I remember as a very young child taking the ferry from Benicia to Martinez. It was a real throw-back to Old California. Benicia was really far away from Walnut Creek. The first capitol of California was an artist colony with galleries and second hand stores.
Now the vital town of Benicia is very much a part of the Bay Area. Most of the second hand stores are real estate offices and micro breweries. The new bridge has added a closeness that brings Benicia to the 680 corridor. I suggest that you visit Benicia. Stroll down First Ave., walk along the waterfront. It’s very charming.
Your real estate dollar goes farther in Benicia than Walnut Creek. Visit my web site www.Benson4Homes.com and check out the Benicia market. Benicia is great to explore anytime.
Here’s a map link for you, http://maps.google.com/maps?q=Benicia,+CA,+USA&sa=X&oi=map&ct=title