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Google Maps Goes 3D in Lafayette

 

Thank you to the City of Lafayette City Manager’s Friday Summary for sharing this interesting information below. Visit and sign up for their wonderful and useful updates HERE

 

On Tuesday, Google enabled 3-dimensional mapping in Lafayette, which is good news for the Planning Department because it will allow us to do more sophisticated site planning analyses of development applications.  Check it out  here.  Cool technology – but we got to wondering how they were doing it.  Is somebody really sitting at a computer in Mountain View and making 3D models of entire cities?  Nope.  Turns out that Google has automated the making of these city models using a tool called stereophotogrammetry.  As we understand it, Google has a fleet of planes that fly over cities that shoot high-resolution images at 45 degree angles, from directly overhead, and from multiple directions.  Using stereophotogrammetry, computers compare the various aerial photos to calculate the geometry of the buildings and trees and landmarks and create a textured 3D mesh of the entire city, including not only the buildings, but also trees and plants.  The result is a pretty accurate 3D representation of the city and its surrounding area.  The buildings and structures are accurately placed, and the quality, lighting and shadows are consistent over the entire model. And because it’s automatic, it can be rapidly rolled out to cover large areas.

Coming Soon! Inviting Baywood Traditional in Lafayette

Located within the sought-after, gated Baywood development, this custom home sits on a treasured, one-of-a-kind lot with no front or rear neighbors. This creates a natural backdrop where Briones RegionalPark is literally an extension of both the front and back yards! In addition, the private, 86-home community provides a close-knit environment for all ages to enjoy Lafayette’s natural beauty.

This two-story traditional is filled with warmth.  The charming front entry boasts beautiful French doors that welcome you to the formal entry.  The separate living and dining rooms feature coffered ceilings andlarge picture windows while the nearby family room creates a casual space for everyday living.  The adjacent breakfast room provides wonderful natural light and is well positioned between the family room and kitchen.  Overlooking the rear yard, the kitchen includes Thermador double ovens, gas range, wiine refrigerator, recessed lighting, walk-in pantry, and plenty of prep and storage space.

 

The home’s private upstairs bedroom wing features a large master retreat with beautiful rear yard views, walk-in closet and master bath with stall shower, soaking tub and dual sinks.  The three secondary bedrooms share the hall bath while the oversized bonus room (considered the fifth bedroom) includes an en suite full bath, creating a flexible space, ideal for bedroom use, playroom, office, fitness room, or media room – you decide!  Additional interior highlights include high ceilings, hardwood floors, powder bath, upper hallway with built-in cabinetry for added storage, interior laundry/mud room with sink and storage, dual-zone HVAC system, spacious attic, and a three-car garage with extensive built-in storage.

 

The half-acre parcel provides an impressive, quintessential Northern California setting with scenic views of the rolling hills and a variety of venues for outdoor dining and play!  Exterior highlights include fantastic curb appeal, a welcoming front porch, pool with gas heat and detachable safety fence, spa, outdoor shower, patio, and upper and lower level lawns.  To top it off, Briones Regional Park open space can be accessed directly through a back gate where endless hiking, running, horseback riding, and natureviewing opportunities await.

Ideally located, just minutes to BART, Hwy. 24/680, downtown Lafayette and Pleasant Hill, and top-rated Lafayette and Acalanes Unified schools, this home offers the best of city living in a private community setting.  In addition, Baywood is considered by many to be Lafayette’s best “trick-or-treat” neighborhood.To top it off, the local school bus provides transportation to Lafayette K-8 schools! We encourage you to explore the lifestyle this home, property and location present.

Bonus: This gate leads to Briones Regional Park’s gorgeous open space

 

*HOA dues are $500/quarter and includde common area maintenance (recent projects included new mailboxes and road paving), gate maintenance, video surveillance, & management fees.

 

 

We encourage you to explore the lifestyle this property, location, and Lafayette schools have to offer!

If you have any questions, please contact me directly at 925.339.1918 or at Dana@DanaGreenTeam.com.

 

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Trick-or-Treating safely this October around the shops of Lafayette

 

Halloween is just around the corner, and we at Dana Green Team want to make sure that everyone in Lamorinda has a safe and enjoyable trick-or-treating experience this year.  Below is information for businesses around Lafayette that want to participate in the festive Halloween activities for the community.

From the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce:

“We are asking you to help us create a fun and safe event for the children. Parents will bring the kids around from business to business. Think about staying open till 6:00pm. If you would like to participate, please put the “Trick or Treat Street” poster on your door on Friday, October 24. Let us know you are in by emailing sara@lafayettechamber.org by October 21, so we can include you on the map/list.
This event is in the center of town and includes Mt. Diablo Blvd. from Dewing to 1st Street and Lafayette Circle. Have some candy or treats for the kids. This is sure way to get some new customers trough your door. Last year we had several hundred kids participating.”

 

 

(Photo: Flickr, http://bit.ly/1rXBL39)

Lafayette Burger Wars!

 

A little known fact….Lafayette has some of the best burgers in the area!  Here at Dana Green Team, we can’t decide which one is the best out of the list below, so you can’t go wrong with any of these delicious options. Also, please let us know if your favorite isn’t listed here and we’ll be sure to go check it out!

Chow Lafayette http://www.chowfoodbar.com/laf_location.html.  Their burger on baguette is amazing!

Roam Burgerhttp://roamburgers.com/.  We love the “French and Fries” style…

Metro Lafayettehttp://metrolafayette.com/.  Tip!  They will make their delicious burger even if it is not on the menu…just ask!

Lafayette Park Hotel Bistro http://www.parkbistroandbar.com/.  There’s a new chef taking over and we’re curious – has he updated their signature burger?

Cooperage American Grille http://thecooperagelafayette.com/.  The newest challenger is the Cooperage burger giving the rest a run for their money.

 

Photo: Flickr/Kennejima, http://bit.ly/1vkJ5Gt

Dana Green Team is a proud platinum sponsor of Lafayette Partners in Education!

The Dana Green Team is a proud platinum sponsor of Lafayette Partners in Education!

 

Lafayette Partners in Education (LPIE) is a community-based education foundation run by parent volunteers working to enhance and expand the educational opportunities for students in Lafayette’s six public schools: Burton Valley, Happy Valley, Lafayette and Springhill Elementary Schools, Stanley Middle School and Acalanes High School.  Lafayette Partners in Education was founded in 1980 as Lafayette Arts & Science Foundation (LASF). They have a long, proud history of enriching the education of Lafayette school children.

 

Lafayette Partners in Education’s mission is to support and enrich the education of every child in the Lafayette public schools through a broad community-based effort.

 

See how you can get involved, donate and make a huge difference HERE.

 

Visit Lafayette Partners in Education for more information at: LPIC.org

Dana Green, Realtor
Dana Green is an award winning Realtor. Born and raised in Lafayette, CA, she continues to live in Lafayette with her husband and children. This blog focuses on topics of interest to people who live in Lafayette and its neighboring cities -- from real estate to lifestyle. Please... join the conversation!

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