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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,...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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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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...

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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...

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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:...

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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...

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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, Lafayette Swimming, Dana Green Team

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...

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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....

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Kitchen Trends

My friend Wendi Zampino is the primary designer at Home Systems in Lafayette, an architectural interior design firm that specializes in new construction and home remodeling design. Wendi is an expert on space planning, material selections, detailed construction drawings, light and electrical plans, and construction management. Basically, she can do it all! She loves to redesign non-functioning spaces into those that address the needs of...

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UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland

UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland – A Beacon of Hope

Anyone who has ever sought treatment for a sick child at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland knows what an amazing place it is. Ranked among the best nationally, this leading pediatric medical and level-1 trauma center is a beacon of hope for the families who enter its doors. Founded in 1912 by Bertha Wright and Mabel Weed, CHO has fulfilled – and then expanded – on...

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One of My Favorite Annual Events: Kelly Corrigan’s Notes & Words Benefit

Local beloved author Kelly Corrigan was invited several years ago to participate on an authors’ panel benefiting literacy where she and five other writers spoke for 10 minutes each to a group of about 1,500. The event raised $1.5 million dollars. Never before had she witnessed the incredible fundraising power of writing and words. “I might be able to pull this off in my own community,” she...

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