Inviting Family Home on Quiet Cul-De-Sac!
A gardeners dream ~ level lot with 2 spacious side yards , new fencing & tons of possibilities.
New ﬂooring & ﬁxtures in hall bath. This freshly painted home boasts of an eat -in kitchen, formal dining
room , with a separate family room & living room. It is move in ready, just waiting for your ﬁnishing touches.
Awesome location, minutes from Larkey Park & Iron Horse Trail.
Walk to PH Bart, easy access to freeways and close to shops.
A Place To Call HOME
Open for Broker’s Tour Tuesday 7/8 from 10:30am-1:30pm
Open House Extravaganza with BBQ, on-site lender, and irrigation specialist Saturday and Sunday from 1pm-4pm!
For this upcoming 4th, I wanted to share all of the amazing events that will be happening around the Area.
A family friendly evening that includes performances by the Walnut Creek Concert Band as well as free root beer floats served from 5 -6 p.m. & 7-7:30 p.m. by former Walnut Creek mayors! The concert begins at 6 p.m. and will last about an hour. Adding to the celebrations, the Valley Art Gallery is hosting a “Walnut Creek Paint-Out” project, which will be a display of plein-air art scenes of Walnut Creek created by local artists. The “Walnut Creek Paint-Out” will be from 3-7:30 p.m. at the Civic Park Gazebo in Walnut Creek.
4th of July Festival and Fireworks held downtown at Mt Diablo High School. The gates will open at 4 p.m. and the fireworks will start at 9 p.m. And also inculding kids carnival, food, exhibitors, and live entertainment!
A day full of food, parades, fun and games at the Commons Park! The day will start will a fun run/walk, pancake breakfast, dog parade, children’s bike parade, old-fashioned kids’ games, magic shows, food booths, a free concert, and so much more! All of the entertainment will end with fireworks around 9:30 p.m.! Go to http://www.moraga.ca.us/images/Flyer_New.jpg for the full list!
The day is going to start off with a Fun Run starting and finishing at San Ramon Central Park, 12501 Alcosta Blvd. Race Day Registration Begins at 6:30am; the 10K starts at 8:15 a.m. and the 5k and 3k start at 8: 20 a.m. After the Run Fun there will be a barbeque where you can enjoy food and drinks in the park with family and friends. After your stomachs are full, head down to watch the Danville parade. Cap off the night in Central Park with a free concert featuring patriotic music. There will be no fireworks display this year.
Susie’s home search is proof to trust the process – fate will work things out in the end. Beginning her search in December, she had submitted one offer, but did not quite have her financing in line. She found the perfect home for her, but unfortunately, someone had beat her to it. Shortly after, the offer fell through and Susie jumped on the opportunity to step in and landed her ideal home. During the process, we all learned a lot about the new flood insurance laws. We were delighted when the elevation tests revealed the flood insurance would be less than the current owner’s. Her original quote was $2600 , found a different insurance company at $2200 and once the elevation test was done it became $300!
Art on Main – May 17th & 18th
Downtown Walnut Creek
Mothers Day Tea – May 11th
Ruth Bancroft Garden, Walnut Creek
Few things say “Mother’s Day” like a beautiful garden and the Ruth Bancroft Garden is welcoming mom’s with a special pampering day.
A Mother’s Day Tea Party has scheduled seating at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., Sun., May 11, in the Ruth Bancroft Garden, 1552 Bancroft Road, Walnut Creek. The event includes sandwiches, seasonal fruit and assorted petite pastries from La Boulange, plus freshly brewed tea. It also features hands-on crafts for families and docent-led tours at 10 and 11 a.m., and 1 p.m. The cost for the special day is $30 for adults and $20 for children (includes admission to the Garden). Mom’s and kids under 12 are free.
Reservations are required. For information or reservations, call (925) 944-9352 or visi thttp://mothersdaytea.brownpapertickets.com/
Contra Costa County Fair – May 29th – June 1st
Contra Costa County Fairgrounds, Antioch
Check out all the fun and happenings including live music, entertaining shows, Antioch Speedway events, fantastic fair food, traditional exhibits, youth livestock, NEW AND FREE Family Fun Zone, and much, much more!
Walnut Creek Art & Wine Festival – May 31st – June 1st
Heather Farms Park, Walnut Creek
May 31st and June 1st will be packed full of great food and drinks, live music, and pieces from local artists. Revelers can sample local restaurants’ delicacies and wash it all down with regional wine or the micro-brew of their choice. Admission is free, and the event lasts from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. With sunshine and plenty of grassy fields, the whole family is sure to have a great time.
4br/2bth.Spacious home, nicely maintained with fresh paint and an updated eat-in kitchen. Entry space can be used as formal dining area, bonus/family room. Backyard is a clean slate ready for your “green” thumb. Located on a court with only 2 homes, tress for shade & patio to lounge. Inside laundry, close to shops & walking distance to downtown Concord.
Move in & enjoy!
Designer Chic ~ Family Friendly
- 4 Spacious Bedrooms
- 2.5 baths
- 2435 sq. ft.
- High Ceilings
- Open Floor Plan
- Hardwood Floors Throughout First Level
- Crisp Gourmet Kitchen complete with Stainless Steel Appliances, Corian Countertop and Stone Back Splash
- New Tile in Bathrooms
- Recessed Lighting
- Fresh Sod in Backyard
- Monthly HOA $139
- Convenient Freeway Access
- Cozy Front Porch
- Walk to Newly Updated Hidden Lakes Park & Hidden Lakes Elementary School
Newer home with an open & inviting floor plan, tucked in back corner of sub-division with no side neighbors. A great place to entertain friends and raise a family. Conveniently located, minutes walk to K-5 school & park. A sizable yard & patio for summertime BBQs and kid play.
