Posts Tagged ‘Lamorinda’


August 8, 2014

This amazing and rare property in the heart of Happy Valley, JUST SOLD! Mostly level 1 acre lot! Currently a 3,000+ square foot home with expansion possibilities or build a dream estate! Previous owner had horses. Natural spring water is collected for irrigation. Expansive lawns with a serene setting! Mario Feusier, Broker Associate with Caldecott Properties represented the buyer.

JUST SOLD! 146 Canon Drive, Orinda

May 19, 2014

Located on a private, quiet street yet short walk into Orinda Village. Chic two bedroom two bathroom home. Large 10,000 square foot lot with nice level lawn area and patio seating area. Mario Feusier, Broker Associate with Caldecott Properties represented the sellers.

November 11, 2013

The 2012 California Independent Film Festival Countdown

October 12, 2011

Moraga, CA (October 11th, 2011) – The countdown begins for the 2012 California Independent Film Festival (CAIFF), which will be held from Feb 10th, 2012 through Feb 16th, 2012. To usher it in, the organizers will have a series of events leading up to its opening night.

The first event will be held this Wednesday, Oct 12th, 2012, 7 PM, at the Hacienda de las Flores in Moraga, CA. It is the launch of The Lamorinda Theatres Concert Series, with a special presentation of “The Autumn Benefit Concert for CAIFF”. This concert will be breathtaking as attendees will definitely be amazed at the eclectic musical scores, ranging from Jazz, New Age, Halloween to Fusion; especially, with the addition of exotic instruments –the largest crystal didjeridoo in the world, and singing bowls.

Scheduled performers to appear at the concert are Frank Martin, a famous keyboardist who played with Sting, Al Jarreau, Andrea Bocelli, and Tuck and Patti; Kai Eckhardt, one of the top international bassist in the world and a member of The John McLaughlin Trio; didjeridoo and singing bowl performers, Paradiso and Rasayami who currently has a New Age chart-topping CD; and Carol Alban, a well-known flutist who has played at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. Attendees are encouraged to come in their Halloween costumes for the costume contest. Ticket admissions with light refreshments are $20 for adults; $15 for CAIFF members and students. Tickets are available at the Lamorinda Theatres website (

On Friday, October 21st, 2011, it will be a day and evening of extravaganza. CAIFF is proud to present the theatrical release of its 2010 award winning film for Best Score, “Mighty Macs” at the New Rheem Theatre. This is a heart-warming true story of a small-unknown school’s improbable journey in 1972, to win the first national women’s collegiate basketball championship. Tickets are $10 for general admission; and $8 for matinee admission, students and seniors.

In the evening, to celebrate Halloween, another fundraising event for CAIFF will take place. Lamorinda Theatres opens the doors to its “Dark Dreams Haunted House” at the New Rheem Theatre. This haunted house has been named one of the top-rated “Most Haunted Houses” in the nation and has attracted at least 500 visitors annually in the past five years. Ticket admission to the “Dark Dreams Haunted House” is $8; and $7 for the “Friday Night of Fright” movie. As a special treat, visitors purchasing both tickets will have the benefit of purchasing a small popcorn and small beverage for only $2.

Tickets for “Mighty Macs”, “Dark Dreams Haunted House”, and “Friday Night of Fright” are available for purchase at the New Rheem Theatre Box Office or visit .  For enquiries, call 925.388.0752 or e-mail .

As part of the 2012 California Independent Film Festival Countdown, more future events are in-the-works , and they will be announced very soon in the festival’s website (

Hollywood Star of “Moneyball” Visits Orinda Theatre Square

September 28, 2011

Orinda, CA (September 27th, 2011) – The newly released, film, “Moneyball”, is currently one of the top box-office hits worldwide, and it is currently screening at one of Lamorinda Theatres’ cinemas—The Orinda Theatre.

This  Saturday only, Oct 1st, 2011, Orinda Theatre welcomes one of Lamorinda’s rising Hollywood Stars— Stephen Bishop, who will be in attendance at the 6:30 PM screening of “Moneyball”. Stephen hails from the town of Moraga, CA, and went to Campolindo High School.

Mr. Bishop, who plays Oakland A’s outfielder, David Justice, in the movie, will be available to greet and meet well-wishers at the Orinda Theatre. He will also make a special appearance to introduce the movie, and to share insights and inside stories on the making of the movie, after its screening.

Mr. Bishop’s other most notable film and television credits include Friday Night Lights, Grey’s Anatomy, Lost, and The Rundown.

This screening is a special limited engagement in the Bay Area, and it is recommended that tickets are purchased before October 1st, 2011, in anticipation of being sold-out. Ticket admissions are $10 for the general public, and $8 for seniors, students and children, and they are now available for purchase at the Orinda Theatre’s Box Office or at the theatre’s website ( For inquiries, call 925.254.9065 or e-mail .

Standing Room Only at the First Annual Moraga Jazz Festival

August 11, 2011

Moraga, CA (August 11, 2011) – The New Rheem Theatre’s presentation of the very first Moraga Jazz Festival has set tones of “jazzy” superlatives reverberating in its big auditorium since this past Sunday, August 7th, 2011.

The festival’s caliber of well-acclaimed international and local performers wowed the crowd at the New Rheem Theatre’s Winchell Auditorium. The four- hour concert ended up as a standing-room only as wave of avid jazz fans could not resist witnessing the historic and momentous event.

