Redefining East Bay Area Bedroom Communities

Redefining East Bay Area Bedroom Communities

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In the California Delta, the glint of sunlight on water announces the beginning of the day, where the soundtrack is made up of the clear trills of the song sparrow, splash of kayak paddles slicing through the water’s surface, and the occasional distant hum of a ski boat engine. And when you leave to go to work, it’ll still be there when you return at the end of the workday.

Though some places in the Bay Area might be considered the old-school version of “bedroom communities,” Delta Coves was designed to shift opinions and perspectives on what a bedroom community is. When home can be both a destination for relaxation and adventure, it offers far more than just a bedroom. It becomes a way of life.

“Delta Coves offers a rich life on water,” said Nick Taratsas, general manager of Delta Coves and executive vice president of DMB Development, the company leading the effort to build 560 waterfront and water-facing houses on Bethel Island in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. “It’s a place where you can take your boat out and hike natural trails with your family.”

With access to more than 1,000 miles of waterways, Delta Coves provides an exceptional lifestyle to those who want to experience life on the water. The community is designed around a manmade lagoon that boasts a giant underground circulation system, which pulls in clean water from the Delta and helps keep the lagoon clean and swimmable all year long.

Due to modest waterfront settlements of early Delta inhabitants being responsive to the local climate, it was important for Delta Coves architects to design buildings that match the Delta’s rustic aesthetic. Homes will feature board-and-batten siding, and floor plans will be designed to funnel guests toward the back, to the lagoon and private docks—the launchpad to the great outdoors.

“One thing we emphasized to the builders is that they needed to make the houses water-centric,” Taratsas said. “We wanted them to pull the living spaces on the ground floor to the back. After all, residents are genuinely there for the water.”

The Island Camp, the community’s 4,500-square-foot clubhouse and amenities center, will include swimming pools, a club room with a library and media room, a fitness center, a game pavilion, and a bar located on a sandy corner of the island.

The community promises to be popular because it offers amenities and a lifestyle that appeals to a wide range of buyers. Delta Coves will open its visitor center and model homes on September 14, 2019.

About 10 miles east of the Antioch BART Station, Delta Coves provides an idyllic waterfront lifestyle for people who still rely on public transportation to the Bay Area. “We’re going to be considered a bedroom community, but at the same time a highly recreational community,” Taratsas said. “Delta Coves will be an ideal place to call home.”

All Hands on Deck

All Hands on Deck

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Our Welcome Center and Model Home Park are coming along swimmingly and (despite a few Mother Nature induced rain delays) are on track to open later this summer! Davidson Communities and Blue Mountain Communities are making fast work of the seven gorgeous, waterfront model homes in the Model Park. Haven’t seen our builders’ floorplans yet? Check them out and find your favorite here.

The Island Camp, the centerpiece of social life at Delta Coves -is also well underway. The views from the Island Camp out to the lagoon and across to Mount Diablo are truly incredible. From the pools, poolside cabanas and hot tub to the Game Pavillion and sandy bottom Boat Bar, we can’t wait to share all of the fun-filled space of the Island Camp with the new residents of Delta Coves this fall.

As you can see, the countdown is on! Continue to stay tuned for updates and announcements on our grand opening plans.

Eager to make Delta Coves your home on the water’s edge? Join our Future Resident’s Club to get on the list to receive updates as lots and pricing are released AND receive a special invitation to our exclusive Pre-sales event.

A Camp for All Seasons

A Camp for All Seasons

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A new waterfront development of 461 residences—each with its own private dock—Delta Coves is the ultimate home base in the California Delta, a region considered one of the country’s top destinations for waterskiing and fishing. It’s the only club community with direct access to the Delta’s fast water, opening up a world of opportunities for boating enthusiasts to explore the region’s 1,000-plus miles of channels, bays and sloughs.

Still, even the most active communities need a central place to gather, relax, swap stories and enjoy life. At Delta Coves, that hub of daily life is the new Island Camp, a private social and recreational facility that’s like a summer camp for the whole family—and for the whole year through.  

