Diabloland at 50% Off
TO ENTER TO WIN, CLICK THROUGH TO THE STORY AND THE CONTESTS ARE INCLUDED IN THE TEXT. With the economy in the tank, now might be the time to join a country club, buy a luxury car, or take sailing lessons. It’s true: Bargain-hunting season is here, and with a little help from our red-hot lifestyle guide to new deals and some East Bay classics, you can start saving on everything from hairstyling to happy hour. We even show you some amazing outfits that won’t break the bank. If all that’s not enough, go to www.diablomag.com for more ideas on how to get killer deals. News flash: You’re about to start having twice as much fun at half the price.
Photography by Jeff Tse
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With the real estate market in a slump, several hip new East Bay condominium developments have been offering interesting incentives to help sweeten their deals. Walnut Creek’s luxury Mercer condos recently advertised six months without mortgage payments, and Oakland’s Temescal Station development was waiving two years of homeowners association fees and throwing in a new washer/dryer and fridge with each condo. Offers change frequently, so keep your eyes peeled if you’re in the market.
» | Free Prius (and Zero Electricity Costs for Life)
Buy a house in the recently opened Hansen Lane Estates in Danville for just under $2 million, and you’ll get the hard-to-find hybrid for free. The developer of Contra Costa’s first “zero-energy” development came up with the idea as a bonus to spark sales. The four- to six-bedroom homes offer energy savings of 70 to 90 percent and have zero electricity costs if maintained properly. www.clarum.com/HLE.html.
» | Save on Designer Furniture
Berkeley’s Trove charges $670 for a cherrywood 56-inch circular dining room table that sells for $1,900 at a brand-name store across town. Trove bills itself as a boutique wholesaler that buys products directly from designers and offers them at steeply discounted prices. Look for a giant sidewalk sale October 17–19.1310 10th St., Berkeley, (510) 525-7991, www.trovehome.com.
» | Apple Electronics for Cheap
Scroll down to the lower left portion of the Apple Store web page and you’ll see an ever-so-subtle section marked Special Deals. We spotted a 17-inch MacBook Pro laptop marked down from $2,799 to $1,899. Refurbished products still come with Apple’s one-year warranty, and products over $50 are shipped free. www.store.apple.com.
» | Home Estate Sell-Off
Gathering inventory primarily from home estates, Clars Auction Gallery in Oakland offers everything from jewelry to furniture to fine art. Prices can vary, but items are generally sold 50 to 75 percent below retail. Most of Clars inventory is available for viewing online one week before the auction—the next one will take place the weekend of October 11.5644 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, (510) 428-0100, www.clars.com.
» | Discounted Kitchenware
Looking to expand your cooking horizons? East Bay Restaurant Supply purchases in bulk and sells mostly to professional restaurant and hotel kitchens. But individual shoppers are also welcome to indulge in the wholesale prices and enormous variety of cookware, kitchen gadgets, and dining furniture at the 110,000-square-foot Oakland warehouse/showroom. Le Creuset cookware, which sells for about 15 percent less than at department stores, is among the many bargains to be found. Other top brands to check out include heavy- duty All-Clad pots and pans, Libbey glassware, Swiss Army knives, Vulcan ovens, and Wolf ranges.49 Fourth St., Oakland, (510) 465-4300, www.eastbayrestaurantsupply.com.
» | CHEAP Audis, BMWs, Mercedes—Oh My!
Hundreds of luxury rides—obtained via lease returns and bank repos—are sold to the highest bidder at Dublin’s Alameda County auction every month. Buyers can drive away with top-notch wheels, sometimes still under factory warranty and often well under market value (one Danville mom we know picked up a sweet, nearly new Audi sedan for $10,000). www.acauction.com.
» | Free Stay at Cavallo Point
Tucked spectacularly under the Golden Gate Bridge, Cavallo Point is a new resort offering one night’s free accommodation to those registering for any of its arts, culinary, wellness, or adventure programs. Even better: Sign up with a friend, and all your lodging is free (a value of $855 for three nights and $1,425 for five). www.cavallopoint.com.
» | Free Night on the Big Island
Voted the number one resort in the world by Zagat, Hawaii’s Four Seasons will give you a fourth night free. Stay at one of the oceanfront executive suites, and you’ll also receive two 50-minute spa treatments—for a total value of $360—or two rounds of golf on the Jack Nicklaus Hualalai Golf Course, where the PGA’s Champions Tour opens in January—for a total value of $500. If you can’t decide, just choose one of each. www.fourseasons.com/hualalai.
» | Free Gas to Tahoe
With gas at record high prices, that weekend drive to Tahoe might not seem as inviting as in years past. However, a Squaw Valley resort is offering a $25 gas card with any booking of two nights until the end of October (www.squawcreek.com). Some private rentals are also jumping on the gas bandwagon—get a $100 gas card for six nights at a South Shore Lake Tahoe home (www.ourtahoehome4u.com) or for a three-night booking at a cabin in Yosemite West (www.yosemitevacation.com).
Win a night at Napa’s Silverado Resort. This classic Wine Country resort and spa offers a range of midweek and package deals at www.silveradoresort.com. It will also host a lucky Diablo reader and a guest for a midweek night, plus breakfast and golf. Click here to enter the contest.