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138 Apartments for rent in Walnut Creek, CA

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Last updated October 21 at 7:00am UTC
AVE Walnut Creek
1960 N Main St
Walnut Creek, CA
Updated October 21 at 3:19am UTC
Studio
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1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$4,149
1919 Newell Ave
Parkmead
Walnut Creek, CA
Updated October 20 at 2:20pm UTC
4 Bedrooms
$4,200
212 El Divisadero Avenue
Diablo Hills
Walnut Creek, CA
Updated October 20 at 11:35am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$3,400
2723 Oak Rd
Walnut Creek
Walnut Creek, CA
Updated October 20 at 11:30am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$2,800
249 Kingston Way
Walnut Creek
Walnut Creek, CA
Updated October 20 at 11:26am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$2,750
2116 Meriweather Court
Rudgear Estates
Walnut Creek, CA
Updated October 19 at 10:25pm UTC
3 Bedrooms
$4,000
City Guide
Walnut Creek
Moving to the Creek

In Walnut Creek, around 62% of the homes are owner-occupied, and 31% are rental homes. This is in line with the national average when it comes to the percentage of rental housing. But only about 7% of those homes are vacant, and that's well below the average in this country, which means this is a popular city to live in! Instead of dwelling on the competition you'll have as you look for homes, try thinking about how awesome this city must be to have that kind of vacancy rate. No, it might not help you find a home, but it could lift your spirits a bit during your length search for rental property, right?

The cost of living in this city is about two-thirds higher than anywhere else, so you can expect to pay a pretty penny for a rental. Actually, you'll pay thousands of pennies, so you might want to keep your coins and just pay in paper money, instead. Homes here cost a little more than double the national average, yet they tend to be a little older than the typical house in this country. This could bode well for you if you're a handyman who likes fixer-uppers, or if you just appreciate a good haunting in a historic house. If this isn't the case, be sure to find a home with a really responsive landlord who is willing to pay close attention to your maintenance requests! A well-kept, nicely remodeled home could work, too.

In a competitive rental market, you need all the help you can get. Focus on what you have to offer landlords. If it's not a great credit score or spotless rental history, make it your positive attitude and willingness to slap down a hefty deposit. Showing off your lack of destructive pets or equally destructive roommates might help your odds, as well. If you actually do have destructive pets or roommates who will be living with you, you might need to rely on your great attitude a bit more, or at least increase your deposit!

Neighborhood Watch

This city has an interesting mix of new and historic neighborhoods, so practically anyone should find what they need when it comes to housing here. Check out some of the most popular areas in Walnut Creek.

Beacon Ridge: If you're looking for a townhome, check out this area, which is full of this type of housing. It is located in the northwestern part of the city near both Highways 24 and 680, and most of the townhomes here were built more than 20 years ago. Way before DVRs! This gated community features tennis courts, walking trails, a pool, and hiking trails that connect to the Briones-Mt. Diablo Trail System, so there's no excuse to avoid outdoor activities when you move here.$$$

Woodlands: If you want to live in affordable housing in the north area of the city, check out Woodlands. It is surrounded by lush hills and plenty of shade trees, with shopping centers and schools nearby. $$$

Diablo Hills: This subdivision near the center of the city has a mixture of houses and attached homes, some of which overlook the golf course located here. Watch out for flying golf clubs!$$$

Joaquin Ranch: If you want to live in the southern portion of the city, give Joaquin Ranch a look. The location is known for being picturesque, with the homes being nestled in the foothills here. $$$$

Lakewood: Located in Central Walnut Creek near the downtown area, this neighborhood is known for having plenty of trees, hills, and of course, a lake. It is also close to shopping centers, schools, and Highway 680. $$$$

Bancroft Village: This is another area made up of townhomes, so if you don't need much space to call your own and want to save some money, check out Bancroft Village. It is conveniently close to busy shopping plazas and peaceful parks. $$$

Blackwood Estates: If you want a slightly newer home to rent in South Walnut Creek, this area might be a perfect fit. This subdivision is fairly small, so be prepared to get to know your neighbors quite well.$$$$

Livorna Estates: This area is near lots of elements that Mother Nature used when she built Walnut Creek. She's resourceful like that. Just a few examples of what's close by include Sugarloaf Open Space, Shell Ridge Open Space, Mount Diablo, and Iron Horse Trail. Clearly, open space is the name of the game, which makes sense because this city owns more of it per capita than any other place in California. But just in case the weather isn't great, you can still entertain yourself indoors with the many stores, restaurants, and large movie theater nearby. $$$

Almond-Shuey: No, this isn't a candy bar; it's actually the oldest neighborhood in this city. It is located downtown, with a good mix of townhomes, duplexes, apartments, and small houses. Most of them were built in the 1920s, though many have been remodeled since then. If you want to live in the middle of all the action and don't mind smaller, historic properties, check out this area. $$$

Living up Walnut Creek

The typical commute time here is 34 minutes, which is six minutes more than the national average. Okay, so you won't be living next door to your job. However, San Francisco has rubbed off on this suburb in one way: the public transportation is better than average. In fact, about 14% of residents take advantage of it, compared to about 5% in the rest of the country.

This means you can possibly get by without a car here, as long as you know where the two BART stations are. No, not Homer and Marge's son. BART stands for Bay Area Rapid Transit, and there is a station in Walnut Creek and nearby Pleasant Hill. The rail system can take you around the city and to neighboring areas, including Oakland, San Francisco, and beyond.

