Local Muralist Tells A Story

Posted on January 1, 2017 by  
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Morgan Bricca

Earlier this year, new color bloomed on two Los Altos campuses – public art projects commissioned by school communities to mark ends and new beginnings.

At Covington School, the graduating class sponsored a mural celebrating reading and the California landscape. At Egan Junior High, the PTA launched a mural to honor Principal Brenda Dyckman’s 23 years of service. Both murals stem from Los Altos resident Morgan Bricca, who has left her mark on schools, civic buildings, shops and local homes around the region. Through her business “Murals by Morgan,” she has created hundreds of site-specific works of art.

Bricca’s son, an Egan student, had already introduced her to the student culture at the junior high. In meeting with Dyckman, she built a growing sense of the “schoolwide reason to have fun,” ranging from dances to dunk tanks and pancake breakfasts.

Bricca set out to create a mural for students that also resonated with the “grownups” calling the shots. She shared five widely different designs with Dyckman, expecting that a Viking ship on a lake might win out. But the principal chose the wildest – a bright splash of color that Dyckman told Bricca “reflected the explosion of emotion in the early teen years.”
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Upcoming Annual Events For Everyone

Posted on May 28, 2015 by  
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Art & Wine Festival

The end of the school year brings a lull to the hustle and bustle of daily life for parents and students alike as they have more time on their hands. What better way to spend it than outdoors. Los Altos offers a wide variety of family-friendly events, some of which are long-standing traditions.

Los Altos Farmers’ Market

4-8 p.m. Thursdays May 7 through Sept. 24

State Street, between Second and Fourth streets

Local farmers offer fresh seasonal fruits, vegetables, plants and cut flowers. A host of vendors sell a variety of specialty foods, including cheeses and dairy products, meats, breads and baked goods. The weekly events feature family-friendly entertainment and food trucks. For more information, visit downtownlosaltos.org/events/fm.html.

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Smartest Public High Schools In The US

LAHS 2015

Los Altos was just ranked among the 50 smartest public high schools in the US.  Coming in at #43, Los Altos High School (LAHS) achieved a SAT composite range of 1980-2010, among other criteria used.

Sixty percent of LAHS students are involved in the AP curriculum. Additionally, the school has an extensive college-readiness program. The school encourages students who aren’t ready for college to get involved in an enriching gap-year program; LAHS even hosts a gap-year fair so students know their options.

Some people believe that the best high-school educations come from private schools, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Public schools can provide first-class global educations that prepare students for college and successful careers.

The experts at college data website Niche put together a list of the smartest public high schools in the US based primarily on state-assessment proficiency, the colleges that students go on to, AP enrollment and exam pass rates, graduation rates, and composite ACT and SAT scores. Because there isn’t a good 1-to-1 ratio for ACT to SAT score comparison, the SAT composite scores are expressed as a range.

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What Defines Village Character?

Posted on February 28, 2015 by  
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There are as many descriptions of Los Altos, as there are resident.  Carol & I enjoy hearing about the characteristics residents use to define this community they love so much. The most common title used is that Los Altos is a Village.

There are a number of projects underway around the community.  During each planning phase, the community has had the opportunity to participate in framing what they would like to see improved, and/or retain.

So, what exactly defines Village character?  Well, the Town Crier dove into the subject, and below is a slightly edited version of their article.  Enjoy …

As construction moved toward completion on streetscape improvements in downtown Los Altos, the disruption to traffic – autos and otherwise – became a distant memory after the newly planted flowers began to bloom and pedestrians replaced detour placards.

After all, the impetus for infrastructure improvements was to boost business, draw developers and create a lively and vibrant village for visitors. But before the streetscape construction began, city officials adopted Downtown Design Guidelines, outlining architectural and design elements for the residential and commercial areas within the triangle bordered by Foothill Expressway, San Antonio Road and West Edith Avenue. Read more

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Listing Your Home Over the Holidays

Posted on November 20, 2013 by  
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Estrellita-FrontThe holiday season can bring many stresses of its own without adding a home sale to the list. This can keep many sellers on the sidelines or send them pulling their houses off the market until the new year rings in.

But contrary to what you may think, this time of year can actually be a fantastic sweet spot for sellers. Holiday buyers are serious and motivated. Consumer confidence is higher than at any other time of year. And relocating families tend to have more time and reason to shop for a new home over the holidays.

Perhaps the biggest compelling reason the holidays are a good time to list your home is the simple fact that there are fewer homes on the market at this time of year, which means less competition.

In addition, limited inventory has driven up prices in many markets through the year. According to NAR’s latest monthly statistics, the median price for existing homes was up 11.7% from the same month a year ago and it was the 10th consecutive month of double-digit year-over-year growth.

Mortgage rates also play a factor in holiday home sales. We’ve been seeing a rise in rates, with Freddie Mac reporting its latest average on the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage was at 4.35%, up from 4.16% the previous week. Consecutive weekly climbs in interest rates tend to motivate buyers even more.

We know this first hand, and that’s why we’ve created a special holiday program to help sellers navigate listing their home over the holidays without sacrificing their sanity or precious time with family.

Our Holiday Marketing Program is designed with seller privacy in mind. There are no for-sale signs in your yard, no lock boxes on your door, no open houses and no advertising identifying your home.

Instead, we’re offering to market your home to our sphere of serious buyers and show your home only by appointment. No fuss. No inconveniences. But you’ll be able take advantage of opportunities you’d otherwise miss by waiting until the new year.

And on January 1, 2014, if your home has not sold, it will automatically convert to our exclusive home marketing program. You won’t have to start from scratch.

We created this program because in our experience we know that there are a lot of opportunities for sellers over the holidays, but we understand why a homeowner would not want to deal with the stress of listing their home during this time.

