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Lafayette Juniors Kitchen Tour in its 17th Year!

Lafayette Kitchen Tour 2016Established in 1953, the Lafayette Juniors is an organization of women dedicated to promoting social welfare, education, and civic improvement in Lafayette and the surrounding communities.

This organization allows members to experience the joy of giving to others and in return, gain long-lasting friendships as well as a stronger connection to the community. Their primary fundraising event, the Lafayette Juniors Kitchen Tour, has become an overwhelming success and is now running in its seventeenth year.

Dana Green, former president of the club created and implemented this annual event.  According to her, “It is extremely gratifying to see so many talented and diverse women join together to promote and strengthen our community.”Lafayette-kitchen-tour-2016

The Lafayette Juniors Kitchen Tour is host to six beautiful and distinctive kitchens. The tour highlights Lafayette’s distinctive and sought after neighborhoods: Happy Valley, Downtown Lafayette, Hidden Oaks, and Springhill. Local vendors are featured along with a wide array of color schemes, interior design themes, and architectural styles. Tickets include a gourmet-boxed lunch provided by Huckleberry Kitchen.

This year, the Kitchen Tour will be held on May 14th. The tour has become an annual Lafayette tradition that many look forward to. The mild May weather, incredible kitchens, and eager attendees make this event a success year after year!

Lafayette-Kitchen-tour-2016Each year Lafayette Juniors select different charities to donate to. This year’s tour beneficiaries are: Youth Homes, Diablo Ballet’s PEEK Outreach Program, Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano, and Lamorinda Spirit Van. Each of these non-profit organizations provides services for children, families and seniors in Contra Costa and neighboring East Bay counties.

The tour tends to sell out every year, so be sure and purchase your tickets soon. For more information on the Lafayette Juniors, please visit their website.

*The kitchens shown here are from Dana Green’s Featured Listings and are not part of the 2016 Kitchen Tour. 

Our 5 Favorite Features of 600 Sky Hy Circle, Lafayette, CA

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5 Bedroom | 3 Bathroom | 2598 Sq. Ft. | .24-Acre Parcel | Built in 1976


  1. Optimal Location. Nestled in a private enclave of 29 homes, the gated neighborhood of Sky Hy Ranch is known for its sense of small town living. The neighborhood is ideal for dog walkers and outdoor play! 600 Sky Hy Circle sits on a pristine corner parcel. The property is surrounded by rolling hills and grazing cattle and is located minutes from downtown Lafayette and Moraga.
  2. Comfortable Common Rooms. The spacious living room has picturesque floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook the surrounding hills, and a beautiful stone gas fireplace. The family room, has built-in cabinetry and bookcase. The family room features a brick gas fireplace and sliding doors to the back patio.
  3. Storage Galore. 600 Sky Hy Circle has an interior laundry room with built-in cabinetry and a walk-in storage pantry. There is also an attached 3-car garage with built-in cabinetry and attic storage.
  4. Delightful Exterior Amenities. 600 Sky Hy Circle has wonderful curb appeal and front yard views of the surrounding hills and pasture beyond. From the backyard, there are sunset and skyline views. There is a level lawn, brick patios, a relaxing fountain, and a gated area for gardening or play. The property has a gorgeous variety of plants and shrubs including roses, climbing fruitless pear, hydrangeas, gardenias, and Meyer lemon trees.
  5. HOA Benefits. Members of the Sky Hy Ranch community enjoy common area maintenance, street sweeping, and security gate maintenance.

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

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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.

There are Endless Possibilities at 3134 Indian Way

4 Bed / 2 Bath | 2468 Sq. Ft. +/- | .31 Acres

List price: $1,275,000


3134 Indian Way, Lafayette, CAMove 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 “trick-or-treat” neighborhood where lemonade stands and dog walkers dot the streets.

Residents enjoy easy access to Burton Valley Elementary (only a few short blocks away), Rancho Swim & Tennis Club, Las Trampas Pool, the loved bike trail, the Lafayette Community Center and Park, horse stables, and local commute routes.

