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El Cerrito

El Cerrito has the flats and the hills. If you want proximity to BART, ease of commuting in multiple directions via freeways and city streets, and the possibility of a generally car-free lifestyle, then the flats are for you. There are lots of places to get a great cup of coffee, and in general the vibe is one of upwardly mobile people living in first-time homes with charming gardens, and of a deep sense of community.

For views, the hills can’t be beat. Many homes in the El Cerrito hills boast terrific views, huge lots, and a general rambling, Mid-Century feel.

The majority of the homes seem to have been built from the 1940’s to the present.

Comparatively speaking, prices in El Cerrito are more affordable than in some other East Bay cities, and the Contra Costa County property tax rates are lower than those in neighboring Alameda County as well. The elementary schools are at present not competitive with those of Albany, Piedmont, Oakland’s Montclair District, and some in Berkeley.

No matter where you are looking, if quality schools are a priority for you please research local schools carefully!