We are Home in Walnut Creek
Walnut Creek is a wonderful town right by the 680 and 24 freeways in the San Francisco East Bay Area. Known very well for its “Lifestyle,” we live in a buzzing community. Our town has an incredible history that you can read more about at http://www.ci.walnut-creek.ca.us/about/history/default.asp
While it is considered a wonderful place to retire with the Rossmoor community, this is also an extremely vibrant town rich with shopping, restaurants, organic markets and cultural events. Our town is also known for the quality of schools.
Broadway Plaza is loaded with great shopping, there is the Lesher Center for the arts, and some of the greatest food joints you’ll ever find. Oh, and coffee is everywhere!
Mt. Diablo State Park is right nearby! There are some great golf courses, and even more in neighboring areas. And we also enjoy plenty of biking and hiking trails!
Walnut Creek Population & Housing
While Walnut Creek has typically been a very residential, single-family home prominent town, things have been changing. All of a sudden, major apartment buildings are getting built close to downtown Walnut Creek. With downtown already heavily congested and with a lack of parking, there is going to be a large influx of even more people over the next few years.
As of 2010, the population in Walnut Creek, CA is at 64,173 per the census; http://www.bayareacensus.ca.gov/cities/WalnutCreek.htm. From that 2010 census, women outnumbered men by 34,433 to 29,740. And from that same census, the median family income for Walnut Creek residents chimed in at $110,823.
Neighborhoods in Walnut Creek
Walnut Creek is full of some amazing neighborhoods, that are extremely sought-after by home buyers. Truth be told, there isn’t a “bad area” in all of Walnut Creek! A big driver for the desirability of Walnut Creek neighborhoods are the schools. Schools in Walnut Creek perform extremely well, and families know this. This plays a huge role in the success of real estate transactions in Walnut Creek. Check out our post on hot neighborhoods of Walnut Creek on our blog!
Saranap is an “unincorporated area,” of Walnut Creek, and also one of the hottest neighborhoods around. The Saranap area is full of rustic, country charm that has potential homeowners tracking the neighborhood like hawks. Saranap is still very close to Downtown Walnut Creek and major commute routes, yet feels removed from the hustle of our existence.
There is currently a Saranap Proposed Mixed-Use proposal, developing some parts of Saranap. You can keep tabs on that information here: http://www.saranapvillage.com/
Special Saranap Page Coming Soon!
Parkmead is an area in Walnut Creek that is very close to the Downtown area. Within the neighborhood is Parkmead Elementary School, and a quick walk out of the neighborhood will land you at Las Lomas High School (across from Hick’ry Pit). There is an overlap in the rustic charm of Saranap (Saranap technically covers the Parkmead area), and there are some newer homes in Parkmead as well.
Parkmead is home to one of the most “pleasant” cut through streets. Newell Avenue winds through, not allowing for high speeds, and feels like driving down a country lane.
Special Parkmead Page Coming Soon!
Tice Valley is a neighborhood very close to both Saranap and Parkmead. In general, you can consider the West of 680/South of 24 area of Walnut Creek to be insanely desirable. Tice Valley has some incredible homes, many of which on large flat lots. And some homes are up on hills with stunning views of Mount Diablo or other Walnut Creek areas. I can’t tell you how many times we have talked to home buyers and they say “We want Tice Valley!”
There are many roads and lanes, where homes are situated privately off of the main route. Adding to that country rustic charm that is so desirable. A great example is over in the Meadow Lane area.
Special Tice Valley Page Coming Soon!
Walnut Creek History
In the 1840s-1850s, Walnut Creek was known as “The Corners.” That was the moniker at the time because the town was located at the intersection of two dirt roads leading from Pacheco and Oakland. In 1862, the post office was established and the town was officially named “Walnut Creek.”
After two failed attempts in 1869, the Walnut Creek Central School was built. This was after residents voted to tax themselves in order to build the school.
Finally, in 1910 the Great Western Power Company brought electricity to Walnut Creek. Can you imagine having electricity for the very first time? Something we all take for granted every single day.
1914 saw the official incorporation of Walnut Creek on October 21st as the 8th Contra Costa City. Isn’t that exciting?! Who was the first mayor? That would be Harry Spencer! Later in 1926 saw the formation of the Chamber of Commerce.
