Palo Alto Weekly

Real Estate - August 3, 2012

Home Front for Aug. 3

RENTS ARE UP ... If you've been home-hunting lately, it's not your imagination that rents have been edging up. Average asking price for a two-bedroom, two-bath apartment in Palo Alto rose to $3,349 through June 30, up 17 percent over last year; for a one-bedroom, one-bath place, asking rent is $2,402, up 9 percent, according to RealFacts, which gathers data on apartment buildings with at least 50 units. It's still less pricey in Mountain View: A two-bedroom, two-bath place goes for $2,679 (up 18 percent), and a one-bedroom, one-bath apartment for $1,894 (up 16 percent). The best deal in town is still East Palo Alto, with a one-bedroom, one-bath unit going for $1,063 (up 9 percent), or $1,300 for two bedrooms. (RealFacts calls both East Palo Alto and Menlo Park "outliers," because there are so few apartment buildings with 50 or more units.)

MORE FOOD, LESS WORK ... Master Gardener Ann Burrell will give a free talk about "More Food, Less Work: Growing Veggies in the Cool Season" from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 4, at the Palo Alto Demonstration Garden, 851 Center Drive, Palo Alto. Emphasis will be on how and when to start plants and seeds and when to transplant to maximize harvest. The talk is followed by a hands-on demonstration and tour of the edible and water-wise demonstration gardens. UC Master Gardener Candace Simpson will talk about "Less Work, More Food: Growing Cool Season Vegetables" from 2 to 3 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 10, at Avenidas, 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto. Information: Master Gardeners at 408-282-3105, between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday or http://mastergardeners.org

GET RID OF TOXICS ... Palo Alto residents may bring any unwanted toxic household products to the Regional Water Quality Control Plant, 2501 Embarcadero Way, Palo Alto, from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Aug. 4. Samples of what will be accepted at the Household Hazardous Waste Event include pharmaceuticals, paint, pool chemicals, pesticides, syringes, mercury-containing thermometers and fluorescent lights. Information: 650-496-6980

SUCCULENT SUCCESS ... Mimi Clarke will teach a class on "Succulent Success" on Wednesday, Aug. 8, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Filoli, 86 Canada Road, Woodside. Focus is on care, propagation and how to best use in the landscape. Each participant will take home cuttings or plants. Cost is $65 for nonmembers, $50 for members. Information: 650-364-8300 or www.filoli.org

HOME CANNING ... Librarian Candace Bowers will offer a free program on home canning at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 8, in the Mountain View Public Library's Community Room, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View. Bowers will talk about food safety, canning supplies, recipes and how to can food that will last for a year, including jams, jellies, salsas and pickles. Information: www.mountainview.gov/library or 650-903 6877

SUCCULENT WREATHS ... Cathy Ramply will offer a class from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 10, on "Succulent Wreath Making" at Filoli, 86 Canada Road, Woodside. Students will be sent home with materials and know-how to complete a 12-inch wreath; most students will not complete the wreath in class. Cost is $125 for nonmembers, $105 for members, which includes materials. Information: 650-364-8300 or www.filoli.org

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