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We are looking to buy a house and have been currently looking in the Berkeley area, consistently feeling disappointed with the prices and sizes of houses. I just discovered a town north of Richmond called Rodeo. Does anyone have any experience or knowledge about this area? Would this be a good area to raise kids? Anyone know about the type of community that lives there? The availability of organic groceries, restaurants and about the school system? It looks like a hidden gem although I am having trouble getting any info! Any insights would be appreciated! **Dreaming of small town life in Bay Area...
But, you might want to check out Pinole. Old town is cute and Trader Joe's is coming in and a Kaiser is being built. Pinole has a sense of community and well thought out community development/planning. I could even recommend a good realtor who specializes in this area if you'd like. Deena
You would have to be trained in how to respond to a chemical emergency and listen for sirens to go off. As you stated in your post that you want organic produce and restaurants, that would be the least of your worries if you moved to this area. Many newspaper reports have been done exposing the MAJOR health risks of living in this area. concerned for your health
I moved there when I was 13, after growing up in Berkeley and Oakland, and it was probably the most traumatic thing to ever happen to me. I went to a school, now closed, with children of KKK members. I was beat up, told that I should dress like ''a white girl'' and had many run ins with the local racist hicks. Apparently it's the crystal meth capital of the bay area, which I believe, since I have a meth addict relative that moved there recently.
On top of that, the Shell Oil Refinery is RIGHT THERE. I was talking on the phone to a friend and I could hear the fire coming from the refinery (one of the stacks blows flames day and night) over the phone. GROSS.
When it came time for high school, I told my mom that if I had to go to John Swett HS in Crockett, I would get a blue mohawk and drop out. So we got a fake address and she drove me to Berkeley High everyday for 4 years. My relief was HUGE. I hated Rodeo. I couldn't get out of there fast enough.
That being said, perhaps it's changed, or perhaps it could be changed. Except the oil refinery, which is reason enough not to move there. Lived in Rodeo and Loathed It
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