Peaceful city with affordable homes and convenient transport.
Antioch is a peaceful city located on the San Joaquin River in Contra Costa County. With some of the Bay Area’s most affordable homes and convenient transportation links to Oakland and San Francisco, Antioch is a popular home base for young families and commuters. The city boasts one of the Bay Area’s newest BART stations. The BART to San Francisco takes 70 minutes, while downtown Oakland is about a 45-minute drive away. This quiet community offers lots of outdoor recreation with scenic waterfront areas, golf courses, and hillside hiking trails.
Antioch offers a diverse real estate mix. Housing options include single-family homes in suburban subdivisions built mostly in the 1990s and 2000s. There are also older neighborhoods made up of mid-century homes and even a few colorful Victorian properties.
Antioch is a relaxed community with a welcoming vibe. Neighbors frequently greet each other on the street while out walking their dogs. Antioch has grown in popularity among commuters since its BART station opened in 2018. A big part of Antioch’s appeal is its affordability — the mortgage payments here are typically cheaper than renting in Oakland or San Francisco. The city’s growing population has led to increasing commercial development, and new business continues to appear in the downtown area and numerous strip malls.
Downtown Antioch features several older landmark businesses alongside numerous newer additions. The 1928 El Campanil Theater has a beautiful Spanish colonial exterior and a striking interior, with ornate paintings and Moorish chandeliers. Originally used for movie screenings and vaudeville shows, today El Campanil hosts an eclectic lineup of live music, ballet, symphony, and comedy performances plus classic and foreign film screenings.
Hazel’s Drive In is another longtime Antioch favorite that has been serving tasty hamburgers since 1947. Other popular downtown dining options include Mexican cuisine at Guadalajara Taqueria, mouthwatering wraps at Issarap, and gourmet sandwiches, soups, and salads at Rick’s On Second. Located in a scenic spot overlooking the maria on the San Joaquin riverfront, Smith’s Landing Seafood Grill serves fresh wild seafood and a range of creative appetizers, pasta dishes, and steaks.
Antioch also offers a variety of strip malls and big-box retailers such as Costco. Somersville Towne Center features dozens of retailers and restaurants, including discount superstore Fallas, warehouse-style grocery store Smart & Final, bath and beauty brand Bath & Body Works, and sneaker specialists Foot Locker.
With 310 berths, Antioch Marina is one of the best starting points for explorations of the California Delta. The merging Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers provide a network of waterways totaling more than 1000 miles across the Delta’s length. Antioch’s waterfront recreation options also include the 470-acre Dow Wetlands Wildlife Habitat Preserve. Miles of trails run through the unspoiled scenery of the preserve. More than 120 species of birds and mammals can be spotted here.
Antioch Speedway is another popular attraction which offers exciting races featuring a wide variety of modified sports cars and stock cars. The adjacent Contra Costa County Fairgrounds hosts the Contra Costa County Fair in May. Antioch’s Independence Day Celebration commemorates the Fourth of July with a huge parade and fireworks display. There are also live performances and food trucks on Saturday nights throughout the summer at the riverfront Waldie Plaza for the Antioch Concerts by the River series. Since the fair began in 1940, it has attracted huge crowds with its livestock exhibits, carnival rides, and live entertainment.
Lone Tree Golf Course offers 18 holes of golfing with spectacular vistas taking in Mount Diablo and the surrounding countryside. The course was revamped in 2019 with all putting surfaces converted to Champion Bermuda grass.
Antioch is served by the Antioch Unified school district.
Her passion for real estate first began when she witnessed her parent’s first purchase of their home. Present throughout the entire purchasing process, she watched closely and eventually realized that working in real estate was exactly what she was meant to do.