Mid-Century Modern In Walnut Creek Has Floor-To-Ceiling Windows

Mid-Century Modern In Walnut Creek Has Floor-To-Ceiling Windows-0

WALNUT CREEK, CA — This light-filled Mid-Century Modern Rancher sits on a mostly level half acre of property.

The home has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and many updates including a gas fireplace, Nest thermostat, air conditioning and more.

Click on the address below to see more photos.

  • Address: 4200 Walnut Blvd, Walnut Creek, California
  • Price: $1,097,000
  • Square Feet: 1811
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2 Baths
  • Built: 1963
  • Features: Acalanes High School District Walking distance to top-rated Walnut Heights Elementary, Shell Ridge Open Space and Walnut Height Swim Club. Fabulous family neighborhood with country feel, but only 5 minutes drive to downtown Walnut Creek, Plenty of Upgrades New Energy Efficient Foam Roof, Stainless Steel Appliances & Landscaping make this a Gem.

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Behind-The-Scenes Of How Rahul Gandhi Chose Chief Ministers

Rahul Gandhi has finally ticked some very important boxes in his tenure as Congress President and can now happily take his new year break.

First, he put the Congress back in the business of winning elections; then, he displayed the delicate art of the deal in brokering peace between rival leaders in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh while installing his own choices as Chief Minister in both states.

Kamal Nath, 72, heads Madhya Pradesh now. Ashok Gehlot, 67, takes charge of Rajasthan with 41-year-old Sachin Pilot as his deputy. Gandhi also proved his Love Guru credentials (which debuted with that jhappi of PM Modi) by managing pretty pictures of the competing contenders in the midst of tough negotiations along with quotes from Tolstoy. So maharajah-sized egos were managed with flair; experience balanced with dynamism and youth.

The claims for Chief Minister went late into last night. A senior leader who was privy to the delicate negotiations says that Gandhi, like his grand mother and father, is a late bloomer but now finally shows sign of having a grip on managing his party. Also, he is no longer being second-guessed by his mother, Sonia Gandhi, the longest-serving president in Congress history, and her team of veterans.

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In Madhya Pradesh, Kamal Nath has been chosen as the Chief Minister.

This is perhaps the first time that Sonia Gandhi has provided support for a decision made entirely by Rahul Gandhi, who, to his credit, has managed to ensure that the Old Guard and Young Guns accept complementary roles unlike the sad old-age home of the BJP, the Margdarshak Mandal, where Shah and Modi have banished older leaders.

Gandhi appears to have taken years to make his own assessment of leaders and before deciding on where they fit into the party’s scheme of things. So when funds became a problem for the party he asked Ahmed Patel in a joint meeting with his mother to take over the job of Treasurer. Patel, his mother’s closest political aide, had been subjected to years of spin by rivals about how Gandhi disliked him and would have no job for him.

Kamal Nath had dragged a reluctant Digvijaya Singh and Scindia to a joint meeting with Gandhi before the polls where they said, “We don’t care who you pick but pick one of us – or it will be curtains for the Congress in MP. We want to fight the BJP, not each other”. I had written about this meeting in an earlier column here.

Gandhi then made Kamal Nath walk the talk, assigning him as President of the Congress in the state to raise funds and lead campaigning while ensuring that Scindia and Singh did not indulge in their longstanding rivalry. Kamal Nath revitalised a moribund party organisation barely six months before the elections with Singh playing his backroom boy and trouble-shooter. Singh, because of his two terms as Chief Minister, knew every key person in the organisation and helped smooth the way. Kamal Nath ensured that Scindia and Singh did not have to spend any time together.

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Ashok Gehlot will become Rajasthan Chief Minister and Sachin Pilot will be his deputy.

Both Scindia and Kamal Nath told me separately that if any one tried to create trouble between them, they would call each other to pre-empt any misunderstanding.

Scindia did want his turn post the results but was told gently by Gandhi that he could wait. Gandhi was clear that Kamal Nath’s enormous administrative experience is required to deliver on the tall poll promises and that his equation with industry will draw some show-piece job-creating projects to MP.

Gandhi also told Scindia that his “Shakti app” feedback showed overwhelming support for Kamal Nath and that he can’t do without Scindia in Delhi.

 

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Online buying boosts ‘touch, feel’ business of home decor furnishings

Pepperfry provides customers a choice through its portfolio of over 100,000 products across categories like furniture, home decor, lamps and lighting, furnishing, kitchen and dining, housekeeping, and hardware and electricals.
Online buying boosts 'touch, feel' business of home decor furnishings

Show-Off Details, Built-In Storage Charms Of 2-Bedroom Homes

Show-Off Details, Built-In Storage Charms Of 2-Bedroom Homes

CALIFORNIA — Before there were McMansions and Tiny Houses, California was dotted with cottages and bungalows that typically had 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom and oodles of charm. Today these homes are often coveted by empty nesters and first time home buyers alike who appreciate the smaller price tags, smaller square footage and period craftsmanship.

