Blackhawk California occupies an area of over 9 square miles, situated in an unincorporated area of Contra Costa County in the San Francisco East Bay.
Situated to the east of Danville along Camino Tassajara, this upscale San Ramon Valley community comprises approximately 11,000 people, and it has attracted business executives, entrepreneurs, professional athletes and media personalities as residents as well as a wide range of business professionals.
To most people, the name is synonymous with Blackhawk Country Club. In reality though, Blackhawk Country Club is just one of seven gated communities scattered along Blackhawk Road, all connected by a 3-mile long jogging trail.
Driving along either of the two main thoroughfares in Blackhawk Country Club, Blackhawk Drive and Blackhawk Club Drive will take you past a vast range of different architectural styles. There is a real feeling of quality here. You will see an English Tudor sitting alongside a Cape Cod home or a Greek Revival style. It sounds unusual but somehow it all works.
And Blackhawk California is about a lot more than just an upscale place to live as you will discover when you explore this website.
To put Blackhawk real estate prices into perspective, homes here typically cost a little less than Diablo but are higher priced than most other communities in the San Ramon Valley. Explore this website to take a look at some examples and see how far your money can go in any of these desirable Blackhawk neighborhoods.
The history of Blackhawk began in the late 1970s when Ken Behring, Florida real estate developer, formed the Blackhawk Development Corporation to break ground on what was previously Blackhawk Ranch. Approximately 2,400 homes were built and 2,000 acres were dedicated to Open Space as part of the Mount Diablo State Park.
Blackhawk’s reputation for high-end luxury homes is longstanding and well deserved. Although there are many homes here that were built speculatively and with well under 2,500 square feet of living space, even including some town homes, a glance along Blackhawk Drive reveals numerous architectural styles where an English Tudor sits happily alongside a French Provincial or a Greek Revival home. Many of these properties are over 5,000 square feet and built to the highest standards.
So that summarizes the history of Blackhawk so far as residential development is concerned but Blackhawk is about more than real estate. There are many social and recreational activities here, most of which center around the Prestigious Blackhawk Country Club with two championship golf courses, swimming pools, tennis courts and two club houses. Then, there is the Blackhawk Shopping Center (also known as “The Shops at Blackhawk”, which features numerous quality restaurants and stores together with the world famous Blackhawk Motor Museum.
To many people, the name Blackhawk is synonymous with the gated Blackhawk Country Club, yet in reality, there are six additional Blackhawk neighborhoods, all gated communities, along Blackhawk Road, plus Blackhawk Country Club. These Blackhawk neighborhoods are all are connected by a 3-mile long jogging trail.
Hidden Oak consists of 206 homes and in 1978 was the first of the Blackhawk neighborhoods to be completed. Here, all the streets are named after varieties of oak tree – White Oak Place, Hidden Oak Drive etc. Most of the homes are 4 or 5 bedrooms with an occasional 3 bedroom and lot sizes are generous. Many homes have over half an half an acre of land. Although most of the homes were completed in the late seventies and early eighties, many have been substantially updated and remodeled. Hidden Oak is generally considered to be one of the most desirable Blackhawk neighborhoods.
Oakridge is a small community of homes that are of modest size by typical Blackhawk standards. All Oakridge homes are detached but many are just two and three bedroom homes. Living space typically ranges from 2000 to 3000 square feet. The exceptions are a few large estates at the top of Oakridge Court.
Saddleback is perhaps the most impressive of all the Blackhawk neighborhoods. This community is home to some of the most lavish homes in the entire Blackhawk development with even the smallest homes having over 3,000 square feet of living space. Lot sizes are equally generous, being typically between one and two acres in size.
Silver Maple is contiguous with Blackhawk Country Club although it has its own gate. This is the first Blackhawk gate on the right as you drive along Blackhawk Road from the Camino Tassajara crossroads. No roads connect it to the rest of Blackhawk Country Club though. Silver Maple is designed around one of Blackhawk Country Club’s golf holes and homes here range from 1,800 to 4,000 square feet. In addition to detached homes, there are also a number of townhomes. Lot sizes in Silver Maple tend to be modest compared with other Blackhawk neighborhoods.
Silver Oak is unique to Blackhawk in that this is a neighborhood that consists 100% of 2-story townhome style condominiums. The location is particularly convenient, just a short distance from the Shops at Blackhawk.
Tennis Club is perhaps the most aptly named of all the Blackhawk neighborhoods, boasting six tennis courts at its entrance. There is just one road here, Tennis Club Drive, and homes are modest by Blackhawk standards with most having less than 2500 square feet of living space. Quite a few Tennis Club homes have only two bedrooms. Lot sizes are typically under 7,000 square feet.
Blackhawk Country Club itself is undoubtedly the jewel in the crown of Blackhawk and contains a number of individual neighborhoods. It often surprises people to find that there are many relatively modest homes here, including Kingswood, a townhome development close to the East gate, but a tour of the area taking in Blackhawk Drive and Country Club Drive can not fail to impress. Blackhawk Country Club contains some of the most impressive homes in the area.
First time visitors often comment that the home sizes are excessive in relation to the lot sizes and there is some validity there but there are also some large estates in Blackhawk Country Club that may not be so apparent to the casual observer.
Although Blackhawk is rightfully considered to be an exclusive neighborhood, a close examination of recent sales shows that Blackhawk home prices vary considerably. A lot depends on condition and general level of improvements of course. Blackhawk is a well-established community and there are many options available for the potential buyer from homes in original condition to some amazing remodels.
Yes, it is easy to spend over $5 million on a home in Blackhawk, but unless you are looking for something extraordinary, you really do not need that kind of a budget.
In 2020, the average price paid for a home in Blackhawk was a little over $1.8m but list prices started at $800,000. The highest Blackhawk home price realized in 2020 was $4,100,000.
Blackhawk home prices appear to offer far better value for money than similar properties in Alamo or west side Danville, yet the amenities here and overall quality of life are outstanding.
As might be expected, golf plays a big part in the lives of many Blackhawk residents. Blackhawk Country Club provides an exclusive private membership opportunity for the most discerning golfers. In the middle of Country Club West is the 6,904 yard (6,313 m) Lakeside golf course, designed by Bruce Devlin and Robert Von Hagge, a course that annually hosts the Longs Drugs Challenge, an event on the LPGA Tour. The newer 6,700 yard (6,126 m) Falls golf course, designed by Ted Robinson, winds through Country Club East.
Visit Blackhawk Country Club’s excellent website for more information about facilities and membership programs.
If the sporting life is not to your taste, how about shopping? Blackhawk is minutes from the upmarket Blackhawk Plaza, also known as The Shops At Blackhawk.
Blackhawk Plaza promotes itself as “The East Bay’s premier shopping and dining destination featuring an aquatic landscaped interior courtyard with terraced shopping and dining establishments”.
This really is a most attractive shopping center with an exceptionally upmarket feel to it. Here, you can find a mix of well known names as well as a number of individual local stores. There is also the impressive Draeger’s Market that provides an exceptionally wide range of food and produce.
Appreciated as much as, if not more so than, the shopping, are the various restaurants in Blackhawk Plaza. There is a wide selection of cuisines at all levels from burgers upward. And Blackhawk Country Club members have access to their own highly reputed restaurants of course.
Blackhawk Plaza also has an excellent website that is well worth a visit.
Finally, no description of Blackhawk would be complete without a mention of the world renowned Blackhawk Auto Museum where there is a frequently changing range of exhibits and which is also used to house a variety of corporate events and fund-raisers throughout the year. Here you can find almost 70,000 square feet of space devoted to the art of the automobile. Even a visit to their website is an experience in itself.
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