Living in the Richmond Hills (Richmond, CA)
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Living in the Richmond Hills (Richmond, CA)
Re: Cheaper but "safe enough" neighborhoods
I grew up in the ''Richmond Hills.'' On Bernhard Ave, which borders
Wild Cat Canyon. That particular area is very nice, but with many
of these places, all of Richmond included, the schools are
horendous. You may end up paying more for private school that
living somewhere where public schools are good enough. Personally
I like that area and El Sobrante/Pinole better than San Leandro,
but I don't know what your commute looks like. Good luck!
Richmond bred mom
Moving to the Richmond Hills near El Sobrante
After almost a year of being outbid for homes in the El Cerrito/
Albany area, my husband and I recently purchased a home in the
Richmond Hills (off of the El Portal exit, a few yards from the
El Sobrante boarder). While the home is just beautiful (and
about $175K less than much smaller homes in El Cerrito) and the
neighborhood is quite lovely, I don't really know that much
about this area of Richmond. I've already consulted the website
and am hoping to learn more. We've done the police check (crime
is relatively low) and our child is an infant so we're not
worried about schools yet. Can anyone who lives in this area
tell me a little bit more: why you love it, things you might
dislike or that I should be wary of. Also, any hidden treasures
(stores, restaurants, parks) in or around this area that I
should know about. Thank you so much.
El Cerrito Transplant
Congratulations on purchasing a home. We too purchased a home
in El Sobrante (nearly 5 years ago) because of the
affordability of the homes and the semi-rural location.
Kennedy Regional Park (San Pablo Ram Road as if you are going
to Orinda) has a great open space for little ones to run or for
the whole family to relax on a blanket. There is also a
playground for older kids. Pinole Valley Park has a nice play
area for younger kids. If you are a SAHM, I can put you in
contact with a group of mom's who meet weekly for playdates. I
am also in contact with another woman who works and has an
infant. We are planning on starting a working mom's play group
once our babies get alittle more mobile!
I moved to richmond (same exit as you) from oakland a couple
years ago. I'm still discovering the area. my main treasures are
places I go to walk for exercise. There is an entrance to wild
cat canyon at the end of Clark road off San Pablo Dam road. This
walk is a bit steep but not too far - a mile up hill and then a
mile back down or you can walk along the ridge all the way to
hayward. so I hear. The other place I like to go it Point Pinole
regional park. I walk all the way out to the end of the wharf
and back, about 4 miles round-trip but relatively flat. both
places are beautiful and not crowded.
san pablo dam road also has lots of restaurants most of which
we have yet to try, but we like the mexican/salvadoran place on
san pablo dam road - I forget the name.
there are also some great picnic areas right on san pablo dam
further down the road on the left. lots of trees and the water...
if you're interested in company for walking I go around 2 pm on
wed, thurs and fridays. let me know, we can meet. I carry my 8
month old on my back usually but strollers are an option at
We also moved to El Sobrante last year and we LOVE it. We, like many others, could
not afford the Berkeley, Albany area where we were living. Now we have lots of
space, a big garden and a great place to live. It is a beautiful, semi-rural area,
similar to Orinda. Lots of Berkeley ex-patriots. For kids there is a kindergym
program at the Hilltop YMCA and great swimming classes at Canyon Swim center on
San Pablo Dam Road. For restaurants we like Uncle Sam's Chinese buffet and the
Mexican restaurant next door on Valley View. There is also a hidden hole in the wall
mexican place called Taquerma Rodriguez. Delicious and authentic on Appian way.
Also try Biancos Delicatessen accross the road for great meets and cheeses. We
hope you enjoy it here as much as we do.
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