Serving All of Walnut Creek
The city of Walnut Creek is located in Contra Costa County, CA, in the zip codes of 94597, 94598, 94595, and 94596. This Bay area city is convenient for drivers – thanks to I-680, and Walnut Creek has a great public transit system and serves as a hub for the surrounding cities. Downtown, you’ll discover historic architecture and fabulous shopping, in addition to great restaurants and entertainment. The residential areas of Walnut Creek offer luxurious condos and spacious single-family homes from which to choose, and there are several apartment buildings in the area. There’s something for everyone in Walnut Creek, making it a great place to call home and/or invest in real estate.
Turn your vacant or owner-occupied Walnut Creek property into a lucrative rental with services from Utopia Management. We can customize a plan for you that meets your needs, with services such as:
Marketing your rental: Don’t allow your property to languish unrented. Start earning (within 30 days, on average) thanks to our comprehensive marketing campaigns that expertly showcase your property to those who are eager to rent.
Tenant screening services: We won’t just let anyone rent your property. Our screening services include a criminal background check and income/employment verifications – and we’ll also scrutinize credit and rental history.
General management and consulting: Our team can handle everything from enforcing the rental contract to collecting payments. We also offer consulting sessions on every topic from staging tactics to pricing strategies.
Property upkeep: Maintaining your rental is easy with our in-house team of licensed contractors. Dispatch a repair professional at any time right from your Utopia web portal.
Financial reports: You’ll always know how your property is performing thanks to our in-depth financial reports. Each month, you’ll receive a line-by-line breakdown of all income and expenses for your properties.
Contact Utopia today to discuss your Walnut Creek property goals. We look forward to providing you with world-class management services.
ATTRACT TENANTS WITH PROPERTY MARKETING
Finding excellent tenants starts with making sure your property is visible and attractive. We install professional signage, create quality listings, describing your property thoroughly, and take beautiful photographs that showcase your properties highlights. We then list your property on all of the highly trafficked rental websites, including utopiamanagement.com. Our dominant position in the marketing place and years managing rental properties has allowed us to develop a sizable referral database. This positive reputation for being fair and responsive means many potential renters check with us first to find their rental home. We are able to consistently rent properties priced at current rates to qualified tenants. Our responsive property managers complete the marketing optimization by being available and knowledgeable, with phones and emails always answered swiftly.
- Advertising on most popular rental websites
- Quality listings including photos and video
- Showings 7 days a week by appointment
- Utopia referral base increases visibility beyond competition
Apartment Management Services
Owning an apartment complex brings a unique set of challenges. Utopia has spent years developing skills and systems to make your investment as profitable as possible. We manage apartment communities of all sizes, providing quality management services to suit the diverse needs of each apartment community. We provide comprehensive rental management, including scheduled property maintenance and rent-ready repairs, online rent collection, marketing and attracting quality tenants, lease execution, rent setting, and tenant retention programs. Our responsive managers help tenants feel welcomed and appreciated. Our experience leads to decreased vacancy rates and increased ROI. And our expertise and professionalism translates to profitable and headache-free investments for our clients. For an affordable quote and to discuss your needs, contact Utopia today.
- Online rent collection and direct deposit
- Extensive experience across a wide spectrum of multi-family properties
- High visibility marketing and promotion of your property
- Tenant retention strategies
- Responsive communication with calls and emails answered swiftly
- 24-7 emergency response
- Full monthly accounting and financial tracking via online portal
Commercial Property Management
When it comes to commercial property investments, Utopia’s property managers are professional and think like entrepreneurs. Investors have trusted Utopia for years for all types of commercial property: medical buildings, industrial and office complexes, mixed use, and retail storefronts. We offer extremely competitive management fees, customized to the size and complexity of your property and portfolio.
- Comprehensive Management Services: building maintenance, marketing to target audience, lease administration, inspections, evictions and collections
- Monthly Financial Accounting Statements
- Tenant Retention Programs
- Vendor Management
- Contract Administration
- REO Management and Disposition
- CAM & Operating Expense Reconciliation
- Customized Asset Management Strategies
HOMES & CONDOS: RESIDENTIAL RENTAL MANAGEMENT
Utopia represents a large network of single family homes of all sizes and values. Our residential professional management services both attract and keep tenants happy while keeping owners expenses and vacancy rates down. Our goal is to free you from the day-to-day management tasks, from showing properties to collecting rent in our online portal, while maximizing your ROI.
