September Second Saturday Spotlight

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This month’s Second Saturday Spotlight will be a guided walking tour entitled “The Changing Faces of Downtown Walnut Creek”. The walking tour will be approximately a mile in length and will explain new developments coming to ever-changing downtown Walnut Creek. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to get the inside scoop on development downtown!

To register, visit: http://fs6.formsite.com/CSD2012/form45/index.html

Upcoming Events- September 2013

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Lodi Celebrates California Wine Month

Sept 1-30

September is California wine month and Lodi celebrates all month long with events every weekend. Enjoy wine tastings, dinners, live music, and even specials on local hotels so attendees can stay and play. For more information and links to special offers, follow the link below:

http://www.visitlodi.com/whats_happening.php?id=39

 

Beford Gallery News

Exhibit: “Home: Shelter and Habitat in Contemporary Art” will be on exhibit September 5th– November 17th . Through mediums of painting, sculpture, video, and photography, artists explore space, place and home.

Public Art Walking Tours: Every third Saturday through mid-November, docents lead three-hour walking tours to highlight Walnut Creek’s amazing artwork around the downtown area. Tours start at 11am in front of the Lesher center. Admission is $5 and includes a free pass to the Bedford Gallery.

 Disaster Team Training

Join Walnut Creek’s Emergency Response Team trained to help the community in the critical time following a natural disaster. Trainings take place Wednesdays from September 11th-October 16th. Cost is $25. For details and to register, visit www.walnut-creek.org/cert.

Walnut Festival

Twilight Parade: Saturday, Sept 14th at 6pm on Main Street.

Festival: The Walnut Festival offers 4 day of family-friendly fun from September 19th– September 22nd. Attractions include a carnival, live music, a car show, and a variety of food. Hours vary, visit www.thewalnutfestival.org

Walnut Creek Fall Wine Walk

Sept 18

Walnut Creek Downtown and Pro Home Systems present the 2013 Fall Wine Walk Wednesday, September 18th from 6pm-9pm. The event will feature tastings at local businesses and restaurants as well as live acoustic music. A portion of proceeds will benefit Walnut Creek’s educational foundations- WCEF and PEAK. For tickets and information, visit http://www.walnutcreekdowntown.com/.

 

Walnut Creek Service Day

September 28

Choose from over 60 half-day projects to benefit the community. Check-in begins at 7:30am at the Heather Farm Community Center with a free pancake breakfast. Projects will begin at 9am. Visit www.walnut-creek.org to register.

 

Holidays at Shadelands

Reservations for the Shadelands Ranch Museum “Holidays at Shadelands” Victorian Tea Lunches begin October 1st. The historic house will be decorated in holiday décor and open from 10am-4pm November 30th to December 15th. The Tea lunch is $30 and reservations can be made for 11:30am or 1:30pm. For reservations, call 925-935-7871.

 

Mount Diablo Challenge

October 6

Bike up beautiful Mount Diablo on either the challenging 11.2 mile course to the summit, or the easier, shorter junction wave. A perfect recreational activity for all ages to benefit Save Mount. For information or to register, Click here (http://www.savemountdiablo.org/)

 

September Second Saturday Spotlight!

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September’s Spotlight is a walking tour of downtown Walnut Creek led by City planners and entitled “The Changing Face of Downtown Walnut Creek.”

This walking tour is about 1 mile in length, and will make several stops at key locations where new development in on its way. At each stop, a planner will describe what’s in store, and how decisions are made to ensure that Walnut Creek continues to be a vibrant, friendly place to be.

Registration will begin at 8:30am at the fountain at Broadway Plaza and the tour will begin at 9am. Sign up in advance at the link below:

http://fs6.formsite.com/CSD2012/form45/index.html

We all Scream for CREAM!

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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.

Walnut Creek Market Update August 7, 2013

Agents are beginning to realize they can’t list a property a big percentage over the last sold comparison.   Buyers are still paying over the ask price and appraisals are coming in at the value offered.  Over the next few months as inventory increases, we will see these two lines closer together.

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I don’t think the media has caught on yet, but the market continues to shift and we are seeing more inventory on the market and less number of multiple offers.  Very interesting to note how much the sales dropped in May and look at how much more inventory we currently have.  It takes a while for the market to catch up, but I suspect we will see more price reductions and a leveling out of the amount sold over list price.

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Upcoming Events- August 2013

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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 .

 

 

 

 

 

Upcoming Events- July 2013

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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

Kristin’s Intentional Truth Market Update – July 2013

      Interest rates are going up, however it is still the best time to buy a house as outlined in the graph below.  With a 4.5% rate, 27% of your monthly payment goes to principle, whereas at a 7% rate, only 9% goes towards equity. (*Freddie Mac 30 year).  Walnut Creek’s inventory increased May-June from 95 to 125 homes a 32% jump.  During the same period the median listing price in Walnut Creek decreased 5%. What does this mean in the next few months? Most likely we will see a more level playing field that doesn’t favor the seller as it has in the past year. Please see the comparative market analysis below for what is going on in our own Parkmead area.

 

Price
Rate*
Principle & Interest
2002
600,000
6.99
3,987.79
Today
600,000
4.40
3,004.57
Monthly Savings
983.22

 

Pier 1 Imports Finds a New Home

               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!

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Pier 1 Imports original street-side location.

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Walnut Creek’s new and improved Pier 1 lmports store front.

New Listings in the Parkmead Area!

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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???

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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!