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City Manager’s Summary – Lafayette, California

Here is the latest in what’s going on in Lafayette from City Manager Steve Falk. Steve does an informative weekly roundup on Friday’s that we follow closely. We found this blog extremely informative and thought we’d pass it along. If you would like to subscribe to the City Manager’s Blog, please visit the City of Lafayette website at www.ci.lafayette.ca.us and on the front page you will see a link for the City Manager’s Updates. Click on this and then look for the link to the City Manager’s Friday Summary. You tool will be better connected to this wonderful City!

 

From the Engineers:  Big Closures and Potential Backups This Weekend

Remember when Los Angeles had “carmaggedon”?  Well, Lafayette may have its own version this weekend because Reliez Station Road will be closed all day Saturday between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. for final paving.  To make things worse, PG&E will also be completing the last phase of its gas line testing this weekend and will have lane closures at the intersection of Mt. Diablo Boulevard/Moraga Road starting tonight and running all day Saturday until at least 5PM.  What this all means is that, with Snake Hill closed and Moraga Road under construction, tomorrow will be the finest day of all to not be in Lafayette.  Enjoy Santa Cruz!  Hello Mendocino!  Meanwhile, if you’re determined to stay in town, grease up that bicycle chain or lace up the walking shoes.  This could be bad, but the crews are trying to get the work done now before school starts.

Chief Christensen 

Notes from Chief Christensen:  It’s Back to School Time!

Speaking of school, it just seems like yesterday that the school year ended and now it’s time to start up again.  Where has the time gone?  Kids are excited about the new challenges and seeing their friends.  Parents, meanwhile, are stressed about getting the kids where they need to be while at the same time meeting the challenges of their full-time jobs.  For us at the police department, it’s also a change of season.  As you’d expect, you’ll see the officers spending more times in the neighborhoods of the schools, setting the tone for the new school year.  You’ll see the radar trailers urging people to slow down, and you’ll see friendly officers on motorcycles waving to the kids while handing out warnings and citations to the parents who drive on the sidewalk to get to the front of the line because they’re late for work.   We can predict with certainty that some people will stop in the middle of the intersection and block the road; not a problem, we know how to deal with that.  We’ll have the parents who get so frustrated that they yell at others and hit their cars with fists and purses, and of course we’ll have the neighbors who complain about the speeding cars going to and from the school, the increased traffic, and the congestion in the downtown area.  You can mark it on the calendar and set your watch to it.  It’s a Broadway show that comes to town, same time every year.  We can handle it; this is what we do every autumn.  And again, like clockwork, this is our reminder to you that we’ll be out in force to make sure the kids and everyone is safe around the schools.  Please you plan ahead and give yourself enough time.  If you do, we’ll stay out of your hair.

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Recreating at the Community Center

As the Summer season winds down, Lafayette Recreation prepares for Fall.  The Fall Recreation Guide has been published and there are exciting new programs including an “Over 68 Men’s Slow Pitch Softball League” (yes, you read that correctly), a variety of “After School Enrichment Classes” at all four elementary school sites, and a “Back Care Yoga Workshop.”  The Guide also includes Fall Special events:  Fall Recreation Guide.

Then and Now 

Lafayette Then In the Now

We got inspired this week by that amazing the collaboration between the Poy Family, Branagh Construction, Craig Semmelmeyer, SZFM Architects and the City of Lafayette to restore the old stores along Plaza Way to their original condition.  Curious to see how true the new buildings are, we cranked up the Photoshop machine and inserted the old photos into new images of what’s out there today, and the result was surprisingly satisfying.  So satisfying, in fact, that we fished out several other old pictures and also dropped them into their current setting.  My, how Lafayette has changed.  Or, perhaps, hasn’t.  Can you identify these Lafayette locations?:

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Next Week at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center

  • Eugene O’Neill Festival: A Sneak Peek, 8/21, 6:30pm >

Quote for the Week

“No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.” –  Robin Williams

This weekly summary is prepared by City Manager Steve Falk for the Lafayette City Council and staff. 

New Listing! One of Burton Valley’s Best Properties!

Open House 8/19 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and 8/24 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Amazing .46 Acre Level Parcel

 

Location, Location, Location! Enter through a quiet cul-de-sac to this sought-after court located in the heart of Burton Valley – a quintessential “trick-or-treat” neighborhood where lemonade stands and dog walkers dot the streets. On the market for the first time ever, this single-story gem has been beautifully restored and provides a well-balanced floor plan and easy access to the loved trail, parks, award-winning schools (Burton Valley Elementary is only a few short blocks away), horse stables, and nearby swim clubs. Situated on a serene .46-acre level parcel, the modern and traditional architectural blend of this home is perfect for casual living indoors and out!

