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Hidden in Plain Sight: This Lafayette Home for Sale Has It All

If you feel as if the limited inventory of Lafayette homes for sale sometimes turns the hunt for your dream home into an exercise in wish list tradeoffs, I have great news for you.


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10 Dianne Court has it all, including these top 4 wish list items:


1. Move-in Ready

This updated 4-bedroom, 3-bath, 2579 Sq. Ft. +/- home is in turnkey condition, thanks to its newly completed 2015 remodel. This includes new floors, new carpets, all new interior and exterior paint, newly refaced interior cabinetry, landscape updates and more.  Unload the moving van and you’re immediately ready to enjoy the lifestyle this wonderful property offers!


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Lafayette Homes for Sale - 10 Dianne Court, Master Bedroom



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2. Privacy — with Views

 Welcome to your new private family retreat! Located on its own 1.27 acres and adjacent to privately-owned open land, 10 Dianne Court’s natural surroundings provide a serene, country-like setting, literally in your own back yard.


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What we love is that this property has been designed to take full advantage of its amazing setting and 180-degree views. This includes many outdoor venues perfect for quiet reflection, family time, and/or seamless entertaining.


3. Trail Access – from Your Backyard! 

No matter how wonderful 10 Dianne Court life will be, there will always be great reasons for you to enjoy our wonderful Lafayette-Moraga Trail, too – for fun, exercise, or as your best shortcut to walk to the annual Lafayette Art & Wine Festival each September. To do that, just use the backyard gate that accesses one of the Trail’s popular Burton Valley feeder trails.


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You choose which direction: Towards the Trail’s Olympic Blvd trailhead and the shortest way to downtown Lafayette, or towards Burton Valley Elementary, the Lafayette Community Park, and the Lafayette Recreation Center – and other various intersection points with the Trail.


4. Amazing Central Lafayette Location 

Beyond the easy Lafayette-Moraga Trail access, 10 Dianne Court’s central location offers something extra special – the rare combination of rural privacy and close proximity to all Lafayette has to offer. Hidden in plain site, on a wonderful cul de sac above Reliez Station Road, this home offers easy access to schools, pools, Downtown Lafayette, commute routes, Walnut Creek and more. Add lesser-known neighborhood “short cuts” and you’re really going to love this location even more because, the moment you want to dive into the fun hustle and bustle of our Lafayette lifestyle, you’re quickly there!

You’ll find full details about 10 Dianne Court by clicking here.

We hope you agree – if you are in the market for your dream Lafayette home, 10 Dianne Court is worth a closer look! Please plan to stop by the Open House on Sunday, August 30, from 1pm-4pm.

In the meantime, if you have any questions about this property or would like to schedule a private tour, please contact Dana Green at or 925.339.1918.

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P.S. When you’re making plans to come into Lafayette to tour 10 Dianne Court on Sunday, consider arriving early. There’s a community Safety Fair being held at Stanley Middle School from 9am to 1pm. All are welcome, there will be plenty of family photo ops, and it’s free to attend. Click here for details about the Safety Fair. 

Sunday in Lafayette: Free Lafayette Safety Fair at Stanley Middle School on 8/30/15

Lafayette Safety Fair - August 30, 2015Whether you live here or are planning to be in town touring Lafayette homes for sale, consider making time to take your family to the Lafayette Safety Fair scheduled for Sunday, August 30, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Stanley Middle School, 3455 School Street. All are welcome. Admission is free.

Sponsored by the City of Lafayette Emergency Preparedness and Crime Prevention Commissions and Lamorinda Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), the Safety Fair is designed to be fun and educational, and includes various safety activities and demonstrations of interest to people of all ages. These include a chance to see police dogs and East Bay Regional Parks horses and speak with their handlers.

What’s in it for the kids? Besides the animals (always a winner!), and a fun bike rodeo that also helps teach safety skills, children will be allowed to climb on the emergency vehicles on display, including helicopters, armored car, fire engine and police cars.

Sounds like fun family photo ops all around!

Stock Market Correction — What Does It Mean for the Lamorinda Housing Market?

I have been fielding many phone calls from clients concerned about the potential impact of this week’s stock market correction on their real estate goals.

Icon - Family in Blue HouseMy basic message? Don’t panic.

Real estate is a long-term investment and our hyper local Lafayette, Moraga and Orinda residential real estate markets have always been – and will always be – mostly about lot, location and condition. The Lamorinda housing market does not always trend with the Bay Area housing market as a whole or even the Contra Costa housing market.

That having been said, it is too soon to know exactly how this stock market correction may impact our local housing market. Early action, though, may help mitigate any potential near term impact for individual Lamorinda home sellers and homebuyers. Specifically:

— Lamorinda home sellers: If we are to see a housing market correction, it’s a good idea to stay ahead of it. If selling your home in the near future is already on your to-do list, jump in. Now is a great time to sell before we level a little.

— Lamorinda home buyers: A rise in interest rates is inevitable. Lock in your 30-year loan now at current favorable rates we will likely look back at longingly for many years to come.

If you would like to discuss your specific situation, please do not hesitate to contact me at My team and I will always be honest and will do our best to share our real time local real estate market knowledge so you can make informed decisions.

Lafayette Open House Sundays – Plan to Explore the Lafayette Lifestyle, too!

Sunset Magazine-Sept 2015 coverWe really love the well-deserved attention Sunset Magazine gives Lafayette and some of our locally owned businesses in the magazine’s September 2015 Inside Bay Area column!

“This mellow East Bay enclave has fashioned itself into a charming hub of its own, thanks largely to residents taking it upon themselves to open independent shops and restaurants they tired of longing for,” the article states. “Now it’s a melting pot of locals and day-trippers seeking good food without the lines, and handcrafted goods minus the hype.”

There is no question that almost all families start looking to buy homes in Lafayette because of our wonderful public schools. Close access to our vibrant and continually improving downtown, though, is one of the many reasons most of us stay long after our kids have left for college.

Things to Do in Lafayette CA

Even if you haven’t yet moved to Lafayette, I recommend you get a jumpstart on living the Lafayette lifestyle by budgeting time to explore our wonderful downtown when you are in Lafayette touring homes for sale.

All four of the businesses Sunset Magazine highlights are open 7 days a week so you can plan to stop by before and/or after Sunday open houses: Venture Goods (Sunday: noon-5pm), Farmyard Darlings (Sunday: 10am-4pm), Rancho Cantina (Sunday: 10am-4pm), and Smitten Ice Cream (Sunday: noon-9:30 pm).

There are many other wonderful Lafayette restaurants and stores, too! I personally do most of my shopping and dining locally. If you are looking for something in particular, please don’t hesitate to email if you want a recommendation.

Lafayette Open House Update: Thumbs Up for 1024 Windsor Drive

Thank you to everyone who came to our Lafayette open house at 1024 Windsor Drive on Sunday. We loved all the positive feedback!


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I think it’s fair to say that the steady stream of open house visitors were impressed not only by the pristine condition of this wonderful traditional home with its many updates and extensive millwork, but also about how big this home feels inside, thanks to a very nice flow!

1024 Windsor will be open on Tuesday, August 11, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., during broker’s tour. In the meantime, if you have questions or would like to schedule a private showing of 1024 Windsor Drive, please contact Dana Green at or 925.339.1918.

Offers are due on Thursday, August 13, at 2 p.m.

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Dana Green, Realtor
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