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About Robin S. Fox

Robin S. Fox is a Lafayette-based Social Media Coach and Online Content Creator. She serves as Dana Green's online community manager.

Winter Raised Bed Garden in Lafayette CA

Fall is Here… It’s Time to “Make the Beds” for Winter Veggies

It’s the last Friday of September, a beautiful sunny day, and Master Gardener Autumn Gonzalez is tending to the raised vegetable garden at a client’s home on Monroe Avenue, near downtown Lafayette.  Time for these plants, though, is running out. Pretty weather aside, summer is over, says Autumn, a Lafayette resident and owner of Homegrown, a boutique gardening service that helps clients plan, plant and...

Puppies from Georgia of Lucy's Legacy Goldens (Lafayette CA)

New Golden Retriever Puppies Mean Another Chapter in this Lafayette Golden Story

Many of our home buying clients are dog-lovers who move to Lafayette from places like San Francisco and Oakland where they haven’t felt comfortable having a family dog because they didn’t feel they had the space or yard to accommodate one. Once they move into Lafayette, though, they often quickly expand their families to include a furry member. Many want Golden Retrievers, a long-standing family favorite in Lafayette. Good...

Mark A. McLaughlin, CEO of PacUnion

Lafayette’s Pacific Union Office – Two Years Old and Thriving

Two years ago, Dana Green joined Pacific Union to anchor and help create the Lafayette Pacific Union office. In the beginning, Green worked primarily from her home office while she helped find suitable office space for Pacific Union – a process that took over a year. Still, the “office” thrived. It helped that Pacific Union came into Lafayette strong and enthusiastic. “Dana and her successful...

Lafayette’s Commitment to Sustainability Shines at Annual Earth Day Festival

  Lafayette is a community with a long history of local citizens who care about our environment and work hard to protect it. If you’re looking for it, proof of this is all over our town. Never is it more obvious, though, than when you walk through the annual Lafayette Earth Day Festival and talk to the many locals representing the wide variety of citizen...

Hamlin House History – Sky Hy Ranch Beginnings

Most homes, remodeled or not, have one distinct beginning – the year they were built. Lafayette’s historic Hamlin House, though, has two. Its first beginning occurred in 1941, when this custom, Spanish-style house commissioned by Federal Judge O.D. Hamlin stood alone atop the highest peak of the 200 acre parcel the Hamlin family had owned since 1871. The second “beginning” happened 30+ years later, after...

Hamlin House Lafayette CA, circa 1941

Lafayette House Hunters & History Buffs – Here’s Your Chance to See the Hamlin House

Sunday, as Dana Green’s Sneak Peek subscribers were opening their email alert announcing that Lafayette’s historic Hamlin House (670 Sky Hy Circle) was going to be on the market for the first time in nearly 40 years, Dana was opening the home’s door to let Ollie Hamlin, her friend and Lafayette Woodlands neighbor, in. Ollie is the son of Federal Judge O.D. Hamlin, who originally...

Chloe's Tulip Tree - Burton Valley, Lafayette CA

Burton Valley’s Tulip Trees are Picture Perfect Today

Like girls in prom dresses posing for pictures in their front yards, the Tulip Trees in Burton Valley are poised for photo ops. So walk, drive or bike – but hurry. If you want to bask in Burton Valley’s Tulip Tree glory, go this weekend. Rains are forecast for next week, and that will force petals to drop. Tulip Tree is a more common name...

Images of Saint Mary's College

10 fun things you and your family can do at Saint Mary’s College in Moraga, CA

Saint Mary’s College of Califonia (“SMC”) might officially have the Moraga zip code, but that doesn’t stop those of us who live in Lafayette from claiming SMC as our end destination for family fun and lifelong learning. That starts with those who go to school at Saint Mary’s, including our recent high school grads and those going back to school for both undergraduate and graduate...

The Daily Briefing - by Lafayette City Manager Steve Falk

Recommended Reading: Lafayette City Manager Steve Falk’s “The Daily Briefing”

If you’re looking for an efficient way to stay current on important Lafayette and regional civic news, we recommend that you read Lafayette City Manager Steve Falk’s The Daily Briefing. Falk and his staff have been preparing this content aggregating email regularly since 2006. “It started because we had a council member, Ivor Samson, who traveled a lot and who requested that staff send him...

