Real Estate

More Progress on Broadway Plaza Redevelopment in Walnut Creek

Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek

Check out the latest progress on the Broadway Plaza redevelopment in downtown Walnut Creek. Compared to a couple of months ago, the new parking garage at left has been built, and the metal framing has started nearest to Nordstrom. At the far end you can see Macy’s with its new white exterior.


SummerHill Homes Begins Development of 26 Houses off Camino Ricardo in Moraga – Available Fall 2015

Camino Ricardo, Moraga

SummerHill Homes has begun development of 26 single family homes encompassing over 14  acres off Camino Ricardo in Moraga. This development will be called Harvest Court. As you can see in the above photo the trees have been cleared and a sign posted about, “construction or air/dust related activities”. According to this press release SummerHill Homes gave $5,000 to the Moraga Education Foundation.


From their project website:

• 26 high-end single family homes
• A variety of elevation styles in approx. 2,700- to 3,700 sq. ft. two-story homes and two
single-story residences on lots averaging 12,600 square feet
• Surrounded by a nature 2+ acre park with trails and bridges over two creeks
• Nearby parks include Moraga Commons Park, and Hacienda De Las Flores Park
• Schools include Los Perales ES, Joaquin MS and Miramonte HS



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.