Real Estate Depends on Quality of Place
Figure 1: Antioch Housing Near Sand Creek.
Photo by Cooper Ogden.
EAST BAY, CA – More than ever, the real estate industry depends on quality of place. With projections of two million more people moving to the Bay Area by 2045, natural resources such as those of Contra Costa County could be significantly threatened.
According to At Risk: The Bay Area Greenbelt 2017: “Across the eight Bay Area counties. . . Contra Costa County has the most total land at risk; about one out of every five acres of threatened land in the region is in Contra Costa. Contra Costa also has the most land that could be developed in the near term.”
In the face of such reports, Paragon Real Estate Group and Save Mount Diablo are pleased to announce a creative new partnership to further the protection of the Mount Diablo area.
The beautiful and natural open lands of the Mount Diablo area serve as a distinguishing foundation for East Bay communities —affording outdoor recreational and educational opportunities, stunning scenic vistas, critical wildlife habitat, vital water resources, and home for local agriculture, as well as making our area a desirable place to live, work and visit.
What’s there to do? For newcomers, a great place to start exploring Mount Diablo is with a free series of guided hikes. Twice a month, local flora and fauna experts—both naturalist staff and volunteers— lead beginner hikes to point out some of Mount Diablo’s most captivating spots.
For those wishing to take further advantage of this great resource, additional opportunities to enjoy the mountain await. For an easy introduction, take the Mary Bowerman Interpretive Trail around the 3,849-foot summit. The trail is accessible to people of all ages, skill levels, and physical abilities.
For a more strenuous experience, choose the Diablo Trails Challenge, a spring fund-raiser which features 50K, half-marathon, 10K, and 5K events. Proceeds support Save Mount Diablo’s land conservation mission, which in four decades of activity has actually expanded the open space of this mountain from 6,788 acres to more than 100,000.
If a scholarly approach is more attractive, check out the Mount Diablo Summit Museum. In this historic sandstone building constructed in the 1930s by FDR’s Civilian Conservation Corp., you can learn all about the geology and habitats of Mount Diablo.
With this partnership, Paragon Real Estate Group and Save Mount Diablo are putting into action the recognition that we cannot take our natural foundation and competitive economic advantage for granted.
Under this program, Paragon will provide Save Mount Diablo membership gift packages to its clients at closings and other special occasions. This will provide a unique and meaningful way to welcome those new to the community and get them involved with the local non-profit organization dedicated to conserving the lands of the Mount Diablo area, helping protect their recent real estate investment and quality of life.
In response, Ted Clement, Save Mount Diablo Executive Director, recently wrote: “We are grateful for Paragon’s leadership and long-term vision in stepping up to join Save Mount Diablo’s new program for real estate professionals. The real estate industry can do much to help us protect the natural beauty of the Mount Diablo area for the benefit of all.”
Hank Perry, President of Paragon Real Estate Group of Contra Costa, added: “At Paragon, we believe in the value of open spaces. Even with the enormous pressure for housing in the Bay Area, it’s important that as a business we focus on what we can do to contribute to the overall quality of life for all of our residents. Among the many reasons people choose to live here are the love of the mountain’s natural beauty and the many places it provides for us to enjoy outdoor recreation with our friends and family. We know the mission of Save Mount Diablo contributes greatly to all of our residents in this regard, and we choose to support it.”
Save Mount Diablo
Save Mount Diablo is a nationally accredited, non-profit land trust founded in 1971 with a mission to preserve Mount Diablo’s peaks, surrounding foothills, and watersheds through land acquisition and preservation strategies designed to protect the mountain’s natural beauty, biological diversity, and historic and agricultural heritage; enhance our area’s quality of life; and provide recreational opportunities consistent with the protection of natural resources. Located at 1901 Olympic Blvd., Ste. 320, Walnut Creek, CA, 94596. Learn more at www.savemountdiablo.org.
Paragon Real Estate Group
Paragon Real Estate Group is known for representing the most beautiful homes in the Bay Area, but it is more than just a residential real estate company. Diverse by design, our breadth of expertise also covers investment, new developments, commercial, and leasing. Our agent bench is deep: we hire the right people and help turn them into solid, high-producing agents with second-to-none support and training resources. Located at 1400 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA, 94109. Learn more at https://www.paragon-re.com/.