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    San Francisco 49ers Lose Super Bowl XLVII

    The Around Dublin Blog would like to congratulate the San Francisco 49ers on finishing another thrilling season. Coach Jim Harbaugh took the San Francisco 49ers to the Super Dome in New Orleans to face the Baltimore Ravens, coached by older brother John Harbaugh. Jim and John are the first pair of brothers in NFL history to serve as head coaches. Although the San Francisco 49ers failed to bring home their sixth Vince Lombardi Trophy, the team, now with Jim Harbaugh as Head Coach, is poised to bring one home soon. For the San Francisco 49ers, it was their first-ever Super Bowl loss, 34-31.

    The San Francisco 49ers started the season with a 6-2 record. In Week 10, league-leading Quarterback Alex Smith suffered a concussion in the second quarter against the St. Louis Rams. He stayed in the game long enough to throw a touchdown pass to Michael Crabtree despite blurred vision. Smith was then replaced by second-year quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the second round in 2011. The game ended in a 24–24 tie. The concussion caused Smith to miss the following game, in which Kaepernick went 16 for 23 for 243 yards with two touchdowns and a 32–7 win over the Chicago Bears. Impressed by Kaepernick’s performance, Harbaugh ignore his own rule that no player should lose his starting job due to an injury and made Kaepernick the team’s new starting quarterback.

    The San Francisco 49ers finished the regular season 11-4-1 and went into the playoffs as the second seed in the NFC for the second straight year. In their first game in the 2012 playoffs, the San Francisco 49ers beat the Green Bay Packers 45-31. They advanced to NFC Championship for the second straight year. On January 20th, the San Francisco 49ers defeated the Atlanta Falcons 28-24 as the NFC Champions to advance to Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans.

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    Dublin, CA Condo Real Estate Market Summary 2014

    Dublin, CA Condo Real Estate Market Summary 2014

    The median price of condos in Dublin, CA continues to increase in 2014, but it did not quite reach the 2005 peak. The impact of foreclosures and short sales on home prices in Dublin and the greater Tri-Valley is no longer significant.

    The median price of condos in Dublin increased by 10% in 2014, but condo prices are still lower than the historical high established in 2005. The median sale price for Dublin CA condos during the 4th quarter was $535,625.

    The annual median price of Dublin CA condos increase in 2013 over 2012 was 36.7%, showing that the increase in value has slowed to a more sustainable pace in 2014. The days of flipping for a fast profit are behind us, but moderate growth could be a good indicator of market stability.

    Year Low Sales Price High Sales Price Median Sales Price
    2003 $227,000 $823,000, 375,000
    2004 $265,000 $659,950 $455,000
    2005 $333,000 $802,000 $580,000
    2006 $255,000 $730,000 $555,000
    2007 $270,300 $830,583 $530,000
    2008 $163,000 $554,950 $420,000
    2009 $107,000 $500,000 $351,000
    2010 $102,000 $678,280 $350,000
    2011 $92,610 $699,000 $326,000
    2012 $120,000 $680,000 $340,000
    2013 $199,000 $777,500 $465,000
    2014 $202,600 $869,000 $510,000

    Dublin currently has no bank owned condo and no short-sale condos on the market. To see all the bank owned condos in Dublin, please check out this interactive map; to see all the short sale condos in Dublin, please check out this interactive map. The listings on these pages are continually updated. For more specific info about the real estate market for Dublin neighborhoods contact Vickie Nagy, your Dublin Real Estate Broker specializing in Buyer Representation at (925) 407-7987 or Vickie@VickieSellsHomes.com.

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    Sprouts Farmers Market to Make Amador Plaza Road the New Grocery Destination in Dublin, CA

    With the grand opening of Sprouts Farmers Market in Dublin, CA on Wednesday, June 29th at 7:00AM, the cost of healthy living in Alameda County as well as Contra Costa County is about to come down – way down. For years Sprouts has earned a reputation for selling right-from-the-earth foods at down-to-earth prices. Known for its “old-fashioned” customer service, Sprouts is staffed with the friendliest associates who will greet customers with a smile and personally guide shoppers to any product in the store. This relationship-driven approach to running a grocery store is how founder Henry Boney turned his first fruit stand in 1943 into the beloved regional retailer Sprouts Farmers Market is today.

    The huge selection of natural and organic foods at Sprouts Farmers Market often sells for 30% or more below the conventional stores. Sprouts is challenging the conventional thinking that healthy living is a specialty market reserved for the well-to-do. Since its humble beginning, Sprouts has always believed that healthier eating should never have to cost more. “We want to be the grocery store where moms and families are stepping into eating healthier,” shared Sprouts spokesperson and certified nutritionist Janet Little. “Sprouts is not just a niche store, we are a destination.”

