Clayton, CA Real Estate News

By Wendy Cutrufelli, Contra Costa Realtor
(Alain Pinel Realtors)
I noticed that someone typed a Google search that asked "Where is Clayton, California?"  Since I live in Clayton, California - and believe wholeheartedly that it is the BEST place imaginable - I am going to answer that question. Clayton California is located in Contra Costa county of northern California.  Contra Costa and Alameda counties are commonly referred to as "East Bay" because it is across the Bay from San Francisco.  If fact, if you start in San Francisco, you would take Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) for 36 minutes to the city of Walnut Creek.  From Walnut Creek, drive 7 miles east to Clayton.  For a good visual, check out this Google Map. Clayton is the perfect place to live.  Although only a stone's throw from major metropolitan areas, it is a community-oriented city surround...
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          Clayton, California Real Estate- Concord Real Estate Market Update For February 2010 The Clayton, California Real Estate Market remained very active in February 2010. A total of 10 homes sold in February, two more than in January 2010. The sellers market continues to ramp up  as overall listing price increased $105,000+ from January 2010 to February 2010 Homes that were sold in Clayton, California had an average listing (asking) price of $661,380 and the average selling price was $622,766.     Month, Year Sold Average Listing Price Average Selling Price Days on Market Feb 2010 10 $661,380 $622,766 60 Jan 2010 8 $555,243 $554,781 60 Feb 2009 2 $605,400 $597,450 75   Currently, there are 31 homes for sale in Clayton, California. Of these, 3 are bank owned foreclosures, 2 are sho...
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By Wendy Cutrufelli, Contra Costa Realtor
(Alain Pinel Realtors)
One inspection that home buyers often choose to waive - and shouldn't - is the Sewer Lateral Inspection.  Why is a Sewer Lateral Inspection important?  A homeowner is responsible for the maintenance of the sewer lateral (the sewer line) from their home to the sewer main at the center of the street.  This can be a very expensive repair. The sewer lines in many Contra Costa County cities (including Alamo, Concord, Clayton, Lafayette, Martinez, Moraga, Orinda, Pleasant Hill and Walnut Creek) are made of clay and are reaching the end of their intended useful life.  Some additional problems include:   Clay pipes are not sealed at the joints allowing the tree and bush roots to infiltrate the line and block the flow of the sewer pipe. The photo to the left shows a sewer that is more than 60% b...
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By Wendy Cutrufelli, Contra Costa Realtor
(Alain Pinel Realtors)
Real Estate Market Update for Clayton, California.    Active Listings Number of Active Listings = 30 The Average List Price is $795,216 with the Median List Price (mid-point) at $649,750   This week's market activity by Quartile:   In Contract and Pending Number of sales pending = 29 The Average List Price is $529,427 with the Median List Price (mid-point) at $479,000       Note:  Sold prices are not disclosed until the transactions are closed   For additional details, please visit my interactive real estate trend chart for Clayton.
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I just came across this story in the Clayton Pioneer.  Sherrie Henderson of TLC Pet Grooming in Clayton has been working very hard to rescue 18 dogs ranging from 1-5 years old, all pure bred Beagles.  The dogs have been used in labratory tests and the lab where they were being used is done with them .  This means they are going to be put to sleep.  The dogs were scheduled to be put to sleep at the end of January, Sherrie was able to get an extension through February.  10 of the dogs have been adopted, there are 8 still available.  We only have until the end of February, please act fast.  According to Sherrie, the only thing wrong with these dogs is that they are used to living in a cage, therefore are not yet potty trained.  Sherrie does not even know which lab the dogs are in, however ...
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By Chris Fisher
(Your Virtual Assistant)
My daughter and I both love to read.  Of course, we also love to help support our local community libraries.  We are lucky that the Clayton Community Library is walking distance for us! If you have a child 5 and younger and are in the Clayton, California area, you can take them on Tuesday or Thursday mornings to the Clayton Library for story time!  If you are not in the Clayton, California area, check your local libraries, I am sure they have similar programs. Currently at the Clayton Library: Tuesdays through March 2Patty CakesStory time for babies to 3 year oldsChild must attend with caregiverDrop in at 11am Thursdays through March 4Picture Book TimeStory time for 3-5 year oldsChild may attend without caregiverDrop in at 11am More upcoming events at the Clayton Community Library: Cree...
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By Kevin Dwyer
(Sellstate Next Generation)
Clayton Real Estate Sales are looking great for the month of January 2010.  There were a total of 8 homes sold in Clayton this month.  The average list price was $555,243and the average sales price was $554,781.  Meaning that property values are stabilizing. Below is a list of all real estate that sold in Clayton this January.  Please feel free to contact me to discuss your Clayton real estate needs. www.homesincontracosta.com www.stopmyforeclosurebayarea.com  Address List Price Sales Price SqFt Bedrooms Baths 3104  Coyote Circle $299,000 $299,000 1026 2 2 1519  OHARA CT $475,000 $507,000 1739 4 3 108  Mt. Whitney Way $485,000 $490,000 2481 5 3 506  MOUNT DELL DR $550,000 $521,250 2141 4 2 8041  Kelok Way $629,000 $629,000 2237 4 2 90  MOUNT RUSHMORE PL $649,950 $662,000 2481 5 3 70  MO...
