Walnut Creek Real Estate
Walnut Creek homes for sale are located in the East Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area. The city is 16 miles from Oakland, California and has a population of 64,173. Walnut Creek is considered the business and entertainment center for the cities located in central Contra Costa County due to its location. Situated at the junction of highways leading to several cities – Sacramento, San Jose, San Francisco – as well as the accessibility provided by BART, Walnut Creek is also the headquarters of the Pac-12 Conference. Walnut Creek real estate is highly desirable.
A post office was established in this area in 1862 and this is when the community was named Walnut Creek. The downtown area was laid out in 1871 and 1872 by Homer Shuey on land that was a part of his family’s cattle ranch. The Southern Pacific Railroad arrived in 1891 and in 1914 the town was incorporated. The railroad ran through Walnut Creek until the latter 1970s. It is today part of the Iron Horse Regional Trail enjoyed by residents of Walnut Creek real estate as well as visitors.
The Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system serves residents of Walnut Creek and has a station adjacent to Highway 680. The Broadway Shopping Center, which is now Broadway Plaza opened in the downtown area in 1951 and was the first major retail center. The center’s anchor tenants are Banana Republic, Macy’s and Nordstrom. Walnut Creek waterway is routed through the downtown area by a series of tunnels.
Residents of Walnut Creek real estate enjoy many recreational and entertainment venues. The California Symphony is based in Walnut Creek. The Center Repertory Company is an in-house theater company for the Lesher Center for the Arts, staging six productions each year. The Civics Arts program provides education in performance arts, pottery, sculpture and graphic arts.
Walnut Creek is served by five public school districts. The Walnut Creek School District has five elementary schools and one middle school. Some residents of Walnut Creek real estate are served by schools within the Mount Diablo Unified School District, the Acalanes Union High School District, San Ramon Valley Unified School District and the Lafayette School District.