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Get to know Antioch

One of the state’s oldest and most significant communities you haven’t heard of, Antioch was settled in the years prior to California’s Gold Rush and contributed greatly to its economic development, with a long deep-water pier that opened trade for the San Joaquin Valley on ocean-going vessels. The discovery of coal in 1859 birthed several mining villages that later joined the town. You can still visit the Black Diamond Mines today, now a rugged 6,000-acre regional park that surrounds the shuttered shafts with nature trails and rusted out relics sure to incite your inner Stephen Ambrose. Antioch has seen much growth over the past 30 years, primarily as a bedroom community as real estate prices drive buyers further out from the Bay Area. Retail growth along the east side has augmented the shopping and dining opportunities, and the proximity of the rivers ensures endless water-related recreation.

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Living in the California Delta

Set where the confluence of the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers meets Suisun Bay, the Delta forms a natural gateway between the bustle of the Bay Area and the bountiful Central Valley. Golden, windswept hills give a watercolor backdrop to the region, home to half a million residents across Contra Costa, Solano and their adjacent counties. The towns here range from suburban to rural-adjacent, with convenient access to major interstates putting the entire state at your fingertips. Water is central to life in the delta and the boating is unbeatable, some of the best anywhere in the country. It’s not uncommon to catch the curious sight ocean-bound ships gliding through the farm fields towards Stockton, the state’s third-largest port. Many area residents enjoy docks right in their backyards, making it easy to cast off for an afternoon of watersports or lunch at a nearby seafood shack.