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By Nicole Monary, Nicole Knows San Diego Neighborhoods
(Sellstate Next Gen Realty)
NOVEMBER 2009 HOME SALES FOR CLAYTON CALIFORNIA Here is a list of the actual homes sold in Clayton, California in the month of November.  The average list price for the month was $604,935 with an average list price of $277 per square foot.  The average sale price was $591,868 with an average square foot price of $273. There were a total of 19 single family homes sold in Clayton this month. The Clayton real estate market is heating up. Knowing what is going on with regard to sales in Clayton is important for making a buying or selling decision. Finding comparables for determining price for either a listing or a purchase can sometimes be tricky because of the limited inventory. For a complete list of Homes for Sale in Clayton, California, please call or visit me at www.soldbynicole.com. ...
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By Terrylynn Fisher, HAFA Certified, EcoBroker, CRS, CSP Realtor, Etc.
(Dudum Real Estate Group - BuyStageSell.com)
Staging-It's all in the Details. It's always interesting to watch a rehab and staging of a property.  The work is done, it's beautifully neutral and a blank slate for the staging crew to make magnificent.  You begin to put in the furniture and the rooms fill with promise.  Then you look around and it's all still a bit bland.  In the staging team it is not unusual to have one of the team who gets the BIG picture, others  get the details.  Have a great team that combines those and you end up with phenomenal staging.  When we walked into this living room after staging, it looked oh so nice, but it needed just a little something to tie it all together.  And little it was, but the result was finished.  What do you think?  Show us some of your DETAILS!!!  (The frosting on the cake, the finish...
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According to the Clayton Pioneer a rare white hummingbird has been spotted in Clayton California.  Read the entire article by clicking here. According to the hummingbird website www.RubyThroat.org this is extremely rare.  Couple things I learned while visiting www.RubyThroat.org were that hummingbirds are rarely seen in Europe and those are birds that have escaped captivity.  I had no idea they didn't have hummingbirds in Europe. I also learned about hummingbird moths, which apparently act so exactly like a hummingbird that they are often mistaken for baby humming birds.  Hummingbirds do not leave the nest until fully grown, so you won't see a baby one flying around anywhere. I just thought that was interesting, and it did remind me to fill my hummingbird feeder.  : )
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By Terrylynn Fisher, HAFA Certified, EcoBroker, CRS, CSP Realtor, Etc.
(Dudum Real Estate Group - BuyStageSell.com)
Clayton, California Pumpkin Patch open 10/1-10/31 from 9am to 8pm daily Clayton Valley Pumpkin Farm & Christmas Trees1060 Pine LaneClayton, CA 94517-9706(corner of Pine Lane and Marsh Creek Road)PHONE:  (925) 672-5198  (925) 672-5198 EMAIL:   info@cvpumpkinfarm.com This is not just a pumpkin patch!  They also have a pumpkin playground, gift shop, train rides and gorgeous Mt. Diablo Views. It's a very fun place for kids and adults alike.  They have a nice school tour program as well.  When it's time to pick out your pumpkins this year, check them out.  Right now they even have a soup recipe contest.  What's better when the weather starts to chill than homemade soup! Submit your own soup recipe to be a part of Chef Pumpernickel's Soup Delight Cookbook! We've been visiting this pumpkin pat...
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By Gene Riemenschneider, Turning Houses into Homes
(Home Point Real Estate)
In Search of the Elusive Blue Pumpkin! Last week I wrote about Blue Pumpkins and how great they are for cooking.  Some people thought I was joking.  Well Sunday I hauled my Five Pumpkins off to the Pumpkin Patch.  The farm on Clayton Valley Road is currently in it's Pumpkin Patch mode before being turned into the Christmas Tree Farm.               The boys got to play in the Hay Maze, the Bean Pools (Giant Plastic Tubs filled with Beans) and do rubber duck races at the water pumps.  The littler boys went on the Train Ride.  Dad bought them all some Kettle Corn and then we picked out the Pumpkin.     We got one Orange one (to carve) and two big Blue Pumpkins for cooking. A good time was had by all and Dad was allowed to fall asleep peacefully in front of Sunday Night Football as his rewa...
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By Catherine Myers, Walnut Creek, CA Real Estate
(Windermere Bay Area Properties)
Clayton, CA a fabulous small city nestled beneath our gorgeous Mt. Diablo State Park .  So much to offer in Clayton. I know, because it is where I call home myself!  Just in the last month or so in Clayton we've seen our own Oktoberfest, Labor Day soapbox derby, a weekly Farmer's Market and our bi-weekly Music in the Grove.  Our walking trails are consistently voted TOPS, and Clayton itself is on the list of America's BEST CITIES to live in! Oh, and you'll often horses and riders walking thru town (or tied up behind the local saloon), coyotes roaming around and wild turkeys galore - seemingly unaware Thanksgiving is, oh, but a month away!  For dining, playing, relaxing and living, you couldn't find a better place than Clayton, CA.  Check out www.CNNMoney.com for more on the Best Places ...
