Advice about Living in Concord

Parent Q&A

  • We are moving from Berkeley to Concord looking for a bigger house. Would love some advice on schools, family friendly areas, would love to find a sense of community. Places for extracurricular activities for the kids. They do gymnastics, would like to start music classes, etc. 
    Thank you! 

    Hi - I've lived in Walnut Creek for ~20 years. You might really like the Rancho San Miguel (Walnut Creek), The Crossings/Turtle Creek (Concord) & Woodlands (Walnut Creek/Concord) neighborhood - very strong since of community, close to trails/green space & very close to stores & extracurriculars. 

    Best of luck.

Parent Reviews

I did that exact move when my daughter was 6 (she just turned 21). We moved for the schools but also because it's 3.5 miles from my husband's job (I work from my home, so I can live anywhere). I have to say I had extreme culture shock that lasted about 2 years, but my husband, also an Oakland native, loved the burbs from the start. In retrospect, I don't think I'd do it again, especially once I discovered that I could've sent my artistic daughter to OSA. I have adjusted now and find going back to Oakland to be overly crowded, but also miss the culture and diversity of Oakland. I really liked Highlands elementary in Concord, but some of the schools out here aren't really that great. I was not terribly impressed with Foothill middle school and I thought Northgate was only good for naturally high achiever types, the rest of the students, they let fall through the cracks. Since I don't know you, I can't tell you what to do, but I can say it's a completely different lifestyle.

Archived Q&A and Reviews

June 2013

Re: Bay area spot w/ great biking/schools/lots of kids
We were in the same dilemma 10 years ago and looked throughout Walnut Creek and Lafayette. My realtor insisted we look at a Concord neighborhood, and we ended up here! Our neighborhood attends Foothill Middle School and Northgate High School, and the homes are a fraction of the cost of those other areas. We live on a cul-de-sac, have a green belt with walking paths, pools, swim team, tennis courts, preschool, dog park, and playgrounds. We live at the base of Mt. Diablo, so hiking trails are minutes away. Our neighborhood is diverse, there are a ton of kids, and we really couldn't be happier. The homes were built in the 70's, the yards are mostly on the small side, but my kids ride their bikes in the front and in the green belt instead. You can check out the neighborhood at Happy mama

Playgroup in Concord area

Dec 2011

I am a new mom to a 9-month old daughter and am looking to join a playgroup in the Concord/Pleasant Hill/Walnut Creek area. I'd prefer a group for first-time moms with kids in the same age group. Please contact me! Amanda

There are two great mother's clubs that have playgroups. Mt. Diablo Mother's Club ( has a lot of members living in Concord, Clayton, Walnut Creek, and Martinez. It's pretty close-knit so you will make friends right away at any event or playgroup. There is also the Pleasant Hill/Walnut Creek Mother's Club ( which is bigger. They also have great playgroups. You can join either one, no matter where you live in the area. Concord Mom