Why Walnut Creek?

 

Walnut Creek is home to a blend of urban flair, suburban grace and is the central hub of the Greater East Bay.

Walnut Creek has matured into one of the top shopping destinations in the East Bay with major retailers like Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Tiffanys, and Apple.

 

 

Broadway Plaza

Broadway Plaza is recognized for its breathtaking exterior, which includes world-class landscaping,

European-styled fountains, and has been voted “Best Shopping Center” in Diablo Magazine’s “Best of the East Bay” issue.

The  Plaza is easy to get to whether you’re driving or taking BART with shuttle via Walnut Creek’s free trolley!

 

 

Mt. Diablo HIking and Biking 

Walnut Creek offers a wealth of bike trails and hiking, with prominent access to the Iron Horse Regional trail, it’s easy for outdoors lovers to step

outside and immerse themselves in nature. Walnut Creek is also home to the Mount Diablo State Park one of the many Bay Area treasures.

The 3,849 foot summit has much to explore like it’s beautiful wildflowers, trail system, fascinating wildlife, and rock formations.

 

 

Performing Arts and Entertainment 

California Symphony in Walnut Creek is the County’s professional, world-class symphony of the Lesher Center for the Arts since the center opened Twenty Five years ago.

The orchestra includes musicians who perform with the San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Opera, San Francisco Ballet, and others.

 

 

Diablo Ballet 

Diablo Ballet turns emotions into movement this award-winning, the professional dance company is committed to inspiring and educating through the art of dance.

Why Concord?

Thinking of moving to Concord, CA?  Located about 30 miles east of San Francisco with easy access to

Napa Valley, Silicon Valley, Sacramento, and the greater East Bay.

Mt. Diablo

Towering 3,849 feet above California, Mount Diablo brings hikers, bikers, and campers from all over to its

20,000-acre state park. Over 400 plant and animal species live amongst the park’s multifarious terrain,

drawing visitors to experience a diverse natural habitat and incredible panoramic views.

Concord Pavilion

Concord is home to one of California’s premier venues, Concord Pavilion. Each Spring through Fall, this is

where music and comedy fans step out to see their favorite performers take center stage.

Hurricane Harbor

Northern California’s biggest and most thrilling waterpark is now open! The former Waterworld Concord

has been transformed to Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Concord!

Hidden Gems

Concord has many hidden gems that even long-time residents are pleased to discover. Each location offers

its own unique experience whether it’s dining, nature or history – there is something for everyone!

 

Why Santa Rosa?

Just 55 miles north of San Francisco, in the urban heart of wine country, you’ll find Santa Rosa. A city with a great vibe and vibrant culture ready and waiting to be explored.

Santa Rosa is the happening hub for all there is to see, do, eat, drink, hike, bike and explore in Sonoma County.

 

 

Living in Santa Rosa

You won’t have to worry about fitting in here. The city is filled with people from all walks of life with various interests and hobbies. You’ll find something to suit your lifestyle and make you wonder what took you so long to get here.

 

 

Education

Santa Rosa City Schools’ include nine elementary schools. Five middle schools, five high schools and four dependent charter schools, including French and Spanish immersion schools a K-8 charter school for the arts, and a nationally recognized accelerated charter school.

 

 

Armstrong Redwoods

Take a bike ride through a vineyard or the redwoods to the coast. The nestled wooded hills along the Sonoma coast lies a hidden wonder that has remained largely untouched for thousands of years. 730 acres of pristine forest known as Harold Richardson Redwoods Reserve

 

 

Local Breweries 

Take a quick trip downtown to quench your thirst with Santa Rosa’s famous local beers, and dine on fresh, Sonoma-grown food.

 

 

African Safari in Wine Country

Beyond a zoo, far more than any drive-through park. Safari West thrives as a world-renowned preserve dedicated to conservation and home to the earth’s most exotic creatures.

 

Why Lafayette?

As local residents know, there are many reasons to love Lafayette, with its picturesque hills, favorable weather, top-notch schools, and thriving downtown.

 

Downtown 

Lafayettes Downtown offers charming treelined streets, a fine selection of quality stores, world-class restaurants, shops, theaters, and more!

 

Lafayette School District 

Lafayette is famous for its excellent public school system. The Lafayette School District educates students from kindergarten through eighth grade. The District offers a full range of services based on the needs of the students, yet the basic instructional day centers around the core subjects: reading, language arts, mathematics, and science.

 

 

Lafayette Library

The Lafayette Library and Learning Center is one of the greenest buildings in Lamorinda, with many LEED features, such as water-efficient landscaping, occupancy sensors for lighting controls, use of large windows and skylights for natural light, and close proximity to public transportation.

 

Climate
Lafayettes Mediterranean climate offers perfect growing conditions for drought-tolerant plants like rosemary, lavender and California poppies – not to mention a great climate for growing fruits and vegetables year-round.

