Living in Richmond View (Richmond, CA)
also called "Richmond Heights" and "Mira Vista Neighborhood"
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Living in Richmond View (Richmond, CA)
hello bpn folks!
we just moved to the mira vista neighborhood from albany and
its been a hard adjustment. im so used to walking out my
door and leaving the car at home. now it seems im in the car
every day! not so fun with a little one. it seems there are
never people out and about, walking around, playing
outside... where are all the parents and kids? is it because
its so hilly? i have a 2 year old and it seems every park i
go to we are always the only ones there! i know there is a
great community here from reading all the positive reviews/
posts about mira vista elementary. is there some sort of
neighborhood group/meetings? id love some insider tips as to
where people are hanging out. where do you grocery shop? get
videos to rent? eat inexpensively? id love to feel more a
part of my neighborhood but its hard when im always driving
back to solano or the el cerrito plaza for everything.
walkable places a big plus! thanks.
new to the hills
One of the wonderful things about the MV area is how quiet
it is....but sorry this is causing you to to feel isolated
and not find the neighbors. Please e-mail me and I can
connect you w/ some of the neighborhood groups and
'happening' scenes. june
Hello new neighbor,
I guess mira vista is another name for richmond heights or
richmond views... right? then you're our neighbor. I have
two small kids, unfortunately I do drive around a lot here,
but I also tried with the bike, it was fun but hard work. in
the good weather you'll see more kids at the parks. right
now we are driving to preschool etc. anyway, I would like
to invite you to joyn our server list. it's called richmond
heights and it's a yahoo group. you'll get info about the
neighborhood in the monthly letter, and there are meetings
too, I think first mondays, at adult sierra school.
unfortunately I can't make them much, but we might meet for
some other events, like block party etc. see you around...
Welcome to the neighborhood! This area has lots to offer,
and there are lots of families with kids here. If you are
very high in the hills you may need to get in your car for
five minutes to get where you want to go, but there are also
many nice places that are probably within walking distance.
I'm in the lower section of Mira Vista, so my family and I
enjoy walking or riding bikes to San Pablo Avenue- a couple
of delicious places for cheap eats are Huong Tra-
Vietnamese, La Bamba- Salvadorean burritos and pupusas
(yum!) and SaWaDee (Thai) We also like the Chinese
restaurant on the corner of San Pablo Ave and MacDonald for
their chicken Wonton soup. Delish! As for groceries, our
family mostly goes to Trader Joes, and fill in for extras at
Safeway. There are also some fun Latino and Halal Markets
along San Pablo Ave near McBryde if you are interested in
more unusual and ethnic choices. As for parks, I'd
recommend Tassajara on Barrett Ave- it almost always has a
good crowd, especially in the afternoons. Definitely check
out Wildcat Canyon- within the canyon is Alvarado Park- it's
kind of tucked away but has a nice little playground. Also
Poinsett Park, which is better for afternoons or warm days
because it's shady. I also have a 2 year old, so feel free
to contact me and I'll can tell you more- there is a nice
group of us that often meet at parks- let me know if you'd
like to meet up sometime. rachel
Re: I work in Richmond, husband works in Sunnyvale
We live in Richmond View (Also called Mira Vista
neighborhood)...It's East Richmond unincorporated county.
The local school is Mira Vista Elementary School...Some
things about MV are fabulous, and it has it's problems like
most of our public schools. My kids went to MV in younger
years adn you can't ask for more dedicated wonderful
teachers. Next year MV will start a 7th grade class and the
next year 8th grade so ultimately it'll be K- 8. We're
about a 10-15 minute drive from Richmond Marina. Up the hill
from 80. Close to Del Norte BArt. This neighborhood is
older...houses built mostly in late 40's and on. Great mix
of ages, cultures, lots of kids around. I know all of my
immediate neighbors. Houses range anywhere from
$400-$650,000 or so. We've been in our house
for about 21 years and are very happy here. Feel free to
e-mail me for more info too, Good luck. Tough decision.
the Mira Vista neighborhood, also called Richmond Heights,
is a lovely place to live. We are a cohesive neighborhood
with neighborhood meetings and care about the area. It is
close to highway 80, close to Del Norte Bart, and close to
numerous AC transit bus lines. We also have a small dog
park below Mira Vista school that is fabulous.
