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32 Apartments for rent in Brentwood, CA

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428 Iron Club Drive
428 Iron Club Drive
Brentwood, CA | Brentwood Lake
4 Bedrooms
$3,600
3551 sqft
Last updated September 27 at 03:06 PM
428 Iron Club Drive Available 09/29/20 Beautiful House in Shadow Lakes! - One of the most desirable floor plans in Shadow Lake with 4 beds and 4 full baths throughout.
1 Unit Available
665 Indiana Ave
665 Indiana Avenue
Brentwood, CA
1 Bedroom
$1,695
400 sqft
Last updated September 27 at 03:06 PM
This cozy home is a five-minute walk to the start of downtown Brentwood. It has 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, and a storage room. Additionally, there is a shed in the backyard that can be used for extra storage.
1 Unit Available
574 Almanor St
574 Almanor Street
Brentwood, CA | Garin Ranch
3 Bedrooms
$2,750
1801 sqft
Last updated September 27 at 03:06 PM
574 Almanor St Available 10/01/20 Coming Soon! Beautiful 3 bedrooms + loft, 2.5 baths! - Won't last! Garin Ranch Beauty! 3 bedroom + loft, 2.5 baths! Tile and hardwood flooring.
1 Unit Available
421 Bayonett Ct
421 Boyonette Court
Brentwood, CA | Deer Ridge Country Club
4 Bedrooms
$3,200
3127 sqft
Last updated September 27 at 03:06 PM
Spacious home in Deer Ridge - Beautiful 4 bedroom 4 bath home in a court location. Open kitchen with upgraded cabinets and granite counters. Crown mounding throughout. Downstairs has tile and hardwood floors. Bedroom and full bath downstairs.
1 Unit Available
1582 Braeburn Way
1582 Braeburn Way
Brentwood, CA
2 Bedrooms
$2,500
1121 sqft
Last updated September 27 at 03:06 PM
55+ Summerset 1 Home! - Summerset is an active 55+ year old community offering a variety of shared amenities including secure gate access with sentry, 18 hole golf course, pool, clubhouse, tennis courts and more! One occupant must be over the age of
1 Unit Available
337 Foothill Drive
337 Foothill Drive
Brentwood, CA | Deer Ridge Country Club
5 Bedrooms
$3,300
3606 sqft
Last updated September 27 at 03:05 PM
COMING SOON Stunning Home in Deer Ridge! - This home features 5 bedrooms and 4 full bathrooms plus a large loft area upstairs. There is a full bedroom and bathroom located downstairs.
1 Unit Available
84 Baird Circle
84 Baird Cir
Brentwood, CA
4 Bedrooms
$2,900
2050 sqft
Last updated April 4 at 11:14 AM
Close to Everything! - You will love this beautiful 4 bedroom and 3.5 bath home centrally located in the heart of Brentwood. With a large two-car garage and back yard. Walk up to the porch facing a quiet street .
1 Unit Available
1413 Charisma Way
1413 Charisma Way
Brentwood, CA | Rose Garden
4 Bedrooms
$2,800
2801 sqft
Last updated February 1 at 05:36 PM
Application fee $100 per couple's or $50.00 for any applicant over 18 years of age. • 1 month pay check • 2 months of bank statement 2 Years Rental History 2 Years Work History • ID • Monthly Rent $2,800 per month. Plus, utility's, and Gardener.
1 Unit Available
4696 Nunn Court
4696 Nunn Street
Brentwood, CA | California Glory
5 Bedrooms
$3,000
2693 sqft
Last updated April 12 at 10:26 AM
New Carpeted Large 5 Bedroom Home for Rent! - This home features 5 bedrooms, 3 full baths and a large 2 car garage. Brand new carpet! Covered port large enough for vehicle to pass through, perfect for a family with busy lifestyle.
1 Unit Available
3047 Hudson Dr
3047 Hudson Drive
Brentwood, CA | California Spirit
3 Bedrooms
$2,395
1591 sqft
Last updated April 4 at 11:14 AM
3047 Hudson Dr Available 04/07/20 Terrific Brentwood Single Story! - Nicely updated 3 Bedroom 2 bath single story in great Brentwood location. Granite slab kitchen counters, laminate flooring with newer carpet and paint.
Results within 1 mile of Brentwood
1 Unit Available
4660 Palomino Way
4660 Palomino Way
Antioch, CA
1 Bedroom
$1,100
347 sqft
Last updated September 26 at 11:58 AM
4660 Palomino Way Available 10/01/19 Newly remodeled One Bedroom with On-suite full bath! This charmer is a MUST SEE! - With a private entrance, this addition hosts a beautifully remodeled mini-kitchen featuring a stack-able washer/dryer, apartment
Results within 5 miles of Brentwood
1 Unit Available
808 Tremont Ct
808 Tremont Court
Antioch, CA
4 Bedrooms
$2,450
1857 sqft
Last updated September 28 at 02:24 AM
Mark Jordan - Agt: 925-757-8080 - Lovely one story 4 bedroom home with 2 car garage and large lot. Formal living room, dining room, family room. 2 full baths. Updated kitchen and bath rooms. Newer flooring throughout. Central heat and air.
1 Unit Available
22 S LAKE DR
22 South Lake Drive
Antioch, CA
2 Bedrooms
$1,895
800 sqft
Last updated September 28 at 02:24 AM
CATHIE MARPLES - 925-634-8040 - Close to shopping and freeway! Directly across from beautiful Lake Alhambra. This unit is upstairs. Private covered parking. Community laundry room. Off street parking. Unit includes refrigerator.
1 Unit Available
4738 Kangaroo Ct
4738 Kangaroo Court
Antioch, CA
4 Bedrooms
$2,500
1762 sqft
Last updated September 28 at 02:24 AM
JORDAN R JOHNSON - Agt: 925-382-9340 - Nice 4 bedroom 3 bath home on a court with 1 bedroom and full bath downstairs. Large backyard. New paint and carpets with laminate flooring downstairs.Credit score above 640 for all applicants over 18.
