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Happy Valley Home Sellers Share Insider Info: “Our Home. Our Neighborhood. Our Lafayette.”

Dana’s note:  We always ask the home sellers we work with to share information about the homes we list – amenities, upgrades, and their favorite things about living in their home and in their neighborhood. This comes to us in many forms, everything from details delivered via phone, handwritten notes and sometimes emailed lists. This information is always helpful – no one knows a home and neighborhood better than the people who live there. Usually we incorporate this information in marketing materials we create for each home.  When we received this “insider” information from the homeowners of 1207 Camino Vallecito in the form of a beautiful letter written to their home’s potential buyers, though, we asked permission to share that letter directly with you here on the blog. It’s beautifully written – and jammed with homeowner insider info you’ll want to know! 

 Just listed, 1207 Camino Vallecito is open Sunday, 18, 1-4pm. Click here for more details and photos.

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HomeownersApril 2015

To potential buyers of our home,

We have LOVED living in this home! While it has only been a short period of 17 months of ownership, we are sad to leave Lafayette in order to relocate closer to our family in Phoenix, Arizona.

There are so many things to love about this home, this neighborhood and the broader Lafayette area in general but here are a few of our favorites:

Our Home – 1207 Camino Vallecito, Lafayette

What sold us on buying the home was the lot. We were amazed that less than 20 miles from a major urban city like San Francisco, we could find ourselves practically in the middle of the forest, surrounded by beautiful oaks and redwoods.

 

1207 Camino Vallecito - Exterior

 

The home is situated at the end of the street, allowing our children to play outside without worry of traffic or danger. Between zip-lining in our front yard, riding go-karts down the long driveway, exploring the forest between neighbors’ homes, swinging on the play structure or jumping on the trampoline, it is truly paradise for our children.

We love the expansive decks and have enjoyed entertaining friends while sitting on the patio and barbecuing.

 

1207 Camino Vallecito - Expansive-Decking

 

Improving the front and backyard was our first priority when we moved in. We replaced the failing retaining walls in the backyard, added cabling to match the decks and installed artificial grass in order to preserve our oak trees and have a low-maintenance, eco-friendly green yard. In the front yard, we wanted to keep it more natural-looking and focused on planting, installing new low voltage lights and mulching.

 

1207 Camino Vallecito - Living Room - Kitchen - Dining Room

 

Inside the home, the large family room and adjoining dining room are where we spend much of our time given the breathtaking views outside and the openness of the rooms with high vaulted ceilings.

We have also appreciated the layout of the home, distinguishing between the master and guest suites downstairs and the children’s rooms upstairs.

 

1207 Camino Vallecito - Master Bedroom

 

1207 Camino Vallecito - Guest-Suite

 

Not to mention, the two washer/dryer hookups (one set downstairs, one set upstairs), two A/C units, two dishwashers and extensive refrigerated drawers in the kitchen have all been new luxuries for us, but now seem impossible to live without!

 

1207 Camino Vallecito - Childrens-Bedrooms+Playroom

 

Our kids’ favorite is the playroom upstairs. It’s large, bright and perfect for playing inside on the rare rainy day. And for the parents, we’ve enjoyed trying to grow fruit and vegetables in our modest garden adjacent to the kitchen, although the squirrels seem to like the harvest better than our kids!

Camino Vallecito - BirdhouseOur Neighborhood

Happy Valley, and in particular, Camino Vallecito is full of wonderful neighbors, with a mix of young families, families with older children and some empty nesters.

We were warmly greeted into the neighborhood with a barbecue hosted by several families. Since then, we have become friends – with our kids constantly running over the Patitucci’s across the street to play baseball or to play with their new puppy, or our oldest daughter running next door to play with her friend at the Flagg’s.

Importantly, we as neighbors watch out for each other and we are grateful to good neighbors who keep an eye out for us when we travel. We will miss the seasonal daffodils planted throughout Happy Valley each year and the birdhouses attached to the back of stop signs.

Path to Happy Valley ElementaryA key benefit to living in this home is rear access to Valley View Road which leads to Happy Valley Road and takes 7-10 minutes to walk to Happy Valley Elementary.

On a rainy day, it’s still only a 5-minute drive to get to the elementary school. And of course it’s fun to tell friends and family that we live just down the street from San Francisco Giants star, Buster Posey.

