About Rossmoor in Walnut Creek


Rossmoor is a gated community with a population of about 9,200, in Walnut Creek, California. It was among the first "successful adult" neighborhoods in the San Francisco Bay Area for people 55 years of age or older. It is a nationally recognized senior adult community based in Walnut Creek, California's 1800-acre (7.3 km2) Tice Valley area. Surrounded by open space acres, this neighborhood is 2 miles (3 km) from downtown Walnut Creek, and 40 km (25 miles) from downtown San Francisco.

Rossmoor's senior community initially opened with HUD-approved co-op housing in 1964. Ross Cortese's brainchild was the community, originally known as "Leisure World," who saw the growing population of older citizens and felt their special needs were not being met. His creative vision was to build self-contained senior societies, offering fulfilling living to ordinary individuals whose busydays of professional and child-rearing ended but who were still engaged in active and enriched life. He wanted to create a country-club atmosphere that would be within reach of the senior average. Cortese envisioned a city full of facilities – a golf course, swimming pools, tennis courts, a medical center, clubhouses, and even stables. From the start, he wanted to cover up repairs and landscaping outside.

Today, his daughter, Heidi Cortese’s, has created a website that includes all seven original Leisure Worlds including Rossmoor Walnut Creek. Go to www.leisureworld.com to find out more about Rossmoor and all the places in the Leisure world. All the communities are independently run.

There are three pools in the town, a full-service fitness centre, 10 outdoor tennis courts, lawn bowling greens, bocce courts, billiards, state-of - the-art table tennis facilities and a dog park  with artificial grass and lined socializing areas. Additionally, Rossmoor is surrounded by miles of beautiful hiking trails.

Rossmoor residents engage in a variety of events, including literature-related concerts, dances and lessons. The community has five clubhouses, a large theatrical event centre, a theatre, a full-service restaurant and bar, a computer information centre, hobby and art rooms, picnic grounds, meeting rooms and a social centre.

Rossmoor has more than 200 clubs and organizations providing various events and activities in addition to services offered by the Community Recreation Department, which include trips and entertainment.

Rossmoor is run by the charity, Golden Rain Foundation. It has nine trustees, each elected out of different Rossmoor districts. Each director serves a term of three years, and no director holds more than two terms.

This beautiful community is located near the following locations in Rossmoor in Walnut Creek, California:

  • Tice Valley Community Gym
  • ManorCare Health Services-Tice Valley
  • Waterford At Rossmoor
  • United States Postal Service in Rossmoor
  • Legion of Honor, San Francisco in Rossmoor
  • Rossmoor Tennis Buckeye Courts
  • Atria Valley View
  • Hillside Complex/Clubhouse
  • St. Anne's Catholic Church


And of course after you’re done visiting any and all of these amazing locations don’t forget to visit us at Kwon & Jabbour Dental Clinic on La Casa Via in Walnut Creek!