Empire Realty Realtors Marilee Headen and M.J. St. Jean have been working with buyers and sellers in Diablo Country Club and surrounding areas. This small, but unique community thrives on its own individuality, never falling prey to impersonal tracts of look-alike homes, where residents have sown the seeds of individuality, and descendant generations have returned to live the lifestyle of Diablo…
Marilee and M.J. absolutely love this special and historic community. I interviewed them last week to talk about Diablo, the details of the area, and what makes it so special
Q: Tell me more about Diablo County Club – I know there is a tremendous amount of history behind it right?
A: (Marilee) Yes! There is a tremendous amount of history. Diablo is a historic community that is nestled at the base of Mt Diablo. The first homes were built in the 1870′s, with one property sitting on 4000 acres. In the 1920′s, Diablo was a resort destination for families from San Franciso and Oakland. Families would enjoy the warm weather, the pretty lake and a beautiful club house.There was a railroad line that came from Oakland up to Diablo. It’s tracks were where the 17th and 18th fairway of Diablo Country Club currently lie. The vacationing “well to do” San Franciscans and Oakland residents built small cottages. Many of these unique homes still remain.
A: (M.J.) Some of Diablo’s history has disappeared with the passing of years, yet much remains. Nearly half of the Eucalyptus trees from the race track form the border between today’s Diablo and the Cameo Acres neighborhood. Part of the current Diablo Country Clubhouse was once the bowling alley from railroad times. The stately 1800’s home called “Oakwood” once an inn, then clubhouse, and now a private residence again, still stands proud on Alameda Diablo.
From a description in the July 1, 1897 Contra Costa News: ”It is a beautiful little valley surrounded by rolling hills that protect it from invading winds and sudden atmospheric changes… the herds of cattle and horses that roam in the luxuriant fields and on the hills know of but one season, and that is summer… for the roses and the violets never stop blooming here in this favored spot.
Q: Tell me about Diablo today in 2009; what makes it such a unique community?
A: (Marilee) Diablo is a cohesive community centered around a beautiful golf course. Homes vary in size and price but most are unique and shaded by old growth trees. No cookie cutter homes here. You enter Diablo through an arbor of oak trees. People buy in Diablo for the pretty homes, large trees and country club setting but they stay for the community. The residents are involved in welcoming newcomers, special Halloween events, food bank collections, etc. The country club offers many activites for families including golf, tennis, swim team, concerts in a beautiful environment.
A: (M.J) Diablo is a “one of kind” community. Diablo today is a vibrant mix of properties in a beautiful setting at the base of Mt. Diablo. The moment you enter Diablo, it is clear you have stepped into a different world, whose residents treasure its tranquility, the winding, tree-lined lanes and strong community. It’s not hard to get to know neighbors in Diablo, where the “community” center, is the quaint post office established in 1916, just steps from the private Country Club’s front door. I love Diablo because of what if offers; it is like a step back in time with an amazing history and location, tremendous amenities, and has a vibrant community . It has great schools within minutes and easy access to freeways and BART
Posted by Katie Lance, Marketing Manager, Empire Realty Associates