Our Lafayette

Having both been raised in a big city, moving to a city of just 25,000 people was perfect for us as we wanted a small town feel but near a big city. Of course many families come to Lafayette for the excellent public and private schools (which we love!), but we have also found so many great things to do right outside our backdoor such as:

  • Jog to Lafayette Reservoir (1.5 miles away), or hike along the upper ridge trail
  • Workout at Oakwood Athletic Club (1.7 miles away)
  • Take the kids to Powells, a candy store even Willy Wonka would admire, or to Johnny’s Donuts (both less than 3 miles away) for a weekend treat
  • Enjoy a relaxing patio dinner at any of our favorite Lafayette restaurants: Pizza Antica, Cooperage, Postino, or El Jaro (all less than a 3-mile drive)
  • Road or mountain bike in the Lafayette and Orinda hills (our favorite is riding up Happy Valley Road for a lap around Briones Reservoir, 3 miles away)
  • Shop or see a movie in Walnut Creek (10 miles away)

Lafayette is a special place. It’s full of so many great things to do, both for adults as well as for children.

Our kids have really enjoyed swim team and participating in Standing Ovations plays. On weekends, a day-trip into San Francisco, a day at the beach (our favorite is Capitola Beach near Santa Cruz, 1.5 hours away) or a long weekend in Tahoe (2.5 hours away) are some of our most cherished memories.

We hope you will enjoy this home as much as we have!

Best regards,
Megan and Tyler Jones

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Learn more about Lafayette the easy way – watch the Lafayette Lifestyle Video. 

Hidden in Plain Sight: Winner Takes All with this Updated Lafayette Contemporary View Home Located Steps From the Lafayette Trail

Imagine enjoying a personal view of Mt. Diablo and Lafayette ridge lines from your home as you put on your cross-trainers to jog the Lafayette-Moraga trail, starting just a few steps away! That may sound improbable – maybe even impossible – but it’s not!

 

2 Roxanne Lane, Lafayette CA - Updated Contemporary Home for Sale

 

When searching to buy a home in Lafayette, it is easy to understand why some people feel they have to make early choices among Lafayette’s lifestyle amenities: Close to the trail, commanding views, easy access to downtown Lafayette and/or commuter convenience – pick two!

One of the things we love best about our new listing at 2 Roxanne Lane is that this Lafayette home has it all, including 280-degree views of Mt. Diablo and the Lafayette ridgeline. All this, plus 3615 sq. ft. +/- of interior living space.

What’s fun is that this home is hidden in plain sight, offering the added bonus of privacy. Accessed off Beechwood Drive, near the Olympic Blvd. trailhead, you’ve likely never seen this home unless you happen to be friends of the owners.

Built in 1980 by custom builder Ray Lehmcuhl, then a Lafayette resident, 2 Roxanne Lane is a beautiful Lafayette contemporary home that takes full advantage of its serene oak-studded, private-lane setting and commanding views. Of the 7 homes Lehmcuhl built on Roxanne, this is the one he and his wife decided to move into. Lovely and modern when built, it has been updated since, and is now being sold by its 3rd owner.

If you’ve never toured 2 Roxanne Lane, you are in for a treat!

The open house is Sunday, April 12, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Please budget extra time. There is a lot to enjoy, starting with the Koi pond and other beautiful features of the professionally landscaped front entrance patio.

 

2 Roxanne Lane, Lafayette CA - Lafayette Contemporary Home for Sale

 

Offering a spacious, light-filled, modern layout that includes expansive decks, this home includes well-considered spaces perfect for both entertaining and daily use, including excellent transitions from inside to outside.

 

2 Roxanne Lane, Lafayette - Family Room and Adjacent View Deck

 

More recent updates include the chef’s kitchen and a built-in BBQ incorporated into the adjoining breakfast room. Both the breakfast room and the family room open to the large view deck at the back of the house, just one example of the excellent way this home flows for entertaining.

 

Chef Kitchen and Breakfast Room - 2 Roxanne Lane, Lafayette

 

The master suite is a true retreat off the main floor, with private sitting area, updated en suite bathroom and a private deck with a gated hot tub.

 

Master Retreat + Deck, 2 Roxanne Lane, Lafayette CA

 

Situated on a beautiful, wooded .62 +/- acre lot, this home has 4 bedrooms and 2.5 baths in the main house, and 1 bedroom / 1 bathroom in a downstairs apartment located near the secondary bedrooms. The apartment has a full kitchen and can be accessed from the secondary bedroom hallway as well as a separate exterior entrance, providing the ultimate flexibility for how you’ll use this space through the years as needs change.