1 Unit Available
6316 Crystal Springs Cir
6316 Crystal Spring Circle
Discovery Bay, CA
4 Bedrooms
$3,600
3092 sqft
Last updated September 28 at 02:24 AM
MICHELLE STORNETTA - 707-628-1747 - Revel in the comforts of lakeside luxury in Discovery Bay at The Lakes, This beautiful neighborhood – in the area’s only gated master planned community – features elegant residences, high end finishes,
1 Unit Available
1217 Hargrove St
1217 Hargrove Street
Antioch, CA
3 Bedrooms
$2,395
1269 sqft
Last updated September 28 at 02:24 AM
CATHIE MARPLES - 925-634-8040 - Superb remodeled single story rental opportunity! New wood laminate flooring, new paint, new windows and blinds! Renovated bathrooms! Spacious living room and open kitchen adjoining family room with fireplace.
1 Unit Available
2719 Almondridge Dr
2719 Almondridge Drive
Antioch, CA
3 Bedrooms
$2,450
1148 sqft
Last updated September 27 at 07:26 AM
Available end of Oct this home features 3 bedrooms 2 bath with 2 car garage and low maintenance yards. Looking for long term tenants with excellent rental history and must carry renters insurance.
1 Unit Available
4504 Muledeer Ct
4504 Muledeer Court
Antioch, CA
4 Bedrooms
$2,550
2330 sqft
Last updated September 27 at 04:57 AM
4504 Muledeer Ct, Antioch, CA 94509, 4 bedrooms plus loft (could be 5th bedroom), 3 baths, 2,330 sq ft, Lot: 6,200 sq ft, Built in 1995, This house features a: 2 story - 4 bedrooms - 3 Bathrooms - 3 car garage - located in court in a great Antioch
1 Unit Available
1021 Stonecrest Dr
1021 Stonecrest Drive
Antioch, CA
4 Bedrooms
$2,600
1605 sqft
Last updated May 14 at 09:37 AM
Beautiful Single Story 4 Bedroom, 2 Bath Antioch Home - Beautiful single story home with private backyard. Living room and dining area with vaulted ceiling and beautiful newer flooring.
Results within 10 miles of Brentwood
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3 Units Available
Mira Vista Hills
2201 San Jose Dr
Antioch, CA
1 Bedroom
$1,907
550 sqft
2 Bedrooms
Ask
Last updated September 28 at 12:11 AM
Newly renovated one- and two-bedroom apartment homes with updated kitchens, energy-efficient appliances and full-size washer/dryer. Community is gated with a fitness center, outdoor pool and dog park.
Verified
3 Units Available
Diamond Hillside
2205 E Leland Rd
Pittsburg, CA
1 Bedroom
Ask
2 Bedrooms
$2,049
931 sqft
Last updated September 28 at 12:07 AM
All units feature a patio or balcony, and come equipped with fireplace, dishwasher and hardwood floors. Community facilities include playground, tennis court and pool. Parking available for residents and guests.
Verified
11 Units Available
Twin Creeks
1111 James Donlon Blvd
Antioch, CA
1 Bedroom
$1,775
2 Bedrooms
$2,170
Last updated September 25 at 10:43 AM
Welcome home to Antioch's premier apartment community, Twin Creeks! You will love being located just minutes from the Contra Loma Reservoir Regional Park, Lone Tree Golf Course, Schools, Shopping, Dining and so much more! Our one & two bedroom homes
1 Unit Available
2313 Peppertree Way
2313 Peppertree Way
Antioch, CA
2 Bedrooms
$1,850
925 sqft
Last updated September 28 at 02:24 AM
Rene Ferland - 925-683-0112 - 2 bedroom, 1 bath. Rent includes HOA pool, water, garbage, sewer, security guards, and security gates. Section 8 ok
1 Unit Available
2119 Peppertree Way
2119 Peppertree Way
Antioch, CA
2 Bedrooms
$1,850
822 sqft
Last updated September 28 at 02:24 AM
Rene Ferland - 925-683-0112 - Cute single story.Ground floor unit. level in one story. unit close to freeway and Bart. 2 bedroom, 1 bath. Rent includes HOA pool, water, garbage, sewer, security guards, and security gates. Section 8 ok
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How much is rent in Brentwood?
In Brentwood, the median rent is $2,409 for a studio, $2,960 for a 1-bedroom, $3,719 for a 2-bedroom, and $5,004 for a 3-bedroom. For more information on rental trends in Brentwood, check out our monthly Brentwood Rent Report.
How much is rent in Brentwood?
In Brentwood, the median rent is $2,409 for a studio, $2,960 for a 1-bedroom, $3,719 for a 2-bedroom, and $5,004 for a 3-bedroom. For more information on rental trends in Brentwood, check out our monthly Brentwood Rent Report.
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You can use the off-campus housing filters to find apartments near colleges located in or around Brentwood. Some of the colleges and universities in the area include California College of the Arts, University of California-Hastings College of Law, California State University-East Bay, California State University-Sacramento, and University of California-San Francisco.
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You can use the off-campus housing filters to find apartments near colleges located in or around Brentwood. Some of the colleges and universities in the area include California College of the Arts, University of California-Hastings College of Law, California State University-East Bay, California State University-Sacramento, and University of California-San Francisco.

