1001 Golden Rain Rd., Walnut Creek, California 94595
Rossmoor, a gated Northern California 55+ Community, Boasts a Wide Variety of Home Styles, Wooded Grounds, Two Golf Courses, Five Clubhouses and More
Walnut Creek Walnut Creek is a beautiful city in the foothills of Mount Diablo, just 15 miles northeast of Oakland and 25 miles northeast of San Francisco in northern California. It is the site of Rossmoor, a gated 55+ community conceived by Ross Cortese, one of the first people to see the potential of active adult developments. Spread across 1,800 sylvan acres, Rossmoor consists of 6,700 co-ops, congregates, condos, and single-family homes and sits on land once owned by the Dollar family of early-20th century Dollar Steamship fame. The development opened as Leisure World in 1964.
Construction ended in 1995, so the community has an established feeling. Condominium floor plans begin at around 700 square feet and are single story, although they have short flights of exterior stairs, one flight going up and one flight going down. Prices begin in the low-$200,000s.
The co-ops start at about 725 square feet and are either duplexes, fourplexes or in mid-rise buildings. Prices start in the mid-$100,000s. Co-op owners are stockholders and members of a housing corporation. They hold renewable and resale rights. There is also a continuing care condo building. Most of the attached dwellings have a ranch rambler appearance and a light exterior color.
Single family homes have 1,850 square feet and up and are located in one neighborhood. Prices begin the $900,000s. Please verify all prices with a Realtor as they are bound to change.
Rossmoor has 18 HOAs that work together under the umbrella of a mutual corporation. Homeowner fees help pay for exterior maintenance, common area landscaping, community bus service, cultural programs, a library, security, and a weekly newspaper.
There are five clubhouses, all of which boast appealing architecture, and two golf courses (residents pay a small fee for the use of golf facilities). The Creekside Complex has a golf shop and a grill, and sits next to the opening holes of both courses. The Del Valle fitness center has cardio equipment and a lap pool. The Gateway house is packed with studios and hobby shops. The community's event center has large dining rooms. Its theater can handle anything from an intimate piano concert to a full orchestra.
The community's recreation department plans a wide range of events and activities, everything from a community chorus to a masters swim team. Groups and clubs include a volunteer exchange, a visitors' club and bereavement support.
Walnut Creek has a mature, affluent population that enjoys a high quality of life. The city has a civic arts program, and it supports the California Symphony as well as the Center Repertory Company. The Lesher Center for the Arts encompasses several performance spaces. Considered the gateway to Mount Diablo, Walnut Creek manages more open space per person than any other city in California. The creek the after which the city is named runs under the pedestrian-friendly downtown where residents enjoy a wide selection of trendy restaurants and shopping venues.
John Muir Medical Center is accredited.
This area has a warm Mediterranean climate. Summers are dry with temperatures in the 70s and 80s. Winters are moist with temperatures in the 40s and 50s. On average, the area receives 20 inches of rain per year.
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