Take a look at these 2 bedroom homes for sale, many with enormous yards.

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Branford’s Open House Of The Week (Dec. 9)

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There will be an open house on Sunday, Dec. 9 for this home located at 44 Marks Court, according to Realtor.com. The open house is from 1 to 3 p.m.

  • Address: 44 Marks Ct, Branford, Connecticut
  • Price: $469,000
  • Square Feet: 2840
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 2 Full and 2 Half Baths
  • Built: 1993
  • Features: Welcome To This Beautiful Custom-Built Home Located At The End Of A Cul-De-Sac, With Beautiful Landscaping and Gorgeous Curb Appeal! This Home Offers 4 Bedrooms, 2 Full Bathrooms, 2 Half Bathrooms and Sits On 1.05 Acres Of Land! The Main Level Features A Kitchen, Dining Room, Living Room, 4Th Bedroom, Great Room, Laundry and Mudroom. The Large Eat-In Kitchen Has Newer Ss Appliances, Flooring and Lighting.
  • The Dining Room Is Open To A Stunning Sunken Living Room With Cathedral Ceilings, A Gorgeous Stone Fireplace. Hardwood Floors and French Doors That Walk Out To A Private Deck With Newly Stained Decking and Trex Steps.
  • The 4Th Bedroom Can Also Be Used As An Office, Playroom Or Den. The Great Room Has Cathedral Ceilings W/ Skylights, Stamped Concrete Insulated Floors & An Oversized Slider That Can Be Used As A Separate Entrance For A Possible In-Law Or Home Office For A Small Business Or Practice. The 2Nd Floor Offers A Cozy Loft That Overlooks The Living Room With 2 Bedrooms and A Full Bath Located On One Side and The Master Suite On The Other. The Master Has New Hardwood Flooring, A Walk-In Closet and A Stunning Newly Remodeled Bathroom With Marble Counters, Custom-Tile, Footed Tub and Triple Shower Heads!
  • Lastly, The Lower Level Adds Approx. 1000 Sq.Ft. To Living Space With A Half Bath, A Walk-Out French Door, Bar Sink, Built-In Bench & Movie Room With Custom Glass Cabinets. Great For Entertaining! Most Rooms Have Been Freshly Painted! This Home Is A Must See!!

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Bridge to nowhere? Some doubts on U.S. economy justified, doom and gloom is not

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Wall Street scurrying for the exits? More and more investors apparently see the economy becoming a bridge to nowhere.

Just a few months ago, investors drove the U.S. stock market SPX, -2.33%  to an all-time high. Now they’re scurrying for the off-ramp and showing fresh doubts about economy. Have things really gone south that fast?

Not really.

The economy is forecast to grow at an above-average speed of 2.6% in the fourth quarter, for one thing. Consumer confidence is at a two-decade high. The unemployment rate remains at a 49-year low. And the holiday shopping season is shaping up to be a big one.

Still, some warning signs have emerged.

Home sales have softened after a rise in mortgage rates. Corporate investment has tapered off. Job creation slowed in November. And a festering trade dispute with China and resulting tariffs have raised costs for businesses and consumers.

“It’s becoming clearer by the day that the best days for this economic cycle are behind us,” asserted Scott Anderson, chief economist of Bank of the West.

The sudden shift in perception is forcing the Federal Reserve to reconsider how many times it will raises interest rates in the next year.

Not only does the economy seem a touch more vulnerable than it did a few months ago, a recent upturn in inflation also appears to have crested. The Fed has been gradually raising rates to head off an unwelcome increase in rates, but now the problem seems less urgent.

One sign came last week in a weaker-than-expected November employment report. The economy added just 155,000 new jobs — well below the 190,000 forecast — and the yearly increase in hourly wage growth stood pat at 3.1%.

More evidence might emerge this week. The consumer price index, which tracks the cost of living, could show a flat or even negative reading for the first time in eight months. The annual rate of inflation as measured by the CPI could drop to a nine-month low of 2.2% from 2.5%

Similarly weak readings are likely in other inflation barometers for wholesale U.S. goods and imported products.

What’s a common thread?

Falling oil prices . A surge in petroleum helped fuel an upturn in inflation earlier this year that spurred the Fed to raise U.S. interest rates three times. Now lower oil prices are acting as a brake on inflation.

