El Cerrito California
A great locale, pleasant climate, pretty residential neighborhoods, spectacular bay views, splendid parks and recreational facilities, a newly renovated outdoor swim center, excellent city services, affordable homes, and breezy commute into the City make El Cerrito our pick for the best buy in the East Bay.
Neighborhoods here range from the tree-lined "flats" to the winding hills above with more stately homes that look out over the dazzling San Francisco cityscape below.
El Cerrito hosts a local farmer's market twice a week at the El Cerrito Plaza, which is also home to major chains including Bed Bath & Beyond and Barnes & Noble. Remnants of "old El Cerrito" can still be found on San Pablo Avenue where merchants include a funky store specializing in acoustic and folk music and Giovanni's Italian Grocery.
El Cerrito is strategically located along Interstate 80 and is less than 30 miles from San Francisco and Oakland International airports. Its extensive transportation system includes two BART stations, direct bus lines to downtown San Francisco and Oakland, and easy freeway access.
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Homeowners in El Ceritto's Mira Vista neighborhood enjoy the same caché as Berkeley's upscale Claremont for a fraction of the price. Leafy streets dotted with neighborhood parks wind their way up the hill, leading to beautiful estates with impeccably manicured gardens and panoramic views of San Francisco Bay and Marin.
These celebrated homes and mansions were originally built in the 20s and 30s to house wealthy executives of the Standard Oil Company. Many of the original homes are still occupied by members of those families today, including the Bechtel's and Downer's. The architectural styles include English cottages, Prairie homes, and shingled cottages. Custom-designed residences are equally as popular, with numerous contemporary dwellings and magnificent Italian and Spanish period revivals to choose from.
Mira Vista is situated on the north end of El Cerrito and is home to the beautiful Mira Vista Country Club, which features an 18-hole golf course and is often the site of local weddings, community meetings and family events.
As El Cerrito's most popular neighborhood, St. Jerome's enjoys a wonderful mix of old residents and young professional families who call home to this small four block radius bordering Albany.
The homes here tend to be more expensive than other El Cerrito properties because of the neighborhood's caché. Built in the 30s and 40s, the houses tend to be smaller 2–3 bedroom homes with lots of charm. Many of them are spacious, well-built, split-level bungalows, which have been remodeled to show off the beautiful detailing, finely constructed built-ins and polished wood floors. The neighbors in St. Jerome's take pride in their gardens and most homes have well groomed front and back yards.
St. Jerome's can't be beat for convenience. It's just two blocks off of Memorial Park in Albany and Solano Ave. The newly renovated El Cerrito Plaza is nearby, as well as a BART stop.