    Named 2010 “Western Region Retailer of the Year” by Gourmet News, Sprouts Farmers Market thinks shopping for food should be one of life’s little pleasures and works hard to create that unique shopping experience for its customers. Upon entering the new 32,000-square-foot store in Dublin, customers who are familiar with Sprouts will immediately recognize its signature store layout, which is inspired by the open air farmers market. Unlike the conventional supermarkets, the traditional tall aisles in Sprouts are extra spacious and kept on the periphery of the store, leaving the store center wide open for farm-fresh produce as well as the bulk wonderland of nuts, trail mixes, rices, spices, and sweet treats.

    In addition to the mountains of mostly California-grown produce that come straight from the farm, Sprouts offers amazing values on organic meat and fresh seafood that are rushed to the store as frequently as six days a week. Meat and seafood selections are kept in separate cases to optimize storage temperature and freshness. Sausages are handmade right in the store. Organic meats are rotated based on season and demand. The new Sprouts in Dublin is also stocked with many gourmet spices and sauces not found in the typical grocery stores. The Cow Camp Garlic Season-All, for example, is the key ingredient in many secret recipes. This specialty seasoning can turn just about any meat dish into an exquisitely savory dinner creation to be enjoyed by friends and family.

    For people who are looking to exclude gluten from their diet, the new Sprouts in Dublin boasts an unparalleled collection of more than 2,000 gluten-free products that are flagged for convenience with bib tags. Consistent with its mission of making better eating accessible to all, the health and beauty department in the northwest corner of the store offers a wide assortment of vitamins, minerals, supplements, and natural beauty products at 10% off the manufacturer’s suggested retail price. Sprouts will take an additional 10% off any vitamin and supplement purchase of more than $100.

    Sprouts is proud to offer only natural beverages in all of its stores. While the absence of corn-fructose-laden Coke and Pepsi products may be glaring to some, Sprouts is ready with tasty alternatives made using real ingredients such as soda by Hansen’s and Virgil’s. As part of its grand opening extravaganza, Sprouts will be selling 6-packs of Hansen’s soda for $1.99 through Monday, July 4th. Shoppers will also enjoy the collection of distinctive wines and micro-brewed beers at the new Sprouts in Dublin. Budget-conscious shoppers will love the Fish Eye Merlot at just under $5 per bottle. The Fish Eye Merlot pairs incredibly well with beef and even grilled lamb.

    Located at 7153 Amador Plaza Road, where Circuit City used to be, the new Sprouts in Dublin will be running extraordinary specials for during its grand opening celebration. Many items will be selling for 30-60% off its everyday low prices. Unlike Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods, Sprouts has a well laid-out parking lot with plenty of spaces on most days. Because the coupon booklets for 10 FREE SANDWICHES is limited to only the first 500 paying customers, parking spaces for the first hour may be unusually limited. All customers will receive one free Sprouts green reusable grocery bag while supplies last to haul off the fantastic grand opening deals from Sprouts.

    The new Dublin location will be Sprouts Farmers Market’s third store in Northern California. The other two Northern California locations are Sunnyvale and Roseville. Continuing its commitment to the Golden State, Sprouts will open new markets in Costa Mesa, Granada Hills and Lakewood later this year. Store hours are 7:00AM to 10:00PM daily.

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    Avoid “Getting Swindled and Pimped” at the New Savers in Dublin, CA

    While only open for the past few months, Savers thrift shop is already a huge success in Dublin, CA’s historic big box shopping district. Contributing money to worthy non-profits for each item donated by the community, the new Savers in Dublin is consistently humming with value-hungry shoppers looking to score great deals on clothes, shoes, accessories, entertainment media, and countless other items.

    Shoppers can save anywhere from at least $25 to over $100 on items like slacks, dresses, shoes, skirts, and shirts. The Around Dublin Team was recently able to swash-buckle a savings of at least $45 on a pair of practically new Dockers that sold for under $8. A new pair of Dockers usually costs around $50.

    Tri-Valley residents can still save a bundle now that the holiday sale season is over and help lots of great causes by donating and shopping at Savers in Dublin. Savers’ network of stores across North America encourages a more sustainable environment overall. By coupling the sale of gently used merchandise with the responsible recycling of items that cannot be sold, Savers, its customers, and its nonprofit partners keep more than 600 million pounds of unused goods from ending up in landfills each year.

    Since its founding, Savers has continued to inspire local communities to reduce their waste by reusing and recycling unneeded items, and has showcased that shopping thrift truly is one of the easiest ways to “go green.”

