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Contra Costa County

Welcome to Contra Costa County

Contra Costa means “opposite coast” in Spanish, named for its prime location across the bay from San Francisco. The county is uniquely situated to give the best of all worlds, with the entire Bay Area a short drive or train ride away. Residents enjoy a wonderful combination of extensive waterfront, dramatic hills, and picturesque valleys. They can explore pathways and marinas along the water, enjoy vistas from the hills that rise dramatically above the water, and discover charming communities throughout the central and eastern hills and valleys. Locals love living in a county with incredible outdoor areas, sophisticated dining, cultural, and shopping options, and plentiful employment within the county or a short distance away.

Local highlights include a wide variety of options, and offer something for everyone, from hiking Wildcat Canyon in Berkeley to shopping at Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek, playing bocce ball in the Martinez Regional Park, attending a show at the Concord Pavilion or learning about local trains at the Golden State Model Railroad Museum in Richmond.

The economy is strong. Commuters can head to San Francisco or the South Bay, but Contra Costa offers several employment options, from heavy industry, including oil refineries, steel production, and port activities, to construction, healthcare, education, retail, and hospitality. Whether residents choose smaller, rural communities or thriving urban centers, they have access to regional shopping districts, restaurants, farmer’s markets, schools, medical care, parks, and other amenities.

The lay of the land

Contra Costa County shares a long border with Alameda to the south. It is surrounded by water on two sides, with a shoreline running along San Francisco and San Pablo Bays to the west, and the Carquinez Strait and the Sacramento River Delta to the north. The northern part of the Diablo Mountain range runs through the central section of the county. Contra Costa comprises three areas: the flat lands by the bay, including Richmond and Pittsburgh; the hills of Berkeley and Oakland along with such central towns as Walnut Creek, and Danville; and the inland valleys, including Oakley and Brentwood. Contra Costa is the fourth smallest county in the Bay Area (at 715 square miles), but it has the third highest population (1,111,339, according to the U.S. Census’ 2014 estimate), the majority of which are living in the flat lands along the water. Martinez is the county seat, and has a great deal of charm as well as potential for growth.

Getting around

The county is crisscrossed with highways (80, 4, 24, and 680) and has easy access to several bridges, including the Carquinez, Richmond-San Rafael, and Bay Bridges. The Caldecott Tunnel carves through the hills and connects the interior with the bay front towns. Public transportation in the form of BART and AC Transit is readily available, particularly for the areas along the Bay. County residents use their cars extensively, and the Caldecott Tunnel recently opened a new bore to help with traffic flow.

Local highlights

The award-winning Contra Costa School District educates 173,000 students in 19 school districts. There are a variety of Catholic, parochial, secular, and other independent schools in the county.

For higher education options, the county has Saint Mary’s College in Moraga, John F. Kennedy University in Pleasant Hill, and three community colleges—Contra Costa College in San Pablo, Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, and Los Medanos College in Pittsburg.

Although Contra Costa has no professional sporting teams, the Bay Area is home to several teams who count Contra Costa residents among their most ardent fans.
Forty-five spots are listed on the National Register of Historic Places in Contra Costa. A few highlights include: The Blackhawk Museum, the East Brother Island Light Station, the Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historic Site in Richmond, the Danville Southern Pacific Railroad Depot, and John Muir National Historic Site in Martinez.

The performing arts are celebrated in the county. Venues include smaller repertory theatres such as Playhouse West in Walnut Creek or the Eugene O’Neill National Historic Site in Danville, which is also a National Historic Site. Other popular options include the California Shakespeare Theater in the hills of Orinda (Cal Shakes to the locals), The Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek, and the Concord Pavilion, where large musical acts and sports events take place in the foothills of Mt. Diablo.

Options for family fun include Tilden Park, with its popular merry-go-round, the little farm, and the Redwood Valley Railway. Waterworld in Concord allows people a fun way to cool off.

You can walk your dog at Point Isabel Regional Shoreline in Richmond, one of the largest public dog parks in the country.

The great outdoors

The East Bay Regional Park District operates a vast network of parks and regional trails in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties.

For hilly adventures, Mount Diablo State Park is an excellent spot. It provides access to one of the highest peaks in the Bay Area, along with miles and miles of hiking trails. On a clear day, the views from Mount Diablo are breathtaking, with the entire San Francisco Bay Area stretching out before you.