Re: Schools, commutable,urban under $500k?
Richmond View, high up in the hills and not walkable,
definitely suburban, but with larger houses and yards in the
300K-400K range. Good elementary school options both public
and private, and the charter alternative high school is now
in the area. Safe, diverse, friendly. Tassajara Park and
hiking in Wildcat Canyon.
Re: Cheaper but "safe enough" neighborhoods
We live in what is sometimes referred to as 'Arlington Heights' or
sometimes lumped into Richmond View. I prefer our area over
Richmond View, as our houses have triple sized lots, thus have more
of an open feel. With the housing downturn, homes in the area have
gotten really well priced. We feel safe - have only heard gunshots
on the fourth and NYE, but they sound like they are from the
revelers in the flats of Richmond.
We live on N. Arlington, which borders Alvarado Park. The park is
great, Wildcat Canyon is walking distance. We have Raley's for a
grocery store (which is fantastic). We unfortunately do have a few
bad houses in the 'hood, where obvious drug addicts live and
unfortunately, those two or three houses seem noticeable. We have
a few odd characters, but generally seem harmless. We have had a
few in home burglaries of late, but I have heard of nice areas in
Berk / El Cerrito that have that problem, which can be avoided with
an alarm system.
As far as safety, I feel very safe. The houses facing the city are
more charming than the ranch houses facing the El Sobrante Valley.
The neighbors are wonderful and there are lots of outdoor
activities. Oh! and the best part - most houses have a million
lovin' what's known as poor man's marin
As far as ''cheaper and safe enough,'' I think Richmond View has
everything you're looking for! The Richmond View is actually
unincorporated CC County, and the main thoroughfare is Arlington
Blvd (basically between Barrett & McBryde). It is 7 or so miles
from Berkeley. Closest BART stop is Del Norte. We've lived here for
8 years (priced out of Berkeley ourselves) and have been very
happy. The neighborhood families are a real mix racially,
ethnically, and economically, but it seems like many have owned
their homes for years and are nice people. It is very quiet and
safe -- we walk all the time, including at night. Our neighborhood
elementary school is Mira Vista, which is a great little school,
and the middle school is Adams. Alvarado park (which connects to
Wild Cat Canyon and Tilden) is a beautiful park in the area.
As for the cons, hill living means less amenities within walking
distance, though we do have the Arlington Market nearby. I wish
there were some better restaurants nearby but if you like El
Salvadoran food, La Bamba can't be beat!
There are a lot of good deals in real estate right now, and I think
the range around here is in the $400 - 550,000 range. I'd
recommend taking a drive down Arlington -- catch it at Marin and
head north -- and then meandering in the little side streets once
you've passed Barrett. It's worth checking out.
Hello BPN members--I'm thinking about moving to the East Richmond Heights
area--unincorporated Richmond hills near the Self-Realization Fellowship
temple--and would like to hear from anyone who's living/lived there what
their experience is.
Considering how close Richmond is to UC Berkeley, I'm surprised at how few
postings are archived on this site about living/moving to this area. It's
twelve minutes to Solano Ave and twenty-five to downtown Berkeley. I've
found some quiet streets with beautiful views overlooking Wildcat Canyon,
and a relaxed atmosphere that hints of hippie happiness--the house prices
are way lower than Berkeley or El Cerrito Hills, but the community seems
pretty similar, less status-conscious perhaps, but into gardening, biking,
etc. There are a couple of cool alternative schools, and even the little
grocery store on the Arlington (Arlington Market) that kind of looks like
a ghetto liquor store from the outside (bars on windows etc.) surprisingly
sells only organic milk and mostly organic produce and health food brand
foods. Is there something I don't know about this neighborhood that's
keeping prices lower (like, are there huge landslide problems, does
pollution from the Richmond refineries ever affect the hills?) or is this
just a case of the Richmond zipcode deterring buyers? I'm just surprised
to find 3-4 bed homes with nice views and an OK-sounding elementary school
in the 500K-600K range so close to everything.
