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Get to know Brentwood

A city on the move in constant touch with its heritage, Brentwood is on a rapid growth track but still maintains a friendly hometown atmosphere. Situated just 55 miles east of San Francisco, its population held steady until fairly recently, and the boom has followed with more parks, schools and developments. Its agricultural roots are still very much present, and you’ll find many farms and orchards offering up fresh roadside produce, particularly corn, cherries and peaches. Summer “you-pick” season draws ample crowds looking to harvest their own vine-ripened fruit and veggies. Towering Mount Diablo adds an element of scenic wonder to the landscape, where hikers and bikers alike enjoy miles of trails and open spaces maintained by the East Bay Regional Park District. There’s plenty of shopping too, and the west side has become a burgeoning destination for it — The Shops at Brentwood abound with high-end shops and restaurants.

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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.