Welcome to Pleasant Hill
A small town with a vibrant social life
True to its name, Pleasant Hill is a charming town that makes its residents feel at home. It is a tight-knit, peaceful, and quiet city known as the Bay Area’s backyard. Its warm summer days, mild winters, friendly community, laid-back vibe, and proximity to big, bustling cities are some of its most appealing features.
The city's architectural style is also impressive, with the Pleasant Hill City Hall winning numerous architectural design awards. There are several neighborhoods in Pleasant Hill, such as the Poet’s Corner, and each has a different vibe so that you can find the best community for your next home. Day trips and weekend excursions to nearby destinations are easily accessible, with Napa Valley and San Francisco only a quick ride away via BART.
What to Love
- Live music and beers at Pub In The Park
- Located 40 minutes east of San Francisco
- Barbeque parties at Rodgers-Smith Park
- Plenty of dining and shopping options
- Easy access to Interstate 680 and State Route 24
Pleasant Hill exudes a relaxed and welcoming vibe thanks to its friendly neighbors and sunny weather. The majority of housing options in this suburban city are spacious single-family homes and newer renovated properties. Pleasant Hill boasts abundant green spaces, meaning residents don’t have to leave the neighborhood to enjoy nature. However, because Pleasant Hill remains close to the action of a big city and has easy access to other East Bay communities, it provides the ideal blend of suburban and urban living.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Downtown Pleasant Hill is an active area offering the best outdoor shopping experiences. There is something for everyone here, from high-end restaurants and major retail outlets to Cinemark’s 16-screen movie theater. Not far from the Cinemark is Morgan Territory Brewing, an award-winning brewery with a calendar full of fun events at their tap house.
Walnut Creek, located just four miles from Pleasant Hill, also has many upscale restaurants, such as Galpao Gaucho Brazilian Steakhouse. They have a menu inspired by Brazilian cuisine with 17 various grilled types of meat. They also have a gourmet salad bar with over 40 items. Brasas De Brasil Churrascaria is another Brazilian steakhouse with a cozy atmosphere and a hot station with a variety of soups, potatoes, and other sides. Peruse the food trucks set up alongside the beloved Civic Park, and afterward, take a scenic stroll along its well-maintained pathways. Jack's Restaurant and Bar serves American cuisine, such as classic burgers, cobb salads, and New York steak, in a comfortable and welcoming atmosphere. WiseGirl and Back Forty Texas BBQ are also honorable mentions when talking restaurants in Pleasant Hill.
Things to Do
Pleasant Hill's festivals and events, such as the Christmas tree lighting, the UTV parade, the Art, Wine, and Music Festival, and the Blues and Brews Festival, are excellent ways to get to know the city and community better. Another enjoyable event is the Fourth of July Commission, which includes a parade, games, and other fun entertainment.
Stop into the brand-new Pleasant Hill Library, which offers a children's area, a pavilion, a maker space for tech innovators, and a retreat room for studying.
Pleasant Hill has many green spaces, including Las Juntas Open Space, Rodgers Ranch Heritage Center, Pinewood Park, Chilpancingo Park, and Shadowood Park. Dinosaur Hill Park, Pleasant Hill Park, Brookwood Park, Shannon Hills Park, and Sherman Acres Park offer picnic sites, playgrounds, pools, barbecue areas, community gardens, and hiking trails. For sports enthusiasts, Pleasant Oaks Park and Rodgers-Smith Park have various sports facilities such as volleyball courts, soccer fields, basketball courts, ball diamonds, and bocce courts. If you are looking for a dog-friendly park, Paso Nogal Park provides a fenced dog run.
Pleasant Hill residents have access to excellent educational opportunities. Among the best-performing schools are: