Real Estate

Danville Hotel Project Opening Spring 2015 in Danville


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.


Progress on Merrill Gardens Assisted Living Apartments in Lafayette


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 for Moraga Town Center Homes Next to Fire Station


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. Apartment Complex Construction Beginning Soon in Downtown Walnut Creek

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.

Progress on Park Plaza Shops in Downtown Lafayette


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.


Progress on BRIO Apartment Complex in Walnut Creek

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.

BRIO Rendering:

Woodbury Condominiums Coming Soon to Lafayette


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.

Branagh Development

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.

Kitchen of the Day


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

Dining Area:

More photos including the cutting board after the jump…

Cutting board:

Side entry:

Kitchen of the Day


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:

Refurbished oven:

Solar powered chicken coop:

Kitchen of the Day


This past Saturday the 15th annual Lafayette Juniors kitchen tour took place and I had the opportunity to check out six amazing kitchens. The Lafayette Juniors holds this event every year in May to benefit various charities such as First Place for Youth, Stand!, SEED, the Lafayette Library and Learning Center, and Girl Scouts of Northern California. More details on the beneficiaries here. If you are planning a remodel this tour is a must-see!

The spacious and airy kitchen featured here is located in north Lafayette with incredible views of Mount Diablo and Briones Regional Park. A fire pit and pool right outside takes full advantage of these views making this the perfect place for entertaining.

From the Lafayette Juniors description:

The Cape Cod home offers spectacular views of Mount Diablo. The homeowner built the home and designed the kitchen with functionality in mind. A spacious center island lets family and friends easily gather and the appliances are restaurant grade. The outdoor area has a beautiful kitchen and plenty of dining areas for causal entertaining. The homeowner installed automatic blinds throughout the home and all of these blinds are programmed to open and close with the rising and setting of the sun. Touch screen entertaining lights and music are made possible because of specially installed high-tech electronic wiring.

Fire pit with a view:

More photos of the inside and the pool after the jump…

Pool outside kitchen:

Inside view of open living area: