Browsing Category

Real Estate

Real Estate

Progress on 1500 Mt. Diablo Building in Downtown Walnut Creek

1500 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Walnut Creek

Significant progress is being made on the 1500 Mt. Diablo building at the corner of Mt. Diablo Blvd. and Main St. in downtown Walnut Creek as the scaffolding has been removed revealing the cool design that we saw in the renderings over two years ago. The corner entrance will be home to the clothing store Vineyard Vines while the second floor restaurant will have Barcelona-based Telefèric with the top floor occupied by ROOFTOP. Check out updates on ROOFTOP’s Facebook page here.

Real Estate

Ascent Walnut Creek Apartments Now Leasing Across from Target

1960 North Main St, Walnut Creek

In April we saw the continuing progress of the new apartment complex Ascent Walnut Creek, located across the street from Target at the corner of  Ygnacio Valley Rd. and N. Main St. and they are now leasing. Third and fourth floor apartments are expected to be available in the beginning of September, the second floor apartments towards the end of September and first floor apartments at the beginning of October. Studio/Urban 1 bedrooms begin at $2,200, 1 bedrooms start at $2,550, and 2 bedrooms start at $3,427. I imagine the lower priced apartments will be located near the gas station which you can see in the above photo at left. Check out their website which explains the amenities here.


Real Estate

Kitchen of the Day


This is the third kitchen featured from the 2015 Lafayette Juniors kitchen tour held last month. Check out the first and second kitchens if you missed it. In the past 12 months the Lafayette Juniors have raised over $50,000 for local non-profit organizations. Find out more about their beneficiaries here.

This Lafayette home was gorgeous. I especially liked the spacious island and clean design throughout. The living room located on a different level yet with an open layout was stunning! And the outside patio area surrounded by trees and nature is sublime; perfect for both entertaining or relaxing.

From the Lafayette Juniors description:

The contemporary kitchen was completely updated to reflect the home’s sleek contemporary spirit. A white quartz countertop balances the blue gray tones of the cabinetry and the dark hardwood flooring. Built-in appliances are placed cleanly around the perimeter of the kitchen, while a driftwood sphere pendant light adds an organic touch and sheds warmth over the center island. The home also boasts a mudroom hallway, which helps the kitchen to stay uncluttered.


See more photos including outdoor patio area after the jump… Continue Reading

Real Estate

Via Moraga Single Family Homes Coming to Downtown Moraga

489 Moraga Road, Moraga

Plenty of residential development going on in Moraga these days. Last year we saw the story poles, and now we see that a new 18 single family home development called Via Moraga is coming to downtown Moraga, directly across from the Rheem Shopping Center. Lot sizes will range from 2,610 – 4,123 square feet with house sizes varying 2,066 to 2,568 square feet. The 2-story houses will reach a bit less than 28 feet high. Check out the developer website here.

Of all the places in Moraga, being located across from a shopping center and next to commercial buildings seems to be an ideal spot for condos. Why are single family houses being built instead?via-moraga-rendering
Via Moraga rendering

Real Estate

Kitchen of the Day


Last month the Lafayette Juniors held their annual kitchen tour of six incredible Lafayette homes to help out several non-profit organizations, (see the first kitchen of the day from the tour here). Find out more about the beneficiaries here.

This kitchen and home is located in the Happy Valley neighborhood in Lafayette and hosted the luncheon in a magnificent backyard featuring a pool, hot tub with numerous patio and entertaining areas throughout. The highlight for me was the spacious outdoor entertaining areas adjacent to the kitchen through a glass door. At first glance the photo above looks like it could be an indoor dining room, but notice the heat lamps on the ceiling; it’s inside-outside living at its finest! Backyard barbecues taken to a whole new level. Another highlight was seeing beehives in front of the house! Sure, plenty of houses have chicken coops (including this home), but bee hive boxes in the front yard? Amazing.

From the Lafayette Juniors description:

The classic kitchen has a bohemian twist. This newly-built home was constructed with classic, elegant finishes. What makes this kitchen unique is that the homeowner’s personal, bohemian style shines through to create a warm, welcoming family kitchen. Stainless steel countertops surround the room and two expansive calacatta marble islands encourage guests to linger in the kitchen while allowing plenty of prep space. Plus, an adjacent butler’s pantry with a playful tile backsplash makes this kitchen party-ready. The kitchen and great room flow easily into an outdoor living room and kitchen to extend the entertaining outdoors.


More photos including the pool, beehives and more after the jump… Continue Reading

Real Estate

Design Changes for Homes at Deer Hill in Lafayette

Rendering from O’Brien Land Company

There has been lots of progress and changes at the Deer Hill residential real estate development in Lafayette. Originally known as Terraces of Lafayette that would have brought an apartment complex, the current plan is to have 44 single homes including an athletic field and trails open to the public. Check out the floor plans here or stop by the information center in downtown Lafayette at the Clocktower, behind Patxi’s Pizza.

Rendering from O’Brien Land Company

Real Estate

Kitchen of the Day


Over the weekend the Lafayette Juniors held their 16th annual kitchen tour featuring six amazing homes and kitchens in Lafayette and this year’s beneficiaries are Ruby’s Place, Boys & Girls Club of Diablo Valley, Las Trampas, Trinity Center Walnut Creek and VESTIA. Find out more about the beneficiaries here. This year the Lafayette Juniors also published a cookbook with delicious looking recipes which is available at, “select Lafayette locations, including Diablo Foods, Venture Quality Goods, and The Storyteller Bookstore.”

Everything came together with this mid-century modern kitchen that perfectly complements the Fred Langhorst-designed house, who was an apprentice of Frank Loyd Wright. The colors, textures and lighting feel just right. One of my favorite parts of this home are the gorgeous lights. This kitchen was featured in a Houzz “Kitchen of the Week” post here.

Check out the kitchen designer’s website, Cocoon Home, here. Also note that the painting behind the table in the photo below is by local Lafayette artist Jennifer Perlmutter. Check out her gallery website here.

From the Lafayette Juniors description:

The mid-century modern kitchen homeowners took great care in updating their 1953 home to create a kitchen that is both functional and stylistically appropriate. Existing redwood paneling throughout the home is complemented by cool bluish green cabinetry, while brass hardware and lighting warm up the space. The homeowners improved traffic flow and opened up this kitchen to make it truly the heart of the home.

Ed. Note: The no photography sign didn’t apply to press

Photos of the living room and patio area after the jump… Continue Reading