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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Walnut Creek Summer Camps and Swim

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How time flies! It’s a scary thought to think that summer vacation is around the corner. Walnut Creek Rec is prepared with their Summer Camps schedule. Registration started March 2, 2015 accommodating ages 3-15 in various activities. We’re so lucky to have a great arts and recreation department to give us options for summer child care. Also don’t forget about our amazing rec swim teams sprinkled throughout the area.larky_pool

Speaking of swimming , did you know the Larkey Pool is getting a complete redo over the next 12-18 months. The pool and building will be demolished and a new deeper, bigger (10 lanes) and a kid friendly splash pad will be built.Deeper was requested by the Aquanuts (synchronized swim team) who will be raising up to $500,000 over the next 5 years so they can practice in a deeper pool and thus move their swim shows to the Larkey Pool.

Spring Ahead with Daylight Savings

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Daylight savings takes affect this Sunday March 8, 2015. Don’t forget to   Spring Ahead by adjusting your clocks 1 hour forward.

Longer days and more sunlight means we can take advantage of the wonderful area we live in i.e., a walk through of one of our amazing Open Spaces. Within Walnut Creek alone, there are six beautiful areas to explore. It is a great place to get some exercise and spend some quality time either alone or with the whole family, especially our four legged family members, as they are allowed off leash.

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The Walnut Creek Open Space Foundation has a great list of activities throughout the spring and can be found here.

 

The Orchards

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At Oak Grove Blvd & Ygnacio Valley Road in the Shadelands Business Park. Safeway is finally building on their lot that has sat empty for so long – the last of what was once real orchards.  Safeway’s new store will replace its smaller Encina Grande location across the street, where Whole Foods will move in.

The Orchards will include a Stein Mart, Crunch Fitness & Petco along with specialty shops, restaurants, 200 units of senior housing, green space, play area and jogging trails.  This area has been languishing from a business perspective and the city has been trying to figure out how to reinvigorate it to be more like a Bishop Ranch.  The problem is the commute – there is no easy access from Bart, thus people have to drive so many of the business once housed in the Shadelands have moved.

Hall Equities Group will be transforming the building Contra Costa Times occupied in a Recreational Sports Facility and will become the regional go to place for youth basketball, soccer, lacrosse, etc. – this is sorely needed in our area as field space is a premium – now parents will be able to drop off the kids to warm up and walk over to grab a coffee or do their shopping.  It will be interesting to see if it attracts actual business vs. retail.
~Kristin
“Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beate.” G. K. Chesterton

Utility Box Art in Walnut Creek

The Bay Area is a region of cutting edge ideas, that runs on creativity and vision.  Walnut Creek as a city and a community finds it important to incorporate these inspirations of creativity and art into the evolving landscape of the city (which I might add has been well planned for years, starting with the insight to set aside open space for all of us to enjoy so close to home).

The Utility Art project demonstrates the growing public art movement of the city.  These ugly utility boxes that stand on street corners, now curiously feature works by local artists featuring animals, abstracts, landscapes on eleven signal boxes throughout downtown.

The first time I saw one, I wondered about it, it definitely will spark a conversation.  You may like them or you may not – they are bright and different, but isn’t that what art is suppose to do – make you think differently!

Share with me your favorite and least favorite.  The painted utility boxes are to stick around for 18 months, I think they should stay, maybe with rotating artists.   I could only find 9, but one article said there were 11, does anybody know where the other 2 are located?

Left “Crossroads 4”  Right “Freedom”   |   Artwork by : Carol Aust   |  Located at N. Calif & Olympic (Sports Authority)

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“Humility”  |  Artwork by Andrea Thrams  |  Located at N. Main & Civic (Eleve)

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“Windy Day”   |  Artwork by:  Carol Aust   |   Located at N. Main & Bonanza (Wells Fargo Bank)

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“Where The Other Sock Goes”   |   Artwork by: Julie Alvarado   |  Located at Locust & Mt. Diablo (Union Bank)

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“This Is How It Is”   |   Artwork by:  Nathan Huff   |   Located at N. Main & Cypress (A1 Shoe Repair)

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“All That”   |  Artwork by:  Jake Watling   |   Located at Botelho & N. California (Project Pie)

