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Relocating to Walnut Creek

Walnut Creek is an attractive city for business owners, families and senior citizens for its mild weather, career opportunities, medical centers, open space preserves and easy accessibility. Just outside Oakland, this small city is a hub of opportunities, allowing residents to engage in both city life and the great outdoors.

With beautiful and moderately priced homes set in a natural location, Walnut Creek is a popular place to live, especially since the city has a top-rated school system, according to the Academic Performance Index, and an abundance of activities. While the city is relatively small, when compared to nearby Oakland and San Francisco, it is large enough to provide convenience, comfort and cultural opportunities to its residents, without losing any of the charm and beauty of a more remote area.

Located on the east side of the San Francisco Bay, 16 miles east of Oakland in Contra Costa County, Walnut Creek spans 19.5 square miles and contains more than 66,000 residents. The city is also home to the county’s largest city-owned-and-preserved open space, with 2,700 acres. Incorporated in 1914, the city was originally developed in the mid-19th century by a man from nearby Lafayette who wanted to develop the area known as “the Corners.” It was given this name because it was the spot where the roads to Lafayette and Pacheco met. It was named Walnut Creek when the U.S. Post Office was established in 1862. When the railroad was built in the city, Walnut Creek grew.

When the Broadway Plaza was later built in Walnut Creek, the city’s population once again grew dramatically, eventually leading the city to become the hub of opportunities it is today. With high-end shopping, a variety of businesses, many large medical centers and hospitals and several fun annual events, Walnut Creek draws visitors and residents to its downtown, with the Interstate 680 and Highway 24 making it easily accessible to the cities and towns in the surrounding area.

In addition, the city’s mild weather and many sunny days means it is an ideal place to live if you enjoy being outside. The surrounding ridgelines and nature have been preserved by the city in open spaces that are great for hiking, biking, camping and riding horses. There are also golf courses that are both challenging and fun, providing visitors with lovely views and amazing amenities. Another must outdoor activity in Walnut Creek is the city’s annual Art and Wine Festival. This June staple takes place in the beautiful Heather Farm Park and draws over 100,000 visitors for its wines, beers, culinary treats and unique artistic and cultural displays. The festival runs for two days and is the best outdoor festival in the East Bay, according to the Contra Costa Times.

The city is also a great place of residence for business owners. With two major highways running through the city’s business districts, many visitors come to Walnut Creek for services, shopping and entertainment. The city is rich in opportunity, with a thriving downtown and diverse population of potential customers.