Northgate, One of Walnut Creek’s Most Desirable Neighborhoods

Despite its name, the Northgate is located in eastern Walnut Creek, and is considered one of the most comfortable and family-friendly areas of the city. The name “Northgate” actually refers to its location relative to Mount Diablo State Park; the neighborhood is home to the northern entrance to the park, and offers stunning views of the impressive slopes rising to the southeast. Home inventory here tends towards traditional one and two-story floorplans, primarily constructed from the 1960s-1980s. If an all-American ranch house is your dream home, Northgate is one of the first places I’d look.

While its proximity to Mount Diablo is a strong draw for nature lovers and outdoor adventurers, Northgate’s stellar schools are another reason for its popularity among families settling down in Walnut Creek. Northgate High School, Foothill Middle School and Valle Verde Elementary School all rank among the Bay Area’s best public schools, with excellent faculty, outstanding facilities, and a support network of passionately-involved parents. Northgate High, a two-time winner of the California Distinguished School Award, educates 1600 students who benefit from advanced AP-level classes as well as a wide range of extracurricular activities and athletic teams (go Broncos!)

Northgate High, Home of the Broncos
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When not cheering on the Broncos or roaming scenic Mount Diablo on foot or horseback, Northgate residents can be found swimming or playing tennis at Heather Farm Park, playing a round of golf at the Boundary Oaks Golf Course, or shopping or dining out at nearby Encina Shopping Center. The cosmopolitan charms of downtown Walnut Creek are just a few minutes away, and the entire Bay Area isn’t too much further via BART or nearby freeways.

With so many reasons to call Northgate home, it’s no surprise that homes here command a premium over prices elsewhere in Walnut Creek. As you can see from the chart below, median home prices in the 94598 ZIP code which includes Northgate (the blue line) are around $750,000 at the moment, second only to the 94597 ZIP code which encompasses several affluent neighborhoods to the west.

Real Estate Market Chart by Altos Research www.altosresearch.com

Interested in getting to know Northgate even better? I’ll be happy to open the gate to this vibrant neighborhood by taking you on a personal tour of homes currently on the market. Or feel free to browse the latest home listings on my website…your new Northgate home could be just a few clicks away!