Situated about 15 miles away from San Francisco Bay, Walnut Creek serves as the hub for neighboring communities because of its central location.
Walnut Creek incorporated as a city in Contra Costa County in 1914, but its history goes all the way back to 1849, one year before California became the country’s 31st state. Today, the city boasts around 60 heritage sites that serve as reminders of its long and colorful history.
A larger-than-average San Francisco suburb, Walnut Creek is considered one of the country’s most affluent communities.
Living in Walnut Creek
Walnut Creek is home to many white-collar professionals, many of whom are employed in the management, sales and administrative sectors. The median household income in the city is about 25% higher than that of the state.
Most residents commute to work but have excellent public transport options, including a free shuttle that runs from the city’s central district to the Walnut Creek BART station and back. The city also hosts the Pleasant Hill BART station, and has easy access to the I-680 and SR-24.
More than 70% of the population are family households, many of which include school-age children. Schools are under several districts:
- Walnut Creek School District
- Acalanes Union High School District
- Mt. Diablo Unified School District
- Lafayette School District
- San Ramon Valley Unified School District
The city is proud of its over 3,000 acres of open space and 16 parks, providing residents plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities and communing with nature. Situated at the base and foothills of Mt. Diablo, Walnut Creek offers stunning views virtually around every corner.
Local-government-sponsored programs and classes give residents plenty of options for year-round activities. The city is also home to many restaurants, art galleries and boutiques.
Walnut Creek real estate is considered premium, and is highly sought-after by luxury real estate buyers from around the region and the country. Home prices are generally above the national average, and have been significantly increasing in the last few years. In 2015, the home appreciation rate was 22.20%.
A large majority of properties here are owner-occupied single-detached homes with two to four bedrooms. Most were built in the 1960s and 1970s.
These homes sit on expansive, landscaped lots measuring anywhere from a few thousand square feet to a few acres. They feature amenities and details you can expect only from the finest luxury properties. Many of the homes have been custom-builtand come in a range of architectural styles from contemporary and ranch to Craftsman.
Other housing types, including low to high-rise apartments and condos, as well as townhomes and duplexes, are also available in the area. Many of these occupy around 1,000 square feet or more, and have two to three bedrooms. They boast such features as hardwood floors, an open plan, stainless steel appliances and spacious bathrooms.
Attractions and Amenities
Its beautiful setting is Walnut Creek’s biggest attraction, but many urban amenities are also found in the area.
Among the most notable attractions and amenities in Walnut Creek are:
- Lindsey Wildlife Experience – displays some of California’s live wildlife
- Ruth Bancroft Garden – features hundreds of cactus and succulent varieties
- Walnut Creek Model Railroad Society – a permanent exhibit of the Diablo Valley Lines’ HO-scale model
- The Dena Lesher Regional Center for the Arts
- Shadelands Ranch Museum