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    Lamorinda is located in the central part of Contra Costa County. The central part of the county is a valley traversed by Interstate 680 and Highway 24. The towns east of the hills, on or near Highway 24 and their surrounding areas (Lafayette, Moraga and Orinda) are collectively known as Lamorinda.

    Owing to the high quality of its public schools (due largely to both demographics and added support from prosperous parents), this area has become a magnet for affluent families with children.

    Each city is distinct from the others, but the three share many similar characteristics as suburban bedroom communities with little industry. The region has been called “wealthy” by the San Francisco Chronicle. The public high schools in each of the cities are part of the Acalanes Union High School District, one of the highest ranked high school districts in California.

    With a cluster of restaurants and generally high-end shops in its downtown, Lafayette is considered the retail hub of the region. Orinda is home to the historic Orinda Theatre and the California Shakespeare Theater. Moraga is home to Saint Mary’s College of California.

    Lafayette and Orinda both have BART stations and are located along Highway 24. Lafayette’s BART station is located across from the Lafayette hillside memorial. The Lafayette station along with the Orinda’s BART station, are on the Pittsburg/Bay Point–SFO/Millbrae line. Moraga, located to the south, is more isolated. Moraga is connected to Lafayette and Orinda by a pair of two-lane roads and the highway to the north.

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    Contra Costa County’s pleasant lifestyle combines Mediterranean climate and scenic
    surroundings with excellent schools, abundant recreational facilities, a variety of cultural
    programs and highly developed shopping centers. California’s relaxed living style is enjoyed to
    its utmost in Contra Costa County.

    Contra Costa County has a variety of attractive residential areas offering different lifestyles.
    There is a wide choice of planned unit developments, condominiums, apartments, country
    homes and suburban tracts and custom homes of all styles and sizes. Most residential
    communities provide nearby amenities such as swimming pools, stables, tennis courts and
    golf courses. Cities are increasingly well planned with ample areas designated for open space.
    They are well governed by their respective city councils.

    Contra Costa County has a place of worship for almost any religious affiliation. With twelve
    major hospitals, numerous “urgent care” centers, and an extensive paramedic program, the
    county health care is excellent.

    Recreation facilities are abundant in Contra Costa County with nearly 50,000 acres of land
    dedicated to Regional Parks. Boating, fishing, water sports, trail riding and camping are
    offered by the 15 large recreational areas. Skiing and mountain recreation are available within
    an easy three hour drive to the Sierra Nevada Range.

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    On Saturday, February 22nd, 2014, local Realtors Pete Sabine, Michael Moore and Lori O’Brien with Pacific Union Real Estate sponsored a fundraiser event to benefit the Lindsay Wildlife Experience Museum.

    The Lindsay Wildlife Experience Museum cares for more than 5,500 injured or orphaned animals every year in the wildlife rehabilitation hospital. The animals inspire the museum environmental education program which provides an unforgettable experience for children and adults.

    The purpose of the event was to raise funds to support the museum wildlife hospital and also to give local residents an opportunity to experience the wildlife exhibits the museum has to offer. Over 300 guests had the opportunity to tour the museum, animal hospital and participate in hands-on activities to learn more about native California animal species. Guests also participated in a raffle of items purchased from the museum store including everything from puzzles to Family Museum Memberships.

    “The Lindsay Wildlife Museum would not be able to care for the animals or provide community programs without the generosity of its donors. Our fundraiser event raised over $3,300 to benefit the museum hospital” said Sabine.

    Pete Sabine and his team sponsor several fundraising events each year that benefit local charities such as the Children’s Hospital Foundation and local communities including the Pleasant Hill Chamber of Commerce.

    “The Lindsay Wildlife Museum is one of many unique local assets offering a rich and rewarding experience for Contra Costa County residents. Our real estate team is committed to providing exceptional real estate services while also giving back to the communities we serve” says Sabine.

    You can reach Pete Sabine at (925) 297-5335 or visit ContraCostaLiving.com.

