5 Great Cities to Buy a Home in the Bay Area

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Moving to the East Bay and not sure which city or neighborhood to call your new home? Lucky for you, there are many different pockets that make a great place to call home across this widespread region.


Walnut Creek

About: Walnut Creek is a town in California with a population of 69,007. Walnut Creek is in Contra Costa County and is one of the best places to live in California. Living in Walnut Creek offers residents an urban suburban mix feel and most residents own their homes. In Walnut Creek there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals and retirees live in Walnut Creek and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in Walnut Creek are highly rated.

Walnut Creek is also located in a central spot for outdoor living, whether you want to hike one of the surrounding hills at Diablo Foothills Regional Park or spend the day in the Ruth Bancroft Garden or Gardens at Heather Farms. Walnut Creek also has distinct neighborhoods offering relatively affordable homes as far as regional prices go. What was once a quiet suburb that straddled the borders of the Bay Area is now an up-and-coming neighborhood filled with trendy shops, hip restaurants, and a modern downtown area.

“I’ve only lived here in Walnut Creek for a short time after moving from Texas and so far I’m impressed. The neighborhoods are very peaceful and the cost of living is surprisingly affordable for such a nice area of California. The job opportunities here are quite bountiful and the food is exquisite. I moved into a Sober Living Environment here after I graduated from an in-patient rehabilitation program and found employment the day after. I feel very safe walking the streets to work and back and have yet to meet an unfriendly person that lives here. I hope to settle down and make a life here!”

– Jerry S.

Pleasant Hill

About: Pleasant Hill is a suburb of Oakland with a population of 34,785. Pleasant Hill is in Contra Costa County and is one of the best places to live in California. Living in Pleasant Hill offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Pleasant Hill there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Pleasant Hill and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in Pleasant Hill are highly rated.

Downtown Pleasant Hill is very walkable with a wide array of restaurants and shopping options. There are  many events held that make it easy to feel like you’re living in a small town community. Residents appreciate the accessibility to Walnut Creek, as well as other large nearby cities such as Oakland and San Francisco.

“Pleasant Hill has a community that cares about it’s citizens and is driven to make a difference. It is home to one of the best community colleges in the nation and beautifully kept parks. Through community events, like concerts in the park, festivals, and even an annual Relay for Life, Pleasant Hill residents always have a way to come together. With hundreds of volunteer opportunities and chances for the youth to give back to the community, growing up in Pleasant Hill was a rewarding experience. City council members have always reached out to the youth and guided them in a pathway to success and making a difference. The local Parks and Rec Department offers amazing childcare, camps, clubs, and activities for all different ages. With city events like the annual Community Service Day, I can thank the city for teaching me how to be involved and form community ties that will last forever.”

-Julie Z.

Concord

About: Concord is a suburb of Oakland with a population of 128,758. Concord is in Contra Costa County. Living in Concord offers residents an urban suburban mix feel and most residents own their homes. In Concord there are a lot of coffee shops and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Concord and residents tend to lean liberal. The public schools in Concord are above average.

A very quiet town with a lot of opportunities like the farmers market and the monthly concert in the town square. Located close to San Francisco, Concord is a much less expensive alternate to its sister cities such as Walnut Creek and Pleasant Hill.

“Renting in Concord is affordable and relatively safe. There are definitely cities in the SF Bay Area that I refuse to live in based off of crime rates and living expenses. It is convenient in terms of location, it is close to many major cities which provide work opportunities, while it is also a great place for outdoor enthusiasts. There is a place for everyone here.” -Sharron L.

Dublin

About: Dublin is a suburb of Oakland with a population of 59,172. Dublin is in Alameda County and is one of the best places to live in California. Living in Dublin offers residents an urban suburban mix feel and most residents own their homes. In Dublin there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Dublin and residents tend to lean liberal. The public schools in Dublin are highly rated.

There’s no shortage of things to do in this tranquil city. There are several local parks and dog parks scattered around town, and the Dublin Ranch Golf Course offers lush fairways and scenic views overlooking the East Bay’s rolling hills. For outdoor adventurers looking for something more challenging, they can check out the hiking trails at Dublin Hills Regional Park or the Iron Horse Trail.

“Great family area! Large enough yet cozy. Can be boring if you’re a single adult. Not much to do nightlife wise, and everywhere closes by 9 or so. I like it though. I moved here with my family when I was 12, and I have seen it change a lot over the years. Commute wise, it’s great – 45 mins to SF, 40 mins to Oakland/ Berkeley, 30 mins to Walnut Creek. There are even 2 Bart stations. Definitely recommend (if you can afford it, that is).” – Laurie S.

Pleasanton

About: Pleasanton is a town in California with a population of 80,847. Pleasanton is in Alameda County and is one of the best places to live in California. Living in Pleasanton offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Pleasanton there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families live in Pleasanton and residents tend to lean liberal. The public schools in Pleasanton are highly rated.

Pleasanton has grown dramatically from a small town to a wonderful family oriented town of over 80,000. It’s a great location if your working in either San Francisco or in Silicon Valley. Awesome Main Street with very nice restaurants and stores. It is known for having more parks than just about any other city in CA. Schools are some of the top in CA, and in the nation. You are only about an hour or less to the ocean, and 3-4 hours from Lake Tahoe.

“Amazing suburb! Great schools and neighborhoods. Quite pricey, however has an amazing community and great schools. The downtown is very cute, and it is within close proximity to San Francisco, Oakland, and even Tahoe. The weather is much better than San Francisco, and there are many outdoor activities, such as hiking and swimming. All hiking trails are gorgeous and very pet friendly.” – Margret R.

For comments or inquires contact:

Alex Khodadad, Broker, CPA
DRE#01719021
1930 Contra Costa Blvd.
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
(925) 705-1300
info@delphirealtygroup.com
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