Dana Green Team

Building Your Life in Lafayette

Just Listed! Updated Orinda Traditional Home with Dream Yard

Open House at 10 Rita Way on Sunday 7/27 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. 

Beautiful Inviting Entryway


Built in 1951, this three bedroom home with two and a half baths is 2,215 square feet and sits on a .33 acre lot.  A spacious floor plan combined with a wonderful blend of public and private space depict this updated single-story.  Perfect for soccer games, play, entertaining, and relaxation, the deep, level yard is sure to impress!  Conveniently located in a wonderful “trick-or-treat” neighborhood steps to Del Ray Elementary and featuring a nearby walking path to Miramonte High School.  In addition, this home sits just 20 miles East of San Francisco and is minutes to BART, Hwy 24, downtown Orinda, and Moraga Country Club.

Combination Living and Dining Room


Updated Eat-In Kitchen with Stainless Steel Appliances & Marble

Inviting interior features include a living/dining room combo with large picture windows, beautiful coffered ceiling and fireplace.  The eat-in kitchen provides plenty of prep space and storage space, stainless steel appliances including a gas range, island, marble slab countertops, stone floors, mom’s desk space, and breakfast nook with charming bench seating.

Family Room with Views

Master Bedroom Retreat Also Boasts Lovely Exterior Views

Master Bathroom

The adjacent family room provides lovely rear yard views, Andersen sliding doors to the rear yard, a marble-surround fireplace, and nearby powder bath.  The oversized master bedroom wing is an incredible space providing wonderful privacy and flexibility.  Features include a walk-in closet with organizers, separate office nook with built-in desk and shelving, large bedroom space with door to the back deck, and bath with dual vanities, stall shower, jetted tub, and skylight.  Additional highlights include two light-filled secondary bedrooms that share the central hall bath, beautiful hardwood floors, Andersen doors and windows, recessed lighting, fresh paint, and interior laundry room.

Large Patio with Lush Manicured Landscape

Tucked behind a welcoming white picket fence, exterior amenities include a sun drenched front porch, stone patios, sprawling level lawn, privacy, fruit trees (plum, apple, peach, and fig), lavender and rose gardens, and two detached structures for ideal use as a playhouse, storage space, and/or art studio – you decide!


Fantastic .33 Acre Level Parcel

Whether moving up or down, we encourage you to explore all that this home, property and location have to offer!

See more photos and details at: 10RitaWay.com


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


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Dana Green Included in REAL Trends 2014 America’s Best Real Estate Agents list

The Dana Green Team is  excited to be included in the recently released 2014 REAL Trends America’s Best Real Estate Agents list  by REAL Trends, the Trusted Source in residential brokerage, and Trulia , a leading online marketplace for home buyers, sellers, renters, and real estate professionals. The list ranks the most productive agents by state and by metropolitan area based on closed transaction sides and closed volume. Agents and Brokers selected for The 2014 REAL Trends America’s Best Real Estate Agents list receive additional exposure on Trulia to help them grow their business.

More than 9,500 real estate agents from every state are featured. To be included in the ranking, agents
must have closed at least 50 transactions, compared with the industry average of 7. This ensures that
only the best of the best are included on the prestigious list.

“As of May of this year, more than 51 million home buyers and sellers visited Trulia, not only to find the
right homes, but to connect with real estate brokers and agents,” said Pete Flint, Trulia CEO. “Earning a
place on the list now helps consumers using Trulia find the top agents in the U.S. while also providing
agents access to powerful marketing that generates new clients and grows their businesses.”
Agents who are recognized on the list will receive additional exposure on Trulia, to assist their efforts in
building their personal brand and growing their businesses. Benefits include:


  • Placement in Trulia’s Find an Agent directory, where hundreds of thousands of consumers go to research and find an agent every month
  • A branded badge, identifying them as an America’s Best Real Estate Agent, on each agent’s Trulia profile. Consumers searching for agents on Trulia will be able to see the prominently displayed badges.
  • Agents can also embed the badge on their own websites, to build further credibility among home buyers and sellers.
  • An exclusive marketing package that includes an online marketing review, special online training and exclusive listing marketing materials.
  • The official list on the REAL Trends website will link directly to the agent’s profile, generating additional exposure.


