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Erin O'Brien

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A historic home and Diablo treasure

February 22, 2019

Where: 2067 Alameda Diablo, Diablo, CA 94528

Built in 1925, this classic Tudor home has been awarded the Diablo Treasure for Historical Preservation, recognizing the significance and style it brings to Contra Costa County. The historic home features a renovated foundation, electrical work and lighting, and offers the perfect blend of artistic craftsmanship and modern amenities. Other features of this property include white oak floors, Carrera marble kitchen counters, a wine cellar and tasting room, brick patio overlooking a Koi pond and creek, and a fireplace adorned with an antique marble mantle.

Under the Mills Act, this historic property has significantly reduced property taxes, making it a multimillion dollar masterpiece unique to luxury homes. Full of history and designed with meticulous attention to detail, this one-of-a-kind home is a true “Diablo Treasure.”

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Take in the history and extravagance of this home during our open house, this Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m.

Listed at $2,699,950 by Julianne Chan of Alain Pinel Realtors’ Danville/Blackhawk office.

Looking to live in Diablo? See more homes for sale in Contra Costa County.

Notable Listings / Sales

Style and sophistication in San Jose

February 15, 2019

Where: 9065 Village View Loop, San Jose, CA 95135

Located in the highly desirable Village Valle Vista, this luxurious condominium offers three bedrooms, two baths and plenty of space. Upgraded throughout, the property includes a fireplace, built-in wine cooler, ample lighting and a well-designed open floor plan. The home’s kitchen features custom tiling, a stainless-steel double sink, dry bar and brand new high-end appliances. Other upgrades in this space include hickory flooring, detailed crown molding and plantation shutters.

Outside, the back patio includes upgraded lighting, a gorgeous water feature and a beautiful view. Part of a 55+ community, the home boasts elegance and sophistication in San Jose.

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Listed at $1,250,000 by Ashley Aguilar of Alain Pinel Realtors’ San Jose – Almaden Valley office.

Looking to live in San Jose? See more homes for sale in the area.

Featured Open Homes Notable Listings / Sales

Hilltop home near downtown Lafayette

February 8, 2019

Where: 70 Leslyn Lane, Lafayette, CA 94549

Offering the ultimate in privacy, security and views, this exclusive estate sits on a 7.35-acre lot at the end of a private lane. Inside, the gourmet kitchen and adjacent breakfast nook feature a direct look at Mount Diablo scenery. The family room boasts an open-beam ceiling and stone fireplace, while the spacious living room and dining room open up to a gorgeous backyard and patio area. This backyard space offers luxuries ideal for entertaining, including a sparkling swimming pool, spa and shaded terrace viewable from the home’s master-suite balcony.

Located on a hilltop near downtown Lafayette, the freeway, BART and top-rated schools, this secluded property is a fantastic find in Contra Costa County.

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Check out the views and luxurious layout of the property during this Sunday’s open house, running from 1 to 4 p.m.

Listed at $2,750,000 by Jim Colhoun of Alain Pinel Realtors’ Orinda office.

Looking to live in Lafayette? See more homes for sale in Contra Costa County.

Notable Listings / Sales

San Jose stunner in Silver Creek Valley

February 1, 2019

Where: 5182 Hawkstone Way, San Jose, CA 95138

With sweeping views across Silver Creek Valley to breathtaking Mount Hamilton, this stunning custom estate in San Jose offers stylish distinction with a blend of modernism and refined details. Ample natural light flows through the home’s French doors and windows. The private property offers a gorgeous panorama of the surrounding area, as well as a mature landscape and impeccably manicured gardens. Sit back and relax in any of the home’s intimate patio areas or spend time by the fireplace in the outdoor living room. With a recently reduced price and a prime location in Santa Clara County, this property is a one-of-a-kind showcase for the most discerning buyer.

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Listed at $2,650,000 by Eric Parker and Nicki Brown of Alain Pinel Realtors’ San Jose – Almaden Valley office.

Looking to live in San Jose? See more homes for sale.

Market Updates

Monterey County Fourth Quarter Market Report

January 30, 2019

For the fifth consecutive year in Monterey County, sellers tended to receive less than their asking price in 2018, indicating a better market for buyers.

In the last quarter of 2018, the number of new listings dropped significantly, while the average new listings in 2018 remained similar to 2017.

Median sales price continued to rise, paralleling other counties in this area. In 2018, the number of units sold in the fourth quarter was the lowest of the year, also down 19% compared to the same quarter last year.


Market Updates

Sonoma County Year End Market Report

January 30, 2019

The median sales price was up 6% in Sonoma County in 2018 compared to the previous year. Sonoma County experienced a buyers’ market, where sellers were not receiving more than their asking price, allowing buyers good opportunities to negotiate. The number of sold units dropped 5% in 2018, and the number of properties on the market increased by 30%, giving buyers more options when shopping for a home.

Market Updates

Santa Clara County Fourth Quarter Market Report

January 30, 2019

The upward trend of median sales price continued countywide in Santa Clara, however, the last quarter of 2018 had the lowest median sales price of the year, also down 2% from the same quarter of 2017. The number of sold units in 2018 dropped compared to the five past years, indication that the market is cooling off in this area and giving buyers more negotiating chances.

In the last quarter of 2018, Santa Clara County experienced a buyers’ market, with sold prices lower than the asking prices. However, the overall upward trend during the year indicates that Santa Clara is still a sellers’ market countywide, less advantageous for those looking to buy.

The total number of new listings dropped in the fourth quarter of the year compared to the third quarter. This number is still high though, compared to 2017, providing buyers with more choices and lessening the sense of urgency and competitive bidding.  

The number of properties on the market rose, indication that buyers had more options when shopping compared to the last year.

Market Updates

Contra Costa Year End Market Report

January 30, 2019

In Contra Costa County in 2018, the number of units sold decreased 6% year over year. Fewer sales could indicate an opportunity for buyers to negotiate better terms. The median sales price was up 7% year-over-year, which is the same trend in most Bay Area counties. Contra Costa County single-family home values went up in 2018, paralleling other nearby counties. The number of new listings trended upward, which is another factor that gives buyers more opportunities.

Market Updates

Marin County Year End Market Report

January 30, 2019

As 2018 drew to a close in Marin County, the median sales price had risen 8% year-over-year, indicating a healthy seller’s market with continued ample competition among buyers.

Compared to 2017, the average number of days on the market was down 6%. However, the decrease in the number of sold properties slowed down the local inventory-turnover rate. The number of active listings was slightly up in 2018, showing a slightly loosening of the market, which gave buyers more options when shopping for a home than they had seen in the past few previous years.