Lower oil prices CLF9, +1.24%  will probably deliver seemingly disappointing retail sales in November.

Americans spent a lot less filling up at gas stations, making it look like retailers had a bad month. Economists polled by MarketWatch predict a lackluster 0.2% increase.

“Here’s a word of advice on anyone planning to use the November retail sales report as a guide to how the holiday shopping season is going: don’t,” said chief economist Richard Moody of Regions Financial.

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Impress Everyone On Your List With These Stylish Decor Gifts

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There’s one category of gifts that will satisfy everyone on your list. Whether it’s for bosses, your best friend, babies or even those people you don’t know too well, a home accessory is a bold and meaningful choice. Here are the most stylish decor gifts to give (and also to receive) this holiday season.

Samsung “The Frame” Television

This tv isn't art, but it's close enough.

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Is it a work of art or a television? It’s both! Samsung’s “The Frame” television is designed with style in mind. It’s a 4k UHD SmartTv that’s an even smarter gift.

Petrossian Ecume Caviar Presentoir

Upgrade your caviar.

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Caviar is the ultimate foodie gift. So why not upgrade and include this luxurious presentoir from Petrossian? Available in white, gold or platinum, each presentoir comes with a choice of various caviar tins. Luckily, it’s impossible to pick the wrong one.

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2 Minneapolis cops on leave after Christmas tree decor

Image result for 2 Minneapolis cops on leave after Christmas tree decorTwo Minneapolis police officers were placed on paid leave Friday after their apparent involvement in Christmas tree decorations that the city’s mayor called “despicable.”

The Christmas tree at a precinct station on the city’s North Side was decorated with items such as Newport cigarettes, police crime tape, a can of malt liquor, a Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen cup, and other things that Mayor Jacob Frey said amounted to a “racist display.” A picture of the tree circulated online before the items were removed.

Frey initially called for the officer involved to be fired by day’s end, but later recognized that a process has to be followed. Instead, two officers were placed on paid leave while the department investigates.

“This behavior is racist, despicable, and is well beneath the standards of any person who serves the city of Minneapolis,” Frey said in a statement early Friday. “Shifting the culture of the police department requires swift and decisive action. Termination is necessary — both to discipline the officer and to send a clear message: Chief (Medaria) Arradondo and I will not tolerate conduct that departs from our values.”

Arradondo called the display “racially insensitive” and said it was removed. He said he has started a full investigation into the incident.

“I am ashamed and appalled by the behavior of those who would feel comfortable to act in such a manner that goes against our core department values of trust, accountability and professional service,” Arradondo said in a statement.

The head of the police officer’s union did not immediately return a message from The Associated Press seeking comment.

The tree is in the police station on the city’s North Side, which has a fractured relationship with police. The precinct was the site of more than two weeks of protests after the 2015 fatal police shooting of Jamar Clark, a black man. While Arradondo said the police department has made positive changes, “this recent incident shows we still have much work ahead.”

Longtime civil rights activist Ron Edwards told the Star Tribune , that the items on the tree were a “wink wink” to racial stereotypes against black people.

“It’s a modern day version of a dog whistle, tainted with racism, specifically against the African-American community,” he said.

The Twin Cities Coalition 4 Justice 4 Jamar, a group formed after Clark’s shooting, sent out a statement saying they were “outraged and disgusted” by the display. The group also called for the immediate termination of those involved.

Also Friday, the Minneapolis City Council voted to reduce the mayor’s proposed police budget for 2019 by more than $1 million.

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Patna University students attack JDU vice president Prashant Kishor

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A massive political controversy has erupted after JDU vice president and close aide of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Prashant Kishor, was attacked by students of the Patna University after his meeting with the university vice-chancellor Rasbihari Singh at his residence on Monday night.

The JDU leader was attacked by students who had gathered outside Singh’s residence. The vehicle in which Kishor had come to meet the Vice-Chancellor was also damaged by the students.

Patna Police had a tough time ensuring that the JDU leader escaped unhurt from the university campus.

The meeting with Patna University Vice-Chancellor came just two days ahead of the crucial students union elections on December 5. Interestingly, professor Ram Shankar Arya, advisor to the chief election officer, was also present in this meeting which went on for almost 3 hours.

The Patna University Students Union election this time is witnessing an interesting battle between candidates of ABVP against the JDU, who are making their electoral debut in the university elections.

Allegedly, Prashant Kishor is garnering the support of youth from across the state ever since he has become the vice president of the party. Over the last few days, he has been meeting youths from Bihar at 7, Circular Road, the residence of Nitish Kumar from where he operates.

BJP has been alleging that Prashant was trying to influence the students’ union elections in favour of JDU.

