About
Saranap, Lafayette/Walnut Creek

Straddling both Lafayette and Walnut Creek, in an unincorporated part of the county, Saranap comes as a surprise to many. This diverse little hood, within walking distance to trails and downtown Walnut Creek, is a happy blend of longtime residents who remember the days of walnut orchards and young families with kids running from house to house.

Saranap, Lafayette/Walnut Creek

Saranap, Lafayette, Walnut Creek, Real Estate

Straddling both Lafayette and Walnut Creek, in an unincorporated part of the county, Saranap comes as a surprise to many. This diverse little hood, within walking distance to trails and downtown Walnut Creek, is a happy blend of longtime residents who remember the days of walnut orchards and young families with kids running from house to house. There is a surprising number of residents (aka Saranapans) that frequently walk the streets (yes, people actually walk in Saranap), spontaneous socials and holiday block parties. Today, you have a few fun spots in the Saranap neighborhood aside from the 7-11 slurpees such as Florali, Wish, Just Be Yoga , Dewing pool, Morucci’s, Walnut Creek Produce and Pizza Olivia. Many residents are hoping they can one day walk to the proposed Saranap Village by Hall Equities Group.

Saranap was named after Sarah Naphtaly, who owned the majority of the land in the area during the early 1900’s. At that time, Saranap was a destination for those coming from San Francisco by train to escape the fog and go to the Walnut Festivals and summer homes. Today, Saranap is home to those wanting more land, warmer weather and laid back eclectic charm, all while having easy access to Lafayette, downtown Walnut Creek and Highways 24 and 680. Oh yeah, schools are great too! Unlike the rest of Walnut Creek, part of Saranap goes to Lafayette Schools and the other half falls within the Acalanes School District. Don’t miss the private, yet affordable The Meher Schools.

Over the last couple of years, the little neighborhood of Saranap has been getting a lot of attention with the expansion of the Sufism Reoriented sanctuary, the proposed Saranap Village and annexing the Walnut Creek portion of Saranap into Lafayette. In our opinion, this adds to the Saranap charm showing a genuine interest in improving Saranap, creating walkability, yet striving to keep its original rural integrity that us Saranapans love.
Linnette Edwards and Beth Anne Gardner

Links:

Saranap Wiki
Lafayette Schools and Ratings
Parkmead Elementary
More on Saranap
Saranap History

In Lieu of the walk score widget for the bottom right, could also do a google highlighted map like what we did at www.saranaphomes.com

Fun little hot spots in Saranap:
Wish love getting my gifts and home accent splurges here
Florali need a florist with a good eye, warm welcome and awesome flowers?
Just Be Yoga neighbors love this Yoga studio
Morucci’s! Arguably the best sandwiches in the east bay. Check it on Yelp and SF Gate
Pizza Olivia   Actually one of the best in Walnut Creek although you would never know it.
Dewing pool –www.dewing.com