Move in & enjoy!
Open for Broker’s Tour Tuesday, 3/11 10:30am-1pm
105 Krause Terrace Virtual Tour
Once building permits are obtained, developer Brian Hirahara of BH Development plans to break ground on “Cadillac Corner”, an elegant center of retail and restaurants in the heart of downtown Walnut Creek.
Located at the current La Fogata parking lot, Cadillac corner will be a two-story space including retail space, a café, first-floor restaurant and second-floor roof top dining.
It will be adorned with a two-story living green wall and a living green roof.
Construction will hopefully be completed in early 2015.
City officials feel that this corner will be the final piece in the city’s core downtown and Broadway Plaza area.My main question regarding this development being, how did this area come to be named Cadillac Corner? Sources cite it is because of the areas proximity to Tiffany and Neiman Marcus, however, I have never heard this corner referenced as such and am curious if it was just nick-named by city officials. I wonder if the name will catch on? I say no, what do you think?
Book it or Blog it Danno!
A view of the building site from across the street.
Both Tiffany and Neiman Marcus neighbor “Cadillac Corner”.
The future site of construction.
An overall view from where the new development will sit.
Walnut Creek has a budget problem – so do many other cities with the down turn in our economy over the past few years and we have managed better than most. The city has been smart in previous years as it did not borrow money and it requires and operates within a balanced budget. Walnut Creek also has many wonderful programs that makes it a great city to work, play and live. There are extended library hours, open space, (aging) public pools & buildings, parks, fields, an amazing Civic Arts community, museums and theater. There are also many services we do not directly see such as the crew that cleans up downtown at the crack of dawn on Saturday & Sunday mornings from the revelers the night before. Many of these services will be at risk as there is not enough money to continue to fund them and retro fit buildings/pools. There will be either drastic cuts or tax increase.
I am not advocating either, however I do think it is important to understand what the impact will be, where the city gets their revenue and voice what services you are willing or not willing to be cut. The city values the communities voice and input.
The City Manager – Ken Nordhoff will be at the Walnut Creek Library – Oak View Room at 7 pm on February 25. Come, Listen, Speak Up, Participate – this is your community!
Ken Nordhoff is speaking to a number of groups, in case you cannot meet at the Library:2/11-Grace Presbyterian Church, 3:00PM
3/5-Lindsay Wildlife Museum, 6:30PM
3/19-Walnut Creek Presbyterian Church, 6:30PM
3/12, Peak Education Foundation, City Hall 3rd Floor Conference Room, 6:30PM
3/18, DRAA/Chamber/WCD, City Hall 3rd Floor Conference Room, 9:30AM
The City of Walnut Creek is considering an ordinance to prohibit the distribution of single-use carryout bags in all retailers (except restaurants and non-profit charitable thrift stores). Under the ordinance, all grocery and retail stores in Walnut Creek would no longer provide single-use carryout plastic bags. Stores may sell paper bags for a minimum of 10 cents for each bag. Protective plastic or paper bags, without handles, for items such as meat, fresh produce, dry-cleaned clothes and prescription medications will be allowed. Consumers will have the option to bring their own reusable bags or pay for recycled paper bags. In the on-line town hall survey, you can state how you feel about the non-profits and restaurants being exempt, about the the price of a paper bag and when should it go into affect.
The City of Walnut Creek aims to see a significant reduction in litter in our neighborhoods and streets, improve water quality of our creeks and bay, and conserve valuable resources by passing this ordinance. Europe has been doing this for years. Hawaii recently has banned plastic bags as they accumulate in the ocean at specific areas around the islands and sea life gets entangled. For me, it is just remembering to grab my re-usable bags from the trunk. I love having them when I go to Costco and wonder why I haven’t thought about bringing them into the store sooner.
You can voice your thoughts by going to this link http://www.walnut-creek.org/citygov/opentownhall.asp#peak_democracy or attend a community meeting Feb. 11 from 6:00 – 7:00 P.M. at City Hall, 3rd Floor Conference Room, 1666 N. Main Street, Walnut Creek.
To view the proposed orinance language, visit www.walnut-creek.org/bringyourbag
During the market downturn, FHA became the darling of buyers. It has gone thru some changes these past years and now as the credit market is easing up, there are more options that make FHA loans not as desirable. Here are some of the reasons why:
All FHA buyers are required to get mortgage insurance (MI) no matter how large their down payment.
Currently, all FHA buyers must pay an Up Front Fee of 1.75% of the loan amount.
Most FHA buyers also must pay an MI annual fee of 1.35% of the loan amount (divided into 12 payments).
This annual MI jumps to 1.55% if the loan amount is over $625,500 and under $729,750.
The above rates apply when LTVs are at 96.5%. If LTVs drop below 95%, the MI rates drop by only 0.05%.
Most FHA Loans:
Up Front MI: 1.75%
Annual MI: 1.35%
Annual MI: 1.55% (Loan Amount above $625,500).
FHA MI is very high and permanent but necessary to insure much more flexible FHA loans that are often the only option for many borrowers. Some of the other options making a come back are 80/10/10 loans that have no MI and the buyer is putting down 10% with a 10% interest only second. 5% conventional, but you still have to pay MI, but not the FHA fee. This is where it becomes important to discuss your options with a mortgage broker and see what makes the most sense for you and your finances.