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WHY LIVE IN WALNUT CREEK

FAQs

Welcome to Walnut Creek, CA, a beautiful suburb in San Francisco's Easy Bay dotted with rolling hills, open spaces, great shopping, outstanding schools and a thriving downtown!

Frequently asked questions

It Walnut Creek CA a good place to live?


With a population of around 70,000, Walnut Creek is a town in California in Contra Costa County and is considered one of the best places to live in California. Living in Walnut Creek offers residents an urban/suburban mix and feel with tree-studded neighborhoods, wild turkeys, deer and other wildlife. Walnut Creek offers great dining with highly-rated restaurants, coffee shops and nightlife. Walnut Creek residents enjoy excellent public schools, many within the coveted Acalanes School District. With more dedicated open space per capita than any other California city, Walnut Creek offers great outdoor living within close proximity of major cities.




Is Walnut Creek CA expensive?


Although Walnut Creek, California's cost of living is 73% higher than the national average, affordability of any area is dependent on several factors including your career, salary and available real estate in the area. Like most mediume-sized cities, Walnut Creek has many neighborhoods with different types of dwellings available including single family homes, townhomes and condos and apartment-style living.




What is Walnut Creek CA best known for?


Known as the Jewel of the East Bay, Walnut Creek offers many advantages and desirable amenities,including its cultural attractions, outdoor destinations, thriving economy, and diverse dining scene that includes more than 100 restaurants. Walnut Creek is home to the Lesher Center for the Arts, a dynamic theater and public arts center including the Bedford Gallery. Located downtown, the theater is a venue for outstanding entertainment year round.




Is Walnut Creek CA considered the "Bay Area?"


Yes! The San Francisco Bay Area is commonly divided into regions which include the North Bay, the South Bay and the East Bay, relative to the area's proximity to the city of San Francisco. Walnut Creek is a city in Contra Costa County, California, United States, located in the East Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area, about 16 miles (26 km) east of the city of Oakland and approximately 25 miles from the city of San Francisco. Walnut Creek has a BART station conveniently located near the downtown area to aid in public transportation to and from San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose.




Does Walnut Creek CA have good parks and attractions?


Walnut Creek prides itself on providing great recreation for its citizens. Among its attractions, Civic Park is located downtown with a lush lawn, play area and gazebo and is conveniently located near dining spots to grab a quick picnic lunch. Recently remodeled, Heather Farm Park is an all-abilities playground that appeals to all ages with brightly colored climbing structures and hills to "sled" with cardboard. It is also home to soccer fields and the Clarke Swim Center. Walnut Creek also has an abundance of neighborhood parks, trails and outdoor activities for all ages.




What is Walnut Creek CA's weather like?


In Walnut Creek, the summers are long, warm, arid, and mostly clear and the winters are short, cold, wet, and partly cloudy. Although winter temperatures are rarely below freezing and the average summer temperature is 84 degrees, it is not uncommon for Walnut Creek to experience heat waves during the summer with temperatures around 100 degrees. Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Walnut Creek for warm-weather activities is from mid June to late September.




Does Walnut Creek CA have good schools?


The schools in Walnut Creek CA consistently rate among the best in the State of California, many ranking in the 90th percentile. The Walnut Creek Elementary School District, Acalanes School District and Mt. Diablo School District are all located within the city boundaries.




Is Walnut Creek CA's Broadway Plaza a good place to shop?


Located in Walnut Creek, CA, Broadway Plaza is an open-air shopping center home to many fine retailers and restaurants. This upscale center contains 80 specialty shops including Nordstrom, Macy's, Neiman Marcus, Apple, and lululemon. You’ll also find a variety of restaurants like True Food Kitchen, Boudin, and P.F. Chang's. It is also home to co-working space Industrious. Come see why Broadway Plaza has been voted “Best Shopping Center” in Diablo Magazine’s “Best of the East Bay” issue.




What's the best neighborhood in Walnut Creek to live?


Walnut Creek offers a variety of wonderful neighborhoods! Are you interested in living in a suburban setting with a rural flair just minutes from downtown? Walnut Heights, Walnut Knolls and Blackwood may be perfect for you! Would you like tree-lined streets and a lake? Lakewood is a very desirable place to live. Parkmead offers residents a charming, small-town feel within walking distance of shops and schools. And prestigious Northgate offers larger homes on estate-sized lots tucked in the hillsides of Walnut Creek's open spaces. Learn more here.