Curious about Richmond Hills
I'm so glad you asked! I do think this area gets overlooked due to the ''Richmond''
designation. We've been very happy here. We moved here in 2000 (lured, like you, by
the much lower housing costs), so we've now been here 6 1/
2 years. The neighborhoods are very diverse -- older folks, young ''hippie''- esque
people, blue-collar and white-collar families, of all ethnicities. I do wish there
were more families with children, but perhaps that will come as the neighborhood
continues to transition. The views are great, nearby Alvarado Park is really
gorgeous, and both El Cerrito Plaza and Solano Ave are 10 minutes away. We've had
less crime here than we did in Berkeley. It is usually
very quiet and peaceful on the weekends. We have been very pleasantly
suprised by our local elementary school, Mira Vista, which has a committed, energetic
principal; excellent, experienced teachers; and a lot of great kids. As far as
earthquakes, we are on the Hayward fault, but so is much of Berkeley and El Cerrito.
We've never had any pollution from the refineries; can't even smell them. In short,
we're very happy with our quiet, off-the-radar neighborhood and its proximity to all
the nature and culture the Bay Area has to offer!
Richmond View is a great place to live..We love the weather, the variety of homes and
the diverse population that lives up here. We feel lucky with the view of Mt. Tam and
the accessibility to I-80. Prices are lower than in Berkeley and yet the home design
is not unlike the higher priced areas.
Because we are close to the flat lands of Richmond, you may experience what urban
areas do..some crime...We have had cars broken into but not unlike other bay area
The School system is working hard to keep up and Mira Vista Elementary gets good
We have thought that this area is a well-kept secret!!
We've lived in Richmond View (ie: East Richmond) for 17 years.
We love it here. We live on Tulare avenue between Barrett ave and Hazel just
diagonally down from the Mira Vista School.
It's a GREAT neighborhood. There are no dismal secrets keeping prices of housing
lower. It may be the Richmond reputation.
The local public school is the Mira Vista School, just recently rebuilt. Both my kids
went there in the lower grades. You couldn't ask for more dedicated wonderful
teachers. Tehiyah Day School is also in the neighborhood on the El Cerrito side, and
Windrush is nearby also in El Cerrito (for private schools).
Crestmont is also in the neighborhood as is Adams Middle School.
Below the MV School is a 7 acre piece of land belonging to the school district. It has
become a neighborhood park...we, the neighbors take care of it.
The Arlington Market is indeed a small hidden treasure in our community. I walk and
run in the neighborhood, walk my dogs, etc.
Have met many neighbors over the years.
The refinery, though can be an eyesore if you have a view of it, is not a pollution
problem to us because the wind seems to carry any fumes north...not great for the
northern neighbors, but doesn't come up here.
If you have the refinery in your view, you only need to divert your eyes slightly
upward to look at the much more grande view of Mt. Tam.
I work in Berkeley, my husband works in Albany and Berkeley. It takes us 12-20 minutes
(depending on time we leave and which location we're going to) to get to work on the
This is a wonderful neighborhood for adults, kids and dogs.
