Block/Pool Party ~ Parkmead Community Association

Join us Sunday 8/30  Noon – 3 pm for our annual block party.  

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Located at Dewing Park and featuring the acoustic music of Dave Andre of the Smoking J’s, request your favorite 70s – 80s – 90s songs, while taking a dip in the pool or enjoying our BBQ’d hot dogs and hamburgers.  For Parkmead Community Residents only, bring a dish to share, drink a beer, relax and enjoy the day!  Look forward to seeing you there!

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First Showing Open House 1-4 pm 712 Buena Vista

All the Bells & Whistles!  

Charming duet situated in Walnut Creek School District is now ready to show.  2 car garage, perfect size yard, walk to Bart, LarkeyPark  or quick access to 24/680 ~ what more could you want!  A picture is worth  1000 words, so here you go!

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CaliCraft Brewing in Walnut Creek

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When we say “taste local” we mean it! Calicraft a micro brewer is opening a taproom in the Shadelands area of Walnut Creek by 2016. Perfect timing as the entire corder of Ygnacio & Oak Grove is under construction for the new Safeway Development.   To get a head start on the tastings visit your local Whole Foods (Nugget, Andronicos, Berkeley Bowl or favorite independent market) and pick up their newly announced consumer packaged items. Best known for their Cali Coast, it’s now available in 12oz 6pack cans! Thus making it safe and easy for the beach and summer outings.

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Also now available in a 4 pack 12 oz bottles is Buzzerkeley – my favorite, a unique combination of sparkling ale fermented with champagne yeast and star thistle honey – can you say hmmmm.  This beer is unique and tasty, when champagne is not available (shout out to Dawn Stom), it is one of my absolute favorites, a definite stable in my fridge, except my son tends to drink all my beer!

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Look forward to seeing you there!  If you have any other microbrew recommendations, post them here.  I know Alameda, Oakland  & Emeryville have many tasting rooms popping up.

Beauty in a drought!

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I have had a potted cactus in my backyard for years. This is the first year I completely turned off watering the back. I looked out my window and saw a beautiful white flower. Thinking it was the white rose bush, I walk out to take a look wondering how it possibly bloomed. What I found is this beautiful flower, never has this cactus produced such an exquisite work of art that I had to photograph it using various processes (odd my iPhone 6 displays them differently, my favorite was the monochromatic, but it is not showing that way on my Mac). I love them all.

Broadway Plaza Concert Series

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Ok, as I write, I realize I missed the first concert “Petty Theft” thinking it was this Friday night.  For the past few years, I have made it to at least one of the concerts.  Held at Stanford’s parking lot from 6-8:30 pm, with music at 7:00, I have always had an enjoyable evening.  Bring your own picnic, wine and treats or grab something to eat or drink from the event sponsors.  Either way what a great way to spend a warm summer night in Walnut Creek.

 

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Picture from a concert a few years ago – lots of dancing a must!

Future line ups include (note Thursday nights) :

August 13: The Unauthorized Rolling Stones

August 20: Journey Revisited

Congratulations Jose, Roxana & Sophie!!

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I blogged at the beginning of the year of getting a couple into a home in 3 days [see our “Motivated Buyers” post from January 8th 2015!!].  It was a very smooth process and great experience for all with a Super Star Team from the listing agent, sellers, to JVM Lending and wonderful clients.  We delayed closing by 5 days because Obama changed the law and reduced the Mortgage Insurance, since the lender is so pro-active, they called and asked if we could close a few days late to get a case number with the lower MI.

Home Sweet Home

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I asked the listing agent who had to get approval from the seller.  Everyone agreed, thus closing 5 days late, the buyer was able to save $200 a month!  This is the third buyer who has moved from the peninsula or the city for more affordable housing after having a child.

Closing the Deal 🙂

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~Kristin

Stylish Home on a Charming Corner Lot – Walk to Concord Bart

New Listing in Concord.  Brokers Tour  Tuesday 2/16 10:30 – 1:00 pm

Open House Sat & Sun 2/21 – 2/22   1-4 pm  Stop by and take a look – this one won’t last!

