Real Estate Website Names Walnut Creek the 5th Snobbiest Small City in America

July 23, 2014 · 131 comments

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The Movoto real estate website just named Walnut Creek the 5th Snobbiest Small City in America.

To read more, visit Movoto by clicking on the picture above.

Claycordians, what’s your view on this?

1 skrab July 23, 2014 at 1:09 PM

I’m not saying that WC isn’t snobby, but Movoto usually is wrong about most cities.

2 The Mamba July 23, 2014 at 1:11 PM

Va da vi? Seriously?

3 CalOldBlue July 23, 2014 at 1:13 PM

Oh heck yes!

Just take a look at the stoplight on inbound YVR any weekday morning to see how WC feels about the Claycord/East County hoi polloi.

Also review how the Northgate Parents keep trying to kick those Concord hicks out of “their” school.

4 Futurama July 23, 2014 at 1:16 PM

Ain’t that the truth.

5 Read the criteria July 23, 2014 at 1:17 PM

The author forgot to look up the definition of snooty – according to the Oxford Dictionary, Snooty means: Showing disapproval or contempt toward others, especially those considered to belong to a lower social class:

However, these points, according to the article, are what it’s based on, rather than attitude toward others:
•Median home price (the higher the better)
•Median household income (the higher the better)
•Percent of population with a college degree (the higher the better)
•Private schools per capita (the more the better)
•Performing arts per capita (the more the better)
•Art galleries per capita (the more the better)
•Fast food restaurants per capita (the more the better

6 AKA July 23, 2014 at 1:21 PM

California has 5 of the 10 spots. lol

7 Mom of the Horde July 23, 2014 at 1:23 PM

Walnut Creek is very snobby….

8 Incognito July 23, 2014 at 1:25 PM

California claims 5 out of 10 spots on the snobby scale… so what does that say about California?

9 Pyrrhus July 23, 2014 at 1:25 PM

I completely agree, Walnut Creek and Clayton moms are very snobby. The only area just that may be worse are some of the Danville residents.

Surprisingly, I’ve found Lamorinda to be less snobby then those area. I walk into a store and employees are smiling, the people are courteous and all seem to know each other. My wife worked at one point for a small gym in Orinda while she was waiting to start school and the clientele were mainly wealthy people. They all treated her well and she said nobody gave her an attitude.

10 skrab July 23, 2014 at 1:27 PM

I think WC is snobby because it has a bit of an inferiority complex. Its residents aren’t wealthy, educated, and cultured like those of Alamo, Danville, and Lamorinda. The residents are very much concerned about coming up in the world and are ostentatious. Very wannabe noveau riche.

11 Anon July 23, 2014 at 1:27 PM

Fast food criteria (more is better) has to be wrong. They must have their noses so high in the air , they can’t smell fast food.

12 Jojo Potato July 23, 2014 at 1:32 PM

Sorry, I couldn’t get past that ridiculus overly photoshopped picture of the fountain. What a disaster of a photograph! I take it Movoto’s view of reality is just about as realistic.

13 Anon777 July 23, 2014 at 1:32 PM

Completely agree. Not surprised CA got most of the top 10.

14 Joe Martinez July 23, 2014 at 1:33 PM

HA!!! That is awesome. I would whole-heartedly agree. Well done Movoto.

15 tusNalgas July 23, 2014 at 1:43 PM

Not surprised!!! Lived in walnut creek 20 years and all I went to school was with snobs whose parents are snobs!!!!!

16 Jtkatec July 23, 2014 at 1:43 PM

Sad, that Walnut Creek has gone downhill. It had such potential when I was growing up. Diamond Petshop, Whitefront, Lupois market.

Now it’s just no good anymore.

17 Me July 23, 2014 at 1:44 PM

I’ve lived in WC and Concord. My view: WC is indeed very snobby and Concord could easily do a lot better for itself and become snobbier. What I really hate is that I feel like a tourist in one of my own towns when I try to go shopping in downtown WC. I hate shopping there now.

18 Kristy S. July 23, 2014 at 1:44 PM

I believe Concord was voted the most jealous city in Northern California.

19 Anon July 23, 2014 at 1:44 PM

Alternate headline: “We Wish We Could Live In These 10 Cities”

20 Lucca July 23, 2014 at 1:46 PM

I’d take this article way more seriously if they got the definition of snobby correct.

21 The Mamba July 23, 2014 at 1:51 PM

I agree #11, the number of fast food locations leading to a higher snobby rating seems counterintuitive, I would think a better measure would be Michelin ranked restaurants or some other metric altogether.

