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193 Apartments for rent in El Cerrito, CA

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Del Norte Place Apartment Homes
11720 San Pablo Ave, El Cerrito, CA
1 Bedroom
$1,943
659 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,436
896 sqft
Last updated September 22 at 03:33 AM
Prime location close to San Pablo Avenue, UC Berkeley and the El Cerrito Del Norte BART station. Community is pet-friendly and features a fitness center. Units have spacious floor plans and all electric appliances.
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Metro 510
510 El Cerrito Plaza, El Cerrito, CA
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$2,593
828 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,165
1103 sqft
Last updated September 22 at 03:33 AM
Beautiful location near Metro 510. Updated interiors with hardwood-style flooring, in-home washers and dryers, and private patios or balconies. Fully furnished units available. Gated parking, BBQ area and planned community events provided.
1 Unit Available
1345 Elm St
1345 Elm Street, El Cerrito, CA
2 Bedrooms
$3,000
1040 sqft
4 Bedrooms
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Last updated September 22 at 12:10 AM
MICHAEL L HUGHEY - Agt: 510-915-3235 - Wonderful El Cerrito Location! Walk to Del Norte Bart.Freshly painrted interior,New carpets, Tile and Laminated florring, Sunnty outdooor deck.
1 Unit Available
5302 School Street A
5302 School Street, El Cerrito, CA
2 Bedrooms
$1,995
Last updated September 21 at 11:43 AM
Two Bedroom in a Convenient El Cerrito Location - Property Id: 367405 Nice 2 bedroom 1 bath upstairs apartment, conveniently located near the San Pablo Avenue shopping corridor. Beautiful wood laminate floors; new carpet in bedrooms.
1 Unit Available
945 Kearney Street Unit #2
945 Kearney St, El Cerrito, CA
2 Bedrooms
$2,290
900 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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Last updated September 21 at 11:43 AM
945 Kearney Street Unit #2, Cerritos, CA 94530, United States - Covered - Lease Term : Shortest = 6 Months, Desired = 12 Months, Longest = 24 Months - Deposit : Deposit : 2290 - Pet Policy : No Pets Allowed - Laundry : Shared-Coin-Operated -
1 Unit Available
2545 Mira Vista Dr
2545 Mira Vista Drive, El Cerrito, CA
5 Bedrooms
$3,700
2400 sqft
Last updated September 21 at 11:43 AM
Apartment Available 10/01/20 Enjoy indoor and outdoor living in this one-of-a-kind executive home with spectacular views of SF bay in the El Cerrito Hills.
1 Unit Available
5815 Alta Punta Avenue
5815 Alta Punta Street, El Cerrito, CA
4 Bedrooms
$3,250
Last updated September 21 at 11:43 AM
Very nice and quaint and quiet neighbored perched on one of the highest points in El Cerrito - Keep posted for changes. Details to follow.
1 Unit Available
5711 San Diego Street Unit A
5711 San Diego Street, El Cerrito, CA
2 Bedrooms
$2,150
750 sqft
Last updated September 21 at 11:43 AM
5711 San Diego Street Unit A, El Cerrito, CA 94530, United States - Driveway Parking - Lease Term : Shortest = 6 Months, Desired = N/A, Longest = 24 Months - Deposit : Deposit : 2150 - Pet Policy : Cat Only - Laundry : In-Unit - Included Utilities
1 Unit Available
1128 Richmond St.
1128 Richmond Street, El Cerrito, CA
3 Bedrooms
$3,150
1353 sqft
Last updated September 21 at 11:42 AM
BACK ON THE MARKET 1128 Richmond St El Cerrito - 3 bedroom 2.5 bath Townhouse. 2 car garage. New carpet and new laminate flooring. Electric stove. Refrigerator. Dishwasher. Washer & dryer. Fireplace Decorative only. Water & garbage paid.
1 Unit Available
7327 Schmidt Ln
7327 Schmidt Lane, El Cerrito, CA
4 Bedrooms
$3,500
1658 sqft
Last updated September 21 at 11:42 AM