Median Rent in Brentwood

Last updated Sep. 2020
The median rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in Brentwood is $2,960, while the median rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $3,719.
Studio
$2,409
1 Bed
$2,960
2 Beds
$3,719
3+ Beds
$5,004

City Guide

Brentwood
"In the city /City of Brentwood /They take really good care /Of all their homeless" -(California Loves the Homeless South Park Parody)
"In the city /City of Brentwood /They take really good care /Of all their homeless" -(California Loves the Homeless South Park Parody)

Brentwood got its start in the late 19th century as a farming community. Produce -- namely peaches, cherries and corn -- still grow abundantly in the area, but Brentwood has seen a significant shift to a bedroom community over the last few decades. It now boasts a population of 50,000 people. Its farming origins can still be found in the abundant and fruitful land that surrounds Brentwood on three sides. A popular u-pick-em farm trail through the outskirts of Brentwood allows residents to stock up on fresh fruits and vegetables throughout the growing year.

Moving to Brentwood

Unless you spend your days tilling soil or plan on working at one of the local wineries, don't count on finding a job in Brentwood. Most residents make the trek into a neighboring city -- San Francisco is an hour to the west -- or work at one of the two new Federal research facilities located just south of town. These laboratories have brought even more tech-minded folk (and their higher incomes) to the region, leading to a boon in planned communities, increased infrastructure and more money being poured into the local schools. In fact, Brentwood's real estate is some of the newest in the country. This also means, however, that the costs to rent, buy or even rent to own here remains at the top of the list as well. But, when you're in California, price is relative. What seems an astronomical price to pay for a 3 bedroom house to a Midwesterner will seem like a downright steal for someone moving from Southern California.

