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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!

 

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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!)

 

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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.

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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.

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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”.

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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!

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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

 

 

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!

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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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Lafayette Reservoir’s Holiday Tree: The Lafayette Tradition the Birds Love, too!

As a lifelong Lafayette resident, it’s not surprising that I have many Lafayette holiday memories, including long standing community traditions that I love. What I like is that there are often new ideas to add to my family’s list, like the annual It’s a Wonderful Life in Lafayette holiday community celebration that debuted in 2013.

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The Lafayette Reservoir Holiday Tree

One of my favorite things to do in December is stopping by the Lafayette Reservoir’s holiday tree, a community decorating tradition that didn’t exist when I was young but has now been part of my family’s holiday traditions for years.

Located on the far side of the Lafayette Reservoir, this tree is decorated by Reservoir walkers each holiday season. Did you have a chance to hang an ornament this year? My favorites are the creative ornaments that also feed the birds, so you can imagine I was thrilled to see one of those birds enjoying its holiday treat long enough for me to snap a photo with my iPhone.

Are you new to Lafayette and want to learn more about the Reservoir’s holiday tree? Click here.

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The #1 Reason for Low Home Inventory in Lafayette? People (Thankfully!) Don’t Want to Move

It often feels like people talk about Lafayette’s relatively low inventory of homes for sale as if this is somehow a Bay Area economic issue that just might correct itself, if not this season, then hopefully next.

Happy Thanksgiving from Dana Green 2014Economics impacts buyer demand and price, and both play an undeniable role in real estate. The real issue with Lafayette inventory, though, is lifestyle.

The single biggest reason Lafayette is experiencing this current low inventory of homes for sale is the very reason that so many people want to move here: Lafayette is a great place to live.

Yes – many young families initially move to Lafayette for our wonderful public schools. Most, though, quickly learn the real secret of Lafayette: It’s a great place to live no matter how old you are!

Barring unexpected life events, decades may pass before a homeowner considers selling the family home. By then, grandkids may be at the Thanksgiving table.

Thankfully, this tends to happen at different times for different people, and that helps keep a steady stream of new families moving in and falling in love with the Lafayette lifestyle, too.

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The end result is a healthy mix of ages in our neighborhoods and an authentic commitment to community that encourages civic pride and strong volunteer energy.

As a lifelong Lafayette resident with kids in college and no plans to ever move from Lafayette, it is hard to argue that this housing trend is anything but a good thing, even if the constrained Lafayette home inventory can try homebuyer patience and makes being a Lafayette Realtor challenging!

Mostly, I’m just thankful to be lucky enough to live and work in Lafayette.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Celebrating the Lafayette Library and Learning Center: Our Library Turns Five

Congratulations to the Lafayette Library and Learning Center on celebrating five fantastic years. I hope that everyone is planning to stop by the Library’s Literary Festival on Sunday, November 2, from 11am-3pm, being held in celebration.

Looking back to the years leading up to the opening of the library is a nostalgic feeling for me as my son did his Troop 204 Eagle Project (which is always a family affair!) to help raise funds to build it.

 

Power of YOUth Lafayette Library and Learning Center Fundraising Photos

 

This morning I pulled out Brad’s Eagle Book. In it, he wrote:

Brad Green Eagle Project 2009 - Power of YOUth“For my Eagle Project, I created and coordinated the Power of YOUth campaign titled, “Read, Recycle, Resell” for the new Lafayette Library and Learning Center. My goal was to raise awareness amongst Lafayette youth for the new library. We first formed a committee and strategized the best way to reach as many students as possible. We decided to collect gently-used books at the various school registration days across town. Later, we sorted, priced, and re-sold the books at the Lafayette Art and Wine Festival. Over 6,000 books were collected and over 450 volunteer hours were logged. We collected more books than could be sold over the two day event. The extra books were donated to Lafayette teachers, “The Friends of the Lafayette Library,” and to Shelter Inc. to help with a new library another Eagle Scout was creating.  This project was a positive experience for me. I learned how important it is to be prepared and communicate often with your team.”