The 4,500-square-foot camp is the epicenter of social life at Delta Coves, a place to go for everything from a morning workout and an afternoon swim to a fish fry with family and friends. At 24 by 75 feet, the camp’s main pool is suited to swimming laps or just splashing around with the kids. Little ones will also enjoy the camp’s toddler pools, while the adults can recharge in a hot tub or kick back in one of the cozy cabanas and lounges that surround the main pool.

Adjacent to the pool, the Island Camp’s fully equipped fitness facility enables community members to keep up on all of their exercise routines without having to maintain their own equipment at home. You can tone and strengthen with the latest cardio and free-weight gear in the workout room or head to the camp’s fitness lawn for a sunrise yoga session. Changing rooms, showers and lockers are available for members’ convenience at the Island Camp, which is also a perfect jumping-off point for a walk or run on the 3.5-mile trail that loops around the Delta Coves community.

Even with all its world-class facilities, the Island Camp’s greatest allure is simply as a gathering place for family and friends. Boating, fishing and other water sports are essential elements of living on the Delta, but it’s the camaraderie of the community that defines the Delta Coves lifestyle. That spirit is most pronounced at the Island Camp, where you can host an impromptu party by the pool, catch a big game on TV in the clubhouse, enjoy a casual dinner in the picnic pavilion or soak up the Delta views while sipping a refreshing beverage at the boat bar. The camp also features an area for lawn games, a firepit and spaces for outdoor movies and live entertainment.

The Island Camp’s central location on the main lagoon at Delta Coves makes it easy to meet up with friends and neighbors—whether you arrive by foot, car or simply by kayaking or paddle boarding over from your private dock. Once there, you can relax knowing that the kids will be safe, active and endlessly entertained—as will the adults.

In addition to its host of amenities, the Island Camp offers programming that goes well beyond the cookie-cutter activities at many other private clubs. Delta Coves’ programs are curated in a joint effort between staff and the community and can range from special-interest-group meetings—book and wine clubs, or gatherings to discuss birdwatching, fishing, water sports and other topics—to full-blown events. Celebrations might include barbecues, parades, fireworks and other festivities for the opening day of boating season, the Fourth of July, Labor Day, the winter holidays and more. After all, the Island Camp is not just for summer—it’s a place to celebrate the Delta Coves lifestyle every day of the year.

The Ultimate Boating Lifestyle in California’s Watersports Wonderland

The Ultimate Boating Lifestyle in California’s Watersports Wonderland

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With 1,000 miles of waterways that include channels going in each direction, the California Delta is one of the world’s top spots for waterskiing, wakeboarding, wakesurfing and other fast-action sports. Just ask barefoot-skiing world-record-holder Michael Temby, who was born and raised in this watersports wonderland.

“Life on the Delta is wildly water centric,” Temby says. “The old-school waterskiers go out early, when there’s no boat traffic and the water is like glass. But the Delta is made up of a lot of watersports people . . . and people who just enjoy living a life close to the water.”

California Delta water skiTemby is one of several top watersports athletes from the Delta region, a list that also includes Scott Pellaton (co-holder of the world record for barefoot speed skiing) and waterski hall of famer Mike Avila. This proud tradition is a defining element at Delta Coves, a new private club community where the “old school” and the next generation of watersports champions will both feel right at home.

Set on a private lagoon and marina on Bethel lsland, Delta Coves will be home to 500 waterfront residences, each with a private boat dock—and all within just minutes of the area’s famed fast water. Whereas most communities require a long commute to reach the skiing sloughs, Delta Coves offers the equivalent of a backstage pass to the action. Early risers can get out on the still water for a morning of skiing, wakeboarding or wakesurfing, and still have time to get to the office. On weekends, those same enthusiasts can come back home for breakfast after a morning session—then go right back out again until lunch.

The Delta, however, isn’t just about going fast. Its waterways are equally conducive to a quiet jaunt in a kayak or on a stand-up paddleboard, or a leisurely cruise to take in the region’s natural beauty. The coves and channels near Delta Coves are also prime territory for fishing, with a range of species luring anglers year-round. In fact, the Delta is considered one of the top 5 bass-fishing destinations in the United States, and its annual Rio Vista Bass Derby & Festival, a three-day celebration held each October, is the oldest such tournament on the West Coast.

bass fishing California Delta

The area around Delta Coves is also a hot spot for catfish, sturgeon, salmon, shad and other species. The community’s proximity to good fishing holes means that residents can get an early jump on other anglers—and get to know the best spots like only a local can.

