The older part of Walnut Creek is at the South side, adjacent to the border with Alamo. Here can be found some highly individual single family homes, many of which have been remodeled to a high standard. This area is much sought after.
Moving North-West, towards Concord and Pleasant Hill, the homes become a little more affordable. Ranch style homes abound and there can be some good buys there on occasion. There are also many older condominium developments in Walnut Creek, notably from the city center going North around Civic Drive and East along Ygnacio Valley Road.
On the East side are to be found more recently constructed homes. Ygnacio Valley Road is one of the main East-West routes, traveling out towards Clayton. Traffic can be a major problem here during commute times.
There are no large new developments in Walnut Creek as the area is virtually built out and new construction is limited to very small subdivisions, individual homes, mostly on in-fill lots and condominium and apartment complexes in the downtown area.
Real estate prices in Walnut Creek are driven by a number of factors. Primarily though, the popularity of the area with families is explained by the high standard of schools in most areas. This really is a desirable place to live with low crime and a high level of social awareness. Overall, a great place to raise your family.
Walnut Creek is served by two school districts, the Walnut Creek School District and the Mount Diablo Unified School District. The demarcation between the two is far from straightforward and I recommend a visit to their websites for a definitive description.
The schools in Walnut Creek School District in particular are highly sought after and so are the schools in the Northgate section of the Mount Diablo School District. Northgate is on the far East side of Walnut Creek along Ygnacio Valley Road.
As the largest, most populous city in Contra Costa County, Walnut Creek has something for everybody. Stores such as Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus, Tiffany and even Tesla have a presence there but you will also find dozens of individually owned stores and boutiques selling everything from furnishings to chocolates or olive oil. There are numerous restaurants at all price points from fast food joints to Michelin recommended ones such as Va De Vi. If you can’t find a restaurant to suit your taste and pocket-book in Walnut Creek, you are hard to please indeed.