Red Oak Realty Partners With Rebuilding Together Oakland, The Clorox Company and Bank of America to Restore Peralta Hacienda Historical Park

Oct 09, 2010, 08:00 ET from Red Oak Realty

Restoration Efforts to Include Antonio Peralta Home Built in 1870

OAKLAND, Calif., Oct. 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Red Oak Realty is participating today in Rebuilding Together Oakland's initiative to restore the six acre Peralta Hacienda Historical Park site in the Fruitvale community of Oakland. The site includes the Antonio Peralta House, a local and state landmark, which was built in 1870, and its surroundings.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Antonio Peralta House reflects the era of California after the Gold Rush.

Working together, employees of Red Oak Realty, The Clorox Company, Bank of America, GCI Contractors and Blank and Cables are volunteering today, working on a number of restoration projects. The volunteers, totaling 300, will plant a sustainable garden of native plants and foods, restore the Peralta Creek bed, paint buildings and conduct general landscaping activities.

"Encouraging sustainability in home ownership and the community is an important aspect of the way we do business at Red Oak Realty," said Kevin Hamilton, CFO for Red Oak Realty. "So, we are thrilled to help restore the Peralta Hacienda Historical Park, which we think represents an invaluable project for Oakland.  We are happy to partner with Rebuilding Together Oakland and other leading Bay Area businesses to help ensure this important landmark continues to thrive for the benefit of Oakland families."

"The impact of this restoration project will be tremendous, offering Oakland's youth with a unique opportunity to learn about farming, cultivation and the history of early California, which can be an anomaly in our urban environment," said Kym Luqman, Executive Director for Rebuilding Together Oakland. "We are grateful for Red Oak Realty's support and its recognition of our vision to improve the lives of residents and our community by preserving Oakland's vital natural resources."

Tranquility in an Urban Center

The Peralta Hacienda Historical Park, a nearby haven away from the frenetic activity of the city, is a rich educational venue for Oakland's youth. An important community hub, the park site features courses in outdoor stewardship, gardening, cooking, the arts, and early California history. The Peralta Creek nature area's wooded stretch of creek represents 15,000 years of habitation by Native Californians and the region's primitive plant and animal life.

Event Details

The Rebuilding Together Oakland event will take place today at the Peralta Hacienda Historical Home and Park in the Fruitvale district of Oakland at 2465 34th Avenue. The site is easily accessible at the corner of Coolidge Avenue and Hyde Street.

About Red Oak Realty

Founded in 1976, Red Oak Realty is one of the largest independent real estate brokerages within Oakland and Berkeley communities and surrounding cities. Voted "East Bay's Best" by the readers of the Hills publications and named one of the most productive 25 companies in the Bay Area by The San Francisco Business Times, Red Oak Realty offers its clients a proactive administrative staff, state-of-the-art technology and dedicated agents who are committed to putting clients' needs first. The company is still locally owned and operated. Finally, Red Oak Realty gives back four percent of annual profits to local community groups through its 501(c)(3) non-profit, charitable organization, Red Oak Opportunity Foundation (ROOF). To date, ROOF has given away more than $800,000 in charitable contributions to these groups. For more information, visit or call Red Oak Realty at (510) 292-2000.

About Rebuilding Together Oakland

Rebuilding Together Oakland (RTO), formerly known as Christmas in April, is a non-profit organization that brings communities and volunteers together to repair the homes of low-income homeowners in Oakland.  Since 1993, Rebuilding Together Oakland has built volunteer partnerships to repair the homes of more than 500 low-income homeowners, many of whom are elderly or disabled. The organization has also rehabilitated and restored over 95 non-profit facilities and parks. RTO is an affiliate of Rebuilding Together, Inc, the nation's leading nonprofit working to preserve affordable homeownership and revitalize communities, and is part of a network of more than 200 affiliates providing critical home repairs to low-income homeowners at no cost to them.  The repairs are performed by thousands of dedicated volunteers funded by the generous sponsorship of local corporations, foundations, churches, synagogues, schools and civic organizations.

SOURCE Red Oak Realty