Browsing Tag


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.

See the full listing.

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

Sprawling Mediterranean estate in Orinda

January 4, 2019

Where: 9 Gardiner Court, Orinda, CA 94563

At more than 7,200 square feet, this stunning Mediterranean estate boasts panoramic views from nearly every room, as well as impeccable finishes throughout. This home offers six bedrooms, including a luxurious master suite on the second level and an additional master suite on the main level, ideally suited for extended family or guests. The gourmet kitchen features two islands, ample space and commercial grade appliances. With its private setting, gorgeous views and close proximity to award-winning schools and local transit, this property is an incredible find in Contra Costa County.

View the full listing.

Take the virtual tour.

Listed at $3,495,000 by Alan Marks of Alain Pinel Realtors’ Orinda office.

Want to live in Contra Costa County? See more homes for sale in Orinda.

Notable Listings / Sales

Featured home: 11 Jewel Court in Oakland

November 11, 2016

The crown jewel of the court

TwilightsB_18Where: 11 Jewel Court, Oakland (listing | tour)
This Phillip Perkins-designed 4 bedroom/ 3.5 bathroom house impresses with contemporary sophistication, from its stylish street presence to its airy atmosphere to its luxurious amenities. Thoughtfully arranged with a unique, horizontal floor plan, it is part of on newly developed cul-de-sac neighborhood in the Montclair Hills that has become a showcase for custom homes from a select group of architects and home builders.
Two garages on either side of the house and different tones of stucco make a statement of balance and symmetry. Inside, the foyer welcomes you with an Italian Cambria tile balcony overlooking a canyon and dramatic bay view. The home opens to gracious spaces with high ceilings, recessed lighting and an open layout.
The chef’s kitchen includes a large island with waterfall edges, refined quartz surfaces, high-end appliances, two sinks, LED lighting and a polished, European design. Imagine enjoying your coffee in the breakfast nook surrounded by bay and canyon views. The living room has several oversized windows on either side of the fireplace, creating an incredible panorama.  In the formal dining room, two walls are formed by sliding glass doors that open onto the central patio, extending the living space and creating seamless indoor/outdoor entertaining opportunities.
The mezzanine bedroom suite is a private refuge replete with gorgeous views, a modern fireplace, generous walk-in closet and spa-like bathroom. Up a flight of stairs is a reading nook with views of city lights in one direction and hillside lights on the other.
Down the hall, the luxurious, comfortable master bedroom provides a sanctuary. A fireplace creates a cozy retreat for winter nights, while an overhead fan and access to the wraparound balcony cools down summer evenings. The sleek bathroom has fabulous details: a glassed-in shower with six jet sprays, beautiful glass tiles and vessel sinks, a free-standing tub in front of a picture window framing Sibley Park, a large walk-in closet and a separate WC with toilet and bidet.
A convenient laundry room and an office or nursery complete this level. Downstairs there are two more guest bedrooms with a full bathroom.
One of Montclair’s newest streets, Jewell Court is perched high on the hill and conveniently located equidistant from Oakland and Orinda. Privacy and quiet, comfortable level-in living, deluxe detailing and bright and modern style make this home a sparkling gem.
Listed at $1,895,000 by Rick Richetta of Alain Pinel Realtors – Oakland Hills.
See more homes for sale in Oakland | Visit our Alameda County community page.

Featured Open Homes

OPEN HOUSE: 12 El Sueno in Orinda

October 31, 2014

Where: 12 El Sueno in Orinda (listing | virtual tour)
Open: Saturday, November 2nd, from 1:00-4:00 pm
This weekend is probably the only chance you’ll have to see the historic Casa del Sueno. With a $2 million price reduction from when it was first listed, it is being held open this weekend with the help of five agents to cover the massive 10,838+/- sf estate. Built in 1929 on the ninth fairway of the prestigious Orinda County Club, this fabulous private, gated estate integrates an Old World Spanish Hacienda design and finishes with modern conveniences. The main house has a grand living room with 20+ ceilings, a chef’s kitchen, five bedrooms, a stunning turret office, wine cellar, media and game room and much more. The complex also has two apartments a cantina, a carriage house, and beautifully landscaped grounds with a pool, spa, koi ponds and waterfalls. Collectively, the estate totals to over 35 rooms with 10,800 +/- square feet of living space including 9+ bedrooms, 9 full bathrooms, 2 powder rooms and 5 kitchens – truly a grand estate.
This estate is listed by Joanna Truelson of the Alain Pinel Realtors Orinda.
Offered at: $4,465,000
See more homes for sale in Orinda. | Visit our East Bay community page.