Beautiful Picture Windows

The interior of this custom Bruzzone home features a kitchen/dining great room, large living room, master retreat, and an oversized laundry room that is great for overflow kitchen storage and can double as a convenient office/homework nook. The kitchen/dining great room is a central anchor to the home and features wonderful rear yard views and sliding doors for access, skylights, open-beam ceiling, and a fun wet bar for added charm. The kitchen features crisp Corian countertops, clean white cabinetry with glass paneling, stainless appliances including a gas stove, and a casual breakfast bar.

Spacious Dining Room

The large dining space is perfect for hosting large gatherings or casual weeknight meals. The adjacent living room provides beautiful full-length picture windows painted with the changing seasons of the outdoors, a brick fireplace and a pitched, open-beam wood ceiling.

Escape to the Relaxing Master Retreat

The expansive master retreat offers wonderful privacy, recently installed carpet, a heightened ceiling, oversized walk-in closet with organizers, spa-like bath with dual sinks, jetted tub and stall shower, and separate HVAC system. Peace and solitude is provided with serene views of the backyard and the relaxing sounds of the flowing creek and beyond!

Spa Like Master Bathroom

Additional interior highlights include a second master/junior suite, updated bathrooms, wide-planked European white Oak hardwood floors, Copper plumbing, recessed lighting, plantation shutters, professional interior and exterior paint, newer roof (2008), three high capacity solar attic fans (2009), interior mud/laundry room with sink and storage, and 2-car garage with workshop.

Sprawling Lawn

This rare property features an expansive creekside setting perfect for entertaining, outdoor dining, play, and gardening. The covered front porch is a great place to enjoy western sky views and watch games of basketball on the home’s sport court or bike riding in the cul-de-sac. The backyard features a large dining patio, level lawn, mature landscaping with in-place irrigation, and side yard with storage shed. Enjoy the sound of wind as it rustles through the leaves high in the large oaks and cottonwood trees that have stood on this property for decades!

The ability to retreat to privacy while remaining part of a true community is rare. We encourage you to explore all that this wonderful home, property and court on court location have to offer!

 

See more photos and details at: 4burrcourt.com

 

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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Rare New Construction Home in Lafayette’s Burton Valley!

Located on one of Lafayette’s most well-loved streets, this brand new custom home is the perfect marriage between classic design and extraordinary finishes. Built from the ground up in 2014 by Townson Homes, this single story home features an ideal floor plan for both family life and indoor-outdoor entertaining.

Incredible Chef’s Kitchen

The gracious interior features a dramatic entrance with a 10’ ceiling which invites you into an open concept living space where the kitchen and family room combine for easy flow and are designed to be the heart of the home. The state of the art kitchen features soft-close, white, shaker-style custom cabinets, Ceaserstone counters, tile backsplash, stainless steel appliances (42” Wolf range & hood, 48” GE Monogram side-by-side refrigerator/freezer, GE Monogram paneled dishwasher), island with built-in microwave drawer) and a walk-in pantry. Adjacent to the kitchen, the sun-filled breakfast nook is complete with a built-in desk and 6’ Andersen sliders leading out to a covered patio.

Bright and Spacious Family Room

The family room with 13’ high vaulted ceiling, has custom built-in cabinets wired for a flat screen television and surround sound speakers, recessed lighting, and a large wall of windows with 12’ glass sliders for easy access to the outdoors! Additional public space for the home includes a formal dining room with a butler’s pantry (complete with a 15” wine refrigerator for storing 21 bottles of wine) and a formal living room with fireplace with a rich marble surround.

Master Retreat with Private Backyard Entrance

Decadent Master Bathroom with Stunning Marble

The private space of the home includes a sumptuous master retreat complete with large separate his and hers walk in closets (with built in shelving), vaulted ceiling, and recessed lighting. The decadent master bath is detailed with a beautiful blend of varying cuts and designs of Carrera marble and features a double vanity, spacious shower with frameless glass door as well as a 6’ soaking tub. The three additional secondary bedrooms are well proportioned and utilize two additional well-designed bathrooms.

Your own Private and Spacious Courtyard

The homes pancake flat lot features a large backyard perfect for play and relaxation, a charming covered porch, a stunning mature redwood tree, lawns, and a paver patio, driveway and walk-way. Situated just steps from the Lafayette-Moraga trail, it is easy to see how direct access to Lafayette’s best amenities are just minutes away!

