Home improvement tips that every homeowner should know

A survey commissioned by Lightstream revealed that 59 percent of homeowners plan to spend money on home improvement projects this year. With home sales and prices trending upward nationwide, many homeowners are prepared to take on projects.

“A home improvement project can increase the value of your home,” said Denise Welsh, president of the Silicon Valley Association of Realtors. “It is just as valuable to homeowners who simply want to enjoy their home.”

New Toyota Research Institute eyes startups


 

Researchers are working on developing Toyota’s first driverless cars – and it’s happening just two miles from downtown Los Altos.

The Japanese company established its billion-dollar Toyota Research Institute in January 2016 on El Camino Real to expand on its exploration into robotics and artificial intelligence in regard to autonomous vehicles.

No food yet, but construction process continues at awaited downtown eateries


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Construction continues at Morsey’s Farmhouse Kitchen & Cheese, which includes an extensive kitchen expansion and interior renovation.

Three downtown locations that have drawn local curiosity remain in the construction process, but the end is in sight for at least one.

Kal and Yulia Morsey’s buffalo milk cafe, Morsey’s Farmhouse Kitchen & Cheese, has begun to take shape at 134 Main St. with extensive kitchen expansion and interior renovation.

Pharmaca departs, diners turn up to a Turn in limbo


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Pharmaca announced it was calling it quits this month with a liquidation sale that emptied shelves.

Pharmaca, the wellness and beauty store at 400 First St., called it quits this month after two years in the new development between Cetrella and Safeway in downtown Los Altos.

A retail-only offshoot of an integrative pharmacy founded in Boulder, Colo., Pharmaca’s opening in 2015 drew curious newcomers, but business petered in the months following. The store’s parent company announced the closing only days before inventory entered a liquidation phase, with 50 percent off everything in the store.

Email scams target real estate transactions

Criminals continue to hack email accounts, and many are specifically targeting real estate professionals and their clients.

In such scams, the hackers send an email that appears to be from a realtor or title officer involved in a transaction. The email is sent to a client, usually a buyer who is ready to wire the remainder of a down payment to close escrow. The email informs the client of a last-minute change to wiring instructions and directs the buyer to wire funds directly to a fraudulent account.

Transactions

Los Altos

103 Arbuelo Way, R. Ebert to S. Thirumalai for $3,600,000

2016 Crist Drive, R. & M. Heatley to B. Partridge for $2,825,000


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