The lineup included Alex De Grassi, a famous “Maestro Guitarist”, who has captivated audiences from around the globe with his fiery renditions; jazz legend Roger Glenn who played with Dizzy Gillespie; keyboardist Victoria Theodore who is a mainstay of Stevie Wonder’s concert tours; Mark Levine on the rhythms of bass; Frank Martin, who has performed with some internationally acclaimed artists like Andrea Bocelli  and Al Jarreau; George Brooks on the saxophone; Carol Alban, founder of the Moraga Jazz Festival and a famous local flutist; and other celebrated musicians.

Attendees, who came all over from the San Francisco Bay Area, Canada, and New York, were amazed that the founding committee of five volunteers only had six weeks to plan the entire event. The committee members, which include Carol Alban, the founder, Mayor Karen Mendonca of Moraga, Town of Moraga Manager Jill Keimach, Karen Wyle, and Beau Behan, candidly responded that they did not do it all alone. The musicians and performers also volunteered their time and energy, and altogether, it was a grassroots effort inspired by a worthy cause—to raise money for the tornado victims of Joplin, MO.

The founding committee of the Moraga Jazz Festival and the New Rheem Theatre would like to thank all of the performers, musicians, and the festival sponsors and supporters, and all of its attendees and fans.  With their support, the future of the Second Annual Moraga Jazz Festival is now secure, and it will take place sometime next year, in 2012.
Major Festival Sponsors include New Rheem Theatre, California Independent Film Festival, Swanson Music, Lamorinda Weekly, DC Pianos, In The Bag, Inc., Moraga UPS Store, Lamorinda Web, Moraga Chamber of Commerce, Jonathan Winchell Auditorium and Orinda Theatre .


13th Annual California Independent Film Festival to Open With “The 5th Quarter”

January 19, 2011

Q&A with director Rick Bieber and actor Ryan Merriman precedes screening


Moraga, CA, Jan 13th, 2011 – The 13th Annual California Independent Film Festival will kick off with the award winning film “The 5th Quarter”.

The seven-day festival is launched on Friday January 28th with an Opening Night Celebration presented by Lamorinda. The evening’s festivities begin at 5:00 PM at a VIP Reception with celebrity guests at the New Rheem Theatre, 350 Park Street, Moraga.

Ryan Merriman will be attending the screening of "The 5th Quarter"

Ryan Merriman will be attending the screening of “The 5th Quarter”Following the reception and beginning at 6:30 PM will be the opening night movie, “The 5th Quarter” which received rave reviews at other film festivals around the country, including Boston Film Festival, Heartland Film Festival and Charleston International Film Festival.  “The 5th Quarter” is based on a true story. After his brother Luke was tragically killed in a car crash, Jon Abbate (Ryan Merriman) is driven to lead the Wake Forest Demon Deacons to their most successful football season in the school’s history. Wearing his brother’s number on his jersey, he accomplishes that, and establishes traditions along the way. The film starring Aidan Quinn, Andie McDowell, Jillian Batherson and Ryan Merriman (scheduled to attend). The film’s director, Rick Bieber, is also scheduled to attend the event.

The Question & Answer with the film’s director, Rick Bieber, and actor Ryan Merriman will precede the movie.Tickets for the VIP reception, Q&A and screening are $25.  Purchase your tickets today at the New Rheem Theatre Box Office or at the festival’s website .(

About the California Independent Film Festival

The 13th Annual California Independent Film Festival runs January 28th – February 3rd 2011 at the New Rheem Theatre. Purchase your tickets today online at, or at the New Rheem Theatre Box Office at 350 Park Street, Moraga. For festival’s information call 925-388-0752 or e-mail .

The 13th Annual California Independent Film Festival (January 28th – February 3rd 2011) is presented by the California Independent Film Festival Association, a nonprofit arts and educational organization dedicated to furthering the art of independent filmmaking.

2011 sponsors include the Winchell Family, Murdy Foundation/David Trotter, Diablo Magazine, Walnut Creek Marriott, CouldB Music, Senior Solutions, New Rheem Theatre, Lamorinda Weekly, and Lamorinda Wine Growers Association.

Opening Night is sponsored by Lamorinda Weekly.

Are there any foreclosed, bank-owned, REO or potential short sale properties in the East Bay cities Lafayette, Moraga or Orinda (Lamorinda)? If so, what type of discount are they selling for?

May 12, 2010

Yes, there are distressed properties in Lafayette, Moraga and Orinda, just not many compared to other cities in Alameda and Contra Costa that were hit significantly harder by the market downturn.

From January 1, 2010 to May 7, 2010, there were 28 distressed sales in Lamorinda accounting for 17.7% of total sales in these cities.  In addition, there were another 26 sales pending as of May 7, 2010.  Of these 28 sales, 10 were short sales, and 18 were REO’s.  These properties were listed for an average of $669,949 ($306/square foot) and sold for an average of $642,402 ($295/square foot) – a 4.1% average discount on the list price.

During the same period of January 1, 2010 to May 7, 2010, there were 130 non-distressed sales (re-sales and new construction) that were listed for an average of $1,017,907 ($427/square foot) and sold for an average of $966,636 ($409/square foot) – a 5.0% discount on the list price. 

Based on this data, distressed properties are selling for an average discount of 30.7% versus non-distressed real estate sales.

For more information about this market, or to sign up for a free-list of distressed sales in Lafayette, Moraga, Orinda or other Contra Costa or Alameda County cities, please contact Andy Read, Broker, at 510.594.2400 x 222 or