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3190 Somerset Drive’s Gift With Purchase: Proximity to Lafayette Community Park and Other Burton Valley Lifestyle Amenities

We had a very nice crowd come through our new listing at 3190 Somerset Drive in Lafayette’s Burton Valley during Brokers Tour this week. I know from the many positive comments that others like what I like best about this bright, mid-century traditional home: It’s a nice combination of charm, potential and location!

3190 Somerset Drive, Lafayette CA - Exterior and Living Room


I particularly like that its ideal floor plan includes a family/bonus room, easy indoor-outdoor access and a level exterior on a corner lot that allows for easy entertaining, outdoor dining, gardening, and play!


3190 Somerset Drive, Lafayette -  Dining Kitchen Family Room


The big plus of this home, though, is location.

Tip: Take the Time to Explore this Particular Part of Burton Valley on Foot, Starting with the Lafayette Community Park

There are many homes that qualify as “Burton Valley” but one thing that is particularly special about 3190 Somerset Drive is that it is truly situated in the heart of Burton Valley, so close to its many popular Lafayette lifestyle amenities that they feel like neighborhood ones – schools, pools, ball fields, the Lafayette Community Center and trails.

If you’re planning to stop by the open house on Sunday (1-4pm), please consider packing walking shoes so you can experience this first hand. I recommend you start by entering the Lafayette Community Park through the Silverado Drive entrance. You’ll find it located near the intersection of Silverado and Somerset — just a little more than a block from 3190 Somerset.

Lafayette Community Park - Silverado Drive Entrance Jan 2015

This will take you into the main open space trail area of the park where you can choose to take a quick wander or a larger explore. As you enter the park, stay to the right if you want level land or climb the hill and enjoy views on your way to the first of the park’s two Eucalyptus groves.

Either way, no need to worry about getting lost, except in your thoughts!

Most of the trails intersect with one another, and you’re never very far from an exit option back into the surrounding neighborhoods and the potential to circle back to your starting point via road or the paved Lafayette-Moraga Trail rather than dirt park trail. You’ll even find easy access to public restrooms, which are located both at the Lafayette Community Center (cross the bridge mid-trail) and on the ball field side of the park, near the playground.

Lafayette Community Park Map - Lafayette CA

The many neighborhood access points into Lafayette Community Park allow anyone using the park to create different walks depending on mood, weather, and/or time available.

Sometimes, the park is just the best short cut from one area of Burton Valley to another. In the morning, this includes school children on bikes riding to Burton Valley or Stanley Middle School via the Lafayette-Moraga Trail. There are even some not so secret “hidden” Lafayette Community Park entrances you’ll come to love once you move into the neighborhood, including the one off Sandalwood we wrote about previously.

To learn more about Lafayette Community Park, click here to download the city’s brochure and map. What you’ll find is that there is truly something for everyone – and it’s all just a few steps from 3190 Somerset Drive.

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Early Lessons: 2015 Lamorinda Homebuyer Energy Starts Strong – 19 Offers!

Thank you to the many people who toured 3337 Carlyle Terrace (Lafayette) and 127 Hardie Drive (Moraga), the first two homes we listed in 2015. This includes not only potential buyers and their real estate agents, but also all the neighbors who stopped in just to get a neighborhood market read and share their personal perspectives.

I am pleased to announce that these two homes attracted a total of 19 offers by Friday’s deadline. Both homes are now pending but that hasn’t stopped the phone from ringing. We’re still hearing from potential buyers wondering if it’s too late, is it possible to submit a back-up offer?

Pending Homes - January 2015

Good News for Lamorinda Home Sellers

All of this is good news for other Lamorinda home sellers and offers proof of what I have been saying all along: There are many motivated and qualified buyers who want to live here and are willing to react quickly and compete aggressively when they see a property in Lafayette, Moraga and/or Orinda that they like.

