San Ramon Valley Events - February 2017

    Posted by Mike Continillo on Jan 31, 2017 11:40:00 AM

    Hi,

    Just like that we are already one month into 2017. There has been a lot of speculation about what this year will bring for the real estate market. Would it continue to be a strong seller's market or will we see a shift to a more balanced market? Most signs pointed to a market that would continue to have a lack of inventory, with price gains that would be lower than the past few years due to raising rates and political uncertainty.

    Now that we are a month in, what are we seeing? We are still sitting in a low inventory market, but there are more homes for sale now then there were a year ago. At the beginning of February 2016 there were 50 active homes for sale on the MLS in San Ramon. Currently there are 86. Danville had 43 homes for sale this time last year, and today there are 71. This month alone there were 134 new active listings in Danville and San Ramon combined. 79 of those were listed in the last seven days. 45 of the 134 homes are currently in contract. Average market time for those sales currently in contract  was 6 days. We are seeing more homes come on the market and the majority of those homes are selling quickly. There may be a sense of urgency with buyers wanting to take advantage of low rates, which is helping sales move faster.

    I really enjoy looking at the market, crunching the numbers, and trying to anticipate where things will go in the coming months. If you are interested in learning more, or just want to talk about the market, give me a call. I'm always happy to chat.

    We have lots of great events coming up this month. As always make sure you take the time to do something fun and I will see you out there.

    Sincerely, 

    Mike and Cynthia Continillo
    CA License # 01479723, CA License # 01734445  


    Thursday, February 2, 2017 through February 4, 2017
    Monty Python's Spamalot, Young@Part
    Various Times See Below
    Dougherty Valley Performing Arts Center
    10550 Albion Road
    San Ramon, CA

    Adapted from the hit Broadway show and based on the comedy of Monty Python, Spamalot offers a hilarious take on the story of King Arthur and the search for the Holy Grail. With an unforgettable slew of outrageously kooky characters and fabulous songs, musical merriment ensues as Arthur and the Knights make their journey. Performed by the student of Bay Area Children's theatre Next Stage Performers.

    This musical comedy is appropriate for the whole family. Showtime is at 7pm on Thurdsay and Friday and at 2pm and 5pm on Saturday.

    Tickets are $10.

    For more information click here.
    Friday, February 3, 2017
    Preschool Performance Series - Escape Artist Bob Kann
    10:00 AM
    Village Theatre Art Gallery
    233 Front Street
    Danville, CA

    Making little ones laugh, dance, and sing-along since 2009, the Town of Danville is pleased to continue to present fun and unique top-level entertainers for preschool-aged children. Whether you have a teeny one, or you yourself are just a kid at heart, you are sure to enjoy the variety of magicians, jugglers, and musicians who fill the Village Theatre with joy each month. Cost is $5 per seat.

    For more information click here.

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    Saturday, February 4, 2017
    Fun on the Farm - Old Fashioned Games
    11:00 am
    Forest Home Farms
    19953 San Ramon Valley Boulevard
    San Ramon, CA

    Learn about and play some old fashioned games that are still lots of fun today. Event is from 11am - 2pm.

    For more information, visit http://www.foresthomefarms.com .

    For more information click here.
    Saturday, February 4, 2017 and on February 11th, 18th, and 25th, 2017
    Chess Club
    3:30 pm
    San Ramon Libraries - Dougherty Station
    17017 Bollinger Canyon Road
    San Ramon, CA

    Meet other chess players for games at the Library. Bring your own board or use one of the Library's.

    Event is from 3:30pm to 4:30pm and is appropriate for Kids (5-11) and Teens (12-17). For more information, contact Dena Hollowood at 925-973-3380.

    For more information click here.
    Saturday, February 4, 2017 and on February 11th and 18th, 2017
    Coding for Kids
    2:00 pm
    Danville Library
    400 Front Street
    Danville, CA

    Coding for Kids introduces 2nd-4th graders to computer science and visual programming using Scratch/Tynker and code.org. Students will learn to make a simple game with sound effects and animation.

    Students need to be able to attend all three Saturday sessions in February. Presented by teen instructors from mathandcoding.org.

    Space is limited. Register at https://danville-codingforkids.eventbrite.com. Event is from 2pm to 3:30pm and is appropriate for Kids (5-11) and Elementary School (Grades K-5).

    For more information, contact Ann or Janet at amiller@ccclib.org, 925-314-3750 or click here.


    Saturday, February 4, 2017 and on February 11th, 18th, and 25th, 2017
    Farmers' Market
    9:00 am
    Railroad Avenue Municipal Parking Lot - Downtown
    Railroad & Prospect Avenues
    Danville, CA

    Get the freshest seasonal fare at the Danville Certified Farmers' Market. You'll find fruits and vegetables direct from local farmers, along with fresh-cut flowers, bedding plants, fresh breads. and delicious specialty food items you can eat in the market or take with you to enjoy at home. It's the perfect place to stock up for the week or shop al fresco while socializing with friends.

    The Danville Farmers' Market is located at Railroad & Prospect Avenues and offers free parking in the adjacent lot. To learn more, visit www.pcfma.org.

    For more information click here.
    Saturday, February 4, 2017
    Smitten Bites & Bubbly
    12:00 pm
    Blackhawk Plaza
    380 Blackhawk Plaza Circle
    Danville, CA

    Get inspired and indulge in a variety of chocolates and champagne in our participating shops and restaurants while shopping for gifts and date night outfits!

    Pick up your Plaza Passport to sweet savings in the rotunda to keep track of your tastings and puchases.

    Shop for the chance to win one of four Date Night Prizes!

    Recieve one raffle ticket per receipt per store.

    For more information click here.
    Sunday, February 5, 2017
    Blackhawk Cars n Coffee
    9:00 am
    Blackhawk Museum
    3700 Blackhawk Plaza Circle
    Danville, CA

    On the First Sunday of every month, automotive enthusiasts gather in the parking lots of the Blackhawk Museum to share their vehicles and admire the other fabulous classic cars, hot rods, sports cars, exotics and anything else with wheels and a motor that promotes the car enthusiast hobby. Cars & Coffee is a year round event, rain or shine.

    The Museum opens at 9am on Cars & Coffee Sundays and there is a Docent-led tour at 2pm. Participating car owners receive two complimentary tickets to the Museum courtesy of our sponsors. Fees/Admission - Free You bring the cars and we'll bring the coffee.

    For more information click here.
    Friday, February 10, 2017
    Insiders!
    1:00 pm
    San Ramon Libraries - Dougherty Station
    17017 Bollinger Canyon Road
    San Ramon, CA

    Insiders is a monthly program geared towards adults with Developmental Disabilities. Programs include crafts, games, technology programs, guest speakers, and other activities.

    If you are interested in attending these programs, please call the Dougherty Station Library at 925-973-3380 or contact Nancy Kreiser at nkreiser@ccclib.org or 925-973-3395.

    For more information click here.
    Friday, February 10, 2017
    Friday Foreign Film Series: Cinema Paradiso
    7:00 pm
    Front Row Theater
    17011 Bollinger Canyon Road
    San Ramon, CA

    If ever a movie came from the heart, it is Cinema Paradiso, which offers a nostalgic look at films and the effect they have on a young boy.

    In Italian with English subtitles. Not Rated. 123 minutes. Tickets are $10.

    For more information click here.
    Saturday, February 11, 2017
    Night at the Improv: Love is in the Air
    8:00 pm
    Front Row Theater
    17011 Bollinger Canyon Road
    San Ramon, CA

    Love is in the Air! Let us tell your story of romance, love, passion, and comedy in our Valentine's Day Special! Bring your date and be a part of this once in a lifetime show all based on your suggestions! Suitable for ages 14+.

    For more information click here.
    Saturday, February 11, 2017
    Fun on the Farm - Victorian Valentines
    11:00 am
    Forest Home Farms
    19953 San Ramon Valley Boulevard
    San Ramon, CA

    February has long been celebrated as a month of romance. Learn how the Victorians celebrated Valentine's Day and make your own Victorian Valentine. Event is from 11am - 2pm. For more information, visit http://www.foresthomefarms.com .

    For more information click here.
    Saturday, February 11, 2017 
    8th Annual Recreation Expo!
    10:00 am
    Danville Community Center
    420 Front Street
    Danville, CA

    All are invited to come to the 8th Annual Recreation Expo! Come and meet instructors and staff and see what is in store for Summer this year! Receive a limited time coupon code for 10% off your Spring Classes, Swimming Lesson and Summer Camps, Adults and Senior Classes too!

