December Existing Home Sales Highest Since 2006

The National Association of Realtors reports that Deecember 2013 existing homes sales reached a new peak. Read more about it here.

Sellers Are Optimistic About the California Real Estate market

Seller optimism about the future of home prices rose dramatically in 2013 compared to prior years. On the heels of a jump in real estate prices, rebound of the stock market and rising employment, sellers and buyers both expressed optimism for the future. The fundamentals of the housing market should remain strong in 2014. Read the details in the attached Market Snapshot Report published by the California Association of Realtors.

Market Snapshot Newsletter January 2014>

Lamorinda Monthly Real Estate Statistics Summary

The link below provides a concise newletter with detailed statistics on the Lamorinda Real Estate Market. Do you want to know what happened to median prices, inventories, time on market and cost per square foot? Check out the details in our monthly summary:

December 2013 Lamorinda Market Action Report

Will 2014 Be The Year of The Move Up Home Buyer ?

Move up buyers are coming back into the real estate market after being in hibernation through much of the downturn. Rising prices have enabled home owners to unleash their equity and move into larger homes. There are many challenges to moving up such as whether you can obtain bridge financing or whether you will need to sell before you buy. If you need to sell first, where will you live? The attached newsletter discusses these issues and describes strategies for overcoming obstacles.

January 2014 Reality Check Newsletter>

Piedmont Contemporary

This lovely five bedroom four bath home has a spacious light living room with fireplace, kitchen, formal dining, three large bedrooms and two baths on the main level. The gourmet kitchen has a Viking range, Sub-Zero refrigerator and granite counters. The downstairs features a large master suite with sitting area, fireplace, separate office, spa bath with jetted tub and separate shower, oversized closet and laundry room. In addition, there is an au pair unit with bedroom, bathroom and kitchenette. The lower level has a large room that can be a wine cellar or storage, an office/bonus room and a two car attached garage. The outdoor space includes a front lawn and charming brick patio, two decks and a yard/garden at the back of the house.

Conveniently located near restaurants and shops. Top rated Piedmont schools.

Listing Price: SOLD
Address: 305 Saint James Drive
City: Piedmont
Square Feet: 4,068
Bedrooms: 5
Bathrooms: 4

Stunning New Orinda Estate with Panoramic Views

Just completed, this stunning newly constructed Orinda estate is ideally located in a private setting convenient to town. Large windows offer panoramic views across the valley to Briones reservoir. The 3722 square foot home has 5 bedrooms and 4 baths. The main floor boasts a charming living room, large dining area, great room with gourmet kitchen and spacious family room. An office and guest suite complete the main floor. The kitchen has a large island, granite counters and Wolf and Sub-zero appliances. The great room opens onto a large veranda which is the perfect place to entertain or relax and enjoy the peaceful setting and views. The level lawn and hot tub provide a place to play and relax. The main floor has wide plank oak floors. There are Andersen windows and sliding doors throughout the home.

Convenient to BART and freeway and located in top rated Orinda School District.

Additional Features: The home has high ceilings; recessed lighting throughout with built-in variable dimmer switches; upstairs and downstairs heating and cooling systems; two tank-less water heaters; remote controlled variable ceiling fans in living and family rooms; variable speed ceiling fans in all bedrooms; gas fireplaces in great room, living room and master. In addition, the home has a built-in fire sprinkler system. There is a three car garage plus covered parking for two cars. A large wine cellar is off the garage.

Listing Price: SOLD
Address: 211 Canon Drive
City: Orinda
Square Feet: 3722
Bedrooms: 5
Bathrooms: 4