 

Solar Energy

Lafayette has an average of 262 sunny days annually, compared to a national average of 205, making it an ideal community in which to take advantage of solar power. In fact, all of the Lafayette School District’s public schools have installed solar panels, which produce more than 438 thousand watts of electricity (enough to power almost 30,000 compact fluorescent bulbs).

 

 

Lafayette Reservoir

The beautiful Lafayette Reservoir, a 550-acre undisturbed oak woodland located just a half mile from downtown, stores drinking water for EBMUD customers and offers hiking, biking, jogging, fishing, boating, picnicking, a children’s playground and live concerts.

Urban Farming 

Lafayette is home to the Urban Farmers, a nonprofit organization which harvests backyard fruit for donation to food banks and other community organizations. They are now planting “giving orchards” for the sole purpose of donating fruit to those who need access to fresh, healthy, local food.

 

Bike Friendly

Lafayette is bike-friendly.  Signs are posted throughout the city, providing cyclists with directions and distance to local destinations, like the Lafayette Library and Learning Center. The signs also designate preferred routes throughout Lafayette, so that cyclists can avoid high traffic areas on Mt. Diablo Blvd. The road improvements being made downtown include installation of additional bike racks and high visibility crosswalks.

 

 

Community Garden

Lafayette’s new Community Garden and Outdoor learning center, located at 3932 Mt. Diablo Blvd, across the street from the Lafayette Reservoir, offers a beautiful setting for members to grow organic food, hold educational classes and events, and provide a wealth of resources for local gardeners.

 

 

Parks & Trails

Lafayette has over 40-miles of dedicated trails and more than 90-acres of public sports fields, playgrounds, and the downtown plaza. Hike 3 miles of trails in the Lafayette Community Park, and about 6-miles of City trails which connect to other hiking areas such as the Lafayette Reservoir, Lafayette Ridge and Briones Regional Park.

 

Food Scrap Recycling Program

The majority of Lafayette’s restaurants and all of its schools participate in the Food Scrap Recycling Program, in partnership with Central Contra Costa Solid Waste Authority and Allied Waste. Collected food scraps are turned into clean, renewable energy in bio-digesters located at EBMUD’s water treatment facility in Oakland

 

Urban Living

What brings them here? New residents share their stories

about how Walnut Creek became home.

 

It wasn’t too long ago that Walnut Creek drew people primarily for its top-notch schools, pastoral hills and suburban homes with private pools and two-car garages. While this residential landscape retains its rich appeal, a new population has emerged—the city dwellers. These urbanites are inhabiting the apartments and condominiums cropping up all over town, lured by walkability to shopping and dining, plus the host of smart and stylish amenities many new residential communities offer.

 

THE GOLDEN YEARS

Curt and Jane Blomstrand are the definition of downsizing baby boomers—people who left large suburban residences for an urban lifestyle. Yet, the charming couple prefers to call their new way of life something else. “Reinvention is a better word,” says Curt, a retired home builder and father of three who lived with his wife Jane for over 40 years in a large Lafayette rancher before moving into their Cole Avenue condo. “I was tired of the honey-do list. Every weekend, there were chores and the little burdens of having a well-maintained home. I knew it would be an adjustment, especially for Jane who loves to garden, but our lives are so much fun now!”

After reading The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying up, Jane was inspired to de-clutter her Burton Valley home and keep only items that were useful and meaningful. She also held on to a few family treasures and artwork curated from years of travel.  “Going through decades’ worth of things was so freeing.” Curt and Jane gave the rest away then used an estate company to clear out the remainder. “We didn’t want to bring very much with us.”

The Blomstrand’s efficiently designed, 2000-square-foot condo is simply stunning. Part of a 12-unit building constructed by Lenox Homes, the couple purchased the two-bedroom-plus-den residence last year for a cool $1.2 million. Panoramic views of Mt. Diablo provide the backdrop for a dazzling downtown city-scape, endlessly enjoyed from the outdoor patio and floor to ceiling windows. Attention to detail is evident throughout the spacious interior in everything from the concealed European hinges to the Bosch appliances. It’s not just the opulent materials but also the functionality of the space that impresses. “The layout of the rooms is just so practical,” says Jane.

 

While the chic condo is within easy walking distance to BART, food, and entertainment, a state-of-the-art car lift system provides residents with ample parking. “Every morning I walk to Starbucks, stroll through Broadway Plaza before the shops open and make a big 7-mile circle back home,” says Curt.

Friends and family love to visit. For the Blomstrand’s four grandkids, their downtown home feels like Disneyland. “We take them to the movies, dinner at the Cheesecake factory then hit S.F. Creamery on the way home. Our granddaughter Olivia laid back on the couch overlooking the city lights the other night and said, ‘I love this place, it’s so relaxing.’”
*The Lenox team is taking the concept one block over to Trinity Avenue and building a similar condominium community.

