Charming agricultural community with modern shopping centers.
Brentwood is a peaceful, agricultural Contra Costa County community famous for its fields and orchards filled with cherries, corn, and peaches. Brentwood’s landscape is characterized by rolling pastoral hillsides with views of Mount Diablo throughout the community. State Route 4 runs through Brentwood and connects it to Oakland in approximately 50 minutes and San Francisco in around an hour.
Brentwood is a family-friendly city with many quiet neighborhoods composed of mostly single-family housing. It is one of the fastest-growing communities in the East Bay region and, consequently, much of its housing options are contemporary.
Brentwood offers residents an enticing blend of bucolic calm and modern convenience.
Dozens of farms and orchards are located within Brentwood, along with modern shopping centers and restaurants. Excellent local public schools and frequent family-friendly events also help foster a strong sense of community spirit.
The Streets of Brentwood is an open-air shopping center located at the intersection of Sand Creek Road and California State Route 4 and has more than 50 stores and restaurants. Dining highlights include Vine+Grain, a modern rustic-chic spot with an outdoor patio filled with cozy fire pits. Vine+Grain serves seasonal meals and has more than 50 wines, as well as 12 rotating craft beers on tap. Attraversiamo combines Californian and Italian flavors for its delicious farm-to-table dishes. Other businesses at The Streets include numerous clothing stores and an IMAX AMC movie theater. The adjacent Sand Creek Crossing shopping center features retailers such as T.J. Maxx, Home Goods, Party City, and a Raley’s supermarket. There are several other shopping centers clustered along Brentwood’s Lone Tree Way border with Arbor, such as the Slatten Ranch Shopping Center, which has a Target, Starbucks, and Barnes & Noble, Empire Shopping Center, Brentwood Junction, and Lone Tree Plaza. Brentwood’s main downtown area is centered on the streets surrounding the intersection between Oak Street and Brentwood Boulevard. The streets here include a great selection of clothing shops, antique stores, bars, restaurants, and cafés. Zephyr Grill & Bar is a standout, combining internationally-influenced meat and seafood dishes with an extensive wine menu.
Downtown Brentwood comes alive during the winter with festivities such as a Tree Lighting ceremony with holiday music and a visit from Santa Claus, a Holiday Parade featuring dozens of floats, and the Brentwood on Ice skating rink, which is open to the public from November until early January. Brentwood has more than 250 acres of developed parkland. Downtown’s City Park has a water play area that is open from April to October and hosts a variety of events during the summer. In June, Brentwood’s Art, Jazz & Wine Festival at City Park showcases talented local and regional musicians, artists, and handicraft makers. This weekend-long festival also features vendors offering local wines and regional microbrews. The Concerts in the Park series includes an eclectic line-up of musical acts and runs Friday evenings from mid-June to late-August. Veteran’s Park is one of Brentwood’s largest green spaces. Its amenities include a bocce court, sand volleyball court, playground, skate park, and water park. More than 40 farms in the Brentwood area are part of the Harvest Time initiative, which encourages consumers to visit these farms to pick up fresh, locally-grown produce.
Brentwood is served by the Brentwood Union Elementary and Liberty Union High school districts.
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