Getting to Brentwood could be easier. It wasn't until 2008 that a freeway lead to the town. The John Marsh Heritage Highway (or better known as State Route 4) runs along Brentwood's western edge. Because it's the lone main road and one of the only direct routes into Brentwood from the west (and therefore from San Francisco), the road sees lots of traffic (seriously, we mean a lot). Sitting on the road leading into Brentwood isn't unusual, so keep a book with you for the times when you seem to be parked on the freeway. But, don't think you'll outsmart everyone by forgoing the car in favor of public transportation. Public transportation is limited to the point of not being worth the trouble. Stick to a car, even if it will take you longer to commute.

Once you are in town looking for an apartment, expect to spend a little longer than typically necessary to secure a place to live. Because of the higher prices, landlords tend to look a little deeper into your financial and employment past to make sure you're not going to try to skip out on the rent one month. Cut them off at the pass by presenting your case with pay check stubs, tax returns, a credit check and even references from past landlords. In other words, make it impossible for them to say no to you.

Moving to Brentwood
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Unless you spend your days tilling soil or plan on working at one of the local wineries, don't count on finding a job in Brentwood. Most residents make the trek into a neighboring city -- San Francisco is an hour to the west -- or work at one of the two new Federal research facilities located just south of town. These laboratories have brought even more tech-minded folk (and their higher incomes) to the region, leading to a boon in planned communities, increased infrastructure and more money being poured into the local schools. In fact, Brentwood's real estate is some of the newest in the country. This also means, however, that the costs to rent, buy or even rent to own here remains at the top of the list as well. But, when you're in California, price is relative. What seems an astronomical price to pay for a 3 bedroom house to a Midwesterner will seem like a downright steal for someone moving from Southern California.

Getting to Brentwood could be easier. It wasn't until 2008 that a freeway lead to the town. The John Marsh Heritage Highway (or better known as State Route 4) runs along Brentwood's western edge. Because it's the lone main road and one of the only direct routes into Brentwood from the west (and therefore from San Francisco), the road sees lots of traffic (seriously, we mean a lot). Sitting on the road leading into Brentwood isn't unusual, so keep a book with you for the times when you seem to be parked on the freeway. But, don't think you'll outsmart everyone by forgoing the car in favor of public transportation. Public transportation is limited to the point of not being worth the trouble. Stick to a car, even if it will take you longer to commute.

Once you are in town looking for an apartment, expect to spend a little longer than typically necessary to secure a place to live. Because of the higher prices, landlords tend to look a little deeper into your financial and employment past to make sure you're not going to try to skip out on the rent one month. Cut them off at the pass by presenting your case with pay check stubs, tax returns, a credit check and even references from past landlords. In other words, make it impossible for them to say no to you.

Neighborhoods in Brentwood

Since San Francisco is to the west of Brentwood, it makes sense that real estate generally gets pricier the further west you go. That doesn't mean there aren't hidden gems on the west, though. Read on for descriptions on all of Brentwood's neighborhoods to see which one will be right for you. The relative rental prices that follow each description should help you hone in on where you should start looking first.

Marsh Creek Rd./Deer Valley Dr.This suburban area is made up mostly of newer residences -- primarily homes, although there are some apartment complexes here as well. The Marsh Creek Reservoir and Deer Ridge Golf Course in the 'hood make it a popular place for all residents on the weekends. $$$$$$

Lone Tree Way/Empire Ave.:Hwy 4 runs through this more urban area. It's primarily made up of larger (and newer) homes, along with brand spanking new apartment complexes. Scoring a pad here will mean chances are high that you'll be the first person ever to burn a pizza in your oven. Lucky you. $$$$$

Lone Tree Way/Anderson Ln.:if the area around Lone Tree Way and Empire Avenue is slightly out of your price range (what, you're not a bajillionaire?), then look directly to the east here for a place about the same size but for about half the rent. While there has been a lot of new growth in this nabe, many of the apartments were built about 20 or 30 years ago. Bummer, right? Well, writing a much smaller rent check each month should go a long way towards cheering you up! $$$

Concord Ave./Balfour Rd.:Just south of downtown, this area has one of the lowest vacancy rates in Brentwood. It just goes to show that once people find a place to live here, they tend to not give it up for years and years. Search high and low for that rental home or townhome, and maybe you'll understand what's so special about this place, too. $$$$

Fairview Ave./Minnesota Ave.:If having someone tell you exactly how tall your grass should be and what color blinds are (an aren't acceptable), you should find plenty to love about this area. Tons of planned communities with perfectly landscaped lawns will make this triangle of a 'hood feel like a 50s sitcom set. Score a spot here and see if you can live out your Father Knows Best fantasies. $$$$$