Delta Coves residents can even fish—and swim—off their own private docks. The community’s lagoon stretches throughout the development, offering a tranquil place to drop a line, take a swim or go for a paddle. The protected harbor is also a perfect place to learn early boating and floating skills—all just right out your back door.

That back door is the key to the water-based lifestyle at Delta Coves. With a spacious back deck and private dock, each house at the community is a gateway to the great California waterway, where sport, leisure, education, friendship and nature all combine.

“I feel like I’m living my dream,” Temby says. “The Delta lifestyle has allowed me to get out and have epic mornings skiing twin sloughs while the sun is rising, as well as share family memories and create lifelong friendships. Even going out frogging at night with the kids, or getting crawfish together, are memories we all cherish.”

The Great California Getaway You Didn’t Know About

The Great California Getaway You Didn’t Know About

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The first thing you hear is the song sparrow.

As the sun rises over the California Delta, the bird’s crisp, clear trills accompany it like clockwork. The bugle calls of the sandhill crane and the mechanical rattle of the belted kingfisher are soon to follow, gradually building and filling the air. The songs merge to create the morning soundtrack of the Delta—and set the tone for a daily lifestyle that’s in rhythm with the patterns of the sun, the weather and, most importantly, the water.

Wedged between the San Francisco Bay Area, Napa Valley, Sacramento and the Sierra Nevada range, the California Delta is a rich agricultural region whose rivers transport more than 30 million acre-feet of water per year from the high mountain peaks to the Pacific Ocean. The Delta’s 1,000-plus miles of waterways are a haven for wildlife—and watersports. The region is considered one of the country’s top spots for waterskiing and bass fishing, but it’s also a perfect place for a quiet kayaking trip, standup paddle boarding, or motoring out to one of the many waterfront restaurants and bars that line its shores. Indeed, even with its proximity to big cities and popular tourist sites, the Delta feels a million miles away from it all.

At the heart of the Delta is one of California’s last truly undiscovered gems. Delta Coves, set on a private lagoon and marina on Bethel lsland, is a new club community that will be home to 500 waterfront residences, each with a private boat dock. The community appeals to weekend adventurers, serious boaters and serenity seekers—basically anyone who loves the outdoors and wants to escape the fast pace of the city. But life out here has its own fast lane: Delta Coves is the only new community with direct access to fast water, making it the ultimate home base for waterskiers, wakeboarders and other watersports enthusiasts. Pull into your driveway, walk through the house, exit out the backdoor onto your porch, and the watery world is at your feet.


Waterfront property in California usually means crowds and traffic, but not on Bethel Island (even though it’s less than an hour from San Francisco by BART). At Delta Coves, you’re more likely to see an impromptu boat parade than a congested road. It’s the kind of place where you can walk down the block to visit your neighbors, or just paddle your kayak or SUP over instead. It’s where you can get up early to go fish for bass, bluegill, salmon and sturgeon—and still put in a full day’s work on your return. It’s where you can watch the world from your back porch, including the more than 200 bird species that attract birders from around the globe to this spot on the Pacific Flyway.

The hub of daily life at Delta Coves is the Island Camp Club, a private social and recreational facility with a swimming pool, fitness center and spa, family games and more. It’s the place to go for a morning workout or an afternoon swim with the kids, and to gather with friends and family for happy hour, a fish fry and a game of bocce ball at day’s end.

When you want to explore the Delta, it’s as easy as hopping on the boat or Jet Ski in your backyard and cruising for a few minutes to the fast water—where you can ski or board at top speed. You can even head out straight from your dock toward the San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean, just a few hours away.

On most days, however, the lure of the Delta lifestyle will most likely keep you close to home. Whether it’s the sound of the birds or the thrill of your boat, the bite of a striped bass or a barbecue with neighbors on your boat dock, you’re sure to find your own rhythm at Delta Coves.

