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Community Focus: Pristine habitats near Martinez now open to the public

On National Trails Day in June 2017, the Contra Costa County city of Martinez officially opened a newly expanded 1,185-acre Fernandez Ranch. The new, publicly accessible recreational space is a gateway to miles of multi-use trails that are sure to please outdoor hobbyists and enthusiasts. The site also boasts stunning panoramic views of the San Francisco Bay.

Comprising diverse ecosystems of mature oaks, bay forest pockets, sprawling meadows, and freshwater wetlands, Fernandez Ranch is a natural paradise for native endangered species such as the Cooper’s hawk, northern harrier, the non-venomous Alameda whipsnake, California red-legged frog, and the western pond turtle. Hikers and explorers can also chance upon dusky-footed wood rats, deer, and coyotes.

Named after two of Contra Costa’s pioneer entrepreneurs, Bernardo and Carlotta Fernandez, the Fernandez Ranch is just one of the great things about settling down and raising a family in Martinez.

“It is a gift to future generations shared by members of the surrounding communities,” says Linus Eukel, executive director of Martinez-based John Muir Land Trust, which spearheaded the Fernandez Ranch development. “[This natural, open space is] celebrated by everyone who lives in and loves the East Bay.”

Martinez is located on the south shore of the Carquinez Strait, across from the city of Benicia. It sits around 35 miles northeast of downtown San Francisco. The city is served by the Amtrak and Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) transportation systems.

The city has a steadily growing population of more than 38,000 residents.

Martinez real estate and homes for sale

Established in 1876, Martinez has a selection of historic homes and structures that add character to this cozy suburban retreat. Several buildings along the downtown streets have preserved and restored their early 1900s look, in fact.

House designs here are an eclectic mix, which includes traditional Craftsman, Ranch, and bungalow, eye-catching Mediterranean-styled homes, and other contemporary and custom construction. Sprawling estate properties are also available.

Explore the website or call Richard Sarro at 415.680.5042 for more real estate opportunities in Martinez. You can also inquire here

Community highlights and attractions

Cozy suburban living matched with refreshing recreational activities is the norm in Martinez. Here’s a quick look at some of the city’s main attractions:

  • John Muir National Historic Site
    This site preserves the 14-room mansion that was owned by writer John Muir, as well as a 325-acre expanse of grasslands and oak woodlands nearby.
  • Main Street Martinez
    The city’s downtown keeps an open invitation to “discover our charm,” and backs it up with an excellent selection of shopping and dining destinations, as well as regular and special events.
  • The “Martinez beavers” at Alhambra Creek
    Wetland critters turned local celebrities, these beavers have made Martinez a national example of allowing wildlife to aid urban stream restoration efforts. The beavers settled in Alhambra Creek in 2007 and with their dams, have helped increase species diversity along the waterway.
  • Radke Martinez Regional Shoreline
    Nestled along the Carquinez Strait shoreline, this park has 343 acres of open space for picnics, and games of softball, bocce ball, and soccer. “Radke” was added to the park’s original name in honor of local environmentalists, Ted and Kathy Radke.
  • Explore the single-family homes, condos, townhouse, vacant lots, and land in Martinez. Call Bay Area Realtor Richard Sarro today at 415.680.5042 or contact him here.