Seeno and Pultey built homes in Crystyl Ranch, each with slightly different architecture. They were expansive homes. The smallest was about 2,400 sq. ft., and the largest was more than 4,000 sq. ft. People loved buying the new homes and picking out custom décor.
The development is about 30 miles east of San Francisco, nestled in the rolling hills at the foot of Mt. Diablo. Although Clayton has some similarly aged homes, Crystyl Ranch is closer to the freeway, BART and Walnut Creek shopping and entertainment.
After a few years, a second phase called The Point offered even bigger homes. Some homes in both phases have views of rolling hills, while others have larger yards but no view.
Far from city noise
I spoke to many residents, and one thing they like is that the surroundings give them the sense of being far from the noise of a large city, yet also provide all the conveniences and amenities of a metropolitan area.
The majority of residents didn’t have much negative to say about Crystyl Ranch. Some said it was what a wonderful place to raise kids, and many families enjoy the club house for the pool and tennis courts. There are also numerous trails for walking and hiking.
One thing the residents love best is the friendly neighbors. They put together numerous events, such as Bunco, Mah-jongg and walking groups. I spoke to one woman in her 90s who would never consider moving because the neighbors take care of her, always inviting her over and checking on her.
As for things that could be improved, one suggestion is that it should be gated for security and to make it feel more exclusive. Some wish the homeowners association was stricter about landscaping and paint colors and mentioned that speed bumps would help slow down traffic going through the neighborhood.
They also worry about fires in the surrounding area. In 2018, there were two scary fires. The worst one was in June, when residents were told to evacuate their homes in Crystyl Ranch and Montecito and not to use Ygnacio Valley Road. It ended up burning 368 acres in Lime Ridge Open Space but was halted at Crystyl Ranch Drive.
In November, a grass fire was initially thought to be from downed wires but it ended up being from a homemade model rocket. This was right in Crystyl Ranch at Barkwood and Autumn View Circle.
All said, my evaluation is that Crystyl Ranch is a winner.
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Lynne French is a Realtor with Compass Real Estate and captain of the Lynne French Team. Originally from Chicago, Lynne French came to San Francisco at the height of the 1960 and started a boutique at age 21. She went on to open two other shops. As industries shifted, Lynne took off on an adventure as a truck driver. For 10 years Lynne owned, operated and drove her big rig throughout the 48 states. One day, her truck broke down for the last time, and it was time to move on. In 1993 an ad for real estate training caught her eye and she began her real estate career as an assistant. Eventually she struck out on her own and had to hire her assistant to handle the volume of work. Lynne's decision to become an office in 2005 came from a sincere alignment with three basic principles: hire the best people, give them the best tools, create thriving communities. When not helping her clients, Lynne and her husband Danny enjoy country living within the foothills of Mt. Diablo.