The interior features large spaces including a formal living and dining room with vaulted, open-beam ceiling, stone and wood fireplace, beautiful picture windows, newer carpets (February 2016), and Andersen sliding doors to the back deck.3134 Indian Way-Lafayette-CA

The home’s kitchen over looks the back deck and includes granite counters, many stainless steel appliances (2009) and a casual dining nook with views of the central garden atrium.

The family room has parquet hardwood floors, built-in bookcases, octagon window, and Andersen French windows and sliding door to the back deck.

The private master suite features dual closets, separate vanity, and updated bathroom with a stone stall shower.  Three secondary bedrooms share the hall bathroom featuring dual sinks, tile floors and built-in storage shelves and cabinet.

Additional highli3134 Indian Way-3 Lafayette, CAghts include hardwood floors, interior (February 2016) and exterior (2013) paint, newer carpet (February 2016), three newer Velux skylights (2016), updated light fixtures (dining room, hallway and bedrooms), spacious interior laundry/utility room with built-in cabinetry and shelves, and exterior door providing convenient access to the backyard, and two-car garage with automatic door opener (2011) and huge storage loft.

The recently enhanced exterior, with private setting is surrounded by beautiful Laurel trees perfect for entertaining, outdoor dining, play, and gardening.

The large redwood deck (2013) has access from both the dining and family rooms and newer front and backyard landscaping (2016) including automatic sprinklers, fresh landscape, lawn and bark.

Installed in 2016, the Timberline fiberglass shingle roof provides a transferable limited lifetime warranty and a transferable 10-year workmanship warranty.

We encourage you to explore all this home and sought-after Burton Valley location have to offer. Contact us today, to schedule a viewing.

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 Shangri-La.

Though we’ve simplified the topography just a bit, this map provides a generalized view of Lafayette and its distinct neighborhoods that are easily defined by our four elementary schools. While each quadrant features a distinct personality, the four unite to make a community that is truly greater than the sum of its parts.

We’ve featured a few highlights on our map – the places in town that provide a social and communal hub. The Lafayette Reservoir, for instance, is where you will find friends and family strolling the bucolic 2.7 mile paved path. You’ll know it’s spring when Lafayette Little League’s Buckeye Fields come alive with spirited youth swinging for the fences. And our 7.6 mile Lafayette-Moraga regional trail is shared by bikers, runners, and dog-walkers.

Use our map as a starting point for discovering Lafayette, then give us a call. We can’t wait to show you the real thing.

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Bay Area Cities Rank Among Best in U.S. for Public Transit

BARTOne 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 ranked the San Francisco Bay Area second in the nation as outlined in Pacific Union’s article, Bay Area Cities Rank Among Best in U.S. for Public Transit. We frequently hear our new buyers’ reservations about moving from SF, Oakland and Berkeley because of commute concerns, but once here, and using BART, they are so happy they moved to Lamorinda.  Most feel they get the best of both worlds, the experience the hustle and bustle only major urban centers can provide, but also enjoy the peace, quiet, scenery, and excellent schools Lamorinda provides.

Just Listed! 501 Winchester Court Lafayette, CA.

 

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 where Briones Regional Park is literally an extension of the backyard through a rare, private gate!

The 86-home community provides a close-knit environment for all ages to enjoy and is known to be one of Lafayette’s best “trick-or-treat” neighborhoods.  To top it off, participate in the local school bus program for transportation to Lafayette K-8 schools!

Renovated in 2014 & 2015, this charming traditional features clean lines, extensive millwork, exceptional finishes, tall ceilings, sun-filled rooms, and seamless indoor/outdoor flow.

The living room has a beautiful white wood planked ceiling, built-in cabinetry and built-in speakers. The adjacent dining room includes a white wood planked ceiling, exterior access through French doors and built-in speakers. 

501 Winchester Court, Lafayette, CA.

The oversized  kitchen is an entertainer’s delight. The kitchen features sliding doors to the backyard, a walk-in pantry, marble counters, a white subway tile backsplash, high-end stainless appliances (Dacor double ovens, Wolf 6-burner gas stove with hood), island with breakfast bar, large casual dining nook, and a built-in desk.

With gorgeous slate flooring, the family room also has sliders to the backyard, coffered ceiling, gas fireplace, and custom built-ins.

