Real Estate

Walnut Creek Transit Village Parking Garage Final Review


The first phase of the Walnut Creek Transit Center at the Walnut Creek BART station is going for their final design review this evening and here are the renderings of how it will look. This is for the parking garage only; phases 2 and 3 will involve residential apartments and commercial space. Check out the renderings from over two years ago.

From the Design Review report:

Phase 1 includes a five-level multimodal center intended to provide replacement
automobile parking for BART users, a fifteen-bay bus terminal for local and regional bus routes, bicycle and pedestrian paths, and an accessible drop and ride lane. Phase 1 also includes a 2,000 square foot ground floor office intended for use the BART Police Department. The garage includes 878 parking spaces of which 850 are 1:1 replacement parking for the anticipated loss of all existing surface parking spaces at the BART Station. In addition, there are 8 spaces for the office space and 20 additional spaces…



McCondos Coming to Downtown Walnut Creek

1380 N. California Blvd, Walnut Creek

Back in April I noted that McDonald’s would be closing in downtown Walnut Creek this summer and although the timing was off it turns out that they are planning to eventually close to make room for 119 residential units along with 16,323 square feet of retail stores. According to the Walnut Creek city council agenda report, JDC Development and McDonald’s Corporation filed the use permit and design review applications so McDonald’s would still be involved with the development of the condos (or rental units). I wonder what restaurant might end up at this location? Hmm…

Currently the Walnut Creek Design Review commission is recommending denying this development, “with recommendations for acceptable changes to project density, parking, site planning, or other considerations.” Stay tuned…

BRIO Apartment Pricing in Walnut Creek Now Available

Apartment at Brio Apartments in Walnut Creek (photo from

In June I noted the progress on the BRIO apartment complex in Walnut Creek and they are now leasing apartments with pricing details here. One bedrooms (one bath) start at $2,120 for a 667 square foot size and two bedrooms (two baths) start at $3000 for a 1020 square foot size. Check out more photos of the apartments here. Amenities are listed here. What do you think of this pricing, worth it?

(rendering from

Danville Hotel Project Opening Spring 2015 in Danville


Last September we learned about the impending demolition of the old Danville Hotel in downtown Danville and the redevelopment is progressing with an estimated completion date of spring, 2015. Check out updates to the redevelopment here.

From the project page:

Redevelopment of the Danville Hotel site includes the construction of approximately 37,500 square feet of new residential, retail and restaurant space. The residential portion of the project will consist of 16 for-sale second story residential units, ranging in size from 919 square feet to 1,440 square feet. The site is bordered by Hartz Avenue, Prospect Avenue, Railroad Avenue and Short Street. The historic hotel and McCauley house will be retained and restored.


Progress on Merrill Gardens Assisted Living Apartments in Lafayette


Last September we learned that a new assisted living apartment complex called Merrill Gardens would be opening on Mt. Diablo Blvd. in Lafayette and plenty of progress has been made although the planned-for spring opening has been pushed back until fall according to their website. One possible explanation for the delay is the need to stain the lighter colored bricks so they don’t clash so much. Check out this Lamorinda Weekly article for details. Judging from the above photo they still have more staining to do.


Story Poles for Moraga Town Center Homes Next to Fire Station


Story poles have been placed recently at the Moraga Town Center Homes project next to the Moraga fire station on Moraga Way to show how tall the units will be. This project has been revised for 36 units, of which 21 will be 2.5 story townhomes with the remaining 15 units planned for 2 story cottage duplexes. Check out this Lamorinda Weekly article noting the various problems placing homes next to a fire department training area.



1500 N. California Blvd. Apartment Complex Construction Beginning Soon in Downtown Walnut Creek

1500 N. California Blvd, Walnut Creek

Back in May of last year we got a preview of the new apartment complex at 1500 N. California Blvd. in downtown Walnut Creek across from McCovey’s and it looks like demolition will happen soon as green fencing has gone up around the parking lot next to Scott Valley Bank which has been closed for a while.

Progress on Park Plaza Shops in Downtown Lafayette


The temporary fencing that had been in front of the Park Plaza shops in downtown Lafayette for a while have finally been removed, the Available signs are up, so I look forward to seeing which stores, restaurant and/or cafe will open up in this location. Note the store at the far left in the photo is the Pioneer Store which was built in the 1860s and used as a store, post office and dwelling house.

Check out the developer’s page on the Park Plaza Shops here.


Progress on BRIO Apartment Complex in Walnut Creek

141 North Civic Dr, Walnut Creek

A couple of years ago I noted how the Paragon Apartments project was approved by Walnut Creek and progress is coming along nicely at the corner of CIvic Dr. and Ygnacio Valley Rd. Now this apartment complex has been renamed BRIO, and 300 market-rate one and two bedroom apartments will be available. Check out the complete home features and community amenities at the developer website here.

BRIO Rendering:

Woodbury Condominiums Coming Soon to Lafayette


A new 56 unit luxury condominium complex called The Woodbury has broken ground in Lafayette behind the Veteran’s building on Risa Rd. and the initial units are expected to be completed in early 2015.

Branagh Development

From the developer’s website:

The Woodbury is a 56-unit luxury condominium complex expected to break ground summer 2014 in Lafayette. This seven building project will be complete with views of Mt. Diablo, the Lafayette hills, vegetable garden, fire pit and a new EBMUD park and sculpture garden. The open floor plan units are designed to feel like a single family residence but with the convenience and security of a luxury flat.

Six of the seven buildings are considered Garden Flats nd will house six units each. These buildings will hold the largest floor plans ranging from +/- 1,400 square feet to over +/- 2,900 square feet of living space. Units will include spacious balconies & patios, private garages, elevator access and only one common wall.

Housing 20 units, the Terraced House is the largest building in The Woodbury with floor plans ranging from +/- 1,100 square feet to +/- 1,700 square feet. Units will include balconies & patios, a secure parking garage, elevator access, gym facility and a community lounge.

The Woodbury’s extensive use of luxury finishes, large floor plans and proximity to Lafayette, Walnut Creek and everything the San Francisco Bay Area has to offer makes it the premier choice for those looking for ahigher standard of conominium living in the East Bay. The first phase delivery of units is expected in early 2015.