If you're looking for things to do here, take note that most of the attractions are outside, taking advantage of the beautiful California weather. Heather Farm Park is one example of a popular attraction, since it has gardens, a swim center, a dog park, tennis courts, and even an equestrian center. Mount Diablo offers great views and hiking trails, while golf courses, museums, and shopping centers keep everyone else busy in this city. And then there's always the chance to take day trips to San Francisco, which is only about a half hour away!

October 2018 Walnut Creek Rent Report

Welcome to the October 2018 Walnut Creek Rent Report. Walnut Creek rents increased over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Walnut Creek rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the metro, state, and nation.

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October 2018 Walnut Creek Rent Report

Welcome to the October 2018 Walnut Creek Rent Report. Walnut Creek rents increased over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Walnut Creek rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the metro, state, and nation.

Walnut Creek rents increased slightly over the past month

Walnut Creek rents have increased 0.2% over the past month, and are up slightly by 1.0% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Walnut Creek stand at $2,460 for a one-bedroom apartment and $3,100 for a two-bedroom. This is the fourth straight month that the city has seen rent increases after a decline in May. Walnut Creek's year-over-year rent growth lags the state average of 1.1%, but exceeds the national average of 0.9%.

Rents rising across the San Francisco Metro

Throughout the past year, rent increases have been occurring not just in the city of Walnut Creek, but across the entire metro. Of the largest 10 cities that we have data for in the San Francisco metro, 8 of them have seen prices rise. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the metro.

  • Richmond has seen the fastest rent growth in the metro, with a year-over-year increase of 6.0%. The median two-bedroom there costs $2,710, while one-bedrooms go for $2,160.
  • Over the past year, Berkeley has seen the biggest rent drop in the metro, with a decline of 1.0%. Median two-bedrooms there cost $2,570, while one-bedrooms go for $2,040.
  • Oakland has the least expensive rents in the San Francisco metro, with a two-bedroom median of $2,280; rents were up 0.7% over the past month and 2.3% over the past year.
  • San Mateo has the most expensive rents of the largest cities in the San Francisco metro, with a two-bedroom median of $4,430; rents went down 0.6% over the past month but rose 2.1% over the past year.

Many large cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to Walnut Creek

As rents have increased slightly in Walnut Creek, large cities nationwide have seen rents grow more quickly. Compared to most large cities across the country, Walnut Creek is less affordable for renters.

  • Rents increased slightly in other cities across the state, with California as a whole logging rent growth of 1.1% over the past year. For example, rents have grown by 2.7% in San Jose, 1.0% in Los Angeles, and 0.9% in San Diego.
  • Walnut Creek's median two-bedroom rent of $3,100 is above the national average of $1,180. Nationwide, rents have grown by 0.9% over the past year compared to the 1.0% rise in Walnut Creek.
  • While Walnut Creek's rents rose slightly over the past year, some cities nationwide saw decreases, including Seattle (-1.6%) and Chicago (-0.9%).
  • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in Walnut Creek than most large cities. For example, Phoenix has a median 2BR rent of $1,050, where Walnut Creek is nearly three times that price.

For more information check out our national report. You can also access our full data for cities and counties across the U.S. at this link.
City Median 1BR price Median 2BR price M/M price change Y/Y price change
San Francisco $2,480 $3,110 0.3% 1.1%
Oakland $1,820 $2,280 0.7% 2.3%
Fremont $2,940 $3,700 -0.6% 2.2%
Hayward $2,290 $2,870 -0.1% 2.9%
Concord $2,500 $3,140 0.9% 5.4%
Berkeley $2,040 $2,570 -0.8% -1.0%
Richmond $2,160 $2,710 0.6% 6.0%
Antioch $2,890 $3,630 0.3% -0.0%
Daly City $2,470 $3,100 -0.1% 3.5%
San Mateo $3,520 $4,430 -0.6% 2.1%
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Methodology - Recent Updates:

Data from private listing sites, including our own, tends to skew toward luxury apartments, which introduces sample bias when estimates are calculated directly from these listings. To address these limitations, we’ve recently made major updates to our methodology, which we believe have greatly improved the accuracy and reliability of our estimates.

Read more about our new methodology below, or see a more detailed post here.

Methodology:

Apartment List is committed to making our rent estimates the best and most accurate available. To do this, we start with reliable median rent statistics from the Census Bureau, then extrapolate them forward to the current month using a growth rate calculated from our listing data. In doing so, we use a same-unit analysis similar to Case-Shiller’s approach, comparing only units that are available across both time periods to provide an accurate picture of rent growth in cities across the country.

Our approach corrects for the sample bias inherent in other private sources, producing results that are much closer to statistics published by the Census Bureau and HUD. Our methodology also allows us to construct a picture of rent growth over an extended period of time, with estimates that are updated each month.

Read more about our methodology here.

About Rent Reports:

Apartment List publishes monthly reports on rental trends for hundreds of cities across the U.S. We intend these reports to be a source of reliable information that help renters and policymakers make sound decisions, and we invest significant time and effort in gathering and analyzing rent data. Our work is covered regularly by journalists across the country.

We are continuously working to improve our methodology and data, with the goal of providing renters with the information that they need to make the best decisions.