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Scuttlebutt – Carondelet High School Buying Valley Vista Club in Walnut Creek

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3737 Valley Vista Rd, Walnut Creek

In September we learned that Valley Vista Tennis Club was slated to close by January and now word on the street is that they are being bought by Carondelet, an all-girls private Catholic high school in Concord which is currently doing due diligence. It looks like the plan is to tear out some tennis courts for a soccer/lacrosse field and possibly allow Valley Vista club members use of the courts during non-school hours.

Considering the club is not being sold to housing developers this looks like a positive development for members assuming they are allowed to use the courts, however, what will this mean for USTA players who are unable to use the overcrowded Heather Farm tennis courts?

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Protesting Pulte Housing Development in Tice Valley

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Photo via Tice Valley United Facebook page

Earlier this week we learned about a petition to save open space in Pleasant Hill; there is another protest taking place against development plans for 53 homes on 5 acres in the former Jewish Community Center location in Tice Valley, Walnut Creek. More information from ABC 7 News here. Check out the change.org petition here. There will be a city council meeting next Tuesday, December 15th in which this issue will probably be decided. Do you think 53 houses on 5 acres in a suburban neighborhood is too much?

From a Tice Valley resident:

The environmental impact report is highly flawed. It is based on many false assumptions and does not present a full, factual accounting of the impact of this project. This is a belief of the vast majority of those that have read it and live in our community. The primary talking point for Pulte and those that support this project is that they have compromised and listened to the community. This is a falsehood. It is not compromise but rather strategy that they have offered. They went in presented an proposal for an obscene number of homes on the property and came down to an absurd one. I am not sure how anyone actually thought that 71 homes would fit on 5 acres and to reduce to 53 is just an insult. All our community is looking for is responsible development. If the property NEEDS to be re-zoned from open space recreation then look at a true transitional development of 4-5 homes per acre, not 10.

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Amazing Living Wall Added to 1500 Mt. Diablo Development in Downtown Walnut Creek

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1500 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Walnut Creek

Check out the cool looking living wall installed recently at the new development in downtown Walnut Creek, located diagonally across from Neiman Marcus. This is where the clothing store Vineyard Vines and several restaurants will be located, including San Francisco-based pizzeria Slice House, Barcelona-based Telefèric, and Rooftop.

According to the developer, the living wall will contain an “automatic drip irrigation system, moisture sensor system, and mist system so lots of technology to try to ensure that it stays alive.”

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The Landing Breaks Ground in Downtown Walnut Creek

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1800 Lacassie Ave, Walnut Creek renderings courtesy BHV CenterStreet Properties

A new rental development called The Landing is breaking ground in downtown Walnut Creek near the BART station. Check out the renderings below; the website is here.

From a press release:

“The project, called The Landing, at 1800 Lacassie Avenue, consists of 178 studio and one- and two-bedroom apartments wrapped in contemporary styling and capped off with multiple rooftop decks with Mt. Diablo views. Amenities include a sky-deck yoga studio, roof-top garden, an outdoor movie theater, outdoor barbecue and dining area, indoor-outdoor fire pit lounge, and resort pool and cabanas.

The Landing also plans to be pet-friendly. A pet spa will provide private grooming facilities for residents’ four-legged companions.

Inside, The Landing’s 35 studio, 110 one-bedroom and 33 two-bedroom units will feature quartz countertops, designer cabinetry, mosaic backsplash, high-end stainless steel appliance packages, in some cases with wine fridges, plus plank-style floorings throughout and walk-in closets.”

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Lyric Walnut Creek Apartments Coming to Downtown Walnut Creek Summer 2016

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1500 North California Blvd, Walnut Creek

Although the view from over a year ago may make it seem that not much has been done to the 1500 N. California apartment complex in downtown Walnut Creek, now called Lyric Walnut Creek, but if you peek over the fence you can see that plenty of digging for the underground parking garage and other work has been done. The “coming summer 2016” signage is now up.

This is a sweet spot to live right in the heart of downtown Walnut Creek, a block from the Lesher Center, walking distance to BART, Century movie theater, and Target although Safeway is quite a walk away.

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Progress on 1500 Mt. Diablo Building in Downtown Walnut Creek

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1500 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Walnut Creek

Significant progress is being made on the 1500 Mt. Diablo building at the corner of Mt. Diablo Blvd. and Main St. in downtown Walnut Creek as the scaffolding has been removed revealing the cool design that we saw in the renderings over two years ago. The corner entrance will be home to the clothing store Vineyard Vines while the second floor restaurant will have Barcelona-based Telefèric with the top floor occupied by ROOFTOP. Check out updates on ROOFTOP’s Facebook page here.

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Ascent Walnut Creek Apartments Now Leasing Across from Target

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1960 North Main St, Walnut Creek

In April we saw the continuing progress of the new apartment complex Ascent Walnut Creek, located across the street from Target at the corner of  Ygnacio Valley Rd. and N. Main St. and they are now leasing. Third and fourth floor apartments are expected to be available in the beginning of September, the second floor apartments towards the end of September and first floor apartments at the beginning of October. Studio/Urban 1 bedrooms begin at $2,200, 1 bedrooms start at $2,550, and 2 bedrooms start at $3,427. I imagine the lower priced apartments will be located near the gas station which you can see in the above photo at left. Check out their website which explains the amenities here.

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