    For more information click here.
    Monday, February 13, 2017 Giannis Tips for Change.jpg
    Gianni's Italian Bisto Tips for Change
    5:00 pm
    Gianni's Italian Bistro
    2065 San Ramon Valley Boulevard
    San Ramon, CA

    The AAUW-San Ramon Branch is participating in an exciting event called TIP$ FOR CHANGE, and we hope you'll be a part of it! Family, friends, and neighbors are all invited to a no-host dinner at Gianni's Italian Bistro in San Ramon.

    The food is delicious, and the atmosphere is fun! Volunteers and supporters of AAUW will be your servers for the evening with all the tips and 10% of sales going to support scholarships for six middle school girls in San Ramon to attend Tech Trek, a week-long science and math camp at Sonoma State University this coming June. You'll have a wonderful dinner and support a worthy cause at the same time - it's a Win-Win! The AAUW-San Ramon Branch promotes equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, and scholarships. We build relationships among local women and support our purpose through community engagement, events, activities, and educating programs that enrich our lives.

    Dinner seating is between 5pm and 8pm. Reservations are recommended. Call Gianni's at 925-820-6969 or go to opentable.com.


    Saturday, February 18, 2017
    Fun on the Farm - Embroidery
    11:00 am
    Forest Home Farms
    19953 San Ramon Valley Boulevard
    San Ramon, CA

    Victorians loved to embroider. Come learn some basic embroidery stitches and see what you can create.
    Event is from 11am - 2pm. For more information, visit http://www.foresthomefarms.com .

    For more information click here.
    Friday, February 24, 2017
    Henry Cho: The Funny but Clean Comedy Tour
    8:00 pm
    Dougherty Valley Performing Arts Center
    10550 Albion Road
    San Ramon, CA

    Henry Cho brings his family friendly comedy tour to the Bay Area. Veteran of "The Tonight Show", "Late, Late Show", and many other talk shows, Cho has been a staple in the comedy world for over 30 years.

    He has a one hour special on Comedy Central; he has performed at the White Hour Correspondents' Dinner; and he can be heard on Sirius/XM and Blue Collar Radio. He's a regular guest performer on the Grand Ole Opry. He's toured with many artists like Carrie Underwood, Vince Gill, Amy Grant, and Reba.


    Tickets: VIP (Adults - $41, Seniors 65+ - $36, Students 17 & under - $36); Reserved (Adults - $31, Seniors 65+ - $26, Students 17 & under - $26); Regular (Adults - $21, Seniors 65+ - $16, Students 17 & under - $16)

    For more information click here.
    Saturday, February 25, 2017
    Fun on the Farm - Canning & Jam
    11:00 am
    Forest Home Farms
    19953 San Ramon Valley Boulevard
    San Ramon, CA

    Canning was an important part of life on a farm. Come learn about the process of canning and taste a few jams that Ruth Boone made and sold at Forest Home Farm.
    Event is from 11am - 2pm. For more information, visit http://www.foresthomefarms.com .

    For more information click here.
    Saturday, February 25, 2017
    Mardi Gras Bingo
    12:30 pm
    Alcosta Senior & Community Center
    9300 Alcosta Boulevard
    San Ramon, CA

    Enjoy a Saturday afternoon with 100 of your closest friends playing BINGO! Enjoy lunch and 3 bingo cards as part of your admission fee. Proceeds benefit the San Ramon Senior programs and Meals on Wheals in San Ramon.
    Ages 21+, $20 per person.

    For more information click here.


    SRVE Soccer Feb 2017.jpgSunday, February 26, 2017
    Spring 2017 Flag Football Clinic & Registration
    1:00 pm
    California High School
    9870 Broadmoor Drive
    San Ramon, CA

    Free clinic on Sunday, February 26 and Final day to register for Spring season!

    Season runs Sunday, February 26 - May 21, 2017

    Age Divisions 4-6 ; 6 - 8 ; 9-11, 12-14* (*Age cutoff is April 16)

    First game is on Sunday, March 19, 2017

    Cost: $195, includes team uniform

    • For beginners to experienced players
    • Practice / Games are on Sundays
    • Participation trophies for our 4-6 year division
    • Playoffs and Championships for our older divisions
    • Fast action FUN in a family friendly atmosphere!
    Coaches also needed.

    For more information click here or call (925) 625-2222.


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    2017 Bay Area Real Estate Forecasts

    Posted by Mike Continillo on Jan 26, 2017 4:02:12 PM

    2017 Bay Area Real Estate Forecasts Villa Properties San Ramon Realtor.pngThere has been a lot of prognostications from various real estate entities about the 2017 housing market. There has also been a common tune from all sides expecting home sales and prices to moderate in the coming year. Most experts foresee a comeback for the suburbs and a slight increase in mortgage rates. However, a lot will depend on the new administration. Some of the issues that could affect the market are: immigration policies, tax reforms, infrastructure spending and regulations. Below are some forecasts that may give a hint on the market conditions to come this year.

    Subtle Shift from a Sellers Market to a Buyers Market

    The bidding frenzy that has been synonymous with the Bay area has cooled off. 2015 and 2016 experienced a wave of demand that led to the increase in house prices and buyers paying way above listing price just to get the house they wanted, However, the once red-hot Bay area market has cooled off in the recent months and we are now seeing houses stay a little bit longer in the market. This signals a shift and 2017 could see buyers waiting a little bit longer to enter the market so as to avoid a bidding war.

    Tighter housing supplies

    The housing shortage in San Francisco Bay area has come at a time when the housing demand is high. The high prices have meant that most houses have been out of reach for many buyers. This will push buyers to the inland cities where houses are still affordable, and this will reduce the number of sales slightly. If people keep migrating to peripheral cities where they can get value for their money, the house prices in San Francisco will ultimately reduce.

    Smaller home-price gains

    San Francisco's real estate will slow down in 2017, Zillow has predicted a moderate price increase of 1.7% compared to 4% last year. This is being viewed as a much-needed market correction after a bull trend. This will be good for the Bay Area as the market stabilizes and encourages sustainable growth. The underlying factors that support this theory such as deteriorating housing affordability and economic uncertainty will counter any growth.

    Mortgage rates could increase steadily

    Many experts have predicted a slight increase in mortgage rates towards the end of this year. The Mortgage Bankers Association expects the mortgage rates to stay below 4% through the first quarter of 2017 and then increase upwards of 4.4% towards the end of 2017. The increase may not have a considerable effect on home buyers and will not dent the demand. However, the rate increase will be felt in expensive markets such as San Francisco. There is also very good indication that the federal reserve will continue to raise rates in the coming year.

    If you are interested in purchasing or selling a home, contact Villa Properties today at (925) 519-0794. We will help you determine the worth of your current and potential new home!

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    San Ramon Valley Events - January 2017

    Posted by Mike Continillo on Dec 31, 2016 6:14:58 PM

    Hi,

    If you have not heard by now interest rates for home mortgages are on the rise and are expected to increase as through 2017. If you have thought about making a move to a new home or buying your first, now is a really good time to take advantage of these low rates while they last. If you have any questions or would like to discuss the market I am always available to chat.

    As always make sure you take some time to do something fun while the kids are on winter break and I will see you out there. 

    Have a wonderful New Years! I wish you all the best in 2017.

    Sincerely, 

    Mike and Cynthia Continillo


    Sunday, January 1, 2017 Cars-Coffee-300x250-300x269.jpg
    Cars & Coffee

    8:00 am
    Blackhawk Museum
    3700 Blackhawk Plaza Circle
    Danville, CA

    On the First Sunday of every month. Hot rods. Hot coffee. Hot shopping. Start your engines early, grab the family and take a drive out to Blackhawk Plaza. Fuel your empty tank at Starbucks & Little Pear, open early for your convenience. Then, keep it in park and enjoy center-wide shopping & dining beginning at 11am.

    For more information click here.
    Friday, January 6, 2017
    Preschool Performance Series - The Brian Waite Band
    10:00 am
    Village Theatre Art Gallery
    233 Front Street
    Danville, CA

    Making little ones laugh, dance, and sing-along since 2009, the Town of Danville is pleased to continue to present fun and unique top-level entertainers from preschool-aged children. Whether you have a teeny one or you yourself are just a kid at heart, you are sure to enjoy the variety of magicians, jugglers, and musicians who fill the Village Theatre with joy each month.

    Event is from 10am - 11am, and the cost is $5 per seat.

