Aaahh Walnut Creek – there are so many reasons why I call this my home. As a Walnut Creek native, I’m so proud to still live in the home my father built, where I raised my own family. I am lucky enough to have watched this city grow from a rural suburb of San Francisco to the bustling destination of fine shopping and dining that is downtown.
Yet Walnut Creek still maintains much of its original charm of ranch life from the 1800s: from the pastoral feel of the Tice Valley to what were once summer cottages in Lakewood, and the early-mid-century Parkmead and Saranap neighborhoods. And there are newer suburbs, such as Rancho Paraiso in the Northgate area, tucked into the foothills of glorious Mt. Diablo – our own state park.
Abundant in open space, hiking and biking trails, the Iron Horse trail and rife with zealous swimmers from neighborhood teams, beautiful parks and golf courses – there is so much to do right in my own town. I love the weekend farmer’s markets, First Wednesday’s with food and music on downtown summer nights, concerts (and shopping!) at Broadway Plaza. Traditions also abound, like the Walnut Festival, now celebrating it’s 83rd year, and the Walnut Festival Twilight Parade (which I used to march in as a child), as well as the summertime Walnut Creek Art and Wine Festival, the community clean-up days and Walnut Creek on Ice, the ice rink at Civic Park during the winter season – just to name a few.
Local gems that enrich our lives, including the Lesher Center for the Performing Arts, the Bedford Gallery, The Lindsay Wildlife Experience and the Animal Rescue Foundation are all within this thriving city. And I can’t forget to mention our fantastic community Arts and Recreational programs, top-notch schools, access to excellent hospitals and transportation – Walnut Creek truly abounds with culture and amenities.
Interested in learning more about living in Walnut Creek? call me, I’ll show you around.