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Walnut Creek Magazine


Jul 06, 2016 07:36PM ● By Pam Kessler

Anyone who has leased an apartment in Walnut Creek over the past 12 months knows living here gets more expensive all the time. While the rents are high for the newly-built properties—ranging from $2500 to $6000 monthly—the housing market reflects Bay Area prices. The good news is that the new apartments, and those yet to come, offer residents a host of modern luxuries: from onsite spaces for gatherings to rooftop swimming pools with vast views, and locations walkable to shopping and dining.


Steps from luxury shopping and dining at Broadway Plaza is the newest addition to Walnut Creek residential living, featuring two bedroom flats, and townhomes with stunning decks and epic views, plus a host of on-property amenities. As you enter the lobby at Agora, you are greeted with a sense of modern luxury. Inside the apartments feature gourmet kitchens, walk-in closets and hardwood-style flooring. The intimate 49-unit community also offers residents access to a fitness center, large rooftop sundeck with pool and spa, grilling stations with lounge seating, and a clubhouse with a fireplace and full kitchen. On the ground level, Starbucks, California Pizza Kitchen, Kona Grill and other retailers add to the luxe living environment.


Located on Harvey Drive and Treat Boulevard in the Contra Costa Transit Village, in many ways Avalon set the standard for upscale apartment living in Walnut Creek—easy access to BART, pet-friendly environments, outdoor courtyards and onsite fitness facilities. Retailers here include Starbucks, icandy, and the Peruvian restaurant Parada. Opening this fall is ENroute, a reinvented convenience store concept featuring gourmet grab-n-go meal options. Construction of Phase II at Avalon Walnut Creek is expected to begin within the next few months adding 200+ apartments to the transit village community. A ten-story hotel is also rumored to be looking at the site. Stay tuned.


Laconia Development’s CEO Paul Menzies is holding out for just the right retail and restaurant mix at his new six-story community that encompasses California, Bonanza and Locust Streets. With 140 studio, one and two bedroom units on top, a large public plaza, ample tenant and visitor parking below, and a prime downtown location, the only details left to work out are the right retail tenants. So far Bank of the West and Dry Bar, a blow dry salon with over 50 locations across the U.S., will be calling Lyric home. Menzies also hinted that he’s looking for a healthy fast-food concept like Urban Plates, which recently opened in Pleasant Hill, and an apparel retailer. If everything goes as planned, the first phase of Lyric will open this fall.


Replacing a 1950’s era structure on Arroyo Drive near the DMV, is a new 100-unit luxury apartment building developed by Hall Equities Group, complete with a polished entry, rooftop sun deck and swimming pool, and views of the entire Diablo Valley. On the plaza level, residents have access to a business and entertainment center along with a state-of-the-art community kitchen for parties. On the rooftop is a fitness center, complete with saunas, fire pits, and outdoor lounging areas. While secured gated parking is provided below ground, the community is a short two-block walk north to Walnut Creek’s Civic Park, and the downtown shopping and dining scene.


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