East Brentwood: The area closest to Discovery Bay is also the biggest neighborhood. It includes the downtown district and has the most rental properties in the town. In addition to apartment complexes and even low and high-rise apartments, you shouldn't have any trouble finding single-family homes to rent either. Just keep in mind that you're further away from San Francisco and most other places you'll likely have to commute to for work. $$$

Dainty Ave./Walnut Blvd.:This area has many planned communities of its own here, but nothing like the sheer number in the area around Fairview and Minnesota avenues. The vacancy rate is low here, but still manageable. It just might take you an extra week or so, or even an extra large security deposit. Remember, chances are there's a waiting list so the landlord has the power. $$$

Neighborhoods in Brentwood
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Since San Francisco is to the west of Brentwood, it makes sense that real estate generally gets pricier the further west you go. That doesn't mean there aren't hidden gems on the west, though. Read on for descriptions on all of Brentwood's neighborhoods to see which one will be right for you. The relative rental prices that follow each description should help you hone in on where you should start looking first.

Marsh Creek Rd./Deer Valley Dr.This suburban area is made up mostly of newer residences -- primarily homes, although there are some apartment complexes here as well. The Marsh Creek Reservoir and Deer Ridge Golf Course in the 'hood make it a popular place for all residents on the weekends. $$$$$$

Lone Tree Way/Empire Ave.:Hwy 4 runs through this more urban area. It's primarily made up of larger (and newer) homes, along with brand spanking new apartment complexes. Scoring a pad here will mean chances are high that you'll be the first person ever to burn a pizza in your oven. Lucky you. $$$$$

Lone Tree Way/Anderson Ln.:if the area around Lone Tree Way and Empire Avenue is slightly out of your price range (what, you're not a bajillionaire?), then look directly to the east here for a place about the same size but for about half the rent. While there has been a lot of new growth in this nabe, many of the apartments were built about 20 or 30 years ago. Bummer, right? Well, writing a much smaller rent check each month should go a long way towards cheering you up! $$$

Concord Ave./Balfour Rd.:Just south of downtown, this area has one of the lowest vacancy rates in Brentwood. It just goes to show that once people find a place to live here, they tend to not give it up for years and years. Search high and low for that rental home or townhome, and maybe you'll understand what's so special about this place, too. $$$$

Fairview Ave./Minnesota Ave.:If having someone tell you exactly how tall your grass should be and what color blinds are (an aren't acceptable), you should find plenty to love about this area. Tons of planned communities with perfectly landscaped lawns will make this triangle of a 'hood feel like a 50s sitcom set. Score a spot here and see if you can live out your Father Knows Best fantasies. $$$$$

East Brentwood: The area closest to Discovery Bay is also the biggest neighborhood. It includes the downtown district and has the most rental properties in the town. In addition to apartment complexes and even low and high-rise apartments, you shouldn't have any trouble finding single-family homes to rent either. Just keep in mind that you're further away from San Francisco and most other places you'll likely have to commute to for work. $$$

Dainty Ave./Walnut Blvd.:This area has many planned communities of its own here, but nothing like the sheer number in the area around Fairview and Minnesota avenues. The vacancy rate is low here, but still manageable. It just might take you an extra week or so, or even an extra large security deposit. Remember, chances are there's a waiting list so the landlord has the power. $$$

Living in Brentwood

With shopping centers such as the Streets of Brentwood, you won't have to leave Brentwood to shop at major stores like REI, Victoria's Secret or Trader Joe's. Popular restaurants include nationally recognized Vic Stewart's steakhouse and BJ's Brewery. With the plethora of tech workers in the area, don't be surprised to see a coffee shop -- the big chains and small, independent roasters -- on the proverbial every corner.

Even with new retail stores popping up everywhere, Brentwood still celebrates its past with events like the Cornfest every July. Local food, crafts, fireworks and a finale concert make up the popular event. Many of the local wineries offer special tastings or a tasting room where you can sample their varieties. Once you know what you like, pick up a few bottles at the winery or head to CoCo County Wine Company in downtown Brentwood. The store has a vast selection of local and imported wine, along with a pretty impressive micro-brew beer selection.

You can spend Saturday mornings at the farmer's market from April through October, or take to the outdoors on the Marsh Creek Regional Trail. Other places to explore the outdoors include at the Vasco Caves or the Round Valley preserve. Whatever you do, though, know that living in Brentwood, which is surrounded by verdant fields, will make you want to get out and enjoy the clean, fresh air and abundant local produce. Oh and that fresh air -- it's free!

