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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 1607 Geary Rd, WALNUT CREEK, CA 94597 (MLS # 40810891)
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    3 beds,  4 baths
    2,697 sqft  
    MLS 40810891
  2. 3 beds,  2 baths
    1,351 sqft   lot 6,359 sqft
    MLS 40810889
  3. Photo of 4437 Fall Ln, OAKLEY, CA 94561 (MLS # 40810888)
    6
    4 beds,  3 baths
    1,852 sqft   lot 3,920 sqft
    MLS 40810888
  4. Photo of 2120 Carrol Road, WALNUT CREEK, CA 94596-5715 (MLS # 40810887)
    34
    3 beds,  2 baths
    1,525 sqft   lot 19,166 sqft
    MLS 40810887
  5. Photo of 190 Blackstone Dr, DANVILLE, CA 94506 (MLS # 40810881)
    30
    5 beds,  3 baths
    2,621 sqft   lot 4,791 sqft
    MLS 40810881
  6. Photo of 1127 Morello Ave, MARTINEZ, CA 94553 (MLS # 40810875)
    18
    3 beds,  2 baths
    1,286 sqft   lot 8,276 sqft
    MLS 40810875
  7. Pre-Foreclosure
    or Short Sale
    2 beds,  2 baths
    1,121 sqft   lot 1,306 sqft
    MLS 52137988
  8. 2 beds,  2 baths
    1,022 sqft  
    MLS 40810872
  9. Photo of 191 Norris Canyon Terrace, SAN RAMON, CA 94583 (MLS # 40810871)
    18
    2 beds,  2 baths
    1,022 sqft  
    MLS 40810871
  10. 2 beds,  1 bath
    1,060 sqft   lot 3,484 sqft
    MLS 40810870
  11. Photo of 482 Edgefield Pl, BRENTWOOD, CA 94513 (MLS # 40810868)
    26
    6 beds,  4 baths
    3,287 sqft   lot 8,712 sqft
    MLS 40810868
  12. Photo of 380 S Overlook Dr, SAN RAMON, CA 94582 (MLS # 40810866)
    18
    2 beds,  3 baths
    1,314 sqft  
    MLS 40810866
  13. Photo of 69 Bayview Avenue, BAY POINT, CA 94565 (MLS # 40810865)
    36
    3 beds,  3 baths
    2,020 sqft   lot 6,969 sqft
    MLS 40810865
  14. Photo of 880 Madigan Ave, CONCORD, CA 94518 (MLS # 40810862)
    23
    3 beds,  2 baths
    1,148 sqft   lot 6,621 sqft
    MLS 40810862
  15. 2 beds,  3 baths
    2,032 sqft   lot 6,534 sqft
    MLS 40810861
  16. Photo of 1014 Pleasant Valley Dr, PLEASANT HILL, CA 94523 (MLS # 40810860)
    3
    3 beds,  2 baths
    1,749 sqft   lot 7,405 sqft
    MLS 40810860
  17. Photo of 1471 Bismarck Ln, BRENTWOOD, CA 94513 (MLS # 40810859)
    40
    2 beds,  3 baths
    2,032 sqft   lot 6,534 sqft
    MLS 40810859
  18. Photo of 2907  Flannery rd, SAN PABLO, CA 94806 (MLS # 40810854)
    25
    3 beds,  2 baths
    1,187 sqft   lot 6,969 sqft
    MLS 40810854
  19. Photo of 92 Galleon Way, PITTSBURG, CA 94565 (MLS # 40810853)
    3
    3 beds,  1 bath
    1,000 sqft   lot 5,662 sqft
    MLS 40810853
  20. Photo of 1654 Billeci Ave, PITTSBURG, CA 94565 (MLS # 40810852)
    13
    3 beds,  2 baths
    1,217 sqft   lot 5,227 sqft
    MLS 40810852
  21. Photo of 2 Brooktrail Ct, PITTSBURG, CA 94565 (MLS # 40810843)
    28
    4 beds,  3 baths
    2,506 sqft   lot 5,662 sqft
    MLS 40810843
  22. Photo of 1087 Kenwal Road, CONCORD, CA 94521 (MLS # 40810840)
    31
    3 beds,  3 baths
    1,856 sqft   lot 10,454 sqft
    MLS 40810840
  23. Photo of 3749 Carol St, PINOLE, CA 94564 (MLS # 40810839)
    40
    3 beds,  2 baths
    1,622 sqft   lot 5.90 ac
    MLS 40810839
  24. Photo of 4113 Beacon Pl, DISCOVERY BAY, CA 94505 (MLS # 40810838)
    38
    3 beds,  2 baths
    2,051 sqft   lot 7,405 sqft
    MLS 40810838
  25. Photo of 209 Towers Dr, PACHECO, CA 94553 (MLS # 40810836)
    30
    3 beds,  2 baths
    1,360 sqft   lot 6,969 sqft
    MLS 40810836
  26. Photo of 500 Suntree Ln, PLEASANT HILL, CA 94523 (MLS # 40810834)
    12
    2 beds,  2 baths
    1,224 sqft  
    MLS 40810834
  27. Photo of 450 N Civic, WALNUT CREEK, CA 94596 (MLS # 40810833)
    32
    1 bed,  1 bath
    704 sqft  
    MLS 40810833
  28. Photo of 3301 Tice Creek Dr, WALNUT CREEK, CA 94595 (MLS # 40810826)
    28
    2 beds,  1 bath
    1,054 sqft  
    MLS 40810826
  29. Photo of PLEASANT HILL, CA 94523 (MLS # 40810820)
    40
    4 beds,  3 baths
    2,193 sqft   lot 8,712 sqft
    MLS 40810820
  30. Photo of 1028 Carol Ln, LAFAYETTE, CA 94549 (MLS # 40810819)
    8
    3 beds,  1 bath
    1,187 sqft   lot 12,196 sqft
    MLS 40810819
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