The upstairs master retreat features a coffered ceiling, Briones views, private balcony, walk-in closet with custom organizers, and en suite full bath with two sinks and an oversized stall shower with dual rainfall showerheads.

Three secondary bedrooms and two updated hall baths are also upstairs along with a large laundry room with storage and sink. An additional secondary bedroom with built-in closet organizers and desk along with an adjacent full bath is perfectly positioned on the main level for added flexibility.

Other highlights of the recent renovation include: smooth walls, hardwood flooring, formal front entry with custom Dutch front door, solar window coverings and plantation shutters, water efficient toilets, Haiku ceiling fans with LED lighting (4 bedrooms + family room), Velux solar powered retractable skylights, solar reflective tile roof and rain gutters, and an additional layer of attic insulation.

There is a four-car tandem garage with electric car charger and an additional “mud” area with storage closet and 1/2 bath with a door that leads to the backyard for convenient poolside use.

501 Winchester Court, Lafayette, CA.This property has wonderful corner lot with curb appeal, slate front porch, front and back lawns, remodeled pool with SunPower solar heating system and automatic cover, rose garden, and scenic views of the rolling hills.  To top it off, Briones Regional Park open space can be accessed through a private back gate where endless hiking, running, horseback riding, and nature viewing opportunities await.

It is ideally located to multiple BART stations, Hwy. 24/680, and top-rated Lafayette and Acalanes Unified schools, this home offers the best of city living in a private community setting.

 HOA dues are $500/quarter and include common area maintenance (including community mailboxes and road paving), gate maintenance, video surveillance, & management fees.

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

599 Sky Hy CircleSurrounded by rolling hills and grazing cattle, the Sky Hy neighborhood is known for its sense of small town living making it ideal for dog walkers and outdoor play!

Located minutes from downtown Lafayette and Moraga, this convenient location offers easy access to shops, restaurants and commute routes, and feeds to award-winning Lafayette Elementary School, Stanley Middle School and Campolindo High School.

The formal living/dining great room showcases a wall of windows to enjoy the beautiful views, a pitched, wood-beam ceiling, built-in cabinetry, gas-burning fireplace with Crema Marfil stone surround, and convenient bar/buffet.

Remodeled in 2014, the eat-in kitchen features granite counters, custom stone backsplash, recessed LED lighting, stainless appliances (double Dacor ovens, Dacor 5-burner gas stove with Zephyr hood, warming drawer, Bosch dishwasher), and a casual dining area with an Andersen sliding door to the upper deck.599 Sky Hy

The private bedroom wing is located downstairs and includes a central family room, master suite, junior suite with updated full bath with limestone floor, and 2 additional large bedrooms (one that is currently used as an office) that share the hall bath.

The beautiful master suite includes large picture windows framing the views, sliding doors to a private deck and remodeled bath with dual sinks, Crema Marfil stone counters, hand-painted silk wallpaper, heated travertine marble floors, shower with rainfall shower head and limestone floor, hand blown glass sconces, and a large walk-in closet with California Closets organizers. 599 Sky Hy

Additional interior highlights include hand-scraped Hickory floors, Andersen doors and windows, a renovated ½ bath with a stunning glass tile backsplash and travertine marble floor, remodeled bathrooms with Graff fixtures, stone counters and limestone and marble flooring, crown molding, hand-blown glass light fixtures, and dual-zone HVAC.

Excluded from the home’s square-footage is a +/- 900 bottle wine cellar (double insulated) and an over-sized finished storage/bonus room that could double as home gym, art studio or game room – you decide!

The serene parcel borders only one neighboring property offering wonderful privacy and includes +/- 1,500 square-feet of multi-level redwood decking great for entertaining and outdoor living, an eight-person Jacuzzi hot tub, mature trees, rose garden, and terraced land with a gate that leads to a path to downtown Lafayette and K-8 school.

HOA fees are $193 a month and include common area maintenance, street sweeping, reserves, and security gate maintenance.

