Orinda, CA Real Estate News

By John Souerbry, Homes, Land & Investments
(Cordon Real Estate)
Orinda CA residential lots and land provide a great opportunity to build the custom home of your dreams, or to build investment property in an area that holds its value and is always in demand. Here are residential lots and land (zoned single or multi-family) listed for sale on Contra Costa County’s multiple listing service (MLS) as of February 8, 2013.  Click on a property’s Location for photos and detailed information.   Orinda Residential Land Price Location Acres Notes $990,000 17 La Campana 0.69   $799,000 138 Oak Road 1.00   $795,000 53 Rheem Boulevard 1.14   $750,000 8 Sunnyside Lane 1.55   $745,000 35 Parkway 1.74   $720,000 0 Miner Road 1.20   $599,000 46 Cedar Lane 3.93   $545,000 40 Dos Osos 7.10   $525,000 84 Mossbridge Lane 0.94   $499,000 Dolores 20.00   $465,000 34 Charle...
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By Bob Wegener, Lamorinda Specialist 925-212-2431
(Hacienda Real Estate ("Lamorinda" Lafayette, Moraga, Orinda))
Home Prices in Orinda CA for November 2012         Orinda Home Prices     We have had a very low inventory for most of the year, and even lower in November, making home prices in Orinda rise. This is great news for Orinda home owners, but the competitive buyer’s market makes it tough on those trying to get in. If you are considering buying a home you can still find deals on a house in Orinda, but having a good real estate agent who understands the market is a must. Don’t wait on the sidelines for too long, many of our listings are selling within a few days of hitting the market. As you can see from the graph below, listings are not selling exactly for asking price. To make sure you do not overpay for your home, you’ll want to have an agent that does a thorough market analysis of the hom...
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By Mike Young, FHA 203k Consultant 916-758-1809
(203kOnLine.com, covering the USA)
There were many years when you thought of an FHA loan as a low income loan for homes in less affluent neighborhoods. Not any longer, at least for a while longer. Better get yours done asap. Why would you want an FHA 203k loan in any of these areas? Simply this... you don't want to put all the money down to purchase your home. You would like to keep some cash in the bank. Example 1: Purchase price $850,000 + construction cost of $100,000. If the property requires repairs of $100,000 you won't likely get a loan of any size on it till the repairs are completed or they are included in a renovation loan. By doing that you get a rate on $729,750 in Walnut Creek, Orinda, and Lafayette at rates lower than a "jumbo loan" for the same amount. Example 2: PUrchase price for a fire gutted house is o...
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By Bob Wegener, Lamorinda Specialist 925-212-2431
(Hacienda Real Estate ("Lamorinda" Lafayette, Moraga, Orinda))
  New Orinda Homes are going to be built on this site. Orinda Grove is the name of the developement. Rumor has it that there may be a model or two open come spring time. The site is just above the Pine Grove Business Center, right off highway 24. BART and downtown are within walking distance. Send me an email, shoot me a text, or give me a call if you would like to be kept up to date on this or any other Orinda Real Estate news. More information coming soon. Search Orinda Homes Now
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By John Souerbry, Homes, Land & Investments
(Cordon Real Estate)
Orinda and Lafayette homes are in high demand due to the area’s great schools, shopping, restaurants and central location.  Of 74 homes now on the market in Lafayette and Orinda (not including those in escrow), only 25 are priced under $1M. Here are Orinda and Lafayette homes for sale under $1M as of November 2, 2012.  For more information or to schedule a property visit, send me an email or call (925) 323-1450.   City Price Location Bed/Bath Sq. Feet ORINDA $999,000 22 Warford Terrace 4/3/ 3100 ORINDA $899,000 22 SNOWBERRY LN 3/2/ 1943 LAFAYETTE $895,000 4011 MOUNT DIABLO BLVD 3/2/ 2265 LAFAYETTE $849,000 3217 BROOKWOOD DR 5/2/ 2151 LAFAYETTE $849,000 3885 LOS ARABIS DR 4/3/ 2683 ORINDA $839,000 8 CRESTVIEW CT 3/2/ 1590 ORINDA $785,000 2 WHITEHALL DR. 3/2/ 1908 LAFAYETTE $780,000 1668 ...
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By John Souerbry, Homes, Land & Investments
(Cordon Real Estate)
Lafayette and Orinda luxury homes top the East Bay area for quiet luxury.  There are currently 12 properties on the market in these communities with an asking price over $3,000,000 (down one from last week). Here are the Top 10 luxury homes offered for sale in Lafayette and Orinda as of October 24, 2012.  Please email or call (925) 323-1450 for additional information or to arrange a viewing.   Top 10 Lafayette & Orinda Luxury Homes City List Price Bed/Bath Sq. Feet Acres Location Lafayette $7,750,000 5/5(5) 9,000 2.12 3796 Happy Valley Road Lafayette $7,385,000 6/6.5 10,700 7.50 55 Leslyn Lane Orinda $6,195,000 5/5.5 6,357 24.20 88 Sunnyside Lane Orinda $5,950,000 6/6.5 8,368 2.63 10 Sleepy Hollow Lane Orinda $5,000,000 2/1 Note 2 17.89 271 Lomas Cantadas Orinda $4,750,000 4/4.5 5,372 2...