7327 Schmidt Ln Available 10/01/20 Home in El Cerrito Hills - Enjoy this single family home in the El Cerrito hills. Newly painted home, nice size bedrooms, large kitchen, eat in kitchen area, family room, updated bathrooms, two car garage.
1 Unit Available
1221 Elm Street
1221 Elm Street, El Cerrito, CA
3 Bedrooms
$2,700
1428 sqft
Last updated April 9 at 11:23 AM
Sweet and spacious 3/1.5 duplex in a great location with a garage and patio in El Cerrito! - Text Christine for best response on showing requests! 917-318-8878 This well maintained 2 story duplex comes with a 1 car garage and driveway space.
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1 Unit Available
1008 Kains Avenue
1008 Kains Avenue, Albany, CA
Dartmouth
4 Bedrooms
$4,495
2000 sqft
Last updated September 22 at 05:33 AM
4 bedroom, 2 bath home located in a charming neighborhood of Albany.
1 Unit Available
3827 Waller Avenue
3827 Waller Avenue, Richmond, CA
Park Plaza
2 Bedrooms
$1,950
774 sqft
Last updated September 22 at 05:33 AM
This well-maintained unit has fresh paint updated bathroom, new mirrored closet doors in the bedrooms, updated kitchen with new appliances, and open living room. Tile floors in living room and cherry laminate in bedrooms.
1 Unit Available
3825 Waller Avenue
3825 Waller Avenue, Richmond, CA
Park Plaza
2 Bedrooms
$1,950
600 sqft
Last updated September 22 at 05:33 AM
Cozy 2BD/1BR apartment This well-maintained unit has fresh paint and updated bathroom, A galley kitchen and sunny living room. Tile floors in living room and carpet in bedrooms. A small but clean unit with Secure covered parking in a quiet 4-PLEX.
1 Unit Available
1126 Marin Ave
1126 Marin Avenue, Albany, CA
Dartmouth
2 Bedrooms
$2,495
875 sqft
Last updated September 22 at 12:10 AM
TOM COBLE - 510-915-1615 - Welcome home to this renovated top floor 2 bedroom, 1.5 bath apartment located in the heart of Albany. Features: 1. Brand new kitchen counters and brand new appliances 2. 2 generous and bright bedrooms. 3.
1 Unit Available
535 Pierce St
535 Pierce Street, Albany, CA
East Shore
2 Bedrooms
$2,895
1170 sqft
Last updated September 22 at 12:10 AM
TOM COBLE - 510-915-1615 - Welcome home! Upgraded 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo for rent in Albany. Unit features laundry room inside the unit, wood burning fireplace and private balcony.
1 Unit Available
555 Pierce St
555 Pierce Street, Albany, CA
East Shore
2 Bedrooms
$2,800
1082 sqft
Last updated September 22 at 12:10 AM
Zinat Herovi - Agt: 925-3813660 - Stunning 180 degree panoramic bay view from each room, , Golden Gate Bridge, down town SF. Corner unit on the 9th floor.
1 Unit Available
25 Stratford Road
25 Stratford Road, Kensington, CA
3 Bedrooms
$4,095
1500 sqft
Last updated September 22 at 03:56 AM
Beautiful 3 bed 2 bath newly renovated Kensington view home. Located in the lower Kensington hills. Short walk to Colusa Circle shopping area. Restaurants and shopping close by on Solano Ave and Fairmont Ave. Sunday Kensington Farmers Market.
1 Unit Available
1505 Laurel Ave
1505 Laurel Avenue, East Richmond Heights, CA
East Richmond Heights
2 Bedrooms
$2,600
983 sqft
Last updated September 21 at 11:43 AM
Beautiful 2 Story Home In Richmond Hills !!! - Beautiful 2 bedroom, 1 bath, Two story home located in the Private Cul De Sac Community in Richmond hills with great views.
1 Unit Available
833 Stannage Ave.
833 Stannage Avenue, Albany, CA
West Washington
1 Bedroom
$1,975
Last updated September 21 at 11:43 AM
833 Stannage Albany - 833 Stannage Albany,Ca.94706 Rent $1,975 Deposit $2,500 Lease (1) Year Well maintained duplex side by side with one bedroom and one bath The interior and exterior have been freshly painted.
1 Unit Available
334 40th Street
