Joann Sullivan on August 1st, 2015

Many retirees decide to downsize as they get older. Getting rid of their stuff makes them feel freer and less tied down to their stuff with more time for all of they things they want to do in retirement.   For many, it is less expensive to live in a smaller house or condo. A growing […]

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Joann Sullivan on June 15th, 2015

I have been writing and talking about Ashby Village for over seven years. From the beginning, I thought the village movement (beginning with Beacon Hill Village)  was the best idea  for helping elders stay in their own homes as they aged. It takes a village to raise a child; it takes a village to care […]

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Joann Sullivan on March 30th, 2015

At the City Council meeting last Tuesday, the council made further revisions to the ADU Ordinance and voted UNANIMOUSLY to accept the revised ordinance.  (A unanimous vote by the Berkeley City Council is a rarity.)  The ordinance now goes back to staff for further review, but should be on the council agenda for final approval in […]

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Joann Sullivan on January 12th, 2015

2015 is here. The silver tsunami continues to grow. Where are we all going to live? Lots of seniors cannot afford to stay in their homes or apartments when they retire. For many low income senior housing facilities, there is a five year waiting list. There are several things that I am working on (with […]

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Joann Sullivan on July 26th, 2014

TTN-Home had its third meeting with its revised format earlier this week with almost fifty people attending the meeting.  If you are looking for creative housing options for seniors in the East Bay, this is the place to be!  TTN-Home is sponsored by the San Francisco Bay Area chapter of The Transition Network, a nationwide […]

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Joann Sullivan on July 17th, 2014

Yesterday I went to the Harborside Health Center in Oakland to learn how seniors can use cannabis to help with many of the medical problems that are common among them—chronic pain, arthritis, psoriasis, loss of appetite, insomnia, anxiety and depression. Sue Taylor, a Senior Wellness Advocate who serves on the Alameda County Commission on Aging, […]

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The Transition Network (TTN) is a national organization for women over the age of 50 who are dealing with transitions in their lives—career, life, health, housing and others. Because of the high cost of housing and the lack of affordable housing options in the Bay Area, the local chapter has implemented a new program: TTN-HOME—A […]

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Joann Sullivan on November 14th, 2013

Mark Rhoades from Rhoades Planning Group spoke yesterday at the Berkeley Association of Realtors about upcoming housing developments in downtown Berkeley.  Between 1970 and 1995, 400 new housing units were added in Berkeley; between 1997 and 2013, 2,000 new units were added.  In the next few years, another 1,000 will be added.  About one-third of […]

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Joann Sullivan on November 7th, 2013

I went to a conference on Tuesday in Cupertino—Housing, Community and Longevity:  Here Comes the Age-Wave.  This was the fifth annual conference organized by Chris Kennedy of the Institute for Age-Friendly Housing and the first held in Cupertino.  About 100-125 seniors and those who work with them were in attendance.  The mayor and entire city […]

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Joann Sullivan on August 29th, 2013

A few weeks ago I met with Audrey Young, a fiduciary who is founder and president of Family Concierge in Montclair.  She helps seniors and their families with the financial and personal needs that arise at the end of life.  I learned so much that day and asked Ms. Young to prepare an article for […]

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Joann Sullivan on June 15th, 2013

I have written before about the Women’s Housing Options group that I have been working with.  We have now been together for almost two years and I thought it would be a good time for an update.  Exploring housing options sounds like such a great idea, but actually making the necessary changes is very difficult.  […]

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Joann Sullivan on May 6th, 2013

Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) are self-contained smaller residential units built on the property of a single family home.  They may be attached (an above the garage unit or a basement unit) or detached  (granny flat, carriage flat, backyard cottage). ADUs enable communities to grow internally rather than externally, providing additional housing without consuming additional green […]

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Joann Sullivan on January 24th, 2013

Senior home sellers have been one of the hardest hit groups of the population during the past few years while our nation was experiencing a serious housing downturn.  Many of them had bought their homes as an investment for their retirements.  They were counting on profits from selling their homes to fund new homes in […]

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I have been hearing and reading a lot lately about the Burbank Senior Artists Colony.  It is a 141 unit senior housing complex for low and moderate income seniors.  Thirty percent of the units are for low income seniors whose monthly rents are $400-$800.  This one of a kind senior housing complex  looks like an […]

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Joann Sullivan on September 29th, 2012

I have been on the lecture circuit for the past few weeks with presentations at UC Berkeley and today at the Transitions Network Workshop on Housing Options for Seniors.  Here is my script for today’s talk.  I think it is relevant for all of us. When I first started working as a realtor, most of […]

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Joann Sullivan on August 4th, 2012

My dad is a great guy and has had a really interesting life.  He was born and raised in a small West Texas town and ran away from home when he was 18 to go to the University of Texas in Austin.  After graduating from college, he went to the University of Texas Medical Branch […]

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Joann Sullivan on July 17th, 2012

A few weeks ago, I met with a man who had recently become Executive Director of a local family services agency.  He told me that when he started his job, he had been amazed to learn that there are so many resources for seniors in the East Bay. Friends and  colleagues come to me frequently, […]

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Joann Sullivan on May 6th, 2012

Creative housing options for seniors are in the news.  I read yesterday about two women in Saratoga Springs, New York who sold their homes in a nearby town and bought one together They had known each other for thirty years in a Birthday Group which got together several times a year to celebrate milestones.  They […]

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Joann Sullivan on February 17th, 2012

Back in the 80’s and 90’s I worked at Children’s Hospital Oakland.  My friends and I frequently went out to lunch and our best source for good restaurants was our colleague, Lucille Poskanzer, the counselor in the Medical Genetics Department.  She loved going out to eat and did so weekly.  She knew more about local […]

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Joann Sullivan on January 18th, 2012

This  was a busy week for the  Women’s Housing Options  (WHO) group.  We met with Lois Leynse and Anne Lowery of Financial Fitness Center to answer the recurring question from several members of the group:  “Should I rent or buy?”  Lois and Anne provided good information which will help the group members make their decisions. […]

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