Welcome to Walnut Creek
An urban oasis surrounded by unspoiled hillsides, Walnut Creek is embraced for its mild Mediterranean climate and picture perfect setting at the foot of Mount Diablo.
Walnut Creek offers a distinctive blend of urban flair, suburban grace and peaceful wilderness. With its central Bay Area location and easy access to BART and major roadways, Walnut Creek is your perfect getaway in San Francisco’s East Bay for shopping, dining, the arts and the outdoors. The city is situated 24 miles east of San Francisco and 16 miles east of Oakland. Neighboring communities include Pleasant Hill (to the north), Danville (to the south) and Lafayette (to the west). Highways servicing the city include Interstate I-680, and California State Highways 24 and 242.
Broadway Plaza is an open-air shopping center with more than 80 specialty shops, services, and restaurants, and is anchored by Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and Macy’s. Broadway Plaza is acknowledged for its breathtaking exterior, which includes world class landscaping and European-styled fountains, and has been voted "Best Shopping Center" in Diablo Magazine’s "Best of the East Bay" issue.
Parks and Recreation
When you choose to become a Walnut Creek home buyer, you can enjoy access to just over a dozen beautiful parks within the community. One of the more popular parks in the city is Arbolado Park located on Doncaster Drive. Amenities of Arbolado Park include playground equipment, tennis courts, walking trails, a basketball court, barbecue pits and a soccer field.
Another favorite park among residents of Walnut Creek CA homes is Civic Park, which you will find on Civic Drive. This park offers such terrific amenities as a playground, picnic areas, tennis courts, a butterfly garden and the city's community center. Other parks you may want to visit are Larkey Park, Heather Farm Park, Rudgear Park and San Miguel Park.
Dean Lesher Regional Center For The Arts
The Dean Lesher Regional Center for the Arts, opened in 1990, is a 72,000 square-foot venue with three theaters, a classroom and an art gallery. The facility is built to accommodate a variety of performing arts groups and is home to the California Symphony. Lovers of the visual arts can visit the Bedford Gallery, home to five to six exhibitions annually, in addition to workshops, panel discussions, lectures and a wide array of public programs. Museums in Walnut Creek include the Lindsay Wildlife Museum, a facility which features stage presentations and opportunities for visitors to interact with live animals; and the Walnut Creek Model Railroad Society Museum, a wonderland for model railroad enthusiasts. Annual events in Walnut Creek include the Walnut Festival, a September event featuring a big parade, carnival, tennis tournament and foot race; and the Walnut Creek Art and Wine Festival, held every June.