I am trying to convince my elderly aunt to move to the East bay. She currently lives in East San Jose and enjoys being active in her local parish and in proximity to many latin-american markets, but currently can't find anywhere to live in her price range. Her meager SS check would allow her to rent an apartment in the Richmond/San Pablo/El Sobrante area. I have searched the archives and google, but can't seem to find any reviews of San Pablo. I see that they have a large latino community (a plus), and a catholic church that has Spanish mass, but don't have a sense of how safe the area is for a 70-something living on her own. Any advice on which neighborhoods to explore or avoid would be very much appreciated. Thanks Fact-finding Niece
San Pablo is a relatively safe area to live and work. I grew up in Richmond and work in Richmond, and my teen daughter works in San Pablo. I never worry about her in San Pablo, and she walks about 1 mile in the city for her job. The Catholic church in San Pablo is one block from City Hall and the police administrative office. It's very safe in that neighborhood.
I think if your grandmother looks for a place around the church or east of 23rd Street, she should be fine. You can always call the San Pablo Police Dept. and ask them if there are certain areas that are better than others. west county lady
she should look in the north & east neighborhood in richmond. don't know san pablo as well but have friends there. one family lives around market and 19th, not far from the senior center. they've not had any problems. another who lives in a nicer looking area around st paul's has had problems with loud neighbors, but that could happen anywhere. richmond is ok