What Are The Best Walnut Creek Homes?
Walnut Creek, CA is one of the most desirable, and sought after communities for home buyers in the bay area. The tech explosion in San Francisco coupled with living costs shooting through the roof, many are looking out here to the East Bay for housing. And Walnut Creek shines like a beacon as one of the best possible places to live.
How To Commute From Walnut Creek
Fortunately our town is situated perfectly for those who commute out to Oakland or San Francisco for work. Actually you can count San Ramon and Pleasanton among commute destinations as well.
Walnut Creek has easy access to 3 bart stations. There is the Pleasant Hill/Contra Costa Centre station, the Walnut Creek station, and the Lafayette station. Depending on where in town you live, you are easily able to access public transportation for your commute.
Walnut Creek sits at the two major freeways in the area, the 680 and the 24. The 24 is what will take you out to Oakland and the City. 680 can lead you south to San Ramon, Pleasanton, Dublin and Danville.
What Are The Best Neighborhoods in Walnut Creek?
Okay, you’ve decided that Walnut Creek is your ideal destination. But where exactly? The city itself has 4 zip codes, and covers a decent chunk of land.
Start by looking at Google Maps, like the image below, to get a broad idea of where the freeways are and how the town is laid out.
You can see how the borders of town work.
As you pick some areas of interest, zoom in and get an idea of the terrain. How many turns and roads are there to get to the area? Is it flat? Hills? etc…
Walnut Creek has some absolutely wonderful neighborhoods. Many home buyers will begin their journey knowing exactly what area they want.
The unincorporated area of Walnut Creek (Saranap) is among the most highly desired areas. There are a few areas well known to home buyers that are labeled as; Saranap; Parkmead and Tice Valley. All three of those neighborhoods make it easy to access both the 680 and 24 freeways. They also offer easy access to not only downtown Walnut Creek, but a non-freeway route to the quaint and charming downtown Lafayette.
What Are Some Other Walnut Creek Neighborhoods?
Glad you asked! Here is a list of the best Walnut Creek Neighborhoods:
- Walnut Heights
- Wild Oak
- Rudgear Estates
- Joaquin Ranch
- Sterlings Ridge
- Ygnacio Valley
- Diablo Shadows
- Rancho Paraiso
Where Are The Best Homes In Walnut Creek?
All over! But truly, it is all beauty in the eye of the beholder. Some areas of town have homes that offer that incredible, rustic charm. In the Saranap neighborhoods you really feel detached from the fast-paced world, with some more country like lanes. Other areas have larger, and more magnificent homes. Closer to downtown Walnut Creek are high-end condos. You live that high-rise life with incredible shopping and dining right below you. There is even an area of town that has a high number of Eichler built homes. Those are a very particular home style that many home buyers will feverishly hunt for.
It comes down to watching the market, and keeping an eye on homes that match your criteria. Home values in Walnut Creek, CA are high, but there is a reason for it. The schools are ranked incredibly well. The shopping is out of this world between downtown and the recently revamped Broadway Plaza. Dining, and grocery amenities are top-notch. Quality of life is very high, and crime rates are incredibly low.
How To Find Homes In Walnut Creek
Well to start, we have a great article on how to search for homes in Walnut Creek, that you can read. Or to stay on this article, here are a few preset home searches that may help you look closely at what you want.
Walnut Creek Homes by Price:
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The Secret To Finding A Great Home In Walnut Creek
It’s two parts. The secret is Patience, and Preparation. Walnut Creek, CA has experienced more of a “seller’s market,” these last few years. Where inventory is low, buyer demand is high, and home values are rising. This is why you need to be patient, and be fully prepared to act quickly. As homes come on the market, then leave…you may very well write offers that get rejected. Homes fetching offers from multiple buyers is common. It’s a fight for homes between people who intend to live in the home, and investors.
It’s crucial to be fully prepared so that when “that home,” hits the market, you can make an offer quickly that will appeal to the seller. And there are more factors in an offer than just the price that will get a seller’s attention. When we help clients go after a home, we make sure to strategically put an offer together that makes you attractive to the seller. We want them, to want to work with you. Show a seller a great offer in a quick timeframe, and you show them that you are a serious purchaser and they see you won’t waste their time.
Have any questions about looking for homes in the Walnut Creek, CA area? Drop us a note, and we will be happy to answer any and all questions you may have. If you find our information helpful, we’d be delighted to help you achieve your goal of buying a home.
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