With 25 years experience, you can rest assured your property is in good hands. Our years in the industry mean we’ve seen it all, and developed smart systems to screen tenants, manage expenses, communicate with tenants, and maintain properties efficiently. We understand local law and legal aspects of rental management so we shield our owners from unnecessary liabilities.
For residential properties, we offer a competitive management fee, which is one of the lowest in the industry. Unlike some competitors, we do not add on hidden charges or leasing or set-up fees.
THOROUGH TENANT SCREENING AND LESS THAN 1% EVICTION RATE
Placing the right tenant is the single most important step in rental management. Our applicant screening includes income, rental history, employment, and eviction search to evaluate for potential delinquency issues. We verify identification, social security cards and pay stubs, along with contacting prior landlords for recommendations, keeping the delinquency rate to a minimum. Our thorough screening process for potential tenants has consistently kept our eviction rate at less than one percent.
Utopia also provides our owners with the optional “Utopia® Eviction Protection Program” for further peace of mind. As a management company, we have many procedures in place to assist in the elimination of potential liabilities.
- Exceptional property protection options for owners.
- Preparation, delivery, and execution of legal documentation for evictions.
- Optional “Utopia Eviction Protection Program” for additional peace of mind.
Quality Maintenance & Repairs
Maintaining your rental property, as well as being available to deal with emergency repairs, can be a source of frustration for landlords. At Utopia, we have a staff of in-house technicians available for most work, under general contractors license (#792427), meaning we can complete work as quickly as possible and pass the savings on to our clients. When necessary, we also have a network of trusted vendors for specialized work, some of which we have been using for over fifteen years. This relationship translates to purchasing power to help Utopia’s clients get a better than market price.
- Maintenance & Rent Ready Repairs
- Technicians on Staff or Preferred Vendors
- 24 Hour Emergency Maintenance
- Move-in and Move-out Inspections
- Licensed and Insured Vendors
All Financials Tracked & Reported
Managing both expenses and income is all handled by our accounting department with use of your owner web portal. Tenants appreciate the ability to pay rent online, which also decreases delinquency. All expenses and receipts are tracked online and available to you at any time. A monthly statement includes all financial activity and copies of the bills we paid on your behalf. Your December statement has all of your annual figures for tax purposes. If you ever have questions regarding your statement, you can contact one of our helpful accounting staff members.
- Custom Web Portal
- Accounting staff make financial management easy
- Rent and security deposit collection online
- Bills and year end figures available any time
Frequently Asked Questions
Where is Walnut Creek located?
Walnut Creek is a city located in the heart of Contra Costa County, California, USA. It's a destination situated within the East Bay community of the beloved San Francisco Bay Area. This hidden gem can be found 16 miles to the east of Oakland nestled beneath the western slopes of Mount Diablo. What makes Walnut Creek fascinating is that it extends into areas like Ygnacio Valley and San Ramon Valley, adding to its appeal.
What are some know neighborhoods in Walnut Creek?
An elegant downtown and other established neighborhoods surround the thriving city of Walnut Creek. The places range in price and character from quaint, close-knit suburbs like Parkmead to more remote, forested areas with roomier lots like Tice Valley. While some neighborhoods are incorporated, others are governed by Contra Costa County. Castle Hill, Carriage Square, Diablo Shadows, Lakewood Area, Larkey Park, Livorna Estates, Northgate, Overlook, Rancho Paraiso, Rossmoor, Rudgear Estates, Saranap, Summit Ridge, Tice Valley, Walnut Heights, Walnut Knolls, Homestead, and Creekside are a few of Walnut Creek's well-known neighborhoods. Homes may be designated for schools in the Lafayette, San Ramon Valley, Walnut Creek, or Mt. Diablo Unified School Districts, depending on the neighborhood.
What is the weather like in Walnut Creek?
