Considering Walnut Creek
We have two young elementary kids and have lived in El Cerrito since before they were born. However, we are outgrowing our small home, and looking at other East Bay communities that have both larger homes and better schools. I've heard many people say Walnut Creek is a great place for kids and families, but I don't know any one who lives there. I like the larger homes, and we'd want to be not too far from BART, as someday we will be going back to our offices. The main hesitation I have is that El Cerrito is very walkable, and (pre-pandemic) we would walk to school, BART, library, restaurants, parks, swim lessons and it was easy. We'd often chat with our neighbors on the street. I've been browsing Walnut Creek neighborhoods online, and there seem to be few sidewalks in the neighborhoods and the walk-scores of the neighborhoods are low. Do you just drive everywhere? Are there particular neighborhoods where people do walk more? Is there a culture of all the neighborhood kids walking to school together? Could you tell me if you love your school? Or are there other neighborhoods/communities we should be considering with excellent public schools that are served by BART (or another easy way to get to the city)? We'd like a 4 bedroom home for $1.2M, so unfortunately Orinda, Moraga, and Albany are out.