Making progress on the Newell Pathway!

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Per my earlier blog post on September 9th , we began work on the new Newell Ave. pathway on September 12, 2015.  After years of rain and wear, the pathway had become very eroded and dangerous.  The new pathway will allow the kids in the neighborhood, dog walkers, & pedestrians to walk to school without trudging through the potholes and mud or by-passing them by walking in the street.
To repair the pathway, the area had to be excavated with a rototiller, replaced with compacted decomposed granite, and sprayed with water.  We had many members of the community donate and volunteer their time to this project.  Thank you to all of those who came out to help.  Special recognition goes to Chris Hockett & Adam Nelkie who coordinated the effort with their knowledge, resources and sweat equity.  Chris’s company Cal Engineering & Geology, Inc., donated $200 to buy everyone lunch – thank you!
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Chris Hockett to the left in the yellow vest.  Myself & Richard West as volunteers, I primarily directed traffic and it was great hear all the positive comments from the drivers – stating they would like to help!
We have completed about one half of the pathway, but the project is not yet complete.  We still need more donations and volunteers to finish the part from Magnolia to Olympic and from the Freeway to mid-Newell.  To help, please contact parkmead@parkmead.org.
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And, remember, kids play and walk to school here, so please Drive Slowly!

Beautiful New Listing 144 Mt. Etna, Clayton

Life can be crazy sometimes!

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I met Sonya in January as she was getting relocated to CA from Oklahoma (can you say sticker shock), but she was very focused and bought a home in Clayton in March. As life happens, after 8 months at her new job, a previous employer contacted her as the VP was retiring and they could not think of anybody better to fill his shoes. They made an offer she could not refuse. I get a call to say I am moving, come list me.
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First Open House today from 12-4! This home is move in ready and beautifully staged by Cathy Lee. Priced at $525k: 1587 sq. ft. duet boasts 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, views of Mt. Diablo and Clayton schools.

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What do you think of the home?

 

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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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:

Digital Map of Participating Homes

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.