334 40th Street, Richmond, CA
North and East
2 Bedrooms
$2,550
916 sqft
Last updated September 21 at 11:42 AM
Cute Single Story Home in Downtown Richmond..
1 Unit Available
5949 Arlington Blvd
5949 Arlington Boulevard, East Richmond Heights, CA
East Richmond Heights
4 Bedrooms
$3,850
2042 sqft
Last updated September 21 at 07:17 AM
Floor to celling remodel of a four bedroom and three bathroom Richmond Heights home. This home Features an open floorplan with all new appliances, eat in kitchen, dining room, and living room.
1 Unit Available
4200 Potrero Ave
4200 Potrero Avenue, Richmond, CA
Eastshore
3 Bedrooms
$2,400
1350 sqft
Last updated September 21 at 07:04 AM
Amazing 3 bedroom, 1 bathroom in Eastshore. No Utilities included. Is not pet friendly. Date Available: Jul 22nd 2020. $2,400/month rent. $3,500 security deposit required.
1 Unit Available
371 Carlston Street
371 Carlston Street, Richmond, CA
East Richmond
1 Bedroom
$2,050
550 sqft
Last updated April 12 at 10:27 AM
Natural light fills this very clean upper unit in desirable Mira Vista area above San Pablo Avenue. 1/2 block from El Cerrito border. Close to shopping, parks, Del Norte BART, bus. Private entrance door and back porch, too. Enjoy view of Mt.
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How much is rent in El Cerrito?
In El Cerrito, the median rent is $1,791 for a studio, $2,202 for a 1-bedroom, $2,766 for a 2-bedroom, and $3,722 for a 3-bedroom. For more information on rental trends in El Cerrito, check out our monthly El Cerrito Rent Report.
How much is rent in El Cerrito?
In El Cerrito, the median rent is $1,791 for a studio, $2,202 for a 1-bedroom, $2,766 for a 2-bedroom, and $3,722 for a 3-bedroom. For more information on rental trends in El Cerrito, check out our monthly El Cerrito Rent Report.
How can I find a cheap apartment in El Cerrito?
You can get the best deal by searching by apartments that are offering move-in specials in El Cerrito.
How can I find a cheap apartment in El Cerrito?
You can get the best deal by searching by apartments that are offering move-in specials in El Cerrito.
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You can use the pet-friendly filter to find El Cerrito apartments that allow pets.
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While some El Cerrito properties may not allow visitors at this time, most are open for business by phone or email. Please reach out to them directly for virtual touring options. Additionally, some properties may offer video and 3D tours, which can be found on the listing details page.
How can I tour apartments during the COVID-19 pandemic?
While some El Cerrito properties may not allow visitors at this time, most are open for business by phone or email. Please reach out to them directly for virtual touring options. Additionally, some properties may offer video and 3D tours, which can be found on the listing details page.
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You can use the off-campus housing filters to find apartments near colleges located in or around El Cerrito. Some of the colleges and universities in the area include California College of the Arts, University of California-Hastings College of Law, California State University-East Bay, University of California-San Francisco, and City College of San Francisco.
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You can use the off-campus housing filters to find apartments near colleges located in or around El Cerrito. Some of the colleges and universities in the area include California College of the Arts, University of California-Hastings College of Law, California State University-East Bay, University of California-San Francisco, and City College of San Francisco.

