Just Sold: 1148 Fairlawn (Rossmoor)

Recently, I shared a listing for an exquisite unit in Rossmoor. Good news! That unit was recently sold and I have all the details here: after two competitive offers, 1148 Fairlawn #1 in Rossmoor was sold for $735,000. The new owners are getting a wonderful new home.

The unit is a San Franciscan model with a spacious floor plan. On top of that, the home has been updated, upgraded, and tastefully remodeled. A new kitchen, new carpet, and laminate flooring make for a visually stunning place to live. And that’s just the inside.

Outside, a small front patio with a gated garden offers a private place to relax and enjoy the nice California weather. Your designated carport is just steps away, and you can wander anywhere in the Rossmoor community and find something fun and exciting to do.

I am so happy to help another out of area trustee sell there parents home. Being out of the area can be stressful, my job is to make effortless and to consistently communicate as I am the ears and eyes for my clients. If you have any real estate needs in the East Bay or know someone that lives out of the area and needs to sell a family home, please reach out!

6 Home Trends For 2024

Zillow’s research team analyzed more than 300 design styles and home feature keywords in for-sale listing descriptions and compared them to a year ago to develop a prediction on six home trends for 2024. Here are the results:

1. Brutalism

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Brutalism interiors describe a rough surfaces and utilitarian feel, mixing materials like wood, iron, and brass with plants. In the 1950s, brutalism was commonplace, though homes then were definitely more stark and gloomy than this new wave.

2. Sensory gardens

Sensory gardens are designed to do exactly what they sound like: engage all five senses and help you connect with nature. Many think they have therapeutic benefits, which makes them an obvious fit for being in a personal space. Typically, you might find plants like lavender or water features like a trickling stream in a home’s sensory garden.

3. Cold plunge pools

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Hot tubs are so last year. I have seen my fair share of cold plunge pools going into homes in the last 12 months, and I agree with Zillow that this trend will remain hot (ironically). Cold plunges allegedly reduce inflammation and improve circulation, so it’s a big thing in home wellness spaces these days.

4. Pickleball courts

This will surprise nobody, given the pickleball fervor that has swept the nation! I have seen this in high demand, too (and would like one for my home, too, if I could!). More reasonably, home buyers are looking for neighborhoods with pickleball courts listed as a nearby amenity, much like they might have looked for tennis courts in the past.

5. Murano glass chandeliers

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Homebuyers are trying to add some big personality to their houses through unique decor choices. Murano glass chandeliers – named for where they are handcrafted (Murano, Italy) – have been around for centuries and their quirkiness and intracy are enticing homebuyers across the country.

6. Murals

Finally, hand-painted murals are speaking to homebuyers who want to make a statement in one or more rooms of their house. Murals can be super personalized to a home owner or their home and are a fun offshoot of typical wallpaper or paint.

My stager Ashley Provost has also shared some design trends for 2024. Wallpaper is making a come back, along with accent walls. Curved furniture and arches will also be in. Grey is out, natural wood floors are in. Then there is color – Pantone’s color of the year is Peach Fuzz – oh no … however I have heard blue is a hot color from our namesake BHG Magazine, but I am seeing a lot of fern/moss in clothings. Color is such a personal thing and hard to stay on trend because it seems to change every year, although grey stayed with us for a long while.

1148 Fairlawn #1 Rossmoor

Looking for a home in Rossmoor, a 55+ community? This is an exquisite end unit boasting a spacious open floor plan that is both inviting and relaxing. The unit is a San Franciscan model and perfectly situated for personal enjoyment and for entertaining guests. It is priced at $699,000.

Every portion of the unit has been updated and upgraded, from the tastefully remodeled kitchen to new carpets and laminate flooring throughout. An added bonus room awaits, perfect for your office retreat or a cozy den. In total, it is 2 beds, 1.5 baths, and 1,330 square feet; large, compared to most in this area!

Step outside and bask in the serenity of the front patio’s gated garden and just steps from your carport. Inside, modern convenience awaits with a full-sized washer and dryer, walk-in closet, tile entry, and both bathrooms. This is not just a house; it’s a home. An invitation to experience a life of luxury and leisure.

