East Bay prides itself on having a summer compared to those living in San Francisco. We enjoy nearly 100 degree days and nice evenings spent outside, not bundled up in sweaters and jackets in July! To celebrate these great evenings Walnut Creek Recreation Department offers 4 nights throughout the summer to bring the family (no pets), blankets, lawn chairs and a picnic to either Civic Park or Heather Farms and enjoy Movies Under The Stars! This years first movie night is Saturday June, 27 at Civic Park to view “Into the Woods”. If you can’t make this weekend try one of these:
- Friday July 10 @ Heather Farm Park – “When The Game Stands Tall”
- Saturday July 25 @ Civic Park – “The Lego Movie”
- Friday August 7 @ Heather Farm Park – “Big Hero 6”
For movies at Heather Farm Park there is a suggested $2 donation while Civic Park (added new this year) are sponsored by the Downton Enhancement Fund.
Photo courtesy of In a Nutshell, Summer 2015 a Walnut Creek publication
2014 was a successful and fun year. I was honored at our annual Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate awards ceremony. Receiving a Gold Award distinguishes my efforts as a top performing agent in our organization. I have been fortunate to receive a top producer award since 2007. I love what I do and how rewarding it can be to help someone sell or buy possibly the biggest investment in their life.
A snapshot from the awards luncheon in San Francisco, followed by a Giants game with my son.
Here at my office in Walnut Creek, I find myself surrounded by an excellent and experienced manager along with other great agents and friends whom also are recognized for their performance in our organization.
Don’t miss out this weekend when more then 40 families in the Parkmead neighborhood will be hosting their annual garage sale on Saturday June 6, 2015 starting at 8am.
MAPS: The two entrances to the Parkmead neighborhood will have signs with paper maps: 1. At Newell & Circle Drive 2. Lilac in 1701 driveway. The maps showcase participating homes, take one and start your journey! Digital Link to Map for Smart Phone users:
Digital Map of Participating Homes
You’re bound to find everyday needs and even a few one of a kind items. Tell your friends to come on out Saturday June 6, 2015 and shop! Bring an empty car and keep an eye out for signs!
My new found hang out! A 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. I 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. To 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
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!!!
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
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.
A must see for your most discerning buyers. Priced at $285,000.
Why Not Have It All!
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.
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. The 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.
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.
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.
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.
The Walnut Creek Open Space Foundation has a great list of activities throughout the spring and can be found here.