It appears you have received some really good answers. To answer your question regarding rental properties; the neighborhoods are moreso owner-occupied however this makes perfect for a family seeking good schools and neighborhoods for children. Depending on the need of your family, certainly a rental property can be located for less than $3000. The commute is not bad to Concord, especially if you don't mind taking alternative routes. Brentwood offers something of interest for all ages. I personally consider it a "city-country infused" area and I love living here. If you are not currently working with a realtor and require more information or lisitings, it would be my pleasure to assist you. Contact me so I can learn more about your specifics and locate the house your family can make a home.
Better Homes Realty - Elite
You might profit from listening to traffic reports (or checking Google Maps) during rush hours (or whatever your commute hours would be
The highway 4 commute can be a little rough, depending on the time your commute is. I know that it is less expensive the further out you go- so that is to some, worth the commute. I also know that there are some very nice communities out there and a great place to raise a family.
Good Luck Carter!
Craig Lawler, REALTOR
Security Pacific Real Estate
Brentwood is a great place to live. I have lived here for 10 years and have watched it grow. I myself have 3 small children and we have found it to be a great place to raise a family and there are many other families like ours in town. You will definitely find what you are looking for in one of several neighborhoods around town. Schools are generally good and I would say the only real drawback is a commute. However, commuting to Concord is not too bad if you can avoid highway 4 at rush hour. If you have other questions, feel free to contact me.
Evan Homer, Realtor