Median Rent in El Cerrito

Last updated Feb. 2015
The median rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in El Cerrito is $2,202, while the median rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $2,766.
Studio
$1,791
1 Bed
$2,202
2 Beds
$2,766
3+ Beds
$3,722
City GuideEl Cerrito
Founded by San Francisco residents that survived the 1906 earthquake, El Cerrito means "little knob" or hill.
Founded by San Francisco residents that survived the 1906 earthquake, El Cerrito means "little knob" or hill.

Situated along the East Bay, El Cerrito is considered part of the much larger San Francisco Bay Area. The city in Contra Costa County was founded by San Francisco residents displaced after the devastating 1906 earthquake that all but leveled the city. They settled first on ranch land, and then built a town around it. When a post office was established on the ranch in 1909, the settlement was named Rust after its first postmaster. The residents weren't happy with that name and by 1916 the area was known as El Cerrito.

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Moving to El Cerrito

With a population of 23,549 according to the 2010 census, El Cerrito takes up just 3.7 square miles. Located on San Francisco Bay's eastern shore, the area is popular for relocaters due to its glorious views of the Golden Gate Bridge and San Fran that can be spotted from the town's higher elevations. Because of its popularity, begin your moving plans at least six months ahead of time. A lot of pre-move preparation will be needed for you to rent an apartment in El Cerrito. Make sure you move with plenty of extra money in an emergency fund to cover any unforeseen circumstances that may pop up during your move and subsequent house rental search. If you're looking to rent a studio apartment, hold off on adopting a four-legged friend if you haven't already. Many apartments don't allow pets in small apartments, so you'll save yourself a fruitless search.

Another way to save yourself stress is to contact local realtors and apartment locator services before your move so they can start the search for you before you even get to town. When you start your search for an apartment rental, be prepared to sign a lease since most places won't want you to go month to month.

Moving to El Cerrito
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With a population of 23,549 according to the 2010 census, El Cerrito takes up just 3.7 square miles. Located on San Francisco Bay's eastern shore, the area is popular for relocaters due to its glorious views of the Golden Gate Bridge and San Fran that can be spotted from the town's higher elevations. Because of its popularity, begin your moving plans at least six months ahead of time. A lot of pre-move preparation will be needed for you to rent an apartment in El Cerrito. Make sure you move with plenty of extra money in an emergency fund to cover any unforeseen circumstances that may pop up during your move and subsequent house rental search. If you're looking to rent a studio apartment, hold off on adopting a four-legged friend if you haven't already. Many apartments don't allow pets in small apartments, so you'll save yourself a fruitless search.

Another way to save yourself stress is to contact local realtors and apartment locator services before your move so they can start the search for you before you even get to town. When you start your search for an apartment rental, be prepared to sign a lease since most places won't want you to go month to month.

El Cerrito Neighborhoods

The city is divided up into 10 different neighborhoods. Some of the notable areas include:

Mira Vista: Anchored by the Mira Vista Country Club, this northern El Cerrito 'burb is known for its high rent. In California, no less. This is mainly due to the fact that most of the homes in this area are older ones owned by their residents, so rentals are few and far between.

Potrero Av/ Roger C.: Just below Mira Vista, this nabe doesn't even have its own name, just the cross streets that form its borders. While this area is still dominated by owner-occupied older homes, a few townhouses are rented here.

Hillside: The Hillside Natural Area within this community and the Playland-Not-At-The-Beach museum just below it makes this a natural fit for the fun-loving type. You're also right beside the Wildcat Canyon Regional Park.

Downtown: Not that El Cerrito can really claim to have a downtown area, but this is the closest it gets. With the Eisenhower Freeway (I-80) going through it, this neighborhood is ideal for commuters or those who like to go way for weekends.

Fairmont: Fairmont Park is a central spot in this nabe that's known for its small apartment buildings and smaller, rentable homes. Rents here won't break the bank, but won't have you rolling in extra dough at the end of the month either.

El Cerrito Neighborhoods
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The city is divided up into 10 different neighborhoods. Some of the notable areas include:

Mira Vista: Anchored by the Mira Vista Country Club, this northern El Cerrito 'burb is known for its high rent. In California, no less. This is mainly due to the fact that most of the homes in this area are older ones owned by their residents, so rentals are few and far between.