If you’re interested in learning more, call Carol at 650-823-1434 for more information.

Happy Holidays!

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Los Altos Community Picnic

Posted on September 3, 2009 by  
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Sunday, September 13, from 1:00 to 5:00 pm

Annual Community Picnic

Los Altos Community Picnic

The city of Los Altos has scheduled the eighth annual community picnic on the second September Sunday, over at the Los Altos Community Center.  Clubs and organizations such as the senior center, the library, the history museum and the community house will host booths to inform residents of the many services in Los Altos. There will also be a Public Safety area featuring the Los Altos fire and police departments.

Organizers anticipate that 2,000 guests will enjoy the activities and live entertainment, which will showcase music from local bands.  There will be a Kid Zone complete with petting zoo and a Battle of the Bands for Teens. Don’t miss the vintage cars, county fair games, and blue-ribbon competitions for jams and pies.

This is another great event for the family to enjoy, as a splendid summer capstone for the  community. We hope to see you there.Los

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Downtown Friday Night Movies

Posted on August 19, 2009 by  
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August 2009

Friday, August 21, and 28

Los Altos Movie Night

For another wonderful summer event the whole family will enjoy, make sure you venture downtown for the annual Friday Night Movies. Movies are shown on Main Street between 2nd and 3rd Streets. The street is closed from 6:00 pm, so you can set out your chairs, sleeping bags, and blankets. Many families bring snacks for the movie, and usually dine at one of the local restaurants for dinner beforehand. The movies usually begin at 8:30 pm.

We have two great family movies remaining for August:

August 21 – Tale of Despereaux

Tale of DespereauxThis is the tale of three unlikely heroes. A brave and virtuous mouse with comically oversized ears who dreams of becoming a knight, his good-hearted rat friend Roscuro, who schemes to leave the darkness of the dungeon, and a bumbling servant girl. Their fates are intertwined with that of a princess in grave danger.

From the children’s bestselling book, this animated adventure comedy features the voices of Matthew Broderick, Dustin Hoffman and Emma Watson.

August 28 – Wizard of Oz

The Wizard of OZA tornado sweeps Dorothy and her dog Toto over the rainbow and away to a magical land. She embarks on a quest to find the Wizard who can help her return home to Kansas. On her adventure along the Yellow Brick Road she meets a Scarecrow, a Tin Man, and a Cowardly Lion, as well as a very evil witch.

This dual Oscar winning film stars Judy Garland as Dorothy, Frank Morgan as the Wizard, Ray Bolger as the Scarecrow, and of course Toto and the Munchkins.

Special note:  Along with this family classic there will be a costume contest, treats and fun filled entertainment.

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Late Summer Movies in Los Altos

Posted on July 12, 2009 by  
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August 2009

Friday, August 7, 14

Downtown Friday Nights Movies

Los Altos Movie Night

For another wonderful summer event the whole family will enjoy, make sure you venture downtown for the annual Friday Night Movies. Movies are shown on Main Street between 2nd and 3rd Streets.  The street is closed from 6:00 pm, so you can set out your chairs, sleeping bags, and blankets. Many families bring snacks for the movie, and usually dine at one of the local restaurants for dinner beforehand.  The movies usually begin at 8:30 pm.

This year, we have four great family movies:

August 7 – Back to the Future

Back to the Future

It is 1985 and mad scientist Doc Brown has invented time travel. His teenage friend, Marty McFly, is sent back in time to 1955. During this hysterical and amazing trip, Marty must make certain his teenage parents-to-be meet and fall in love, then get back to the future.

This Oscar winning movie stars Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, and Lea Thompson.

August 14 – Kung Fu Panda

Kung Fu PandaSet in ancient China, the Valley of Peace is threatened. Po, a bumbling, slacker panda, surprisingly is chosen as the Dragon Warrior despite the fact he is a complete novice at martial arts. But Po puts his heart — and his girth — into the task, and the unlikely hero ultimately finds if he just believes in himself, he can do anything.

An animated comedy featuring the voices of Jack Black, Angelina Jolie and Jackie Chan.

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Fabulous 1939 Spanish Home – North Los Altos Close to Downtown

Posted on April 21, 2009 by  
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This Property is no longer on the market

North Los Altos Home

3 Bedrooms, 1.5 baths, great bonus room, 12,000+/-sf lot in North Los Altos!

What an amazing neighborhood this is. North Los Altos has always been a highly desirable place to live. Whether you want fantastic schools, a walk to town location, or a quiet tree lined street, this home offers it all. As we started to meet the neighbors, it became clear that the buyer that purchases this home will make new friends quickly and will enjoy even more amenities than the home offers. Friends gather for the annual pumpkin carving in October and you may think this is just for kids but the word on the street is “kids” of ALL ages enjoy this event. 4th of July brings a block party to Sylvian Way.  The street is closed down so families can gather and the kids can play.  For those politically astute minds, you can always look forward to an election year forum where neighbors gather to gain knowledge on candidates and measures appearing on the ballot. This is another great gathering of neighbors that is both entertaining and informative.

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Beautiful Ranch Home Close To Downtown

Posted on April 6, 2009 by  
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190 Hillview Avenue – Los Altos

Sold in 24 Days!  March 2009

190 Hillview Avenue

Sold:  $1,425,000

190 Hillview Sold within 24 days of going on the market.  If you are ready to successfully sell your home, contact David & Carol today and let’s get started.

This wonderful home is in the heart of Los Altos. Conveniently located within a 5 minute walk to downtown shops, the local library, the community center and more! Situated within the award winning Los Altos School district, this 3+br/2.5ba home is ready for you to move right in.

Visit the website to see more about this great Los Altos property.

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