Pleasant Hill, once ranch land in the center of the Diablo Valley, combines small-town charm with a vibrant downtown. Pleasant Hill homes vary in size and style, with contemporary and traditional houses often exceeding 1,000 square feet.
Crescent Drive is home to more than a dozen eateries that serve up a range of cuisine. A farmers’ market in downtown Pleasant Hill operates Saturday mornings from May to November and offers cooking demonstrations, live music, and fresh-grown produce from more than 25 farmers.
A bustling community center is part of Pleasant Hill’s Recreation and Park District, as are the four parks and two pools. Las Juntas Open Space preserve includes a hiking and biking trail with vista views of Mount Diablo in the distance. Summertime festivals include the Blues & Brews Festival, wine tastings, American Iron Car Show, and the Sunset at the Lake Summer Concert Series. The Iron Horse Regional Trail, which follows the old Southern Pacific Railroad, provides biking, running, and hiking from Pleasanton to Concord.