Notable Listings / Sales

Featured Home: 18 Las Piedras in Orinda

August 8, 2014

001_Welcome to 18 Las Piedras!
Where: 18 Las Piedras in Orinda (listing | virtual tour)
A Craftsman masterpiece built for modern living with impeccable quality and understated elegance. Custom built in 2001 and beautifully expanded in 2003, the residence features soaring two-story cathedral ceilings, a majestic stone fireplace, and magnificent picture windows that capture tranquil views and the private setting. The magical outdoor venues include five private decks, brick entertainment patio, mature gardens and over 75 oak trees. Also has a detached guest house. Fantastic location tucked into the Orinda hills close to Berkeley, Caldecott Tunnel and UC campus.
This home is listed by Lori Legler of Alain Pinel Realtors Orinda.
Offered at: $3,000,000
See more homes for sale in Orinda. | Visit our East Bay community page.

APR in the News Buyer / Seller Information

How long does an escrow period last and what can complicate it?

July 14, 2014
Agents Sound Off

Karen Richardson

Question: How long does an escrow period last and what can complicate it?
Answer: A “typical” escrow is 30 days. That gives the title company plenty of time to pull up the title report, and search for any liens, easements, lawsuits, or any other clouds on title. When the title company closes escrow and you are granted title they are insuring that you know everything that may be attached.
There are three other things that determine how quickly or slowly escrow closes, and these are on the buyer’s side. The loan contingency automatically makes the contract default to 17 days for the loan to go through underwriting and have complete approval.
The second factor is the appraisal contingency which is when the bank orders an appraisal of the property. If there is a difference between the appraisal amount and the purchase price, the buyer is required to pay the difference in cash.
Finally, there is the physical contingency which the buyer can make any amount of time they choose, but again defaults to 17 days. Often reports have been done on the property in advance. If not, buyers may need time extensions to complete, review, and sign off on any inspection findings. Agents will file time extensions at this time, which can make the escrow period as long as it takes for the buyer to feel they know and accept all they need to about the property.
At that point, the buyer can sign off this contingency, or ask for a price reduction, or request that repairs be made. So, while a “typical” escrow is 30 days, they can go from 1 week to many weeks, depending on these factors.
Read more opinions on SFGate.

Notable Listings / Sales

Featured Home: 40 Los Altos Road in Orinda

June 27, 2014

Where: 40 Los Altos Road in Orinda (listing | virtual tour)
This beautiful mid-century contemporary estates in the country club area in Orinda sites on 2.3+/- acres. The property features artful landscaping supported by it’s own well. A private pool and with changing room and spa set-up is just the beginning of the expansive grounds. With an expansive patio, sundeck, and tennis courts, this home is perfect for outdoor living. The interior features 5 bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms. A light-filled kitchen with high-end appliances and custom cabinetry features floor-to-ceiling windows (and electric shades). The home also features a media room with cherry cabinetry, wine storage, meditation room, wet bar, and gas fireplaces throughout.
The home is listed by Mel Copland and Joshua Kaplan of Alain Pinel Realtors Oakland Hills – Montclair Village.
Offered at: $2,986,000
See more homes for sale in Orinda. | Visit our East Bay community page.

