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Walnut Creek, California

Nestled in a scenic valley at the foot of Mount Diablo and only minutes from San Francisco, Walnut Creek boasts an unsurpassed quality of life. An extensive park and open space system, coupled with biking, jogging and equestrian trails, as well as numerous swimming, tennis, softball and general recreational facilities, help make Walnut Creek especially attractive to active families.

Shopping opportunities abound with everything from quaint little specialty boutiques to top of the line department stores. Downtown Walnut Creek provides a variety of shopping choices including the upscale Broadway Plaza.

Restaurants offer a range of cuisines from French bistros, to Japanese sushi bars, American pizza parlors and even treats from Morocco, Vietnam, Indonesia, East India or Mexico. International dishes may be enjoyed in one of many open air sidewalk cafes. Clearly there is something delightful for everyone.

As the crossroads of the East Bay area, transportation alternatives are important to Contra Costa County. Walnut Creek offers an array of efficient freeways heading in all directions. In addition to the County Connection regional bus system, the Bay Area Rapid Transit (B.A.R.T.) whisks travelers comfortably in and out of San Francisco.

Education is important in Walnut Creek. Student scores are consistently 90% or above on the State Testing Assessment as area schools rank among the finest in the state. In addition to the eight elementary, two intermediate and three high schools, there are a variety of private and parochial schools. Area colleges and universities include: California State University Contra Costa County Campus, Contra Costa Community College, Diablo Valley College, John F Kennedy University, Los Medanos Community College, Golden Gate University and St. Mary's College.

Rossmoor, Northern California's largest community for people 55 and older, is a special gem. This country club style development is complete with golf, horseback riding, swimming, tennis, billiards, crafts, social clubs, etc.... Elegantly situated among the trees and hills, Rossmoor is an attractive addition to the Walnut Creek area.

Walnut Creek is especially fortunate to be home to a number of unique museums. In addition to being a fascinating museum, The Lindsay Museum is internationally recognized for its successful programs to aid injured wild animals. The Shadelands Museum maintains rich Contra Costa history while the Walnut Creek Model Railroad Society is a come true for railroad buffs.

Cultural Activities, a strong tradition here took a giant step forward with the Completion of the 72,000 sq ft Regional Center for the Arts located in the heart of downtown Walnut Creek. The $20 million Center is owned and operated by the City and includes the Hofmann Theater, an 800 at multipurpose theater, the 300 seat Dean Lesher Theater and the 5,000 sq ft Bedford Gallery. An additional 5,000 square foot experimental theater is planned for the future.




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