Now Listed: 3141 Ferngrove Way (Antioch)

Welcome to your dream home on a serene, quiet street! This stellar, well-maintained property is ready to impress with its array of upgrades and features.

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Welcome to your dream home on a serene, quiet street! This stellar, well-maintained property is ready to impress with its array of upgrades and features. Enjoy peace of mind with newer dual pane windows, a fully paid-off solar system at closing, and newer A/C, heater, and ducts.

Garage doors have LiftMaster motors and battery backup. Step outside to your private oasis featuring a wisteria-covered patio, fruit and redwood trees, and an oversized, permitted shed, perfect for extra storage. The finished garage, complete with drywall and epoxied floors, adds both utility and style. 

Inside, the eat-in kitchen seamlessly flows into the family room, creating an inviting space for casual gatherings. For more formal occasions, the elegant dining area boasts vaulted ceilings. This home offers the perfect blend of comfort, convenience, and charm. Don’t miss the opportunity to make it yours!

Open House Sunday 1-4 pm. See you there.

New Go-To Dumpling Spot

I had never heard of BaoBao dumplings, but I went with a friend recently to the Concord location and was blown away by the food!

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I had never heard of BaoBao dumplings, but I went with a friend recently to the Concord location on Treat & Oak Grove and was blown away by the food! BaoBao doesn’t have much of an online presence, but they have six locations and some delicious dumplings. Just check out the pictures below!

Technically, the restaurant is named 88 BaoBao Dumpling House, and I’m not sure why! But I am sure that I’ll be back next time I need my Asian street food fix in the East Bay. We got some shrimp chow mein and, of course, some dumplings.

Luckily I went with my colleague, Phuong, and she knew how to order and to add the sauce she mixed up (soy sauce and the chili sauce) onto the chow mein. It was spicy, but delicious. I enjoyed every bite of my meal at BaoBao, but better yet was the company and knowing what to order.

Next time you want a fresh steamed dumpling, check it out!

Happy New Homeowners Day!

Hey, I didn’t know this was a thing! But it’s an awesome celebration of all those who are new homeowners today.

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Hey, I didn’t know this was a thing! But it’s an awesome celebration of all those who are new homeowners today. I know firsthand the long slog and the struggle in finding the right home, budgeting, getting a loan, doing all the paperwork and inspections, and then finally settling into the home of your dreams.

I am so honored to represent all my incredible clients who have recently (or ever!) taken the exciting step into homeownership. Congratulations to all of you for achieving such a wonderful milestone. And here’s to countless cherished memories in your new homes!

If you’re thinking about moving soon, give me a call. The home-selling and buying processes are not for the faint of heart, and that’s where I come in with over 21 years of experience! Whether you’re moving across town or to a whole different part of the East Bay, or even out of the area, I can help your homeownership dreams become a reality.

Happy New Homeowners Day to everyone!

Happy (Late) Earth Day

This year, on the weekend before Earth Day, I participated in Parkmead’s Annual Earth Day clean-up of the neighborhood.

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This year, on the weekend before Earth Day, I participated in Parkmead’s Annual Earth Day clean-up of the neighborhood. We checked in many families that came to help clean up trash in the Parkmead area, along the entrance to the Olympic freeway entrance and along South Main.

The Clean Up Crew (see above) also lent some supporting hands. It was a great time for a great cause and it always feels good to clean up the place where I live and the town I love so much! Earth Day is a really important holiday, as it reminds us to take care of this one planet we all call home.

I also thought this was a timely and interesting article, which includes all the full moons and meteor showers we’ve had and can expect. Check it out if that kind of stuff interests you! A gift from Mother Earth! Did you do anything fun for Earth Day? Did you volunteer anywhere? Let me know in the comments!

Thank You, Clients!

I just want to take a moment to thank my clients – many of whom have become friends! – for helping me achieve an Emerald Elite Award at Better Homes and Gardens.

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I just want to take a moment to thank my clients – many of whom have become friends! – for helping me achieve an Emerald Elite Award at Better Homes and Gardens. Our parent company gives out awards based on how successful each realtor is in a given year. I am proud to receive this award for 2023.

My colleagues and support staff have also been instrumental in my success, as has Better Homes and Gardens. I love working in the East Bay and helping everyone buy or sell homes here. It is worth all the long hours and hard work to have educated and happy clients who know they are well-represented.

Cheers to my clients, to being a trusted advisor, and to more success in 2024!

Just Listed: 1831 Jefferson St. (Concord)

Just Listed: 1831 Jefferson St. in Concord. For Instagram users: to learn more, click on the blog link in my bio.

