I currently live in Oakland, but I want to move to the Bay Area in a few months because I have grown out of my tiny house and want a safe neighborhood. Personally, I don't like the trees and the look of El Cerrito, so I checked out some properties in the Oakland area. Kensington was excluded too, and I wanted to be more community - feel more than that. Partly it's okay However, I would like to live in one of the more accessible areas, such as the East Bay or the South Bay. The hills of El Cerrito are not an option for me, as I currently live outside Oakland with my husband and two young children (3 and 4 years old).
A lot of people go there for the same reasons that I am and I think I will enjoy it, but I want to feel a more relaxed - more relaxed - community with more community. El Cerrito is a great place to live, I can afford to buy here and I want to, so I will go there.
I love how good you are on foot compared to Richmond, which is a bit further away but not as far away as Berkeley. It's easy enough to get out of the car, and I never feel stressed when shopping like I do in Berkeley, so it's easy - enough away. Property prices are very reasonable, although you cannot walk to any business district in the Rockridge area of Berkeley. I have no concerns about living in El Cerrito Hills or Solano Avenue in North Berkeley by car; I would love to be in Richmond if I had to drive up there, because it is a much more convenient way to live than living in Elk Grove.
EC Plaza on Ave. San Pablo is particularly relaxing and easy to visit, and there are a number of surrounding shopping centers in the area, such as the Plaza Shopping Center. The people living in the Plaza shopping center are more urban, so I try to live as close to them as possible, but I feel more comfortable in a more rural area than in the Cerrito Hills or Elk Grove.
Housing costs are much higher in the Cerrito hills and crime increases the closer you get to Avenida San Pablo. A general rule of thumb in terms of safety is that you should be on Hail Mary. When you set the bar for daily armed robberies, I don't think El Cerritos will feel safe. The further away you get from Ave San Pablo, the more crime there will be when you zigzag back and forth. You see what I mean when you pass the Plaza Shopping Center and the other shopping centers on the north side of the street.
My question is this: if you live in El Cerrito, especially in the hills, please tell me what you think of it. Let me know where your rental house is in Elm and I will answer all other questions and tell you more about the specifics of your neighborhood.
I # Ve lived in El Cerrito for 16 years and I feel like a great place to raise children, especially in the mountains and Kensington. My family with 2 children (5 and younger) moved here from SF in 2007 and we love it! If you ask me if I am gay or straight, or if we live in El Cerrito or Kensney and if they are LGBT friendly, I will share my experiences of raising children in both.
I'm not sure what to do. ve lived in El Cerrito for over ten years and have decided that it is time for us to cross the bridge. We have been living in SF for 10 years now, but have no plans to move any time soon and have been renting and living in Kensney for the last 2 years.
We finally bought a second car a few years ago to travel around the bay and went to Berkeley and Albany, but ended up in El Cerrito. My husband and I are considering selling our house in N Berkeley and are looking for a cheaper house outside the area. We are also considering leaving the Bay Area, but honestly we forget that for the dollar we have more houses in El Cerritos. I will continue to work here and my husband will rent while we search for another. We have also considered selling and / or selling the house and selling it in Berkeley and renting it out.
We are bidding for five properties, focusing on North and Central Berkeley and Albany, but we are now realizing that we cannot afford the first quarters in a rapidly becoming highly competitive market. Our house is much more expensive than we could ever afford in Berkeley, and we now realize that we simply cannot afford prime in El Cerritos in these neighborhoods, as it has rapidly become a very competitive market.