Characterized as a small, "old-fashioned" community, Pleasant Hill is reminiscent of yesterday's friendly villages where shop owners recognized their customers and neighbors were quick to offer a greeting. In fact, the caring, intimate atmosphere created by residents who call Pleasant Hill their home is one of the attractions to this well-balanced community. The local parks and recreation district is one of the finest in the state, operating wonderful parks throughout the community that feature a diversity of amenities that range from play areas and athletic facilities for the young to scenic views for photography buffs. Just 15 miles from town, the highest mountain in the coastal range dominates the skyline. Local recreational facilities combine with acres of open space and meadows, as well as, regional highlights like the 12-mile Contra Costa Canal Trail. Residents are justly proud of the distinctive, new downtown district that features over 340,000 square feet of retail space in a beautiful main street setting for major retailers, local shops, convenient services, and offices.