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It Sold for What?!

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Brendan Moran is a broker associate with The Moran Group at Keller Williams Realty. Neither he nor any company he’s affiliated with represented any of the parties or were directly involved in the transaction reported below. The source of information is Contra Costa Association of Realtors MLS. Information is deemed reliable but not guaranteed.

We usually like to show you homes that sold for less than what the seller was asking. It’s a good way to show that even in a tough market, there are still deals out there.

This is not one of those homes.

Address: 839 Avalon Ave, Lafayette
List Price: $998,000
Sold Price: $1,310,000
Days on Market: 10
Close of escrow: 5/17/16

This three bed, two bath home rancher tucked off School Street near downtown Lafayette sold for more than $300,000 over the list price. It was the first time on the market in 63 years for the 1548 sq ft home with a charming cottage feel (and only a 10,282 sq ft lot). As they say in real estate, location is everything!

Listing courtesy of Leslie Mills and Debra E. Smith, Coldwell Banker.

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Kitchen of the Day

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Last month the Lafayette Juniors presented their annual kitchen tour to raise money for several charities and I have been highlighting some of the kitchens on the tour. This kitchen is located in the Hidden Oaks neighborhood of Lafayette and in addition to beautiful indoor spaces, features an incredible Cape Cod-esque outdoor patio and dining area as well as pool and hot tub. There is even a putting green! With trees providing plenty of shade this would be the perfect spot to enjoy a lobster roll while relaxing with friends and family.

From the Lafayette Juniors description:

The classic Cape Cod style home reflects the homeowners’ taste for Americana and love of the Fourth of July. Upon entering the kitchen one finds a wall display of a family American flag that was acquired by a great uncle who fought in World War II. The crisp white trim and moldings are complemented by sea-blue wall colors and Americana décor. This kitchen features a stunning deep blue wood painted kitchen island with striking white Carrara marble countertops. The white ceramic tile backsplash adds a subtle shine and contrast of textures. What the homeowners love most about this kitchen is the happy memories it evokes of past celebrations and the opportunity to create new memories with friends and family.

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Photos of the pool and putting green after the jump… Continue Reading

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House Deal of the Day

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Brendan Moran is a broker associate with The Moran Group at Keller Williams Realty. Neither he nor any company he’s affiliated with represented any of the parties or were directly involved in the transaction reported below. The source of information is Contra Costa Association of Realtors MLS. Information is deemed reliable but not guaranteed.

Address: 4045 Arbolado Drive, Walnut Creek
List Price: $1,550,000
Sold Price: $1,460,000
Days on Market: 8
Close of escrow: 4/22/16

This four bed, two and a half bath home in the Rancho Pariaso neighborhood of Walnut Creek was snapped up after a week on the market for almost $100,000 less than the list price. The lucky buyers get sweeping views of Walnut Creek, a chefs kitchen and a fantastic backyard with a pebble-tek pool. Just in time for summer!

Listing courtesy of Leslie Mills and Debra E. Smith, Coldwell Banker.

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Kitchen of the Day

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Every year the Lafayette Juniors offer a kitchen tour featuring several magnificent kitchens and homes in Lafayette to raise money for several non profit organizations and this year the beneficiaries are: Youth Homes, Diablo Ballet’s PEEK Outreach Program, the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano, and Lamorinda Spirit Van. Find out more about these organizations here.

This Happy Valley kitchen and home has been featured in photo shoots for catalogs and local designers and has a serene, peaceful feel throughout. One of my favorite pieces is the lighting over the dining room table (see below). How cool is that?! As you can see in the photos after the jump, the kitchen boasts two full-sized sinks in the kitchen and plenty of counter space for prepping meals. Right outside is a beautiful looking pool and patio area surrounded by lush gardens which looks like the perfect place to relax and hang out with friends and family!

From the Lafayette Juniors description:

The updated classic home boasts a light, airy and open space that serves as a backdrop for many photo shoots for catalogs and local designers. As is appropriate to the transitional style of the home, the homeowner has mixed modern and traditional by using reclaimed wood floors, stainless steel materials, and industrial lighting. The tasteful kitchen features two honed Calacatta marble countertops, one with a prep sink and wine fridge. Three elegant pendant lights illuminate the center island and echo the nickel faucets. The dining area offers views of the pool and well-tended garden that boasts white flowers throughout. Thoughtful details are evident in all areas of the home and kitchen, including the kitchen millwork and the coordinating fridge and oven handles. The homeowner created a serene space where friends and family are encouraged to unwind.

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House Deal of the Day

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Brendan Moran is a real estate broker with Moran Real Estate Group and a partner with Executive Brokers. Neither he nor any company he’s affiliated with represented any of the parties or were directly involved in the transaction reported below. The source of information is Contra Costa Association of Realtors MLS. Information is deemed reliable but not guaranteed.

Address: 2070 Pebble Drive, Alamo
List Price: $1,725,000
Sold Price: $1,475,000
Days on Market: 164
Close of escrow: 2/23/16

This five bed, three and a half bath home just south of Stone Valley Road in Alamo took a little time but finally sold for $250,000 less than the list price. It has a half-acre lot, gourmet kitchen, lots of deck space and it’s at the end of a court. Oh yeah, and a three car garage.

Listing courtesy of Danielle Cranston, J. Rockcliff Realtors.

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Progress on The Arroyo Residences in Walnut Creek

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1250 Arroyo Way, Walnut Creek

The Arroyo Residences apartment complex is almost finished in Walnut Creek and has begun accepting pre-leasing applications. Studio, 1 and 2 bedroom apartments will be available on 6 floors. Check out their floor plans here. Among the amenities there will be a pool, spa, “cedar-lined dry sauna”, fire pits, a zen garden and more. Check out all the amenities here.

Real Estate

House Deal of the Day

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Brendan Moran is a real estate broker with Moran Real Estate Group and a partner with Executive Brokers. Neither he nor any company he’s affiliated with represented any of the parties or were directly involved in the transaction reported below. The source of information is Contra Costa Association of Realtors MLS. Information is deemed reliable but not guaranteed.

Address: 699 Rock Oak Road, Walnut Creek
List Price: $899,000
Sold Price: $850,000
Days on market: 5
Close of escrow: 2/26/16

This four bed, two and a half bath rancher in the Woodlands neighborhood of Walnut Creek lasted a whopping 5 days before being snatched up by an all cash buyer for more than $40,000 under the list price. Sure, it could stand a little updating, but this home is in an impeccable spot on Rock Oak Road, a quiet street the dead-ends at Lime Ridge Open Space. Homes in the Woodlands are selling well into the $900,000 range, making this one a great deal.

Listing courtesy of Marc Graves, Courtyard Realty.