Walnut Creek

Bustling and chic East Bay suburban enclave with tons of amenities

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Walnut Creek is a gorgeous, affluent suburb just outside San Francisco. This lively East Bay community is an idyllic oasis and the very peak of contemporary California living. With stunning views of Mount Diablo and the surrounding foothills, this is an incredible place to call home. 

Walnut Creek began as a confluence of large tracts of land used for growing and ranching, housing hotels, stores, a blacksmith shop, and a post office. The city center grew with the arrival of the Southern Pacific Railroad and Northern Sacramento Railroad in the late 19th century. And with a population boom in the 1950s, it became one of the most sought-after suburbs in the region. 

The walkable downtown area is lined with upscale boutiques, coffee shops, and fine eateries. And outside of the city center, there are plenty of parks, hiking trails, and preserves to enjoy California's natural beauty. With so much to offer, it is no wonder Walnut Creek has long topped the list of best places to live in Contra Costa County. 

What to Love

  • The vibrant, hip downtown district
  • Expansive local parks and nature preserves
  • Thriving food and wine scene
  • Highly rated local public schools

Local Lifestyle

The Walnut Creek community offers all the best amenities of elevated suburban living. It has endless amenities with lots of shopping, dining, and community events. Walnut Creek has easy access to nearby San Francisco via freeway and public transport, making it perfect for commuters. Neighborhoods here range from high-rise condominiums downtown to master-planned communities and sprawling estate homes.

Walnut Creek’s bustling downtown corridor features over 100 shops, restaurants, cafes, and lounges. And active residents will love the local parks, trails, and nature preserves. The Iron Horse Regional Trail alone has over 30 miles for walking, hiking, and jogging. And the cultural scene is vibrant, with several art galleries and theaters hosting art exhibits and live performances. 

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

With its brick-walled interior and impossibly chic garden patio, Va de Vi Bistro and Wine Bar is perfect for small plates and a glass of fine wine. The menu features artisanal cheese platters and a wide variety of shareable dishes. The wine selection is phenomenal, with everything from local and global favorites to wine flights available.

The Walnut Creek Yacht Club brings the fresh catch of the bay to Walnut Creek. This restaurant sources its seafood exclusively from Osprey Seafood Company, a premier supplier directly from the Bay Area. The menu at this Walnut Creek eatery includes a raw bar, steamer baskets, and delectable entrees. 

Upscale eatery True Food Kitchen blends eco-conscious food science to create a menu of healthy, delicious dishes. Starters like seasonal burrata and edamame dumplings pair perfectly with forbidden poke and sustainable salmon. True Food Kitchen serves a vibrant weekend brunch with classics like mimosas and smashed avocado toast.

In downtown Walnut Creek is Elia, a contemporary Greek restaurant with a sleek, elegant dining area and an expansive menu. The menu at Elia features classics like solomos, keftedes, and avgolemono.  

Things to Do

Each summer, the Walnut Creek Art and Wine Festival brings together local wineries, artists, and vendors for a celebration at Heather Farm Park. This weekend event includes live music, children’s activities, and food trucks. With work from over 200 local artisans, this festival has been named one of East Bay’s best by the Contra Costa Times.

The weekly Walnut Creek Farmers’ Market brings together local growers and artisan vendors each Saturday. This downtown market is easily accessible through the BART or by walking through Walnut Creek’s downtown district. The market features fresh, seasonal produce, foods, and flowers.

The expansive Heather Farm Park is a 100-acre multi-use green space in Walnut Creek. This park has athletic fields and courts for basketball, tennis, baseball, soccer, and volleyball. There is a skate park, playgrounds, and an off-leash dog park. Active residents will love the jogging trail, fitness course, and aquatic center. 

The gorgeous Ruth Bancroft Garden and Nursery boasts over three acres of botanical gardens and a retail nursery. This garden features some of California’s most beautiful native plants. There are special events like sculpture and art displays, children’s summer camps, botany education series, and formal gala celebrations throughout the year.

Schools

The Walnut Creek School District serves the community of Walnut Creek. Excellent schools of note in the area include:


Overview for Walnut Creek, CA

69,876 people live in Walnut Creek, where the median age is 47.8 and the average individual income is $72,869. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

69,876

Total Population

47.8 years

Median Age

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$72,869

Average individual Income

Demographics and Employment Data for Walnut Creek, CA

Walnut Creek has 32,126 households, with an average household size of 2.15. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Walnut Creek do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 69,876 people call Walnut Creek home. The population density is 3,536.18 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

69,876

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Median Age

47.58 / 52.42%

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2.15

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$72,869

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Schools in Walnut Creek, CA

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The following schools are within or nearby Walnut Creek. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Type
Name
Category
Grades
School rating
Indian Valley Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
4/5
Alice's Montessori Learning Center
PRIVATE
PreK - K
No rating available
Halstrom Academy - Walnut Creek
PRIVATE
6th - 12th
No rating available
PUBLIC
1st - 8th
4/5
Walnut Creek Intermediate
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
4/5
Northcreek Academy & Preschool
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
St Mary Elementary School
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
Berean Christian High School
PRIVATE
9th - 12th
No rating available
Walnut Acres Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
5/5
Buena Vista Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
4/5
Walnut Heights Elementary
PUBLIC
K - 5th
5/5
Wellspring Educational Services Inc
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
PUBLIC
6th - 8th
5/5
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
5/5
Contra Costa Christian School
PRIVATE
PreK - 12th
No rating available
Walnut Creek Christian Academy
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
Halstrom Academy - Walnut Creek
PRIVATE
6th - 12th
No rating available
Kla Schools Of Walnut Creek
PRIVATE
PreK - K
No rating available
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
5/5
Acalanes Center for Independent Study
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
No rating available
Contra Costa School of Performing Arts
PUBLIC
6th - 12th
3/5
PUBLIC
K - 5th
4/5
PUBLIC
K - 5th
4/5

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