Visit www.AmericasBestRE.com to see The 2014 REAL Trends America’s Best Real Estate Agents list

Enjoy the Lafayette Reservoir – A True Lamorinda Jewel

photo credit: sean o’steen

The Lafayette Reservoir is an ideal destination for the entire family. There are a number of activities to enjoy on a daily basis at this remarkably beautiful and serene recreation area in Contra Costa County. The 26 acre reservoir offers residents and visitors 928 acres of year-round open space for fun activities including hiking, biking, boating, fishing, paddle boating and picnicking. You can even bring your pet along with you, but keep in mind that they must be kept on leash and they’re not allowed either in boats or in the water.

photo credit: mh ryle

Hours of Operation

January 6:30 am to 5:30 pm
February 6:30 am to 6:00 pm
March 6:30 am to 6:30 pm/7:30 pm* April 6:00 am to 8:00 pm
May 6:00 am to 8:30 pm June/July 6:00 am to 9:00 pm
August 6:00 am to 8:30 pm September 6:30 am to 7:30 pm
October 6:30 am to 7:00 pm*/6:30 pm

*Daylight Savings Time

Bicycles, roller skates, roller blades and scooters are allowed only on Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon until closing and on Sundays from opening to 11 a.m. on the paved lakeside trail and roads. The hours in November and December are from 6:30 am to 5:30 pm.

The Visitor Center restrooms and the office close 21⁄2 hours before the park closes.

Parking is $7 per day. Annual parking passes are available at the Lafayette Reservoir Visitor Center.

photo credit: george kelly

Lafayette Reservoir

3849 Mt. Diablo Blvd. in Lafayette, CA

email: lafres@ebmud.com
phone: (925) 284-9669

For more information including fees and additional activities, visit the Lafayette Reservoir website at ebmud.com

Fourth of July Events in Lamorinda – Orinda and Moraga

If you’re looking for Fourth of July fun in Lamorinda, here are some fantastic events happening in Orinda and Moraga that are wonderful for the entire family!

  • 7:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. The Lamorinda Sunrise Rotary Pancake Breakfast In the park/Community Center
  • 7:55 a.m. Flag-raising Ceremony at Flagpole in front of Community Center
  • 8:00 a.m. Haley’s Run for a Reason participants meet in front of the Community Center
  • 8:45 a.m. Parade participants arrive for assembly at BART parking lot on the East Side of Camino Pablo
  • 9:00 a.m. Friends of the Orinda Library Book Sale In Library Breezeway
  • 10:00 a.m. Parade Begins
  • 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Park Activities Occur


If you are interested in the parade route and possible parking locations, a detailed Map of the parade route and street closures is available by clicking here.

For complete schedule of Orinda’s Fourth of July festivities, click here



Image credit: The Orinda Association and the Town of Moraga

Featured Home: Happy Valley Branagh Development Family Estate

Here is a once in a lifetime opportunity to own a magnificent Branagh Development property.  Danville-based Branagh Development hails from four generations of passionate East Bay builders and  is synonymous with high-quality and superb attention to detail. This truly special Branagh Development Family home is the crown jewel of these most loved and respected builders. Their noteworthy and unique projects have been featured in a number of publications including Diablo, Sunset, Sunset Books, and have won many prestigious Bay Area design awards. Branagh Development’s mission is to build beautiful homes with a personal touch.  One look at this pristine estate, and you’ll instantly notice details and quality like you’ve never seen before!

Marvelous Entryway

This Happy Valley Estate home is located in a premier Lafayette neighborhood with a quintessential East Coast meets West Coast vibe. The exquisite  main estate is a spacious  6137± sq. feet and is situated on a pancake-flat 1.13± acre parcel.  The home  boasts 4 bedrooms and 4 full bathrooms (plus 2 half bathrooms). Designed by local architect, Alan Page, built by (and for) Peter Branagh and designed by Mona Branagh, timeless finishes and unparalleled quality are evident throughout.

The formal living room is anchored by a Town & Country fireplace with black granite surround

Dream kitchen with polished Calacatta marble countertops and high-end appliances

The “club” room features beautiful hemlock wood and is a great space for  a fantastic library, bonus family room, game room, play room, or study – you decide!

Master Bedroom with heightened ceilings is a private retreat with views of the grounds

Exterior loggia with wood burning fireplace & fully appointed outdoor kitchen

The exterior grounds are a wonderful extension of this exquisite home and include a 501± sq. ft. loggia with wood-burning fireplace, Mugnaini pizza oven and a fully appointed outdoor kitchen complete with dishwasher and refrigerator drawers. Additional highlights include a salt water pool with spa and play area, oversized patio, Bocce ball court, raised vegetable beds, and a 365± sq. ft., 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom guest house above the detached 2nd 2-car garage (included in the main home square-footage).

Salt water pool with play area, umbrella feature, spa, gas heat & electric cover

Detached 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, 365± sq. ft. guest house above second 2-car garage                           

Awe-inspiring architecture throughout property


Located approximately 20 miles East of San Francisco, this impeccable retreat is just minutes away from downtown Lafayette and Walnut Creek and adjacent to award-winning Happy Valley Elementary School.  The ability to retreat to privacy while remaining part of a true community is rare. We encourage you to explore the lifestyle this home and property present.


See  many more photos and details of the Branagh Development Family Estate at: 26cossocourt.com


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


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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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(925) 339-1918