Apartment at Brio Apartments in Walnut Creek (photo from liveatbrio.com)
In June I noted the progress on the BRIO apartment complex in Walnut Creek and they are now leasing apartments with pricing details here. One bedrooms (one bath) start at $2,120 for a 667 square foot size and two bedrooms (two baths) start at $3000 for a 1020 square foot size. Check out more photos of the apartments here. Amenities are listed here. What do you think of this pricing, worth it?
(rendering from liveatbrio.com)
Last September we learned about the impending demolition of the old Danville Hotel in downtown Danville and the redevelopment is progressing with an estimated completion date of spring, 2015. Check out updates to the redevelopment here.
From the project page:
Redevelopment of the Danville Hotel site includes the construction of approximately 37,500 square feet of new residential, retail and restaurant space. The residential portion of the project will consist of 16 for-sale second story residential units, ranging in size from 919 square feet to 1,440 square feet. The site is bordered by Hartz Avenue, Prospect Avenue, Railroad Avenue and Short Street. The historic hotel and McCauley house will be retained and restored.
Last September we learned that a new assisted living apartment complex called Merrill Gardens would be opening on Mt. Diablo Blvd. in Lafayette and plenty of progress has been made although the planned-for spring opening has been pushed back until fall according to their website. One possible explanation for the delay is the need to stain the lighter colored bricks so they don’t clash so much. Check out this Lamorinda Weekly article for details. Judging from the above photo they still have more staining to do.
Story poles have been placed recently at the Moraga Town Center Homes project next to the Moraga fire station on Moraga Way to show how tall the units will be. This project has been revised for 36 units, of which 21 will be 2.5 story townhomes with the remaining 15 units planned for 2 story cottage duplexes. Check out this Lamorinda Weekly article noting the various problems placing homes next to a fire department training area.
1500 N. California Blvd, Walnut Creek
Back in May of last year we got a preview of the new apartment complex at 1500 N. California Blvd. in downtown Walnut Creek across from McCovey’s and it looks like demolition will happen soon as green fencing has gone up around the parking lot next to Scott Valley Bank which has been closed for a while.
The temporary fencing that had been in front of the Park Plaza shops in downtown Lafayette for a while have finally been removed, the Available signs are up, so I look forward to seeing which stores, restaurant and/or cafe will open up in this location. Note the store at the far left in the photo is the Pioneer Store which was built in the 1860s and used as a store, post office and dwelling house.
Check out the developer’s page on the Park Plaza Shops here.
141 North Civic Dr, Walnut Creek
A couple of years ago I noted how the Paragon Apartments project was approved by Walnut Creek and progress is coming along nicely at the corner of CIvic Dr. and Ygnacio Valley Rd. Now this apartment complex has been renamed BRIO, and 300 market-rate one and two bedroom apartments will be available. Check out the complete home features and community amenities at the developer website here.
A new 56 unit luxury condominium complex called The Woodbury has broken ground in Lafayette behind the Veteran’s building on Risa Rd. and the initial units are expected to be completed in early 2015.
From the developer’s website:
The Woodbury is a 56-unit luxury condominium complex expected to break ground summer 2014 in Lafayette. This seven building project will be complete with views of Mt. Diablo, the Lafayette hills, vegetable garden, fire pit and a new EBMUD park and sculpture garden. The open floor plan units are designed to feel like a single family residence but with the convenience and security of a luxury flat.
Six of the seven buildings are considered Garden Flats nd will house six units each. These buildings will hold the largest floor plans ranging from +/- 1,400 square feet to over +/- 2,900 square feet of living space. Units will include spacious balconies & patios, private garages, elevator access and only one common wall.
Housing 20 units, the Terraced House is the largest building in The Woodbury with floor plans ranging from +/- 1,100 square feet to +/- 1,700 square feet. Units will include balconies & patios, a secure parking garage, elevator access, gym facility and a community lounge.
The Woodbury’s extensive use of luxury finishes, large floor plans and proximity to Lafayette, Walnut Creek and everything the San Francisco Bay Area has to offer makes it the premier choice for those looking for ahigher standard of conominium living in the East Bay. The first phase delivery of units is expected in early 2015.
This week’s kitchen of the day, located in south Lafayette is also from this year’s Lafayette Juniors Kitchen tour held last month. More photos from the tour are available here. The huge island featuring honed white and gray Calacutta De Oro marble countertops was one of the highlights for me, as was a unique cutting board, pictured in one of the photos below.
From the Lafayette Juniors description:
The ranch home houses a cook’s kitchen. The kitchen has beautifully honed Calcutta marble countertops with dual dishwashers and sinks. The kitchen is all white yet very vibrant. It has touches of modern elements with pops of orange in the décor. The kitchen offers grace and elegance in an immensely functional design which includes a built-in icemaker and wine
More photos including the cutting board after the jump…
Last week I featured one of the kitchens from the 15th annual Lafayette Juniors Kitchen tour and here is one more “kitchen of the day”. You can see more photos from the tour on the Lafayette Juniors Facebook page here.
This house was originally a horse ranch and the farmhouse setting was preserved for the remodel. From the tour description:
The farmhouse home is a sight to be seen. The refurbished vintage oven and stovetop lend a unique charm to the house. The kitchen prides an untraditional remodel of tiled counter tops and an alder wood island. Checker style kitchen floors add charm, balance and warmth to the house. The homeowners love to reuse materials and products: There is even a small old bathtub that is used as a flowerbed in the serene backyard.
The scene pictured below in the open area next to the kitchen is one of my favorites. Perfectly in keeping with the farmhouse style!
More photos including a solar powered chicken coop after the jump…
Gate at side entrance:
Solar powered chicken coop: