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LPIE Power

What exactly does Lafayette Partners in Education (LPIE) do for the students in each of our public schools? It’s difficult to quantify LPIE’s innumerable and valuable contributions, many of which are tangible, and some that are not. Parents with a student in the Lafayette school system have all felt the effects of LPIE in some way. When a child proudly shares artwork made in class,...

Lafayette Schools are Powered by LPIE

Ask residents why they selected Lafayette as their home and many will say “the schools.” Lafayette’s public elementary and secondary schools consistently receive high rankings. While parent and community participation is one key to the success of our top quality education system, we attribute much of the success to Lafayette’s tried-and-true education foundation, Lafayette Partners in Education (LPIE). While LPIE’s upcoming annual fundraising event is...

Happy Lamorinda Trails

One of the joys of Lamorinda living is our convenient proximity to outdoor recreational spaces. Each of our towns – Lafayette, Moraga, and Orinda – boast a bevy of easily accessible hiking trails that encourage outdoor living. Take a walk along any of these paths not only to fulfill fitness goals, but to also get a sense of what ‘community’ truly feels like. For Lamorinda...

Spring is in the Air: It’s Garden Planning Time

While temperatures have been unpredictable lately, with highs near 80 and lows dipping into the 30’s, Spring is definitely in the air and it’s time to think about your garden. Some of us at the Dana Green Team have a green thumb. We are fortunate to have Orchard Nursery as a local resource. At Orchard, you’ll find answers to any gardening question you may have....

Lafayette Winter Comfort Foods

Wondering what to have for dinner? In our office, at about 4pm or so, we often find ourselves talking about our favorite dishes and local menu items, and what we are having for dinner. We love sharing with each other our go-to dishes and thought it would be fun to share them with you too (and lucky for us all can be take-out!). These Lafayette...

Bay Area Outings

While it’s a fact that Lamorinda offers all we need for a happy life, it would be a shame to miss some of the amazing and endless Bay Area activities that surround us. It’s true that people from all over the world travel to Northern California for the abundance of cultural riches and natural resources. From North to South, and East to West, we’ve gathered...

Dana Green – Lafayette’s 2018 Business Person of the Year!

I’ve received various recognitions over the years since I started working as a Lafayette Realtor. I have been grateful for each and every acknowledgement. But this one is special: I’ve been chosen by the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce as their 2018 Business Person of the Year. To be recognized by the business leaders in my hometown for what is my passion – connecting people, businesses,...

New Year’s Tips for Home and Garden

For many of us, the new year is a time for making resolutions. Rather than focus on what we should do (exercise more, read more), let’s focus on what we can do to make our home environment and outdoor living spaces welcoming and ready for upcoming springtime weather. Tackle some of these to-do’s now, and you’ll be ready to enjoy the imminent sunshine and the...

What a Wonderful Year!

As the year comes to a close, I’d like to thank you – my family, friends, clients, and the entire Lamorinda community – for the continued support throughout 2017. In the same way you inspire me, I hope that my team and I have managed this year to provide cheer and inspiration for each of you. Our involvement and sponsorship in our many community projects...

What are your Holiday Traditions?

December is a special time of the year, and especially so in Lamorinda where holiday cheer surrounds us. I love it when the white twinkle lights first make their appearance down Mt. Diablo Blvd. and on the giant tree that fronts Diablo Foods. I love walking the Lafayette Reservoir and enjoying the community ornament trees. And I especially love our Dana Green Team-sponsored “It’s a...

It’s a Wonderful Life in Lafayette

This headline is true in and of itself, but it’s also the apropos name of Lafayette’s annual holiday celebration, to be held this year on Friday, December 1, from 4:00 to 6:30pm in Plaza Park. This is probably our team’s favorite annual event – we’ve been a sponsor since inception – and each of us loves how it so aptly illustrates the many reasons people...

Give Thanks

It’s the time of year when we think about our lives, our families, and all that we are thankful for. And, we definitely have much to be thankful for here in the Lamorinda area. It’s also the time of year when we consider what we might be doing for others whose needs are greater than our own. I recently posted a blog about volunteerism, with...

Cold and Wet Weather is Coming. Be Ready.

As Northern California residents, we may not need to ‘batten down the hatches’ for fall and winter weather as do those in colder climates, but it’s still a good idea to ready your house for the shorter days and rains to come. Following is a quick list of tasks to consider. If you need help with anything home related, please take a look on our...

We Were the Grateful Ones

Earlier in September my team and I took part in one of the most fulfilling ventures we’ve ever undertaken. The end result of our efforts was something with which we are familiar – helping people and families find and create a home – but this time it was a bit different. Working with a wonderful group called Grateful Gatherings, we, along with the help of...

Lafayette, schools

Heading Back to School with a Smile

It’s a bittersweet time of the year when local kids reach for their backpacks instead of their swimsuits and beach towels. It’s hard to say goodbye to summer, but Lafayette’s fantastic public school system makes the ‘back to school’ season fun and exciting. It’s widely known that Lafayette’s great schools are one of the main draws for those moving to the area. Our four public...

Grateful Gatherings

Grateful Gatherings

In 2013, KTVU’s Frank Sommerville covered a story involving an East Bay family transitioning from a shelter to a home. Sommerville’s wife Donna took it upon herself to gather items to stock the family’s empty abode. Volunteers then helped to set-up the apartment. The effort was rewarding, and Donna, along with her friend Chris Flitter, set out to formalize and expand on the idea that...

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Love Lafayette? Volunteer Your Time

We Lafayette residents are fortunate to enjoy good schools, open spaces, a walkable downtown, and so many other trappings of a fine community. Our cup runneth over, so to speak, and we know it. That’s why so many Lafayette residents heed the saying “to those whom much is given, much is required.” We are a community of volunteers. We give back. We support people and...

No Time for a Vacation? No Worries:

No time for a summer getaway? With so much to see and do locally, there’s no need to skip town in order to relax and unwind. Here are some of our team’s favorite local activities that will put you in a vacation state of mind, whether you’ve got a free day, or a mere two hours: The Walt Disney Family Museum, The Presidio, San Francisco:...

Staging

Data Tells the Staging Story

Staging your home is one of the most important – and rewarding – aspects of our business. In fact, we believe it in so much Dana has staged all her listings, since inception, complimentary. Our team, which includes four staging professionals, takes the staging process to unmatched levels by utilizing our large inventory of furnishings, wall art, and décor to transform your home into a...

Summertime Staycations

Summertime means vacation time, and how fortunate are we to live in an area with so many getaway opportunities, all within a few hours driving time? As Bay Area residents, we’ve no need to hassle with air travel in order to experience locales about which dreams are made: Napa Valley, Carmel, San Francisco, etc. They’re all right within our reach. Need some inspiration? From north...