Potrero Av/ Roger C.: Just below Mira Vista, this nabe doesn't even have its own name, just the cross streets that form its borders. While this area is still dominated by owner-occupied older homes, a few townhouses are rented here.

Hillside: The Hillside Natural Area within this community and the Playland-Not-At-The-Beach museum just below it makes this a natural fit for the fun-loving type. You're also right beside the Wildcat Canyon Regional Park.

Downtown: Not that El Cerrito can really claim to have a downtown area, but this is the closest it gets. With the Eisenhower Freeway (I-80) going through it, this neighborhood is ideal for commuters or those who like to go way for weekends.

Fairmont: Fairmont Park is a central spot in this nabe that's known for its small apartment buildings and smaller, rentable homes. Rents here won't break the bank, but won't have you rolling in extra dough at the end of the month either.

Living in El Cerrito

Navigating the city isn't difficult with the numerous BART stations in town. There are also a few bus lines that operate just within city limits and to a few of the neighboring cities like Berkeley, Richmond and Albany. Interstates 580 and 80 help with navigation through, around and past the city as well. Keep in mind that this is "Earthquake Country," and El Cerrito is on the Hayward Fault line. You'll be surprised by how easy it is to get accustomed to the earthquake updates you see on the local news.

Most of El Cerrito's retail and dining options are found along the main thoroughfare of San Pablo Avenue, which transverses the city. A popular spot for retail therapy is the sprawling El Cerrito Plaza. Watch a movie at Cerrito Theater, where you can also order dinner, beer and wine without leaving your seat. Even more beer can be found at the Elevation 66 Brewing Company on San Pablo Avenue.

For those times when you want to be outside and active, head to one of the city's many parks. The Hillside Natural Area has plenty of open spaces perfect for a picnic or for an intense game of Frisbee golf. Join the other joggers, bicyclists and walkers enjoying the 2.6-mile Ohlone Greenway. The trail runs the length of the city and was named after the local Native American tribe. While Playland-Not-At-The-Beach is a funny name, it's also an awesome way to spend the afternoon. The museum's goal is to celebrate the great amusement park experiences most of us had growing up. More than 20 exhibits include artifacts from defunct amusement parks, original signage, rare photographs and carnival skill games. This is just one of the ways that El Cerrito is a wholly unique treasure in the San Fran Bay area.

Living in El Cerrito
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Navigating the city isn't difficult with the numerous BART stations in town. There are also a few bus lines that operate just within city limits and to a few of the neighboring cities like Berkeley, Richmond and Albany. Interstates 580 and 80 help with navigation through, around and past the city as well. Keep in mind that this is "Earthquake Country," and El Cerrito is on the Hayward Fault line. You'll be surprised by how easy it is to get accustomed to the earthquake updates you see on the local news.

Most of El Cerrito's retail and dining options are found along the main thoroughfare of San Pablo Avenue, which transverses the city. A popular spot for retail therapy is the sprawling El Cerrito Plaza. Watch a movie at Cerrito Theater, where you can also order dinner, beer and wine without leaving your seat. Even more beer can be found at the Elevation 66 Brewing Company on San Pablo Avenue.

For those times when you want to be outside and active, head to one of the city's many parks. The Hillside Natural Area has plenty of open spaces perfect for a picnic or for an intense game of Frisbee golf. Join the other joggers, bicyclists and walkers enjoying the 2.6-mile Ohlone Greenway. The trail runs the length of the city and was named after the local Native American tribe. While Playland-Not-At-The-Beach is a funny name, it's also an awesome way to spend the afternoon. The museum's goal is to celebrate the great amusement park experiences most of us had growing up. More than 20 exhibits include artifacts from defunct amusement parks, original signage, rare photographs and carnival skill games. This is just one of the ways that El Cerrito is a wholly unique treasure in the San Fran Bay area.

