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Lana Ralston, Realtor® DRE # 01477598

Intero -
A Berkshire Hathaway Affiliate

496 First St, #200
Los Altos, CA 94022

e-mail LRalston@InteroRealEstate.com
cell (650) 776-9226

To see the list of recently sold properties by Lana click here

Owner's testimony -- 1527 Fordham Court, Mountain View, CA 94040

Recently we decided to sell our house in the Bay Area and move out of state. There is no need to describe how stressful this can be. We wanted to find a realtor who could not just sell our house but help with all expected and unexpected issues we could encounter. We chose to trust our house, which represents most of our life savings to Lana Ralston from Intero's Los Altos office. Lana has an extensive experience serving clients in Palo Alto / Los Altos / Mountain View and lived in the area for a long time.

Lana impressed us from the moment she walked into our house, and now, three month later when we are waiting for escrow to close, we are impressed with her even more. We began from making a comprehensive schedule, which directed us in doing house and yard upgrades, packing and moving out, staging, putting house on the market and taking offers. Lana helped with decisions on making the house and the yard ready. She saved us time and money by helping to choose what is necessary to make house appealing, providing the contractors, and overseeing most of the work, so we could focus on moving.

We were in the middle of the move when the coronavirus hit. At this point we had no choice but to keep going, making the adjustments to stay safe and follow the law. We left the state and let Lana manage the remaining tasks. Lana dealt with all arising difficulties and placed the house on the market right on schedule. She adjusted her marketing strategy to a new environment, and two weeks later we ended up with four offers at the price we wanted. We were only two days behind the original schedule, which is amazing considering the tough conditions Lana had to deal with.

In conclusion, we are very grateful to Lana for her support in these difficult times and being not just a highly professional realtor, but a great friend. We would not be able to pull this out without her.

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.

1527 Fordham Court, Mountain View

Like many towns between San Francisco and San Jose, Mountain View began as a stage coach stop. In 1850 the approximate route of today's El Camino Real was designated by the county as the town's major thoroughfare, with a stage stop between Stevens Creek and today's Grant Road. After the railroad arrived, the town's center grew around the station near Castro Street, named for one of the first major property owners, Mariano Castro. The city was incorporated in 1902.

Mountain View being blessed with rich soil and a mild climate, southeast of El Camino Real were orchards, vineyards and farmlands under large landholdings. One property owner was Elias Fulton Springer, born in Missouri in 1831, whose name continues today as Springer Road, Springer Elementary School, and Springer Meadows. The area was still agricultural after World War II. In the early 1950's housing was developed, as was the Rancho Village Shopping Center at El Camino Real and El Monte Road.

Adjoining Springer Meadows is a neighborhood called Blossom Valley, within which is another neighborhood and park called Varsity Park. The name seems to be related to several streets named for Eastern colleges: Yale Drive, Cornell Drive, Columbia Drive, and Fordham Way and Fordham Court. Fordham Court, although only about a mile from a major thoroughfare in Silicon Valley, is a quiet cul-de-sac.

To read about RIW history projects, please click History Projects link.

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 1916 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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