Neighborhood Spotlight: Almond-Shuey
May 26, 2020 12:35PM
By Pam Kessler
At the heart of Walnut Creek are its neighborhoods—a patchwork quilt of city and county areas that create the community’s social fabric. If you’ve been meaning to get acquainted with the city’s diverse residential portfolio, this is your chance to take an insider’s tour and discover distinctive places to live.
Nestled between Trinity Avenue, California, and Mt. Diablo boulevards, the historic Almond-Shuey neighborhood feels like a small town in a big city. It’s a place where you’ll find big backyards, front porches, secret gardens, and plush tree-lined streets. Despite its location in the heart of the downtown, the Almond-Shuey remains a tranquil residential district. People who live here revel in living a short walking distance to shopping, dining, and entertainment as well as easy access to BART.
Once a housing hub for workers at the walnut and fruit canning plants, it has evolved into one of the city’s most sought-after neighborhoods where the median home value is $904,764. Primarily a single-family home area, peppered with duplexes and townhomes, along with The Heritage Downtown senior living community, properties rarely go on the market here. Instead, it’s common to see homeowners updating their historic residences, many built between the 1920s and 1940s, into contemporary craftsman and bungalows.