APR in the News APR Tools Buyer / Seller Information Community Spotlights

Alain Pinel Realtors: Exquisite Living Winter 2014

February 4, 2014

Alain Pinel Realtors is proud to present our Winter 2014 Exquisite Living – our premier digital luxury lifestyle magazine. The magazine allows readers to immerse themselves in the luxuries of the Bay Area by browsing through visually rich and engaging content. Using the latest technology, flip through it just like a regular magazine, and get a tour of the Bay Area and beyond. In addition to featuring the greatest and most luxurious properties and estates from all the regions we serve, we made sure it included information about the latest trends in luxury, market information, and both property and community spotlights. With easy to use sharing features, the magazine can be shared through social media, on websites, and by email – this is another way Alain Pinel Realtors brings widespread exposure to our listings.
The winter edition takes a special focus on the East Bay with its impressive array of restaurants, cafes, antique shops, boutiques and historic downtowns. It also features El Sueno  – a masterfully designed Spanish hacienda at the heart of Orinda Country Club.
Don’t take our word for it – start exploring Exquisite Living today – and experience the APR difference.

Notable Listings / Sales

Featured Home: 14 Monterey Terrace in Orinda

January 31, 2014

Where: 14 Monterey Terrace in Orinda (listing | virtual tour)
5 Bedrooms | 4.5 Bathrooms
5,500+/- sf. | .90+/- Acre Lot
Plus: 500+/- sf. Pool House / Guest Suite
The classic traditional style Glorietta estate at 14 Monterey Terrace is set on an expansive, completely private .90+/- acre lot and is located in one of Orinda’s most sought after neighborhoods. Built in 1991, the residence features quality craftsmanship and a thoughtfully designed floor plan that easily accommodates grand scale entertaining as well as comfortable daily living. The magical grounds were designed and landscaped by Garden Lights and feature lush and colorful gardens, large vegetable gardens, citrus & fruit trees, a Koi poind, meandering paths, an impressive outdoor stone fireplace and seating area, a rustic bocce court and a resort-like pool/spa.
This home is listed by Lori Legler of the Alain Pinel Realtors Orinda.
Offered at: $3,750,000
See more homes for sale in Orinda. | Visit our East Bay community page.

Notable Listings / Sales

Joanna Truelson of Alain Pinel Realtors Orinda Lists Automotive Innovator’s Historic Home

October 11, 2013

Where: 12 El Sueno in Orinda (listing | virtual tour)
The historic Casa del Sueno or “House of Dreams,” a stately Mediterranean estate on the ninth fairway of the Orinda Country Club, has been listed by Joanna Truelson of the Alain Pinel Realtors Orinda office. The extraordinary estate was built for Frank Fageol of the Fageol Motor Company in 1929. The Fageol brothers revolutionized the way multi-passenger vehicles were manufactured and built a substantial bus business in Oakland before the great depression. Renovated in 2001, this Old World Estate located at 12 El Sueno includes a main home, two adjoining apartment villas and a carriage house.
While grand estates like this are rare in Orinda, it is a testament to its rich history. The Faegeol brothers began as sales and service people at a Rambler dealership which they eventually acquired. In 1916 they founded the Fageol Motor Company and purchased four acres of land in Oakland for their auto, truck and bus plant. They started building “safety coaches,” buses with a wider stance and a lower floor, a revolutionary idea that reduced the tendency for buses at the time to flip over. The company boomed with gross sales of over $5 million in 1925, according to the Oakland Tribune. With this success, Frank Fageol began building his family compound next to the Orinda Country Club, which was founded merely a few years before. While the company did not survive the Great Depression, the hacienda-styled home did.
The home has been renovated with many of the latest luxuries; however, Fageol’s keen eye for details is seen in the many of the accents throughout the main house, including lots of hand-forged iron work. Highlights of the home include a massive main salon with a stunning fireplace and wrought iron dragon light fixtures, a massive dining room that fits 30, Turret alcove stairs that lead to an office with almost 360 degree views of the grounds, and a lower-level cantina with full kitchen, enormous fireplace and plenty of room for entertaining. The grounds include rich gardens, a greenhouse, a secluded hot tub, many terraces and patios, 3 ponds, 3 fountains, many streams and pool with impressive golf course views.
The two adjacent, multi-level apartment villas and the carriage house above the garage each have separate kitchens with one bedrooms and one bathroom. Collectively, the estate totals to over 35 rooms with 10,800 +/- square feet of living space including 9+ bedrooms, 9 full bathrooms, 2 powder rooms and 5 kitchens.
For more details and to see more photos of this piece of Orinda history, visit:
Offered at: $6,500,000
See more homes for sale in Orinda. | Visit our East Bay community page.