Walnut Creek is an upscale city in central Contra Costa County located at the confluence of I-680 and Highway 24. The thriving downtown area is home to buildings over a century old alongside bright new structures where an interesting amalgamation of shopping, dining, entertainment and recreation combine to make it unique.

The Lesher Center for the Arts attracts major performers and has several smaller venues within its campus for more intimate offerings. The Bedford Art Gallery is located there too, and offers works from notable as well as up-and-coming artists and craftspeople.

While notable for the extensive downtown retail options, Walnut Creek boasts more open space per capita than any other spot in California. Heather Farm Park, Howe Homestead Park, Mount Diablo State Park and countless miles of hiking and biking trails offer ample possibilities to enjoy nature’s beauty.

Residences range from sizeable estates to well-appointed apartments. While it is a kind of suburb, Walnut Creek provides an assortment of amenities that speak to the urbanity of its residents.