If you are open to the Walnut Creek-Lamorinda areas, you will have many choices for arts and entertainment. It's also just a BART ride away from San Francisco. There are both upscale townhouse and single family neighborhoods. Of course you are only limited by your proposed price range. If you send refined search criteria, I can set you up on your customized search. You do have options from the Walnut Creek to Dublin areas and still have a short commute to San Ramon.
Each town has a different feel and you'll know what speaks to you when you visit them. Depending on your price range, all towns for the most part will have the upscale townhomes you're seeking. Hope you find this information helpful.
My sister had your exact situation and I helped her buy a home in Walnut Creek just last year. Walnut Creek has a vibrant arts and entertainment community. It is also in a centrally strategic location to Napa Valley, San Francisco, the Silicon Valley area, as well as the Sacramento area and the Central Valley.
I am an agent, but I am a homeowner first. I have purchased homes in California, Hawaii, and Portugal. Let's talk Real Estate. Let me know if I can be of any help.
I too lived in Los Altos...from 1959-1978 and again from 1989 - 1994. I've since moved to Livermore... and am continually amazed with the amenities in the area. Walnut Creek and the other communities mentioned below are all fabulous, but don't be afraid to check out the Pleasanton and Livermore area as well. We have wineries, beautiful golf courses, the Bankhead theater for live performances, Wente Vineyards hosts summer outdoor concerts, and the list goes on.
If you want to head to SF regularly for art and entertainment, there are 2 BART stations in Pleasanton/Dublin.
However, we do not have any bay views...
Alain Pinel Realtors
Since you appear to be primarily interested in arts & entertainment I would suggest you visit the website below as it covers the entire SF East Bay (and some surrounding areas): http://www.diablomag.com/Diablo-Magazine/Resources/Arts-and-
According to the site, the four top arts & entertainment cities are:
Oakland (363), Berkeley (230), Walnut Creek (115) and Fremont (94).
In any case, the site should help you find the perfect areas for you to consider based on your personal taste.
Now another very useful tool I would suggest you look into would be Google Maps historical traffic feature.
As an example, if you click on the link located below it will take you to a LIVE real-time â€œFremont-to-San Ramonâ€ Google map that estimates this commute with current traffic:
Now, assuming you have a specific day/time in mind you can also obtain a historical estimate of where the traffic problems will be; hereâ€™s how:
1) In the upper right hand corner of the map confirm thereâ€™s a check-mark next to the "Traffic" link so current traffic is being shown.
2) In the bottom left hand corner click the "change" link right next to where it says "Live Traffic".
3) Next Click the "Traffic at day and time" button and set the day & time you want to check for your likely commute time.
This should help to get a feel for where traffic is during each day of the week.
Best Regards, Steve
The Walnut Creek area would be ideal for the commute to San Ramon as well as access to arts and entertainment. WC has the larger productions in the East Bay for arts & entertainment for shows, dance, and symphony productions.
The BART access will provide for plenty of access to events at UC Berkeley and in San Francisco. The commute to San Ramon from that area will be between 10 - 30 minutes depending on which community you choose and how heavy the traffic is on any particular day.
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