Antioch – A Total Community
The Delta is a wonderful place to escape the fast pace of daily life. You can camp by the water in your tent or RV, swim, ski or float down the river on houseboats. Fishing is a major draw to the Delta. The waters in the Antioch area are some of the prime striped bass and sturgeon fishing waters. As the “Gateway to the Delta”, Antioch will continue as a refuge for boaters.
Antioch is a growing community located in Contra Costa County, and has the gift of being the “Gateway to the Delta”, the point where the Sacramento and the San Joaquin Rivers come together and continue on to the Pacific Ocean.
The town of Brentwood was founded in 1878 when the San Pablo & Tulare Railroad came through East Contra Costa. Seventy years later it became the first incorporated city in the far east county. The group that spearheaded the effort to incorporate was the Brentwood Improvement Association.
In October 1947 the Brentwood Improvement Association started a campaign to sign up the necessary number of property owners representing twenty-give percent of the assessed valuation within the proposed boundaries. The se signatures, in the form of a petition, were presented to the County board of supervisors in Martinez. Within two weeks, forty percent of the property owners had signed.*
Brentwood incorporated on February 19, 1958. Since then, many events helped to shape the city into a thriving community that is experiencing rapid growth, as it continues to hold on to its agricultural heritage. Visitors and residents alike enjoy the harvest season, which includes corn and fresh fruit such as peaches, apricots, plums, pluots, and cherries. Graced by breathtaking views of Mt. Diablo, Brentwood is home to over 47,000 residents who enjoy the city’s parks, recreation centers, and local establishments.
Welcome to the City of Clayton. Our city is a very special place, with exceptional people who have a deep appreciation for the community’s history, tradition and volunteerism.
In 2014, Clayton is celebrated its 50th Anniversary of Incorporation (1964) yet Clayton still retains many of the time-honored characteristics treasured by its founding fathers in 1857.
Nestled at the bucolic base of picturesque Mt. Diablo, Clayton is in close proximity to the greater San Francisco Bay Area with all the amenities, sports and cultural opportunities offered by that choice location.
Clayton is a safe residential community of around 11,093 people. It is a town which values civic partnership with business leaders, community leaders, and our neighbors. Claytonians turn out in high numbers to celebrate the annual family-friendly festivities such as the Art and Wine Festival, our homespun 4th of July Parade, the Oktoberfest celebration, and our ever popular Concerts in The Grove summer series on select Saturdays and Thursdays in our beautiful Downtown Park.
In Clayton, everyone is family. And families are most important. Clayton is simply a great place to live, work and play for people who cherish small-town living and traditional American values.
In this community, crime is low and police are respected. High-quality public and private schools are plentiful. Trails for pedestrians, equestrians and bicyclists meander through the City connecting one with another. Clayton has been listed three times running as one of CNN’s Money Magazines “Top 100 Places to Live in the Nation” for small cities.
Whether you’re a first-time visitor to our city, long-time resident, or are considering moving here to reside, raise a family or open a business, we want you to know we are here to help make your stay the highest quality of life one can enjoy.
Location and Climate
Concord, California is located 29 miles east of San Francisco, adjacent to beautiful Mt. Diablo. The city covers 31.13 square miles. With a 2010 census count of 122,067 residents, it is the largest city in Contra Costa County.
Concord provides ready access to San Francisco, Napa Valley, Silicon Valley and Sacramento. This convenient, central location, along with a temperate climate, allows residents to enjoy a wide variety of unique and scenic attractions within the immediate Bay Area as well as throughout Northern California.
Neighborhoods are important to the city’s family-oriented lifestyle, which balances Concord’s gracious early California heritage with vigorous, thoughtful development. Concord offers a range of housing options and prices, from apartments to executive residences. Quiet neighborhoods, numerous parks and large preserves of open space add to the quality of life for all residents.
The “Heart of the San Ramon Valley,” Danville offers the perfect blend of upscale amenities and small town charm. Its quaint character and convenient location just 30 miles east of San Francisco make it the perfect place to work, live, and play. With a population of approximately 42,039. Danville is known for its small-town atmosphere and its outstanding quality of life.
Danville’s historic downtown features shops, restaurants, and art galleries that draw people from throughout the area. You’ll find epicurean adventures around every corner like upscale eateries with one-of-a-kind menus and pizzerias with family-friendly fare. Arts and culture abound at the Village Theatre, The Museum of the San Ramon Valley, and the Tao House—home to America’s only Nobel Prize winning playwright Eugene O’Neill.
One of Danville’s most desirable attributes is its sense of community. The town hosts a wonderful array of events throughout the year from Farmer’s Markets to street fairs to holiday celebrations. The Town’s highly rated schools, executive homes, and unending recreational activities(including hiking, biking, swimming and more) add to the town’s unparalleled appeal.
El Cerrito is located on the eastern shore of San Francisco Bay. The hilly areas of El Cerrito provide spectacular views of its famous neighbor and the Golden Gate Bridge. El Cerrito is located along Interstate 80, and nearby Interstate 580. The city is less than 30 miles from two major airports. El Cerrito is bordered by Albany and Kensington to the south, the Richmond annex to the west, East Richmond Heights to the north, and Wildcat Canyon Regional Park to the east. Local landmark Albany Hill is in Albany, just across the border with El Cerrito. (El Cerrito—Spanish, “the little hill”—takes its name from Albany Hill.) The Hayward Fault runs through El Cerrito. In addition, El Cerrito is within 150 meters (490 feet) of Berkeley to the southeast.