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City GuideEl Cerrito
Founded by San Francisco residents that survived the 1906 earthquake, El Cerrito means "little knob" or hill.
Founded by San Francisco residents that survived the 1906 earthquake, El Cerrito means "little knob" or hill.

Situated along the East Bay, El Cerrito is considered part of the much larger San Francisco Bay Area. The city in Contra Costa County was founded by San Francisco residents displaced after the devastating 1906 earthquake that all but leveled the city. They settled first on ranch land, and then built a town around it. When a post office was established on the ranch in 1909, the settlement was named Rust after its first postmaster. The residents weren't happy with that name and by 1916 the area was known as El Cerrito.

Having trouble with Craigslist El Cerrito? Can't find that special apartment for rent on Apartment Finder or Zillow? Apartment List is here to help!

Moving to El Cerrito

With a population of 23,549 according to the 2010 census, El Cerrito takes up just 3.7 square miles. Located on San Francisco Bay's eastern shore, the area is popular for relocaters due to its glorious views of the Golden Gate Bridge and San Fran that can be spotted from the town's higher elevations. Because of its popularity, begin your moving plans at least six months ahead of time. A lot of pre-move preparation will be needed for you to rent an apartment in El Cerrito. Make sure you move with plenty of extra money in an emergency fund to cover any unforeseen circumstances that may pop up during your move and subsequent house rental search. If you're looking to rent a studio apartment, hold off on adopting a four-legged friend if you haven't already. Many apartments don't allow pets in small apartments, so you'll save yourself a fruitless search.

Another way to save yourself stress is to contact local realtors and apartment locator services before your move so they can start the search for you before you even get to town. When you start your search for an apartment rental, be prepared to sign a lease since most places won't want you to go month to month.

Moving to El Cerrito
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With a population of 23,549 according to the 2010 census, El Cerrito takes up just 3.7 square miles. Located on San Francisco Bay's eastern shore, the area is popular for relocaters due to its glorious views of the Golden Gate Bridge and San Fran that can be spotted from the town's higher elevations. Because of its popularity, begin your moving plans at least six months ahead of time. A lot of pre-move preparation will be needed for you to rent an apartment in El Cerrito. Make sure you move with plenty of extra money in an emergency fund to cover any unforeseen circumstances that may pop up during your move and subsequent house rental search. If you're looking to rent a studio apartment, hold off on adopting a four-legged friend if you haven't already. Many apartments don't allow pets in small apartments, so you'll save yourself a fruitless search.

Another way to save yourself stress is to contact local realtors and apartment locator services before your move so they can start the search for you before you even get to town. When you start your search for an apartment rental, be prepared to sign a lease since most places won't want you to go month to month.

El Cerrito Neighborhoods

The city is divided up into 10 different neighborhoods. Some of the notable areas include:

Mira Vista: Anchored by the Mira Vista Country Club, this northern El Cerrito 'burb is known for its high rent. In California, no less. This is mainly due to the fact that most of the homes in this area are older ones owned by their residents, so rentals are few and far between.

Potrero Av/ Roger C.: Just below Mira Vista, this nabe doesn't even have its own name, just the cross streets that form its borders. While this area is still dominated by owner-occupied older homes, a few townhouses are rented here.

Hillside: The Hillside Natural Area within this community and the Playland-Not-At-The-Beach museum just below it makes this a natural fit for the fun-loving type. You're also right beside the Wildcat Canyon Regional Park.

Downtown: Not that El Cerrito can really claim to have a downtown area, but this is the closest it gets. With the Eisenhower Freeway (I-80) going through it, this neighborhood is ideal for commuters or those who like to go way for weekends.

Fairmont: Fairmont Park is a central spot in this nabe that's known for its small apartment buildings and smaller, rentable homes. Rents here won't break the bank, but won't have you rolling in extra dough at the end of the month either.

El Cerrito Neighborhoods
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The city is divided up into 10 different neighborhoods. Some of the notable areas include:

Mira Vista: Anchored by the Mira Vista Country Club, this northern El Cerrito 'burb is known for its high rent. In California, no less. This is mainly due to the fact that most of the homes in this area are older ones owned by their residents, so rentals are few and far between.

