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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.


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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

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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.


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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

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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

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Danville Hotel Town Center Opening Winter 2015

Hartz Ave, & Prospect Ave, Danville

There has been plenty more progress since last September when we first learned that Danville Hotel Town Center would be opening this year. According to the real estate broker’s site plan it’s expected to open for business this winter, 2015. It will feature over 10,000 square feet of retails space, over 7,000 square feet of restaurant space, and 16 residential condominiums. Check out their website here.

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Pet Peeve of the Day – Downtown Pleasant Hill


I often refer to downtown Walnut Creek which encompasses the Broadway Plaza shopping center and other shops located downtown that reaches the Lesher Center for the Arts several blocks away. Same goes for downtown Lafayette which includes La Fiesta Square, and other shops located in the vicinity.

I cannot do the same with downtown Pleasant Hill because the Downtown Pleasant Hill Shopping Center is known as, “Downtown Pleasant Hill”. Check out the Downtown Pleasant Hill website here. At first glance you might think it was sponsored by the Pleasant Hill Chamber of Commerce or downtown association. However this is the shopping center’s website. From the point of view of the shopping center I think it’s great for them to be known as “downtown Pleasant Hill” but it sure is confusing! I wonder how the city ever allowed them to use this name?

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Progress on The Village Condos in Downtown Walnut Creek

1500 Newell Ave, Walnut Creek

It’s been a few years but The Village condo and retail store development is slowly progressing at Newell Ave. and S. Main St. in downtown Walnut Creek and is expected to open Fall, 2015. Starbucks, Paul Martin’s American Grill and Ameritrade are expected to open here.

From the developer’s website:

Located in downtown Walnut Creek, The Village is an upscale mixed-use center characterized by modern simplicity and sophistication. Like a traditional village, residences and shops combine around small courtyards, plazas, and gardens. The 49 Condominium Residences are arranged to provide plenty of daylight, views, and privacy. 40,000 s.f. of pedestrian oriented retail space takes advantage of distinct architectural features to promote tenants and capture foot and car traffic. The Village extends Walnut Creek’s traditional downtown shopping area and creates a lively new southern gateway.


Rendering via Studio N