    For more information click here.
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    Friday, January 6, 2017
    Winter Break Movies at the Dougherty Station Library
    3:00 pm
    San Ramon Libraries - Dougherty Station
    17017 Bollinger Canyon Road
    San Ramon, CA

    School is out! The Dougherty Station Library is presenting movies during the Winter Break at 3pm. Join us for some classic movies and newer films. Movies are rated G and PG. This is a drop in program. There is no registration and all ages are welcome. Event lasts from 3pm - 4:30pm.

    For more information, contact, Kathleen Baritell or Priya Viswanathan at 925-973-3380.

    For more information click here.
    Saturday, January 7, 2017 
    Farmers Market
    10:00 am
    Bishop Ranch
    BR 3, 2303 Camino Ramon, Lobby
    San Ramon, CA

    The San Ramon Farmers Market runs year-round and features local produce, live music, services, and favorite hot food vendors, such as: -Green Lantern Catering -Ofa's BBQ -Hiroshi's Sushi -Philly Cheese Steak -Kettle Pop Popcorn -Heidi's Pies -Calvillo Brothers - organic vegetables and berries -Mellows Nursery - fresh flowers, fruit, & vegetables -Herbal - healing teas, natural vinegars & much more -Revive - Dr. Jason Moore - spine care -Ruiz Farms - strawberries -Sabor Del Sur - South American food, alfahores, empanadas ...and more!

    For more information click here.

    Additional January 2017 Dates:  Saturday, January 14th, 21st, 28th


    Saturday, January 7, 2017
    Farmers' Market
    9:00 am
    Railroad Avenue Municipal Parking Lot - Downtown
    Railroad & Prospect Avenues
    Danville, CA

    Get the freshest seasonal fare at the Danville Certified Farmers' Market. You'll find fruits and vegetables direct from local farmers, along with fresh-cut flowers, bedding plants, fresh breads. and delicious specialty food items you can eat in the market or take with you to enjoy at home. It's the perfect place to stock up for the week or shop al fresco while socializing with friends. The Danville Farmers' Market is located at Railroad & Prospect Avenues and offers free parking in the adjacent lot. To learn more, visit www.pcfma.org.

    For more information click here.

    Additional January 2017 Dates:  Saturday, January 14th, 21st, 28th


    Saturday, January 7, 2017
    Fun on the Farm - Victoria Tea Time
    11:00 am
    Forest Home Farms
    19953 San Ramon Valley Boulevard
    San Ramon, CA

    Learn about the tradition of tea and see many of the antique tea cups & saucers from the collection. Sit inside the Boone House living room while you sample some teas and make a fun craft. Event is from 11am - 2pm. For more information, visit http://www.foresthomefarms.com.

    For more information click here.
    Friday, January 13, 2017
    Insiders!
    1:00 pm
    San Ramon Libraries - Dougherty Station
    17017 Bollinger Canyon Road
    San Ramon, CA

    Insiders is a monthly program geared towards adults with Developmental Disabilities. Programs include crafts, games, technology programs, guest speakers, and other activities.

    If you are interested in attending these programs, please call the Dougherty Station Library at 925-973-3380 or contact Nancy Kreiser at nkreiser@ccclib.org or 925-973-3395.

    For more information click here.
    Saturday, January 14, 2017
    Fun on the Farm - School Days
    11:00 am
    Forest Home Farms
    19953 San Ramon Valley Boulevard
    San Ramon, CA

    Try your hand with an old fashioned pen and ink well, see how the school rules, and tests at the turn of the century compared to today. Learn about San Ramon's first two room school house built 150 years ago and celebrate San Ramon's 150th birthday!

    Event is from 11am - 2pm.

    For more information, visit http://www.foresthomefarms.com.


    Sunday, January 15, 2017
    Monkey See, Monkey Do! Family Friendly Improv
    2:00 pm
    Front Row Theater
    17011 Bollinger Canyon Road
    San Ramon, CA

    Our one hour improv show is designed especially for children and their families to enjoy together. The show is made up on the spot and based on audience suggestions. Best of all, our younger audience members will have chances to win prizes and play games with us. Tickets are $10.

    For more information click here.
    Friday, January 20, 2017
    Friday Foreign Film Series: The Secret in their Eyes
    7:00 pm
    Front Row Theater
    17011 Bollinger Canyon Road
    San Ramon, CA

    This original, Academy Award winning film is the story of retired criminal court investigator, Benjamin, who decides to write a novel based on an old unresolved murder case which still haunts him. In Spanish with English subtitles. Rated R. Runtime is 129 minutes. Tickets are $10.

    For more information click here.
    Saturday, January 21, 2017
    Fun on the Farm - Blacksmithing
    11:00 am
    Forest Home Farms
    19953 San Ramon Valley Boulevard
    San Ramon, CA

    Come and see a demonstration of this lost art. Explore the vintage tool collection. Event is from 11am - 2pm.

    For more information, visit http://www.foresthomefarms.com.


    Friday, January 27 - Sunday, January 29, 2017
    Library-Book-Sale-Villa-Properties.jpgFriends of the Danville Library Book Sale

    10:00 am
    San Ramon Libraries - Danville Library
    400 Front Street
    Danville, CA

    Members only preview on Friday from 9am - 10am! Find a wonderful selection of titles at bargain prices all weekend long at the Friends' of the Danville Library Quarterly Large Book Sale! -Friday from 10am - 5pm (*members only preview 9am - 10am) -Saturday from 10am - 4pm -Sunday from 12:05pm - 3:45pm

    For more information click here.
    Saturday, January 28, 2017
    San Ramon Historic Foundation's Annual Crab Feed
    6:00 pm
    Dougherty Station Community Center
    17011 Bollinger Canyon Road
    San Ramon, CA

    The San Ramon Farmers Market runs year-round and features local produce, live music, services, and favorite hot food vendors, such as: -Free hors d'oeuvres at 6pm -Crab dinner served at 7pm -Wine and beer will be for sale -Enjoy music while you eat -Fabulous cake auction - share with your guests are your table.

    Visit www.srhf.org for tickets or call 925-785-3395 for more information.

    For more information click here.
    Saturday, January 28, 2017
    Fun on the Farm - Soap Making
    11:00 am
    Forest Home Farms
    19953 San Ramon Valley Boulevard
    San Ramon, CA

    Learn about the art of soap making using natural ingredients and make your own soap to take home. Event is from 11am - 2pm. For more information, visit http://www.foresthomefarms.com.

    Topics: San Ramon Valley Events

    2016 Real Estate Market in Review

    Posted by Mike Continillo on Dec 28, 2016 7:00:00 AM

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    Financial market and real estate cycles have been looked at for hundreds of years. Future cycles will vary in detail, the causes, trend lines, and effects will more than likely be quite similar. Looking at cycles gives you more contexts to see how markets perform over time and where they may be going.

    2016 Real Estate Market in Review

    The California Association of Realtors has projected you will need to make around $252,000 a year to afford a home in San Francisco. This accounts for about 20 percent of the population according to the United States Census in this area. You also have many options to rent around the San Francisco Bay area versus the standard $6,310 a month mortgage.

    Prices are Leveling

    The Silicon Valley ranks as one of the country's most expensive places to buy a home. According to Forbes, prices in the region are leveling off. Atherton has lost its title for being the priciest zip code in the country. It held the number one title for three years and has now fallen to number three.

    Suburban Dwellings Dominate Market

    As a nation, the United States is dominated by suburban dwellers. The Bay Area is no exception to this trend. Most of the millennials are suburbanites and make up most of the new home purchases in these types of communities. In the San Francisco Bay Area, there are over 70 percent of the residents living in one of five types of suburbs.

    Suburbs Offer More

    These outlying areas have more of an allure to homeowners with the more affordable housing options that are available. They also offer residents more space, easier commutes, and quality schools. There are also more community services available such as; stores reachable by foot, restaurants, and parks.

    Bay Area Real Estate

    The 2017 National Housing Forecast is predicting home prices will increase by 3.9 percent across the United States. This is slower than the past two years. They are also predicting sales volumes to increase by 1.9 percent. Of the projected growth next year, the Bay Area real estate markets will barely meet the first half. San Francisco will come in number 37 and San Jose at 39.

    At Villa Properties you will find a blend of experience with incredible knowledge on the ins and outs of real estate in the Bay Area. You receive personalized attention to find the property that meets both your needs and your budget.  Contact us today for any questions you may have or to start looking for your next home.

