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Our 5 Favorite Features of 27 La Noria, Orinda, CA 94563

27 La Noria Lafayette CA

7 Bedroom | 6 Bathroom | 5009 Sq. Ft. Main Home & Pool House |.80-Acre Private Parcel


  1. Stunning Craftsmanship and Character. Originally Built in 1928, this enchanting Tudor-style estate showcases incredible warmth. A 2005 renovation was orchestrated with the help of architect, Stephen Sooter, and interior designer, William Anderson, who brilliantly captured the essence of the home, and elegantly enhanced it.
  2. Superior Construction. This Orinda Estate features steel beams, poured concrete base walls, a reinforced foundation, 50 foot deep pilings, copper gutters and downspouts, a Brazilian Green slate roof, and stunning leaded glass French windows and doors.
  3. Exquisite Finishes. The utmost attention to detail can be seen throughout the property: fine wood-work, multi-framed window millwork, and custom, handcrafted cabinetry.
  4. Fully-Fenced Exterior. 27 La Noria offers an unparalleled backdrop for daily living and entertaining. Exterior highlights include: a heated pool and spa, a grotto with cascading pond and relaxing fountain, perfectly placed benches, level lawns, meandering rock walls, and sun-drenched Connecticut Bluestone patios and walkways.
  5. Charming Guest Quarters. The detached pool house was built in 2005 to resemble the main estate. The interior has Connecticut Bluestone flooring, an open family room with attached dining area, a full kitchen with Brazilian slate counters, a full bath, and an indoor/outdoor speaker system.


Our 5 Favorite Features of 25 Old Millstone Lane, Lafayette, CA 94549

25 Old Millstone Lane, Lafayette, CA

5 Bed / 3.5 Bath /3317 Sq. Ft. +/-.33 Acres

  1. Mid Century Architecture. Renovated and expanded in 2013, this beautiful home has a modern flexible floor plan and walls of glass that open, creating an incredible indoor/outdoor lifestyle. The formal living room features a pitched and wood-planked ceiling. The Heath Ceramics tile fireplace embodies the property’s creativity and craftsmanship.
  2. Green Living. 25 Old Millstone Lane White has oak hardwood floors with VOC-free finish and Benjamin Moore Aura paint throughout. There is custom PVC-free Hunter Douglas solar and blackout shades, spray foam insulation, recessed LED lighting on dimmer systems, 2-zone HVAC with newer Carrier high-efficient furnace and newer ducting, and Marmoleum flooring.
  3. Chef’s kitchen. Designed for amateur and professional cooks alike, the gourmet kitchen has top-of-the-line appliances. There is a Miele induction cooktop, a Miele warming drawer and Miele dual dishwashers, dual Wolf ovens a Sub-Zero refrigerator, and custom hood/exhaust system. The slab counter and backsplash are honed Carrara. There is custom cabinetry with Rocky Mountain solid bronze pulls, a walnut island with ample bar seating, dual sinks with Waterstone brass faucets, and a walk-in pantry with customizable Elfa organizers and electric outlets for appliances.
  4. Beautiful bedrooms. The master suite has picture windows and French doors to the courtyard, reading sconces, and a walk-in closet. The en-suite bath has a Carrara marble counter and stall shower. Three additional secondary bedrooms share a remodeled hall bath featuring a Fireclay recycled tile backsplash and a fun decorative cement tile floor.
  5. Coveted cul-de-sac location. Situated on one of Lafayette’s “dream” streets, in the sought-after trail neighborhood and steps away from Lafayette’s prized bike trail. The lot is a wonderful extension of this home and allows for old-fashioned neighborhood play. 25 Old Millstone Lane has easy access to downtown Lafayette, swim clubs, sports fields, commute routes, and top-rated schools.

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Lafayette Juniors Kitchen Tour in its 17th Year!

Lafayette Kitchen Tour 2016Established in 1953, the Lafayette Juniors is an organization of women dedicated to promoting social welfare, education, and civic improvement in Lafayette and the surrounding communities.

This organization allows members to experience the joy of giving to others and in return, gain long-lasting friendships as well as a stronger connection to the community. Their primary fundraising event, the Lafayette Juniors Kitchen Tour, has become an overwhelming success and is now running in its seventeenth year.

Dana Green, former president of the club created and implemented this annual event.  According to her, “It is extremely gratifying to see so many talented and diverse women join together to promote and strengthen our community.”Lafayette-kitchen-tour-2016

The Lafayette Juniors Kitchen Tour is host to six beautiful and distinctive kitchens. The tour highlights Lafayette’s distinctive and sought after neighborhoods: Happy Valley, Downtown Lafayette, Hidden Oaks, and Springhill. Local vendors are featured along with a wide array of color schemes, interior design themes, and architectural styles. Tickets include a gourmet-boxed lunch provided by Huckleberry Kitchen.

