With its fabulous views, rolling hills and great commute location, this small town with wonderful shopping has the finest dry cleaner in the world (M&P One Hour Cleaners on San Pablo Ave). Okay, we’re biased; the parents of Sunny and Joe own it.
What began as a village surrounded by chicken and dairy farms is now the affordable alternative to Berkeley, with a growing inventory of new apartments and senior housing on the way. If you’d like to buy a home in El Cerrito, please contact us. We’d be happy to help.
People flocked here after the 1906 earthquake in San Francisco. Wilhelm Rust developed the town in the early 1900’s, creating multiple businesses and paved roads. He was so influential the town became known as Rust, and it wasn’t until 1909 that this 3.7 square-mile parcel changed its name. El Cerrito means “little hill” and from one of its many local green spaces it’s possible to enjoy spectacular views.
The City of El Cerrito Parks Guide can help maximize your time outdoors, and the local recreation department hosts a variety of programs and activities, including classes at the swim center.