22 BigBroWatching July 23, 2014 at 1:53 PM

WC is totally snobby and I grew up there.
On the flip side Crankord is the largest dump next to a snobby city.

23 Dwight Schrute July 23, 2014 at 1:58 PM

This list should have read “The Top10 places this Broke-azz Blogger would like to Live but Can’t”

24 DanaHillsHaveEyes July 23, 2014 at 2:06 PM

@ Kristy S. – wow! you really hit the nail on the head! HAHAHAHA perfect! :)

25 Anon. July 23, 2014 at 2:08 PM

I totally agree, but I think the snobbery comes from the areas with real money…Lamorinda, Alamo/Danville. WC has just cashed in on that. I tend to avoid WC all together now.

26 Palermo July 23, 2014 at 2:17 PM

I don’t like how they are getting rid of all the “regular” stores and bringing in all the designer ones. Not to mention making parking harder all the time. No thanks, I’ll stay here in my “ghetto”.

27 Mustang Sally July 23, 2014 at 2:26 PM

I agree 100% with #17.

28 Lady Penelope..... July 23, 2014 at 2:27 PM

I used to live in Hillsborough when I was a child. I thought that was pretty darn snobby and pretentious. Walnut Creek is a pretty city but the snobbery is downright pathetic. New money and absolutely no class…….

29 Smart,Goodlooking&Debonaire July 23, 2014 at 2:35 PM

We obviously need more URBAN YOUTH to make life in WC better!
Are we doing enough to make them feel welcome?
LOL!!!

30 Malice in Wonderland July 23, 2014 at 2:38 PM

Only 5th? WC residents will be so disappointed.

31 Anonymous July 23, 2014 at 2:50 PM

Yup, sounds about right.

32 Smart,Goodlooking&Debonaire July 23, 2014 at 2:52 PM

well, you do need to be kind of special to live in WC. Clayton too. Concord, not so much. Cheers.

33 Yep! July 23, 2014 at 2:52 PM

It all boils down to new money vs. old money. And then there are those in Walnut Creek who like to think they have money. I have always thought Walnut Creek was snobby.

34 Smart,Goodlooking&Debonaire July 23, 2014 at 3:00 PM

Nothing screws an area up more than liberals and lefties. They are absolutely toxic to quality of life.

35 You all suck July 23, 2014 at 3:11 PM

Why do you guys spend some much time bashing the cities that you are in on a weekly if not daily basis. Whether you live in Walnut Creek or Concord… the east bay is our home… Stop bashing eachother.

36 You all suck July 23, 2014 at 3:11 PM

so much*

37 Smart,Goodlooking&Debonaire July 23, 2014 at 3:12 PM

And what is Concord’s claim to fame besides the 12 drunkards?

38 Tom July 23, 2014 at 3:15 PM

We all bleed red. Is this really necessary?

39 KAA July 23, 2014 at 3:25 PM

Grew up there and would NEVER go back!!!

40 mr rogers July 23, 2014 at 3:31 PM

In the 70’S Walnut Creek wasnt snobby…then they built up downtown…and the rest is history.

41 Lived there-liked it July 23, 2014 at 3:35 PM

I lived in Walnut Creek, on Oak Rd. close to Treat, and didn’t find it snobby at all at the time. Moved about 2000. I didn’t hang out downtown much, though. Perhaps it’s different there. Spent a lot of time on the canal trail and Iron Horse trail and everyone seemed very friendly.

42 Smart,Goodlooking&Debonaire July 23, 2014 at 3:38 PM

I think we have offended some sensitive readers of this site…to make everyone feel better, can we all hold hands now and sing Kumbaya?
LOLOL!!!

43 kax July 23, 2014 at 3:44 PM

can’t believe Pleasanton’s not on that list……..surprising how some folks believe that their money and stuff elevates them above all others…..all it does it create a vapid and shallow culture….

44 Let's Go Oakland July 23, 2014 at 3:51 PM

I believe Kristy S is frightened by the idea of diversity.

45 Anon July 23, 2014 at 3:52 PM

@28 agree 100%

46 Veronica July 23, 2014 at 4:00 PM

SGD, this is a blog how can you offend anyone. No one exists outside of Claycord.

47 @ You All Suck #35 July 23, 2014 at 4:05 PM

“Why do you guys spend so much time bashing the cities that you are in on a weekly if not daily basis? Whether you live in Walnut Creek or Concord… the east bay is our home… Stop bashing each other.”

I totally agree. @ Smart, Debonaire and Good Looking, if only you had some class. But you can’t purchase that…….

