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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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    3 beds,  2 baths
    1,359 sqft   lot 5,227 sqft
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  2. Photo of 1632 Oakland Blvd, WALNUT CREEK, CA 94596 (MLS # 40798127)
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    2 beds,  3 baths
    1,398 sqft   lot 1,742 sqft
    MLS 40798127
  3. 3 beds,  3 baths
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    MLS 40798124
  4. Photo of 961 Country Ln, WALNUT CREEK, CA 94596 (MLS # 40798123)
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    4 beds,  2 baths
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    MLS 40798123
  5. Photo of 2101 Pine Knoll Dr, WALNUT CREEK, CA 94595 (MLS # 40798119)
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    2 beds,  1 bath
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  6. Photo of 191 Hazel Dr, PLEASANT HILL, CA 94523 (MLS # 40798118)
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    4 beds,  3 baths
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    MLS 40798118
  7. Photo of 5654 Alhambra Hills Ct., MARTINEZ, CA 94553-5848 (MLS # 40798117)
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    4 beds,  2 baths
    1,636 sqft   lot 33,105 sqft
    MLS 40798117
  8. Photo of 1256 Brooktrail Dr, PITTSBURG, CA 94565 (MLS # 40798116)
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    4 beds,  4 baths
    3,168 sqft   lot 6,098 sqft
    MLS 40798116
  9. Photo of 4144 Canyon, LAFAYETTE, CA 94549 (MLS # 40798115)
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    4 beds,  4 baths
    2,970 sqft   lot 3.98 ac
    MLS 40798115
  10. Photo of 766 8Th St, RICHMOND, CA 94801 (MLS # 40798113)
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    2 beds,  1 bath
    948 sqft   lot 3,920 sqft
    MLS 40798113
  11. 3 beds,  2 baths
    2,175 sqft   lot 10,454 sqft
    MLS 40798112
  12. 4 beds,  3 baths
    2,585 sqft   lot 8,058 sqft
    MLS 52125056
  13. 5 beds,  3 baths
    2,828 sqft   lot 8,973 sqft
    MLS 52125049
  14. Photo of 1177 Summer Way, PITTSBURG, CA 94565-1767 (MLS # 40798110)
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    3 beds,  2 baths
    1,435 sqft   lot 7,100 sqft
    MLS 40798110
  15. Photo of 664 Bartlett Ct, BRENTWOOD, CA 94513 (MLS # 40798109)
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    4 beds,  3 baths
    2,746 sqft   lot 6,534 sqft
    MLS 40798109
  16. Photo of 1549 Oakmont Dr, WALNUT CREEK, CA 94595 (MLS # 40798107)
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    2 beds,  1 bath
    1,054 sqft  
    MLS 40798107
  17. Photo of 1103 Dennis Court, RODEO, CA 94572 (MLS # 40798106)
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    4 beds,  3 baths
    2,043 sqft   lot 6,969 sqft
    MLS 40798106
  18. Photo of 1213 Limeridge Dr, CONCORD, CA 94518 (MLS # 40798105)
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    4 beds,  3 baths
    2,391 sqft   lot 14,374 sqft
    MLS 40798105
  19. Photo of 1416 La Vista Ave, CONCORD, CA 94521-2530 (MLS # 40798104)
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    3 beds,  2 baths
    1,428 sqft   lot 12,196 sqft
    MLS 40798104
  20. Photo of 5521 Likins Ave., MARTINEZ, CA 94553-5727 (MLS # 40798102)
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    3 beds,  2 baths
    1,484 sqft   lot 7,405 sqft
    MLS 40798102
  21. Photo of 100 Suntree Ln #107, PLEASANT HILL, CA 94523 (MLS # 40798096)
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    2 beds,  1 bath
    920 sqft  
    MLS 40798096
  22. Photo of 1155 REDFERN COURT, CONCORD, CA 94521 (MLS # 40798094)
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    6 beds,  7 baths
    6,868 sqft   lot 30,056 sqft
    MLS 40798094
  23. Photo of 1431 Huston Rd, WALNUT CREEK, CA 94597 (MLS # 40798092)
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    3 beds,  3 baths
    1,899 sqft   lot 16,117 sqft
    MLS 40798092
  24. Photo of 5314 Crystyl Ranch Dr, CONCORD, CA 94521 (MLS # 40798089)
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    5 beds,  3 baths
    3,583 sqft   lot 10,018 sqft
    MLS 40798089
  25. Photo of 515 Sitka Court, WALNUT CREEK, CA 94598 (MLS # 40798087)
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    4 beds,  2 baths
    2,206 sqft   lot 12,196 sqft
    MLS 40798087
  26. Photo of 2528 Stanford Way, ANTIOCH, CA 94531 (MLS # 40798084)
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    5 beds,  3 baths
    2,828 sqft   lot 9,147 sqft
    MLS 40798084
  27. Photo of 2005 Edgeview Way, DISCOVERY BAY, CA 94505 (MLS # 40798082)
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    4 beds,  3 baths
    2,585 sqft   lot 8,276 sqft
    MLS 40798082
  28. Photo of 9 Oak Brook Pl, PLEASANT HILL, CA 94523-2051 (MLS # 40798081)
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    3 beds,  3 baths
    1,607 sqft   lot 2,613 sqft
    MLS 40798081
  29. Photo of 1847 Tyler St, SAN PABLO, CA 94806 (MLS # 40798079)
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    3 beds,  2 baths
    1,098 sqft   lot 3,484 sqft
    MLS 40798079
  30. Photo of 4706 Golden Bear Dr, ANTIOCH, CA 94531 (MLS # 40798077)
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    4 beds,  3 baths
    2,575 sqft   lot 7,405 sqft
    MLS 40798077
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