Home Sellers and Pre-Listing Inspections

Don’t expect all homes, though, to make the grade. Current Lafayette, Moraga and Orinda home buyers are smart and demanding. They’ve done their research on neighborhoods and values – and they expect much when it comes to property information and condition assurances if they’re going to make quick decisions and pay top dollar.

It always helps when home sellers do what the sellers of these two homes did – reach out to us early so we can work together to prepare the property to show well, inside and out. This includes ordering the kinds of pre-listing inspections discussed in my recent article, “How Pre-Listing Inspections help Lafayette, Moraga & Orinda Home Sellers.”

Currently, there are also time-sensitive homebuyer motivators at work, too.

Current Time-Sensitive Lamorinda Homebuyer Motivators: Interest Rates & School Registration

Over the years, I’ve seen first hand evidence that the right Lafayette property will attract qualified buyers at almost any time of year. A recent example was 840 Broadmoor Court, a mid-century modern Lafayette-Moraga Trail property that attracted many offers and sold quickly in November, a time when a surprising number of people incorrectly think our real estate market is dormant.

It helps that truly motivated homebuyers know to never take their eyes off our real estate market. The Broadmoor property attracted a nice mix of both out-of-town buyers, builders and even existing local homeowners who recognized it as an exceptional Lafayette opportunity.

House key with home-shaped keychainCurrently, there are at least two additional time sensitive issues motivating home buyers in addition to the obvious desire to secure the home of their dreams. These include:

Current Low Interest Rates. There is no better way to extend home buying dollar than to lock in an attractive mortgage rate. Current rates are some of the historic best. No buyer wants to miss this window if at all possible.

Kindergarten Registration is Now!  Our public schools are already getting organized for Fall 2015, starting with kindergarten registration. Class needs are determined in part by initial student registration numbers. Buyers know that the best way to make sure a child is enrolled at their preferred school is to register as early as possible. First, though, proof of residency is required. Requirements vary. Details can be found on individual school district websites. (Click here for Lafayette School District info.)

What’s on your 2015 Real Estate To-Do List?

Do your 2015 real estate plans include buying or selling a home in Lafayette, Moraga or Orinda? It’s never too early to begin to get organized. Let’s start that conversation now. Please contact me directly at Dana@DanaGreenTeam.com or 925.339.1918.

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Just Listed: 127 Hardie Drive – A Moraga Traditional in Need of Only Its 2nd Homeowner in Nearly 50 Years

We’ve just listed a wonderful 4 bedroom, 2 bath room, traditional home located in a super convenient Moraga neighborhood. 127 Hardie Drive sits on a corner lot, close to sought-after schools, Moraga Country Club, the Lafayette/Moraga Trail, shopping and more!

127 Hardie Drive, Moraga CA - Exterior


It’s always an honor to be asked to list a home. With 127 Hardie Drive, though, I feel particularly honored because I’m helping find a new family for an inviting home that has been well loved and well cared for by one family for nearly half a century.

Built in 1966, this home’s great layout accommodated its first family’s many life stages in ways not all houses can. All without any significant change in the integrity of the home’s original design, which includes a spacious floor plan, complete with separate living and dining areas along with a casual kitchen/family great room.

127 Hardie Drive, Moraga - Living Room + Dining Room


127 Hardie Drive - Kitchen / Great Room


When you tour this home, I hope you’ll see what I see: What it did before, it is ready to do again. That means the next family will have choices: They can be 127 Hardie Drive’s Happy Homeowners #2, taking advantage of the home’s original “good” bones and growing into its great layout through the decades, or they can start with those good bones and make design changes as — and when — desired.


127 Hardie Drive, Moraga - Master Suite

127 Hardie Drive, Moraga - One of 3 Secondary Bedroom, Laundry Room, Hall Bath


If you’re looking for a single-story family home in a prime Moraga location, I recommend you take a close look at 127 Hardie Drive. You’ll find more details and photos by clicking here, but please try to stop by the Open House on Sunday, January 11, from 1pm-4pm. This one is worth the walk-through, inside and out.

Questions? Contact Dana Green at Dana@DanaGreenTeam.com or 925.229.1918

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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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