48 ICameISawIConcord July 23, 2014 at 4:05 PM

The definition of being perverted is someone freakier than you………the same goes with being a snob…….anyone with more money and a bigger house is a snob………the only thing snobby is that stupid website that took the time to call out certain cities.

49 Smart,Goodlooking&Debonaire July 23, 2014 at 4:06 PM

@Let’s Go Oakland,#44: why dont you take your precious diversity and move to oakland or richmond? I guess your another “leftie” who loves the theoretical idea, but refuses to live it. I belie that is what we call a hypocrite.
LOLOL!!!

50 Eleanor July 23, 2014 at 4:06 PM

What a shame that Walnut Creek has changed . Growing up in the Bay Area (many years), Walnut Creek was the lovely little town to take a Sunday Drive to, and go to the Creamery for the beat Ice Cream Cones in the area. The feel of being in the the country was so pleasant. I guess time changes a lot of things as we age.

51 Ctown July 23, 2014 at 4:24 PM

Obviously they did not take into account WC’s dirty little secret, Creekside apartments. I can assure you that those folks are not Snobby.

52 Terence Mckenna July 23, 2014 at 4:31 PM

“Our unhappy addicted ego driven condition has become not simply the source of our own unhappiness that was bad enough but now its the source of great discomfort and dislocation for all life and human society on the planet. We are out of control. We are basically severely addicted to things, and cant not stop ourselves. And we know, or we should know, that there is not enough petroleum or heavy metals in the planet to give all the thing addicts all the things that we know they must have in order to be happy

Culture is a shabby lie. Well at least this culture is a shabby lie. If you work like a dog you get 260 channels of bad television and a German automobile, what sort of perfection is that? Religion is completely devalued, and consumer object fetishism is the only value that we collectively recognize. I’m sure you’ve seen the T-shirt that says ‘he who dies with the most toys wins’ That is in fact the banner under which we are all flying here. And the level of unhappiness is immense, I mean the level of unhappiness between the poor they’ve always been miserable, but we’ve created something entirely new in the human history, and utterly miserable ruling class!” – Terence Mckenna

I agree most walnut creek people are snobs who think being rich and having it all is everything, it should be considered a disease or sick to think you can own so much when so many others are suffering and there’s not enough resources on a finite planet for everyone on the planet to have it too.. Guess they never heard of sharing and brought cookies to the class and ate them all themselves in front of all other kids and felt good about it. That’s the types of snobs that live in walnut creek congrats on ranking 5th!!!

53 DJ July 23, 2014 at 4:32 PM

I grew up there in the late 80s and 90s. Now I live in concord cause it’s all I can afford. Concord sucks. Wish I could afford a house in WC. Instead my neighborhood (like most in concord) is riddled with tweakers, weirdos, creepers, registered sex offenders, homeless bums and more. I hope to be successful enough one day to move back or somewhere similar to raise a family. I can’t and won’t raise a family in this dump we call concord and have my kids grow up to be losers.

54 Blink July 23, 2014 at 5:06 PM

Prejudice isn’t limited to race…look at all the economic and geographic prejudice….yikes!

55 WHO CARES? July 23, 2014 at 5:12 PM

The other man’s grass is ALWAYS greener. Why should we care which people are snobs and which are not? Think about it.

56 Abbie R. July 23, 2014 at 5:15 PM

@ Terrence #52 when Art Bell asked us all to tune into Your vibrations at the time You were undergoing the “Gamma-Knife Proceedure” on Your brain tumor, I velt a vibration in my brain that I have never felt before or since.

57 w.c Mayr July 23, 2014 at 5:19 PM

Anyone who doesn’t live in walnut creek would get mad.. lol, peasants.

58 Beacon July 23, 2014 at 5:24 PM

DJ – Whether you kids grow up to be winners or losers have much more to do with the parents than the place.

59 KC July 23, 2014 at 5:34 PM

Claycord, why publish these negative stories? It’s just another chance for people to spew their anonymous vitriol on the Internet. I am getting sick of it, and I am even more sick and tired of reading comments by people who criticize people they don’t even know. It just contributes to the further breakdown of society.

60 Michelle July 23, 2014 at 6:01 PM

Walnut Creek, Lafayette, Clayton, Danville, and Pleasant Hill are all different cities/towns than they were 30 years ago. They have all grown to be far wealthier, cleaner, and much happier places to live.

Concord, on the other hand, has regressed. It is poorer, more bitter, and far less safe than it was then.

61 WCGator July 23, 2014 at 6:07 PM

I live in Walnut Creek and my kids avoid advertising to friends in Alameda Co. where they live. Reputation of Walnut Creek is a bunch white, elitist snobs. That is the brutal reality. No cultural diversity here at all. Youth, for the most part, are completely unaware of world outside of this town.

