New coffee shop just opened!

It looks like a new coffee shop just opened in downtown Walnut Creek! Good for them for opening during a lockdown, when so much is up in the air. I truly hope they do well! I saw their sign up in the Schroeder Insurance building a few weeks ago, but they hadn’t yet opened. I hav always admired this brick building it has such a cool architectural vibe, with the faux metal panels at the front entrance to the color of the bricks and now it is open for all to enjoy.

Now, according to their website and their Instagram, they are officially open for business, though at limited hours due to the pandemic (I’m guessing). The menu looks fantastic, and I really can’t wait to walk over and give it a try. Tellus Coffee is all about the healthy, good vibes. I mean, check out that plant wall!

That reminds me a lot of Rooted Coffee, which I’ve blogged about before. They found a brick-and-mortar home in Pleasant Hill after years at the Farmer’s Market. It seems like Tellus Coffee also has a ton of potential. Their menu includes everything from coffee to avocado toast to empanadas.

Here’s to hoping that COVID ends soon and we can all give Tellus a try indoors! For now it might just be grab and go. I know I’ll be placing a to-go order and visiting with my mask in the near future. I always love seeing what a new neighborhood coffee shop can offer our community!

A new mural at Mel’s

I wrote about the new mural in downtown Walnut Creek recently. What I did not go into detail on was that Local Edition also put up a mural outside of Mel’s Diner! Check out the pictures below – it’s a really interesting, visually stunning piece, in my opinion!

The installation outside of Mel’s was created by an artist at Local Edition named Masaka. According to the Local Edition website, “the canvas framework was inspired by whimsical 1950’s themed notes tying into the present day. The curvature and canvas layers throughout the art lures viewers in with curiosity as eyes start to wander from one layer to the next. The layers tell a story that is sometimes not conveyed through flat art. The tangible nature of the piece invites you into the artist’s process, build and passion with wonder.”

The artists has extensive experience in woodworking and carving precision from his days as a craftsman and dental technician, respectively. That experience, combined with a background in graffiti, led Masaka to this fusion of cutout pop art.

Local Edition writes that the purpose of the piece outside of Mel’s is to revitalize memories of the downtown Walnut Creek leisure experiences and incorporates landmarks from as far back as 1889, like St. Paul’s Chapel, El Rey Theater, Shadelands Ranch, the Lesher Center, and Century Theaters. Magnificent!

A continuation of the great COVID migration

You may remember what I wrote about a few weeks back: the belief that people are fleeing big cities during COVID and moving elsewhere. While we determined that specific claim was a little bit exaggerated, the pandemic still definitely has an impact on real estate.

One interesting thing I read was that there are actually way more people in the U.S. looking to BUY a new home than there are owners looking to SELL right now. That has led to low inventories across many cities and suburbs. Overall, the tight market is more being driven by low mortgage rates and that COVID migration.

The Wall Street Journal says all of this, plus that Americans are holding on to their homes longer than usual, which is costing would-be homebuyers. This all contributes to the low inventories and record-low sales (which, in turn, helps contribute to high prices). According to Redfin, the typical homeowner had remained in place for 13 years, up from 12.8 years in 2019, and way ahead of 2010’s 8.7 years.

One factor to consider, too, is that with so many people now working remotely, many home buyers are in the market for more space. If their home is going to double as a workspace now, it makes sense to look for a larger home. With that though, potential sellers are being scared off by the day-to-day of having strangers enter their homes during a pandemic. All of this adds up to a crazy COVID market!

I recently put an offer in for a client listed at $1,075,000 in San Ramon. There were 19 offers, the seller gravitated to offers that removed all their contingencies. The home (4 beds, 2 baths, 1447 sq. ft.) had been renovated prior to going on the market is pending at $1,310,000 and it appraised! Hopefully we start to see more equilibrium between a sellers and buyers market, but for now, hold on, it is a wild ride for buyers, but great for sellers.

The best street tacos! Who knew?

Of all the great taco joints in the Bay Area, I did not expect to find the best street tacos in front of the Concord Home Depot. But, I did! I found Kelly’s Deli, and I’m so happy that I stumbled upon it.

I met my handyman, Costa, there over the weekend to pick up some items for my client’s rental home. I commented about something smelling good as we walked through the store and Costa said that the taco truck has good food.

I thought it would all be junk food, but Costa said their street tacos were the best he has ever had. I couldn’t wait – I had to taste them even before I got home to take a picture! You can order chicken, pork, or steak. I got the chicken and hot or mild salsa/sauce.

Three tacos full of juicy deliciousness! Costa got the breakfast burritos to go for him and his wife. I will be back, because for $8.95, this is much more than your average taco truck.

The 2021 Pantone Color of the Year is…

…Ultimate Gray (17-5104) + Illuminating (13-0647). The Illuminating color (a shade of yellow), makes me think of the new Poet Laureate, Amanda Gorman, and her penchant for yellow. She rocked one of the 2021 Pantone Colors of the Year at her inaugural poetry reading (whether intentional or not!).

Picture Credit: Getty Images and PEOPLE

According to the Pantone website, this combination is “a marriage of color conveying a message of strength and hopefulness that is both enduring and uplifting.” Well, that’s a welcome message after a difficult 2020 year! Here’s to hoping we’re all feeling a little more illuminated and ultimate in 2021.

In the Pantone news release about the colors, Illuminating is described as a “bright and cheerful yellow sparkling with vivacity, a warming yellow shade imbued with solar power,” and the Ultimate Gray as “emblematic of solid and dependable elements which are everlasting and provide a firm foundation.”

As far as painting your house goes, would you choose Illuminating or Ultimate Gray? Personally, I could see painting a room gray, but the other might be a bit too yellow for me, but as an accent color it is perfect. I actually have a small yellow bathroom where I put on make up and wanted the bright sunny color in the mornings when getting ready. What are your thoughts? Share in the comments below!