Congratulations to Conrad & Julie for closing on this remodeled townhome. As VA buyers they faced some challenges in this low inventory market we have been experiencing for most of 2013. As inventory loosens up, more buyers are able to get into a home. Flip properties work really well for VA buyers as there usually are no section 1 issues and investors understand how VA financing works. We also had a great lender in Andraya Bern from Land Home Financial. She is married to a veteran and works hard for them. In the end, it was the perfect home and neighborhood. Enjoy!
CREAM, an acronym for “Cookies Rule Everything Around Me”, will open its doors at the new Walnut Creek location, 1372 North Main Street this Saturday. Free ice cream sandwiches will be provided for patrons from 11am until supplies run out. The creamery is unique in that it allows customers to create custom ice cream sandwiches by choosing from a variety of fresh ice cream and cookies.
CREAM’s original Berkeley location is famous for consistently having a packed house and loyal customers. Due to their success they have recently expanded to Davis, Walnut Creek, and Palo Alto. CREAM prides itself on its business model based on 4 pillars: high-quality product, affordable prices, customer satisfaction, and great service by employees. I am personally very impressed with their prices, with ice cream sandwiches priced at $2.50 for cash and $2.75 for credit, there is no doubt that this business will have longevity! For more information, visit www.creamnation.com.
Rockin’ the Plaza: 8/2, 8/9, 8/16, 8/23
Free summer concerts from 7pm-8:30pm every Friday night at Blackhawk Plaza!
Willy Wonka Jr.: 8/7-8/9
Poison Apple Productions Presents Willy Wonka Jr. at Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek. A timeless story of the famous candy man and his hunt for an heir. Tickets are $14.75 for adults and $12.00 for youth & seniors. For tickets call, 925-943-SHOW.
Diablo Ballet Gourmet Gallop: 8/8
Join the Diablo Ballet dancers to taste wine and food at some of the city’s finest restaurants on Thursday, August 8th from 6pm-8pm. Stroll through downtown Walnut Creek while enjoying samplings from Lark Creek, Massimo, Walnut Creek Yacht Club, Tender Greens, SF Creamery Company, Silk Road, Stella Bistro, We Olive and more. Tickets are $35-$45 at http://diabloballet.org/tickets/
AIA Home Tours :8/10
The AIA (American Institution of Architects) 2013 East Bay home tour features 6 houses that embody unique elements of architectural design, ranging from modern to contemporary. The tour takes place from 10am-4:30pm. Tickets are $40 in advance, and $50 the day of. To purchase tickets, visit http://aiaeb.org/events/2013hometours/.
Second Saturday Spotlight: 8/10
Take a guided bus tour of Rossmoor, one of Walnut Creek’s largest communities spanning 1,800 acres and housing nearly 10,000 residents. Pre-registration is required at www.walnut-creek.org/thingstodo/second_saturday_spotlight/. Buses will depart from the Acalanes Adult Center, sign-in begins at 8:30am. The tour will be from 9am-10:30am.
Concord Japanese Summer Festival : 8/10
This free festival will be held at the Concord Japanese Cultural Center at 3165 Treat Boulevard with free parking at Ygnacio Valley High School, 755 Oak Grove Road. A free shuttle to the festival will be provided. Japanese food, bonsai exhibits, Japanese flower arrangements, Kendo and Judo demonstrations, Taiko drum performances, Japanese dance performances, and calligraphy demonstrations are just a few of the things attendees can look forward to!
Stacey Kent Live at the Lesher Center : 8/10
World famous jazz performer, Stacey Kent will appear at the Lesher Center for the Arts on Saturday, August 10th with shows at both 5pm and 8pm. Visit www.lesherartscenter.org for ticket information.
19th Annual Hot Summer Nights : 8/15
Head down to downtown Danville Thursday, August 15th from 4pm-9pm to check out some of the bay area’s most pristine hot rods and classic cars. For more information, visit http://danvillehotsummernightscarshow.com/.
Ready or Not Improv- Void Where Inhibited :8/17
Ready or Not Improv provides a unique brand of spontaneous theatre with a unique vibe at each show. Join this talented team Saturday, August 17th at the Lesher Center for the Arts at 8:15pm. Visit http://www.readyornotimprov.com/ for more information.
Bluegrass Sunset Social: 8/23
Head out to the Ruth Bancroft Garden August 23rd from 5pm-8pm to enjoy bluegrass tunes by The Alhambra Valley Band, BBQ by Willowstone Catering, and beer from Walnut Creek’s own Pyramid Brewery. Purchase tickets in advance online for $15 at http://www.ruthbancroftgarden.org, or at the time of the event.
Lil Wayne, T.I. & Future : 8/30
Rappers Lil Wayne, T.I. & Future will perform at the “America’s Most Wanted Festival” August 30th at 7:30pm. The show will take place at the Sleep Train Pavilion in Concord. For tickets, visit www.ticketmaster.com .
Sculpture in the garden
Enjoy unique sculptures by over 50 artists beautifully arranged in the Ruth Bancroft succulent garden. Sculptures will be on display daily from 10 AM-4 PM until Saturday, July 13th. The garden is located at 1552 Bancroft Road, Walnut Creek. Admission is $10 for adults and $7 for students and seniors.
Blues & Brews
Craft beer, delicious food and free music…what more could you ask for? The 4th annual Blues & Brews festival will take place Saturday, July 27th in Pleasant Hill Park from 12 PM- 6 PM. Tasting wristbands are $35 in advance or $45 at the door. New this year will be a pre-party concert in the park by the Big Jangle band Friday, July 26th from 6 PM-9 PM.
Broadway Plaza Summer Concert Series
Part of Broadway Plaza Tradition, free concerts will be offered every Thursday from 6:30PM-8PM in the Stanford’s parking lot. Acts include:
July 11: Pride & Joy
July 18:Nick Colionne
July 25: The Sun Kings
August 1: Tainted love
After 15 years at its previous location at 1902 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Pier 1 Imports has made its new home at 1902 Mt. Diablo Blvd.
Although the move seems small, it brings huge improvements for the popular home furnishings retailer. A much larger store allows for new and exciting merchandise, complete with new fixtures for an improved shopping experience. Perhaps the greatest improvement this new location provides is expanded and more accessible parking for customer convenience.
Pier 1 Imports’ inventory offers an amazing variety of merchandise including furniture, home décor and culinary items from around the world.
Hopefully its beautiful new location hosts a bright future for this Walnut Creek business!
Pier 1 Imports original street-side location.
Walnut Creek’s new and improved Pier 1 lmports store front.
2057 Magnolia Way
A custom home with amazing views and a fabulous deck. It was previously listed last year for $2,350,000 and now on the market for $2,099,000. There are many appealing aspects to this property including a great deck, grassy areas and a large driveway. Beautiful finishes, but not exactly kid friendly as the backyard is situated on a down slope. The biggest issue is how do you price this house? There are not too many comparisons close by as it is surrounded by older $700,000-$900,00 homes, yet it is a fantastic location and ever so close to downtown Walnut Creek. What are your thoughts???
Can it command a $839k price?
There is no garage as it was converted into a master bedroom. However, the living space is all on one level, it is updated and larger than it looks – 5 bedrooms with a nice deck and a garden area.
I say yes, it will sell for this price and possibly higher. 5 bedrooms and walking distance to Parkmead Elementary? Absolutely!
Upcoming Events: 6/17-6/23
6th Annual June Wine Walk:
Date: Wednesday, June 19th
Time: 6:00 PM- 9:00 PM
Stroll through beautiful Downtown Town Walnut Creek while enjoying unique tastings from over 15 local wineries! The event will begin at Pro Home Systems located at 1561 Civic Drive, here you will receive your commemorative tasting glass and a map of businesses participating. During the event, you will also be able to enjoy stunning art displays and live music. Tickets are available for $40 the day of the event, or $30 pre-sale from these locations: Atlas, Mechanics Bank, Main St. Postal and Walnut Creek DBA Office. All proceeds from the June Wine Walk will be donated to the Walnut Creek Aquanauts.
Senator Desaulnier Town Hall Meeting- Health Care Reform:
Date: Thursday, June 20th
Time: 7:00 PM- 9:00 PM
California State Senator, Mark Desaulnier invites you to attend a town hall meeting to learn more about how the Affordable Health Care Act will benefit Walnut Creek residents. The meeting will take place at the Walnut Creek City Council Chamber, located at 1666 North Main St. To RSVP, visit https://lcmspubcontact.lc.ca.gov/PublicLCMS/SurveysDirect.php?district=SD07&survey=3387&.
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K Walk:
Date: Saturday, June 22nd
Time: 8:00 AM
The American Cancer Society is sponsoring at 5K walk around Heather Farms Park. This is a free event to raise awareness for cancer research and to provide support for both cancer survivors and those currently battling cancer. Registration will begin at Heather Farms at 8 AM, the walk will begin at 9 AM. Come enjoy a beautiful Saturday morning in the park and support a great cause! For more information, contact Ashley Fairchild at Ashley.Fairchild@cancer.org.
Free Advanced Compost Workshop:
Date: Saturday, June 22nd
Time: 10:30 AM- 12:00 PM
A free workshop hosted at the Walnut Creek Library for those who want to learn more about organic gardening and natural ways to control pests. For more information, Email Ashley@wastedivision.org.
This house is for rent, offered at $9,950 per month. Ideal for the A’s baseball player or Oakland Raider football player!
It includes a 4 car garage, 6127 sq. ft. 5 bedrooms & 4.5 baths overlooking Walnut Creek and amazing views of Mt. Diablo, especially from the infinity pool. For those of you who live in the neighborhood, this home during construction burned down twice within two years. I will never forget waking to noises at 5:30 am on a Saturday morning in July day of a Dewing Park swim meet. Embers were floating down the hill onto roof tops and everyone was out watching and watering down their roof tops. A year later appx. the same weekend, it was torched again. The Police never found the arsonist, however once it was completed, it was left alone.
I received a Groupon to have organic produce delivered to my home. Since my New Years Resolution is to eat more fruit and vegetables, I decided to give it a try and this was my first delivery.
I was able to modify the selected delivery with other in season choices. They even tell you where the produce comes from. I ordered the seedling box for 1-2 people. It was delivered on my door step Sunday night around 11 pm. I am now cooking dishes, I would not have considered before – roasted beet salad with mandarins, sautéed Tuna with onions & spinach over butternut squash. Yummm!!!