August 10th “Behind the Scenes” Exploration of Walnut Creek – Behind the Gates of Rossmoor

July 22, 2013 16:29 pm · 12 comments


AUGUST 10th SPOTLIGHT — Behind the Gates of Rossmoor

DESCRIPTION:  Hop on a shuttle bus (generously provided by the Golden Rain Foundation) and take a tour of the beautiful valley that is home to Rossmoor. At 1,800 acres and nearly 6,800 homes, Rossmoor has nearly 10,000 residents. The 90-minute bus tour will highlight the clubhouses, golf courses, landscape and natural open space, and the many neighborhoods that comprise the beautiful, tranquil valley. Rossmoor will be celebrating its 50th anniversary next year, as the City celebrates its 100th.

 Park at the Acalanes Adult Center – Del Valle Education Campus, 1963 Tice Valley Boulevard. Sign-in opens at 8:30 a.m., and the buses will leave promptly at 9 a.m.


Space is limited to 60 (due to number of available bus seats). First priority is reserved for non-Rossmoor residents. Any seats not reserved by 9 a.m. Monday, August 5 will be released to a “Rossmoor resident wait list” on a first-come, first-served basis.

PLEASE register on the appropriate sign-up “sheet”!

NON-ROSSMOOR residents may reserve a seat on the bus by clicking here

ROSSMOOR residents may sign up for the wait list by clicking here

anon July 22, 2013 at 10:41 PM

This is on my bucket list. The only thing that would make it better is if it were safari style with Steve Irwin’s ghost as guide.

I wonder if the buses will have to wait 30 minutes the gate while they figure out if they should really let you in or not. Couples with the way people in Rossmoor drive, it’ll take all day just to give to the sight.

anon July 22, 2013 at 10:41 PM

Oh, and does the tour end with a stop a the Old Hickory Pit, so one can see the Rossmoor natives feeding in their own environment?

Dood July 23, 2013 at 1:39 AM

Lets go drive around an look at old people ! Lol, I think I have plans to pull some weeds in my yard that day or something.

No offense to old folk

Granny Snagkitten July 23, 2013 at 9:13 AM

You people are just awful. Rossmoor is a wonderful community. Homes there are bordered or mingled within a beautiful forest. Deer and turkeys walk tamely past and people actually smile & wave at each other. The landscaped areas are always well maintained as are the roads. There are magnificent views from the higher spots. The Safeway there is too small though. The aisles in the store are too narrow. If one or two old folks decide to make a u-turn in mid aisle the baskets get all clustered up into a granny jam and the store gets gridlocked. And slow service? You could die of hunger waiting in line in the Deli.

Twin Dad July 23, 2013 at 9:16 AM

The “Golden Rain Foundation”? Really? Do they have Depends advertising on the outside of the bus?

anon July 23, 2013 at 9:37 AM

I live there
#4 — 1000% correct..remember the Safeway is not inside the compound – THe people who live there complain all the time about it & we were promised htey would remodel it & they said it would happen ‘soon’

#5 – funny– real answer — NO

Miss Diagnosis July 23, 2013 at 10:00 AM

The tour will end with the bus driving up onto the curb and hitting several mailboxes.

The Grant July 23, 2013 at 10:08 AM

‘retirement’ communities are BS, open that land for something more meaningful, new families vs. aging dinosaurs

Anonymous July 23, 2013 at 3:37 PM

The original vision for Rossmoor was affordable housing (for teachers, etc.) and the Developer received HUD funding to finance the project. First Walnut Creek Mutual was the first set of houses built. Those are the small bungalows, for the most part. The subsequent developments are much larger and really expensive.

It is a beautiful area and I’ve heard it described as “Peyton Place” by residents and their friends and family. You don’t have to be retired to live there. I think anyone over 50 or 55 can move in (can’t remember which).

The one problem I’ve heard is that they don’t offer higher levels of care for residents who need it. You have to hire your own help or move to an assisted living facility.

Dr. Jellyfinger July 23, 2013 at 9:12 PM

Well there’s The Waterford. That’s a pretty snazzy place. It isn’t assisted living, but they do offer a dining program & maid service. It reminds me of the Overlook Hotel in “The Shining”.

Observation: The ambulances are in & out of Rossmoor as often as the shuttle bus is.

Oh, and BTW They may be seniors, but at least they haven’t busted any fire hydrants lately.

@Dr. J #10 July 23, 2013 at 9:27 PM

Don’t you think you’ve already done enough “exploring behind the scenes” in Rossmoor?

Dr. Jellyfinger July 23, 2013 at 10:10 PM

Hell no! You know we Procs always say “Business is looking up”. Not me I’ve been losing patients at an alarming rate & need every rear end I can get my hands on.

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