Irked by his repeated interference in the upcoming students union election, four BJP legislators had issued a press statement slamming Kishor.

A BJP delegation led by MLA Nitin Navin met governor Lalji Tandon on Monday night soon after Prashant Kishor met the Vice Chancellor at his residence followed by him being attacked by students. The BJP delegation demanded the Governor to conduct the Patna University Students Union elections in the free and fair manner.

It may be mentioned that campaigning for the December 5 elections ended at 5 pm on December 3 and the model code of conduct was in place.

According to rules, no leader of any political party could enter the college premises after the end of campaigning and therefore Prashant Kishor’s meeting with PU VC raised eyebrows. Reportedly, he met VC with the intention to pressurise him to ensure the victory of JDU in the elections.

A massive political controversy has erupted after JDU Vice President and close aide of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Prashant Kishor, was attacked by students of the Patna University after his meeting with the university vice-chancellor Rasbihari Singh at his residence on Monday night.

The JDU leader was attacked by students who had gathered outside Singh’s residence. The vehicle in which Kishor had come to meet the Vice-Chancellor was also damaged by the students.

Patna Police had a tough time ensuring that the JDU leader escaped unhurt from the university campus.

The meeting with Patna University Vice-Chancellor came just two days ahead of the crucial students union elections on December 5. Interestingly, professor Ram Shankar Arya, advisor to the chief election officer, was also present in this meeting which went on for almost 3 hours.

The Patna University Students Union election this time is witnessing an interesting battle between candidates of ABVP against the JDU, who are making their electoral debut in the university elections.

Allegedly, Prashant Kishor is garnering the support of youth from across the state ever since he has become the vice president of the party. Over the last few days, he has been meeting youths from Bihar at 7, Circular Road, the residence of Nitish Kumar from where he operates.

BJP has been alleging that Prashant was trying to influence the students’ union elections in favour of JDU.

Irked by his repeated interference in the upcoming students union election, four BJP legislators had issued a press statement slamming Kishor.

A BJP delegation led by MLA Nitin Navin met governor Lalji Tandon on Monday night soon after Prashant Kishor met the Vice Chancellor at his residence followed by him being attacked by students. The BJP delegation demanded the Governor to conduct the Patna University Students Union elections in the free and fair manner.

It may be mentioned that campaigning for the December 5 elections ended at 5 pm on December 3 and the model code of conduct was in place.

According to rules, no leader of any political party could enter the college premises after the end of campaigning and therefore Prashant Kishor’s meeting with PU VC raised eyebrows. Reportedly, he met VC with the intention to pressurise him to ensure the victory of JDU in the elections.

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Senior center where rape reported installs jams on doors, windows

After a disturbing report of a resident at an assisted living center being sexually assaulted, News4Jax has learned that the facility has installed jams on windows and doors, preventing residents of first-floor rooms from opening them more than a few inches.

Vernon Bender is a 78-year-old veteran who lives in one of the rooms, and got so concerned he called his son.

“Saturday they came over here and closed these doors and put these boards in there. They are screwed in there, the fern strip, which means I can’t open this door to get out,” Bender said.

Bender has only lived at Brookdale Atrium Way for a few months. He said one of the reasons he chose the facility was the unit’s floor plan and patio on the ground level.

“I use it all the time. That’s my car parked right there. To get to my car now, I have to go all the way down to the end of the building and all the way back,” Bender said.

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It’s not just the sliding glass door being closed off that has him upset.

“All these windows here have boards like this, screwed in. I can’t open this window. If I tried it, it only goes so far. That’s it. I consider this a fire exit,” said Bender.

Fire is the biggest concern for him.

“I have four exits to this apartment, three of them are blocked,” Bender said.

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Bender’s son, Michael, called News4Jax after his dad notified him about the windows and doors.

“I am very concerned. In fact,  I have been talking with him, since seeing your article, about finding a new place for him to live,” Michael Bender said. “In my mind, if something happens here he has no way of getting out. He only has the front door, and if there is a fire in the hall, then he is stuck and there is nowhere else he can go. And the windows, he can’t even open those to crawl out.”

Instead of jams, both father and son have other suggestions to remedy the situation.

“A front gate, swipe in, swipe out. Cameras on all the doors that are around the building,” Michael Bender said.

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News4Jax reached out to the managers at Brookdale who sent us the following statement;

We have taken additional actions to increase security options around the community. In conjunction with Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) and the Fire Department, we installed sliding glass door locks on first floor apartments. We direct you to the fire officials for additional questions regarding fire code.”

News4Jax also reached out to the Jacksonville Fire Rescue’s Fire Prevention Unit and we are waiting to hear back from them.

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