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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 2910 Calais Drive, SAN RAMON, CA (MLS # 40775246)
    Open House
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,297 sqft   lot 7,700 sqft
    Walk Score® 22
    MLS 40775246
  2. Photo of 39 Elmwood Dr, SAN RAMON, CA (MLS # 40775245)
    4 beds,  2 full, 1 half baths
    1,772 sqft   lot 3,790 sqft
    Walk Score® 50
    MLS 40775245
  3. Photo of 144 Gerbera Street, DANVILLE, CA (MLS # 40775236)
    Open House
    5 beds,  3 full baths
    2,893 sqft   lot 6,650 sqft
    Walk Score® 2
    MLS 40775236
  4. Photo of 5508 London Way, SAN RAMON, CA (MLS # 40775235)
    Open House
    4 beds,  3 full, 1 half baths
    3,410 sqft   lot 7,160 sqft
    Walk Score® 11
    MLS 40775235
  5. Photo of 2121 Vale Road, San Pablo, CA 94806 (MLS # 21706336)
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,601 sqft   lot 575 sqft
    Walk Score® 73
    Listing provided by Jackie Hu, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
    MLS 21706336
  6. Photo of 3135 Larchmont Ln, SAN PABLO, CA (MLS # 40775230)
    Open House
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,452 sqft   lot 6,300 sqft
    Walk Score® 46
    MLS 40775230
  7. Photo of 264 Augustine Dr, MARTINEZ, CA (MLS # 40775225)
    Open House
    4 beds,  2 full baths
    2,539 sqft   lot 9,600 sqft
    Walk Score® 21
    MLS 40775225
  8. Photo of 563 Banyan Cir, WALNUT CREEK, CA (MLS # 40775223)
    Open House
    5 beds,  3 full baths
    2,352 sqft   lot 8,500 sqft
    Walk Score® 59
    MLS 40775223
  9. 4 beds,  3 full baths
    3,400 sqft   lot 16,630 sqft
    Walk Score® 30
    MLS 40775222
  10. Photo of 168 Alta Vista Way, DANVILLE, CA (MLS # 40775213)
    5 beds,  3 full baths
    3,013 sqft   lot 12,450 sqft
    Walk Score® 19
    MLS 40775213
  11. Photo of 2065 Fostoria Cir., DANVILLE, CA (MLS # 40775209)
    Open House
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,233 sqft  
    Walk Score® 63
    MLS 40775209
  12. Photo of 504 Lakeview, BRENTWOOD, CA (MLS # 40775205)
    5 beds,  3 full baths
    2,650 sqft   lot 8,837 sqft
    Walk Score® 24
    MLS 40775205
  13. Photo of 222 Viewpoint Dr, DANVILLE, CA (MLS # 40775201)
    Open House
    5 beds,  3 full baths
    3,409 sqft   lot 11,670 sqft
    Walk Score® 12
    MLS 40775201
  14. Photo of 3342 Blackhawk Meadow, DANVILLE, CA (MLS # 40775199)
    Open House
    5 beds,  5 full, 1 half baths
    5,546 sqft   lot 15,960 sqft
    MLS 40775199
  15. Photo of 2429 Stokes Ave, PINOLE, CA (MLS # 40775197)
    Open House
    2 beds,  1 full, 1 half baths
    1,131 sqft   lot 6,552 sqft
    Walk Score® 17
    MLS 40775197
  16. Photo of 751 Liquidamber Place, DANVILLE, CA (MLS # 40775195)
    Open House
    4 beds,  3 full, 1 half baths
    3,478 sqft   lot 15,000 sqft
    Walk Score® 1
    MLS 40775195
  17. Photo of 120 Summer Ln, RICHMOND, CA (MLS # 40775194)
    Open House
    3 beds,  2 full, 1 half baths
    1,819 sqft   lot 1,500 sqft
    Walk Score® 69
    MLS 40775194
  18. Photo of 5808 Alhambra Avenue, MARTINEZ, CA (MLS # 40775193)
    Open House
    4 beds,  2 full baths
    2,623 sqft   lot 3.02 ac
    Walk Score® 6
    MLS 40775193
  19. Photo of 26 STOW CT, SAN RAMON, CA (MLS # 40775192)
    Open House
    4 beds,  4 full baths
    2,350 sqft   lot 11,500 sqft
    Walk Score® 18
    MLS 40775192
  20. Photo of 1233 Singingwood Court, Unit: #3, WALNUT CREEK, CA (MLS # 40775190)
    2 beds,  1 full bath
    1,054 sqft  
    Walk Score® 13
    MLS 40775190
  21. 6 beds,  4 full, 1 half baths
    4,049 sqft   lot 8,050 sqft
    Walk Score® 54
    MLS 40775182
  22. Photo of 1008 Radiant Ln, SAN RAMON, CA (MLS # 40775174)
    Open House
    3 beds,  2 full, 1 half baths
    1,378 sqft  
    Walk Score® 52
    MLS 40775174
  23. Photo of 1718 PALACIO DR, PITTSBURG, CA (MLS # 40775173)
    Open House
    4 beds,  2 full, 1 half baths
    2,402 sqft   lot 3,105 sqft
    Walk Score® 19
    MLS 40775173
  24. Photo of 1029 Bermuda dr., CONCORD, CA (MLS # 40775170)
    Open House
    4 beds,  2 full baths
    2,091 sqft   lot 7,000 sqft
    Walk Score® 42
    MLS 40775170
  25. Photo of 5050 Barrenstar Way, SAN RAMON, CA (MLS # 40775169)
    Open House
    4 beds,  3 full baths
    1,868 sqft   lot 3,099 sqft
    Walk Score® 8
    MLS 40775169
  26. Photo of 2256 Shoshone Cir, DANVILLE, CA (MLS # 40775164)
    Open House
    2 beds,  2 full baths
    1,450 sqft   lot 2,700 sqft
    Walk Score® 23
    MLS 40775164
  27. Photo of 5980 Monterey Ave, RICHMOND, CA (MLS # 40775162)
    Open House
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,607 sqft   lot 7,800 sqft
    Walk Score® 31
    MLS 40775162
  28. Photo of 41 Eagle Lake Ct, Unit: 21, SAN RAMON, CA (MLS # 40775158)
    Open House
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    2,018 sqft  
    Walk Score® 15
    MLS 40775158
  29. Photo of 3427 Baywood Cir, ANTIOCH, CA (MLS # 40775155)
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,046 sqft   lot 4,637 sqft
    Walk Score® 22
    MLS 40775155
  30. Photo of 718 El Paseo Cir, WALNUT CREEK, CA (MLS # 40775152)
    4 beds,  2 full, 2 half baths
    2,526 sqft  
    Walk Score® 40
    MLS 40775152
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