Just listed! 11 Leslyn Lane, Lafayette, California

11-Leslun-Lane-FrontIt’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 private lane shared by 8 homes, this rare 4.37-acre usable, park-like Reliez Valley parcel provides a dream setting with level land and views just 20 miles East of San Francisco and minutes to top-rated Lafayette schools (Springhill Elementary, 11-Leslyn-NEW-LR-1Stanley Middle School and Acalanes High School – check availability), downtown and commute routes.

In addition, enjoy panoramic views of Mount Diablo and Briones Regional Park and wonderful natural light from dramatic walls of glass.11-Leslyn-Yard

Details

List price: $2,635,000

5 Bedrooms / 5.5 Baths

Open Sunday February 14th, 2016, 1 – 4 p.m.

Just Listed! 3683 Happy Valley Road, Lafayette, California

This newly renovated & expanded Happy Valley Estate3683-Happy-Valley 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 3-stall barn.3683-Happy-Valley-Dining-Room

The property is set behind private gates in the prestigious neighborhood of Happy Valley and features clean lines, beautiful light and views through perfectly placed windows, high ceilings, incredible use of wainscoting and molding, and many custom elements throughout.

A perfect setting for young families, Happy Valley’s elementary school is one of 335 schools across United States to be recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a 2015 National Blue Ribbon School!

Here are additional details about this beautiful home.

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  • 5 bedrooms + 1 office
  • 3.5 bathrooms
  • 4,574 Square feet
  • List price: $3,595,000
  • Open house: Jan 31

 

Please contact us today to schedule a showing for you.

 

 

Celebrating 12 Days of Christmas in Lafayette

For the holidays, we thought it would be fun to share some of our Lafayette favorites. We had fun putting together our “Twelve Days of Christmas” to share with you.

 

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We hope you enjoyed our daily posts on Facebook. In case you missed any, we are repeating all twelve, below:

On the first day of Christmas, we shared our love of …  an old-fashioned holiday celebration in Lafayette Plaza Park!

 

1st Day of Christmas

On the 2nd day of Christmas, we shared our love of … the twinkle lights and banners that line Mt. Diablo!

 

2nd Day of Christmas

On the 3rd day of Christmas, we shared our love of … shopping for girlfriends at Farmyard Darlings, Gypsea Bungalow and Indigo & Poppy!

 

3rd Day of Christmas

On the 4th day of Christmas, we shared our love of … Lafayette’s four most famous trees!

 

4th Day of Christmas

On the 5th day of Christmas, we shared our love of … five fabulous historical sites in Lafayette!

 

5th Day of Christmas

On the 6th day of Christmas, we shared our love of … the amazing teachers at Lafayette’s six public schools!

 

6th Day of Christmas

On the 7th day of Christmas, we shared our love of … seven favorite 2015 Town Hall Theatre children’s productions!

 

7th Day of Christmas

On the 8th day of Christmas, we shared our love of …Venture Goods, and the eight California brands they offer that we love. (Stop by to identify these awesome brands!)

 

8th Day of Christmas

On the 9th day of Christmas, we shared our love of … the nine daily varieties of cupcakes at Susie Cakes on Mt. Diablo!

 

9th Day of Christmas

On the 10th day of Christmas, we shared our love of … the City’s top 10 ecological reasons to love Lafayette!

 

10th Day of Christmas

On the 11th day of Christmas, we shared our love of … eleven amazing Lafayette trails!

 

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On the 12th day of Christmas, we shared our love of … walking to lunch along Lafayette’s Restaurant Row where we are frequent fliers at Lafayette’s top restaurants. (Ask about our favorite menu items!)

 

12th Day of Christmas

 

Saying Thanks: It’s a Wonderful Life in Lafayette Holiday Event 2015

Thank you to everyone who attended Friday’s 2015 “It’s a Wonderful Life in Lafayette” community holiday event and tree lighting. 


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We love working on this annual event with Branagh Development and the Lafayette Chamber, and sharing it with you! We hope you had as much fun on Friday as we did.

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A special thank-you goes out to the many individuals and local groups who donated time and energy to make this Lafayette holiday tradition such a success this year. 