Keep Your Roof in Good Condition with Maintenance Checks & Debris Control

It looks like we have a reprieve from the rain, at least for a few days. How did your roof withstand the big rainstorm last weekend? Sometimes it surprises homeowners when their roof starts to leak, something that can happen even to a relatively new roof that’s been taken for granted. “Most people forget that roofs need maintenance,” says Mark Mallicoat, President of Lafayette Roofing...

Troop 204 Wreath & Spray Sales 2012

Troop 204’s Wreaths and Sprays — A Popular Lafayette Holiday Tradition

‘Tis the season for Boy Scouts in Troop 204 to sell wreaths and sprays, a fundraiser that has become a popular Lafayette holiday tradition. Did you buy one yet this year? Troop 204 is a Scout-run and Scout-funded troop chartered in 1937. The sale of these holiday decorations has been their sole fundraiser for decades.   Many of us buy at least one wreath or spray...

The Burton Valley Christmas Tree 2012

Ed Vaisnor’s Burton Valley Christmas Tree — A Lafayette Holiday Tradition

In the heart of Burton Valley, at the corner where Burton Drive meets Lucas and Silverado, stands the Vaisnor family’s 25-foot pine tree. This time of year, the tree serves as a neighborhood Christmas beacon. With circles of holiday lights and a bright star, it’s poised center stage in a Christmas manger scene that is arguably the longest lasting Burton Valley holiday tradition. Have you...

Cookies for Coats: Lafayette 7th Grader Teams with Whole Foods and * You * to Help Hurricane Sandy Victims

Lafayette might be 3000 miles from Hurricane Sandy’s path, but that doesn’t mean our children haven’t noticed its continued impact and long to help. Here’s the story of one Stanley Middle School 7th grader who is taking action — and asking for a little help from the rest of us. Ella Maisano has launched a “Cookies for Coats” campaign. She’ll be outside Lafayette’s Whole Foods...

Wayside Inn, Nifty Thrift and Friends Corner Book Shop Accept Donations in Lafayette CA

List: Where to Donate, Recycle and Sell Clothing, Books, Furniture, Electronics, and other Household Items near Lafayette, CA

Whether you’re doing a periodic garage and closet clean out or preparing your home for sale, you will invariably (and hopefully!) end up with piles of things that need to go. Some of these should be thrown away, but many more can be donated, recycled or sold instead. If you live in Lafayette and can be patient, we have regularly scheduled easy curbside options for donating...

Garfield the Cat and Silverado Drive Traffic Patterns

“No Outlet” Silverado Drive – Where the Traffic Slows to Zero

Meet Garfield — or at least that’s the name we found on his collar and it seemed to fit him perfectly! This beautiful and friendly Burton Valley cat spent this morning basking in the sun,  lazily watching the steady flow of people walking through broker’s tour for 521 Silverado Drive. Human interest was particularly high for this completely remodeled Burton Valley traditional because it’s unusually...

Bay Area Home Prices on the Rise

July Real Estate Statistics Show Rise in Bay Area Home Prices

July Real Estate Statistics are out — and the news is that home prices are trending up across much of the Bay Area. Home prices rose solidly in six of Pacific Union’s seven real estate markets in July. Napa County led the pack, with the median home price jumping nearly 24 percent in one year. In Contra Costa County, home prices rose 9.5 percent to...

Lafayette CA Remodel Lesson: Concrete Ghosting

Flooring Design Assumptions versus Concrete Realities (Remodel Series – #2)

Editor’s Note: In our “Anatomy of a Lafayette CA Remodel” blog post series, Kelly and Ned Wood are sharing lessons learned as they transform a newly purchased fixer-upper into their family home. This is the second article in the series. If you are new to the series and want to know more about it, start by clicking here. * * * * * Remodel Lessons Start...

Lafayette Remodel Blog Post Series 2012

Anatomy of a Lafayette Remodel: Matching Home to Budget, Lifestyle & Business Needs

In Spring 2012, while others competed to buy pristine homes in popular Lafayette CA neighborhoods, Kelly and Ned Wood took a different tactic. They sold their high value home in Lafayette’s Silver Springs neighborhood and bought a fixer-upper on a large flat lot along Reliez Valley Road. Banking half the substantial price differential, the Woods slated the rest of the money towards a budget-friendly “Phase I”...