This year, the Kitchen Tour will be held on May 14th. The tour has become an annual Lafayette tradition that many look forward to. The mild May weather, incredible kitchens, and eager attendees make this event a success year after year!

Lafayette-Kitchen-tour-2016Each year Lafayette Juniors select different charities to donate to. This year’s tour beneficiaries are: Youth Homes, Diablo Ballet’s PEEK Outreach Program, Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano, and Lamorinda Spirit Van. Each of these non-profit organizations provides services for children, families and seniors in Contra Costa and neighboring East Bay counties.

The tour tends to sell out every year, so be sure and purchase your tickets soon. For more information on the Lafayette Juniors, please visit their website.

*The kitchens shown here are from Dana Green’s Featured Listings and are not part of the 2016 Kitchen Tour. 

Our 5 Favorite Features of 600 Sky Hy Circle, Lafayette, CA


5 Bedroom | 3 Bathroom | 2598 Sq. Ft. | .24-Acre Parcel | Built in 1976

  1. Optimal Location. Nestled in a private enclave of 29 homes, the gated neighborhood of Sky Hy Ranch is known for its sense of small town living. The neighborhood is ideal for dog walkers and outdoor play! 600 Sky Hy Circle sits on a pristine corner parcel. The property is surrounded by rolling hills and grazing cattle and is located minutes from downtown Lafayette and Moraga.
  2. Comfortable Common Rooms. The spacious living room has picturesque floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook the surrounding hills, and a beautiful stone gas fireplace. The family room, has built-in cabinetry and bookcase. The family room features a brick gas fireplace and sliding doors to the back patio.
  3. Storage Galore. 600 Sky Hy Circle has an interior laundry room with built-in cabinetry and a walk-in storage pantry. There is also an attached 3-car garage with built-in cabinetry and attic storage.
  4. Delightful Exterior Amenities. 600 Sky Hy Circle has wonderful curb appeal and front yard views of the surrounding hills and pasture beyond. From the backyard, there are sunset and skyline views. There is a level lawn, brick patios, a relaxing fountain, and a gated area for gardening or play. The property has a gorgeous variety of plants and shrubs including roses, climbing fruitless pear, hydrangeas, gardenias, and Meyer lemon trees.
  5. HOA Benefits. Members of the Sky Hy Ranch community enjoy common area maintenance, street sweeping, and security gate maintenance.

Our Five Favorite Features of 3654 Happy Valley Road, Lafayette, CA.

3654 Happy Valley Road, Lafayette, CA

4 Bedroom | 3.5 Bathroom | 3139 + Sq. Ft. Main Home | 2.42 +Acre Double Lot | Built in 1947


  1. Two Lots and Endless Possibilities. Parcel “A” is a vacant lot that sits on 1.01-acres. Parcel “B” sits on 1.41-acres and houses the main structure along with a pool and detached pool house.
  1. Incredible Opportunities. This classic, well-maintained, home has been loved by one family for nearly 70 years! Move in and create your dream home or, enjoy changes over time.
  1. Pancake-flat Grounds. Flat acreage on Happy Valley Road rarely comes along. This is a dream-worthy “street to creek” setting with open land and endless potential.
  1. Attention to Detail. Picture windows, built-in shelving, and thoughtfully placed sitting areas are a just a few of the interior features that make this home such a gem!
  1. Sought-after Location. 3654 Happy Valley Road is conveniently located minutes from Hwy. 24, BART, the Oakwood Athletic Club, the Lafayette Reservoir, downtown Lafayette, trails, and top-rated public and private schools.

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Our 5 Favorite Features of 3397 Silver Springs Court, Lafayette, CA. 94549

This updated charmer sits on a sprawling 1.57-acre, dream parcel with eye-catching curb appeal. The flexible, two-story floor plan, is perfect for daily family living! Location, location, location. Silver Springs is one of Lafayette’s most coveted neighborhoods. There is a path to award-winning Lafayette Elementary and Stanley Middle Schools. Silver Springs is conveniently located minutes from Hwy. 24/680, BART, and downtown Lafayette. The master suite…

What is the Source of the ‘Happy’ in Happy Valley?

  What is it about Happy Valley that makes it a happy place to live? Is it the glorious proliferation of golden daffodils that pop-up on street corners each spring? Is it the white twinkle lights that adorn the estate gardens of Happy Valley Road, lighting our way on on a dark winter evening? Is…

This Treasured Lafayette Estate Will Take your Breath Away!

