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Our Five Favorite Features of 3654 Happy Valley Road, Lafayette, CA.

3654 Happy Valley Road, Lafayette, CA

4 Bedroom | 3.5 Bathroom | 3139 + Sq. Ft. Main Home | 2.42 +Acre Double Lot | Built in 1947


  1. Two Lots and Endless Possibilities. Parcel “A” is a vacant lot that sits on 1.01-acres. Parcel “B” sits on 1.41-acres and houses the main structure along with a pool and detached pool house.
  1. Incredible Opportunities. This classic, well-maintained, home has been loved by one family for nearly 70 years! Move in and create your dream home or, enjoy changes over time.
  1. Pancake-flat Grounds. Flat acreage on Happy Valley Road rarely comes along. This is a dream-worthy “street to creek” setting with open land and endless potential.
  1. Attention to Detail. Picture windows, built-in shelving, and thoughtfully placed sitting areas are a just a few of the interior features that make this home such a gem!
  1. Sought-after Location. 3654 Happy Valley Road is conveniently located minutes from Hwy. 24, BART, the Oakwood Athletic Club, the Lafayette Reservoir, downtown Lafayette, trails, and top-rated public and private schools.

Take a virtual tour or, for more information contact us today!

Our 5 Favorite Features of 3397 Silver Springs Court, Lafayette, CA. 94549

3397 Silver Springs

  1. This updated charmer sits on a sprawling 1.57-acre, dream parcel with eye-catching curb appeal.
  1. The flexible, two-story floor plan, is perfect for daily family living!
  1. Location, location, location. Silver Springs is one of Lafayette’s most coveted neighborhoods. There is a path to award-winning Lafayette Elementary and Stanley Middle Schools. Silver Springs is conveniently located minutes from Hwy. 24/680, BART, and downtown Lafayette.
  1. The master suite provides a tranquil place to unwind and restore. The sun filled room features large picture windows with bench seating, views of the backyard and surrounding rolling hills, a
    brick fireplace, a walk-in closet, an additional linen closet, and en suite full bath with dual sinks, and for complete relaxation — a  jetted tub.
  1. This sun-drenched property is dotted with mature trees and includes a wonderful natural backdrop, Northwestern views, level lawns, an expansive decking with built-in hot tub and bench seating, patio, built-in speakers, sports court, pool with an automatic cover, a rose garden, fresh bark and plantings, a storage shed, and an open land ideal for a tree swing and exploration!

What is the Source of the ‘Happy’ in Happy Valley?

Lafayette Tower


What is it about Happy Valley that makes it a happy place to live? Is it the glorious proliferation of golden daffodils that pop-up on street corners each spring? Is it the white twinkle lights that adorn the estate gardens of Happy Valley Road, lighting our way on on a dark winter evening? Is it the sight of young children skipping to Happy Valley School each morning? The ‘happy’ in Happy Valley is certainly derived from all of these things, and so much more.

Happy Valley is a highly desired Lafayette neighborhood, offering some of the most prestigious addresses in town, if not the entire East Bay. And though it is the locale of choice for several titans of varied Bay Area industries, their decisions to live in Happy Valley are often made based on the neighborhood’s understated elegance and it’s ‘under-the-radar’ nature. Happy Valley is a live-and-let-live community. Come Saturday morning, as residents find commonality in their requisite baseball caps and college-pride sweatshirts, each may find him/herself standing next to a well-known CEO or MLB player while waiting in line at Millie’s for that perfect piece of butter-slathered coffee cake. Here are a few other reasons that Happy Valley is worth a look:

