Best Unofficial Zoo: Place to woo an emu
If rhododendrons prove too domestic for your taste, you can at least have fun checking out these pets-o'-the-rich: Rising high above the housing developments of Clayton is a massive grassy hill surrounded by a black iron fence. At first, it seems like the wind is moving the greenery, but it's not. It's actually fifteen sheep, ten llamas, six rheas (ostrich cousins), four emus, two goats, two miniature horses, and one quarter-horse lazing and grazing. This is no zoo or animal sanctuary, however; it's the Seeno Residence. At the top of the hill, nearly hidden from view, is the sprawling mansion of bigtime developer Albert Seeno III. Walk east along Oakhurst Drive, turn left at the second intersection with Eagle Peak Drive, and peer past the gates to see the peaceful animals lounging and chewing. They'll check out onlookers and even descend the hill to get a closer look, but they won't approach humans. This is because of the electric fence that surrounds the perimeter, so it's best not to touch anything. Seeno's four-legged friends are luckier than their amphibious neighbors: Al paid $1 million for violating the Endangered Species Act in 2002 when he admitted to knowingly destroying a habitat for endangered California red-legged frogs for a Pittsburg development project.