Blackhawk was developed in the late 1970s by the Blackhawk Development Corporation, a company formed by Florida real estate developer, Ken Behring. Originally, a proposal was made to develop 4,200 acres of what was previously Blackhawk Ranch but due to considerable opposition, there were ultimately only 2,400 homes built and 2,000 acres were dedicated to Open Space as part of the Mount Diablo State Park.
Blackhawk’s reputation for high-end luxury homes is longstanding and well deserved. Although there are many homes here that were built speculatively and that are well under 2,500 square feet, a glance along Blackhawk Drive reveals numerous architectural styles where an English Tudor site happily alongside a French Provincial or a Greek Revival home. Many of these properties are over 5,000 square feet and built to the highest standards.
As previously mentioned, Blackhawk is in an unincorporated part of Contra Costa County. The schools that serve all of Blackhawk are in the San Ramon Valley Unified School District. There are no schools within Blackhawk’s boundaries but the principal schools that serve Blackhawk homes are Tassajara Hills Elementary, Diablo Vista Middle School and Monte Vista High School.
Blackhawk is about so much more than real estate. There are many social and recreational activities here, most of which center around Prestigious Blackhawk Country Club with two championship golf courses, swimming pools, tennis courts and two club houses. Additionally, there is Blackhawk Plaza which features numerous quality restaurants and stores together with the world-famous Blackhawk Motor Museum.