BLACKHAWK is an unincorporated planned community. Blackhawk has a country club, two golf courses, sports complex, restaurants, and the adjacent Blackhawk Plaza. The area is covered by the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District. Blackhawk is known for its uniform McMansion architecture and suburban lifestyle.
HISTORY: Blackhawk Ranch was established in 1917 by Ansel Mills Easton and his son-in-law William Q. Ward, in an area east of the San Ramon and Sycamore Valleys. The name came from a famous Irish racehorse named Blackhawk that Easton’s family had once owned. The land passed through the hands of several owners, including Raymond Force (the owner of the Caterpillar Tractor Company), the Hawaii-based sugar and pineapple company Castle & Cooke and Howard Peterson (owner of Peterson Tractor).
In 1975, Peterson sold the land to Florida developer Ken Behring, who built approximately 2400 residences over 4200 acres of land. The Blackhawk Development Corporation offered more than 2000 acres of open space to Mount Diablo State Park.
COMMUNITIES: Blackhawk is divided into seven individual gated communities scattered along Blackhawk Road, connected by a 3-mile long jogging trail.
• Hidden Oaks consists of 206 homes and in 1978 was the first Blackhawk community to be completed. Most homes are on half-acre lots.
• Oakridge consists of medium-sized homes ranging from 2000 to 3,000 square feet, though a few large estates reside on the top of a private court.
• Saddleback, the second community completed, is home to some of the most lavish homes in the entire Blackhawk development, most lots being no less than
5 acres (20,000 m2) in size.
• Silveroak is an upscale condo complex.
• Silver Maple is designed around one of the main Blackhawks Country Clubs’ golf holes, though no roads connect it to the rest of the main Blackhawk Country
Club. It consists of approximately 110 custom homes between 2500-5000 Square Feet.
• Blackhawk Country Club (‘Main Gates’) is the largest of the six communities.
In addition to Blackhawk, there are also numerous surrounding communities.
BLACKHAWK COUNTRY CLUB: Opened in 1979, Blackhawk Country Club is a highly exclusive 4,800-acre country club community at the base of Mt. Diablo where luxurious residential neighborhoods are surrounded by thousands of acres of permanent open lands. Eagle Ridge Dr. gives way to a separate gate which leads to extremely exclusive estates, including the 28,673-square-foot Behring estate.
In the middle of Country Club West is the 6,904-yard Lakeside golf course, designed by Bruce Devlin and Robert Von Hagge. The Lakeside course hosted the CVS/pharmacy LPGA Challenge, an event on the LPGA Tour from 2005 -2010. The newer 6,700-yard Falls golf course, designed by Ted Robinson, winds through Country Club East. Blackhawk’s Tennis Club includes 20 tennis courts, a clubhouse and a pro shop. The Blackhawk Swim Club includes a competition-sized pool, a spa and dressing rooms and offers instructional programs. The 25-acre Sports and Recreation Center includes basketball courts, outdoor volleyball courts, a children’s play park, Olympic-sized pool, sports fields, and an amphitheater.
BLACKHAWK PLAZA: Blackhawk Plaza is a shopping center located outside the Blackhawk Country Club. It includes retail stores, restaurants, a movie theater and two museums, including the Blackhawk Museum.

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