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This Completely Remodeled Lafayette Trail Home on Las Huertas Road is Coming Soon – And So Are Many Others!

Are you looking for a home to buy in Lafayette? Good news: March may just be your month. New choices are coming to market!

We are currently working very hard preparing several wonderful Lafayette properties for listing. What I love is that, collectively, these particular “coming soon” properties represent the best Lafayette has to offer but vary in neighborhood, home size, architectural style, and price point. What’s on your wish list? There is something for almost everyone!

Some of these homes are already listed as “Coming Soon” on our website’s featured properties page, but property details and photos are limited for now.

These “Coming Soon” properties include:

Just know: What you see on our website’s featured properties page  is just the beginning.

 Lafayette Properties for Sale - Coming Soon March 2015

 

Our spring listing calendar includes estates set behind gates and family homes in popular cul-de-sac family neighborhoods. There are view properties and ones with easy trail access – and some that are both.

Many have at least 4 bedrooms and several have bonus living spaces. At least one has an attached apartment with an interior entrance as well as a separate exterior entrance.

As we’ve discussed previously here, our 2015 Lafayette real estate market dynamics require everyone to bring their “A” game. We take that very seriously, and counsel our clients (buyers and sellers) to do the same.

All of the homes we’re listing will come to market at the right price, looking great, and in good condition, with inspection reports to prove it, because that’s an important factor in helping buyers like you make the kinds of quick decisions the current Lafayette real estate market dynamics require.

Over the course of the coming weeks, we’ll be posting on this “At Home in Lafayette” blog about each of these properties, often with non-MLS information and early photos. When we do, we’ll always share links on our social media. The easiest way to read these articles, though, is to have them delivered to your email inbox. If you’d like us to send these articles to you, please subscribe to our blog by clicking here.

What’s up next on our Lafayette Home for Sale “Coming Soon” list? An amazing home that you’ve likely already noticed if you’re a regular on the Lafayette-Moraga Trail!

3390 Las Huertas Road is the beautiful home that you see where Las Huertas intersects the Trail. The front door faces Las Huertas and the garage is accessed off James Place, the small street that borders the trail.

 

Renovated Lafayette Trail Home for Sale - Coming Soon

 

Until recently, you’ve likely noticed a lot of construction activity at 3390 Las Huertas. Substantially renovated over the past year, this 5+ bedroom / 4.5 bath home feels like new construction, inside and out. Light-filled with wide, gallery-style hallways, it has all the rooms on almost anybody’s wish list – each spacious and inviting.

You expect a new Lafayette home of this quality and size to include high-end finishes and a few extra living spaces – and this one does. What’s difficult to understand until you tour it, though, is just how big this home lives, not just in size of rooms and in overall square footage, but in number of bonus spaces. It helps that there is little, if any, wasted space in its 5327 +/- sq. ft. floor plan.

The best surprise is that this home actually includes almost all the possible extra living spaces you might imagine or want: An executive office. Bonus 2nd family/media room. Children’s lounge located just outside the three secondary bedrooms. There is also an interior garden and another bonus room that will inspire your creativity – will you use it as a 2nd office, study center, library, music room, or maybe an artist studio?

No question, when you tour this property you will want to budget extra time. If you’re new to Lafayette house-hunting, take some time to walk the trail, too!

Timing: We’re currently working hard to prepare 3390 Las Huertas for official photos later this week. To receive an email when more details and photos are available, please join Dana’s Sneak Peek List by clicking here.

Questions? Contact Dana at  Dana@DanaGreenTeam.com or 925.339.1918

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Lafayette Homes for Sale: Are you looking for 5 Bedrooms?

Every Lafayette homebuyer has a wish list – location, schools, lot, home size and condition. Is a 5-bedroom home on your list?

Lafayette 5-Bedroom Home for Sale - 1090 Leland Drive

In a real estate market as competitive as Lafayette’s it’s not unusual for buyers to expect to compromise, holding strong on some things and giving a bit on others.

Don’t be too quick, though, to give up on your dream of 5 bedrooms. We have a few 5+ bedroom homes in the pipeline that span varied neighborhoods across Lafayette. Each is surprisingly unique in terms of style, features, and other bonus spaces. The key is to find one that matches your style, needs and budget.

One excellent option to consider is our new listing at 1090 Leland Drive in the Condit neighborhood of Lafayette. This is a particularly spacious and updated 5-bedroom traditional home that offers easy access to downtown Lafayette and Walnut Creek, the Lafayette Bike Trail, Sun Valley Swim Club, and commute routes. Click here to read the home features and pricing details about 1090 Leland Drive.