  • Proximity: Happy Valley is centrally located to – everything! Each end of the main thoroughfare connects you quickly and easily to the freeway. In Happy Valley, you are close to BART, the beloved Oakwood GymLafayette Reservoir, hiking and biking trails, the luxurious Oakwood Athletic Club, and most importantly, downtown retail. Need a late night ice-cream fix? Lafayette’s many gourmet eateries and
    grocery stores are minutes away.
  • Variety: Happy Valley boasts eclectic architectural styles among its mostly custom estate abodes; there is nothing ‘cookie-cutter’ in this neighborhood. You’ll find craftsman homes, mid-century modern masterpieces, and European style manses on a wide selection of parcel sizes. Find your bliss with a traditional rancher on the valley floor, or climb to the top of the foothills to find panoramic views. Choose one of the many tucked-away side streets that offer close proximity to neighbors, or select a gated estate with private grounds.
  • Ambience: Despite rapid growth in surrounding areas, Happy Valley has somehow managed to retain a semi-rural and old-fashioned feel. The lots here are spacious and spread out, leaving residents room to breathe. This pastoral vibe is refreshing and relaxing. Though close to everything that Lafayette – and the entire Bay Area – offers, Happy Valley provides an urbane escape where everyday stresses are minimized.Happy Valley School Wall
  • Happy Valley School: Those with young children will find a warm and welcoming school community at Happy Valley Elementary, home of the Huskies. One of 335 schools across the nation recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a National Blue Ribbon School, Happy Valley Elementary has an enrollment of approximately 520 students in grades K through 5, and a committed and caring parent community. A new Happy Valley Road sidewalk allows children and families to safely walk, or skip, to school – and that’s a sight that makes everyone happy.

This Treasured Lafayette Estate Will Take your Breath Away!

4045 Happy Valley Road, Lafayette, CA.

5 Bed / 7 Bath | 6041 Sq. Ft. +/- | 1.58 Acres | $6,485,000


Rebuilt in 2008, this magnificent estate is perfectly positioned behind private gates. The property sits at the end of a dramatic, tree-lined driveway along one of the East Bay’s most prestigious streets.  

A light-filled formal entry and grand living room set the tone of this house’s notable design and quality. The entrance features custom Mahogany pillars, a stone and Mahogany wrapped wood-burning fireplace, incredible millwork, and a soaring ceiling.

4045 Happy Valley RoadThe elegant formal dining room has a coffered ceiling and beautiful exterior views of the surrounding trees.

The Kitchen/family great room has spectacular views. Multiple sets of Marvin French doors lead to the upper China Green slate patio and overlook the estate’s grounds. The state-of-the-art custom kitchen has top-of-the-line appliances, a large island with a breakfast bar, a walk-in pantry, and an adjacent sun-lit casual dining space with built-in bench seating. For your wine collection, there is a 415-Bottle custom wine cellar with wood organizers.

A second family/bonus room has stunning Mahogany paneling and woodwork, a built-in media center, a sophisticated seated bar, and French doors that open to the rear patio.

There is a flexible game room that can be used as a second home office, home theatre, play room, or fitness studio — you decide! The executive office has rich Mahogany paneling, built-in bookcases, and a Lennox gas fireplace.

The luxurious master retreat includes an inviting sitting area with a wood-burning fireplace along with a well-appointed en suite bath with Esmeralda granite finishes. There is an oversized stall shower, a jetted soaking tub, and a lavish walk-in closet with a custom wardrobe organizers. French doors and windows surround the master retreat. 

4045-Happy-Valley-Rd-PoolThis awe-inspiring, level 1.58-acre parcel exemplifies resort-style outdoor living and entertaining with sprawling grounds. There is a China Green slate staircase and decking, black slate patio, Connecticut Bluestone planters, cobblestone outdoor fireplace, a pool with an external cover, raised vegetable gardens, and a gated potting shed mirroring the home’s exterior design. The pool house has a kitchenette and convenient full bath.

An attached four-car garage, along with two additional detached structures, provides parking for 10+ cars. Each of the structures has Marvin windows and doors, along with custom garage doors. 

Happy Valley has an understated elegance and an ‘under-the-radar’ nature. Additionally, Happy Valley is centrally located  — to everything! Each end of the main thoroughfare connects you quickly and easily to the freeway.  In Happy Valley, you are close to BART, the beloved Lafayette Reservoir, hiking and biking trails, the luxurious Oakwood Athletic Club, and downtown retail.

The ability to retreat to privacy while remaining part of a true community is rare! We encourage you to contact us today and explore the lifestyle this one-of-a-kind property has to offer.

Just Listed! Magical Happy Valley Traditional

1242 Panorama Drive, Lafayette, CA. 94549
4 BR + Media Room + Bonus | 4 BA | 3717± Sq. Ft. | .30 ± Acre 
List price: $2,850,000
Open Houses: Sunday, 3/20 & Saturday, 3/26 1-4 p.m.
Brokers Tour: Tuesday, 3/22 10-1 p.m.
Offers Due: Tuesday 3/29 @ 2p.m.

