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Good news: The Cooperage is Opening Sunday, March 2!

Good news! Lafayette’s newest restaurant, The Cooperage, is opening to the public on Sunday, March 2.

The Cooperage Lafayette Opens - March 2014 - Lafayette, CA

This addition to Lafayette’s already terrific restaurant offerings is destined to be popular and has created a buzz since it was first announced over a year ago.

The reservation link is now live on The Cooperage website and Sunday’s reservations are filling quickly.

For the first few weeks, they’ll be serving dinners only before expanding to daily lunch and weekend brunch later in the month.

Located just a few blocks from my office on Lafayette Circle, it’s been fun to watch the build-out of this much anticipated restaurant.  We’re excited, though, to actually dine there.  Advertised as an “American Grille”, the menu looks great!


Mark Your Calendar! It’s Kindergarten Registration Season in Lafayette, Moraga and Orinda

Mark your calendars! Kindergarten registration in Lafayette, Moraga and Orinda for the 2014-2015 school year is fast approaching.

Mark Your Calendar for Kindergarten Registration

Lafayette School District

Burton Valley, Happy Valley, Lafayette and Springhill Elementary Schools
Tuesday and Wednesday, January 21 and 22
More info: www.lafsd.k12.ca.us

Moraga School District

Camino Pablo, Donald Rheem and Los Perales Elementary Schools
Thursday and Friday, February 6 and 7
More info: www.moraga.k12.ca.us

Orinda Union School District

Del Rey, Glorietta, Sleepy Hollow, and Wagner Ranch Elementary Schools
Monday through Thursday, February 3 – 6
More info: www.orindaschools.org

Click links to the respective district websites to learn more about residency requirements, registration times and locations, and access to registration packets. You’ll also find information about age requirements for both Kindergarten and Transitional Kindergarten (TK), an optional program.

2012 Lafayette, Moraga and Orinda Census Bureau Data Updates PLUS What’s Been Happening in 2013

I am often asked about population and other census data for Lafayette, Moraga and Orinda. While official census numbers are taken every ten years, the Census Bureau conducts an annual survey called the American Community Survey (ACS) and reports California data by state, county and city. 2012 ACS data has just been published. Updated Lafayette, Moraga and Orinda data on population, median age, median income and education levels are summarized below.

ACS Census Data* Lafayette    Moraga     Orinda  
  Population 24,073 16,167 17,868
  Median Age 44.5 43.6 46.1
  Median Income $136,438 $119,416 $162,267
   High School Degree  98% 98% 98%
   College Degree 40% 39% 41%
   Graduate Degree 33% 36% 37%

Since the official data takes so much time to collect and analyze, I wanted to share what I’ve seen happening in Lamorinda during 2013, at least with changes in owners of single family homes.

With rare exception, most new home buyers are families with young children looking to take advantage of our wonderful schools or families with older children, moving from out of area, who have heard about our wonderful Lamorinda lifestyle.

Most people are established in their careers, highly educated and with relatively high dollar earning capabilities. It takes these qualifications to attain the kind of mortgage you need to buy a home here. By definition, to be at this level, it typically means at least one parent is in their 30s, 40s or older.

Sellers tend to be empty nesters, although job loss, divorce or death prompts a sale, too. This has been true for as long as I’ve been selling homes, and long before. In addition, there are always a healthy mix of people (of varied ages) who are moving to follow an out of area job opportunity. Plus, we continue to see local people buying and selling to adjust square footage to meet lifestyle needs.

To me, all these people aren’t statistics. I meet them, work with many of them, and help them through these times of transition. What I really love about all this coming and going has nothing to do with age or income — it’s how excited all the buyers are to move here – and even how many people who are selling homes are sad about leaving.

It proves what I know to be true: It really is a wonderful life here!

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*Source: 2008-2012 American Community Survey (ACS) 5 Year Estimates • www.dof.ca.gov


STAT MED Urgent Care Opens in Lafayette, CA

Good news! Lafayette now has a walk-in urgent medical care option for people of all ages, including those just visiting the area. It is open seven days a week (including weekday evenings) and on holidays!

STAT MED Urgent Care - Lafayette, CA

Have you heard about STAT MED Urgent Care?

Armando Samaniego, MD, a Lafayette resident with more than two decades of experience as an Emergency Room physician, is STAT MED’s Founder and Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Samaniego designed STAT MED to provide what he says neighbors and friends told him they wanted, a viable local alternative to the hospital emergency room.

