Once, when I was working in Walnut Creek, a friend explained that there are truly several versions of the city. There is the natural beauty that rings the town, encompassing Mt. Diablo and miles of hiking trails. There is the gorgeous downtown area, with the man-made beauty of stunning shopping centers and unique architecture. And then there are the homes on quiet streets that leave you with a sense of rural tranquility. As you travel about, you might feel like you’re in several different Walnut Creeks. In fact, this is one of the great appeals of the place. You have so many options.