62 Live and Let Live July 23, 2014 at 6:09 PM

I live in Concord, and work in Walnut creek – Concord is going to the dogs, looks like Tijuana, and the parks smell like piss. Unfortunately, it is all I can afford as a single mom. I got lucky & found a nice condo in a cul de sac in North Concord.
Yes, W.C. is clean, but it is a shame that people treat others as “less than” under ANY circumstances.
My Aunt & Uncle who are fairly well off, own a vineyard, and have lived in Telluride, CO, and Playa del Rey, CA, always taught me to treat everyone with respect – that means busboys, waitresses, people on the street etc… But when I step on an elevator in Walnut Creek & say Hello to the people already inside, they either ignore me, or look at me like I am crazy. Money doesn’t make anyone better than anybody else, just makes their life more comfortable.
Then again, money cant buy class.

63 Just Sayin' July 23, 2014 at 6:18 PM

Danville would be at the top of the list except it is too small. Try again next year.

64 This website is an authority on NOTHING July 23, 2014 at 6:25 PM

So who cares what cockamamie list this we site made up with their unofficial, random, unscientific polls?

65 Concord Res July 23, 2014 at 6:33 PM

WC is in the top 10 “snobby” cities and Concord is in the top 10 “music” cities. Who cares? I like Walnut Creek for shopping and I like Concord for the Thursday night music/market series.

If Concord would siphon off most the 94520 and some of the 94518 zip codes, it would rank a lot higher on Movoto’s list :)

66 DoReMi July 23, 2014 at 6:51 PM

WC used to be a cute and funky town. Now it is a suburban mall. How is this better? I agree that Concord has lost its charm as well. Rude is never cool. Whether it be the snobbery of upscale folk or the underprivileged.

67 Anna July 23, 2014 at 7:15 PM

I’d like to know where all the fast food and art galleries are.

68 SKS July 23, 2014 at 7:26 PM

Only those that live in The Woodlands. They are unbelievably elitist.

69 ale July 23, 2014 at 7:47 PM

Two words…Neiman Marcus

70 Mr.Wonderful July 23, 2014 at 8:21 PM

I agree, but New York city has to be #1.

71 Tippi July 23, 2014 at 8:33 PM

@me have to agree with comment 17. The article also lists San Rafael, if want an idea of how snobby they are just read the posted letter at their best restaurant Sol Food

72 frenchdawg July 23, 2014 at 8:56 PM

@52 very nice rant

73 94598 July 23, 2014 at 9:23 PM

……..I just realized most all the comments are from Concord/Clayton buffoons…..

you didn’t even read the criteria— “snobby” is defined by author as having fine restaurants, performing arts, high personal income, educated, etc.

Very happy to live in WC- and it is an awesome city!

74 Ha...ha July 23, 2014 at 10:11 PM

I guess whoever did the survey has never been to Clayton…residence of Clayton are by far more snobby. They think they are better than those of us who live in Concord. (Even if we are only a few miles/blocks away) They don’t want anyone to attend their schools and mingle with their spoiled children. UGH

75 How do you choose? July 23, 2014 at 10:44 PM

I don’t really see much of a difference from Walnut Creek, Alamo, Danville. I guess what sets Walnut Creek apart is the downtown area, devoid of culture. Simply a Mecca of merchants, each trying to one up the other while attracting customers who have the same goal. Everytime I go to Walnut Creek I feel like I did something dirty and need to take a shower.

76 @94598 July 23, 2014 at 10:53 PM

You “just” realized the commenters are from Concord/Clayton? Who are you kidding? I know that 94598 is in the MDUSD section of WC, so you aren’t that special. You just can’t afford the west side of town!

77 Old Gringo July 23, 2014 at 11:00 PM

Glad I got out of there when I was19. People there never used to walk around with their noses up in the air.

78 Dr. Jellyfinger® July 23, 2014 at 11:01 PM

Walnut Creek has been getting snootier & snobbier ever since they made it against the law to cruise Main Street on Saturday nights & tore down the El Rey Theater. Friggin Yuppies have taken over!

79 RANDOM TASK July 24, 2014 at 12:19 AM

hey Pittsburgh is right over the hill if you don’t like nice cities …..lol concord even closer and the city does not worry about crime and or homeless and dirty parks with bums ……and or armed robbery and oh yeah petty mail theft and …..wait are we talking about Pittsburgh still

80 Antler July 24, 2014 at 6:39 AM

Michelle at #60 …… I agree with the content of your post and also appreciate your calm verbal demeanor.