In the vibrant Rossmoor community, you’ll have the privilege of enjoying a wealth of amenities that cater to every interest and lifestyle. Dive into the refreshing pools, perfect your swing on the golf course, or indulge in a friendly game of bocce ball, pickleball, or tennis. There are clubs and interest groups aplenty in Rossmoor, too, ensuring that every passion and curiosity can find a home.

If this unit interests you or someone you know, give me a call! It won’t last long!

Communication Is Key!

I was referred to Aleena and Roger by a neighbor who was looking for a home a few years ago. Back then, we talked about neighborhoods and she really liked Parkmead. She ended up renting in a Parkmead home, then the owners decided to sell and she bought the home without it going on the market, so it was very nice that she thought of me when her friends started to look for a home.

Aleena and Roger really knew what they wanted in a home. They would search on their own and then call me if they found something that interested them. We wrote a couple of offers and they got a sense of the market and what was most important to them. A couple of weeks before Christmas, they found a home on Wedgewood in Pleasant Hill and decided to write an offer.

The home is on a quiet court with views of Mt. Diablo and Dinosaur Park right behind them with access to the park between their home and a neighbor’s house. There was an offer date of December 11, the contract was written up via phone conversations, emails, and electronic signatures while Aleena was traveling. The home was listed at $995,000 and they offered $957,000.

The home needed a little work and was a trustee sale. I wasn’t sure if there was interest from others and explained that if there were any higher offers, Aleena and Roger likely wouldn’t be considered (writing offers is a bit like poker; you never know if someone is bluffing about interest, or if you don’t have a great hand/a full price offer or higher, will somebody else have a better hand/offer. As it happened, with the holidays, the rates, and the work to the home that was needed, we were the only offer!

They countered us higher, but the buyers went up only $10,000, knowing we would be doing additional inspections. We found many issues and negotiated a $13,800 credit with their $967,000 offer. After we got into contract, we learned that there had been recent transfers of the trustee, and actually ran into the trustee while doing inspections. I asked about it and found the original trustee was no longer able to serve in that capacity, so the court appointed a trustee to complete the transaction.

In addition, we found out more about the house from the home inspector, who said when he did the original inspection, the home was so full of boxes and other stuff that he was unable to fully inspect the home. We had a closing date of December 28, with contingency removal on December 26. Additional inspections were ordered and was waiting for reports with pricing to ask for a credit, which I had told the listing agent would have a request for repairs by Friday December 22 (I got it to her that afternoon).

What I didn’t know was the court attorney had to sign off on everything and she left early afternoon on Friday and then had the week between Christmas and New Year’s off. Per the lender, we could not close past December 29. The buyers had movers organized and it became very stressful for all parties involved.

Everyone came through and we ended up closing on the 29th, in the future, if I ever have such a quick closing during the holidays, I will advise to expect delays, get more clarity from the lender what could happen if there are delays and make sure there is some wiggle room. I am now much more aware of other decision makers holidays such as an attorney who does not work realtor and lender hours. However, I believe both parties wanted to close before the end of the year so it all worked out. The lesson that keeps getting reinforced? Communication from all parties is key to a smooth process!

A Reflection On The Real Estate Market

Back in March, the owner of 4791 Laura Dr. in Concord found herself facing a dilemma. She yearned to move as soon as possible, but a looming shoulder surgery in May cast doubt on her ability to prepare her home for sale. The decision was whether to list the property in September or wait until the new year. With months stretching ahead, there was time to transform her home into a market-ready gem.

The first step involved bringing in a professional stager to assess the property’s potential. Together, they determined what would stay and what had to go. Carpet bids, inspection quotes, and even a talented artisan to repair sliding doors were lined up at reasonable prices. The owner carefully selected which repairs to undertake, fully aware that potential buyers might request credits for some items.

By May, her life had taken on a minimalist hue. She had sold, donated, or packed away all but the essentials, embracing a simplified lifestyle. August marked a turning point, with a fresh coat of paint adorning the walls and new carpets gracing the family room and upstairs bedrooms. The stagers worked their magic, creating an inviting atmosphere. It was time to settle on a final asking price.

In March, market comparisons supported a price of $975,000, but the Spring season had seen prices surge. A bold decision was made to aim for $1 million. However, it soon became apparent that the initial price might have been a tad ambitious. Rising interest rates had discouraged potential buyers, and open house traffic remained disappointingly sparse.