     

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    2016 End of Year Home Improvements

    Posted by Mike Continillo on Dec 26, 2016 1:01:27 PM

    MVP 2016 EOY Home Improvements.jpg

    Many end-of-year home improvements are planned to be completed before the big holidays; New Year's Eve, Christmas, Hanukkah, and Thanksgiving. When the holidays get close, contractors book up quickly so it is best to tackle your improvements during the off-season. Another important consideration are the federal tax credits available for home improvements.

    End of Year Home Improvements

    There are several tax credits available for purchases you've made during 2016 and some retroactive for purchases made in 2015 to improve residential energy efficiency. Congress revises tax laws regularly and will often create tax breaks for homeowners. They sadly have the habit of canceling tax breaks or allowing them to expire. There are tax breaks you should keep track of if you are a home or property owner.

    Important Tax Provisions

    If you are a property or homeowner planning to make home improvements there are some important tax provisions you should be aware of:

    • Rental or vacation homeowners may be eligible for an elimination of a tax loophole.
    • There may the possibility for the continuation of private mortgage insurance deduction
    • Energy-saving purchases for your home are often tax deductible
    • Defaulting homeowners may be eligible for a tax break
    • There are sometimes tax credits offered for first-time or returning homebuyers

    You will to check current tax laws to know if any of these deductions or credits have expired or been canceled.

    Difference Between Tax Deduction and Tax Credit

    Receiving a tax credit is better than a tax deduction. It means you will receive a dollar-for-dollar reduction in your taxes. In cases where you don't owe any taxes at the end of the year, you would then get a refund for the amount of the credit.

    A tax deduction will reduce your taxable income. Lower taxable income would mean you would have to pay less taxes in April.

    Energy Tax Credits

    Tax credits are often offered to homeowners who install solar, wind, or geothermal systems to create electricity. Systems used to create hot water in this manner can often earn you a tax credit of up to 30% of what you have paid for the system. This is a credit good for purchases made in 2015 but will expire at the end of 2016.

    There are also some tax credits available for the installation of a fuel cell system to create electricity for homeowners of their first or second home. It will expire in 2016 but currently applies to improvements for an existing home or one newly being constructed. For more information please visit https://www.energystar.gov/about/federal_tax_credits.

    Other Beneficial Credits

    Debt forgiven by lenders is often counted as income. The Mortgage Forgiveness Act gives those homeowners a tax break and doesn't count the amount towards their income. There is also a refundable tax credit up to $8,000 for some first-time home buyers.  A first-time homebuyer is someone who has not previously owned a residence.

    The team at Villa Properties is here to help you understand the real estate market. For professional help in selling or purchasing a new home, contact your San Ramon Realtors today at (925) 519-0794.

    Topics: Real Estate Articles

    Winter Break Activities

    Posted by Mike Continillo on Dec 24, 2016 2:22:44 PM

    Winter Break Activities Villa Properities San Ramon Realtors.jpgYour child's winter break will be a time of excitement for him or her in the light of all the fun things to do within a one to two-hour drive. With all of the activities available for kids within such a short distance of San Ramon, your child is certain to have a very fun-filled break.

    Winter Break Activities

    Excursions North of San Ramon 

    • Lawrence Hall of Science
      • Above the UC Berkeley Campus, this interactive museum is a great treasure in the East Bay. From now through January 1 visitors will enjoy a special holiday season of science fun including 3D showings of the Polar Express and a New Year’s Eve balloon drop for kids.
    • Charles M. Schultz Museum
      • The museum, dedicated to the life and work of the Peanuts creator, features both exhibits and a research center. There are both permanent and traveling exhibitions, with fun features for all ages that include: 
        • A Snoopy labyrinth
        • Presidential pets photo exhibit
        • A 50th anniversary exhibition for "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown"
    • Sonoma Trains
      • Train Town is within a two hours' drive and features a scale railroad that offers a four-mile ride complete with bridges and tunnels. Kids will enjoy riding on this unique train and taking in sights that include:
        • Six different amusement rides
        • A petting zoo
        • Miniature town
    Excursions South of San Ramon
    • San Jose Tech Museum
      • This exciting museum within an hours' drive of San Ramon that appeals to all ages focuses on themed displays and exhibits that help make learning a lot more fun. These interactive exhibits are sponsored by some of the biggest names in the tech industry, including Google. Some of the museum's highlights include:
        • An IMAX theater
        • Innovation gallery with Silicon Valley tech
        • Social robots
    • Children's Museum
      • Another exciting attraction within an hours' drive is the Children's Museum in San Jose. The exhibits help kids bring about their creativity, and also make learning fun. There is a distinct hands-on nature to the exhibits that helps ensure kids will always get a lot out of the experience, with exhibit options that include:
        • A holiday-themed crystal exhibit
        • A mammoth-related attraction 
        • Art gallery
    • Gilroy Gardens
      • Gilroy Gardens, about 90 minutes away, is an exciting theme park kids will love. This beloved park combines the experience of a beautiful botanical garden with fun rides and attractions. You won't find this unique combination of things to do just anywhere:
        • The iconic gardens that park is named for 
        • Splash gardens
        • The famous Circus Trees
    • Ardenwood Historic Farms
      • Ardenwood Historic Farms is part of the East Bay Regional Park District and features a property owned since the 1850's. Kids and adults alike will enjoy being outdoors, and the scenery is among some of the most beautiful in the area. Fun features here include:
        • The Patterson House Museum
        • A number of bird species and Monarch butterflies
        • Produce stand with fruit grown on-site 
    • Roaring Camp Railroads
      • The railroads in Felton, a two-hour drive away, offer your choice of redwood forest and beach routes. In addition to the usual tours, there are holiday trips that include:
        • Holiday lights in Santa Cruz
        • A Hannukah train trip
        • A special holiday tree walk

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    San Ramon Valley Events - December 2016

    Posted by Mike Continillo on Dec 14, 2016 11:02:59 AM

    Hi,

    I hope you had a great Thanksgiving holiday.  I am most thankful for my family and friends. Every relationship I have brings something special into my life and I am very grateful for that.

    As we head towards 2017 many of us will start making plans for the coming year. If those plans involve making a move to a new home I am always happy to help you prepare and make the process easier. It's important to start planning now so that when the time comes you are ready.

    Until then, I wish you all the best this holiday season and a very Happy New Year!  

    We have some great events going on in San Ramon and Danville this month. I hope you take some time to do something fun, and I will see you out there.

    Happy Holidays!

    Sincerely, 
    Mike and Cynthia Continillo


    Thursday, December 1, 2016
    Annual Silent Auction Gala
    7:00 PM
    San Ramon Community Center - Terrace Room
    12501 Alcosta Blvd
    San Ramon, CA

    Presented by San Ramon AAUW. Join us for an exciting evening at the San Ramon AAUW. Silent Auction Gala to raise scholarship funds for San Ramon high school senior girls attending a four year university and young women attending CSU East Bay in the Renaissance Scholar Program. All funds raised go toward scholarships.

    Close to one hundred items have been donated by Tri- Valley businesses and individuals. Unique gift basket drawings throughout the evening beginning at 7:25 pm. Everyone is welcome. Admission is free! Enjoy light appetizers and desserts with coffee and sparkling cider. Wine can be purchased at the bar.

    This is a great way to support education in our community, start your holiday shopping, and help young women reach their goals. Don't forget to bring cash or your checkbook!

    For additional information call Julie (825) 828-8275.


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    Friday, December 2, 2016 through Sunday, December 18, 2016
    The Happy Elf
    Various
    Front Row Theater
    17011 Bollinger Canyon Road
    San Ramon, CA

    This charming musical tells the tale of Eubie the elf, a loveable fellow who wants to spread Christmas joy throughout the town of Bluesville. Attend this holiday theater event and enjoy this delightful show!

    For more information click here.


    Friday, December 2, 2016
    Preschool Performance Series - Illusionist Timothy James
    10:00 AM
    Village Theatre Art Gallery
    233 Front Street
    Danville, CA

    Making little ones laugh, dance, and sing-along since 2009, the Town of Danville is pleased to continue to present fun and unique top-level entertainers for preschool-aged children. Whether you have a teeny one, or you yourself are just a kid at heart, you are sure to enjoy the variety of magicians, jugglers, and musicians who fill the Village Theatre with joy each month. Cost is $5 per seat.

    For more information click here.


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    Friday, December 2, 2016
    Bishop Ranch Tree Lighting Celebration
    5:30 PM
    Bishop Ranch
    2600 Camino Ramon
    San Ramon, CA

    Gather family and friends, come play in a snow park (with real snow!), listen to live music and watch the ceremonial lighting of our spectacular 70-foot White Fir tree. The guest of honor, of course, is Santa Claus! Be sure to bring your camera and strike a pose with jolly old St. Nick. There will be a variety of refreshments, activies for the kids - and this year, the Rotary Club will be on hand to accept donations for One Warm Coat. Bring your family and friends, your cozy attire, and help spread the holiday spirit! Event is from 5:30pm - 7:30pm. No RSVP necessary. If you have questions, give Community Outreach a jingle at 925-543-0100.

    For more information click here.
    Saturday, December 3, 2016
    Farmers' Market
    9:00 AM
    Railroad Avenue Municipal Parking Lot - Downtown
    Railroad & Prospect Avenues
    Danville, CA

    Get the freshest seasonal fare at the Danville Certified Farmers' Market. You'll find fruits and vegetables direct from local farmers, along with fresh-cut flowers, bedding plants, fresh breads. and delicious specialty food items you can eat in the market or take with you to enjoy at home. It's the perfect place to stock up for the week or shop al fresco while socializing with friends. The Danville Farmers' Market is located at Railroad & Prospect Avenues and offers free parking in the adjacent lot. To learn more, visit www.pcfma.org.

    For more information click here.
    Saturday, December 3, 2016
    Bah Humbug! 5K Run & Walk
    9:00 AM
    San Ramon Community Center at Central Park
    12501 Alcosta Boulevard
    San Ramon, CA

    Start the holiday season off with a healthy fun run or walk through San Ramon. Participants will receive a holiday long sleeved t-shirt and the famous Bah Humbug! ornament. The Bah Humbug! is a chip timed race.

    Registration Fee: $35 for online and postmarked registration by Sunday, November 27th. Registration fees increase to $45 starting November 28th through race day. Preregistration family rate for 3 or more is $30 per person and increases to $45 on November 28th. Must be immediate family only, and all entry forms must be submitted at the same time.

    Race day registration tables are open 7:30am to 8:45am.

    Registration details will be available online at www.active.com; search Bah Humbug or on the City of San Ramon website. Late or incomplete entries will not be accepted.

    Spread Holiday Cheer: Runners are requested to bring a can of food to be donated to the Contra Costa County Food Bank to assist those in need during the holidays. Canned food donations will be collected near the registration table.

    Run Awards: Medals are given to the first three finishers in each age division. This is the first run of the Mayor's Crown, which will award the lowest combined times of the 2016 Bah Humbug! and 2017 Run San Ramon pre-registered 5k runner. The Mayor's Crown winner will be recognized at the 2017 Run San Ramon.

    Costume Contest: Make sure to come dressed in costume and in the spirit of the run. Costume awards will be given for most Grinch-Like, Best Holiday Spirit, and Best Group Theme.

    For more information, visit http://www.sanramon.ca.gov/parks/events/races.htm


    Saturday, December 3, 2016
    Fun on the Farm - Sewing & Buttons
    11:00 AM
    Forest Home Farms
    19953 San Ramon Valley Boulevard
    San Ramon, CA

    Try your hand at sewing some simple stitches, buttons, and sock darning. We will have old sewing machine and other sewing items from our collection on display.

    Event is from 11am - 2pm.

    For more information, visit http://www.foresthomefarms.com.


    Saturday, December 3, 2016
    Blackhawk Chorus: This Shining Night - 25 Years of Holiday Favorites
    4:00 PM
    Dougherty Valley Perfoming Arts Center
    10550 Albion Road
    San Ramon, CA

    Celebrating their 25th Season of delighting audiences around the world, the Blackhawk Chorus is pleased to be back at Dougherty Valley Performing Arts Center! This perfomance, This Shining Night - 25 Years of Holiday Favorites, brings some of your favorite music from years past, plus a few new surprises. Deck the Halls and Jingle Bells will have your toes tapping, while versions of Silent Night and Angels We Have Heard on High will bring back wonderful memories of holidays past.

    The Blackhawk Chorus was named Best Chorus of the East Bay by Diablo Magazine for 2016 so don't miss this event!

    Tickets are $25 for Adults; Youth 17 and Under are $17.

    For more information click here.
    Saturday, December 3, 2016
    Glass House Museum Holiday Tours
    1:00 PM
    Forest Home Farms
    19953 San Ramon Valley Boulevard
    San Ramon, CA

    See a magical Victorian Christmas come to life on a special holiday tour of the Glass House Museum. Built in 1877, this fully restored home will be decorated in old-fashioned Christmas finery. After the tour, children can visit the activity room to make their own Christmas calling card to take home. Tickets are $5 per person (age 3 and up), payable at the door with credit card only.

    For more information click here.
    Saturday, December 3, 2016
    Santa's Arrival
    12:00 PM
    Alamo Plaza Shopping Center
    110 Alamo Plaza
    Alamo, CA

    Enjoy a fun, FREE day with Santa, his elves, train rides, and so much more!

    Be sure to bring your camera to get your photo taken with Santa!

    For more information click here.
    Saturday, December 3, 2016
    Farmers Market
    10:00 AM
    Bishop Ranch
    BR 3, 2303 Camino Ramon, Lobby
    San Ramon, CA

    The San Ramon Farmers Market runs year-round and features local produce, live music, services, and favorite hot food vendors, such as: -Green Lantern Catering -Ofa's BBQ -Hiroshi's Sushi -Philly Cheese Steak -Kettle Pop Popcorn -Heidi's Pies -Calvillo Brothers - organic vegetables and berries -Mellows Nursery - fresh flowers, fruit, & vegetables -Herbal - healing teas, natural vinegars & much more -Revive - Dr. Jason Moore - spine care -Ruiz Farms - strawberries -Sabor Del Sur - South American food, alfahores, empanadas ...and more!

    For more information click here.
    Saturday, December 3, 2016
    Chess Club
    3:30 PM
    San Ramon Libraries - Dougherty Station
    17017 Bollinger Canyon Road
    San Ramon, CA

    Meet other chess players for games at the Library. Bring your own board or use one of the Library's. Event is from 3:30pm - 4:30pm for Kids (5-11) and Teens (12-17). For more information, contact Erica Thatcher at 925-973-3380.

    For more information click here.

    Weekends in December
    Starting Saturday, December 3, 2016

    Santa Visits
    11:00 AM
    Danville Livery
    440 Sycamore Valley Road W.
    Danville, CA

    Come meet Santa while he is visiting from the North Pole! Be sure to bring your camera so you can capture this special moment.

    Event is from 11am - 3pm on weekends in December.

    For more information click here.
    Sunday, December 4, 2016
    Farmer's Market
    9:00 AM
    Alamo Plaza Shopping Center
    110 Alamo Plaza
    Alamo, CA

    Every Sunday from 9am - 2pm, Year Round The Farmer's Market is located at 110 Alamo Plaza in the Bank of America parking lot.

    For more information click here.
    Sunday, December 4, 2016
    Blackhawk Cars n Coffee
    8:00 AM
    Blackhawk Museum
    3700 Blackhawk Plaza Circle
    Danville, CA

    On the First Sunday of every month, automotive enthusiasts gather in the parking lots of the Blackhawk Museum to share their vehicles and admire the other fabulous classic cars, hot rods, sports cars, exotics and anything else with wheels and a motor that promotes the car enthusiast hobby. Cars & Coffee is a year round event, rain or shine. The Museum opens at 9am on Cars & Coffee Sundays and there is a Docent-led tour at 2pm. Participating car owners receive two complimentary tickets to the Museum courtesy of our sponsors. Fees/Admission - Free You bring the cars and we'll bring the coffee.

    For more information click here.
    Sunday, December 4, 2016
    Motu'Aina Presents: The Coconut Cracker
    4:00 PM
    Dougherty Valley Perfoming Arts Center
    10550 Albion Road
    San Ramon, CA

    Kalala, a proud Hawaiian girl, receives a magical Christmas gift from her Uncle. It is a Ki'l (tiki) in the image of a kane (man) cracking a coconut. Uncle tells Kalala to whisper all of her wishes to the Coconut Cracker because it has much mana (power) and can help her realize her dreams. Before Kalala goes to sleep, she secretly tells the Coconut Cracker that more than anything, she wants to hear the stories of the Arioi in Kahiki and visit Paliuli, a mystical place in the clouds. When the Coconut Cracker wakes her at midnight, the adventure begins! Tickets are $26.

    For more information click here.

    Friday, December 9, 2016
    Insiders!
    1:00 PM
    San Ramon Libraries - Dougherty Station
    17017 Bollinger Canyon Road
    San Ramon, CA

    Insiders is a monthly program geared towards adults with Developmental Disabilities. Programs include crafts, games, technology programs, guest speakers, and other activities. If you are interested in attending these programs, please call the Dougherty Station Library at 925-973-3380 or contact Nancy Kreiser at nkreiser@ccclib.org or 925-973-3395.

    For more information click here.
    Friday, December 9, 2016
    Santa's Mailbox - Last Day
    5:00 PM
    Danville Community Center
    420 Front Street
    Danville, CA

    Santa has a mailbox at the Danville Community Center! Bring your letters to Santa between November 28 - December 9, and you will receive a letter in return by December 24. Be sure to include your name and mailing address!

    For more information click here.
    Friday, December 9, 2016
    Holiday Symphonics Story Time
    4:00 PM
    Danville Library
    400 Front Street
    Danville, CA

    Bring the family and celebrate the magic of the holiday season as "Symphonics" brings "The Nutcracker" to life through words and music. The performance will be followed by a fun and festive craft. Event is from 4pm - 5pm and is for all ages. For more information, contact Janet at 925-314-3750.

    For more information click here.
    Friday, December 9, 2016
    Senior Holiday Luncheon
    12:00 PM
    Danville Senior Center
    115 E. Prospect Avenue
    Danville, CA

    Tis the season for celebration. And there's nothing more festive than feasting with friends. Come to Danville's Senior Holiday Luncheon at the Veterans Memorial Building and enjoy a delicious meal followed by holiday music performed by local artists. It's the perfect opportunity to get out and start celebrating. To purchase tickets and pre-register, call (925) 314-3420 or visit www.danvillerecguide.com.

    For more information click here.
    Saturday, December 10, 2016
    Chess Club
    3:30 PM
    San Ramon Libraries - Dougherty Station
    17017 Bollinger Canyon Road
    San Ramon, CA

    Meet other chess players for games at the Library. Bring your own board or use one of the Library's. Event is from 3:30pm - 4:30pm for Kids (5-11) and Teens (12-17). For more information, contact Erica Thatcher at 925-973-3380.

    For more information click here.
    HolidaysOntheFarm_SRVE-300x152.jpgSaturday, December 10, 2016
    Fun on the Farm - Holiday on the Farm
    11:00 AM
    Forest Home Farms
    19953 San Ramon Valley Boulevard
    San Ramon, CA

    Enjoy an old fashioned holiday gathering at Forest Home Farms Historic Park. Have a traditional holiday family experience including visits with our Victorian Santa and his reindeer, old-fashioned ornament making, a puppet show, holiday entertainment, and refreshments. Event is from 11am - 3pm.

    For more information click here.
    Saturday, December 10, 2016
    Farmers' Market
    9:00 AM
    Railroad Avenue Municipal Parking Lot - Downtown
    Railroad & Prospect Avenues
    Danville, CA

    Get the freshest seasonal fare at the Danville Certified Farmers' Market. You'll find fruits and vegetables direct from local farmers, along with fresh-cut flowers, bedding plants, fresh breads. and delicious specialty food items you can eat in the market or take with you to enjoy at home. It's the perfect place to stock up for the week or shop al fresco while socializing with friends. The Danville Farmers' Market is located at Railroad & Prospect Avenues and offers free parking in the adjacent lot. To learn more, visit www.pcfma.org.

    For more information click here.
    Saturday, December 10, 2016
    Farmers Market
    10:00 AM
    Bishop Ranch
    BR 3, 2303 Camino Ramon, Lobby
    San Ramon, CA

    The San Ramon Farmers Market runs year-round and features local produce, live music, services, and favorite hot food vendors, such as: -Green Lantern Catering -Ofa's BBQ -Hiroshi's Sushi -Philly Cheese Steak -Kettle Pop Popcorn -Heidi's Pies -Calvillo Brothers - organic vegetables and berries -Mellows Nursery - fresh flowers, fruit, & vegetables -Herbal - healing teas, natural vinegars & much more -Revive - Dr. Jason Moore - spine care -Ruiz Farms - strawberries -Sabor Del Sur - South American food, alfahores, empanadas ...and more!

    For more information click here.
    Saturday, December 10, 2016
    Children's Elf Workshop
    9:00 AM
    Danville Community Center
    420 Front Street
    Danville, CA

    Get your little elves into the holiday spirit at Danville's Elf Workshop. Refreshments will be served while children create hands-on holiday crafts, get their faces painted, socialize, and take a photo with Santa. It's the perfect chance for them to get creative this season. Due to the popularity of this event, there are two sessions available and ONLINE pre-registration is required. Please choose one time to attend.

    To learn more or to register, visit www.danvillerecguide.com.

    For more information click here.
    Saturday, December 10, 2016
    Glass House Museum Holiday Tours
    1:00 PM
    Forest Home Farms
    19953 San Ramon Valley Boulevard
    San Ramon, CA

    See a magical Victorian Christmas come to life on a special holiday tour of the Glass House Museum. Built in 1877, this fully restored home will be decorated in old-fashioned Christmas finery. After the tour, children can visit the activity room to make their own Christmas calling card to take home. Tickets are $5 per person (age 3 and up), payable at the door with credit card only.

    For more information, visit http://www.foresthomefarms.com.

    For more information click here.
    Saturday, December 10, 2016 through Sunday, December 11, 2016
    San Ramon Valley Dance Academy Presents: Impressions of the Nutcracker
    Various
    Dougherty Valley Performing Arts Center
    10550 Albion Road
    San Ramon, CA

    "Impressions of the Nutcracker" incorporates multiple dance styles in a fast paced production that follows the traditional story line of the Nutcracker. Follow Clara on Christmas Eve as she takes her magical journey to the Land of the Sweets with her enchanted Nutcracker Prince.

    In just over an hour, this popular story ballet performance will delight and entertain the whole family. Showtimes are as follows: Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 11:30am, 2:30pm, and 5pm.

    Tickets: Adults = $22; Seniors 65+ = $19; Youth 3-11 = $19

    For more information click here.
    Sunday, December 11, 2016
    Farmer's Market
    9:00 AM
    Alamo Plaza Shopping Center
    110 Alamo Plaza
    Alamo, CA

    Every Sunday from 9am - 2pm, Year Round The Farmer's Market is located at 110 Alamo Plaza in the Bank of America parking lot.

    For more information click here.
    Sunday, December 11, 2016
    San Ramon Community Chorus Presents Holiday Celebration
    3:00 PM
    San Ramon Community Center at Central Park
    12501 Alcosta Boulevard
    San Ramon, CA

    Bring the entire family to this delightful holiday concert featuring holiday music and dance. This charming program is certain to entertain one and all. The afternoon will culminate with a special visit from Santa Claus himself. Event is free.

    For more information click here.
    Friday, December 16, 2016 Sunday, December 18, 2016
    Cinderalla Kids
    Various
    Dougherty Valley Performing Arts Center
    10550 Albion Road
    San Ramon, CA

    Step into this magical, musical tale where mice sew and sing, step-sisters tease and taunt, and one girl's dream come true really does come true. This stage adaptation includes the songs from the classic Disney movie and is a treat for all ages. Performed by the 5-10 year old students of the Bay Area Children's Theatre's Education Program.

    Showtimes are as follows: Friday at 7pm; Saturday at 10:30am, 1pm, 3:30pm, and 7pm; and Sunday at 10:30am, 1pm, and 3:30pm.

    Tickets are $10.

    For more information click here.
    Saturday, December 17, 2016
    Fun on the Farm - Victorian Christmas Card
    8:00 AM
    Forest Home Farms
    19953 San Ramon Valley Boulevard
    San Ramon, CA

    Learn about the history of Christmas cards and see samples of Victorian era cards. Make your own to take home. Event is from 8am - 9am. For more information, visit http://www.foresthomefarms.com .

    For more information click here.
    Saturday, December 17, 2016
    Glass House Museum Holiday Tours
    1:00 PM
    Forest Home Farms
    19953 San Ramon Valley Boulevard
    San Ramon, CA

    See a magical Victorian Christmas come to life on a special holiday tour of the Glass House Museum. Built in 1877, this fully restored home will be decorated in old-fashioned Christmas finery. After the tour, children can visit the activity room to make their own Christmas calling card to take home.

    Tickets are $5 per person (age 3 and up), payable at the door with credit card only.

    For more information, visit http://www.foresthomefarms.com.

