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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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

Beatles Band, Food Trucks and Downtown Walnut Creek!

firstwednesdayWalnut Creek’s downtown has ample amounts of activities: dining, shopping, people watching and celebrating. One way to engage in all of these is to join the Walnut Creek Downtown’s First Wednesday. Recently extended through June of 2016, the first Wednesday of every month, come celebrate, eat dinner and enjoy downtown Walnut Creek from 5pm – 8pm. Located on Cypress St. between N. Main and Locust. The roadway becomes pedestrian friendly, food trucks adorn the curbside and entertainers keep the energy alive. Come taste the treats of Ceviche & Co or Lexie’s Frozen Custard to name a few.

 beer-and-wineBeer & wine are also available for purchase along with cotton candy and snow cones –  mid-summer treats!  cotton candysnoconeEnjoy a few residents of Lindsey Wildlife experience and flora and fauna from The Ruth Bancroft Garden.

This Wednesday July 1st come out and celebrate while dancing in the streets to the Rubber Soles, a Beatles Tribute band. If this isn’t tempting enough, there will be shiny vintage cars from the ’50’s and ’60’s to gaze upon. Hope to see you out there!

~cheers

 

Get the 411 on an affordable raw dog food in Walnut Creek for your favorite pooch!

Creston Valley Meats logo 2A great perk of working in real estate is that you meet all types of people with various hobbies, interests and a wealth of knowledge. A past client and I were trading stories about our dogs as I admired the beautiful coat on his Dalmatian. He went on to tell me about the raw diet he feeds his dog and the benefits he perceives from doing so. I felt it was worth a try and have started 10562472_10204399909818390_44928985683121393_omy Weimaraner Bodie on this diet.

 

Creston Valley Meats, is a modern day traveling butcher. Every two weeks they venture up to Northern California from the San Luis Obispo area in their white freezer van full of boxes to distribute. They offer both the Raw Diet options for dogs as well as human consumption food with a specialty of wild game.

You can follow their delivery schedule on twitter and they call/text you about a half hour before they arrive at the designated stop.  In Walnut Creek it is at the Park & Ride parking lot on Rudgear.  I jokingly refer to it as my canine drug deal.  They open their van as you say your name they hand over the items you ordered in exchange for a check.

One day a K9 police officer unit was hanging out in the parking lot and I asked if he was hear to get raw dog food too.  He had no clue what I was talking about, but went over to check it out.  Apparently it doesn’t look like a drug deal going down 😉

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I usually get a combination patty of chicken & banana or currently he is eating pork & anchovies.  I also ordered some buffalo bones and had to give a lot away because my freezer did not have enough room.  For $10, I got 20 bones. Bodie loves dinner time, I mix 2 patties with Honest Kitchen Base Mix and top if off with yogurt or cottage cheese (whole fat), he might even eat better than me – no sugar! Check them out: Creston Valley Meats or Yelp.

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2014 Gold Award Winner

insignia_GOLD_2014_Outline-012014 was a successful and fun year. I was honored at our annual Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate awards ceremony. Receiving a Gold Award distinguishes my efforts as a top performing agent in our organization. I have been fortunate to receive a top producer award since 2007. I love what I do and how rewarding it can be to help someone sell or buy possibly the biggest investment in their life.

A snapshot from the awards luncheon in San Francisco, followed by a Giants game with my son.

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Here at my office in Walnut Creek,  I find myself surrounded by an excellent and experienced manager along with other great agents and friends whom also are recognized for their performance in our organization.

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Parkmead Annual Garage Sale!

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Don’t miss out this weekend when more then 40 families in the Parkmead neighborhood will be hosting their annual garage sale on Saturday June 6, 2015 starting at 8am.

MAPS:  The two entrances to the Parkmead neighborhood will have signs with paper maps: 1. At Newell & Circle Drive  2. Lilac in 1701 driveway.  The maps  showcase participating homes, take one and start your journey!  Digital Link to Map for Smart Phone users:

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You’re bound to find everyday needs and even a few one of a kind items. Tell your friends to come on out Saturday June 6, 2015 and shop! Bring an empty car and keep an eye out for signs!

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Simply Gorgeous! Open House today & tomorrow 1pm – 4pm

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This 1 bedroom updated upper end unit condo with a chic vibe, overlooking pool can be yours.  Walking distance to PH Bart and easy freeway access makes this a commuters dream.  All the work has been done, you just need to move in.  Freshly painted, stellar updates to bathroom with oversized shower.  Kitchen has new stainless steel appliances, granite counters, tile backsplash and recessed lighting.  New baseboards and inside laundry hookups complete the picture.

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A must see for your most discerning buyers. Priced at $285,000.

Open House Sunday April 19th 1pm – 4pm ~ Stop by & see…

Why Not Have It All!

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11 Beisheim Lane in Parkmead with all the amenities – solar owned electricity, walking distance to top rated schools & downtown Walnut Creek. An entertainers delight, spacious kitchen with GE Monogram stainless steel appliances and built in wine chiller. unnamed-1

Bose surround sound filters music throughout as your guests meander thru the living room to the deck and enjoy the view and wildlife. Upper decks provide your guests with stunning views of Mt. Diablo. unnamedThe home has 6 bedrooms and 4 baths.  Two master suites in addition to a full bed and bath downstairs for guests or family.

Priced at $1,495,000, 11 Beisheim sits on a private lane perfect for the kids to play or you to enjoy the serenity.

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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 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