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Andy, Both Buyer and Seller in California

What are the differences between the Larkey Park vs Heather Farms areas? Is Larkey less desirable?

Asked by Andy, California Mon May 27, 2013

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The main difference is school district. Larkey Park has more older homes and neighbors pleasant hill. Heather Farms homes are generally a little newer and has nicer homes in neighboring Northgate area. Each area has unique characteristics and preferences is totally subjective to what the home buyer is looking for in a home. Hope that helps.
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Both areas are very popular and while there are some run down homes in Larkey Park, there are many that have been considerably updated and remodeled (including my own home). As stated beloe, Larkey Park is going through a period of re-vitalization and that is generally a good sign for future appreciation. No doubt that Larkey Park is much better situated for freeway and downtown access.
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when i drove around larkey i noticed a lot of run down houses. are the home prices going to go up in this area? is there much crime in this area? we also have two young kids.
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Both Parks are in desirable communities of Walnut Creek.

Larkey Park is closer to Downtown and is located in an area of Walnut Creek known as the "Golden Triangle". The neighborhood is an older community but is in such a desirable location that it is going through a resurgence. Larkey Park is at the base of a hilly area of Walnut Creek. Many homes on the hills have wonderful views of the surrounding areas. The park serves a community of a variety of styles and prices of homes.

Heather Farms is further down Ygnacio Valley Rd, so not as close to Downtown as Larkey Park. It is a newer park and serves a newer Community. The area is flatter but closer to the Mt.Diablo foothills. It is home of many Art Fairs and the Walnut Festival. Many homes served by this park would be considered high-end homes. There are also many affordable Condos nearby.

This is just a brief summary of the differences between the parks. Neither one should be considered as less desirable than the other. They are both great parks, in great communities.

It's really a matter of taste.
Hope this helps.

Mike Hill and Rita Norman
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Both are very nice areas of Walnut Creek. Traffic to Heather Farms could be a factor if you commute. Larkey Park area is closer to Hwys 24 and 680 and BART if that is a consideration.
Feel free to explore information on any area from my website.
Regards, Suzanne Looker
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Larkey Park is a lovely area going through a period of revitalization right now. The area was originally developed post World War 2 - large lots with charming but small homes. Many people and developers have purchased in the Larkey area to renovate these homes raising property values in the area.
Heather Farms was developed over an older family farm a bit later than Larkey Park. The area is much higher density living offering more condos and townhomes than detached single family homes. Once you cross Bancroft Road, you go into the Northgate area of Walnut Creek.
Larkey Park is a lovely area with great access to everything downtown has to offer and access to freeways for commuters. It also offers more single family homes.
Heather Farms is newer construction (comparatively), however, much higher density living but still offering wonderful amenities and access to the downtown area.
When asking,"which is better?" it really depends on what you want in your living space and environment.

Please feel free to call or write to discuss further.

Elisabeth Simon
Empire Realty Associates - Walnut Creek
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