Welcome to Brentwood
Affluent and charming, this agricultural town is brimming with nostalgic warmth and historic charisma
Brentwood personifies much of what it means to carry a small-town feel, even as it continues to grow into a notable Contra County hub. Driving through its lush green pastures and gently sloping hills proves both relaxing and inspiring. Thanks to the town’s small but mighty Downtown and solid commercial districts, a trip through the countryside can culminate in a visit to your favorite brand name shops and local restaurants.
The city was incorporated in 1878 and quickly built up a reputation for its agricultural prowess. Modern Brentwood is still known for its produce production, specifically its harvests of cherries, corn, and peaches. While the town’s growth has meant a reduction in some of the larger farms, its increasing residential developments haven’t entirely mitigated its rustic charms.
The properties of Brentwood are impressive, to say the least. Its growth in population means that the city is saturated in desirable new-builds, the majority of which are single-family homes whose architectural designs blend traditional and contemporary luxury with popular coastal styles such as Mediterranean and Spanish Colonial.
What to Love
- The peaceful agrarian atmosphere with a solid expanse of open space
- New, tranquil suburbs with the best in contemporary design
- Low population density and a friendly ambiance
Residents of Brentwood prefer to spend their time supporting the community, often choosing to hit up local delis and boutiques over national brands or restaurants. Despite this, the city is still rich in all types of commercial retail and melds convenience seamlessly with its bucolic appeal.
Dining, Entertainment, & Shopping
The effervescent pulse of Brentwood lies within its adorable Downtown District
, framed by a lovely stone archway and graced with tree-lined streets. A must-see for visitors, Downtown Brentwood is steeped in nostalgia, harkening to simpler times with its independent boutiques and the glowing marquee of the retro Delta Cinelux Theater
Dining in Brentwood is a treat, especially when hitting up local pillars like the Brentwood Craft Beer and Cider House
. The innovative brews and flavorful ciders complement the restaurant’s menu of gourmet pub fare and the rotation of live music. Brentwood Fine Meats
, meanwhile, is the town’s staple butcher shop and deli and carries the finest selection of meats and ingredients for at-home chefs to prepare the perfect meal.
Things to Do
Keeping in tune with the town’s quaint, agricultural ambiance, the selection of activities in Brentwood typically revolves around community fun or exploring the beautiful surrounding nature. Each year, the Hannah Nicole’s Concert Series
— taking place at the beloved vineyard of the same name — runs a summertime setting of convivial live music performances, pairing engaging tribute bands with the vineyard's phenomenal house wines.
Rural entertainment is abundant in Brentwood, and each year during the cherry season, residents are invited to experience the delight of picking their own cherries at a number of different farms
throughout the town. Smith Family Farm
stands out for its exceptional produce market and hosts some of the year’s best celebrations, such as the Pumpkin Harvest
Other seasonal events include the Corn Festival
, held on Oak and Second Streets. Family-oriented live entertainment, fireworks, and of course, a wide selection of food vendors, are all on the table at this much-anticipated source of summertime joy.
Brentwood is home to a number of excellent schools, as well as Los Medanos College. Other top educational opportunities include those within the Brentwood Union School District, such as:
- Ron Nunn Elementary School, K-5, highly rated public elementary school
- J. Douglas Adams Middle School, 6-8, highly rated public middle school
- Heritage High School, 9-12, highly rated public high school