If you’re ready to put your feet up and enjoy the good life after retirement, Walnut Creek is an excellent destination. Located in Contra Costa County, Walnut Creek offers easy access to San Francisco and Oakland. The city is home to a wonderful, historic downtown area, lots of great restaurants, and some of the best shopping around at the massive Broadway Plaza shopping center.

Best of all, there are a wide range of great retirement communities in Walnut Creek. If you’re looking for the right one for your needs, we’ve done the work for you. Below is a list of some of the best Walnut Creek retirement communities — we’ll tell you what makes each community unique and share their biggest pros and cons. 


For active seniors who want more housing choices and don’t need living assistance, one of our favorite retirement communities in Walnut Creek, CA, is Rossmoor. This massive community is open to anyone 55 and older and offers 6,700 residential units in the form of co-ops, condos, and single-family homes. The community also includes The Waterford, a 300-unit condo building that provides on-site skilled nursing.

Spread over 1,800 acres in the Tice Valley area, Rossmoor feels like a little town within Walnut Creek. Residents have access to multiple clubhouses, two golf courses (Dollar Ranch Golf Course and Creekside Course), tennis courts, three swimming facilities, and a full-service restaurant, Creekside Bar & Grill. 

Costs for condos range from $400,000 to $800,000 and start around $1 million for single-family homes and garden-style condos.


  • Includes many activity options
  • Offers a variety of housing options
  • Residents own their homes and condos
  • Ideal for active seniors


  • Very limited assisted living
  • No memory care assistance
  • Moderate to high housing costs


Seniors 60 and older who want a retirement community with graduating levels of care should consider Viamonte. This comprehensive retirement community offers 200 apartment units in the walkable neighborhood of Walnut Creek, with close access to nearby Harvest Plaza and Gateway Plaza. 

Residents of Viamonte enjoy a number of useful amenities, including:

  • Flexible dining plan
  • Multiple dining venues
  • Housekeeping services
  • Included utilities
  • Transportation
  • Recreational and social programs

Residents also have access to a pool and spa, a fitness center, a performance venue, and even a bocce court. Most importantly, Viamonte provides different levels of care, offering independent living plans, assisted living plans, and memory care plans. 

Viamonte offers one- and two-bedroom apartments. Residents pay an upfront entrance fee and an ongoing monthly fee that depends on the size of their residence and the number of occupants. Specific pricing was unavailable on the community’s website.


  • Offers independent, assisted living, and memory care
  • Located near many great shopping outlets and restaurants
  • Provides a large number of amenities


  • Limited home choices
  • Residents don’t own homes

The Heritage Downtown

Seniors looking for lots of onsite amenities, along with easy access to downtown, can get the best of both worlds with The Heritage Downtown. As the name implies, this retirement community in Walnut Creek is within walking distance of Walnut Creek’s downtown area, where residents can enjoy a wealth of shopping, restaurant, and entertainment options.

Residents can rent one- or two-bedroom apartments at The Heritage Downtown. The community includes four residential towers surrounded by a walking and jogging path. One thing that sets The Heritage Downtown apart is that it offers both active and assisted care options for seniors who need some extra help to maintain their independence.

The amenities offered by Heritage Downtown include:

  • Fitness classes
  • Yoga studio
  • On-site movie theater
  • Dining included
  • Library
  • Community garden
  • Weekly clubs, activities, and social outings
  • Housekeeping
  • Onsite salon
  • Bus shuttle service

One-bedroom apartments start at $5,200 a month, while two-bedroom apartments begin at $7,200 a month.


  • Easy access to downtown
  • Fitness centers onsite
  • Independent care options
  • Onsite restaurant


  • Only two floor plans available 
  • Only apartment living provided
  • No memory care

Atria Walnut Creek

If you want a full-service Walnut Creek retirement community, Atria Walnut Creek could be the choice for you. This facility offers independent living, assisted senior living, and memory care options for its residents and is located in a quiet residential neighborhood with views of Mount Diablo. Residents can enjoy an onsite bistro, outdoor dining space, walking paths around the community, and even a relaxing koi pond. 

Other amenities at Atria Walnut Creek include:

  • Easy access to local shopping, dining, and medical facilities
  • Heated swimming pool
  • Al fresco dining
  • Onsite movie theater
  • Library
  • Salon and spa
  • Fitness center
  • Cognitive learning center
  • Housekeeping services
  • Onsite physical and occupational therapy

Residents can choose from studio or one-bedroom apartments. Studio apartments start at $3,495, and one-bedroom apartments start at $5,895. Memory care apartments start at $8,195 per month. 


  • Full-service for independent, assisted, and memory care
  • Easy access to Walnut Creek
  • Meals included in monthly fee
  • Lots of activities
  • Physical therapy and cognitive services


  • Only two floor plans to choose from
  • No two-bedroom apartments available
  • Residents do not own their homes

Price Self Storage for Retirement Downsizing

We hope our selection of the best retirement communities in Walnut Creek has given you some insight into the options available for your golden years. Each Walnut Creek retirement community is unique and offers its own array of benefits and drawbacks. One thing many of these retirement communities have in common, however, is limited house sizes — some communities only offer apartments. For many, that means downsizing as part of the moving process.

Price Self Storage can help. If you can’t fit all your valuable possessions in your new retirement living quarters, we can store the rest. Our Walnut Creek storage facility is conveniently located off the 24 and 660 highways. Our pricing is competitive, and we offer storage units in a range of sizes. We can even store your extra vehicles. Take a look at all our available storage units today and put a no-obligation hold on the unit you want.