Just listed in Concord: a 4-bed, 2-bath, 1,719-square-foot home in Bishop Estates. This beautifully-remodeled home includes a reconfigured kitchen with sleek quartz counters, a Bosch dishwasher, and a charming breakfast bar flowing into the family room.

You can entertain in style with a cozy living room and wood burning fireplace, gather for intimate meals in the formal dining room, and enjoy a true sense of community with your neighbors in friendly Bishop Estates. The primary suite offers an updated bathroom and all bedrooms offer hardwood floors.

Outside, enjoy privacy on the patio with no rear neighbors and spacious side yards. Safe, confined, and low-traffic streets make it perfect for children to ride bikes. Open Houses are occurring this weekend (April 13-14 from 1-4 p.m. each day), so come swing by!

Another bonus about Bishop Estates: it has cherished traditions of open porch nights, weekly Macaron Mondays, and events at the Cabana Club. It is suburban bliss! All of this and more for just $949,000. If you, or anyone you know, is interested in buying this wonderful home, please reach out!

Pop Culture Battle: Boomers vs. Millennials

Don’t worry, this won’t be a blog about which generation is better, or any of that other nonsense you probably see online way too often. Instead, this is a fun one! As a Boomer myself (anyone born 1946-1964), I thought this was an interesting list of the Top 10 Pop Culture Moments of the 1980s, when my generation was in high school, college, and post-graduate life! As Boomers, most of us have millennial children, so this blog should ignite some memories – it did for me.

10. The Reagan Revolution: Ronald Reagan was elected for the first of two terms in 1980, shaping the decade with his Reaganomics policies. I remember him coming to the University of Nevada Reno’s (UNR) campus for a speech. Everyone was excited to see the President speak. I still remember how Jelly Belly’s were his favorite candy because they were mine too!

9. The World Mourns John Lennon: A deranged fan shot the former Beatle outside his New York City home in 1980. As an 18-year-old at the time, I remember clearly how tragic and unnecessary that moment was.

John Lennon (USA Today)

8. Royal Wedding Extravaganza: Lady Di and Prince Charles were wed in 1981 in London. An estimated 750 million (!!!) viewers tuned in to watch.

7. Tech Takes Off: Microsoft released Microsoft Word in 1983 and IBM debuted the PC XT. The first mobile phone was also created that year, by Motorola.

6. CNN Makes Waves: Ted Turner launched the first 24-hour cable news network, CNN, in 1980.

5. The Simpsons Take Over: The Simpsons debuted on the Tracey Ullman Show in 1987 as shorts, before becoming a half-hour primetime show on Fox in 1990. It has been renewed through 2025, and will run for at least 36 years by that point!

4. Game Boy Mania: Nintendo released the Game Boy, a portable video game system, which paved the way for handheld gaming as we know it today.

Original Gameboy (Wikipedia)

3. Basketball’s New Stars: Basketball’s popularity soared with the emergence of Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Hakeem Olajuwon, and, of course, Michael Jordan.

2. Historical Happenings: The decade ended with the destruction of the Berlin Wall in 1989, leading to the eventual end of the Cold War. I had studied abroad in Austria during college; I had one year left and wrote about the Berlin Wall falling in 1985 for a class. I got a B, but felt vindicated four years later when my prediction came true. After graduation, I lived for a year in Germany and drove through East Germany, arriving at Check Point Charlie to get into Berlin. It was a unique and interesting experience.

1. MTV Rocks the Airwaves: MTV launched with the words, “Ladies and gentlemen, rock and roll,” playing over footage of the first space shuttle launch and Apollo 11 – the rest was history.

As a bonus, my writer is a millennial (1981-1996 timeline), and he put down his five most memorable pop culture moments of the 2000s, when he was in middle school, high school, and college:

5. Myspace/AIM: If you weren’t on Myspace and AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) in the mid-2000’s, were you even alive? The precursor to Facebook and other larger social networks completely dominated digital lives.

4. American Idol: I know I’m not the only one who still remembers calling the Idol phone lines to vote for my favorite contestants. Ironically, Kelly Clarkson in Season 1 might still be the most famous of them all!

Kelly Clarkson wins American Idol Season 1 (yes, that’s Ryan Seacrest on the left) (PopSugar)

3. The iPod: We have come so, so far in the last quarter-century. But back in the day, the iPod was the ultimate status symbol and the coolest way to play music (even if you still had to download scratchy tracks from illegal websites…).

2. Harry Potter: Everyone – and I mean EVERYONE – I knew was reading Harry Potter. I thought it was a joke until I turned that first page. Harry Potter hysteria was very, very real in the late 90s and early 00s (and still is today?).

1. Razor Scooters: Look, I could have chosen several things to be on this list – Livestrong bracelets, Uggs, emo music, Jersey Shore – but on a personal level, nothing screams 2000s like the Razor scooter. And they still exist today!