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I was particularly pleased to see so many of our local youth of all ages actively engaged as volunteers (Troop 204 and NCL) and performers (Stanley Middle School, Lafayette Nursery School, the Contra Costa Children’s Chorus, Lamorinda Theatre Academy, Town Hall Theatre Kids, and Bradley School of Music).

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I hope you agree – it truly is a wonderful life in Lafayette!

Happy holidays.

Sustainable Lafayette Offers “Green” Holiday Tips

Looking to “green” your holidays? The easiest way to make a difference is to start early – with a plan!

Green Holiday Tips from Sustainable Lafayette

Sustainable Lafayette’s website has a useful list of forty ideas to consider, organized into eleven different holiday-related categories, including many gift ideas and energy-saving tips.

Don’t worry, no one expects you to do it all, not even Sustainable Lafayette. Here is what their website says: “Don’t be overwhelmed. Look for just a few ideas that might work for you.”

The Dana Green Team is a proud sponsor of Sustainable Lafayette. We are always looking for opportunities to make green choices!  

We are particularly proud to share that 2015 is the 3rd consecutive holiday season that the Dana Green Team has co-sponsored (with the Lafayette Chamber and Branagh Development) all the energy efficient holiday lights you see along Mt. Diablo Blvd.

Lafayette Holiday Lights 2015

Gone are the old-style twinkle lights. Bright and beautiful, Lafayette’s festive holiday decorations are now LED lights that use less energy while burning brighter and lasting longer!

Click here to read Sustainable Lafayette’s “Green” Holiday Tips.

Thanksgiving 2015: Grateful, Thanks to You

This Thanksgiving – as always – I am grateful to live and work in a community I adore and have spent my entire life in. And I am grateful for you.

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Your support allows me to give back to my hometown! I am proud to be involved with these amazing non-profits that enhance our lives daily:

Lafayette Chamber

3-Year Sponsor of the Annual Holiday Lights and Celebration

Lafayette Juniors

Multiple-Year Marble Sponsor of the Annual Kitchen Tour

Lafayette Partners in Education (LPIE)

Platinum Partner (Since Inception)

Lafayette Library and Learning Center

Discovery Sponsor, Night at the Library

Sustainable Lafayette Sponsor

UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland

Children’s Advisory Council, Executive Board, and Sponsor

All the best for a wonderful Thanksgiving to you and your family!

“It’s a Wonderful Life in Lafayette” Holiday Event & Tree Lighting is Friday, Dec 4

The 3rd annual “It’s a Wonderful Life in Lafayette” community celebration and tree lighting to kick off the holiday season is scheduled for Friday, December 4, from 4 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., in Lafayette’s Plaza Park, located in downtown Lafayette, California.

Lafayette Holiday Event + Tree Lighting 2015

 

Arrive early and plan to stay! This fun and festive event includes visits with Santa, official holiday tree lighting ceremony, one-of-a-kind photo ops, live musical entertainment, crafts, holiday treats and a holiday sing-a-long.

The Dana Green Team is honored to sponsor this popular Lafayette tradition again this year, along with Branagh Development and the Lafayette Chamber. Admission is free and all are welcome!

Campolindo High, Happy Valley Elementary & Del Rey Elementary Win the 2015 National Blue Ribbon School Award

It’s no secret that the number one reason families move to Lamorinda is our amazing public schools. You’ll find many of these schools consistently listed among California Gold Ribbon Schools  and California Distinguished Schools.

This week, three of our schools are in the national spotlight!

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Congratulations to Happy Valley Elementary (Lafayette), Del Rey Elementary (Orinda) and Campolindo High School (Moraga) for winning the 2015 National Blue Ribbon School Award

These distinguished Lamorinda schools are 3 of the 33 California schools among only 285 public schools and 50 private schools nationwide who won this coveted National Blue Ribbon Award for 2015.

Lamorinda Blue Ribbon School Award Winners 2015 - Campo, Happy Valley + Del Rey

In congratulating the California schools, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson said: “We celebrate these models of excellence as they shine in the national spotlight. I congratulate all the hardworking students, teachers, parents, staff, and administrators who made this recognition possible.”

So do we! 