For me, Concord began to change for the worse when the City started focusing on sports fields and parks and gradually excluded cultural arts venues.

Then BART was built, with our Concord being literally “the end of the line”, easily accessed by vagrants and homeless veterans who were attracted to our non-patrolled canal, creek, park, and trail venues.

Next there was an all-out effort to get major chain outlet/seconds types of stores to open in Concord……. and a tolerance for far too many 7-11s, checking services, drug-dealing out in the open in parking lots, tattoo and seedy massage parlors, etc..

I thoroughly enjoy shopping in and going to events in Walnut Creek! And I’ve never been treated rudely there. One bit of fun I’ve had in recent years was the time I decided to browse in Neiman Marcus while dressed in a nice T-shirt, grandmommy jeans, my blue Crocs, and my Ameribag (like a rucksack sort of purse useful for air travel).

Why, NEVER have I had such fine service!!! How could any of you possibly complain about Neiman Marcus? They even unobtrusively arranged for me to have my own security guard! Plus, a clerk met me at the edge of each department and insisted on being my close chatty friend as I leisurely admired the clothes and…..now, here’s the key, folks (and it might take a little practice)…..I kept a non-plussed expression when occasionally checking a price tag. Occasionally, I really did like a garment, so I admired it aloud to the clerk, who asked if I would like to start a dressing room. “Why, yes, if you please…and thank you.” So she would float her exquisitely-groomed self down the aisle, and the security guard would be most friendly and attentive in the clerk’s absence. I selected a few more things and tried them on.

Oh, I had ever so much fun! And the best part was when I finally reached the cocktail dress salon, casually took out my Neiman-Marcus credit card, and passed it to that clerk with the request, “Please, would you be kind enough to consult the office and confirm that this account is still valid? It has been several years since I shopped in Dallas or San Francisco, and it might have lapsed.” Well, I thought the security guard would choke trying to keep from laughing!

Try not to take yourselves so seriously. Play the “I’m so wealthy that money doesn’t matter a bit and I am unchanged by it” game just once in awhile. Then you can “get real” again back home with a better attitude …. no matter in WHAT city you live!

81 Anon July 24, 2014 at 6:55 AM

I grew up in Concord, live in Walnut Creek and work in Orinda. Orinda is by far the snobbiest city of the 3.

82 Futurama July 24, 2014 at 7:39 AM

I love the psychology of defense. You don’t like what I do, you are jealous! Don’t juuuuuudddge me! Lol, far be it for some people and places to just suck, hence the reason why people think walnut creek suck, whoever mentioned low self esteem was spot on.

83 GoGo Gomez July 24, 2014 at 8:13 AM

Yup

84 Darwin July 24, 2014 at 8:21 AM

Walnut Creek must not have a large section eight housing community or have a rich multi racial community???

85 gimli July 24, 2014 at 8:25 AM

Neiman Marcus, good for a bathroom stop on the way to Nordstrom. Nobody there! It will be the most elegant #1 or 2 of your day.

86 Incognito July 24, 2014 at 8:38 AM

There are a couple of things I have discovered in my life so far:

1. Those who truly have money, don’t wear their labels on the outside.
2. Things are not always what they appear.

87 Silva July 24, 2014 at 8:40 AM

When Nieman Marcus first opened my mom said I must go in with her and at least have a look inside. She told me there was even a person playing a grand piano, so we did go have a look, and there was a person playing piano.

I used to like the Army Navy surplus store, and Simon’s a lot. Oh, and our forays to Capwell’s and lunch in their cafe.

88 One thing about WC July 24, 2014 at 9:22 AM

don’t be anything other than white when driving through or you will get pulled over..

Clayton is another bird altogether, there is nothing to do there so they suck the life out of surrounding cities and then complain about said cities.

The best down to earth smaller city is Pleasant Hill. Martinez too many methheads and I don’t trust being that close to chemical producers.

89 Reality Slap July 24, 2014 at 9:41 AM

Interesting. Not a single mention of the word “class” connected with Walnut Creek.

90 WC OKAY July 24, 2014 at 9:41 AM

I agree with #5. This articled is more about lifestyle than attitude. I have no issues with Walnut Creek or its residents. But I don’t live there.

91 Marianne July 24, 2014 at 9:42 AM

I love shopping in Walnut Creek, walking through the broadway plaza then going up to Macy, then Whole Foods such a nice city, maybe I’m just one of the snobs that just holds my nose up in the air as I walk and says f-you to the lower beings.

92 Silva July 24, 2014 at 9:48 AM

#86, That’s the truth.

