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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...

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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...

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Swim Team – A Lafayette Summer Tradition

For many Lafayette families, summer is synonymous with swim team. From June through August, phrases and words such as ‘pop time,’ ‘streamlining,’ and ‘making county’ command the local lingo, while well-exercised bodies subsist on a steady diet of microwaved popcorn and ring pops. To the uninitiated, swim team might seem a bit cult-like. The painted cars, painted hair, spirit signs affixed to telephone poles, and...

It’s Summer! Time to Read

Remember the long, lazy summer days of childhood? I certainly do. My memories include lemonade stands, swimming until my hair turned chlorine-green, sleepovers with friends, and….reading. I loved to read in the summertime, when it was purely for pleasure and not schoolwork. It’s hard to imagine now, in our tech-filled world, that sitting down with a good book once provided the simplest and greatest pleasure....