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The best things about living in walnut, ca

Walnut is a welcoming bedroom community in the eastern part of Los Angeles County. Its nearly 30,000 residents enjoy easy access to downtown LA and natural wonders. Read on to discover why Money Magazine called Walnut one of America’s best places to live.

Rich History

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There’s something really special about living somewhere with such a storied past. People have lived in the Walnut area since the indigenous Tongva people made their homes here. Spanish missionaries arrived in the 18th century and used the local land for grazing sheep and cattle. In the 1830s, the local government divided the former mission lands into ranchos and gifted them to willing recipients. The area’s agricultural traditions continued, with local farmers using the plots for cattle, wheat, grapes, and citrus trees.

Progress was slow, but by 1895 the area got its first U.S. post office. It was originally called Lemon, but changed its name to Walnut in 1908. This name celebrates the California black walnut trees found in the San Jose Hills. The city’s post office still stands on Lemon Avenue today, reminding residents of the area’s heritage.

William R. Rowland Adobe Redwood Ranch House is another remnant of days gone by. Built in 1883, it is one of the area’s last remaining ranch-style redwood and adobe homes. Restoration work during Walnut’s bicentenary breathed new life into the building. It joined the National Registry of Historical Places in 1975.

Excellent Outdoor Amenities

Tired of the same old suburban streets that most Los Angeles County bedroom communities offer? Walnut’s location on the southern slopes of the San Jose Hills gives this region a different feel, which encourages people to get outdoors. Its 30 miles of hiking trails allow you to supplement your gym membership with fresh air and a different kind of workout. Walnut also has several parks with picnic tables, playgrounds, and sporting fields. Lemon Creek Park, Suzanne Park, and Snow Creek Park are a few of the city’s best.

If you’re up for exploring, Angeles National Forest is just 20 miles east. It boasts 557 miles of hiking, mountain biking, and horse-riding trails, river and stream fishing spots, and picnic areas.

Warm Weather All Year Round

Pack away your winter woollies when you relocate to Walnut. The temperature typically doesn’t fall below 40 degrees even in winter, so it’s the perfect place for people who enjoy the sunshine. While summer days can exceed 100 during heatwaves, most midyear highs remain in the high 80s to low 90s. Many local homes have their own swimming pools so residents can easily cool down at the end of a long day.

Top Educational Opportunities

Families love Walnut’s education system, which offers academic opportunities at all grade levels. Nerd Wallet ranked the Walnut Valley Unified School District the best in Southern California. Area Vibes also gave Walnut’s education options a top A+ grade.

There are many reasons Walnut’s education options are so acclaimed. Students in Walnut typically perform 66% better on tests than the national average. Cyrus J. Morris Elementary School and Walnut High School both have International Baccalaureate programs that help young minds become global thinkers. Mount San Antonio Community College provides higher education options within the city limits. California State Polytechnic University, Pomona is also just 10 minutes’ drive away. No matter how old your child is, you can feel confident they’ll reach their academic potential in Walnut.

Incredibly Safe Community

If you’re living in Walnut with your family, you’ll appreciate how safe this community is. Area Vibes found Walnut’s total crime rate to be 43% lower than the national average. The rate of property crime is 39% less than the national average, and violent crimes also occur 67% less. That makes Walnut safer than 65% of American cities. Local crime rates are also falling by around 15% each year. All these statistics should help you feel confident that Walnut is the right place for you and your children to call home.

Convenient Retail Shopping

Many bedroom communities have limited retail options, but Walnut bucks the trend. The Village is a small outdoor mall, but it offers everything locals really need close to home. Look your best with apparel from T.J. Maxx and a new do from Supercuts. HomeGoods has everything you need for your Walnut home, including furniture, bedding, storage, and decor. The Village also hosts an HSBC Bank and AT&T store. After shopping up a storm, enjoy the mall’s convenient food options. You’ll find all your favorites here including McDonald’s, Applebee’s, Panera, and Cold Stone Creamery for a post-shopping sweet treat.

Exciting Restaurants

The Village might have reliable chain eateries, but there’s much more than that in town. Walnut is a cultural melting pot, with a large number of Asian and Hispanic residents. That makes Walnut’s food culture one of the area’s most exciting.

Enjoy authentic Japanese flavors at Paper Pot Shabu or Ootoro Sushi. Indulge your carb cravings at Barro’s Pizza or New York Pizzeria. You needn’t go south of the border for great Mexican; Los Amigos Restaurant and Osuna’s Restaurant serve up spicy dishes with a smile. You’ll find classic American food in Walnut, too. Diners love Colima Burgers and Native Fields for their traditional food made from fresh ingredients.

Easy Transport

Suburban areas often have limited public transport options, but Walnut excels here too. Commuting to Los Angeles for work doesn’t have to mean sitting in rush hour traffic. Walnut is next to the MetroLink line, so you can hop on a train and be in the city in 40 minutes. Many commuters use that time to watch Netflix, catch up on emails, or simply unwind each day.

Lem Garcia Law is a proud part of the Walnut community. If you were injured or involved in an accident, such as a vehicle accident, a slip and fall incident, or a dog bite, we’d love to hear from you. Complete our online contact form or call one of our offices in West Covina, Ontario, or Cerritos to learn more about how we can help you fight for the compensation you deserve.