Bucolic small city featuring a stylish shopping center.
Brentwood is a bucolic small city in Contra Costa County known throughout the Bay Area for its bountiful agricultural production. The Contra Costa County Agricultural Core surrounds Brentwood on three sides and features around 11,000 acres of farmland. Brentwood has experienced a lot of growth since the 1990s thanks to the development of new suburban subdivisions. This growth has also led to new commercial developments such as The Streets of Brentwood, a stylish open-air shopping center which opened in 2008. Highway 4 runs through Brentwood, connecting the city with nearby Contra Costa County cities Oakland and San Francisco.
Brentwood’s real estate mix mostly consists of spacious, contemporary single-family homes in comfortable master-planned communities. Some of the most popular upscale developments in Brentwood include Trilogy at the Vineyards and homes overlooking the golf course at Shadow Lakes. Brentwood’s hilly topography provides many properties with stunning views of Mount Diablo and the surrounding rolling landscape.
Brentwood has been one of the Bay Area’s fastest-growing communities in recent years. The population has grown from around 20,000 people in 2000 to around 62,000 today. While new developments have replaced a lot of Brentwood’s original farms and orchards, the city retains a laid-back country vibe.
The Streets of Brentwood is a stylish commercial hub featuring 50 stores and restaurants alongside a 14-screen AMC movie theater. Retailers here include Bath & Body Works, Chico’s, DSW Shoes, Express, Hollister, Sprouts, Torrid, Victoria’s Secret, and Zumiez. There are also uniquely Californian brands, including the trendy Plush Boutique and SoCal skating and surfing store Tilly’s.
The Streets of Brentwood also offers a fine variety of dining choices. Attraversiamo brings together Californian and Italian culinary traditions for its farm-to-table menu of dishes. All ingredients are sourced from within 100 miles of the restaurant. Vine + Grain pairs small plates with 12 rotating craft beer taps and more than 50 wines. This sophisticated spot features an outdoor patio with fire pits and live music every Wednesday evening. Other dining options at The Streets of Brentwood include pub grub and house brews at BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse, mouthwatering steaks and seafood at Black Angus Steakhouse, inventive Vietnamese dishes at CreAsian Wok N Roll, and gourmet burgers at Red Robin.
Just across the street from The Streets of Brentwood, Sand Creek Crossing Shopping Center features big-box retailers such as HomeGoods, Party City, Ross Dress For Less, and TJ Maxx. Brentwood also offers a vibrant downtown area with plenty more shops, bars, and restaurants.
The Mannheim Social Club has 64 global beers on tap and more than 300 bottles plus live entertainment including a weekly Jazz and Comedy Club. Cap’s Oak Street Bar & Grill serves steaks and seafood alongside other American and Mediterranean dishes in a sophisticated old-fashioned setting. Sweeney’s Grill and Bar is a legendary Brentwood eatery that first opened its doors in 1876. The menu at Sweeney’s includes classic Italian dishes plus steaks and seafood. There’s also authentic Japanese cuisine at Enishi Kitchen, flavorful Mexican dishes at Jalisco’s Restaurant, and an eclectic land and sea menu at Zephyr Grill & Bar.
The pastoral landscape surrounding Brentwood features many farms and vineyards. Some of the most popular destinations for wine lovers include Hannah-Nicole Vineyards, McCauley Estate Vineyards, Petersen Vineyards, and Tamayo Family Vineyards. You can also sample local vintages at the downtown Co.Co. County Wine Company. Harvest Time in Brentwood invites visitors to pick their own fresh produce at many participating local farms.
There’s also lots of greenspace within the city, including parks, which span a total of more than 250 acres. City Park offers pretty greenery and a seasonal water play area in the heart of Downtown Brentwood. City Park also hosts events including the Starry Night in Brentwood summer concert series and June’s Art, Wine and Jazz Fest.
Brentwood is served by the Brentwood Union Elementary and Liberty Union High school districts.
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.