Other hiking options include Sugarloaf Open Space in the Diablo Hills, myriad running and hiking options in Tilden Park in Berkeley, or Briones Park in Martinez, with 6,000 acres of hiking and camping options. The Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve offers something a little different. It is the site of a former coal mining spot, and you can tour the old mines or tackle the trails.

Waterfront options are plentiful. Explore Point Pinole Regional Shoreline, with walking trails among the forest and along the water. The Martinez Regional Shoreline is a great destination, with sports fields, walking paths and picnic areas overlooking Benicia and the Suisun Point Channel. Sherman Island is a popular spot for windsurfing in the waters of the Delta. Contra Loma Park in Antioch offers cycling and walking paths, a lagoon for swimming, a reservoir for fishing, and picnic areas.

Cities located in Contra Costa County

  •  Alamo
  •  Antioch
  •  Avon
  •  Bay Point
  •  Bethel Island
  •  Brentwood
  •  Byron
  • Canyon
  •  Clayton
  •  Concord
  •  Crockett
  •  Danville
  •  Diablo
  •  Discovery Bay
  •  El Cerrito
  •  El Sobrante
  •  Hercules
  •  Kensington
  •  Knightsen
  •  Lafayette
  •  Martinez
  •  Moraga
  •  Oakley
  •  Oleum
  •  Orinda
  •  Pacheco
  •  Pinole
  •  Pittsburg
  •  Pleasant Hill
  •  Point Richmond
  •  Port Chicago
  •  Port Costa
  •  Rheem Valley
  •  Richmond
  •  Rodeo
  •  San Pablo
  •  San Ramon
  •  Walnut Creek

