Real Estate

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:

Progress on North Main Apartments in Walnut Creek

1960 North Main St, Walnut Creek

Located across the street from Target in downtown Walnut Creek is a new apartment complex being built by MIll Creek called the North Main Apartments which will contain 126 1 and 2 bedroom apartments. Check out the features and amenities here. Interestingly there will be “electric car charging stations”. I like that washer and dryers are included as well.

From their website:

Mill Creek expands its presence in Northern California with the development of North Main Apartments in Walnut Creek, California. This luxury apartment community will comprise 126 apartment homes over a two-level podium on approximately 1.2 acres. The community will offer studio, 1- and 2-bedroom apartments, ranging in square footage from 515 square feet to 1,027 square feet. In addition, three live/work spaces will be included in the mix.

Amenities for this community include a roof terrace, resort-style pool, state-of-the art clubhouse and fitness center, wine lockers, BBQ area, pet run, bicycle parking, electric vehicle charging and City CarShare, and a large internal landscaped courtyard above the podium. The apartment homes feature high-quality materials and workmanship, including nine foot ceilings, fully equipped kitchens, washer and dryers, walk-in closets and wood plank-style flooring.

North Main Apartments is exceptionally well located within vibrant Downtown Walnut Creek and in walking distance to BART (35 minutes to Downtown San Francisco) and in close proximity to freeways (I-680 and California 24). In fact, the site is defined as Very Walkable (Score of 78), per Walk Score, given the abundance of amenities within close walking distance of the site. In addition, Mount Diablo State Park, of which residents of North Main will have unobstructed views, is approximately 5 miles southeast from the site, and offers 20,000 acres of outdoor adventures, including hiking, climbing and cycling trails.

Leasing is expected to begin in Fall 2014 with first move-ins in early 2015.

New Luxury Condos and Retail Project Proposed for Downtown Walnut Creek

S. California Blvd. & Botelho Dr, Walnut Creek

A new downtown Walnut Creek project to bring 24 high-end condominiums, retail stores and a restaurant next to an expanded Alma Park is being proposed by Hall Equities Group which also developed the space right next to this where Habit Burger Grill is located (note the right side in the above rendering). Check out a Contra Costa Times article here for more info.

I look forward to seeing which restaurant opens here as well as how this project progresses. This looks really nice.


From the Hall Equities Group project page:

This high-profile, urban infill project in downtown Walnut Creek, CA, is bounded by Olympic Boulevard, California Boulevard and Botelho Street.

The site is directly adjacent to Alma Park, and the Alma Park neighborhood – a cluster of high-quality for sale and for rent mid-rise properties surrounding the park. Centre Place enjoys excellent access, via Olympic Blvd., to Interstate 680, just two blocks away. Olympic Blvd. is the dominant entryway into Walnut Creek’s retail core and award-winning Broadway Plaza Shopping Center.

The Centre Place site originally consisted of a 19,000 SF retail center – a prior conversion of a 1950’s-era auto and tire service facility.

Project info continues and additional renderings after the jump…

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Belle Terre Affordable Senior Apartments Opening Soon in Downtown Lafayette

3428 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Lafayette

Last January progress was being made on construction of a new apartment complex for lower income seniors called Lafayette Senor Housing in downtown Lafayette on Mt. Diablo Blvd, and the apartments are almost ready as you can see in the photo above. Now known as Belle Terre, there are 45 senior units.

Floor plan details:

From the Belle Terre website:

Belle Terre, Eden Housing’s thirteenth development in Contra Costa County, will provide 45 new affordable rental homes for lower income seniors. This exciting new community is conveniently located in downtown Lafayette in close proximity to transit and amenities. Belle Terre will be affordable to senior households earning 20% to 50% of the Contra Costa County Area Median Income, and will include 17 apartments targeted to seniors with physical disabilities.

Designed to create a healthy living environment, Belle Terre will include many sustainable features for energy and water conservation. Other highlights include an onsite manager’s unit, a community room that opens onto an outdoor patio and formal garden, two sunrooms that overlook a second courtyard, a computer learning center/library, an exercise room, and raised planters for resident gardening.

Residents living at Belle Terre will have access to supportive resident services designed to help them “age in place” and live independently for as long as possible.