7 Reasons to Love the California Delta

7 Reasons to Love the California Delta

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Mention the word California and the first thing that comes to mind for most people might be a sunny beach on the Pacific, a snowy peak in the Sierras, a Hollywood movie star or an iconic landmark like the Golden Gate Bridge. Chances are, it wouldn’t be the 1,000-mile-long waterway that in many ways links them all.

The California Delta—an intricate network of rivers, canals and sloughs that connects the Sierra Nevada watershed with the San Francisco Bay—tends to fly under the radar even with the state’s residents. But this expansive waterway, which is located roughly between Sacramento in the north and Stockton in the south, is essential to the daily lives of people across California, and even around the world. It’s also a critical habitat for a range of wildlife and a hotbed for watersports from fishing to wakeboarding.

Of the many reasons to fall in love with the Delta, following are a few of our favorites. From outdoor activities to fun facts, they all add up to a classic California destination that’s waiting to be discovered.

It’s the lifeblood of California.

The Delta’s rivers transport more than 30 million acre-feet of water per year from the high mountain peaks to the Pacific Ocean. This massive network provides water to more than 25 million residents, from the Bay Area to Southern California. The Delta is also lined with more than 500,000 acres of agricultural land that provides food for worldwide distribution.

The Delta is to waterskiing what the Rocky Mountains are to snow skiing.

With 1,000 miles of waterways that include channels going in each direction, the Delta rivals just about any place on Earth for waterski and wake-sports conditions. It’s no wonder that several top waterskiers—including world-record-holder Michael Temby and hall-of-famer Mike Avila—hail from the Delta region. Kiteboarders and windsurfers also flock to the great California waterway to take on some of its windier, wide-open channels. More leisurely outdoor enthusiasts can explore the region’s thousands of beaches and coves by kayak or stand-up paddleboard.

It’s also one of the country’s top spots for bass fishing.

Striped bass are the most sought-after fish in the area, and they’re often the stars of the oldest bass derby on the West Coast—the Rio Vista Bass Derby—which has been going strong since 1933. You can also find black bass, sturgeon, catfish, salmon, American shad and several other species. The Delta has a growing reputation as a fly-fishing destination as well, and the region’s crawfish have a huge following from mid-May to December.

It’s a major (but modest) movie star.

Several films—including The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Cool Hand Luke, All the King’s Men and Blood Alley—have been shot in the region. But you’d never know it. The Delta rarely gets to play itself in movies, doubling instead as the Mississippi, Amazon, Irrawaddy and Congo rivers, and for landscapes in locations ranging from Vietnam to the Yukon.

It’s a critical part of California history.

The region itself was once a great tidal freshwater marsh blanketed by peat and peaty alluvium. For thousands of years, the Miwok and Yokut peoples lived along the converging rivers, and other tribes came and went with the seasons to trade and travel through the area. Beginning in the late 1800s, levees were built along the stream channels and the land that was protected from flooding was drained and cleared for farming.

It’s on the Pacific Flyway.

The Delta’s quiet waters provide critical habitat for migratory birds, and more than 200 species—ranging from tundra swans to sandhill cranes—have been sighted in the region. Top spots for birders include Brannan Island State Recreation Area, Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge and Cosumnes River Preserve. The Lodi Sandhill Crane Festival celebrates the return of the cranes each November, and the Cosumnes River Preserve and the city of Galt host the Galt Winter Bird Festival every January.

The region is also home to mammals including fox, beaver, river otter, sea lion, muskrat and shrew. There have even been rare occurrences of humpback whales making their way up from the Pacific Coast to swim in the Delta’s channels.

It’s one of the friendliest places you’ll ever go.

With its close-knit communities, seasonal festivals and farmers’ markets, and waterfront restaurants and bars, the Delta embodies the true laid-back spirit of California. Stop by a farmer’s stand to buy some grapes, and you might come away with a new best friend. Pull up to your neighbor’s dock, and you could end up at an impromptu barbecue. It’s a place where strangers aren’t so for long, neighbors help each other out and life goes with the flow of the mighty Delta.