When you think of Walnut Creek, charming lake views aren’t the first thing that springs to mind…but nestled away in the Lakewood neighborhood you’ll find just that. Overlooked by the impressive heights of Shell Ridge, Lakewood features some of Walnut Creek’s most desirable homes – and to get access to its jewel of a lake, I’m afraid you will have to be a Lakewood homeowner (or at least know someone who is!)
The first home in what is now Lakewood was built in the 1850s by Ygnacio Sebrian, from whom Ygnacio Valley Road gets its name. The lake at the heart of Lakewood owes its existence to the later settler Robert N. Burgess, a key figure in the development of Walnut Creek. In addition to developing the Diablo Country Club, Burgess also envisioned an exclusive private neighborhood with a three acre lake at its center. Construction on the dam to create the lake started in 1930, and soon after Burgess began selling home lots near the lake starting at $800 apiece. (Yes, prices have gone up just a bit since then.)
Lakewood’s newly-created namesake in 1932. Photo courtesy of www.walnutcreeklakewood.info
Development continued after World War II, and most of the homes in Lakewood date from the post-war period. In addition to boating and lounging lakeside, Lakewood boasts a wealth of recreational opportunities. Shell Ridge offers miles of scenic hiking and horse trails, and Indian Valley Swim Club features a large lap swimming and diving pool as well as tennis and basketball courts. Nearby Howe Homestead Park is a popular spot for outdoor strolls and picnics, and offers a glimpse of Walnut Creek’s history in the form of the Howe Homestead. The park’s community garden and annual harvest festival bring a bit of the country to the city and are long-time favorites of Lakewood residents.
The view of the pool at Indian Valley Swim Club. Photo courtesy IVSC.
Lakewood is also home to Indian Valley Elementary school, a part of the Walnut Creek School District. One of the best elementary schools in the East Bay, it’s been honored with a Calfornia Distinguished School Award and boasts a dedicated faculty supported by a network of proud parents.
If you’d like to live in Lakewood, you can expect to pay a bit more than most other Walnut Creek neighborhoods. As you’d expect, lakeside homes command even more of a premium – that is, when they come on the market, which isn’t often. If you’d like me to take you on a personal tour of Lakewood homes for sale, just ask…or feel free to check out the latest Lakewood home listings on my website.