93 Antler July 24, 2014 at 10:28 AM

Silva at #87 …… Yes, Simons was a fantastic store; and we bought so many things there which we still enjoy……the two teak rectangular picnic tables with benches, which we push together to make one large table for seating 12 people…. also the brass chandelier still over our dining room table…. many plants still flourishing in the yard …. paint ….. how-to books for making every sort of project easier…..hardware fittings….a little cafe area on the far right side of the immense store ….. audio section with CDs (but I don’t recall VHS….or maybe we didn’t have a player, so I just skipped that?)

Was that store almost the entire block at one corner of the North California and Olympic Blvd. intersection? I do remember making shopping stops down Locust to what was then a dead-end. A large hill on the right side of Locust corner had an old “haunted” house on it with stone walls and overgrown landscaping (the hill they eventually bulldozed completely away). Then a right turn off Locust and a quick left into the Simon’s parking lot. There was also a Simon’s in Concord where Hobby Lobby…..(sign of the cross to ward off evil)….is located now.

94 R July 24, 2014 at 10:37 AM

The criteria is ridiculous, but Walnut Creek people are snooty. When you pass by them on the sidewalk, they avert their eyes. They come within inches of you in the grocery store and pretend like you don’t exist. Good luck getting your car out of a parking lot driveway and onto the street. There is no polite wave from the other driver. If you commit the slightest little social faux pas — like dropping something, the dirty looks could kill. Concord, on the other hand, is the opposite, and I’m not too thrilled with that either. I have no desire to chat with some loud, obsequious and filthy beggar on my way in and out of the store or a group of guys getting drunk in the park. You rarely see that in Walnut Creek.

95 The Truth July 24, 2014 at 11:03 AM

I agree with this article about the inherent snootiness of WC residents, but I am sure that there are plenty of small towns outranking WC in the department of overall snobbery. #5 seems a little high for WC…have these people forgotten about the communities of Atherton, Los Altos, Los Gatos, Palo Alto??. Believe me, Palo Alto is far more snooty than WC. I mean those a-holes wanted to ban homeless people from sleeping in their cars!!! And they despise anyone who is not driving a Mercedes.

Now, if we are talking about the most snooty middle-aged, pickled face women living in small communities that is a different story….

96 Lady Penelope..... July 24, 2014 at 11:04 AM

@ Reality Slap #89, you obviously didn’t read many of the posts. I stated @ comment # 28 that you can have money but no class. I love going into Walnut Creek for the restaurants for the food and shopping but the noses are too pointing too high in the sky. Why wasn’t Marin or Belvedere on the list? Probably because they don’t brag about having money…..

97 ClayDen July 24, 2014 at 11:14 AM

If you want snobby, Palo Alto is head and shoulders above Walnut Creek on the snobometer.

We moved to Concord in the 1970s to get closer to my job and found it a pretty nice city. After a year in a nice apartment on Ellis Street (times there have sure changed!), we bought a house in Concord. A couple of years later, our careers were progressing and housing prices were starting to take off, so we decided to upgrade. It came down to Walnut Creek and Clayton. We fell in love with Clayton and have been here since then and don’t plan to leave. I like both places, as well as Danville and Alamo; San Ramon, not so much. We like to shop in Walnut Creek because of the variety of shops and general ambience, though I don’t like to shop and thus prefer Amazon. BTW, if I had to leave Clayton, I would probably move to Livermore or Pleasanton, possibly somewhere around Yountville or Calistoga.

98 @STUPID UGLY &$@&$#(*&^ July 24, 2014 at 11:46 AM

We can always count on your rants on liberal open minded people. I can only pray some of your offspring see you as you are and put you in your place. Life as a troll must be so sad and lonely. Good luck with that neck, better get some cream.That redness is really showing….

99 Silva July 24, 2014 at 11:49 AM

Antler, Yes, Simons was fantastic, I believe they had expanded to the entire block It was sad when they had to quit. The tables sound wonderful, and I bet you sure have gotten your money’s worth there! And yes, they actually removed that rather large hill (I myself thought it was a mountain) with the cool haunted house.

Dr. Jellyfinger, Ah yes. Cruising the Main, and the El Rey. Sob, sniffle.

100 @STUPID UGLY &$@&$#(*&^ July 24, 2014 at 11:54 AM

Your endless negativity against open minded people sickens me. I can always count on you to be an *$%@#*^&%.