 

Apartment - 2 Roxanne Lane, Lafayette CA

 

For additional details and photos of 2 Roxanne Lane, please go click here.

If you have questions or would like to arrange a private tour of this property, please contact Dana Green directly at Dana@DanaGreenTeam.com or 925.339.1918

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Digital Proof: 1258 Happy Valley Rd Is Beautiful Inside & Out (Aerial Footage, too!)

I am very excited to be listing 1258 Upper Happy Valley Rd for sale. This beautiful Lafayette estate has only been on the market twice in 51 years. As a lifelong Lafayette resident, I noticed this home long before I ever considered becoming a licensed realtor, and I am not alone. It is considered by many to be a Lafayette treasure.

 

1258 Upper Happy Valley, Lafayette - Exterior

 

I remember how happy I was when this home was featured in the Lafayette Juniors’ Kitchen Tour, a popular spring local fundraising event I originated and stayed directly involved with for years, and one I continue to sponsor and attend now.

If I was lucky enough to live in this home, I know I’d spend a lot of my time in its wonderful chef’s kitchen / great room. Featuring custom Chalon Cabinetry and top-of-the-line appliances, this expansive space is filled with light and looks out onto the home’s park-like grounds, offering an incredible indoor/outdoor lifestyle opportunity.

 

1258 Upper Happy Valley, California - Kitchen Great Room

 

Picture-perfect, this property exudes impeccable quality and thoughtful design. No wonder that it has also been featured in Sunset Books and showcased in the Moraga Juniors Garden Tour, too.

 

1258 Upper Happy Valley Rd, Lafayette - Formal Living Room, Dining Room

 

I think you’ll love the recently renovated (2014) master retreat, not only for its excellent use of space, but also for the beautiful millwork and many built-ins.

 

1258 Upper Happy Valley Rd, Lafayette - Master Suite

 

Even passage ways between rooms have been well designed for architectural beauty and function. I also love the fun loft built into one of the secondary bedrooms – what a great use of available space!

1258 Upper Happy Valley Rd - Lafayette - Secondary Bedrooms
More and more, house hunters in Lafayette are looking for extra — but separate — space. The guest house at 1258 Upper Happy Valley Road is a wonderful extension of the home, while also offering lots of privacy.
Located near the home’s pool and expansive outdoor kitchen, there are so many ways a family can use this space through the years – true guest quarters, au pair apartment, gym, office, art studio, or a teen hangout – you decide!

1258 Upper Happy Valley Rd - Cottage

What I know is that the guest house is the kind of space whose use can evolve through the years as children grow and needs change.
With our children now at college, I might personally be tempted to use the guest house as a large home office — working in a bright, poolside room is very tempting, particularly with our wonderful Lafayette weather.
What to do, though, with the two executive offices in the main house? I can think of a few things!

1259 Upper Happy Valley Rd - Executive Offices

Do you want to take a closer look at 1258 Upper Happy Valley Road?

I wish I could tell you there will be an open house, but there isn’t going to be one. Like most large Lafayette estates, this property is shown only by appointment.

If you’re in the market for a wonderful Lafayette estate, please don’t miss the opportunity to consider this one. To schedule a tour, contact Dana@DanaGreenTeam.com or 925.339.1918.

If you’re just curious to learn more about this amazing Lafayette estate, I do have good news. We have extensive photography as well as a wonderful aerial video. You’ll find it all, along with property details and pricing information, at www.1258UpperHappyValley.com

What I really love about the aerial video is that it does what still photography can’t do as well for a property of this size. The aerial footage offers a true sense of the expansiveness of this premium .72 acre resort-like level property, and all the many ways that its first two homeowners have taken full advantage of this rare Lafayette level lot opportunity to create a wonderful place for year-round dining, play and effortless entertaining.

What’s left for 1258 Upper Happy Valley’s 3rd homeowner? Unlock the door – and enjoy!

(The video is embedded below. If you have trouble seeing it, you’ll also find it at www.1258UpperHappyValley.com.)

 

Learn more about 1258 Upper Happy Valley Road by clicking here.

Questions? Please contact Dana Green directly at Dana@DanaGreenTeam.com or 925.339.1918

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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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