Pleasant Hill is a San Francisco Bay Area community on the East Bay in Contra Costa County, with a population of about 35,000. Pleasant Hill lays along the western side of Hwy 680, north of Walnut Creek, west of Concord, and just south of the John Muir Parkway (CA-4), and is 27 miles from San Francisco and 19 miles from Oakland.
Incorporating in 1961, Pleasant Hill grew out of farmland into a bedroom community during WWII, with civic leaders envisioning a new downtown that would someday be the focal point, providing it’s residents with a gathering place and strengthening the “sense of place” for the citizens. In 1974 the Pleasant Hill Commons Redevelopment Plan was adopted, providing a framework for the restoration and replacement of deteriorated structures. This dream took nearly 25 years to be fulfilled with its new downtown as it is today. The San Francisco Chronicle’s article in July, 2020 highlighted the new buildings with their historic façades and walkability.
This great downtown gathering place has become a popular place for all generations to stroll along Crescent Drive window shopping its many storefronts, and walking tree-lined paths to City Hall and a public square where kids can splash in the warm summer days in the two fountains.
Today Pleasant Hill is a modern and dynamic city blessed with a strong sense of community and small town charm, and yet boasts a vibrant downtown area that attracts thousands of visitors on a regular basis.
You can find more information on Pleasant Hills’ downtown and the annual events offered at the Pleasant Hill Downtown association website.