Reading Brad’s words five years later still makes me smile. We are so lucky to live in Lafayette and enjoy our beautiful Lafayette Library and Learning Center, a true modern model for life-long learning. My family will always remember when it was built and Brad’s contribution with pride!

From its earliest beginnings, the building of our wonderful Library was a community effort, with lots of grass roots fundraising by our community’s adults and youth. I can only imagine how many others walk through its doors and smile knowing that they personally helped make it become a reality.

That’s a community builder truly worth celebrating not just this Sunday, but every day!

Google Maps Goes 3D in Lafayette

 

Thank you to the City of Lafayette City Manager’s Friday Summary for sharing this interesting information below. Visit and sign up for their wonderful and useful updates HERE

 

On Tuesday, Google enabled 3-dimensional mapping in Lafayette, which is good news for the Planning Department because it will allow us to do more sophisticated site planning analyses of development applications.  Check it out  here.  Cool technology – but we got to wondering how they were doing it.  Is somebody really sitting at a computer in Mountain View and making 3D models of entire cities?  Nope.  Turns out that Google has automated the making of these city models using a tool called stereophotogrammetry.  As we understand it, Google has a fleet of planes that fly over cities that shoot high-resolution images at 45 degree angles, from directly overhead, and from multiple directions.  Using stereophotogrammetry, computers compare the various aerial photos to calculate the geometry of the buildings and trees and landmarks and create a textured 3D mesh of the entire city, including not only the buildings, but also trees and plants.  The result is a pretty accurate 3D representation of the city and its surrounding area.  The buildings and structures are accurately placed, and the quality, lighting and shadows are consistent over the entire model. And because it’s automatic, it can be rapidly rolled out to cover large areas.

Lafayette Burger Wars!

 

A little known fact….Lafayette has some of the best burgers in the area!  Here at Dana Green Team, we can’t decide which one is the best out of the list below, so you can’t go wrong with any of these delicious options. Also, please let us know if your favorite isn’t listed here and we’ll be sure to go check it out!

Chow Lafayette http://www.chowfoodbar.com/laf_location.html.  Their burger on baguette is amazing!

Roam Burgerhttp://roamburgers.com/.  We love the “French and Fries” style…

Metro Lafayettehttp://metrolafayette.com/.  Tip!  They will make their delicious burger even if it is not on the menu…just ask!

Lafayette Park Hotel Bistro http://www.parkbistroandbar.com/.  There’s a new chef taking over and we’re curious – has he updated their signature burger?

Cooperage American Grille http://thecooperagelafayette.com/.  The newest challenger is the Cooperage burger giving the rest a run for their money.

 

Photo: Flickr/Kennejima, http://bit.ly/1vkJ5Gt

Dana Green Team is a proud platinum sponsor of Lafayette Partners in Education!

The Dana Green Team is a proud platinum sponsor of Lafayette Partners in Education!

 

Lafayette Partners in Education (LPIE) is a community-based education foundation run by parent volunteers working to enhance and expand the educational opportunities for students in Lafayette’s six public schools: Burton Valley, Happy Valley, Lafayette and Springhill Elementary Schools, Stanley Middle School and Acalanes High School.  Lafayette Partners in Education was founded in 1980 as Lafayette Arts & Science Foundation (LASF). They have a long, proud history of enriching the education of Lafayette school children.

 

Lafayette Partners in Education’s mission is to support and enrich the education of every child in the Lafayette public schools through a broad community-based effort.

 

See how you can get involved, donate and make a huge difference HERE.

 

Visit Lafayette Partners in Education for more information at: LPIC.org

City Manager’s Summary – Lafayette, California

Here is the latest in what’s going on in Lafayette from City Manager Steve Falk. Steve does an informative weekly roundup on Friday’s that we follow closely. We found this blog extremely informative and thought we’d pass it along. If you would like to subscribe to the City Manager’s Blog, please visit the City of Lafayette website at www.ci.lafayette.ca.us and on the front page you will see a link for the City Manager’s Updates. Click on this and then look for the link to the City Manager’s Friday Summary. You tool will be better connected to this wonderful City!

 

 

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Saranap Village

Today, Contra Costa County Department of Conservation & Development issued the Draft Environmental Impact Report associated with the Saranap Village Mixed-Use Project, located in unincorporated Contra Costa County just east of Lafayette (many may know the neighborhood as home to Morucci’s famous delicatessen).  The project includes redevelopment of an area surrounding the intersection of Boulevard Way and Saranap Avenue into a mixed-use village with up to 235 multi-family residential units, up to 30,000-square feet of street-level retail and restaurant uses, 14,200-square feet of amenities, and off-street structured parking.  The buildings will range from 46-feet to 80-feet tall.  The project also includes improvements to Boulevard Way and Saranap Avenue including reducing the vehicular lanes from four lanes to two lanes, a roundabout, and traffic calming elements.  The Draft EIR identifies potentially significant environmental impacts in aesthetics, air quality, biological resources, cultural resources, greenhouse gas emissions and energy, hazards and hazardous materials, hydrology and water quality, noise, transportation and traffic, and utilities and service systems.  Comments on the Draft EIR are due to the County Department of Conservation & Development by November 17th at 5:00 p.m.  A copy of the Draft EIR may be reviewed online atwww.cccounty.us/5195/Saranap-Village.  Questions about the project should be directed to William Nelson at (925) 674-7791 or William.nelson@dcd.cccounty.us.

 

Business Brief

Back to the Table Cooking School & Production Kitchen is a local cooking (& baking) school started by Lafayette sisters, Leslie Pease and Lisa Evaristo, with a passion for food and entertaining.  The school offers classes that range from sauces and sautéing, to Korean grill, to Oktoberfest, to a Downton Abbey Dinner Party.  Classes are offered for children, teens, and adults.  In addition to classes, the facility has a full production kitchen, with state-of-the-art equipment, that may be rented.  Back to the Kitchen, located at 271 Lafayette Circle, may be reached at (925) 284-1120 or online athttp://backtothetablecookingschool.com/.  Make sure you come by this weekend at the Art & Wine Festival to meet and purchase food from the amazing food vendors that work in the production kitchen.

 

Lafayette Maps

Would you like to know where Wireless Communication Facilities (WCF) are located in Lafayette?  The City recently released an inventory of all known Wireless Communications Facilities.  This inventory consists of a map depicting the physical locations of each facility accompanied with a photographic inventory of each site.  In addition to this map, the City maintains a Map Room at Lovelafayette.org that contains a vast array of maps, from trails, to zoning designations, to a street sweeping schedule.  They are available on your web browser, or you may download directly to your computer for quicker viewing.  Additionally, there’s an interactive mapping service where you can simply enter in a location of interest into the search bar, and the interactive map will take you there and provide you with basic information such as, zoning, parcel size, etc.  Check them out!

Chief Christensen

Notes from Chief Christensen:  The Best Detective is ALWAYS Mom

Last week we had what seems to be a common occurrence as of late.  A child rides their bike to school and forgets to lock the bike in the rack.  Mom comes to pick the child up and leaves the bike in the rack, unlocked, overnight.   The next morning, the bike is missing!  Mom contacts the school and speaks with a wonderful administrator who locates video of the suspect riding away on the bike.  Now, in most TV episodes, that’s when the case gets turned over to the police, but not in this episode.  Mom, angry that someone took her kid’s bike from the rack, scours Craigslist for the bike – and ACTUALLY FINDS IT, offered for sale from a seller in Pittsburg.  She reports the theft, provides a description of the bike and provides the officer with the Craigslist posting.  A couple of texts from our secret drug phone. . . a meet is set-up to buy the bike. . .and soon officers are knocking on the door of the suspect.   First question from the suspect is “Are you here to buy the bike?”  “Well, kind of,” the officer replies.  Twenty minutes later, after a full confession about the theft, the bike is loaded into the police cruiser and delivered back to the Chief of all Detectives, Mom.  I’ve always said that Moms solve more cases than the police ever will – no rules, no civil rights, they just go rogue.  While we’re happy to take the stat for another case solved, they’ll certainly be an asterisk next to this number – a tip of the hat to Mom.

