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Thursday, October 1, 2009

Who Lives Here??.......Jason Mehrtens and Al Andrade

Jason and Al lived in San Francisco where they both work and intended to purchase their first home there, but after looking a what they described as “outrageously expensive cookie cutter condos” in the city they turned their attention to the east bay. Jason found one of our PCL craigslist ads, called Brian in sales and came over to see the lofts that day. “Loved it right away” was his comment. Al, who was much less anxious to move out of the city, agreed after visiting PCL that it was the right move for the couple. They have now lived in their loft over looking the main courtyard for almost two months and have not gone back to the city except for work They have already had numerous dinner parties for friends and new PCL acquaintances. Jason works in public health and Al is a chef at Foreign Cinema Restaurant where his culinary skills turn out French fusion dishes inspired by Moroccan, Asian an Indian influences. Jason, who loves photography shared some if his images with me…..really great stuff. He will be the first resident to present his work in the PCL gallery where we hope to share other artist/residents work with the community.
Both
men take Bart to the work and were drawn to the central, transit based location of PCL. In their free time they often wander over to Alameda, a new experience for both of them. Al noted that he was pleasantly surprised with the quality and variety of culinary choices near by……Great ice cream in Alameda, The Revolutionary Café and of course Brown Sugar Kitchen. They expressed that they feel like pioneers in this new budding neighborhood. They are also social pioneers as they are one of the few California same sex couples who is legally married. When closing on their unit the escrow officer asked them their wives names not realizing that they were married…. to each other! Also living with Jason and Al is their chihuahau/terrier mix, Inque (pronounced INK) who is about to get a little sister pup, possibly named Vanilla Bean. Needless to say, the have made great use of the dog washing station.

Jason, Al and Inque…..it is a pleasure having you here at PCL!

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