Coffee Shop Hangout

My new found hang out! unnamed-3A few weeks ago with my friend Veronica after an early morning spin class we were meandering around Walnut Creek and she wanted to get a coffee. We stopped by Starbucks, when I remembered I had two letters to drop in the mailbox, which is still in front of the old post office. That’s when I spotted, Coffee Shop across the street on Locust. I wanted to go in check it out and decided to get a coffee, Veronica hesitantly came in with her Starbucks in hand and mentioned to Eric, our order taker, she was uncomfortable. He said he would happily buy her a new coffee and thus the evil empire corporate coffee moniker was tossed in the waste basket. unnamedI ordered the slow bar coffee, Cafe Grumpy, the coffee took a while to make and similarly to drink, transporting me back to a street side European Cafe when life was less rushed. Truly a coffee lovers paradise.

I came back on Mother’s Day to hang out on a much cherished day off, hoping to make it in time for a breakfast sandwich that smelled delicious on my first visit. I was a little late, so opted for the Pepper Jack cheese, spinach tomato grilled sandwich and added bacon. unnamed-4To complement the sandwich I ordered the orange, coconut iced latte (not always noted on the menu), delicious and sweet. Their bread is from Mint 54, just down the street, another Walnut Creek gem.

The Coffee Shop offers free wifi, password named after their coffee machine, the bright yellow one, Slayer, it’s the Porsche Carrera of coffee makers!

Give it a try! Another great place to enjoy in Walnut Creek, what do you love about the area?

Coffee Shop – 1325 Locust Street Walnut Creek

Banjo Hall of Fame Artist Live in Walnut Creek

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There’s absolutely nothing better then a crisp California morning with a hot coffee and live banjo music. Yes, I said it banjo music. Most mornings from 8 to 9, Harry Higgins and friends come together to entertain folks getting their day started with a hot drip. The group performs for fun outside Pete’s Coffee and Tea on Locust Street in Walnut Creek. If only I could start every morning listing to the beats of a Banjo Hall of Fame musician. Hopefully you can make it one morning, this video doesn’t do it justice.  Just another thing I love about living in Walnut Creek!!!

Be the first to see…Open House Tomorrow 5/2 from 12pm – 3pm

1632 Poplar Collage

1632 Poplar Dr. Walnut Creek

3 Bedroom • 1 Bath • 1118 sq. ft.    .31 acre lot • Top-Rate Schools

Serene setting with mature landscaping, a majestic oak tree, lulling water feature and views highlight this charming Parkmead home. Hardwood floors throughout with open kitchen/dining area which flows onto deck which creates a wonderful ambiance & entertaining delight. Extra storage can be found in finished basement or use as wine cellar, exercise room or man cave! Plenty of room for expansion or simply move in & enjoy. Walk to top rated Parkmead Elementary & new Tice Creek or downtown Walnut Creek – just minutes away. Walnut Creek Intermediate & Las Lomas High School complete the picture.

A Must See For The Most Discerning Buyer.

Open Houses: Saturday 5/2 from 12pm – 3pm  & Sunday 5/3 from 2pm – 5pm

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.

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.

Walnut Creek Open Spaces

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