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Old 10-08-2013, 12:44 PM
 
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Hello everyone -

New job offer in walnut creek - 30s single. Have a girlfriend that will be moving over within next 9 months though. Moving from NY - westchester. I have limited knowledge of SF and bay area - but heard living in walnut creek a bit pricey and better for married couples ie school systems. Im looking for a place with reasonable commute ~ 20 minutes would be great as i will be working east coast hours. Hoping to find something with good vibe, younger, good town scene. Not a hipster-ish vibe and not really concerned with being downtown SF. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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Old 10-08-2013, 01:24 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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For a suburb Walnut Creek is actually pretty good for singles and couples. From what I understand the Walnut Creek area is somewhat similar to Westchester County, so if you're looking for a similar environment that may be one of the better places to look. It has a pretty vibrant downtown with nightlife, restaurants, shops, etc.

Oakland and Berkeley, while good choices for younger couples and singles, might be a little too hipsterish for you.
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Old 10-08-2013, 03:30 PM
 
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Thank you for your quick reply. Any suggestions of nearby towns with descent restaurant/nightlife i should check out? Rockridge?
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Old 10-08-2013, 03:43 PM
 
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WC is the restaurant/bar center of the inner east bay, but it's pretty suburban and white. Oakland has a bigger more diverse crowd of young people, but it's certainly more of a hipster scene. Depends what you want.
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Old 10-09-2013, 12:09 AM
 
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For the East Bay: Walnut Creek, Rockridge, Pleasanton (nice Downtown area and a mix of older and younger people), and Livermore.
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Old 10-09-2013, 09:33 AM
 
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Thank you all - I am heading out in a week to check out areas. Any apt. (complex) thoughts that anyone would recommend to check out? I have been reviewing forum. Looking just for a 1br trying to keep it around 1700ish per month.
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Old 10-09-2013, 11:11 AM
 
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If you want to keep your commute time in 20 mins or less, forget Rockridge, Berkeley, or anywhere west of the tunnel. It's possibly doable (depending on how close you are to the freeway) but traffic is also unpredictable, especially during bad weather, and the tunnel consistently has bottle neck during rush hour. They're supposed to be opening an additional tunnel soon though, so that should help, but will it solves the traffic? I dunno.

Walnut Creek IS the hub of the area, suggest you also check out Pleasant Hill (but not sure if they have one-bed condo though) and the nice part of Concord.

The area surrounding WC is typically very safe but sounds like too quiet for you, that'd include Lafayette, Orinda, Alamo, Danville, and San Ramon. Although, you may like living near downtown Danville, depending on your affinity for a cute but small town vibe.

Most of the apartments in WC are near its two BART stations on Ygnacio Valley Rd and Treat Blvd. Those around Ygnacio Valley Rd are more desirable because of walking distance to downtown. You should find something given your budget. Craigslist.org is the best source.


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Old 10-09-2013, 11:34 AM
 
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Most of the apartments in WC are near its two BART stations on Ygnacio Valley Rd and Treat Blvd. Those around Ygnacio Valley Rd are more desirable because of walking distance to downtown. You should find something given your budget. Craigslist.org is the best source.
There really aren't a lot of apartments within walking distance of WC BART, most are farther south on the otherside of downtown by the library or Creekside.
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Old 10-09-2013, 11:50 AM
 
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Thank you all - I am heading out in a week to check out areas. Any apt. (complex) thoughts that anyone would recommend to check out? I have been reviewing forum. Looking just for a 1br trying to keep it around 1700ish per month.
You can find some great 1br apartments in Walnut Creek for the price you're looking for. Here's a few

Bungalows for the Free Spirit in You!

This looks like an amazing 2br for a little more than you mentioned, it's 1750

1.5ba, 2-Story Townhouse, Fireplace, Pool, Easy Access Downtown/BART!

Here's a 1br for 1400

BEAUTIFUL GROUNDS, Private Patio, Fireplace, 5 minutes to BART & Town!

Here's another nice one

1 bdrm in security building, available now

So you can really find some nice places in WC within your price range.
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Old 10-09-2013, 12:41 PM
 
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There really aren't a lot of apartments within walking distance of WC BART, most are farther south on the otherside of downtown by the library or Creekside.

That might have been true twenty years ago but there's a lot of apartments now on Ygnaico Valley Rd, Civic Dr., N. California Blvd, Oak Rd, off of Broadway, etc. Basically the whole area sandwiched between the two BART stations and the area close to them are littered with apartments. You see tons of people walking home from WC BART during rush hours. Plus, there's also free shuttles that one can use.

Also, in case my initial wording is not clear, I never said there are a lot of apartments within walking distance to BART. WC is a suburb after all, it's too spread out for real walking. But there are a lot of apartments less than a mile from the stations, and some are within walking distance.

There are many more units around the two BART stations than what a person finds in Creekside. But by all means, look in Creekside too, it's a nice area.

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