….We were exploring so it was like an adventure

....We were seeing new things

....We were delighted with every discovery.

… We were having a very good time!  

… We capped the day with lunch at one of our favorite sushi places.

These, to me, are my most enjoyable moments with my family.

And the most fun in the sun


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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Pacita, fun in the sun is really fun only when we know the business is still running - and it seems you have all bases covered...have fun!

May 28, 2012 01:35 PM #1
Emily Medvec Qualifying Broker
Hello Realty Partners - Santa Fe, NM
Realtor | Serving Santa Fe & Northern NM
Your at home vacation is an inspiration. Sometimes the best is just out the front door. Your positive attitude shows me it is easy to take a vacation break whenever and where ever you happen to be at the moment. Suggested!
May 28, 2012 01:38 PM #2
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

Pacita,  So glad you are enjoying a balance in life and business ... and most importantly, that you Mom is doing well and you are spending quality time with your parents!

May 28, 2012 01:42 PM #3
Pacita Dimacali
Alain Pinel - Oakland, CA
Alameda/Contra Costa Counties CA

Praful --- I couldn't have picked a better place to live. It's peaceful, quiet, yet very dynamic, and just minutes away from city hubs of San Francisco and Oakland.

Emily --- living in Alameda is like living in a vacation resort. How lucky are we. thanks for the suggest.

Kathleen --- I'm having further balance in my life sipping a glass of wine :)  My mom is doing so much better. She said she cooked two Filipino dishes last night using the veggies we bought from Berkeley Bowl. Love it!

May 28, 2012 01:46 PM #4
Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida

Hi Pacita-like you I live exactly where I always wanted. Showing waterfront homes to people from out of state still gives me a thrill when their mouths just drop open. I also have the beach (which I love) moments from my door.

May 28, 2012 08:17 PM #5
Juli Vosmik
Dominion Fine Properties - Scottsdale, AZ
Scottsdale/Cave Creek, AZ real estate 480-710-0739

Pacita - proof we don't need a "full week" off for a vacation to re-charge our batteries.  Of course, if I lived in Alameda, I'd be on that beach all the time - I just love listening to the waves crashing and people watching.  

May 29, 2012 02:16 AM #6
Pacita Dimacali
Alain Pinel - Oakland, CA
Alameda/Contra Costa Counties CA

Marco --- I've seen your listings. Phenomenal. And yes, people flock to our areas for THEIR vacation. So we should enjoy where we are :)

Juli --- and think of all the folks who go to Scottsdale to experience your magnificent prairies. I did, in a jeep rally. Amazing country we live in.

May 29, 2012 04:03 AM #7
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
Keller Williams 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

Looks like the balancing act is one you have conquered well....and in a great place...have a super weekend !

May 31, 2012 09:56 PM #8
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad


Despite many trips to SFO I know almost nothing about Alameda except what I am learning from you! What a great place to be with a resort-llike environment yet so close to SF.


Jun 04, 2012 11:27 AM #9
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