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“Mt. Rosalie”   |  Artwork by:  Mary Anne Kluth    |  Located at S. Main & Olympic (Talbots)

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“Above and Beyond”   |   Artwork by:  Marcos LaFarga   |   Located at N Broadway & Lincoln (Library)

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Left “Don’t Worry Mountain”  Right “Hexagons”  |   Artwork by:  Kristin Farr    |   Located at Civic & Locust (Lettuce)

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Detail on “Don’t Worry Mountain” |   Artwork by:  Kristin Farr    |   Located at Civic & Locust (Lettuce)

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Motivated Buyers

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This is what happens when somebody’s rent is going up from $2500 to $2800 – why waste it on rent, when you can own…

Met clients for the first time on 12/31 @ 2:30 spoke about the market, their needs and how I work – showed them 3 properties, drove by 2. They liked one and decided to sleep on it.  I got an email on 1/1 saying they would like to write up an offer.  We met on 1/2 at 3:30 after I found out their lender could not do the financing.

I set them up with JVM Lending, who was so efficient and top notch, they got fully approved that afternoon, so we wrote the offer and it was ratified at 10:30 the same night – whew! I would like to do that every week. I love motivated buyers.

~Kristin

Seek not to follow in the footsteps of men of old; seek what they sought.” Basho Matsuo

Christmas Caroling in Parkmead Neighborhood

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Saturday, December 20th 7:00-8:30 – Starting at 1701 Lilac, ending at 190 Arlene Dr. Please, note the different starting place!!

All are welcome to come along and sing holiday songs. Make sure to dress warmly, wear your festive apparel and be ready to sing and meet your neighbors.!

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Lyric sheets can be printed at www.parkmead.org.

Hot chocolate & cookies will be involved 🙂

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The event will be on regardless of rain

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Organized jointly by the PCA Board & neighborhood youth.

Just Listed – 576 Hauth Lane, Walnut Creek

Inviting Family Home on Quiet Cul-De-Sac!

A gardeners dream ~ level lot with 2 spacious side yards , new fencing & tons of possibilities.

New flooring & fixtures in hall bath. This freshly painted home boasts of an eat -in kitchen, formal dining

room , with a separate family room & living room. It is move in ready, just waiting for your finishing touches.

Awesome location, minutes from Larkey Park & Iron Horse Trail.

Walk to PH Bart, easy access to freeways and close to shops.

A Place To Call HOME

Open for Broker’s Tour Tuesday 7/8 from 10:30am-1:30pm

Open House Extravaganza with BBQ, on-site lender, and irrigation specialist Saturday and Sunday from 1pm-4pm!

 

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Upcoming Events – May 2014

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Art on Main – May 17th & 18th
Downtown Walnut Creek
Mothers Day Tea – May 11th
Ruth Bancroft Garden, Walnut Creek

Few things say “Mother’s Day” like a beautiful garden and the Ruth Bancroft Garden is welcoming mom’s with a special pampering day.

A Mother’s Day Tea Party has scheduled seating at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., Sun., May 11, in the Ruth Bancroft Garden, 1552 Bancroft Road, Walnut Creek. The event includes sandwiches, seasonal fruit and assorted petite pastries from La Boulange, plus freshly brewed tea. It also features hands-on crafts for families and docent-led tours at 10 and 11 a.m., and 1 p.m. The cost for the special day is $30 for adults and $20 for children (includes admission to the Garden). Mom’s and kids under 12 are free.

Reservations are required. For information or reservations, call (925) 944-9352 or visi thttp://mothersdaytea.brownpapertickets.com/

Contra Costa County Fair – May 29th – June 1st
Contra Costa County Fairgrounds, Antioch
Check out all the fun and happenings  including live music, entertaining shows, Antioch Speedway events, fantastic fair food, traditional exhibits, youth livestock, NEW AND FREE Family Fun Zone, and much, much more!
Walnut Creek Art & Wine Festival – May 31st – June 1st
Heather Farms Park, Walnut Creek
May 31st and June 1st will be packed full of great food and drinks, live music, and pieces from local artists. Revelers can sample local restaurants’ delicacies and wash it all down with regional wine or the micro-brew of their choice. Admission is free, and the event lasts from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. With sunshine and plenty of grassy fields, the whole family is sure to have a great time.