One year ago, Emeryville Poet Laureate Sarah Kobrinsky begrudgingly left Emeryville after having her rent raised nearly 40% by a former Emeryville Planning Commissioner. Happily, she and her husband Jered and 5-year-old son Jack landed in Point Richmond at a small cabin-like house in Point Richmond. “This,” notes Kobrinsky in the SF Gate article, “is our dream house.”
A potter and a poet create dream home in Point Richmond
By Sydney Pfaff
It could have been another Bay Area renter’s tragedy. Last year, husband and wife Jered Nelson and Sarah Kobrinsky were informed by their Emeryville landlord that the rent would rise 40 percent. So with their 5-year-old, Jack, they went out into the treacherous market — and found a happy ending.
The happy was a small house in Point Richmond, built by an architect for himself. Jay Betts had grown up in the East Bay and attended Cal Poly San Louis Obispo. After graduating, he made his way back up north and started working for an architectural firm in Marin. He began looking for property to buy and soon found himself a small lot on a hill in Point Richmond. The selling price was $5,500. (Yes, it was the ’70s.).
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