When I was 4 years old, I moved to a small farm town in the Bay Area called Brentwood. Brentwood is a family-oriented town made of amazing residential communities. Living in a small town, in a gated community called Apple Hill Estates, taught me family values. My gated community consisted of many rules and regulations about guests, parking, and curfews. I always felt extremely safe to play outside and protected going to bed at night. My housing community consists of million dollar houses to middle-income houses. There is a community pool, community clubhouse, multiple tennis courts, and a basketball court. There is also an option to buy a empty lot in the estates area in which one could build a house from scratch on. My housing community holds events every year such as: Picnic in the Park with a live band, music and animals; Easter Pancake Breakfast and Easter Egg Hunt; Wine Stroll for the adults; and Santa Claus events during Christmas time. Apple Hill Estates is a community where there is every type of age group. Many people have lived there for fifteen plus years, others are new residents. As I have grown older, I realize how much I appreciate the small home town that I grew up in. A lot of people think that there is nothing to do in our town, the housing development that I grew up in is for only wealthy people because it is the only community gated, and that the weather gets too hot, but this is not all entirely true. Brentwood has vineyards for adults, golf courses, a nearby lake for water sports, a strip mall, and an amazing Farmers Market during the hot summer months. Brentwood is close in proximity to San Francisco, Walnut Creek, Santa Cruz, Capitola, and Monterey Bay. Brentwood is flourishing really fast. The population is growing really fast, but it is also sad because it has changed so much since I was a little girl.