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By John Souerbry, Homes, Land & Investments
(Cordon Real Estate)
Lafayette and Orinda foreclosed homes continue to make up a small portion of the market – only 6 of 84 total homes currently for sale in the area (not including those in escrow). Here are Lafayette and Orinda REO foreclosed homes for sale as of October 12, 2012.  Drop me a line for more information and to schedule a showing. (john@jsrealproperty.com) City Price Location Bed/Bath Sq. Feet Lafayette $649,000 1702 Toyon Road 2/2 1,980 Lafayette $659,900 673 Jennie Court 5/3 2,392 Orinda $202,950 67 Brookwood Road #18 1/1 764 Orinda $799,900 108 Via Floreado 3/2 1,964 Orinda $1,050,000 165 Holly Lane 4/3-1 2,484 Orinda $1,140,000 18 Meadow Park Court 6/3-1 3,215   Check back next week for updates or subscribe to this ePublication. Need help with your existing rental units?  We do annual/spe...
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By Bob Wegener, Lamorinda Specialist 925-212-2431
(Hacienda Real Estate ("Lamorinda" Lafayette, Moraga, Orinda))
Orinda CA Real Estate Market Reports are in for the time period of August 2010 through August 2011. Below you will find monthly views of the following; For Sale By Month in # of Homes Sold Units By Month in # of Homes *More reports to follow. Loking at the trend downward in Properties For Sale by Month, you can see the market getting closer to balanced between a buyer's and seller's market. Sold numbers appear steady as the Supply decreases. Decreasing supply should lift sales prices.  
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By Bob Wegener, Lamorinda Specialist 925-212-2431
(Hacienda Real Estate ("Lamorinda" Lafayette, Moraga, Orinda))
The lemonade stands on the corners in Orinda are gone and the kids are back to school. One of the most exciting parts of this time of year is High School Football. For the Sophomores at Miramonte High School, the season started Friday with an exciting game against Analy High School. For the players, it’s good to get back in pads and helmets. Such an exhilarating experience for these young men. Lifelong friendships are made on the practice fields and on game days. Bring your younger kids out and enjoy a few games at the Miramonte football stadium. See the J.V. Football Schedule below.  
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By Bob Wegener, Lamorinda Specialist 925-212-2431
(Hacienda Real Estate ("Lamorinda" Lafayette, Moraga, Orinda))
The lemonade stands on the corners in Orinda are gone and the kids are back to school. One of the most exciting parts of this time of year is High School Football. For the Varsity at Miramonte High School, the season started yesterday with an exciting win over Analy High School. For many of the players, this will be the last season in pads and helmets. Such an exhilarating experience for these young men. Lifelong friendships are made on the practice fields and game days. Come on out and enjoy a few games in Orinda at Miramonte High School Stadium. See the Varsit Football Schedule below.
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By Bob Wegener, Lamorinda Specialist 925-212-2431
(Hacienda Real Estate ("Lamorinda" Lafayette, Moraga, Orinda))
The lemonade stands on the corners in Orinda are gone and the kids are back to school. One of the most exciting parts of this time of year is High School Football. For the Freshman at Miramonte High School, the season started yesterday with an exciting win over Analy High School. For many of the players, it’s their first time in pads and helmets. Such an exhilarating experience for these young men. Lifelong friendships are made on the practice fields and game days. Bring your younger kids out and enjoy a few games. See the Freshman Football Schedule below.  
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By Bob Wegener, Lamorinda Specialist 925-212-2431
(Hacienda Real Estate ("Lamorinda" Lafayette, Moraga, Orinda))
Orinda Real Estate, Moraga Real Estate, Lafayette Real Estate, collectively known as Lamorinda Real Estate, continues to benefit from the hard work of all of the teachers, administrators, parent volunteers, and the students themselves. The latest API scores are out and the Acalanes Union High School District ranks very high in the state again. Last year, the district was 1st in the state and this year they are second by 1 point behind the Los Gatos-Saratoga Joint High School District. Take a look at the chart below for the individual school scores.   2011API 2010API Growth Acalanes Union High SD 903 897 6 Acalanes High School 910 897 13 Campolindo High School 923 919 4 LasLomas High School 868 862 6 Miramonte High School 923 929 -6 Lafayette School District 922 922 0 Burton Valley Eleme...