101 The Mamba July 24, 2014 at 12:19 PM

I have to say, a lot of you seem like hypersensitive freaks that run cowering to your cars and get out of town because someone doesn’t greet you to your expectations or fawn all over you. Hold your head up and have some pride, you’ll never feel like someone is looking down on you. – Abraham Lincoln

102 The Real Snobs of WC July 24, 2014 at 12:38 PM

@Live and Let Live “But when I step on an elevator in Walnut Creek & say Hello to the people already inside, they either ignore me, or look at me like I am crazy.”

That is so true of the people in Walnut Creek. Even on morning walks the people around here will never say hello. If you do make eye contact these humans are mostlikely to glare at you like you have invaded their precious privacy. Dirty looks in the community gym are regular occurences ever since I moved here over a year ago. At least in my previous residence i could chat with my local neighbors for a few minutes in the morning. After a while you become immune to the a-holishness of the WC residents. Maybe the majority of them are just bitter about being ugly.

103 Michelle July 24, 2014 at 12:45 PM

I rarely frequent WC because of the overall atmosphere. I like the quaintness of the downtown area and some specific boutiques. To linger, not so much. I carry my purse close to my side because of the not so good people around. I guess it could be worse in other areas.

104 Kirkwood July 24, 2014 at 12:50 PM

@Silva
The Safeway in the Blackhawk Plaza also had a piano just inside the entrance.

105 The Ugly People of Walnut Creek July 24, 2014 at 12:52 PM

I think that we should note that Walnut Creek residents suffer from a lack of attractiveness.

106 @The Mamba July 24, 2014 at 12:58 PM

It has nothing to do with “fawning all over someone”. greeting someone who says hi is just a basic courtesy. Even people in poor countries have better manners than the folks of WC. A lack of manners and respect says alot about someone’s character. Even more so than holding your head up high -which says nothing more than you might have a nosebleed.

107 Reality Slap July 24, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Lady Penelope @ #96

I was referring to the ARTICLE not the musings of the comments.

108 skrab July 24, 2014 at 1:10 PM

@Lady Penelope

Social class and having “class” are different things. I think you confused them.

109 Lets see...... July 24, 2014 at 1:15 PM

What is soooo great about Concord??
1) Bums
2) Drive-by shooting
3) Bums
4) Large Undocumented (illegal) immigrant population
5) Gangs
6) Bums
7) Large Undocumented (illegal) immigrant population
8) Massive amount of Section 8 housing
9) Bums
10) Large Undocumented (illegal) immigrant population

Maybe the folks in WC have something to be snotty about as they don’t seem to have the list above

110 WalnutCReek#1 July 24, 2014 at 1:17 PM

Walnut Creek should be #1. Horrible people there. Stanley Roberts needs to leave a cam 24/7. #Losers!

111 BroadwayJoe July 24, 2014 at 1:24 PM

I don’t understand all these attitudes against WC. I live in PH, worked for 6 years in WC, lived near Bancroft in WC, and bike the trails of WC. We have breakfast most weekends in WC (Hubcaps, La Boulange), then walk around and window shop. I’m short and brown, sometimes unshaven (but never disheveled), wearing the best my money can buy at TJMaxx (or Ross), and I have never been treated badly anywhere in WC. People open doors for me, say hi, they smile, hold elevators, and wish me well on my way out. And I reciprocate. People cross in crosswalks, and cars stop for pedestrians. Parents with babies/toddlers would chat with me near the fountain, owners would let others pet their dogs, I’ve had conversations with patrons at Barnes, and servers are generally courteous and polite; yes, even at Va de Vi.

It’s not perfect, but I’ve had worse experiences outside of WC. I can’t wait for the new Broadway Plaza to open.

112 Lady Penelope..... July 24, 2014 at 2:18 PM

@ Reality Slap, my apologies…..

113 Lady Penelope..... July 24, 2014 at 2:23 PM

@ skrab, I wasn’t confusing class with social class. I am all too familiar with social class being brought up in Britain and hearing stories of my parents and my grandparents upbringings in a system that only had two classes, poor or affluent. My maternal grandfather was the first to break into the slowly evolving middle class…..

114 Silva July 24, 2014 at 3:36 PM

Kirkwood #104, Oh that is funny! Thank you for the laugh. You must know you’ve trully arrived somebody playes live piano music to accompany your grocery shopping.

Broadway Joe #111, I’m really glad to hear it. :)

115 Just Sayin' July 24, 2014 at 4:21 PM

Whatever, but San Francisco has true class. I grew up there and I can say that anywhere outside of SF has no culture and too many status seekers. Either you have class or you don’t and living in W.C. does not mean that you have class – money, perhaps but true class cannot be bought.

116 DoReMi July 24, 2014 at 4:34 PM

Is the Pink Gable even there still? Sheesh, what a name. I always wanted to see what was inside. lol I still miss Gaylords. The best ice cream sundaes ever.

