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Check Out This Little Free Library in the Lafayette Valley Estates Neighborhood

Perched on the edge of a well-manicured lawn on Lafayette’s Florence Drive (where it intersects North Lucille Lane) sits something worth smiling about – a Little Free Library.

Little Free Library - Lafayette Valley Estates

I stopped by on my way home from Tuesday’s Broker’s Tour of our new listing just a few blocks away, at 3341 Betty Lane.

Selection no doubt varies. Tuesday there seemed to be something for almost anyone, regardless of age, including a children’s book of poetry. Just scanning the titles was fun!

This one-door, two-shelf “take a book, return a book” mini-library is part of a neighbor-to-neighbor book sharing movement that is now international. The Florence Drive branch is one of two official Little Free Libraries in Lafayette you’ll find listed on the www.littlefreelibrary.org website. The other is located at the Lafayette Community Garden on Mt. Diablo.

There are many reasons to love living in Lafayette Valley Estates, a cluster of streets that some call the “Ladies’ Streets” because of its street names – Lucille, Florence, Betty, Helen, Mildred, Fredericka.

A big reason to love living here is the close proximity to some of Lafayette’s best family lifestyle amenities, including the Lafayette-Moraga Trail, Lafayette Community Center, Lafayette Community Park, and the easy access to local schools, ball fields, and local pools.

The Little Free Library may not be the number one reason to move into Lafayette Valley Estates, but it represents something really important families who move here discover. Short on shelf space, the Florence Drive Little Free Library is long on old-fashioned neighborly friendliness. Lafayette Valley Estates at its best. Again.



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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