Living in Brentwood
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With shopping centers such as the Streets of Brentwood, you won't have to leave Brentwood to shop at major stores like REI, Victoria's Secret or Trader Joe's. Popular restaurants include nationally recognized Vic Stewart's steakhouse and BJ's Brewery. With the plethora of tech workers in the area, don't be surprised to see a coffee shop -- the big chains and small, independent roasters -- on the proverbial every corner.

Even with new retail stores popping up everywhere, Brentwood still celebrates its past with events like the Cornfest every July. Local food, crafts, fireworks and a finale concert make up the popular event. Many of the local wineries offer special tastings or a tasting room where you can sample their varieties. Once you know what you like, pick up a few bottles at the winery or head to CoCo County Wine Company in downtown Brentwood. The store has a vast selection of local and imported wine, along with a pretty impressive micro-brew beer selection.

You can spend Saturday mornings at the farmer's market from April through October, or take to the outdoors on the Marsh Creek Regional Trail. Other places to explore the outdoors include at the Vasco Caves or the Round Valley preserve. Whatever you do, though, know that living in Brentwood, which is surrounded by verdant fields, will make you want to get out and enjoy the clean, fresh air and abundant local produce. Oh and that fresh air -- it's free!

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Brentwood
"In the city /City of Brentwood /They take really good care /Of all their homeless" -(California Loves the Homeless South Park Parody)
"In the city /City of Brentwood /They take really good care /Of all their homeless" -(California Loves the Homeless South Park Parody)

Brentwood got its start in the late 19th century as a farming community. Produce -- namely peaches, cherries and corn -- still grow abundantly in the area, but Brentwood has seen a significant shift to a bedroom community over the last few decades. It now boasts a population of 50,000 people. Its farming origins can still be found in the abundant and fruitful land that surrounds Brentwood on three sides. A popular u-pick-em farm trail through the outskirts of Brentwood allows residents to stock up on fresh fruits and vegetables throughout the growing year.

Moving to Brentwood

Unless you spend your days tilling soil or plan on working at one of the local wineries, don't count on finding a job in Brentwood. Most residents make the trek into a neighboring city -- San Francisco is an hour to the west -- or work at one of the two new Federal research facilities located just south of town. These laboratories have brought even more tech-minded folk (and their higher incomes) to the region, leading to a boon in planned communities, increased infrastructure and more money being poured into the local schools. In fact, Brentwood's real estate is some of the newest in the country. This also means, however, that the costs to rent, buy or even rent to own here remains at the top of the list as well. But, when you're in California, price is relative. What seems an astronomical price to pay for a 3 bedroom house to a Midwesterner will seem like a downright steal for someone moving from Southern California.

Getting to Brentwood could be easier. It wasn't until 2008 that a freeway lead to the town. The John Marsh Heritage Highway (or better known as State Route 4) runs along Brentwood's western edge. Because it's the lone main road and one of the only direct routes into Brentwood from the west (and therefore from San Francisco), the road sees lots of traffic (seriously, we mean a lot). Sitting on the road leading into Brentwood isn't unusual, so keep a book with you for the times when you seem to be parked on the freeway. But, don't think you'll outsmart everyone by forgoing the car in favor of public transportation. Public transportation is limited to the point of not being worth the trouble. Stick to a car, even if it will take you longer to commute.

Once you are in town looking for an apartment, expect to spend a little longer than typically necessary to secure a place to live. Because of the higher prices, landlords tend to look a little deeper into your financial and employment past to make sure you're not going to try to skip out on the rent one month. Cut them off at the pass by presenting your case with pay check stubs, tax returns, a credit check and even references from past landlords. In other words, make it impossible for them to say no to you.

Moving to Brentwood
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Unless you spend your days tilling soil or plan on working at one of the local wineries, don't count on finding a job in Brentwood. Most residents make the trek into a neighboring city -- San Francisco is an hour to the west -- or work at one of the two new Federal research facilities located just south of town. These laboratories have brought even more tech-minded folk (and their higher incomes) to the region, leading to a boon in planned communities, increased infrastructure and more money being poured into the local schools. In fact, Brentwood's real estate is some of the newest in the country. This also means, however, that the costs to rent, buy or even rent to own here remains at the top of the list as well. But, when you're in California, price is relative. What seems an astronomical price to pay for a 3 bedroom house to a Midwesterner will seem like a downright steal for someone moving from Southern California.