117 Smart,Goodlooking&Debonaire July 24, 2014 at 4:39 PM

what is Concord’s claim to fame besides the 12 drunkards? can someone help me out here?

118 Atticus Thraxx July 24, 2014 at 5:41 PM

I like Walnut Creek. And Concord, Clayton and Pleasant Hill too. On a good day I can tolerate Martinez. We are lucky to live where and when we do.

119 anonanonagain July 24, 2014 at 6:09 PM

@ Atticus Thraxx, I agree with you. So many people complain. We are not dodging insurgents on a daily basis or trying to find shelter from a hailstorm of rockets and bombs. People need to lighten up. :)

120 Jojo Potato July 24, 2014 at 6:21 PM

@ DoReMi : Alas the Pink Gable is no longer there. It’s become another bar nowadays. Can’t remember the name, but I was there last Christmas time after I made my wife leave me behind while she shopped. Just a regular place. Good idea about the shopping though, I really enjoyed it after a couple belts.
BTW WC’s current gay club is “Club 1220″ just behind the 7/11 on Civic.

121 LD July 24, 2014 at 7:27 PM

@ Antler. LOL, loved your story. Reminded me of a time my Mom and I did a similar thing at Neiman’s in SF. In the couture gown area, I played the “Mummy, I want this one!” snob with an accent. I had the salesguy eating out of my hand. Good fun!

122 Silva July 24, 2014 at 7:33 PM

Ah yes the Pink Gable. I used to babysit for a woman who spent her weekends there. Pretty steady work for a 12 year old.

123 RC July 24, 2014 at 7:45 PM

The last two comments pretty much sum it up! What some of you are not understanding, is that WC and Danville are full of wannabes, but may be “new money.” If you live in Alamo or Lamorinda, most are old money and don’t have to prove anything. These summations don’t hold true with all, but for the most part, it’s true.

My bro lives in San Rafael and I hate to say it, he embarasses me with his snobby attitude. Lest he.forget where he came from…those are the worst!
My bro-in-law lives in Moraga…same way and in this case…definitely not old money, just a boy makes good from Concord. Sad actually. Holidays can be dreadful.
Come judgement day…it won’t matter a bit. Let’s see who get the “better real estate” then!

124 Dr. Jellyfinger® July 24, 2014 at 9:05 PM

Sens ‘em to me RC. Nothing like a Grey Poupon enema to humble a snob.

125 Dr. Jellyfinger® July 24, 2014 at 9:19 PM

The Pink Gable was just a regular bar…. wasn’t it? I went there a few times & no guys ever hit on me….. tho there were some real butch looking women that talked me up… hmmm.

That place behind 7-11 used to be called The Hub. Everyone knew what it was.

126 Antler July 24, 2014 at 11:22 PM

LD at #121. …… Thanks! But I think your scenario trumps mine in that the two of you must have had to work hard to keep a straight face. My solo gig was easier ; in fact, the only time I almost broke character was when the security guard caught on that I was pulling their legs.

Have you ever seen the blooper DVDs of Carol Burnette in scenes where she really lost character focus and started laughing? Some of the scenes with Tim Conway are especially riotous because he kept going right on in character with his lines…even ad-libbing so as to fill in HER lines, then back to his own. She should be an official National Treasure!

127 Back East July 25, 2014 at 8:02 AM

We are amused by your antics. Do let us know when you determine which of your dusty cattle towns and squalid fishing villages is the most refined.

128 Let It Be, Let It Be July 25, 2014 at 9:32 AM

Whatever you might say about the attitudes in WC, Danville, Alamo, Orinda, we all have it pretty good living here. There are people who live in the midwest who would trade places in a heartbeat just to get out the sweltering summers and frigid winters. And to be so close to Napa Valley, a bart ride away from SF, a few hours drive from places like Lake Tahoe. Not too bad, folks.

129 Michelle(original) July 25, 2014 at 10:01 AM

Mike T, you have to be applauded. Very few people can deal with your situation at all.

130 Qemi July 25, 2014 at 2:15 PM

I think Walnut Creek must have paid to “Market” this— you people have never even seen “snobby” towns– WC wouldn’t even make the list if this was at all accurate. Walnut Creek, Concord, and most California cities are both really shabby with ugly apartment buildings, chain restaurants, and traffic. What have they got to be snobby about?

131 Ron Rodriguez July 31, 2014 at 8:00 AM

It wasn’t like that when I used to live there. Majority of the people in walnut creek don’t even live there. Either working or shopping.

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