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Walnut Creek boasts good schools, world-class shopping, great restaurants and excellent transportation via two BART stations (Pleasant Hill station is actually located in northern Walnut Creek). Its proximity to San Francisco (25 miles) , Berkeley (16 miles), and Silicon Valley (50 miles) puts Walnut Creek at the crossroads of commuting. Walnut Creek's population is about 65,000.
Walnut Creek is known for its hundreds of restaurants that feature cuisine from every part of the world. Options include American, Indian, Japanese, Mediterranean, Thai, Chinese, Korean, Mexican, Italian, Latin, Vietnamese and more. Family-friendly choices abound - or pick a romantic spot for date-night.
Voted "best shopping in San Francisco’s East Bay," Walnut Creek features more than 200 boutiques and classic retail stores. From Target to Neiman Marcus, CVS to Tiffany & Co., we've got you covered! Walk along the tree-lined walkways of the historic downtown, or hop the free trolley to Broadway Plaza. Looking for groceries? Walnut Creek shopping options include two Whole Foods Markets, four Safeways, two Trader Joe's, a Sprouts market, and a Lunardis. You'll find convenient shopping for all Walnut Creek homes.
The Lesher Center for the Arts features world-class music, dance, theater and comedy. Walnut Creek hosts regular festivals (including Oktoberfest and Art & Wine festivals), a weekly farmer's market, and a winter ice rink. In addition to its downtown multiplex movie theater, Walnut Creek boasts free summer movie and music nights under the stars. Walnut Creek is a destination city for the east Bay Area.
Walnut Creek owns more open space per capita than any other community in the state of California. In 1974, Walnut Creek voters approved a $6.7 million bond measure that allowed the city to purchase 1,800 acres of hillsides, ridge lines, and park sites. Walnut Creek owns parts of Lime Ridge Open Space, Shell Ridge Open Space, Acalanes Ridge Open Space, and Sugarloaf Open Space. The East Bay Regional Park District operates Diablo Foothills Regional Park and Castle Rock Regional Recreation Area, both in Walnut Creek.
Contra Costa County is an outdoor enthusiast's delight. It's home to more than 1,200 miles of hiking trails within dozens of parks spread across the county. This includes the towering 3,800 ft Mt. Diablo, located in the 20,000 acre Mt. Diablo State Park.
Walnut Creek prides itself on its biking trails, including the 13-mile Contra Costa Canal Trail and the 40-mile Iron Horse Trail. Both are great for hiking, biking, or horseback riding - and adjacent or close by to most Walnut Creek real estate.
With a warm, Mediterranean-style climate, you're only 45 miles from the beaches of Marin or 175 miles from the snow in Tahoe.
You'll note that Walnut Creek homes for sale in the best performing school zones can carry a premium cost (click here for a detailed analysis of the price premium for better-performing districts). However, if education is a priority, you'll save money by avoiding the high cost of private schools. Therefore, consider a trade-off between floor space /features and the best performing schools.
Confused about school districts in Walnut Creek, and the schools that serve them? You're not alone! Walnut Creek real estate is served by three different school districts.
Walnut Creek School District - 6 elementary schools, 2 intermediate (middle) schools
Mt. Diablo School District - middle (Foothill) , elementary (Bancroft, Walnut Acres) and high schools (Northgate, Ygnacio Valley)
Acalanes Unified School District - High schools (Las Lomas, Acalanes)
I have a map of the school district boundaries in my office for your reference. I found the following link to be very helpful when searching for the schools at a specific property address. Scroll down to " Input a Home Address - Find the School Zones (& Other Data)."
Again, check with the school district to ascertain whether a specific Walnut Creek home for sale falls within its zones.
Walnut Creek real estate is contained in almost 20 square miles. Homes nearest freeways are also nearest the BART transportation system. Zip codes include:
94595 - Southern Walnut Creek - Rossmoor (55+) and Saranap neighborhoods (bordering Lafayette and Alamo). Walnut Creek homes in the northern and western parts of the 94595 zip code have excellent freeway access, and are convenient to the Broadway Plaza shopping area.
94596 - Central and Southeastern Walnut Creek - Downtown and Walnut/Rudgear neighborhoods (bordering Lafayette and Alamo). Walnut Creek Condos for sale are generally concentrated in the northern part of the 94596 zip code.
94597 - Northwestern Walnut Creek - Overlook, Larkey Park, Palos Verdes, Contra Costa Centre neighborhoods (bordering Pleasant Hill and Lafayette). Some Walnut Creek condominiums can be found in the eastern part of the 94597 zip code. The northern part of the 94597 zip code has a significant number of affordable older, smaller homes - some newly-renovated. Homes in the 94597 zip code generally have excellent freeway access.
94598 - Eastern Walnut Creek - Diablo Shadows, Carriage Square, San Miguel, Northgate, Ygnacio Valley neighborhoods (bordering Clayton and Concord). Some condominium developments are found in the western part of the 94598 zip code, near Diablo Hills golf and Heather Farm park. The far eastern part of the 94598 zip code is the farthest Walnut Creek area from BART and freeways- if your're commuting, this can add up to 1/2 an hour to your drive.
The median home value for Walnut Creek real estate is $765,000. Walnut Creek homes for sale include condos, townhomes, and single family homes..
There are still some very affordable Walnut Creek homes in areas close to freeways and conveniences, and some with a rural feel. Walnut Creek real estate is as varied as condos to one-bedroom cottages to mansions on significant acreage; new homes to historic real estate. As a local Walnut Creek real estate agent, I can tell you what kind of real estate is for sale in these areas right now.
Brand-new Walnut Creek CA homes for sale are rare. However, many homes have been remodeled and renovated to current standards, while still maintaining classic charm.
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