Getting to Brentwood could be easier. It wasn't until 2008 that a freeway lead to the town. The John Marsh Heritage Highway (or better known as State Route 4) runs along Brentwood's western edge. Because it's the lone main road and one of the only direct routes into Brentwood from the west (and therefore from San Francisco), the road sees lots of traffic (seriously, we mean a lot). Sitting on the road leading into Brentwood isn't unusual, so keep a book with you for the times when you seem to be parked on the freeway. But, don't think you'll outsmart everyone by forgoing the car in favor of public transportation. Public transportation is limited to the point of not being worth the trouble. Stick to a car, even if it will take you longer to commute.

Once you are in town looking for an apartment, expect to spend a little longer than typically necessary to secure a place to live. Because of the higher prices, landlords tend to look a little deeper into your financial and employment past to make sure you're not going to try to skip out on the rent one month. Cut them off at the pass by presenting your case with pay check stubs, tax returns, a credit check and even references from past landlords. In other words, make it impossible for them to say no to you.

Neighborhoods in Brentwood

Since San Francisco is to the west of Brentwood, it makes sense that real estate generally gets pricier the further west you go. That doesn't mean there aren't hidden gems on the west, though. Read on for descriptions on all of Brentwood's neighborhoods to see which one will be right for you. The relative rental prices that follow each description should help you hone in on where you should start looking first.

Marsh Creek Rd./Deer Valley Dr.This suburban area is made up mostly of newer residences -- primarily homes, although there are some apartment complexes here as well. The Marsh Creek Reservoir and Deer Ridge Golf Course in the 'hood make it a popular place for all residents on the weekends. $$$$$$

Lone Tree Way/Empire Ave.:Hwy 4 runs through this more urban area. It's primarily made up of larger (and newer) homes, along with brand spanking new apartment complexes. Scoring a pad here will mean chances are high that you'll be the first person ever to burn a pizza in your oven. Lucky you. $$$$$

Lone Tree Way/Anderson Ln.:if the area around Lone Tree Way and Empire Avenue is slightly out of your price range (what, you're not a bajillionaire?), then look directly to the east here for a place about the same size but for about half the rent. While there has been a lot of new growth in this nabe, many of the apartments were built about 20 or 30 years ago. Bummer, right? Well, writing a much smaller rent check each month should go a long way towards cheering you up! $$$

Concord Ave./Balfour Rd.:Just south of downtown, this area has one of the lowest vacancy rates in Brentwood. It just goes to show that once people find a place to live here, they tend to not give it up for years and years. Search high and low for that rental home or townhome, and maybe you'll understand what's so special about this place, too. $$$$

Fairview Ave./Minnesota Ave.:If having someone tell you exactly how tall your grass should be and what color blinds are (an aren't acceptable), you should find plenty to love about this area. Tons of planned communities with perfectly landscaped lawns will make this triangle of a 'hood feel like a 50s sitcom set. Score a spot here and see if you can live out your Father Knows Best fantasies. $$$$$

East Brentwood: The area closest to Discovery Bay is also the biggest neighborhood. It includes the downtown district and has the most rental properties in the town. In addition to apartment complexes and even low and high-rise apartments, you shouldn't have any trouble finding single-family homes to rent either. Just keep in mind that you're further away from San Francisco and most other places you'll likely have to commute to for work. $$$

Dainty Ave./Walnut Blvd.:This area has many planned communities of its own here, but nothing like the sheer number in the area around Fairview and Minnesota avenues. The vacancy rate is low here, but still manageable. It just might take you an extra week or so, or even an extra large security deposit. Remember, chances are there's a waiting list so the landlord has the power. $$$

Neighborhoods in Brentwood
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Since San Francisco is to the west of Brentwood, it makes sense that real estate generally gets pricier the further west you go. That doesn't mean there aren't hidden gems on the west, though. Read on for descriptions on all of Brentwood's neighborhoods to see which one will be right for you. The relative rental prices that follow each description should help you hone in on where you should start looking first.