5-Bedroom Homes for Sale in Lafayette – A Perspective

When Lafayette homebuyers ask about the possibility of finding a five-bedroom home for sale in Lafayette, we start talking about how they think they’d use that extra space. Will it be a guest room, an office, a studio, or perhaps a more permanent residence for in-laws or an au pair. Could those needs change over time?

A Lafayette home for sale with 5 bedrooms is possible to find but the standard in our popular family-friendly neighborhoods are homes originally built with 4 or 3 bedrooms. Sometimes that 5th bedroom was added as part of a remodel and represents a specific need of the then homeowner. This means that 5th bedrooms aren’t always clustered with the other secondary bedrooms or designed solely as a bedroom. This is usually a good thing for long term flexibility of use. Plus, we’ll often find special bonus features in that 5th bedroom, such as built-ins, an en suite bathroom and/or kitchenette.

Sometimes, though,  a home is newer construction and the 5th bedroom was part of the original design and meant to stand apart. Take as an example, the 5th “bedroom”  of our new listing at 1090 Leland Drive .

 

1090 Leland Drive, Lafayette - 5th Bedroom

 

 

This room is truly spacious. While not far from the other bedrooms, this particular room is ideally located closer to family common areas so that, if unneeded as a family bedroom, it easily serves as a large office, guest suite or extra family/media room. Currently the room functions as a second family/bonus room.

Situated at the front of the home, this light-filled room includes built-ins, an en suite bath room and a sink/bar area that is designed to accommodate a second refrigerator if desired.

If a 5-bedroom home is on your wish list, please take the time to tour this one. We think you’ll be glad you did. 1090 Leland is open on Sunday, March 1, from 1 p.m.-4 p.m., and otherwise by appointment.

Questions? Contact Dana at  Dana@DanaGreenTeam.com or 925.339.1918

 

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Tour Tips: Orinda’s 12 Descanso Drive – Wonderful Inside and Outside, and with Trail Access, too!

12 Descanso Drive, Orinda CA - Open House Thank you to the many people who stopped by Sunday’s open house at 12 Descanso Drive in Orinda.

Did you see the lemonade stand across the street? Very fun!

No question, this home is the complete package: Family friendly cul-de-sac life. Easy access to schools and neighborhood pool. Great curb appeal.

Families walked through the front door on Sunday already expecting to love this home – and they did.

It’s easy to fall in love with this home’s interior just by looking at the photos – turnkey, updated and bright. This alone is worth touring this home. (Read more in my recent blog article, “This Orinda home has lots to savor – budget extra time when you tour.”)

 

12 Descanso Drive, Orinda - Interior views

 

Walk outside, and you’re still smiling!

I love that this home is designed so that the inside and outside work together. One of the magical things about this home is the elevation. It allows you to quickly find kids anywhere in the neighborhood and yet you can retreat to privacy easily if desired, too. (Tip: Don’t miss the view from the master bedroom balcony!)

Our multi-season, wonderful Lamorinda weather is one of the many reasons so many home buyers here look for homes with outdoor entertainment spaces. Sunday was truly stellar and visitors could really experience how beautifully indoor/outdoor access works at 12 Descanso.

As is the case for the house, this home’s outdoor spaces have been designed to take full advantage of topography and proximity to the open space.

Backyard - 12 Descanso Dr., Orinda CA

This includes the usual backyard wish list items:

  • Easy indoor/outdoor access
  • Formal and informal outdoor entertainment space
  • Beautiful landscaping
  • Dedicated children’s play area (including a wonderful wooden play structure that stays!)

Take a Hike in Your Own Backyard 

There is also something extra – a backyard loop trail with views, play areas and a zip line. Two gates offer private access to the Orinda Oaks Open Space Preserve at points where you’re more likely to see cows grazing than people hiking. Perfect for inspiring imagination and adventure.

 

Backyard Private Trail Loop - 12 Descanso Dr, Orinda

 

Good news: There is other neighborhood trail access, too.

Tips for Touring: 2 Trail Stops

Before you leave Descanso Drive, head to the end of the cul-de-sac. There you’ll find the trailhead for the Descanso Trail on the left. This trail offers access to all the trails of the Orinda Oaks Open Space Preserve, although you can expect some challenging hikes in the mix.

Descanso Trail, Orinda CA

Looking for easier access to the Ridge Trail? You’ll find that at Orinda Oaks Park, off Moraga Way, about ¾ of a mile away.

For more information about 12 Descanso Drive, including a link to the virtual tour, click here.

Better yet – stop by and see it for yourself. This home will be on Brokers Tour on Tuesday, February 17 (10am-1pm). Private tours are by appointment.

Questions? Contact Dana Green at Dana@DanaGreenTeam.com or 915.339.1918

 

Read more about 12 Descanso Drive, Orinda:

“This Orinda home has lots to savor – budget extra time when you tour.”

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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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