4045 Happy Valley Road, Lafayette, CA. 5 Bed / 7 Bath | 6041 Sq. Ft. +/- | 1.58 Acres | $6,485,000 Rebuilt in 2008, this magnificent estate is perfectly positioned behind private gates. The property sits at the end of a dramatic, tree-lined driveway along one of the East Bay’s most prestigious streets.   A light-filled formal entry and…

Just Listed! Magical Happy Valley Traditional

1242 Panorama Drive, Lafayette, CA. 94549 4 BR + Media Room + Bonus | 4 BA | 3717± Sq. Ft. | .30 ± Acre  List price: $2,850,000 Open Houses: Sunday, 3/20 & Saturday, 3/26 1-4 p.m. Brokers Tour: Tuesday, 3/22 10-1 p.m. Offers Due: Tuesday 3/29 @ 2p.m. 1242 Panorama Drive is ideal for daily family living and entertaining. The…

There are Endless Possibilities at 3134 Indian Way

4 Bed / 2 Bath | 2468 Sq. Ft. +/- | .31 Acres List price: $1,275,000 Move in and create your dream home in this 1970’s contemporary with a  private creek-side setting. 3134 Indian Way  is located on a desirable and rarely available Burton Valley cul-de-sac. The home is positioned in the heart of Burton Valley – a quintessential…

Introducing our New Map of Lafayette!

The roads may not be paved with yellow brick, but the charming neighborhoods of Lafayette form the East Bay’s version of an Emerald City. From the pastoral, private estates of Happy Valley to the tree-lined, ranch house cul-de-sacs of Burton Valley, Lafayette offers its residents a welcome retreat from the urban energy that surrounds this…

Charming Traditional on Happy Valley Private Lane

Just Listed! 4025 Tilden Lane, Lafayette, CA. 4 Bedrooms | 2.5 Bathrooms | 3282 ± Sq. Ft. | .60 Acre Parcel List Price: $1,895,000  Brokers Tour: Tuesday, March 8th, 10-1 p.m. Offers Due: Friday, March 11th @ 12 p.m. This expansive, single story property is located in an easily accessible, private lane in Upper Happy Valley. The home…

Rare Live/Work Opportunity in Lafayette, CA.

Just Listed! 1600 Reliez Valley Road 4 Bed / 3 Bath, 3,298 Square Feet, +/- 68 Acres List Price: $2,395,000 Open House: March 6, 2016, 1-4 pm This low maintenance parcel has mature landscape and provides wonderful valley views and privacy. The nearby path to Springhill Elementary, Acalanes High School (check availability) and local commute routes reflects this convenient, Reliez…

Bay Area Cities Rank Among Best in U.S. for Public Transit

One of the many reasons local residents love living in Lafayette, Moraga and Orinda, also known as Lamorinda. is the close proximity to San Francisco, and in particular, the ease of getting in and out of the city.  Our super-convenient BART system has been recognized nationally as one of the best public transit systems. SmartAsset…

Just Listed! 501 Winchester Court Lafayette, CA.

    5 Bedroom | 4.5 Bath | 3798 ± Sq. Ft. | .39 Acre Lot List Price: $2,225,000 Open House: Sun.  Feb. 28, 1 – 4 p.m. Offers Due: Tues. March 1,  12 p.m.     501 Winchester Court is located in the sought-after, gated Baywood development. This custom home features a natural backdrop…

Just Listed! 599 Sky Hy Circle, Lafayette, CA.

Sky Hy Ranch Contemporary with Views! 4 Bedroom+ Bonus | 3.5 Bathroom | 3025 ± sq. ft. I .42 acre lot Listed at $1,645,000 Open Houses: Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM &  Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM Surrounded by rolling hills and grazing cattle, the Sky Hy neighborhood is…

Just Listed! 1141 Vallecito Court, Lafayette, CA.

5 Bedroom + Office + Bonus/4.5 Bathroom Main House • 1 Bedroom/1 Bathroom Casita 5537± Sq. Ft.    .46± Acre Parcel • Built In 2006 • $3,675,000 Stunning Happy Valley Mediterranean for sale! Take a an aerial tour of this beautiful property.    Stop by for a Broker’s Tour, tomorrow (2/16) between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Built to perfection in…

Just listed! 11 Leslyn Lane, Lafayette, California

It’s your lucky day! Due to no fault of its own, 11 Lesyn Lane is back on market. This property appraised and inspected beautifully. We encourage you to see this rare, close-in Reliez Valley contemporary with stunning views. The house features a family-friendly floorplan and plenty of space for everyone to enjoy. Located on a…

Real Estate Market Snapshot, Lamorinda, CA., Jan. 2016

The January home sale numbers for Lafayette, Moraga, and Orinda, also known as Lamorinda, have just been released. Home sales for the month of January, are a result of December activity. The disappointing statistics are absolutely a reflection of both the holiday season and our record-breaking low levels of inventory. Our team is excited to…

Just Listed! 21 Francisco Court, Orinda, California

21 Francisco Court, is nestled on a quiet court in the heart of Orinda’s Del Rey neighborhood. This impeccably updated contemporary home is located on a .53 acre view lot. The property has 5 bedrooms plus a bonus room, and 2.5 bathrooms. Loved by the same family for over 50 years, this beautifully updated contemporary…

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