 

Timeless  Front Porch, updated kitchen & bath

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Drought friendly artificial turf, RV parking, vegetable garden

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The Beautiful Stinson Beach

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Though February brought us rain, I took off the Sunday before the Super Bowl and headed to Mt. Tam for a hike and ended the day at Stinson.  Even though I have lived in the Bay Area since 1990, I have never been to Stinson Beach, always opted for Muir Beach.  Well, you can’t beat a January winter in the Bay Area when you get 70 degree weather (warmer at the beach than Walnut Creek), bikini’s and a beautiful sunset!  Gotta love Northern California!  I will return, loved the beach town.

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~Kristin

Top 10 Houzz Articles of 2014

If you are thinking about doing something to your home in 2015, here is a recap of the most popular articles on Houzz.  See  if any of these are something you are interested in!!

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TOP 10 NOTABLE QUOTES FROM 2014

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A Yale University librarian released a list of the 10 most notable quotes of the year for 2014. The compilation is released each year as a supplement to “The Yale Book of Quotations,” originally published in 2006, and attempts to highlight comments that are famous, important or a reflection of the spirit of the times.  

Are there any you find offensive, funny or an indicator of more to come in 2015?  Would love to hear your comments.

10. (TIE) SEN. PAT ROBERTS

“Every time I get an opponent — I mean, every time I get a chance — I’m home.

— The Kansas Republican’s response to a question about whether he actually resides in the state, during a KCMO radio interview, July 3.

10. (TIE) HILLARY CLINTON

“Great nations need organizing principles, and ‘Don’t do stupid stuff’ is not an organizing principle.”

— From the former Secretary of State’s Atlantic Online interview, August 10.

10. (TIE) JOE BIDEN

“Isn’t it a bitch? I mean, … this vice president thing?”

— The U.S. Vice President’s response to student body vice president at Harvard College, October 2.

9. GWYNETH PALTROW AND CHRIS MARTIN

“We have always conducted our relationship privately, and we hope that as we consciously uncouple and coparent, we will be able to continue in the same manner.”

— Part of a statement on Paltrow’s website announcing the couple’s separation, March 25.

8. TOM PERKINS

“I would call attention to the parallels of fascist Nazi (Germany’s) war on its ‘one percent,’ namely its Jews, to the progressive war on the American one percent, namely the ‘rich.’ … I perceive a rising tide of hatred of the successful one percent.”

— From the venture capitalist’s letter to the editor, Wall Street Journal, January 24.

7. JODI ERNST

“I grew up castrating hogs on an Iowa farm, so when I come to Washington, I’ll know how to cut pork.”

— From the Iowa Senatorial candidate’s campaign advertisement quoted in National Journal, March 25.

6. HILLARY CLINTON

“We came out of the White House not only dead broke, but in debt.”

— From an ABC News interview, June 9.

5. DONALD STERLING

“It bothers me a lot that you want to broadcast that you’re associating with black people.”

— The Los Angeles Clippers owner’s remark to V. Stiviano on an audio recording quoted in Los Angeles Times, April 27

4. ADAM GLYN

“Mr. Commissioner, we found out by one phone call. You guys have a whole legal department. Can you explain that?”

— The TMZ reporter questioning NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on why the NFL had not been able to view video of the Ray Rice incident, at a news conference on September 19.

3. MICHAEL BROWN PROTESTERS

“Hands up! Don’t shoot!”

— Chant during demonstrations against the shooting death of Michael Brown, Ferguson, Mo., August .

2. BRIDGET ANNE KELLY

“Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee.”

— Part of an email sent by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s aide to David Wildstein, an official at the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, quoted in The New York Times, January 9.

1. ERIC GARNER

“I can’t breathe!”

— Garner’s videotaped exclamation while being held by a policeman in New York, July 17.

~Kristin