Learn to Live Outside the Box

New Downtown Living Options in Walnut Creek and Lafayette

 

Following in the footsteps of the immensely successful Lenox Homes project Cole Avenue in downtown Walnut Creek, dubbed the “Tesla of condos” in Builder and Developer Magazine, Lenox Homes has announced the groundbreaking of THREE and SIX, its latest boutique communities in downtown Walnut Creek and Lafayette.

These 2 modern home collections embody the new Bay Area – where walkable neighborhoods combine with the best of an approachable, modern luxury.

The 4-story THREE community will sit high atop Trinity Avenue in Downtown Walnut Creek, with 12 two-bedroom flats ranging from approximately 1,500 to 1,700 sq ft., all with views of the City or Mt. Diablo.  And if location is the measure of any successful community, THREE is just a short walk to BART and access to the entire Bay Area, as well as the luxury shopping of Broadway Plaza and eclectic dining of Downtown Walnut Creek.

According to Dan Freeman, President of Lenox Homes, “The homes have been designed for the move down buyers seeking an urban lifestyle in the new generation of maintenance-free smart homes.”

If THREE is the sexy 2 door sports car, SIX is it’s just as sexy, but more family-friendly model – with an extra door or two.  Designed as a quaint enclave of six homes, you get the best of both worlds – small neighborhood charm, plus the conveniences of Lafayette’s ever-evolving downtown, plus ideally situated in the Lafayette School District, which ranks in the top 2% in California.

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Smart Home

At Lenox, we integrate the latest technologies, so you can control your whole house from your phone, tablet, PC, universal remote or through simple voice command.

Smart Home Features

  • Home Theater
  • Whole- Home Audio
  • Lighting
  • Climate Control
  • Security
  • Window Coverings
  • Appliances

Ready to start your day?
No more waiting for the water in your shower to heat up, it already knows just how you like it


Want to relax after dinner?
With one click your lights dim as your home theater is firing up


New Home Security
Time for bed, your house will make sure your doors are locked and alarm system on


 

Energy Efficiency Benefits

 

 

Radiant Barrier Roof Decking 

Improve HVAC efficiency by reducing radiant heat


 

High-Efficiency HVAC Systems

High efficient systems cost less, produce less sound, and have a lower environmental impact

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Programmable Thermostats 

Allow you to heat or cool only the spaces you are using.


 

 

Energy Star Qualified Appliances 

Reduce waste and utility costs by keeping energy and water usage low

 

 

Low-Emissivity Windows

The Low-E coating reflects heat back to its source so your home stays warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer


 

 

Compact LED Lighting

Lasts at least 5X longer than conventional bulbs reducing energy usage and generates less heat

 

 

HERS Rating

Lenox goes above and beyond the California Tile 24 and your HERS rating provides that proof

 

A Home Designed For You

Design a home that makes you feel good when you walk through the door.  From flooring to lighting and everything in between, pick the finishes that match your style.  In addition, maximize the functionality of your home with our various cabinet and door options.

Have a Dog?

We will build dog bowls into your island


Cook with lots of spices?


We will build you a special spice drawer


Enjoy entertaining in the summer?


Blur the lines between indoor and outdoor living with a  3 or 4-panel slider that disappears into the wall


 

New Condos Proposed for Lafayette Circle

Plans for the proposed mixed-purpose retail/condominiums development on Lafayette Circle are moving forward to the consent calendar for resolution and conditions of approval in early September.

Commissioners heard from city staff and from the developer, Lenox Homes’ president Dan Freeman, together with architect Newell Arnerich who described the proposed 12-unit condo building at the Aug. 6 planning commission meeting.
The three-story structure will sit at 210 Lafayette Circle, on the site of the old Spruzzo’s restaurant and a parking lot, neighboring the site of last year’s fire that burned the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce offices and the La Finestra restaurant.

 Utilizing a mixture of natural materials, the project comprises 12 residential units ranging in living space size from 657 square feet to 1,813 square feet including two units on the first floor, which will be ADA-accessible and available at below market rates to moderate-income households. Additionally, the project will provide 1,007 square feet of ground-floor retail space. It features a courtyard and terraces and balconies on all levels. City Planning and Building Director Niroop Srivatsa explained that the project complies with the general plan as well as the downtown specific plan for the area. It complies with parking requirements, utilizing car lifts to save garage space. Notably, it provides considerable bike storage, too, which combined with enhanced pathways, is part of an attempt to discourage the use of cars, said Arnerich.  A pathway will lead back to the creek and the developer will work in time with the city to provide a bridge over the creek.

Srivatsa explained to the commissioners that the project has been before the design review commission twice and that they are now recommending the PC approve the project, with certain recommendations, many of which the developer is already working on such as meeting the public art requirement.

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