El Cerrito was founded by refugees from the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. They settled in what was then Don Víctor Castro’s Rancho San Pablo, and adjacent to the ranch owned by the family of Luís María Peralta, the Rancho San Antonio. A post office opened at the settlement in 1909 and the refugee camp became known as Rust, after Wilhelm F. Rust, its first postmaster. The village’s residents did not care for the name and changed it to El Cerrito in 1916. A year later, El Cerrito was incorporated as a village with 1,500 residents. The name means “little hill” or knoll.
Discovery Bay was established in the early 1970’s as a mostly weekend and summer resort community. Today, Discovery Bay has evolved into a thriving year-round home for over 17,000 residents who enjoy small-town living against the backdrop of over 1200 miles of Delta waterway.
Currently boasting a full-service marina, 3 public schools and 1 private school, 2 shopping centers and a business park, Discovery Bay now has the infrastructure needed to support residents within their own community as well as serve those who travel to the area to enjoy the splendor of the Delta.
Boaters can navigate from Discovery Bay to the San Francisco Bay, enabling residents to literally go anywhere in the world from their backyard. Whether you enjoy fishing, waterskiing, wakeboarding, or simply exploring the California Delta, there is no shortage of things to do here. Discovery Bay enjoys a wonderful spectrum of seasonal climates including everything from warm summers to rainy winters.
Discovery Bay is no longer limited to simply Delta waterfront homes; it has developed into a community that provides something for everyone. Discovery Bay offers gated lakefront homes as well as Country Club homes located on a world-class golf course. Recent additions include the 2 gated communities of Lakeshore and The Lakes, as well as nearby Ravenswood, a community planned around a new public park.
THERE ARE MANY REASONS WHY PEOPLE ENJOY LIVING IN HERCULES
There’s a distinct vibrancy emanating from the Hercules of today. It’s conveniently located to everything the Bay Area offers and Hercules has excellent weather with an average of 265 sunny days a year.
There are new, charming residential neighborhoods imbued with a real feeling of Hercules’ history. These neighborhoods offer a wide range of housing choices: condominiums, townhouses, well-established residential districts, new homes and estates, some are available for rent.
Best of all, Hercules’ real estate prices are comparable to, or lower than, those in other desireable Bay Area communities.
For Living. For business. For you.
The best of any condition is the seamless combination of form and function. Lafayette’s beauty and quiet rural atmosphere is never overshadowed by the variety of services, products, activities, resources and recreations offered. They combine exquisitely into the best condition for living, working and owning a business.
Forget about Lafayette having some of California’s top primary educational institutions. Even forget about the theaters, the Lafayette reservoir, the Iron Horse walking trail… those are icing on an already tasty cake. Lafayette is so much more. For instance, look at the wide range of clubs and organizations in the community. From Little Leagues to Rotary Clubs; from drama groups to an archery club, there is something to peak everyone’s interest in being a participant in the community. The Lafayette Community Center offers a myriad of activities for all Lafayette residents from preschoolers through older adults and seniors. The City Council and City Commissions also meet at the Community Center. Living here means enjoying being a daily part of the community and having a say in what matters. Lafayette understands that your hometown is for living.
Martinez is a small city of 36,663 residents, 12.47 square miles, where parents raise their children, antique stores fill the downtown, and Amtrak stops daily. It is the home of “Joltin” Joe DiMaggio, a local boy who made good.
Martinez was one of the oldest Anglo cities in California before California became a state. Martinez catered to gold searchers who arrived on the Carquinez Strait’s south shore to take Dr. Robert Semple’s horse-powered ferry boat to Benicia on their trek to the gold country.
In 1850, Martinez was declared the County Seat, bringing lawyers, judges and other permanent residents. Martinez tried to incorporate in 1850 but did not have 200 registered voters, a state mandate for incorporation. Martinez was first incorporated in 1876 and became a sixth class city by reincorporation in 1884.
Martinez is the home of the John Muir National Historic Site which features his home from 1890 until his death in 1914. Also on the property is the Don Vicente Martinez Adobe, built in 1849 by the son of Rancho owner, Don Ygnacio Martinez, of the Rancho el Pinole.
Martinez is the birthplace of “Joltin’ Joe DiMaggio,” famed New York Yankee baseball player of the 1930’s and 1940’s. Mr. DiMaggio’s Chris Craft boat is on display at the Martinez Marina park. The Martinez Museum has a small display of DiMaggio items, including his 1915 birth certificate.
Today, Martinez is a city with a strong sense of its history and a keen appreciation for the families that are its future. More than a dozen parks and plenty of open space are located within its twelve square mile area. The waterfront now features a fine marina and related activities, such as, fishing, hiking trails, world class bocce ball courts and tournament-style baseball and softball fields. Youth programs and historical museums thrive here, along with the businesses that make this city a hub of activity.[raw]