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DIABLO
California, U.S.A.
THE ROLLING HILLS
Diablo, meaning devil in Spanish, is a small census-designated place located 2.5 miles east of Danville. As of 2010, 1,158 people called Diablo their home.
Diablo may be small, but it brags an impressive landscape, with rolling green hills as far as your sight can reach. The community is neat and clean, with mostly stately single-family homes and no commercial activity - but that doesn't mean that Diablo has little to offer. Diablo is in fact a highly coveted place to live, and Forbes Magazine has listed it as the 4th most expensive zip code in terms of real estate. The biggest attraction in Diablo, aside from the unblemished surroundings, is the Diablo Country Club. The club is nestled in the foothills of Mt. Diablo, and its history goes back a long time. In 1874, the grounds were a country estate for the families of railroad barons and gold mining icons. The grassy knolls and woodsy terrain became an escape for well-off families who found a respite far from city life, in the pristine and exclusive countryside. When Diablo Country Club founded by Robert Noble Burgess in 1914, buyers from all over the Bay Area immediately arrived to enjoy the aristocratic luxuries; lavish dinners in the Red Horse Tavern, horse-riding at gymkhanas, canoeing or swimming in the artificial lake, dancing at parties until wee hours endless hours of golf and socializing at harvest festivals. The club was the focal point of the ritzy community and fulfilled a need of belonging, a sense of place. The club experienced a downfall with the attack of Pearl Harbor and WWII, as supplies became restricted and food shortages reached even the wealthy. The rationed gasoline prevented driving from San Francisco, and the golf courses became neglected and dilapidated. But the days of renaissance arrived when man named Larry Curtola bought the course in 1948. The former naval ship builder refurbished the old buildings, restored the grounds, and built a shiny new clubhouse with stately columns and a majestic ballroom. Today, the Diablo Country Club also includes a world-class golf course, a state-of-the-art clubhouse, swimming pool and fitness center, as well as top-notch tennis and bocce ball courts. Jack Neville and William Watson, who were later responsible for the top courses of Pebble Beach Golf Links and Olympic Club, designed the Diablo Country Club golf course. Since the very beginning, the course has been known as one of the finest in the San Francisco Bay Area, and has served as host to Professional Exhibitions, the Northern California Open Championship, USGA Amateur Championship qualifiers and US Senior Open qualifiers. Aside from a spectacularly designed course with sloping hills and fairways lined by majestic Oak trees, the course boasts spectacular vistas of Mt. Diablo and the stunning countryside of Las Trampas Range. While there aren't any schools, restaurants or stores in the area itself, the town of Danville is located right next to Diablo, allowing residents the conveniences of most amenities. Other close by towns include Alamo, 5.1 miles away, and San Ramon, 6.5 miles away.
DIABLO
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"Diablo Chalet's" by Nestigator
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