Within days, the price was pruned to $990,000, a modest concession aimed at slipping below the million-dollar mark. A month rolled by with little traction, prompting another price adjustment down to $975,000. The owner quipped that this was, in fact, their original target.

With more showings from other agents a glimmer of hope emerged. Within two weeks of the price reduction, an offer materialized. Initially, I was told it was coming the next day, but it took over the weekend to get the offer. While it fell slightly below the asking price, it was a VA offer with a request to address some remaining repair issues, totaling around $11,000. Over the weekend, two more agents came knocking. Once I had the offer, I called the ones who had just shown up, mentioning I had an offer, and asking if there was any interest from their buyers. One agent said he was writing it up as I called and was hoping to be the sole contender.

Thus, they presented a full-price offer at $975,000 with a $20,000 credit for closing costs and rate buy-down. The owner gladly accepted, finding peace with the fact that these buyers were a perfect fit for her cherished home. Ironically, they had come by the first open house, continued to look, but kept commenting on the yard and comparing it to other homes. In the end, the seller had bittersweet emotions, as she bid adieu to the place filled with countless memories and love, but also embarking on the next chapter of her life.

Key Takeaways for Sellers and Buyers:

1. Preparation is key: Getting your home ready can feel overwhelming, especially after many years of living there. Engage a resourceful agent early, plan meticulously, and allow ample time for decluttering and organizing.

2. Trust your agent: A skilled real estate agent will manage expectations and communicate effectively throughout the process. Markets can shift, and their guidance can be invaluable.

3. Act swiftly: If you’re considering making an offer, don’t delay. Timing can make a significant difference in securing a property, as waiting may invite competition.

4. Revive interest: Sometimes, a home that has lingered on the market just needs the right nudge. An astute agent will reach out to potential buyers who have shown interest in the past, often leading to successful sales in a competitive market with limited inventory.

New Listing: 1121 Glenwillow Ln. In Concord

I recently represented the buyer for 1121 Glenwillow Ln. in Concord, a beautiful 4-bedroom, 3-bathroom, 2,600-plus-square-foot home. Its panoramic views in the Pine Hollow neighborhood make for a peaceful and private homey feel on the cul-de-sac back by the Open Space.

The house also has an extra den/office, vaulted ceilings, and large windows to allow extra sunlight to fill the rooms. The kitchen is updated and has stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, and a breakfast nook. An expanded great room boasts hardwood floors, a fireplace, and access to the backyard.

The master suite has a spacious walk-in closet and a large en-suite bathroom with a custom vanity, a luxurious stall shower, and a separate soaking tub. In the backyard, a turf lawn, putting green, deck, and dining area with BBQ mean endless hosting opportunities, no matter the weather. There is even a finished 3-car garage, a storage shed, space for an RV or boat to park, and an owned solar system included in this home.

My client bought for $1.38 million, got a seller paid rate buy down and the roof repair of $8500! If you are looking to buy or sell in the East Bay, give me a call!

Just Sold: 3317 Tice Creek Dr. #4

I recently represented both buyer and seller for 3317 Tice Creek Dr. #4 in Walnut Creek. Both sides were very happy with the deal, which closed at $325,000. The unit is a 1-bedroom, 1-bath, 729-square-foot home in a Rossmoor senior living community.

The seller wrote me a kind review that I’ve shared below. He also mentioned: “I am watching the two others that were comparable to mine. One is at $325k and the other at $328k, and neither has sold yet though they’ve been on the market about 3-4 weeks each. You did a great job!”

It’s always nice to get positive feedback from my clients like that. It helps when the home showed so well, as the owner agreed to stage, the kitchen was previously remodeled and he put in new windows and remodeled the bathroom. All of that helps in selling a home.

Rossmoor is the premiere active-adult community in the Bay Area, offering several activities and amenities for an outdoor lifestyle. As you can see in the photos above, that includes golf courses, swimming pools, gyms, and much more.

If you are thinking of buying or selling in the East Bay, give me a call!

And, finally, to all: a Happy Thanksgiving! May your holidays be filled with family, fun, and food.

A New Listing In Rossmoor!