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  4. Pete Sabine brings a wealth of knowledge with a background in residential construction, a top producing real estate broker, and co-author of the book "Get the Best Deal When Selling Your Home" - San Francisco Bay Area Edition.
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    Pete Sabine began his real estate career in 1985. Pete brings to his transactions an extensive background in sales, marketing, negotiation, relocation and investing along with buying and selling strategies focused on delivering professional real estate services, expertise and innovative solutions for his clients.

    Pete is an expert with real estate contract negotiations, risk management best practices, disclosure laws, agency relationships, creative financing and sophisticated real estate investment resources and strategies. Pete provides Realtors with real estate education training courses on these topics.

    Pete has successfully integrated social media and internet marketing with his real estate business. Pete is a social media practitioner and trainer collaborating with his local business community and Board of Realtors to provide workshops, seminars and consulting that enable Realtors and business owners to be successful with social media and internet marketing.

    Pete is actively involved in local community events and fund raisers in addition to serving on various civic committees as a Director of the Pleasant Hill Chamber of Commerce.

    Since 1985, Pete Sabine has specialized in residential and income property sales throughout the San Francisco Bay Area including Contra Costa County and the cities of Alamo, Alhambra Valley, Concord, Clayton, Danville, Diablo, Lafayette, Lamorinda, Martinez, Moraga, Orinda, Pleasant Hill, Walnut Creek.

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    Orinda Custom Tudor style home in the heart of the Country Club area

    Pride of ownership and attention to detail...

    Discover this classic Tudor style home surrounded by majestic oak trees above nearby Lake Cascade. The country club area is one of the most desirable Orinda communities with the beauty of its rolling hillsides and the heritage of unique elegant homes.

    Custom built in 1980 by the current owner, this home offers a versatile floor plan with approximately 2350 square feet of comfortable living space including 4 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms.

    Custom paver stones and brick masonry create an elegant entrance to this special home.
    Roughhewn open beam vaulted ceilings enhance the kitchen, dining area and living room. Wide plank hardwood floors add to the character of this home.

    Perfect for entertaining friends and family...

    The formal dining area is perfect for holiday dinner parties. Enjoy entertaining your guests in the casual elegance of this special room with French doors that lead outside to the deck.
    The family room has French doors leading to redwood deck, a gas fireplace, wet bar and powder room.

    Living room features include:

    • Gas Fireplace
    • French doors leading to redwood deck
    • Plantation style shutters
    • Elegant light fixtures
    • Views

    Understated elegance throughout...

    The kitchen features include:

    • Granite counter tops
    • Pendent lights
    • Jenn-Air gas cooktop
    • KitchenAid double oven, dishwasher, and microwave oven
    • Custom cherry wood cabinets

    The master bedroom suite has floor to ceiling windows framed by plantation style shutters that bring the tree-house views into focus. Other features include:

    • Walk- in closet
    • Crown molding
    • Dual sink basins
    • Soaker bath tub
    • Skylight
    • Tile surfaces in bathroom
    • Gold fixture finishes

    Additional features include…

    • Dual zone HVAC system
    • Central vacuum system
    • Bonus room serves as a fourth bedroom or home office
    • Surveillance security system
    • Recently constructed decks and exterior staircase

    About Orinda...

    Orinda is one of the most prestigious towns in Contra Costa County. Orinda attracts many of the Bay Area’s professional and executives who live here because of its convenient proximity to San Francisco. Orinda is nestled in a valley on the east side of the Oakland-Berkeley hills offering its residents a quiet, peaceful setting.

    Prime Country Club location...

    With tree-studded hillsides, heritage of the unique elegant homes and top-rated local schools, property values in the country club area exceeds that of most Contra Costa County communities.
    Orinda's easy commute, excellent schools, history, culture and affluence make Orinda a wonderful place to live.

    Shopping, restaurants and more...

    The Orinda Theatre was declared a Historical Landmark and has been refurbished to its original beauty of the Art Deco style. The Theater Square is a combination of professional offices, retail stores and restaurants in a charming environment.

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