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By Nancy Cleary
(Nancy Cleary)
I woke up this morning to read the paper and to my surprise, one of my staged homes was the main feature in the Home and Garden section! Enjoy! http://www.mercurynews.com/home-garden/ci_18522662  
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By John Souerbry, Homes, Land & Investments
(Cordon Real Estate)
Orinda is one of the most beautiful communities in the Bay Area.  It combines small town appeal, great schools, and easy access to Oakland, San Francisco, Walnut Creek and Napa Valley. Like everywhere in California, there are a few bank-owned foreclosure properties (REO) or potential short sale (SS) properties occasionally on the market in Orinda.  Although home prices in this area are generally high, deals can be found.  Here are bank-owned and short sale properties offered for sale as of June 17, 2011.  See any you like?  I'll send you more information and then let's go take a look at them! Type Bed/Bath Price Square Feet Single family, REO 4/4.5 $1,795,000 3,719 Single family, SS 4/3 $1,050,000 3,347 Single family, SS 4/3.5 $850,000 2,025 Single family, SS 5/4 $759,000 2,850 Single f...
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By John Souerbry, Homes, Land & Investments
(Cordon Real Estate)
Orinda is one of the most beautiful communities in the Bay Area.  It combines small town appeal, great schools, and easy access to Oakland, San Francisco, Walnut Creek and Napa Valley. Like everywhere in California, there are a few bank-owned foreclosure properties (REO) or potential short sale (SS) properties occasionally on the market in Orinda.  Although home prices in this area are generally high, deals can be found.  Here are bank-owned and short sale properties offered for sale as of June 17, 2011.  See any you like?  I'll send you more information and then let's go take a look at them! Type Bed/Bath Price Square Feet Single family, REO 5/7 $2,300,000 5,500 Single family, REO 4/4.5 $1,895,000 3,719 Single family, SS 5/3.5 $1,199,500 3,326 Single family, SS 4/3 $1,175,000 3,347 Sin...
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By John Souerbry, Homes, Land & Investments
(Cordon Real Estate)
Orinda is one of the most beautiful communities in the Bay Area.  It combines small town appeal, great schools, and easy access to Oakland, San Francisco, Walnut Creek and Napa Valley. Like everywhere in California, there are a few bank-owned foreclosure properties (REO) or potential short sale (SS) properties occasionally on the market in Orinda.  Although home prices in this area are generally high, deals can be found.  Here are bank-owned and short sale properties offered for sale as of May 8, 2011.  See any you like?  Let me send you more information and then let's go take a look at them! Type Bed/Bath Price Square Feet Single family, REO 5/7 $2,300,000 5,500 Single family, SS 5/3 $1,199,500 3,326 Single family, SS 4/3 $1,175,000 3,347 Single family, REO 4/3 $969,000 4,579 Single fa...
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By Bob Wegener, Lamorinda Specialist 925-212-2431
(Hacienda Real Estate ("Lamorinda" Lafayette, Moraga, Orinda))
  I was showing some Orinda Homes For Sale last week to a client from out of town. He asked, “What are people offering as a general rule for properties in Orinda?”My answer began with saying there are many variables that go into considering what to offer on a property, many variables that are property specific. Individual property differences make it tough to generalize an offer price percentage of list price for a whole City.I told my client one of the first items to consider is how long the property has been on the market. Has it been on for less than a week? Less than 2 weeks? Less or more than a month? Have they reduced the price? If so, by how much?How does the property compare to recently sold similar properties? Is there potential for improvement to the property? If you improved...
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By John Souerbry, Homes, Land & Investments
(Cordon Real Estate)
Orinda and Lafayette are two of the most beautiful communities in the Bay Area.  They combine small town appeal, great schools, and easy access to Oakland, San Francisco, Walnut Creek and Napa Valley.  My better half and I enjoy Friday dinner at Yankee Pier (her business is conveniently across the street), Sunday morning brunch at Chow, walking around the reservoir on a breezy afternoon, and taking in a movie at the intimate Orinda Theatre.  The California Shakespeare Theatre (Cal Shakes) produces modern versions of classic Shakespeare at the nearby Bruns Amphitheater, a great place to picnic and enjoy outdoor theater on warm summer nights. There are many homes on the market in the area, including bank-owned (REO) or short sale (SS) properties.  Although home prices in these communities...
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By Bob Wegener, Lamorinda Specialist 925-212-2431
(Hacienda Real Estate ("Lamorinda" Lafayette, Moraga, Orinda))
Let's Go Giants!!! It's parade time tomorrow. Get your party on and get over to the City for a once in a lifetime (hopefully more) ticker-tape parade celebrating our World Champion Giants!!! View Larger Map   SEARCH MLS NOW RECEIVE MLS VIA EMAIL
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