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NEW BOOK: John C. Ralston's This Date in San Francisco - 366 Days in the History of Our Fascinating Beloved City - is now available. 713 pages, with an entry for every calendar date of the year, and a few other dates, this is an indispensable addition to all San Francisco history lovers' collections.

Sale Price $29.95 (California residents add $2.62 sales tax, total $35.57, shipping included). If you wish to buy through our web site, please click here. Also available through Amazon web site, and at San Francisco bookstores.

This November, History Press West is delighted to announce a new San Francisco history title, Fremont Older & The 1919 San Francisco Bombing: A Tireless Crusade for Justice, from author John C. Ralston.
A tragic bombing. Two men falsely accused.One journalist seeking justice. On Saturday, July 22, 1916, as “Preparedness Day” parade units assembled south of San Francisco’s Market Street, a terrorist bomb exploded, killing ten people and wounding forty. San Francisco was outraged. Instead of searching for the perpetrators, however, the district attorney used the bombing as an excuse to arrest, try and convict two obscure labor figures without evidence. What became known as the “American Dreyfus Case” led to an international outcry, finally resulting in one defendant’s pardon and the other’s parole—but only after both men had been imprisoned for twenty-three years.

Price $19.99. Books on sale in all San Francisco and Bay Area book stores. Please order the books on the Amason: http://www.amazon.com/ OR Barnes & Nobles web site: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/

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Lana Ralston, Realtor®

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My e-mail LRalston@InteroRealEstate.com
My cell (650) 776-9226
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My Office is Intero Real Estate Services
496 First St, #200
Los Altos, CA 94022


A new Listing in Palo Alto -- 644 Wellsbury Way, Palo Alto CA 94306-- $2,298,000 just sold at $2,750,000 on April 30, 2015

Please click the link to see the Virtual Tour -- http://www.edigitaltours.com/15/04/25613/

This light-filled, charming house is situated in Palo Alto's midtown neighborhood. Among the amenities are oak hardwood floors and original pine kitchen cabinets. The open floor plan includes a spacious dining area. The cozy family room opens onto a patio suitable for outdoor entertaining. In back is an orchard with five fruit trees, in front a rose garden. It is convenient to the Midtown and Charleston shopping areas and the newly refurbished Mitchell Park Library and Community Center. Gunn High School.

The house at 644 Wellsbury Way was purchased by Guy and Barbara Bateman in 1957. Barbara was an accomplished musician, receiving a Master's Degree in Music Education from Columbia University, New York City. She studied bassoon at the Juilliard School of Music, and taught woodwind and served for many years as Wind Specialist for the Palo Unified School District and the El Camino Youth Symphony. She played bassoon in the Peninsula Symphony and taught private bassoon lessons.

" Three bedrooms, two baths
" Living room with fireplace
" Open floor plan with large dining area
" Large kitchen with original pine cabinets
" Family room opens onto a garden patio
" Oak hardwood floors
" 1,465 sq. ft. living space / 8,019 sq. ft. lot
" All redwood construction, built 1952
" Expanded 1972-permitted
" Roof is five years old
" Two-car attached garage
" Orchard with five mature fruit trees: apricot, plum, fig, orange and grapefruit
" Rose garden in front yard
" El Carmelo Elementary school
" Jane Lathrop Stanford (JLS) Middle School
" Gunn High School

A few reasons why you shall hire Lana Ralston as your real estate agent

If you decide to prepare the house for sale, I have a team of affordable painters, carpenters, cleaners, etc. They are available as soon as the listing contract is signed. The brokers' commissions are negotiable, and fully tax-deductible as selling expences. Below is an example of three weeks of preparation for the sale of 290 Iris Way in Palo Alto. On top, the house before remodeling. Just below, the house only three weeks later.


290 Iris Way before remodeling


290 Iris Way three weeks later

My clients are updated on a regular basis with all sold properties in their neighborhoods. If you have your area request, I will create special information for you only.

I do much more than other agents to sell homes. Click here for a list of 20 crucial points.

With every listing, for the Open House I create historical information about the builder, neighborhood, and architecture style.

History of Eichler Homes

Cape Cod Style Architecture

University Park and Professorville, or how Palo Alto was created.

Where did the name Wellsbury come from?

Wellsbury Way in Palo Alto owes its name to a wedding in England in the early 20th century. In 1904 James P. Blackman and Harriet Wellsbury were married in Surrey, south of London. Immigrating to the United States in 1910, they lived in Carmel Valley, then San Francisco, where Mr. Blackman was co-owner of a beauty salon on Geary Street. In 1948 the Blackmans settled in Palo Alto, bought property that had been part of the Clark Ranch south of today's Oregon Expressway, and subdivided it for 16 homes. Mr. Blackman named Wellsbury Way after Mrs. Blackman's maiden name. They lived the rest of their lives at number 685.

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