    For more information click here.
    Saturday, December 17, 2016
    Farmers Market
    10:00 AM
    Bishop Ranch
    BR 3, 2303 Camino Ramon, Lobby
    San Ramon, CA

    The San Ramon Farmers Market runs year-round and features local produce, live music, services, and favorite hot food vendors, such as: -Green Lantern Catering -Ofa's BBQ -Hiroshi's Sushi -Philly Cheese Steak -Kettle Pop Popcorn -Heidi's Pies -Calvillo Brothers - organic vegetables and berries -Mellows Nursery - fresh flowers, fruit, & vegetables -Herbal - healing teas, natural vinegars & much more -Revive - Dr. Jason Moore - spine care -Ruiz Farms - strawberries -Sabor Del Sur - South American food, alfahores, empanadas ...and more!

    For more information click here.
    Sunday, December 18, 2016
    Sing-A-Long Messiah
    7:00 PM
    San Ramon Community Center at Central Park
    12501 Alcosta Boulevard
    San Ramon, CA

    Dust off the Libretto and tune up the vocal cords for the 2016 San Ramon Sing-A-Long Messiah. The San Ramon Arts Foundation is please to once again present a San Ramon Holiday tradition and the best way to enjoy the holiday season! Under the direction of Maestro Tim Smith conducting the Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra, the four guest Soloists and the chorus present an inspirational message of joy and celebration.

    The chorus is the audience - like yourselves - who wish to add their voices to the inspiring strains of one of George F. Handel's most festive oratories - The Messiah. Choral workshops are scheduled in the weeks before the performance. For information, visit the Arts Foundation website at www.SanRamonArts.org.

    Tickets to the Messiah Sing-A-Long can be purchased for $10 at the door the evening of the show. Sponsorships and volunteers are always welcome!

    For more information click here.
    Sunday, December 18, 2016
    Farmer's Market
    9:00 AM
    Alamo Plaza Shopping Center
    110 Alamo Plaza
    Alamo, CA

    Every Sunday from 9am - 2pm, Year Round The Farmer's Market is located at 110 Alamo Plaza in the Bank of America parking lot.

    For more information click here.
    Friday, December 23, 2016
    San Ramon Symphonic Band Concert: Christmas Festival
    7:30 PM
    Dougherty Valley Performing Arts Center
    10550 Albion Road
    San Ramon, CA

    Listen to the 55 member San Ramon Symphonic Band as they hit it out of the park in this exciting baseball themed concert! Tickets are $7 for Adults; Kids under 12 or with student ID are FREE.

    For more information click here.
    Saturday, December 24, 2016
    Farmers' Market
    9:00 AM
    Railroad Avenue Municipal Parking Lot - Downtown
    Railroad & Prospect Avenues
    Danville, CA

    Get the freshest seasonal fare at the Danville Certified Farmers' Market. You'll find fruits and vegetables direct from local farmers, along with fresh-cut flowers, bedding plants, fresh breads. and delicious specialty food items you can eat in the market or take with you to enjoy at home. It's the perfect place to stock up for the week or shop al fresco while socializing with friends. The Danville Farmers' Market is located at Railroad & Prospect Avenues and offers free parking in the adjacent lot. To learn more, visit www.pcfma.org.

    For more information click here.
    Saturday, December 24, 2016
    Farmers Market
    10:00 AM
    Bishop Ranch
    BR 3, 2303 Camino Ramon, Lobby
    San Ramon, CA

    The San Ramon Farmers Market runs year-round and features local produce, live music, services, and favorite hot food vendors, such as: -Green Lantern Catering -Ofa's BBQ -Hiroshi's Sushi -Philly Cheese Steak -Kettle Pop Popcorn -Heidi's Pies -Calvillo Brothers - organic vegetables and berries -Mellows Nursery - fresh flowers, fruit, & vegetables -Herbal - healing teas, natural vinegars & much more -Revive - Dr. Jason Moore - spine care -Ruiz Farms - strawberries -Sabor Del Sur - South American food, alfahores, empanadas ...and more!

    For more information click here.
    Saturday, December 31, 2016
    Farmers' Market
    9:00 AM
    Railroad Avenue Municipal Parking Lot - Downtown
    Railroad & Prospect Avenues
    Danville, CA

    Get the freshest seasonal fare at the Danville Certified Farmers' Market. You'll find fruits and vegetables direct from local farmers, along with fresh-cut flowers, bedding plants, fresh breads. and delicious specialty food items you can eat in the market or take with you to enjoy at home. It's the perfect place to stock up for the week or shop al fresco while socializing with friends. The Danville Farmers' Market is located at Railroad & Prospect Avenues and offers free parking in the adjacent lot. To learn more, visit www.pcfma.org.

    For more information click here.
    Saturday, December 31, 2016
    Farmers Market
    10:00 AM
    Bishop Ranch
    BR 3, 2303 Camino Ramon, Lobby
    San Ramon, CA

    The San Ramon Farmers Market runs year-round and features local produce, live music, services, and favorite hot food vendors, such as: -Green Lantern Catering -Ofa's BBQ -Hiroshi's Sushi -Philly Cheese Steak -Kettle Pop Popcorn -Heidi's Pies -Calvillo Brothers - organic vegetables and berries -Mellows Nursery - fresh flowers, fruit, & vegetables -Herbal - healing teas, natural vinegars & much more -Revive - Dr. Jason Moore - spine care -Ruiz Farms - strawberries -Sabor Del Sur - South American food, alfahores, empanadas ...and more!

    For more information click here.
    Saturday, December 31, 2016
    New Year's 2016 at San Ramon Marriott
    8:30 PM
    San Ramon Marriott
    2600 Bishop Drive
    San Ramon, CA

    Make New Year's different and fun! Hangout with professional people. Start the New Year 2017 right with the Professionals Guild Silicon Valley New Year's or East Bay New Year's Eve party! New Year's Eve Parties by Professionals Guild are unique. For more than 20 years Professionals Guild has been hosting huge, New Year's Eve parties and they just get better each year. These Bay Area New Year's Eve parties feature: 2 free drinks, champagne toast, party favors, free casino gaming, live band in one big ballroom, DJ in another. Professional Photographer to capture your memories.

    For more information click here.
    Saturday, December 31, 2016
    ShBoom NYE: Celebrate the beginning of 2017
    8:30 PM
    ShBoom Nightclub
    2410 San Ramon Valley Boulevard
    San Ramon, CA

    Two packages:

    DINNER & DANCE PACKAGE

    Doors Open at 6pm $80 a Person/$150 a Couple (starting price)

    Reserved seating • Extravagant Gourmet dinner buffet (6pm-8:30pm) • Sumptuous breakfast buffet at 1am • Party favors & complimentary Champagne toast at midnight • Balloon drop at midnight

    DANCE PACKAGE

    Doors Open at 9pm $60 a Person/ $110 a Couple (starting price)

    Party favors & complimentary champagne toast at midnight • Balloon drop at midnight • Sumptuous breakfast buffet at 1am.

    For more information click here.


    Saturday, December 31, 2016
    NYE 2017 "A Crystal Ball Affair"
    9:00 PM
    Blackhawk Auto Museum
    3700 Blackhawk Plaza Circle
    Danville, CA

    We're extremely excited and honored to have none other than Bay Area Native and @Wild949 "Wild Workout at Noon" Mix show DJ @DJJoseMelendez headlining our NYE 2017 Party at the @BlackhawkMuseum in @DanvilleCA on December 31st!!!

    This year we've changed the format. Purchase your General Admission Ticket and receive COMPLIMENTARY PREMIUM beverages ALL NIGHT LONG!! That's right, open bar format with premium beverages served for you and your guests from 9pm - 1:30am.

    **!!Limited Qty of Early Bird $75 Tickets Still Available!!** https://blackhawk.ticketleap.com/nye2017/

    Multiple Balloon Drops - Multiple Levels of Entertainment - Casino Style Gaming - Massive Production - 21+ Only - Coat Check - Food Available For Purchase. #blackhawknye #nye2017 #wild949 #nyeparty

    For more information click here.

    Topics: San Ramon Valley Events

    Safety Tips for your Own Festival of Lights

    Posted by Mike Continillo on Dec 12, 2016 3:16:10 PM

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    Many families and singles alike love to head out exploring neighborhoods on holiday evenings throughout December. In fact, this tradition has become even more popular as local TV stations come up with lists of the best lit houses in the area.