Walnut Creek has always been home to some fabulous shopping. Broadway Plaza opened up in 1951 with 38 stores! This is also when our town’s first High School, Las Lomas opened.
Fast forward to 1980, and Walnut Creek passes the 50,000 population mark! Clocking in at a population of 53,643 people.
Did you know Walnut Creek adopted a couple sister cities? In 1987, Walnut Creek adopted Noceto, Italy. And in 1993, they added another with Siofok, Hungary.
Historical section of this page contains information from the website http://www.walnut-creek.org/about/history/timeline.asp
Walnut Creek Open Space
Walnut Creek is home to some fantastic open space areas that are great for personal or family explorations. The open space areas include; Lime Ridge Open Space, Acalanes Ridge Open Space, Sugarloaf Open Space, and Shell Ridge Open Space. The city of Walnut Creek website has an amazing map of these areas. Use this link: http://www.walnut-creek.org/civicax/filebank/blobdload.aspx?blobid=2224
Walnut Creek, CA Realtor
If you are thinking of selling your Walnut Creek home, it is important you work with a top real estate entity with a track record of success. Our team would relish the opportunity to guide a successful sale of your home in the most pleasant experience possible. Steve, as a top producer, has been often named to the President’s Club at J. Rockcliff Realtors.
As you begin your journey, make sure you not only do your homework on potential realtors, but that you also interview multiple candidates. Essentially, you are hiring someone to do the best possible job for you. The process should be treated as such!
Here are some areas to discuss when interviewing potential real estate agents to represent you in the sale of your home;
- Current market activity within a close proximity radius of your home. There should be a discussion where the agent has clearly been inside all of the comparable properties and can speak to them with exquisite knowledge and market insight.
- Can they clearly explain the attributes that have made them successful in the real estate industry?
- What were difficult situations they have encountered, and what actions did they take to resolve them? Look for specifics!
- Possibly the most important to your home, Marketing! What is their marketing plan? Are they truly savvy in online marketing? Or do they only say “I put the listing on Facebook…” <~ Which doesn’t really do anything, look for them to explain their strategies in detail and for them to explain why and how it all works. You will be able to gauge who knows their stuff, and who’s full of fluff very easily!
- Do your homework on the agents. Not only ask for them to provide example materials, but do your own research on their listing history yourself.
Check out this article we wrote on determining if a realtor is “tech-savvy.” We take great pride in our abilities, and how we approach marketing a client’s home. Many tips are there to really uncover a realtor’s online marketing strategy!
We watch the online marketing space in our local real estate market with a sharp eye. We have yet to find anybody else who creates the level of exposure that the Steve Quanstrom Group does. From a comprehensive online & print strategy, to online advertising that is specifically targeted to the buyer audiences for your specific home, our team is built to drive the best results possible.
Interview us, ask us questions, and we are confident you will consider us as your top choice for a realtor in Contra Costa County. Put our years of successful experience to work for you, and enjoy a smooth and lucrative sale of your home.
Buying a Home in Walnut Creek
Are you in the market to buy a home? You need a great real estate entity on your side with years of negotiation experience and knowledge. Put our team to work for you, and learn how we manage the entire process that brings you into the American Dream of Home Ownership!
Interview us for the privilege of helping you reach your dreams. As long-time Walnut Creek residents, we know what the market is doing, and how sellers are viewing home buyers. As our business is 50/50 between helping buyers and sellers, we have a great pulse on how transactions are playing out at all times. We help you look two (or more) steps ahead in the process, to strategize how an offer or negotiations should be put together. We would love to help you, so that the process is less stressful!
Get started by looking below at pre-set home searches, and farther down the page is a map view of where listings in our area are.
Discover Walnut Creek Homes:
- Under $600,000
- $600,000 – $800,000
- $800,000 – $1,000,000
- $1,000,000 +
- Single Story Homes
- Zip Code 94595
- Zip Code 94596
- Zip Code 94597
- Zip Code 94598
Walnut Creek Twitter Accounts:
Go Walnut Creek: www.twitter.com/GoWalnutCreek
Bike Walnut Creek: www.twitter.com/BikeWalnutCreek
Chamber of Commerce: www.twitter.com/WCChamberCA
Police Department: www.twitter.com/WalnutCreekPD
Broadway Plaza: www.twitter.com/Broadway_Plaza