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Sneak Peek Photos: Lafayette’s Rancho Cantina Set to Open Monday, March 30

Early votes are in: Looks like Lafayette has another winner of a restaurant!

Rancho Cantina, co-owned by Lafayette resident Julie Mitchell, is scheduled to open next week. A California-Mexican restaurant, Rancho Cantina describes its food as “wood fired California spirited cuisine”.

Rancho Cantina Lafayette, CA


Rancho Cantina Lafayette, CA - 2

Kelly Wood, a member of our Dana Green Team, received a lucky invitation to attend Rancho Cantina’s soft opening Thursday. She came away raving about the food, the decor and the margaritas!

Rancho Cantina Lafayette, CA - 3


Located at 3616 Mt Diablo Blvd, Rancho Cantina is scheduled to open to the public, Monday through Saturday, 5 p.m. – 10 p.m., starting on Monday, March 30. In the meantime, we thought you might want to see these “sneak peek” photos!

To learn more about Rancho Cantina, go to www.ranchocantina.com



3190 Somerset Drive’s Gift With Purchase: Proximity to Lafayette Community Park and Other Burton Valley Lifestyle Amenities

We had a very nice crowd come through our new listing at 3190 Somerset Drive in Lafayette’s Burton Valley during Brokers Tour this week. I know from the many positive comments that others like what I like best about this bright, mid-century traditional home: It’s a nice combination of charm, potential and location!

3190 Somerset Drive, Lafayette CA - Exterior and Living Room


I particularly like that its ideal floor plan includes a family/bonus room, easy indoor-outdoor access and a level exterior on a corner lot that allows for easy entertaining, outdoor dining, gardening, and play!


3190 Somerset Drive, Lafayette -  Dining Kitchen Family Room


The big plus of this home, though, is location.

Tip: Take the Time to Explore this Particular Part of Burton Valley on Foot, Starting with the Lafayette Community Park

There are many homes that qualify as “Burton Valley” but one thing that is particularly special about 3190 Somerset Drive is that it is truly situated in the heart of Burton Valley, so close to its many popular Lafayette lifestyle amenities that they feel like neighborhood ones – schools, pools, ball fields, the Lafayette Community Center and trails.

If you’re planning to stop by the open house on Sunday (1-4pm), please consider packing walking shoes so you can experience this first hand. I recommend you start by entering the Lafayette Community Park through the Silverado Drive entrance. You’ll find it located near the intersection of Silverado and Somerset — just a little more than a block from 3190 Somerset.

Lafayette Community Park - Silverado Drive Entrance Jan 2015

This will take you into the main open space trail area of the park where you can choose to take a quick wander or a larger explore. As you enter the park, stay to the right if you want level land or climb the hill and enjoy views on your way to the first of the park’s two Eucalyptus groves.

Either way, no need to worry about getting lost, except in your thoughts!

Most of the trails intersect with one another, and you’re never very far from an exit option back into the surrounding neighborhoods and the potential to circle back to your starting point via road or the paved Lafayette-Moraga Trail rather than dirt park trail. You’ll even find easy access to public restrooms, which are located both at the Lafayette Community Center (cross the bridge mid-trail) and on the ball field side of the park, near the playground.

Lafayette Community Park Map - Lafayette CA

The many neighborhood access points into Lafayette Community Park allow anyone using the park to create different walks depending on mood, weather, and/or time available.

Sometimes, the park is just the best short cut from one area of Burton Valley to another. In the morning, this includes school children on bikes riding to Burton Valley or Stanley Middle School via the Lafayette-Moraga Trail. There are even some not so secret “hidden” Lafayette Community Park entrances you’ll come to love once you move into the neighborhood, including the one off Sandalwood we wrote about previously.

To learn more about Lafayette Community Park, click here to download the city’s brochure and map. What you’ll find is that there is truly something for everyone – and it’s all just a few steps from 3190 Somerset Drive.

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Going Green in Lafayette: Q&A with Sustainable Lafayette Co-Founder, Steve Richard

It’s hard to look at Sustainable Lafayette’s 2014 achievements without feeling a swell of community pride!

Sustainable Lafayette - 2014 Highlights

Highlights include our thriving Lafayette Community Garden, the well-attended 9th Annual Earth Day Festival, special educational events and outreach, and growing partnerships with the City of Lafayette, BikeLafayette, the Lafayette Chamber, Lafayette School District, Republic Services and others. Click here to download the details of these 2014 highlights or click the photo to the right to expand the image and read online.

Lafayette-resident Steve Richard is the co-founder of Sustainable Lafayette and serves as Board President. Since Steve has been involved with Sustainable Lafayette from the beginning, we reached out to him with a few questions to better understand the journey Sustainable Lafayette has been on – and where it is headed.

Q: When you first started Sustainable Lafayette, what did you hope could be achieved — and how does it compare to where it is today?

Steve: When Bart Carr and I started Sustainable Lafayette we simply wanted to create a way for residents to learn from and be inspired by each other’s efforts to make their homes more green. So, it was primarily about creating a web site that hosted sustainability success stories submitted by residents. Now, it feels like one of the most active and most vital non-profits in Lafayette that is doing everything we can to lead the community toward a future that is highly sustainable and an amazing place to live. So, our role in the community now feels much more strategic.

Sustainable Lafayette Co-founders -  Bart Carr and Steve Richard

Q: When you look at the 2014 Sustainable Lafayette achievements, what are you personally most proud of?

Steve: While there were many, many achievements in 2014, as shown on our annual highlights summary, I’m the most proud of the growing number of people and organizations involved in and supporting Sustainable Lafayette’s efforts, including our board, committees, Community Garden, volunteers, supporters, sponsors, etc. We work really hard behind the scenes to maintain a fun, positive, can-do culture and compelling vision and I think that’s key to why more and more people are getting involved.

Q: What are Sustainable Lafayette’s top priorities for 2015? Any obvious challenges?

Steve: We develop our goals and priorities for the year during the first two months of the year. One thing that will be a big deal this coming year is that Lafayette will be switching over to a new garbage/recycling service with everything handled by Republic Services (between March and June). We have been working with Republic Services closely and this will be a tremendous opportunity to make further strides in reducing our community’s waste and getting closer to the city’s goal of reaching a 75% waste diversion rate (currently at 62%). The ultimate goal is to have zero waste.

Q: You moved to Lafayette in 1999. What drew you here then — and how do you think Sustainable Lafayette helps improve Lafayette’s attractiveness as a place to live?

Steve: My wife and I moved to Lafayette in 1999 primarily because of the schools and believing that it would be a good place to raise our kids. Just in the past couple of years we’ve realized that most of Sustainable Lafayette’s initiatives are directly enhancing the community and quality of life in Lafayette. When I first walked my mom through the Community Garden she said, “I wish I lived in a community that had a garden like this.”

I think that same statement could be made about all the projects that we’re working on: “I wish I lived in a community that was working so hard to green their schools, or promote biking, or reduce waste, etc.”

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Sustainable Lafayette's 2014 Board Members

Thank you to Steve Richard, Bart Carr and all the people actively involved with Sustainable Lafayette. I am proud to be a Sustainable Lafayette 2015 business sponsor.

Studying the Sustainable Lafayette’s website and all that’s been accomplished thus far made deciding to support Sustainable Lafayette easy. Sustainable Lafayette is making a difference in our community.

As you consider where you want your outreach dollars and energy to go in 2015, please take a closer look at Sustainable Lafayette.


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