Real Estate

Progress on North Main Apartments in Walnut Creek

1960 North Main St, Walnut Creek

Located across the street from Target in downtown Walnut Creek is a new apartment complex being built by MIll Creek called the North Main Apartments which will contain 126 1 and 2 bedroom apartments. Check out the features and amenities here. Interestingly there will be “electric car charging stations”. I like that washer and dryers are included as well.

From their website:

Mill Creek expands its presence in Northern California with the development of North Main Apartments in Walnut Creek, California. This luxury apartment community will comprise 126 apartment homes over a two-level podium on approximately 1.2 acres. The community will offer studio, 1- and 2-bedroom apartments, ranging in square footage from 515 square feet to 1,027 square feet. In addition, three live/work spaces will be included in the mix.

Amenities for this community include a roof terrace, resort-style pool, state-of-the art clubhouse and fitness center, wine lockers, BBQ area, pet run, bicycle parking, electric vehicle charging and City CarShare, and a large internal landscaped courtyard above the podium. The apartment homes feature high-quality materials and workmanship, including nine foot ceilings, fully equipped kitchens, washer and dryers, walk-in closets and wood plank-style flooring.

North Main Apartments is exceptionally well located within vibrant Downtown Walnut Creek and in walking distance to BART (35 minutes to Downtown San Francisco) and in close proximity to freeways (I-680 and California 24). In fact, the site is defined as Very Walkable (Score of 78), per Walk Score, given the abundance of amenities within close walking distance of the site. In addition, Mount Diablo State Park, of which residents of North Main will have unobstructed views, is approximately 5 miles southeast from the site, and offers 20,000 acres of outdoor adventures, including hiking, climbing and cycling trails.

Leasing is expected to begin in Fall 2014 with first move-ins in early 2015.

New Luxury Condos and Retail Project Proposed for Downtown Walnut Creek

S. California Blvd. & Botelho Dr, Walnut Creek

A new downtown Walnut Creek project to bring 24 high-end condominiums, retail stores and a restaurant next to an expanded Alma Park is being proposed by Hall Equities Group which also developed the space right next to this where Habit Burger Grill is located (note the right side in the above rendering). Check out a Contra Costa Times article here for more info.

I look forward to seeing which restaurant opens here as well as how this project progresses. This looks really nice.


From the Hall Equities Group project page:

This high-profile, urban infill project in downtown Walnut Creek, CA, is bounded by Olympic Boulevard, California Boulevard and Botelho Street.

The site is directly adjacent to Alma Park, and the Alma Park neighborhood – a cluster of high-quality for sale and for rent mid-rise properties surrounding the park. Centre Place enjoys excellent access, via Olympic Blvd., to Interstate 680, just two blocks away. Olympic Blvd. is the dominant entryway into Walnut Creek’s retail core and award-winning Broadway Plaza Shopping Center.

The Centre Place site originally consisted of a 19,000 SF retail center – a prior conversion of a 1950’s-era auto and tire service facility.

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Belle Terre Affordable Senior Apartments Opening Soon in Downtown Lafayette

3428 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Lafayette

Last January progress was being made on construction of a new apartment complex for lower income seniors called Lafayette Senor Housing in downtown Lafayette on Mt. Diablo Blvd, and the apartments are almost ready as you can see in the photo above. Now known as Belle Terre, there are 45 senior units.

Floor plan details:

From the Belle Terre website:

Belle Terre, Eden Housing’s thirteenth development in Contra Costa County, will provide 45 new affordable rental homes for lower income seniors. This exciting new community is conveniently located in downtown Lafayette in close proximity to transit and amenities. Belle Terre will be affordable to senior households earning 20% to 50% of the Contra Costa County Area Median Income, and will include 17 apartments targeted to seniors with physical disabilities.

Designed to create a healthy living environment, Belle Terre will include many sustainable features for energy and water conservation. Other highlights include an onsite manager’s unit, a community room that opens onto an outdoor patio and formal garden, two sunrooms that overlook a second courtyard, a computer learning center/library, an exercise room, and raised planters for resident gardening.

Residents living at Belle Terre will have access to supportive resident services designed to help them “age in place” and live independently for as long as possible.


Friday Question of the Day – Do you Support the Lafayette Terraces Alternative Plan?


Back in October I posted a Friday question of the day about the Lafayette Terraces plan to bring an apartment complex for moderate income families to the corner of Pleasant Hill Rd. and Deer Hill Rd. in Lafayette. That plan was rejected by the Lafayette design review commission and now an alternative plan that calls for 44/45 single family houses has been offered. Detailed information about the alternative plan can be found on the City of Lafayette’s website here.

In addition to the single family homes there will be a separate parcel owned by the city for public use with a soccer/lacrosse field, dog park, playground, parking lot and a multi-use trail. It seems there will not be any concrete traffic improvements made with this alternative plan although I imagine traffic wouldn’t be as bad as compared to a large apartment complex with hundreds of units.

If this alternative plan is rejected then it looks like this will go to the courts to get the original 315-unit apartment complex built. With that being said, do you support this alternative Lafayette Terraces plan for single family homes with a separate public space for city residents to use?

There will be a public meeting about this alternative plan on January 22nd at Veteran’s Memorial Building (3780 Mt Diablo Blvd) at 7pm where you may comment and give your opinion.

The Nail Shop Moves Across the Street to The Nail Lounge


In September I noted that The Nail Lounge opened on Locust St. in downtown Walnut Creek and it turns out that The Nail Shop, located across the street next to Anthropologie moved there. So the old post office and this location are now available for lease which potentially could be combined for a larger store to open up.


Update on Broadway Plaza Redevelopment in Walnut Creek

Broadway Lane

Back in March of last year I posted the first renderings of how the Broadway Plaza redevelopment might look and this week new renderings were posted at the Walnut Creek current projects website. Previously there was consideration of converting the street for pedestrian usage only as well as apartments above the retail stores. Judging by the new renderings both of these ideas have been quashed. The rendering above shows the backside of Broadway Plaza facing Nordstrom. So how do you think it looks?

The Fountain:

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New Taylor Morrison Townhomes on Sale in Lafayette


Last year in August I noted that new townhomes were being built at the old Hungry Hunter restaurant at the corner of Mt. Diablo Blvd. and Pleasant Hill Rd. in Lafayette and construction is almost complete with the townhomes available for move-in later this month.

From the Taylor Morrison website:

Come explore this limited opportunity of 23 townhome-styled residences in one of the Bay Area’s most sought-after communities. Just like the city of Lafayette, the new homes at Marquis reflect the natural beauty of the surrounding area while providing the modern conveniences of a new home. From the contemporary craftsman exteriors, to the spacious floorplans and tempting amenities, these traditional, low-maintenance residences provide an oasis from the hustle and bustle of life. Boasting 4 bedrooms, including a downstairs bedroom & full bath per plan, the home designs range from approximately 1,964 to 2,074 square feet of living space.

Prices range from high 700s to low 800s. Check out the townhomes for sale here. Floor plans are available here.

Note the publicly mandated art behind the sign:

View from Pleasant Hill Rd:

Friday Question of the Day – Do you Support the Terraces of Lafayette Development?


This week I noted that the Terraces of Lafayette information center, a proposed apartment complex in Lafayette at the corner of Pleasant Hill Rd. and Deer Hill Rd. for moderate income families opened and there seems to be some opposing viewpoints as to whether this development fits in with the character of Lafayette. So with that being said, do you support the Terraces of Lafayette development?