Walnut Creek experiences long, warm, and dry summers with mainly clear skies and brief, chilly, and wet winters with some cloud cover. Temperatures normally range from 40°F to 83°F throughout the year, rarely falling below 32°F or rising over 94°F. From June 6 to October 8 there is a 4.0 month warm season with daily maximum temperatures averaging over 78°F. The hottest month is July, with average high temperatures of 83°F and low temperatures of 58°F. The cool season, on the other hand, lasts for 2.6 months, from November 27 to February 14, with daily high temperatures that are often below 60°F. The coldest month is currently January, with an average low of 41°F and high of 56°F.
How is the public transit in Walnut Creek?
Walnut Creek and Pleasant Hill (placed in the Contra Costa Centre Transit Village) are two of Walnut Creek's two Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) stations. The Yellow Line provides service to both stations. In addition, Walnut Creek and Contra Costa County are served by the Central Contra Costa Transit Authority (County Connection/CCCTA). The Downtown Trolley/Route 4 looping from Walnut Creek BART to Broadway Plaza, Route 5 from Walnut Creek BART to Creekside, and Route 7 from Pleasant Hill BART to Shadelands Business Park are three free daily shuttles that County Connection runs inside the city boundaries. Walnut Creek's bike-friendly infrastructure includes the Iron Horse Trail running north-south through downtown and the Contra Costa Canal Trail running east-west at the city's northern end. Along with city bike lanes, these trails provide convenient options for bicycle transportation, both for recreational purposes and as an alternative commute.
What are the educational opportunities in Walnut Creek?
Five school districts provide a wide variety of public schools in Walnut Creek. Within the city, there are five elementary schools, a magnet school (K–8), and a middle school that are all part of the Walnut Creek School District (K–8). The Acalanes Union High School District (9–12), the San Ramon Valley Unified School District (K–12), the Mount Diablo Unified School District (K–12), and the Lafayette School District (K–8) are also home to some inhabitants. Notably, the Acalanes Union HSD is served by both the Walnut Creek and Lafayette districts. Private schools are also located in the city, including Fusion Academy Walnut Creek, Contra Costa Christian Schools, and Berean Christian High School. The Contra Costa County Library system's Walnut Creek Library and Ygnacio Valley Library serve the city's literary requirements. The 42,000 square foot, ultra-modern Walnut Creek Library was created by Group 4 Architecture, Research + Planning, Inc. and includes an underground parking structure.
Walnut Creek is home to approximately 69,800 residents. It is a hub for neighboring major cities due to its proximity to highways from Sacramento, San Jose, and San Fran/Oakland.
With the most open space per capita of any community in California, Walnut Creek has numerous beautiful views of rolling hills, ridge lines, and parks.
Every two years, a sample of Walnut Creek residents are polled for their opinions on the “livability” of the city (in this use meaning not just “habitable,” but “desirable”). The 2019 survey reported that 90% of residents rate quality of life as excellent or good.
The city of Walnut Creek oversees programs to promote arts appreciation, community engagement, wellness, and personal enrichment while also contributing to and helping the City’s economy thrive.
The most popular professions in Walnut Creek are professionals, managers, sales, and office employees. Walnut Creek’s workforce is also among the country’s highest for percentage of employees who telecommute.
Walnut Creek ranks among the highest in California for amenities, crime, education, and employment. As many California cities, Walnut Creek ranks low for cost of living. Within California itself, Walnut Creek’s homes generally range about 60% higher than the state average.
The median home value in Walnut Creek is nearly $800,000, and predictions from Zillow expect that number to increase 4% over the coming year.
The median rent price in Walnut Creek is $3,290, which is lower than the greater San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward Metro median at $3,340.
The East Bay Energy Watch (EBEW) Program was developed to assist small to medium business owners lower their energy costs and offset costs of “going green,” providing incentives which cover on average 50% of the project cost.
Walnut Creek, of Contra Costa County, is located in the East Bay region about 16 miles east of Oakland. The city features an active downtown neighborhood with hundred-year-old architecture, and plenty of high-end shopping, dining, and entertainment options.
Walnut Creek Arts & Recreation: https://www.walnut-creek.org/departments/arts-and-recreation
Community and Economic Development: https://www.walnut-creek.org/departments/community-and-economic-development
Walnut Creek Visitor’s Guide: https://www.visitwalnutcreek.org/