In addition to its dynamic downtown scene, Walnut Creek offers equestrians, hikers, mountain bikers and other outdoor enthusiasts an array of scenic options a little further off the beaten track. If you’ve driven along our idyllic back roads into the rolling foothills of Mount Diablo, you’ve probably caught glimpses of the charming country estates nestled among beautiful old oaks and bay laurels, many with horses roaming the grounds just waiting to trot off on a quiet ride even further into the hills. It’s certainly a romantic image, and as you drove by, you may have even wondered if they ever happen to come on the market. The answer is, they do…but not often, so you’ll want to keep an eye out for those rare occasions when they do.
If you can’t resist the combination of country charm and stunning views offered by one of these stately homes, take some time to tour the Walnut Creek neighborhoods where they’re found. These tend to be clustered near the Lime Ridge, Shell Ridge, Diablo Foothills and Mt. Diablo parks and open spaces, and include Northgate, Rancho Paraiso, Pleasant Run, Rudgear Estates and Rudgear Meadows. Thanks to their proximity to so much parkland, their residents enjoy unparalleled opportunities for outdoor adventure. For example, if you’re luck enough to call Northgate home you’ll be right down the street from TruNorth Stables, which offers full-service horse boarding and access to miles of riding trails in the Shell Ridge Recreation Area.
View courtesy of TruNorth Stables
One of the most impressive properties currently for sale in this area is a 4 bedroom, 3 bath home located on 1.49 acres at 777 Castle Rock Road. With a swimming pool and panoramic views of Mt. Diablo, it’s already zoned for horses and includes a 20′ x 40′ barn and workshop.
777 Castle Rock Road, Walnut Creek
Or if you don’t need quite so much land but wouldn’t mind a bit more house for your money, take a peek at 3709 Waterford Lane, which boasts the dramatic landscape of Lime Ridge right out the back door…just beyond the swimming pool.
Yes, there’s a premium to pay for such superb locations, and these neighborhoods certainly wouldn’t be my first choice for bargain-hunters. But if you love all the natural beauty that surrounds Walnut Creek, and love the idea of having it in your backyard, give these properties a look. And if you happen to need a guide to these hidden hillside treasures, I’ll be happy to take you on a tour!