Living in the Richmond Hills

Archived Q&A and Reviews

Nov 2012

Re: Moving to a cheaper area now that kids are gone
The Richmond Hills neighborhood of Richmond is quite nice and property taxes are low. The neighborhood backs up against Wildcat Canyon Park (northern extension of Tilden) and Berkeley is 15 minutes away along the Arlington. -Nearby in El Cerrito Hills

Sept 2008

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

March 2004

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! Cindy

Hi 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 point pinole. ilona

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. Liza