Sunday in Lafayette: Free Lafayette Safety Fair at Stanley Middle School on 8/30/15

Lafayette Safety Fair - August 30, 2015Whether you live here or are planning to be in town touring Lafayette homes for sale, consider making time to take your family to the Lafayette Safety Fair scheduled for Sunday, August 30, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Stanley Middle School, 3455 School Street. All are welcome. Admission is free.

Sponsored by the City of Lafayette Emergency Preparedness and Crime Prevention Commissions and Lamorinda Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), the Safety Fair is designed to be fun and educational, and includes various safety activities and demonstrations of interest to people of all ages. These include a chance to see police dogs and East Bay Regional Parks horses and speak with their handlers.

What’s in it for the kids? Besides the animals (always a winner!), and a fun bike rodeo that also helps teach safety skills, children will be allowed to climb on the emergency vehicles on display, including helicopters, armored car, fire engine and police cars.

Sounds like fun family photo ops all around!

Lafayette Open House Sundays – Plan to Explore the Lafayette Lifestyle, too!

Sunset Magazine-Sept 2015 coverWe really love the well-deserved attention Sunset Magazine gives Lafayette and some of our locally owned businesses in the magazine’s September 2015 Inside Bay Area column!

“This mellow East Bay enclave has fashioned itself into a charming hub of its own, thanks largely to residents taking it upon themselves to open independent shops and restaurants they tired of longing for,” the article states. “Now it’s a melting pot of locals and day-trippers seeking good food without the lines, and handcrafted goods minus the hype.”

There is no question that almost all families start looking to buy homes in Lafayette because of our wonderful public schools. Close access to our vibrant and continually improving downtown, though, is one of the many reasons most of us stay long after our kids have left for college.

Things to Do in Lafayette CA

Even if you haven’t yet moved to Lafayette, I recommend you get a jumpstart on living the Lafayette lifestyle by budgeting time to explore our wonderful downtown when you are in Lafayette touring homes for sale.

All four of the businesses Sunset Magazine highlights are open 7 days a week so you can plan to stop by before and/or after Sunday open houses: Venture Goods (Sunday: noon-5pm), Farmyard Darlings (Sunday: 10am-4pm), Rancho Cantina (Sunday: 10am-4pm), and Smitten Ice Cream (Sunday: noon-9:30 pm).

There are many other wonderful Lafayette restaurants and stores, too! I personally do most of my shopping and dining locally. If you are looking for something in particular, please don’t hesitate to email Dana@DanaGreenTeam.com if you want a recommendation.

Lafayette Homeowners – Schedule a CYES “Green” House Call to Receive Free Conservation Upgrades

This summer, the Rising Sun Energy Center’s California Youth Energy Services (CYES) program is offering Lafayette homeowners and other Lamorinda residents no-cost energy and water conservation services through a partnership with Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), our local towns, and the East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD).

What is the CYES Green House Call?

Rising Sun Energy LogoAccording to the CYES website, the CYES Green House Call with their friendly and professional youth Energy Specialists consists of:

  • A walk with you through of your Lamorinda home to look for energy saving opportunities
  • Replacing all incandescent bulbs with FREE energy-saving compact fluorescent versions (which use about a 1/4 of the energy!)
  • Installing FREE high-efficiency faucet aerators and showerheads (all the pressure without the water waste!)
  • Inspecting all toilets for efficiency and leaks
  • Checking the attic insulation of your home
  • Installing a FREE retractable clothesline to reduce dryer use or a FREE power strip to reduce phantom load from electronic devices
  • Installing FREE hot water pipe insulation
  • Providing energy and water conservation education
  • Emailing you a customized report after the CYES appointment

This CYES Green House Call program Lafayette homeowners and other Lamorinda residents runs through August 6 and, as of this writing, there were still appointments available. Call (925) 388-6049 or sign up online to schedule your no-cost upgrade.

For more information about Rising Sun and its programs, visit www.risingsunenergy.org

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Are you considering selling your home? Our “Free Green House Call” is available all year round. Contact Dana Green at Dana@DanaGreenTeam.com or 925.339.1918 to schedule a free consultation to discuss the value of your home and steps required to ensure you earn top dollar when you sell it.

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.

 

 

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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