 

Leeches!  In Lafayette!

On Monday, September 15th the City of Lafayette participated in The American Red Cross City Challenge Blood Drive, and it was a huge success. Councilmember Mark Mitchell represented the City Council and donated, and we had two local business who donated as well.  Susie Cakes came through with their very popular and delicious Red Velvet Mini-Cupcakes, and Powell’s Sweet Shoppe generously gave three gift cards that were used as raffle prizes. This event far exceeded the expectations of the Red Cross employees. While our final numbers are not known at this point, we were told we far exceeded their expectations. So a huge thank you to those who turned up and to our local businesses for their support. We are already looking forward to our 3rd Annual Blood Drive next year.

 

After School Pilot

An After School Enrichment Program, piloted by the City of Lafayette’s Parks, Trails & Recreation Department, offers an engaging variety of activities to our elementary school aged children.  Our staff and the respective PTA’s/PFC/PC selected sixteen different classes from dance, music and chess to French, drama and technology.   With 250 children enrolled at four elementary school sites, the program is off to a good start.

 

Plant a Seed.  Literally.

Native wildflower seeds are now available at the Lafayette Community Center.  Fall is the time to plant California wildflowers and seed packets are available at the Community Center thanks to summer seed collecting from all the native flowers that bloomed this year.  These plants are very drought tolerant.

 

Free Money for Worthy Causes!

The Lafayette Community Foundation (LCF) is accepting grant applications from local non-profits for its Fall grant cycle.  LCF invests in programs and projects that promote and enhance the civic, cultural, educational and environmental health of Lafayette and beyond.  ALL Applications must be received through the online application form- please go the Lafayette Community Foundation Website  and click on “apply for a grant.”  Note:  the deadline is September 30th!

 

Dr. Happy Inducted into Happiness Hall

We don’t make this stuff up.  It turns out that Lafayette’s own own “Dr. Happy” –– Dr. Bob Nozik – is being inducted into Stanford’s Happiness Hall of Fame along with baseball

Hall Of Famer Reggie Jackson, NBA player and broadcaster Jim Barnett, three time Super Bowl winner and TV analyst Bubba Paris, and others.  Dr. Nozik leads Lafayette Senior Services’ group Positive Living Forum, AKA the “Happiness Club”, and authored the book, “Happy 4 Life: Here’s How to Do It.”

 

Lafayette Creek Day

Do you want to learn about your local creeks? Or volunteer to help keep them healthy?  Come join us at Lafayette Creek Day!
Sunday September 28th
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Lafayette Community Park Ball fields
(480 St. Mary’s Road, 1,500 feet south of the Community Center)

 

There will be talk about trash cleanup and invasive plant removal, informational displays, educational talks,  creek tours, giveaways, and food and drinks for sale.  Come have lunch and celebrate the beautiful creeks of Lafayette

 

Las Trampas 5th Annual Walk & Roll

Gather your family and/or friends and join in on the Las Trampas 5th Annual Walk n’ Roll on Saturday, September 27, 9am-12pm. Meet in the Las Trampas parking lot at 3460 Lana Lane to check in and pick up your T-shirt, then head out to the Lafayette-Moraga Trail. The 5k run stretches from Las Trampas to Stanley School, return past Las Trampas to Olympic Blvd, then back to campus. The 1-mile trail is to Hawthorne Drive and back. On campus, wander the exhibits to learn about Emergency Preparedness, talk with ham radio operators, win prizes with KKDV, and enjoy refreshments and snacks, carnival games and more in our courtyard.   Registration is $25 to participate or to sponsor a client. Click here to register on line or call (925)310-2363. Or for more information:www.lastrampas.org

Date: 9/27/2014 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Cost: $25.00

Location: Las Trampas Campus Parking Lot
3460 Lana Lane
Lafayette, California

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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