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El Cerrito

El Cerrito occupies a slim corridor of land between the hills and the bay, making it convenient to pretty much everything and everywhere. It’s a gem hiding in plain sight.

But El Cerrito is also an east-west cross-section of the East Bay: from the shoreline recreation areas, across the dense urban flatlands, up into the rolling foothills with their grand homes and views, and finally to the high green ridge of the Tilden Recreation Area, where you can take in the whole Bay Area at a glance and then lose yourself in nature.

El Cerrito living offers all of that, with a wide range of housing styles to choose from.

El Cerrito Recreation

Tilden Park is the main attraction, but the Hillside Natural Area — with its hiking trails amidst dense evergreens — may be closer. It sits at the base of the hills, adjacent to both the flatlands below and the more exclusive community above.

The Point Isabel Regional Shoreline offers a cozy park at the water’s edge, with a designated dog park beside it.

El Cerrito Shopping

El Cerrito is home to the East Bay’s nearest Costco, on Point Isabel at the shore. But just a few blocks inland is the monumental El Cerrito Plaza, with big box stores, small box stores, and a bi-weekly farmers’ market. Running through the middle is San Pablo Avenue, a major commercial street that features small owner-operated shops, professional services, and a wide array of great restaurants and coffee houses.

El Cerrito Transportation

Two freeways and the long, busy San Pablo Avenue connect Oakland and Berkeley in the south with Richmond and points north.

San Pablo Avenue runs right through the center of El Cerrito. It stretches for 20 miles from Oakland to Hercules, making it a major commute alternative to Interstate 80.

The city is also served by two BART stations, one at El Cerrito Plaza. Interstates 80 and 580 take you easily to points all around: San Francisco, Marin, Concord and beyond. AC Transit and BART provide easy links to San Francisco and the rest of the East Bay.