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  1. Photo of 400 Suntree, Unit: 404, PLEASANT HILL, CA (MLS # 40782938)
    1 bed,  1 full bath
    884 sqft  
    MLS 40782938
  2. Photo of 619 29Th St, RICHMOND, CA (MLS # 40782935)
    Open House
    2 beds,  1 full bath
    873 sqft   lot 3,800 sqft
    Walk Score® 72
    MLS 40782935
  3. Open House
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,467 sqft   lot 11,000 sqft
    Walk Score® 39
    MLS 40782928
  4. Photo of 4396 Nelson Dr, RICHMOND, CA (MLS # 40782926)
    3 beds,  1 full bath
    1,126 sqft   lot 8,000 sqft
    Walk Score® 14
    MLS 40782926
  5. Photo of 60 Belvedere Avenue, Richmond, CA 94801 (MLS # 21710469)
    Open House
    4 beds,  2 full baths
    2,195 sqft   lot 5,702 sqft
    Walk Score® 64
    Listing provided by Jeanne Moe, Paragon Real Estate Group - Greenbrae
    MLS 21710469
  6. Photo of 1411 Camino Peral, MORAGA, CA (MLS # 40782921)
    Open House
    3 beds,  2 full, 1 half baths
    1,440 sqft   lot 2,320 sqft
    Walk Score® 40
    MLS 40782921
  7. Photo of 1137 Tennent Ave, PINOLE, CA (MLS # 40782918)
    Open House
    or Short Sale
    2 beds,  2 full baths
    954 sqft   lot 4,750 sqft
    Walk Score® 70
    MLS 40782918
  8. Photo of 1730 Ponderosa Dr, OAKLEY, CA (MLS # 40782917)
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,571 sqft   lot 6,848 sqft
    Walk Score® 14
    MLS 40782917
  9. Photo of 1974 Ascot Dr, MORAGA, CA (MLS # 40782915)
    2 beds,  1 full, 1 half baths
    1,234 sqft   lot 846 sqft
    Walk Score® 16
    MLS 40782915
  10. Photo of 848 Broadmoor Ct, LAFAYETTE, CA (MLS # 40782913)
    Open House
    2 beds,  2 full baths
    1,734 sqft   lot 13,125 sqft
    Walk Score® 24
    MLS 40782913
  11. Photo of 1264 Hallmark Way, BRENTWOOD, CA (MLS # 40782912)
    Open House
    4 beds,  3 full baths
    2,189 sqft   lot 6,000 sqft
    Walk Score® 9
    MLS 40782912
  12. Photo of 4063 Pier Pt, DISCOVERY BAY, CA (MLS # 40782909)
    Open House
    4 beds,  2 full baths
    2,065 sqft   lot 7,200 sqft
    Walk Score® 5
    MLS 40782909
  13. Photo of 3564 Dumbarton St, CONCORD, CA (MLS # 40782907)
    Open House
    5 beds,  3 full baths
    2,005 sqft   lot 6,600 sqft
    Walk Score® 18
    MLS 40782907
  14. Photo of 1916 Golden Rain Rd, Unit: 8, WALNUT CREEK, CA (MLS # 40782906)
    2 beds,  1 full, 1 half baths
    1,081 sqft  
    Walk Score® 16
    MLS 40782906
  15. 3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,550 sqft   lot 11,508 sqft
    Walk Score® 37
    MLS 40782904
  16. Photo of 324 3rd St, RICHMOND, CA (MLS # 40782902)
    2 beds,  2 full baths
    1,080 sqft   lot 3,000 sqft
    Walk Score® 68
    MLS 40782902
  17. Photo of 2755 Marsh Drive, SAN RAMON, CA (MLS # ML81653183)
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,423 sqft   lot 10,000 sqft
    Walk Score® 37
    MLS ML81653183
  18. Photo of 1364 Running Springs Rd, Unit: 5, WALNUT CREEK, CA (MLS # 40782894)
    2 beds,  1 full bath
    1,054 sqft  
    Walk Score® 15
    MLS 40782894
  19. Photo of 2931 N Francisco Way, ANTIOCH, CA (MLS # 40782891)
    Open House
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,229 sqft   lot 6,300 sqft
    Walk Score® 46
    MLS 40782891
  20. Photo of 5503 Morengo Ct, CONCORD, CA (MLS # 40782885)
    Open House
    4 beds,  2 full, 1 half baths
    2,331 sqft   lot 8,075 sqft
    Walk Score® 9
    MLS 40782885
  21. Photo of 160 Diablo Ct, PLEASANT HILL, CA (MLS # 40782883)
    Open House
    4 beds,  2 full baths
    1,524 sqft   lot 7,280 sqft
    Walk Score® 71
    MLS 40782883
  22. Photo of 5121 Marita Dr, ANTIOCH, CA (MLS # 40782879)
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,720 sqft   lot 6,045 sqft
    Walk Score® 52
    MLS 40782879
  23. Photo of 1027 Sanderling Dr, HERCULES, CA (MLS # 40782875)
    Open House
    3 beds,  2 full, 1 half baths
    1,773 sqft   lot 2,355 sqft
    Walk Score® 31
    MLS 40782875
  24. Photo of 320 Goldfield Place, SAN RAMON, CA (MLS # 40782868)
    3 beds,  2 full, 1 half baths
    1,983 sqft   lot 2,686 sqft
    Walk Score® 33
    MLS 40782868
  25. Photo of 330 Goldfield Place, SAN RAMON, CA (MLS # 40782862)
    4 beds,  3 full, 1 half baths
    2,384 sqft   lot 2,794 sqft
    Walk Score® 33
    MLS 40782862
  26. Photo of 1104 Via Ensenada Ct, CONCORD, CA (MLS # 40782861)
    Open House
    4 beds,  3 full baths
    2,770 sqft   lot 10,620 sqft
    Walk Score® 11
    MLS 40782861
  27. Photo of 3304 Michelangelo Ct, ANTIOCH, CA (MLS # 40782859)
    Open House
    3 beds,  2 full, 1 half baths
    2,291 sqft   lot 4,457 sqft
    Walk Score® 44
    MLS 40782859
  28. Photo of 3058 stephen, EL SOBRANTE, CA (MLS # 40782858)
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    2,008 sqft   lot 6,500 sqft
    Walk Score® 36
    MLS 40782858
  29. Photo of 324 Goldfield Place, SAN RAMON, CA (MLS # 40782856)
    4 beds,  3 full baths
    2,530 sqft   lot 3,897 sqft
    Walk Score® 33
    MLS 40782856
  30. Photo of 109 Schooner Cove, Hercules, CA 94547 (MLS # 458541)
    Open House
    4 beds,  3.00 baths
    2,274 sqft   lot 4,927 sqft
    Walk Score® 38
    Listing provided by George Hansen, MidPac Real Estate
    MLS 458541
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