Potrero Av/ Roger C.: Just below Mira Vista, this nabe doesn't even have its own name, just the cross streets that form its borders. While this area is still dominated by owner-occupied older homes, a few townhouses are rented here.

Hillside: The Hillside Natural Area within this community and the Playland-Not-At-The-Beach museum just below it makes this a natural fit for the fun-loving type. You're also right beside the Wildcat Canyon Regional Park.

Downtown: Not that El Cerrito can really claim to have a downtown area, but this is the closest it gets. With the Eisenhower Freeway (I-80) going through it, this neighborhood is ideal for commuters or those who like to go way for weekends.

Fairmont: Fairmont Park is a central spot in this nabe that's known for its small apartment buildings and smaller, rentable homes. Rents here won't break the bank, but won't have you rolling in extra dough at the end of the month either.

Living in El Cerrito

Navigating the city isn't difficult with the numerous BART stations in town. There are also a few bus lines that operate just within city limits and to a few of the neighboring cities like Berkeley, Richmond and Albany. Interstates 580 and 80 help with navigation through, around and past the city as well. Keep in mind that this is "Earthquake Country," and El Cerrito is on the Hayward Fault line. You'll be surprised by how easy it is to get accustomed to the earthquake updates you see on the local news.

Most of El Cerrito's retail and dining options are found along the main thoroughfare of San Pablo Avenue, which transverses the city. A popular spot for retail therapy is the sprawling El Cerrito Plaza. Watch a movie at Cerrito Theater, where you can also order dinner, beer and wine without leaving your seat. Even more beer can be found at the Elevation 66 Brewing Company on San Pablo Avenue.

For those times when you want to be outside and active, head to one of the city's many parks. The Hillside Natural Area has plenty of open spaces perfect for a picnic or for an intense game of Frisbee golf. Join the other joggers, bicyclists and walkers enjoying the 2.6-mile Ohlone Greenway. The trail runs the length of the city and was named after the local Native American tribe. While Playland-Not-At-The-Beach is a funny name, it's also an awesome way to spend the afternoon. The museum's goal is to celebrate the great amusement park experiences most of us had growing up. More than 20 exhibits include artifacts from defunct amusement parks, original signage, rare photographs and carnival skill games. This is just one of the ways that El Cerrito is a wholly unique treasure in the San Fran Bay area.

Living in El Cerrito
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Navigating the city isn't difficult with the numerous BART stations in town. There are also a few bus lines that operate just within city limits and to a few of the neighboring cities like Berkeley, Richmond and Albany. Interstates 580 and 80 help with navigation through, around and past the city as well. Keep in mind that this is "Earthquake Country," and El Cerrito is on the Hayward Fault line. You'll be surprised by how easy it is to get accustomed to the earthquake updates you see on the local news.

Most of El Cerrito's retail and dining options are found along the main thoroughfare of San Pablo Avenue, which transverses the city. A popular spot for retail therapy is the sprawling El Cerrito Plaza. Watch a movie at Cerrito Theater, where you can also order dinner, beer and wine without leaving your seat. Even more beer can be found at the Elevation 66 Brewing Company on San Pablo Avenue.

For those times when you want to be outside and active, head to one of the city's many parks. The Hillside Natural Area has plenty of open spaces perfect for a picnic or for an intense game of Frisbee golf. Join the other joggers, bicyclists and walkers enjoying the 2.6-mile Ohlone Greenway. The trail runs the length of the city and was named after the local Native American tribe. While Playland-Not-At-The-Beach is a funny name, it's also an awesome way to spend the afternoon. The museum's goal is to celebrate the great amusement park experiences most of us had growing up. More than 20 exhibits include artifacts from defunct amusement parks, original signage, rare photographs and carnival skill games. This is just one of the ways that El Cerrito is a wholly unique treasure in the San Fran Bay area.