Brentwood is a town in the suburbs of the San Francisco Bay Area with excellent schools and almost no crime. From the 1970s through the 1990s, Brentwood was an agricultural town that grew produce that was a favorite of Alice Waters and used in her restaurant, Chez Panisse in Berkeley. Of course, Brentwood was an agricultural town before the 1970s as well. Around 2000, developers wanting to capitalize on the good schools and vineyards, built many homes, golf courses, and retail lifestyle centers in Brentwood. The developers publicly stated that they wanted to transform Brentwood into the "new Danville" and have pretty much achieved their goal. In 2007, the median income of Brentwood, $100K, surpassed that of Walnut Creek. Favorite places of Brentwood residents include Trader Joe's, Peet's Coffee, Bluefin Sushi, Caps restaurant, and Hiro's (a Japanese restaurant established by the former chef "to the stars" from the MGM Grand Las Vegas). Presently under construction are REI, Tommy Bahama, and Abercrombie & Fitch. BMWs, Mercedes, and Audis are popular and one occasionally sees Ferraris and Lamborghinis on the streets.
Many high schoolers in Brentwood have new cars and are consumption and status oriented. Houses have home theaters, wine cellars, and swimming pools. Many teens know how to play golf, sail, and feel pressure from their parents about getting into good universities.