    Vista San Ramon, a neighborhood in San Ramon has created their own Festival of Lights. There are a total of 171 houses in Vista San Ramon with the majority of houses participating.  A special Luminary night is planned for Saturday, December 17, 2016. There will be over 2,000 luminaries decorating the streets of the Woodview Circle neighborhood. Expect bumper to bumper traffic that night. If you plan to visit the neighborhood, they recommend parking across the street at the Iron Horse Middle School or along any of the side streets if you plan to walk.

    If you woud like to gather your neighbors and create your own festival of lights we have the following tips to keep in mind.

    Creating Your Own Festival of Lights

    If you are not already friends with your neighbors now is a great time to go and meet them. Get as many neighbors as possible to participate in lighting up their home.  Once you have enough houses to cause a splash, pick a charity to support. Every home that wishes can have a drop off box or donation box for the charity outside their home.

    Why not go green for your Festival of Lights? You can do this by using the newer energy efficient lights such as LEDs that you can buy at home improvement and department stores.  These lights are safer and energy efficient.

    Safety Tips When Hosting Your Own Festival of Lights

    Here are some safety tips to think about when holding a Festival of Lights in your neighborhood.

    • If you need to replace older lights or you are just starting your light collection, LED lights let off less heat and are much more durable. This reduces the risk of fire. 
    • You will also want to look for labels that state the product has undergone independent testing.
    • Use extension cords that are approved for outdoor use only.       Stringing more than three lights together in one continuous run is not advised. However, if your lights are newer and lower wattage, we found that you can string more than three together so long as you consider the wattage and maintain safety standards by the UL, Uniform Laboratories, Inc. Christmaslightsetc.com states that “…if using a 22 gauge wire, the number of strands linked together can vary so long as the wattage does not exceed 210. If using a 20 gauge wire, strings can be added on up until the wattage reaches 420. As long as the wattage is considered, many strings can be linked together while maintaining safety standards.”
    • If you have uneven sidewalks throughout your neighborhood, use reflective tape to help prevent injuries.
    • Using a connected timer can have a two-fold benefit. First, it will control when your lights turn on and off so that they are not on for extended periods of time. A timer may also deter would-be burglars who may be looking for homes that are dark and not well lit.
    • If you have big inflatable decorations displayed in your yard make sure these are secured correctly. You do not want them blowing away or becoming unstable.

    Stay safe and have fun with your neighbors creating your own Festival of Lights this holiday season.

    Looking for a San Ramon Real Estate Broker? Villa Properties can help. Email us today or call (925)519-0794 for a free comparative market analysis to help you understand the real value of your current home.

    Topics: San Ramon Valley Local

    Three San Ramon Valley Parks to Visit

    Posted by Mike Continillo on Dec 2, 2016 8:06:00 AM


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    Living in the Danville and San Ramon area gives you access to some excellent parks. When you have nearby parks, there's more of an incentive to get out and enjoy the outdoors more often. Learning more about the area's parks and their amenities will provide you with the incentive you need to enjoy everything.

    Some of the parks to keep at the top of your list include:

    • Sycamore Valley Park
    • Diablo Vista
    • Walt Disney Park

    Sycamore Valley Park

    One of the things that attracts visitors to Sycamore Valley Park is its convenient location at Camino Tassajara and Hollbrook Drive in Danville is its array of facilities that suit different ages.

    Options that kids will love include:

    • Play area with new climbers, swings, and slides
    • A recreational fountain
    • Baseball diamonds
    • Shaded bocce ball courts

    Other features attractive to all ages and especially adults include:

    • A picnic area for up to 65 people
    • A second picnic area with barbecue pits and eight tables
    • A jogging path through most of the park
    • Reflection pond with waterfall

    Diablo Vista

    Diablo Vista, at 1000 Tassajara Ranch Drive, is among one of the most popular parks for children with families in the area. It is divided into three distinct areas with swings, a climbing structure, and buildings. One of the most noteworthy features is a tile snake that winds down a hill, with some fountains for water play. Highlights include:

    • Sand play area
    • Bucket swings
    • Climbing structures perfect for toddlers
    • Two tennis courts
    • Sand volleyball court
    • Shaded picnic area

    Walt Disney Park

    Located on the grounds of Walt Disney Park Elementary at 3250 pine Valley Road in San Ramon, this park is every bit as full of fun as you would expect it to be. The play areas are well-shaded, and the sports fields are ideal spots for local Little League play.

    Playground features include:

    • A play structure
    • Swing set
    • Jungle gym
    • Playground area for toddlers
    • Hopscotch outlines

    Sports facilities offered include:

    • Soccer field
    • Baseball field
    • Dodgeball court
    • Handball wall
    • Basketball courts

    Other features of interest include:

    • A picnic area
    • Wizard of Oz mural
    • Painted United States map

    Parks and Your Property Values

    Buying property near a park or building near a park is a great way to assure yourself of higher property values. A house close to a park always has greater appeal than a property further away from one. Because parks require city funding to thrive, tax revenue from nearby properties plays a crucial role. 

    If your house is near a park, the benefits are certain to outweigh additional costs. Safe places for kids to play and adults to enjoy the outdoors are always an asset. Consider how you can benefit from a nearby park when you're buying a home. If you are planning to buy or sell a home in the San Ramon Valley area, contact Villa Properties at (925) 519-0794 for help in answering all of your questions.

    Topics: San Ramon Valley Local

    Holiday Family Crafts

    Posted by Mike Continillo on Nov 23, 2016 10:00:00 AM

    VillaProperties San Ramon Holiday Crafts.jpgNow that the weather is starting to cool down and Thanksgiving is upon us our social, business and family lives all seem to become more hectic and busier than normal. What we like most about the holidays is that in the down times (however rare) the holidays are a great time for us to bond with our family and friends through crafts and other traditions.

    We found a few holiday crafts and traditions you might already be doing or wish to start this year.

    Popsicle Stick Tree Ornaments

    Kids love decorating Christmas trees, and you can create a new tradition by making some of your own ornaments. What better way is there to create unique ornaments than by using popsicle sticks and buttons? Turn on some holiday music, arrange a tray of healthy snacks and let your creativity sore.

    • Paint about a dozen of the popsicle sticks green
    • After they dry, cut them up so each stick has a longer length than the one before
    • Place them into a horizontal triangular shape, with a vertical stick for a trunk at the bottom
    • Glue on some twine to hang the ornaments with 
    • Add the colorful buttons of your choice to serve as ornaments
    • Tie the ends of the twine together to secure the loop

    DIY Wrapping Paper

    Wrap it your way! You can craft your own wrapping paper this season by using heavy white paper and rubber stamps with colorful or glittery ink. Spare scraps of wrapping paper? Arrange them together and tape them to make your own one of kind sheet of wrapping paper. You can also do this with spare scraps of fabric and fabric glue!

    Cardboard Menorah

    Lighting a menorah for Hannukah is always fun, but many parents are concerned about the youngest kids using candles. However, making a menorah out of cardboard is a good way to help kids get into the spirit of the holiday.

    • Create a cardboard cutout of a candle
    • Trace the image on pieces of cardboard
    • Make another cutout to serve as a flame, and trace it onto yellow paper or foam
    • Put everything together with a glue gun, and consider adding sequins or glitter

    Make indulgent treats like potato pancakes or even your own doughnuts in honor of the holiday. Involving kids in the kitchen is a good way to help them show interest in holiday meals.

    Baking

    The holidays traditionally mean an array of baked goods too! If you have little ones in the house, you can have them be your big helpers with traditional sugar cookie recipes. While supervising, help them measure and pour ingredients, cut out shapes and let them decorate them! You can even construct holiday trees as shown here.

    Giving Tree

    The holiday season also brings forth a season of thankfulness and giving. If you are looking to inspire feelings of thankfulness and generosity, build a simple giving tree out of construction paper, a wire ornament tree, or an old-school paper chain from colored construction paper. The tree should start empty and each ornament or the inside of a paper chain should have a piece of paper with a phrase, feeling, person or thing that you are grateful for. The challenge would be to provide the same thing to someone else whether it be a friend, stranger, family member or charitable organization. Once complete, you hang your ornament or paper ring on the tree. You’ll finish when the tree is full or your paper chain complete.

    Holidays in the San Ramon Valley are a festive time of year. There are plenty of activities to do with family and friends from the Town of Danville’s Lighting of the Old Oak Tree, San Ramon’s Festival of Lights to fun runs and outdoor activities. If you are planning to move to the San Ramon Valley area, contact Villa Properties at (925) 519-0794 for help in finding your perfect home.

    Topics: San Ramon Valley Local