Welcome to Walnut Creek
Quiet small town with an exceptional fine dining scene
Walnut Creek is a quiet small town with a family-oriented feel. Walnut Creek is nestled within a verdant valley around 16 miles east of Oakland in Contra Costa County. Picturesque open space and rolling hills extend in all directions. Walnut Creek also features a historic downtown area with one of the East Bay’s best fine dining scenes. The community is ideally located for commuters at the intersection of State Route 24 and I-680. Two BART stations also provide convenient access to other locations throughout the Bay Area.
Walnut Creek’s real estate mix is an enticing blend of vintage homes and newer developments. The downtown area is characterized by distinctive architecture dating back to the mid-1800s. Other neighborhoods offer a mix of classic California bungalows, townhouses, and spacious single-family homes. The most spectacular properties can be found ascending the slopes of iconic Mount Diablo. For even more living options, check out nearby Berkeley real estate
What to Love
- Family-friendly, small-town atmosphere
- Convenient transportation links
- Upscale fine dining scene
- Cultural venues and festivals
People & Lifestyle
Walnut Creek is an idyllic small community with upscale amenities far outstripping its size. The town’s excellent transportation links have made it a hub for Contra Costa County and the East Bay Region. From exploring expansive open space preserves to dining at diverse international restaurants, it's easy to see why Walnut Creek has been dubbed the Jewel of the East Bay.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Walnut Creek’s gorgeous tree-lined downtown area is one of the East Bay’s foremost fine dining destinations. Va de Vi Bistro & Wine Bar
pairs an eclectic variety of globally-inspired small plates with an impressive international wine list. This stylish wining and dining spot has a European-style outdoor patio with tables shaded beneath an ancient oak tree. Bounty Hunter
offers a huge wine selection spanning 40 wines by the glass, 12 varieties of wine flights, and more than 500 bottles to be enjoyed alongside meals or to take home. Bounty Hunter’s cooking is every bit as exemplary as the libations. Their menu includes signature American classics such as fried chicken, smoked prime rib, and seared ahi tuna prepared using a wood-fired grill and Southern Pride Smoker. Walnut Creek Yacht Club
also boasts an exceptional wine list that has been lavished with many Wine Spectator Awards. The main attraction at Walnut Creek Yacht Club is high-quality fresh seafood brought in daily from the Bay Area’s Osprey Seafood Company.
Kacha Thai Bistro
brings contemporary flair to traditional Thai dishes prepared with wild-caught filet fish, all-natural chicken, and organic vegetables. Roman bakery and pizzeria 54 MINT Forno Italiano
serves freshly-baked focaccia, paninis, and breads alongside delicious pasta dishes, pizzas, antipasti, and desserts. Their drinks menu ranges from authentic Italian espresso to imported wines and local beers. Other options for Italian dining include homey Benvenuti Ristorante
, upscale Il Fornaio
, and sophisticated Tuscan-style Montecatini Ristorante
. Walnut Creek is also a hub for upscale shopping. Broadway Plaza
features 35 premium retailers anchored by Macy’s and Nordstrom department stores.
Things to Do
Lesher Center for the Arts
is comprised of three separate theaters in the heart of Walnut Creek’s downtown district. Each theater serves a distinctive purpose with specific venues for theater, ballet, comedy, and literary events. Live performances are a major part of Walnut Creek’s signature Walnut Festival
which takes place every year over four days in September. The festival is held on the 102-acre grounds of Heather Farm Park. This sprawling green space’s many amenities include an all-abilities playground, skate park, off-leash dog park, fishing pond, nature lake, equestrian and swim centers, and courts for tennis and volleyball.
Concerts take place throughout the summer at the gazebo in Civic Park
. Other attractions at this 16.7-acre oasis of greenery include a series of wildlife gardens hosting 25 species of butterfly and 130 varieties of native Californian plants. Civic Park also features two playgrounds, a ball field, and a wintertime ice skating rink. The Iron Horse Regional Trail
connects to Civic Park as it follows the 40-mile path of the former Southern Pacific Railroad from Concord to Pleasant Hill.
Walnut Creek is served by the Walnut Creek Elementary, Mt. Diablo Unified, and Acalanes Union High School Districts.
- Walnut Heights Elementary School, Public, K-5
- Tice Creek School, Public, K-8
- Foothill Middle School, Public, 6-8
- Las Lomas High School, Public, 9-12
- Northgate High School, Public, 9-12
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