Christmas in September?

When you're shopping for the perfect gift, a little planning ahead may be in order

“Halloween is done,” my husband said. “You know that right?” 

No, I thought, I haven’t even snacked on candy yet, much less enjoyed trick-or-treating or spotted a single cute kid dressed up as Barney or Dorothy. “If you’re not thinking about Thanksgiving and Christmas, you’re behind.”

Like many consumers, my husband is already two months ahead. An avid Costco shopper, he reports that the shelves are full of holiday paper and specialty gifts.

In life, he balances my optimism with his special doom-and-gloom outlook, such as “no one is buying houses now, people are focused on the holidays.” 

But in the spirit of “what do you buy for that certain someone who has everything?” let’s look at a few homes that would make a nice holiday surprise.


136 Byerley Ct. is my new listing in Alamo. This five bedroom, four bathroom home has 3,751 square feet and is in Stonebridge Estates. It’s a rare Alamo neighborhood that doesn’t have freeway noise because the sound travels so well in the valley. But this neighborhood is one of the few that is completely tranquil, a quiet location at the foot of Mount Diablo. This home is at the end of the cul-de-sac; a large executive home with soaring ceilings and elegant finishes. The back yard feels like a resort with a spectacular pool, a Hawkins pebble tech with beach entry and waterfall. Priced at $1,479,000. See the virtual tour. This home will be open Sunday from 1-4 p.m., or call me for a showing at 925-285-1728.


195 Whispering Trees Lane is offered by JuDee Bell and Dennis Harvey of J. Rockcliff. Located near delightful downtown Danville and the Iron Horse Trail, this is a 4 bedroom, 3 bath home with 3,549 square feet on a ½ acre lot. The location is excellent at the end of a cul-de-sac, and in the desirable westside of Danville. It has beautiful mill work and crown molding throughout; with lovely hardwood floors, and a nicely updated kitchen with stainless appliances and granite countertops. Priced at $1,299,950. See the virtual tour. For showings or more information, please call JuDee at 925-855-4022 or Dennis at 925-855-4059.

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5324 Cypress Hawk Ct. is offered by Peter Bareiss of Re/Max Accord. This home is on an exclusive cul-de-sac in the Bridges, a beautiful Shapell-built golf course neighborhood. It has four bedrooms, four and a half bathrooms and more than 5,600 square feet on a quarter-acre lot. Like all the lovely homes in this neighborhood, the house has wonderful curb appeal. The home was built in 2002 and has beautiful finishes. Some rooms have gleaming dark hardwood floors and beautiful details on the ceilings. The views overlooking the golf course are stunning. Priced at $1,750,000. See the virtual tour. For questions or showings, please call Peter at 925-998-5334.


2483 Encanto Way is a Braddock & Logan new home in the community of Biella at Positano. This is a six bedroom home with 3.5 bathrooms and 3,389 square feet, priced at $843,486. It has a granite kitchen with stainless appliances, gleaming hardwood floors, and many other upgrades already selected. The model home (same floorplan, upgrades may differ) is shown in the virtual tour. There are other homes available and the community will have a total of 99 homes when complete. It opened in May, and so far 24 homes have been released, and 19 of those are sold. There are three models and five floorplans, and you can see the floorplans and get more information at www.BraddockandLoganHomes.com. To visit the sales office (open Tuesday – Sunday from 10-6 and on Mondays from 1-6), Take Highway 580 to El Charro/Fallon Road exit; go north on Fallon Road; Right on Positano Parkway and follow signs to Biella.


5551 Sonoma Dr. is offered by Laurie Parese of Sotheby’s Realty. This is a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom homes with 1,369 square feet. The kitchen is updated with granite countertops and a stainless sink. There are hardwood floors and wood blinds throughout the home. This home boasts one of the largest and most private yards in the neighborhood. Priced at $489,500. For questions or showings, please call Laurie at 925-838-7516.


4851 Scenic Ave. is offered by Jennifer Malakoff of Alain Pinel. The home is only two years old, but has the charm of a Victorian Farmhouse with a wrap-around porch. It has 3 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, and 3,200 square feet. Situated on a ½ acre lot with many fruit trees and a small vineyard. Perfect for the farmer-at-heart, with all the conveniences of a modern home and proximity to town. Priced at $649,950. See the virtual tour. For more information, call Jennifer at 925-583-1122.


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