Richmond View/Heights is a great kept secret!! I don't see anything negative about it
except that you'd still have to drive in to Berkeley, etc. We have lived in this area
since 2000 and LOVE it. In fact, we started out renting and since then have bought
and moved into two houses (all on the same block) in the area mainly because of our
neighbors, the view (we have a picture perfect view of Mt. Tam and a view of Golden
Gate Bridge) and the cost of the homes (in 2001, it was in the $300k's, in 2005, it
was in the $700k's for 4 BDRM/2BA homes). The residents are usually older, retired
folks OR young families starting out with infants/toddlers. Our neighborhood is a mix
of these two. Our toddler attends a Waldorf-based preschool nearby; we live 7 minutes
away from Solano Avenue, closer to Central Plaza, can drive along the Arlington to get
to Berkeley, and are a bike ride away to BART. There are also some wonderful parks
for the kids. We have a Fat Apple's nearby and Wildcat Canyon park (adjacent to
Tilden) a few blocks away. There are some nice neighborhood shortcuts to get you in
to Berkeley, etc. without having to be on the freeway. But yes, because Richmond
View/Heights *IS* Richmond, home prices are less here. Our real estate agent, who is
from the Peninsula, tried to talk us out of buying in Richmond until she drove up here
and saw the beautiful houses.
Richmond Heights butts into El Cerrito and even Kensington. El Cerrito homes cost
about the same (but not Kensington's).
I've lived in Richmond View almost 20 years. Yes, cheaper housing, beautiful views,
etc. The prices are much lower (altho not nearly as low as they used to be, Richmond
is catching up).
The prices are lower not because of landslides, etc. but primarily because its
Richmond and primarily because of the schools. Mira Vista is ok, Adams Middle a
disaster and Kennedy High not a consideration. There are several great privates,
charter, etc. around. We managed because we were able to do transfers into other
WCCUSD schools (Harding and EC High, many people in the neighborhood get their kids
into Madera but I always felt it wasn't diverse enough and too elitist. There are many
great things about living here including having money left over to do things, but you
can't really walk to anything and we do find ourselves doing everything in EC or
Berkeley, but you can buy a house and still have money left over to do things if you
can manage the school stuff. We actually get to go on vacations, unlike my friends who
have overpaid to live in El Cerrito or Berkeley.
I live in Richmond Annex, and know many familiies that live in Richmond View. It is
a great area to live in and you get so much more house for your money. I think the
schools are a big issue for families. The elementary schools are ok. The midddle
schools are problematic for many. I know many families who send their kids to
Windrush for middle school and the public schools for elementary and high school.
Also I think that area is zoned for Kennedy High which is a concern for many
families. El Cerrito High serves other parts of Richmond and there are many middle
class families who attend there and are quite satisfied with the education and
I was intrigued by folks' responses about living in Richmond View.
Can someone please give the rough boundaries and/or zipcodes of
this area - I searched online and wasn't able to find any such
info. Thank you.
Our zip code in Richmond View is 94805.
I think that's the only one. I'm not totally positive about boundaries but here's a
North of Barrett avenue from Arlington Blvd down to a few blocks above San Pablo
I'm not sure if Solano avenue (not the one in Bkly/Alb) or McBryde would be the more
Also within that general area above the Arlington.
There is a triangle of unincorporated county that is considered Richmond View.
If you can find the Mira Vista Elementary School, you are in Richmond View. I know this
is spotty, but hope it helps.
Richmond View also known as Richmond Heights runs roughly North and South from Barrett
Ave north to McBryde, East West from Hwy 80 to the Hills above the Arlington - to
Wildcat Canyon. It is
94805 zip code.
Richmond View is also known as ''East Richmond Heights.'' I don't know exact borders,
but a rough guideline is anything just above or just below Arlingon Blvd, between
Barrett St. in El Cerrito and McBryde Ave in Richmond. The Western ''boundary'' is
probably San Pablo, and the Eastern one is the hills themselves .
I'm not sure if there are ''official'' boundaries. This area lies
in zipcode 94805. I would say the area is the area of the 94805
zipcode on the east side of I-80 that has some kind of view--
perhaps roughly between McBryde to the North and Barrett to the
South, and Wildcat Canyon on the east side? There is a
neighborhood council, (website:www.eastrichmond.org) which has
some info about the area--it's also known as Richmond Heights--
but it also has info on Richmond in general so it's hard to
distinguish boundaries from that website alone. There's also a
realtor, Cynthia Burke, who specializes in the area, her
website is www.richmondview.com--you could call her and find
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