Prospective buyers of the glistening new town and duet-style homes destined for the small plot of hardscrabble next to the fire station at 1280 Moraga Way will be happy to know that their chosen homesite will provide them “easy travel throughout the region” and a “short drive to first-class shopping, dining and entertainment destinations” – in other cities.
Given the the lack of inventory and pent-up demand for housing in the 24/680 and, by extension, most of California, we have little doubt the KB Homes project will find buyers for its million dollar offerings.
Site preparation is already underway and the developer formally announced the project Thursday in a release sure to make prospective buyers salivate. Residents who questioned the logic of putting 36 new households next to a fire station and on a “major artery” already subject to clogging may not be as enthusiastic.
As it is always interesting to see how others perceive you, we offer the developer’s summation of advantages offered by our little town:
“With its picturesque setting in the rolling East Bay Hills, Moraga is a premier enclave for East Bay living. Home to the Moraga Country Club, Saint Mary’s College and desirable schools, Moraga is also a short drive to first-class shopping, dining and entertainment destinations in downtown Lafayette, San Francisco, and Walnut Creek. In addition, the community’s location will provide bountiful opportunities to enjoy the outdoors at several nearby East Bay regional parks, the Lafayette Reservoir Recreation Area, and Mount Diablo.”
Sound about right? Okay.
As with just about any project or undertaking in the 24/680, the Moraga Center Homes project was not without its detractors.
Town approval of the project sparked vigorous opposition from a substantial number of residents who gathered signatures in support of an effort to put the project to vote by referendum in 2015. That effort was quieted when a local court eventually declared the challenge invalid.