There have been many news stories about the Bay Area exodus as a result of the pandemic. Here is one about an exodus from city life to island life. But not to Hawaii…instead, Bay Area residents seeking more space and a water-centric lifestyle are traveling just an hour away to an East Bay development on Bethel Island called Delta Coves. The new island development has seen a significant increase in buyers since last summer and has seen substantial sales success in just the first quarter of this year.

Delta Coves is located on a swimmable, private lagoon and features waterfront and water-view residences with a contemporary Delta-style design, indoor-outdoor living and private boat docks, in addition to many other amenities. The private residential community, by DMB Development, LLC, sits at the gateway to the Delta’s 1,000-plus miles of waterways and 740,000 acres of natural preserves – just minutes to “fast water” by boat for unlimited boating, fishing and water sports pursuits. Island life at Delta Coves is attracting more buyers than anticipated as people can now live, work and play in this waterfront destination, ideal for boating and fishing enthusiasts, and those who simply wish to enjoy a peaceful retreat and embrace the low-key vibe that defines the California Delta year-round.

The project mixes a private club atmosphere with nearly 500 planned residences, a future 230-slip marina and the newly opened 4,500-squarefoot activity hub, the Island Camp. The Island Camp is the centerpiece of social life at Delta Coves, featuring state-of-the-art fitness facilities, a pool complex, event lawn, Duffy boat bar and game pavilion. The game pavilion serves as an indoor-outdoor activity space complete with ping-pong, shuffleboard, bag toss, a wide range of family table games and barbecues.

Homeowners from around the Bay Area have been moving in since last year. During the pandemic, the community has been able to engage and build community within its new residents in socially distant, safe activities both on and off the water. Last summer, Delta Coves held a socially distant concert on the lawn with the band, Yachty by Nature, and owners listened to the tunes from the safety of their boats and paddle boards.

Current real estate offerings include two story, single-family homes with three- to five-bedrooms and three- to five-and-a-half baths, ranging from $700,000 to around $1.8 million. Newer offerings debuting this year include single story homes and a two-story home offering an elevator.

Delta Coves is an hour east of San Francisco, an hour northeast of San Jose and Silicon Valley, an hour southeast of Napa and 45 minutes east of Oakland by car. Additionally, BART’s new Antioch Station, which is only eight miles away, offers easy access into the city