    While Savers is perfect for frugal shoppers, it is also a destination for treasure hunters looking for specialty items, retro looks, and creative design concepts. Savers’ new Dublin store and Community Donation Center is located at 7117 Regional Street. Store hours are Monday through Saturday from 9:00AM to 9:00PM, and Sunday from 10:00AM to 7:00PM. For more information, customers may contact the store directly by phone at (925) 551-0945.

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    24 Hour Fitness Super-Sport Club Grand Opening This Saturday in Livermore, CA

    24 Hour Fitness Super-Sport Club Grand Opening This Saturday in Livermore, CA

    24 Hour Fitness is pleased to celebrate the much-anticipated grand opening of its new Super-Sport Club located at 2650 Kittyhawk Road in Livermore. The new club will open to the public on Saturday, December 22nd at 6:00AM. To help commemorate this special occasion, 24 Hour Fitness is inviting everyone in the Tri-Valley to stop by on grand opening day for complimentary VIP club tours.

    Beginning at 6:00AM and throughout the day, guests will have the opportunity to sample several Group X® classes, including Les Mills BODYPUMP™, Step, and Yoga. In addition, Livermore Mayor John Marchand will be at 24 Hour Fitness at 9 a.m. for a ribbon cutting ceremony, where he will proclaim Dec. 22 as “Healthy Livermore Day” in honor of the new club.

    “The City of Livermore values businesses like 24 Hour Fitness, which encourage regular exercise and healthy living,” said Mayor Marchand. “24 Hour Fitness has served our community for the past 16 years, and we are pleased with the new, large location and expanded opportunities it will give our local residents to be active.”

    Everyone who plans to visit the new 24 Hour Fitness Livermore Super-Sport Club is encouraged to bring non-perishable canned goods for donation. The friendly staff at 24 Hour Fitness will be collecting them and helping distribute groceries and meals to more than 800 Tri-Valley residents for Open Heart Kitchen. Based in Livermore, Open Heart Kitchen serves more than 236,000 fresh, hot meals each year to the needy.

    “This time of year can be difficult for many people and families who are underserved, homeless and struggling to make ends meet,” said Linda McKeever, executive director of Open Heart Kitchen. “The generosity of 24 Hour Fitness, along with their members and team members, will truly help people to live healthier, by feeding people from all over the Tri-Valley area who are hungry and in need this holiday season.”

    Club manager LaRay Spencer, a four-year veteran of 24 Hour Fitness, will lead more than 100 team members at the new Super-Sport Club. The club spans approximately 68,500 square feet and features an array of amenities and equipment that members and guests can enjoy, including:

    • Wide variety of cardio, strength and functional training equipment
    • TRX® Suspension Training
    • Full-sized basketball court
    • Two racquetball courts
    • Personal viewing screens on select cardio equipment
    • Indoor and outdoor functional training areas
    • Dedicated Cycle and Group X rooms
    • Indoor pool
    • Whirlpool, steam room, and sauna
    • Personal training service
    • Kids’ Club babysitting service for children ages six months to 12 years to enjoy activities while their parents work out
    • Retail area offering fitness products, accessories, apparel, and nutrition supplements
    • Towel service

    In addition, the 24 Hour Fitness Livermore Super-Sport club will be one of the first locations in the health club chain to offer Parisi Speed School youth athletic performance training programs. Approximately 20 training classes will be available every week. Each course is designed to improve fundamental athletic skills, speed, quickness, and self-esteem among people of all ages. One-on-one training sessions with certified Parisi Speed School coaches will also be available.

    “We are proud to reinvest in the Livermore community, having been a part of residents’ lives since 1996. Our brand new club offers our members and guests many amenities and plenty of space to help them stay motivated and achieve their fitness goals,” said Dan Benning, division president of 24 Hour Fitness. “It is an honor to have Mayor Marchand’s support as we celebrate ‘Healthy Livermore Day,’ and we look forward to helping the community reach their fitness goals as we head into the new year.”

    In addition to the new 24 Hour Fitness Super-Sport Club in Livermore, the Walnut Creek Super-Sport Club will open at 2800 North Main Street in late January, followed by the opening of the Fremont Super-Sport Club located at 4500 Auto Mall Parkway in early March. The company is also scheduled to open doors to a new Super-Sport Club in Hayward later in 2013. These Super-Sport Clubs are 24 Hour Fitness’s attempt to compete with the elegant & prestigious Club Sport facilities in the area. While a valiant effort, the Super-Sport Clubs still fall far short of the exclusive country club-like amenities, luxury and appeal of Club Sport’s world-class fitness resorts.

    For a free VIP-tour of Club Sport Pleasanton, contact Kristen Hall, Club Sport Membership Representative, at (925) 225-2434.