 

See more photos and details at: 771lospalosdrive.com

 

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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Impressive Lafayette Happy Valley Glen Estate

Enter Through Your Own Private Drive

 

Tucked perfectly in the heart of Happy Valley, in one of Lafayette’s most coveted neighborhoods, this sophisticated 1930’s estate was designed by American architect, Frederick Confer. The 1930’s charm, combined with recent renovations, sets the tone for this stylish retreat.  The rare, pancake-flat 1 acre exterior provides year-round recreation, entertainment and play with fabulous outdoor spaces and amenities.

Formal Dining Room

Eat-In Kitchen/Family Great Room with Breakfast Nook & Built-In Buffet

The home’s classic foyer welcomes you with grace and beautiful natural light.  The adjacent formal living and dining rooms include French bay windows to enjoy beautiful garden views, high ceilings, intricate moldings, and provides the ability to entertain on a grand or intimate level.  The spacious kitchen/family great room provides wonderful space for daily living.  The stunning chef’s kitchen is anchored by 2 decorative pillars and features detailed maple cabinetry, rich granite counters, high-end stainless steel appliances (Thermador professional gas stove, dual Bosch dishwashers and wine fridge), breakfast bar, casual dining nook, built-in China cabinet with buffet, and a built-in desk.

Family Room

Master Retreat

The family room features an L-shaped fireplace and built-in media center.  The nearby butler’s wing provides enormous convenience with 2 storage closets, laundry center (with built-in cabinetry), and a full bath.  The master retreat is located on the main level and is accessed through a double door entry that leads to a private home office with built-in bookcase and French doors to the exterior.  The hotel-like sleeping quarters feature a drop down screen television and an abundance of storage and closet space including a built-in dressing vanity and walk-in closet.  In addition, the room’s French doors provide garden access toa private stone patio with hot tub creating the perfect space for tranquility and relaxation.  The luxurious master bath is complete with dual sinks, a stall shower and soaking tub.  The staircase with custom ironwork will lead you to the upstairs landing and two oversized secondary bedrooms that share the Jack and Jill bath.  Each bedroom has private access to the wrap-around balcony and is well-equipped with walk-in closets and homework rooms that can double as additional storage space, exercise areas, media rooms, play rooms, or reconfigured to add additional bedroom space.  Other highlights include hardwood floors, newer carpet (July 2014), interior/exterior sound system, a +/- 400 sq. ft. basement with workshop, an attached 3-car garage, along with an oversized driveway for overflow parking.

Spacious Country Club Inspired Exterior

The country club inspired exterior was extensively remodeled in 2011 and leaves nothing to be desired!  Features include a +/- 500 bottle detached wine cellar, tennis court, pool, 2 hot tubs, terracotta tile walkways, stone patios, fountain, level lawn, fire pit with glass burning rocks, beautiful gardens, and newer fencing.  The +/- 620 sq. ft. guest house includes a bedroom nook, living area with built-in media center, full bathroom, and attached space with separate entrance that can be used as an office, gym, art studio, or music room – you decide!

Your Own Private Tennis Court

The ability to retreat to privacy while remaining part of a true community is rare! Conveniently located just 25 minutes east of San Francisco with easy access to Hwy. 24, BART, Oakwood Athletic Club, the Lafayette Reservoir, town and trails.  In addition, this estate is situated with close proximity to top-rated Lafayette and Acalanes Unified School District schools (Happy Valley Elementary, Stanley Middle School and Acalanes High School – check availability) along with many private school options.

 

We encourage you to explore the private lifestyle this property presents.

 

See more photos and details at: 3695nordstrom.com

 

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

 

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Reliez Station Road Construction Update – Lafayette

Photo: Lamorinda Weekly/C Tyson

 

We are so excited that Reliez Station Road is reopened! Here’s the latest update on the construction from Lafayette City Engineer Tony Coe:

“The contractor has completed work on the utility structures early, so the road is now open and will remain open until further notice.The next phase of work is the final paving, striping, and other finishing work that would take about five days to complete. The asphalt plant appears overbooked, so at this time it is unclear when it will be able to deliver materials for the final paving. Tentatively, the contractor is targeting a 5- day period during the first couple weeks of August. When this work happens, the road will again be closed. We will post the dates on the electronic signs when we know, and you will also receive an update from me at that point.

The contractor is next moving onto St. Mary’s Road to work on the section north of Hope Lane. The road remains open during work, but there will be flagmen doing traffic control. Depending on when you may be traveling through that area, please expect traffic delays.”
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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