Sylvia and I were always great fans of Philippe Chevalier’s French restaurant in Lafayette but we were not quite so impressed with the prices there. We love French food, but not so much that you need to take out a loan to pay for dinner. Now Chevalier is no more and the space has been taken over for Reve Bistro, the brain child of Paul Magu and his wife, Laura. But as Paul states on the website, “RÊVE is not that snooty, splurge-on-your-anniversary kind of French restaurant. This is your … [Read more...] about Restaurant Review – Reve Bistro, Lafayette
Most large towns and cities have at least one restaurant that is always busy and yet they never seem to advertise or promote themselves in any way. Making a reservation is pretty much essential to be assured of a table. These are the restaurants with a loyal clientele. Places where the locals eat and where you are assured of a good meal in pleasant surroundings. Montecatini is such a place. Set on a busy street, across from the Lesher Center on North Civic Drive, Montecatini’s exterior is … [Read more...] about Restaurant Review – Montecatini, Walnut Creek
There are many preconceived ideas regarding the best time to list your home for sale so it sells quickly and for the best possible price but the real answer is that it depends on the real estate market at the time you want to move. Many people will tell you that Spring or after Easter is the best time to sell your Bay Area home. And certainly that used to be when many people decided they were ready to buy. But these are not “normal” times. In the past few years, buyers have been clamoring for … [Read more...] about When Is The Best Time To Sell Your Bay Area Home?
When you read the various articles in the newspapers talking about homes being listed for sale and getting sometimes more than twenty offers within a matter of days, then selling for more than 15% above list price, it may seem that selling your home is the easiest thing in the world. Yet a closer look at the actual sales figures shows a different picture. Let’s consider sales of all detached homes in Danville, Alamo and San Ramon in the first 6 months of 2015, around 750 homes. About half of … [Read more...] about Why Some Homes Sell Faster Than Others (and some homes just don’t sell)
San Ramon Valley Real Estate Market Update - Quarter 1 2015 April is generally the busiest time of year for San Ramon Valley real estate sales and a look at the first quarter’s sales compared to the same period last year should tell both buyers and sellers of homes what to expect in the coming months. A glance at the chart below shows that home prices have increased up to 10% across the board, and while there is some fluctuation depending on type and size of home, there are few … [Read more...] about San Ramon Valley Real Estate Update