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    Livermore Valley Premium Outlets Store Directory

    Livermore Valley Premium Outlets will be home to 130 premium factory outlet stores, including Banana Republic Factory Store, Barney’s New York Outlet, Cole Haan Company Store, J.Crew, Michael Kors, Neiman Marcus Last Call, Nike Factory Store, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH, Tommy Hilfiger, and many more in a modern, walkable, retail center with over 540,000 square feet of leasable area. The center will be located on 42 acres of land at the southeast corner of El Charro Road and Interstate 580, where the cities of Livermore, Pleasanton, and Dublin meet. Livermore is located in the Livermore-Amador Valley, approximately 36 miles east of San Francisco. With easy freeway access, ample parking, and amenities that include miles of adjacent multi-use trails and a future public park, Livermore Valley Premium Outlets is poised to become a vibrant shopping destination in this dynamic northern California location.

    2600 Paragon Outlets Drive

    2610 Brooks Brothers
    2612 Berry & Berry
    2618 J Crew
    2626 Barneys New York
    2642 Talbots
    2650 Calvin Klein
    2654 Kenneth Cole
    2660 Johnston & Murphy
    2668 American Eagle
    2676 Jos A Bank
    2680 St. John
    2682 Movado
    2690 Polo Ralph Lauren

    3300 Paragon Outlets Drive

    3310 Saks 5th Avenue, Off 5th
    3314 Vans
    3318 Converse
    3320 Skechers
    3330 Haggar
    3338 Bass
    3346 Hartstrings
    3350 Gymboree
    3362 Fox
    3370 Children’s Place
    3380 Carters
    3388 US Polo Association
    3394 Tommy Hilfiger

    2700 Paragon Outlets Drive

    2702 Ports 1961
    2706 Brunello Cucinelli
    2708 Max Mara
    2710 Lancome
    2716 L’Occitane
    2720 Kate Spade
    2724 Theory
    2728 Spendid
    2730 Ed Hardy
    2732 Maidenform
    2736 Samsonite
    2738 Naturalizer
    2740 Cabi
    2742 7 for All Mankind
    2744 LaCoste
    2748 Nine West
    2750 Kitchen Collection
    2752 WHBM
    2754 Puma
    2756 Bare Escentuals
    2758 Nautica
    2762 Kipling
    2764 Starbucks
    2768 Gant
    2770 Ghirardelli
    2772 Police Substation
    2774 Mgmt Offices
    2776 Cole Haan
    2778 DKNY
    2780 Aldo
    2782 Chico’s
    2784 Janie & Jack
    2788 Abercrombie
    2792 Cinnabon
    2794 Lucky Brand Jeans
    2796 Tumi
    2798 Van Heusen

    3200 Paragon Outlets Drive

    3202 Nike
    3210 Levi’s
    3212 Quicksilver
    3218 Volcom
    3220 Papaya
    3226 Oakley
    3228 Jockey
    3230 OshKoshBGosh
    3234 New Balance
    3236 Tommy Hilfiger Kids
    3238 Michael Kors
    3246 Dooney Bourke
    3248 Helzberg Diamonds
    3250 Jones New York
    3260 Famous Footwear
    3268 Guess
    3272 Robert Wayne
    3276 Swarovski
    3280 Love Culture
    3282 Solstice
    3284 Hurley
    3286 Asics
    3290 Kay Jewelers Outlet (Ultra Diamonds)
    3292 Sunglass Station
    3296 Perfumania
    3298 Wetzel Pretzel

    3400 Paragon Outlets Drive

    3402 Japan Cafe
    3410 Villa Italian Kitchen
    3418 Greenleafs & Banana
    3426 Chicken Now
    3434 China Max
    3442 Subway

    3150 Paragon Outlets Drive

    3152 Diesel
    3170 Columbia
    3190 Under Armour

    2800 Paragon Outlets Drive

    2802 Prada
    2810 Giorgio Armani
    2830 Etro
    2840 Burberry
    2880 Neiman Marcus
    2890 Hugo Boss

    2900 Paragon Outlets Drive

    2902 Elie Tahari
    2910 True Religion
    2920 Juicy Couture
    2930 Clarks Bostonian
    2940 BCBG
    2950 Max Studio
    2958 Joes Jeans
    2962 Fossil
    2972 Michael Stars
    2974 Cosmetic Company
    2976 Sun Glass Hut
    2980 Men’s Warehouse
    2990 Banana Republic

    3000 Paragon Outlets Drive

    3002 Gap/GapKids
    3010 Wilsons Leathers
    3020 Izod
    3030 Bose
    3040 Signature Perfume
    3050 Le Creuset
    3060 Journeys
    3070 Yankee Candle
    3076 Crocs
    3080 Gold Toe
    3084 Charlotte Russe
    3098 Coach

    3100 Paragon Outlets Drive

    3130 Bloomingdales