Hopefully, this blog was a bit of fun and provided a wave of nostalgia for all our Boomers, Millennials, and other generations who experienced these pop culture phenomena!

Local Music Festivals

One thing I really missed during the strictest COVID lockdowns was getting to see live music with big crowds. I love going to local music festivals around here – obviously for the music itself, but also for the art, food, drink, and friendship that comes with it!

I’ve included a few photos from my past trips to BottleRock Music Festival in Napa below, but wanted to also share 7×7‘s Best Music Festivals list from a recent story they wrote. Here’s what they have:

Mill Valley Music Festival (Headliners: Fleet Foxes, Greensky Bluegrass) – May 11-12 in Mill Valley

Cosmico (Susto, Sam Grisman, Nicki Bluhm) – May 17-19 in Guerneville

BottleRock Napa Valley (Stevie Nicks, Megan Thee Stallion, Peral Jam, Ed Sheeran) – May 24-26 in Napa Valley

Festival La Onda (Maná, Fuerza Regida, Alejandro Fernandez, Junior H.) – June 1-2 in Napa Valley

California Roots (Ziggy Marley, Damian Marley, Stephen Marley, E-40, Too Short, Ice Cube, Rebelution, Lupe Fiasco) – May 24-26 in Monterey

Stern Grove Music Festival (lineup coming late April – FREE!) – mid-June to August in San Francisco

Mosswood Meltdown (B-52’s, Pure Hell, Big Freedia, Redd Kross, Hunx and his Punx) – July 6-7 in Oakland

Fillmore Jazz Festival (headliners not available yet) – July 6-7 in San Francisco

Festival Napa Valley (Lionel Richie, Pretty Yende, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Ray Chen) – July 6-21 in Napa Valley

Outside Lands (lineup coming soon) – Aug. 9-11 in San Francisco

Unfortunately, I will not be at BottleRock this year as my son is graduating from Kellogg/Northwestern from his MBA program, and I am heading to Chicago for his graduation. I did hear there is another festival coming from the organizers of BottleRock a week after Outside Lands in Golden Gate Park – excited to see the lineup. Are you going to any? Let me know in the comments and maybe I’ll see you there!

Upcoming Events In Walnut Creek

If you don’t get the “This Week in the Creek” newsletter, make sure you sign up. It is a great resource for those of us living in or around Walnut Creek who like to go out and do things. Just visit www.walnutcreekdowntown.com and scroll to the bottom to find the “stay in touch with eNews” button.

Anyway, one of the most valuable aspects of the newsletter for me is the events calendar. I love to know what’s going on in my backyard, both for my own personal benefit and so I can help clients get acclimated to the town. So, as you can see on the graphic from the newsletter below, here are some upcoming events!

Next month, you can join the Walnut Creek Downtown Business Association, the City of Walnut Creek, and Steinway Piano Gallery for an Earth Day “beautification project” called Painted Pianos. This is a really unique event designed to bring the community together through music and art. To learn more, visit this website.

That cool event will be going on for about six months! And you can never go wrong with live music, First Wednesdays, or the fan-favorite Uncorked in June. They even have the local skating rink opening and Oktoberfest mapped out so we can plan way ahead. There is never a shortage of fun things to do where we live!

Are you going to any of these? Maybe I’ll see you there!

Montesacro: The New Go-To Spot

Montesacro is an Italian restaurant in downtown Walnut Creek that also has two locations in San Francisco and one in Brooklyn. I remember when this was Mint 54 and have wanted to try it since it became a full on restaurant, thus I invited some clients who just closed and my neighbors who referred me, we enjoyed a wonderful dinner.

“Montesacro” is the name of a neighborhood in Rome and the restaurant pays homage to this “hardscrabble, working-class quarter…affected by the aftermath of World War II.” They are inspired by old taverns in Rome where they only served wine straight from the barrel and patrons sat on benches along long, wooden tables.

The history is fascinating, but the food is what will keep me coming back. Montesacro sources local and sustainable food from farms and small Italian producers. Right now, they are advertising the “pinsa,” which is a cloud-like pizza – crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. Need I say more?

This is a fairly small restaurant, but it was packed at the bar and all the tables. I ordered the carbanarra, one couple split the veal shank. As you can see by the size of the bone, my dog Poppy enjoyed Montescaro too. You can enjoy all your favorite Italian dishes at Montesacro, plus the lively bar scene. P.S. I highly recommend the Pinsa Al p=Pistacchi – shown in the picture above a small size pizza stuffed with pistachio cream. I would highly recommend Montesacro for your next night out or Italian fix!