1242-Panorama-Dr. Lafayette, CA1242 Panorama Drive is ideal for daily family living and entertaining. The house has welcoming gardens and the private exterior provides numerous amenities for endless year-round use.

The front entry has architectural columns which lead to the formal living/dining rooms with hardwood floors, a wood-burning fireplace, built-in speakers, recessed lighting, and stunning Marvin French doors leading to the outer courtyard. The formal dining area includes a built-in buffet and French doors leading to the family room and kitchen.

The kitchen and family rooms have beautiful Saltillo tile flooring, built-in speakers, recessed lighting, a built-in bookcase, media storage, a fireplace, and French doors to the upper terrace and central courtyard. The updated kitchen has granite counters, a coffered ceiling, high-end stainless appliances (Miele dishwasher, Thermador Professional gas range with hood, Thermador double ovens, beverage fridge), an oversized island, and a sun-filled breakfast room with bench seating, French doors to the upper terrace and built-in desk.1242 Panorama Dr. Lafayette, CA

There is an executive office/media room with beautiful woodwork and a Runco projector. Downstairs there is a bonus/2nd family room, with Andersen French doors to the backyard, built-in speakers, recessed lighting, Saltillo tile floors, and an adjacent full bath.

For your wine collection, there is a 600-bottle capacity, temperature-controlled wine cellar!

The home’s bedroom wing provides wonderful privacy and includes the master suite along with three additional secondary bedrooms which share the hall bath and the interior laundry room. The Master suite has floor-to-ceiling French windows, a window seat, a fireplace, dual walk-in closets, and a en suite bath with granite counters, dual sinks, a spa tub, and a glass stall shower.

1242 Panorama Drive,  sits on a desirable corner lot with incredible curb-appeal, sun-drenched stone patios, a heated pool, an in-ground hot tub with a Wisteria covered arbor, a courtyard and gardens, a built-in BBQ and fireplace, level lawns, fresh landscape, and a gated dog run. There’s also a 5-Car tandem garage approximately 1140 sq. ft. with built-in workshop and Epoxy flooring.

To top it off, the property is ideally located — steps from Happy Valley Elementary, minutes to Hwy. 24, BART, the Oakwood Athletic Club, the Lafayette Reservoir, hiking trails, and downtown Lafayette.

We encourage you to explore the lifestyle this recently updated home, dream property and desirable Happy Valley location present! To schedule a viewing, contact us today!

There are Endless Possibilities at 3134 Indian Way

4 Bed / 2 Bath | 2468 Sq. Ft. +/- | .31 Acres List price: $1,275,000 Move in and create your dream home in this 1970’s contemporary with a  private creek-side setting. 3134 Indian Way  is located on a desirable and rarely available Burton Valley cul-de-sac. The home is positioned in the heart of Burton Valley – a quintessential…

Introducing our New Map of Lafayette!

The roads may not be paved with yellow brick, but the charming neighborhoods of Lafayette form the East Bay’s version of an Emerald City. From the pastoral, private estates of Happy Valley to the tree-lined, ranch house cul-de-sacs of Burton Valley, Lafayette offers its residents a welcome retreat from the urban energy that surrounds this…

Charming Traditional on Happy Valley Private Lane

Just Listed! 4025 Tilden Lane, Lafayette, CA. 4 Bedrooms | 2.5 Bathrooms | 3282 ± Sq. Ft. | .60 Acre Parcel List Price: $1,895,000  Brokers Tour: Tuesday, March 8th, 10-1 p.m. Offers Due: Friday, March 11th @ 12 p.m. This expansive, single story property is located in an easily accessible, private lane in Upper Happy Valley. The home…

Rare Live/Work Opportunity in Lafayette, CA.