This 1-bed, 1-bath unit (3317 Tice Creek, Unit 4) in Rossmoor has a private fenced-in patio that allows level-in entry from the street. It is a delightful Cypress Co-Op (Entry 12) unit ready for a new owner to enjoy.

Luxury vinyl plant flooring and a fresh coat of paint enhance the home’s appeal. The kitchen shines with recessed lighting and quartz countertops. A remodeled bathroom with a convenient shower stall, updated fixtures, and a tiled floor awaits your relaxation.

The unit is surrounded by mature hedges and has an area for flowers, creating a serene haven perfect for soaking in the sunshine or creating a charming garden retreat. You’ll also appreciate the ease of sidewalk access for bringing in groceries or avoiding the stairs. Carport #1601-1 is conveniently located directly across from the unit. As a bonus, you’ll find 10 guest parking spaces and the community laundry room just a few steps away.

Rossmoor stands as the premiere active-adult community in the Bay Area, offering a plethora of amenities to enhance your lifestyle (Examples: six clubhouses, two golf courses, four swimming pools, a well-equipped gym, a movie theater, art studios, bocce ball and lawn bowling, tennis and pickleball courts, a variety of clubs, and much more!).

New Listing With Private Setting At End Of Cul-De-Sac

4791 Laura Dr. in Concord is nestled in a tranquil location on a generous 0.31-acre lot and positioned at the end of a cul-de-sac. This private residence enjoys the luxury of only one adjacent neighbor.

An expansive backyard beckons for gatherings and relaxation, including a cute shed, perfect for yoga sessions, board games, or a shady retreat. Here, you’ll also discover a rejuvenating hot tub and convenient RV parking.

The inside of the home is thoughtfully designed. It presents three ample bedrooms, each equipped with spacious closets, as well as an upstairs room that offers versatility as an office or an additional bedroom (albeit without a closet). The cozy primary suite takes center stage, boasting a balcony overlooking the enchanting backyard, providing a serene retreat.

Cooking adventures await in the spacious eat-in kitchen with Corian countertops. For more formal occasions, an inviting dining room awaits. The home offers both a quiet living room and a generously proportioned 18-by-19 family room, perfect for hosting large gatherings or creating an immersive entertainment space for watching sports and movies with family and friends.

Notable features also include dual pane windows, energy-efficient solar panels, new carpeting, hardwood floors, and a delightful assortment of fruit trees, adding to the charm and character of a place to call home. The property is listed for $1,000,000 and is a total of 2,412 square feet. It is a 4-bedroom, 2-bathroom home. Come check it out today!

Dreams Come To Life @ 255 Tamarisk – New Walnut Creek Listing

Nestled within the charming Diablo Shadows subdivision in Northgate, this single-story residence exudes timeless appeal. Seamless indoor/outdoor integration enhances its allure, with four sliding doors gracefully connecting the interior to a backyard oasis, revealing two patios and lush grass for play, plus RV/boat parking, a potential pool site, and solar power. It’s an entertainer’s haven where dreams come to life!

The eat-in kitchen with bar seating opens to the living area, destined to be the heart of countless gatherings. Beyond, a versatile formal dining area stands ready for transformation into a refined home office or even a fourth bedroom, adapting to your evolving needs. The spacious living room, adorned with a cozy fireplace, offers exceptional tranquility—a place to retreat and unwind in blissful seclusion.

The primary bedroom showcases a remodeled bathroom and a separate area for hair/makeup application, with a sliding door leading to a patio. Bonus: Finished garage, new flooring, and adjacent to the laundry room lies a lengthy pantry, catering to storage needs and providing a place for essentials and more.

Beyond the property’s boundaries, a realm of conveniences and delights awaits. Top-rated schools, shopping, dining, and the Iron Horse Trail, weaving through the neighborhood, offer scenic pathways for leisurely dog walks or invigorating jogs. The trail leads to a charming park and a quaint Little Library. This home is a place where cherished memories are born and treasured for a lifetime.

Check out this 4 bed, 2.5-bath, 2,241 square foot home on a one-third acre lot at our Open House this weekend. The Open Houses will occur on Saturday, Aug. 26th and Sunday, Aug. 27th from 1-4 p.m. There will be a Broker Tour from 11 a.m – 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 29th, too. The home is listed at $1,695,000.