Marsh Creek Rd./Deer Valley Dr.This suburban area is made up mostly of newer residences -- primarily homes, although there are some apartment complexes here as well. The Marsh Creek Reservoir and Deer Ridge Golf Course in the 'hood make it a popular place for all residents on the weekends. $$$$$$

Lone Tree Way/Empire Ave.:Hwy 4 runs through this more urban area. It's primarily made up of larger (and newer) homes, along with brand spanking new apartment complexes. Scoring a pad here will mean chances are high that you'll be the first person ever to burn a pizza in your oven. Lucky you. $$$$$

Lone Tree Way/Anderson Ln.:if the area around Lone Tree Way and Empire Avenue is slightly out of your price range (what, you're not a bajillionaire?), then look directly to the east here for a place about the same size but for about half the rent. While there has been a lot of new growth in this nabe, many of the apartments were built about 20 or 30 years ago. Bummer, right? Well, writing a much smaller rent check each month should go a long way towards cheering you up! $$$

Concord Ave./Balfour Rd.:Just south of downtown, this area has one of the lowest vacancy rates in Brentwood. It just goes to show that once people find a place to live here, they tend to not give it up for years and years. Search high and low for that rental home or townhome, and maybe you'll understand what's so special about this place, too. $$$$

Fairview Ave./Minnesota Ave.:If having someone tell you exactly how tall your grass should be and what color blinds are (an aren't acceptable), you should find plenty to love about this area. Tons of planned communities with perfectly landscaped lawns will make this triangle of a 'hood feel like a 50s sitcom set. Score a spot here and see if you can live out your Father Knows Best fantasies. $$$$$

East Brentwood: The area closest to Discovery Bay is also the biggest neighborhood. It includes the downtown district and has the most rental properties in the town. In addition to apartment complexes and even low and high-rise apartments, you shouldn't have any trouble finding single-family homes to rent either. Just keep in mind that you're further away from San Francisco and most other places you'll likely have to commute to for work. $$$

Dainty Ave./Walnut Blvd.:This area has many planned communities of its own here, but nothing like the sheer number in the area around Fairview and Minnesota avenues. The vacancy rate is low here, but still manageable. It just might take you an extra week or so, or even an extra large security deposit. Remember, chances are there's a waiting list so the landlord has the power. $$$

Living in Brentwood

With shopping centers such as the Streets of Brentwood, you won't have to leave Brentwood to shop at major stores like REI, Victoria's Secret or Trader Joe's. Popular restaurants include nationally recognized Vic Stewart's steakhouse and BJ's Brewery. With the plethora of tech workers in the area, don't be surprised to see a coffee shop -- the big chains and small, independent roasters -- on the proverbial every corner.

Even with new retail stores popping up everywhere, Brentwood still celebrates its past with events like the Cornfest every July. Local food, crafts, fireworks and a finale concert make up the popular event. Many of the local wineries offer special tastings or a tasting room where you can sample their varieties. Once you know what you like, pick up a few bottles at the winery or head to CoCo County Wine Company in downtown Brentwood. The store has a vast selection of local and imported wine, along with a pretty impressive micro-brew beer selection.

You can spend Saturday mornings at the farmer's market from April through October, or take to the outdoors on the Marsh Creek Regional Trail. Other places to explore the outdoors include at the Vasco Caves or the Round Valley preserve. Whatever you do, though, know that living in Brentwood, which is surrounded by verdant fields, will make you want to get out and enjoy the clean, fresh air and abundant local produce. Oh and that fresh air -- it's free!

Living in Brentwood
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With shopping centers such as the Streets of Brentwood, you won't have to leave Brentwood to shop at major stores like REI, Victoria's Secret or Trader Joe's. Popular restaurants include nationally recognized Vic Stewart's steakhouse and BJ's Brewery. With the plethora of tech workers in the area, don't be surprised to see a coffee shop -- the big chains and small, independent roasters -- on the proverbial every corner.

Even with new retail stores popping up everywhere, Brentwood still celebrates its past with events like the Cornfest every July. Local food, crafts, fireworks and a finale concert make up the popular event. Many of the local wineries offer special tastings or a tasting room where you can sample their varieties. Once you know what you like, pick up a few bottles at the winery or head to CoCo County Wine Company in downtown Brentwood. The store has a vast selection of local and imported wine, along with a pretty impressive micro-brew beer selection.

You can spend Saturday mornings at the farmer's market from April through October, or take to the outdoors on the Marsh Creek Regional Trail. Other places to explore the outdoors include at the Vasco Caves or the Round Valley preserve. Whatever you do, though, know that living in Brentwood, which is surrounded by verdant fields, will make you want to get out and enjoy the clean, fresh air and abundant local produce. Oh and that fresh air -- it's free!