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By Wendy Cutrufelli, Contra Costa Realtor
(Alain Pinel Realtors)
  Johhny Sandhu and his wife, Amarinder Kaur, have opened Johnny’s International Deli in downtown Clayton. As soon as you walk in the door and the delicious scents hit your nose, you realize this is no ordinary deli.  Yes, they offer high quality Boar’s Head meats and cheeses, deli sandwiches prepared to order and all natural gourmet salads……..but their international dishes will make your mouth water. Clay Oven Creations Chicken or Lamb Seekh Kabob laminated in ginger garlic and herb Tandori Chicken or Prawns marinated in a mild spiced sauce Paneer Tandoori – soft, juicy chunks of home-made cheese marinated in tandoori masala and then baked in the clay oven Curries and Vegetable Dishes If you have only had curry from the grocery store, do yourself a favor and try a real curry dish!  Th...
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By Wendy Cutrufelli, Contra Costa Realtor
(Alain Pinel Realtors)
I have received dozens of phone calls from California home owners as a result of my post Clarification Regarding California Non-Recourse mortgages. Based on these phone conversations, I have come to the conclusion that there is a very frightening trend:  real estate professionals (both loan officers and real estate agents) are offering advice based on "real estate urban legends" i.e. information that has been passed from person to person and is treated FACT but is completely unsubstantiated.  Three examples of these calls are: A homeowner has lost 60% of the value on his investment property which has negative cash flow.  The mortgages (a 1st and 2nd) were refinanced so they are no longer non-recourse.  He doesn't have a hardship situation.  His loan officer told him to to stop making th...
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By Wendy Cutrufelli, Contra Costa Realtor
(Alain Pinel Realtors)
  As a proud Clayton, California resident and a Realtor, I am pleased to announce the new Clayton community website:  EverythingClayton.com This website was designed as a centralized internet site to bring all of the community resources together: Community calendar of events Clayton Business pages Clayton Groups, Clubs and Recreation Local phone numbers Volunteer opportunities Clayton Schools Links to Clayton government and services Clayton real estate
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By Wendy Cutrufelli, Contra Costa Realtor
(Alain Pinel Realtors)
If you are from out of the area and would like to view a visual tour of our wonderful Clayton community, click here. Events in The Grove park and Downtown Saturday, June 6:         Farmers Market, 8:00 a.m - noon Saturday, June 13:       Farmers Market, 8:00 a.m. - noon     Concert In The Grove, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.          Mamaluke:  Classic Rock Dance Band          This is a FREE community concert! Saturday, June 20:       Farmers Market, 8:00 a.m. - noon Saturday, June 27:       Farmers Market, 8:00 a.m. - noon     Concert In The Grove, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.          The Sun Kings:  Beatles songs          This is a FREE community concert! Events at the Clayton Community Library Monday, June 8 (through August 17):     Summer Reading Program Thursday, June 11, 11:00 - 12:00 p.m.:    ...
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By Wendy Cutrufelli, Contra Costa Realtor
(Alain Pinel Realtors)
Clayton, California is a small but wonderful city located just 7.5 miles east of Walnut Creek.  Please enjoy this visual tour of Clayton which also includes several additional community links.
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By Terrylynn Fisher, HAFA Certified, EcoBroker, CRS, CSP Realtor, Etc.
(Dudum Real Estate Group - BuyStageSell.com)
Don't forget the Clayton, California Saturday Farmers Market opens this Saturday, 5/9/09 at 9am and stays open until 1pm. This is a great place to visit friends and neighbors and buy local produce.  In these economic times, it's good to support our community farmers as much as possible. Hope to see you there! - Terrylynn FisherRealtorwww.Terrylynn-n-Team.comwww.StagersLISTExpo.com 925 876.0966
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By Terrylynn Fisher, HAFA Certified, EcoBroker, CRS, CSP Realtor, Etc.
(Dudum Real Estate Group - BuyStageSell.com)
Out in Clayton at the Clayton Valley Shopping Center, these type events are an everyday occurrence.  It is nothing to find a sports figure, children's author, children's story time, adult bookclub or other event at the bookstore.  Just like the old fashioned bookstore, it's a gathering place.  The staff and people are friendly and welcoming and we often take walks with the grandkids down to the bookstore to buy a book to further our reading efforts for the grandchildren.  It's refreshing and small town feeling.  We love our bookstore.  Tomorrow is this great event, hope you have time to stop by, you history buffs. Terrylynn Fisher, Realtor, Diablo Realty, your neighborhood Real Estate Resource.  "It is your real estate journey, I am the guide..."  925 876-0966   serving Clayton, Concord...
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