Discover Saranap

Recently I sent a listing in Saranap to clients who are looking to purchase investment property in Lamorinda. I explained to my clients that Saranap is bounded on the south and east by portions of Walnut Creek and on the north and west by Lafayette but Saranap is a residential census-designated place. Some portions of Saranap have a Walnut Creek address but feed into Lafayette schools and some portions into Walnut Creek schools.


According to Wikipedia “Saranap has had numerous opportunities to be annexed as either part of Lafayette, or of Walnut Creek. These have been largely resisted by the occupants, whose land use is governed by county rules. These include the ability to keep small aviaries and bees, which can be highly restricted by law in surrounding cities, and in newer neighborhoods by restrictive covenants.”


My clients were not impressed and told me that they wanted to find something in Lamorinda. During a Sunday tour I suggested that we go check out Saranap. My clients had never been to this neighborhood despite being extremely familiar with Lamorinda. We drove around and visited a home on the market.


They fell in love with the quaintness and the convenience to downtown Walnut Creek and Lafayette as well as Hwy 24. While many of you may know Saranap well, I have discovered that there are many local residents and buyers out there who do not know about this special neighborhood. Saranap feels undiscovered.  In addition to the charm and central location, in my experience your dollar goes further in Saranap.


I can not say enough good things about this neighborhood. Homes feed into Burton Valley or Parkmead Elementary – both are award winning. The Burton Valley bus stops throughout Saranap and picks kids up for school and many other families are in walking distance to Parkmead.


In addition, Hall Equities plans to develop Boulevard Way into a mixed-use village with residential uses and restaurants, services, and shops. Many residents would be within walking distance to restaurants, coffee and other shops. The proposed project is controversial because of the height of the buildings and because of concerns about the overall affect on the neighborhood. I do think that the ability to walk to amenities will be such an amazing benefit to residents and to home prices in this neighborhood.


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