Explains Dr. Samaniego:

“While talking to my neighbors and friends about ER medicine and their healthcare needs in particular, I heard a recurring theme: A typical trip to the ER can be very upsetting on many levels. They wanted an option that offered excellent care, located close to home, delivered in the least disruptive way possible, so they could get back to their lives and their families.”

Experienced in both hospital management and emergency medicine, Dr. Samaniego set about making that happen, including picking just the right location and finding other seasoned emergency room doctors to round out the staff.

While staffed and equipped to handle many urgent care needs, STAT MED is also designed to be your go-to source for medical care when you don’t have a regular physician or can’t get into to see yours for any reason, including for routine things like school, athletic and camp medical clearances.

Plus, because STAT MED shares office space with Dr. Brad Piatt’s Inview Imaging center, needed X-rays and other diagnostic imaging needs are easily handled on site, too.


Armando Samaniego, MD - Founder & Chief Medical Officer, STAT MED Urgent Care, Lafayette CA

I’ve known Dr. Samaniego and his family for years through our children’s school and Boy Scout connections. He’s always stepped in to help in medical situations even when he was on location solely as Dad or neighbor. I really like that we can now call on Dr. Samaniego on a more official basis as needs arise.

STAT MED Urgent Care is located in downtown Lafayette, at 970 Dewing Avenue, Suite 100-B. To find out more about STAT MED, go to www.statmed.com or call 925.297.6396.

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The Top 3 Reasons You’ll Love Hosting Parties at 1200 Estates Drive

If you’re looking for a wonderful Lafayette home with Mt. Diablo views and maximum flexibility for entertaining, I recommend you take a close look at 1200 Estates Drive.


For Sale in Lafayette CA - Happy Valley View Property


This luxurious 5-bedroom (plus office), 4.5-bath custom Craftsman view property has ample (and flexible) interior and exterior space for entertaining, excellent party “flow”, and an abundance of natural ambience.


Here’s more about each of these top three reasons you’ll love hosting parties there:


Reason #1: Ample – and Flexible – Entertaining Space, Inside and Out

1200 Estates has graciously proportioned common rooms and beautiful outdoor spaces that connect well with one another, inside and out. As a result, the home’s potential to accommodate small to large events, formal and/or informal, is vast. As host, you just have to consider your party needs, select the right combination of interior and exterior spaces, and organize set-up to match.


1200 Estates Drive Lafayette - Formal Living + Dining Rooms


The estate’s resort-like landscape helps, particularly in warmer months. Designed by Jim Hagopian, the fully landscaped exterior serves as an enormous extension of this house. It includes level land, wrap-around slate terraces, covered outdoor pavilion with kitchen, waterfall, in-ground trampoline and full Rhino Sport basketball/sport court. All this, and I’m not even counting the master suite balcony, which overlooks the back yard, too.


1200 Estates Drive, Lafayette, CA - Backyard View


Did I mention that almost all this outdoor space enjoys Mt. Diablo views?

Reason #2: Excellent “Flow”

I realize that we don’t always speak about “flow” when we talk about our homes, but caterers do.

Denise Crawford, Chef de Cuisine at HeartCraft Cuisine, has catered several events at 1200 Estates Drive, mostly very large dinner parties.

Says Crawford: “This house has a really open flow pattern that doesn’t interrupt the service pattern and allows for nice interaction of people. No one feels enclosed or penned in.”

1200 Estates - Kitchen Eating Nook + Family Room

Don’t be surprised, though, if guests gravitate to this home’s kitchen anyway. It’s central to all the common areas and serves as one of the connectors between them, including the secondary downstairs family room.


1200 Estates Drive, Lafayette CA - Kitchen + Casual Dining


This large custom kitchen has an oversized island, varied workspaces, three ovens, two sinks, and beautiful cabinetry. It beckons us the way all great kitchens do – as the heart of the home for food, drink and conversation. So expect guests to linger.


1200 Estates Drive, Lafayette - Mt. Diablo View Dining Room

Reason #3. Abundance of Natural Ambiance

The first time I walked into 1200 Estates Drive, I was immediately struck by the way the home’s high-end Craftsman interior details enhanced the already commanding views of Mt. Diablo framed in its many windows and French doors.

No photo can quite do that impact justice, but the ones posted here offer a hint of the home’s resulting ambiance.

Imagine hosting a party where guests are in awe the moment they walk through the door!


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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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