Just Listed! 1600 Reliez Valley Road 4 Bed / 3 Bath, 3,298 Square Feet, +/- 68 Acres List Price: $2,395,000 Open House: March 6, 2016, 1-4 pm This low maintenance parcel has mature landscape and provides wonderful valley views and privacy. The nearby path to Springhill Elementary, Acalanes High School (check availability) and local commute routes reflects this convenient, Reliez…

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One of the many reasons local residents love living in Lafayette, Moraga and Orinda, also known as Lamorinda. is the close proximity to San Francisco, and in particular, the ease of getting in and out of the city.  Our super-convenient BART system has been recognized nationally as one of the best public transit systems. SmartAsset…

Just Listed! 501 Winchester Court Lafayette, CA.

    5 Bedroom | 4.5 Bath | 3798 ± Sq. Ft. | .39 Acre Lot List Price: $2,225,000 Open House: Sun.  Feb. 28, 1 – 4 p.m. Offers Due: Tues. March 1,  12 p.m.     501 Winchester Court is located in the sought-after, gated Baywood development. This custom home features a natural backdrop…

Just Listed! 599 Sky Hy Circle, Lafayette, CA.

Sky Hy Ranch Contemporary with Views! 4 Bedroom+ Bonus | 3.5 Bathroom | 3025 ± sq. ft. I .42 acre lot Listed at $1,645,000 Open Houses: Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM &  Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM Surrounded by rolling hills and grazing cattle, the Sky Hy neighborhood is…

Just Listed! 1141 Vallecito Court, Lafayette, CA.

5 Bedroom + Office + Bonus/4.5 Bathroom Main House • 1 Bedroom/1 Bathroom Casita 5537± Sq. Ft.    .46± Acre Parcel • Built In 2006 • $3,675,000 Stunning Happy Valley Mediterranean for sale! Take a an aerial tour of this beautiful property.    Stop by for a Broker’s Tour, tomorrow (2/16) between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Built to perfection in…

Just listed! 11 Leslyn Lane, Lafayette, California

It’s your lucky day! Due to no fault of its own, 11 Lesyn Lane is back on market. This property appraised and inspected beautifully. We encourage you to see this rare, close-in Reliez Valley contemporary with stunning views. The house features a family-friendly floorplan and plenty of space for everyone to enjoy. Located on a…

Real Estate Market Snapshot, Lamorinda, CA., Jan. 2016

The January home sale numbers for Lafayette, Moraga, and Orinda, also known as Lamorinda, have just been released. Home sales for the month of January, are a result of December activity. The disappointing statistics are absolutely a reflection of both the holiday season and our record-breaking low levels of inventory. Our team is excited to…

Just Listed! 21 Francisco Court, Orinda, California

21 Francisco Court, is nestled on a quiet court in the heart of Orinda’s Del Rey neighborhood. This impeccably updated contemporary home is located on a .53 acre view lot. The property has 5 bedrooms plus a bonus room, and 2.5 bathrooms. Loved by the same family for over 50 years, this beautifully updated contemporary…

Just Listed! 3683 Happy Valley Road, Lafayette, California

This newly renovated & expanded Happy Valley Estate offers a rare combination of views, terraced level land and privacy. Highlights include: easy indoor/outdoor living, a flexible floorplan and amazing proximity to top schools, BART and commute routes. The +1.24 acre property is fully-landscaped, has a pool, level lawn, play area, vintage grass tennis court, and…

Real Estate Market Snapshot, Lamorinda, CA, Dec. 2015

2016 is starting off with historically low real estate inventory levels. Low inventory is typical in January but we are definitely lower than normal and buyers are crushed as they are anxiously awaiting product. Coupled with the drop in the stock market,  many buyers are wondering what this means. We don’t have a crystal ball…

Kindergarten Registration Dates Signal Start of the 2016 Lamorinda Real Estate Selling Season

Home buyers and sellers throughout Lafayette, Orinda and Moraga often ask me, “When is the perfect time to buy or a sell a home?” Schools are the #1 reason families move to Lamorinda so it makes sense that school calendars matter when it comes to timing real estate decisions. Did you see that The Contra…

What does the interest rate adjustment mean for Lamorinda home buyers and sellers?

After much speculation throughout all of 2015, the Federal Reserve finally made a modest adjustment of 0.25% to its benchmark interest rate. In my world, as a seasoned Realtor, those following real estate want to know what this means and how they should react.     In Lamorinda (Lafayette, Moraga, and Orinda), we still have…

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