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Best of Walnut Creek 2013


If owning a home in Walnut Creek is on your bucket list, come with us on an insider's tour of its neighborhoods. From 1950s ranchers to sprawling Tuscan mansions, the diverse housing styles in Walnut Creek blend like the people that live here. Not only are these neighborhoods thriving, they're places you'll be proud to call home: plenty of green space, good schools and a strong sense of community. There are many reasons to applaud this city, but its suburban landscape tops the list.





The Centennial

A Look Back

At the beginning of the 20th century, Walnut Creek was already poised as a Bay Area destination. The 1891 arrival of Southern Pacific Railroad allowed passengers to travel from San Francisco to Walnut Creek and replaced the horse and buggy as a moremeans of transportation.

Meter Madness

Meter MadnessGoodbye tire chalk and loose change. Parking meters are a whole lot smarter now. Thanks to new parking technology installed downtown that takes credit cards and limits parking at meters for up two hours.more

Downtown Development

Downtown Development

Is Walnut Creek ready for the construction coming in 2014? Here are five big projects unfolding downtown..


Drought Ready

All In One Spot

The state’s most precious resource will be even more precious in the days ahead when the impact of weather patterns, climate change, and population growth converge on moreour water supply.

Grape Royalty

Winemakers Tim & Courtney Jochner celebrate Walnut Creek’s 100th birthday with a signature blend.

Grape RoyaltyIf If not for a certain governmental experiment called Prohibition, the foothills of Mt. Diablo around Walnut Creek, Concord and Clayton might today rival the Napa Valley as a major wine growing region. The Jochners are working to bring back the early promise of creating fine wines in the sunny and arid climate of Central Contra Costa. And they’re doing it one bottle at a time.


On Stage

On Stage

Fall in love all over again when SHN performs the feel-good musical Mamma Mia! Featuring ABBA's timeless tunes, the story unfolds on a Greek island on the eve of a young girl's wedding. Love, heartbreak and lots of laughter ensue in this splendid show. DETAILS: March 28 - April 6, Orpheum moreTheatre, San Francisco, shnsf.com.

Trends 2014

Purple is the color of the year. Biscuits and rolls replace bagels and pretzels. Hair is up in buns. Nails are white and embellished. Outlet stores are hot with high-end retailers — Neiman Marcus and Bloomingdale’s — leading the pack. Brands like Home Goods and DSW continue to expand and may soon open in Walnut Creek. We talked with the “trend” experts to bring you the lowdown on what to expect in 2014. Here are some of the most anticipated trends for the New Year


Bike Boom

Bike Boom

With more and more two-wheelers on city streets—from work-bound business people and 20-somethings in spandex to 10-year-olds and stay-at-home-parents—local biking is booming. And it’s happening at a time when residential and commercial real estate construction flourishes, unavoidably congesting downtown streets. Can a commercially progressive city combine its multiple ambitions and remain friendly to a flotilla of bikers? In 2014, it’s a question Walnut Creek is working morehard to answer.

Shades of Blue

Bl;ue Cheese

This pungent block of dairy can be eaten by itself, crumbled on salads or melted into foods. Satisfy your craving for the distinct taste of blue cheese with one of these recipes.





March / April 2014 Digital Magazine


Bocce & Bites Bocce & Bites


John Muir Health


WC 100 Years

Community Partners:

Lindsay Wildlife


Diablo Regional
Arts Association



contra costa and
solano county food bank link




Loaves and Fishes of Contra Costa


northgate community pride foundation

Ruth Bancroft


center link


walnut creek
education foundation


initiative link


animal rescue